Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3429 Improve computer skills While you may not aspire to be a programmer, code writer, or IT spe- cialist, you will almost certainly be using computer applications in your work. It is, therefore, important that you gain as much experience as pos- sible in computer applications. Expand your network Networking is undoubtedly one of the most important, yet most ne- glected aspects of career planning by college students. People are your most valuable resource in preparing for a career, obtaining information about occupations, getting into graduate school, and getting a job. Your Career Counselor can assist you in identifying working professionals and alumni to whom you can reach out for guidance and support. Professional networking sites such as LinkedIn allow you to post your resume and reach out to new and experienced professionals in your area of interest. Social networking sites such as Facebook also provide op- portunities to expand your professional network. Virtually all colleges and many academic departments have Facebook and LinkedIn groups for students and alumni. “Networking is by far the most important aspect of career preparation and the job search. The key is to consider every person you come into contact with as a potential source for leads. It’s such a small world, you never know who may guide you to that perfect opportunity!” Diana M. Sanchez, M. Ed., Career Counselor California State University San Marcos Learn how to job search and interview The best credentials in the world are worth- less if you don’t know how to find jobs and apply for positions. The same applies to identifying and applying to graduate or professional schools. The job search and graduate school application pro- cess (including resumes, cover letters, networking, and interviewing) are learned skills. Long before your graduation date arrives, you should meet with a Ca- reer Counselor to polish your resume, practice interviewing, and learn how to market yourself to an employer or graduate school.