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Getting Started in Your Career Exploration

It's time to start thinking about where you would like to go in your work life. There are multiple stages to career exploration beginning with self-evaluation and ending up with landing the job that is right for you!

Here are some of the key steps in your search process:

A Process to Get Started With

  1. Self-evaluation and career assessment
  2. Establish career goals and life goals
  3. Identify several good career areas that match your interests and skills
  4. Decide which companies you would like to apply to
  5. Network - contact anybody and everybody
  6. Build your resume and customize it for each employer
  7. Prepare well thought out cover letters
  8. Research the company and its industry
  9. Interview, in some cases, up to 3 times for each firm
  10. Follow up with thank you notes
  11. Choose the offer that best suits you


Before you go on to make a personal profile take a moment to assess the following about yourself and your career goals:

  • Key strengths and weaknesses
  • Any and all marketable skills
  • Education/Coursework
  • Work experience/Internships
  • Hobbies/Activities you enjoy
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • People you admire
  • Role Models in your life

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