Who is ready to graduate?!

By: Stephanie Niten

                I don’t know about the rest of you 49er seniors out there, but I am ready for graduation!  Soon the commencement ceremony for us December graduates will take place and we will be out in the “real world” looking for full time work. Whether or not you have started looking for jobs, here are a few tips to help you either continue or get your search geared up!

  • Sign up for NinerJobNet (https://unccharlotte.experience.com/experience/login).  Great opportunities with employers who are seeking out 49er students to fill their positions
  • If you are currently doing an internship, seek out job opportunities within that company.  Sometimes it is easier to find jobs with employers who already know you and your skill set.  However, there may not be any openings at the time, but it doesn’t hurt to at least ask and let them know that you are interested
  • Continue to put in applications.  I know it can get discouraging going from one place to the other doing interviews and then not getting the job, but don’t give up! There are jobs out there for all of us and just because you don’t get the first one that you applied for doesn’t mean that you should give up! It just means that there is something better out there for you

Hang in there! Deadlines are creeping up for final papers and projects, but we don’t have much longer! Get your caps and gowns ready, because graduation is just around the corner! I’m ready, are you?! 

I’m in College, Now What?

By: Chelsea A. Glover

College is the best time of your life, but after four years of studying hard face the real world and have to find employment. This can be a rude awakening if you are not ready for such a huge responsibility. In addition to getting a great education, it is important to get involved on campus, to network, and gain relevant experience. The first major document you must have before entering the real world and the job market; a resume! The truth of the matter is your education only takes approximately five lines of your resume; so what do you fill the remainder of the page with? Experience! Why? What the academics do not tell you is that even if you have a perfect 4.0 GPA you’re not be guaranteed the job you are searching for.  Having a perfect 4.0 GPA is great, but you need experience to go along with grades to make yourself marketable. Recently, graduated students can receive between a increase of $5,000-$10,000 regarding salary with experience and ultimately cut the amount of time they spend searching for a job in half. So I encourage each of you to get involved on campus, and if you are unsure about which organizations to join visit orgsync.com or visit the Student Organization Resource Center on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Also register and use Ninerjobnet for on and off campus jobs, internships and co-op opportunities. With all of these free resources available to you there is no way you should graduate without the necessary experience.

NinerJobNet: http://career.uncc.edu/njn-orientation

Student Organizations: http://studentorgs.uncc.edu/

Q: I have a second interview! What do I wear?

A: If a company has requested a second interview with you, you have done something right! Whether the interviewer was blown away by your resume, your style, or your personality (or all three), it’s just as important to make a lasting impression the second time you meet. Here are some details to keep in mind as you prepare your outfit for a second interview:

  • Do not wear the same suit twice! For many jobs, it’s appropriate to skip the blazer for the second interview. The exception would be corporate positions or workplaces where the dress code requires a suit every day (in which case, you would need more than one anyway!) With this being said, it’s still important that you’re dressed a few notches above everyone else.
  • Extras! We’ve all heard accessories and jewelry should be kept conservative for an interview (Men, this goes for you, too!) Does the rule change the second time around? Several websites agree that for the second interview, a statement piece (like a larger watch or chunky necklace) is okay in moderation. Stay away from excess bling, overly large pieces, or accessories that make a lot of noise (like chains or bangles).
  • Finally, the most important rule of all: you can disregard the rules! There are no hard-and-fast rules for how to dress for a second interview because different companies, organizations, and institutions have different dress codes. A job in fashion design is going to have a different dress code than a job in banking. Your best indicator of how to dress for a second interview is to be aware of how other people who already work at the company dress.  Pay attention during your first interview if it is held on-site: are employees more conservative, or do they wear fun pieces? Do you see a lot of polos and khakis, or slacks and button-ups? If you’re given some liberty with your wardrobe choices, you can show interviewers just how well you will fit into their company!x6wgos14

Time to Choose a Major!

