Career Success Navigator

Far too often, graduates students overly focus on their resume and the career fair as the ultimate decision-making factor in obtaining internships and full-time opportunities. Student Engagement & Career Connections (SECC) in collaboration with Graduate and Professional Programs (GAPP) recognized the need to provide programs and services to assist graduate students obtain the necessary skills employers seek in today’s global workforce. The following process will provide you the tools to prepare, connect and succeed with locating employment opportunities related to your career goals. Download Checklist *If you are a current PhD student or PhD Alumni or Post Doctoral student, you are automatically eligible to come to Drop-in and schedule an appointment on Viterbi Career Gateway.* If you are a DEN student please download this checklist

PREPARE


CSN Preparation Checklist

After the completion of the CSN Preparation Checklist, the majority of graduate students will have a quality resume created, most of their questions answered, and fully prepared to apply for internship and job opportunities. If they still have questions after completing the CSN Preparation Checklist, they can request access to scheduling online appointments and drop-in sessions.

Instructions:
Each student will need to complete all of the following sections and submit their checklist in-person to the Student Engagement & Career Connections office before obtaining access to appointments and drop-in.

Step #1 Watch Career Success Videos

Resume Tips
This module will provide you a basic understanding of how to structure your resume and draft or edit your current resume.

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Viterbi Career Gateway
A simple tutorial to help you navigate Viterbi Career Gateway, a powerful job & internship search tool available ONLY to Viterbi students.

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Step # 2 Create/Edit Your Resume

Resume Checklist

Self-critique your resume to edit and approve your overall content and format

Print Checklist

Review each item in the check-boxes, and update your resume accordingly

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Cover Letter Checklist

Draft and review your cover letter to identify why you are a qualified candidate for their company

Print Checklist

Review each item in the check-boxes, and update your cover letter accordingly

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Review Sample Resumes

Take a look at the following samples to decide the appropriate look and format for your resume

Resume Samples

Remember these are just samples, please do not copy everything word for word.

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Step #3 Obtain a Resume Review

*Alumni do not need to complete the VMock section of the checklist*

VMock

Utilize a 24/7 Virtual Resume Feedback System to help you improve your resume on YOUR schedule by submitting your resume on VMock for a personalized review. Please complete the following Instructions:


Visit the USC Vmock website
Click on “Login using your USC NetID”
Enter your USC username and password (the same you use for Blackboard)
Upload your resume and make edits based on feedback until you reach a score of 80% or higher.

All students are REQUIRED to bring PRINTED copies of the following:

  • Resume &/or Cover Letter tailored to a specific job description & copy of the job posting
  • Resume and Cover Letter Checklist with all boxes completed
  • A screenshot or any other visual to show your VMock score is above 80%
  • Career Success Navigator (CSN) Preparation Checklist (this document)

Do you still have specific questions?

  1. Complete all instructions above, and visit the Career Connections office at Ronald Tutor Hall 218 to verify all your documents. Once our office updates your account you will be able to schedule an appointment on Viterbi Career Gateway or drop-in Monday -Thursday from 1-4 pm to meet with a Viterbi Career Advisor.
  2. Obtain writing and grammatical assistance from the Writing Center to review your Resume and Cover Letter in Taper Hall 216 https://dornsife.usc.edu/writingcenter/

CONNECT


Most students don’t recognize that the majority of jobs are filled by some form of networking while job searching. Networking is one of the best way a student can improve their job search and connect with potential future employers. Graduate students should take advantage of the many opportunities offered through student organization, clubs, and department spotlights. Each semester a variety of events will be offered through these organizations that all students should pay close attention to:

  • Alumni Panels
    Industry Networking
    Student Organization Career Fairs
    Mentorship events by Major/Job Type
    Job Shadowing Opportunities
    Department Research Fairs & Symposiums
    Faculty Mentoring
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events
    Virtual Opportunities
    Company Office Hours
    Networking Events & Career Fairs
    Webinars
    Info Sessions on Blue Jeans

We encourage all Graduate Students to engage on campus to practice their networking skills and connect with a variety of other students, staff, faculty and employers through these events. Please make sure you check with your department to learn more about department facilitated events.

Apr19Thu

Best Dissertation Symposium

Thu, Apr 19, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: RTH 526
All are invited to attend the 4th Annual Viterbi Best Dissertation Symposium. 3-4 Ph.D. graduates will present their research for a chance to win the William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research, which...

Apr23Mon

PhD Academic Career Mentoring Panel Series

Mon, Apr 23, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: 102
Speaker: Panel moderated by Timothy Pinkston, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Talk Title: Preparing for and Landing a Faculty Position Abstract: A panel of graduating Ph.D. students and a postdoc, will discuss "Preparing For, and Landing...

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