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Jordan Mattheisen

Simmons Course 3 - Excel - Career Resources

Junior year is a good time to refine your career goals and take some next steps in your career development:

  • Learn to write a resume and cover letter that tailors your skills and experience to the job
  • Practice job search skills like interviewing
  • Continue to research career fields of interest, and determine if graduate school is a prerequisite
  • Explore your career options through experiential learning by doing an internship, participating in community service, or exploring a leadership role on campus.  
Resources for Resumes

The purpose of a resume is to generate interviews. Ask yourself, "What are potential employers looking for?" Do some research, and analyze the job descriptions to be sure you are emphasizing what is most important to the potential employers. Remember that a resume will be read or skimmed in approximately 10 to 15 seconds by a recruiter or manager at the screening stage - that is all! Consequently, a professional resume should be clear, direct, easy to read, and include the critical information that presents you at your best for the position you are applying for.

To create a draft resume, watch our videos Developing Resume Content for Undergraduate Students, and Resume Formatting for Undergraduate Students. Look over the Resume Outline and review the sample resumes in the Resume Toolbox 

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.

Resources for Cover Letters

The cover letter is an essential document used to introduce you to an employer. It accompanies your resume when you submit it for consideration for a position opening. It must capture the attention of the employer, encourage a close look at your resume, and match your qualifications with the job requirements.

Before you write your cover letter it is important to carefully review the job description to determine what types of skills, experience, and knowledge the employer requires of qualified applicants for the position. You also need to consider what type of work and academic experience you have and how the potential employer will benefit from your specific skills and knowledge. With each cover letter you can customize the specific wording to the employer's stated needs.

For the traditional format of a customized cover letter, review the CEC's Cover Letter Format as well as the article on Cover Letter Language Examples for both language and formatting guidelines.

For more information, check out the tips and samples in the "Cover Letter Toolbox" on this page, including the CareerSpots Video - The Cover Letter and the companion CareerSpots article Quick Tips: The Cover Letter.

Conduct Informational Interviews

A great way to explore possible jobs or careers is to conduct Informational Interviews with people in fields that interest you.

An informational interview is a 20-30 minute meeting that you set up with an individual, preferably face-to-face, to obtain career advice, information, and referrals (AIR). It is not, however, a time to inquire about specific internship or job opportunities!

What's in it for You?

Two important benefits of informational interviews are: 1) that you have the opportunity to get an "insider" point of view on career topics; and 2) that you can obtain a work world "reality check" on what you've read, heard or thought. Consequently, informational interviews can be very helpful in the process of choosing a major or career path.

Watch this five minute Informational Interview video and learn all about it.

You’ll find additional resources on Optimize Your Networking in the Career Toolkit.

Plan for Graduate School

Is graduate school right for you? That's the main question as you consider going to graduate school immediately after you leave Simmons. But before you commit your time, energy, and money for graduate school, do your homework and ask yourself some tough questions. Examine your motivations. Are you clear on your short and long-term professional goals? A tremendous amount (of time, energy, and money) goes into obtaining a graduate degree. For some, getting work experience before graduate school allows time to test out some occupational roles and become clearer on their longer-term goals.

In deciding whether or not to pursue an advanced degree, be sure to review

Reasons to Go to Graduate School and Reasons Not to Go to Graduate School on the Explore Graduate School page in the Career Toolkit, along with other valuable information about graduate school.

*** Be sure to view The Beatley Library Career Guide on Graduate School Planning, a comprehensive guide with sections that include Finding a Program; Application, Essay, and Admissions Test Information; Financial Aid; and Jobs and Professional Life.  

Practice Interviewing

Interviewing is a skill you can learn.  Reviewing the resources listed here will assist you.

If you are invited for an interview you are already seen as a qualified candidate, so the interview is your chance to further convince an employer that you would be a valuable asset to the organization. Consequently, your performance in an interview will be the deciding factor in earning you a job offer. Research, preparation, and practice are the keys to a successful outcome.

Get started by viewing a 5 minute Interviewing Video and learn how to prepare for the interview and answer interview questions.  Look over our Prepare to Interview web page for more information.

Practice your interviewing skills by using InterviewStream

InterviewStream is the premier provider of video interviewing technology. You can complete pre-recorded video mock interviews that are tailored to help you prepare for your future. To create your account: Visit this page and click Log in at the top right of the screen. To register as a new user click Register, enter your registration information and click Register.

If you want a mock interview with a career coach, you can call the CEC at 617-521-2488 to set up an appointment.

Explore Doing an Internship

An internship is a great way to explore careers and learn more about a potential field. It gives you the chance to put academic theory into practice and experience what a work environment is really like. A good internship provides the opportunity to develop your current skills and learn new ones. Internships also help you clarify your career goals as you discover what types of work you like - and don't like - to do, and therefore help you decide the kinds of careers you might decide to pursue.

How to Find an Internship

Finding the right internship can be time consuming and many internship opportunities have early application deadlines, so get started early. To begin, download Six Steps to Finding an Internship. You should also work with your faculty adviser and/or the internship coordinator in your department.

CareerLink

When it comes time to research internship listings you have a wealth of resources at your disposal. Primary among these is CareerLink, the Simmons online job board, listing internship and job postings that are updated daily. These opportunities are specifically posted by recruiters seeking Simmons interns and full-time employees. The CEC typically adds 50-60 new job and internship listings every week and carries over 1,000 active openings at any given time! Many listings are local as employers know that Simmons students seek internships at Greater Boston organizations during the semester. CareerLink also includes access to other databases of listings, including Internships.com, a large databank of both local and national internship openings.

Find additional information and resources for finding an internship on Pursue an Internship.