Career Services FAQs

Career Services

Campus: Blountville
Office: Career Services
Room: C2418, General Studies Building
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address: 2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: 423.354.5167
Fax: 423.354.5203

Campus: Kingsport
Office: Career Services
Room: R113 Blazier-Wilson Hall
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address: 222 West Main Street, Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: 423.354.5101

General FAQs

A: Right away! Career Services can help you succeed in every phase of your education and career exploration. Begin as soon as you can and take advantage of our many resources. Research has shown that students who use the Career Services throughout their college experience earn more and find professional work faster. So start early and achieve more! 

A: Our Career Services team offers you advice on professional development and help with job searches, practice interviews, résumé writing and assistance with determining a major. 

Individuals receive career development assistance from counselors and staff who are trained specifically in the area of career and workforce development. Staff members stay abreast of labor market trends and the local employment climate in order to help individuals make informed career decisions.

Services are tailored for individuals based on their specific career development and job search needs. We understand that each and every individual comes with a unique set of skills, goals and possibly even barriers. We work diligently to provide services that will be useful to individuals based on their personal circumstances.

Individuals can gain resume recommendations and assistance from a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

We also invite prospective employers to visit the campus for on-campus recruitment and to participate in career fairs, giving you an opportunity to meet those employers.

Early in your program you should actively participate in Career Services activities and visit our Career Services offices for help in preparing for your job search.

Interview FAQs

A: If you’ve practiced ahead of time and use the interviewing tips provided by Career Services you should be well prepared! Typically, an interviewer will ask you about your experience and relevant sills. They may ask why you are interested in the position and why you believe you are the best “fit” for the job. The interviewer will also describe the job details and will likely ask you about your work availability. If you have any questions about the position that haven’t been covered by the interviewer, now is the time to ask them. Salary and benefit questions are usually reserved for later in the hiring process. Remember it’s always important to be on time for the interview and to present yourself honestly and professionally.

Resume FAQs

A: It’s important to keep in mind that your résumé should be tailored to the position you’re applying for. Career Services can assist you in developing a resume. You should list your relevant experience. Usually, this is done in reverse chronological order, starting with your current or most recent job. Again, remember that the jobs or activities you list should indicate knowledge, skills and abilities that relate to the position you’re applying for. You should also list your educational details, including any certificates or diplomas you’ve earned. Listing any academic or work-related organizations you belong to or any awards or honors you’ve received may also prove helpful. Try to keep your résumé as concise as possible while making sure to communicate any information that you feel will be helpful for the prospective employer to know. If you’ve built up enough relevant experience and your résumé needs a second page, that’s fine, but a résumé should not exceed two pages in length. Some prospective employers may also ask you to provide references (generally, three to five). If so, you can list your references’ names and current contact information on a separate page. Also, don’t forget to ask your contacts for permission to use them as references. Again, our Career Services team has several resources and examples that you can use in developing an effective résumé. We offer résumé writing workshops and “Résumé 911” drop-in assistance.

A: Your career-focused education is the best type of work experience you can bring to your future employer. By incorporating a summary of the completed classes related to your major you show that you are developing work related skills. You can also gain valuable work experience by volunteering. Volunteering in your field of study not only gives you work experience but also demonstrates your level of commitment and interest in your chosen career. Our Career Services team can help you find ways of gaining work experience that you can use in building your résumé.