Whether you graduated last year or a decade ago, you’re part of the Drury family. As such, we are happy to share with you both online and in-person resources. You may be looking to change to a dream job, or to change careers altogether. Whatever your aim, our resources are here for you.
For a handy reference to the type of help Career Planning & Development offers, download this handout.
- Big Interview
- Career Assessments: MyPlan
- College Central Network (CCN)
- Cover Letter Help
- Graduate School Prep
- Resume Help
- Top 10 Job Search Tips
Big Interview is your opportunity to prepare for all the interviews coming up in your life. An online resource that's available to you 24/7, Big Interview has lessons, explanations, and opportunities to practice likely interview questions based on the type of interview you're going to be doing.
This is a free service for Drury students, so register today! Watch the videos below for an overview, or take a look at this handout for the short version. Have a Skype interview coming up? Watch this video to put your best Skype foot forward!
If you're looking for some simple, last-minute tips as you prepare for your interview, try this handout, sure to help you nail anything!
Big Interview Overview
Interview Training Curriculum
Webcam & Mic Set-up
Mock Interview Practice
Career Assessments: MyPlan
MyPlan.com is a free resource for Drury students and alum that's designed to help you reaffirm that you're on the correct pathway, or point a direction if you're unsure. Through MyPlan, you can take assessments to help you determine your interests, skills, values, and personality as they relate to the workforce and your future career.
The MyPlan handout and the videos below discuss registration, the assessments you can take, and how to use that information when you've completed the assessments. For further, fun information on your personality type as indicated by the MyPlan Career Personality Test, check out 16 Personalities. Our office is also happy to discuss your results with you if you would like!
MyPlan: Career Values Assessment
MyPlan: Career Skills Profiler
MyPlan: Career Personality Test
MyPlan: Career Interest Inventory
MyPlan: Using Your Results
College Central Network (CCN)
CollegeCentral.com is an online database of searchable job and internship opportunities. Through it, Drury students have free access not only to a national database of jobs, but also to opportunities posted directly to the Drury page from employers looking for students like you.
As an alumni, you can go to CCN's Alumni page and register for free using the provided code.
To learn more about what CCN is about, watch the video below.
Cover Letter Help
Having a targeted and error-free cover letter is a key component of the job search process. If you have no idea where to start with a cover letter, check out this great step-by-step guide put together by TheMuse.com. If videos are more your thing, take a look at our video guides below. And as always, contact us if you need more help.
Cover Letters: Part One
Cover Letters: Part Two
Cover Letters: Part Three
Graduate School Prep
Now that you've graduated and perhaps worked for a bit, you might be considering returning to school to earn a graduate degree. The resources in our specially designed handbook are meant to help you outline what the decisions you're making are and why, as well as research and understand the impact graduate school may or may not have on your future career.
Networking is simply the act of forming and maintaining professional relationships. Did you know that approximately 70% of jobs are found through networking?
It's a truism that networking is crucial to a successful career. However, the idea of networking can be nebulous and often intimidating. To help you get started, we've put together a handout and a video to give you an overview of basic networking ideas. Contact us if you want to discuss networking further!
Networking: 12 Basic Tips
Resumes are your first impression on future employers. The latest statistics show that employers look at resumes for about 10 seconds, so it's important to make certain they're flawless. To get you the basics, check out the handout or the videos below. They include general tips and some sample resumes. Also, if you're looking at changing your career, you may want to check out our additional handout on functional resume format.
Once you have a basic resume, feel free to call and schedule an appointment with a career coach today! We're happy to help you make your resume as unique as you are.
Anatomy of a Resume
Polish Your Resume
Top 10 Job Search Tips
The job search itself can be pretty overwhelming; we want to help you feel in control. Check out our Top 10 Job Search Tips handout, or just watch the video below, to get an idea of the best ways to help your search.
Here's a list of websites to get you started:
- Simply Hired
- Career Rookie
- Missouri Career Center
- Springfield Chamber of Commerce
- Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
- LatPro-Spanish, bilangual & Hispanic jobs
- US State Department
If you're looking for more, call and schedule a guidance appointment today.