Once you have researched your interests and explored your options you can start devising an organized plan that outlines the timeline, people, documents and other preparation necessary to pursue your goals.
The Personal Implementation Plan is a practical tool that outlines the actions that you need to take to achieve your career goals, including clarifying your goals, targeting organizations, identifying contacts you can reach out to, and keeping track of your outreach.
Your resume is your key marketing and branding tool. Once you have a draft of your resume ready for initial review, please upload it into the VMock software. This automated system will give you detailed, line-by-line feedback on the format and content of your document, including key competencies that employers look for when scanning resumes.
Action verbs are a critical component of your resume and any other scholarly documents that you are writing.
The cover letter is the key tool to demonstrate why your skills and background make you a good match with the position for which you are applying.
If you’re planning to apply to graduate school, it’s best to apply early—it will increase your odds of being admitted. There are many components to graduate school applications, including personal statements, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and graduate admission tests.
Employment applications can seem daunting but they usually follow a similar format. The data that you supply on the application is often the same data that is used during your background check so it is important that it is both comprehensive and accurate.
Dressing for Success may sound like a cliché but it is a critical consideration when meeting with potential employers and program directors. Your attire is another important aspect of your brand. It is important that you make every effort to have the proper dress for the type of job you are seeking.
Interviews are an essential part of the job search process and success often depends on the level of preparation that you put in. Different types of interviews require different types of preparation, although there are some interviewing techniques that are easy to master, such as the S-T-A-R method.
Thank-you letters are an incredibly important element of personal and professional communication. They should be written after any kind of interview (i.e., job, graduate school, fellowship), after someone has facilitated an introduction for you or whenever someone has gone out of their way to assist you.
Congratulations - you’ve reached a major milestone – a job offer! It’s decision time! All of your good efforts planning, networking, researching and preparing have paid off. Now is the time to evaluate the offer and negotiate salary (where applicable). The most important thing is to never renege an offer once you have accepted it.