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Career Resources

Position yourself for career success. Find online resources covering everything from resume writing and interviewing tips to salary negotiation, managing a career transition, and more.


Career Advising

Alumni Career Development provides career resources for alumni more than five years past graduation, including career advising, networking opportunities, identification of career advisors, career development workshops and events, and referrals for individual career coaching.  Contact Alumni Career Development to get started.

Although the Center for Career Development works primarily with current students, staff also provide career advising to recent graduates, five years out or less from college, as schedules permit. Services to young alumni include individual career advising (in person or by phone), self-assessment, resumé review, and assistance in developing job search strategies. Please email a member of the Career Development staff if you would like to arrange a consultation.


Alumni Mentoring Program

Are you interested in mentoring a fellow Crusader?  Are you in need of a mentor?  The Alumni Mentoring Program is a great way to connect with fellow alumni and enhance your professional development.

About

The Alumni Mentoring Program runs annually from January - December.  Participants must complete the registration form by December 10 to be matched for the following year's program.

Expectations

As with most things, you get out what you put into it.  It is the responsibility of the mentee to initiate contact and drive the conversation.  There is no formal structure to the program once mentor and mentee have been matched.  Alumni must "opt-in" to participate in the program each year.

There is no guarantee that all volunteers will be matched each year.  Every effort will be made to match participants based on their stated interests and expertise.  To enhance the likelihood of being matched, please provide as much detail as possible about your motivations for participating and areas of interest.

Participate

Registration is closed for the 2019 cohort.  Registration for the 2020 cohort will begin in the Fall of 2019.

Questions?  Contact Maura Sweeney '07, Director of Alumni Career Development at alumnicareers@holycross.edu or 508-793-2418.


Online Career Resource Library

Job Search

How to Find a Career Coach
How to Job Search When You're in Another State
4 Tweaks to Rev Up a Stalled Job Search
9 Ways Your References Can Help You Land Your Next Job
How to Use Social Media to Find a Job
Your Job Search Strategy - How Can You Stand Out from the Crowd? 
The 15-Minute Method to Writing an Unbelievable Elevator Pitch
Overcoming the "Unemployed Bias"
How to Talk About Your Volunteer Work and Land a Job

Resumes

Resume Guide for Recent Alumni   
The Differences Between Your Resume and Your LinkedIn Profile
4 Simple Resume Changes That Will Get the Hiring Manager's Attention
3 Easy Resume Fixes to Help You Make a Career Change
Here's Why You Should Highlight Your Volunteer Work
Is a Skills-Based ["Functional"] Resume Right for You?
Writing a Functional Resume
How to Include Soft Skills on Your Resume

Cover Letters

Here's Why You Should Highlight Your Volunteer Work
Cover Letter Writing Tips (Center for Career Development)
3 Better Ways to Start Your Cover Letter

Interviews

How to Get an Informational Interview
How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions
30 Behavioral Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer
How to Answer: "You Majored in What?!"
Asking for More Money? Don't Make This Mistake.
6 Things to Think About Before Giving a Salary Range in an Interview
A Woman's Most Powerful Salary Negotiation Tool? Silence.
The Biggest Mistake to Avoid Before a Job Interview
"Tell Me About Yourself:" The Perfect Answer to Land You the Job
What to Research Before a Job Interview
What NOT to Ask in the Interview (and What to Ask Instead)
Preparing for an Interview
Ten Smart Ways to Research a Company before you Interview 
Twenty Questions to Ask During an Interview

Networking

Networking Tips
The Secret to Networking: Leverage
20 Simple LinkedIn Tips 
Network Online and In Person for Best Results
How to Leverage LinkedIn Smartly When You Are Unemployed
4 Tips for Reaching Out to Someone You Admire on LinkedIn
Networking No-Nos: 3 Questions You Should Never Ask, and What You Should Say Instead
10 Small Talk Tips to Use at Your Next Networking Event
8 Common Networking Disasters (and How to Avoid Them)

