Ivy Tech Community College Northwest - Office of Career Services


Mission
To provide assistance to students and graduates in career development and to provide a full range of services for our students and employers, consistently emphasizing innovation, operational excellence, and the highest quality in every aspect of career development.



How Can Career Services Assist You?
  1. Administer career assessments and inventories and provide feedback on your results (personal strengths, values, interests, etc.) and how they relate to the world of work.
  2. Recommend resources where you can explore majors and how those majors relate to careers.
  3. Review your résumé or help you develop one.
  4. Assist you in the creation or refinement of your cover letter.
  5. Help sharpen your job search skills and assist in polishing your interviewing techniques.
  6. Support in identifying internship opportunities.
  7. Provide workshops and activities to assist you in your transition from student to employee.
Ivy Tech Community College Northwest- Office of Career Services

(219) 981-4438

Reg1CareerServices@lists.ivytech.edu



Interesting Career Facts
Interesting Career Facts
  1. Success in interviews is driven by the 3Rs and the 3Ps: research, research, research, and preparation, preparation, preparation.
  2. The average person will change jobs every 6 to 10 years and careers between 2 to 4 times.
  3. According to a recent study conducted by Professor Charles Birch and Management Consultant David Paul, entitled Life and Work, 88% of people are dissatisfied with their job.
  4. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, average job seekers take 24.9 weeks to get hired.
  5. The best way of improving one's marketability is to enhance skills through gaining professional, technical, or vocational qualifications.
  6. There are thought to be at least 100 applicants for every advertised job.
  7. On average, for every 100 online applications submitted, only 5 are reviewed by the employer.
  8. Seventy percent (70%) of Fortune 500 hiring professionals surveyed said résumés sent electronically are preferred.
  9. According to the Harvard Business School, 80% of jobs are gained through networking - it's definitely who you know as well as what you know.
  10. A large part of the success of the job hunt will come from a person's own attitude.
Top 11 Ways to NOT Get Hired
Top 11 Ways to NOT Get Hired
  1. Do not research the company you are interested in before applying or before you interview for it. Skimming a website is not research.
  2. Use a generic template for your résumé and cover letter.
  3. Do not network with friends, family, classmates or former co-workers for potential job opportunities. You need everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for you.
  4. Use an unprofessional email address on your résumé. Ubetterhireme@mymail.com or NobodyButMeMatters@email.com are not wise choices.
  5. Give up and stop applying for jobs after a few rejection letters.
  6. Arrive at a job interview late and make an excuse of poor weather.
  7. Go to your job interview wearing your best jeans, your semi-white shirt, and your slightly wrinkled dress jacket.
  8. Talk more than the interviewer at an interview and not apply active listening skills.
  9. Ask about salary and benefits at the end of the interview.
  10. Discuss politics and religion, and offer personal information during an interview.
  11. Do not pay attention to details. If the employer requires three references, only list one.
Links to Great Resources
Links to Great Resources
JobZone:
http://ivytech.edu/jobzone/northwest.html
JobZone is Ivy Tech Community College's FREE online system designed for employers to post jobs and for students and alumni to post résumés and research positions. JobZone will allow you to access local, regional, state, and national job opportunities.
With JobZone You Can:
  1. Electronically upload your résumé for a Career Services staff member to review it and make recommendations.
  2. Search for employment opportunities and submit your résumé 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  3. Add your résumé to résumé books for automatic referral.
  4. Sign up for Career Services workshops and events.
  5. Be the first to learn about community hiring events and activities before they are announced on campus.

Interview Stream:http://ivytech.interviewstream.com/
Interview Stream is an interactive online software that allows you to prepare for job interviews. All you need is a computer and a webcam! Choose your interview questions, and record your mock interview to see how you appear to others. You will have the opportunity to complete a self-evaluation, or email the interview to Career Services staff for feedback. If you do not have access to a webcam at home, contact the Career Services office to schedule an appointment to use one of our laptops.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH):http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
The OOH provides a 1-2 page summary of each occupation along with the job outlook, average salary, and the education and training needed for the career.

O*NET OnLine:http://www.onetonline.org/
A full-access, online version of the occupational network database to get more information and statistics about careers that interest you.

Salary Information:http://salary.com/
Research the average salary for any career at any zip code you enter.

Indiana Career Explorer:http://indianacareerexplorer.com/
Register as a student and create your profile to gain access to this free career planning website. Take assessments to see what career options best fit you. After taking your assessment, feel free to schedule an appointment with a Career Services staff member to discuss your results.

Vault
Vault.com provides in-depth intelligence on what it's like to work in an industry, company or profession -- and how to position yourself to land that job. Search current jobs and internships, research a company, school or industry, get the inside scoop on what it's like, and find the career advice you need to launch your career.
http://careerinsider.vault.com/career-insider-login/autoLogin?uid=ivytcc7482@vault.com&cid=7482&pw=uz4oQHQXqO

Candid Career:
https://www.candidcareer.com/do_login.php?u=IvyTechNorthwest&p=098f6bcd4621d373cade4e832627b4f6
Browse thousands of video informational interviews from professionals in a wide variety of careers. Interviewewees share insights and practical advice about their jobs, including the education, training, skills, aptitudes, and experience necessary to work in their fields.

LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/
Create a profile on LinkedIn to post your résumé, search for jobs, network with professionals, and join the “Ivy Tech Career Services” LinkedIn group to receive updates on upcoming job fairs and advice on job search strategies.

Facebook:www.facebook.com
LIKE the "Ivy Tech Community College Northwest" page to get up to date information on the college, as well as news on upcoming events.

Contact the Office of Career Services

Ivy Tech Community College Northwest - Office of Career Services

Chandra Gary, Regional Director

(219) 981-4438

cgary@ivytech.edu

Ursula Whyte, Administrative Assistant

(219) 981-4438

East Chicago Campus

Ina M. Dillon, Associate Director

(219) 392-3600 ext. 317

idillon@ivytech.edu


Gary Campus

Ina M. Dillon, Associate Director

(219) 981-4457

idillon@ivytech.edu

Michigan City Campus

Mandy Chalk, Associate Director

(219) 879-9137 ext. 6266

mchalk1@ivytech.edu


Valparaiso Campus

Mandy Chalk, Associate Director

(219) 464-8514 ext. 3042

mchalk1@ivytech.edu


Drop in for Resume Help

Drop into the Office of Career Services with a printed copy of your résumé and/or cover letter for a Career Services professional to proofread and critique it. If these times don't work into your schedule, contact the Office of Career Services to schedule an appointment.

Ivy Tech Community College Northwest- Office of Career Services

(219) 981-4438

Reg1CareerServices@lists.ivytech.edu

Mondays and Tuesdays
10-11 am
2-3 pm
East Chicago, Room 210
Michigan City, Career Services Office


Wednesdays and Thursdays
10-11 am
2-3 pm
Gary, Room S204
Valparaiso, Room C100