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Career Checklist - Steps to Success

1. Assess Yourself

Identify and clarify your personality, interests, values, & skills.

Personality PreferencesMBTI* ($10) InterestsStrong Interest Inventory* ($10) Job Categories: www.internships.com/predictor Values: www.stewartcoopercoon.com/jobsearch/career-values Motivated Skills: www.stewartcoopercoon.com/jobsearch/motivated-skills

2. Explore Major and Career Options

Based on your assessment results, identify occupations of interest.

Research occupations and industries using these online resources: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco O*Net Online: http://online.onetcenter.org My Next Move: www.mynextmove.org Career One Stop: www.careeronestop.org What Can I Do with This Major? - in the Featured Links section of the UCS website UH Librarys Research Guide: http://guides.lib.uh.edu - Search keywords: Career Resources LinkedIn: http://learn.linkedin.com Review online job postings to find out what the requirements are. (e.g. www.indeed.com) Check career sections of professional associations and organizations websites. Examine the list of UH majors and minors: www.uh.edu/academics/majors-minors/ Talk with advisors, currently enrolled students, and faculty members Conduct informational interviews to learn from those currently working in the field. Research graduate school/professional programs: Take the appropriate admissions exams (GRE, MCAT, PCAT, LSAT, GMAT, etc.) Have your personal statement reviewed by a UCS career counselor Apply to graduate/professional schools and apply for scholarships, fellowships, and research/ teaching assistantships

Narrow the list of choices by identifying those that are the best fit for you. Examine

the costs and benefits of each option. 3. Build Relationships and a Positive Reputation

Networking is critical to an effective job search!

Faculty and staff members make excellent referral sources and can write letters of

recommendation! Continue to build a respectable GPAemployers do care, as do graduate schools! Supervisors and managers at work can serve as references for you! Create a LinkedIn profile and build your professional network: www.linkedin.com

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4. Gain Professional Experience Attend a UCS Internship Workshop Read the Guide to Finding Internships handout Intern or work in co-ops (Cooperative Education Programs) Volunteer with organizations Obtain part-time, temporary, or summer employment Actively participate in student organizations and professional associationstake on a leadership role! 5. Create an Effective, Polished Resume Attend a UCS Resume Workshop Read the Developing a Resume handout Have your resume critiqued by a UCS career counselor 6. Prepare for the Interview Process Attend a UCS Interview Workshop Read the Preparing for the Employment Interview handout Schedule a mock interview with a UCS career counselor Build a professional wardrobe 7. Conduct your Job Search Attend a UCS Job Search Workshop Read The Successful Job Search handout Access JOBank and JobScan on www.career.uh.edu Network and conduct information interviews Attend career fairs and expos Participate in Campus Recruitment (On-Campus Interviews)
Attend a Campus Recruitment Workshop at least one year prior to graduation Register with ResumeBank Attend company information sessions and receptions Interview with employers recruiting on campus Follow-up and send thank you notes

Consult a UCS career counselor for help with these steps.

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