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                                                  ABOUT US
                                                  2    MEET THE STAFF
                                                  2    OUR SERVICES
                                                  3    HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
                                                  3    SIGNATURE EVENTS
                                                  4    CAREER SERVICES LOCATIONS

                                                  EXPLORE OPTIONS
                                                  5    STUDENT SUCCESS: HELPFUL TIPS FOR STUDENTS
                                                  6    4-YEAR PLAN
                                                  7    8 COMPETENCIES TO BE CAREER READY
                                                  8    PLAN YOUR SUCCESS NOW
                                                  8    THE IMPORTANCE OF SKILL-BUILDING THROUGH
                                                       STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
                                                  9    STUDENT SUCCESS: GRADUATE SCHOOL – ARE YOU READY?
   UNLIMITED EARNING                              10   ONLINE RESOURCES
                                                  DISCOVER OPPORTUNITIES
                                                  11   HANDSHAKE
                                                  12   STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

                                                  13   CENTER FOR PATHWAY EXPERIENCES
                                                  14   CAREER EVENTS

                                                  BUILD YOUR BRAND: JOB PREP

                                                  15   DRESS FOR SUCCESS
                                                  16   PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION TIPS
                                                  17   BUILDING A PORTFOLIO

                                                  18   SOCIAL MEDIA BRANDING
                                                  19   BECOME A LINKEDIN ALL-STAR
                       CREATE YOUR                20   LINKEDIN ETIQUETTE

                       OWN CULTURE                21   60-SECOND ELEVATOR PITCH
                                                  22   NETWORKING
                                     BUILD YOUR
                                     OWN TEAM     22   MINI-RÉSUMÉ CARDS

                                                  TAKE ACTION: FIND YOUR JOB

                                                  23 RÉSUMÉ GUIDELINES
                                                  24 ACTION WORD LIST
                                                  25 RÉSUMÉ HEADING SAMPLES
         DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM                      26
                                                     RÉSUMÉ SAMPLES
                                                     COVER LETTER GUIDELINES
                                                  35 COVER LETTER – SAMPLE
                                                  36 REFERENCE LETTER REQUEST EMAIL SAMPLE
                                                  37 REFERENCE LIST SAMPLE
                                                  38 FEDERAL RÉSUMÉ GUIDELINES
                                                  39 CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) TIPS
                                                  40 7 STEPS FOR CONDUCTING A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW
                                                  44 PHONE AND WEB-BASED INTERVIEW TIPS
                                                  45 ETIQUETTE TIPS
                                                  46 OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT AND SALARY CONSIDERATION
                                                  48 EVALUATING AN ORGANIZATION'S DIVERSITY, EQUITY
                                                     AND INCLUSION

                                                  49 PEER CAREER AMBASSADORS

MEET                                                      CAREER SERVICES
                                                          ASSISTS STUDENTS IN FINDING                                HOW TO SCHEDULE
THE STAFF                                                 MEANINGFUL CAREER PATHS,
                                                          DEVELOPING JOB-SEEKING SKILLS,                             AN APPOINTMENT
                                                          AND CONNECTING WITH EMPLOYMENT
                                                          OPPORTUNITIES TO BECOME
                                                          SUCCESSFUL PROFESSIONALS.                                  H AT T I E S B U R G C A M P U S
                                                                                                                     ƒ Visit to schedule an
                                                                                                                       in-person or virtual appointment.
                                                          WHO WE ARE                                                 ƒ Call Career Services at 601.266.4153.
                                                                                                                                                                                Follow us on social media
RUST Y ANDERSON                    K ATHY KILL A M
Director                           Assistant Director     Our services are FREE and available to all Southern
                                                          Miss students enrolled in a degree program and             ƒ Stop by the office in McLemore Hall,                    @USMCAREERSERVICES
                                                          registered for classes, as well as alumni.                   room 125.
                                                                                                                                                                               USM CAREER SERVICES
                                                          The Career Guide is made possible through
                                                          advertising within the guide. Many of the organizations    Hours of operation are between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
                                                          advertising hire for part-time, full-time and internship   Monday through Friday.
                                                          opportunities. I encourage you to browse through           Walk-ins welcome based on availability
M ARY M ANER                       M ARY BE ARD           the companies listed and aggressively seek career                                                                       and visit our website
Assistant Director                 Manager, Career
                                                          opportunities or internships with these organizations.                                                           USM .EDU/CAREER-SERVICES
Gulf Park Campus                   Counseling
                                                          Feel free to meet with our staff to learn more about       G U L F PA R K C A M P U S                                 and Handshake for other
                                                          connecting with these companies.                                                                                    events, workshops and tips!
                                                                                                                     ƒ Call Mary Maner at 228.214.3330.
                                                          On behalf of the entire staff of Career Services, we       ƒ Stop by the office in Hardy Hall, room 240.
                                                          look forward to helping you reach your career goals,
                                                          and as always, SMTTT!
                                                          RUST Y ANDERSON, DIREC TOR
ANDREW HATCH                       CINDY WALKER
Career Counselor                   Office Manager
                                                          OUR SERVICES
                                                          C A R E E R E X P L O R AT I O N
                                                              Choose a major
                                                              Explore career options
                                                              Career consultations
                                                                                                                     SIGNATURE EVENTS
                                                          ƒ   Online career assessment tools                         ƒ Career Fairs
SHANNON KIMBRIEL                   TATE WILLIA MS                                                                    ƒ Teacher Job Fair
Information Specialist             Marketing Specialist   J O B S E A R C H P R E PA R AT I O N
                                                          ƒ   Résumé development                                     ƒ Etiquette Dinner
                                                          ƒ   Cover letter writing                                   ƒ Experience Business Casually
                                                          ƒ   Interview practice
                                                                                                                     ƒ Meet the Firms
                                                          ƒ   Networking tips
                                                          ƒ   Employer research                                      ƒ Part-time and On-campus Job Fair                FOR MORE INFORMATION
                                                          CO N N E C T W I T H E M P L OY E R S                                                                         ON THESE EVENTS, VISIT
AKIM GILLIA M                      ELYSSA KLIPSCH
Coordinator, Job Location
and Development
                                   Director, Center for
                                   Pathway Experiences
                                                          ƒ   Handshake                                                                                               USM.EDU/CAREER-SERVICES.
                                                          ƒ   Career and Job Fairs
                                                          ƒ   On-campus job interviews
                         A MY YEEND                       ƒ   Pathway Experiences (internships, etc.)
                         Assistant Dean, Professional
                         Development and Career Success   ƒ   Student Employment (off-campus jobs)
                         for the College of Business                                                                           R E F E R T O PAG E 15 F O R
                         and Economic Development
                                                                                                                             PROFESSIONAL DRESS TIPS!
                                                          FYI: Our website has an online resource center
                                                          that you can access 24/7 from the comfort of
                                                          your own space.
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                            LOCATIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HELPFUL TIPS FOR STUDENTS

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hello! I am a new student at Southern Miss and would

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A big thank you to           Career Services is an underutilized asset available               Career Services is one of the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rusty Anderson and           to students. As a young adult and a non-traditional               most helpful and interactive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Career Services for          student, I was able to refine and capitalize on the skills        campus resources. I had one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                helping me craft a           I already possessed throughout the years. One of the              session with Ms. Klipsch, and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                résumé that resulted in      career counselors, Andrew Hatch, advised me on a                  together we created my first
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             constant basis on how to highlight my strengths, but he           professional résumé that
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for me. The improved         also challenged me on how to develop my weaknesses                helped me secure my first

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                                               H A R DY H A L L 240                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             content of my résumé
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             regarding a résumé and a cover letter. We met several             job! Career Services also has

