As you prepare to connect to the professional world and network within your career area, we have laid out a number of resources and steps that you can take to prepare you for a positive future.
Many students are unsure of their exact career path and that is to be expected. You may be deciding between graduate school options and full-time employment.
We specialize in facilitating these discussions to assist you with your options. Whatever you chose, we can guide you with resources and individual support that will help you to define your career goals and excel in your professional development.
Your Junior Year
Develop a professional online presence with LinkedIn – grow your network by connecting with classmates, professors and other groups like ENMU Alumni and professional organizations connected with your major.
Suggested Career Goals for Juniors
Planning for an Internship
Internships are a primary step to gaining professional experience and further clarifying your career path. The value of internships has been well established for decades within universities (see Internships positively impact student competencies, 8 great reasons to intern).
What you want to decide is your timing and location for your internship. In regard to resources for internships, Handshake is the main portal utilized by many universities to connect students to opportunities.
Additional Internship Resource
Looking for something specific for your experience? Try:
Career Goals for Juniors and Seniors
Craft your resume and cover letter
Resume and cover letter writing … oh my!!!!! If you find resume and cover letter writing daunting, you are in good company. Most professionals, as well as students, find writing a resume difficult, confusing and just plain scary. However, the best thing to do is to just get started.
We are here to help and have laid out some specific information, guidance and examples to assist you. To finalize your resume, always get professional assistance for a second or a third opinion. You don’t want a good resume, you want a great resume!
- View PDF – 20 Common Resume Questions and Answers
- Check out Resume tips for College Students From Employers
- You may use a template and there are many services that offer resume writing. However, you may want to see examples and utilize a Word to create your own format.
- Excel by using the “star method” for resume writing: Star method for resumes
- Always use action verbs in the content of your resume.
What About the Cover Letter?
A cover letter is your opportunity to connect on a more personal level with your employer and offer the employer-specific points about why you will benefit them and be a good fit for their company or organization.
- View PDF – 5 Common Cover Letter Questions and Answers
- Check out this article from the Muse to guide your writing: Formula for cover letter writing
Networking, Networking and More Networking
Networking means talking to professionals on and off campus and listening. You will want to consider your connections on and off campus who may have advice for you about potential career openings:
- Career Services
- Professionals through informational interviews
- Part-time employers/co-workers
- Family connections
Also, begin to build your network through your profile on LinkedIn. Networking means being able to carry on a conversation with someone about their interests and yours, and being about to ask for advice.
- Check out these career networking tips
- Complete your profile on Handshake
- Watch these two-minute Training Videos
- Read the Handshake Student Blog
Beyond the resume, you may want to consider creating an e-portfolio. (See YouTube vid: What is an e-portfolio?) An e-portfolio allows your show your accomplishments. You may link your e-portfolio to your resume by listing it near your contact information.
Suggested e-Portfolio Resources
- Free Website builder – create, design, manage and develop your personal web presence
You can also send your e-portfolio directly as another attachment to your professional application. This is becoming a more popular and common means of showing who you are and your accomplishments.
Make an appointment with us – we can help you with what to include in this resource.
Attend Career Fairs, Workshops and Events
Prepare for Interviewing
Most people feel some anxiety about interviews. We can prepare you, review potential questions and answers with you, and even create a mock interview to give you a chance to practice your interviewing skills.
One of the trickiest types of interview questions are behavioral questions. These types of question are about a difficult situation you dealt with and how it turned out. These take some thinking and, similar to in the information you provide in your resume, you must be honest, while always highlighting your best abilities and personal strengths. Check out; 30 behavioral interview questions that you need to be ready to answer.
Additional links to help with interviewing:
Prepare for Virtual Interviewing
It is likely that your interviewing will begin with a phone interview, and may or may not continue virtually on any number of platforms: Zoom, Skype, Teams, Google Hangouts.
If you're interviewing virtually, it is even more important to practice for you interview and plan for your digital professional space. Treat the virtual situation the same as in person interview: dress appropriately, be aware of your body language, voice, and all visuals including what is in the background of your room.
Visit Job Boards
Handshake is our main platform for employment and is a great place to start. Other recommended job boards for students are:
Your Senior Year
The Office of Counseling and Career Services is here for you as you look to step into the world of work. Remember to breathe – every accomplishment is made one step at a time!
We will support, guide and encourage your next steps. You have got this, seniors!
For More Information
ENMU Station 34
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130