Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Congratulations Class of 2014!

Congratulations on being a member of the graduating Class of 2014!

What are your plans after graduation? Are you going to Graduate School? Working Full-Time or Part-Time? Tell us about your plans!

The Office of Career Services at The University of Tampa collects data to learn about the post-graduate accomplishments and plans of our alumni. We want to hear from you!

Please take a moment to complete the first destination survey. www.ut.edu/career/postgrad

Be sure to complete the survey – it does not take long! Each month we hold a drawing for a Starbucks gift card. At the end of survey time period we then have a drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card!

By completing this survey, The University of Tampa will be able to provide you with access to alumni salary and employment trend data for 2014 that may be helpful in your future career search needs. Additionally, the answers you provide help us collect valuable data to report back to various accreditation and news agencies (such as US News and World Report and other college rankings). These reports help promote the value of your degree!

Recent recognition includes:
  • The University of Tampa being ranked one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes (2013);
  • UT will be featured in the Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" guidebook (2014);
  • The Sykes College of Business's rank as one of the top 295 in the world by the Princeton Review (2014); and

  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing naming UT's Nursing Program number 1 in the country (2010)!

Please note: All information you provide will remain confidential and will not be used to solicit donations. Responses will only be used in combination with others, in an aggregated form, without any specific identifying information, in order to report first-destination statistics as a Class of 2014. Information given in this questionnaire will never be associated with your name. We ask for your name only to verify that you are a member of the Class of '14. Please complete all sections as instructed.

Thank you very much for your participation! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Career Services.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Is your resume getting noticed?

In the Office of Career Services we sometimes hear concerns from students and alumni during the job and internship process. One of these concerns pertains to not hearing back from an employer after applying to a job or internship. An article published earlier this year on the website Career Realism, an online career magazine, discussed reasons why an employer may not be responding to your resume. The author, Jessica Hernandez, reviews some of the main reasons a resume may not be getting a response.

According to Jessica Hernandez, if your resume is not receiving a response it may be due to one of these six considerations:
1. It still has an objective statement
2. It lacks any form of personal branding
3. It's fluffy
4. Accomplishments are not highlighted
5. Duties and responsibilities have taken over
6. Metrics, facts, and figures are nowhere to be found

To learn how to avoid these resume pitfalls,  review the article and visit the Office of Career Services to have your resume reviewed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

We're down to the final four weeks of classes!

As the semester comes to a close, it’s nice to look back and see the accomplishments and look ahead to the future—new initiatives, new projects and workshops, and just new ideas in general. We try to plan events and programs that appeal to you, the students, but we know we are not always successful.  I would love to have some feedback on the programs that you found most (and least) helpful.  We can’t do much about the timing—they will always conflict with  someone's classes, no matter when we schedule them, but we would like to know what you liked and what you didn’t like. 

And it’s hard to determine how best to reach you, so we could use a little help there, too.  Texting is not an option, but how else do you like to receive information?  Emails, flyers, plasmas, OSLE newsletter, Facebook, Twitter?  We know that students don’t always know about our events no matter how much we try to publicize, and, as we hire a new marketing intern for 2014-15, it would be nice for him/her to have some new ideas.

Wishing you all the best for the last few weeks of the semester, and don’t forget that we still have some great workshops left this semester—“Where does my resume really go?” and two alumni panels for jobs in science and sales. And for graduate business students, we have a Corporate Connections with a representative from ZICO (a Coca Cola company) and an alumni panel.  Check HIRE-UT for dates, places, and times!