Capella University students and alumni enjoy lifetime access to the Career Center for resources, information, and support.
The team of career experts fields a wide variety of career questions, from resume review to career planning.
Here are answers to the three career questions that top the team’s list.
1. How Do I Write a Resume That Stands Out?
We recommend you customize your resume for each position. As you read through the job posting, compare the required and preferred qualifications with your resume to make sure all of your relevant skills and experiences are highlighted. Include key words and phrases from the job description where appropriate.
Additionally, arrange the information so your most significant experience is listed at the top. One great way to do this is through an experience overview in a “Summary Statement.” This serves as your personal “elevator speech.” As an example:
Respected health care professional with over 20 years’ experience in nursing, research, and administration. Expertise in maternal health and disabilities. Currently pursuing a PhD in Health Care Administration. Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, ensure compliance of standards, and manage budgets of $1-2 Million.
2. What Are Successful Job Search Strategies?
Variety is the key. Go beyond scanning the job boards and company career pages and use several different approaches to make it most effective.
The best place to start is networking. Tap into the “hidden job market” of unadvertised positions by attending conferences, conducting informational interviews, and making connections in online social networks, such as LinkedIn.
Sharing your job search with family and friends can also open the door to more connections, because you don’t know who else THEY know!
3. I Want to Make a Career Change. I Have the Credentials, but Not the Experience. What Can I Do?
Breaking into a new field can be challenging without related work experience, even with the right degree. Here are a few ways to get going:
Demonstrate how your previous experience translates to your new field by highlighting any transferable skills. For example:
“My work as an account manager has helped me enhance my natural gifts of listening and building rapport, which will serve me well as a new counselor!”
Volunteer or join a professional association in the new field, or work in a related role even if you are not yet qualified for the exact position you want. A part-time job in the industry is another way to gain experience, and allows you to “keep your day job” until you’re sure you like your new career.
Update your resume to include projects or accomplishments related to the job position, and minimize references to past positions that are unrelated to your new career.
The Career Center’s mission is to empower students and alumni to proactively manage their careers and make meaningful, and effective, career decisions.