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First Year - Inquiry and Awareness
  • Schedule a meeting with your Career Advisor
  • Visit the Career Development website to learn what you can do with your major, potential career paths and online resources
  • Register on The Archway, Ramapo’s Job Bank
  • Start Focus 2 assessment — access code is “ramapo 430” and review results with your Career Advisor
  • Draft your 1st college resume using guide provided by Career Advisor and input from Focus 2
  • Join clubs/organizations, honor societies, Student Government, athletics, community service, etc.
  • Participate in events on campus including career, academic, cultural, athletic and social offerings
  • Attend the Majors Fair and follow up with Career and Academic Advisors
  • Choose your major by end of your 1st year
  • Acquaint yourself with at least 1 faculty or staff member who can serve as a mentor
  • Consider registering for the 2 credit career course – Pathways Linking Academic and Career Experiences
Sophomore Year - Assessment and Exploration
  • Update your resume and profile on The Archway
  • Continue to use Focus 2 as recommended for the second year
  • Attend career panels, workshops and fairs
  • Investigate careers and specific jobs of interest using available resources
  • Take advantage of service learning, internships, and volunteer learning opportunities
  • Connect with and learn about professionals in your prospective career through informational interviews and career programs
  • Participate in a job shadowing program or employer information session
  • Take advantage of opportunities to build leadership skills
  • Consider an international experience such as study abroad or alternative spring break
  • Participate in a summer internship
  • Meet with fellowships and scholarships advisor if you are thinking about graduate school
Junior Year - Testing Career Decisions
  • Update your resume and profile on The Archway
  • Target your resume and include industry/job-specific keywords
  • Work closely with your faculty advisor to ensure all graduation requirements are being met
  • Attend career panels, workshops and fairs
  • Monitor your online identity, establish a professional LinkedIn account, and ensure social networking settings are private
  • Attend the Graduate School Fair
  • Explore graduate and professional school programs, attend workshops, write personal statements and take all required admission tests
  • Identify a mentor in chosen field
  • Prepare an elevator speech for use in interviews
  • Join professional associations/organizations
  • Participate in an internship
  • Consider registering for the Career Achievement Program (CAP) course
  • Utilize Career Insider, Career Shift and other informational websites to refine your focus
  • Prepare fellowship and scholarship applications
  •  Attend career skills workshops offered throughout the year
  • Consider developing a career portfolio to showcase your accomplishment and skills
  • Identify the companies or organizations that you would like to work for
  • Join and attend appropriate professional association meetings
  • Learn about the benefits of registering with temporary employment agency
  • Make a list of companies, agencies or firms and research each to learn more about the culture, employment opportunities and for people with whom you can connect
Senior Year - Job Search
  • Fine-tune and include a profile on your resume and post updated version on The Archway
  • Translate coursework and work experience into marketable skills by using “key words”
  • Include important action verbs, key words, and industry specific words in your career documents (e.g., cover /networking letter, and resume)
  • Ensure graduation requirements are met
  • Attend job fairs (internal and external) and career events
  • Attend professional association events
  • Participate in on-campus interviews (with employers)
  •  Prepare and send out career documents such as cover letters, 2-sided business cards, and a portfolio
  •  Secure references from faculty, staff, and employers who can speak specifically about your skills and abilities
  • Finalize and send graduate school applications by deadlines
  • Identify employment opportunities and familiarize yourself with employer websites
  • Update elevator speech and ensure it contains “key-words”
  • Practice interviews – answer the question “Why should I hire you?”
  • Google yourself, monitor, and clean up your online identity
  • Network – tell everyone you know you are looking for a job
  • Familiarize yourself with RCNJ alumni networks
  • Consider obtaining professional certifications
  • Ask for interviews with organizational professionals to learn more about an agency or company of interest
  • Attend Career Briefing sessions for seniors
  • Contact professionals to ask for assistance and guidance in your search design and share your job search strategy with your Career Advisor
  • Join and attend appropriate professional association meetings