There are many reasons that people take a break from the workforce. Raising a family, dealing with personal or family illness, or going back to school can all take you out of the working loop and it can be hard to start over with a new job or a new career. Or, you could be feeling stuck in your present job and ready for a change. The career office at your alma mater can be a terrific resource to get you on track for college graduates who are returning to the workforce, looking for a position, or for some advice about what your next career move might be. Many colleges offer free career counseling to alumni for life, and most have job postings and free services. You reflect well on their program, and you may someday be in a position to help a fellow alum through your successful career. Your school has a vested interest in helping you to succeed.  Check to see if your school can help you long distance in case you're not located near your alma mater, and many alumni aren't. Many colleges and universities provide long distance services via email, phone or Skype.

College career services for alumni

Plus, networking events are often scheduled at off-campus locations. Check with the career office or the alumni office for a schedule of events close to home. A valuable service often offered is resume and cover letter reviews. A counselor can help you put together your resume, update it, or tweak it for a particular position you are interested in. A succinct, well written cover letter is crucial to getting your resume looked at, and being called for an interview. Having an experienced, expert set of eyes to help fine tune your resume and cover letter can mean the difference between scoring an interview and not. Some career offices offer assistance with interviewing techniques, and may have speakers or seminars open to alumni as well as current students. Alumni volunteers, who offer mock interviews where you can practice answering a few questions related to the position you are seeking or they may have someone on staff. There may be an alumni network where information on alumni who are willing to be contacted is available. People working in the field you are job searching in may be able to give you advice on the kinds of questions that you will likely be asked, and the types of responses that will get you the job. They can also answer any questions you may have about the field or industry. Most colleges have databases of job listings for both students and alumni. Many of these jobs are specifically for candidates from the school and aren't posted elsewhere online, especially those posted by alumni. Colleges and universities usually have a Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter presence. Your school may also have a private social network just for alumni. Become a part of these online communities, and you immediately connect with hundreds in case not thousands, of other alumni with whom you share a common experience.