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“UNI Students Find Job Opportunities” September 11, 2017

Table of Contents PAGE 2: “Career Fair Guide” Page 3: “How To Build A Resume” Page 4: “Side Hustle” Page 5: “Skills not Majors” Page 6: “Curating Social Media Presence” Page 7: “Unemployment Hits Low” Page 8: “Career Pro Series Calendar”







Fall 2017 Career Fair Guide • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

ACT Aerotek Allen College Alternatives Pregnancy Center American Axle & Manufacturing AmeriCorps NCCC Apex Aramark Uniform Services ArcBest Artech Information Systems, LLC ASI Computer Systems ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program Athene Becker Professional Education Beef Products, Inc. BerganKDV Bohr, Dahm, Greif & Associates, P.C. Brooks Lodden, P.C. Buckle Buena Vista University Building Products Inc. Bunn-O-Matic C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Cambridge Investment Research Casey’s General Store, Inc. CBE Companies Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center Charterpoint Wealth Strategies Children & Families of Iowa CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Interview Day Comprehensive Systems, Inc. Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc. Cottingham & Butler CPM Roska Champion CRST International, Inc.

• CUNA Mutual Group • D.K. Arndt, P.C. • Dean Snyder Construction • Deloitte • Drake University Law School • Dupaco Community Credit Union • DuPont Pioneer • Eide Bailly LLP • Emerson • Enterprise Rent-ACar • Exceptional Persons, Inc (EPI) • EY (Ernst & Young) • Family YMCA of Black Hawk County • Farm Credit Services of America • Farmers State Bank • Fastenal • Federal Bureau of Investigation • Federated Insurance Company • Ferguson Enterprises • First Midwest Bank • First National Bank • Foodliner / Quest Liner • GEICO • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois • GoDaddy • Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, Inc. • Graphic Packaging International, Inc. • GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation • Greater Des Moines Partnership • Greater Dubuque Development Corporation • Grinnell Mutual • Hillcrest Family Services • HNI Corporation • Home Care Assistance of the Cedar Valley • Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. • Hormel Foods • HTH companies

• Hubbell Realty Company • Hutchison Incorportated • Hy-Capacity • Hy-Vee • Hy-Vee Information Technology • Hybrid Transit Systems • IBM • Infinity • Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. • Interstates • Iowa 80 Group • Iowa Division of Banking • Iowa State University Department of Biomedical Sciences • Iowa State University- College of Engineering • John Deere • Kent Corporation • Keyot • Kirkwood Community College • Kohl’s • KPMG LLP • Kunkel & Associates • Lang Construction Group, Inc • LattaHarris, L.L.P. • Loras College: Graduate Programs • Lutheran Services in Iowa • LWBJ • Marco Technologies • Marine Credit Union • Marsh & McLennan Companies • Martin Marietta • MassMutual Central U.S. • MasterBrand Cabinets • McGrath Family of Dealerships • McGraw-Hill Education • Midland Loan Services, A PNC Real Estate Business • Millang Financial Group, LLC • Minnesota School of Professional Psychology

• Modern Builders, Inc. • Mount Mercy University • Mount Mercy University Marriage & Family Therapy Program • Mudd Advertising • Nationwide/Allied Insurance • NEBCO, Inc. • Nebraska Families Collaborative • NEW Cooperative, Inc. • Next Generation Wireless • Northwestern Health Sciences University • Northwestern Mutual • NRG Media (Rock 108, 107.3 The Party, 105.7 KOKZ, 1540 KXEL) • Office of Iowa Auditor of State • Palmer Group • Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. • Panther Builders • Pella Corporation • Penske Truck Leasing • Principal Financial Group • Principal Financial Group • Professional Computer Systems • PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) • QCI • Renewable Energy Group • Robert Half • Rockwell Collins • RSM • Ruan Transport Corporation • Sedgwick • Sherwin-Williams Company • Situs RERC • Social Security Administration • Sogeti USA • Summit Agricultural Group