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             times, sometimes once a week, and he guided me                    the best career counselors
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             through the entire process. If I could offer advice, it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my experience in a                                                                             that ensure you are moving
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                way that allowed me                                                                            in the right direction for any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             visit Career Services. There is something to help you in
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to get a job that was                                                                          career goal. All the staff is
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             every stage. Always attend Career Fairs; connections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friendship                                                                                                                                    more than I had hoped        are EVERYTHING. Always dress to impress, prepare                  so kind and supportive. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for. Please let them         your elevator pitch, and be yourself. Use the O*NET               are dedicated to helping you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                help you! You will           website because it will help your verbiage for cover              achieve your full potential as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                be happy you did.            letters and résumés. Meet with them frequently,                   a student and beyond college!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             keep them posted, and always ask questions.
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                            4 • C AREER SERVICES • ABOUT US                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   U S M . E D U / C A R E E R-S E R V I C E S • 5
4-YEAR PLAN                                                                                                      8 COMPETENCIES
                                                                                                                 TO BE CAREER READY

1.      FRESHMAN
        • Visit Career Services for help choosing a
                                                      2.   SOPHOMORE
                                                           • Visit Career Services to clarify career
                                                                                                           1.   CRITICAL THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING
                                                                                                                Identify and respond to needs based upon an
                                                                                                                understanding of situational context and logical analysis
                                                                                                                of relevant information.
                                                                                                                Sample Behaviors
                                                                                                                                                                                   5.   LEADERSHIP
                                                                                                                                                                                        Recognize and capitalize on personal and team
                                                                                                                                                                                        strengths to achieve organizational goals.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sample Behaviors
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Inspire, persuade, and motivate self and others under
          major and exploring options.                       options with your major. Are they a                • Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive                a shared vision.

        • Activate your Handshake account to                 perfect match?                                       reasoning, and judgment.                                              • Seek out and leverage diverse resources and feedback
                                                                                                                • Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources            from others to inform direction.
          explore internships and part-time jobs           • Attend career events to begin meeting                and individuals to fully understand a problem.                        • Use innovative thinking to go beyond traditional methods.
          on or off-campus.                                  and networking with companies.                     • Proactively anticipate needs and prioritize action steps.             • Serve as a role model to others by approaching tasks
        • Attend career events - see page 3 for            • Use Handshake to search for internships            • Be able to multitask well in a fast-paced environment.                  with confidence and a positive attitude.

          signature events.                                  or part-time jobs.
                                                                                                                                                                                   6.   PROFESSIONALISM/WORK ETHIC
        • Learn about available academic and               • Update your résumé to remove high             2.   ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS                                   Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand
          support services like Student Counseling           school items. Career Services can help!            Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas,                    and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the
          Services, Student Health Services,                                                                    facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside                 interest of the larger community and workplace.
                                                           • Become active in campus organizations              of an organization.
          Writing Center, Speaking Center, etc.                                                                                                                                         Sample Behaviors
                                                             and seek leadership roles, if possible.            Sample Behaviors                                                        • Act equitably with integrity and accountability to self, others,
        • Create or update your résumé with help           • Begin to map out your career plan with             • Understand the importance of and demonstrate verbal, written,           and the organization.
          from Career Services.                              help from Career Services. For example,              and non-verbal/body language abilities.                               • Maintain a positive personal brand in alignment with
                                                                                                                • Employ active listening, persuasion, and influencing skills.            organization and personal career values.
        • Explore student organizations and join             do you need to attend graduate school?
                                                                                                                • Communicate in a clear and organized manner so that others            • Be present and prepared.
          one or two.                                                                                             can effectively understand.                                           • Demonstrate dependability (e.g., report consistently for
                                                                                                                                                                                          work or meetings).

                                                                                                           3.   TEAMWORK/COLLABORATION
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Prioritize and complete tasks to accomplish
                                                                                                                                                                                          organizational goals.

3.                                                    4.
                                                                                                                Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work
                                                                                                                effectively toward common goals while appreciating
                                                                                                                diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                   7.   CAREER MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                                                                                                        Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through
                                                                                                                Sample Behaviors                                                        continual personal and professional learning, awareness
        JUNIOR                                             SENIOR                                               • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask         of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career
                                                                                                                  appropriate questions without interrupting.                           opportunities, and networking to build relationships
        • Meet with Career Services to review your         • Visit Career Services for help perfecting                                                                                  within and outside one’s organization.
                                                                                                                • Effectively manage conflict, interact with and respect diverse
          career plan and goals.                             your résumé, developing job search                   personalities, and meet ambiguity with resilience.                    Sample Behaviors
        • Schedule mock interviews to practice               strategies, and interviewing skills.               • Be accountable for individual and team responsibilities               • Show an awareness of own strengths and areas for development.
                                                                                                                  and deliverables.
          and get positive critiques.                      • Continue to use Handshake to search for                                                                                    • Identify areas for continual growth while pursuing and
                                                                                                                • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.                        applying feedback.
        • Attend Career Fairs.                               jobs and apply for on-campus interviews
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Develop plans and goals for one’s future career.

        • Join student and professional
                                                             with employers.
                                                                                                           4.   DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY                                                      • Professionally advocate for oneself and others.

          organizations for professional                   • Start applying for professional jobs six to        Understand and leverage technologies ethically                          • Display curiosity: seek out opportunities to learn.

          experiences.                                       nine months before graduation.                     to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and
                                                           • Attend ALL career events - practice
                                                                                                                accomplish goals.                                                  8.   GLOBAL/INTERCULTURAL FLUENCY
        • Update your résumé.                                                                                                                                                           Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge,
                                                             makes perfect!                                     Sample Behaviors
        • If preparing for graduate school, start                                                                                                                                       and skills required to equitably engage and include
                                                                                                                • Navigate change and be open to learning new technologies.             people from different local and global cultures. Engage
          writing your essays and studying for             • Establish your references.                                                                                                 in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the
                                                                                                                • Use technology to improve efficiency and productivity
          entrance exams.                                  • Complete the First Destination Survey                of their work.                                                        systems, structures, and policies of racism.
                                                             emailed to you from Handshake or at cap            • Identify appropriate technology for completing specific tasks.        Sample Behaviors
                                                             and gown pickup to inform us of your               • Manage technology to integrate information to support                 • Solicit and use feedback from multiple cultural perspectives
                                                                                                                  relevant, effective, and timely decision-making.                        to make inclusive and equity-minded decisions.
                                                             post-graduation plans.
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Actively contribute to inclusive and equitable practices that
                                                                                                                                                                                          influence individual and systemic change.
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Seek global cross-cultural interactions and experiences
                                                                                                                                                                                          that enhance one’s understanding of people from different
                                                                                                                                                                                          demographic groups and that leads to personal growth.
                                                                                                           Adapted from NACE Career Readiness Competencies,

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PLAN YOUR SUCCESS NOW!                                                                                                                    STUDENT SUCCESS: GRADUATE SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                          ARE YOU READY?
              IDENTIFY                                        EXPLORE                                        DISCOVER                     When thinking about graduate school, the first things you want to determine are your academic and career goals. Decide
                                                                                                                                          what your goals are, and then determine if graduate school will help you get there.

