Career Development Skills Workshops
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Developing a Personal Career Plan
Learn to use the Center's Personal Career Plan as a roadmap to direct your professional future. This workshop will focus on self- assessment, internship and job targets, self-marketing, networking, and goal setting. Your Personal Career Plan will help make sure your career path reflects your goals and aspirations.
Behavioral interviewing is a technique used by employers to find out how you behaved in real situations rather than hypothetical ones. The idea is that past behaviors are the best predictors of future success. This workshop focuses on how to prepare for these interviews so you can demonstrate skills and competencies through your previous experiences.
Cover Letter Strategies
Learn how to write a cover letter that communicates to the employer that you are the best fit for the job. Learn to read job descriptions and investigate company websites to find out what the employer values in a candidate. The workshop will cover writing style, letter formats, and other cover letter dos and don’ts.
Developing a Personal Brand
“So...Tell me about yourself?” How do you answer this question in a concise and purposeful manner? This workshop will help you assess your skills and experiences and develop a personal brand or pitch you can use to confidently introduce yourself to networking contacts and prospective employers.
Learn how to develop a resume that will persuade employers to bring you in for a closer look. The workshop emphasizes professional resume formats and characteristics that are geared to getting you interviews. The focus of this workshop is on professional written presentation. (Note: Individual resume critiques are not offered during the workshop. Students can make appointments with the SFS Graduate Career Development staff for individual resume critiques. Sign up for an appointment here.
Introduction to Symplicity
This is a small group tutorial that teaches you how to navigate the Symplicity system. The workshop will focus on the user profile, personal documents, job and employer search functions, and the document library.
Jump-Start Your Job Search
Second year students -- take some time to re-energize your job search. This workshop will focus on job search strategies to get things moving. Bring your resume, any cover letters, and an open mind as we explore how to focus and plan a job search strategy.
Negotiating Job Offers and Salary
Evaluation skills are key when weighing job options, salaries, and benefits. This workshop will provide a framework to better evaluate your options. Strategies for discussing salaries during interviews as well as negotiation tips will be reviewed. Information on negotiable non-salary benefits will be covered as well. The workshop will address proper protocol for accepting and rejecting job offers.
Networking and Informational Interviews
Developing a professional network can be an overwhelming undertaking. Learn how to set goals and facilitate networking and informational interviewing. The workshop will focus on research and preparation, networking, interviewing, follow-up, and staying motivated. Students will use the Center's Personal Career Plan as a guideline to stay motivated and focused.
The interview requires you to bring together your knowledge of a position/company and your ability to articulate how your skills and background are a fit. Learn how to use the job interview to your best advantage. The workshop will focus on interview preparation, behavioral interviewing, and pitfalls to avoid during an interview.
Working a Career Fair
Why is it that only a few job seekers come out of a career fair with tangible prospects? How can you effectively present your qualifications through a one-minute pitch during a career fair? Gain insights into how a career fair can make a difference in your career plan. The workshop will focus on your goals and preparation, information presentation, and follow-up.
Questions? Contact Anne Steen in the SFS Graduate Career Development Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.