Online Resources... From a Life Calling Perspective
According to statistics, 85% of individuals do not know how to complete an effective job search. Yet, the average person will change jobs 5 - 8 times.
Looking for a job can be intimidating, but when implementing the right steps, it is possible to find a position of interest to you quickly. To get started, you will need a Job Search Action Plan and to understand some Tips for an Effective Job Search.
Take a look at your online presence. If an employer googled you before hiring you (50% do this), what would they find? Control your online presence by building a Linked In account. Look at this PowerPoint to learn how to make an effective Linked In Profile. Once you have reviewed the guidelines, started your profile, complete the online Integrity and Social Responsibility Contract.
More jobs are found through networking than any other job search method. So, you will want to familarize yourself with The Art of Networking in order to make the most of your time and efforts. Many job seekers also find Informational Interviews to be particularly effective in locating employment leads. You may also want to conduct Job Market research and find helpful Interview Information online.
During your job search, it may be appropriate to dress in Business Casual Attire at times, while other occasions may require more Professional Attire for Men or more Professional Attire for Women. It will all depend on your circumstances.
Part of the job search process includes creating a resume. Writing a Resume can be nervewracking, but with Top Ten Resume Tips... Resume Action Words... and a comprehensive Resume Checklist, you are well on your way to success!
When forwarding your resume to an employer, you will need to attach a cover letter. Writing a Cover Letter is similar to any other professional form of communication. It is also helpful to consult a Cover Letter Checklist as well.
Below are other helpful resources provided by the Office of Career Development, to assist you with specifics associated with resume and cover letter development.
After each interview, it is highly recommended that you send a Thank You Letter within 24 hours. This gesture will help you stand out from the rest of the applicants.
You should also think through your process of Evaluating Job Offers a head of time. This will greatly assist you throughout your job search process.
Graduate School Admission Exams
Securing admission to graduate school requires similar types of entrance exams to securing admission into college. Each university may have different requirements, so before taking an exam, make certain of the requirements at the graduate schools in which you are interested. Maintaining a Graduate School Application Checklist can be particularly helpful in staying organized.
The Center for Life Calling & Leadership offers a kiosk of computers equipped to direct you to sample tests of all graduate school exams, free of charge. The Computer Lab & Library also contains guides for each exam.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
Used in a variety of disciplines, the GRE is available in a computer-based format.
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
Required by virtually all medical colleges in the United States, the MCAT covers a wide variety of topics, including problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills and scientific knowledge.
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
Required by many business / management graduate programs, the GMAT assesses verbal, mathmatical and analytical skills.
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
The LSAT is required by all law schools that are members of the Law School Admissions Council.