July 27, 2017

Career Resources for UW Colleges Online Students

The Résumé

The Résumé

Your résumé is key to getting an interview for the job you’re applying to. It needs to be concise, polished and tailored to the job you want. That means including experience relevant to the position instead of making a big list of all your previous work. Not every résumé may look the same. Check out these sample résumés by industry so you can tailor your résumé for the job you want.

The Networking

The Networking

Networking is important in many industries and doesn’t have to be intimidating. Help Guide provides tips for building relationships that could lead to your future job. Professors and previous employers are great resources to use for references. Create a LinkedIn profile to start connecting with other professionals. You never know who may be the link to your next job. 

The Cover Letter

The Cover Letter

The dreaded cover letter can be challenging to write. However, if you take it step-by-step it’s a great way to convey why you’re the right candidate for the job. Cover letter resources provide tips on how to capture your potential employer’s attention while remaining professional. Remember, your cover letter is the only thing besides your résumé that can make you stand out to get that first interview. Make it one of a kind. 

The Interview

The Interview

Now that you’ve written a fantastic résumé and cover letter, it’s time to think about the interview. Show potential employers what you have to offer. It is important to do a little prep work before your interview. Prepare responses to these common interview questions. Also, check out the do’s and don’ts of interviewing. You’ll be surprised at all of the useful tips you can find and follow to land that dream job. 

The Thank You Note

The Thank You Note

Sending a thank you note after your initial interview can set you apart from other candidates. It shows that you are courteous and value your interviewer’s time. Templates even exist that can help you format a professional looking thank you note. Beware of typos! You want your potential employer to have every reason to hire you.

The First Day

The First Day

After all of your prep work has paid off, you’re in the clear...well kind of. It is important to make an impression on the first day. Though you will spend most of your day getting oriented and listening, it is important to be as personable as you were during the interview. Be excited that you got the job and show it! People like having a positive energy in the office. For more tips on how to have a successful first day of work, visit Business Insider’s first day guide

This all may be a lot to take in, but don’t worry! If you take the process of getting a job step-by-step, you will become prepared for your career without all of the stress. For more resources, visit the UW Colleges Online’s Career Resources. Good luck on the job hunt; we know you have what it takes.  

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