By: Stephanie Niten

                It’s that time of year again Niners! Majors Day is coming up on Thursday, October 17th from 10am to 1pm in the Cone Center Lucas Room!  This is a day for students to come and talk with people from different departments about the majors that are offered here at UNC Charlotte and what you can do with the major(s) of your interest after graduation.  For the people who have never attended Majors Day or simply do not know exactly what it is, here are a few reasons why you should attend Majors Day:

It is an opportunity to…

  • receive more information on the major you are currently pursuing and possible career options
  • explore different majors if you are thinking about possibly switching majors
  • possibly choose to double major
  • explore possible minors
  • seek information if you are UNDECLARED

All majors and years (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) are welcome to come! This is a great opportunity to have the rest of your college years in order as far as what you want to study and the rest will fall into place.  It all starts with your major, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Attention Job Seekers!

Are you graduating soon? Are you looking for a full-time job where you can put your freshly learned skills to good use? If you answered ‘yes’ to either one or both of these questions, then the Career and Public Service Expo is the place you want to be on Thursday, September 12th in the SAC.  There will be over 130 employers there from 10-3 waiting to talk with you about what jobs they have to offer!  More importantly, they will be looking for ambitions students who are serious about finding a job, and they will be looking for skills that you can offer to them that they may be in need of within their workplace.  Here are a few tips on just how you can market yourself fully to these interested employers:

  • Bring your resume into the University Career Center
    • You can never have a paper critiqued too many times before you turn it in; the same goes for your resume.  It is always good to have your resume looked at as many times as you possibly can before you present it to an employer.  A new set of eyes each time is always good too, you never know what each person may find that you can make better.  Stop by during our drop-in hours; there is always room for improvement!
  • Create an elevator pitch
    • Along with presenting your skills on paper, it is also good to be able to express them briefly when actually talking to the employer.  This is usually done with something called an elevator pitch.  This is when you are able to take a couple of your best skills and describe them to an employer through a scenario in which you have used them in the past.  This can be tailored to specific jobs that you may be applying for that may be looking for different skill sets.  This is a great skill to have, so it is good to practice this with a few different skill sets that you think employers may be interested in.
  • Find your suit
    • Professional image is also a key factor when attending a Career Expo.  For men, this would include a nice suit (matching pants and jacket), a light colored collared shirt and a tie that matches (usually light or pastel colors, nothing bright!), and dress shoes.  For women, same rules for the collared shirt and suit, only you have the option of switching out the pants for a skirt.  Nice dress shoes as well (either solid color heels or flats).  As far as accessories, a watch is always good and a nice business bag (usually black) to carry items such as portfolios, resumes, employers’ business cards, etc. Ladies, no dangling jewelry!

Again, if you are looking for a job after graduation, I would highly recommend checking out the Career Expo.  You are not required to stay the full time, so everyone should come by to at least see what kinds of jobs out there just waiting for you! I know I will be there looking for job opportunities, so I hope to see you there!  

Non-Verbal Communication and Professional Success

“How Non-verbal Communication can make or break your Job Interview”

By: Chelsea A. Glover

 

“You cannot NOT communicate; inadvertently, whether you know it or not you are ALWAYS communicating.” What a prospective employer learns about you in an interview is way beyond your answers to interview questions. Nonverbal communication is generated by you, the speaker, and your use of the environment to help portray an overall message for the receiver, or potential employer. Employers pay closer attention to how well you dress, how well you speak, and how well you carry yourself than they do anything else. Non-verbal communication comes naturally; it is something you just cannot hide, and it often tells the employer almost everything they need to know about you. In addition to this, it helps the employer read more into your words and fully grasp what type of employee you would be.

Types of nonverbal communication include but are not limited to touch (firm handshakes), eye contact, volume, gestures, facial expressions, posture, body language, general appearance and dress. Remember that a first impression is a lasting one; how you present yourself can make or break your interview before you even open your mouth to speak. More often than not, it is what students aren’t saying in an interview that is costing them the job. Meaning, guys – if you show up to a professional job interview wearing sneakers or athletic apparel, you can almost guarantee you have ruined what could have been a great opportunity. Ladies, the same applies for you. Your appearance speaks measures.

