The Student Success Center staff is dedicated to assisting in your career development and in navigating today's job market. Our counselors offer guidance as you search for the career path that matches your interests, skills, and values.
We offer a full range of resources and services to assist you in developing the necessary strategies and skills which will distinguish you as a qualified professional. Our services include career counseling, assessments, workshops, seminars, resume and cover letter critique, networking opportunities, mock interviews, and up-to-date employment announcements. Schedule an appointment today to develop a Career Action Plan and ensure your success following graduation! For more information, call 501-882-4429.
Career Services is a key campus resource to help students, alumni, and community members successfully develop and implement college and career plans while building bridges between academic programs and diverse employment opportunities.
Career Services is recognized by the academic and business communities as a leader in the delivery of career development services, resources, and solutions.
The Career Services program strives to further its mission and vision through the integration of our core values:
Commitment to lifelong learning
Achievement in the classroom and beyond
Respect for self and others
Ethical behavior through mindful interaction
Enthusiasm for personal and professional growth
Relationships with campus and business communities
As a result of actively participating in the Career Services program, participants, through utilization of the counseling process, assessment tools, print resources, various internet websites, event participation, and experiential learning opportunities, will be able to:
- Select an appropriate major
- Identify career options and follow through with career decisions
- Utilize job search resources
- Demonstrate an ability to interact appropriately in a professional setting
- Develop an effective resume focused on a specific career goal
- Prepare for the interview process using strategies for successful interviewing
- Acquire technical and professional skills through real-world experience.
- Articulate how real-world experience has prepared participants for the workforce
Documents in alternative format available upon request by contacting the Student Success Center at 501-882-8863.
ASU-Beebe's Student Success Center values students and strives to provide effective and comprehensive services to those seeking employment and career guidance.
Services and Resources
Career Exploration Process: A Four-Step Approach
Many college students are struggling with choosing a major. This four-step approach, based on Donald Super’s career development theory, to choosing a major includes assessment, researching careers and majors, information interviewing and/or job shadowing, and making a decision.
Step 1: Assessment
- The first step to this approach is the assessment piece. It is vital to understand
career interests, skills, and work values in order to begin the process of deciding
on a major.
- Once assessments have been completed, the results can be used to make a list of careers you are interested in learning more about. It is important to note that each you also take into consideration any careers you have thought about whether those careers match the career assessments or not.
Step 2: Research
- While the average person has been exposed to many jobs throughout their lifetime,
many people still do not know what that job entails. You might shy away from jobs
if you do not know what the job entails, making research key.
- Take the list of careers of interest from your assessment and choose a certain number of careers to research. The research should include labor market information, job duties, and possible college majors that could lead to employment in the field.
- Then, make a pros and cons list of the careers you researched. You can narrow down the options from the list with a career counselor.
Step 3: Information Interviewing
- Once you have narrowed down career options it is important that you see the career field or talk to someone who works in the field. The career counselor can assist you with locating people to information interview or job shadow.
Step 4: Decision Making
- The final step in the process is deciding on a major. Once the information interviewing and/or job shadowing is complete, you will have a more rounded view of what that career might look like. At this point, you may know exactly what you want to do and decide on a career. However, more likely than not, you may have narrowed the choices down to 2-3 options. At that point, it is time to look at whether one major could cover all of the options (e.g. you have looked at careers as a marketing manager, sales manager, and loan officer and majoring in business could cover all those options). The decision on a major can then be made or the you can cycle back to the previous steps and proceed.
Multiple career assessments, including Focus 2 Career, the Occupational Network's "My Next Move", and the Jung Typology Test are available for use, free of charge. Check out our Career Planning Tip Sheet for more information!
Focus2Career first time users:
- Click on the red button below for new users.
- Create an account entering the fields as indicated.
- The email address used must be your ASU-Beebe school email.
- Your user access code is VANGUARD.
- Check the box agreeing to the disclaimer at the bottom.
- Then continue to the assessments.
Career One Stop: Career exploration, training, and job information sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
O*NET Online: Occupational information for students and job-seekers. Useful for researching careers or building a resume.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
CareerShip: Map out your future by matching career interests.
LearnHowToBecome.org: Provides students and job seekers an overview of different resources and careers, related job salary comparisons, and job growth outlook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
NACE Salary Calculator: Provides average salary information related to your education, employment history, and geographic location.
Jobs Made Real: Provides personal reviews of what jobs or career exist and what people really do within their positions.
