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Four-Year Plan

  • Job Search

    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.

    ❑     Watch the CareerSpots videos on salary and negotiation, job search, interviewing and more.

    ❑     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!

  • Experience

    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.

  • Exploration

    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.

  • Awareness

    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.

Career Exploration

Contact Us

Would you like to meet one-on-one with a career counselor? Contact Career Development and schedule an appointment.

Career Development
Room 107, University Center
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (325) 942-2255
Fax: (325) 942-2150
E-mail: career.development@angelo.edu

Mailing Address:
ASU Station #11026
San Angelo, TX 76909-1026


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