Monday, April 14, 2014

What Do You Know About MavJobs? is your one stop shop for finding jobs & internships, registering for on-campus career events, and receiving career tips! Besides its job and resume functions, students can use MavJobs to learn about careers, utilize job search tools, and take career assessments all under Explore Career Resources Tab. The Learn about Potential Employers tab provide contact information about employers.

Employers intentionally post jobs to MavJobs! Many of the positions found on MavJobs are from employers who specifically post to our system looking for MSU students and graduates, either because the employers are local to the area, or they have heard of our successful programs, or because they have hired other MSU students and alumni and see the quality of MSU candidates.

You can search on other job boards through MavJobs! Besides, you can also search other job boards from within MavJobs, such as government jobs in USA Jobs, or jobs in another part of the country or world through the USA Career Guides and Going Global links. The Going Global section of MavJobs is a great resource for searching for jobs and internships overseas!

You can have MavJobs search for jobs specific to you! MavJobs now has a notification on the student home page whenever it finds jobs that look like they might match your criteria, based on your profile and any jobs you have looked at or applied to in the past.  You can also setup and activate a search agent to get those notifications sent to you via email!

You can sign up for a career counseling appointment through MavJobs! Students can setup an appointment with one of our staff via the online scheduling tool available under Calendar|Counseling Appointment.

Tips about navigating
You can upload your resume and apply for jobs and internships by first logging in with your Star ID username and password from the CDC homepage. Every student has a log in for MavJobs. That is how you get started!

STEP 1: The very first time you login, you will have to fill out a profile so the site has your information.

STEP 2: Upload your resume to MavJobs through the “My Resumes & Cover Letters” tab.

Upload your resume so that it can be included in the “resume book”.  Employers looking for talent can then search for and reach out directly to potential candidates who meet their criteria – so you might get an offer to apply for or interview for a job with a company, even if the job has not been posted to MavJobs!

STEP 3: Search for jobs under the “Search Jobs & Internships” tab.

STEP 4: Follow the instructions on how to apply for specific jobs; each application process is different.

Don’t forget to check the Shortcuts section on the student home page for links to our helpful CareerSpots videos and Job Search Links by Major/Field!

Need assistance navigating MavJobs? Stop in the CDC during QuickStop for one-on-one help!

