Career Resources

Job Search Strategies

Build a Resume

Create a Great Resume:
Employers often spend only 30 seconds scanning a resume, so it must work hard to quickly communicate your skills and value. Think of it as a marketing tool that shows that your product (you) meets the needs of your potential customer (the employer).

Writing a resume may seem difficult at first, but we're here to help. You can find comfort in the fact there is no "right" or "only" way to write or format a resume. What matters the most is the content. A standout resume can put you ahead of your competition, especially if it is preceded by a stellar cover letter.  If you feel you need additional help, schedule an appointment.

Get Started:
As you begin writing your resume, do the following:

  1. Format your resume in a way that is professional and easy to read. Review the Resume Worksheet (pdf) to learn formatting suggestions with sample resumes and examples.
  2. Incorporate some of the Top Ten Skills employers look for when reviewing resumes. Be specific about how you have demonstrated these skills.
  3. Include strong action verbs to describe your experiences.
  4. It’s important to know how to communicate the skills employers are looking for and what sets you apart from other candidates. Start thinking about the experiences you’ve had in your student clubs and involvement, classes, volunteering, and employment to build your resume.
  5. Make your resume career field specific — Find your career field on ONET to determine additional relevant skills.

Schedule a Resume Appointment to Get Your Resume Reviewed:
Now that you have a resume and/or cover letter ready, come by the career center and get it reviewed by one of our staff by scheduling an appointment by phone or in person.

We request that you bring a hard printed copy of your resume and/or cover letter with you for your appointment. See the appointment information below.

Appointments:
Students can call 360-596-5567 to schedule an individual appointment with a staff member for questions or assistance with scheduling an appointment for Monday through Friday.

Cancellation and No-Show Policy for Scheduled Appointments:
If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please notify our office 24 hours in advance. This allows our staff to offer your appointment time to another student, who is in need of our services.

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Write Your Cover Letter:
A cover letter, while not always required, can make a difference—especially when applying for jobs online. A great cover letter should establish your intentions, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the company. The cover letter is your opportunity to address why you are applying to a specific opportunity and why you would be a good fit at that company. The cover letter can also serve as an example of your writing skills.

  • Review the Cover Letter Guide to learn how to create your cover letter and view an example.

Resume Samples:
Review the Resume Worksheet (pdf) to learn formatting suggestions with sample resumes & examples.

Develop a Professional Reference Page:
You will need a list of three or four references to take with you to interviews. Use the same header as your resume.

List 3 references that can speak about your qualifications:

  • Name
  • Job Title
  • Company/Institution
  • Department
  • E-mail
  • Phone
Interviewing Tips

Schedule a Mock Interview Appointment:
While the resume gets you the interview, it's the interview that gets you the job!  It's so important to be prepared, including by researching the company and the individual(s) you're meeting with, anticipating and practicing questions, and preparing questions to ask during your interview. 

You’ll receive feedback on your interviewing preparation, answers to common and industry specific questions, and next steps to ensure your interviewing success.

We request that you bring a hard printed copy of your resume and/or cover letter with you for your appointment or drop-in session. See the appointment information below.

Appointments:
Students can call 360-596-5567 to schedule an individual appointment with a staff member for questions or assistance with scheduling an appointment for Monday through Friday.

Cancellation and No-Show Policy for Scheduled Appointments:
If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please notify our office 24 hours in advance. This allows our staff to offer your appointment time to another student, who is in need of our services.

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Job Search Websites

Search for openings using online job search portals. Online job search portals are a great way to find local and national open positions. Search these popular job search websites to get started:

Volunteer Opportunities

Job & Internship Search Strategies

Did you know it takes the average job seeker up to 6 months to find a position?

The WSECU Center for Career Services has several resources that can help you prepare early for a successful job and internship search.

Reviewing search preparation steps, identifying employment opportunities, and finding non-paid experiences that connect with your goals are all resources available to you.

Are you a student seeking on-campus employment? Don’t worry; we can help you too!

