Career Q& A – Online Newsletter (May 2019)
Q1: What are the career services and resources available after graduation?
A1: The first semester after graduation recent UIS graduates have access to all-inclusive career services and resources as currently registered students.
The second semester after graduation, recent UIS graduates have access to the following career services and resources: Career Suite advising, career seminars, events, and career fairs, as well as access to online resources – CareerConnect, OptimalResume, FOCUS 2, and GoinGlobal
- Free resources are available on the UIS Career Center website
- Additional options for alumni (at a cost)
Fee package options available for the stated time frames above include:
- Recently graduated alumni: within 1-year post graduation
- Alumni: 1+ years post-graduation.
- Spring Semester: January 1st – May 14th
- Summer Semester: May 15th – August 14th
- Fall Semester: August 15th – December 31st
If alumni have additional questions, please contact the Career Development Center at 217-206-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q2: How can I leverage LinkedIn for my job search?
A2: You can use LinkedIn as a resource to highlight your professional skills and experience by building and maintaining an up to date profile. It can also be a great source for networking contacts.
- Utilize the alumni section on the University of Illinois Springfield school page to search for potential alumni networking connections. There are over 20,000 UIS alumni utilizing LinkedIn that you have the potential to connect with.
- LinkedIn also has a jobs section where you can search directly for positions and do research on the organizations posting the job and the people who work there. Learning more about the company and others currently employed there can help you to evaluate your interest in the opportunity and consider how to best tailor your application materials.
- Additional LinkedIn resources for students
Q3: How can I make and use Networking Business Cards?
A3: You can use Networking Business Cards at job fairs, conferences, or whenever you meet a new career contact one-on-one. Be sure to carry some with you wherever you go so it’s easy for people you meet to follow up.
What to include on your Networking Business Card:
- Name and email address. Phone number is optional depending on your comfort level.
- Your degree and/or a broad description of your work.
- Links. LinkedIn profile, online portfolio, and/or website.
- Optional extras. A brief statement highlighting what you have to offer or a list of 3-5 key skills