Throughout college, you’ll develop skills and relationships that can influence your career planning. In this section, you’ll learn how to appropriately maximize these assets and how to develop job-search tools, strategies, and professional etiquette.

We recommend that you go through each step, focusing especially on areas you have not yet developed. We encourage you to contact the Career Center to follow up with a member of the career consulting team.

Career-Readiness Competencies

Though valued by employers, a college degree in and of itself does not automatically lead to a good job. Employers want to know that you have developed and demonstrated competencies considered essential in the workplace; learn more about those competencies here.

Your Career Action Plan

If you like making to-do lists, charting actions to take during your undergraduate years may appeal to you. If you prefer experiencing things as they come, your action plan may be loosely structured, but still valuable as a career planning tool.

Job Search Strategies

Studies have shown that the most effective job search strategy for any field is networking. To network effectively, or use any job search strategy successfully, you must first be able to define what you want.

Resume Development

Your resume may be the most important marketing tool in your job search. When creating your resume, remember that the goal is to produce a document that will convince each targeted employer to invite you to an interview.

Cover Letters, Thank-You Letters, et al

A cover letter introduces you and your qualifications to the employer and, if effective, generates employer interest to invite you for an interview.

Your Online Portfolio

A portfolio is a showcase of your work and accomplishments for others to view.  In today’s competitive market, a creative and informative portfolio could be the key to setting you apart from other candidates.

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are among the skills you’ve been developing for years through a variety of experiences. Regardless of where and how you acquire these skills, you take them with you to other life experiences.

Professional Etiquette/Attire

Professional etiquette provides a basic set of guidelines to make business life go smoothly. This section will provide you with skills and knowledge needed to have meaningful and professional interactions with employers, clients, and colleagues.

Interview Skills

For most career fields, you will not get the position without interviewing. Therefore, effective interviewing skills and knowledge of the interview process are a must.