Job Search and Transition
Checklist of Goals
- Attend all Career Development events. You WILL learn something new.
- Join professional organizations within your chosen field. Student rates are often cheaper!
- Maintain relationships with faculty and mentors. Ask permission to use them as references.
- Continue to obtain relevant experience.
- Sign up for on-campus interviews through Jobs4Rams and view job posts.
- Meet with one of Career Development’s advisors to discuss resources and strategies for your specific career goals.
- Edit your résumé, electronic portfolio and website content to reflect your strengths, qualifications and career goals. Then re-submit your résumé on Jobs4Rams.
- Research salaries using NACE Salary Guide.
- Determine geographic preference(s) and research employers within that area. Access Glassdoor for an inside look at companies (salaries, reviews, interview questions and more).
- Start writing cover letters. Refer to Letter Builder in OptimalRésumé for tips and examples.
- Continue cultivating contacts and talking with professionals in your field. Networking works!
- Fine-tune your interviewing skills using Interview Prep in OptimalRésumé, then contact Career Development to participate in a Mock Interview.
- Follow up interviews with thank-you letters using Letter Builder. They really do make a difference!
Gain Marketable Experience
Checklist of Goals
- Continue to maintain a strong GPA.
- Seek a leadership/officer position within your student organizations to strengthen your skills and your résumé.
- Develop mentor(ee) relationships with key individuals who may serve as references.
- Check the Career Development website for a list of events and mark them on your calendar.
- Establish goals for a summer or fall internship that focuses on a specialty area in your field.
- Keep your information and electronic portfolio up-to-date with OptimalRésumé and create a profile on Jobs4Rams.
- Consider creating your own website using the Website Builder in OptimalRésumé.
- Watch the CareerSpots video “Networking & Your Personal Brand” found on the Career Development website.
- Secure information interviews and job shadowing experiences with professionals in your field(s) of interest to gain industry insight and expand your professional network.
- Research graduate or professional school qualifications, required application materials and deadlines. Register for any appropriate entrance exam.
- Use Interview Prep in OptimalRésumé to refine your interviewing skills. Select specific questions, record your responses, and critique your performance.
- Put together an interview outfit and start building your professional wardrobe.
- Investigate several professional organizations in your career field.
- Complete an internship in your chosen field.
Explore Majors and Careers
Checklist of Goals
- Confirm your choice of a major and identify three to four related career options of particular interest using the “What Can I Do With This Major?” resource on the Career Development website.
- Explore careers of interest. Ask Career Development for occupational information.
- Determine if your career goals require additional education and/or training.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field(s) of choice. This is a great way to learn about jobs and network!
- Update your information and electronic portfolio using OptimalRésumé and have a Career Development staff member critique it.
- Prepare for internship interviews. Use Interview Prep in OptimalRésumé to record your responses and critique your performance using real-life multimedia. Watch CareerSpots videos for tips.
- Obtain a volunteer, freelance, part-time or summer job to test you chosen career field. Meet with a career advisor for helpful information and resources.
- TIP: Ask for a copy of your job description and use it to update your résumé.
- Visit the Career Development website for a list of career-related activities (job fairs, etiquette dinners, etc.).
- Consider a minor that will enhance your qualifications and/or broaden your marketability.
- Maintain a strong GPA. It matters!
- Work toward leadership positions in your student organizations and develop transferable skills and a reputation for having a strong work ethic.
Become Aware of Self and Resources
Checklist of Goals
- Explore your interests, personality, work values, skills and motivations.
- Visit with a career advisor for help with self-assessment and occupational research. Call Career Development to schedule an appointment to discuss taking a “career test.”
- Visit the Resource Library in the Career Development office to learn more about careers of interest.
- Research majors of interest by visiting academic department websites.
- Identify career options within majors of interest using the “What Can I Do With This Major?” resource on the Career Development website.
- Think about getting a part-time job.
- Use OptimalRésumé, a suite of online career tools available to ASU students, to create items such as a résumé, cover letters and a website.
- Create an electronic portfolio using the Portfolio Builder in OptimalRésumé to display your special achievements, writing, honors, letters of recommendation and multimedia creations.
- Get involved in clubs or student organizations.
- Go to all your classes and do your best academically. Remember your priorities.
- Attend Career Development seminars and events. It’s not too early!
- Get a summer job or volunteer position related to your major/career/industry goals.