Career Tools for Professional Development Success

UMUC’s Career Services team recently hosted a Hot Career Tools Webinar to give students and alumni a general overview of the self-service tools housed within UMUC’s CareerQuest. This webinar provided instruction on where to find these tools and how to use them.

The seven tools covered in the webinar provide students and alumni assistance with their resumes, interviews, career research research, and overall preparation. Descriptions for these tools and links to access them are below!

For help with your resume, check out:


  • Resume Builder: Provides assistance with drafting your first resume. Once created, make your resume public in your CareerQuest profile. This tool also allows you to download your resume as a PDF.
  • VMock: Receive 24/7 access to feedback on your resume content and format.
  • Resunate: Allows you 24/7 access to assistance with customizing your resume to a specific position. Upload a resume and copy/paste a target job description to get started.


To practice your interview skills, use:


  • Quinncia: Uses artificial intelligence to provide feedback on your verbal and non-verbal communication skills during a web-based interview. Interview questions are customized to your education and experience. Feedback includes count of filler words, eye contact, feedback on how quickly you talk, and more.
  • Interview Stream: Want to practice a specific type of interview question? Choose from more than 7,000 pre-recorded questions to practice your interview skills in a web-based interview. Interviews are recorded for you to watch and/or send to an advisor or mentor.


To research a specific field or to gather preparatory information, visit:


  • Vault: Receive industry-specific advice on resumes and interviews, check out day-in-the-life profiles, and more in Vault’s extensive library of electronic career guides.  Also review lists of top employers by industry, top internship lists, and more.
  • Candid Career: Choose from hundreds of videos to learn more about specific careers directly from professionals in those fields. Review career preparation advice from these professionals on topics like networking, resume writing, navigating a career fair, etc.


To listen to a complete overview of these tools, listen to a recording of the Hot Career Tools webinar.

All of these tools are exclusively for UMUC students and alumni through the CareerQuest portal.  Don’t have a CareerQuest account? Visit to create one today! Once you are there, click on the Tools/Resources section to access these tools and other great professional development content.

If you have any questions about CareerQuest or any of these tools, please reach out to or (240) 684-2720.

Omega McIntosh is the program management specialist in the Office of Career Services at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She’s worked in higher education for the past year and currently manages UMUC’s various online career tools and resources and the university’s Career Mentor Program. She has a background in office support and customer service, and most recently worked as the administrative assistant for UMUC’s Career Services team.

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Many UMUC students and alumni  pursue their degrees to switch careers, yet this can seem like a daunting task. UMUC Career Services recently conducted a webinar on Career Transitioning, which was facilitated both by UMUC staff and Nick Manning ‘16, an alumnus of UMUC’s master’s of cyber policy program, who is currently pursuing a cyber internship so he can change careers after years of being a middle school teacher.  Continue Reading

Five Reasons to Explore a Mentorship in 2018

Changing careers can be a difficult and overwhelming process. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American professional now only stays in a role for about four and a half years. Making a career change can feel like you’re navigating an unknown territory – you might be unsure of which path to take or there might be stumbling blocks in your way. In this type of situation, having a mentor with experience in your desired industry could act as a great guide.

Here are the top five reasons to explore a mentorship in 2018:

  1. Expand your professional network. These days it is just as much about who you know as it is what you know. By connecting with a mentor in your industry, you not only build a new, valuable relationship, but you also get the opportunity to tap into their professional network. You never know who they might introduce you to!
  2. Learn to think outside the box. Gaining another perspective can be a great tool for enhancing your performance in the workplace. Mentors can help you see something in a new way, which may alter how you approach certain projects or tasks. Thinking outside the box can also help when you are working with others, because it will help you see a variety of perspectives.
  3. Define and attain long-term goals. Having professional goals is important, but sometimes they are hard to define and even harder to accomplish. Mentors can help you with identifying your professional goals, and they can also help with creating a game plan for achieving them. Having a plan in place helps boost your confidence as you work toward your goals.
  4. Push past your limits. Everyone can use a cheerleader or advocate when it comes to professional development. Mentors encourage us to challenge ourselves and to keep growing, and they remind us to never stop working to be better. With a mentor as your guide, you might just surprise yourself with what you are really capable of achieving.
  5. Hold yourself accountable. Mentors will congratulate you when you do something great, but they will also give you constructive feedback when you need it. Not only will a mentor hold you accountable for reaching your goals, they will also teach you to hold yourself accountable.

Want to learn more about UMUC’s Career Mentor Program? Interested in networking with alumni and current UMUC students? Then join us on January 24 for a chance to attend the LinkUP with UMUC Mentors and Mentee Event, a networking opportunity dedicated to connecting industry experts with future experts!

Click to Register for LinkUP Mentor Event

To learn more about UMUC’s Career Mentor Program, visit CareerQuest today. For additional information on UMUC’s Office of Career Services events and resources, contact us today at or 240-684-2720.


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