CAREER SUPPORT

Whether you are looking for your first graduate job, thinking of changing your career, want to update your skills, or need to brush up your CV, the University offers you careers support.

As a USIM graduate, you can continue to use the Careers Service to help you build your career. We appreciate that many of you may be facing uncertainties about your future career plans in light of Covid-19 and we are here to work with you, offering professional guidance and advice.

Finding a Job

  • People who master the job hunt build up the psychological know-how to get through a sometimes soul-crushing process. Read More

  • When it comes to searching for open positions online, big job boards aren’t the answer anymore. Read More

  • The first step after getting laid off: Mourn the loss and move on. Read More

  • Love the job you have? Good—keep looking at other jobs anyway. Read More

  • Fun fact: Hiring managers couldn’t care less where you went to college. Read More

  • A tip for getting a job before graduation: Have a resume or cover letter party with your friends. Read More

  • Mistaking a recruiter as your career confidante can mean the difference between getting a position and hitting a dead end. Read More

  • To see which startups have recently raised money (and, um, will be hiring ASAP), follow @vcdeals. Read More

  • To avoid bias in your job hunt, hold off on reading company reviews until you snag an interview. Read More

  • Sending in your resume on Monday can up your chances of landing the job. Read More

Resumes

  • Dear job seekers: Don’t write about your quirky hobbies on your resume. Read More

  • Your resume should get very specific when giving your accomplishments. Talk facts, figures, and numbers. Read More

  • Want a better resume? Create a “brag” folder in your inbox. Read More

  • If you want to tell someone—or the world—who you really are, your resume will never be enough. Read More

  • When first reading your resume, ignore typos and think about the overall message your resume is sending. Read More

  • “Led,” “handled,” “managed.” Just a few words not to use on your resume. Read More

  • With so little space and so much awesome to share, it’s critical to get picky with the words you use on your resume. Read More

  • The story your resume tells about why you’re perfect for a position is more important than your resume’s length. Read More

  • 95% of large companies use resume tracking systems—and knowing how to beat them makes a difference. Read More

  • Using an interactive and creative resume can be a great move for certain job positions. Read More

Interviewing

  • The first thing to research about a company pre-interview: what makes it special compared to competitors. Read More

  • What to bring to an interview: Three copies of your resume, a few of your best work samples, and a notepad and pen. Read More

  • Read the fine print of a job description. It’ll prevent huge complications later on. Read More

  • Saying perfectionism is your greatest weakness can seem like a cliché. Get more creative and authentic. Read More

  • During your next phone interview, do some power poses, stand, and smile—even if no one can see you. Read More

  • In your Skype interview, pick colors that make you pop specifically on video. Read More

  • Look interested: 67% of hiring managers said they rejected a candidate based on a lack of eye contact. Read More

  • Just because you stumbled across your future boss’ vacation photos online, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to mention them. Read More

  • Write a thank-you email and a handwritten card. Hey, it can’t hurt! Read More

  • If you’re following up post-interview, be polite and humble (and avoid sounding passive-aggressive). Read More

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