Q: As a new student at Southern Miss,           Q: How do I discover types of                 Q: What are some additional tips for          WHY GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL?                                        BEFORE YOU SUBMIT THE APPLICATION
   are there resources available to help           jobs related to my career path and            new students?
   me choose a major?                              inquire about expected salaries?
                                                                                                                                            ƒ Necessary for field                                             ƒ Search graduate school websites for specific
                                                                                              A: Begin with the end in mind. Start                                                                              requirements for admission and deadlines.
A: Yes, visit Career Services on campus         A: You can gain information about                                                           ƒ Advance career
                                                                                                 building experiences to achieve your
   to explore major areas of study. You            expectations of your occupation               goals. Know the GPA expectation for
                                                                                                                                              opportunities and salary                                        ƒ Study and take the appropriate exam
   can meet with a career consultant               of interest (ex. potential salary,            your career choice and resources           ƒ Gain more knowledge and                                           for the discipline (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.).
   to receive help in identifying your             values, work environment) by                  to achieve it. Start with one or two         credibility in your field                                       ƒ Identify a professor in your major for mentoring and
   interests and learn about various               taking advantage of the many                  organizations on campus correlating                                                                            advising assistance.
   assessments to narrow your search.              online resources provided to                  with your career goals and get
   Research shows that students who                you. Such resources include, but                                                                                                                           ƒ Register with the pre-professional office at
                                                                                                 connected. Stop by Career Services         CHOOSING THE RIGHT
   find the right major reduce the                 are not limited to, the following:            in McLemore Hall 125 or schedule an                                                                  
                                                                                                                                            GRADUATE SCHOOL
   number of semesters to achieve a                What Can I Do With This Major?,               appointment (601.266.4153) to plan                                                                           ƒ Determine if interviews are required for the program of
   degree with fewer major changes.                O’NET, Focus2, and Occupational               your career success now!                   ƒ Research programs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                interest, and seek preparation assistance from Career
                                                   Outlook Handbook. Refer to page                                                            determine which is right for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Services or preprofessional advisors.
                                                   10 to learn more about the online                                                          you. Consider the following:
                                                   resources Career Services offers.                                                                                                                          ƒ Write your personal statement, if required, and have it
                                                                                                                                               • Apply to the highest ranked national
                                                                                                                                                                                                                reviewed by the Writing Center staff or a faculty mentor.
                                                                                                                                                 programs reflective of your credentials.
                                                                                                                                                 Also apply to strong regional schools.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SKILL-BUILDING                                                                                                               • Review the faculty credentials for areas of                  APPLICATION PROCESS

THROUGH STUDENT INVOLVEMENT                                                                                                                      expertise and possible teaching assistant
                                                                                                                                                 or research assistant opportunities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ƒ Meet all application deadlines for admission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and assistantships.
Student involvement through student organizations is a smart           Activities Hub (Hattiesburg) or Hardy Hall 242 (Gulf Park) to           • Review admission criteria, program success,                  ƒ Have your résumé or CV reviewed by
way for students to build a robust résumé! Employers want to           learn more about the many ways to enhance your involvement                and job placement rates.                                       Career Services.
see that students are well-rounded and competent potential             experience. Did you know employers have repeatedly indicated
                                                                                                                                               • Check accreditation status.                                  ƒ Follow up with references to verify timely submission
employees. The more students can challenge themselves to               that leadership, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork,
grow outside of the classroom, the more confident they will feel       among others, are top skills they are looking for in new hires          • Search for financial resources available                       of applications.
going into the job search process.                                     based on the NACE Career Competencies? These skills learned               (federal aid, grants, fellowships,                           ƒ Track your applications before the deadline, and add
The Office of Leadership and Student Involvement provides a
                                                                       in the classroom complement classroom learning to equip                   assistantships, scholarships).                                 documents as necessary to completion.
                                                                       students to be the best they can be and achieve all of their
wealth of opportunities for students to get involved in our nearly
                                                                       post-graduation goals. For more information on the
200 student organizations. Stop by our office in the Student

                                                                                                                                          TIPS AND ADVICE
                                                                       NACE Career Competencies, refer to page 7.

                                                                                                                                          “Graduate school is tough, but you will get into a rhythm                “When it comes to finding and fulfilling your purpose in life,
1. Become a leader in a student organization or on a class            5. Make sure you are translating all of your skill development      that works best for you. It is important to engage in self-              be kind to yourself. Sometimes finding that thing that will give
   project. Use this opportunity to flex skills you have and learn       and leadership experiences in college in your résumé. Visit
                                                                                                                                          care because it is easy to burn yourself out with all of the             your life meaning takes practice. Some passions or interests
   about refining those you still need to work on.                       Career Services or the Office of Leadership and Student
                                                                                                                                          responsibilities on your plate. Also, don't be afraid to ask for         may not be discovered until you accumulate experiences
                                                                         Involvement for help on how to stand out to future employers!
2. Spend more time listening than talking to your peers, friends,                                                                         help. If you find yourself needing help with job preparation             and gain awareness of yourself, your values, your interests,
   in relationships, to professors, etc.                                                                                                  (e.g., creating a résumé or practicing for a job interview), then        and your strengths. So, don’t be afraid to try. You may do
3. Take a course in basic communication skills, and commit                                                                                don't hesitate to reach out to Career Services for assistance!”          something unexpected and find yourself in the middle of the
   to learning how to be an effective communicator with all                                                                                                                                                        very thing you never knew you always wanted to do! Having
                                                                                                                                          HAILEE BUR A S , CL A SS OF 2022
   different types of people. Then, practice this skill as much as                                                                                                                                                 a plan is great, but don’t be afraid to let experience be your
   you can for further development.                                                                                                                                                                                teacher because the lessons you learn could prove invaluable
4. Develop your own personal philosophy. It should be unique to                                                                                                                                                    for putting you on the path to achieving your dream!”
                                                                      - EMILY HOLMES
   you and something you can use to drive your leadership practice      Director, Office of Leadership and Student Involvement                                                                                     NIKKIE BAILE Y, CL A SS OF 2023
   and hone your particular skillset for future employment.
8 • C A REER SERV ICES • E XPLORE OP TIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                         U S M . E D U / C A R E E R-S E R V I C E S • 9
F I N D T H E S E R E S O U R C E S AT U S M . E D U/C A R E E R -S E R V I C E S/O N L I N E - R E S O U R C E S .
                                                                                                                                     CONNECT WITH OUR ONLINE JOB DATABASE
                                                                                                                                     The “Indeed” for Southern Miss students, Handshake allows students to do the following:
                                                                                                                                     ƒ Search for on- and off-campus part-time jobs, work    ƒ View and sign up for on-campus interviews
                                                                    ƒ This is your one-stop shop for federal jobs.                     study, internships, co-ops, and full-time positions     with companies
   OUR INTUITIVE ONLINE JOB DATABASE SYSTEM                         ƒ Search and apply for federal jobs across the country.          ƒ Explore local and nationwide companies                ƒ Use the resource center as a one-stop-shop for
                  See next page                                                                                                      ƒ Receive personalized job recommendations based on       job-related questions
                                                                                                                                       major and interests                                   ƒ View and register for career events
                                                                                                                                     ƒ Create and save specific job searches                 ƒ Upload documents (résumé, cover letter, etc.)
WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MA JOR?                                                                                                                                                                to your profile for easy applying
                                                                                                                                     ƒ Set up email notifications when new opportunities
ƒ Research majors and discover many
                                                                                                                                       are posted
  career opportunities for employment.
                                                                    ƒ Explore career options.
ƒ Explore which companies and
  employers are associated with your                                ƒ See detailed job descriptions.
  career choice.                                                    ƒ Learn about salary ranges for your career field.                 HOW TO SIGN UP
ƒ Acquire helpful learning strategies
  and information now to get ahead in a
                                                                                                                                       Handshake: Find jobs and employers
                                                                                                                                       on and off campus!
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                     job is around
  chosen career.
                                                                    OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK                                      Handshake is our online job database. You
                                                                                                                                       already have a profile if you are a registered,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the corner.”
                                                                    ƒ Research your career field and learn about job duties.
                                                                                                                                       degree-seeking student; you simply need to log
ƒ Discover your values, skills, and personality interests through   ƒ Explore education and training needed for your career field.
                                                                                                                                       in and validate your account. If you have never
  the online career assessment.                                     ƒ Review salary and occupation outlook.                            logged into Handshake, follow the instructions
ƒ Receive an interest code based on FOCUS results to help                                                                              below. First-time users must log in on a desktop
  with your major/career selection.                                                                                                    computer (you cannot use the app).
ƒ Explore and compare jobs in your career field side-by-side to
  receive detailed information.                                                                                                        1. Go to
ƒ Call Career Services at 601.266.4153 for the free                 ƒ Prepare for interviews.                                           • Click "The University of Southern Mississippi."
  access code.
                                                                    ƒ Compare salaries.                                                2. Type “w” and your student ID number @usm.
                                                                    ƒ Research companies.                                              edu (Example: and your
                                                                                                                                       SOAR password (If you are unable to connect to
                                                                                                                                       the eduroam network, use your university email
ƒ Search thousands of job opportunities daily through the                                                                              address - example:
  online database system.                                                                 JOBS                                         3. Upload a current résumé. Click “Build Profile
ƒ Upload your résumé to enhance employment opportunities in         ƒ Search for jobs.                                                 From Résumé” for Handshake to automatically
  your chosen career.                                                                                                                  populate your education and work experience
                                                                    ƒ Network with employers.
ƒ Narrow job searches by city and state for desired location                                                                           from your résumé.
  of employment.
                                                                                                                                        • Edit or add your information by clicking on
ƒ Call Career Services at 601.266.4153 for the free                                                                                       your name in the top right corner of the page,
  access code.
                                                                                                                                          click on “My Profile,” and click on the pencil
                                                                                                                                          icon by each section.

