Career Questions Answered by the UIS Career Center

UIS Career Center Staff in 2018
UIS Career Center Staff in 2018

What can I do to kick-off my job search in January?

Consider that mid-January is your best bet for applying. Many companies kick off their annual hiring plans as the new quarter brings fresh budget plans, sales forecasts, and/or goals to build out. Also, note this can equate into a greater influx of job seekers and slower process and response time.

To prepare, set goals for yourself and get organized. Here are some tools that can help.

  • Create a Twitter Job Search List to track job listings from thousands of sources.
  • Use JibberJobber to keep track of information you collect during your job search.
  • Update your LinkedIn status daily to stay top of mind.
  • Use SocialMention to manage your online reputation.

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What are some “don’ts” to avoid when I’m writing my resume?

Hiring managers often have a stack of resumes to review in a short window—so if yours doesn’t match the job description or is plagued by poor grammar, you may be out of luck! Read on to discover some of the top resume mistakes and how to avoid them.

  • Misspellings and grammatical errors are resume killers. Don’t just run spell check. Ask a friend to review it for errors, or try an online tool like Grammarly.
  • Not including key words that match the job posting. Use a tool like Jobscan at jobscan.co to check your key word match rate.
  • Including too much information. Showcase skills by focusing only on the highlights of each job.
  • Not quantifying accomplishments. Provide concrete evidence of skills. Numbers (like students tutored, sales figures, etc.) can help.

Check out the complete list of “resume don’ts.”

As an online student, should I still make time for face to face networking?

Short answer: Yes!

  • Networking in a professional setting is really just another way of saying building relationships and connecting with other people. Building positive relationships with other people continues to be an integral part of starting and building one’s career even in today’s high tech environment.
  • Attend a conference, join a professional organization, seek out an alumni meet-up, or participate in a career fair. All of these are great ways to set yourself up for building new relationships.
  • Make an effort to stay in touch with former supervisors, colleagues, mentors, instructors and others who have made an impact on your life. Networking is not just about building new relationships but also about maintaining existing ones.

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