• Target Stores and Distribution Centers • TD&T CPAs and Advisors, PC • TEKsystems • Terex Corporation • Terry Lockridge & Dunn • The IMT Group • Thrivent Financial • Titan Tire Corporation • Transamerica • Trinity Structural Towers • True Friends • TrueNorth Companies • UNI Dining Services • UNI Employment Services • United Fire Group • United States Marine Corps • UNITED STATES NAVY • UnityPoint Health • University of Iowa • University Of Iowa Community Credit Union • University of Missouri- School of Law • University of Northern Iowa • University of South Dakota School of Law • Van Meter Inc • Vermeer Corporation • Vibrant Credit Union • Von Maur • Warren Transport, Inc. • Wesley Foundation/ Center for Vocational Reflection • Western Illinois University-School of Graduate Studies • Workiva • WorldWide Logistics • WPD Management • YASH Technologies, Inc.



How to build your resume SEPTEMBER 11, 2017


This past Wednesday, Sept. 6, UNI hosted Career Day in Rod Library. The event was designed to assist students as they work to become job-ready. Matt Nuese, associate director of career services, had some suggestions for the best way to build a resume. According to Nuese, employers want to see that students have been successful in school, which can be demonstrated in multiple ways. “One aspect is the GPA, and the other aspect is what you studied,” Nuese said. “But more importantly than that, employers want to see whether or not you are using what you learned in the classroom in the work world, volunteer world or in student activities.” A common mistake some students make is to focus too much on listing the


tasks they performed and not enough on the skills they gained. “On your resume, your education is two lines. The rest of the page is why they hire you,” Nuese said. “You need to list the tasks you did, how you did it and how it will help the profession you are going into.” In regards to the design of a resume, one page is recommended, unless the student is in a ‘helping field’, which includes professions such as social work or teaching. In this case, the student would create a two page resume. Nuese suggests using a clean font, such as Calibri or Ariel, between 10 and 12 points. “You should always keep a margin because there should be a balance of white space and text,” Nuese advises. “You can’t have every single inch of paper filled, but it also can’t look empty. There has to be a balance.”

When arranging a resume, Nuese suggests starting by listing the most prominent part of their training, which is their education. “From there, students should list their experiences, then evidence of leadership, and other relevant activities, as well as their skills,” Nuese said. However, this structure is not set in stone. “If the student has exceptional experiences — for example, [if] they’ve done the job already, then this might move their experience above their education,” Nuese stated. The greatest advice Nuese had to offer students was to have other people look at their resume before submitting it to employers. He also encourages students to put themselves out there despite the risk of rejection. “Overall, do something.” Nuese said. “You have to put yourself out there and pre-







pare to be rejected. If you apply for 10 jobs, you’ll get an invitation to interview for maybe two or three of them. You have to play the numbers game, so do something.”

Employers want to see whether or not you are using what you learned in the classroom in the work world, volunteer world or in student activities. Matt Nuese

Associate Director of Career Services

UNI Career Services offer regular outreach efforts to students looking to improve their resumes. “Students can always call our office and get help with building a resume,” Nuese said. “We also give samples of resumes on our website.






We have 15 different samples based on the job type students are going for.” In addition to building a successful resume, Nuese suggests students join clubs that relate to their future profession and network with faculty. This is because a resume has to meet the expectations of the industry students are working towards joining. “Write for the audience you are looking for,” Nuese recommended. Nuese highly suggests that as soon as students finish their resume, they should go to the Job and Internship Fair because the event will host employers from all kinds of professions. “There is literally something there for every student on campus,” Nuese said. The Job and Internship Fair will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, in the McCleod Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.















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Students start side hustles SARAH HOFMEYER Staff Writer

Every student needs more money, and students will find almost any job to make some extra money according to Danielle Lorenz, senior accounting and management information systems major. “I have several friends who do something else for extra cash,” Lorenz said. “Some nanny or coach for local K-12 athletics clubs. I guess if you have to work a little extra to pay bills or have money to go out with that’s what you do.” Administrators also see students working multiple jobs. Katie Ledtje, who has worked processing paperwork in Career Services for a year, sees this firsthand. “I see a lot of students who have small babysitting jobs in addition to an on-campus job,”

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Ledtje said. According to Ledtje, this rise in “side hustles” could stem from a recent policy that limits how many hours students working on-campus jobs can work each week. “Students cannot work over 20 hours a week on campus,” Ledtje said. “I think on campus workers are more likely to have a side hustle because of this hour restriction. Especially with how good opportunities are off campus in terms of wages.” In addition to this hour restriction, tuition increases are also putting pressure on students’ wallets. 2016-2017 undergraduate tuition with room and board was $16,938. A student would need to work 40 hours each week, 52 weeks a year, at $8.25 an hour to pay the tuition rate, with $222 of expendable income.

