A Career Consultant is a professional staff member at a USF campus Career Services department. Career Consultants provide individual and group career consulting and coaching to students/alumni to help them prepare to enter a global workforce. Specifically, to assist students/alumni with finding relevant, career-related experience; graduate/professional school searches and application support; and all steps of a full-time employment search. Services are delivered through individual appointments, walk-in hours, meet-ups, and campus presentations. Career Consultants will also serve as support staff at career events as designated. Career Consultants will serve in a liaison role to a College and/or Department on campus in which they build an area of expertise. This position will work specifically with the College of Engineering.
Nature of Work
The position typically reports to a managerial level position (Assistant or Associate Director or Director) in the office of Career Services on the Tampa campus, or to an appropriate leadership position in Student Affairs and/or Student Success at a regional campus. The primary focus of this position is to deliver career consulting/coaching services to students in the College of Engineering that help both students and alumni prepare to enter a global workforce and to achieve on-the-job success. The professional in this position will have knowledge of employment competencies and skill sets needed for the workforce; the ability to assist students/alumni in gaining these competencies by helping them find relevant career-related experiences; the ability to coach students through a graduate school/program search and application process; knowledge of how to coach students/alumni through all of the steps of a job search process; and will show students/alumni how to be successful in their employment. Written and verbal communication skills, active listening, basic technical usage skills, ability to manage several areas of responsibility and work in a team setting are also required to perform the various duties of the position.
Examples of Duties
The following list provides examples of the most typical duties for positions in this job class. Individual positions may not include all of the examples listed, nor does the list include all of the work that may be assigned to positions in this job class.
Conduct individual and group consulting/coaching sessions to help students/alumni with their career goals of finding career-related experiences and/or full-time employment. Provide resume and cover letter reviews; employer research education; informational interview guidance; mock interviews, graduate/professional school application assistance; and other career-related activities.
Hold career events related to the job search process. These events will be in the form of meet-ups, classroom/student group presentations, campus-wide events, and walk-in services.
Keep semi-confidential records of student appointments and notes from sessions in an enterprise system called Handshake, where other staff in the office will have access to these records.
Educate and communicate to students how to best use all that the office of Career Services has to offer.
Serve as a team member by supporting other pillars and staff in Career Services in the implementation of career events such as career networking fairs.
Provide other consulting or coaching services and administrative support as required to accomplish the mission and goals of the office of Career Services and USF.
May teach a job search course (SLS 3308).
May supervise and direct work projects for student assistants if assigned.
Preferred Qualification Requirements
Professionals with a Master’s degree in a related field to the liaison role being filled with job search coaching certification from a professional organization such as the National Career Development Association or the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Minimum Qualifications Requirements
The position requires a Master’s degree preferably in a related field to the liaison role being filled or from a College of Student Affair program, plus directly related experience working in a career services office or other office on a college campus.
Special Working Conditions
This position may periodically require some duties to be performed during the evening and weekends, such as meetings, presentations, professional conferences, etc.