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  • These are some tools to help you with your Career Success Plan. (Each graphic is linked to its own page. Turn up volume for CTV). The University spends big $$$ to bring these to you – take advantage.
  • Sound career choices require information - information about you and about occupations. Whether you are declaring a major or preparing for your job search, there are several steps you will want to focus on in the career development process. The staff in the Career Development Center will help you along this journey - one which is unique to every individual.   In support of its new mission and direction, the Career Development Center offers this Career Success Plan to guide you in preparing for future goals:   Assessing - your interests, values and skills Exploring - your career options and academic majors Building - your job-search skills Experimenting - by gaining career-related experience Implementing - your plan by connecting with career-related opportunities or preparing for graduate or professional school Practicing - life-long career management
  • Assessing - your interests, values and skills Career interest assessments can help you find out about yourself and aid in developing a plan for your future. If you have not yet declared a major, you will want to meet with your Academic Adviser in the Academic Support Center . If you have declared a major then you should meet with your Career Coordinator in the Career Development Center (CDC). Focus II Self Directed Search CDC Internet resources list
  • Exploring - your career options and academic majors The next step is to relate your self assessment to different majors or career fields. Researching and exploring different fields is important for learning how occupations are organized, grouped and clustered by similar skills, abilities and interests. Other topics to consider are: nature of the work activities, educations/training, work environment, career ladder, outlook, salary and benefits, personality characteristics, and advantages and disadvantages. It is important to investigate the variety of majors and the many careers to which they can lead. Focus II Self Directed Search What Can I Do With This Major… series Informational Interviews and job shadowing CDC Internet resources list MTSU Majors Fair
  • [Sample video – make certain volume is on and use IE browser] Building - your job-search skills After you have declared your major, explored different career fields, and selected a field, it is time to develop job search skills so you can successfully communicate your skills and abilities to the needs of employers. Knowing yourself through self assessment and knowing what it important to potential employers through career exploration will enhance your job search skills. Whether you are applying for internships, co-ops or full-time career positions, you will first need to learn to develop effective resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills.
  • Experimenting - by gaining career-related experience Once you have developed your job search skills, you can get practical information and experience through a variety of programs. First-hand experience may be gained by participating in Cooperative Education, Internship, Experiential Learning (EXL), Service Learning, or Student Employment programs across the MTSU campus. You may also consider conducting informational interviews, job-shadowing, or volunteering to gain greater insight into a particular field. It is important that you “test” your skills and abilities and gain related experience.
  • These are pictures of MTSU students. The Task Force debated over whether to use our students as examples because a parent may be in the audience. But, we feel this is a good example of how the information students are posting is public domain.
  • At some point, you are going to have to implement your plan: either get a job or go to grad school! Implementing - your plan by connecting with career-related opportunities or preparing for graduate or professional school As you near the completion of your academic career, you will want to meet again with your Career Coordinator to develop your own personal job search strategy. If you are going to graduate or professional school, you will want to meet with faculty in your department. Both of these processes take time to implement.
  • Practicing - life-long career management Your first job out of college is the first of many experiences you will have. In a recent longitudinal study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals held an average of 10.8 jobs from ages 18 to 42, with the majority of the jobs being held before age 27. (In this report, a job is defined as an uninterrupted period of work with a particular employer.) The skills you develop early on will lay the foundation for future career successes.
  • Practicing - life-long career management Your first job out of college is the first of many experiences you will have. In a recent longitudinal study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals held an average of 10.8 jobs from ages 18 to 42, with the majority of the jobs being held before age 27. (In this report, a job is defined as an uninterrupted period of work with a particular employer.) The skills you develop early on will lay the foundation for future career successes.
  • Career Exploration Program - Students who have declared a major but are uncertain of career path. Involves self assessment and career exploration using different assessment tools. (Undeclared students may access assistance with declaring a major by contacting their advisor in the Academic Support Center.)   Student Employment Program - Students seeking jobs on or off campus (campus jobs include those not funded by Financial Aid). Students are also encouraged to contact each campus department directly to inquire about employment.   University Internship Program - Students seeking internship positions in addition to the intern programs run out of their academic departments.   Cooperative Education Program - Students seeking a paid, academic credit position related to their field of study. Must apply to and be accepted into the Co-op Program. [Program is in Maintenance phase for 08-09].   Campus Recruiting Program - Students graduating and looking for full-time career positions. Involves job postings, resume books, career fairs, and On Campus Interviewing.


