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Services for Current Students
If you haven't started working with us on a plan to achieve your career goals yet, it's never too late (or too early!) We'll meet you where you are and help you get where you want to go by working with you on the academic, extracurricular and experiential learning experiences you'll need.

If you are struggling trying to determine your major and future career path, you should consider taking a career assessment. We offers our current students and alumni FOCUS-2, an Internet based career and educational planning system the enables people to broaden their career horizons, analyze occupations, make decisions about majors offered, search for occupations, and narrow down their options. The following self-assessments are incorporated in FOCUS-2: work interest, leisure interest, skills, personality, and values. For further details regarding FOCUS-2, please visit www.focuscareer2.com. To obtain the link and password, please email careersv@rockford.edu.

The next step will be to access the many tools and resources available to help you prepare for applying, interviewing for and landing an internship or even that first job. Meet with us to create a resume/cover letter, prepare for an interview and develop a comprehensive job search strategy.

Internships
Internships provide you with a wonderful opportunity not only to gain valuable experience to build your resume, but also to allow you to understand what a position really entails. Additionally, internships offer you the chance to network with professionals in their chosen fields. These experiences can lead to receiving strong references and recommendations as well as the possibility of being offered a full-time position upon graduating.

We can assist you in finding internship opportunities! If you are seeking an academic internship for credit, you should contact the appropriate professor in your major.

Resumes and Cover Letters
Don’t have a resume? No problem! We can help you develop a resume and cover letter. Two of the biggest mistakes that people make involve not proofreading their resumes and not making them as marketable as possible. It is most beneficial to set up a one-on-one appointment. To do so, students can call 815-226-4022 or e-mail careersv@rockford.edu. If you are not able to come to campus for an appointment, you may also e-mail your documents to the address above for review and we will respond to you within 24-48 hours!

Mock Interviews
We offer practice interviews for current students and alumni. Your interview will be recorded so that you are able to develop a greater awareness of your non-verbal behaviors because a lot of what you say does not come out of your mouth! Additionally, you will be asked specific questions relating to the job you are seeking so that you can be better prepared when participating in a formal interview.

Off-Campus Federal Work Study
If you qualify for Off-Campus Federal Work Study according to your financial aid package, you can contact us to discuss current open positions. These positions are also found on the Rockford University Web site under Resources, then Employment Opportunities followed by Student Employment.

Job Search Assistance
We offer job search assistance!  Rockford University uses College Central Network as its official resume and job posting service. Students and Alumni, create your account profile at www.collegecentral.com/Rockford to:

  • Search for all Full-time, Part-time, Internship/Co-op job opportunities easily and efficiently
  • Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers
  • Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos and articles

Furthermore, you can also log onto www.iscpa.org and go to the On-line Career Center and create a profile to search for employment and internship opportunities and post your resume. Additionally, through the Illinois Small College Placement Association, you as well as alumni can participate in the annual CareerFest, TeacherFest and Interview Day!!

Career Services is located in Lion’s Den Lower Level.
To set up an appointment, call 815-226-4022 or e-mail careersv@rockford.edu

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5050 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

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