Welcome to Career Services
Career Services educates and empowers students for the ever-changing workforce. Services range from one-on-one appointments exploring majors, career paths, and resumes to networking opportunities like internships and interviews. Regent University students can make appointments with career coaches, complete online career assessments, and access a wide variety of live workshops and on-demand resources. Career Services is equipped to help students from freshmen to seniors and alumni in their journey to discover their ideal career field. Meet with a career coach via Handshake.
Assessments can help you learn more about your personality, interests and identify employment situations that best fit you. We offer a variety of assessments, including career aptitude tests, at various prices to help you navigate the decision-making process. These include:
ONLINE CAREER ASSESSMENTS
FOCUS 2 is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool for Regent University students. It will enable you to self-assess your career-relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. FOCUS 2 also provides valuable occupation information. FOCUS 2 provides:
- Career assessments
- Occupational information
- Videos about various career fields
- Career planning tools
- Career options by education level
- Side-by-side occupational comparisons
To optimize your use of FOCUS 2, be sure to:
- Complete the Self-Assessment section within the program
- Schedule an appointment via Handshake to review your results with a career coach
Get Started with FOCUS 2:
- Returning users: Log in now using the account you have already created.
- First-time users: Create a New Account. Use the following access code when prompted: CSH. Choose a username and password for future use. Be sure to remember your personal username and password, as our office will not have them on file.
The marketplace is more competitive than ever and internships are the key to setting yourself apart! National statistics show that students that complete at least 2-3 internships are more likely to be hired within 6 months of graduating and receive a higher starting salary. Internships can give you an edge in the marketplace by providing:
- Real-life experience and exposure.
- An opportunity to learn more about work desires.
- Access to build your professional network.
- A better chance employers will review your resume.
- A smoother transition into a full-time position.
Career Services assists you in preparing for your internship experience by:
- Identifying/researching internships that align with your professional goals.
- Crafting a professional resume/cover letter that outlines your skills and experiences.
- Networking strategies and communicating professionally during the search process.
- Interviewing skills to showcase how you are the best fit for the position.
Career Services offers access to two incredible resources that will assist you in your professional development journey: Handshake and Big Interview. Handshake is designed to connect you with employers and Big Interview offers assistance with interviewing skills. Access these resources on our website at regent.edu/cs.
College of Arts & Sciences (Undergraduate) Student Internship Process
If you are a College of Arts & Sciences (undergraduate) student and are interested in the possibility of receiving up to 6 credit hours of academic credit by pursuing an internship(s), please contact Academic Advising by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 757.352.4385. You are also encouraged to contact your CAS Faculty Department Chair to discuss your interest in pursuing an internship and next steps.
After talking with your faculty department chair, please submit the Internship Request form at least 45 days before the start of your requested semester. Please note that if the form is not submitted at least 45 days before the requested semester, you may have to wait until the next available semester to complete your internship for credit.
Resumes are marketing tools to highlight your skills and abilities to a prospective employer, organization or graduate school. Writing an effective one takes time, thought and work. Customize your resume to fit your skills and reach your audience. It should be a relatively brief, attractive document that convinces employers that you are the person they want to hire.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)
HOW CAN THIS SITE HELP ME?
Learn important elements of formatting your resume for optimal results. Employers only take 6 seconds to review your resume, so use the following tips to make your resume stand out!
- Always follow the application instructions when submitting your resume for a job.
- The rule of thumb is you should have a 1-page resume for every 10 years of experience.
- List your positions in reverse chronological order beginning with your most recent position.
- Personal pronouns should not be included in your resume.
- Customize and tailor your resume for every job opportunity, as Applicant Tracking Systems scan your resume for keywords from the job description.
- Do not include periods in your resume. Use the same font throughout your resume and ensure your verb usage is correct.
- Use an 11 or 12 font type for your resume.
- Quantify your information whenever possible, as this will help prove your skills!
This section reviews when you should use a resume or a CV when applying for a position.
What is a Curriculum Vitae?
Also called a CV or vita, the curriculum vitae is, as its name suggests, an overview of your life’s accomplishments, particularly those relevant to the academic realm. In the U.S., the curriculum vitae is used almost exclusively when one is pursuing an academic job. The curriculum vitae is a living document, which will reflect the developments in a scholar/teacher’s career, and thus should be updated frequently.