“It’s a panic for students because they can’t just give up 3 hours of work because that’s $25 to use for important items, where back in 1996 that could be me not going out to eat as opposed to me not getting a textbook,” said Matt Nuese, associate director of career services. According to Nuese, some majors could potentially be more prone to needing extra jobs because of their nature. Matt discussed the differences in types of majors and professional development. “I’ve worked with a lot of students who want to go to law school and don’t get law positions, so they’ll do a volunteer position with a local attorney or courthouse and they’ll work at Starbucks in the evening just so they can pay rent.” Ledtje believes side hustles are beneficial to students in

Career Fair Tips




Try and find an internship.

Get a full-time job.

Speak with organizations about what they do and common careers within the organization. Ask if your major would be valued by the organization.

Start seeking out internships and begin building your professional network.


Review attendee list, find 3-5 organizations you would like to speak with. Bring a resume if you are trying to be hired.

Find 6-7 organizations you are interested in. Select 1-2 that you have not heard of. Find out how they hire and when they post the job you want.

Revisit 5-7 organizations, add 5+ more. Network aggresively for experience.

Speak with the organization you interned with. them, revisit the 15 or so organizations you already know. Add in 3-5 organizations.


A little nicer than class, typically a polo and khaki combo or equivelant.

Men: Dress shirt/slacks Women: Blouse/dress shirt with skirt/slacks

Men: Tie/long-sleeved dress shirt/ with slacks Women: Blouse/long -sleeved dress shirt/ with skirt/slacks

Men/Women: Suit


Notepad, pen/pencil, resumes.

Resumes (min 10 copies), padfolio, pen.

Resumes (min 10 copies), padfolio, pen.

Resumes (min 20 copies), padfolio, pen, business cards.


1) I’m majoring in ____, what part of your organization would my major get hired for? 2) Does your org offer internships or leadership programs? 3) What tips would you have for me as a freshmen that would make me a targeted candidate as a senior?

1) Can you tell me about the projects your interns work on? 2) Does your internship program match the candidate with a mentor? 3) I am willing to relocate, which of your offices has the greatest hiring needs?

1) Last year you and I spoke about the internship program. I’m interested in learning more. 2) Out of your interns from last year, how many were oferend full-time jobs? What made those people successful? 3) What’s the best way to apply/contact your org?

1) My internship gave me (this) opportunity. I would like to continue with this. Can you tell me about other offerings in this area? 2) I applied for the [FT job] on your website already, an you share with me when interviews will begin? Can we schedule one right now?

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terms of building life skills. “I think it’s great,” Ledtje said. “I personally had three jobs in college. I didn’t necessarily work on campus, but it forced me to organize my schedule better and be more responsible.” Matt Nuese of Career Services had advice for students who are working while

attending UNI. “The key thing I really push is making sure the job is preparing you professionally,” Nuese said. “Although wages are important, if the job is pre-professional, you should be willing to take less pay because of the long-term investment, even if it means having a side hustle.”

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Employers seek skills not majors JACOB MADDEN News Editor

The job market within the United States is always expanding and changing, especially since the advent of the internet. Matt Nuese, associate director of career services at UNI, stressed that students have to be thinking toward the future job market to stay competitive instead of the current one. This is especially prevalent with the Career Services Center’s Job and Internship Fair next Monday, Sept. 18. “The biggest change that we’ve seen is that more employers have gone to skills-based hiring,” Nuese said. Nuese went on to explain that while the name of the major is still important, it does not hold the same weight as it used to if the student cannot demonstrate skills outside of the major such as marketing products, cooperating and collaborating or what Nuese refers to as intellectual curiosity. According to Nuese, intellectual curiosity is the desire to continue to learn more and grow in different skills once becoming employed. “If a student has a combination of good grades, and they’re

