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The mission of Lakewood’s Career Services is to best equip our students with the tools needed to excel within their professional and personal lives. By providing concrete resources and the motivation our students need to work hard, we do our part to ensure our students will encompass many valuable assets needed to improve their overall quality of life as they come closer to fulfilling their desired goals.

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  • Resume & Cover Letter Critique
  • Career Coaching & Planning
  • Mock Interview
  • Employment Assistance
  • Externship Assistance
  • Networking Skills
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Virtual Appointments via Phone, Email, and Video Conferencing

-Please note while employment assistance is offered, Lakewood does not guarantee job interviews or offers.
-Career services are available for current undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni of Lakewood University at no additional cost.

Katy Kerr (Career Services Manager)

Katy graduated from Penn State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. With a background in Student Services, she worked as a Student Success Coach encouraging students through the completion of their academic program. Katy leads the Career Services department aiding students in securing positions and externships in their field of study.

She has a strong belief in the importance of education and supporting students in an educational environment.

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Yolanda Jester (Career Specialist)

Yolanda has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher educator. She has had the pleasure of working with students in several avenues. She comes diverse in working with students in many capacities which includes teaching, tutoring, new-hire training, and Career Services. Yolanda‘s passion has been working with students and aiding in their professional success.

Yolanda earned a B.S. degree in Legal Studies from Barry University of Miami Florida. Her career changed when she followed her passion to pursue a career in teaching, earning her teacher’s certification from the University of Phoenix.

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While it would make the introverts, the meek, the shy, and the novices awfully happy if the newspaper classifieds contained all job openings, that’s simply not the case. In fact, some of the best jobs aren’t listed anywhere except in the mental catalogues of CEOs and managers.
So how do you apply for jobs that aren’t advertised anywhere, that exist only in the seemingly inaccessible minds of working America’s movers and shakers? You meet people who might have insight into your job search. You talk to people who know people who could help you out. You chat it up with strangers at parties. You cold-call people you’ve read about in the newspaper. You write cordial letters to prominent community leaders. You cultivate an arsenal of contacts. In short, you network.

Think about networking as a game, as a sport, as a personal challenge. Below are some strategies for success.

1. Brainstorm for Contacts

Think of everyone who could possibly serve as a contact. Don’t limit yourself to people who could clearly help you out – friendly, accessible people in unrelated fields often have contacts they would be happy to share with you. Also, people who, through either work or volunteer activities, have contact with a diverse crowd can be extremely helpful. To get you started with your list, here are some suggestions:

  • Family friends Local politicians
  • Relatives Journalists
  • Neighbors Business executives
  • Professors Non-profit directors
  • Alumni Your physician
  • Former employees Your hair dresser
  • Former co-workers Prominent community members
  • Public relations officials Members of professional organizations
  • Religious leaders
2. Where the Contacts Are – Tried and True Places to Network
  • Local alumni association Conventions
  • Class reunions Club meetings
  • Cocktail parties Internet list-servs
  • Fundraisers Volunteer opportunities
  • Business conferences Continuing education classes
3. Be Prepared

Networking is a little like planning a political campaign. While it’s essential that you are honest and relaxed, you should not wing it. Just as politicians think about what they tactically need to accomplish, convey, and gain when they make an appearance or give a speech, you should approach networking opportunities with a game plan. Before you confidently and charmingly sashay into a business conference room, a dinner party, or group event, do your homework. Find out who will be there, or do your best to list who you think will probably be present. Then decide who you would most like to meet. When you have your list of potential contacts, thoroughly research their work and their backgrounds and then make up some questions and conversational statements that reflect your research. And finally, think critically about what your goals are for your networking function. What information do you want to walk away with? What do you want to convey to the people you meet? But, as is always true, it’s important to be flexible and to perceive opportunities you didn’t plan to confront.

4. Networking Knows No Boundaries

Business conferences, informational interviews, college reunions, and cocktail parties are obvious networking opportunities – you expect to walk away with a few business cards and some recommendations for potential rolodex entries. But the reality is that invaluable contacts and enviable opportunities often surprise us. Good networkers are flexible people who approach connection-making as a fluid enterprise that extends far beyond hotel conference room walls. You never know who will step onto the adjacent elliptical trainer at the gym; who will be parked behind you in an interminable grocery store line; who will sit next to you on an airplane; or who will be under the hair dryer next to you at the beauty salon. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by. While it may have been sheer luck that you bumped into an affable CEO, your savvy approach to networking can turn a banal exchange into a pivotal moment in your career path. Always be ready to make a contact and exchange business cards. And remember, don’t hesitate to network someone who has no obvious connection to your ambitions: Your new contact may be able to give you relevant names of his or her friends and colleagues.

5. Follow Up

After you meet with a contact, it is absolutely essential to write a thank you note. Tell your contact how much he or she helped you, and refer to particularly helpful, specific advice. Everyone – even the most high-level executive – likes to feel appreciated. In addition to immediate follow-up after a meeting or conversation, keep in touch with your contacts. This way, they may think of you if an opportunity comes up, and they will also be forthcoming with new advice. It’s important to stay on their radar screens without being imposing or invasive. And, of course, if you get that new job, be sure to tell them and thank them again for their help.

