»Career Tool Kit

Are you searching for your dream job, or looking to transition into a different career path?  Are you looking for some tools and advice to help you stand out in a crowd? If so, the Chapman University Alumni Association has your back. We want to help you be prepared to land that coveted interview and position yourself for a career filled with success, personal fulfillment and prosperity. 

Here are some tips and resources to help you succeed in an ever growing career market.

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  • Resume Building

    If you’re struggling to make your resume pop, or looking to make sure you stand out as one of the best among a group of applicants, do yourself a favor and spend some time building the best resume you possibly can. 

    Cover Letter Writing

    To make sure your resume is considered, it is imperative that your cover letter draw the attention of the hiring manager.  A solid cover letter will make certain the human resources department reviews your application to consider you for an interview. 

    Interview Preparation

    Once you’ve grabbed their attention with your cover letter, and floored them with your resume, it’s time to dazzle them with your interview skills. Here are a few tips on 4 types of questions you should expect to be asked. 

    Salary and Benefit Negotiation

    As you know, Chapman University is an institution of leadership that demonstrates forward thinking. That being said, we are thinking ahead and offering you tips on how to negotiate your salary and benefits after you’ve been offered the dream job you worked so hard to find.

  • Business Book Summaries

    In partnership with the Leatherby Libraries, the Chapman University Alumni Association is proud to bring you EBSCO online library resources. Gain knowledge in minutes with EBSCO’s Business Book Summaries (BBS). BBS provides comprehensive yet concise summaries for the best business books available. Using stringent criteria, only the top 1% of the more than 6,000 business books published each year in the United States is selected for inclusion in the database. Summaries are provided for more than 700 of the top business books from the last 20 years, and all books are summarized by professionals. 

    BBS concise summaries present the key concepts and relevant business thoughts to those without time to read the entire book. The most salient points are extracted and conceptualized into summaries available in 300, 600 and 4,500-word versions. BBS includes the following subject areas:

    • Business Biographies
    • Business Strategy
    • Customer Satisfaction
    • Diversity
    • Economics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Global Business
    • Human Resources
    • Innovation
    • IT/Internet
    • Leadership
    • Major Works
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Personal Growth
    • Productivity
    • Social Responsibility

    In addition to written summaries, BBS offers users an opportunity to listen to and download an MP3 version of the full summary for a growing number of top business books. 

    Log-in using your alumni ID number and the password chapmanrocks.  If you don’t know your alumni ID number, contact the Office of Alumni Relations via e-mail or at (714) 997-6681.

  • Career Development Center at Chapman University

    Chapman’s Career Development Center offers many services and resources to recent graduates (up to one year out) at little to no cost. Explore their online resources (available to all alumni) or contact the Career Development Center to learn more about the services they offer recent graduates.

    • Investigating Careers
      Choosing a career path can be a very difficult decision. As you would with any big decision, it is best to be as informed as possible. Doing your homework on salaries and job locations can be pivotal to your success and happiness. Take a look at these links to help you make as informed a decision as possible. 
    • Grad School
      If you’re struggling with the choice to pursue a career or continue your education, here are some tips and insight into graduate school and the processes involved in continuing on a graduate degree path.
    • Volunteer with the Career Development Center
      Want to volunteer with the Career Development Center to provide career and industry insight for the Panther community?  Fill out this easy form and the CDC will be in touch.
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