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Register with CDS

The Career Development Services Center (CDS) offers a range of resources to help students throughout their career journey. CDS promotes career preparation by providing students with the tools needed to make effective career-planning decisions.

Whether students need assistance with writing a resume, conducting a job search, securing a co-op/internship or a full-time career opportunity we are here to assist.

Students should think of career development as a process that begins early in their college experience and continues throughout their lives. Become familiar with the CDS Center and the resources offered by registering with our office.

Registration Process 

  • STEP 1: RESUME CREATION
    • Review the online resume guides and follow the instructions provided in the Resume Guide for your college.
    • Use the resume template provided in the resume section to create your customized resume.
    • Name and save your resume in this format: Last Name, First Name, Major.
    • Create an account in VMock and upload your newly created resume and have it reviewed for FREE. Once your resume has been uploaded into VMock, automated feedback will be provided. Complete the recommended changes provided.
    • Once you have completed the recommended changes provided in VMock, contact a CDS Career Counselor to have your resume reviewed and approved.
    • Schedule an appointment with a CDS Counselor or visit the office to participate in a 15-minute drop-in resume critique. Please bring a hard copy at the time of the review.
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  • STEP 2: ACCOUNT ACTIVATION
    • Activate your profile in Handshake. Some of your information will already be in your Handshake profile.
    • Complete your profile by uploading the CDS APPROVED resume to your completed profile in Handshake.  The Handshake application is integrated with AAMU single sign-on.  Log into your single sign on account to access Handshake.
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  • STEP 3: PRACTICE INTERVIEWING

    Participate in an Interviewing Skills Workshop, a mock interview to become eligible to participate in on-campus interviews (i.e. Interview Day, employer-requested campus interviews).

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Note: Use your AAMU bulldog university issued email account to log into the online resources mentioned above.

Online Services

VMock provides a 24-7 online instant resume-review tool. This program allows students to upload their resume and have it reviewed for FREE. Feedback is generated and shared with the student so improvements can be made. 

Handshake is a platform that connects students with internships, jobs and career opportunities. Use Handshake to find workshops, events and other career development programs hosted by the CDS Center. The Handshake application is integrated with AAMU single sign-on.  Log into your single sign on account to access Handshake.

Video Tutorials

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PASSION Is The Difference Between Having A JOB or Having A CAREER

Take one or both of the FREE Personality Tests to determine who you truly are

Taking a personality test will allow you to find a career you love by matching your personality, interests, values to real-world careers.  The free, 15-minute test, based on the Holland Code and Big Five Systems, measures key personality factors to show the exact careers that suit your strengths.

 Truity

  • To get started, just click the following link:
  • Truity Holland Code Career Test
  • Click Career Test or Take It
  • After completing the test, click; unlock sample report (this report is free)
  • For questions or concerns; please see your career counselor or ORI Professor

The Princeton Review Career Quiz

  • To get started, just click the following link:
  • The Princeton Review Career Quiz 
  • Read each pair of phrases and select the one that best describes you, then click continue
  • After completing the test, click; unlock sample report (this report is free)
  • For questions or concerns; please see your career counselor or ORI Professor

Roadmap to your future

  • YEAR 1

    Goal: Build Your Brand & Get Involved

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  • YEAR 2

    Goal: Begin Your Career Search

    • Strive to earn a strong GPA (3.0 +)
    • Check in with your CDS Career Counselor
    • Attend CDS events, employer info sessions, workshops and career fairs
    • Request informational interviews and job shadowing with professionals in your field of interest
    • Update your resume via VMock and include memberships and class projects related to your major
    • Practice interviewing via mock interviews 
    • Update your professional wardrobe
    • Meet professionals who can serve as mentors and provide references
    • Join or, if already a member, seek leadership roles with student clubs
    • Build a LinkedIn profile with a professional headshot
    • Actively use Handshake to apply for internships, co-ops and special programs—Apply early! For some majors, more opportunities are available in the junior year, so don’t be discouraged. Log into your single sign on account to access Handshake.
    • Ensure that you are meeting graduation requirements
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  • YEAR 3

    Goal: Secure an Internship/Co-op

    • Maintain a strong GPA (3.0 +)
    • Meet with a CDS Career Counselor
    • Actively use Handshake to apply for co-ops and internships — remember to apply early!
    • Attend CDS events, employer info sessions, workshops and career fairs
    • Pursue a leadership position with a student organization
    • Considering graduate school? Explore school and program options
    • Update your resume via VMock (Log into your single sign on account to access Handshake) and LinkedIn profile
    • Practice interviewing via mock interviews 
    • Tailor class projects and research papers around your career interests
    • Ensure that you are meeting graduation requirements
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  • YEAR 4

    Goal: Launch Your Career

    • Meet with CDS Career Counselor
    • Start the job search and application process early
    • Attend career fairs and employer information sessions to secure career opportunities
    • Take graduate school admission tests, write personal statements, cover letters and follow deadlines. Better early than late!
    • Update your resume via VMock and LinkedIn profile
    • Evaluate your preferred geographical region and conduct salary research specific to your location
    • Continue to network with friends, family, employers, and alumni; keep them updated on your job search
    • Stay involved in student activities
    • Complete the First Destination Survey 
    • Request reference letters
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  • Graduate School

    Goal: Advance Your Career

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