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

C2B Leadership Conference – Austin, TX

College Freshman and Sophomore Women

Build Your Leadership Skills, Your Resumé and Your Network

Expand your leadership capabilities and prepare for your career future at the Forté C2B Leadership Conference. A one-day interactive event, this conference will give college women from diverse academic backgrounds the chance to explore different functions in business, gain valuable leadership experience, and meet representatives from leading companies and business schools. The conference is free and a travel stipend is available for women traveling more than 50 miles to the event.


Where: University of Texas at Austin

When: Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Application Deadlines: Round 1 – September 30 and Round 2 – October 27

Learn more at

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C2B Leadership Conference – Austin, TX

Resume ER – Sept. 18

Is your job search on life support? Does your resume need CPR, STAT?

Resume ER is Sept. 18 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the VCB Atrium.

Then bring a hard copy of your resume to be critiqued by INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS! Get tips on how to better market yourself and how to stand out from the crowd. Arrive any time from 1:00 – 3:45 for a 15 minute critique session.



Employers from the following companies will be attending:

L-3 Mission Integration

KidsCare Therapy


Wells Fargo Consumer Lending Group

Avalon Consulting, LLC




Essilor of America

ONEprop, Inc.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

Ethos Group

Teach For America

PriceKubecka, PLLC

Resume ER – Sept. 18

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!

Why Every Job is a Customer Service Job

In Seth Carr’s article on Brazen Careerist, he points out that every job has elements of customer service. Even if you are not interacting with literal customers or clients, you are serving your supervisor, co-workers, and members of other departments. This makes customer service a very important transferable skill. Read the full article here.

When you write your resume, be sure to incorporate and emphasize your customer service experience, especially if you have worked in a restaurant, retail, or office environment.


Why Every Job is a Customer Service Job

Career Center Summer Drop-In Hours

We are starting our summer schedule for resume and career advising drop-in hours this week! Drop in during any of these times – no appointment needed!

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Career Center Summer Drop-In Hours

Staff Spotlight Jessica Elder

Meet Jessica Elder! She is the Resume Programs Coordinator here in the Career Center.

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Q: Where did you go to college?

A: I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Texas in 2010 to complete my Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at UNT.

Q: What is your role in the Career center?

A: I currently serve as the Resume Programs Coordinator. I manage our resume drop-in hours, email service, and any special programs related to resumes. I also work on the Programs Team to help plan small to medium-sized career events.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: My favorite part of my job is connecting with students each day and being able to see the difference I make. I love it when they send me emails to thank me or tell me that I helped them to get an interview or even a job offer!

Q: What is your favorite piece of advice for student?

A: I want students to know that it is never too early to start planning for your career – even if you don’t quite know what that is yet! The Career Center offers so many helpful tools and resources for you to explore options and connect with employers.

Q: Just for fun – what is one thing that you are obsessed with right now?

A: I am obsessed with music, but this is a long-running obsession. I have a very diverse taste in music and always have Pandora on in my office, the radio on in the car, or my iPod playing at home! This past fall, I went to three concerts within a month’s time and saw One Republic, Sara Bereilles, Plain White T’s, Johnny Rzeznik, Parachute, and my all-time favorite, Michael Buble!

Staff Spotlight Jessica Elder

Welcome Back Comets!

Happy first day of class UTD! The Career Center is ready for a great new semester and we hope that you are too. Not sure where to begin? Visit our drop in hours or attend a Career Seminar! (Click the images to enlarge).

Drop-In Schedule

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Welcome Back Comets!

Resume Debates – Who Gets it Right?

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!


Do you need more resume help? Email your resume to us at We’ll get back to you with comments within 5 business days!

Resume Debates – Who Gets it Right?

Just In Time Career Expo and Resume Critique Session

Graduating students, check out our Just In Time events next week! We are here to help you with your resume and land a job just in time for graduation!

JIT Resume Critique Session

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Just In Time Career Expo and Resume Critique Session