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Are you setting your sights too low? WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When you're job searching, it can be hard to decipher a job description. It can also be tough to figure out what a company truly expects in a candidate. So, how can you tell if you're devaluing your experience? If the following situations apply to you, you may be setting your sights too low.

If you have been out of the workforce for personal reasons: Feel like employers won't understand why they took time off? They should. Be transparent about it in your cover letter. Don't think that you have to apply to a lesser job just because you have been out of work for some time. Remember that volunteer work is valuable and should be included on your resume. If you are currently unemployed: Some people think they will be completely looked over if not currently employed. This could happen, but it's less likely to if you're up front in a cover letter or resume about your reason for being unemployed.

If you are worried about your educational background: Strong work experience is often viewed as more valuable. Keep in mind, companies may consider work experience in lieu of a higher degree. If you've sent out dozens of job applications with no response: This is a sign that you may need to change your approach to job searching. If you haven't been doing any networking it's time to start! Referrals are still one of the top ways to get a job today.

Jones Career Development

Career Development provides career employment assistance to its students and alumni as well as employee candidate assistance for employers seeking to hire College students and alumni.

For Students and Alumni:

Career development assistance is a free, lifetime service available to students and alumni of the College.

Available services include, but may not necessarily be limited to:

  • identification of career options and opportunities
  • preparation of cover letters and resumes
  • locating potential employers
  • preparation of employment interviews

Students and alumni in need of career development assistance should register with Career Development. Registration can be accomplished online by clicking here; or calling 904-743-1122, extension 271, if in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area; or 1-800-331-0176, extension 271 if located outside of the Jacksonville, Florida geographical area.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are accepted at both of the on-ground Campuses.

For Employers:

Career development assistance is a free service available to employers wishing to hire students and alumni of the College.

Available services include, but may not necessarily be limited to:

  • making employment position openings available to students and alumni
  • participation in on-ground campus Career Fairs

Employers should register with Career Development. Registration can be accomplished online by clicking here; or calling 904-743-1122, extension 271, if in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area; or 1-800-331-0176, extension 271 if located outside of the Jacksonville, Florida geographical area.

We're here to help you get answers you need. Contact Us Today!

 

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