Find the right position
Finding the right opportunity takes time, research, quality career documents, interviewing skills, organization and dedication. Luckily, VCU Career Services has a variety of resources to help in your search for that next opportunity — and dedicated career advisors who can guide you every step of the way. Here are the steps to get started.
An intentional and successful job search plan can take months to implement from the initial research phase to application to interviews to the job offer. Get a jump-start on your planning with our job and internship search worksheet as well as all the other resources available to you through VCU Career Services.
Research career fields
Understanding how your interests, skills and experiences match with the variety of career fields out there is an important step in helping you target employers you’d like to work for and jobs you’d like to apply for.
Meet with your career advisor
Every student at VCU has a career advisor who can meet with you one-on-one to discuss your career goals and answer all your burning questions:
- When should I start my professional job search?
- Is it too early? Too late?
- How do I narrow my options?
- Where do I even begin?
You don't stop learning once you get the job
If technical skills often lead to a foot in the door at an organization, then your professional skills are what open the majority of doors in the future. Your personal work ethic, attitude, communication skills, leadership ability, emotional intelligence and other attributes often weigh just as heavily as technical skills. Learning and growing as a professional is a lifelong process, and with experience comes a richer understanding of how to blend professional skills with technical skills.
Resigning from a position
Some full-time jobs may end up not checking every box for you, and that's okay. Or a better opportunity may come along, and you will need to resign from your current position. Resigning from a job can be overwhelming. When it comes time to let your boss know you'll be quitting, it's important to do so in a respectful manner. For advice on how to make sure you leave on a good note, check out our resignation guide.