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As the Career Center continues to serve students and alumni remotely, we’ve repurposed our blog to keep you up to date on economic trends, businesses who are hiring during the economic downturn, a weekly “cool jobs” post to highlight some of the interesting opportunities in Handshake, stories of hope from previous recessions, and best practices for job searching right now (yes, you can still job search right now!). You can use the menu on the left to navigate to topics, or read the latest posts below. You will find old content on here; we’ve kept it because it’s still good content. Explore! And, as always, if you have questions, please be in touch. Right now, the best way to contact us is career@unca.edu.

As always, you can access all of the services the Career Center has to offer (including virtual appointments and online resume and cover letter reviews) through our website and on Handshake.  We are sharing additional articles and resources on our Twitter page @UNCACareer.

Have you ever wondered how successful people got to be so successful?

Check out “How I Got Here” on LinkedIn Learning

I have always been curious about how successful people got to where they are now. What did their career paths look like? What risks did they take? How did luck, or happenstance, play a role in their success? Did Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger always want to be a pilot? Was Walt Disney super creative as a child? Was Whoopi Goldberg destined to be an entertainer? 

Interestingly enough, Walt Disney was fired from his position as a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Imagine that!! Before winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards, Whoopi Goldberg worked at a funeral home as a makeup artist. Every successful career starts somewhere, and LinkedIn Learning has a video series called  “How I Got Here” which tells the stories behind the journeys of successful professionals and some of the lessons they learned along the way. Check it out, and notice that many people are successful in careers that are not necessarily aligned with a particular college major. Many people have found their career paths through seemingly random circumstances, luck, challenging times, or because of a dare from a friend. You never know where life might lead you, but hearing from some of these successful professionals may give you a sense of what things to pay attention to and how to spend your energy. 

Click here to check out some great videos and stories on “How I Got Here” on LinkedIn Learning.

Benefits of an Internship

Experience: An internship allows you real-world, hands on experience. You’re able to see the day-to-day life of people in your field of interest! This experience will make you a much more competitive candidate for jobs in similar areas or companies. Many people at big companies would say that it takes about 6 months to truly begin making an impact on a company. This means that more short term internships tend to be more about you! While you may provide some help for tasks and work on your own projects, the main purpose is for you to learn. It’s generally up to you to make the most out of your internship.

Explore: Many students change their major while in college or end up in jobs that were not directly related to their major. An internship allows you to work where you think you are interested and then decide if it is right for you before graduation.

Network: Speaking with people in your field of interest can be incredibly beneficial in so many ways! Not only can you learn from their journey and experiences, you can build your network. Maybe they can recommend you to your first job or maybe they’ll be your future colleagues.

Future Jobs: Internship experience sets you apart when entering the job market because employers see that you typically require less training and can handle more responsibilities. You may even receive a higher starting salary! Additionally, if the place you interned with enjoyed your work and has an opening, they may consider extending a full time offer.

Confidence: Completing an internship will allow you to have much more confidence in the impact you can make on a company! In an internship, you will have to step out of your comfort zone when talking to managers and other high-ups in the company. Not to mention, as with any experience,  it will allow you to do your own self-evaluation on your strengths and weaknesses. After the internship is done, or throughout the internship, you can ask supervisors for feedback without the worry of losing your long term job. They are generally there to help you through this learning experience!

For more advice and insight, check out this article:

10/12/20 Cool Opportunities

Cool Jobs
Audience Engagement and Marketing Specialist at the Cleveland Public Theater
Virtual Robot Genius at Robot Academy LLC
Program Manager for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Plant Protection Quarantine Technician with the US Department of Agriculture
Search Engine Evaluator at Teemwork.ai
Structural Analyst Engineer at Trek Bicycles
Tobacco Data Analyst with the Oregon State Department of Justice

Cool Local Jobs
Marketing Specialist at PawBoost (Raleigh)
Seasonal Sales associate at Nike
Wilderness Field Instructor at The National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education (Wilmington)
Branch Office Administrator at Edward Jones
Executive Director for Mountain Area Residential Facilities 
Sales Director at Highland Brewing
Financial Aid Applications Analyst at App State

