Mid-semester Review: Check-in/Check-up Fall 2013
Posted on behalf of Roseanne Bensley, Associate Director of Career Services
The world is moving very fast and the expectations to find satisfying employment requires that a plan of action be put in place as soon as possible. Just as an Olympian has a training plan to make it through 4 years to the next Games a student in higher education needs to make a career plan in a four year cycle. Recognize that no one expects a life plan to be established now in which you spend the next thirty years in the same position but rather starting a path to employment that will be satisfying and rewarding. The career plan would also assist with the selection of classes; membership in clubs and organizations; study abroad; internships, cooperative education and other experiences you will have the opportunity to take advantage of as a college student to aid in the discovery of your talents and interests.
Career planning is a key to preparing for life after graduation. Employers will often be more interested in your transferable skills and your experiential learning than your particular major.
Career Success Recipe – NMSU Career Services
1) Read the Career Planning Guide – each page guides you through the stages of your career.
2) Register in AggieCAREER Manager at www.careerservices.nmsu.edu – This will link you to jobs, interviews and events.
a. After you complete your account click on Job Postings and then click on Job Search. Select a variety of search categories from Work-Study, Part time, Internships, Cooperative Education, your major or a specific city. Don’t narrow the searches too much but conduct many separately for a wider variety of postings. Once each search is selected then look at the top for the words email me new jobs. Select this for each search so new jobs are sent to you automatically.
3) Create a Resume. Use Optimal Resume on the Career Services’ homepage for resume, cover letter, interviewing and portfolio assistance.
4) Make an appointment with an adviser at Career Services to review your resume and other career related documents.
5) Upload your completed resume in your AggieCAREER Manager account (MyProfile then go to MyDocuments); a resume is required to be eligible to begin applying for jobs.
6) If you are eligible for Work-study also upload your Work-Study Award Letter in MyDocuments.
7) Make an appointment with the Cooperative Education and Internship Coordinator to activate your eligibility to pursue Cooperative Education opportunities to gain experience in your field.
8) Create an account in LinkedIn http://learn.linkedin.com/students/step-1/ (View the videos that explain how to use this social media tool to aid your professional networking).
9) Review your goals with your faculty, friends, family and other trusted persons who know you and care about your goals.
10) Identify 3-5 persons who would write letters of reference for you. Share your interests early so they can advise you before you need your letters of reference.
You now have the basic tools needed to enter your professional career. Visit Career Services in Garcia Annex Room 224, call for an appointment or utilize the many resources on our homepage – www.careerservices.nmsu.edu
Please reach out to us for any assistance you may need. We care about you and want to help you in any way we can.
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001 MSC 3509
Las Cruces, NM 88003