Working Your Plan

Students kayaking in Lake Champlain

Dreading those summer “What are you going to do with your life?” conversations with relatives and friends?  Here’s your answer: “I’ve got a plan and I’m working it!”

The 4 Year Plan for Career Success is just that—a well-defined road map of action steps for your four years at UVM to help you engage in experiences to explore your interests and build the skills to be successful in your chosen work.

It’s a self-managed plan, so you can move at your own pace and check off the steps along the way. There are even samples for students in various majors. Continue reading

Senior Series: Interviewing

silhouette of person jumping

Advice from an Employer to Help You Land the Job

When a candidate is invited for an interview, I’m looking at how the candidate’s background coincides with the position’s responsibilities, whether it’s through experience or skills they’ve gained in school. I’m also looking at the candidate’s level of passion –  tone of voice communicates what they do or don’t know about the company and the role, as well as their confidence.

It is completely natural to feel nervous prior to an interview, but when you prepare yourself, you will be more self-assured. Look at the position’s job description and be able to convey to the interviewer how you meet each responsibility.  Continue reading

How to Impress at the Career Fair

Maurice and a colleague from Sherwin Williams

The Fall Career Fair is next week! Career Fairs offer you an easy opportunity to get information about career fields, to network with alumni & employers, and maybe even find a job or internship. Check out the Career Center website for videos and tips for success. You’ll also find helpful information Career Fair Prep Day on October 27 at the Hub.

Another source of support is from employers, so we asked Maurice Howard for some insight. Continue reading

Savvy Seniors: Interviewing- 5 Tips to Get the Job!

Interview circled on calendar dateGraduation is almost here – all your hard work is paying off.   After the celebrations fade, reality will set in.   Time to get a job.

Before the job, comes the interview, are you ready to rock it?

  1. Get Ready:

Research the company, maybe even the person you will interview with. Use your web skills and figure out what the company does. What is their Mission Statement? Do they list Corporate Values?   Do they have a social media presence? Remember they’ll be doing the same. . . Continue reading

The Job Fair is for Everyone!

Spring 2015 Job Fair poster Image

Why should Senior and Graduate students attend?
Make connections to employers so you are on their radar for next spring or next year.
Many employers will keep your resume & remember you when there are openings later.
Some deadlines are soon, and it helps to know/prepare for what will be offered in the future.
Pick up free pens, lip balm, water bottles, and other swag!

Why should Junior students attend?
Make connections to employers so you are on their radar for next spring or next year.
Some deadlines are soon, and it helps to know/prepare for what will be offered in the future.
Find opportunities that will build your resume with career-relevant experiences.
Pick up free pens, lip balm, water bottles, and other swag!

Why should Sophomore students attend?
Learn about companies and organizations who are doing work that matters to you.
Find opportunities that will build your resume with career-relevant experiences.
Watch and learn from upper-class students.
Pick up free pens, lip balm, water bottles, and other swag!

Why should First Year students attend?
Think about the connections between what you are studying & the work you may do in the future
Practice talking to employers when the stakes are low.
Watch and learn from upper-class students.
Pick up free pens, lip balm, water bottles, and other swag!

Get Ready Today: Find more information on our event page: https://go.uvm.edu/jobfair

On Job Fair Day: Wear a nice/professional outfit. If you have an updated resume, bring it.

After the Fair: Update your 4 Year Plan for Career Success because you just took another huge step: https://go.uvm.edu/4yearplan

See you there!

– Jill