Cool Internships
Virtual Health, Disability, and Oversight Spring Interns with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Labor and Pensions
Intern in the Science of Extreme Environments at Sandia National Laboratories
Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups at The Washington Center
Production Finance Internship at movie studio- MarVista Entertainment

Cool Local Internships
Internships at the Asheville Art Museum

Cool Years of Service/Fellowships
George Gund Foundation Fellowship NonProfit Leadership Fellow in Sustainability EducationEnvironmental Steward with the Maine Conservation Corps
Historic Preservation Corpsmember at Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation
Palmetto Conservation Corpsmember

Cool On Campus Job
Academic Enrichment Specialist with the Provost’s Office

Fun Links this week
3 Nigerian-Irish teen girls won a Tech Innovation award for developing an app for people with dementia
Meet Toad, a French Bulldog all dressed up for Halloween

My thoughts for the week

With the University on lockdown on Friday due to threats communicated against the school, it made me reflect on how tenuous progress actually is.  Our students wanted to make a statement on their campus, and someone else in our community felt so passionately about paint on the road that they felt the need to communicate threats against our University.  This isn’t the first time in our nation’s history that something like this has happened, and likely won’t be the last.

But.

What if the UNCG students got up from the Woolworth’s counter?  What if George Wallace had succeeded in stopping school integration?  What if NASA had given up going to the moon after the Apollo 1 fire?  What would our country be like as a result?

In every major social movement, change was only possible through persistence, focus, and collective action. When young people are given the opportunity to lead, our country is usually the better for it.  I applaud our students who stepped to the forefront of the University’s efforts to address the systemic issues of inequity in our culture; and hope they’ll continue to use their voices, actions, and paint brushes to be heard.

David

10 Myths About Working in the Nonprofit Sector

Many students tell us that they have an interest in working for a nonprofit organization or starting their own nonprofit. Why, then, do so many students hesitate to pursue this career path? Perhaps it’s due to certain pressures from our families and the media, or perhaps we believe some of the myths surrounding the nonprofit sector and what it entails. 

The information below is from an article published on Idealist.org. They state that the nonprofit sector is more dynamic than most people think. Explore the list below and see if there are certain myths that you believed to be true about the nonprofit sector. As always, if you have questions or would like to talk more about your interests with a Career Coach, reach out to the Career Center and we will be happy to meet with you!

Myth #1: “Only rich kids need apply.”

Or: “No one makes any money in the nonprofit sector.”

The truth: Most nonprofits rely on paid staff in addition to volunteers.

The term “nonprofit” does not mean that nonprofit professionals do not earn a salary. “Nonprofit” refers to the 501(c) tax code in the United States. Nongovernmental organization, or NGO, and “charity” are the common terms used outside the US.

Revenues generated by nonprofit organizations go back into programs that serve the organizations’ mission. There are no stockholders receiving annual financial dividends, and employees do not receive a bonus at the end of a good year. According to Independent Sector, $670 billion are earned by nonprofit organizations annually, and one in twelve Americans work in the nonprofit sector.

Myth #2: “Business rejects apply.”

Or: “The nonprofit sector is for people who could not make it in the business world.”

The truth: Nonprofit organizations are full of intelligent people with a passion for their work (many with graduate degrees and years of experience in the sector).

Many people switch between the nonprofit, government, and private sectors during their careers. Each line of work presents its own set of challenges, but there are many talented people in all three sectors.

Business people are often surprised to learn how difficult it is to make the transition into the nonprofit sector, which has different, often rigorous standards of success.

Myth #3: “No upward mobility.”

Or: “Working for a nonprofit is not really a career path.”

The truth: Working in the nonprofit sector sometimes is considered taking a break from the “real world,” with the implied assumption that it is not an option to spend a lifetime doing this work. In reality, the nonprofit sector provides many people with a lifetime of exciting work. Nonprofits also tend to offer young people more leadership opportunities than other sectors.

Myth #4: “Smiles all the time.”

Or: “Everyone that works in the nonprofit sector is nice.”

The truth: Most people who work in the nonprofit sector generally do care about making the world a better place, but so do plenty of people that work in the private sector. Do not be surprised when you encounter difficult personalities, big egos, and office politics, which can exist in any professional environment. Perhaps a higher percentage of kind-hearted people work in the nonprofit sector, but there is no way to measure this, and there are plenty of exceptions.