  • 1. Career Development Center Nancy Stubblefield, Career Coordinator Bragg Mass Communication, Room 130 www.mtsu.edu/~career New CDC Mission The mission of the Career Development Center is to prepare and engage students in a comprehensive career development process with a focus on lifelong learning. This is accomplished by providing innovative resources and integrated technology, which will assist students to effectively transition from an academic setting into their career field.
  • 2. Registration with LJS
    • Open an account at: www.mtsu.edu/~career
    • Click on red “register now” under LJS logo.
    • Fill out the form.
    • Read the Use Statement.
    • After submitting, the CDC will confirm your academic information and send an email with your username and password.
    • Please allow 1-2 business days for this to occur!
  • 3. Tools for Success www.mtsu.edu/~career
  • 4. Walk-In Hours I work on Wednesday’s from 10 a.m. – Noon No need for an appointment, just drop by KUC 328! Tuesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Thursday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 5. Six Steps to Career Success
  • 6. 1. Assessing
    • What are my strengths?
    • What do I like to do?
    • Why am I in this major?
    • What are my work interests?
    • What is my personality?
    • What are my skills?
    If you don’t know what you’re selling, you can’t expect anyone to buy it! Check out the sample portfolio on Focus 2
  • 7. 2. Exploring
    • Researching job industries
    • Researching job functions
    • Majors Fair
    • Focus II
    CDC Internet Resources http://career.web.mtsu.edu/resources.htm What can I do with my skills, ability, interests, and major? (If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?)
  • 8. 3. Building
      • Perfect Interview
      • CDC Resume Guide
      • JobChoices Magazine (free copy available in CDC)
      • Critique of resumes & cover letters by staff
      • CDC Internet resources list – for detailed list of resources
    Building your job-search skills – writing resumes /cover letters and interviewing effectively. It is not the best candidate that gets the internship or job, but the best prepared!
    • Career TV selections :
    • Tips for Keeping Resume Out of the Trash (1:37)
    • Cover Letters-Right Way/Wrong Way (1:44)
    • Employer Voice Mail (1:09)
  • 9. Resumes that REACH
    • R eadable
    • E mphasize strengths
    • A pplicable experience
    • C onsistent
    • H ire me!
  • 10. Objective
    • One or two sentences about the kind of job you want and what you can contribute to the company in return
    • Get the reader’s attention quickly
    • “ Desire a position where skills are utilized.”
    • How could this objective be improved?
  • 11.
    • Be specific!
    • Recording Industry candidate with Spanish minor and customer service experience seeks career in record promotions.
    • Public Relations candidate with experience in event planning, advertising and sales seeks internship with a non-profit agency.
    • Electronic Media degreed candidate with experience in television writing, editing and production seeks career in news industry. An ideal candidate for position as a Production Assistant.
  • 12. Key Word Searches
    • Create a five star resume!
    • List relevant skills and key words
    • Coursework/Professional Training
    • Accreditations and Licenses
  • 13. Subjective Skills/Hard Skills
    • Friendly and helpful
    • Team Player
    • Hard Worker
    • Dependable
    • People Person
  • 14. Resumes….Creating Depth
    • Begin bullet with action word
    • Start each bullet with a different action word to show creativity
    • Go the distance……think of situations which show an action and result
    • Example: Developed a promotional fund raising campaign which resulted in pledges of over 30K
    • Promoted new menu items to customers to improve sales and meet weekly goals
  • 15. References
    • References available upon request
    • Portfolio available upon request
    • References and portfolio available at www.mywebpage.com
    • Create new page with matching header
    • Include three to five contacts and their title, organization, address, phone number, and email
    • Check with your contacts before using them
  • 16. Cover Letter
    • a.k.a. application letter, prospecting letter, networking letter, letter of inquiry
    • Copy your resume header to compliment
    • Use proper business letter formatting
    • Like an objective, the cover letter should be specific to the position - if known
    • Traditional format letter - job openings where you know the contact and are familiar with the company
    • Cold lead format – sent to companies in hope of job opportunity
  • 17. Portfolio – Electronic or Paper?
    • Showcase work, but don’t show too much of one type
    • Cover letter/Bio about yourself
    • Graphic experience
    • Demos of recordings
    • Jump drives, CD’s or hard copies
    • Refer to website using personal web page – be careful not to include address and personal information
  • 18. Handling Illegal Questions
    • What is legal and illegal?
      • How old are you?
