CDC will help you build your job search skills and teach you how to market and brand yourself for success. In addition, you will gain assistance in finding experience building skills like job shadowing, practice interviews, volunteering, and internships.
Get ready to search for jobs with resume and cover letter writing, interview prep, and more.
When it comes to choosing careers and majors, it's important to gather facts about career fields and occupations. Not only should a career fit your interests and personality, but you also need to determine other factors.
Use ONet to tap into information about occupational and career options. This resource can help you connect your interests, skills, and abilities to careers that have the same attributes. This resource also has salary and labor market information, which can be narrowed down by state and metropolitan area. You can also use your theme codes from the Strong Interest inventory to find potential careers of interest.
Career InfoNet has great information on job search strategies, career tools for specific industries, and postings for jobs working for the Federal Government. The site also has great videos on over 500 different career options.
View labor market information specific geographic regions within Colorado at the Colorado Wage and Labor Market.
For nearly every job, internship, or volunteer opportunity, an employer will want you to submit your resume, along with a cover letter and references. Use this guide to help you start the process. If you need assistance in building a resume or writing a resume or would like to have your current documents reviewed, come to see a career advisor during walk-in hours or call the CDC at 303.352.3306.
A resume is a document that highlights your skills, abilities, and experiences in order to entice an employer to contact you for an interview.
Some typical pieces of material on a resume may include:
Most people have enough experiences to fill a few pages, but not everything that you've done should be on a resume. Also, you should not send the same basic resume to every employer. Some tips for a resume include:
It is not recommended to use resume templates as found in MS Word. These worksheets should be used as guides to recreate your own resume using a blank MS Word document.
A cover letter is a persuasive document that introduces you to the employer and highlights why you'd be a good fit for a specific position. In nearly all cases, a cover letter should accompany every application and resume that you submit.
Cover letters are most effective when customized to each position for which you are submitting an application. If a specific position is not open, you can write a cover letter to a specific organization to inquire about the potential of filling a need.
To view sample cover letters, please consult the Career Guide.
Oftentimes, employers will ask for a list of references with your resume or cover letter. Other times, the employer will ask for a reference list after a job interview. An employer will want to verify that you are right for the job after your interview, so having quality references that can confirm your skills, experiences, and past performances are very important.
A reference is a person you have worked for or within the past who can verify and elaborate on your academic or professional experience for a potential employer.
The following are good examples of typical references:
You may have people who know you well, but are not good examples of references because they have not worked with you in a primarily academic or professional setting:
Looking back on your job and school career, you may have many potential references. However, it may not be appropriate to list all of them on a reference list for an employer.
In order to choose which references you should use, consider the following:
An interview is your opportunity to highlight why you are the best fit for the employer and how you can meet their needs. Additionally, it gives you the chance to evaluate the environment to determine if the position is what you would want. Preparation and practice are the keys to interview success! If you need additional tools or assistance on interviewing, contact the Career Development Center at 303.352.3306 to schedule a practice or Mock Interview. Here are some key steps that will ensure success in the interviewing process.
Have a friend practice with you or schedule a mock interview with a Career Advisor. Interviews are conducted in different formats, such as:
A common type of interview is called “Behavior-Based Interviewing.” These questions allow you to provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated certain competencies in the past. The questions are open-ended, allowing you to speak at length about how you demonstrated the competency sought. An example of how a behavior-based interview question might begin is, “Tell me about a time when … ”.
Dress for success. For your interview, your personal style will have to be shelved or kept in the closet. While many companies have adopted the "office casual" dress code, don't try to set new standards in the interview. When in doubt, it is better to be too conservative than to be too flashy. For men and women, a suit is the best bet.
Here are some guidelines for dressing for the interview.
|Solid colors and tighter-woven fabrics are safer than bold prints or patterns||A suit with a knee-length skirt or fitted trousers and a tailored blouse is most appropriate.|
|Bright ties bring focus to the face, but a simple pattern is best for interviews.
(A tip for larger men: Use a double Windsor knot to minimize a bulky appearance.)
|Accessories should be kept simple.|
|Wear polished shoes with socks high enough to no skin is visible when you sit down and cross your legs.||Basic pumps and modest jewelry and makeup help present a professional look.|
Arrive on Time. Arrive at the interview location at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. This will help you reduce your stress level and you will ensure that traffic or any other delays don't make you late.
Bring Additional Materials. Bring along extra copies of your resume and any additional materials you may need, such as a list of references or portfolio of your work.
Be Emotionally Present. Be enthusiastic and friendly with all that you meet. Direct eye contact, a smile, and a handshake will be expected upon entering.