So you’ve graduated. Now what? If you already have a job, congratulations! If you don’t, we hope you are seeking the assistance of Minnesota School of Business-Richfield’s (MSB) Career Services department.Just what can Director of Career Services Liz Ashantiva or Associate Director Diana Welter do to help you land your dream job? Let’s find out!
A meeting begins when a student (current or former) completes a Job Readiness Intake Form. Created by Liz, the form is a helpful checklist covering all aspects of a job search.
- How’s the resume?
- Have an interview suit?
- How confident are you in your skills?
These are just some of the questions the student will answer.
If there are any questions or areas the student needs additional help with, Liz or Diana will help create an action plan using SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound) goals to address those barriers to employment. Need a mock interview to get some practice? Done. Need assistance crafting your 30 second pitch so you are comfortable networking? No problem.
Liz and Diana also cover the STAR method of responding to behavioral interview questions like “Describe an event where…” or, “Tell me about a time when you…” These types of questions are aimed at ascertaining one’s behavior. The STAR method teaches the interviewee to think in terms of Situation, Task, Action, and Result, instead of general strokes, focus on a specific event and activity.
The Intake Form is also designed to assist the student in zeroing in on a date to begin the job search. “The more specific, the better,” said Liz. It is also very helpful for the student to list specific job titles and search engines they plan to use. Diana discusses specific key word searches with her students and recommends program specific job sites such as MNHospitalJobs.com for the health care management, medical assistant, and nursing program students.If a student comes across a job listing he or she is interested in, Diana will even help that student apply online. She recently helped a student graduating from the digital video program apply for a position with the Minnesota Timberwolves. “My heart was racing the whole time! I said to the student, ‘Should we submit? Are you sure you are ready to submit?’ It was fun though,” Diana said.
Liz said that some of the most common resume mistakes she sees are grammatical and verb tense errors. She also cautions against writing in a passive voice. “I could go on and on about resumes – I wrote them for three years,” she shared.
Liz also occasionally finds that students are not presenting themselves in the best way to an employer. Liz and Diana are here to coach students in these areas.
Finally, Liz says that her job is to be a cheerleader for students. After she’s met with a student, “I will follow up and act as their accountability partner by being enthusiastic about them achieving their goals.”
So if you haven’t yet met with Liz or Diana, what are you waiting for?