Fast-tracking the Career Exploration Process

Kathy Meyer, Career Consultant

In my 20 years as a career consultant, my role has been to listen, give resources and encourage students to learn all they can in order to discover their skills, interests and values. I often give them my quick guide on how to jump-start the career exploration process, looking and reading about the thousands of occupations that now make up the world of work.

Now I’m passing my guide on to you. Here’s my outline on how to conduct a career exploration on yourself, from the comfort of your own space:

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Fast-tracking the Career Exploration Process

Support Systems and your Job Search

Job Search? Network? Informational Interview? Does the thought of participating in these activities strike a nerve?

“Pass! I’m good. I have some websites I’m using to find a job, but thanks anyway.”

Believe it or not, it is a fact that most of us get jobs when we connect with someone, some person. Connect with a person versus connecting with an electronic application.

One of the key foundational steps in any job search is identifying, building, and using your support system. Your support system serves as your brain trust to learn about new industries and positions that you may not be familiar with. It also­ serves as your net when you feel like you’re falling.

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Support Systems and your Job Search

Upcoming Dallas Area Job Fairs

Check out these two great upcoming Career Fairs in the Dallas area!


EmployAbility Job Fair – Sept. 30, 10am – 2pm

Presented by the Dallas Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. Learn more at

EmployAbility Job Fair September 30 2014

North Texas Technology Hiring Expo – Oct. 1, 8:30am – 1:00 pm

Sponsored by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and the Metroplex Technology Business Council. Learn more at

Technology Hiring Attendee Information


Upcoming Dallas Area Job Fairs

Resume ER – Sept. 18

Is your job search on life support? Does your resume need CPR, STAT?

Resume ER is Sept. 18 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the VCB Atrium.

Then bring a hard copy of your resume to be critiqued by INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS! Get tips on how to better market yourself and how to stand out from the crowd. Arrive any time from 1:00 – 3:45 for a 15 minute critique session.



Employers from the following companies will be attending:

L-3 Mission Integration

KidsCare Therapy


Wells Fargo Consumer Lending Group

Avalon Consulting, LLC




Essilor of America

ONEprop, Inc.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

Ethos Group

Teach For America

PriceKubecka, PLLC

Resume ER – Sept. 18

Cisco Virtual Career Fair

Cisco is hosting a Virtual Career Fair on Sept. 15! Register at

cisco virtual fair

Cisco Virtual Career Fair

Networking Opportunities in the Community

Networking is a key part of job searching. It’s also a really hard part of job searching! It can be awkward, and it is often difficult to find a place to start. One option is to seek out community groups that offer networking events for free. Religious organizations, professional groups, and social organizations can all offer this type of resource.

For instance, Jewish Family Services (a United Way organization) offers a variety of career resources for free. All services are open to all!




Networking Opportunities in the Community

Allstate Job Fair – June 26

Interested in working for Allstate? Stop by Allstate’s Career Fair in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, June 26! Visit to learn about the many career opportunities available.

For Online Use- Allstate Texas Career Fair Poster

Allstate Job Fair – June 26

MAC3 DFW Career Fair

Check out the MAC3 DFW Career Fair tomorrow at the Grapevine Convention Center! View the list of attending employers and available positions and RSVP!

MAC3 DFW Career Fair Job Seeker Flyer

MAC3 DFW Career Fair

Just In Time Resume Critiques and Expo

The Career Center is hosting 2 events for students graduating this semester. The Just In Time Resume and LinkedIn profile critique session will be Tuesday, April 29 from 5:30 – 6:30 in SSB 3.300. The Just In Time Career Expo will be Wednesday, April 30 from 1-3pm in the SU Galaxy Rooms. Learn more about the expo and see a list of attending employers at

JIT Resume Critique Session

Just In Time Career Expo Flyer

Just In Time Resume Critiques and Expo

Fidelity On-Site Job Fair

Fidelity is hosting an on-site career fair for May and August graduates! Register by April 21 at

fidelity career fair

Fidelity On-Site Job Fair