Career Development Resources for Students
Resources for Students
We can assist you in identifying, understanding and successfully merging your educational and career goals. We offer a wide range of services and resources, including individual career advising, career assessment tools, exclusive online job and internship resources, targeted workshops and programs on resume building, interviewing skills and networking strategies.
You can connect directly with employers by attending company information sessions, applying to job and internship opportunities, and interviewing with employers through our on-campus recruiting program.
Our career advisors are eager to help you navigate every step of the career development process, and we are available for individual appointments every weekday. You can schedule an appointment through Handshake.
Choosing Your Major/Career
The most important first step you can take toward career success is to know yourself and your interests. Our career advisors are happy to help you identify educational and career goals, and discuss the variety of academic majors, occupations and industries that may lead you to a satisfying career.
What Can I Do With This Major: This convenient website provides a snapshot of 80 academic disciplines and the common career areas, typical employers and job search strategies associated with each major.
Career Assessments: If you are interested in learning more about TruTalent or other career assessments, please schedule an appointment to meet with one of our career advisors. By working closely with an advisor, you can use our self-assessment tools to better understand your own natural strengths and interests and apply those in your career decision-making.
- TruTalent: This brief personality type survey will help you better understand yourself and make informed decisions about your future. Click on the link above, then click "Register a New Account" and use the access key GWQCK2N.
- After taking the assessment, please schedule an appointment with a career advisor to review your results and discuss how you might utilize that information in selecting a major and/or targeting a possible career path.
O*NET Online: The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities and interests associated with occupations. This is a great tool to explore various career options and job outlook data.
Glassdoor: Glassdoor has millions of jobs plus salary information, company reviews and interview questions from people on the inside. This is a great resource to explore specific companies and salary data.
Resumes and Cover Letters
Resumes and cover letters are professional marketing documents you will need to apply for jobs or internships. It's never too early to create a professional resume and cover letter, and our career advisors are happy to help. Whether you are starting from scratch or just need to update what you have, we can help you highlight exactly what employers want to see.
Check out our resource guides to help you get started, then schedule an appointment to review your documents with a career advisor. Current undergraduate students can schedule an appointment through Handshake. If you are a graduate or need to schedule a remote appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jobs and Internships
We are happy to guide you through the job or internship search process. You can search for opportunities through Handshake, a leading career network. You can also receive personal recommendations based on your interests, skills, major, location preferences and search history.
Aside from Handshake, there are a variety of ways to conduct a successful job search. We recommend the following resources:
- Indeed.com: One of the most extensive job search sites, Indeed pulls job postings from all corners of the internet. Never apply to a position directly through Indeed; instead, find the original posting on the company's website and follow their specific application instructions.
- USAJobs.gov: This is a resource for searching and applying to jobs within the federal government. If you are considering applying to a federal job, please check out our federal resume guide and schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor.
- Idealist.org: This is the top search tool for opportunities within nonprofits.
- Glassdoor for Students: A great resource for finding entry-level positions in a variety of fields, Glassdoor also has company profiles, salary information and other research tools to help you make informed career decisions.
- CEI Internships: This site provides information on more than 3,000 organizations offering internships and summer jobs for students. Username: SalveRegina, password: GoSeahawks.
- Chegg Internships: This is a great resource for exploring potential internship opportunities across the country.
- LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a great resource for you to use as you make plans for your life after Salve Regina. You can search for positions using a keyword, location or LinkedIn's recommendations for you. When searching, you can filter results to reflect the company size, location or industry. You can also be proactive and set up email alerts when jobs become available that fit your search criteria or desired company. For more information on how to use LinkedIn for a job search, check out our LinkedIn guide.
Avoiding Job Scams
While reviewing opportunities on the websites listed above, it is important to be aware of potential scams. See our tips below for avoiding job scams and check out these resources provided by the Federal Trade Commission.
If an employer does any of the following, the position is likely a scam:
- Asks for money, your credit card number, bank account information, etc.
- Offers you money in advance or sends you an unexpected check in the mail (do not deposit).
- Asks for personal information, including your Social Security number, passwords, photos, marital status, etc.
- Uses poor grammar or makes repeated spelling errors.
- Contacts you via an email address that does not match the company, such as Gmail or Yahoo.
- Responds immediately after submitting your resume or offers you the job without an interview.
- The company's website provides only basic information and/or includes grammatical and spelling errors.
If you believe you have been the victim of a job scam, call us at (401) 341-2913.
Interviewing and Networking
Interviews are typically required during the job search process, and it is vital that you plan and prepare for this important conversation. Employers expect candidates to have researched their company and to describe why they would be a good fit "in this position" and "at this firm." This may sound easy on the surface, but describing your own experiences can be difficult, and marketing yourself with confidence is even harder.
Mock interviews: You are encouraged to schedule a mock interview with our office. Tell your career advisor what types of positions or companies you are targeting, and your advisor will ask interview questions appropriate to that industry. After the mock interview, you and your advisor will work together to constructively critique your performance. This is a great way to get some feedback and practice your interviewing skills before it counts.
We occasionally bring employers to campus as part of the mock interview program, allowing you to further practice your interviewing skills with these industry professionals. Call (401) 341-2913 for more information and to schedule a mock interview.
Expanding your professional network is an important part of the job search process. Our career advisors can help you make a strong first impression when connecting with potential employers both in person and online. Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our advisors and check out our resources below.
All Salve Regina students have access to Big Interview, an extensive and easy-to-use platform offering a comprehensive video curriculum on interviewing skills along with hundreds of practice interview questions. To get started, students simply need to click "Register" on the Big Interview homepage and use their salve.edu email address to set up an account.
An advanced degree doesn't just increase your earning power, it can help you expand your career and define your place in the job market. Additionally, graduate school allows you to focus your studies on the topics that interest you most, and learn more about your industry from peers who have worked in the field.
Determining what program, school and location might provide the best experience for you can be a complicated process. This decision often requires careful consideration, and our career advisors are happy to assist you in discussing and formulating your graduate education plans. Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our advisors and check out the resources below.
- Salve Regina offers a number of graduate programs. Check out the Graduate and Professional Studies page to learn more about the University's programs and admission process.
- If you are considering attending graduate school outside of Salve Regina, Peterson's Guide is a great place to begin exploring various programs across the country.
Many graduate programs require that you take an entrance exam in order to apply. The resources below provide information on registration, study tips and more:
- GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
- DAT (Dental Admission Test)
- OAT (Optometry Admission Test)
- MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Exam Preparation Programs
While the application process will vary for each program, many graduate school applications may require a resume/CV, interview, personal statement and/or letters of recommendation. Our career advisors are happy to provide you support throughout the application process. You can schedule an appointment through Handshake.