                                                                    ƒ Find opportunities with employers who value diversity.            • Add any organization/student activities,                          SCAN HERE OR
                                                                    ƒ Use the online resource center to help make you a
                                                                                                                                          relevant courses, and projects to complete                        VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
ƒ Practice interview questions online from your                                                                                           your profile.
                                                                      stand-out candidate.                                                                                                                  JOINHANDSHAKE.COM/LOGIN
  personal computer.
                                                                                                                                        • Click on “Make Profile Public” to allow
ƒ Record your interview answers.                                                                                                          employers to find you!
ƒ Receive quality feedback from a career counselor                                                                                                                                                   FYI: If a student has a FERPA flag on his/her
                                                                                                                                       You are now ready to start searching for jobs!
  in our office.
                                                                                                                                       In the future, you can also use the Handshake                 SOAR account, he/she will not have access to
                                                                                                                                       app (IOS or Android).                                         Handshake. Contact the Registrar’s Office if
                                                                                                                                                                                                     you wish to remove your FERPA flag.

10 • C A R E E R S E R V I C E S • E X P L O R E O P T I O N S                                                                                                                                                          U S M . E D U / C A R E E R-S E R V I C E S • 11
STUDENT                                                                                                                                       CENTER FOR PATHWAY
EMPLOYMENT                                                                                                                                    EXPERIENCES
THE GOAL OF STUDENT EMPLOYMENT IS TO LOCATE AND DEVELOP                                                                                       THE GOAL OF THE CENTER IS TO ASSIST UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN
ENROLLED SOUTHERN MISS STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF FINANCIAL NEED.                                                                                CONNECT TO THEIR POST-GRADUATION GOALS.
                                                                                                                                              WHAT ARE PATHWAYS?                                        WHEN SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN
W H Y YO U S H O U L D V I S I T                                                 H OW D O E S S T U D E N T                                   PATHWAYS ARE SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES                      A PATHWAY EXPERIENCE?

ƒ Get personal assistance from                                                   E M P L OYM E N T WO R K ?                                   CONNECTED TO A STUDENT’S                                  It’s never too early to gain field experience.
  the coordinator                                                                                                                             POST-GRADUATION GOALS.
                                                                                 Student Employment is located within                                                                                   ƒ Summer Break
ƒ Learn how to navigate Handshake for                                            Career Services. Below are two options                       ƒ Internships (on and off-campus; paid or unpaid)         ƒ Winter Break - five to seven weeks
  job search needs                                                               for using this service.                                      ƒ Student jobs related to field (on or off campus,        ƒ Allow four to six months to find and obtain
                                                                                    1. Visit Handshake to search for off-campus, part-time      including part-time jobs or co-ops)
ƒ Receive job search and interview tips, including                                                                                                                                                        an internship
                                                                                       job opportunities.
  résumé help                                                                                                                                 ƒ Research (scholarly and/or creative)                    ƒ Participate in more than one internship
                                                                                    2. Schedule an appointment with the coordinator for
B E N E F I T S O F WO R K I N G                                                                                                              ƒ Student teaching, clinicals, practicums, externships
                                                                                       guidance on navigating employment opportunities
PA R T-T I M E A S A S T U D E N T                                                                                                            ƒ Fieldwork/Other activities that provide students with   HOW DOES THE CENTER HELP?
                                                                                       that best suit you.
                                                                                                                                                experience related to their chosen discipline and/or    FIND: Schedule one-on-one appointments with a
ƒ Earn money to supplement living costs                                          When you schedule an appointment, you can also receive
                                                                                                                                                post-graduation goals                                   staff member to discuss goals and strategies on
  while enrolled                                                                 help with other aspects of the job search process, such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                        using online resources.
ƒ Build résumé with relevant professional experience                             the following:
                                                                                                                                              BENEFITS                                                  FUND: Review Pathways Summer Scholarship Program.
ƒ Develop useful skills that can benefit you in                                  ƒ Résumé preparation
                                                                                                                                              ƒ Gain relevant work experiences in field of interest     Apply in the GO System.
  future employment                                                              ƒ Cover letter review
                                                                                                                                              ƒ Build critical career competencies and begin to         FINISH: Participate in the Pathway Reflection to receive a
ƒ Get ahead in the job market by connecting with                                 ƒ Interviewing techniques                                      process how to articulate these competencies for        free graduation cord to wear at Commencement.
  employers and building a network of contacts                                                                                                  future job application materials and interviews
ƒ Obtain work experience before receiving                                                                                                     ƒ Develop and expand your professional network
  your degree