Ages & Stages

How to Handle Gaps on Your Resume
5 Things to Do for Your Career in Your 20s That Will Pay Off in Your 40s
Plan Your Career's Second Act Before Your First One Is Over
To Get a Job in Your 50s, Maintain Friendships in Your 40s
Changing Careers? Nine Transferable Skills That Translate to Any Industry
You Don't Need a Career Change, You Just Need to Pivot
What You Need to Know Before You Quit Your Job to Follow Your Dreams
Setting the Record Straight on Switching Jobs

Ongoing Career Development

10 Signs You're Going to Be Successful - No Matter Where You End Up
How To Get a Promotion Without Having to Ask for It
Want to Stand Out at Work? Take Some Initiative!
How To Be an Amazing Mentor: 12 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Others
How to Leave Your Old Job Gracefully
5 Signs You're Just Going With the Flow at Work (and Hurting Your Career in the Process)
5 Things People Who Love Their Jobs Have in Common
6 Ways to Survive Being an Introvert in a Corporate Environment
4 Ways to Figure Out What You're Good At (Not Just What You're Passionate About)
How to Know When It's Time to Go
Stop Asking Yourself "What's My Passion?" and Start Asking This Instead
How to Regain Your Confidence at Work
3 Ways to Discover Your Hidden Natural Talent
Don't Underestimate the Power of Lateral Career Moves for Professional Growth
What To Do When You Can't Quit
7 Resources to Help You Become a Better Leader

Tips & Tricks

Do's and Don'ts - Social Media and Your Job 
7 Tech Tools That Will Make You Indispensable at Work
5 Great Ways to Hack Your Career
7 Tips to Make Returning to the Workforce Easier
The Best Websites to Learn Something New
10 Small Talk Tips

Online Career Quizzes

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (paid version)
Jung Typology test (similar to MBTI; free online version)
MyPlan.com (a suite of four different tests, some free and some paid)
The MAPP™ Career Assessment Test (comprehensive career assessment; free sample, paid for full results)
Career Strengths Test (collection of activities to test strength in a variety of different skills; free)
StrengthsQuest (a test to determine your strengths, and how you can use them to better your career; paid)
Self-Directed Search (determine three "types" that best fit you, receive a list of careers that tend to fit people with a mix of those types; paid)
My Next Move O*NET Interests Profiler (uses method similar to Self-Directed Search to identify where your career interest lie; free)
Pymetrics  (series of mind games to measure cognitive and social traits; free)
The Big Five Personality Test  (learn more about how you work and relate to others; free)

Suggested Podcasts

How to Be Awesome at Your Job
TED WorkLife with Adam Grant
HBR IdeaCast 
Dear HBR:advice for workplace dilemmas 
Women at Work 
Don't Keep Your Day Job 
Secrets of the Most Productive People
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes 
The Daily Boost | Motivation To Help You Clarify Your Purpose 
Good Life Project 
Career Tools 
Coaching for Leaders 
Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran 
Side Hustle School 

Helpful Career Websites

College of the Holy Cross Alumni LinkedIn Group
Apres (resource for women re-entering the workforce)
Back to Business  (information on a range of career transition situations)
Career Cornerstone Center (career options for more 185 STEM degree fields)
Creative Circle  (advertising, marketing, creative digital and interactive freelance and full-time positions)
Ellevate Network (global professional women's network)
EOP Diversity and Inclusion Career Center 
Glass Door (jobs and recruiting website)
Health CareerCenter  
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
Idealist (volunteer & non-profit job search website)
Indeed (job search website)
iRelaunch (products and services for professionals returning to work)
JobHero (job search blog)
The Ladders (online job search service)
Life Reimagined (career transition/re-invention)
The Muse (career finder and guidance)
National Career Development Association (NCDA) (directory of credentialed career counselors)
Occupational Outlook Handbook
O*NET (occupational information and labor market research)
Quintessential Careers  (online career guide)
reacHIRE (service helping women return to work)
The Riley Guide (job search and career exploration tool)
SimplyHired (employment/job search website)
Women at Work Network

Career Development Webinars

Visit the Alumni Career Development Webinars page to learn about upcoming webinars and access previous recordings