involved in extracurriculars, and they do two things that are pre-professional in nature, they are always successful,” Nuese said. Nuese also noted that developing a skills-based education will better prepare students for the job market by the time they leave UNI. These employers are looking for people of almost any major to fill in new positions if they have the skills to succeed. “If you look at the field of distribution, logistics or supply chain management, that field has blown up. It’s one of the fastest growing industries that we have,” Nuese said. “And then you look at sales – one of the oldest industries – but now almost every job involves sales.” Nuese explained that while before there were jobs where people could work on a computer or crunch numbers in a back office and not interact with people, nowadays those people have to be involved in sales as well. He also emphasized that employers are looking for more collaborative and cooperative people than ever. According to Nuese, within six months of graduation, between 94 and 97 percent of UNI students are almost always


either in graduate school, employed or self-employed. “Even at our career fair, 60 percent of the employers that are there – on their sign, it says all majors accepted,” Nuese said. “What they’re looking for are training areas. Have you been trained in communication? Have you been trained in IT? Have you been trained in digital media? They’re looking for those categories. That’s why I always push [students to] look at the skills you’re gaining rather than the major’s title.”

Nuese said that although majors used to really set a career path in stone, that has slowly changed over the past 30 years. Nuese gave the example of education majors finding success in distribution, due to their positivity, ability to teach objectives and goals and their management skills. With all this emphasis on skill, Nuese said the best way for people to be successful is to get involved. Finding both internships and student organizations to be a part of can open doors to a


professional network within UNI, as well as outside of the university. Even if the groups are more social in nature, Nuese encouraged students to take advantages of these opportunities. “If you join the Harry Potter Club, but you’re the president, think of the skills you’re gaining,” Nuese said. According to Nuese, those skills are exactly what recruiters at the Job and Internship Fair, as well as employers in the job market, will be looking for.



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Do it for the ‘gram’ but keep it professional

As the world continues to advance in technology, the use of social media has risen alongside it. Social media’s simple accessibility makes it a breeding ground for inappropriate and nonwork friendly content. In turn, many employers have begun checking out their job applicants’ and current employees’ online profiles to ensure they are “keeping things PG.” According to Mary Doyle, a field experience coordinator for the College of Education, inappropriate online profiles could cost a teacher applicant their job. “Since I work with future teachers, I know that mentor teachers, administrators, students, staff and even parents are ‘looking up’ students on social media,” Doyle said. “A neg-

ative impression can make a big difference and cause loss of opportunities and recommendations.” Senior finance and personal wealth major, Leora Wood, said that she has a l r e a dy experienced employers checking out her social media for red flags. According to Wood, her online presence is something that is very important to potential employers, and its accessibility with search engines like Google is surprisingly simple. “Your social media is a representation of your personal brand and can tell an employer what kind of person you are, what your interests are, and how well you interact and get along with people before you even go in for an interview,” Wood said.

Although it may seem like an invasion of privacy, having clean online profiles and social media can give a job applicant a leg up above others when searching for a job. Doyle said to delete any pictures or posts on social media that involve inappropriate, offensive or discriminatory language, and those that implicate evidence of drinking or drug abuse. Employers want to see that their potential employees are ethical and have good values, both online and offline. Doyle encourages every student to give their online profiles a good look-over to ensure they are comfortable with future employers seeing anything and everything they post. Although privacy settings are something that can be set fairly rigourously to eliminate a lot of this privacy invasion, Doyle made it clear that it’s better to delete the inappropriate posts than to rely on your privacy settings. “Certainly check your privacy settings and protect as much as possible, but to be aware that even then, things get out,” Doyle said. Although there are plenty of things employers are hoping not to see on their future employees’ social


media accounts, according to Doyle, they’re always on the lookout to get impressed as well. Adding things that reflect community service involvement and highlight skills, talents, work ethic and responsibility can make your profile look clean, taking your resume to the next level. There are also many different resume-building and professional networking sites available to students and employers. The largest of these is LinkedIn, which is certainly popular at UNI. According to senior management information systems (MIS) major Cory

Anderson, LinkedIn is a great resource, especially in the business world. “Professionally, I would absolutely recommend LinkedIn,” Anderson said. “For business majors, there are actually people who get paid to go on LinkedIn and recruit people who have impressive-looking resumes and profiles.” According to Anderson, students should use their best judgement when it comes to censoring your social media. “If granny won’t like what she’s seeing, neither will future employers,” Anderson said.