TO G E TH E R                                                                                                                                                     SCAN HERE OR VISIT
                                                                                                                                                                  OUR WEBSITE AT
E V E RYO N E                                                                               MAKE SURE TO ALWAYS FOLLOW
ACHIEVES                                                                                    UP WITH THE EMPLOYER.
                                                                                            (See our follow-up instructions on page 43).
MORE                                                                                                                                          McLemore Hall 125                   PATHWAYSUSM
ƒ Smoother process through defined roles                                                                                                      Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.        @USMPATHWAYS
  and objectives                                                                                                                              601.266.4153                        @USMPATHWAYS
ƒ Less reliance on management                                                                     SCAN HERE OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
ƒ Support network
ƒ Encourages motivation                                                                                                                       Q U O T E S F R O M S T U D E N T S A B O U T PAT H WAY E X P E R I E N C E S
ƒ Ability to negotiate and manage conflict
ƒ Boosted productivity and improved morale                                     McLemore Hall 125                  @USMSTUDENT WORK            "This internship was my first experience in a             "In my internship group, I worked with those of different
                                                                               Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.                                   professional job setting, so I learned how to             cultures, races, and sexual orientations. I found it to be
ƒ More people = greater ideas                                                                                     @USMSTUDENT WORK
                                                                               601.266.4153                                                   communicate effectively in a work setting. I learned      important that all interns treat one another with respect,
                                                                                                                                              how to do the tasks assigned to me based on their         regardless of lifestyle or background."
                                                                                                                                              instruction, have coworkers review my work, and was
                                                                                                                                              able to ask for help if I came across any problems."
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CAREER EVENTS                                                                                                                                          DRESS FOR SUCCESS
BE PREPARED BEFORE THE EVENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PROFESSIONAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Wear solid, dark, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  neutral colors with light
                                                                                    DEVELOP YOUR BRIEF INTRODUCTION, PRACTICE                                                                                                                     colors underneath.
                                                                                    IT, AND BE READY TO DELIVER IT. REFER TO PAGE                                                                                                               ƒ Don't wear stripes or bright
                                                                                    21 TO LEARN ABOUT CRAFTING YOUR 60-SECOND                                                                                                                     prints/colors.
                                                                                    ELEVATOR PITCH.                                                                                                                                             ƒ Suit jacket and pants/skirt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  should be matching colors.
                                                                                    LOOK OVER THE LIST OF COMPANIES IN HANDSHAKE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Wear closed-toe dress shoes.
                                                                                    AND FIND THE TOP 10 THAT INTEREST YOU.
                                                                                    RESEARCH COMPANIES OF INTEREST                                                                                                                              BUSINESS
                                                                                    (Focus on its mission statement, values statements, and brief                                                                                               C A S UA L
                                                                                    history, as well as its products, goods, or services.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Wear nice pants, skirts,
                                                                                    PREPARE EACH RÉSUMÉ TO ADDRESS EACH                                                                                                                           or dresses.
                                                                                    EMPLOYER’S NEEDS, AND GET IT REVIEWED BY                                                                                                                    ƒ Skirts and dresses should
                                                                                    CAREER SERVICES.                                                                                                                                              be knee-length.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Ties are optional.
                                                                                    THINK OF QUESTIONS FOR EACH EMPLOYER OF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Don't wear jeans, shorts,
                                                                                    INTEREST. WRITE THEM OUT, BUT DON’T READ                            C ASUAL                BUSINESS C ASUAL                   PROFESSIONAL                    or athletic apparel.
                                                                                    FROM THE LIST.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Wear closed-toe flats,
                                                                                    DRESS PROFESSIONALLY.             (see next page)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boots, or shoes.

                               CAREER EVENTS ARE EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES TO NETWORK                                                                                                                                                             R E COM ME N DATI O N S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Clothes should be tailored,
                               WITH EMPLOYERS AND LEARN ABOUT JOB OPPORTUNITIES.                                                                                                                                                                  in good condition, and
                               EXAMPLES OF QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK DURING THE EVENT                                                                                                                                                                 wrinkle/lint-free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Hair should be well-groomed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ƒ Jewelry should be moderate,
                  What qualities are you                                   Does your company hire college students for cooperative                                                                                                                and fragrances should be mild.
                 looking for in new hires?                                  education positions, internships, or summer positions?                                                                                                              ƒ Belts should match color of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  attire and shoes.

       Can I give you my résumé?                              What is the application process?                 Are you the recruiter for hiring?

                 What do you like most about the                                What types of things can I do while in school to make
                  company you are working for?                                     myself more competitive in your job market?                                                                                                        WARM WEATHER TIPS

                                                                                                                                                        SEYMOUR’S CAREER CLOSET                                                       ƒ Try wearing linen and other light fabrics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ƒ Try lighter colors and accessories.

                                                                                                                                                        Seymour’s Career Closet is a new program on the               When they are done, a local dry-cleaning
AT THE EVENT                                                                                                                                            Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus which allows                 business, Town and Country Cleaners, will
                                                                                                                                                        students to shop for FREE professional clothing in            provide a free dry-cleaning service for any
1. Review research notes prior to meeting with an organization.                        5. Treat each conversation as a mini-interview—that’s exactly    preparation for job interviews, internships, networking       outfit a student brings in from the closet.
                                                                                          what it is.                                                   events, etc. Staffed by volunteers and open by
2. Strategize with which employer(s) you want to connect and                                                                                                                                                          Donations to the closet and appointments to
   in what order, based on importance and event setup (use                             6. Be sure to get contact information and follow up with each    appointment only, the closet has provided professional        pick up items from the closet may be made by
   event map).                                                                            employer. (See page 43 for instructions.)                     attire to numerous USM students, who now have one             emailing Seymour’s
3. Review your talking points before initiating a conversation                                                                                          less thing to worry about going into a big interview.         Career Closet is located on the first floor of
   with the employer(s).                                                                                                                                Students have a variety of clothes, shoes and                 Bolton Hall. This program is brought to campus
                                                                                           For more information on the Career Fairs, visit
4. Talk to a few companies not in your top choices. Practice                      Scroll down        accessories to choose from. Students who select               by the Graduate Student Senate, Office of
   your brief introduction (elevator pitch) on them. (See page 21,                         to find the PDF: “How to Work a Career Expo Guide.”          clothing from the closet will have to present a               Sustainability, and the Division of Student Affairs.
   for example).                                                                                                                                        student ID, but no other questions will be asked.

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PROFESSIONAL                                                                                                                                     BUILDING A PORTFOLIO
                                                                                                                                                 Cindy Blackwell, Ph.D. adapted from 2018-19 Career Guide

