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Posted on October 16, 2014 with No Comments
Here’s the inside scoop from a recruiter who attends A LOT of job fairs!
What can students do to stand out (in a good way) at a Job Fair?
One of the first questions we ask a candidate at a career fair is, “have you heard of Fast Enterprises?” Students should find the companies and opportunities that they are interested in ahead of time and check out their website & social media. Doing research shows that you are interested in and excited about the opportunity to work at a company.
What do recruiters like best about attending a Job Fair?
We love to meet candidates face to face! This is a candidate’s chance to explain their qualifications to us, rather than us simply viewing their resume on a computer. Tell us about you, what you are looking for and what you can bring to our team. Make a great first impression.
What do recruiters like least about attending a Job Fair?
Because FAST is a smaller company, not many students have heard of us and don’t stop by our booth to learn about us. Instead, they stand in line at the large companies that they are familiar with. We recommend considering the smaller or unfamiliar companies. Just because you haven’t heard of the company before does not mean that they do not have great opportunities available! Be flexible at a career fair and open to all job prospects.
Why should first-years and sophomores attend a Job Fair?
Career fairs can seem intimidating, but attending during your freshman and sophomore years is advantageous. It will help you practice your networking skills and it shows employers that you are motivated, and a go-getter. We love sharing the FAST stories with all candidates and we even give tips to younger students about how they can become a better candidate for FAST in the upcoming years.
Recruiter, Fast Enterprises, LLC
Talk with Fast Representatives Sarah Berry and Chris Schmidt (& 125 other employers!) at the Fall Job Fair on October 22, 2014. 2-6pm. Davis Center
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Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on October 8, 2014 with No Comments
Hannah Richman ‘08
State Park Peace Officer (Ranger), California State Parks
Major: Anthropology & Political Science
How would you describe what you do on a typical day?
As a Park Ranger, I am charged with protecting the parks from the people and the people from the parks. It’s a balancing act between allowing people to explore and enjoy California State Parks while protecting the area for future generations to experience.
Tell us about your career path to this position.
I was an Anthropology major at UVM and had no idea what I wanted to do after I graduated. During my senior year of college, I went to a race at Angel Island State Park in California. When I got off the ferry, there was a Park Ranger on the island who struck up a conversation with me based on my hat (a State Parks hat I found at a thrift store). We started talking about his position and what an amazing job it was. He suggested that I go to the website and apply for a position in the spring. From there, it took me approximately 2 ½ years to get my job with the California State Parks and now I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What is your favorite part of your work?
Every park has different needs. At my current park I spend the majority of my time patrolling in various off-road vehicles, making sure the people are behaving safely, and rendering first aid where needed. A part of why I like my job so much is that I am not confined to doing just one thing. I always wanted to be a lawyer, teacher, doctor, or someone who doesn’t have to sit in an office all day. As a Park Ranger I am an EMT who gets to practice my skills on a regular basis, I have an extensive understanding of the law and the criminal justice system, and every day I get to speak with the public and teach them about the area they are visiting. As a bonus, I learn more about California’s natural and cultural resources every day.
What three words would describe your work environment?
Dynamic, Challenging, Entertaining
What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
Anyone who is interested in working for California State Parks should go to www.parks.ca.gov and look under the jobs or volunteer headings. There are many opportunities to work for State Parks either as a volunteer or as a paid employee. Some of the jobs are part-time and seasonal positions and others are full-time employment. The Park Ranger position has many steps. Once the position is announced, the first step would be filling out a standard application found on the State Parks website.
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Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Uncategorized, World of Work
Posted on September 11, 2014 with No Comments
As our one-year anniversary approaches in October, we reflect on the past year and smile because it was a successful year with visits from various students. Yet as the academic year commences, there are still some students who hesitantly come into the space and ask, “What exactly is the Hub?” To help those who are asking themselves this question, below is a snapshot of what the Hub is and the services we provide.
What is the C+E Hub?