- Antonio Moore, Graduate Assistant, Career Development Center

Monday, April 7, 2014

Social Media in the Job Search

The job search process is changing. At one time, you could pick up the local newspaper and browse the help wanted section to find a job and there really was not much else. Today, the options for finding a job have exploded, but this has increased the amount of time someone must spend searching for a job. Instead of picking up a newspaper, finding a job requires searching through giant job boards like, looking at company websites to see if any postings have come up, sending a never ending stream of e-mails to potential employers to see if there are any openings, and constantly networking. Finding your dream job becomes an all-consuming task as you scour endless webpages trying to locate that one job that fits for you. It is complicated, frustrating, and can leave you discouraged and confused.
Luckily, there is one way to streamline the job search and prevent those job-searching headaches. Using this resource for your job search can make it easier to focus on an area, a company, and even find jobs you may not have been looking for. The resource that I am talking about is social media. Social media can have a very positive impact on your job search and help you achieve your goals. However, not everyone is familiar with social media and how to use it. The next few paragraphs will contain some information on how to best utilize social media in your job search as well as give specific information about using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Social Media in General: When using social media as a job searching tool the most important thing is to be thoughtful about the image you are crafting for the world to see. You need to be conscious of what your total social media image is. Do a search on Google for yourself and see what comes up. Is it flattering? Is it terrifying? Either way, make sure that you are being intentional with what you put up. Employers are looking up potential employees on the internet more than ever and you want the first image that pops up to be one that reflects a positive version of you.
 Also, the most important part of social media for job searching is the network that you build. The contacts and friends that you have on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more are a vital resource to finding jobs. Your network can alert you to job openings that you may have overlooked or may even let you know about jobs that haven’t posted and even give you a heads up to jobs that will be opening soon. Building your network is vital in social media and job searching. Not to mention that most employers want employees who can use social media, so using it to land a job can show them that you already excel in that skill!
Facebook: When searching for a job, some of the most important things to remember about Facebook are what to avoid doing that can hurt your job prospects. First, you need to set your profile to private and change your profile picture to something that you would not be embarrassed about a potential employer seeing. Second, you might want to consider creating a second Facebook profile. It would not be wise to add professional contacts to your personal Facebook page that contains all your personal information. Finally, give some thought to what ends up on your timeline and what you like on your Facebook page. It can be easy to give the wrong message to potential employers if you like thirty kinds of alcohol and nothing else.
Twitter: Twitter can be a great way to let people know that you are looking for a job. A simple post that references your desire to find employment can go a long way towards finding a job. You want to be as specific as possible about the type of employment you are seeking. Also, Twitter is a great place to really focus on your interests and field of work. Thoughtful tweets about the industry that you want to work in can show others that you are informed, passionate, and interested. Also remember that tweets are not easily removed from the internet, so make sure to have a cool down time before posting anything to Twitter.
LinkedIn:  LinkedIn is the most important social media tool that exists. It continues to grow as a professional networking tool and job search aide. Think of LinkedIn as an online rolodex that saves all of your work and professional contacts in one place and provides a space to interact with them. Before you graduate, start asking professionals that you meet if you can add them on LinkedIn. This tip can be used to great effect at the various job fairs that happen both on and off campus. Asking someone for their LinkedIn makes you stand out and it will help you build your professional network. You can also use LinkedIn as a way to find out information about the leaders in the industry that you are interested in working. In addition, you can use LinkedIn to find out important information on various companies and potential hiring managers that can give you an edge when you are going to interview. Finally, LinkedIn has lots of job postings through company pages.
Hopefully, these tips can give you a small taste of the role that social media can play in your job search. This list is nowhere near exhaustive. Using social media to job search is complicated, but can be made easier by doing additional research and staying up to date on the latest trends. Just remember that getting a job requires a lot of work and if you are intentional and work hard that you can reach your dreams!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Navigating and Planning Your Career Path

Navigating and Planning Your Career Path
Probably very few of us would set out for an unknown destination without consulting a map or GPS, but surprisingly, many of us fail to apply the same logic to our career path plan. Instead of constructing a plan, we just cross our fingers that everything works out in the end but don’t actively create a plan. Do not fall into that trap! No matter where you are in your academic timeline whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student there is no better time to start navigating and planning your career path than NOW!

Here in the Career Development Center (CDC) we have generated three main checkpoints to go through while creating and planning your career path. Below you will find each step with some ideas of things you can do to accomplish and plan your journey. Now keep in mind that while going through the career path plan that each and every one of you will have a route that is personalized and different from everyone else’s as you all have different goals, skillsets, interests, and dreams!

- Take an interest inventory from the CDC and meet with one of the counselors
- Get to know your academic advisor and develop your academic plan
- Start a list of your skills and strengths
- Enroll in classes that fulfill general education courses but also potential majors
- Review Undergraduate catalog for majors and minors
- Schedule informational interviews with people in areas of interest
- Read position descriptions for career areas of interest
- Talk to faculty or advisors in your major to learn about career opportunities
- Get involved with campus activities or organizations

- Enroll in classes that fulfill general education courses but also potential majors
- Research majors and careers in the Career Resource Library
- Volunteer on campus or in your community
- Plan to attend summer job fair and look for campus jobs
- Consider enrolling in CSP 110, Decision Making for Career and Life
- Continue to explore interests, values, abilities, and lifestyle preferences
- Consider the possibility of study abroad
- Take leadership roles in clubs and organizations
- Use What Can I Do with My Major? To identify possible careers within your major
- Attend conferences in your interest area

