Excellent career training is only one ingredient in the formula for your career success. You also need to know how to build a professional portfolio, find employment opportunities and put your best foot forward when you head into the job market. At Career Quest Learning Centers, we’re happy to help you along all the steps of your journey.
To kick off the New Year, we hosted a week-long series of career preparation seminars this month that provided valuable advice and information on how to land that first job in your new career. Our Director of Career Services Michelle Hier began with the basics of building your professional portfolio. She explained how to build a brand new resume or fine tune the one you have. She also explained how to develop professional contacts and references.
According to Michelle, students often don’t understand the value of a full portfolio.
“We show them how to create a resume that really stands out,” said Michelle “and explain why a full portfolio sets them apart in the job market.”
On Tuesday, event participants got advice on what to wear—and not to wear—on a job interview.
“We helped them with hair, makeup and clothes. We even had a student participate in a makeover from a professional cosmetologist,” said Michelle.
The most popular event, which was open to Quest students, graduates and the general public, was “Ace the Interview.” Hiring professionals from actual area businesses conducted interviews. Participants got to experience what it’s like to sit across the desk from someone with the power to hire. Among the employers present were Residential Options, Inc., Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services and Sparrow Health Systems.
“It was a great opportunity for our students,” said Michelle. “Some of them prepped and took advice before they sat down with the interviewer. Others went in cold and took their chances. They all got honest feedback.”
In addition to the hands-on activities designed to give participants an upper-hand in the job market, those who attended on the first three days were entered into a raffle. Valeria McRaeh won a $40 gift card to Office Depot for portfolio supplies; Ashley Kirchofer won a $50 gift card to JC Penney Salon for her own personal makeover, and Christina Parks won a $50 gift card to JC Penney to purchase professional clothing.
Michelle says that January’s events are just the beginning. Career Quest Learning Centers plans to hold such career-building events throughout the year. The next event will be open interviews conducted by Speedway on Wednesday, February 3rd at the Student Media Center, 3215 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing from 1:15 to 4:00 PM. The public is welcome. Make sure to bring a copy of your resume and be prepared for an on-the-spot interview. For more information, give us a call at 877-481-4930.