Career Development & Calling Tell Your Story
What's your story?
Everyone is drawn to specific things, talented in different areas, and able to connect with various people. Our job is to help you articulate your unique narrative authentically and confidently. Refine and shape your story while at Westmont, and tell your story as you look towards meaningful work, graduate school, and employers.
Resources to help you Tell Your Story
Even in a social media age, the resume is still THE top tool for employers to quickly learn who you are, what you've done, and to check out your ability to communicate via the written word.
There's an art and science to resume writing, and we can help you with both. We have resources to help you craft your most effective resume.
Resume Quick Guide: The highlights of creating a resume.
Effective Resume Writing Handout: Everything you wanted to know about crafting a resume and more!
Transferable Skills Worksheet: Helps you show an employer how the experiences you had "transfer" to the job they're looking to fill.
Writing a C.V.: Short for the Latin phrase curriculum vitae, which means “course of life" is a detailed document highlighting your professional and academic history. You may be asked to submit a CV when applying for jobs in academia or a job outside the US.
Sample Resumes: Check out these resume templates, approved by CD&C
Cover Letter: This supplemental document helps to sell your qualifications to the reader, introduce yourself to an organization and creates the first impression of your ability to communicate. A cover letter never travels alone- it is either with you or your resume.
Who should get help with their resume?
All students. Start by checking out our Resume Writing video for information on how to draft your resume.
Then log in to Handshake to schedule a Resume Review with a Career Counselor or professional staff.
It's THE top online tool employers use to check out potential interns or employees.
Now that you've done the work and your resume is ready for prime time, you can use that content to create your online LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn is also a great tool for learning about career paths, arranging informational interviews, and making connections with alumni and employers.
Need more help fine tuning your LinkedIn profile? check out our LinkedIn Quick Guide
Who should set up their LinkedIn profile?
Log in to Handshake to chat with a Career Counselor or professional staff about using LinkedIn as a Job/Internship search tool.
As with most things, it's best to have a plan. Think through the kind of internship or job you're looking for, and then set-up "alerts". Setting up these alerts will notify you every time a relevant job or internship is posted. Here are just a few examples:
You can also benefit from researching businesses and organizations - - even those that aren't necessarily looking to hire right now. For example, review the business directories at local Chamber of Commerce organizations (ie: Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, Goleta Chamber of Commerce, Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce, etc.). And don't forget to have your resume and LinkedIn profiles reviewed by a career counselor in our office.
Now that you've got the interview, you need to prepare...and we can help. Start by reviewing our Successful Interviewing Handout. It's about more than advice on clothing, breath mints, or the mock interview. Let us help you nail the interview.
In our digital age, interviewing via video conferencing is becoming more and more commonplace. Prepare as you would for any interview (again, review the Successful Interviewing Handout) and pay attention to your environment (ie: lighting, choice of chair, the need for practicing ahead of time, etc.). We've found this short YouTube instructional video on how to prepare for an online interview to be very helpful. On a related note, read the CNN article on how many companies use artificial intelligence to conduct online interviews.
Who should schedule an appointment for interview prep?
All students! Log in to Handshake to schedule an Interview Prep appointment with a Career Counselor or professional staff.
93% of hiring managers will review a candidate's social media profile before making a hiring decision. 66% of hiring managers said they would hold poor spelling and grammar against candidates.
We get it. Snapchatagrambook is a part of life, yet everything you say or post leaves a digital footprint of your life, behaviors and interests.
Who should be concerned about their media presence?
Learn what your social media profile says about you and how it's being used in the job market.