How to Utilize the Center for Career & Life Planning

Julia - ThumbnailSubmitted by Julia Larson, Assistant Director of the Center for Career & Life Planning

What you can do during a visit to the Center for Career & Life Planning?  A quick trip to the career services website will familiarize you with the wide variety of programs and services available through the CCLP – but did you know that Rollins Alumni have access to services for life?

This article from The Proactive Professional digs deeper into career development strategies and offers tips on optimizing your time with career development staff members.

Top 5 Tips for Utilizing Your University’s Career Services–from a Career Coach

I often hear complaints from new college graduates that career services didn’t get them a job.  Something many students don’t understand is that career development centers are not placement organizations.  Career services professionals are there to help provide you with the tools to figure out what you want to do professionally and how to best market yourself for the job search.  With that being said, here are my top tips for effectively utilizing the career services offered at your university.ccoach

Keep in mind: career service professionals are not there to give you a job or place you in a job.

Consider this: if you wanted to get married in the next few years, would you really want a dating service to handpick your future spouse, or even give you a half dozen to choose from? Perhaps that sounds better than going out on dozens of blinds dates, but really think it through.  Before you can have a successful relationship, you must have a deep understanding of who you are (your likes, dislikes, needs, deal breakers, future goals, etc.) as well as the necessary tools to make a relationship great (trust, open communication, intimacy, etc.).

In the same way, career development offices are here to help you figure out the kinds of careers you’re interested in based on your values, interests, and personality and how to pursue those careers.

Think about what you’d like to get from your meeting before the appointment. 

Many times, I’ve had students come in and ask for their resumes to be critiqued.  Twenty minutes later, they admit that they’re unsure of their major or feel they need practice interviewing.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having several needs, but it will make easier for everyone if you consider what those needs are before heading into your career coaching session.  We don’t always realize we have more than one issue and that’s completely fine.  If you can, though, consider how you’d like your career adviser to help and what areas you feel need the most attention.

Realize that career development is a process…Read more.

Blog Post: [Internet]. June 2013. Top 5 Tips for Utilizing Your University’s Career Services–from a Career Coach. Available from .

Let’s prep for an interview, shall we?

mackenzieSubmitted by Mackenzie Thomas
Center for Career & Life Planning Marketing Assistant

One of the main concerns that plagues most college students’ minds is “How do I prepare myself for an interview?” Sometimes you have plenty of time to prepare a pitch and practice your interviewee skills, but other times you receive notice so quickly that your interview is right around the corner! What do you do now?! Never fear, there are plenty of ways and resources that can aid in your quick turnaround, specifically the one I have highlighted for you this week. In the blog posting below, you can learn how to quickly and effectively improve your communication skills in time for a short-notice interview. So take a look and get moving!

How to improve communication skills in time for an interview

Posted on Experience by Simplicity by Veronica C.

As the number of college graduate jobs begins to grow, so too does the quality of potential applicants. With competition heating up, it’s worth your time to work on a highly overlooked skill: communication. Practice these tips to improve your abilities in the interviewing environment and land your first job.

Don’t talk over people
It’s hard sometimes when you’re in a conversation to not talk over the other person. What’s being discussed coulBlog Picd be very exciting or thought-provoking, and you just want an opportunity to contribute. Before you know it, you start blurting out your thoughts before your partner is done speaking. Now imagine you did that in an interview with a recruiter. Unfortunately, it’s a real problem that people have on a daily basis. It may be unintentional, but it’s still very to interrupt someone when they’re talking, even if they’re asking you a question. By talking over them you’re conveying a sense of apathy for what they’re telling or asking you. You make it seem like what you have to say is far more significant. Next time you’re in a conversation with someone, make a conscious effort to pause and let them finish their thought before contributing. By the time your first interviews come around, you’ll be a well-oiled polite machine.

Ask more questions
At its core, a significant conversation…Read more


Blog Post: C., V. [Internet]. April 2014. How to improve communication skills in time for an interview. Available from

Make This School Year Your Best Yet

mackenzieSubmitted by Mackenzie Thomas
Center for Career & Life Planning Marketing Assistant

It’s that time again when everyone has survived Add/Drop week and they’re finally settling into the new fall semester with high hopes for the year to come. With this being my last and final year at Rollins College, I have set out to make this year count and make it my best year as of yet. That being said, there are so many ways that could make this year count for more than the others. How, you ask? By setting out to do things differently, and by that, I mean taking initiative. How does one do so? By doing some research (ugh.) and taking on new projects (eek!). I recently came across this short blog posting about “creating a leadership role for yourself at school” and I snagged it here for you all to read.

