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Explore Simmons Career Resources

Attending college is an adventure of self-discovery and discovering your life's work is part of that adventure. The Career Education Center (CEC) is committed to helping you discover your passion and how to link that passion to lifelong purpose.

Self-Discovery Resources

Self-discovery is a process by which you learn more about yourself. It can help you identify what’s most important to you so that you can make informed and meaningful decisions. When deciding on a major or career, you may find it helpful to first identify your VIPS (Values, Interests, Personality preferences and Skills). If you would like to do additional self-assessment, check out Assess Who You Are in the Career Toolkit.

Although the exercises are undertaken independently, you are welcome to work with a career coach to review the exercise results to determine their significance in your decision-making.

Resume Writing Resources

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The purpose of a resume is to get an interview.  Most students have created a lengthy type of resume to describe all their achievements when they applied to Simmons for admission.

A professional resume is used by first year college students to market themselves for jobs and internships. It is more focused on the highlights of your experience relevant to the job you are seeking.

To create a draft resume, watch our First Year Resume Webinars Get Started on Your Resume, Part 1, and Get Started on Your Resume, Part 2, and review the Resume Guidelines. Look over the Resume Outline and Sample First Year Resume as well.   

Additional helpful resources for resume writing and sample resumes can be found on the Career Toolkit Write a Resume page.

Once you have used these resources to create your draft, you may want to stop by the CEC for a brief resume critique during Drop-in Hours.

Drop-in Hours at the Career Education Center are Monday and Tuesday 3:00 to 4:30 and Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 3:00. Please bring a hard copy of your resume. 

If you need a longer appointment, call 617-521-2488 or stop by the CEC to arrange a 30-min. meeting with a career coach.

Resume Writing Workshop for First Year Students

DATE: 9/15/16 (Thursday)
TIME: 2:00-3:00 pm
LOCATION: M106 at CEC
REGISTER: Register here 

"The resume workshop gave me a new view on how my college resume should be formed and written differently than the one I had from high school. The templates from the resume workshop were easy to follow and made re-vamping my resume much easier." -- Marlena Vitali, '15

Resources to Explore Majors and Careers

Undecided about your major?

When deciding on a major or career, you may find it helpful to first identify your VIPS (Values, Interests, Personality preferences and Skills). If you would like to do additional self-assessment, check out Assess Who You Are in the Career Toolkit.

Although the exercises are undertaken independently, you are welcome to work with a career coach to review the exercise results to determine their significance in your decision-making.

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Want to learn more about what you can do with a particular major that interests you?

What Can I Do With This Major? - This online resource provides detailed employment information for over 75 different majors, including potential areas of employment, types of employers and occupations, and strategies to pursue and obtain those jobs.

Want to explore a particular major, occupation or career?

The Career Toolkit Explore Majors and Careers page provides more on this topic with links to additional resources.

Your CareerLink Account

Among the resources available to you as a Simmons student is the CareerLink database. And as an entering first year student you can have your very own account!

CareerLink is a web-based, password accessible database provided by the Career Education Center for all Simmons students and alumnae/i. It is a source of full-time and part-time jobs, internships, and other opportunities posted specifically for Simmons students. You can search for internships and jobs, create Job Agents to have the system automatically send you e-mails about new postings of interest to you, access the Peer Internship Network (PIN), post your resume, apply to jobs, RSVP to career events on campus, and more.

For more information about your CareerLink account, go here.

As always you can contact the CEC with any questions at careers@simmons.edu or 617-521-2488.