CAREER SERVICES

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Welcome to The Career Center

The Career Center is committed to preparing students for life after college by supporting their growth throughout their enrollment to commencement and beyond.

The Career Center focuses on individual assessment and the development of professional skills, aligning core competencies and extra-curricular successes to the communication, leadership and critical-thinking skills that employers seek.

Students leave the University of Providence knowing they are life-long learners with the confidence to reach their personal and professional goals.

Learn about IMPACT UP, the University’s commitment to students for career readiness, and check out our official online guide to creating an effective résumé.
Check out the icons below and click on the links for extra information on each section.

Also, check out our PDF of “Powerful Words to Use in Your Resume.”

Graduate School advice

For students contemplating whether they should attend Grad School, or which Grad School to attend, the Career Services Center offers:  

— Individual counseling sessions
— Resource guides

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Workshops and Job Fairs

The Career Center offers multiple career workshops and job fairs throughout the year. We can help plan job shadowing sessions and offer informational interviews. We can also help determine how to help students put themselves in the best position for a strong career pathway.

 

What can I DO with this major?

At least 74 percent of graduates find employment in fields outside of their degree. Find out at the Career Center where students with your degree are finding work and how they are getting it.  

Build a Strong LinkedIn Profile

At the Career Services Center, we can provide you with crucial tips for building a strong LinkedIn Account that will get you noticed and get ahead in your search for a career after school.  

Create a Winning Resume

In today’s job market you will need to be able to tell your career story in an effective and efficient way. This unique guide below will guide you through the process of creating a resume that gets you hired.

Schedule an Appointment

We are here to remove your confusion.

Schedule an appointment with the Career Services leadership and we can help answer any number of questions regarding the future.  Give us a call at 406.791.5216

More career-oriented information

Graduate School Advice

Finding a graduate school can be a complicated process. While graduate school ratings are important, it is just as important to find one the fits with your values and philosophical approach to law, counseling, business, etc. These guides can help you look through schools. We also strongly recommend you take advantage of the personal access you have to our University of Providence professors.  Here at UP, you can work to find ideas and tap into your professor’s expertise to help answer key questions in your search for the best graduate school for you.  In general, it is recommended that you apply to at least five.

  • The Peterson’s Guides list all accredited programs of study in the US online.
  • gradschools.com
  • US News and World Reports – Best Grad Schools
  • gradtrek.com is another recommended online resource.

Paying for Graduate School

Often, graduate schools offer a stipend for candidates to teach or do additional research. You might also check with some of the resources below for ideas for paying for graduate school.

Getting into Graduate School

  • Passing your graduate exam:  Graduates schools often require students to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  In addition to the general test, subject tests are offered in:  Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology.  If you are likely to need to take one of these, please note that subject tests are offered on a limited schedule and can only be taken in September, October, and April. Plan accordingly!
  • Professional Recommendations: Often, groups of faculty and staff will join together to write a strong recommendation for medical school. Professors and/or staff may be enlisted to give you a professional recommendation.  This is another place that University of Providence will really help.  Because of our great faculty knowledge in their field of expertise and their personal connection with students, they can write graduate school recommendations with strong knowledge and student connection.
  • Creating a CV: See University of Providence Resume Writing section.
  • Writing a Winning Personal Statements:  Personal statements—also called “application essays” or “statements of purpose”—are essays that explain why you are seeking to attend graduate school. There is no formula to follow in shaping your response, only choices for you to make, such as whether you should write an essay that is more autobiographically focused or one that is more professionally focused. The following sites can help guide you:

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Build a strong LinkedIn profile

Building a strong Linked In profile can provide opportunities for employers to spot your talent before you even apply for a job.  Here are some of the best tips we have found for a strengthening you online career profile. Come by the Career Center if you have any questions about any of the tips provided below.

  1. Use a professional Profile Picture.
  2. Make good connections online and in person.
  3. Add a complete job history.
  4. Write a great summary and,
    1. Avoid filler words
    2. Use Target words.
  5. Include pictures of your work, your resume, recent projects, etc.
  6. Include information about your university.
  7. Follow places you are interested in working.
  8. Ask for endorsements where applicable.

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The Ultimate Resume “How To” and Why it Applies to You

Welcome to UP

As you enter the doors of Sullivan Hall quickly approaching your very first class you realize that you are officially an Argo at the University of Providence. This day is truly glorious. You are well on your way to the career of your dreams, but maybe you haven’t quite realized it yet. After all, it’s only the first day of college and a career is pretty far off, or so you think. Yeah, I was there once too. I thought that I had a heck of a long time ahead of me before I had to really think about entering the job force. I was too busy being buried in homework to think about what I wanted to do when I grew up. Yet, here I sit only days away from graduation realizing that my first day of college seems like it was yesterday! Before I knew it, it was time to start creating my resume, attending career fairs, and preparing for interviews. The point I am trying to make here with all this jargon is that it is never too early to start thinking about your future career. You have already made a great leap to start your journey by attending this university, but there is more prep work to be done!

The Prep Work

Yes, that’s right, there is prep work to do in order to make your way to your future career. You may think that it will be as easy as filling out an application, talking with a manager at a company, and getting hired, but that isn’t usually the case. More often than not you will start off your career as a simple name on a piece of paper, in the form of your resume. A resume is used to present your background, skills, and accomplishments to potential employers. This piece of paper is so critically important because it is essentially your ticket in the door of a company that you desire to work for. You have to realize that when companies post their open positions, they receive dozens of resumes from applicants, so your goal is ultimately to stand out among the crowd of resumes they will scroll through. A powerful resume could be the difference in getting invited in for an interview or just being passed over. This is why prepping your resume is so critical! How are you supposed to get the job if you can’t get the interview, am I right?

