Job Placement Center provides help to students

The Job Placement Center is where people can get free employment services for those in the Cerritos College community.

Job Placement Center provides info regarding employment opportunities on and off the campus such as part-time work, full-time work, and internships.

Terrie Lopez, director of Career and Assessment Services, goes on to talk about the purpose of the Job Placement Center.

“The main mission is to guide and assist students throughout their job search process. This is done by helping students identify their skills, interests and values and how they factor in when looking for a job.”

Not only that, but the Job Placement Center also provides help with a student’s interview skills and creating resumes through various workshops.

Rose Vazquez, Career Services administrative assistant, talks about the difficulties students have when they are in the process of finding a job

“It is very time consuming, so a lot students don’t take the time to prepare themselves. That’s something that our employers that have come to our job fairs have told us.”

Vazquez expresses that students aren’t confident themselves, when it comes to finding a job.

“A lot of (students) don’t feel like they have any experience. I can tell you that even if you don’t have a specific work related experience, students have experience were they got involved with community service or at their local churches, even on campus and in their clubs.”

The Job Placement Center has a lab with computers and folders with job listings that can help with the job search.

For the actual job interview, counselors at the Job Placement Center will do mock interviews to sharpen their communication skills when it comes to a real interview.

Jorge Rios, Job Placement technician, talks about how students should go about using their services, “If you come in, sign in up front with the receptionist, in the back we have cubicle that is strictly for job placement.

“We have a variety of job placement binders such as the categorized job listings, we have two of those, we include in the binders office work and labor market information.”

The Job Placement Center is open Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. -7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. -12 p.m.

The center will also be hosting a Resume Basics workshop on Oct.1 and again on Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. – noon in BE 105.