Stop by the Career Center on Friday Dec. 13 anytime between 1 – 3pm for snacks and drinks! You deserve a break from studying!
The UT Dallas Career Center offers a job shadowing program called Explore the WOW! to undergraduate students of all majors. This is your chance to explore the “World of Work” for a day or multiple days during Spring Break. Get a taste of what it’s like to work in your field!
This program is open to all undergraduate students with a GPA of at least 2.0. As Explore the WOW! is part of the Sophomore Year Experience Program, sophomores receive priority registration, which opens today (Dec. 2). Register through your CometCareers account. Registration opens for all other undergraduate students on Dec. 16. For more details about the program, and to view eligibility requirements, visit the Explore the WOW! page on the UT Dallas Career Center website: utdallas.edu/career/externships. To see a list of potential externship sponsors, visit utdallas.edu/career/externregistration.
To Sign Up
1. Download the application here.
2. Complete the document and upload it to CometCareers as a Miscellaneous document by going to My Account > My Documents.
3. Search CometCareers for an externship by going to Career Events and choosing Explore the WOW as the category.
4. Choose an externship from the list and click Register. Submit your resume and application at this step. You will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days.
Towne Health is holding a hiring event on Dec. 3-5 at the Hilton Lincoln Centre. Learn about full and part time customer service and valet jobs! Apply online at www.townepark.jobs.
What makes a good resume? Every recruiter has a different answer to this question, which makes it very difficult to decide what type of resume to write. In her article on The 5 Biggest Resume Debates Among Recruiters—Finally Answered on the Daily Muse, Adrian Granzella Larssen addresses hotly debated resume ideas. My favorite is the argument between one and two page resumes. It all comes down to what is relevant to the job that you want! When it comes to resume writing, you have to remember that your resume is a representation of you. It’s up to you to take control and to tell your story!
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Meet Janie! She is a Career Counselor who recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary of working at UT Dallas!
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I have an Associates from Palm Beach Community College, my Bachelors in English and Secondary Education from Florida Atlantic University, and my M. Ed. in Counseling from UNT.
Q: So were you ever a teacher?
A: No, I got all the way to my last semester of school and did my student teaching, which was awful. It was a rude awakening after being so focused on getting my degree. I realized that teaching was not a good fit, and it was a terrible experience. It’s similar to some student that I work with who realize that going to medical school isn’t right for them.
Q: What is your role in the Career Center?
A: As a Career Counselor, I help all students (graduate, undergraduate, and alumni) with anything to do with finding a career. I help with Career Assessments that student can use if they are like I was and need to find what fits best for them. I help with the job search process, interviewing, resume writing – anything that the student needs!
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: I have two favorites. My most favorite thing is to see a student experience that “A-Ha” moment, when it all comes together and the student finds the direction that they need. I love it! I get just as excited as they do. My other favorite is knowing that when a student leaves my office, they have gotten what they need to move forward with a positive outlook.
Q: What is one thing that you wish students knew more about?
A: I wish students knew and understood that the Career Center is here to help them with everything. Students are sometimes not aware that we even exist! I feel that we are the most important service for students to connect with – and I take that from my own perspective. I wish that I had known that there were people there to help me when I had my last semester freak out before I graduated. I wish that students would use our services earlier. I would love to see students come in as freshmen and let us help them all along the way.
I also want students to realize that they are in charge of their careers. They can be selective. I want each student to find a job where everything that they do matches who they are, where their skills are maximized, and where it’s not all about the money (although that can be important). I feel that way about my job. It’s part of who I am!
Q: Just for fun – what is one thing that you are obsessed with right now?
A: Cooking! And anything on the Food Network (except Gordon Ramsey). I love to try new recipes and cook with new ingredients and techniques. My favorite thing is the challenge of cooking something new and having it turn out just as good as something from a restaurant!
The following employer will be on campus this week for an information session about jobs with their company. Check CometCareers for any additional details.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Insurity, 5-7pm, TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102)
Insurity will be on campus to recruit for entry level positions. They are seeking students majoring in ATEC, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, or MIS.
Wednesday, Nov. 20: Trinity Merchant Group, 4-5pm, SSB 3.107
Trinity Merchant Group, a local merchant services provider, is offering an opportunity to those interested in more than just a job. We are searching for highly motivated college graduates that have the ability to sell and build a team. Our Executive Leadership Program lasts 18-24 months and includes 8 weeks of paid training to help you understand our industry and prepare you for a successful career in merchant services. Please come to our info session to hear more about this exciting opportunity. All majors are welcome.
Meet Yumna! She is a recent UT Dallas graduate who studied Global Business and Marketing. She landed a full time job as a Product Sales Specialist at Breeze Software.
Q: Tell us about your job as a Product Sales Specialist.
A: I maintain software product line customer base, and lead sales efforts for BREEZE products and services to industry and government to achieve and/or exceed annual sales targets and increase market share, and provide sales support to the software sales organization.
I also develop and initiate a marketing campaign to increase leads through social media, and SEO, among other resources.
Q: How did you find out about this opportunity?
A: Through the UT Dallas Career Works (now called CometCareers) Website.
Q: What was the interview process like?
A: There was an initial phone screening followed by a call for an interview. The interview was conducted by the head of the department along with three employees from his respective department. The interview lasted more than two hours.
Q: What is the best part about your job?
A: The marketing part of the job. The job is more oriented towards customer service, sales and support which I definitely enjoy. At the same time, there is so much in Marketing that is left to do. Marketing emails, social media, search engine optimization are all important venues that we still have to explore. I am really excited about the potential we have to reach out to clients through these mediums.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? Did this experience confirm your career goal, or have you changed your mind?
A: Being employed for only a month, my career goals remain the same. I would like to pursue a career in marketing and sales. There is a lot of things to learn and I think everyone starts at the bottom and work their way up. Till then, the thing that matters most is your willingness to work hard and not let go of the big picture. Hopefully, in the future I would like to continue my studies and enroll in a master’s program for either market research or international business management.
Q: What advice do you have for other job seekers?
- Follow up is extremely important. Ask for their business cards towards the end of the interview and send all the interviewers a customized email and ask to connect with them on LinkedIn within a few hours of the interview. Send a thank you email to the recruiter after the initial screening as well. Don’t hesitate to inquire about the next steps if the interviewer doesn’t mention it.
- Bring extra copies of your resume, something to take notes on and arrive early at least 15 minutes. Dress professionally and conservatively to be safe.
- Research the company and the interviewers. If you don’t know who will be interviewing you, ask the initial Recruiter who did your phone interview and is scheduling the in person interview with you and the company. For instance, my position was for Product Sales, therefore, I looked through their social media outlets, and marketing initiatives and campaigns; I compared it to their competitors, and thought of a few questions and suggestions to improve and provided them during the interview. I researched the head of the department and found that he also teaches at SMU and I inquired about his teaching during the interview. He was very pleased and we talked about that for 15 minutes.
Q: Any other comments to share?
A: FOLLOW UP – to show you are interested!! Be confident in your skills and prepare good questions for the interviewer. Align the questions and answers to the job description and the company’s culture.
Utilize UTD’s career center and career professionals. They are extremely helpful and have a ton of experience and wealth of knowledge, just waiting to be shared. Lauren Nise, the career coach, assisted me during my job search and she provided me with a great number of resources that were extremely beneficial. She also prepped me for interviews, helped me find different search engines to look for job openings, helped me research the companies, and so much more. The biggest of all, she always believed in me. Job seeking is extremely tiresome and drains a lot of energy but whenever I would go see her she actually got me excited and I would feel much better each and every time.