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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cdc Mc Overview

    1. 1. Career Development Center Nancy Stubblefield, Career Coordinator Bragg Mass Communication, Room 130 www.mtsu.edu/~career New CDC Mission (Fall 2008)   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. 2. Registration with LJS <ul><li>Open an account at: www.mtsu.edu/~career </li></ul><ul><li>Click on red “register now” under LJS logo. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out the form. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Use Statement. </li></ul><ul><li>After submitting, the CDC will confirm your academic information and send an email with your username and password. </li></ul><ul><li>Please allow 1-2 business days for this to occur! </li></ul>
    3. 3. Tools for Success www.mtsu.edu/~career
    4. 4. Six Steps to Career Success
    5. 5. 1. Assessing <ul><li>What are my strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What do I like to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Why am I in this major? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my work interests? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my personality? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my skills? </li></ul>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
    6. 6. 2. Exploring <ul><li>Researching job industries </li></ul><ul><li>Researching job functions </li></ul><ul><li>Majors Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Focus II </li></ul>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?)
    7. 7. 3. Building <ul><ul><li>CDC Resume Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perfect Interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JobChoices Magazine (free copy available in CDC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critique of resumes & cover letters by staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDC Internet resources list – for detailed list of resources </li></ul></ul>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! <ul><li>Career TV selections : </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for Keeping Resume Out of the Trash (1:37) </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Letters-Right Way/Wrong Way (1:44) </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Voice Mail (1:09) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Resumes Types <ul><li>Three Basic Styles </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological Functional Hybrid </li></ul>
    9. 9. Resumes that REACH <ul><li>R eadable </li></ul><ul><li>E mphasize strengths </li></ul><ul><li>A pplicable experience </li></ul><ul><li>C onsistent </li></ul><ul><li>H ire me! </li></ul>
    10. 10. Objective/Profile/Summary <ul><li>One or two sentences about the kind of job you want and what you can contribute to the company in return </li></ul><ul><li>Get the reader’s attention quickly </li></ul><ul><li>BAD OBJECTIVE : </li></ul><ul><li>“ Desire a position where skills are utilized.” </li></ul><ul><li>How could this objective be improved? </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Be specific! </li></ul><ul><li>GOOD OBJECTIVES: </li></ul><ul><li>Recording Industry candidate with Spanish minor and customer service experience seeks career in record promotions. </li></ul><ul><li>Public Relations candidate with experience in event planning, advertising and sales seeks internship with a non-profit agency. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Objectives
    12. 12. Education <ul><li>Know your degree! </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN May 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentration: Electronic Media Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minor: Information Systems and Political Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GPA: 3.3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized Coursework: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports Writing Computer Science Business Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media Writing Media Law Media Design </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Subjective Skills/Hard Skills <ul><li>Friendly and helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Hard Worker </li></ul><ul><li>Dependable </li></ul><ul><li>People Person </li></ul><ul><li>Fast Learner </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Publisher </li></ul><ul><li>Writing News Releases, Public Speaking, Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Familiar with InDesign and Photoshop </li></ul>
    14. 14. Experience….Create Depth <ul><li>Begin bullet with action word </li></ul><ul><li>Start each bullet with a different action word to show creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Go the distance……think of situations which show an action and result </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoted new menu items to customers to improve sales and meet weekly goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answered customer questions and resolved complaints to improve customer satisfaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed a promotional fund raising campaign which resulted in pledges of over 30K </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Key Word Searches <ul><li>Create a five star resume! </li></ul><ul><li>List relevant skills and key words </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework/Professional Training </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditations and Licenses </li></ul>
    16. 16. Cover Letter <ul><li>Copy your resume header to compliment </li></ul><ul><li>Use proper business letter formatting </li></ul><ul><li>Like an objective, the cover letter should be specific to the position - if known </li></ul><ul><li>These are some of the tips I give students when reviewing a cover letter: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative, don’t start every sentence with I </li></ul><ul><li>Use your previous job experience to show how you could be effective in their job opening </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use too many clichés from online sources and books </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the marketing appeal of your format </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional format letter - job openings where you know the contact and are familiar with the company </li></ul><ul><li>Cold lead format – sent to companies in hope of job opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Networking format – Referred to company by a friend </li></ul>
    17. 17. References <ul><li>References available upon request </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio available upon request </li></ul><ul><li>References and portfolio available at www.mywebpage.com </li></ul><ul><li>Create new page with matching header </li></ul><ul><li>Include three to five contacts and their title, organization, address, phone number, and email </li></ul><ul><li>Check with your contacts before using them </li></ul>
    18. 18. Portfolio – Electronic or Paper? <ul><li>Showcase, but don’t show too much of one type </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letter/Bio about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic experience </li></ul><ul><li>Demos of recordings </li></ul><ul><li>Jump drives, CD’s or hard copies </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to website using personal web page – be careful not to include address and personal information </li></ul>
    19. 19. Practice makes <ul><li>Interactive mock interview program </li></ul><ul><li>Web cam in Career Development Center </li></ul><ul><li>Records answers </li></ul><ul><li>Review yourself and send to your professor or career coordinator for comments </li></ul>Check out a sample interview video (Requires Internet Explorer Browser)!
    20. 20. 4. Experimenting <ul><li>After developing or building job search skills, it is important to get practical information and experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Lightning JobSource </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Education Program </li></ul><ul><li>University Internship Program </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Internship Programs </li></ul><ul><li>EXL Program </li></ul><ul><li>Service Learning Program </li></ul><ul><li>Student Employment Program </li></ul><ul><li>Career Fairs – Internship, Summer Jobs, Fall, Spring, etc. </li></ul>
    21. 21. 5. Implementing <ul><li>Implementing Your Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search or Graduate/Professional School </li></ul><ul><li>UPDATE your Lightning JobSource account </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Recruiting Program </li></ul><ul><li>MTSU Fall & Spring Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>MTSU Alumni Association </li></ul><ul><li>Networking (see CTV video; 2:44) </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty & Academic Advisors for GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Joining Professional and Student Organizations </li></ul>CTV : Job Hunting-Hitting the Streets (:29)
    22. 22. 6. Practicing <ul><li>Life-long Career Management </li></ul><ul><li>How many jobs will the average person have between the ages of 18 and 42? </li></ul><ul><li>Your first job out of college is the first of many experiences you will have. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Practicing Tip <ul><li>Leave Gracefully </li></ul><ul><li>Give notice – 2 weeks or more </li></ul><ul><li>Leave on good terms </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to assist with transition period </li></ul><ul><li>Build your last employer up! </li></ul>
    24. 24. Networking Alumni Informational Interviews – Coming Soon in iModules MTSU Alumni Events – Join Linked In and Alumni Facebook
    25. 25. I’m sure Mom’s proud. . . Social Networking video on CTV (1:47)
    26. 26. Questions?

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