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Whether you're looking for career support or have questions about your Segal Education Award, we have a number of resources available to help you during and after your service with Jumpstart.

Can't find what you're looking for? Interested in a little extra career guidance? Let us know and we'll do what we can to support your needs! 

Jumpstart Your Career: A Career Development Series for Jumpstart Alumni

Jumpstart has partnered with Tracy Fitzpatrick, a career and life coach with 14+ years of experience, to deliver a program that will provide an overview of three fundamental career building steps for upcoming graduates or those contemplating a job or career change.
 

Webinar Series #1:  Clarifying Your Career Direction

Webinar 1.1 explores what makes life and work meaningful and interesting to you and introduces the concept of self-observation as a useful tool in this process. 
Webinar 1.1 – Your Values and Interest  (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 1.1 – Your Values and Interest (Supplemental Handouts) 
Webinar 1.1 – Your Values and Interest (Slides
 
Webinar 1.2 focuses on identifying and articulating your accomplishments and strengths, a key step for understanding the value one brings to an employer. 
Webinar 1.2 - Your Accomplishments, Strengths, and Managing Your Inner Critics (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 1.2 – Your Accomplishments, Strengths, and Managing Your Inner Critics (Supplemental Handouts)
Webinar 1.2 – Your Accomplishments, Strengths, and Managing Your Inner Critics (Slides)
 
Webinar 1.3 explores your work vision and mission—that is, what you wish from work and what impact you wish to have; we also tie previous topics together by helping you prepare a professional summary and identify your fields/jobs of interest and your good questions about them
Webinar 1.3 - Your Work Vision and Mission (Click here to view the webinar) 
Webinar 1.3 -  Your Work Vision and Mission (Supplemental Handouts
Webinar 1.3 -  Your Work Vision and Mission (Slides
 

Webinar Series #2:  Career Information Gathering

Webinar 2.1 explores how to gather information about one's fields/jobs of interest by using best practices for conducting an effective informational interview.
Webinar 2.1- Informational Interviewing (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 2.1- Informational Interviewing (Supplemental Handouts
Webinar 2.1- Informational Interviewing (Slides
 
Webinar 2.2 addresses common challenges of informational interviewing and provides solutions for addressing these challenges
Webinar 2.2- Informational Interviewing Part II (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 2.2- Informational Interviewing Part II (Supplemental Handouts)
Webinar 2.2- Informational Interviewing Part II (Slides)
 
Webinar 2.3 provides an overview of using LinkedIn as a tool for self-presentation, networking, research and professional development
Webinar 2.3 – Using LinkedIn to Create Connections and Conduct Research (Click here to view webinar)
Webinar 2.3 – Using LinkedIn to Create Connections and Conduct Research (Supplemental Handouts)
Webinar 2.3 – Using LinkedIn to Create Connections and Conduct Research (Slides)
 
Webinar 2.4 provides additional information about research sources including colleges/universities, libraries, online sources and professional and business associations; we also address how to get experience and build skills in a new career
Webinar 2.4 – Other Sources of Career Research and Experience (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 2.4 – Other Sources of Career Research and Experience (Supplemental Handouts)
Webinar 2.4 – Other Sources of Career Research and Experience (Slides)
 

Webinar Series #3:  How do you stand out in the applicant pool?

Webinar 3.1 explores how to best tailor your resume based on your career aspirations, including formatting tips, best content, and developing a career portfolio.
Webinar 3.1 - Telling Your Empowered, Authentic Story and Preparing Your Resume (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 3.1 - Telling Your Empowered, Authentic Story and Preparing Your Resume (Supplemental Handouts)
Webinar 3.1 - Telling Your Empowered, Authentic Story and Preparing Your Resume (Slides)
 
Webinar 3.2 addresses how your digital presence can impact your career, both positively and negatively and explores how you can establish a professional brand online.
Webinar 3.2 - Crafting a Positive Online Identity (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 3.2 - Crafting a Positive Online Identity (Supplemental handouts)
Webinar 3.2 - Crafting a Positive Online Identity (Slides)
 
Webinar 3.3- explores best practices for developing your cover letter, including content, format, and demonstrating a fit between your skills and the employers job description.
Webinar 3.3 – Writing a Cover Letter and Effectively Using Your Research and Allies (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 3.3 – Writing a Cover Letter and Effectively Using Your Research and Allies (Supplemental handouts)
Webinar 3.3 - Writing a Cover Letter and Effectively Using Your Research and Allies (Slides)

 

Webinar 3.4- addresses tips for interview preparation and conduct, including best responses for classic interview questions and the importance of follow-up after an interview. 
Webinar 3.4 – Nailing Your Job Interview and Follow-up (Click here to view the webinar)
Webinar 3.4 – Nailing Your Job Interview and Follow-up (Supplemental handouts)
Webinar 3.4 – Nailing Your Job Interview and Follow-up (Slides)

 

Webinar 3.5- explores the steps one should take when receiving a job offer, including negotiating tactics, exploring upward mobility, and accepting a job offer. 
Webinar 3.5 - Getting a Job Offer: Leverage, More Research, Discernment and Negotiations (Click here to view the webinar) 
Webinar 3.5 - Getting a Job Offer: Leverage, More Research, Discernment and Negotiations (Supplemental handouts)
Webinar 3.5 - Getting a Job Offer: Leverage, More Research, Discernment and Negotiations (Slides
 

*Please note for Webinar Series #3, the supplemental handouts for each webinar in the series does not change

Other Resources

The Princeton Review (new!) -Planning on attending graduate school? Jumpstart has partnered with The Princeton Review to offer 15% off classroom and online graduate courses for business, law, and medical exams including the GMAT  LSATMCAT, and GRE Contact alumni@jstart.org to receive your exclusive code. 

Teacher Preparation Program Directory [PDF] - Interested in applying to a teacher preparatory program? We’ve compiled a list of various programs with details like program locations, stipends and degrees earned, and application deadlines.

Jumpstart Your Résumé [PDF] – Need help presenting Jumpstart on your résumé? Check out this tool to help you highlight the diverse set of skills you honed with Jumpstart, as well as additional tips and guidelines for crafting a strong résumé.

Tips for Writing Cover Letters [PDF] – Take a look at these guidelines and samples to help you write cover letters when applying to job opportunities. 

Interview Tips and Guidelines [PDF] – Nervous about your upcoming interview? Here are a few tips to help you prepare and stay confident. 

Transferable Skills [PDF] - As a Jumpstart Corps member, you have gained many marketable skills that would interest a potential employer. Use this document to help you identify and articulate these skills.

Informational Interview Guide [PDF] - Learn how to expand your network by conducting informational interviews.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Management [PDF]  - Step-by-step directions on how to access your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award FAQ [PDF] - Information concerning the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, including how the award can be used, institutions that match the award, and more. 

Certification of Service Letter [PDF] - Directions on how to print out a letter certifying your service with Jumpstart and AmeriCorps.