Journey #2 Who Do I Want to Be?”
Learn the benefits of documenting your work and experiences on paper and keeping a record of your activities so you have solid evidence of your qualifications to present to an employer. Learn how to write a resume that gets you noticed by an employer, and, more importantly, begin to connect the gaps in your education, experience and abilities to the knowledge, skills and qualifications desired by employers who hire professionals in your occupational field of interest.
Create a Resume
Click on the links below to watch two short videos from Career TV to learn more about resume writing:
You may use the provided Resume Rubric and the Resume Development Questionnaire to help outline what should be on your resume. Start creating a resume based on your current experience by accessing the OptimalResume Suite, (log in with your MyPNC user ID and password). Resumes may be reviewed online by submitting it to the Office of Career Development through OptimalResume’s Document Review Center. Once your resume is approved, you can start applying for employment opportunities/internships that align with your career goals and objectives.
Now that you have a resume, you should start attending career events on campus or that are open to Purdue Students/Alumni. Before you go, you need to do a little research and prepare, but checking out this handbook or WetFeet’s Career Fair Arsenal. The #1 complaint that employers have of students is that they do not research their organization prior to attending a career fair or information session, so be prepared!
What did you learn from attending a career event?
- Were you dressed appropriately for the event?
- What advice did you seek from professionals to prepare for this event?
- What advice did you receive from the professionals you met at this event?
- How did if feel when you introduced yourself? Did you find it difficult to talk about yourself?
- What areas do you believe you need to work on based on this activity?
Deeper Dive Research
Spend time researching about the thought leaders in your career field of interest. Not sure who those thought leaders might be? Here is a somewhat comprehensive list of Professional Organizations. Once you have located a Professional Organization affiliated with your career area of interest consider the following:
- Is there an organization that is affiliated with your career area of interest? If so, is there a local or student chapter you can join?
- What business journals or publications might a professional in your field of interest reference for their own career development?
- What is changing about your career field of interest? What steps should you take to address these changes in regard to your academic plan?
Your faculty mentor, professor or teacher might assign one of the following developmental activities, or you can do these on your own:
Based on your research have you made the connection between your academic plan of study, your personal career goals and objectives and the current Occupational Outlook Projections?