How is a CV different from a resume?
The most noticeable difference between most CVs and most resumes is the length. Entry-level resumes are usually limited to a page. CVs, however, often run to three or more pages. (Remember, however, that length is not the determinant of a successful CV. You should try to present all the relevant information that you possibly can, but you should also try to explain it
in as concisely as possible.) The goal of a resume is to construct a professional identity; the purpose of a CV is quite specifically to build a scholarly identity. Thus, your CV will need to reflect very specifically your abilities as a teacher, researcher, and publishing scholar within your discipline.
What should I include?
Your CV should include your name and contact information, an overview of your education, your academic and related employment (especially teaching, editorial, or administrative experience), your research projects (including conference papers and publications), and your departmental and community service. You should also include a reference list as part of your CV, or on a separate page.
What comes first depends on your background and on the job for which you are applying. Typically, the first item on a CV for a job candidate directly out of grad school will start with the candidate’s education listed in reverse chronological order. The title and a brief description of the dissertation will be frequently included in this portion. After that, you will want to determine the jobs both what the jobs that you are interested in and where your strengths lie. When deciding what comes after your educational credentials, remember that the earlier in your document a particular block of information comes, the more emphasis you will place on that block of information. Thus, the most important information should come first.
When applying to a research university, research projects, conference presentations, and especially publications become very important. If you’re applying to a liberal arts college or community college that strongly emphasizes teaching, showing your teaching background is paramount.
. In any case, you will want to be sure that the information that will be most helpful in determining your qualifications for the job you are employing comes before information that will be less helpful.
Learn what an objective and summary statement is and when you should use either in your resume.
Knowing when to use an objective or a summary statement at the top of your resume can be tricky. For undergraduate students with little experience in their field, we encourage you to include an objective in your resume. For those with experience in your field or switching careers, we encourage you to use a summary statement to outline your skills and abilities. Let’s look at the differences between an objective and summary statement below:
- Overview of work experience and key accomplishments that relate to the position
- Typically 3-4 sentences long
- Ideal for those that have a lot of work experience and/or have worked in a similar position, and someone that is a career switcher
Our office has put together various samples of resumes for your reference, including a resume, cover letter and curriculum vitae examples. Please feel free to use the resources below.
- Undergraduate Resumes
- Graduate Resumes
- Theatre Production Resume: Anna Example
- Cover Letter: Annie Example
- Reference Page: Example
- Curriculum Vitae: Charles Example
- Resume Power Words
- Writing a Resume Bullet Point
Did you know the Office of Career Services offers mock interviews?
Practice a job interview with a career coach! A 30-minute mock interview with feedback helps you learn how to answer difficult questions, develop interview strategies, improve your communication skills, and reduce your stress before an actual job interview.
Regent University Career Services offers “One on One,” “Panel,” and “Video Mock Interviews” with a career coach.
- Reduce stress and anxiety about interviewing.
- Boost your confidence.
- Provide constructive feedback in a low-stress environment.
- Prepare you for behavioral-based interview questions.
Career Services has partnered with Big Interview, a top interview training platform in the U.S. used by over 500 colleges, libraries and government agencies. It is an online system that combines training and practice to help improve interview techniques and build confidence. Create an account using your Regent email address and begin exploring the platform now!
Career Services is committed to helping you with all aspects of your career, from choosing a major to negotiating a salary. We offer field-specific advice and key employer information to help optimize your academic preparation for your career objective. Connect with our team of career professionals who can guide you in your career decision-making process. Check back often as more events get added throughout the year!
Attention Employers: Interested in visiting our campus and recruiting students? Please complete the On-Campus Recruitment Form here.
By the Week
Tuesdays, January 31 – April 25, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Review your LinkedIn profile or receive help on starting your profile.
Resume 101 Workshops
Thursdays, February 2 – April 27, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Have your resume reviewed by a Career Coach.
