Career Services

The Career Center exists to support and enhance the mission of Trocaire College by assisting students and alumni with school and work transitions as well as identifying and achieving lifelong career satisfaction and success.

Career Services

The Career Center mission is to assist students and alumni in:

  • Clarifying their work related interests, skill and values.
  • Planning and preparing to achieve their career goals.
  • Transferring to a four-year-college or university.
  • Accessing professions in business, technology and healthcare.
  • Decide on your future career, change careers and re-evaluate a career

 

Contact Us

Maureen Pernick Huber
Director of Advisement/Career Center
Room 131 (Choate Campus)
716-827-2444
huberm@trocaire.edu

Claire Darstein
Career Counselor
Room 121 (Choate Campus)
716-827-2577
darsteinc@trocaire.edu

World of Work Inventory

World of Work Inventory (WOWI)

The World of Work Inventory (WOWI) www.wowi.com is a comprehensive online career assessment instrument, which has been carefully constructed to help you learn the most about yourself in relation to the wide variety of occupations available. The WOWI does this by combining information about your:

• Educational and occupational choices
• Preferences for particular job duties
• Aptitudes and achievement in various areas
• Preferences for particular qualities of the work environment

To access WOWI, contact the Trocaire College Career Center office Room 131 at 827-2444 or HuberM@Trocaire.edu to receive your unique, individualized User ID and Password, then go to www.wowi.com to begin your assessment. The time it takes to complete WOWI varies, but we strongly encourage you to give yourself about an hour to complete. If you need to, you can log out of WOWI and then come back to it at another time. WOWI helps you assess your interests, what kinds of responsibilities you like and don’t like and your skills & aptitudes for various areas. Using WOWI, you will be able to assess your values, skills and interests and explore career fields and major areas of study that are compatible with your assessment results. Students who use WOWI make better career decisions.

By the time you have completed WOWI, you will have a great deal of information about yourself and about potential educational majors and careers. To receive your results, you will need to follow-up to meet with a professional from the Career Center who will help you interpret your information.

Job Searching

There are many resources available in the Career Center to help you with your job search. We encourage you to take advantage of all of these resources. Peruse the job opportunities posted in the Career Center (Room 121 – Main Campus). Access numerous websites offering local and national job openings. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to help you launch your job search action plan.

www.buffaloniagarajobs.com
www.wnyjobs.com
www.buffalojobfinder.com

Rochester area jobs:
http://medscribe.com/ Healthcare/Nursing Recruiters for the Rochester, NY area
www.concentra.com/ Rochester, NY area

Recommended meta-sites (jobs & advice pulled from many other websites); searchable by job title and location:
www.indeed.com
www.simplyhired.com
www.rileyguide.com Meta-site for thousands of articles, blogs, jobs updated regularly
www.jobhuntersbible.com The official website for “What Color is Your Parachute” by Richard Nelson Bolles – a classic which is updated every year


Health-Related Careers & Jobs:

www.HealthCareCareersNow.com
www.allhealthcarejobs.com
www.advanceweb.com
www.alliedhealthcareers.com
http://www.nursingjobshelp.com/ searchable by state
http://www.favoritenurses.com/
http://www.supplementalhealthcare.com/
www.miracleworkers.com
www.MedHunters.com

Government Jobs:
http://www.cs.ny.gov/ New York State Department of Civil Service
http://www.labor.ny.gov/ New York State Department of Labor
http://www.usajobs.gov/ The Federal Government’s Official Job Site

All jobs – all locations:
http://jobcircle.com/
http://www.truecareers.com/
www.monster.com

Information and recent news about organizations, job search advice, resume and interviewing suggestions and blogs geared for many professions:
www.glassdoor.com
www.wetfeet.com
www.quintcareers.com

 

WNY Hospital Website

Catholic Health System
(Mercy Hospital, Kenmore Mercy, Our Lady of Victory, Sisters of Charity, St. Josephs)
www.chsbuffalo.org
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
www.roswellpark.org
Kaleida Health System
(Buffalo General, DeGraff Memorial, Millard Fillmore Gates, Millard Fillmore Suburban, Woman & Children's Hospital)
www.kaleidahealth.org
Bertrand Chaffee
www.chaffeehospitalandhome.com
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC)
www.ecmc.edu
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
www.nfmmc.org
Veterans Memorial Hospital
www.med.VA.gov
Brooks Memorial Hospital
www.brookshospital.org
Cuba Memorial Hospital
www.cubamemorialhospital.com
BryLin Hospitals
www.brylin.com

Medina Memorial Health Care System
www.medinamemorial.org
Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center
www.msmh.org
Olean General Hospital
www.ogh.org
Westfield Memorial Hospital
www.saintvincenthealth.com
Wyoming County Hospital in Warsaw
www.wcchs.net
TLC (Lakeshore)
www.tlchealth.org
Eastern Niagara Health System
(Inter-Community Memorial Hospital in Newfane and Lockport Memorial Hospital)
www.ENHS.org
Aspire of WNY
www.aspirewny.org
The McGuire Group Health Care Facilities
www.mcguiregroup.com
Hospice Buffalo
www.hospicebuffalo.com
People Inc.
http://people-inc.org
PSA Healthcare
www.psahealthcare.com
Niagara Lutheran Health System
www.niagaralutheran.org
The Hamister Group
www.hamistergroup.com
Weinberg Campus
www.weinbergcampus.org
Beechwood Continuing Care
www.beechwoodcare.org/
Elderwood Senior Care
www.elderwood.com
Windsong Radiology Group
www.windsongradiology.com/

There are many resources available in the Career Center to help you with your job search. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a career counselor to help you launch your job search action plan.