      • Are you over the age of 18?
      • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
      • Have you ever been arrested?
      • Are you willing to travel occasionally or relocate if necessary?
      • Do you plan to have a family?
      • How much do you weigh?
      • Are you able to lift 50 lbs. and carry 100 yards?
      • List any professional organizations or trade groups which you consider relevant in your ability to perform this job.
      • What clubs/social organizations do you belong to?
  • 19. Answering Illegal Questions
    • Three Options
    • Answer the question
    • Answer it legally
    • Refuse to answer
  • 20. Interviews
    • Traditional Questions
    • Designed to test knowledge, skills, accomplishments
    • Situational Questions
    • You are given a hypothetical situation and asked how you would respond
    • Behavioral Questions
    • Focuses on actual instances from your past experiences
  • 21. How Should I Respond?
    • S ituation
    • T ask
    • A ction
    • R esult
    Interview Answer Structuring Employers are looking for these skills in your answers M aturity M ental Ability M otivation
  • 22. 4. Experimenting
    • After developing or building job search skills, it is important to get practical information and experience.
    • Lightning JobSource
    • Cooperative Education Program
    • University Internship Program
    • Academic Internship Programs
    • EXL Program
    • Service Learning Program
    • Student Employment Program
    • Career Fairs – Internship, Summer Jobs, Fall, Spring, etc.
  • 23. Networking - Online
    • Alumni Informational Interviews –
    • Mentor Module will soon be active
    • MTSU Alumni Events – Join Linked In and Alumni Facebook
    • Both have RI Specific Groups
    YOU Parents Friends Boss Coach Professor Neighbor
  • 24. I’m sure Mom’s proud. . . Social Networking video on CTV (1:47)
  • 25. Eight Recording Industry Student Organizations
    • Recording Industry
    • Arms/Grammy U
    • Audio Engineering Society
    • The Digital Millennium Copyright Society
    • The Nashville Songwriters Association International
    • Omega Delta Psi
    • Electronic Music Student Organization
    • Society for Electronic Music
    • Christian Music Society (?)
    • Benefits of involvement:
    • Development of leadership skills
    • Meeting new people with similar interests
    • Eases the transition into college
    • Employers look for extracurricular activities
    • Strengthens professional and interpersonal skills
    • http://frank.mtsu.edu/~record/organizations.html
  • 26. Internship Real World
    • Scenario #1– Mike is excited about his new internship. His first day of work ends up being very boring. He realizes the company does not have time for him and they really just want him to get coffee and run errands.
    • Scenario #2 – Judy has been working about a week at her new internship. Today, her employer has asked her to answer the front office phones. One of the callers asks a question she does not know the answer to. She responds, “I don’t think we do that here.”
  • 27. 5. Implementing
    • Implementing Your Plan
    • Job Search or Graduate/Professional School
    • Update your Lightning JobSource account
    • Utilize Campus Recruiting Program
    • Attend MTSU Fall & Spring Fairs
    • Watch Networking (see CTV video; 2:44)
    • See Faculty & Academic Advisors
    • Join Professional and Student Organizations
    • Join MTSU Alumni Association
    CTV : Job Hunting-Hitting the Streets (:29)
  • 28. 6. Practicing
    • Life-long Career Management
    • How many jobs will the average person have between the ages of 18 and 42?
    • Your first job out of college is the first of many experiences you will have.
    • In a recent longitudinal study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals held an average of 10.8 jobs from ages 18 to 42, with the majority of the jobs being held before age 27.
  • 29. Practicing Tip
    • Leave Gracefully
    • Give notice – 2 weeks or more
    • Leave on good terms
    • Offer to assist with transition period
    • Build your last employer up!
  • 30. What is Your U.S. Market?
    • You are in top 28%!
    • (72% don’t have a post H.S. Degree)
    • Workers 18 and over with a Bachelors degree earn average of $51,206 a year, while those with a high school diploma earn $27,915.
    • Workers with an advanced degree make an average of $74,602, and those without a high school diploma average $18,734.
    * "High school graduate" includes people with the G.E.D. and similar equivalents. Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) .
  • 31. Negotiating Job Offers
    • Salary Scenarios
    • When I completed my application, I noticed there was a blank for previous salary information. I completed with my last three jobs.
    • In my interview I was asked if I was willing to relocate? I said no.
    • The first question I was asked during my interview was what my salary requirements were. I responded at least $10/hr.
  • 32. Questions?