Career Advising

 

Career Services

MWCC offers a wide range of job search tools and resources to assist you in your job search. We are physically located at the Gardner Campus at the junction of the Science Wing and the north academic wing.

Career Planning and Placement Services

Whether searching for a part-time job while in college or trying to land that full-time job upon graduation, having a job search plan utilizing proven strategies can increase your chance of success! Please browse the resources on the menu on the left side of your screen — and don’t forget to email us at the Career Center: careerservices@mwcc.mass.edu to schedule a one-on-one appointment to discuss your job search strategies.

Do you have the right tools to begin your job search?

For a one-on-one advising session to help you make the most of these tools, please email the Career Center.

Conducting an effective job search requires a plan with a realistic goal. Whether you are searching for a part-time position for the first time or you are returning to the workforce and haven’t interviewed for years, the process is the same. Utilizing the skills and resources provided in the following sites can get you on the right track. Treating your job search as you would an actual job keeps you focused and motivated.

Consider the following sites as you design your job search:

  • MWCC Handshake - Sign up for a free Handshake account for access to career event listings, career advice, connections to other students & to grow your network.
  • Work North Central – Search for your next job through North Central Chamber of Commerce's job board.
  • The Commonwealth Employment Opportunities (CEO) – A comprehensive list of current vacancies in the Executive Branch of the Massachusetts State government.
  • MassCIS – Click on ‘adult’ to access Mass Information Systems
  • MassItsAllHere.com – Massachusetts site highlighting innovative ideas to bring jobs to MA and to keep students in the state. Job leads, internships, business updates and more!

Informational Interviews

Why conduct an informational interview?

  • Learn information and insight into the practical applications of your chosen field, which allosw you to decide if it’s the right path for you!
  • Get a realistic view of the job market, outlook of salaries, working environments and responsibilities
  • Networking! It’s the single most effective way to conduct a job search

Labor Market Information

Understanding the labor market is your first step to making an informed decision regarding your career choice as well as job choice. Where are the jobs in Massachusetts? What industries are hiring individuals with my training and skills? What are the chances of there being a job available in my major when I graduate? Answers to these important questions and more can save you money, and even more importantly, your valuable time when training for a job for the first time or when transitioning into a new field with potential for personal and financial growth.

Take a moment to research this important information in the following sites:
  • Career Coach is a search tool that gives you the opportunity to explore hundreds of potential careers by showing you info on wages, employment, and jobs, plus the education needed to get you there.
  • “The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. This handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, education and training needed, earnings and expected job prospects.”
  • CareerOneStop: Provides occupation information, industry information, and state information with a complete list of career tools.
  • O*NET: Investigate majors and occupations to learn about a typical day, wages, education requirements and industries that hire.

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Join our Success Thursday Workshops

We offer weekly sessions focused on resume building, cover letter development, networking, interviewing and more!

Click here to access our Success Thursday schedule to learn more!

Cover Letters

The cover letter is an essential part of the application process. It is highly recommended that every resume be accompanied by a cover letter targeted to a position or company.

Portfolio Development

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. A professional portfolio provides the opportunity to ‘show off’ your skills and accomplishments in a concrete manner and it brings life to the resume and the interview. Portfolios are often laid out in a notebook fashion with dividers separating categories. For instance, you may divide it into segments containing your resume, copy of your transcripts for all institutions attended, samples of your work, awards and honors, workshops/conferences attended, military record and references.

The sooner you start preparing your professional portfolio the better, as it is a living document that grows as you grow in your chosen career. Check out what we mean by a ‘professional portfolio’ by clicking on to the following selected sites on Portfolio Development:

Resume Writing

The following resume resources provide excellent guidelines on writing your resume. Keep in mind, the resume has one goal: to land the interview! Learn tips to create a resume that is going to get noticed. With today’s competitive job market, a professional resume is a must for every job seeker.

You completed the interview, your references have been checked and now you have been extended a job offer! You want the job but there may be some room for negotiation on the salary package. Are you ready to make the most of this opportunity? Learn from the experts and be prepared to negotiate! An overall resource of excellent salary negotiation sites. Click here for a reference and refine your search to fit your needs!

Whether entering the job market directly out of high school or college, or a seasoned professional changing careers, learn how to take the skills you have developed and turn them into ‘what it takes’ to land the job!

Transferable Job Skills

One of the most important concepts you will ever encounter in the job-hunting process is that of transferable job skills; read all about them.

Classroom Transferable and Marketable Skills

This article, adapted from Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates, discusses emphasizing your transferable and marketable skills in your cover letter.

Transferable Skills: A Vital Job-search Technique

One of the most important concepts you will ever encounter in the job-hunting process is that of transferable skills — an understanding of the idea is critical to your successful job.

Job Hunting Success

For Job Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments.

We have all heard that “you only have one chance to make a first impression”. It is no different or any less important for the employment interview. Here are a few tips we've collected:

  • Wear professional and conservative clothing. Save the concert tee for the weekend!
  • Ensure that clothing is clean, ironed, and fits comfortably. If you aren't comfortable, you won't be able to focus on the interview and it will show.
  • Wear conservative shoes. Definitely not flip-flops!
  • Accessories should be simple and complementary to your outfit. Keep the focus on you, not your bling!
  • If you wear a tie - skip the clip-on! Learn how to tie a tie here:  HOW TO TIE A TIE!