Tips and Resources for Job Applications

Hi, Bronchos! 🐴 I hope your week is going well despite the chilly temperatures!

As you might have heard, the Spring Career & Internship Fair is just around the corner. The fair will be held on February 6th, 2019 from 12:00pm — 3:30pm in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms. Although the fair is geared specifically toward upperclassmen who are looking for internships or jobs prior to graduation, the fair is open to everyone. I highly recommend you start attending the career fair now, even if you do not need a job. It’s a great opportunity to practice dressing professionally, speaking to prospective employers in a relaxing environment, and even discovering industries that you were unaware were compatible with your major(s)! If you are interested in attending the career fair, please remember that professional dress is required, and you also need to take your student ID.

An integral part of the job application process is your resume. There is almost no job that does not ask to see a resume. If you already have a resume created, it is important to keep it up to date and fact check all of your information. Making sure that all of the information on your resume is true is exceedingly important. Many employers will pick specific skills listed on your resume and ask you to take skills tests or walk them through a specific scenario involving those skills. If it becomes clear that the details on your resume are falsified or embellished it can sabotage your job prospects and establish you as a person of low integrity. It’s always better to simply tell the truth, even if you’re under qualified, rather than risk sacrificing your integrity and possibly future job opportunities.

If you do not yet have a resume, it would be a great idea to create one ASAP! Resumes tell employers about your education, work history, academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work. Standard resumes should fit on one page and contain your legal name, email address, street address, and phone number. Some resume formats also include a short list of classes with descriptions of practical skills you’ve learned. You can find a variety of good resume templates online or in Microsoft Word. UCO’s Career Development Center has a great team of people that can help you write or edit your resume if you’d like help. You can find the Career Development Center here: http://careers.uco.edu/

An important skill to master is called the elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is a short speech that should last no longer than 20-30 seconds (i.e. the time you would be in the elevator with a prospective employer). During this speech, you should be succinct and highlight what makes you a good employee. Make sure that you practice your elevator pitch, so when the time comes you are prepared, professional, and calm. Remember that when you deliver your elevator pitch it is important to be mindful of your body language, voice pitch, and speed. You may only have that one opportunity to make a lasting impression, so make it count! Here’s a great article written by a professional to give you some more insight into developing your pitch: https://learning.linkedin.com/blog/working-together/why-you-should-have-a-personal-elevator-pitch–and-how-to-do-it-

In addition to having a resume and an elevator pitch, it’s always good to gain visibility by connecting with colleagues, professors, employers, and future employers on a website such as LinkedIn. Creating a profile on LinkedIn allows you to showcase your education, job history, academic and extracurricular achievements, certifications, volunteer experience, and much more. There is also an option to make your profile available to recruiters, to aid in your job search. You can use this link to create a LinkedIn profile today: https://www.linkedin.com/

There are multiple factors that play into finding a job, and these are just a few. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you get a head start on your job search so you have established professional relationships before you graduate.

Keep up the great work and ROLL CHOS!

~Katie

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK:

UCO's Career Development Center
Nigh University Center, Room 338
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Email: careers@uco.edu
Phone: (405) 974-3346