MSU’s Career Services Network has developed award-winning career guides to help students—from freshmen to seniors—prepare for life after college.
Getting Started - the first step is learning about your MSU Career Services Network resources
Explore & Experience – exploring career options, building knowledge and connections, thinking about an advanced degree, developing skills through experience
Create, Communicate, Connect – resumes, action verbs, cover letters, communication essentials (phone, email and thank-yous), personal statements, portfolios
Make Your Move – why you need a search strategy to find a job or internship, developing your strategy, info for international and liberal arts students, casting a wider net, building your network, dressing to impress, getting results at a career fair, interviewing, negotiating job offers, professionalism and ethical behavior.
Open a PDF of the entire 72-page publication here. It may take a few minutes due to the large 6MB file.
You can also download smaller PDFs!
- 4-year foundation (1 page)
- Got Purpose? worksheet (2 pages)
- Job shadowing & informational interviews (4 pages)
- Thinking about grad school? (2-page spread)
- Resume writing tips (8 pages)
- Skill Area Action Verbs (2-page spread)
- Cover letter and thank you letter info (4 pages)
- Career fair success tips (4 pages)
- Dress to impress (1 page)
- Interviewing tips (4 pages)
- Career Services Network offices map (2-page spread)
- Career Services online (2-page spread)
12 Essentials for Success
Career Services Network, with the assistance of employer partners, created this guide to show how expectations in the workplace are connected to college experiences. The competencies described here should be considered fundamental to your MSU education. Although these aren’t the only skills employers seek, they appear repeatedly in entry-level job descriptions.
This guide doesn’t just define these competencies. It shows—through examples from successful MSU alumni, students, faculty, and staff—how these skills fit into the workplace. It also provides suggestions on ways you can gain experience in these areas while at MSU. Developing your talents and skills takes time and effort, but the investments you make now will pay dividends for a lifetime.