What do you want to do?
What is your geographic preference?
What is your geographic preference?
List of 10-20 companies you want to target in your search. What companies would you especially like to work for/at?
Find 3-6 job descriptions for the kinds of positions that interest you. They can be jobs that you applied for, or not; they can be from anywhere in the country. As long as they are ones that truly interest you. Use these to create your marketing materials.
How have you educated yourself about effective job search strategies? (examples: job search blogs/e-newsletters, job search support groups, books, websites, talking with successful job seekers, etc.)
What are you doing to stay up-to-date in your field? To further develop your skills, knowledge and experience in your field?
Time to brush up on your skills or learn a new one? Learning doesn’t end when you obtain your degree. Check out these sites for free resources from short videos to full courses:
GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics (From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more), including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.
Coursera partners with more than 200 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. Coursera offers free hands-on projects and courses, in addition to job-ready certificates and degree programs.
Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.
Hubspot Academy offers free online training in the areas of marketing, sales, service, website design, web development and data privacy. Hundreds of lessons and certifications are available in topics varying from Customer Mapping, Inbound Marketing, Sales Strategies, Web Design, to Lead Generation.
Get Set Up offers basic tech classes and community led classes – up to 5 per month – for free. Paid subscriptions provide unlimited access to the course catalog.
More sites for free online education in this article.
Check out this Massive List of Thousands of Free Certificates and Badges: 1000s of courses with free certificates and badges from universities, companies, and nonprofits worldwide.
Service Learning is volunteering with a goal in mind. And it’s a great tool to help you achieve your professional goals. Make professional contacts, boost your self-esteem, develop skills, and gain experience when between jobs. Or use service learning to make a career transition into a new field. And it’s one of the best strategies for re-entering the workforce after a career break.
Start by identifying what you want to learn, and be clear with the organization what kind of commitment you can make.
“There are volunteer opportunities that cover the spectrum of experience and skills,” says Jason Willet, spokesperson for VolunteerMatch.org, an online service that matches volunteers with volunteer opportunities. “Some organizations look for people with legal experience. A number of organizations need help in marketing or creating newsletters. If you’re an aspiring Web designer, there are a number of non-profits that need help designing and maintaining their sites. Whatever you’re looking to do, there’s a non-profit that has a need. Even if those skills aren’t completely developed, they’ll be flexible, giving you the option to learn on the job.”
And if you’re not currently employed, include your current volunteer work on your resume and LinkedIn profile, which looks better than unexplained gaps between jobs.
“The definition of work is you have certain responsibilities, you’re accountable to be there on time and you have someone else observing what you’re doing – that’s what most volunteer work is,” says Marky Stein, a career coach based in San Jose, California. “You should feel free to place it on your resume alongside your work experiences.”
Here are some resources for identifying volunteer opportunities:
Want to discuss how volunteering can be part of your professional development? Contact Debra Franke, Associate Director of Alumni Career Programs at email@example.com.
What are you doing to stay up-to-date in your field? Whether you are happily at work in a job you love, seeking a new position, or looking to change careers, you should actively continue your professional development.
Include these activities on your resume, in a section titled “Professional Development” or something similar (probably at or near the end).
Here are some examples:
Need help coming up with ideas for your ongoing professional development, or figuring out how to include those in your resume and LinkedIn profile? Contact Debra Franke, Assistant Director of Alumni Career Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.