- Gain experience through part time jobs or internships and use mavjobs to find  opportunities
- Maintain a high GPA
- Continue dialog with academic advisor and career counselor
- Consider if you will need letters of reference and decide who you will ask
- Research graduate and professional school and their requirements
- Complete graduate and professional school applications and take any required tests
- Start job searching and researching companies
- Do a practice interview with the CDC
- Register for and attend career or jobs fairs
- Use the Job Search Handbook to draft a resume and cover letter
- Network with professionals

Now if any of these steps seems a little intimidating or daunting or you are not quite sure where to begin, feel free to visit the Career Development Center here on campus or check out our website for some great resources. We would love to help guide you through the process and provide you with resources to plan your career path! WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

-Amanda Dolfin, CDC intern

Monday, March 3, 2014


YES! Spring break is one week away - this is the time to rest, go on vacation, or catch up on some assignments for class. This is also a good time to start updating your resume, talk to people in your network about possible job opportunities, or line up a job shadowing opportunity for a field you are interested in!

resume Updating your Resume for 2014

Updating Your Resume

Make sure to place any new experiences on your resume such as employment, memberships, conferences attended and research projects.  Proofread your resume for any errors you might have, and have someone else proofread it too. Make sure your contact information is correct and up-to-date; you don’t want to have the wrong address or phone number on your resume! Take a look at the CDC Job Search Handbook for formatting your resume when updating experiences, and upload a copy of your updated resume to Mavjobs so that employers will be able to find it when searching our students’ resumes for talented recruits.


Volunteering can help build your resume by developing new skills or improving the ones you already have. At the same time you may learn some interesting things about your community. A great way to build a reference page with different organizations you volunteer for.  Volunteer at more than one place you are interested in to really amp up your resume!


Start networking! Do you have a LinkedIn account? This may be a great time to start one if you don’t already have one. If you don’t know how to place your experiences on LinkedIn, check out the blog “I have a LinkedIn account, but how can I use it effectively?”  LinkedIn is a great social media tool for networking and creating connections by developing yourself professionally. Establish new relationships and create new ones in LinkedIn through the contacts you've made in your work and volunteer experiences.

Job Shadow 

Interested in a particular career? Use this time line up a job shadowing opportunity with someone in your field of study to learn about the basic functions of their work and their organization’s culture. This would be a great time to get some more information about your field and what steps are needed to be successful in that field.

Spring break is the time to rest, relax, and catch up on some projects, but it can also be a great time to talk with people about great career opportunities, update your resume, do some job shadowing, and volunteer in your community. Use this time to get ahead of the game and explore the different opportunities available to advance you in your field of study.

- Antonio Moore, Graduate Assistant, Career Development Center

Monday, February 24, 2014

Interview Like a Rockstarr!

BE A STARR at your Interview!  That’s right….add that extra “R”! me tell you that you can really shine the day of an interview by properly preparing. Any amount of help from the CDC doesn’t hurt either!!  By using a 5 step technique to answer, you will master the STARR interview!

What is this STARR?  

1. Situation: Set up the situation to the interviewer

2. Task: Describe your process and the tasks involved 
3. Action: Talk about the various actions that you used to solve the problem or issue
4. Result: What were the results that followed because of your actions?

5. Relate: Relate your story back to the position you are applying for

When the employer asks you a question about a time you have worked in a group…how do you respond?!  It can be tricky to come up with on those situation questions. Using the STARR response above will help! Think of situations that tie in with the question topics below to help prepare for the day of the interview: 

  • Motivation

  • Initiative

  • Flexibility

  • Problem-solving

  • Technical skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Communication skills

  • Intergrity

  • Teamwork 

  • Interpersonal skills

Talking about yourself and your experiences isn’t always easy. Take time to practice. REALLY BRAINSTORM some specific instances when you’ve used these ideas above. Then come in and do a PRACTICE INTERVIEW with the CDC.

We want you to be confident in your answers and shine like a STARR!  There are some other techniques you shouldn’t forget for BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER an interview!  Go to the CDC website for these helpful hints.

-Shannon Dale, CDC Graduate Assistant