Creating a Leadership Role for Yourself at School

It sounds terrifying, I know, but by partaking of the array of advantages and opportunities that Rollins provides, it allows us to graduate saying, “Hey, I can put that on my resume.” Be honest. Is your resume sitting there pitifully on your desk with a huge white (or eggshell, if you got fancy with it) gap on it from lack of involvement/experience/internships?? Well, these tips can help inspire you to make this year better than the last and prepare you for your future post-Rollins life. Now, don’t get me wrong, as a senior I’m taking the last little sliver I have left to create something bigger, but that doesn’t mean this advice is strictly for upperclassmen. No, no, no. The earlier you begin, the faster you can begin the next thing, and the next. And you’ll soon discover that this is how Rollins works. Everyone is always synchronously moving along to next big thing, whether that is running for a Student Government position or hosting a booth outside of the Campus Center. Everything here matters and it takes an army (or just a bunch or Rollins students) to do them. Are you motivated, yet? Well, if you aren’t, then I have just the thing for you. A BuzzFeed Quiz! So take the quiz, have a laugh, and get on out there.

Will This Be Your Best School Year Ever?

Blog Post: C., V. [Internet]. 2014. Creating a leadership role for yourself at school. Available from .

Using Social Media to Build Your Online Reputation

mackenzieSubmitted by Mackenzie Thomas
Center for Career & Life Planning Marketing Assistant

We all know how much fun social media can be. There’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and so many more that we use on a daily basis. We check our newsfeeds religiously and tweet every stray thought that we think the world may want to know. Well, I’m here to tell you how important it is to build your online reputation, the right way. A funny picture or a random comment here and there seems harmless, right? Wrong. Everything you do on social media affects the way in which you build your personal brand. It’s easy to say that these are your college years, that you’re expected to make mistakes, and that you don’t have to start getting serious until after you graduate. But all of these statements would be wrong. Your impact on social media leaves a digital footprint and without the tact and mindfulness that everyone should use when posting, future employers and recruiters are less likely to take sympathy on you for “being in your college years.”

There are so many ways that you can brand yourself prior to that daunting interview or before you hand over that impressive resume that you have worked so hard to establish. The infographic featured below provides helpful tips and surprising statistics on how using social media can contribute or detract from your personal brand. Take a look and discover what you may have been overlooking when using social media.

Building Your Online Reputation

Infographic: Festa, L.M. [Internet]. 2013. Building Your Online Reputation. Available from

Now for Something a Little Lighter…Resume Blunders You Are Glad You Didn’t Make

Ray - ThumbnailSubmitted by Ray Rogers
Director of Career Services

Having reviewed student and alumni resumes for several years, we have seen some pretty interesting resume blunders. We found an article on Recruiting Blogs by Jade Hadden this summer that we found pretty funny and thought you might enjoy it as well…and perhaps find helpful. Enjoy!

35 Of The Funniest Things Found On A Resume

Posted by Jade Hadden

The resume is an integral part of the employment process, as you’re tasked with the unenviable job of fitting your entire professional life into two (or at a push, three) pages in the hope of impressing your potential employer.

However, the pressure of getting your foot in your prospective workplace’s door can often be more trouble than it’s worth; with many job seekers unsure just how much detail they need to share with their future boss.funnyresumes

But by focusing their efforts into being a dream employee, usually results in the form of a nightmare resume. Use these disadvantaged skills to your advantage, and join us as we laugh (and cry) at some of the funniest blunders that have made their way onto a resume:

  1. I often use a laptap.
  2. Failed bar exam with relatively high grades.
  3. Fluent in English. Also I have been heard muttering Gibberish in my sleep.
  4. Qualifications: “I have extensive experience with foreign accents.”
  5. Experience: “My father is a computer programmer, so I have 15 years of computer experience.”
  6. Objective: “To become Overlord of the Galaxy!”
  7. Accomplishments: “Brought in a balloon artist to entertain the team.”
  8. Reason for leaving last job: “Bounty hunting was outlawed in my state.”
  9. References: “Bill, Tom, Eric. But I don’t know their phone numbers.”
  10. Special skills: “I’ve got a Ph.D. in human feelings.”
  11. Skills: “I have technical skills that will take your breath away.”
  12. “Marital status: often. Children: various.”

(Click here to see the rest of this blog entry.

How Important Are Soft Skills? Ask Employers…

Ray - ThumbnailSubmitted by Ray Rogers, Director of Career Services

We speak a lot about skill development, transferable skills and how to list both, hard and soft skills, on your resume.  Just how important are soft skills and how do employers rate them?  Take a look at the infographic below provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers for a quick overview.



Your Career Begins The First Day You Step On Campus

Anne - ThumbnailSubmitted by Anne Meehan, Assistant Director

While many Rollins freshman are just trying to figure their way around campus on the first day, they really need to begin thinking about how to build career skills to land a great job after graduation.  Many employers share feedback that they do not feel college graduates possess the “soft” skills they seek in new hires.  Here in the Center for Career and Life Planning, as well as across campus, there are many ways to you can begin to hone your “soft” skills and stand out among your peers to truly gain the career edge.  Be sure to view the infograhic below which highlights ways you can take responsibility and start developing communication skills (verbal and written), a strong work ethic, and other critical “soft” skills.  These career skills and attitudes will help you be more successful on campus,  attractive to prospective employers as well as achieve career fulfillment beyond Rollins.

Infographic by Alfred Poor, Author/Speaker



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