Frequently Asked Questions

General

1. Where is Career Services (CS)?
CS is located on the ground level of the University Inn, Room 102.

2. What are your hours?
CS is open Monday through Thursday from 8-5 p.m. and until 4 p.m. on Fridays.
You can come to daily drop-in times (times are listed on homepage) to have a resume/cover letter edited or ask any career strategy question you have—no appointment necessary.
One-on-one career coaching sessions, workshops and presentations are available at other hours, including evenings by appointment at (435) 797-7777

3. When are your resume editing drop-in times?
Daily times are listed on our homepage. Use CS’s online resume guides to create or update your resume and have it edited via email/phone if you are out of town.

4. Can I get my cover letter edited during drop in times?
Yes, it helps to bring a hard copy or you can print one in our Career Café.

5. Do you work with all students, alumni and/or community members?
The career coaches at Career Services work with all of these groups in exploring and preparing for career employment.

6. Who is my Career Coach or Advisor?
We call our staff Career Coaches as we coach and support you both online and one-on-one on your way to career success.

7. How do I make an appointment?
Call the center at 435-797-7777 for an appointment. Or walk in as you cross campus to make an appointment and use the Career Café.

8. How long are appointments?
Typically, 30 or 60 minutes, depending on your needs.

9. Do you have computers for student use?
Yes! Stop by the Career Café to use computers for internships, student jobs, career employment, and social networking.

10. What services are offered at CS?
The coaches at Career Services offer students/alumni resources and expertise to:
• Explore academic majors and careers
• Obtain student employment and internships
• Prepare for graduate school and admissions tests
• Succeed in your first career position

11. Can someone from CS come speak to my organization/club/class?
Thanks for the invitation! An online “request a presentation form” on the CS website: www.usu.edu/career has a form for your request. See this form under the student or faculty tabs. Several workshop topics and customizable sessions are offered.
See: Request a Presentation

12. When is the next Career Fair and how do I prepare?
The fair dates are on our web site and include preparation tips for your introduction, dress, resume, networking, etc.
See: Career Fairs

13. Does CS offer any skills or interest tests to help me choose a major/career?
Yes! Start with one of our career peers where you learn about and get Focus! This is a free online tool to help you explore your interests, skills, personality and other factors while matching these to job titles that fit these factors. Then meet one-on-one with your Career Coach for a customized interpretation and action plan that fits your career goals.
See: Career Assessments

Internship & Student Employment

1. How do I start to find an internship or a career position?
This is a process not a single event or activity. Meet your Career Coach for a one-on-one session for strategies, employer and alumni contacts, Career AGGIE, fair preparation, and more.
See: Launch an Internship/Career Search

2. I worked for a company last year; can I get internship credit for that experience now?
This is not an option because internship credit is earned while working. If you are going to do another internship; be sure to see your internship coordinator before you leave campus.

3. What is Career AGGIE (CA) and how do I get an Account?
CA is the job posting and networking site for students/alumni. Find internships, career positions, Career Fair contacts, student jobs, and network with employer contacts. If you are attending USU, you already have an account. Your username is your complete A# and password is your birthday (mmddyy).
See: Career AGGIE

4. Can you tell me my Career AGGIE username and password?
Typically, your username is your complete A# and your password is your birthday (mmddyy).

5. My job is related to my major, can I turn it into an internship for credit?
Most of the time, yes! You have an internship coordinator in each academic department. If you ever need help finding internships, see your Career Coach at CS.
See: Internship Coordinators

8. Can I get a practice interview with CS?
Of course, the Career Coaches can hold mock interviews to help you prepare for employment and grad school interviews. Also they will coach you about the importance of following-up immediately after the interview.

9. Who should I use as a reference?
Someone who can speak positively about your skills and talents should be asked to be a reference for you. Use 3-5 references with employers and faculty first, then personal references (unless a personal reference is advocating for you with someone in their network, then they move to the top of the list). Typically, you don’t give your references out unless asked-this single sheet is NOT part of your resume.
See: Resumes/Cover Letters

10. I am ready to negotiate my first salary. Can CS help?
This is our favorite type of appointment. There is salary data and negotiation information of our web site, and you can see your Career Coach to discuss salary ranges and negotiation strategies.
See: Evaluating Job Offers

11. How do I connect with alumni?
Join the USU Alumni LinkedIn Group to make connections with alumni.

12. How do you recommend I use social media in my internship/career search?
There are so many options for your social networks that can lead to opportunities for success in the marketplace. See your Career Coach.
See: Your Virtual Presence

Resumes/Cover Letters

1. Should I submit a cover letter with my resume?
Yes! A customized cover letter can create a better marketing package that outlines your skills as they meet the employer’s needs.
See: Resumes/Cover Letters

2. When are your resume editing drop-in times?
You can get your resume edited Monday through Friday during daily drop-in times with no appointment. Use CS’s online resume guides to create or update your resume and have it edited via email/phone if you are out of town.

