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Volume 10 | Issue 2

Spring | 2012

Making Career Fairs Work for YOU BEFORE

DURING

Do your research: Many career centers offer a list of organizations scheduled to take part in the fair. Get a copy and review it to determine which companies seem to offer the best match for your skills by checking out their web sites and reviewing any company literature in the career center. Identify your targets: Use your research to rank the organizations in order of your interest to determine which organizaions to visit in what order at the fair. This will help you make the best use of your time. Prepare a short “commercial”: One of the worst things you can do is tell a recruiter, “I’ll take anything” or ask, “What jobs do you have for me?” Such statements show a lack of interest and initiative. Prepare a short “commercial” to introduce yourself to the recruiter: Provide your name, year in school, major, and area of interest (e.g., a full-time job or an internship). You’ll want to tell the recruiter a little about your background and skills as they relate to the organization and its opportunities (which you’ve found through your research), but keep it short. Also, although many employers won’t take your resume at a career fair, you will want to prepare some copies just in case.

Focus: Concentrate on orgainzations you’ve identified as your best matches, and work your way down your list. Be professional and polite: Focus on the recruiter, not the giveaway. When you approach a recruiter, be mindful of what he or she is doing. If the recruiter is with another student, give the recruiter and student some space. Use your time well: When it’s your turn to speak with the recruiter, use your commercial to introduce yourself. Listen carefully to what the recruiter has to say so that you can match your skills and interests to those required by the organization. Your conversation should be productive for both you and the recruiter (who is there to meet as many qualified candidates as possible), so don’t monopolize the recruiter’s time. Ask the recruiter for the next steps: Is the organization conducting interviews on campus? Should you apply online? What should you do to be considered? Ask for the recruiter’s business card so you can follow up. Jot down notes on the back of the business card. Those notes will come in handy when you follow up with the recruiter.

AFTER THE CAREER FAIR Don’t let your good work go to waste. Follow up soon after the fair: Send a thank-you note or e-mail to each recruiter with whom you met. Express your appreciation for the time and advice offered, let the recruiter know that you have completed anything he or she has asked you to do (such as apply online), and reiterate your interest in the company. Undertake next steps: Apply online, sign up for the organization’s on-campus interviews, or follow the recruiters’ recommendations to help you move to the next phase in the job-search process. By following these guidelines, you will make the best use of your time at the career fair and make a great first impression on your future employer. Good luck!

Reprinted from Job Choices 2012 For Business and Liberal Arts Students, with permission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.

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A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

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Expo Time!

by Michael Doty The spring semester is always a busy time for the Career Center. We’re busy bringing you lots of seminars, programming and career expos.

This issue of Career Pathways gives you a wealth of information for preparing your job search or for attending a career expo. We know your studies come first and that your time is extremely valuable, but do consider participating in as many of these free activities as you can. Because we know that many of you need employment after

graduation, start your job search early. Begin your job search by attending a program or career expo where you have the opportunity to network with employer representatives. The representatives may not be from your ideal employer, but they may be from the same industry. Gather information about the

industry and use this information to make other connections. Get involved and know that the Career Center staff is here to help you succeed!

Want a chance to get a glimpse into a particular industry? Consider participating in Explore the WOW!, the Career Center’s Externship/Job Shadowing program!

SPRING BREAK MARCH 12-16, 2012 This program gives you the opportunity to experience the World Of Work by shadowing professionals in the field. Externs get to see a “real world” view of an industry and get an idea of how their coursework applies, without committing to a longerterm internship or job. This shortterm experience could help you determine whether you want to pursue an internship or job in that field. Explore the WOW! is open to undergraduates of all majors! Applications are due January 31!

Sponsors host students anywhere from half a day to five days during the week of spring break, allowing the students to see what they do on a day-today basis. Examples of activities include touring the workplace, reviewing the organization’s marketing materials, sitting in on meetings, conducting informational interviews with staff members, and even getting to assist with projects. For applications, eligibility requirements, and more information about the program,

visit our website: utdallas.edu/career/externships.