All of your nonverbal behaviors – the gestures you make, the way you sit, the speed and volume in which you speak, how close you stand, how much eye contact you give – send strong messages to potential employers. The way you listen, move and react tells the employer whether or not you care, how well you listen, and how truthful you are being. When your nonverbal communication matches the words you speak, it increases trust, clarity and rapport, which increases your chances of getting the job. When nonverbal communication does not match the words you speak, it generates tension, mistrust and confusion, be very particular and cognitive of the signs you display to a potential employers.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Nonverbal Communication in an Interview Setting

Do

Don’t

Dress professionally

Wear casual or sloppy clothes

Make eye contact with the interviewer

Slouch or practice bad posture

Give a firm handshake

Interrupt the interviewer

Practice good posture

Lean back in your chair or put your feet up

Be polite, respectful and well mannered

Use your hands excessively when speaking

Pay attention, be attentive and interested

Put your hands in your pocket

Keep an even tone in your speech

Use fillers, like “umm,” “uh-huh,” or “hmm”

 

Why is this important to know?

College Journal reports that, according to recent studies, “Body Language comprises 55% of the force of any response, whereas the verbal content only provides 7% and paralanguage, or the intonation – pauses and sighs given when answering, represents 38% of the emphasis.”

Want help with your nonverbal (and verbal) interview communication?

Get feedback on your nonverbal communication style through a practice interview scheduled with your career advisor.  You’ll be able to answer real interview questions and get feedback about your interview.

New Year, New Programs, New People!

By: Carley Foster

If you’re entering your Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year at UNC Charlotte, chances are the college experience doesn’t seem all that shiny and new anymore. The excitement and anticipation of the new academic year might be dampened by buying textbooks, the hassle of moving into a new residence hall (or your first apartment) or standing in line for a parking pass.
On the other hand, if you happen to be a Freshman, the first week of college is probably exciting, nerve-wracking, and confusing all at once. Wherever you are on your academic journey, you can be sure that there are tons of new services, organizations, and activities on campus for you to experience. The University Career Center is no exception, and we are excited to share with you some great opportunities to take advantage of as you start your new year at UNC Charlotte.

University Professional Internship Program (UPIP):
Are you looking for relevant work experience?
Would you like to build your resume by completing an internship?
Would you like to get paid for it?

If so, the University Professional Internship Program, or UPIP, might be for you! UPIP is designed for undergraduate students to gain valuable work experience and explore possible career choices in their field right here on campus. Students in UPIP work with their academic department for either academic credit or a 49ership (non-credit, but noted on your transcript). To apply for the program, students must be able to work 10-15 hours per week, must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester of the internship, and must have good academic standing. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors have until August 30th to apply, and internships will begin in September. Check out our Fall Newsletter if you’re interested in learning more.
Washington Center Internships: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors with a minimum 2.75 GPA are able to apply for a Washington Center Internship. This internship is tailored to the student’s individual interests, and they are awarded a $6,000 scholarship. The best part? Students chosen for the Washington Center Internship will be studying and completing internships in Washington, DC! If you are interested in applying, October 1st is the deadline for the Spring semester. Remember to make an appointment with the University Career Center to receive feedback on your resume and cover letter before you apply! You can find the application by visiting this website.

New Career Advisors: If you have never paid a visit to your major’s career advisor, there’s no time like the present! The University Career Center recently welcomed new career advisors:
Megan Corkery, Assistant Director & Career Advisor for Engineering, Architecture, and Physics
Stephanie Saunders, Assistant Director for Freshman Career Planning
Neal Robinson, Assistant Director & Job Search Advisor
Tori Stevens, Assistant Director for Career Education

Career Advisors are great resources as you begin thinking about your career after college, whether you are about to graduate or just getting started. If you are interested in making an appointment, stop by the University Career center during our drop-in hours to set up a time to meet with a career counselor for your major. For more information, visit our staff directory.

Finals are just around the corner!

By: Stephanie Niten

                Well it’s that time of year again 49ers: Finals week! We are in the home stretch for summer, but before we can get that far, we have to get past all of those dreaded final exams that we have heard about all semester long.  Now I know you all are very “excited” about these finals, but calm yourselves.  I know that we all have those last-minute projects and tests to worry about right now, so who has time to worry about finals?! Here are a few tips to help you manage your time throughout these last couple weeks left of school.