The C+E Hub is a centralized space in the Davis Center where eight experiential learning offices at UVM including; Leadership & Civic Engagement, Office of International Education, Food Systems Internship, Career Center, Student Employment Office, Office of Fellowship Advising, Office of Undergraduate Research, and Office of Community-University Partnership Service Learning, have created a partnership to help students “get started” with experiential opportunities that excite them. Our goal is to promote the 4 Year Plan to all students and send the message that it’s never too early for you to find experiences outside of the classroom. In the end, these experiences will assist with the development of various transferable skills and interests that will be marketable to employers once you leave UVM.
What are the services?
Our partner offices and the Career Center’s Career Peer Mentors are trained to assist students with general questions pertaining to the eight offices. We have career counselors and partner staff available during our Drop-In hours throughout the week to answer students questions such as how to find a job or internship, research, service learning, study abroad, fellowships, or how you can get involved on campus. Last but not least, we hold numerous workshops and events throughout the year that tie into each of those topics.
We hope you will stop by and get started on your next steps and 4 Year Plan for Career Success!
Tags: 4 Year Plan, Career, career path, Experience, Internships, Jobs, photos, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Internships, Job Searching, Uncategorized
Posted on May 9, 2014 with No Comments
Last week, we saw so many of you at the Senior Celebration at the bookstore where you were picking up your caps and gowns and sitting for formal graduate portraits. We asked you to share career related experiences you had during your time at UVM.
This is what happened:
Career Counselor: Would you like to share a career related experience you had during your time at UVM?
UVM Senior: Oh, I don’t think I have anything to share….
But then after a brief conversation, everyone did have something to share! We loved hearing about all the great things you’ve done on campus, around Burlington, nationwide and around the world.
So as you’re polishing that resume, looking for jobs, or talking yourself up in your next interview, remember that these are all great ways you’ve gained experience during your time at UVM:
- Study Abroad
- Class projects
- Part-Time Jobs
- Summer Jos
- Leadership Experiences
- Campus Clubs and Organizations
So what do you say about these experiences? Employers across industries are all interested in communication, organization, and leadership skills. Everyone is looking for people to join their team who are able to collaborate, are self-directed and have strong work ethics. Reflect on your experiences and try to articulate what you’ve done so you can tell a potential employer how those experiences helped you build relevant skills. (See this great list of action verbs for ideas.)
Want some more individualized help with your job search? We are open all summer and we do help alumni!
Here’s to the Class of 2014!
Tags: advice, Career, career path, events, Experience, inspiration, job search, Jobs, photos, Savvy Seniors
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Job Searching, Uncategorized
Posted on April 24, 2014 with No Comments
Over the last few years, we’ve written various posts about the interview process and how to best prepare for such a daunting step within the job search. However, the one thing we haven’t discussed is the importance of learning and practicing the STAR method, so you’re probably asking yourself; what do we mean by the STAR method? Well, it’s a tool you can use when you’re asked either a situational or behavioral question during an interview. STAR is an acronym for:
Situation, Task, Action, Result/Resolution
So, if an interviewer asks you:
“Tell me about a time when you led a team and it went well?”
By using the STAR method, you’d describe an example when you led a team and it was a success- the Situation.
For example, “Last year, I coordinated and led a team of volunteers on an Alternative Spring Break in New Jersey where I was responsible for 6 students for a week.”
Next, you’ll want to describe the work or Tasks you performed.
For example, “I drove all of us to New Jersey to help a small community center with the restoration of their town center near the waterfront where Hurricane Sandy occurred.”
At this point you’d want to describe your role as the leader- your Actions.
For example, “As part of my role, I collaborated with the Community Center Director each day to determine the top priorities, whether it was clean up or restoration of the building, then I’d delegate a job for each of our student volunteers.”
Finally, you’d want to describe the result of your leadership- Result.
For example, “By giving each volunteer a job, we created a more efficient work environment and ended up finishing the restoration sooner than we had expected.”
So, what are the benefits of using the STAR method?
- You’re guaranteed to answer questions with clear examples.
- It should keep you within the suggested 2 minute time frame for your answers.
- And it will showcase the skills you’ll bring to the position you’re applying for.
Practice using it, and then try it in your next big interview. It’s guaranteed to help you succeed.
Tags: advice, Career, Experience, how to, Interviewing, job search, photos, tips
Category: Helpful Resources, Interviewing, Job Searching, Uncategorized