5 Steps for Career Readiness

With the fall season coming around the corner, it is the perfect time to advance your career readiness.  Whether you are a complete beginner or you already have some experience, Mizzou has resources that can help you succeed in any field. 

  1. Clean up your Resume 

Resumes are one of the most important parts of the job process. A good resume should reflect your skills and prior work experience. Mizzou offers a helpful step by step guide to help make your resume stand out to potential employers. For additional assistance, Mizzou offers an online submission site to receive professional advice.

While updating your resume, consider adding a professional portrait on job-searching websites like Handshake and LinkedIn. Inside the MU Career Center, there is a selfie studio that is open for students to take high quality, professional portraits. The studio is open Monday to Friday 9-4 inside of the Career Cen

  1. Go to Career Fairs

Career Fairs are a great way to see what potential jobs are in your field and start networking. To start off on the right foot, research companies that you are interested in and prepare a list of questions. Career fairs are often busy, so be sure to practice your “elevator pitch” with peers, to make a solid first impression. 

When it comes to attire, business casual is the suggested dress code. Truman’s Closet rents out free, formal clothing to all Mizzou students and staff. Truman’s Closet is located at the Hitt Street Parking Garage  on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm. and Sundays 12-2 p.m. 

  1. Log into Handshake

Handshake offers part-time and full-time jobs, internships, career fair opportunities, and event information. Handshake is built to work with students and find career opportunities that fit your personal schedule. 

Handshake is no ordinary job searching site, it  also provides in-depth information about employers and allows students to contact employers directly. 

  1. Look into Campus Jobs   

Mizzou provides hundreds of part-time job opportunities for undergraduate students looking to earn money during the semester. On campus jobs are a great way to build skills, network with others and gain references.  Login to Handshake to search and apply for campus jobs. 

  1. Seek Guidance

Feeling lost and unsure about your career opportunities and options? Mizzou’s Career Counseling Center has a few tools to help you find your path:

  • Focus 2– A quick and free online assessment that suggests what careers will best fit your personality and interest
  • What Can I Do with This Major– An online resource that helps you dive into your career or potential careers by showing common career paths in that field
  • Career Counseling– Counselors can help you narrow down your career options to help find something that will be fulfilling to you

No matter where you are in your career journey, it is never too late to advance your career even further! Put yourself out there Tiger and get career ready.