Alumni Association offers career counseling for members

September 18, 2012
By Bill Krueger

About two dozen young alumni visited the Park Alumni Center last week looking for a little help.

They found it in the form of Catherine Tuttle ’03, alumni career services coordinator for the Alumni Association, and a crew of career counselors from NC State’s Career Development Center and the Poole College of Management.

Catherine Tuttle '03 meets with a young alum

Catherine Tuttle '03 meets with a young alum

Tuttle arranged for the young alumni, who were on campus for a weekend of activities sponsored by the Young Alumni Council, to get 30-minute sessions with a career counselor. It was a chance for a quick resume review and some suggestions about how to go about looking for a new job.

“Most of the folks were really appreciative,” says Tuttle. “It was fun.”

Tuttle said most of the alumni were employed, but hoping to change jobs. A couple were unemployed and looking for that first job, while some were eager to find a job that would bring them back to North Carolina.

Career counseling is one of the benefits of membership in the Alumni Association. Members are eligible for two 45-minute sessions, and also have access to the association’s alumni director and job posting board. To schedule a counseling session, contact Tuttle at catherine_tuttle@ncsu.edu or 919-515-0520.

Tuttle says many job hunters underestimate the value of networking. “People get stuck behind the computer,” she says. “They apply for a job online, and then don’t follow up.”

Tuttle encourages job seekers to try to find contacts within a company or organization where they would like to work. She acknowledges that it can be a time-consuming process, but that it often yields results.

“Get out from behind the computer,” she says, “and put a face with the resume.”

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