FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions by Students students with questions


Questions About CDC’s Services & Resources

Q:  When should I start using the Career Counseling services at the CDC?
A:  The earlier you get started, the better prepared you will be.  Try to meet at least 1 time your first semester at UIS. Learn more about the Career Counseling Program


Q:  How can I schedule a Career Counseling appointment?

A:  You can self-schedule an appointment in CareerConnect by:

  • Logging in to UIS CareerConnect (password required)
  • Go to “Shortcuts” Menu- right side of screen
  • Select “Schedule an Appointment with My Career Counselor” link
  • Complete the information and select the time slot then click on “Submit”
  • Look for email confirming appointment

Q:  Who is eligible to use the services at the Career Development Center (CDC)?

A:  All UIS students enrolled in a class can use CDC’s services and exclusive online systems.


Q:  Do I have to pay to use the CDC services?

A:  Services are free for students enrolled in the current semester due to paying student fees.


Q:  Can I use the CDC’s services and resources if  I took this semester off?

A:  Yes, you can use the CDC’s services and online systems if you pay the required fee.


Q:  What is the best way to find out what career events are scheduled?

A:  See our calendar to find out upcoming events and workshops.


Resume & Cover Letter Questions

Q:   Where can I  get feedback about improving my resume and cover letter?

A:   You can have your documents reviewed during a our Career Suite Walk-in/Drop-in Hours.


Q:  How do I get information about writing resumes and cover letters?

A:  There are a variety of ways get information about resumes and cover letters.

  • Go to the CDC’s Resume and Cover Letter webpages
  • Review resume and cover letter books located in the Career Resource Library
  • Use the Resume or Cover Letter Builder module in OptimalResume

Career and Major Decision Questions

Q:  I can’t decide on a major. What should I do?

A:  There are several ways you can approach making a decision about your major.


Q:  How can I find out information about career paths that relate to my major?

A:  Start by reviewing the Career Pathfinder Guide for your field of study.


Job Search Related Questions

Q:  How can I find out what jobs connect with my major?

A:   Get some ideas by going to “Career Pathfinders” located on the CDC’s website.


Q:  I’m graduating this year, when should I begin my job search?

A:  Begin developing a job search plan as  soon as possible. View the Career Launch section of the GOALS Program to get started then meet with a career counselor.


Q. Where can I find information about salaries?

A. Go to the Salary and Negotiation webpage to learn about salaries and use the calculators.


Q. What are some good internet sites I can use to locate employment?

A. Visit our Job Links and Resources webpage and Career Pathfinder for relevant job boards.


Q. What should I do to prepare for upcoming interviews?

A. The CDC has many resources and services that you can use to prepare:

  • Review the information and resources on our Interviewing webpage
  • Begin practicing on the simulated online Interview Module located within OptimalResume
  • Schedule a mock interview with a career counselor. How?
    • Login to UIS CareerConnect (password required)
    • Go to “Shortcuts” Menu- right side of screen
    • Select “Schedule an Appointment with My Career Counselor” link
    • Complete the information and select the time slot then click on “Submit”
    • Look for email confirming appointment