Good News!

Lucky for you, you go to a university that cares about your success and wants you to meet that ultimate goal of finding your future career! This site is going to show you how simple it can be to sculpt an effective, professional resume that shows employers why they need to pick you for an interview! This isn’t going to be random tips and tricks that are supposed to work, but actually tried and true information that helped me land a great job that I will start right after graduation. A job that I truly owe to the fact that I had a good resume and that I had it readily available!

Where to Start

Creating a resume may initially sound like a daunting task, but it is really much simpler than you think. Start thinking about your resume by doing these few simple tasks!

  • Gather job history info
    • Make sure you have information about your prior jobs. Things like the name of the job, its location, and the dates you worked there are important. The same goes for information about your education, especially if you have a degree already!
  • Know your skills
    • Think about the skills and experience you have that are relevant to the job that you are applying for. This is one of those times that it is okay to admit your strengths without feeling pompous! See Action verbs below.
  • Create the layout of your resume
    • Outline your resume and make sure it is appropriately organized. Microsoft Word has some great resume templates that you can tailor to fit your needs. They can be a great place to start if you feel overwhelmed!
  • Spellcheck
    • Review your resume and edit it. It’s always good to ask someone else to look over it for you. There are plenty of people on campus to help you too, especially in the ever-helpful Career Center!
  • Keep it up to date
    • Continually revise your resume as you progress with your education and career. You’ll need to add education and career information as it changes, so make sure you are adding this info as it comes up!

 

The Parts of a Resume
  1. Heading – This should be at the very top of your resume and should include your full name, physical address, email address, and phone number.
  2. Education Information – Put your education history in chronological order with the most recent info first. You’ll want to include the name of the college or university, the degree you are working towards or have earned, your anticipated or actual graduation date, and your major. You may also choose to include your GPA or honors status.
  3. Job Experience – You’ll want to list the place you worked and the position you held there. Also include some bullets to describe your job responsibilities. You should list your last 2-3 jobs in chronological order with the most recent one listed first.

 

Tips and Tricks to Remember
  • Don’t include references on your resume. It is simply expected that those will be provided when the employer requests them.
  • Keep it short! Your resume shouldn’t be more than one page, single-sided. Employers don’t read resumes; they simply skim them so keep out the fluff.
  • If you are mailing or emailing your resume include a proper cover letter to present before your resume.
  • Don’t put your picture on your resume. Also, leave out any personal information. Remember, this is a very professional document!
  • If they apply to you, use key words and skills that have been presented in the job posting. That will help you stick out to the person sifting through resumes!
  • Ensure that your resume is visually appealing and easy to read. You want it to be consistent, uniform, and not too busy for the employer to read.
  • Edit and spell check! I cannot express this enough. You must edit your resume! The last thing a potential employer wants to see is typos on your resume.
  • Bring copies of your resume to events where there are potential employers! If you go to U.P.’s career fairs, bring your resume so you have it to offer employers that interest you. By having that resume readily available you may end up getting a job offer out of that career fair, like I did!

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Serving in the military and life after college

By Rodney Johanson
Assistant Director of Career Services

First of all, thank you for bravely serving this beautiful country of ours, we truly appreciate you here at University of Providence! I had the honor of serving in the Air Force for four years and faced the difficulty of creating a resume that made sense to the civilians I would be interviewing with. I was so used to formatting information for Enlisted Performance Reports and had to break that habit and realize that the terminology used in the military wasn’t conducive to a civilian resume. It may be different depending on your branch of service, but USAF EPRs are more quantitative than qualitative. For example, something that would have been on my resume before I knew better would sound like this, “Performed maintenance on 10,000 feet of cable line, saving the USAF $12.2 million, restoring communication to 150 facilities across 400 sq. mile.” That sentence, if you can even call it that, makes no sense to anyone who didn’t work in my particular field. Though that bullet would get me a fair EPR rating, it would likely not get me an interview at a local company. Try to rephrase that information into something relevant that an employer would understand before you add it to your resume.
As a person who has served in the military it is likely that a lot of employers will see that information on your resume and know you possess numerous great qualities. It is completely acceptable to highlight the strong assets that you gained during your military service on your resume. Be sure to note things like your attention-to-detail, discipline, and leadership ability if you feel those apply to you. As long as you adapt your information into language that is civilian friendly, you should have quite the leg-up compared to your competition!

Using collegiate sports experience on resumes

Read This if You’re an Athlete!

Don’t discount the things you’ve learned as a collegiate athlete. You have specific skills that can be very valuable in the eyes of an employer. If you were a team captain in your sport, for example, you should use that in your resume as it shows your leadership ability, especially with a large group of people. It is a great asset that will likely impress anyone reading your resume. Also, the ability to work as a functioning member of a team is a quality that not all people possess, so you may want to include your time as a collegiate athlete on your resume for that reason also!

Workshops and Job Fairs

The Career Services in partnership with faculty, TRIO, the Alumni Association, and local employers offer a variety of events – career fairs, networking events, employment workshops, etc.  Information on these can be found in your career center, on the career center information board, and throughout campus.  We also take students to job fairs and other career events in the area as most benefits students.
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