Whether you’ve just graduated, are looking for a mid-career boost, or are considering a new direction, the alumni community is here to help. Find and grow your own network by connecting with alumni for personal consultations on URI CareerConnect, and explore the career-building resources compiled by our career advisors.
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Tips, Tools, and Examples for the Job Search
A resume promotes one’s work experience, skills, and accomplishments. It is often your first introduction to a potential employer and needs to be polished and well-organized. Sections to be considered are: Professional Summary, Experience, Academics, Professional Development, Volunteer Involvement, Leadership Evidence and other unique experiences.
- Content should be customized to the job of interest – always!
- A simple layout is an important consideration. Make it easy to read and easy to skim.
- Length should be 1-2 pages max, unless a science, education, or research CV is required, often 3+ pages.
Be prepared for an interview by understanding the intent behind many common interview questions and preparing your answers in advance.
Professional networking can help you learn and can lead to new opportunities. You never know who will become a great connection. Being prepared with an elevator pitch, key questions, and relevant industry knowledge will ensure that you are ready to engage with people you meet in both professional and social settings.
A great place to start is professional organizations in your field. You can often find networking opportunities online and at conferences. In addition, social media can be a valuable tool. LinkedIn is clearly aimed at professional connections, but don’t forget to follow key companies and organizations on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well.
Your fellow URI alumni make valuable professional connections. Be sure to join the URI Alumni LinkedIn group, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and attend alumni networking events. Also, get involved with the Women’s Leadership Council, the Alumni of Color Network, or the Young Alumni Council.
Are you unsure where your career path should go, or do you feel unfulfilled in your current role? Now is the time to take stock of your interests, skills, and values to assist in your decision-making.
Identify how much you want to change. Are you just looking for a new position, or do you want to move to a new company or even a new industry?
Make a pro/con list. If you’re not sure what change you want to make, an easy starting point is to make a list of things that energize you (pros) and those that frustrate you (cons). Think about your colleagues, commute, work environment, salary, purpose, skills used, learning opportunities, opportunities for advancement, schedule, benefits, and anything else you value in a career.
Identify professional development opportunities that could help you land a new role.
O*Net – Offers free interest assessments and a skills profile; you can then explore careers and read about common tasks, other titles, technology used, and more.
International Personality Item Pool – Free personality assessment.
MAPP Career Test – Free assessment tool measuring temperament, motivation, and work environment.
CAREERwise Education – Free assessment that helps identify career cluster areas.
This thoughtful guide contains a collection of information and resources relevant to decisions and actions the mature audience considers about staying in or returning to the workforce.
- Current Baby Boomer Landscape
- Career Plan Framework – Exercise and Advice
- Career Related Resources for the Baby Boomer Audience
- Appendix: Generations Defined