Myth #5: “Collaboration all around.”

Or: “The nonprofit sector is not competitive.”

The truth: In a world of limited resources, nonprofit organizations compete intensely for media attention, recognition, funding and other resources.

In some cases, competition among organizations with similar missions may be detrimental to the pursuit of this shared mission, but competition also can be healthy, and a catalyst to adopt more effective programs. Organizations collaborate often and talk about working together even more.

But some organizations provide a similar service and compete to be the most effective provider of that service. In other situations, organizations work on different solutions to a similar problem. On certain issues, organizations may have missions that are in direct opposition to one another (abortion, environmental reform, gun control, etc.).

Myth #6: “Wasting time and money.”

Or: “Nonprofit organizations are inefficient.”

The truth: Nonprofit organizations do not have clear bottom lines or profit margins; serving a human or environmental need makes success and efficiency much more difficult to measure.

Add to that the reality of limited resources and an emphasis on serving clients (often at the cost of organizational maintenance), and it becomes clear why the sector is often perceived as inefficient.

Certainly some organizations are inefficient and disorganized, just as we see plenty of dysfunctional businesses and government agencies.

Myth #7: “I can’t deal with people.”

Or: “Nonprofits only do direct service work.”

The truth: The most visible nonprofits are often soup kitchens, mentoring programs, and other organizations that involve people working directly with other people who need some form of assistance. But many people who work for nonprofits are accountants, computer programmers, sales people, human resources professionals, managers, fundraisers, and executives. Many more are researchers and advocates for certain issues or supporting the work of direct service organizations.

Myth #8: “Poor and poorly dressed.”

Or: “Nonprofits lack resources and are informal.”

The truth: Universities, some hospitals, and many other large institutions with multi-million dollar annual budgets are nonprofit organizations. Cultures within nonprofits vary, but business attire is the norm at many large and small nonprofits.

Myth #9: “Only for liberals.”

Or: “All nonprofits support left-wing causes.”

The truth: The nonprofit sector itself does not have a political agenda, and many organizations exist to provide services and promote interests that the government does not. The organizations within the sector lean left, right, and everywhere in between.

Myth #10: “I love volunteering, so why not?”

Or: “Working for a nonprofit is just like volunteering.”

The truth: Nonprofits rely on volunteers to do their work, especially in direct services. Volunteers, however, are often shielded from the organizational, financial, and other challenges with which the actual employees of an organization must contend, to say nothing of the burnout issues faced by many who have spent more time working in the field.

Link to the original Idealist.org article: https://www.idealist.org/en/careers/10-myths-nonprofit-sector

10/5/20 Cool Opportunities

Cool Jobs
Manager of Financial Reporting and Analysis at NC Electric Cooperatives (Raleigh)
Accreditation Coordinator at the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
Fellowship at the San Francisco Chronicle 
Entry Level Real Estate Appraiser at Metropolitan Valuation Service

Cool Internships
Science Communications Internship at Research!America
Technical writer internship at GoDaddy
Program Development Intern, Clean Energy and Environment at Winrock International
Corporate Finance Internship at First Citizens Bank
Congressional Relations Spring Internship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Game Design Intern at Pocket Gems

Cool Local Jobs
The Buncombe County Board of Elections is hiring part-time data entry temps to assist with processing absentee requests in the computer. If any you or any of your students are interested, please have them email their resume to Kaylea.noce@buncombecounty.org.
Operations assistant at MamaWorx 
Web app developer at FernLeaf Interactive (Owned by a UNCA Alum!)
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Specialist at The Parish Group
Development Coordinator at Arthur Morgan School
Career Navigator at ABTech
Resident Assistant at UNC Asheville

Cool Local Internship
Buncombe County Budget Department Internship

Cool Years of Service
Interested in medical school but want to serve your community first? Check out Medserve, applications open now! 
City Year is looking for Americorps members to serve in Boston and 28 other cities in the US

Fun Links this week
These countries will let you remote work while living in an exotic location
The most famous meals from every state

My thoughts for the week

This weekend I spent a lot of time working on a couple of projects on my property, a planter box for my mailbox and leveling out some low areas in my yard, so there’s fewer holes to bounce over as I mow.  Both of those projects offered unique challenges, in that I had never built a planter box before, and I have so many bumps and holes in my yard, I’ll be working on that project for what feels like forever.  

