Faculty and staff resources
As a WSU academic staff or faculty member, chances are students approach you with questions related to choosing majors, resume writing, job searching, finding internships, or interviewing assistance. Maybe you have a career component in your class or teach a career course. Faculty can help students with their career development and to take advantage of Career Services early in their academic career, before starting a job search.
The following are resources ways that faculty and staff can work with Career Services. We all need to encourage workplace readiness in students and this is how:
Common student career questions include:
- General career or job search advice
- Resume, CV, and cover letter assistance
- Networking and interviewing skills
- Identifying and preparing for part-time, internship, and full-time jobs
Idea: Copy and paste Career Services information into your syllabus or add a link to Career Services to your course website.
Resources for classrooms and cohorts
Career competency development
Career readiness is key to ensuring successful entrance into the workforce. Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college-educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. For employers, career readiness plays an important role in sourcing talent, providing a means of identifying key skills and abilities across all job functions.
In 2021, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identified eight new key career competencies for career readiness. Wayne State University Career Services advises that students understand, develop, enhance and learn to articulate these competencies in order to make a successful transition into the workplace. Utilize the resources below in your classroom or with your cohorts to help them be career-ready.
Career Ready Guide Course - Based on the 8 NACE Career Competencies
Resumes and cover letters
5 tips and resources to work on a resume:
- Find a job posting BEFORE trying to write a resume. The posting tells what to talk about and include in resume content.
- One page is typically appropriate for an undergraduate resume, two pages are acceptable for graduate students.
- Formatting: Use font sizes 10, 11, or 12 for text. Margins should be .5 - 1" as long as they are all the same (top, bottom, left, right).
- Be sure the format is conservative, consistent, and easy to read – avoid using too many elements (bold, underline, italics, capitalization). Your resume should be formatted for an applicant tracking system.
- Use bullet points for descriptions and utilize action verbs to begin each bullet point. Be sure to incorporate skills, keywords, and competency phrases from the job posting, if you have those skills/competencies.
- Resume template 1 - Print version for emails and in-person networking events
- Resume template 2 - Print version for emails and in-person networking events
- Resume Template 3 - Online version to upload when applying through a website Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
- Resume Rubric (pdf)
- Resume Action Verbs
- Cover Letter Guide
- Cover Letter Rubric
Job Search Guide
Do you teach a career course on campus? Are you a Campus Career Advocate? The job search guide contains content for a 6-hour online course vetted by industry and higher ed professionals. It includes 36 short videos and 18 learning activities. Use this content to build lessons for classes or cohorts. Interested in using this content? Send an email to email@example.com for access and details.
Starting your job search
Choosing the Right Career Path
Finding and Building a Career You Love
Finding Purpose in Career
How to Find Company Review Websites
Researching a Company
Webinar Series on Remote Jobs
Resumes and your writing
How to Write a Skills-Based Resume
How to Write Work Experience Section in Resume
Keywords and Applicant Track Technology
Networking Email Tips
The Do's and Don'ts of Cover Letter Writing
Networking and professional brand
Branding Yourself on Social Media
Designing a Purposeful Personal Brand
Elevator Pitch Examples
How to Create an Elevator Pitch
Importance of Personal Brand
Networking Questions to Ask
Networking Tips for Introverts
Preparing to interview
Behavioral Interviewing Questions with Example Answers
First Impressions Are Everything
Guide on Informational Interviews
How to Dress Professionally
Researching a Company Before Your Interview
Common Phone Interview Questions
Overcoming Interview Mistakes
Questions to Ask an Employer
Interview Follow Up and Offers
15 Follow Up Email Templates
Negotiating an Offer
Second Interview Do's and Don'ts
Second Interview Questions
4 Strategies for Interview Follow Up
Career Services has a video channel with career-related advice videos to empower students to launch their careers. These fast, fun, career-related videos, 1-4 minutes in length, contain real-world advice from global experts. Work these videos into your coursework or cohort content to help students be career-ready.
Review our videos using the below and email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the videos you would like to use with your students and we will forward you a link to embed the video in your content.
Review videos below.