Career Toolkit

The purpose of the Career Toolkit is to assist you in your career planning. Whether you are unsure of your major or career direction or need help with your job search or with applying to graduate school, you will find the resources you need to begin your preparation here:

Assess Who You Are

Understanding yourself is the first step in identifying a good fit for a satisfying career. To help you learn more about yourself, start with assessment to identify your values, interests, key relationships, personality traits, and personal and professional goals. The assessment exercises and instruments will help you uncover important themes in order to identify careers and industries to explore. Your goal will be to seek a position that uses your greatest strengths and provides you with professional growth and opportunity.

Explore Majors & Careers

Obtaining high-quality information is the foundation for making good decisions about your major and career path. Learn about helpful online resources and effective approaches to gathering information from professionals in the fields in which you are interested.

Write a Resume

Your resume is a professional marketing tool to introduce you to potential employers when you apply for internships, leadership roles, and job postings on and off campus. Learn how to write a concise, well-prepared resume and review online resources for guidance on proper format and content that will make a great first impression.

Write a Job Search Letter

Just as you do with your resume, it is important to compose well thought-out, customized letters during a job search. The cover letter will accompany your resume when you apply for a job opening and you will write a thank you note following an interview. Gather tips on job search letters, view sample letters and learn more about e-mail etiquette before you apply for a job online.

Optimize Your Networking

Whether you are exploring majors and careers, looking for a job or internship, or seeking professional development opportunities, purposeful conversations with others will move you closer to reaching your goals. Learn how to do informational interviews and gain more confidence in building professional relationships.

Prepare to Interview

As with most aspects of a job search, preparation is also the key to a successful interview. Learn how to manage the interview process effectively, how to prepare for traditional and behavioral interview questions, and become more confident in your ability to interview well.

Pursue an Internship

Whether you want to explore a career direction or gain valuable experience in your chosen field, an internship is an important part of your career preparation. Learn how to find and apply for internships and review the many online resources with internship postings.

Manage Your Job Search

There is more to a successful job search than applying for posted positions. Learn how to create a job search plan and leverage your time and energy to land a job or internship that's a good fit with your career goals.

Explore Graduate School

Make sure you can answer the question, "Is graduate school right for me?" Then learn how to research and evaluate graduate schools for a good fit with your career goals and follow the timetable for planning your application process.

Locate Grants & Fellowships

If you are seeking information and resources on identifying fellowship opportunities, then you've come to the right place. In addition to your faculty advisor/mentor, the CEC can help you determine what fellowships and grants are best suited to your professional and personal goals. Learn about resources to identify agencies and foundations that award both national and international fellowships for undergraduates.

Check out the STEPS Career Development Plan

To learn more about the STEPS Career Development Plan based on the 5 Step Model and developed specifically for Simmons undergraduate students, visit the STEPS Plan page.

Find a Job or Internship

Check out CA$H for on-campus and work-study jobs, CareerLink for internships and full-time jobs, and the other job boards and resources we've compiled.

Meet with a Career Coach

Wondering where to start? Let us help. Drop by Monday or Tuesday from 3:00-4:30 or Wednesday or Thursday from 1:30-3:00; or, make an appointment at a time convenient to you.

Next Career Event

Employer Information Table: Catholic Charities

Oct 27, 2014 at 11 AM - 2 PM at Main College Building, Fens Lobby (MCB Lower Level)

For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities has continued its mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. The agency provides nearly 90 programs and services throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Their services respond to the needs of the poor and working poor, provide supportive services to children and families, and assist refugees and immigrants as they become active participants in their communities. Last year, Catholic Charities served over 200,000 people in need of all faiths. Catholic Charities has over 500 employees in different fields including child care, education, human services and nonprofit administration. To see a complete list of job openings visit www.ccab.org/job-openings. They are an equal opportunity employer. For more information, drop by their employer information table on October 27 outside of the Fens.

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