You’ve put years of work into learning your trade, and now you’re ready to take further steps along your career path. You’ve come to the right place. With a multitude of resources available at the click of a button and our office at the ready to assist you, you can forge ahead with confidence.
For a handy reference to the type of help Career Planning & Development offers, download this handout.
- Big Interview
- College Central Network (CCN)
- Cover Letter Help
- Major and Career Information
- 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
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
Major & Career Information
Career Planning & Development can assist you in determining the best major or career to suit your interests, values and abilities.
Understanding your personality, interests, values and abilities is the first step to finding a "good match" career field; access MyPlan assessments to start that process. The second step is researching careers and market trends to determine their "goodness of fit."
Important points to remember when choosing your major:
- Choose something you enjoy
- Explore your options before deciding
- Gain experience outside of your major through other classes and departments, activities and internships.
- Most occupations are open to a wide variety of majors.
To start your research, try the following websites:
What can I do with a major in...?: A list organized by major that will give you an idea of what you can do with various Drury majors.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site will give you up-to-date information on job statistics, outlook, pay, and necessary education.
O*NET Online: This site offers descriptions of every career you can think of. Look here to make sure you really understand what a career is like.
Glassdoor.com: A site that collects information and user-generated data to offer insights into various companies, both about employee experience and salaries. Glassdoor also provides job listings.
NACE Salary Resources: A grouping of resources to help you determine the potential earning capacity of your graduating class.
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 with future employers. The latest statistics show that employers look at resumes for about 10 seconds, so it's important to make certain they're flawwless. To get you the basics, check out the handout or the videos below. They include general tips and some sample resumes.
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.