  1. 1.       Don’t procrastinate!-This is one of the main things that I have the most trouble with.  Finals don’t start until May 3rd, so why should I worry about them now?   The truth is that if you start organizing your study schedule now and planning out what subjects you will study on what days, you will more than likely not be under as much stress!  
  2. 2.       Don’t stress! – Speaking of stress, we all know that this is very common among college students, especially when it comes to finals time.  I know that it is almost impossible to not have at least a little stress this time of year (and trust me, I have had my fair share of it) but try not to let it consume you.  Just take the studying one day and one subject one at a time, and when it comes time to take the test, all you can do is try your best! If you find that you are to the point where you cannot think straight because of all of the stress that you are under, try taking a break and going for a walk; get in some different scenery for a few minutes.  Engage in a different activity to give your brain a rest and then come back to your studies.  When you come back to them, you will be refreshed and may actually get more done!
  3. 3.       Form study groups! – Most people study better when they are in a group.  If this is the kind of studying that you like, contact some of your friends in your classes that also like to study in groups, find a time between now and the time of the exam that works for everyone, and have a couple hours of going over the main highlights of the final exam material.  I know that this has worked out very well for me on past exams.  I have found that when I study in groups, I usually do better on the exam than when I have studied by myself.  When you are in a study group, you have other people to talk through the material with, and you get different viewpoints from everyone.  Who knows, you could even learn something new!

Well, there are three main tips that I had for finals week.  I know that these have helped me for past final exams, and I hope that they are as much help to you as they are to me.  I wish everyone good luck during finals week, and I hope everyone has a great summer!  

How Studying Abroad Can Contribute to Your Career Success

By: Anna Salas

Most students know that studying abroad provides an opportunity to broad their horizons through exposing them to new cultures, peoples, and places. However, not all students may be aware that studying abroad is a major opportunity to boost their resume! Below are the top four reasons why studying abroad can enhance your professional marketability.

1. You’ll increase your intercultural awareness: Studying abroad will provide you with the opportunity to delve into the customs, traditions, and cultures of a foreign country. By the end of your study abroad experience, you may likely consider yourself to be an “honorary citizen” of your host country because you will feel so immersed in its culture and way of life. Students who return from studying abroad typically have a new-found awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures and peoples. Employers will value your global worldview and your ability to interact with and form relationships with people of different backgrounds and ways of life.

 2. You may have opportunities to develop foreign language proficiency: As the U.S. economy is becoming more globalized, companies are looking for employees who will be able to communicate effectively, comfortably, and naturally with clients and employees in their foreign offices.  Many study abroad programs offers language courses in addition to regular classes. If you have the language skills, you may be eligible to take classes that are partially or completely taught in a foreign language. However, you will probably learn the most from experiencing life in your host city and learning how to navigate daily living situations including placing a restaurant order, chatting with locals on the subway, or asking directions on how to get to a particular place.

3. You may have opportunities to complete an internship or volunteer work: Some study abroad programs have an internship or volunteer experience component, which will have you learning, working, or assisting locals of the country you are in. Such opportunities may serve to further strengthen your resume as you will be able to speak with employers about tangible, real-life examples of how you interned or volunteered in a foreign country and the associated multi-cultural and additional transferable skills you gained as a result.

4. You’ll develop new insights and understandings through the formation of new relationships: In studying abroad, you may meet people that at first appear very different from yourself, and with whom you feel it may be hard to communicate with, much less develop a relationship. Although such people may speak a language other than your own and may have a much different background and culture than yours, you may likely form strong friendships that will allow you both to learn a lot from each other and develop a different outlook on intercultural communication and relationships. I have some friends of my own who have met friends abroad, and who now consider these friendships to be some of the closest, strongest bonds that they have in their lives. Additionally, relationships with friends, faculty, host families, teachers, and fellow students abroad serve to expand your international network so that if you ever desire to work abroad or for an internationally-based company, you will have contacts that could possibly help you in doing so.

So, how can you get started on planning your studying abroad experience? Visit the UNCC Office of Study Abroad website to access “Steps to Studying Abroad,” information on various study abroad programs through which you can get course credit at UNC Charlotte, and much more! Also, be sure to check out Going Global, a great collection of resources that provides country-specific information on topics such as employment outlook and industry trends, work permit and visa regulations, cost of living data, cultural advice, and much more!  The benefits of studying abroad are truly infinite – but for even more reasons, check out the Office of Study Abroad’s webpage on “Why Study Abroad.”

