World of Work: Introducing Alumni Profiles!

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 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.

Market Yourself in 30 Seconds: The "Elevator Speech"

Chances are that you’ve stood in an elevator with some well-connected people. It’s also likely that you didn’t strike up a conversation with them.

An “elevator speech” is a clear, concise pitch about yourself – what you do well and what you are looking to do – in the time that it takes to ride from the bottom to the top of a building in an elevator.  About 30 seconds.

If you take just 5 minutes to develop your elevator speech or “pitch”, you will be more confident in marketing yourself when meeting new people at social events, in professional settings, and even in unlikely networking spots like the grocery store or airport.  Create your own elevator speech online or read these tips to enhance yours.

Knowing how to market your unique skills and attributes is of utmost importance in the job search. Having a practiced and thoughtful elevator speech is your first step to success.

Are You LinkedIn? Some food for thought on why you should consider joining the professional networking site.

Similar to Facebook, MySpace, and untold other online social networking sites, LinkedIn can keep you in touch with all your contacts.  LinkedIn, however, does so for all of your PROFESSIONAL contacts.  There are now over 60 million professionals in 200+ countries using LinkedIn to manage their online identities.  Find out why you should be one of them by reading the Fortune Magazine’s cover article (April 12, 2010 edition) entitled “FIRE UP YOUR CAREER!”

Highlights from the March Job Fair

Missed the Spring Job Fair? Or just looking for some advice on the job search?

Here’s what employers had to say..

  • Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Find what you are interested in, even if you may not have experience in it.
  • Volunteer or work somewhere related to your field.  Don’t wait until you get out of school.
  • Test drive an organization or business.  Do an internship in what you are passionate about and enjoy!
  • Start early.  Do research on companies and ask questions!
  • Explore many possibilities, weigh your options, don’t be too intimidated by all the job qualifications.
  • Enter the job market with an open mind. Be persistent.
  • Don’t rely too heavily on your resume.  Sell yourself!
  • Be yourself, do your best, be honest and show interest.
  • Focus on what you want.  Have a vision of where you want to be.

Spring Job Fair

Don’t forget to attend the Spring Job Fair!

When: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center

Graduating soon?
Need a summer job?
Parents bothering you to get an internship?
Totally clueless?
Want free giveaways from employers?

All good reasons to attend the Spring Job Fair.

Professional Dress recommended.

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