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Five Hidden Resources Northwestern Career Advancement Offers

From reviewing resumes to organizing career fairs, Northwestern’s Career Advancement (NCA) is the familiar face behind all career-related events on campus. Apart from the usual services, here are several services offered by NCA that are useful, but often fly under the radar.

  1.   iNet

iNet is an internship only posting board that you can access via CareerCat. Apart from the usual job search within the university’s internal database, CareerCat allows you to gain access to external resources. The opportunities in iNet are sourced by a consortium of universities, including Yale, MIT and Harvard, which gives you access to more positions in other regions of the country.

To access iNet, simply log onto your Career Cat account, scroll down the page and on the right, click on “INET” under “Jump To.” Register for a new account using your Northwestern email. Your account will be confirmed within two business days.

  1.      Skype Appointments while Studying Abroad

Studying abroad makes it difficult to connect with career-related resources on campus, and you may feel like you are missing out on individual advising. You can schedule regular career advising appointments through CareerCat, and at the end of the booking request, select the “Skype” option under “Appointment setting.” Keep in mind the time difference – booking time is all in Central Standard Time.

  1.      Career Ambassadors

NCA has 7 Career Ambassadors, undergraduate students who assist in reviewing resumes and presentations. There is at least one ambassador available during express advising every day from 2-4p.m. in Core in the Main Library. They do 20-minute resume/cover letter reviews, offer help with navigating LinkedIn, and show you the other resources that NCA has. In addition, they also give presentations on campus on resume writing, interviewing, networking, LinkedIn, etc.

Here is the list of Career Ambassadors and to request a presentation for your student group or dorm click here.

  1.      CareerCat Mobile App

The smartphone version of CareerCat offers the same services as its desktop counterpart such as searching for jobs, viewing upcoming appointments and information sessions, and following companies. Search “Careers by Simplicity” in your mobile app store and you can access university career resources anytime and anywhere. 

  1.      VMock

VMock is an online resume preparation platform, where you can upload your resume and receive instant feedback on the format and content. Available 24/7, it is an ideal resource prior to any NCA events, or if you don’t have enough time to make in-person resume reviews. Check out more about Vmock here.

(Source: Northwestern NCA)

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(Source: Northwestern NCA)

(Source: Northwestern NCA)

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