For the planter box I measured, planned, bought materials, and had it all figured out, just to realize I had miscalculated the length of materials I would need, and therefore will have to go in later this week to buy some extra wood to finish it the way I’d like.  For the leveling project I got some big spots taken care of, but it’ll be next summer before the grass is filled in enough to match the rest of the yard.  By the end of each day this weekend I was exhausted, sore, and pretty dirty…but I knew that the projects were going to be worth it.

A more apt analogy for our current economic situation I can’t find.  Our elected leaders have yet to put enough materials in the economy to complete the recovery, and it’s going to take a while before things in our economic lives to look more like “normal”.  Employers added fewer jobs last month than were projected, a sign that the recovery might be slowing; much the way I was feeling by the end of the weekend…moving slower than expected.

And yet, when the planter box is finished, the spring will bring new flowers to enjoy.  The leveling project will hopefully make it much easier to keep my yard how I’d like it.  And the same will be true for us.  The economic challenges we’re facing will smooth out, and there will be some blooms in our future.  

David

9/28/20 Cool Opportunities

Cool Jobs
Insect Production Worker, with the US Department of Agriculture
Human Resources Specialist with FEMA
Sensory Neurobiology of Insects Postgrad research at Yale
Entry Level Recruiter at Beacon Hill Staffing (Charlotte)
Associate Consultant at Semler Brossy (Management Consulting)
Finance Leaders Program at the US General Services Administration
Associate Director Operations and Assessment at Villanova’s Career Center
Communities in Action Director at the Richland County Health Department

Cool Internships
Reporting internship for the Dow Jones News Fund 
Newsroom Internship at the Christian Science Monitor
REEF Marine Conservation Internship Key Largo FL (insert Beach Boys Joke here)
Nonpartisan Research Spring Internship with Vote Smart
Check out the myriad internships at Under Armour 
Paid internship in Real Estate Acquisition and Development
Art Curator Intern in NYC
Finance Internship at Otis Elevator

Cool Local Internships
Logistics Intern at Nolan Transportation Group (Hickory)
Administrative Intern at Synchrogistics (Raleigh NC)
eCommerce Marketing Intern at Sunnyside Trading Co (Asheville)
PR and Marketing intern at The Knee Pain Guru (He’ll be at The Internship Event!)

Cool Local Jobs
Help out the Asheville City Schools by being a remote substitute teacher
Asheville Parks and Rec is looking for afterschool program help among other positions
Part time bookkeeping contractor at Kathryn Burns CPA
Communications assistant at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville
The Center for Craft is looking for a Gallery Manager and a Visitor Services Associate
ASAP has several internships available as well as a Development Director position
Blue Haven Logistics is looking for full time last mile delivery in electric vehicles 
Moog Music is looking for a Commercial Business Analyst
Highland Brewing is looking for a Sales Director
Jobs at the new Amazon facility in Mills River
Administrative Specialist 2 at The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (Anderson SC)
Forest Educator at The Master’s Academy Forest School (Forest City NC)
Business Development Associate at LPL Financial (They’ll be at The Mini Job Fair on Thursday!)
Retail associate at Clothes Mentor

Cool Years of Service
National Service for Citizen Artists at ArtistYear
Green Iowa Environmental Steward Americorps
RISE program at Eliada Homes

Fun Links
Amazon now has an autonomous drone security camera  it’s not creepy at all…
The pandemic is making us more engaged at work
General Mills is now making Starburst flavored Yo-plait (come on 2020, haven’t you done enough?) 

Comment from last week
Had much love and distaste for all things Pumpkin Spice…apparently apple cider is a much more universal fall flavor 🙂

My thought for the week:

In honor of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this week’s thought is short: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”  -RBG

Here’s to a great week,

David

COVID in the Workplace Event Recap

As we know, the pandemic has greatly changed many things about how businesses run, the recruitment process, and the working environment in general. This event covered many of these changes. Including how employers predict future work environments will look like.

Guest Speakers:

Kristy Kay (Business Development Guru at Express Employment Professionals)

Lucious Wilson (General Manager at The Wedge)

Emma Jones (’01 alumna and Chief Brand Officer/Owner of Credo)

Summary:

What Changes have already occurred due to COVID related to the job search for candidates?