Developing an effective job search strategy is much more than uploading your resume to a couple of sites and waiting for the interview offers to come in.  Consider these tips to get you organized:   

Stand Out From the Job Search Crowd

When job searching gets even a little tough, it's more important than usual to make sure that you stand out from the job searching crowd and show the hiring manager that you are a candidate who definitely should be selected for an interview.

What can you do to get noticed? It's not as hard as you might think. Your application materials, have to be perfect, of course, and you will need to use your connections to help get an "in" at the company. You'll also need to actively market your candidacy and yourself, rather than waiting for a new job to find you.

How to Be a Compelling Candidate
Write a Targeted Resume
This is more time-consuming than just having one resume that you use to apply for every job. However, it works. Taking the time to edit or rewrite your resume so it matches the qualifications for the job to which you're applying will show the hiring manager that you have the credentials for the job and should be considered for an interview.

Write a Targeted Cover Letter
Write a cover letter that shows, at a glance, why you are a strong match for the job. Don't repeat your resume, rather highlight your relevant skills to the skills the employer is seeking. Highlight your professional qualifications that match the hiring requirements. You only have seconds to catch the hiring manager's attention, so use them wisely.

Build Your Professional Brand
Sometimes, recruiters Google candidates even before they schedule an interview. You will want to make sure that everything they find when they search and everything related to you on the professional and networking sites (like LinkedIn and Facebook) is information that is presentable to the public. Also, be sure to edit your profile on LinkedIn so your connections know you are available for career and/or job opportunities.

Use Your Connections
Do you have connections at the company you just sent your resume to? If so, use them. They may be able to give your resume a boost and help you get an interview. You can also use your connections to find out more about the company.
In a tight job market, your connections are an even more important resource than they are when jobs are plentiful.

Be Proactive
Remember that old saying "He who hesitates is lost" - it's true. Employers don't wait forever for applicants to submit their resume, so when you find a job listing that's a good match, apply immediately. Set up job search agents on the job search engines and/or job banks so you get new positions via email as soon as they are posted online. Again, don't wait to apply.

Practice Make Perfect
Practice before you go for an interview. Review typical interview questions and research the company so you are well-prepared to interview. Have interview clothes ready (dry cleaned, shoes polished, etc.) so you're ready to interview professionally at a moment's notice. That way, your first impression will be positive and that's the impression you want to make on everyone you meet when you're job searching.

Send a Thank You Note
Don't forget to follow up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the job. Most candidates don't bother, but those that do are more likely to get hired.
Adapted from Alison Doyle at about.com

Job Search Links

Buffalo area jobs:
www.buffaloniagarajobs.com
www.wnyjobs.com
www.buffalojobfinder.com

Rochester area jobs:
http://medscribe.com/ Healthcare/Nursing Recruiters for the Rochester, NY area
www.concentra.com/ Rochester, NY area

Recommended meta-sites (jobs & advice pulled from many other websites); searchable by job title and location:
www.indeed.com
www.simplyhired.com
www.rileyguide.com Meta-site for thousands of articles, blogs, jobs updated regularly
www.jobhuntersbible.com The official website for “What Color is Your Parachute” by Richard Nelson Bolles – a classic which is updated every year

Health-Related Careers & Jobs:
www.HealthCareCareersNow.com
www.allhealthcarejobs.com
www.advanceweb.com
www.alliedhealthcareers.com
http://www.nursingjobshelp.com/ searchable by state
http://www.favoritenurses.com/
http://www.supplementalhealthcare.com/
www.miracleworkers.com
www.MedHunters.com

Government Jobs:
http://www.cs.ny.gov/ New York State Department of Civil Service
http://www.labor.ny.gov/ New York State Department of Labor
http://www.usajobs.gov/ The Federal Government’s Official Job Site

All jobs – all locations:
http://jobcircle.com/
http://www.truecareers.com/
www.monster.com

Information and recent news about organizations, job search advice, resume and interviewing suggestions and blogs geared for many professions:
www.glassdoor.com
www.wetfeet.com
www.quintcareers.com


Resumes & Cover Letters
Your resume and cover letters are marketing tools to help employers see how your skills, education, experiences and passion for your work will fit with their organization.  Your goal is to compel them enough in your candidacy to invite you in for an interview.  The links below are guides to help you organize your documents before you schedule time with a professional in the Career Center to help you fine tune them.  A word of caution:  it is recommended that you do not use a commercial template when constructing your resume.  The initial ease of such tools becomes frustrating and complicated when one attempts to personalize documents.
Your Resume
Program-specific examples of resumes can be found in the Career Center – Room 121
Cover Letter
Action Words

Interviewing
What are employers looking for during an interview?  Confidence (not arrogance), enthusiasm, interest in the profession and the job for which you are interviewing.  Some knowledge of the organization and why you want to work there.  An understanding of your own skills and how they will contribute to the mission of the organization or department.  Below are a variety of resources to help you prepare for interviewing.  One of the best ways to assess your own interviewing style and see what employers see is to schedule a practice interview with one of the professionals in the career center.  We also offer you the opportunity to digitally record and playback your practice interview to help you see your interviewing strengths and areas that need to improve before a real job interview.