Cool Career Tool
January 11, 2017
If you are thinking about a new job, making a career shift, or looking to get promoted, you’ll need to map out the process. Over the past six months or so, I have written a number of posts about the job search process, including topics on researching your next job, building a master resume, and updating your LinkedIn profile, etc. These posts offer valuable advice and tips to help you along the way. However, wouldn’t it be great to have all of that information housed in one place? One easy, navigatable platform?
Look no further! Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center has put together a great tool to help students, alumni, and guests navigate through the various pieces of the job search process. From their main page: you will see the tool bar – choose “career Navigation.” There are seven options from which to choose, ranging from Interviewing to Developing My Professional Self.
If you choose Creating Job Application Materials, four tool boxes pop up:
- Cover Letters
- Curriculum Vitae
- Portfolio Management
The toolbox for Cover Letters outlines the two types of cover letters, including all of the required parts for each, as well as tips for writing a great cover letter. For example, “Highlight experiences or details that are not found on your resume” and “Employers not only want to hear why you are interested in the job, but also how you can impact the organization for the better.”
If you choose Interviewing, four tool boxes pop up:
- Interviewing Essentials
- Interview Types
- Sample Interview Questions
- Thank-you Letters
The toolbox for Sample Interview Questions breaks the sample questions into four categories: Questions About You, Questions about Your Skills and Motivation, Questions about your Experience, and Questions About Hypothetical Situations. Each section has between 11 and 16 different potential questions ensuring you are well-prepared for your next interview. The Steinbright team has left nothing to chance because they even provide a list of 14 questions for you to ask your potential employer.
The only toolbox not available to non-Drexel students or alumni is Dragon Jobs (found via the Job Resources tab) because it requires a Drexel Username. For Drexel students and alumni, in this section, Steinbright maintains a long list of available positions around the region and beyond. There can be thousands of positions listed at any given time.
I have had a great deal of fun poking around on Steinbright Career Development Center’s Career Navigation site. It is an excellent tool. Again, it is free and with few exceptions, it is open to everyone. If you’re looking to reboot your career, why not take it for a spin.
Anne Converse Willkomm,
Director of Graduate Studies