Megan Marisol Spring 2011 Externship Mosaic Family Services


STARTING A SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH

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by Katherine Brooks 1. Use your career center. It’s an efficient and effective way of quickly gathering a lot of information about resumes, interviews, who’s hiring, and so forth. In fact, a common refrain on alumni surveys is “I wish I’d used my career center.” Ignore students who say, “I’ve heard the career center isn’t all that helpful.” Find out for yourself. Attend the career center’s workshops or programs. Use the career center’s resources. Take advantage of the center’s walk-in hours, or set up an appointment. Tip: Always have a purpose in mind when you have a walk-in or scheduled appointment. Don’t just say “Help me!” Know your purpose for the appointment. You’ll have a better experience. Do keep in mind that your career center can only help you so far. Ultimately, you will be the one sitting in the interview room, not the career center staff. It’s a myth that the career center staff can tell you what to do with your life or that they will “find you a job.” You will find the job: The career center can help you almost every step of the way. 2. Create your brand. Make your resume and cover letter stand out by targeting them to each job. Link what you’ve done with what you want to do — especially if the connection isn’t obvious to the reader. Prepare great stories to illustrate your talents and respond to those tough interview questions. Check your

online profile and remove any “digital dirt.” Set up a LinkedIn account for professional networking. 3. Ask yourself, “Where am I now and where do I want to be one year from now?” Let’s say you’re currently a senior and you’d like to work in the field of marketing when you graduate. So, can you do that tomorrow? If the answer is no — what do you need to do first? Maybe it’s writing your resume, or doing an internship, or taking a class, or identifying the companies that might hire you. Whatever steps you need to take, write them down (so they’re not rattling around in your head annoying you) and work on them when you can. 4. Ask yourself, “When am I at my best?” In other words, when have you been particularly proud of your accomplishments? They don’t have to be grand, by the way. Sometimes an accomplishment is just the afternoon you tutored a child. How can you parlay your “best” into an interview and your job? For instance, think about what skills you developed. Tutoring a child might have required patience and compassion. How might those traits be valuable in the job you’re seeking? 5. Stay focused and keep it manageable. Look for ways to make your job search as fun or interesting as

possible. Conduct small experiments to learn what you want to do: Volunteer for an afternoon to see if you really are interested in working for an environmental cause. Write your resume while enjoying a latte in a coffee shop. Think of networking as a way to meet new friends and interesting people. Take a negative experience and create a story about how you overcame the challenges. Set a timer and tell yourself you’ll just work for “10 minutes” on something. When the timer rings, you can choose whether to keep going or stop. Finally, don’t worry about rejection — it happens. In fact, I recommend you deliberately send a resume to a job you know you won’t get. That will remove any sting from the rejection, and you can move forward knowing that all it takes is one “yes” to get started on a great career path. Congratulations — if you finished this article, you’re already on your way! Your future awaits.

Reprinted from Job Choices 2012 For Business and Liberal Arts Students, with permission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.


National Student Employment Week

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Every year, the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) declares the second full week in April to be National Student Employment Week. For 2012, UT Dallas will join in this national celebration the week of April 9-13, 2012. UT Dallas employs roughly 1,000 students each academic year. Our student employees help keep UT Dallas functioning, but the combined contributions of mentors, supervisors, and peers help our students enter the workforce as better employees. Rekha Manohar 2010-2011 UT Dallas Student Employee of the Year

Help us celebrate the week of April 9-13! April 9 April 11 April 12

Ice Cream Social Student Employee Celebration Coffee & Donuts

Did you know?