3. Can I get my cover letter edited during drop in times?
Yes, it helps to bring a hard copy or you can print one in our Career Café?

4. When can I get my resume critiqued?
For a quick 10 minute appointment, stop in during daily drop-ins. For an appointment call 797-7777.

Career AGGIE

1. What is Career AGGIE (CA) and how do I get an Account?
CA is the job posting and networking site for students. Find internships, career positions, Career Fair contacts, student jobs, and network with employer/alumni contacts. If you are attending USU, you already have an account. Your username is your complete A# and your password is your birthday (mmddyy).
See: Career AGGIE

2. How do I connect with alumni?
Join the USU Alumni LinkedIn Group to make connections with alumni.

3. How do I find an on- or off-campus job?
This is a process not a single event or activity. Meet your Career Coach for a one-on-one session for strategies, employer and alumni contacts, Career AGGIE, and fair preparation.

4. Can you tell me my Career AGGIE username and password?
Typically, your username is your complete A# and your password is your birthday (mmddyy).

Interviews

1. Can I get a practice interview with CS?
Of course, the Career Coaches can hold mock interviews to help you prepare for employment and grad school interviews. Also they will coach you about the importance of following-up immediately after the interview.

2. I am ready to negotiate my first salary. Can CS help?
This is our favorite type of appointment. There is salary data and negotiation information of our web site. Also, you can make an appointment with your Career Coach to discuss salary ranges and negotiation strategies.
See: Interviews

Graduate School Preparation

1. When should I start working on getting into graduate school?
This is an exciting and often intimidating process. Start early and CS has a timeline and support for this process. Testing for admissions exams is also offered in the testing area of CS.
See: Graduate Admissions & Entrance Exams

2. Can CS help me with my personal statement /letters of intent?
Yes, we ask that you leave your personal statement, prompt from the application, and a deadline for review-at the front desk. This allows your Career Coach to review this document thoughtfully and you will receive an email for pick up or a follow-up appointment.
See: Grad School Prep

Testing


When Can I Take the GRE Exam and How Do I register?

We give the GRE on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. by appointment. Register by calling us at 435-797-1004 or by going online. Cost is $160.
See: Graduate Admissions and Entrance Exams

When Can I Take the ACT and How Do I Register?

The ACT Residual test is given on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $45. Call us at 435-797-1004 for an appointment.
See: Undergraduate Admissions & Entrance Exams

When Can I Take the MAT and How Do I Register?

MAT testing is available Mondays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Call us at 435-797-1004 for an appointment. Cost is $75.
See: Graduate Admissions and Entrance Exams

How Can I Register to Take the GED Exam?

The GED is given on Mondays at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $85. Call at 435-797-1004 for an appointment.
See: Undergraduate Admissions & Entrance Exams

How Do I CLEP Out of English 1010?

The College Composition CLEP is given on Mondays from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Other CLEP exams are on the same schedule. Cost is $100.
See: Exams for Credit

When Can I Take a Praxis Exam and How Do I Register?

Pencil and Paper Format: given seven Saturdays each year. Registration is done only online. Cost varies by exam from approx. $100 to $150, depending on exam.

Computer-Based Format: a limited number of Praxis exams are now available in computer-based format. These are offered each Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Candidates register only online. Cost varies from $100 to approx $150, depending on exam.

See: Certification Exams

How Do I Set Up a Proctored Exam for an Online Class I am Taking?

All exams for online classes and distance education classes are given through the Distance Education Testing Center on the bottom floor of Eccles Conference Center, room 108H. Call 435-797-9700 for information or scheduling.

When Can I Take the TOEFL Exam and How Do I Register?

 The TOEFL is given approximately 12 times each year on Friday or Saturday dates, averaging about one administration each month. Students must register online at the TOEFL website. Cost is $175.
See: Undergraduate Admissions and Entrance Exams

When Can I Take the Math Placement Exam?

Math Placement testing is offered Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Cost is $10.

Tests are given on a walk-in basis when possible, but appointments are strongly recommended as our schedule is often full and seats may not always be available. Call 435-797-1004 to make an appointment.
See: Placement Exams

How Can I Prepare for the Math Placement Exam?

Study materials for the Math Placement Exam are available through the Math Department’s website.
See: Placement Exams

When Can I Take the GMAT and How Do I Register?

The GMAT is given each Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. by appointment. Cost is $250. Appointments must be scheduled online at the GMAT website.
See: Graduate Admissions and Entrance Exams

Student Employment

How do I close a job?

Answer: Pull up the job in Career AGGIE and on the left-side of the screen under "Page Function" you will see "Close Job".

How do I post a job?

Answer:Go to Career AGGIE and create an Employer account (if Utah State University will be listed as i.e. USU Career Services).