Experienced MSU Graduates
MSU alumni who graduated more than two years ago have access to the following Career Center services/events at no charge:
Connections (our online career management system)
Additional Job Post/Search Software such as NACElink, USAJobs, GoinGlobal, and Career Shift
Résumé Critique at the Career Center
Recent MSU Graduates
MSU alumni who graduated within the last two years have access to all of the services above as well as individual appointments with a career center coordinator.
Contact the Career Center if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
Alumni Account Access
Your Career Center Alumni Account provides you access to Connections, our online job board. Within Connections, you can conduct job searches, scroll through job postings, and sign up for interviews for which you qualify.
To set up your Alumni Account, or if you have trouble logging in, complete the Alumni Account Request Form to create or reactivate your Connections account:
Navigating a Successful Job Search in Times of Uncertainty
Conducting a job search in the best of circumstances can be challenging. Conducting a job search in less-than-ideal circumstances can be downright daunting. Many Americans, and many MSU Alumni, find themselves unexpectedly re-entering the job search process. While it’s important to take the time for self-awareness and self-care, it is also important to recognize that what you do during this time can set you up for success in the future. Here are five things to do to ensure your job search is successful.
1. Update your résumé. How long has it been since you took a peek at your résumé? Your résumé is one of the most, if not the most, professional document you will create. It can be the difference between landing the interview and receiving the dreaded “thanks but no thanks” email. Research says employers take around 5 seconds to decide if your résumé will land in the “yes” stack or the “no” stack. With that said, is there some magic to writing a résumé? No. However, career service professionals can help you take your content and format it into a modern résumé that will best highlight your transferable skills. Want to have one of our staff look at your résumé and offer suggestions? Email it to email@example.com.
2. Network. Approximately 70% of job openings never make it to an online job board. This statistic alone emphasizes the importance of networking. It may be tempting in this time of uncertainty to isolate yourself, physically and emotionally, but this is not a time to let your professional connections suffer. If you find yourself in a job search, or if indications are that you may be searching for a new job in the near future, one of the best things you can do is network, network, network. Build your LinkedIn profile and reach out to past employers, coworkers, professors, fellow alumni, etc. Join or become more involved in professional organizations like your local Alumni Association. Alumni around the country are an instant network for you to gain knowledge and opportunities from. Take advantage of any chance you get to build new relationships and fortify old ones. Keep a watch on our website, www.career.msstate.edu for any virtual events being held.
3. Build a social media presence. If you’ve been out of the job market for a while, your social media may be filled with funny memes and cat videos. Take this time to revamp your social media and turn it into a marketing tool. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all examples of platforms employers pursue, and you want yours to convey a laser-focused message. What characteristics do you want them to see in you? Where do you volunteer your time? What social initiatives are you engaged in? What are you doing professionally to stay up-to-date in your career field? Be intentional as you post, retweet, and like. Your coordinator would be happy to look at your LinkedIn profile and give you feedback. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to chat with your coordinator.
4. Find out what companies are hiring. Yes, companies are still hiring! Start dates may be delayed, but there are and will continue to be jobs available. A few industries whose hiring is on an uptick include shipping and delivery companies, online learning companies, grocery stores and delivery services, remote meeting and communication companies. You may be wondering how this will look on your résumé, but do not worry. Employers will appreciate your work ethic and persistence. When done correctly, the work you do during this time of unemployment crisis could be the shining piece of your résumé. And imagine in an interview when you get asked, “Can you describe a time you persevered through adversity?” Your answer will be a resounding, “Yes!” Then you can tell them all about what you did during this time. For help with your job search and to know where to even start, visit our website at career.msstate.edu for helpful videos on utilizing the Career Center’s job board, Connections. Or you can contact email@example.com, and request an appointment with your Coordinator to further discuss job search strategies.
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5. Sharpen your professional skills or maybe learn a new one. This may just be the perfect time to learn a new language, get that certification you’ve been meaning to get, or hone those written communication skills. Whatever skills fit your career field, take this time to dig in and get even better at them. And when you are done, don’t forget to add them to your résumé!
It will be difficult at times, but it is important to find ways to move your job search forward every day. Create a spreadsheet with company names, contact names and info, the date you will reach out to them and/or apply, and the date you will follow-up. Keep track of all communication. Do everything you can to stay organized and on top of your search. Remember, everyone is in this together. Be patient but persistent. We will get through this together, and your career will be stronger for it.
Helpful Career Management Resources/Articles
National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Need someone to talk to about your career exploration? This webpage offers information to help you to locate career counselors in your geographic area who are members of this national organization and possess credentialing in career counseling. Click on the “Find a Counselor” tab at the top of the homepage.
Your local Employment Office
Many state and county employment offices now offer a wide range of career services to help job seekers within their area.
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