Career Development & Counseling Center (CDCC)

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The Career Development and Counseling Center (CDCC) at Middlesex Community College helps students and alumni in the areas of academic advising, transfer planning, career decision-making and job opportunities. Our goal is to provide you with appropriate assistance from the beginning of your academic career through graduation.

During your years at Middlesex, you may need help in several ways. If these questions are ones you find yourself asking, we may be able to help:

  • What do I really want to do?
  • Does declaring a major mean declaring a career?
  • Will Middlesex courses transfer?
  • There are so many careers, how do I choose?
  • How do I write a resume & cover letter?
  • How do I find out what’s “out there?”


Transfer Fair, November of each year.
Please call the office (860) 343-5826 for specific dates and times.

Contact Us

About: The Career Development and Counseling Center at Middlesex Community College helps students and alumni in the areas of academic advising, transfer planning, career decision-making and job opportunities.

Middletown Location:

Founders Hall, Room 121
Hours: Monday* – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm*


CDCC Staff

Ricardo Barrett

Phone: 860-343-5823
Office Location: Founders Hall 121

Emily Canto

Counselor, Interim Director of Student Development
Phone: 860-343-5824
Office Location: Founders 121
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Neal Botting

Office Assistant
Phone: 860-343-5721
Office Location: Founders Hall, Room 153

Visit the sections below for more information about:




FOCUS is an online, self-paced career and education planning tool for use by college students. FOCUS will enable you to self assess your interests, values, skills, and personality and explore careers and majors that are most compatible with your assessment results. Current MxCC students interested in using FOCUS should contact the Career Development & Counseling Center at 860-343-5826 to set up an appointment.

First Time FOCUS users
Returning FOCUS users

Links for MxCC Students

Visit our "Student Central" website for all the links, forms, and information a student needs to be successful at MxCC.


College Central Network


Upcoming Events for MxCC Students

Wed 21

Pokemon Go

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed 21
Thu 22

Self-Care Forum (Virtual)

October 22 @ 5:00 pm
Fri 23

Social Planning Committee Meeting (Virtual)

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fri 23

Student Senate Meeting (Virtual)

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Career & Major Exploration

Wondering what Career and Major is right for you?

As you explore your options for your program of study and major - and for your career, here are a few useful questions and tools that may help. As you read the brief sections below, you may also want to visit these helpful Web sites:

  • Connect Majors with Careers here!  Gives a comprehensive look at a large number of academic major areas and where they can get you in the workforce.
  • Collaboration between US department of labor and US department of Education designed to provide information on high growth, high demand occupations with skills and education needed to attain these jobs.

Career Panels

Learn about potential careers from professors at Middlesex Community College!

Math &
Science Panel

Careers and programs covered include:

Physical & Earth Sciences- beginning of video, Math (teaching)- 5:00, Earth and Environmental Science- 12:40, Math- 20:58, Careers that use Math- 26:00, Biology- 30:10, Chemistry- 36:05

Allied Health, Engineering, and Technology Panel

Careers and programs covered in this video include:

Biology and Biotechnology- beginning of video, Veterinary Technology- 5:14, Health Information Management & Information Systems- 10:30, Ophthalmic Design & Dispensing- 18:35, Computer Engineering Technology and Engineering Science- 28:10, Physical Therapy- 33:30, Engineering Technology, Machining- 40:00

Communications, Media, and Fine Arts Panel

Careers and programs covered include:

Communications, Broadcast Cinema, Film, Television, Media, Philosophy- beginning of video, Multimedia, Digital Arts- 5:50, Center for New Media, Broadcast-  14:29, English- 29:30, Fine and Commercial Arts- 36:23


Transfer Planning

Self-Assessment, Assessment Tools and Job Search Help

  • What are my skills?
  • In what type of environment do I want to work?
  • What major should I choose?
  • Where are there strong programs to transfer?

These are some of the questions you may have as you begin to make career decisions. Gathering information on "who you are and in which direction you wish to head" are the starting points for self-assessment. The Career Development and Counseling Center services may help you as you start to answer these questions.

There are many ways to develop accurate and useful information about yourself so that you may determine the direction(s) you wish to pursue. The following steps have been found to be effective:

There is no secret formula, no short cuts in assessing yourself. It takes time to go through this process, a process you may do a number of times in your life. However, you are not completely on your own. By meeting regularly with a career counselor, you may gain a clearer understanding of your assets and how they may best be utilized in the work world.

