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Index of all Handouts Below (PDF: 282K)
This handout contains a downloadable list of all of the PDFs on this page.

Career Planning Checklist (PDF: 288K)
This handout includes a checklist for your cover letter, resume, networking, professional associations, interview clothing, personal appearance, interviewing skills, and thank you cards.

Checklist for Reviewing Your Resume (PDF: 238K)
This is a comprehensive list of items to check on your resume.

Choosing a Career (PDF: 303K)
What Do You Do Well? If you could have any type of job, what would it be?

Choosing a Major (PDF: 236K)
Five steps to help you choose a major.

Common Job Interview Questions (PDF: 246K)
Before going on a job interview, it is essential to be prepared for some of the questions asked by employers. Here are some frequently asked questions you may be called upon to answer in an interview, and some possible strategies for responses.

Core Employability Skills (PDF: 270K)
Employment security means having or learning the core employability skills that are needed for work in your career area. Anything you need to know in order to do a job well can be learned. Transferable and knowledge-based skills relevant to the position, project or assignment are helpful assets.

Cover Letter.pdf (PDF: 341K)
A cover letter is an important employment application document that should accompany your resume. Research has indicated that cover letters are just as important as resumes when applicants are making initial contact.

How to Use the Career Center (PDF: 345K)
Welcome! This place is for you - to explore, research, and make decisions that will have an important impact on the course of your future. Our staff is available to help you find and make use of the resources you need.

Informational Interviewing (PDF: 325K)
Informational interviewing is designed to produce information you need to choose or refine a career path, or to learn how to break in and find out if you have what it takes to succeed. According to Richard Bolles, author of "What Color is Your Parachute", it is a way to "try on jobs to see if they fit you." It is not the same as a job interview, but it is a very effective means of networking, and one that could lead to a job offer. However, it should never be used for the purpose of obtaining employment.

Interviewing (PDF: 315K)
What to do before, during and after an interview.

Job Burnout (PDF: 286K)
How to identify the symptoms, and what you can do about it.

Job Search Mistakes to Avoid (PDF: 272K)
The best way to avoid these mistakes in your job search is to recognize them and take care to avoid them. You can learn from the mistakes made by those seeking jobs in the past. Here are some errors frequently made by job candidates that should be avoided.

Networking (PDF: 323K)
Successful individuals understand that it’s not always what you know, but who you know that can guide you to the right information and opportunities. Networking is the process of gathering helpful information from a network of contacts to assist you in planning your career and looking for jobs.

Preparing for a Career fair (PDF: 359K)
Preparing for a career fair - a student strategy guide.

Preparing for Employment (PDF: 317K)
Four steps to prepare you for employment.

Resume Samples (PDF: 469K)
Several good examples of well-written resumes.

Resume Writing Guidelines (PDF: 261K)
A resume is your personal marketing tool, similar to a brochure designed to promote a business's products or services. It should highlight the skills and qualifications that the reader - the employer - is seeking so that he/ she responds by calling you for an interview. That's the bottom line. The more your resume targets the needs of the employer, the greater your chances of being selected for an interview.

Resume Writing Worksheet (PDF: 291K)
A form to assist you when preparing for resume writing.

Success Behavior Checklist (PDF: 244K)
A good list of behaviors that will prepare you for success.

Ten Tips for Keeping Your Job (PDF: 236K)
10 good tips for helping you succeed in the workplace.

Tips for Completing Your Job Application (PDF: 321K)
The employment application provides the employer with information about applicants in a standardized format so the employer can quickly screen applicants to see which ones meet minimum requirements. Because of the importance of the job application, we offer these tips to help you present yourself in the best light.

Transferable Skills (PDF: 357K)
Transferable skills are the skills you’ve gathered through various jobs, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, or other life experiences that can be used in your next job or new career. In addition to being useful to people changing careers, transferable skills are also important to those who are facing a layoff, new graduates who are looking for their first jobs, and those re-entering the workforce after an extended absence.

Websites for Career Planning and Preparation (PDF: 376K)
2 pages of good website links useful for the career planning student.

Your First Day on the Job (PDF: 269K)
A new job offers you a chance to begin anew and contribute your skills and talents to the world. Learn what to expect and how to handle the feelings and thoughts that may naturally arise when starting a new job.

 

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