Interviews will be mostly via Zoom and phone calls. Candidates may be asked more about their personal lives (if they travel to visit family a lot, hang out with large groups of friends, etc.) to gauge if they would be a COVID risk. Many small businesses have to shut down for two weeks if an employee gets COVID so this is important to be open and honest about. Trust with coworkers is incredibly important if you feel you may have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms.

Many businesses let staff go when this all first happened, then offered them a position back when they started adjusting. Unfortunately, many employees decided not to come back for various reasons (safety, changing career paths, etc.). People who did not have a clear idea of what they wanted to go into when doing this have really been struggling to find new positions in different fields with the current economy and packed job market. Make sure that, if you are looking for a job right now, you are able to know exactly what you want and focus on the value you bring to the company. Even more than that, businesses are really needing flexibility during this time. Be willing to do things that aren’t exactly what you want.

Are businesses hiring right now?

Yes, there are many open opportunities now that the world is adjusting to this environment, but they are not always exactly what people are looking for! We see now that manufacturing is booming. We will then see that shipping, then accounts payable and accounts receivable, then things like HR will start opening back up (the exact opposite order of how everything closed). So be patient and willing to do things that aren’t necessarily what you are exactly looking for long term until those opportunities are available again. Just because COVID hit does not mean companies can pay less, you should still be able to make a good salary or wage, just maybe in a different position.

Do you foresee more Americans making career changes?

Yes! Emma Jones mentioned how, during the recession in 2008, many people left architecture and never came back. They foresee many Americans will take this time to go back to school and do remote learning, come up with their own careers, or become consultants.

What are some changes you have seen?

Collaboration in a virtual environment has to be a lot more intentional and structured. No one runs into each other in the office or can walk to someone’s desk to ask a question. There is less small talk, but things are also a lot less professional now. We are seeing people’s personal lives more, their kids walking in during calls and pets joining meetings. With this in mind, our panelists still predict we will never go back to the office space capacity we used to be at. There are so many more health benefits of being at home and being able to go on a run during lunch and then be back to work, more family time, and less commute time. On top of that, office space is so expensive! Katy Kay mentioned that we may see more businesses learning flexibility by using office space for daycares or allowing people to be in part of the week and home the other part of the week.

On the other hand, some businesses, such as J.P. Morgan, are planning to go back completely. They have been tracking productivity and found that there is no productivity on Mondays and Fridays! We also see that extroverts lose creativity when they are not around people to bounce ideas off of. There is also a lack of disconnect between work and life when they are all in one place. We see people working late into the night when they should be disconnected from work.

Additional closing advice on how you can be a good job candidate or employee during this time:

If you are working from home, it is important to be overly productive and organized, as well as  over-communicate the work you are doing. This communication will serve as proof-of-value since supervisors are not able to just run into you and see what you are working on in the work space.  Be willing to be flexible. Right now, businesses are still trying to figure out ways to keep their employees safe and fill positions they may have let go earlier in the year that are too expensive to keep right now. The best way to be a leader right now is to just be asking how you can help.

In terms of interviews, employers would love to see ongoing learning and engagement with all this extra time! There are millions of free resources available to gain skills and certifications to further your career. Some questions you can ask as a candidate may be “I see that your company has this set of values– how have they lived out these values in response to this pandemic?” or “What has changed about your business?”

Graduating during a pandemic, it’s on to Graduate School, right?!

Well, maybe.  Graduate school should never be used to “put off the real world” or to “hang out until the job market improves.”  There are a lot of things to consider when thinking about graduate school no matter when you graduate, and we would highly encourage you to consider the following before you commit to a graduate program. 

1. What is the program of study you’d like to enter, and what are the career goals you’re trying to achieve?

Earning a graduate degree will mean a significant investment of time, money, and earning potential.  Treat graduate school as an opportunity to invest for your future.  Start with sites like Peterson’s and gradschools.com to look at all the different types of degree programs. Also, we encourage you to look at What Can I Do With This Major? on our website ​to see if there is a need for you to go to graduate school at all to pursue your career goals.

