Succeed in Your Career
Your career search can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Our director always says that career planning is a process not a moment. Your career coach will help you access a network of employers, alumni, and teach proven career search tools and strategies. View the complete guide here: Acing the Interview.
Being passive will not produce results—action is required. Start checking off the ‘best practices” in the process below to reach your career goals.
Step 1: Clarify Your Goals – "Know Yourself"
- identified my personal strengths, skills, interests, and values.
- practiced articulating what skills I have that solve problems for employers.
- identified key skills/projects I obtain(ed) from my academic major.
Step 2: Research Opportunities – "Know the World of Work"
- researched potential career fields: job titles, typical industries, entry-level jobs, and salaries.
- considered geographic locations (including international), small- to mid-size firms, and government employment.
- researched organizations or companies that might hire someone with my skills, interests, and background.
- identified the top three geographic areas where I’d like to live and work.
- identified five to seven potential employers I intend to follow-up with (Step 3).
- conducted informational interviews with practicing professionals in careers of interest to me.
Step 3: Get Ready for the Search – "Prepare Yourself"
- completed my profile in AGGIE Handshake (job posting and networking site) and uploaded a resume.
- had my resume(s) and cover letter(s) reviewed by my career coach who is a certified professional resume writer (make a personal appointment or drop in daily).
- prepared a portfolio or work samples to highlight my skills, talents, and experiences.
- developed my 30-second introduction for short encounters with employers and at fairs/expos.
- identified three to five individuals who will serve as references and have asked if they will provide a “good” recommendation.
- attended employer panels, workshops, and fairs.
- joined a national association representing my specific career field.
- accessed a variety of online job posting sites beginning with links listed on the Career Services web site.
- prepared for interviews by viewing Typical Questions Asked from the Career Guide and completing a mock interview with my career coach.
- obtained interview attire which is appropriate for the field in which I plan to work.
- recorded a professional sounding voice mail greeting in case an employer calls.
- created a neutral/professional email address to give employers.
- reviewed my social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, blogs, etc.) and am comfortable with the image they portray of me to potential employers.
- prepared my online networking presence via LinkedIn and the Student Alumni Association.
Step 4: Start Searching – "Take Action"
- uploaded my employment documents to my AGGIE Handshake account.
- checked AGGIE Handshake for career opportunities.
- prepared to attend fairs by visiting the Career Services website and researching organizations.
- read materials provided by my career coach which are customized for my field of interest.
- developed a system for tracking my contacts, interviews, and other career search activities.
- followed-up on every interesting job lead with a targeted cover letter and resume.
- sent a resume and cover letter to all employers of interest regardless of whether a position is posted.
- developed a list of potential networking contacts—both employers and alumni—and keep in touch with them.
- followed-up on each cover letter/resume I send with a phone call or email to the employer requesting an interview.
- sent thank you letters or emails to every person who interviews me.
- reviewed the results of my actions with my career coach to adjust my career search plans as needed.
- negotiated a starting salary and benefits package that suits my needs and matches my skills.
- reported my job offer to Career Services or contacted my faculty internship coordinator to receive internship credit for my related experience.