Create a plan of action.
Once you've thought about where you are now and where you want to be in the future, a good action plan can steer you in the right direction. An action plan lays out the steps that you can take to achieve your big picture goal in the future. Use this form to get started. It will help you create a plan that is detailed and can serve as a checklist as you accomplish each item.
For more information, view the online "Creating a Career Plan" course below. This course is offered through USF's subscription to Lynda.com. Click the title to launch the course. Click here for first-time access instructions.
Creating a Career Plan by Lynda.com Course Overview: "Today everyone is a freelancer, and we have to continually hustle for the next gig, project, or client. The employment landscape can be volatile and scary. But with a solid career plan, you will be prepared and adept at finding work for the rest of your life. An effective career plan includes knowing how to determine, articulate, and sell your personal brand. In this course, Dr. Chaz Austin will guide you through the key steps of career planning, from identifying your dream job and your monetizeable passion to branding and networking, so you can be sure to land that next opportunity."
Preparing for Advancement/Transition
Every workday is an opportunity to build your professional reputation. The way that you professionally interact with co-workers, supervisors, students and community members is viewed by many people and one of them may be a potential employer. Use each day at work as an opportunity to develop a positive professional profile. HR Learning and Talent Development offers additional classes to help you enhance your skills. See the complete list here. Also consider everyday learning opportunities that might add to your experience, such as job shadowing.
Educational Growth Opportunities
One of the many great things about working at a public university is the opportunity for educational growth. At USF, there are many options. You can explore graduate certificates through Innovative Education. Additionally, Continuing Education offers a number of noncredit courses, certificates, and certification preparation programs for students seeking to advance their careers, meet a profession's continuing education requirements, or explore new interests. Keep in mind that USF provides a generous Employee Tuition Program that allows full time USF employees to waive the tuition costs of up to 6 credit hours per semester.
Once you've added the skills and competencies towards your goals, update your resume.
Writing a Resume by Lynda.com Course Overview: "Finding a great job starts with writing a great resume, one that speaks to your personal and professional strengths. Learn how to write a resume that stands out and makes employers take notice. Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit. Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience."
Upon getting an interview, brush up on interview skills. Practicing questions and answers can help relieve some of that pre-interview anxiety.
Acing Your Interview by Lynda.com Course Overview: "Ace your interview and land the job you want. Join author Valerie Sutton as she explores the different types of interview questions and styles you might expect, and how to prepare for them by researching the company and practicing your answers. Uncover the best ways to create a good first impression and navigate the interview, as well as handle the tricky questions and identify the unlawful ones. Plus, learn how to assess your own performance, thank the company for their time, and follow up on a decision."
Further Career Resources at USF:
USF Career Services provides assistance for USF students and alumni (Fees may apply for alumni for some services).
Find the job that might be right for you at Careers@USF