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Below you will find information about Employment, Career Fairs, Networking, Interviews, Resume and 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.
Once you have completed a draft of your resume, you can have an advisor review it by emailing the Word file to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by dropping off a hard copy at the Academic & Career Services office (MSAB 140). In either case the advisor will email you within 5 business days to let you know the critique is complete. At that time, you can also schedule an individual appointment with the advisor to discuss his/her feedback.
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
PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW
MAKE A POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION
DEMONSTRATE YOUR POTENTIAL – What Employers are looking for
CLOSING WITH FINESSE
IMPORTANT POST-INTERVIEW TASKS
Succeeding in the Interview
As many as 70% of all job offers are a direct result of networking. The hidden job market refers to jobs that are never advertised and if you only rely on applying for advertised positions then you are eliminating your chance to be considered for most openings.
Professional networking can be defined as connecting with people who can help you advance your career. You’ve probably heard the term “Six Degrees of Separation” that refers to the idea that through our connections with other people, we are all an average of six connections away from every person in the world. With that idea in mind, it is amazing where your career can go when you take time to get to know people and develop long-term relationships that can benefit you during your job search and as you develop through your professional life.
Imagine applying for your dream job. Would it be more effective to simply mail your cover letter and résumé to the address listed in an advertisement? Or through networking, meet someone in the organization who can hand deliver your documents to the hiring manager? That is the power of networking!
Build Your Network While Attending UNK
There are many informal ways to enhance your network while you’re a student at UNK. Perhaps the most important thing you can do is get to know your professors and academic advisors. Also, through active involvement on campus and participating in community service you can meet more people from campus and the Kearney community.
Here is a list of several more formal networking activities that you can participate in as a college student. Advisors in Academic and Career Services are available to provide more information about any of these activities.
Online networking is another important aspect of your job search. There are many sites that provide networking opportunities; one that focuses on professional networking is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a professional networking site with over 70 million members around the world. It’s goal is to help you make better use of your professional network by showing you who your connections are connected to and allowing you to search for specific organizations or industries to find out if you’re connected to anyone there. Contact Academic and Career Services for more information.
There is no better way to learn about a career than to talk to someone who is currently working in your career field of interest. Conducting informational interviews can be a great way to gather information and a great way to start connecting with people who could remain a part of your professional network in the future. Click here for additional information about Informational Interviews; including how to set them up and possible questions to ask. Academic & Career Services can assist you in finding people to interview.
Disability Quality Index - Rating index for companies
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Provides information describing what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations
O*Net Online - Tool for career exploration and job analysis where you can browse groups of similar occupations to explore careers and read detailed descriptions of different occupations
JobShadow.com - Read real interviews from people as they talk about the jobs they do and the careers they have.
Learn How to Become - Provides detailed insight into 45 of today's most popular career fields
Career Thoughts - Research careers using different criteria, such as academic major, fastest growing, or highest paying
CareerOneStop - Tools to help job seekers and students; sponsored by the US Department of Labor
Chegg.com - a completely free service that helps students find their perfect career match
mySkills myFuture - Type in your past jobs and get related jobs that use the same skills; sponsored by the US Department of Labor
Major Web-Links - Provides descriptions of career fields, lists of sample jobs and job search sites
International Internship Directory - reference guide to help match students with international internship opportunities
Buzzfile.com - Employers in Nebraska by Major
National Compensation Survey - A survey of employee salaries, wages and benefits designed to produce data at local levels, within broad regions and nationwide
NACE Salary Calculator - Salary data for more than 500 occupations in 560 regions of the United States
Handshake - On line Job Search Site
LinkedIn - Use LinkedIn Jobs to leverage the power of your network and get hired.
Job Site Reviews- site that reviews and ranks job search websites
Ziprecruiter - Job & Internship assistance
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
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
simplyhired.com - finds job listings from major sites and company sites, free resume listing
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
Take a look at the publications below for tips related to professional development, as well as career and major exploration.
Choosing a Major provides tips on how to utilize Focus-2 in your major exploration process
Creating Your Resume and Cover Letter provides tips on writing these important job search documents.
Succeeding in the Interview walks you through what to do before, during, and after your job interview
You Can Succeed at the Career Fair walks you through what to do before, during and after a career fair.
Professional Job Search Strategies provides tips on developing a comprehensive job search plan.
Navigating the Job Application Process has specific job search advice for students in teacher education
Veterans Employment Center
Veterans Job Board with a Resume Builder and a Military Skills Translator, which will help you describe your military experience on your resume.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Organization that identifies military-friendly employers
Local/Regional Job Board for people with a military background
Veterans Integrations To Academic Leadership, is a collaboration between the VA and higher education
If you are a veteran or concerned about a veteran enrolled in a local college or university, VITAL will partner with you to resolve issues and find resources.
David Rutherford, LGSW
Trauma treatment and therapeutic support for active military, veterans and their loved ones. The At Ease® program provides confidential, individualized counseling services for active military personnel, veterans and their loved ones. All veterans and their loved ones will be accepted regardless of ability to pay
Job Listing and Company Recruiting Policy:
UNK’s Academic & Career Services (ACS) office works to connect students and alumni with a variety of employment opportunities. We encourage organizations large and small, in the public or private sector to utilize our services; however, the following types of organizations are not eligible to participate in job postings, career fairs, on-campus interviewing, résumé referrals, employer presentations, or sponsorships for on-campus recruiting activities.
1. Network Marketing agencies
A network marketing company is defined as one that engages in the following:
2. Multi-level Marketing (MLM) agencies- (similar in scope to Networking Marketing agencies)
A MLM company is defined as one that engages in the following:
3. Third Party agencies
These organizations (search firms, placement services, etc.) that are not considered the employer-of-record are offered job positing assistance ONLY when they meet the following:
4) Other companies/job notices not falling under the above categories
Occasionally we are contacted to list positions that fall under the service industry and are not considered to be ‘professional’ student/post-graduate employment opportunities (i.e. babysitting, nanny, landscaping, bartender, housekeeper, etc.). These types of positions should be directed to the Student Employment Services office.