No matter what stage of the collegiate experience you are in, the Office of Career and Professional Development will help you successfully seek out and secure the job that is right for you. Below you will find several tools and resouces that will help you carve your own path in the professional world.
Find your career path
Understanding yourself is the first step to identifying an appropriate career. It is important to explore a professional path that aligns with your interests, skills, values and personality. UHart’s Office of Career and Professional Development can help you explore your interests and relate them to potential professions and career paths.
Our assessment tools can help you determine the type of work and environment that are best suited for you by examining your skills and interests. Test yourself and meet with an advisor to create an action plan to reach your goals. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment today!
It is natural to feel uncertain about your major and career choices. College is an ideal time for you to explore the many options that you have based on your interests and skills. To help you get started, please visit the resources listed below.
Informational interviewing is a good option for students who are exploring career paths, or new graduates seeking information about specific careers or career changes. E-mail email@example.com to set chat with a member of our team who can connect you to professionals in your area of interest.
Are you in the process of applying for internships or jobs? University of Hartford’s Career and Professional Development Center can help you with résumé development, interview prep, and more with our list of resources and tips featured below. Check back frequently for updates on our popular webinar series.
Throughout the summer, The Ana Educational Foundation we will be featuring special “Career Conversations” for advice on how to survive and thrive through these tough times. Learn from some of the brightest minds in the industry as they answer questions like: How do consumers really make decisions? What will the future of marketing look like? How can I do good in the world through advertising?
- Multicultural and Inclusive Marketing
- How People Actually Make Decisions
- Career Conversation: When Every Wall is a Door
- Social Media
- Brand Purpose & Social Impact
- Career Conversation: Taking Control of What’s Next-Your Internship and Beyond
Our top 5 résumé tips
- Limit your resume to only one page. Use a laser font such as Times New Roman or Arial in size 10-12 point.
- Tailor your resume to the kind of job(s) you are seeking. Your resume should be adapted to reflect the differences between employers and their requirements.
- The qualifications listed in your resume should match those listed in the job description of the position for which you are applying. Use keywords found in the job description within your résumé.
- Get to the point early. Lead with your most important information.
- Don't list salary or salary requirements, include references, use personal pronouns (I, me, my, you), include personal descriptions (ethnicity, age, gender, marital status, or photos), or exaggerate the truth about your experience or GPA.
- Heading/Contact Information: This section should include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Use an e-mail address that is professional and simple, for example: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may wish to include both your campus and home address, especially for summer jobs and internships close to home.
- Objective: If you choose to include an objective, it should consist of two sections. The first presents your value to the employer. Why should they be interested in you? The second indicates what type of position you are looking for. Be specific if applying for a certain position. For a job fair it is okay to be more broad with the types of positions or simply highlight a specific industry.
- Education: List any schools from which you have received a degree. If you are still seeking a degree, then list the school and your anticipated graduation date. Your current school should be listed first.
- Experience: List your work experience in reverse chronological order – most recent first. For each position, list your employer’s name, city and state. Tab over and indicate the dates of employment to the right, and on the next line write your job title.
- Include clear and specific bullets or accomplishment state-ments of your responsibilities. Describe the skills you used, what you did, and the results. Start with the most responsible job duty and work down to the more routine part of your job. Begin each sentence with an action verb.
Other Categories to Consider
- Honors: Include honor societies or special awards for academic achievement.
- Relevant Courses: List courses by correct title (as listed in the course catalog) which pertain to the position for which you are applying. Leave out introductory courses. Utilize this section only if space permits.
- Language Skills: Include only if skill is intermediate or fluent.
- Related Experience: Highlight an internship, co-op or volunteer experience in your chosen field. The title of this section may change based upon your field. For example, if you are an accounting major, it would be entitled “Accounting Experience”. This section should be separate from your overall Work History, as it is specific to your field of study.
- Volunteer Activities/Experience: This is an important section – it can highlight transferable skills directly related to the position you are seeking.
Our top 5 cover letter tips
- Limit your cover letter to only one page. Use a laser font such as Times New Roman or Arial in size 10-12 point. This should match your résumé.
