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.
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
Career Planning & Development is available to assist you with your interview preparation needs. If you are looking for interview FAQs, interview attire, top interview questions or behavior based questions click on our Job Search Guide. Our staff is also available for mock interviews. Please call and schedule an appointment today!
Big Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence! It is free for Drury students, just login with your drury.edu email address.
Big Interview offers a variety of tools including:
- Virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and hundreds of industries
- A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
- The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
- A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions
Do you have a virtual interview coming up? They can be tricky, this video gives tips to help!
Handshake is an online career services and job search platform offered to students and alumni by Career Planning & Development. You can use it to search for full-time, part-time, internship and on-campus employment opportunities.
In addition, you can use Handshake to book appointments with Compass Center staff.
All students are pre-registered with Handshake, so just sign-in with your drury.edu email and get started!
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. The Drury Mentoring Network is a Student-Alumni mentoring program that brings together students and alumni in purposeful, mutually rewarding relationships, introducing students to alumni from different backgrounds, class years, programs, and industries. Learn more and sign up online to express interest in participating in the Drury Mentoring Network.
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 flawless. 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
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, bilingual & Hispanic jobs
- US State Department
If you're looking for more, call and schedule a guidance appointment today.
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