Steering Your Career: The Essentials of Communication

There are many steps one can take to find their career path.  The problem many students have is that they don’t necessarily know where to start.  It’s quite daunting, yet not as impossible as you might think.  There are so many resources available to students here at MIZZOU that can help them take that first step towards locking in their future career.  To answer the question of where to start, there are a few essentials that every college student should have in their job search.

The most common necessities one would need to start their job hunting is a cover letter and a resume.  It’s very common for one to find difficulty distinguishing between the two.  A resume is merely a marketing tool used to sell yourself to potential employers, which may include a record of your work history tailored to the employer’s interests, education history, and any awards/accolades that you have received (it’s important to note that resumes are used to get you an interview NOT a job).  The cover letter complements the resume with a personal touch.  Cover letters give you the opportunity to entice the employer to learn more about you by looking at your resume.  Resumes and cover letters seem pretty cut-&-dry in theory, but are oh so complex in practice.  Scared yet?  Don’t be.  The MU Career Center offers walk-in services, where you can have a one-on-one chat with a career specialist who will help you out with your resume and/or cover letter.  Don’t really feel like leaving your computer screen to talk to real people?  The career center has also published a guide to resumes as well as a guide to cover letters to help you get started.

A career essential that many people tend to overlook is LinkedIn.  A new survey conducted by Bullhorn claims that 94% of employers use LinkedIn for recruiting potential employees.  LinkedIn profiles are fairly easy to create and maintain.  However, many people don’t know where to start.  We have put together a handy guide to starting your LinkedIn profile so that you can put your name out there.  LinkedIn has also published a profile checklist for college students to ensure that you get the most out of your LinkedIn experience.  Is the only photo of you in professional dress embarrassing enough for your mother to show to her gal pals at work?  No problem.  The MU Career Center hosts a LinkedIn Photo Day on the first Friday of every month, where students can just walk in and have their professional photo taken for free.

Not so hard, right?