6. What Goes Around Comes Around

If you want to be treated with respect, treat others with respect. If you want your phone calls and email missives returned, call and write back to the people who contact you. If you want big-wigs to make time for you, make yourself available to others whom you might be able to help out. It’s that simple.

The higher up you climb in the professional world, the more you’ll find that everyone knows everyone else. Thus, if you’re impolite, curt, condescending, or disposed to burning bridges, you’ll cultivate a reputation that will serve as a constant obstacle. Remember – the people who seem little now will one day be running companies and making decisions. If you treated them with kindness and respect when they were green, they’ll remember and return the favor later.

7. Make It Easy For Your Contacts

When you call, meet with, or write to a potential contact, make it as easy as possible for them to help you. Explain what you specifically want, and ask detail-oriented questions.

For example, “I’m looking for jobs in arts administration. Do you know anyone who works at the Arts Council? May I have their names and phone numbers? May I use your name when I introduce myself to them?” Another entrée into a productive conversation is to solicit career tips and advice from your contact. Most people love to talk about themselves. By asking for your contact to offer valuable insight from his or her personal experiences and successes, he or she will feel important and respected. Who doesn’t like to feel like an expert? Be sure to avoid making general demands, such as, “Do you know of any jobs that would be good for me?” This sort of question is overwhelming and it puts an undue burden on your contact.

8. Stay Organized

Keep a record of your networking. Whether you do this in a Rolodex, in a notebook, or in a database file on your computer, it’s important to keep track of your contacts. Make sure your system has plenty of room for contacts’ names, addresses, phone numbers, companies, job titles, how you met them, and subsequent conversations you’ve had with them.

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AutoHireSoftware – automate recruitment and hiring processes. – search jobs by company, discipline, location, hot jobs, new grad, or by your own keywords.

CareerBuilder – job listings and career advice. – enterprise-class Job Board Platform fully integrates job and resume databases, job wrapping, and the full range of job seeker and employer tracking, reporting, and information delivery capabilities into a single platform providing central management of ongoing development, deployment, administration, and security.

Career Test – search for a job, career opportunities, or corporate membership. – includes searchable career opportunities and resume databases offering direct contact with employers and candidates across industry categories in the Southeast and nationwide. – online job and resume database. Free to job seekers – search for jobs by skills, company, or location. Also includes valuable job resources, regional resources, career planning, and education/training information. – comprehensive employment services for both employers and job seekers in all industries. – provides US and Canada employment and resume information services to job candidates, employers, and recruitment firms.

College Central Network – links employers with prospective job candidates through college-based Career Centers. – One-stop entry-level job search shopping for college students and recent grads. Includes info on resumes, jobs, interviewing, offer negotiation, and more. – listing of the top cool jobs and careers in the world. Large database of jobs in all industries and functions.

EmployDiversity – provides multicultural professionals with an online venue where they can access employment opportunities and career development information. Fee job search services. – free job searching and resume posting service. – find management and executive-level jobs here. Search, post your resume, and set up job alerts.

Monster – Global online employment solution for people seeking jobs and employers who need great people. Offers a vast network of properties, partners, and targeting capabilities, connecting people and job opportunities

NationJob – promotes job openings in a variety of ways including personal job scouts, and a customized e-mail service.

Vault – provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company, or profession, and how to position yourself to land that job. – Students Basics for Financial Literacy – Affording Tuition

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For job search assistance please contact our Career Services Specialist Yolanda Jester.

Yolanda Jester (Career Specialist)

Yolanda has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher educator. She has had the pleasure of working with students in several avenues. She comes diverse in working with students in many capacities which includes teaching, tutoring, new-hire training, and Career Services. Yolanda‘s passion has been working with students and aiding in their professional success.

Yolanda earned a B.S. degree in Legal Studies from Barry University of Miami Florida. Her career changed when she followed her passion to pursue a career in teaching, earning her teacher’s certification from the University of Phoenix.

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My Interview Practice

As a graduate of Lakewood University, we are excited to offer you a great new way to prepare for an interview with “My Interview Practice!”

What is My Interview Practice?

“My Interview Practice” is a job interview prep platform. You can pick which field of work you want to interview for, and it will have questions tailored to that field. It will video record your answers and then you can choose if you would like to share them with Career Services, friends, or family to give you feedback.”

You will need to use your Lakewood University email address to access My Interview Practice. We have it set up to forward any of your Lakewood University emails to your personal email address so there will be no issues.

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– Please use your email address to sign up.

**If you graduated before 2019 and do not have a .edu email, please let me know and we can assign you one.


Please go to the link below and read the attached instructions for how to sign up.





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Military Resources

Lakewood University prides itself on being a military-friendly University and wants to give you as many resources as possible to succeed. Please see below for resources that you may find beneficial.

Hire Military Offers A Wide Range Of Resources

Hire Military’s Misson:

We’re always moving forward, bringing employers and the Military Community together to help Veterans and Military Spouses find meaningful employment.


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Please see additional links to resources below:

Job Seeker Resources:

Michael Quinn’s Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet:

Hire Heroes USA: provides personalized career support, including help with writing resumes. They can help translate your military experience into a professional civilian resume and show you how to tailor your resume to a particular role:

The USO Transitions Program: provides career coaching and military transition assistance to service members and spouses. They’ll also help you find the services and resources that best fit your needs:

Military Resume Translator: