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Recent graduate finds career success with Capstone

Finding a good job fresh out of school can be difficult at the best of times. But in today’s tough economic climate - with company closings and unemployment on the rise – new graduates are facing unprecedented challenges to finding gainful employment. Even with a university degree and post-graduate diplomas in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Mike Glendon was not having much success with his job search.

“This incredibly tough job market brought me to Capstone Career Solutions. I was having some challenges working with my resume and my cover letter. My aunt had success working with a Capstone advisor and is really enjoying her new position. So when I finished school, she recommended that I speak with someone at Capstone. And based on their career counselling reputation, I went in to give it a shot and signed up immediately.”

Studies have shown overwhelmingly that job seekers who have professional career guidance have proven to be the most successful in attaining complete job satisfaction. Capstone’s personalized strategies and services are delivered by a team of trained and experienced career management specialists, who have a combined 100 years of career service expertise. Mike really needed to tap into that knowledge and experience to get his career search on track.

“I actually did a fairly extensive job search on my own after graduating. But I just wasn’t getting a very good response to my resume. I was mostly just getting called for informational interviews – but no job offers were coming my way. Working with Capstone was just great. Everything was very, very clear after speaking with my advisor. She explained to me the steps that I needed to take and she put together a realistic timeline. I think that a lot of people – myself included – when you first finish school, you expect everything to move a lot quicker than they do in reality. So Debbie was really great at putting together a realistic timeline and setting realistic goals, so we could work through it one step at a time.”

What really impressed Mike was the comprehensive nature of the training and tools he was provided with by Capstone. Although he did not have a lot of preconceived notions prior to starting to work with his career advisor, any expectations he did have were far exceeded.

“I had initially thought it might be just some informal training and then they would turn me loose. Instead, I totally revamped my resume and cover letter and we also did a lot of practice and rehearsals concerning interview techniques. This really helped with my confidence. I had all these new techniques under my belt, which allowed actual employment interviews to go much better. Things just seemed to move fairly quickly from that point. I really liked the fact that everything I learned and worked on with Debbie was very, very quickly put to good use in real life situations.”

After struggling to make any positive progress with his own job search, Capstone Career Solutions helped Mike secure a position with a very bright future.

“I am really happy to say that I am now the Brand Marketing Coordinator for the outdoor apparel and equipment manufacturers Mountain Hardwear and Montrail. In terms of my own personal experience working with Capstone, I have absolutely nothing negative to say. The impact they had on my career was just huge. Especially in light of the current job market, they were extremely up-to-date on the things you need to do and places you need to go to get noticed and to put yourself in a position to be successful in your job search. I would not hesitate to recommend Capstone Career Solutions to another job seeker, and in fact – I already have.”



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