Attention all distance learners. We may be missing out on an extremely valuable resource for the job hunt. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 78.7% of their surveyed class of 2015 used employers’ on campus representatives as a resource tool for job searching. The survey also revealed that 88.4% of their surveyed class of 2015 utilized their university job fairs. Both of these resources had high effectiveness ratings and came second only to company websites.
Wednesday, February 17 the Career Center at UA will host the General Interest and Business Fair. This event will take place in the Coleman Coliseum from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. In light of the before mentioned survey statistics, I am inclined to think that a road trip from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa to participate in this event may very well be worth the inconvenience.
Global work experience is a valuable tool to differentiate yourself from other job seekers. Even an unpaid internship abroad is well worth your time for the cultural exposure. As you look toward summer internships, it could be quite beneficial to broaden your search area and reach outside of your comfort zone. One summer overseas may be all it takes to set you apart from your competition in the eyes of your future employer.
As interview season approaches rapidly I wanted to share a good rule of thumb when it comes to punctuality. It goes without saying that you should never be late, but what exactly is the definition of “arrive on time?” General consensus is to arrive early, but never more than 10 minutes early. If you arrive more than 10 minutes early to your interview you could appear desperate or with too much free time on your hands.
The holidays are upon us and it may be a good idea to brush up on office party etiquette. It is also important to keep in mind that these suggestions should be applied in any social situation where your professional image is on the line.
Before you head out the door make sure you are dressed appropriately. Don’t bring a guest unless the host or invitation specifies as such. Lastly, be punctual as it reflects on your personal degree of professionalism.
Now that the party is in full swing you may want to let your hair down, but don’t. Keep alcoholic drinks to a minimum and keep conversation polite and discreet. If you are eating, then eat. If you are talking, then talk. Do not combine the two. By all means leave the selfie stick at home and refrain from texting or taking calls unless it is an emergency. Do not take pictures unless you are asked. Upon leaving, make sure to graciously thank your host.
Hopefully you did not talk shop too much at the party. However, if you did make contacts you should follow up with them sooner than later. And even though this may seem like a lost art, a handwritten thank you note to your host is always appropriate.
As we transition from student to working professional one of the most important tools we utilize is our resume. Here are few things to keep in mind upon compiling your resume:
Be specific by catering your information to the actual company to which you are applying.
Highlight your accomplishments.
Verify your contact information.
Keep font variations to a minimum.
Notwithstanding your prowess as a resume writing extraordinaire, it may still be a good idea to have it critiqued before its maiden voyage. Fortunately for UA students, we have the Career Center at our disposal. You can easily schedule an appointment for a resume critique via phone or in person. And as an additional benefit they will also critique your resume cover letter.
Graduation is looming and we would all be wise to master the art of job interviewing. A big part of the interview is making a good impression by being appropriately dressed. All I have read for women points to a neutral skirt suit in a dark color with closed toed pumps. Your suit should be coupled with a button up shirt and a pair of nude hose. Last, but not least, make sure your outfit is pressed and your shoes are shined.