- Highlight your skills according to the employer's needs and describe the positive qualities that you possess.
- Employers look at your cover letter as an example of your writing skills. Be sure to proofread for spelling and gramatical errors.
- Only include salary requirements if it is requested.
- Carefully read how the employer would like you to apply and follow directions.
Section 1: Introduction
- Formal correspondence should start with Dear Mr. or Mrs. Lastname. If you know someone is a doctor or attorney, you may replace Mr./Mrs. with Dr. or Attorney. If you do not have access to a specific name, Dear Hiring Manager is acceptable.
- Describe why you have chosen this employer. What position are you applying for? How did you find out about the position? Why are you interested in this specific company?
Section 2: Body
- Highlight how your skills meet the employer's needs and provide examples.
- Look at the internship/job positing. What skills does the employer want?
Section 3: Closing
- Reiterate your interest in the position and company.
- Indicate that you would like to meet the employer.
- Thank the employer and list your contact information.
- Conclude the e-mail with Sincerely or Respectfully. Sign your name (if hard copy) or type your full name.
Why Use LinkedIn?
Your LinkedIn profile is your online professional presence. It serves as an online résumé, in which you have expanded space to discuss and describe more about your work and leadership experiences. Furthermore, LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool. Once your profile is established, you can use LinkedIn to “meet” people in your field, University of Hartford alumni, and stay in touch with past professional contacts.
LinkedIn also provides easy access to articles and thought-leaders in your field of interest. You can use the LinkedIn news feed to help you stay connected to current events in your field, stay up to date on what is happening at a specific company, and learn from important leaders in your area of study.
- Building a Great Student Profile
- How to Network on LinkedIn
- Finding Jobs and Internships on LinkedIn
- Communicating Effectively on LinkedIn
- Use Alumni Tools to Explore Careers
Notes on Your Online Presence
- Google yourself to find out what's out ont the web about you.
- Be aware that perspective employers may search for you through the web and social media. This might be the first impression that you make.
- Assume that everything you post is permanent.
Can’t make it in to see us? Explore these additional career resources:
- How to Write a Personal Statement for Job Searching
- Writing a Winning Personal Statement for Grad School
Handshake Resource Links
Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) helps young professionals to better understand and utilize the assets in the area. Visit their webpage to learn more!
When an employer makes you an offer, it may be appropriate to negotiate your salary. Negotiating salaries is challenging, and can be risky. As with answering the desired salary question, it is important to be knowledgeable about the market and your field before you begin negotiating. To get started, here are some helpful resources:
The Office of Career and Professional Development is committed to assisting queer students in gaining knowledge of professional development and employment opportunities and in developing the necessary skills to secure gainful employment in the chosen career field upon graduation.
Our goal is to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning students and help prepare them for a job or internship search. We also want to support them in thinking through the additional career planning challenges related to sexual orientation or gender identity.
The following collection of resources is designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by queer people in an employment or internship search and the culture of the workplace. There are no right or wrong answers or rules, only what is right for you. We encourage students to feel free to address questions or concerns as an queer applicant during an internship and/or employment search process and remain committed to advise, support and advocate for students in any way.
The following are LGBTQ resources that may be of help:
- Corporate Equality Index: HRC's Corporate Equality Index report, released each fall, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.
- LGBT Career Link: Find jobs, learn about employment at diversity-friendly companies and research careers by networking with your LGBT and allied colleagues.
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC): Business advocate for LGBT owned and friendly businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporations.
- Lamda Legal: National LGBT civil rights organization; web site includes information about workplace discrimination cases.
- Center for Gender Sanity: Advice and assistance for all aspects of gender transition in the workplace.
- Transgender Law and Policy Institute: non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society.
- National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education: Includes job listings for college and university positions.
- Best places to work for LGBTQ Equality: Check out the latest report and read about the top companies to work for.
Our Office also offers regular career events and worshops, such as queer panels, where you can learn more about our resources and opportunities.
Merit is like an online resume builder, where the University will verify internships, Dean's List, etc.