The Career Development & Counseling Center is committed to helping you make a smooth transition to your next institution. Whether you are transferring to a four-year college or university, or to another two-year institution, we can help make your transfer process a success. We also understand that selecting your transfer college and major can be confusing. We encourage you to make an appointment with a counselor in the Career Development & Counseling Center or with your academic advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Transfer Planning 101

Plan Ahead

To be successful in transfer, it is best to plan ahead. Please read the following information, use the links below and to the right, and consult with your advisor or counselor frequently. Always mention your goal of transferring.

  • Transfer Guidelines - This link provides you with step-by-step instructions for meeting application and financial aid requirements for transfer colleges.
  • College Transfer Checklist - Use this transfer checklist to keep track of your transfer and application process.

How College Credits Work

At most colleges, students are required to earn credit in three areas: 1. General Education Requirements – liberal arts courses in the areas of English, math, fine arts, science, philosophy, history and social science; 2. Major Field of Study Requirements – Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, etc.; and 3. Electives – a limited number of self- selected courses.

Will My Courses Transfer?

The college that you transfer to determines which courses they accept. Grades of “C” or  "C-", depending on the college (Connecticut State Universities, except UConn will accept a C-) or better are usually required to transfer. Many four-year colleges advise transfer students to focus on completing courses for their general education requirements. However, some colleges will allow you to transfer a number of courses into a major. Every college has its own set of general education and major requirements. Remember to keep all your course syllabi to facilitate course transfer.

Use these links to learn more about transfer:

I Know My College & Major

If you know your transfer college and major, look online at the college catalog and go over requirements with your academic advisor or a counselor in the CDCC. Middlesex has specific agreements with a number of area colleges that ensure successful transfer.  Use the links the the right and/or contact our office for details. In addition to our help, most transfer colleges will be happy to assist you with transfer advice.

I Don’t Know My College & Major Yet

If you are like many students at Middlesex, and have not decided on a major and/or transfer college, contact the CDCC for assistance. We are available to assist you with career/major decision making as well as selecting a transfer institution. While you are making a decision, consider taking courses such as: English Composition, History, Political Science, Intro to Psychology or Sociology, Philosophy, Oral Communications, Sciences, Economics, Music Appreciation, Art History, Geography, Anthropology, math courses above Math 137, and foreign languages, especially if you did not complete the third year of a foreign language in high school.

Attend Transfer Activities

Go to our annual fall Transfer Fair and speak with college representatives from New England schools. Read our weekly emails and take advantage of college recruiters who visit Middlesex. Visit colleges you are considering by attending open houses, transfer days, or making an individual appointment with their admissions staff.

Application Deadlines

Unlike community colleges, most four-year colleges have strict application deadlines. It is very important that you identify and meet these deadlines to ensure successful transfer. Typically, the following timeline should be followed; however, your college deadline may be sooner:

  • Fall admissions: to start at your transfer college in September, apply in January or February.
  • Spring admissions: to start at your transfer college in January, apply June – September.  Most, but not all, colleges have spring admissions dates.

Financial Aid Applications & Deadlines

Don’t assume that because you were not eligible for financial aid at Middlesex that you won’t qualify for aid at the transfer institution. Financial aid deadlines are not the same as application deadlines and many are actually due before the application. (Most documents for financial aid need to be in by March 1st for fall admissions.) Start with the transfer institution’s financial aid office, but don’t stop there. Use scholarship resources on the web and in the CDCC to look for additional funding.

Look Who’s on Campus (Virtually)

American International College

Virtual Information Sessions through Zoom
Students can sign up for a session based on their major:
Business, Arts, and Sciences Tuesdays @ 11am
Meeting ID# 694 490 598
Register Here

Health Sciences
Tuesdays @ 12pm
Meeting ID# 946 615 048
Register Here

Evenings & AIC Online
Wednesdays @ 6pm
Meeting ID# 980 8904 2899
Register Here

Thursdays @ 6pm
Meeting ID# 984 5366 1611
Register Here

Transfer Counselor Office Hours
In lieu of any on campus appointments we will also be offering virtual office hours for students that have any questions regarding their admission process.

