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Resources for Advanced Professionals

The ACE team is available to help with any aspect of your career development wherever you find yourself on your career path - if you are seeking to advance within your company, make a shift or change careers completely, or if you need help figuring our the best route to take.

See this link for the Career Checklist for Adult Students and Alumni. This is a helpful tool in setting goals and organizing your career plan from exploring options to gaining meaningful and relevant experiences to allow you to engage with and emerge in your desired field and occupation. See below for helpful resources. We encourage you to consult these online resources before scheduling an appointment for an optimal learning experience.

Resumes and LinkedIn

  • Starting with a stellar resume will be the foundation of your job search documents and will also help in the networking process. See this link for a guide on resume writing for advanced professionals and career changers.
  • After writing an resume you feel confident in, update your LinkedIn profile. The headline, summary, education, experience and other information from your resume can be used on LinkedIn, but be sure to then ask yourself these questions:
    1. Do I have a dynamic headline that communicates who I am as a professional and what I am seeking? Does it make me stand out?
    2. Do I have a professional looking headshot as a profile picture? Am I dressed and do I look as I would during a professional interview?
    3. Does my LinkedIn profile show additional information to my resume? Are there projects or publications I can add as files or link to? 
    4. Have I asked trusted contacts to write recommendations to appear on my profile? Have I written recommendations for others?
    5. What else can I do with my LinkedIn profile that I cannot with a resume?

Networking

  • One of the most important - if not the most important - activities for someone wishing to advance along their career path or make a change, however significant, is networking.
  • Think about who exists in your network already, among colleagues, family members, friends, classmates or former classmates, professors or former professors, etc. Who can you reach out to with questions about your field? You never know who may be connected to whom, and what insight they can provide.
  • Keep a log of your activities, using something like this example.
  • Join the BenU Network, research members, and send invitations to those whom you'd like to interview. More on the BenU Network and informational interviewing here.
  • Using LinkedIn can be a good way to network with new folks. Here are some pointers and recommended to dos regarding LinkedIn:
    1. Try and connect with lots of people – connect with colleagues, supervisors, friends, family, acquaintances from other community groups (like church or volunteer organizations). The more connections you have, the more potential you have to connect with new people in your field.

    2. Follow groups on LinkedIn like Benedictine Alumni. Do a search through LinkedIn of additional groups you might want to follow. (Enter various terms in the search field at the top, then click ‘groups’ from the list on the right to filter only groups in the search.) Joining groups allows you to view other members of the groups, ask questions, and contribute to conversations online.

    3. Also do a search of specific professional associations/organizations to follow.

    4. When you send an invitation to connect with an individual you might not know (but who might be a fellow alum of BenU, for example, or share some other common ground with you), click on the person’s profile BEFORE clicking the “connect” button. From the profile view, when you then click “connect” you have the opportunity to personalize the note that’s emailed. This is always preferable. The note in this particular space is limited to 300 characters. An example of an invitation could be: Dear [Name], I’m a fellow BenU alum [or whatever your common ground might be] & am curious to learn more about ______. Would you be willing to have a brief chat with me via phone to talk about your career path & organization? Thank you in advance. I may be reached at [email] @ [email].com. Sincerely, NAME

  • Below is information about a community-organized networking group who meets monthly here on campus - the Executive Status Networking Group.
  • This community networking group meets the first Monday of each month on Benedictine University's campus from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. – to find out the current location, please call 630-829-6041. The Executive Status Network is a job searching networking group. Their members include business professionals from varied backgrounds who are employed or seeking employment. A typical member would be a manager, technical specialist or business professional who is accustomed to leadership responsibilities. The purpose is to enhance job search capabilities by sharing information with other members. For more information on how to RSVP, please call our main number at 630-829-6041.
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Goodwin Hall, Room 214
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
For additional information, contact ACE@ben.edu or (630) 829-6041.