OSV Resource Library

 

This is your library for all the career-readiness resources you need. Click the links below for more information, helpful tips, downloadable templates and blog posts.

Explore Majors

Discover Your Strengths

Preparing for the Interview

Finding  Jobs & Internships

Resume Templates & Best Practices

Craft Your Cover Letter 

Creating a LinkedIn Profile

Informational Interviewing

 
 
 

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Did you know? 

Over 30% of college students change their major at some point in their four years.

Choosing a major is a big decision, but you don't have to do it alone. 

  • Follow your Interests: consider your Top 5 Strengths and what activities make you come alive. Do you love solving problems, reading, deep conversations, analyzing a situation. Your Strengths can be a clue into what major you might enjoy.

  • Get the Facts: visit our "What Can I do with this Major" page to get the facts on how different majors apply to the workforce.

  • Consult Your Advisors: talk to your personal career coach, meet with your faculty advisor and consult to mentors for their guidance and advice about majors that might suit you well!

 

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Everyone needs a coach! 

Whether you're an aspiring writer, musician, the next Lebron James, or successful CEO, coaches develop you to become the best version of yourself! 

Your personalized career coach will draw out the best in you to help you reach your goals and maximize your potential! 

Based on a 40-year study of human strengths, Gallup provides 34 most common talents. Talents are naturally recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can be productively applied. The CliftonStrengths assessment helps you describe these talents. A common misperception is to start with fixing your weaknesses. At PLNU, we start with what's right with you! 

What are you waiting for? Book an appointment today

 

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On-Campus Jobs

Did you know that we have over 35% of students work on campus? From facilities to the caf to media services, apply for jobs today! Find an on-campus job online at:  Workday

Off-Campus Jobs

An essential aspect to developing a meaningful calling is designing a career that integrates with your purpose, values, and long-term vision. 

Find a job or internship on our new online job board:

 
 The Official Online Job Board of Point Loma Nazarene University

The Official Online Job Board of Point Loma Nazarene University

 

WHAT IS HANDSHAKE? 

Handshake uses data to help you find jobs or internships that best match your interests. Join 9 million+ students and 250,000+ employers — including 100% of Fortune 500 companies — in using Handshake. 

Login to Handshake and use your PLNU credentials to start your search today! 

What students are saying about Handshake

 
 

Additional Resources for your job or internship search: 

Indeed, LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor

 

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Resumes are the first impression to an employer. They show employers your education, experience, skills, and volunteer involvement.

Here are 5 key steps to make a professional resume: 

1. Keep it simple! 

No need to over-complicate things. Use these simple templates as starting points. Resumes shouldn't be longer than 1-page. (Unless you're a nursing student. Use Nursing Template instead).

2. Use a professional email address

For example, don't use surfbro35@gmail.com or sunsetgirl777@yahoo.com. Rather use a simple email that is clear and concise like bobsmith12@gmail.com (but make sure it's your real name). 

3. Project  + Action + Result

When crafting your resume, it’s important to include examples of your accomplishments for each specific role or title you’ve held. This is best done by explaining an action you took on a project and the measurable results you noticed. Use the attached “Resume Action Verbs” worksheet to guide your accomplishment statements and make sure to include specific data/numbers in your results.

4. Add LinkedIn URL on resume

Steps to change your LinkedIn URL: 

  1. Click profile picture. 

  2. On right hand side, click "Edit your public profile" 

  3. Customize your "Public Profile URL" to www.linkedin.com/in/yourname

  4. Add to your resume!

5. Save and export as PDF

Whether you use Word, Pages, or Google Docs, make sure you export files as PDF's before you upload or email your resume to an employer.

Want to spruce up your resume?

Check out Canva.com or My Perfect Resume for templates with a little more flair--this is appropriate for when you're applying to marketing, art or graphic design jobs and internships.

 

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Most jobs will require you to include a cover letter with your resume or application.  Although a cover letter might sound bland and boring to you, it can be one of the best ways to demonstrate your awesome personality! We have found some helpful tips and templates so you don't have to start from scratch or sit staring at your blinking cursor on a blank page. Check out tips below and click the button to download your cover letter templates. Once you've completed the letter, if you want OSV to give you feedback, email your coach

Cover Letter Tips

  1. Send one! Even when an employer does not directly ask for one, be sure always to send a cover letter. The only time you do not want to send a letter is when the job listing explicitly says not to send one. Be sure to follow all directions on the job listing.

  2. Customize each letter. It might seem tedious, be it is important to customize each letterto fit the specific job you for which you are applying. It will make your letter stand out.

