Thursday, February 14, 2013

STARS offers new online Career Assessment

STARS is pleased to announce the availability of a new self-paced Career Exploration resource online! 

·        Focus 2 is free and has a number of assessments to help gauge your interests, values, abilities, and personality in order to match you with compatible majors and careers. 
·        Once completed, features allow you to compile your results into a portfolio and compare occupations based on education requirements, skills, outlook, salaries, and more!
·        Of course – I am here to help!  Feel free to come to the CAVE for help getting set up or navigating this new resource.  It is still new to us, so please make me aware if you encounter any issues so we can troubleshoot them.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Frontier Farm Credit offers local job opportunities

Are you a Business, Accounting, or Marketing student looking to graduate in May and wondering how to put your new degree/certificate to use?

Frontier Farm Credit is looking for talented Business students to join their team!  With offices in several nearby locations, even as close as Parsons, Frontier Farm Credit provides an array of financially related services including crop insurance, tax and business planning, appraisal, and leasing.

To learn more about Frontier Farm Credit, or to view position openings, visit  Be sure to use STARS as your one stop shop for resume production/critique and interview resources!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chanute will play host to upcoming job fair

Don't miss out on this opportunity to network.  Need a resume?  Visit with Transfer/Career Advisor, Kyle Bures to develop a new one, or critique an existing resume.  Use the "Resume Resources" tab at the top of the page to get started, and print your resume off on resume paper in the CAVE, courtesy of STARS.

What if I get offered an interview?  STARS can help with that too!  Schedule a mock interview with Kyle to get feedback on how to improve your interview skills.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ways #3 and #4 to not get hired.

3. Fill up the page with distracting features. Being creative doesn't mean using multiple fonts and font colors, or adding clip art of your favorite flower in the corner. These features serve only to distract the reader and draw their attention away from what you are wanting them to see - how your experience and education are a good fit for the position advertised. Or maybe they're not. In that case, you shouldn't be applying.

4. Providing personal references. Let's keep it professional folks. Although a family member or long time friend may be willing to give you a glowing review when called, they are unable to speak to your abilities and provide concrete examples of your successes in the work place. Try and keep your references limited to those who've supervised you. Take it a step further and keep your references limited to the field/type of work you are applying for.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Don't try this at home - four ways to not get hired.

As an employee of the college, I have had the privilige of sitting in on a number of search committees.  As a participant observer in this process, I have noticed a particular trend of behavior that leads to not getting hired.  In a nutshell, don't try this at home:

  1. Supply too many unrequested materials (or not enough).  General protocol may require you to submit an application, resume, cover letter, and transcripts all as part of the complete application packet.  However, many individuals also find it necessary to submit letters of recommendation, copies of diplomas or certificates, etc.  Trust me, a 40 page stack of materials does not count as extra credit in the hiring process.  In fact it's annoying.  That said, an incomplete packet is infinitely worse, and almost guarantees you won't be offered an interview.