- Federal website to research careers/job titles: onetonline.org
- Find alternative job titles and job descriptions as well as salaries: payscale.com
- VMock – CareerFit Module (tentative)
- University of Houston’s Business Librarian
- To find jobs, alternative job titles, detailed descriptions and salaries: payscale.com
Résumés, Cover Letters and Thank You Email Sample
Asking for advice rather than a job (Informational Interviewing)
- Self Assessment: Why are you interested in learning more?
- What values, skills and interests led you to this point?
- What interests you the most about this career?
- Type out your questions in advance
- Bring your questions and a notepad
- Make sure you mind the time on the day of the meeting. If the professional would like to continue the conversation, that is fine however, make sure he/she initiates this
- Find professionals via LinkedIn, in-person networking groups and through personal referrals
- Ask for 15-20 minutes of their time
- Explain that you are interested learning about his/her career path
- If you aren’t sure of the career path but are interested in the industry and the possibilities available, this is a good way to find out more
- Do NOT ask for a job in the initial email or first meeting
- Dress professionally
- Arrive 10 minutes early
- Bring a copy of your résumé but only present if asked
- Offer to pay for the meeting if it is coffee or a meal
- Thank the interviewer
- Ask for a business card
- Ask if he/she knows anyone else you can talk to
- Send a professionally written email thanking the professional within 24 hours of your meeting
- Self reflect-Is this the career for you? Are there questions that you wish you would have asked? If so, write them down for the next time
- Keep the professional in the loop as far as your progress goes
- Follow-up occasionally when appropriate, for example, if you have something in common and you see an article that makes you think of this person.
- Set up job search agents based on company name, key word, city, state, zip code, job title or any combination of these: indeed.com
- Join LinkedIn
- Professional Organizations: Join professional organizations related to career goals and review their job postings
- The Star Interviewing Technique: Behavioral Based Interviewing
- S: Situation-What was going on?
- T: Task-What did you need to do?
- A: Action-What exactly did YOU do? Tell a very brief story/give a specific example.
- R: Result-What was the result?
Your story should be 1 minute or less. The listener should be able to picture your example. Please see worksheet: Behavioral Interviewing Grid
- Salaries based on industries: salary.com
- Paycheck City: paycheckcity.com
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: gov/ooh
- Payscale: payscale.com