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Student Resources

Job Site Reviews – site that reviews and ranks job search websites 

InternNE.com – site connecting college students and employers across Nebraska 

indeed.com – finds job listings from other major job sites, company sites and associations 

 aftercollege.com – search for entry level jobs and internships 

beyond.com – niche site, find a career in a certain field or in a certain part of the country 

 careerbuilder.com – one of the biggest online job sites  

 careerbum.com – job site focused on Central Nebraska  

careerlink.com – a leader in career development resources  

careersinfood.com – the #1 employment site for the food and beverage manufacturing industry 

 collegerecruiter.com – a leading job board for internships and entry level positions 

jobcentral.com – ideal if you’re looking for corporate job listings 

  jobinformationcenter.com - find job applications for every major U.S. company 

jobserve.com – claims to be the world’s first Internet recruitment service 

kearneyareajobs.com – advertises openings in the Kearney area 

linkedin.com/studentjobs - entry level jobs that are posted on LinkedIn 

linkup.com – finds jobs from a database of 22,000 company websites 

onedayonejob.com – every day the site looks at one employer and their entry level jobs 

ontargetjobs.com – niche site that owns several smaller niche sites 

quintcareers.com/indres – list of career resources by industry 

simplyhired.com – finds job listings from major sites and company sites, free resume listing 

simplyhired.com/newgrads - job listings focused on new graduates 

 towniejobs.com - search for jobs based on key words and location 

trovix.com – enter your qualifications and the site searches for compatible jobs 

tweetmyjobs.com – access to jobs that match your profile 

usajobs.gov – the official job site for the U.S. government 

warriorgateway.org – non-profit whose mission is to connect individuals in the military, veterans, and their families with federal, state, and local government programs as well as non-profit organizations in their local communities

glassdoor.com – an inside look at jobs and companies – posted anonymously by employees

Résumés & Cover Letters

Click here for a detailed packet of information that includes sample résumés, a list of action verbs, and information about cover letters and references.
 

Résumés for America is an online résumé builder that helps you to create an effective and professional resume by providing expert tips, writing examples, and helpful suggestions. The software also comes with a cover letter builder, thank you letter builder, and more.

Students who are registering for the first time or returning students who are logging in, visit the free resume builder now and sign in with your UNK email address.

Upon completing your résumé, email it to careerserv@unk.edu or drop it off at our office so we can provide feedback.  

   

Résumés 

résumé is your marketing tool, and advertisement of your qualifications and abilities. It is a concise document – a snapshot – of your relevant education, experience, and skills.  It is often the first item that a potential employer sees, and is used to screen applicants competing for a position. Obviously, you want your résumé to screen you in, leading you to the next step in the job search process. With that in mind, construct your résumé so it supports your career objective, i.e., it presents evidence showing that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the job. Once you have a clear view of your target job, or at least your target industry, you can develop a résumé that highlights the appropriate skills and experiences. Visit Academic and Career Services if you need help defining your career objective. 

             

Types of Résumés 

  •  Chronological - an account of whom you've worked for and what you've accomplished in each position, listed in reverse chronological order. It is the style most commonly used by new college graduates and by individuals changing jobs within a given career field. 
  •  Functional - places the emphasis on what you've accomplished and de-emphasizes where you did it. This allows the candidate to organize experiences, gathered from a variety of arenas, according to specific functions or skills. 
  •  Combination merge the elements of each of the other styles. They will include an overview or summary of qualifications at the beginning, in which they stress their skills and characteristics appropriate for the position, but they revert to the reverse chronological style for the remainder of the document.    

Additional Online Resource: Purdue Online Writing Lab: Résumé Workshop  

                                         Résumé Advice for Veterans   

COVER LETTERS

Before you write the cover letter, ask yourself these four questions:   

  1. Who, specifically, should receive the cover letter? Target your recipients carefully.  
  2. What is the best way to locate the right contacts? Research the industry/field/company.  
  3. How can I motivate the reader to interview me? Address the employer's needs and your strengths.  
  4. What points do I want to emphasize? Develop self-awareness and express confidence and enthusiasm. 

The answers to these questions will focus your efforts and strengthen your case. You must next address the tone and presentation of the letter: 

  • Use a positive and outgoing writing style.  
  • Project energy and confidence.  
  • Avoid negative and apologetic statements.  
  • Adopt a business-like, but cordial, tone.  

In general, picture the likely reader and adjust the style and tone of your letter accordingly. Become familiar with the prevalent style in your field. If the recipient is apt to be conservative, write a conservative cover letter. If your reader appreciates creativity, use a creative approach. Be cautious in making assumptions though. 

The words you use are important in conveying both message and tone. Accomplishments are best expressed through action verbs (communicated, clarified, facilitated). Select self-descriptive words to express personal characteristics (enthusiastic, creative, dependable). Use words sparingly, and try to limit the length of the letter to one page. 

Interviewing

Academic & Career Services is excited to present The Big Interview, an interactive site to help you ace your next job interview.  The site includes 7 core learning modules, tips on how to answer difficult questions, and as long as you have Internet access and a webcam you're able to record practice interviews!  It's easy to sign up, easy to use...and it's free! 