  3. Highlight relevant qualifications. In your cover letter, address one or two skills or qualifications you have that match the job description. Provide a specific example of a time you demonstrated each of these qualifications.

  4. Read samples and templates. For help writing your cover letter, read samples like the one below, as well as cover letter templates. Remember to tailor any example or template to fit your own experiences and the job for which you are applying.

  5. Edit, edit, edit. Be sure to thoroughly proofread each cover letter before sending it, looking for grammar and spelling errors. Consider asking a friend or family member, or even a career counselor, to read over your cover letter.

From "The Balance"

 

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Did you get invited for a job interview? Congratulations! It's time to get prepared for the big day.

Here are 5 things you need to know before you go for an interview! 

  1. Print out your resume and cover letter. It doesn't matter if you've already submitted it online, bring a few copies with you anyways. This simple act shows your preparedness.

  2. Head up, big smile, good handshake. First impressions are huge! Be confidant in who you are and show your teeth!

  3. It's okay if you don't know all the answers. The reality is, they will ask questions that will stump you. Breathe, think, and if you can't think of an answer right away, when you get home email them with the right answer.

  4. Follow-up. There are a few things you'll need to do after you interview. First, send them a thank you email after your interview. Second, send a hand-written thank you card a few days later and send it via snail mail. Third, send them a follow-up email a week or two later to see what they are in their process.

  5. Try again. If you don't get your first job, it's okay, there are more out there! We always say, it takes 30-40 job applications before you land even a few interviews. Not every job is perfect for you. Keep your chin up and try again!

"The Secret Meanings Behind Four Of The Most Common Interview Questions" By: Fast Company

  1. “TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF” Hidden Meaning: “I’m throwing you a softball and letting you get comfortable.”

  2. “WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS POSITION?” Hidden Meaning: ” Do you really understand what this job entails, and do you really want to do it?”

  3. “WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?” Hidden Meaning: “What are your career aspirations and are they realistic?”

  4. “CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT A RECENT FAILURE?” Hidden Meaning: “How honest and self-aware are you?”

Prepare with your Career Coach and put your best foot forward!

 

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 LinkedIn is a must-have when it comes to your career development. Use the following steps to make sure your LinkedIn is captivating and representative of all you have to offer a company or organization. 

Seven steps to a great LinkedIn Profile:

1. Great headshot

You don't have to hire a professional photographer for this, but keep it professional and keep it simple. Typically a headshot is from the waist up and showcases your profession of interest. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and speaks your story! 

2. Compelling headline

Rather than "Student at Point Loma Nazarene University", try showing the world who you really are!

Examples:

  • "Political Science student passionate about ending racism through virtual reality"

  • "Aspiring doctor pursuing neuroscience and curing cancer"

3. Add Experience, Skills, Awards, etc.

Add a ton! Don't be shy, the more you add, the more employers will appreciate your diverse skill set and unique experiences. 

4. Edit URL

Steps to change your LinkedIn URL: 

  1. Click profile picture.

  2. On right hand side, click "Edit your public profile"

  3. Customize your "Public Profile URL" to www.linkedin.com/in/yourname

  4. Add to your resume!

5. Network with everyone

LinkedIn is unlike other social media platforms where it might be a little awkward to "Connect" with random strangers. Professional networking requires you to reach out to the random stranger because of a common interest or professional aspiration. Click the "Connect" button and "Add a note" to show them that you want to build a relationship with them. These networks are key to finding your future career. 

6. Search/apply for jobs

The jobs tab is extremely powerful. Click there, use key search words, and customize location. 

7. Get recommendations 

Recommendations are a great way to have other's speak highly of you! Reach out to professors, employers and mentors to ask for a recommendation on LinkedIn. Click here to learn more.  

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WHAT ARE THEY? 

Informational interviews are ways to get to know a person in your field of interest. Here are a few steps to make this happen: 

  1. Find people in your network. Use LinkedIn, Handshake, or your friends/family to find people who are doing something you might want to do in the future!

  2. Invite them to coffee. It sounds weird, but just do it. Show up on time and be prepared to engage with a positive attitude.

  3. Ask great questions. Think of 5-10 questions you might want to ask someone in that field. Hear their story and be curious. A bad question is a question unasked, so go for it!

  4. Write them a thank you card or email. Don't forget, these people you just connected with are now part of your network. Be sure to foster these relationships because you never know what they'll turn into!

Expert Tip: use Mango Connect to build your "cold emails"! Mango makes it easy to reach out to people you don't know and write professional emails. 


OSV Career Roadmap

Click your year below to learn what you should be doing to stay on your career track during your time at Loma!

 
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