Wanting to give students and graduates a comprehensive approach to finding a job, Alvin Community College launched a new software program that will provide several methods for job searching.
“Students and graduates want interactive on-line training and this new program at ACC will provide the Job Readiness piece of job hunting,” said Diana Stiles, ACC Advising counselor.
Those attending or have attended ACC can now visit the Career Services Department and log on to the Careers College software, which was produced by TCC Learning.
“Students and graduates can sign in and train in modules related to many different areas such confidence building, development of attention grabbing resumes, interviewing techniques, negotiating salaries, how to uncover hidden jobs and much more,” Stiles said.
This is the first time the software has been utilized in Texas. Only a handful of colleges throughout the country have utilized it for job searches.
“This program was in development for six years and is very extensive,” Stiles said. “Career Services staff are excited about telling students and graduates about this new program.”
TCC Learning representative Todd Bermont said Careers College helps current and past students in their search by offering them an all-encompassing approach rather than training in only one facet of job hunting. Instead of one application to write a resume and another application to teach interview skills, job seekers can use just one application for every skill.
“It’s a step-by-step training process to help them find their ideal position,” Bermont said.
Careers College also features a return on investment calculator to determine if a certain job is worth the cost. There are exercises, practice interview questions and worksheets that will help users gauge their readiness for seeking work.
The software includes a section that provides information and tips on how to negotiate the best salary for a certain position. Also available is a tool that shows students how best to promote and market their skills to potential employers.
“We have a lot of available tools,” Bermont said. “We connect them to the best of the best in job research resources.” For more information about the software, call Career Services at 281-756-3560.