Career Development Advising Services

The Career Development Advising service is a free and confidential service to assist regular employees (non-temporary) in achieving their personal career development goals within the University of Iowa. We can help you identify new skills to use in your current position, look for a change or opportunity to advance in your current career track, or take your career in an entirely new direction. Our advisors are certified by the Career Planning and Adult Development Network as Job and Career Development Coaches.

During a one-on-one consultation we can help you:

  • Assess your career goals
  • Develop a specific search strategy or long range career development plan
  • Understand what prospective employers are looking for
  • Review your resume/cover letter specifically for the type of positions you’re looking for
  • Develop effective interviewing skills and techniques to present your unique skills and experiences to your best advantage
  • Strategize to achieve your goals with benchmarks to measure your success
  • Learn to use position descriptions, pay grade matrixes and information, classification review processes, and promotional pathways
  • Identify additional resources

Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Length of appointments vary based on the topics the employee desires to discuss. Please contact us if you wish to set up an appointment or have additional questions.

Career Development Advising Services

Campus address
102-21 USB
U.S. mailing address
The University of Iowa
102 University Services Bldg.
Ste. 21
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911

Frequently Asked Questions

A new career development tool is now available for you and your supervisor to document your career growth and job changes.   This document can then be used to support pay adjustments and classification changes, when appropriate.

If you completed a JIF (Job Information Form) earlier in the project, you can document changes since you completed that form in January 2010 (unless you have been reclassified under the old system between January 2010 and April 2011, in which case you can document changes from the point of reclassification). If you have assumed your position since that time, you would document changes from the time you started in your position. If you did not complete a JIF and have not changed positions since 2010, the documentation of job changes would begin from July 2011, when the new job classifications became effective.

If you can document changes in your job using the time frames described above and your supervisor agrees, you can be considered for either a promotion or a career shift to another classification. This does not guarantee a change in classification, but it would be the way to receive consideration for your request.