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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 30, 2014 with No Comments
A Networking story by Ben Mervis, ‘12
Account Manager @ Rescue Social Change Group
Before walking in to a networking event or job interview, I tell myself: “you have the experience and you have the hunger.” Most importantly, I remind myself to be confident. Then, I wipe the nervous sweat off my palms, stride into the venue and shake some hands.
As a Senior at UVM, I worked on my confidence by building my best story: “I’ve spent the last 4 years developing skills in marketing strategy and campaign implementation, and have a sincere interest in socially responsible businesses and marketing.” I tested different versions and lengths of this in front of the mirror, over dinner with friends and at networking events of every type. I realized that each time I told my story I understood more about who I was and what I was looking for.
I met my life-changing connection on Church Street. His name is Jeff, and he was visiting from California; his non-traditional marketing agency works with different branches of State and Federal Governments to develop behavior change marketing campaigns. After staying in-touch via LinkedIn and other means, Jeff introduced me to his client, and I began working for the Vermont Department of Health coordinating social marketing campaigns. I launched my career as the direct liaison to Jeff’s marketing agency, in-addition to other marketing and advertising contractors. Eighteen months later I moved to California to work for Jeff as the Account Manager on a National tobacco-prevention campaign.
- Figure out what you ACTUALLY want to do. Conversations with people will help you get there by exploring the different roles and fields where you can apply your skills.
- Talk to people. Tell your story. You never know where that connection will take you.
- Follow-up! My company’s CEO constantly says “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” I say that it’s the tactful, confident and persistent (within reason) applicant that gets the job.
You have the experience, you have the hunger, now go shake some hands!
Tags: advice, alumni, Career, career path, Experience, how to, inspiration, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, tips
Category: Career Exploration, 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