Career

Marketing Yourself and Finding a Job

As you gather your materials in anticipation of applying for positions or school, you may need to establish credentials or order transcripts. Contact the schools you attended to learn how to obtain these documents. Consider contacting a career professional on your campus to help you through these important steps.

Resumes

A resume is needed in most job searches so it is important that you have the best one possible. It is a summary of who you are and what you have to offer and should show a potential employer that you are qualified for the position. The links below will give you some general information on how to develop a resume:

Your final resume is a reflection of you and should be unique. However, using a template may be a good way to start organizing your personal information:

References A list of people who can talk about your work experience is often a supplement to a resume. These guidelines include how to select and communicate with your references.

Job Applications Some employers require you to complete a job application at some point of the hiring process. Learn more about this through these online tutorials.

Portfolios

Some employers may require a portfolio in addition to or instead of a resume. Traditional portfolios include 3-ring binders or a large file folder with work samples. Electronic portfolios include work samples, files, pictures and links and are on the Internet.The resource below will help you learn more about portfolios:

Cover Letters

A cover letter is a companion document to your resume and should answer the question "Why should I hire this person?" The resources below provide tips on what to include in a cover letter and guidelines on how to write one:

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Checklists
Career Checklist

Navigate your CareerPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your values, interests, and skills?
  2. Researched possible career choices?
  3. Created a resume and cover letter?
  4. Activated your eFolio account?
  5. Started the job search process?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Education Checklist

Navigate your EducationPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Developed SMART goals?
  2. Decided on a major or program of study?
  3. Assessed your learning style?
  4. Researched study skills and strategies?
  5. Arranged a meeting with an advising professional to select appropriate courses?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Finance Checklist

Navigate your FinancePlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Established your short and long-term financial goals?
  2. Created a budget?
  3. Explored resources to help you pay for college?
  4. Assessed your debt situation?
  5. Developed a savings plan for the future?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Leadership Checklist

Navigate your LeadershipPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your leadership style?
  2. Completed a personality inventory?
  3. Formed your personal mission and vision statement?
  4. Explored the leadership resources?
  5. Participated in a campus or community activity to help build your leadership skills?
  6. Determined your Carbon Footprint?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Personal Checklist

Navigate your PersonalPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Explored the transition to college resources?
  2. Assessed your resiliency and ability to adapt to change?
  3. Established personal fitness goals?
  4. Examined the physical and mental wellness resources?
  5. Researched how to manage healthy relationships?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.