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Start your job search with strong interviewing skills and a résumé that demonstrates your best attributes.

Get help with your résumé and cover letter

If you are a JCCC credit student or alumni in an active job search, you can bring in a draft of your résumé and cover letter for a critique by one of our Career Information Specialists. No appointment is necessary. You can also submit your résumé and cover letter online to be critiqued by creating an account on JobLinks.

The Career Development Center has a “Résumés and Correspondence Best Practices” booklet for extra help.

Practice your interview

The more you practice interviewing, the more comfortable and prepared you will be and the better you will do.

We offer three easy ways to improve your interviewing skills and give yourself an advantage over your competition. And we have the “Interview Process Best Practices and Techniques” booklet for extra help.

Big Interview

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Big Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. You will have at your disposal a variety of tools including:

  • Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and dozens of industries
  • A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
  • The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
  • A comprehensive video training curriculum covering all aspects of landing a job
  • A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions

Use Big Interview to learn and practice interviewing skills that will come in handy in your job search and your educational career.

New users can create an account with any email address using registration code 0534. Note: Big Interview works best when you use the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers.

Get prepared for your interview

Interviewing is a skill that requires practice to make a good “first impression.” To achieve success in an interview process:

  • research yourself, the company and the position
  • practice responses to possible questions
  • and dress appropriately

Our “Interview Guidelines” booklet will provide you with additional tips on interview preparation and examples of commonly asked interview questions.

Schedule a mock interview

If you're a credit student or alumni and you have a pending job interview, schedule a formal and recorded Mock Interview Practice Session at the Career Development Center.

Mock interviews must be scheduled in advance; call Carol Gard at 913-469-8500, ext. 3635 to get on the schedule. Bring a flash drive to the session if you would like to take a copy of your video with you.

Get career advice

Career Spots Videos offer advice from employers, career counselors and fellow students in short (less than 5-minute) videos on a wide range of job-search topics.

Research a company you're interested in

It's always a good idea to get familiar with any company you're interviewing with, whether you're going after an internship or a job. These resources can help you brush up on area businesses.

  • GlassDoor.com You can search job openings, research companies and review reported salaries.
  • Kansas City Business Journal Book of Lists is a print resource that provides a listing of hundreds of the hottest area companies in their fields, by ranking. The names of key decision-makers, along with their titles and complete contact information are included. Stop by the Career Development Center or the Billington Library to see a copy.
  • LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network and a good resource to research companies, find a job or strengthen and extend your network. Create an account, post your résumé and make connections.

Stop in the Career Development Center for additional research resources.

Visit the Career Development Center

Location: Student Center, second floor, room 252

Call to make an appointment: 913-469-3870 
Appointments are encouraged, but not required.

Connect on online chat — available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday:

Hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.