Furthering your education is a big step; use our resources to make your next steps in your career. Our online resources can be accessed wherever you are, and our staff is available to CCPS students by appointment. We’re here to help you succeed on your journey.
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
- Internship Information
- Job Search Guidance
- Online Image
- Resume Help
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!
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.
All students are pre-registered with CCN, so all you have to do is input your student ID, then click "change password" to get started!
To learn more about what CCN is about, check out the handout or watch the video below.
College Central Network (CCN)
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
Maybe instead of heading into the workforce, you're considering a stop by graduate school first. Or, perhaps, you're interested in working a few years and coming back for graduate school. Either way, you have a big decision ahead of you. 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.
FALL 2016 INTERNSHIP DEADLINE: August 30
Spring 2017 INTERNSHIP DEADLINE: January 24
Internships are a fantastic way to learn on the job skills, not to mention earn credit hours. Career Planning & Development is happy to help! To get the basics, check out the video; to get more detailed information, and find the paperwork you need, head to our internship information page.
Job Search Guidance
The job search itself can be pretty overwhelming; we want to help you feel in control. CP&D has created a Job Search Guidebook full of helpful information and resources to navigate the process. Also, be sure to 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.
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
Your online image is a crucial part of your career development and your job search. We strongly encourage you to audit your online presence using this Digital Dirt form. We also have a great list of tips to help you manage your online image.
Further, we strongly encourage you create and maintain a professional LinkedIn profile. The introductory video below will help get you started, even as a college student.
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
StrengthsQuest™ is Gallup’s strengths development and engagement program for students and educators. This assessment, based on the concept of intentionally developing your strengths rather than your weaknesses, identifies students’ top five strengths from a list of 34 talents. Grounded in Positive Psychology, the assessment is utilized as a way for students to better understand the way in which they most naturally think, behave, and feel. This site will help you explore your top five strengths while providing ideas on how you can leverage your strengths to overcome challenges and reach your own personal, academic, and professional potential.