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Career fair offers post-grad success SARAH RITONDALE Staff Writer

The Career Services Job and Internship Fair will take place in the McLeod Center on Monday, Sept. 18. The purpose of the Career Fair is to expose students to over 100 different employers. With the job market being where it is today, it is encouraged that all students attend simply to get a foot in the door to better the chances of being employed after graduation. The fair is open to all UNI students: freshmen through seniors, as well as graduate students and alumni of all majors. The students who stand out are those who are prepared. According to UNI’s Career Services website, students should review employers and identify a handful of booths you want

to visit during the event before attending. By doing this, students will know what each organization does, who they may hire and why they would be a good employee. This can be beneficial to some students who are concerned about finding a job after graduation.

A college degree takes so long to obtain, and it is so expensive. And it would be a waste if I did not find a job in my field. Maria Yepez

Junior Marketing Major

“I am worried about finding a job […] It seems like most students that have

attended UNI since their freshman year have a job lined up after graduation,” said Maria Yepez, junior marketing major. “I am especially worried because a college degree takes so long to obtain, and it is so expensive. And it would be a waste if I did not find a job in my field”. Katelyn Mishmash, senior elementary education major, expressed similar concerns, saying, “One of my biggest concerns is everybody finding a job and not me.” Fred Abraham, head of the economics department and head of the finance department, gave his insight on another way students have a better chance on being employed after college. “I think that students that have created a good record while they’re in college — that is, they have been active on campus, they have been involved in a lot of activities, they may have had an internship or two, they worked hard in their major, they have good grades — will not have a problem finding jobs,” Abreaham said. The unemployment rate in the US today has dropped to 4.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the lowest that it has been since 2008, meaning the job market is at a particular strong point right now compared to recent years. The Republican-led legislature in Iowa should not affect jobs so much as it might affect the economy, according to Abraham. “Their plan is to reduce state expenditures, and that means they are reducing state employment,” Abraham said. “They are cutting back on aid to education at all levels, and I don’t think that’s good for the state economy. There is a possibility that there might be some negative


Since the recession in 2008, unemployment has continued to drop, with numbers this year showing unemployment decreasing to 4.4 percent.

effect on the state economy. That, in turn, could possibly have a small negative effect on employment.” The Career Fair is a place that employers will try to discover the best candidates for their company based on appearances and first impressions. Students who attend should be prepared to present themselves to several employers. Visiting the Career Services website is an effec-

tive way to get help with building one’s resume, as well as to learn how employers are looking for students to represent themselves. “I am attending the career fair, and I do believe it’ll be beneficial,” Yepez said. “There will be so many employers there looking for interns, and even employment, for people near graduation. It will also be a good way to gain experience talking to employers.”

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Career Pro Series hosted by UNIcareer services

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The 30 min. resume training 1pm in 272 Rod Library



The job fair for 14 Workshop: 15 non-business majors 12pm in 009 gilchrist Hall

5 min. resume review

The 30 min. resume training

1pm-5pm in rod coffeeshop, Hall of flags in the cbb & 102 gilchrist

1pm in 272 Rod library

& internship fair 18 job11am-3pm in mcleod interviewing basics Training

7pm in 287 rod library

October OCt. 4, 2pm, scholar’s space, rod library: Alumni - what i wish i knew oct. 18, 2pm, 287, rod library: grad school admissions panel oct. 18, 2:30pm, scholar’s space, rod library: the 30 min. personal statement OCt. 23, 1pm, 287 rod library: most recruited - high demand careers & majors oct. 25, 3pm, 287 rod library: more than a major: what employers want oct. 30, 2:30 pm, 287 rod library: the not so scary cover letter

november nov. 1, 2pm, 287 rod library: how much will i make? nov. 3, 10am, 287 rod library: leaving iowa: great jobs beyond the two rivers Nov. 7, 2pm, 287 rod library: more than a dishwasher how basic jobs prepare you

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