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Career Tools

A toolbox to assist in your job search, career exploration, industry transition and ongoing professional development

Career Speaker Series

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Our new webinar series offers strategies and tips for building your career from top career authors and experts.

Self Assessment

No assessment instruments can make your career decisions for you. But they can be helpful tools for gathering information about your interests, skills, personality style, and the world of work. This information will help you make appropriate career decisions.


This personality instrument is based on psychological types and temperaments. It provides information about your personality style and the way that you interact with the world. This information is used to help you understand the relationship between personality and careers.

Career Leader

An online self-assessment test designed specifically for business careers

Strengths Finder

Strengths Finder assessment is designed to uncover your core talents to help you with industry and workplace inclinations, and skill development.

Career Industry Exploration

The O*NET Program

The O*NET Program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Resumes and Cover Letters

We are excited to announce the Vanderbilt Alumni Association is partnering with Christy Robb of Career & Lifestyle and Lacy Nelson, MEd’89, of now2planB to provide resume review via email to already completed resumes. For a deeper look into creating or reinventing your resume, please contact Christy or Lacy to inquire about resume packages.

  • Email Christy directly at or Lacy ( to coordinate your timeline and resume needs. Please allow three business days for Christy or Lacy to review your resume.
  • Fees and billing arrangements are handled by you and your Career Coach.
  • Visit our Career Coaching webpage for more information about Christy and Lacy’s services exclusively for Vanderbilt Alumni. 

Alumni Career Resources - The Cover Letter

Podcast 1: The Cover Letter

Optimal Resume

Optimal Resumé offers a free, on-demand suite of career tools

Tapping into your Vanderbilt Network 

  • Search for alumni in specific geographic areas and industries (use advanced and keyword searches!), then request informational interviews
  • Post and explore job postings
  • Find VU alumni chapter events to network with fellow alumni

Get the most of your VUconnect searches:

Alumni Career Resources - VUconnect

Podcast 8: VUconnect







Vanderbilt Career Events


Join the official Vanderbilt Alumni Group on LinkedIn : Search job postings, start discussions and make alumni connections in your area or industry.

Insider Professional Advice from LinkedIn’s university leader to optimize your Vanderbilt networking connections.

Alumni Career Resources - Using LinkedIn

Podcast 3: Using LinkedIn



Alumni Career Resources - Networking 101

Podcast 6: Networking 101

Alumni Career Resources - Networking as a Catalyst for Professional Change

Podcast 7: Networking as a Catalyst for Professional Change

Alumni Career Resources – Books

Dave Delaney, Nashville-based speaker, consultant and author, published New Business Networking: How to Effectively Grow Your Business Network Using Online and Offline Networksin 2013 to coach professionals of all ages and industries to “build their network before they need it.”

Visit the Networking page for more information

Informational Interviews

Information coming soon.

Developing a Plan of Action

Alumni Career Resources - Conducting a Job Search

Podcast 4: Conducting a Job Search

Alumni Career Resources - Creating Your Value Proposition

Podcast 10: Creating Your Value Proposition

Alumni Career Resources - Your Career Marketing Plan

Podcast 9: Your Career Marketing Plan

More information is available on our Career Coaching and Resources pages

Once you’re in the DORE

Alumni Career Resources - Acing the Interview

Podcast 5: Acing the Interview

Optimal Resume

Optimal Resumé offers a free, on-demand suite of career tools