Career Services for Faculty and Staff

Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff

As a staff and faculty member, you are an integral part of making Grand Valley State University one of the most successful colleges in the Midwest. We are known for our great talent—YOU—and want to help you continually develop your skills, strengths and experiences in a way that encourages growth and opportunity. 

The Mission of the Human Resources for Faculty and Staff Consulting program is to provide GVSU personnel with a source for guided career education, reflection exploration, planning and goal setting. The Career consultant will support your career growth, personal and professional development while encouraging job satisfaction, advancement and ultimately enhancing work performance and retention. 

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Current Job Openings

Kim Monaghan

Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff Consultant

Hi, I’m Kim Monaghan, your Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff Consultant.  As an international coaching federation Certified Professional Career Coach (PCC), I help professionals reframe personal and professional challenges, set goals for performance improvement and craft strategies for realizing their career potential. Though I am an onsite contractor for GVSU, I am vested in the long-term success of the university and respect its collaborative culture.  I look forward to meeting you and helping you create and implement a plan for career success.

Kim Monaghan
Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff Consultant
Limited Onsite at GVSU with telecoaching availability.

Professional Document Review

Are you ‘resume ready’? Whether you’re presenting at an upcoming conference, pitching a promotion proposal to your supervisor, or considering a career change, your CV or resume should be ready and up-to-date.

It’s important to keep your career portfolio up to date. This doesn’t mean you’re looking for a new job; rather, it means you're a smart and savvy professional. This is an exercise you should do at the very least once a year. Refreshing and updating your career documents is also a great confidence boosting exercise and serves as an accomplishments reminder during your ePDP and faculty review.

If you would help with updating your career portfolio, contact your Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff Consultant for an appointment.

Additional Resume, Cover Letter and CV Samples and Tips
Formatting Tips for Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Get Your Resume Noticed
Get Your Resume Ready For Your Job Search
Why You Need a Failure Resume
The Online Portfolio: How It Can Help You Land A Job

Interviewing Assistance

The Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff Consultant is here to support your interview success. Please consider scheduling a session for a mock interview or a strategy session to help you develop a plan to present your best, confident self at your next interview and master your follow-up approach.

Interviewing Tips

9 Things You should Never Do After a Job Interview
102 Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers
How To Relax Before Your Big Job Interview
If You’re Looking for a Job, Get Out of Your Own Way
Interviewing Over Lunch 
Nailing the Skype Interview


Understanding yourself is important for developing an engaging and sustainable career. Career assessments are tools that help provide you with key personal insight including your strengths, preferred work style, temperament, preferences, work interests, leadership style, stress triggers, personal brand, and what to look for when exploring your next career move. 

Career-Related Assessments 
Free Online Assessments
Leadership, Values, Personality and other Career-Enhancing Assessments 

Princeton Review Career Quiz

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoP) are platforms to connect around a shared interest and issues relating to professional, career and leadership growth or training and development.

Young Professionals in Higher Education
This group is designed to support and connect those who share the goal of developing a successful and satisfying career in higher education. Throughout the academic year, free social engagements, leadership breakfasts and educational programs are offered to encourage learning, development and networking with other young professionals within the collegiate community. Whether you're a faculty or staff member, or a student hoping to pursue a career in higher education, YPHE extends an open invitation to participate in programming that will help you make the most of your career. All ages and institutional affiliations are welcome.  Follow Young Professionals In Higher Education for more information.

Lean in Circle
Grand Valley Lean In Circle meets monthly and is open to all faculty and staff and community members. Based on the book by Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In Circles are small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together and discuss topics related to career success. Attendees show up authentically and promote dialogue about issues and opportunities related to helping all women reach their full potential. Meetings are held at either the Pew or Allendale campuses. For more information, please contact Melissa Peraino (

Positive Organizations
The mission of Positive Organizations (PO), a GVSU Community of Practice is to offer unique and enriching opportunities that inspire and support employees in their quest to thrive at Grand Valley State University. The group is open to all GVSU employees and offers opportunities to explore, share and develop ideas and best practices that produce a work environment where individuals thrive and the organization exceeds expectations.

For more information contact Kelley Monterusso.

Registration for upcoming events is available via Sprout.