Career Center offers resume, job-hunting tools to Panama City students

Erica Martin

The job search should start with knowing yourself, your interests and your skills, representatives from the FSU Career Center said during a visit to Florida State’s Panama City campus.

The average job search for recent graduates takes 12 to 16 weeks, so students are encouraged to start applying for positions before graduation. For spring graduates, that means having your resume application-ready by February.

“When you hear a no, it’s just practice,” said Lauren Kume, the Career Center’s senior assistant director of experiential learning.

The Florida State University Career Center strives to be the preeminent career center model for designing and delivering comprehensive, innovative and inclusive career and employment services. Its mission is to train career service practitioners, conduct life/career development research, and disseminate information about life/career services and issues to the university community, the nation and the world.

Students may use SeminoleLink to search job listings, explore international career guides, explore careers and network with thousands of employers. The site also provides the tools to create an online resume, which can be critiqued by an expert, and chat with an advisor.

Every student at Florida State has a SeminoleLink account. Students can log in through myFSU, and alumni can search job listings through LinkedIn for students.

Those job hunting should narrow down their search to specific job descriptions or geographic location, Kume recommended.

To help students test drive a career, the Career Center recently added FSUShadow, which connects students with potential employers for one-day job shadowing. So far, 41 community partners, alumni and friends of the university are scheduled to provide more than 80 shadowing opportunities statewide scheduled during winter break Dec. 19-22 and spring break March 13-16.

“It’s a really easy way to get that first touch of experiential learning and try on the real world for a day,” said Kume, the “proud parent” of the shadowing concept.

Students must upload their resumes to SeminoleLink to apply. Applicants will be ranked and matched to employers.

The Career Center also offers resume critiques, mock Skype interviews and assistance building a career portfolio to Panama City students.

“We’re here,” Kume said. “There are resources specifically tailored for students not on main campus.”

Services available to Panama City students include: