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Career Resource Center

The Career Resource Center (CRC), on the first floor of the J. Wayne Reitz Union, provides career planning, cooperative education/internship work experience opportunities and employment assistance at the University of Florida.

The CRC helps students develop and explore career plans, acquire career-related work experiences and develop personal strategies that ensure employment.

The center's services focus upon the student, from freshmen exploring careers to graduate students seeking employment. Students can use the center at any time during their college careers. Most services are free and include counseling for students seeking career planning, career changes, work experience and job search campaigns.

The Career Workshop Program offers 80 different seminar sessions on 17 topics each semester. Sessions are 50 minutes long and are taught in the CRC's career development laboratory, and many are available through the Internet site. Topics include career planning, cooperative education, job search correspondence, resume preparation, interview techniques, over-seas jobs and many more.

The Cooperative Education and Internship Programs enable students to gain professional work experience related to classroom education. They also provide a source of income and enable students to become more competitive for the job market.

Hundreds of recruiters visit the CRC each semester and conduct nearly 10,000 on-campus job interviews, the largest such program in the state. The center uses a web-based résumé referral and interview management database, and students who wish to participate in the on-campus interview process - whether for full-time, co-op or internship positions - must first register with the CRC at www.crc.ufl.edu. Once in the system, students complete the demographic information, enter or upload their résumés, and send the data to the CRC for inclusion in its database. The information can (and should) be updated as often as required. Once the data is in the CRC system, the student is registered with the center and may participate in on-campus interviews. The center uses this information to provide referrals directly to employers who have requested candidates before on-campus interviews.

Career Days: The center sponsors a number of these events each semester. Career Showcase, traditionally held in September and January, offers all students an opportunity to discuss career and employment opportunities with hundreds of national companies. Several smaller career events provide a more specialized recruiting environment for specific colleges and career fields.

The Career Resource Library contains information to help students make career choices: facts on several thousand employers; employer contact lists; directories for business, industry, education and government; lists of American firms operating overseas and reference material and information on graduate and special studies programs such as fellowships, assistantships and other resource materials.

Research data also is available on job trends, outlook and economic forecasts; labor market statistics; manpower bulletins for various career fields; special directories and publications rating most employers. More than 250 slide/tape, video and audio programs provide career choices, employer information, job search and interview techniques.

A Credentials and Referral Service is available to students and alumni. Copies of credentials are sent upon request to potential employers. In addition, the center refers qualified persons on file to interested employers requesting candidates to fill job vacancies.

The World Wide Web: The Career Resource Center's list of jobs and career information is available at www.crc.ufl.edu. This site contains a full spectrum of information services and direct Web links, including details about the Career Resource Center, how to find it and hours of operation; descriptions of CRC programs, events and services; career events and Career Showcase (including a current list of employers attending); job listings; interviewing/on-campus recruiting (including signing up for interviews); plus information for alumni. For those in the immediate job market, there are direct links to such job posting services as JobTrak, Job Bank USA, CareerWeb, Monster.com, and Yahoo!Career Mart.

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