Amanda Duncan’s Office Hours:
Amanda works with students that are interested in Business, Arts, and Sciences. She also works with students that are interested in our part-time, evening, and AIC Online programs.
Wednesdays at 9am – 11am
Meeting ID# 991 3850 7322
Phone number: 413-205-3542

Dylan Riccardi’s Office Hours:
I work with all students that are interested in Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Science, Public Health, and RN to BSN (online).
Fridays at 1pm – 3pm
Meeting ID: 918 0791 0336
Phone number: 413-205-3446

Bryant University

How to Transfer
Students are able to apply for transfer by submitting the transfer common application, official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, official high school transcript, and either SAT/ACT scores or test optional answers with less than 30 credits. A transfer interview is also recommended but not required. Students will receive scholarship information and a credit evaluation with any offer of admission.

Spring: December 17
Fall: May 1

Cost of Attendance
Tuition: $45, 966
Room and board: $15,893
Student Activity Fee: $897

Book an appointment/Get in contact with someone
Schedule a meeting with me!
Admission Events and Campus Visits

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern requires transfer applicants to have a 2.5 GPA (2.0 considered). In order to apply we require college transcripts, proof of high school graduation, Eastern’s application and $50 application fee or waiver.
Eastern is rolling admissions so there is no deadlines however we always advise applying sooner to ensure financial aid is in place prior to the semester start and class sections that fit the students schedule are available earlier.

Cost of attendance for the Fall 2021 semester can be found under the Financial Aid section of Eastern’s website broken down for different scenarios however a full time student attending for the fall semester can expect cost to be about $26k before scholarships and grant money is applied.

Click VISIT on the home page of Eastern’s website to schedule an in person or virtual tour.

Fairfield University

All of our transfer information can be found at This is the best resource for students. It is there that they will learn what is required for transfer applicants, and also deadlines.

Our priority application deadline is November 15th for the spring semester.
Information about tuition and fees Tuition for a year is $50,550 and room and board is $15,610 for a full year depending on a student’s living arrangements. Room and board can be up to $2,500 less if they are coming in with junior status and living in apartments or townhouses.

To set up an appointment, we would recommend that students email directly.  This can help us to understand a student’s questions in advance, and also to set up an appointment that is at a mutually agreeable time. We are happy to coordinate these on an individual basis. At this point, all of our one-on-one conversations are taking place as a virtual format. Students can go to if they want to do a tour of campus during the week, or an information session and tour on the weekends. Of course all of that is subject to change, but that website will provide the most up to date information.

Johnson & Wales University

Apply for free either at or through the common application. Liberal Transfer policy. Merit Scholarships up to $14,000. Admissions is rolling.

Before scholarships/grants : Tuition for 2020-$34,376. Transfer Scholarships start with a 2.5 GPA.

Learn more
One-on-One appointments available. Email Justin Mercier at or call 401-477-0055

Plymouth State College

Transferring to Plymouth State is easy! We offer a personalized transfer experience with dedicated transfer admissions counselors. At Plymouth State, you can transfer up to 90 credits, with credit evaluations, advising, and personalized degree planning offered even before you apply!

Plymouth State offers the
Panther Application, a free and easy online application to transfer. Takes about 10 minutes to complete and includes essay requirement. Also required: *Official copy of high school transcript or GED/HiSET scores
*Official copies of all college transcripts, including grades from most recent semester completed.*
No test scores necessary! (with exception of Nursing applicants)

Rolling admissions means you will receive your admission decision within a few weeks of completing your application!

Deadlines to apply:
December 1 for Spring 2021 semester
May 1 for Fall 2021 semester

Cost of Attendance:
Total Estimated Annual Direct Billed Costs
In State Resident:$25,352
Out-Of-State Resident: $35,462

Generous Merit scholarships available for Transfer Students- see amounts here!

Connect with a PSU Transfer Advisor

Transfer students are invited to connect with Plymouth State by attending a virtual Transfer Student Information Session! Students will engage directly with a Transfer Admissions Counselor and will learn about transfer admissions requirements, credit evaluation, course selection, housing, and more!

These sessions are offered on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and Fridays at 11:00 am throughout the semester. Click here to register, or book a personalized appointment with your transfer counselor.

