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 careerquest.umuc.edu 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 careerservices@umuc.edu 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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This month, your UMUC Career Services team will host a variety of career events to assist throughout your job search and career progression. The events include the Recruiter Session on May 19, and UMUC’s Career Week that runs May 22 25. See the list of May events below and follow the links to register!

Online Networking: LinkUP with UMUC Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, May 2
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Online
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May Recruiter Session Live Chats
Tuesday, May 16
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
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May Recruiter Session Live Chats
Thursday, May 18
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Online
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Recruiter Session: Featuring The World Bank, Ernst & Young, Inovalon, U.S. Senate, eGlobal Tech, Trace Systems & MD Community Connection
Friday, May 19
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Webinar: Hot Career Tools for Your Job Search
Monday, May 22
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
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Webinar: Writing a Results-Driven Resume
Monday, May 22
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
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Webinar: Hello! My name is…: A Survival Guide to In-Person Networking
Tuesday, May 23
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
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Webinar: I’m Getting My Diploma, Now What?
Tuesday, May 23
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
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Webinar: Job Searching Over 50
Wednesday, May 24
Time: 8 – 9 a.m.
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Webinar: Build Your Network with Social Media
Wednesday, May 24
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
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Webinar: Up Your Interviewing Game
Wednesday, May 24
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
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Webinar: Dare to Do Something New: Preparing for a Career Change
Thursday, May 25
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
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Thursday, May 25
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Visit CareerQuest today to explore UMUC’s career tools and resources available to assist in your career progression. If you have any questions about these career events, please contact your UMUC Career Services office at 240-684-2720 or careerservices@umuc.edu.