 

 

 

 

How to Adequately Prepare for Career Expos

By: Anna Salas

Career fairs can be quite intimidating and anxiety-provoking for most students – including myself! The thought of walking up to a recruiter and figuring out a way to briefly, but thoroughly, explain your interest in their company and why you would be a good fit can evoke a great deal of stress in most people. Thankfully, career experts have shared suggestions and tips to help us prepare before the event so that once the big moment arrives, we are prepared and already know what we are going to say and how we are going to act. Below are a few tips to assist you in impressing employment recruiters, and hopefully landing that dream job or internship!

  • Do Your Pre-fair Research: Prior to attending the fair, research the companies and organizations that you know will be attending and that you are interested in. This way, you won’t be wandering aimlessly from booth to booth without knowing what line of work various companies specialize in. Additionally, when you speak with employers, you will be able to demonstrate your interest in and knowledge of the company, and you can ask any questions you may have.
    • Specifically, take note of the company’s products, their line of work, any positions they are actively recruiting for, their mission statement/objective, etc.
    • Click HERE to watch our CareerSpots video on “7 Tips for Researching Companies
  • Dress Professionally: The first thing the employer will notice when you approach them is how you are dressed. Dressing professionally shows that you are mature and understand professional etiquette and the world of work. For tips on how you should dress for a career fair, see our popular blog, “Professional Attire: What to Wear to the Fair.
  • Bring Copies of Your Resume AND Have It Critiqued Prior to the Fair: If you don’t bring copies of your resume, there is going to be little chance that employers will remember you, your qualifications, or why they should hire you.  Ensure that you bring enough copies of your resume, and that your resume has been critiqued by a career advisor at the UNCC University Career Center (UCC). The UCC offers drop-in hours daily and prior to the fair, extended drop-in hours are available two days prior to the fair. See the UCC Calendar of Events for specific dates and times.
    • You may wish to bring along a padfolio (I personally like the clipboard padfolios), which allows you to have a hard surface to take notes on, and also functions as a means of securing copies of your resume)
  • Don’t Forget About Your Non-verbal Cues: Sometimes when we are nervous and heavily focused on what we are communicating verbally, we forget about what we are conveying non-verbally through our body language and facial expressions.  When greeting recruiters, remember to
    • Shake hands with the recruiter using a firm, dry (not sweaty!) handshake
    • Stand up straight and try to avoid fidgeting with your pen, notebook, etc. while speaking with the recruiter
    • Greet the recruiter with a smile and continue to smile and demonstrate your enthusiasm for throughout the time you spend speaking with the recruiter
    • Maintain eye contact while talking with the employer. I’m not saying you have to stare at the employer the whole time you are speaking with them, but specifically when they are asking you a question or you are providing a response, try to maintain eye contact. While you are crafting a response, it is perfectly fine to look away.
  • Prepare and practice your 20-second “Elevator Pitch”: Because there may be many students wanting to talk to a specific recruiter at a career fair, it is wise to come up with a 20-30 second introduction that you can succinctly say to employers when handing them your resume. The pertinent information that you should be relaying to the recruiter in your “elevator pitch” can be boiled down to the following:
  1. Who you are
  2. Why you’re interested
  3. Why you’re qualified

If the recruiter has the time to do so, ask questions about the company to further show your interest and enthusiasm. Example questions could be, “Where do you see me with the company?” or “What’s the company’s vision?” DO NOT ask any questions about salary or vacation time. For more information on how to perfect you Elevator Pitch, click HERE to watch our CareerSpots video on “The Elevator Pitch.”

The Spring Career Expo 2013 is coming up on Friday, April 5th, 2013, and will be held from 10am-3pm. Be sure to arrive EARLY, as some recruiters will leave after their goals have been met. The Career Expo is ONLY for UNC Charlotte students and alumni and is open to students and alumni from all majors. Some employers may interview candidates following the job fair, at their discretion. For a regularly updated list of registered employers, click HERE. Don’t miss this great opportunity to speak with employers and graduate schools seeking full-time employees, interns, and graduate students!

 

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