UACCM Student Student Development

Career Planning

FAQ
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Confused About Your Major?

Almost 80 percent of students in the United States change their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. College students on average change their major at least three times over the course of their college career.

Figuring out the right career plan offers the following benefits:

  • Increased interest and focus in major/career
  • Greater match of skills and abilities to a major/career
  • Avoiding taking unneeded courses
  • Graduating on time (in a 2-year plan and transferring to a 4-year university)
  • Better understanding of how your personality plays a role in your career
  • Finding a major/career path that fits your values
  • Long-term career satisfaction

Career Planning with a Licensed Counselor is offered to all UACCM incoming and enrolled students free of charge. Contact the Student Development office to make an appointment today.

Resume Writing

You've got a degree now, and your resume is the place to showcase it. Employers often recieve a large number of resumes for one job opening. They use the resume and cover letter to narrow down the number of finalists to interview. Don't underestimate the power of these tools to get you to the next step.

Student Development can offer feedback and help with creating your resume. Your resume is your first contact with an employer and you should put your best foot forward.

    • Step 1

      Gather Information

      This will include the following:

    • Contact information and personal details
    • Work experience and achievements
    • Education
    • Relevant skills
    • References or reference letters (may be job-specific)
    • Step 2

      Pick a Format

      Reverse – Chronological Format

      Pros: Traditional and familiar

      Cons: Very common and not creative

      Combination

      Pros: Great for experienced professionals to highlight transferrable skills

      Cons: Uncommon and not recommended for entry-level job seekers

      Functional Format

      Pros: Emphasizes skills over experience. Perfect for entry-level job seekers.

      Cons: Vague due to lack of experience

      Step 3

      Write a Cover Letter

      Tailor your cover letter to the specific job that you’re applying for. Your cover letter allows you to expand on areas that you typically don’t on your resume.

      Step 4

      Proofread

      Once you’ve done the above work, you need to proofread your resume, including the cover letter front to back. This is a reflection of your best efforts, so don’t let a misspelled word eliminate you from a job you are perfect for.

For more help and tips on writing a great resume check out the below links: I’ve listed the links so they’re easy for you to grab.

Resume Writing Links

Employment Opportunities Listings

Remember

For your convenience, the Student Success Center has a computer lab which students may use to write resumes, search for job opportunities, and fill out applications. Students may also use the computers in the Academic Commons at the Library Complex.