College of St. Joseph’s Career Services Office helps to ensure a smooth transition from student to professional.
We provide our students with the tools and resources necessary to identify career paths, choose a major and explore career and internship opportunities. Career Services provides career planning, placement and outreach services for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as our alumni network.
Director of Career Services Russell Lennon is a proponent of the A, B and C tandem model, producing skill and keyword rich resumes, understanding the five critical employment elements, creating a web based resume and portfolio, developing a network which includes LinkedIn, producing a digital resume card and learning professional job search techniques and honing interviewing skills.
Career Services assists students and alumni with identifying career interests using FOCUS 2, an internet-based interactive career and educational planning system.
FOCUS 2 provides you with a complete picture of your interests, values, personality, skills and leisure activities using self assessment questionnaires, interest inventories and personality assessments.
Career workshops for entering freshman and graduating seniors involve students in a positive, assertive approach to career planning and job hunting.
The workshops introduce you to a variety of tools and strategies for identifying skills, organizing job searches, preparing resumes, cover and inquiry letters, and interview role-playing sessions.
Students receive assistance in stating their career objectives with an emphasis on long range planning and career growth.
Your resume communicates your qualifications and your personal brand – who you are and what makes you different – to employers and recruiters. In a tough job market, you need a resume that helps you stand out in a sea of applicants. A great resume sells your strongest skills and accomplishments, shows why you’re a match for a position or project, and communicates both your current capabilities and potential. In addition to a resume, you also need a great cover letter. A cover letter is an opportunity to personalize your resume and sell your skills.
Interview Role Play Sessions
Numerous studies report that applicants fail employment interviews because they are ill prepared, including poor preparation demonstrated by not knowing enough about themselves, the inability to communicate clearly, unable to handle tough interview questions and more.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The best way to develop your interview skills is to learn the do’s and don’ts of interviewing and to put them to practice in an interview role play session. Interview role play sessions cover interviewing rules, things that derail interviews, recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, questions for you to ask and more.
Career Services will connect you with businesses, organizations, associations and governments providing paid and unpaid internships located in Vermont and in student’s home states. Students have completed internships at places including:
- Vermont Democratic Party
- Vermont Department of Human Resources
- Green Mountain Club
- Vermont State Parks
- Vermont Folklife Center
- Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter
- Rutland City Police Department
- Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum
- And More!