Prepare for Your Job Search:

  • 80% of jobs are not advertised, that professional connection matters.
  • Create a professional presence on LinkedIn. (Download the college student LinkedIn Profile Checklist)
  • Apply to jobs in Clippers4Hire
  • Check websites of professional and industry associations and societies for job postings.
  • Attend Career Fairs. The WSECU Center for Career Services annual Career Day, Internship Fair, Veteran’s Fair, etc.

Internship Program:
SPSCC provides employers with highly motivated students wanting to gain hands-on work experience in their major or area of interest.  We are thankful to employers wanting to offer work experience opportunities to our students. It shows a commitment to our community by supporting educational and career goals.

Schedule an appointment with your Internship and Co-Op Coordinator:

Sally Murrow, Program Coordinator
Cooperative Work Experience/Internship Program
WSECU Center for Career Services
360-596-5567
smurrow@spscc.edu
Building 22, Suite 250

Diversity Resources

Athletes

Online Resources & Articles:

Transferable Skills:
Athletes who play a collegiate sport develop many transferable skills that crossover very well into the world of work. It is important to learn how to market these skills in a resume and cover letter, or in an interview. Here are just a few of the qualities that athletes possess that employers desire:

  • Performing under pressure
  • Time management
  • Making quick decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Playing your role
  • Goal-oriented
  • Competitiveness
  • Discipline
  • Coachable
  • Flexibility
  • Work ethic
First Generation

Online Resources & Articles:

Campus Resources:

International Students

Online Resources & Articles:

Job Search Resources:

Campus Resources:

Interactive Job Search Training Modules

LGBTQ+

Career Publications:

  • Seattle Gay News
  • DiversityInc - spotlights diversity related news employers, workplace issues, and professional development opportunities.
  • Human Rights Campaign - Learn how corporate America is working toward adopting inclusive policies and practices.

Job Search Resources:

National Organizations:

Students of Color

Job Search Websites:

Students with Disabilities

Job Search Websites:

  • abilityJOBS - A leading website dedicated to employment of people with disabilities; offers job postings as well as a resume bank for candidates.
  • AbilityLinks - A job opportunity website for persons with disabilities and inclusive employers.
  • CareerConnect - An employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Careers and the DisABLED Magazine  - This site contains job postings, a list of companies who are actively recruiting, and a resume database.
  • Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities - A unique and dynamic national professional association comprised of more than 600 colleges/universities and over 500 major national employers.
  • Disabled Person - A job board that contains thousands of active job postings from all over the U.S. 
  • Federal Jobs for People with Disabilities - This website provides helpful information and resources for those targeting disability employment with Federal agencies.
  • Getting Hired - A job search tool featuring employers committed to hiring individuals and veterans with disabilities.
  • HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium) Jobs - Lists jobs at colleges and universities across the country (alliance to increase hiring of people with disabilities).
  • Hire Disability Solutions  - A job search website for people with disabilities.
  • The Lime Network - Job search information, resources, and opportunities for students/alumni with disabilities.
  • USAJobs - Federal job opportunities and unique hiring paths for individuals with disabilities
  • The Viscardi Center - Programs and services that educate, employ and empower individuals with disabilities.
  • Workforce Recruitment Program - Connecting federal and private sector employers with highly motivated individuals with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace.
  • Workplace Diversity - Job search and news for all aspects of diversity.
Veterans

Job Search Websites:

Best Practices for the Veteran Job Search:

Women

Job Search Websites:

  • Advancing Women - Provides resources and job boards for women.
  • Career and Job Resources for Women and Minorities - This site, an amazing resource for women job hunters, has links and information to a great number of organizations relevant to female job seekers.
  • Feminist Jobs - Jobs that progress the status of women or encompass their passion for social justice.
  • TheMuse.com - Job opportunities, advice, and information about career paths.
  • Women for Hire - Includes a job board and articles about women’s professional issues.

Additional Informational Resources: