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Northwestern College students prepare for the job hunt

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Northwestern College students learn about ways to improve their resume. Northwestern College students learn about ways to improve their resume.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Getting your first job isn't always easy. That's why Northwestern College held their first-ever "career boot camp."

Juniors, seniors, and recent graduates returned to campus a few days before the semester to get a jump start on the job process.

The "boot camp" offered workshops on resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing.

Director of Career Development Bill Minnick said finding a job these days is tough, but he wants Northwestern students to be prepared.

"The internet has provided so many opportunities for students to apply a variety of places and a variety of methods. The economy is difficult. It's tough for students to find jobs and they need to learn to kind of think outside the box," Minnick said.

About 20 students took part in the workshop and each of them hoped to take away important lessons they can apply to their own job hunt.

"My dream job is to be an interpreter," Recent Graduate Jon Holm said.

"I actually really want to check in to admissions in a college setting. So, I would like to sell a college," Senior Ashley VanWyhe said.

But, some Northwestern students said landing the job of their dreams takes more than a diploma.

"It'd be good to get my resume better, learn how to structure it better, learn exactly what employers are looking for," Holm said.

Several students decided to return back to school early to take a variety of workshops that would better prepare them for when it comes time to apply to jobs.

"My biggest fear probably is just finding that first job, and landing that first job, and just getting my foot in the door somewhere," Junior Breanna Mars said.

Some students have concerns about today's job market, but they hope to take away skills from the weekend's workshop that will put them ahead of their peers.

"Job searching is hard. You need to find a job in this economy where it's hard to find a teaching job sometimes. And, it'll give me the skills and the practice to be able to know how to interview, and write a good resume, and cover letter, and land that job right after college," Mars said.

"Being able to understand what it's like to interview professionally and to see myself in that situation, I think that will be helpful for a future interview," VanWyhe said

VanWyhe said she's pretty sure she'll find some kind of job when she graduates, but she says she knows she has to be flexible.

"I'm pretty confident I'll find something. It may not be the exact area I'm desiring for. But, it'll be something. It'll be a job that will get me started. I'm pretty open to going different places and trying new things," VanWyhe said.

VanWyhe said combining her flexibility with the skills she learned during the workshop is a great start for her.

Organizers said students will attend more workshops on Monday. Some of these include learning how to "dress for success" and going through mock interviews.

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