Providence College

How to transfer (small blurb): We encourage transfer applicants to achieve a 3.0 G.P.A. (4.0 scale) or better in substantive liberal arts courses at your current college. You must submit official transcripts of all work undertaken at the college level. Providence College does not enroll under any status a student who is not in good academic and disciplinary standing at a previous institution. Students who applied to Providence College as freshmen, but were not granted admission, are required to complete one full year of college course work in a full-time status before reapplying as a transfer student. Students who have earned a GED are also required to complete an Associate’s Degree before applying as a transfer student to Providence College.

We use the Common Application and forms for transfer students.  Generally we are looking for a 3.0 GPA in one full year of full-time study.

Dates/deadlines:  Spring entry – December 1; Fall entry – April 1

Cost of attendance:  2020 – 2021
Tuition - $53,444
Residence Halls - $8,190
Unlimited Meal Plan - $6,105

Learn More
Students can email Sandy Miller, Transfer Counselor, at

Roger Williams University

Visit (in person!) and Virtual Open House.

General Info sessions
October 1: 2-3 p.m.
October 8: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
October 12: 10-11 a.m.
October 15: 10-11 a.m.
November 12: 3-4 p.m.
December 7: 2-3 p.m.

Roger Williams University Transfer Event Landing page (Transfer Information Sessions and One-on-one meeting with the transfer counselor).

Salve Regina University

How to Transfer
Salve Regina University supports students throughout the process to make transferring as simple as possible. Each student is individually reviewed and advised. Transfer applications are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are issued within two weeks of all materials being received. We offer generous merit scholarships, issued as part of the acceptance packet, awards for PTK participants and additional need-based financial aid for students who submit a FAFSA.

Learn More
More information about both full and part-time cost of attendance can be found at

Simmons College

How to transfer
Interested in transferring to Simmons? We encourage you to attend a transfer/adult student information session to learn more about our academic programs and to set up a meeting with your admission counselor to see if Simmons is the right fit for you! You can apply to Simmons for free using the Common App or our online application. Along with our application, you will need to submit a personal statement, one letter of recommendation, official college transcripts, and your high school transcript if you are not earning an Associate's Degree. Please note: Simmons will be test optional for all students applying to Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021.

If you are a prospective nursing student, please submit materials by our priority nursing deadline on December 15, 2020. Space in our nursing cohort is limited.

  • Spring 2021 deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Fall 2021 priority nursing deadline: December 15, 2020
  • Summer/Fall 2021 deadline: April 1, 2021

Cost of attendance: 
  • Non-nursing transfers: $40,850/year
  • Nursing transfers: $44,760/year
  • Non-nursing adult students (24+ years old): $1,277/credit
  • Nursing adult students (24+ years old): $1,400/credit

More Info:
Last names A-F and international students: Connect with Mia Zilahy
Book appointments:

Last names G-N
Denisse Huezo-Rosales
Book appointments:

Last names O-Z
Kristen Wolf
Book appointments:

Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University has developed variety of visitation experiences including virtual, on ground information sessions and tours Monday – Friday and Saturdays throughout the semester.  Students are encouraged to pre-register for any event at:

In partnership with MxCC, Southern is proud to announce Virtual Visits on September 22, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and November 12, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., please contact Ricky Barrett at MxCC for additional information.

SCSU will be hosting on September 26, 2020, the first of two on-campus Undergraduate Preview Days. You will hear from an admissions representative about the application process, chat with a financial aid representative and embark on a student-led walking tour around campus. Space is limited, register for our 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. time slots.

Save the Date: SCSU Undergraduate Preview Day October 24, 2020

Join us from the safety and comfort of your own home. Hear from current students and faculty on what it's like to be an Owl! In conjunction with the on-campus event; SCSU will also host a Virtual Open House for prospective undergraduate students and their families on September 26, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please click here for additional information and to register:

Upcoming College/School Specific Open Houses:
College of Health and Human Services Tuesday October 20th, College of Arts and Sciences Thursday October 22nd, College of Education Tuesday, October 27th, School of Business Thursday, October 29th. All Open Houses will start at 6:00 p.m. and concluded at 8:00 p.m.

Whether you're searching for more information about your academic program, the cost of attendance, or on campus living options, you have a Transfer Liaison in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please contact us to schedule a one-on-one telephone and/or video conference meeting and let's get the conversation started. Appointments can also be scheduled directly at

University of Connecticut (UConn)

Greetings! We welcome your interest in the University of Connecticut. UConn offers over 115 different majors to choose from:Majors and Minors
You will apply online using the UConn Application.
Application details and instructions
Transfer Requirements
A Transfer Credit Report is provided at the time of admission. You can also use our helpful Course Equivalency Tool to see how your courses will transfer.