Professionalism includes an array of aspects, and communication skills are a big factor. Emails, phone conversations, and                          DETAILS MATTER                                            WHAT TO INCLUDE
face-to-face interactions all require strong communication skills in the professional world. Set the tone for who you are                          • There should be a consistent message that               • All portfolios should include a résumé and a
and what they expect from you.                                                                                                                       demonstrates your personal brand.                         one-page personal profile.
In order to accomplish your goals and maintain a positive reputation, it is essential to communicate using protocol that is                        • Your name should be on every page to remind the         • The personal profile should be compelling
professional, appropriate, polite, and effective. Remember: Communicate professionally, whether it’s in person, over the                             reader whose work is being viewed.                        and something that helps the reviewer to
phone, or through email, text, or any other form of communication.                                                                                                                                             understand your passion and commitment.
                                                                                                                                                   • Use the header of your résumé on other elements
                                                                                                                                                     of your portfolio, such as your personal profile,       Below is a list of selected disciplines and
                                                                                                                                                     contents page, and divider pages.                       suggestions of artifacts and examples to include
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR                                                               ƒ When talking on the phone, smile! It helps your voice to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             in a portfolio to support that discipline.
                                                                                   sound warm and welcoming.                                       • Use consistent fonts, and pay attention to every
                                                                                                                                                     detail, such as ensuring the watermark is aligned in    Art – Prints or photographs of works, written
ƒ Always know your audience.                                                     ƒ Respond to an email, fax, or phone message within a 24- to
                                                                                                                                                     the same direction as your text, if using bond paper.   details of processes or protocols, and media
                                                                                   48-hour time period, if at all possible.
ƒ Address people by name with proper etiquette.                                                                                                    • Consider what elements could be confidential, and       reports related to showings and presentations
                                                                                 ƒ Proofread, run a spell check for all written forms of
ƒ A formal greeting and a formal closing should be included                                                                                          ensure you are only using appropriate information.      Business – Business-related writing samples
                                                                                   communication, and do not use all capital letters.
  (see sample email below).                                                                                                                                                                                  and elements that demonstrate the process
                                                                                 ƒ Include a concise, purposeful subject line.                                                                               of developing a business plan, including
ƒ State your message clearly and provide at least one form of
  contact information for the person to use when responding. Do                  ƒ Always make time to say thank you.                                                                                        spreadsheets and graphs
                                                                                                                                                   PHYSICAL AND ONLINE PORTFOLIOS
  not assume the reader remembers a previous conversation.                       ƒ Choose the best method of communication for what you are                                                                  Education – Writing samples, lesson plans,
                                                                                                                                                   There should be consistency between the two, but
ƒ Write down your thoughts prior to making a phone call.                           trying to achieve (email is not always the best option).                                                                  student work artifacts, and evaluation of lessons
                                                                                                                                                   not everything will be the same.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Journalism/Communication – Writing samples
                                                                                                                                                   PHYSIC AL P ORTFOLIOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                             across mediums, including print and social media,
                                                                                                                                                   • Your portfolio should consist of a three-ring
                                                                                                                                                                                                             investigative research, graphic design, layout,
                                                                                                                                                     portfolio that allows you to add and remove items
SAMPLE EMAIL                                                                                                                                         as your career grows.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and photography
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Health Care/Nursing – Anonymous or
SUBJECT: JOB SHADOWING                                                                               ƒ Make sure you have punctuated               • Put all artifacts and examples in heavy-duty page
                                                                                                                                                                                                             hypothetical patient care plans and written reports
                                                                                                       your message properly and spelling            protectors and back it with black cardstock, not
Dear Ms. Brewster, (Always try to find the person’s name!)                                             is correct.                                   construction paper.                                     Sciences – Science-related writing samples,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             research protocols, statistical data and analysis,
                                                                                                     ƒ The tone of your email should not
Hello, my name is Roxanne Jones, and I am very                                                                                                     ONLINE P ORTFOLIOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                             charts and graphs related to research and results,
                                                                                                       be casual. Do not use abbreviations         • The viewer should be able to immediately connect
interested in job shadowing with you. My professor,                                                    or colloquial terms. The use of
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and media reports related to research
                                                                                                                                                     the online elements to the physical portfolio.
John Doe, highly recommended that I contact you.                                                       “textisms” or emoticons is also not                                                                   Social Sciences – Relevant writing samples,
                                                                                                                                                   • Make the online version viewable in as few clicks       including published work, research protocols,
                                                                                                       considered professional. These
I recently became interested in teaching, and I am                                                                                                   as possible.                                            data and results, and any media reports related to
                                                                                                       types of communication can reflect
heavily considering changing my major. Before I take the                                               an unprofessional and casual                • Use online versions to demonstrate things like          presented works
leap, I would love to shadow you for a day and see what                                                attitude that may send the wrong              videos that are not viewable in the physical copy.
it’s like behind the teacher’s desk.                                                                   message to the recipient.
                                                                                                     ƒ Use the “Reply All” function carefully.
I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest
                                                                                                     ƒ When typing the subject, be sure it
convenience. I can be reached via email at Roxanne.                                                    adheres to the guidelines in the job or by phone at 228.123.4567. Thank                                                       posting. If there are no guidelines,
you for your time and consideration.                                                                   be as specific as possible. Emails
                                                                                                       from unknown individuals will usually
Best regards,                                                                                          be placed into junk mail if they do
                                                                                                       not grab the recipient’s attention.
Roxanne Jones

16 • C A R E E R S E R V I C E S • B U I L D Y O U R B R A N D : J O B P R E P                                                                                                                                                      U S M . E D U / C A R E E R-S E R V I C E S • 17
SOCIAL MEDIA BRANDING                                                                                                                                 OPTIMIZE YOUR PROFILE TO BECOME A LINKEDIN ALL-STAR!
                                                                                                                                                                                                     IS THE BIGGEST PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL NETWORK, WITH
                                                                                                                                                                                                     OVER 500 MILLION USERS.
       W H AT I S P E R S O N A L B R A N D I N G ?                                                                                                   Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site.
       Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands.                                                  With these statistics in mind, you can’t afford NOT to have a LinkedIn profile!
                                                                                                                                                      If you want to truly maximize the value of LinkedIn, you’ll want to optimize your profile. Optimizing your profile
                                                                                                                                                      means completely filling it out and becoming a LinkedIn “all-star.” LinkedIn users who achieve all-star status show
W H Y I S T H I S I M P O R TA N T ?
                                                                                                                                                      up in recruiters’ search results more often.
                                                                                                                                                      Use the following tips summarized from Social Media Marketing: A Strategic Approach to market yourself and

                     93%                                                         2/3                                       55%
                                                                                                                                                      achieve all-star status on LinkedIn.

OF HIRING MANAGERS WILL                                     OF EMPLOYERS TOLD JOBVITE THAT                   HAVE RECONSIDERED A
                                                                                                                                                      1. HEADSHOT AND BACKGROUND                                                         the same as endorsements, which are just a click of a
PROFILE BEFORE MAKING A                                     POORLY; OVER HALF DIDN’T LIKE POSTS              THEY FIND, WITH MOST                     Photo should be professional and should not show too                               button. When someone recommends you, he or she is
HIRING DECISION.                                            ON GUNS; AND 44% SAW POSTS ABOUT                 (61%) OF THOSE DOUBLE-                   much skin (a good rule of thumb is to use a picture that                           writing a detailed paragraph about your competencies
                                                            ALCOHOL AS CONCERNING.                           TAKES BEING NEGATIVE.
                                                                                                                                                      shows from the collar bone up).                                                    and his or her interactions with you.

                                                                                                                                                      Use a background picture identifying your work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         5. GROUPS
                                                                                                                                                      or university.

                     39%                                                         57%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         LinkedIn lets you join up to 100 groups. Join as many
                                                                                                                                                      2. SUMMARY SECTION                                                                 as possible and participate in their discussions. Monitor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         conversations, and look for opportunities to share
                                                                                                                                                      Write your summary in first person (i.e., use “I” not “he/                         opinions and give feedback. Be seen as a contributor
OF EMPLOYERS WERE TURNED                                                                                                                              she”). Use keywords that describe you and what you DO                              and someone who is helpful.
                                                            OF EMPLOYERS ARE LESS LIKELY TO
OFF FROM CANDIDATES                                                                                                                                   rather than a job title. For example, if you are skilled in
                                                            INTERVIEW APPLICANTS THEY CAN’T
BECAUSE OF PROVOCATIVE OR                                                                                                                             graphic design and want a career in that area, you might
                                                            FIND ONLINE, ACCORDING TO AN                                           SOURCE: TIME.COM                                                                                      6. CONNECTIONS
                                                            ANNUAL CAREERBUILDER SOCIAL MEDIA                             SOURCE: CAREERBUILDER.COM   include the words “graphic designer” (how you want to be
                                                            RECRUITMENT SURVEY.                                                                       found on LinkedIn) in your summary instead of “student”                            Aim for 500 connections, but try to stick to connecting
                                                                                                                                                      (your title). Where possible, include your keywords in                             with people you have met offline or through a group on
                                                                                                                                                      other areas of your profile as well, so that you come up                           LinkedIn. That way, you’ll build a solid network on which
                                                                                                                                                      in searches of recruiters looking for job candidates with                          you can rely in the future. It can take some time and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         effort to build 500 connections, but doing so indicates
HOW DO I DO THIS?                                                                                                                                     your competencies and so you receive suggestions from
                                                                                                                                                      LinkedIn about jobs that would be a good fit.                                      to LinkedIn that you are a serious, well-connected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         professional and increases the odds of your profile
                                                                                                                                                      3. SKILLS/ENDORSEMENTS                                                             getting served up in searches.
CLEAN YOUR PRESENCE                                                                    PLAN AND IMPLEMENT
ƒ Remove all things that could have a negative effect.                                 ƒ Choose three things that you love and that describe          Fill out the skills section of your profile. LinkedIn allows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         7. CREATE RÉSUMÉ FROM DESKTOP
                                                                                         you. Form what you are going to communicate and              you to input 50 skills. Use them all! People can then
    • Profanity                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the profile section, click the “more” button to convert
                                                                                         how you are going to communicate around that.                endorse you for these skills, which adds to your credibility.
    • References to illegal activity                                                                                                                                                                                                     your résumé to a PDF to send to employers or for a
                                                                                       ƒ Your brand needs to also have a message that is                                                                                                 quick view.
    • Risqué comments/photos                                                                                                                          4. RECOMMENDATIONS
                                                                                         intended for a specific audience. Examples: travel,
    • Complaints about your school or job                                                                                                             Try to get at least 6-10 people to recommend you to                                -HOLLY SYRDAL
                                                                                         sports, fashion, self-care, etc.
    • Posts with spelling and grammar errors                                                                                                          enhance your credibility. Recommendations are not

