Career Planning Resources

Career Planning Resources

Resumes, Cover Letters, Interview Prep, and more...!

Whether you're writing a professional resume for the first time or looking forward to a final round interview for your first job Career Services can help.  Schedule an appointment today.

Vault Online Career Insider

Vault Online Career Insider features comprehensive and convenient online career search support for students including: career guides, employer and occupational profiles, and industry research. Students can use this resource to effectively:

Jobs Online - College Central

Ave Maria University students and alumni can find on- or off-campus jobs, part-time student employment opportunities, and full-time positions in a variety of fields at Ave Maria Jobs Online. Ave Maria University students and alumni can use this resource to post resumes and view job and internship postings 24 hours a day. 

After logging in, Student Central also offers a wealth of valuable information in the career search including: resume templates, how-to resume tips, interview how-tos, cover letter templates, instructional videos and much more! Check out Career Central Podcasts (located under the heading Career Advice Media Library after logging in) and all the other FREE job search resources available to you!

Also be Sure to check out the following Job Search Resources on the Job Central website:

  • Career Advice Articles - Peruse hundreds of online articles for valuable career guidance;
  • Career Advice Documents - Benefit from single-page, information-packed sheets that help you look and sound good;
  • Career-Related Videos - Watch and learn how to better prepare and package yourself in your job search;
  • Career Portfolios - Effectively and strategically market yourself online to employers;
  • Jobs Central - Access over 500,000 job postings nationwide easily using your unique CCN user account;
  • Intern Central - Over 30,000 internships to help you explore your career path and enhance your resume;
  • Resume Central - Instantly build and publish your resume in MS Word or PDF document;
  • And More! 

Remember, YOU are responsible for your own career growth!

Job Search

National job search sites allow you to search opportunities via geographic location, job title, and level of experience and are a great way to get started on a job search.  Most of these sites also allow you to post your resume for employers to search.  Check out a few of these below:

  • CareerRookie - entry level jobs, internships and part-time opportunities (powered by CareerBuilder)
  • Monster.com - use the advanced search to filter by experience level or proceed directly to MonsterCollege
  • Indeed.com - searches company job sites, newspapers and others for job listings and allows you to search in one place
  • SimplyHired.com - similar to Indeed and allows integration with Facebook
  • LinkedIn - LinkedIn has a page specifically for entry-level jobs
  • USAJobs - Federal and State government listings.  Search for GS 5-7 for entry level opportunities or search the Pathways Program.
  • Idealist.org - for full-time service and volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations
  • Catholic Jobs - a listing of jobs available within the Catholic community
  • OneWire - for job seekers in the Finance industry
  • UrbanEmploy - for jobs and internships in major US metropolitan areas

Looking for an internship?  Check these sites:

What Can I Do With This Major...?

With careful planning, you can develop career-related skills and experiences that can prepare you for almost any job or graduate school field.  For a listing of the Majors and available options for your majors, as well as information on the marketability of a Liberal Arts Education visit What can I do with this Major...?

Professional Associations

Associations offer professional development conferences and job listings for their members. They also publish journals and newsletters with up-to-date information about their field. For this reason, professional associations are available for almost any career field and are an excellent resource for networking opportunities with other professional members within a field. Membership in a professional association generally conveys to an employer that you are dedicated to your field of study. While these associations often charge for membership, it is important to remember that fees are substantially reduced for students and may offer tuition assistance through grants and fellowships. Following are links to sites that can help you find professional associations in your field of interest:

Other Resources

Want to explore even more resources to help you become career ready and find the career of you dreams? Check out the links below:

  • AMU Library Career Resources - a list of Career Development and Graduate School Prep Materials in our Canizaro Library.
  • O*NET is an online occupational information database. A valuable resource for researching any career.
  • WetFeet - Helping job seekers make smarter career decisions through in-depth career research.
  • Salary.com - Helping job seekers to find jobs that are available, as well as receive advice and other useful resources.
  • Payscale.com - use this to evaluate job offers and calculate the cost of living in a certain place.
  • CHIMBY - a search engine linked to sites of career coaches, career blogs, and other media sites to provide the best answers to career advice questions.
  • Glassdoor - view company information on salary, employee satisfaction and interviews.
  • Gradspot.com - advice and resources for the job search and the whole aspect of transitioning your life from college to the real world.
  • Jung Typology Test is a questionnaire in test format designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
  • MyPlan - allows you to take a career assessment, explore jobs and college majors.

Remember, you don't have to tackle your career search alone. For help getting started or to organize a "check-up" make an appointment with Career Services today.