“One of the challenges we often hear from students when we talk to them about career and job opportunities is that employers are looking for hires with more experience. This often limits the kind of jobs or positions they qualify for,” says Fortin Jean-Pierre, lead coordinator of Career Services at Broward College.

He recommends that one-way students can build their work experience is to make the most out of the summer and get a seasonal job.

Job searchAlthough some college students opt for odd jobs such as babysitting, dog sitting, camp counselors, retail, and restaurant positions, the Career Center at Broward College can help you by connecting you to local employers that offer opportunities that align with your professional goals and current education path.

Whether you seek employment through the Career Center or you’re searching for that opportunity on your own, the staff offers some to landing that job and taking advantage of the opportunity. We’re sure you’ll find these helpful.

Clean up your resume

Yes, you may be searching for a job so you can boost your resume, but even if you have no previous experience, you can still list the skills you possess. Include clubs and organizations you are a part of and any volunteer experience you have.  Show your potential employer that you have the qualities they need. The Career Center offers a free consultation to prepare your resume and cover letter. Visit any of their campus locations for more information.

Practice your interview skills

Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially if you have never done one before. But you can practice and prepare for it. To polish your interview skills, Broward College offers InterviewStream, an online tool that allows you to practice anytime from anywhere. All you need to do is create an account using your Broward College student email, and you’re all set!

Take advantage of your network

If you think you don’t have a network, you’re wrong. Even with minimal professional experience, your network is your family and friends. You never know who may know someone who owns a business or works at a place hiring for the summer. Ask the people you know for job opportunities.

Pay extra attention to internships

“I would recommend students do internships as they are the perfect option to gain experience and build that resume with jobs that match their professional goals while earning some steady extra cash,” explains Jean-Pierre.

Many students find internships that offer credits toward their degree, but regardless of the type of internship, it’s estimated that they increase your chance of being hired by 50 percent, says Jean-Pierre. Many of the companies that work with the Career Center will offer full-time positions to outstanding students that complete internships.

Work on your soft skills

Soft skills are your attributes, which is the reason why they are so valuable to employers. Jean-Pierre explains that this is the biggest requirement for employers. “A recent survey I looked at stated that 77 percent of employers find that their candidates lack soft skills and that 67 percent of hiring managers would rather hire somebody who has soft skills even if their hard skills are weak.”

To address this challenge, the College offers soft skill credentialing that helps students improve on four critical areas: communication, teamwork, professionalism, and critical thinking.

Broward College wants you to succeed and get ahead on your career. Check out the resources and tools available to help you further yourself.

Learn about local job opportunities here.

Good luck!