3pm 12pm 9am

Mall North (SU) SU Galaxy Rooms Mall South (SSB)

Benefits of Working Part-time: • Academic research shows that students who work at least 20 hours a week while in college get better grades • You’ll get money to help fund your college expenses • Future employers are often impressed by students who have experience while in college • You will develop your time-management and communication skills


Secrets to Interview Success

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What to do before, during and after an interview to increase your chances of getting a job offer. by Tanya Misner Letourneau

PREPARE

The purpose of an interview is for you and an employer to get acquainted, learn about one another, and explore the possibility of working together. Preparing for a job interview requires you to do some homework. You can research the organization and industry via the organization’s website and the Internet in general, your campus career center, business directories in your local library, and industry/trade journals. You also should ask the employer to send you company information and a complete job description for the position. As you research the organization, be sure to note: • Names and job titles of key contacts, • Whether the organization is privately or publicly owned, • Products and/or services, • Year of incorporation, • Number of employees, • Principal locations and subsidiaries, • Types of customers, • Key competitors, • Sales and profit trends, • Possible future ventures.

PRACTICE

You can never be sure what you will be asked during an

interview, but certain questions are likely to arise. Start by jotting down key concepts to include in your responses. Next, think through the responses in your head, then say them out loud. You may also want to practice them with a friend, or better yet, participate in a “mock interview” at your career center, where trained professionals can provide you with valuable feedback about your performance. Always use specific examples, comparisons, and/or descriptions to support your answer. For example, if a recruiter asks “What is your greatest strength?,” say something on the order of “I’m extremely detailoriented” and elaborate by adding, “In my last job, I streamlined the entire customer registration process.” Emphasize your enthusiasm, capability, flexibility, confidence, resourcefulness, and strong work ethic in both your words and your mannerisms. Practice being positive and confident.

COMMUNICATE

Now that you’ve prepared and practiced for the interview, you can effectively market yourself. This is accomplished both verbally and nonverbally. Your attire and behavior need to be impeccable and professional. When you arrive, introduce yourself to the receptionist and give the name of the person with whom you are interviewing. In addition to your attire and greeting, the interviewer will be assessing you on the following behaviors: • Did you make appropriate eye contact? • Did you remember and

correctly pronounce her/his name? • Did you hold your materials in your left hand so you could easily shake with your right? • Did you talk easily or were you overly formal and reserved? • Did you seem enthusiastic? Studies have demonstrated that successful candidates are those who find a balance between listening and speaking. Those who talk too much or too little do not get hired. An effective technique to keep the interview conversational is to use the “reversal.” For example, if you are asked, “What is the greatest contribution you can see yourself making in this position?,” give your answer then ask, “How does this correlate with what you are looking for in a candidate?”

EVALUATE

Remember, the intent of the interview for both you and the employer is to determine if you are a good fit for the organization. Following the interview, write down your assessment of the process. Did the job description match your interests and abilities? Did the employees seem enthusiastic about their work? Did you like the management style? Did this seem like a good place to work? Did the organization’s culture and values match yours? The keys to a successful interview are knowledge and confidence, which come from preparation and practice. Know the organization, the industry and, of course, yourself. Reprinted from Job Choices 2012 For Business and Liberal Arts Students, with permission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.


CAREER EVENTS Career Advice & A Slice Friday, February 3 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Galaxy Rooms, Student Union

Public Agency Expo Wednesday, Feb. 22 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Galaxy Rooms, Student Union

Teacher Career Expo Wednesday, March 7 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Galaxy Rooms, Student Union

Did you know?

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Spring Career Expo

Wednesday, March 21 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Main Gym, Activity Center Meet employers with internship, full- and part-time opportunities! All Majors! All Career Fields! For UT Dallas students and alumni! Professional business attire and Comet Card or Alumni ID REQUIRED

Health Professions Expo Tuesday, March 27 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Galaxy Rooms, Student Union

Business Etiquette Dinner Wednesday, April 11 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Faculty Dining Room, Dining Hall

Evening With Industry Tuesday, November 15 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Faculty Dining Room, Dining Hall

ECD/COMD/SPAU VirtualCareer Expo

April 15-19 This event takes place in CareerWorks!

Best Careers for 2011* According to U.S. News, the following jobs "offer a big bang for your buck�: Actuary Biomedical Engineer Computer Software Engineer Court Reporter Dental Hygienist

Financial Analyst Gaming Manager Meteorologist Physician Assistant Sales Manager

*Information reproduced from "10 Jobs That Offer a Big Bang for Your Buck" article on usnews.com (U.S. News & World Report).

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