Self-Assessment and Emotional Investment

Considering a new career often brings about feelings of confusion, isolation and incompetence with the job search process. Now is a good time to take stock of your goals, abilities, and natural talents. A good way to start can be with a values assessment or inventory to find out more about yourself. Not only will this assist you in reaffirming key strengths, but also in presenting yourself in a resume or interview.

  • Values Inventory: Go to > Students and Alumni > Evaluate Section
  • Assessments: Go to development > Students and Alumni > Expand Section

Recognition of Skills

Discussing what skills are relevant to a new career from prior work experience is essential. Without articulating how your skills are transferable and relevant to the new job, an employer won’t recognize your value. Focus on your overarching skills using the following resources:

  • Transferable Skills: Go to development > Students and Alumni > Expand Section
  • Transferable Skills Video
  • Skillbuilder: Go to > Students and Alumni > Evaluate Section

Resume and Career Tools

After reflecting on transferable skills, a resume and supplemental materials such as a cover letter and reference page are a good next step. Prior to starting a job search, the resume should be polished and reflective of your capabilities. Utilize the resume section on our website to navigate requirements and expectations for these documents.

Job Search Process

Up to 85% of available jobs are in the hidden job market or never published. That is one of many reasons you need to be up to date on the job search process. In addition to understanding the nature of job searches today, it is important to have a strong social media presence with professional information included on sites like LinkedIn.

  • Job Search Tools: Go to > Students and Alumni > Expand Section
  • Job Search Tracking Sheet: Go to > Students and Alumni > Exceed Section
  • LinkedIn Resources: Go to > Students and Alumni > Exceed Section
  • Social Media Audit Worksheet: Go to > Students and Alumni > Exceed Section

Job Search Strategies

The job search process is just that… a process. It takes time, which often means utilizing a number of tactics to find the best fit for you. Starting with your resume and skill development will allow you to be ready when job opportunities become available. In addition, it is essential to harness your personal and professional network to learn more about job openings.

  • Job Search Tools: Go to > Students and Alumni > Expand Section
  • Personal Pitch Development: Go to > Students and Alumni > Explore Section

Your research about a target company or position should help you answer the following questions:

  • What are the responsibilities of the position?
  • What skills are required?
  • What is the approximate monetary value of the position?
  • What is the organizational structure of the department/division to which the person in the position will report?
  • What product or services does it provide?
  • Is the company for-profit or nonprofit? Large or small? Local, national or international?
  • What population does the company serve?
  • How long has the organization been in existence?
  • In what industry is the organization?
  • What are trends in this industry?
  • What is the future outlook of the organization?
  • Are any new initiatives planned?
  • Have any new products or services been introduced recently?

Interview Skills

Articulating how you are the best fit for a position comes from practice as well as a solid understanding of your strengths and skillset. In addition, research on the organization and job description is important for a well-rounded interview.

  • Interview Preparation Guide: Go to > Students and Alumni > Exceed Section
  • Interview Preparation Video