Students who have earned less than 30 college credits may be eligible to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP). GAP is for students who will complete a Liberal Arts Associate degree at a Connecticut community college and then enroll at UConn for a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources; or Business.

Spring 2021 application deadline: October 1st, but we will continue accepting applications on a space-available basis. Some programs do not accept applications for spring – check our website: Transfer Deadlines

Fall 2021 transfer application deadline: April 1st (Storrs), May 1st (regional campuses). Some programs have earlier deadlines – be sure to check our website: Transfer Deadlines

Cost of Attendance
Estimated in-state tuition and fees for 2020-2021 academic year: $17,834

Connecticut Commitment: Tuition covered for up to two years (four terms) of full-time undergraduate study for entering transfer students with household incomes of $50,000 or less.

Learn More
Schedule a one-on-one video chat with a Transfer Admissions Officer

We offer a variety of
virtual experiences, including virtual information sessions, a virtual tour, on-demand presentations about the various academic programs at UConn, and, coming soon, chats with current UConn students.

University of Maine

Virtual Transfer Information Session
Join the UMaine Transfer Admission Team to learn more about The University of Maine, Orono! The session will cover information on academics, life at UMaine, the application process, transfer credits, etc. Feel free to submit your questions with your registration, but live questions will also be welcomed throughout the session.

Register Here >
One-on-One Transfer Phone Appointments 
We offer one-on-one transfer telephone appointments with a UMaine Transfer Counselor. Register Here >

UMass Lowell

To transfer, you will need to submit an application, and have official transcripts sent directly to us from all of the colleges/institutions you have attended. More information on the transfer process and a link to the application can be found here. Transfer admission is on a rolling basis, so as soon as we have received all required documents, your application will be reviewed and you should have a response within 2 weeks.
If you are accepted, your file will be sent to have your transfer credits entered. You will then receive an email with a complete transfer credit summary, and later an email asking you to sign up for Transfer Registration.

Admission is rolling, but the preferred deadline is January 7 for Spring semester and August 15 for Fall semester. We will consider applications after these dates. International students must apply by December 12 for Spring semester and August 2 for Fall semester.

Cost of attendance for New England Regional program, full-time for 2020-2021 academic year (subject to change)
Tuition and fees: $27,238
Room (residence hall rate F) and Meal Plan: $15,540

Learn more and/or contact a transfer counselor:
Complete this form or email us at

Virtual Transfer Fair
October 7, 11:00 am-2:00 pm.

University of Rhode Island

How to transfer
-Students must complete the Transfer Common Application, Submit Official HS Transcripts, and Official College Transcripts from all colleges attended. (You do not have to submit HS transcripts if you will have an Associates degree before enrolling)

Spring 2021-December 15
Fall 2021-June 1
Cost of Attendance
Approximate total cost of attendance: $45,580

Learn More
Victor Silva, Transfer Counselor
Meetings by Appointment
Admission/Transfer Events
We will be hosting a variety of virtual events this Fall. Please use the link above to stay up to date with topics you may be interested in and always feel free to reach out for any questions you may have!

University of St. Joseph

  1. To transfer, complete the transfer application for admission and submit official transcripts from your high school and all post-secondary institutions. Upon admission, USJ will send you an official credit evaluation to show what will transfer. (If you would like an unofficial credit evaluation prior to applying, please contact Jonathan Barden at

  2. USJ utilizes rolling admission so we will continue to admit and enroll students up to the beginning of each semester. We have no formal application deadline.

  3. Tuition/fees for the 2020-21 academic year is $41,836. If you intend to be a residential student, room/board charges are estimated at $12,242/year. Merit and need-based financial aid is available for transfer students who qualify.

  4. If you would like more information, please contact Jonathan Barden at or sign up for a Virtual Meet-Up with Admissions for Transfer Students.

