Support Systems and your Job Search

Job Search? Network? Informational Interview? Does the thought of participating in these activities strike a nerve?

“Pass! I’m good. I have some websites I’m using to find a job, but thanks anyway.”

Believe it or not, it is a fact that most of us get jobs when we connect with someone, some person. Connect with a person versus connecting with an electronic application.

One of the key foundational steps in any job search is identifying, building, and using your support system. Your support system serves as your brain trust to learn about new industries and positions that you may not be familiar with. It also­ serves as your net when you feel like you’re falling.

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Support Systems and your Job Search

Fall Career Seminars Start Next Week!

Our series of Career seminars starts on Sept. 9. Check the events tab in CometCareers for seminar details! (Click the images below to enlarge)

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Fall Career Seminars Start Next Week!

Texas Instrument Mock Interview Day

Fine tune your interviewing skills with professionals from Texas Instruments!

Texas Instruments will host a Mock Interview Day on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4-7 pm, in the Career Center (SSB 3.300).

The employers will ask general interview questions and coach you on your responses. The purpose of this event is to prepare you for the upcoming recruiting season which includes the Internship Fair, Career Expo Days, and On-Campus Interviews.

Get an edge on the competition by signing up for a “mock interview day!” The mock interview will last for 30 minutes.

What: TI Mock Interview Day

When: September 10

Where: Career Center, SSB 3.300

It will be based on a first come, first serve basis, so sign up for a time slot through the On-Campus Interviews menu.  Bring a critiqued resume.  Please see here for resume critique options: http://www.utdallas.edu/career/resumes. Sign up in CometCareers.  Look for Job ID 61653 and Schedule ID 1762 to apply and select an interview time.

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For questions please contact the Career Center at 972-883-2943 or careercenter@utdallas.edu.

Texas Instrument Mock Interview Day

How to Dress For Success!

It’s not about wearing expensive clothes. It’s about wearing something that helps you make the right impression on the interviewer. Pay attention to style, fit, and level of professionalism when shopping for interview attire. Use this handy infograph to guide you!

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How to Dress For Success!

Infographic – 12 Things You Wish You’d Known Before You Took The Job

In her infographic posted on AvidCareerist, Donna Svei points out some great questions that you need to answer before accepting a job offer. Learning about the company’s financial information, gauging the culture of the company, and finding out if a position is brand new can all help you to make a smart and educated decision about taking a job. It is much better to turn down an offer for a job that isn’t right for you than to realize a few months in that you are not happy and that you will have to start the job search process all over again!

 

Infographic – 12 Things You Wish You’d Known Before You Took The Job

Tips for Calming Your Nerves

In her article on Business Insider, Jacquelyn Smith describes 11 tips for calming nerves before a big presentation. Most of these tips are also great for preparing for an interview – especially if you have to give a presentation as part of an interview or meet with several interviewers at once!

Our favorite tip is the first one on the list – Prepare. Nothing can help you be more ready and more confident in an interview than to be prepared. Research the company, prepare questions to ask the interviewer, and practice your answers to common questions. Practice your introduction so that you can start your interview strong!

Do you need more practice? Try our online mock interview tool Perfect Interview! Access it through link in the Resources area of the Career Center website.

Tips for Calming Your Nerves

Register For Mock Interview Day!

Mock Interview Day is a program hosted by the Career Center to allow undergraduate students to practice interview skills with industry representatives. By signing up for a “mock interview”, you will have the opportunity to meet with an employer for 30 minutes. The employers will ask general interview questions and coach you on your responses. The employer representatives are from a variety of companies and industries, but any representative will be able to give you advice on general interviewing skills.

It will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2014. All interviews will take place in the Career Center Interview Rooms in SSB 3.300.

It will be based on a first come, first serve basis, so register through your CometCareers account using the On-Campus Interview menu. STEM majors should sign up on schedule ID 1647 and Non-Stem majors should sign up on schedule ID 1706.

Professional interview attire required. If you have questions about what to wear to an interview, go to: http://www.utdallas.edu/career/spotvideos/ or contact the Career Center at 972-883-2943 for more information. 

Bring a critiqued resume. Please click on this link for resume critique options: http://www.utdallas.edu/career/resumes/

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Register For Mock Interview Day!

Telephone Interview Tips

Recruiters use telephone interviews to screen candidates before extending invitations for in-person interviews. They are increasingly common, especially if you are applying for jobs in another city. The tricky part about phone interviews is that you do not have the advantage of talking to someone face to face, and you don’t have the advantage of seeing the interviewer’s body language. Laura DeCarlo offers some great tips in her telephone interview article on job-hung.org.

In addition to traditional mock interviews, you can also schedule a phone mock interview with a Career Counselor. Interested? Call 972-883-2943 for an appointment.

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Telephone Interview Tips

Career Tips From Pinterest

The helpful infographic from Career Bliss below is just one of many tips and tools that you can find on the Career Center’s Pinterest page. check us out!

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Career Tips From Pinterest

Glassdoor’s Top 25 Most Difficult Companies to Interview With

Ever wonder which company gives the toughest interviews? Glassdoor has answered that question for 2013, using data collected from job candidates from the past year. The list is dominated by consulting and technology firms, with McKinsey & Company snagging the number 1 spot. To see the full list and details about each company, click here.

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Glassdoor’s Top 25 Most Difficult Companies to Interview With