Career Center at NPU has many resources to help you manage your career during your studies and after your graduation. Our staff is eager to help you succeed. We have experience in high tech, and other industries plus non-profits.
We offer help in the following areas and more:
- Career Planning
- Resume Guide
- Interviewing skills
- Job Search
- Career Readiness
- Job Fairs
- Latest jobs information
- Job Skills Workshop
- Request a Workshop
- Many articles related to career from different sources
- CPT - Curricular Practical Training (internships)
Resumes are representing your skills relevant to the job you are seeking. Remember “Resume’s” job is to get you to the interview. After that, you are in front of an interviewer and should represent yourself and your talents. NPU Career Center will help you get started. Please make an appointment to fulfill your needs.
Here are some links to review and understand the structure and content of a resume.
Use Action Verbs to explain what you accomplished. For example, managed is an action verb instead of lets say, “helped”. Check out these “Action Verbs” list:https://careers.umbc.edu/students/documents/resumes/action-verbs/
Thousands of cover letters are sent out with job applications every year. They are necessary because they show the side of you that cannot be on your resume. Most importantly, why you are the best candidate for the job? You may even design it in a way that shows their requirements and your qualifications one by one. Here are some samples for you. Please send a cover letter even if they say no cover letter is necessary.
Job Search Process
NPU Career Services is also a resource for students to make informed decisions regarding their futures, by providing comprehensive resources, job skills, programs, and access to internships and employment. The department meets with students individually to understand their career goals and to introduce them to career planning. Subsequently, the department guides them through their job searches and advises them on networking themselves in order to find their ideal jobs.
We’ve put together a list of helpful tips for building a network and networking more efficiently, as well as some examples of networking opportunities.
Building a network: When you first begin, it’s a good idea to look at your existing network — chances are that you are more connected than you think!
- 30-Second Pitch
- Quality over Quantity
- Be an active listener
- Take notes
Maintaining your network:Now that you have started to develop your network, it is imperative that you maintain it. A big mistake that people make is, after they get a new job, they neglect their network. Even if you do not immediately need the support of your network, you never know when it will come in handy, so keeping in touch is important.
Here are some easy steps to keep your professional relationships strong:
- Social networking is the key: If you aren’t active on LinkedIn, it’s time to change that. Try to share articles that are relevant to your industry 1-2 times a week. If you find an article that is relevant to a specific connection, send it to them directly with a brief personal message. This small effort will go a long way. Additionally, try and post a career update every so often to keep your network updated on your professional progress.
- Make connections for others: As previously mentioned, networking is a two-way street. If you meet someone who would benefit from the assistance of one of your connections, put them in touch. Even if it doesn’t pan out, it will show both parties that you care.
- Inner circle: Identify the 10-15 most important contacts in your professional network, and make sure to have 2-3 meaningful interactions with them a year. Send an email or give them a call to check in and see how they are doing, both professionally and personally. While social media is a great way to stay in touch and up to date with your extended network, your inner circle should get a bit more individual attention.
Source: The American Career Guide, https://content.theamericancareerguide.com/
How to Answer the 'Why Do You Want to Work for Us?' Interview Question
One of the more common interview questions these days, especially for entry-level positions, is some form of "Why do you want to work for us?" Other forms of this question include "What attracts you to our firm?" and "What about our firm excites you?" Whatever the exact phrasing you receive, there are a few things you want to get across as clearly and concisely as possible when answering.
One of the things this question aims to do is gauge how well you prepare yourself for meetings and work situations. Will you do the prep work? Will you take the time to be extremely knowledgeable before showing up? Note that it's not too difficult and doesn't take too much to do some basic research about a company. All the information you need is a Google search away. So make sure to look at the company's website, look at their products and/or services, read about their leaders and team, make sure you understand their place in the market and their strategy. Also read their press releases and about any awards and honors they've received. And then do some reading outside their site. Check out their Wiki page, read some news articles about them. And while you do your research, take notes of the things that genuinely excite and impress you. Then, when you're done researching (maybe an hour at most is fine), take a look at your notes and choose three things to mention in your interview. Ideally, you'll practice, either aloud or just in your mind, how you might get these three things across clearly and concisely in your interview.
While you answer this question, keep in mind that interviewers are gauging your excitement level of working for them. They want candidates who are extremely enthusiastic, since that enthusiasm for the company and their work will more often than not turn into good work being done if you're hired. If you're not enthusiastic, or don't show that you are, then interviewers will view you as someone who might be a deadbeat, downer type of employee, meaning a low performer. Companies want upbeat, enthusiastic people on their teams. They want people excited about their strategy, mission, products, and services. So when answering this question, make sure your interviewers understand that all of the things you know about their company truly excite you, and that you'd be thrilled to join them and their mission and help them reach their goals.
Speaking of goals, interviewers know that, like companies, individuals also have them. And interviewers are looking for candidates whose goals match up with the company's. They want someone whose career goals will be a good fit for the specific role and for the company as a whole. So, when you're researching the role (you will, of course, know the job description backwards and forwards before you interview) and the company, you want to take note of the things that mesh with your goals. For example, if you want to get involved in a certain sector, and the company is involved in that, then you want to point that out to your interviewer. Or, say, if one of your goals/desires is to manage more and more people and so working for a high growth company whose team is growing is important to you, then get that across. Other things that might mesh with your career goals include working for a certain size of firm (big, small, startup, etc.), working for a firm with a certain geographic reach (international, a specific U.S. region, etc.), working in a certain type of culture (open, transparent, collaborative, etc.). Whatever the case might be, get as specific as possible, and spell out that what you're looking to do and learn at this point in your career is a good fit for the specific role and firm. Of course, be honest. Don't force yourself into a role or company that won't be a good fit for you. Never forget that interviewing is a two-way street: you're interviewing the company as much as they're interviewing you.