CAREER RESOURCES

A GREAT CAREER STARTS HERE!

A job search starts with research! We're here to help prepare you in putting your best self forward, whether you're just starting out or looking to make a change in your career.

Take a look at some of our tips to help you along your journey!


WHAT CAREER TYPE SHOULD I PURSUE?

Career change can be scary, but it doesn't have to be! If you're unsure of where to begin, try a career aptitude test! 

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areer aptitude tests have been used since the 1950's to help millions of test-takers determine which type of career industry might be best suited for their personality, skill level, and interests.


a resume worth a thousand words!

Your resume is what you've done, how you've done it, and for how long. Use it as a tool in selling your skills and experience to a future employer! 

Resume Writing Tips
Free Resume Writing Class
Free Resume Templates

Your resume should follow your career, and do so using the correct tense and verbiage. Check out the above resources to help you in crafting your perfect resume!

what's covered in a cover letter?

Cover letters aren't an antiquated relic of the past! Think of them as your album cover, or book cover. 

What you include in your cover letter should fill in the gaps of your resume, focus on now, the future, and what you bring to the table. 

Check out Glassdoor's article, "How to Write a Successful Cover Letter That Impresses Your Reader."

  • Tips For Writing A Cover Letter:
  • Be sure your information matches your resume
  • Confirm that you're using the right greeting/salutation
  • Use keywords relevant to the position
  • Include an introduction, body, and conclusion
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread!

Your cover letter is your key to standing out!

CREATING OPPORTUNITY SINCE 1997

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”

- Milton Berle


Interview preparedness

Now that you've applied for the position you want, your interview has been scheduled, now what? 

If you haven't already, do your homework! Research the company for which you're interviewing with. 

Here are some great examples of what you should look for:

Company Reviews (Employee & Customer) 
How often are they hiring for similar positions? (Think Turnaround!)
What type of benefits do they offer?
How long has the company been in business?
What is the company's history? 


Interviewing companies may ask questions relating to the reputation of the company, so be prepared to know more about them than the fact that they're hiring!

Here are 7 Things to Research Before An Interview!

Questions

There are many types of interview questions, the most common are situational and behavioral prompts. These questions often ask the interviewee to discuss a specific situation they may have experienced in the past (behavioral), and or to describe how they would respond in a hypothetical situation (situational). 

Here are some examples of both types of questions (& answers!) to help you prepare for your upcoming interview:

Q: Tell me about a time you went above and beyond for work?
A: In this question, your response should include details of a time you felt you went beyond your typical job requirements. Ever worked overtime? Perhaps you stood in when a manager was away? Think of these situations as times where you were a workplace hero!

Q: Tell me about a time you had to work with a difficult co-worker/customer, how did you handle that situation positively?
A: We've all been there, and while it might be easy to just give up, that's not a viable option. Discuss what the problem was, how you resolved it, and what was the outcome!

Q: Imagine you are given a project to complete with a short deadline, you already have another project you are working on that is due in the same time frame. How do you prioritize in order to complete both projects on time?
A: Use your critical thinking and time management skills! Remember to reiterate the problem, how you plan to solve it, and what skills you will use to ensure success.


For more examples of Situational Interview questions, read 20 Situational Interview Questions and Answers To Nail Your Interview!

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or more examples of Behavioral Interview questions, read Behavioral Questions by BigInterview!


The job offer

You've received a job offer, congrats! Before you accept, take the time to review all aspects. What kind of benefits package is offered? Is the salary fair considering the positions responsibilities, size of company, and your experience/education? Are there additional perks included?

For tips on how to negotiate, accept, or decline a job offer, read this article by The Balance Careers!


market salary

"What's your salary range?" - We've been there. That moment where you're not sure what to say and don't want your salary requirements to ruin what seems like a perfect opportunity. 

Here's a tool you can use to determine a comparable market salary range based by industry! Once you've got a handle on it, the next time the question is asked, you can answer with confidence.