Chicago State University

Career Planning

Planning for your career should begin as soon as you start your college. You should begin to think about what you can do during your time at Chicago State University that will help propel you into the career that your desire. Excelling in class is extremely important, but there are other components to becoming career ready. Being involved in organizations (on- and off- campus), participating in internships, networking and utilizing all your resources on campus will contribute to your career success.

Ask yourself the following:

  1. What are my interests, skills that I possess or will possess once I graduate and my personal values?
  2. Am I actively engaged in my academics?
  3. Are there any clubs or organizations (career or non-career related) that I can become involved in?
  4. Am I asking for help when I need it?
  5. Have I have completed or plant to participate in an internship or career-related experience?


Steps to get started in your job search:


Use your network

A referral is more likely to get the position, simply because HR staff are busy and why not hire someone who already has an advocate within the company? 

Clean up your act on social media

Companies often Google search a candidate before hiring, and social media can be an immediate red flag.

You are going to need a strong resume

 Keep your resume simple! Content is key in the digital age, not the visual bells and whistles.

Be mindful of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

The ATS parses a resume’s content into categories and then scans it for specific keywords to determine if the job application should be passed along to the recruiter.

Focus on your accomplishments

While the job description details can hit the keywords, they should not be the meat of your resume.

Get a feel for the company during the interview

It’s also not about how you do with one person, but how you fit with the team. 


Be patient post-interview

If you go into the interview thinking that will be it, you may be surprised when they tell you the next step is another interview – and then there are three or four more steps. 

Keep an open mind


Keep it all in perspective


It's not personal


Below are resources to assist you with starting your career search:

 The O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation.

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