SHRM Career Services encourages students of all grade levels to stop by or start browsing to begin their career search in hospitality. Graduating with a great career path in hospitality takes many semesters of preparation, planning, and networking. Beginning as freshmen, consider each semester a building block to achieving your first career postition upon graduation.
Career Planning and Job Search Tools
- Career Planning Timeline
- Meyers Briggs Type Indicator and The Strong Interest Inventory
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Dictionary of Occupation Titles
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Occupational Information Network
- Careers by Major (hosted by Gateway Student Success Center)
- Student Organizations
Job Search Resources
Job Application Materials - Samples
- Writing resources, including resources for resumes, cover letters and sample thank you letters
- Resumes: To have your resume reviewed by an FCB Business Communication faculty member, please send it as a WORD attachment to Mary.Bowers@nau.edu or Marcia.Metcalf@nau.edu.
You should understand why and how to dress professionally, especially for your interviews. To help you with these expectations, review our Student's Guide to Professional Dress presentation HERE.
Here are a few cell phone apps that help you with those challenging wardrobe tasks that can make the difference as you dress appropriately for your interview.
How to Tie a Tie Free for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes...by ArtelPlus
How to Tie a Tie - Android Apps on Google Play by ArtelPlus
Scarf Fashion Designer Free for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the...by ArtelPlus
How to Tie a Scarf - Android Apps on Google Play by ArtelPlus
- Interviewing Information and Informational Interviewing (hosted by NAU Career Services)
- Interview Strategies
- Sample interview questions
From the Trenches
To follow are stories shared by our employers about their Best / Worst interactions with an interviewee.
Best: “I have really researched your firm and went to your office tour. I am really impressed by your culture and want to work for [your firm]”.
–Accounting Firm Representative
Worst: Someone came in for an office interview. Our receptionist asked if he needed something to drink, etc. She then asked if he was nervous. He said he was not. Trying to make him feel comfortable, she commented that she would be nervous. He fired back “that is why you are back there and I am out here!” Very haughty. His interview was effectively over before it started.
–Accounting firm Representative
Worst: “My husband wants me to ‘take’ this job so we can travel together.” Tourism Sales Representative
–Tourism Sales Representative
Best: It really impresses me when an interviewee does their homework on the company and knows about the position for which they applied. If they can name off all 10 of our core values and relate them to their lives without asking the question, it’s a huge advantage for them.
–Insurance Industry Representative
Worst: We had an interviewee who missed their interview appointment. I called him to make sure there wasn’t an emergency or valid reason for missing the appointment. He was actually upset that I “Did not call him that morning to remind him to come interview.” I politely told him we were no longer interested in interviewing him since I really didn’t want to have to call him every morning to “remind him” to come to work.
–Insurance Industry Representative
Best: A candidate had come in and had done their homework – they knew the company and told me how they would fit with the culture – what products etc. they liked.
Worst: Someone said they only dressed up because it was their fraternity Thursday dress up day! Students don’t always research companies beforehand.
–IT Industry Representative
NAU Career Services Pinterest-Networking: Professional associations are great places to connect with working professionals at all levels. Website HERE.
NAU Career Services Pinterest-What to Wear: Professional dress recommendations for all styles and professional occasions plus links to related pinterest boards! Website HERE.
The Smart Axe Guide-LinkedIn: Build a strong, professional online footprint using the power of LinkedIn, but never forget that it is a professional networking site. Website HERE.
Using Body Language: Say What You Mean. Body language makes all the difference in how you are perceived by people. Learn more in this Infographic HERE...
Job Interviewing 101: How to succeed in any interview situation? Read your interviewer and win the job! Learn more in this Infographic HERE...
How to Dress for an Interview: First impressions have a lasting effect on employers. Learn more about what to wear and what NOT to wear to an interview in this Infographic HERE...
Anatomy of a Job Interview: a look at the essential parts and pieces in impressing your future employer. Make that 90-second first impression count! Learn more in this Infographic HERE...
The Anatomy of an Outstanding Résumé. It seems companies are more interested in personality than immediate goals... Infographic HERE.
Spice Up Your Resume: A ton of tips from the most pleasing fonts to tips and tricks for online resumes, video resumes, and tips for an employer-friendly online presence. Infographic HERE...
Choosing a Career: What factors go into choosing a career? Explore possible motivators over a 10-year span in this Infographic HERE...
LinkedIn Boot Camp: LinkedIn is a useful tool for personal marketing, and this infographic will help you to use it to it’s full potential. Infographic HERE...
Relocation Station: What happens when the jobs you get take you outside of your home? Relocation is never easy, and not everyone is accepting these far away offers. Infographic HERE...