Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer is Halfway Over!

For those of you who are returning to UT in the fall, this week marks just about the halfway point of the summer.  As you look at what remains of your summer break, think back to elementary school and that essay you had to write about “what I did on my summer vacation.”  What have you done career-wise this summer?  

Hopefully you've had a summer job or internship; if not, it’s not too late to land a job or take the opportunity to volunteer.  It will fill up some space on your resume and, better yet, give you some related experience or at least some transferable skills. Have you taken the opportunity to do an informational interview with someone whose job looks like something you would like to do? Most people love to talk about themselves and their jobs, so take a chance and ask some questions!  If you’re wondering what to ask, we have some informational interview questions on our website to get you started. 

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to hearing all about what you did, career-wise, on your summer vacation.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Exploring Careers

I have spent some time this summer checking out some great resources for career exploration.  One of my favorite sites is O*NET OnLine.  This government website has so much useful information.  If you want to explore a career you have always dreamed about, click on the tab for My Next Move.  On this site you can search careers, browse careers by industry and take the O*Net Interest Profiler.  This tool can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.  Once you complete the questions and get your results, you can then click on any of the six interests (RIASEC) to see what type of careers might be rewarding to you.  You then select what type of training you would need (Bachelor’s degree or higher) and then see the “best fit” jobs for your interests and preparation level.  For example, if “social” was your top interest and you clicked on the “considerable preparation” job zone, your best fit careers might be a library technician or an elementary school teacher.  Depending on the type of answers you give, you might get different results. 

This is just one of many websites that we have listed on our Career & Major Exploration page.   Spend some time thinking about your career path – and then develop a plan to get there.

Have a great summer!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

LinkedIn Webinars

Are you new to LinkedIn? Are you fully utilizing LinkedIn in your job or internship search? Find out more about the newest features and strategies for taking advantage of all that LinkedIn has to offer by participating in FREE webinars!

These FREE LinkedIn Learning Webinars can be found within the LinkedIn Help Center (located under the “More” section of the navigation buttons at the top of your LinkedIn page).  Just type in “Learning Webinars” in the search feature of the Help Center.

Select the webinar that best suits your needs!

If you are new to LinkedIn, I recommend starting with the webinar “LinkedIn 101: The Basics of LinkedIn”. If you are currently in a job or internship search and want to ensure that you are leveraging all of the LinkedIn features participate in “Job Seekers: Tips for Using Your LinkedIn Account to Help You Land Your Next Great Opportunity”.