    • Find online resources that flag possible                                         KEEPING UP YOUR BRAND
      problematic posts, ex: Scrubber
                                                                                       CONSISTENCY IS KEY!                                            REFERENCES
                                                                                                                                                      Barker, M.S., Barker, D. I., Bormann, N. F., Roberts, M. L., & Zahay, D. (2017). Social Media Marketing: A Strategic Approach. Boston, MA: Cengage.
ƒ Search for yourself online to see what’s out there.
                                                                                                                                                      Aslam, S. (2018, January 1). LinkedIn by the Numbers: Stats, Demographics & Fun Facts. Retrieved from
                                                                                                                                                      Bahler, K. (2018, January 17). What Your Linkedin Profile Should Look Like in 2018. Retrieved fromésumé.

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LINKEDIN ETIQUETTE                                                                                                            60-SECOND ELEVATOR PITCH
                                                                                    ƒ Personalize connection requests. Tell

                  HOW TO USE                                                          them your reason for connecting.
                                                                                    ƒ Have a profile picture so people can
                                                                                                                                                    WHAT IS IT?                         HOW DO I CREATE THE PITCH?
                                                                                                                                                    An elevator pitch is a short        Four Main Ingredients for a Comprehensive 60-Second
               LINKEDIN GROUPS                                                        see with whom they are connecting.                            summary of your professional        Elevator Pitch:
               FOR NETWORKING                                                       ƒ Personalize your recommendation
                                                                                      requests, and offer to reciprocate
                                                                                                                                                    experience and goals.               1. Brief summary of education and experience
                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Strength or quality that makes you distinct
    5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THIS FEATURE                                       (if appropriate).                       WHERE DID THIS TERM COME FROM?
                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Investment or commitment to your field/area of study
                                                                                    ƒ Keep it professional, and only share    The term was coined from people getting into an
                                                                                      information relevant to business.       elevator with a top executive of a company and pitching   4. What is your goal, and what do you want to accomplish?
                                1. SEARCH KEYWORDS TO
                                FIND GROUPS THAT MATCH                              ƒ Turn off notifications when updating    themselves during the 30-60 second ride.
                                YOUR INTERESTS                                        your profile.
                                There are thousands of professional groups that     ƒ Send a welcome message that             WHERE DO I USE THIS?
                                are one click away! Utilize to get     provides value.                         You can use this any time you are networking, whether
                                an idea of keywords related to your career field.                                             you’re at a conference, event, work, or interview.
                                                                                    ƒ Regularly maintain relationships.
                                                                                      Building relationships is not a
                                                                                      numbers game!                           WHY DO I NEED TO DO THIS?                                       ƒ Keep small take-away items with you, like
      2. DON'T SPAM THE GROUP                                                                                                                                                                   a business card, so you can continue the
                                                                                    ƒ Make your contact list open to          When you only have 30-60 seconds to pitch yourself,               conversation at a later date.
      Don't just join groups to make job-seeking posts.                               your connections.                       you can’t afford to mess it up. It is VITAL to know
      Instead, begin by commenting on posts and
                                                                                                                              what you want to say and how you want to say it, so             ƒ Make sure your speech doesn't sound rehearsed.
      engaging in dialogue with members of the group. It
                                                                                    ƒ Offer to introduce your connections
                                                                                      to others in your network.              preparation is essential.                                       ƒ Write it out; talk it out.
      takes tiny steps to build rapport with professionals.
                                                                                    ƒ Respond promptly to messages
                                                                                      (1-2 days).
                              3. BE A LEADER
                              Yes, engaging in dialogue is important. However,
                              these groups are looking for leaders, too! Start                                                EXAMPLE ELEVATOR PITCH
                              your own discussion on the platform. Increasing
                              your online presence is the first step to making
                              those professional connections.

                                                                                                                                   My name is Aisha Cartwell, and I am a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi,
     Include references to credible work in the
                                                                                                                                   majoring in marine biology. I bring with me two years of experience in customer
     field in your dialogue. Providing these source                                                                                service, and I am currently interning at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, where
     links may lead the way to future connections.
                                                                                                                                   I am receiving firsthand exposure to working with marine life and educating
                                                                                                                                   the public. I am enthusiastic about beginning a career as a marine biologist and studying
                                 5. TURN ON LINKEDIN                                                                               the effects of weather-related disasters on the Gulf Coast shores, as well as the specific
                                 NOTIFICATIONS                                                                                     impact on dolphins and larger marine mammals. My interests vary from research to
                                 Staying active on LinkedIn involves staying
                                 up-to-date on new groups, discussions,
                                                                                                                                   instruction, and I am working toward my goal of becoming a professor.
                                 updates, and more!

Compiled by graduate career counselor Olivia Miller

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NETWORKING                                                                                                                                                       RÉSUMÉ GUIDELINES
                                                                                                                                                                 Every résumé should have the following: education, experience and involvement (at a minimum).

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s not what you
know but who you know?” A large percentage of the
                                                                                                                                                                   R E Q U I R E D I N F O R M AT I O N
                                                                                                   DON'T be timid.
jobs filled each year are a result of networking. This
                                                                                                   DON'T speak to only one person.                               EDUCATION                                ƒ Include study-abroad experience,      INTERNSHIP, PRACTICUM, FIELD
aspect of the job market is commonly referred to as
                                                                                                   DON'T self-promote.                                           ƒ Reverse chronological order (most        location and date (month year)        EXPERIENCE/WORK EXPERIENCE
the “hidden” job market. If you are only responding
to online/official job postings, you could be missing a                                            DON'T forget to follow up.                                      recent first)                          ƒ Transfer students: Include            ƒ Reverse chronological order
considerable number of opportunities.                                                                                                                            ƒ Spell out degree name (i.e.              community college or university
                                                                                                   DON'T ask someone to distribute your résumé.                                                                                                   ƒ No complete sentences
                                                                                                                                                                   Bachelor of Science or Bachelor          information if attended one year
                                                                                                   DON'T get too personal.                                                                                  or more                               ƒ No period needed at the end
FIRST BUILD YOURSELF                                                                                                                                               of Arts)                                                                         of descriptions
“Building effective relationships is one of the most                                                                                                             ƒ “The” in front of University of        ƒ GPA recommended if above 3.0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ƒ Action words to begin
essential elements to ensuring success in your                                                                                                                     Southern Mississippi                                                             each description
professional life. Far more important than any
relationship you establish with another person is the                                                                                                                                                                                             ƒ Can have one or more sections
                                                                                                   DO have a firm handshake.
relationship you have with yourself.
                                                                                                   DO say your full name.
In order to effectively initiate, sustain, and develop                                                                                                             H I G H LY R E CO M M E N D E D I N F O R M AT I O N
                                                                                                   DO introduce others.
relationships in your professional life, you must first
have a sense of confidence in communicating who you                                                DO have your elevator pitch ready                             OBJECTIVE                                SPECIAL PROJECTS                        PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS
are in an enthusiastic and articulate manner. Know your                                            (refer to page 21).                                           ƒ Provides specific purpose              ƒ Title, date, city, and state          PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
own personal goals, the topics that you are passionate                                             DO bring business cards or mini-résumé cards.                   for résumé                                                                     ƒ Professional association
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ƒ Detailed descriptions of
about, and the vision that you want to cultivate.”                                                                                                                                                                                                  conferences attended
                                                                                                   DO get introductions from current contacts.                   ƒ Include position title and               related projects completed
                                                                                                                                                                   employer/company name                    through coursework                    ƒ Research presented at professional
                                                                                                   DO use your personality.
Former Assistant Director of Career Services                                                                                                                     ƒ Do not include a period at the         ƒ Languages (list proficiency levels)     association conferences
Gulf Park Campus                                                                                   DO listen more than you speak.
                                                                                                                                                                   end of objective                                                               ƒ Webinars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ƒ Relevent topical papers

