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NSU Career Development


Updated 2-10-2009

The current job market has much variation regarding the availability of entry level jobs. Some areas such as accounting have strong needs. Others such as fine arts are much more competitive. However, vacancies do exist and strong candidates will be hired. One of the best ways to strengthen your candidacy for employment is to complete one or more internships.  Employers in many fields search for qualified candidates from all majors who are well-educated, willing to learn, and can demonstrate strong communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. 

A successful job search may take as long as a year. The normal steps include writing and updating a quality resume, learning and practicing interview skills, preparing and sending appropriate documents to potential employers, and evaluating offers from those employers. For best results and least stress, start this process in the fall if you graduate in the within the coming year. 

  • Identify an area of work or a given career/occupation that interests you.  For ideas and sources of information, contact Career Development & Placement.  Start right away.

  • Attend a Job Search Strategies & Techniques workshop

  • Attend a workshop on résumé writing

  • Curriculum Vitae for fine arts and higher education positions will be covered separately from traditional and electronic résumés

  • Have your paper résumé by employment professionals (at least three sets of critical eyes).  Call 626-2371 for a brief appointment.

  • Attend a workshop in interviewing

  • Participate in a mock interview--call 626-2371 for a brief appointment.

  • Attend the state-wide Business, Industry, and Government (BIG) Job Fair, held February 17 in Sioux Falls, or another job fair.  Go to to find fair information.  Pre-register in Lincoln 206 in late January or early February.

  • Identify potential employers through hard copy, Internet, or personal contacts.  Career Development & Placement has resources and staff to assist you.  Call for appointment.

  • Compose a well-written cover letter for each employer and have each critiqued in the Writing Lab and in the Career Development & Placement Center (multiple sets of eyes see different things).  Attend the workshop for letters and reference lists

  • Submit flawless materials to potential employers.  Some fields may require a portfolio of your work.

  • Use Career Library resources in Student Center 217.  Most can be checked out.

  • If considering graduate school, plan ahead

  • Persist in your efforts and consult with Career Development & Placement.

  • Use on-line tutorials to learn the basics of your job search.


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