By the Day
How to Build a Curriculum Vitae for Teaching and Research Careers: Virtual Webinar
September 21, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Are you aspiring to become a professor at a college? Want to put that doctorate to good use? In this webinar, you will learn how to craft a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and show your educational pedigree. We will also discuss the differences between a research and teaching CV, as well as how to determine if where you are applying is research or teaching college/university.
Salary Negotiation and Challenging Interview Questions: Virtual Webinar
October 3, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. ET
Do you want to develop the skills to negotiate the best possible compensation/salary package? Would you like to make more money in your current role? Secure your spot for our “Salary Negotiation & Challenging Questions” virtual webinar. We will discuss negotiation strategies, along with tips for answering some of those more challenging interview questions. We hope to see you there!
Returnships: Are You Ready to Get Back Into the Workforce? Virtual Webinar
October 25, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. ET
Are you planning to return to work after a gap? Have you taken time away from your career and now want to re-join the workforce? Returnships may be the way forward as many leading companies are welcoming seasoned professionals into their fold. Join us to learn all about this newly emerged alternative to traditional approaches.
Career Fair Prep 101: Virtual Webinar
November 2, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. ET
Do you have all the resources you need to be the best candidate for your dream job? Is your resume polished? Do you know how to stand out in an interview? Have you utilized Handshake to connect with employers wanting to hire you?
If the answer is no, you will not want to miss the “Career Prep 101” virtual webinar, where we teach you how to present your best professional self! Take a step closer to your professional goals!
Fall 2023 Virtual Internship & Career Fair
(Psychology & Counseling, Communications, Ministry, Nursing, & Cybersecurity)
November 9, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Do you have an internship/job secured for summer or after graduation? Do you want to get the inside scoop on which employers are hiring and looking for Regent students? If so, plan on attending the Regent University Fall 2023 Virtual Internship & Career Fair via Handshake on Thursday, November 9th from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET. Employers from the Psychology & Counseling, Communications, Ministry, Nursing and Cybersecurity sectors are looking to speak with you! Once you register for the Fair, you will see a list of companies attending and then be able to sign up for either a 30-minute information session or a 10 minute 1:1 interview.
How to Master the Interview Process: Virtual Webinar
November 14, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. ET
Learning how to excel in an interview is a crucial part of the hiring process! Also, many do not realize that you are interviewing the employer as much as they are interviewing you. Let us teach you tips and tricks on how to master the interview process and present your best professional self! Register below.
LinkedIn for Beginners: Virtual Webinar
November 30, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. ET
LinkedIn is a powerful professional networking tool that can help you research career pathways for your major, connect with people doing the kind of work that interests you, and learn about job and internship opportunities. However, many students wait until they are about to graduate to set up a LinkedIn profile and miss out on its many valuable capabilities. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the basics of building a professional and compelling profile. We’ll also discuss some of the many ways you can utilize LinkedIn to connect with alumni and employers and jump-start your path toward a career.
Amanda graduated from Peace College with her bachelor’s in psychology and Liberty University with her master’s in clinical mental health counseling. Her passion for students and career counseling began during her graduate studies. It opened the door to a position in the Liberty University Career Center, where she served as a career coach for
3 three years before joining Regent’s Career Services team in 2019. Amanda enjoys seeing students thrive in their God-given talents and considers it an honor to walk alongside them in that process. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, going to the beach, and running.
Cecelia has been a coach with Career Services for over three years. She aspires to help students and alumni reach their God-given potential by assisting them with resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, social media branding, career assessments, and job/internship searching. She feels fulfilled and delighted when someone she works with receives a job or internship opportunity.
Career & Life Coach
Vicki graduated from Regent with a Master’s in Human Services Counseling. Before working with Career Services, she worked as a graduate advisor for all counseling and communication programs. She enjoys working with students and alumni at every stage of their career search, from building resumes and cover letters, career assessments, social media branding, job/internship searches to mock interviews. As a military spouse, she is a relationship builder and is passionate about assisting individuals in their job search.
Suraj Paul Koottungas Varkey
Suraj has over 20 years of experience in Senior Management and Hiring. As an Entrepreneur and Worship Pastor, he has helped shape many lives and has guided many toward their God-given purpose. Suraj loves to pour into others and is always looking for avenues to be a blessing. He enjoys spending time with his family and is into music and sports.