Interviewing is perhaps the most important aspect of your job search. On this page we’ve outlined a 5-step process to successful interviewing and at the bottom of the page, take a look at links to handouts with more detailed information about specific aspects of interviewing. 

    

5 Steps to a Successful Job Interview 

   

  1. PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW 
    • Research the company and be able to connect your skills and goals to their needs  
              (visit “Researching Occupations” in the “Exploring Majors & Careers” section of our website) 
  • Review frequently asked interview questions 
  • Develop questions for the interviewer 
  • Know what to wear 
  • Have a typed list of 3 – 5 professional references 
  1. MAKE A POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION 
    • Strong eye contact and hand shake 
    • Be prepared to engage in small talk to break the ice 
    • Stick with positives, complaining about anything can be the “kiss of death” in an interview 
    • Be aware of your nonverbal communication; facial expressions, posture, etc. 
     
  2. DEMONSTRATE YOUR POTENTIAL – What Employers are Looking For 
    • Can you do the job? – Employers want to see how your skills and experiences have prepared you for the position you are interviewing for. Use the STAR technique (see “Interview Ready” handout below) to back up your skills with experiences 
    • Will you do the job? – Employers want to see that you are motivated to work for them and contribute to their well-being. Do your homework; research the company and its mission, and have clear career goals that fit in with the company 
    • Will you fit in? – Employers want to know if you will accept the organization’s way of doing things and if you’ll get along with your co-workers. They might ask about your ideal work environment or how you deal with conflict. 
     
  3. CLOSING WITH FINESSE 
    • Ask the interviewer appropriate questions, show you have researched the organization 
    • Re-state why you feel you are the best candidate and your interest in the position 
    • Offer your references if they haven’t asked for them 
    • Thank the interviewer for his/her time – maintain eye contact and give a firm handshake 
    • Ask who is going to follow up with you and the timeline for their decision making process 
     
  4. IMPORTANT POST-INTERVIEW TASKS 
    • Keep a record of the interview – detailed information about who you met with and your insights so that you can follow-up with them 
    • Send a thank-you letter – confirm your interest in the job, show appreciation, and highlight your skills – if interviewed by more than 1 person, make sure to personalize each note 
    • Anticipate a second interview – plan ahead to demonstrate how you will fit within the organization 
    • Prepare to respond to an offer – carefully review the job, company, and geographic location 
    • Call if you have not heard anything and the deadline has passed 

     

Important Handouts 

Interview Ready – Comprehensive look at all aspects of job interviewing, including the STAR technique 

Common Interview Questions  

 Interview Attire 

 Interviewing to Win – PowerPoint outlining what to do before, during and after the interview 

 Researching a Company 

 Preparing for 2nd or 3rd Interviews  

 Top 10 Interview Mistakes   

Networking is an important skill in a tight job market. Many people who take a new position did not respond to an opening posted on the Internet and much of all hiring occurs through the hidden job market. The hidden job market includes all the jobs that are filled before they are posted anywhere. Networking helps you find those hidden jobs. 

Identify your networks: 

  • Family 
  • Friends and classmates 
  • Academic circle (professors)
  • Organizations 
  • Employers 

If you find that your list is short, join an organization, volunteer, and get involved. 

Make contact! 
Prepare you elevator speech and be ready to use it 
Connect on LinkedIn.  

Stay in Touch 
Foster relationships, occasionally e-mail, etc.

CAREER FAIRS 

Fall 2014 Career Fair - Tuesday, October 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., location TBD

Check with Kate Bombeck (bombeckkm@unk.edu) for additional details and employer registration. 

Whether you’re looking for full-time employment, an internship, or would simply like to network with employers, Career Fairs are a vital part of any student’s job search so it’s important to prepare. Click here for a detailed description of what to do before, during and after a career fair, in order to have a successful experience. 

Internships 

Learning in the real world.  
Theoretical knowledge is only half of your education at UNK. The other half is applying what you learn to the real world and learning from experience. Internships are among the many powerful ways in which a UNK education extends classroom learning into real-world experiences in the workplace. In fact, most UNK students list at least one internship experience on their résumé by the time they graduate.


Where do UNK students find internships?
Business students intern at some of the best companies in the state and nation; education majors intern at schools across Nebraska; social work students intern at area hospitals and counseling centers; criminal justice students intern with law enforcement, corrections agencies, and law firms; advertising majors intern at leading agencies in Omaha, Chicago, and other places small and large… the list is nearly endless.

How do they find these internships?
Many programs at UNK list internships as a requirement and have the connections, internship coordinators and other resources to help you find an internship. The Office of Career Services also provides experienced counselors who may be able to help you plan your internship. While the summer of your junior year is the best time to gain work experience as an intern, we encourage you to visit the Office of Career Services as early as your freshman year so that you get a head start on internship and career planning. 

For more information, schedule a campus visit.

Internships link the classroom to the work place, allowing the student to test his/her abilities in a selected field.  The College of Business & Technology has developed many partnerships with companies that provide internship experiences. 

 Business, Family Studies & Interior Design Internships  

Janice Woods, Director                                                                       

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Economics                               
  • Family Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Management & Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management                                               

Technology Internships 

Brenda Jochum, Director

  • Construction Management
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Information Networking and Telecommunications