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Posted on December 4, 2014 with No Comments
As you begin finals, we want to wish you good luck in the last days of the fall semester. Between study sessions, you might also start to think about how to use the upcoming break to your full advantage.
During the semester you may have felt too busy to begin delving into career exploration or preparation, but the month-long break is a great time to:
- Refine your resume
- Research and apply to job or internship opportunities
- Contact a UVM grad for a job shadow or informational interview
- Create or refine your LinkedIn profile
- Clean up your social media presence
- Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to talk about your 4 Year Plan and career goals
Remember that the Career Center is open for most of winter break, and phone appointments are available for those outside of the Burlington area.
So best of luck with your finals, enjoy your break, and use the time to catch up!
Tags: advice, Career, inspiration, internship search, Internships, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, resume, social media, tips
Category: Internships, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized, online identity, resume
Posted on November 20, 2014 with No Comments
Applying for a job or internship? In most cases, employers will call your references. For most other competitive opportunities, chances are you will need strong and descriptive letters of recommendation to help set you apart from other applicants.
Think you might apply to graduate or professional school, or for a national fellowship? Letters of recommendation will be critical to your candidacy. You might even need letters well before you graduate, i.e. for a summer research grant or enhancement program. The bottom line: you need to cultivate strong references while you are at UVM, and the sooner, the better.
Professors expect to write letters, but it’s your responsibility to give them something to write. Ask good questions, and contribute to the conversations in class. Stop by office hours to clarify course material or revisit an interesting topic. Multiple contexts can also help. Take another class with a professor you enjoyed. If you distinguish yourself, you might be asked to serve as a TA, or assist with their research if that genuinely interests you.
Consider this before asking for a letter:
Help Them Help You:
Ask, “Do you think you could write a strong recommendation for me?” If they can’t, you want to know this outright so you can avoid bland, vague or mediocre letters. When you get the “yes,” ask if they need other information. Be sure to provide clear directions for submission, and plenty of lead-time.
Lastly, don’t forget to thank them. Better yet, let them know how it all turns out.
Tags: advice, Career, etiquette, Grad School, Graduate School, how to, internship search, job search, photos, research, tips
Category: Graduate School, Helpful Resources, Internships, Job Searching, Uncategorized
Posted on November 13, 2014 with No Comments
Did your guardians tell you not to talk to strangers? Now that you’re in college the buzzword is networking- talk to strangers, make new friends, and connect. Talking to strangers can make your hands sweat, voice crack, and heart race. How do I network and find out about opportunities that can inform and support my future goals without becoming nervous? Being prepared can help. The most underused job search tool is the informational interview—this allows you to seek leads and information regarding an industry or a career path. To do this well, do your homework:
1- Figure out what information you want.
2- Brainstorm people you know—that means everyone from your best friend’s cousin to your hairdresser.
3- Schedule an appointment with someone who seems interesting. It is generally no longer than 30 minutes. Just remember, people are busy.
4- Ask the right questions—here are some sample questions
5- Play the part—dress professionally and know as much as you can about the person you are talking to.
6- Get ready to talk about yourself- draft an elevator speech about yourself and where you hope to go. Bring a resume but only give it if requested.
7- The last question you ask should be, “Do you have any suggestions of other people I could talk?”
8- Be gracious for their time and SEND A THANK YOU NOTE. Stay in touch with your contacts and let them know how they have been helpful in the future.
9- Follow up on any referrals given and do it again and again and again. That job offer could be around the corner.
These tips can help you make strangers into a valuable contact!
Tags: advice, Career, career path, etiquette, how to, internship search, job search, Networking, photos, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Internships, Interviewing, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on October 21, 2014 with No Comments
Vilma Rodrigues-Silva is the Recruitment Manager of the Northeast Region for City Year New Hampshire. She goes to lots of job fairs, so we asked her about the best ways for candidates to stand out after the event.
Is there an appropriate way to follow up with an employer after a Job Fair, even if I didn’t get a chance to meet you there?
YES! Following up with an email is fine if you missed us at a fair or could not make it. You do not need to be shy about letting a recruiter know that you are interested in a program (that is what we are here for!), and there is no need to explain in detail about why you didn’t make it to the fair. Following up with an email shows us that you are taking the initiative to learn more about our program, and that is a good thing.
What do you think about thank you notes after a Job Fair?
Personalized, hand-written notes are amazing! However, if I received these from even half of all of the students I met at job fairs, I would have hundreds of them coming in and I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I believe handwritten notes should be left to more personal interactions or after an interview. All other instances of meeting at fairs or presentations could be followed up with an email note, thanking the recruiter for their time and for coming to campus. What makes a good note is simply saying thank you and mentioning something specific that you learned or that the recruiter said that stuck with you.
Is it possible to follow up too much?
Yes, there is a “too much policy.” It’s important to show recruiters that you are interested in their program, but keep in mind that there is an abundance of information on the websites and brochures. You don’t want to ask a recruiter something that could simply be found on the homepage of a website. However, if you need clarification on something you’ve read, want more information on something you found, or want a personal account of the recruiter’s experience, then feel free to call and email.
What else should candidates know?
I – and many recruiters – love talking to students at fairs! If you already know a little about a program and plan on visiting the fair, you should come prepared to ask questions to gain more knowledge. If you randomly end up at a table because it caught your attention, politely introduce yourself and ask to learn more! Don’t be afraid to inquire for more information, and to tell the recruiter a little about yourself. Show confidence!
Tags: advice, Career, Employers, events, internship search, Internships, Interviewing, Job Fair, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, resume, search, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Employer Advice, Event, Internships, Interviewing, Job Searching, Staff, Uncategorized
Posted on September 25, 2014 with No Comments
The line between an internship and research can sometimes be gray.
Internships and research are both valuable experiences that can build your resume, and students often ask about the differences between these two options.
Both research and internships are supervised experiences that allow you to gain knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular field. Each offers the opportunity for reflection and evaluation of the information learned. These experiences will allow you to build your resume, explore your interests, and build connections that may be important for your future career. They can also help you develop “soft” skills, like critical thinking and problem solving, flexibility of mind, as well as allowing you to gain “hard” skills, such as grant writing, using databases, manuscript creation, using GIS, or printmaking.
Here’s where they differ:
An internship is experiential learning that combines classroom learning with work in a professional setting. Internships:
- Are career-related work experience
- Can be in nearly any field
- Apply classroom theory to real world applications
- Allow you to learn career related skills
- Can be a chance to “try out” at a company or organization, which may decide to hire you after graduation
In contrast, The Council on Undergraduate Research defines research as, “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline (www.cur.org)”. Research:
- Allows a student to be involved in the planning, conducting, and (ideally) reporting of a research project that leads to the creation of original knowledge in the discipline
- Can happen in any academic field
- Can be good training for graduate or medical school, getting your first job or the one after that
- May allow you to publish a paper, have your own art show, or write a thesis
- Can let you strengthen connections with faculty mentor (which may also lead to a letter of recommendation)
Interested in learning more? Come to the Internship Hop on October 8 from 1:30-4pm to hear about both research and internship opportunities. You can also check out the internship page on our website, or take a look at the website for the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Tags: Career, career path, events, Experience, internship hop, Internships, photos, research
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Internships, Uncategorized