Archive for December, 2010

Get the Most out of Catamount Job Link

Posted on December 20, 2010 with No Comments

Catamount Job Link LogoHave you logged in to Catamount Job Link yet? Catamount Job Link is UVM’s complete recruiting system for internships, full-time, part-time, and summer jobs. Here are a few ways to get the most out of Catamount Job Link:

  1. Login and update your profile. Note that current students log in using their netID and password from this page. Alumni can request accounts by clicking on the Alumni button on that page. Keeping your profile updated with your contact information and career interests will help keep you informed about upcoming events and opportunities that fit your interests.
  2. Search for jobs and internships. If you have a specific position in mind (for example from our weekly email or the Career Services homepage’s New on Catamount Job Link), you can search by posting ID number–just type it in the search box on the top right of your CJL homepage after logging in. You can also search by choosing “Catamount Jobs” under the “Job Postings” option at the top of the screen.
  3. Learn about Employers by clicking on “Employers” at the top of the screen. You can search employer profiles to see company websites, descriptions, and contact information for when you’re ready to start networking.
  4. Set up automated email alerts to let you know when a job you might be interested in is posted. Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to set up these alerts.
  5. Upload your resume so you’ll be ready to apply for positions. To upload your resume click on “Documents” and then the “Add New” button. If you are looking to create a resume, use the Resume Builder to help you create a draft.
  6. Keep an eye out for upcoming events and on-campus recruiting visits including information sessions and on-campus interviewing. You can apply for positions and schedule interviews right in Catamount Job Link!
  7. Connect to Facebook for event reminders, interview sign-ups, and job alerts. Click on “Connect to Facebook” on the top right when you first log in to CJL.

How are you using Catamount Job Link?

World of Work: Nate Bosshard ‘01, The North Face

Posted on December 9, 2010 with No Comments

The North Face Logo

Nate Bosshard, ‘01 Brand Manager, The North Face

San Francisco Bay Area, California

Major: Political Science

How would you describe what you do on a typical day to someone who is unfamiliar with your field?

As the Brand Manager my day to day can vary. On any given day I could be sitting with the product teams kicking off a new product season, working on TV advertising, planning an athlete photo shoot, working on iPhone/iPad apps, developing content for social media,  managing our budget, creating a 5-year business case study, or snowboarding with our pro athlete team.

What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?

The best advice I can give is once you know what you want to do, try your hardest to get an internship as early as possible. The longer you wait the more likely there will be somebody ahead of you in that coveted entry-level position. I did my first internship the summer after my freshman year, and already had it secured in the early part of the second semester of my first year at UVM. Constantly building your resume through your four years is crucial.

What is your favorite part of your work? Most challenging part?

I love everything about my job, the most challenging part is balancing the travel away from my family and staying on top of things in the office when I’m out in the field.

Tell us about your best day at work.

Cat-skiing with our pro athlete team at Baldface Lodge in British Columbia doing product testing.

What three words would describe your work environment?

Passionate, relaxed, and honest

If you’re interested in seeing all our World of Work profiles, click here. If you are a UVM alumnus and would like to be featured, please contact us at career.services@uvm.edu. If you are interested in contacting a featured alum, check out the Career Connection alumni database or contact us.

World of Work: Introducing Alumni Profiles!

Posted on December 9, 2010 with No Comments

Ever wonder where you’ll end up after graduation? Curious to know what UVM Alumni are doing out in the “real world”?

We will be featuring UVM alumni in our new blog series, the World of Work. In each post, UVM Alums will share their experiences and a day in the life at their workplace.

If you are a UVM alumnus and would like to be featured, please contact us at career.services@uvm.edu. If you are interested in contacting a featured alum, check out the Career Connection alumni database or contact us.

If you’re interested in seeing all our World of Work profiles, click here.

Six Steps to Get Started on Your Internship Search

Posted on December 9, 2010 with No Comments

When looking for an internship, just as when looking for a job, tracking a wide variety of leads is key! Students have located great internships through unlikely sources. Begin brainstorming now, so you can use your winter break to follow up on some of these possibilities!

Here are six ideas to get you started:

1.      First, clarify your goals for an internship and decide on some likely types of organizations and projects.

2.      Then, check out the resources on the Career Services website, Internships-USA (username: work, password: learn), Idealist .org, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and Catamount Job Link are great places to start. Find these and others on our website!

3.      Not finding what you want on the websites? Many of the best internships are those that students have created themselves.  Once you have a clear sense of the kind of internship you are looking for, you can use your networks.

4.      Begin with family and friends; many great internships begin with these connections. Just as with job search, following up on a variety of leads is key. Talk with family and friends over break.  Ask them to refer you to people they know.

5.      UVM alumni can be an excellent resource as well. Plan now to attend the Alumni Networking Events in Boston or New York to learn more about industries of interest—and follow up on connections you make there.  Additionally, take advantage of the Career Connection, our robust alumni Career Network, to connect with alumni in areas of interest.

6.      Research companies and organizations of interest. Watch the news! Are there companies of interest in the business news?  Check their websites or call the Human Resources department directly and ask whom you might speak with about internships.

Internships offer an ideal way to build your skills and test the waters of a career  —and can even lead to a job!  Now is the time to start your internship search!

Networking Events and Tips

Posted on December 2, 2010 with No Comments

Need more ideas on what to do after graduation? Thinking about an internship in a big city?  Talk with UVM alumni who were once in your shoes – and found success.

Check out the UVM Networking Nights in New York and Boston over winter break!

Tips for Networking Success:

•      Wear name tag on your right side so that it is easily seen when you are shaking hands.

•      Ask open ended questions like, “Tell me about your…”

•      Don’t monopolize time, but DO get permission to follow up by phone or email.

•      Focus on quality of connections over quantity

•      Write a comment or conversation piece on the back of each person’s business card to help you remember who you talked to and how you can follow up

•      Thank your contacts: Send a thank you e-mail or note promptly.  This shows professionalism, and helps them to remember you.

•      Remember networking should be beneficial to all parties:  If you can offer a resource or connection, do so, and don’t forget to follow through.

Looking for more advice, sample questions and emails, and a tracking sheet? Check out our website’s Networking pages.

 

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