Western Connecticut State University

To apply, fill out the online undergraduate application and pay the $50.00 application fee. Once submitted in order to complete your application please send your official transcript(s) from every college/university you have attempted credit from in order to complete the application for a decision. We will let you know if we need your secondary school record as well. Transcripts and other materials can be send via email to 

We are on rolling admissions therefore no deadlines.Tuition information

Nicole Kullberg -
Transfer Counselor for School of Professional Studies and Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences (including Nursing, Education, Social Work, Computer Science, Psychology, Biology and Exploratory Studies).

Annmarie Savarese -
Transfer Counselor for Ancell School of Business (including Justice and Law Administration) and the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Placement Testing Coordinator for all incoming students.

Western New England University

How to Transfer
Students looking to transfer to Western New England University must provide an application, an official final high school transcript, official college transcript(s), and an essay.  We do accept the Common Application, but students may also use the WNE application.  Students at Middlesex Community College who has earned or will earn their Associates Degree and have a cumulative GPA of a 2.50 or higher will automatically be awarded our Transfer Distinction Award in the amount of $18,000 per year. An additional $2,000 per year will be awarded if you are a Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Society Member.

  1. Dates/deadlines: Rolling Admissions for transfer students.

  2. Cost of attendance: $39,216 for the College of Arts and Sciences/College of Business: $40,868 for the College of Engineering if you are commuting.  Students looking to be residents of the campus: $53,462 for the College of Arts and Sciences/College of Business.  College of Engineering will be $55,114

  3. Link to book an appointment/get in contact with someone for more information: students may contact me for the time being at or 413-782-1321.  Student may also register for a visit or one of our Transfer Days at

Worcester State University

The Worcester State University Admissions Transfer Center will host a variety of virtual transfer advising opportunities throughout the Fall 2020 semester. In addition, the Undergraduate Admissions Office will host on-campus and virtual tours as well as two Open Houses (additional details will be forthcoming). Our priority transfer application deadline for Spring 2021 is November 15, 2020, and our priority transfer application deadline for Fall 2021 is May 1, 2021. MassTransfer applicants can now apply online via the MassTransfer website; also, MassTransfer applicants should follow the transfer admission deadlines set by Worcester State University, including any deadline extensions that occur.
Access general transfer information & links to virtual transfer advising opportunities scheduled for Fall 2020 >
Register for campus tours and Open Houses >

Job Search Help

Resources to Help You in Your Job Search

The Career Development and Counseling Center at Middlesex Community College provides direct referrals to select job opportunities and informational resources to assist students and alumni in their job searches.

Job Search Preparation

Whether you are searching for a career-oriented position or a job to assist you in financing your education, there are several basic components of a job search. Generally you will need to prepare a resume, write a cover letter, and attend an interview(s) in order to secure a position.

The Job Search

The more diverse and creative your job search methods are, the more opportunities you will uncover, and, the greater the chance is that you will find, and land, the job of your dreams.

The Resume

The resume is the most common way to let perspective employers know how your background and qualifications might meet their needs. It is your opportunity to provide relevant information on your past experiences, your education, and your skills that pertain to that particular work setting. Please stop by the Career Development and Counseling Center to obtain materials that will aid you in writing and designing a resume. After you have drafted this document, schedule an appointment with a counselor to have your resume critiqued.

Helpful Links

The Cover Letter

This document accompanies the resume when you contact an employer for a position. It enables you to explain to an employer why you would be an asset to his/her organization. Here is where you may highlight your background and experiences as they pertain to the specific position for which you are applying. Again, there are materials in the center to assist you in drafting a cover letter. Please take the time to meet with a counselor to review your letters.

The Job Interview

In order to secure a position, you will have to meet with the employer. Interviews may be arranged in many different ways. Sometimes the employer will first have a telephone screen interview with a large number of candidates. Other employers may directly bring you in for an interview that may last anywhere from one hour to almost an entire day. It is critical that you prepare in advance for interviews. This process includes reviewing your resume to ensure you can draw upon examples from it, reading information about the company, and preparing a list of questions for the employer concerning the position and/or the company. It may be helpful for you to stop by the Career Development and Counseling Center and pick up the information handouts on the interview process. You may also choose to schedule an appointment with a counselor to either discuss interviewing for positions or perform a "mock" practice interview.

(See "Informational Interviews" under "Job Search Help" above for more information.)

You can also visit the Career Development and Counseling Center library, where there are a number of resources that may assist you in identifying employers within your field. These books contain overview information on the employer to whom you may directly contact.

Helpful Links


The following are very useful links and resources.