Choosing a career is no simple task. You’ll spend many, many hours at your job so you want to enter a career field that is at least satisfying if not totally exhilarating. Here are some resources to help you explore your choices.
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong assessment is taken online (set aside about an hour). Within a week, we’ll go over your results. There are no right or wrong answers, the assessment will simply look at your interests and offer career paths you will likely be successful in. Set up a quick 15-minute appointment with me to get started.
The CareerOneStop channel has 1- to 2-minute videos on just about any job you can imagine. Search for the ones you think you’d like but it might also be worthwhile to spend some time thinking outside of the box. Click around and picture yourself in their shoes!
The O*NET database has hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. Here you’ll find detailed job descriptions and education requirements for your given field.
Need help getting started or want inspiration to help your résumé stand out from the crowd? Use a template from one of these sites. Once you have a draft ready, send it to me and I’ll give you feedback before you use it in a job application.
COVER LETTER TIPS
Believe it or not, a cover letter can be what sets you apart from other applicants. It is important to put in just as much work on your cover letter as you did your résumé. Here are some helpful tips to get started:
1. Know the Format
Know the format that you will be submitting your application. If you are emailing your materials, the format of your cover letter will be different than that of a hard copy application.
2. Don't Repeat Résumé
Do not take your résumé and put it into a letter format. The cover letter should enhance your résumé, not repeat it. Choose two to three skills or experiences that you feel are relevant to the position you are applying for and expand upon them. If you have data to back up your skills or experiential outcomes include it in your cover letter.
Personalize your letter to each employer. Even if you are applying to jobs within the same field, each job and employer is different. Write a personalized cover letter for each application. Employers know when an applicant is recycling application materials.
4. Be Yourself
Be yourself! Let potential employers know who you are. Conducting yourself in a professional manner does not mean that you have to address everyone as Sir or Madame. You want to come across as being a knowledgeable and confident applicant, not a robot.
I grew up in the city of North Pole right down the street from Santa’s house. Yes, it is real. You can Google it. As a high school student, I began taking UAF courses earning both high school and college credits. After high school, I decided to continue my education at UAF and went on to earn an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
My passion is student success. I have worked in student services within higher education for more than 10 years. As a Certified Professional Career Coach, I look forward to helping you transition from the classroom to the workforce.
When I am not in the office, you can probably find me on my porch with a cup of coffee reading a book.