Engage. Envision. Equip.
Welcome! The Office of Career Services provides student-centered, career-related assistance and programs, such as general career guidance, choosing a major, resume and cover letter advice, internship and job searching, interview preparation, professional networking and branding, applying to graduate school, and more. The Career Services staff is available to assist you during your career-related steps and journey to serve and influence the world.
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Students are encouraged to:
- Engage: Accept responsibility for their career needs and direction and connect with Career Services.
- Envision: Examine their God-given gifts and talents in terms of vocation and calling; gain familiarity with the world of work.
- Equip: Learn to adapt to and thrive in an ever-changing job market; utilize technology and social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, E-Portfolios.)
God has given you gifts and talents to use for His glory. Career Exploration involves seeking His will and guidance from His Word. The tools listed below are useful as long as you seek His guidance first and always.
RESOURCES SPECIFIC TO CROWN COLLEGE
- Are you trying to decide on a major or career? CareerOneStop and ISEEK are FREE useful tools for conducting a self assessment. Career Key is another resource (a small fee may apply). Contact Darren Noble, Director–Office of Career Services (N222), firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-446-4352, for more information.
- Choosing a Major at Crown College
- What Can I do with this Major? a very comprehensive site to explore majors, careers, and strategies to enter those careers.
- Four Year Career Development Plan: a guide for your time at Crown.
- Informational Interview: a way to explore careers of interest.
ADDITIONAL EXPLORATION/ASSESSMENT WEB SITES
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: A great source for career information. Includes job outlook, education requirements and salary information.
- O*Net: Find occupations and how your skills match them.
- ISeek: Another great place to explore careers and industries.
- Minnesota Careers: A great tool to explore careers in Minnesota and beyond. Is a partner with ISeek.
- Becomeopedia: How to become any career. Find information about how to become hundreds of careers, including education requirements, job descriptions, salary info and future career paths.
- BrainTrack’s Career Guide: Evaluate career options and find much more info about careers. Their “Matching Passions to Careers” section is a great resource.
- Career Exploration from “Find How” web site: A good source to learn about careers in many categories.
- Career One Stop: Career assessment, exploration and job search tools. Their Skills Profiler is a great tool.
- Job Shadow: Read interviews with people in various careers. A good way to explore career options.
- Art Careers: Are you creative? Explore your options here.
- Health Care Careers: See the “Choose a career” tab.
- Minnesota IT Careers: Career exploration, education and jobs.
- Nursing Careers: a very good nursing career exploration site from Nursing Without Borders.
- NAR / CNA Training: sites in MN and throughout the US
Résumés are an important element in your internship and job search. There are many good free web resources available, including:
Crown College Career Services
- Crown College Career Services Resume Worksheet
- How to Write a Resume
- Sample Resume
- Sample Professional References
Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab
- The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University is a very popular and helpful free resource. It houses writing resources and instructional material for students, as well as users worldwide.
QUINTCAREERS.COM RÉSUMÉ AND C.V. RESOURCES AND TOOLS
- Many helpful career-related resources on a variety of topics.
COVER LETTERS AND INTERVIEWING
A tailored résumé for each opportunity is very important, but so is a cover letter or letter of interest. Similarly, a cover letter should be tailored and specific to the situation.
- Writing a professional letter is important because it is often the first thing that employers see. When you write a poor letter the employer may not even look at your resume.
Cover Letter Format
Cover Letter Tips
- You will be more confident in an interview when you have prepared. The following handouts and sites will provide great information on how to do this:
Interview – Before, During and After
Questions that you might ask
Graduate School Information
Learn about degrees, the application process, financial aid and testing.
Learn about and prepare for the LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, MAT and the GRE.
Finding, Researching and Paying for Graduate School(pdf) – tips to get you started
Graduate School Resources(pdf) – more resources to help your search
On Campus and Off Campus
Jobs and Internship Opportunities
Crown College’s online career center* is powered by College Central Network®
Military / Veterans
Career Exploration tools from ISEEK: Match your military skills to jobs outside of the military: http://www.iseek.org/guide/veterans/veteranscareer.html
My Next Move: a good tool to explore tools and translate your military experience and skills to civilian careers. http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/
Job Search sites:
- Air Force Civilian Service Careers: many opportunities, in US and overseas.
- Army Civilian Service: many careers, in US and overseas.
- Bradley-Morris: Delivering military-experienced talent to America’s top companies.
- Career One Stop: match your military experience to civilian careers, and search for jobs.
- Civilian Jobs: Where America’s Military connects with civilian careers.
- Disabled Veterans Jobs: Job opportunities for Disabled American Veterans.
- Feds Hire Vets: great resources for veterans.
- G.I. Jobs: “your guide to post-military success.”
- Military Connection: civilian jobs in each branch of the service.
- Military Vet Jobs: jobs and resources.
- Military and Veterans Careers: “the largest Veteran job board in the world.”
- Military to Civilian: helping military job seekers transition to civilian jobs.
- Navy Civilian Human Resources: jobs and more.
- Positively Minnesota: Veterans employment services.
- Veterans Enterprise: jobs, advice and education.
- Vet Net: A career service for those who’ve served.
Darren L. Noble, M.A.
Director, Office of Career Services
Darren L. Noble has more than 18 years combined experience in higher education, government, employment, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Noble arrived at Crown College in September 2013 via Upper Iowa University, where he was the director of the Office of Career Development. His other higher education experiences were at George Fox University (GFU) in Newberg, Ore., and Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Ore. At GFU, Noble served as the associate director of Career Services. He earned his master’s degree from OSU and his bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in Idaho. Noble is a huge advocate for students having internships because significant learning also takes place in the workplace, outside the academic classroom. He and his wife, Sheila, have two children and live in St. Bonifacius, MN.