College Central Network

By Molly Clarke

Over the last few months you may have noticed that the Lasell College Campus has been hit with waves of posters, handouts, and flyers boasting career services’ newest tool– College Central Network (CCN). After taking out several CCN ads from my student mailbox and  throwing them away, I decided that, as a graduating senior, it might be valuable to see what the hype was all about.

The website, essentially a networking tool for soon-to-be or recent college graduates seeking employment, is self- described as, “The primary site where students and alumni register with their school to post their resume, search jobs and receive career development and employment related announcements.”

After a simple registration process and entering my particular areas of interest, I was immediately shown a list of jobs that for the most part fit my description. Over the next few weeks I experimented with the various tools and occasionally received emails updating me on the newest job openings.

I found CCN to be helpful. However, with the availability of larger and more efficient career networking sites such as LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and Monster.com, CCN may be obsolete for those seriously looking to start a career.

Because CCN is offered as a service through colleges and universities to students of all ages, younger students may benefit from early exposure to resume building, cover letters, and even interview experience. The regular emails from CCN may serve as a reminder to underclassmen that graduation is eventually coming and, they too, will be entering the job market.

Having been a member of CCN for several months now, I have come to the conclusion that the site is useful, but not necessary. Have you used CCN? What are your opinions?

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