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
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.
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
This module will provide you a basic understanding of how to structure your resume and draft or edit your current resume.
Viterbi Career Gateway
A simple tutorial to help you navigate Viterbi Career Gateway, a powerful job & internship search tool available ONLY to Viterbi students.
Step # 2 Create/Edit Your Resume
Step #3 Obtain a Resume Review
*Alumni do not need to complete the VMock section of the checklist*
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:
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?
- 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.
- 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/
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:
Student Organization Career Fairs
Mentorship events by Major/Job Type
Job Shadowing Opportunities
Department Research Fairs & Symposiums
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events
Company Office Hours
Networking Events & Career Fairs
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.
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