Glassdoor.com: Provides employee submitted company reviews, salaries, interview information, as well as a job board.
The job search process has become more and more competitive in recent years and the resume is often the deciding factor as to whether an applicant will receive an interview. Don't leave it to chance, meet with a Career Counselor for assistance in developing a document that sells you best! Whether you are writing your first resume ever or simply need to make a few updates, we are here to guide you. Check out our Resume Tip Sheet as a resource.
A well written, up-to-date and accurate resume is one of several invaluable tools at the core of a successful job search. The resume communicates your qualifications by summarizing your experience, education and skills, with the goal of eliciting an interview invitation or otherwise having a positive impact on its recipient.
Your resume can be used to apply for advertised jobs, to send to employers you discover through research and networking, to submit for on-campus recruiting opportunities, to distribute while talking with recruiters at job fairs and employer information sessions, and to assist those who will provide you with a professional reference or recommendation by detailing your strengths.
The resume need not include everything you have ever done, but rather what is particularly salient to your desired career field. If your job search strategy is diverse and covers several careers or job types, you may wish to have several versions of your resume, with different levels of specificity in certain areas.
Employers report that they spend only a few moments looking over a resume to determine if you are an appropriate candidate to interview, or that they use keyword search tools to identify if a resume is suited to the job description.
Therefore, to effectively communicate your qualifications, be concise and well organized in your writing and include key terms for your field or industry, so that the resume is easily readable, visually appealing and has the greatest potential to be found in a search.
While there are several traditional ways to organize information and key components you must include, the design of a resume is flexible. Regardless of format or style, the resume should be only one page in length for current students and recent graduates.
Alumni with advanced degrees or substantial work experience may lengthen their resumes. To conform to a one page limit, you may adjust font styles/sizes and margins to accommodate your information, but be careful that the resume does not become too packed and cluttered.
Note that it is extremely important that you are completely truthful and honest when presenting information on your resume and all other job search materials. Employers will confirm your history with transcript and reference checks, typically just before making an offer.
Did you know that some of the best jobs out there are not even advertised? Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor today to create a strategic plan allowing you to target positions that fit you best using a variety of job search techniques. Don't go it alone; we're here to help! Check out our Job Search Checklist for more information.
Effective interview preparation is key to ensuring potential employers see you as the best candidate for the position. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to assist with topics including appropriate dress, questions an employer is likely to ask, questions the applicant should be prepared to ask, and, of course, appropriate interview etiquette. Check out our Mock Interview Form and our Mock Interview Questions. Check out our Interview Tip Sheet for more information!
Career Fair Attendance
The Student Success Center hosts a bi-annual Spring Career Fair (odd number years) for students, alumni and community members. Dozens of employers are present hiring for full-time, part-time, internship and contract positions. Attendees are encouraged to check out our Tips for Career Fair Success for information on how best to prepare.
An informational interview is a conversation with someone who can give you advice about an organization, field of work or a particular job that interests you. Your interviewee may be someone you already know like a supervisor, family friend or coworker, or it may be with a stranger.
Though it may seem awkward to approach someone you have never met, seeking career information is a very valuable job search tool. Remember, most people are more than happy to discuss what they do for a living. Through your genuine interest in their job and career fields, you can get your questions answered.
Job shadowing is a critical but often overlooked element of career development that provides you with the unique opportunity to learn about the careers that interest you firsthand from professionals who do them every day. Shadowing opportunities, which may exist at half-day, full-day and longer lengths, are a great way to build your network and gain an insider's perspective of the jobs that interest you most.
Volunteering, much like job shadowing or pursuing an internship, is a great way to gain experience, build your resume and create a professional network--all while giving back to your community, school or cause of your choice. Find volunteer and unpaid internship opportunities at websites including Serve.gov, Do Something!, Idealist.org, and Volunteer Match.
Practice Interviewing Skills with a Mock Interview
A mock interview is an emulation of a job interview used for training purposes. The conversational exercise usually resembles a real interview as closely as possible, for the purpose of providing experience for a candidate. A career counselor in Career Services can help you prepare for an interview by conducting a mock interview with you.
The mock interview will be conducted in two parts. The first part will be a preparation meeting where you will learn how to prepare and what to expect during the interview. Part two will be the mock interview. Call the Student Success Center at 501.882.8906 to schedule your first mock interview appointment.
Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds Resources
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Resources for Women
Resources for the LGBT Community
Resources for the Older Client
Resources for Ex-Offenders
Resources for Individuals with Disabilities
Resources for Veterans