Pursuing Your Potential

At Suffolk, every student is a career agent. You bring distinctive experiences, knowledge, and abilities that can be applied to different career paths.

Your university education will only further and enhance what you already have to offer. Now it’s time to take a guided tour through the many resources that will assist you in developing and promoting your brand. To get started, simply click on the tab that best corresponds to your career stage.

Know Yourself

  • Your experiences have taught you something.
    • What you've learned and done has value.
  • You have so much to offer.
    • Employers, the market, the world need and want what you have.
    • Once you recognize what that is, share it.
  • You're more than your major.
    • Organizations hire for value, not just for majors.
  • This is the beginning of your brand.
    • It's time to discover more about who you are.

Career Agent Actions

Inventory your interests and strengths.

  1. Focus 2 login page
    Focus 2 getting started [PDF]
  2. Strong Interest Inventory
    *See your Career Advisor
  3. Strengths Finder
  4. Know Your Strengths

Assess your preferences.

  1. Focus 2 login page
    Focus 2 getting started [PDF]
  2. MBTI
    * See your Career Advisor
  3. Value sort activity

Keep track of your experiences and accomplishments.

  1. Quintessential tracking tools

Identify majors and minors that reflect or expand on what you know about yourself.

  1. Focus 2 login page
    Focus 2 getting started [PDF]
  2. Students’ guide to choosing a major
  3. My majors

Search Options

  • Your career choice may be based on your major.
    • But it doesn't have to be: What you choose to study may only partly influence your future choices.
  • You have more options than you think. Be open minded.
    • Options may be found-- or created.
  • You know your strengths and interests. You know what you care about.
    • You can apply them in the world of work.
  • We can point you in the right direction.
    • Sometimes the best matches are not obvious.

Career Agent Actions

Select one or two of your preferred strengths or interests and Google each one along with the word "job" (e.g. video game job or helping others job).

  1. Focus 2 login page
    Focus 2 getting started [PDF]
  2. Strong Interest Inventory
    *See your Career Advisor
  3. Strengths Finder

Identify one or two jobs you want to learn about. What industries do they belong to?

  1. Occupational Outlook Handbook
  2. Career One Stop—Your Source

Compare your strengths and interests to the descriptions of the jobs and industries.

  1. How to analyze a job description
  2. How to find a job that aligns with your values
  3. My next move

Target specific employment opportunities that match what you offer. And what you need.

  1. Finding jobs
  2. Finding a job by academic major

Develop Contacts

  • Learn to see yourself the way an employer does.
    • Go where they are, listen, and ask questions.
  • The best way to get into an employer is not always through Human Resources.
    • Start with who you know. Friends, family members, neighbors, teachers, Suffolk staff, and alumni.
    • Your network is growing every day.
  • Get your foot in the door through an informational interview or a job shadow.
    • Find out what it's really like to do a job or work for an organization.
  • We know what employers are looking for.
    • We will prepare you to meet their needs and expectations.

Career Agent Actions

Locate specific employers who offer these jobs, or who are in these industries.

  1. Employer locator by industry in Massachusetts
  2. Ram Recruiter / Handshake
  3. Step by Step Guide to Researching Companies

Search LinkedIn for Suffolk alumni (or your high school alumni) who may work for these employers.

  1. Tips for a professional LinkedIn profile
  2. Online networking through LinkedIn
  3. In-person networking

Record all relevant employer information in an Excel file, job search app, or CDC job tracking form.

  1. Excel job search template
  2. Job search organizing website
  3. Quintessential tracking tools

Secure an information interview or a job shadow from a contact who has knowledge of, or experience in, your targeted areas of interest.

  1. Vault – Guide to Networking
  2. Guide to the art of networking
  3. Suffolk job shadowing program

Get Experience

  • Hands-on experience matters. It gives you the information you need to make good decisions.
    • Look beyond the classroom: What do you want to try? Whom do you want to serve? What can you offer? How do you want to grow?
  • Just want to dip your toe in the water?
    • Then try: mentoring, additional informational interviewing, additional job shadowing, and service learning.
  • Want to dive right in?
    • Then try: interning, co-oping (extended internship), conducting research, and doing field work.
  • We are experience experts.
    • We can help you find it, apply for it, and articulate its value to others.

Career Agent Actions

Write your career story and skills summary.

  1. How to write your own career script
  2. Your skills summary
    Focus 2 login page

    Focus 2 getting started [PDF]
  3. Identifying your interests and skills

Document your career story and skills summary in a resume and cover letter; and in profiles on LinkedIn and Ram Recruiter (aka Handshake).

  1. Optimal Talent Suite Resume Builder
  2. CDC Resume & Cover Letter Guide [PDF]
  3. Ram Recruiter/Handshake
  4. Sample Student LinkedIn Profile
  5. LinkedIn Profile Checklist
  6. Building a Great Student Profile
  7. Tailoring Your LinkedIn to Your Goals
  8. Build Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn

Develop your Job Search Plan, which should include a variety of strategies (online and in-person).

  1. Internships: A Quick Guide [PDF]
  2. Using LinkedIn to find a job or internship
  3. Volunteering
  4. Suffolk Center for Community Engagement

Practice communication skills used in the market, including presenting an elevator pitch, interviewing, networking, negotiating, and expressing gratitude.

  1. How to Communicate Effectively on LinkedIn
  2. How to network on LinkedIn
  3. Using the alumni LinkedIn tool
  4. Writing your elevator pitch
  5. Behavioral interview questions
  6. Traditional interview questions
  7. Informational interviewing
  8. Suffolk career events
  9. Negotiating
  10. Expressing gratitude

Make Choices

  • Your hard work and experiences are paying off.
    • You're collecting information and defining your value.
  • You know more about what employers want and what you want from employers.
    • Have you found any matches?
  • Focus on the short term. Short-term decisions lead to long-term outcomes.
    • What are three possible options available to you right now?
  • We will continue to support you in making informed choices about your career.
    • You are now a Career Agent for life!
    • Over the course of your career, using the process outlined in this
      brochure empowers you to proactively manage employment situations, opportunities, and disruptions.

Career Agent Actions

Reflect on the skills, knowledge, and experience you've gained in your work-related pursuits.

  1. Quintessential tracking tools
  2. Reflecting about experience
  3. Does having a career passion matter?

Record the new information in your job search documents by using achievement/ result/ action statements.

  1. How to write an achievement-oriented resume
  2. 96 resume achievement statements
  3. STAR method of interviewing

Tap into your resource network to discover available employment opportunities and/or further education. Consider more than one geographic area to maximize your options.

  1. Tapping into the hidden job market
  2. Using your network for the job search

Learn about and practice negotiation skills to evaluate offers of employment. Negotiation doesn't have to be hard, and you don't have to settle—as long as you're prepared.

  1. How to negotiate salary
  2. How to win your salary negotiation
  3. Effective negotiating skills