Career Advancement Resources
Whether you are just beginning your career or are looking to advance to greater levels of reward and responsibility, our career advancement resources can help give you the professional edge as your search for a position in your field.
Career Ready: Step-by-Step Plan for Success
Career readiness can go a long way to helping you position yourself for success. Through our step-by-step plan, you can engage in activities designed to help you act on your career goals.
Assess Your Aptitude for Different Careers
Taking stock of your interests and aptitudes and assessing your career choices from time to time can be a valuable exercise. Following are links to a few online career assessment tools.
Online Career Assessment Tools
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment
The popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment , which is used worldwide, can help you understand your type and an understanding of applying type to the workplace which can result in increased communication, more effective teams, and more satisfied employees and customers. Fee required.
Tap into the Sokanu Website —at no cost— to understand your interests and strengths when considering what careers may be a great fit for you as an individual.
Maximize Your Earning Potential by Knowing the Market
Researching compensation relevant to the industry and type of position you're pursuing is a critical part of the job search process. Arm yourself with information on salaries and compensation packages. The following salary surveys can help.
Factors that Affect Compensation
How to Negotiate for Fair Compensation
Salary Trends and Ranges
Many factors affect compensation, including:
- Type of employer
- Salary range established by the company for the position
- Your current compensation
- Company size
- Benefits offered
- Corporate philosophy
- Competition in the field
- Geographic location
- The skill set you bring to the job
To the extent possible, find information that correlates with your education and experience level. Also, be sure to:
- Consider cost of living when comparing positions in different geographic areas.
- Look for similar job listings that mention salary range.
- Review business and trade journals, and contact professional associations.
- Ask your networking contacts what their companies pay employees with your experience.
An abundance of salary information is available online. Use this research merely as a benchmark.
- Never cite a salary survey when negotiating your own compensation. You may talk your way right out of a job.
- Ask what range of salary the company is prepared to pay for the position. Then provide reasons (educational background, professional experience) why you merit the high end of the range.
- If asked what you currently make, be honest. It's a legitimate question. If you try to avoid answering directly, you may reduce your chance of securing the job offer.
- Communicate your most marketable points and your salary expectation. For example, you can say, "I currently earn $35,000 per year. Because I've now earned my degree, have two years' experience in the field, and have managed a large staff, my salary expectation is now $38,000 to $45,000."
- Let the company make the initial salary offer. After this, either accept the offer or formulate a salary negotiation strategy. Such negotiations can be risky, so consult your career services advisor before attempting to negotiate.
- Salaries cited in many surveys are often just median figures, meaning half of those surveyed make more and half make less.
Educate Yourself about Potential Employers
Learning about a potential employer can help you determine whether a career with that company might be a good fit with your skills and experience, and can be advantageous in an interview. DeVry Career Services connects graduates with employers actively hiring in fields related to their education.
Be Well Prepared to Land the Job
Whether you're looking to start or advance your career, your résumé, your cover letter and your interview can make the difference between landing the ultimate job or getting passed over. Explore the following Job Search Tips for practical and creative advice for ways to get your foot in the door and get noticed.
Job Search Tips
Learn the essentials of writing effective cover letters that can provide the competitive edge you need to gain an interview:
Prepare for and manage the interview process so you can stand out among your competition:
Consider Online Avenues for Job Leads
Searchable job sites provide direct access to thousands of national and international career opportunities. Most of these websites allow you to post your résumé so employers can find you, and many offer valuable career development resources, provide helpful job search tools and link you to current industry trends and salary information. Visit the following Job Sites often, as they are updated regularly.
The largest online job site in the U.S., Career Builder is more than just a job board. Career Builder works with employers around the world, including more than 90 of the Fortune 100 to help match the right talent with the right opportunity.
Monster is a global provider of a full array of job seeking, career management and recruitment and talent management products and services. In other words, they help connect people who are looking for new jobs with employers who are looking for great people.
As the world's #1 job site, with more than 140 million unique visitors from more than 50 countries, Indeed is the self-proclaimed catalyst for "putting the world to work." In addition to posting jobs and résumés, Indeed also allows you to search jobs posted on thousands of websites.
SimplyHired employs algorithms optimized for over 500,000 keywords across 1,000 different job categories, delivering highly relevant results to your global job search.
Internships.com specializes in helping students and young professionals find the right internship to kickstart their career. As the world’s largest student-focused internship marketplace, Internships.com brings students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location.
America's largest hourly employment network for job seekers and employers, Snagajob helps hourly workers find jobs they love. Search for hourly jobs in your area or sign up for email alerts.