Start: Building Your Professional Foundation

Embarking on your career journey is an exciting and pivotal moment in your life. As you step onto campus, you are not only opening the doors to academic knowledge but also laying the groundwork for your future professional endeavors. Hegi Family Career Services offers a unique opportunity for growth, exploration, and self-discovery, providing a wealth of resources and support systems to help you build a solid foundation for your career.

Your resume serves as your professional introduction to potential employers, showcasing your skills, experiences, and achievements in a concise and compelling manner. Crafting an effective resume involves careful attention to detail, thoughtful selection of content, and strategic formatting to ensure that you make a strong impression and stand out from the competition.

Career Exploration and Assessment

Navigating towards an ideal career and embarking on its trajectory can prove to be a daunting endeavor. Therefore, it is advisable to gather information and explore areas of personal interest or affinity to aid in this decision-making process. Designed to help you understand where your major can take you, what industry aligns with your career goals and interest.

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Exploration Tools

O*Net Online 
Explore careers and analyze jobs effortlessly with this tool! O*NET OnLine offers in-depth insights into career trajectories, essential skills, and personal interests.

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Assessment Tools

Focus2 offers several assessments that can help you outline your career interests, professional strengths, skills, values, and your personal development needs. Focus2 generates prolific information on various occupations and industries that align with your assessments.

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Building A Brand

Mastering professional etiquette encompasses more than just dressing the part—it's about cultivating a polished demeanor and leveraging effective communication to build meaningful connections.

Mastering professional etiquette encompasses more than just dressing the part—it's about cultivating a polished demeanor and leveraging effective communication to build meaningful connections.

Key Reasons Why to Dress Professionally: 

  1. Demonstrates respect 
  2. Provides another level of confidence
  3. Leaves a great first impression

Uncertain about effectively conveying these points? View the guide below for comprehensive assistance.

Professional Dress Guide

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In addition to looking the part you must also be able to speak in a manner which provides another impression that you will leave. Your email serves as an opportunity to establish a meaningful connection and convey your intentions clearly and effectively. Whether you're seeking guidance, mentorship, or networking opportunities, the tone should be courteous and concise, showcasing your professionalism and understanding of the recipient's time constraints.

Do’s of an effective professional communication 

  • Express your admiration for their expertise and achievements
  • Build a connection with some common ground between each other 
  • Articulate your purpose for reaching out.
  • Create a tracker sheet of conversations and dates spoken 
  • Be conscious of every ones time 

Professional Communication Guide

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Resumes are used to quickly determine whether you are qualified for the position in which you are trying to attain, thus resume is often the first picture an employer or recruiter has you, your abilities, and your accomplishments. To make sure your resume is polished, professional and can successfully pass that ATS use: Clear and Distinctive Sections, brief but sufficient highlight of experiences and make sure to use consistent and clear formatting.

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General Resume

This formatted SMU template provided here can serve as a valuable tool for various job opportunities, internships, and organizational endeavors. Refer to the examples below as you embark on crafting your resume.

Ready to get started? View the standard SMU template.

Additional examples for different classifications


Industry Specific Resume

These formatted templates can be useful for more targeted industries i.e. STEM, and for professional school i.e. Medical, Dental, Law. Here are examples you can follow:

Strong Bullet Points & CVs

Below are some examples and resources to help you create strong bullet points and examples of CVs and how they differentiate from Resumes. 

Cover Letters

The purpose of a cover letter is to make a compelling case for yourself as a candidate for a particular job, and it complements what’s in your resume. It’s an opportunity to tell an employer more about you than just what they’ll see in your work history. Showcasing the detail impact and skill set you have that best matches the role in which you are applying .

  • Read the job description closely and then the matching your cover letter to better understand how to tailor it towards a job
  • As things are rapidly changing the cover letter is not standard anymore but has an impact when required to submit for any professional setting.

View a Sample Cover Letter

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