                                                                                                                                                                   CO N T E N T T O CO N S I D E R , I F N E C E S S A RY
   CARDS                                                                                                                                                         SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS                HONORS/AWARDS/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ƒ Succinct descriptions of most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    relevant leadership roles
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ Should be no longer than
   Mini-résumé cards are business cards with a                                                                              BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS        3-5 bullets                            ƒ Scholarships                          SKILLS
   brief highlight of skills or accomplishments on                                                                            ADMINISTRATION, ACCOUNTING
                                                                                                                                                                 CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES                  ƒ President’s List and Dean’s List      ƒ Skills related to major or
   the back in three or four bullet points. These
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ Certification title                                                              potential jobs
   will often get you noticed in highly competitive                                                                         • Two years of accounting                                                     COMMUNITY SERVICE/
                                                                                                                              experience, including internship
   searches. Mini-résumé cards can easily                                                JOHN DOE                                                                                                         VOLUNTEERISM                            ƒ Computer skills for technical majors
                                                                                     ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST
                                                                                                                            • Skilled in supervision, hiring
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ Certification or license number
   be carried in pockets, wallets, purses, and                                                                                and training staff                                                          ƒ Organization name, city, and state    ƒ Languages (list proficiency levels)
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ Include date (month, year)
   padfolios, especially at events like our                                                                                 • Leadership skills developed
                                                                                                                                                                 ATHLETICS                                ƒ Number of hours served,               RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
   Career Fairs.                                                                       PHONE: 123.456.7890                    as treasurer of two student

                                                                                                                              organizations                                                                 if significant                        RELATED COURSEWORK
   Consider creating a design for your mini-                                                                                                                     ƒ Mention if team captain and
                                                                                    ADDRESS: 123 Winchester Dr.             • Worked 25 hours per week
                                                                                                                                                                   sport played                           ƒ Description of service, if related    ƒ 2-6 course titles related to major
   résumé card using graphics and conservative                                                                                maintaining a 3.4 GPA as a
                                                                                      Hattiesburg, MS 39406                                                                                                 to major
   coloring to help separate yourself from other                                                                              full-time student
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ Conference championships or
   job seekers. Suggested layout programs                                                                                                                          NCAA tournament appearances            ACTIVITIES/CAMPUS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FYI: On your résumé, your
   include InDesign, GIMP, Illustrator, Photoshop,                                                                                                                                                        ORGANIZATIONS
                                                                                                                                                                 ƒ Number of years                                                                      name should be 18-20 pt. font.
   Inkscape, and CorelDraw.                                                                                                                                                                               ƒ Full name of organizations
                                                                                 Front of card should contain             Back of card should contain                                                                                                   The rest of the résumé should
                                                                                 your contact information.                highlights of qualifications.                                                                                                 be 10-12 pt. font.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ƒ Philanthropic participation

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ACTION WORD LIST                                                                                                                 RÉSUMÉ HEADING SAMPLES
      Strong résumés have strong verbiage. Use our action word list to help your résumé stand out.                               • Located at the top of résumé                             • Address (optional) and phone number
                                                                                                                                 • Single-spaced                                            • Professional email (name in email included or
COMMUNIC ATION                Spoke                         HELPING             Emphasized       Processed      TE ACHING        • First and last name (18-20 point font) boldfaced  email)
Addressed                     Suggested                     Advocated           Enforced         Purchased      Advised
Advertised                    Summarized                    Aided               Enhanced         Recorded       Coached
Arranged                      Synthesized                   Answered            Established      Registered     Critiqued
Articulated                   Translated                    Assisted            Executed         Reserved       Enabled
Authored                      Wrote                         Contributed         Generated        Responded      Encouraged
Collaborated                                                Cooperated          Handled          Routed         Explained
                              CRE ATIVE
Composed                      Acted
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Condensed                     Combined                      Educated                                            Guided                                            601.123.4567 | |
                                                                                Hosted           Submitted
Conferred                     Composed                      Ensured                                             Individualized
                                                                                Improved         Supplied
Consulted                     Conceptualized                Expedited                                           Informed
                                                                                Implemented      Updated
Contacted                     Condensed                     Familiarized                                        Instilled
                                                                                Led              Validated
Conveyed                      Created                       Furthered                                           Instructed
                                                                                Managed          Verified
                                                                                                 RESE ARCH
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Debated                       Drew                          Intervened                           Analyzed       Stimulated
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Defined                       Entertained                   Prevented                            Clarified      Taught
Described                     Fashioned                     Provided                             Collected      Tested
Drafted                       Illustrated                   Rehabilitated                        Compared       Trained
Edited                        Initiated                     Represented                          Conducted      Transmitted
Elicited                      Integrated
                                                            Simplified          Produced         Detected
                                                                                                                Tutored                                                         JANE DOE
Enlisted                                                    Supplied            Recommended                                                                             Cell: 601.123.4567 | Email:
Explained                     Invented                      Supported                            Diagnosed      TECHNIC AL
Expressed                     Modeled                       Volunteered                          Evaluated      Adapted
Formulated                    Modified                                                           Examined       Adjusted
Furnished                     Performed                     LE ADERSHIP                          Experimented   Applied
                              Photographed                  Administered                         Explored       Assembled
Incorporated                                                                    Selected
Influenced                    Revised                       Analyzed
                                                                                Streamlined      Extracted      Built                                                           JANE DOE
                              Revitalized                   Appointed                            Gathered       Calculated
Interpreted                                                                     Strengthened                                                                                 601.123.4567
                              Shaped                        Approved                             Identified     Compared
Interviewed                                                                     Supervised
                                                            Assigned                             Inspected      Conserved
Lectured                                                                        Transformed
                              FINANCIAL                     Attained                                            Constructed
Listened                                                                                         Interpreted
                              Adjusted                      Authorized                                          Designed
Marketed                                                                        ORG ANIZ ATION   Invented

                                                            Chaired             Catalogued       Investigated   Determined                                                                                             JANE DOE
                                                            Condensed           Categorized      Located        Engineered
Negotiated                                                                                                                                                                                                              Email:
                              Audited                       Considered                                          Estimated
Observed                                                                        Classified       Measured
                              Balanced                                                                                                                                                                                       Cell: 601.123.4567
                                                            Consolidated        Coded            Researched     Maintained
                              Budgeted                      Controlled                                          Operated
Participated                                                                    Compiled         Reviewed
                              Corrected                     Converted                                           Printed
Presented                                                                       Distributed      Searched
                              Counted                       Coordinated                                         Programmed
Publicized                                                                      Inspected        Solved
                              Estimated                     Decided                                             Remodeled
                                                                                Logged           Studied
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                              Reduced                       Developed                                           Specialized
Referred                                                                        Monitored        Surveyed
                              Regulated                     Directed                                            Upgraded
Reported                                                                        Obtained         Systematized
                              Retrieved                     Eliminated                                          Utilized
Resolved                                                                        Ordered

Adapted from the University of North Carolina Career Center
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