2. By what means will you be paying for the program? 

Many graduate students take out loans to pay for their program which obligates them to years of indebtedness, potentially at very high interest rates.  Check with the program’s admissions office to see if there are graduate assistantships, grants, or scholarships available to lower the amount to pay.  Some Graduate Programs actually pay you to attend, so be sure to look into all your options!  

  • Additionally, many employers and the military will pay for, or reimburse education costs for their employees, so working while you earn your degree could be a win/win.

3. What are the added costs?  

Can you rent your books rather than buy them?  Do you need to live on campus for your graduate program? Will commuting to class add stress and financial burdens?  

4. Does your intended program require additional entrance exams like the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, or GMAT?

Many graduate programs are making these tests optional, while others still require them.  If your desired program does require these tests, plan ahead to study for them, and be prepared to take it again if necessary.  These tests also require fees, so be prepared to pay a couple hundred dollars per attempt.

5. Do an honest self assessment.

Are you considering graduate school because you want the degree, or is it someone else’s dream for you?  Are you following a spouse/significant other?  Are there non-academic reasons that are pushing you into the program?

6. Who will be your support network?

As an undergraduate, there’s a societal condition that protects students to some degree. Parents are more involved, the “poor college student” is treated to free meals, there’s more time for socializing. In graduate school that is very different. The societal condition assumes you made that decision on your own, and will “survive” without additional support.  There’s still time for a social life, but it will be more of an afterthought for many.

7. How can you use your time in graduate school to explore things you couldn’t as an undergrad?

Are there programs in areas of the country or world that will give you an opportunity to expand your horizons?  Can you find a program at a different type of institution (big vs. small, research vs. Public Liberal Arts, a different racial makeup of the student body, etc.)?

8. Beware of for-profit graduate programs

While for-profit universities have been more scrupulous recently, there have been bad actors who have re-entered the market. 

9. We’re here to help

The Career Center at UNC Asheville has worked with countless students on their decision around graduate school.  We can help with program selection, personal statement creation, and can even suggest steps to take now that might make you a stronger candidate for graduate school.

9/21/20 Cool Opportunities

Cool Jobs
Coordinator Global Community Engagement Sabin Vaccine Institute (use your French language skills!)
Leadership Development Program at Stanley Black and Decker
Multimedia Journalist at KOTA
Mortgage Mastery Trainee at DR Horton Homes
Full Time Customer Advocate at Carvana
Insurance Campaign Coordinator with the Rainforest Action Network
Research Associate I, Single Cell Analysis Facility, Data Management 
Cyber Hacker Insurance salesperson at Evolve MGA
EPA Energy Consumption Modeling Fellowship
Energy Industry Analyst with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Animal Relocation Driver with the ASPCA
Atlis Motors is building a new electric pickup truck.  Help them build it

Cool Internships
Geoscience Policy Internship at the American Geosciences Institute
Barley Crop Research Intern with USDA
Brewer at Artisanal Brewing Ventures (Charlotte)

Cool Local Jobs
Executive Director at Girls Rock Asheville
Program Manager at Reach out and Read
Manager of Product at Mother Earth Food
Volunteer Manager at Manna Food Bank

Cool Internships
Communications intern with the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute 
Youth Engagement Internship at The Climate Reality Project
Editorial Intern at Progressive Publishing Inc.

Cool Years of Service
Impact America Americorps Tennessee, Alabama and Tennessee
Thomas J. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

Some Fun Links
3 things that can make you happier than money (and most likely, you’re doing #3 right now!)
A couple in Australia won $450,000 by accident
Ohio Dad invents a chute for Halloween candy and touch free trick or treating

Preparing for an Online Event/Job Fair

It’s a new world. The online job fair. It’s new for us, too. We’ve learned a lot this summer about how to make our online editions of NextFest better than ever. Here’s what you need to know to put your best foot forward and find your next: 

  1. Make sure your Handshake profile is up to date. Log in and fill in your information, update your privacy settings, employers will be able to see this and you want to make a great impression. Questions about this? Come to a drop-in (link) or schedule an appointment(link)! 
  2. Research. Just like a regular NextFest, you’ll want to look over the list of companies coming and decide which ones are the ‘must visit’ and which are the ‘if I have time’ to visit. You won’t have time to talk to them all, so a priority list is a must. Sign up for one-on-one and group sessions. 
  3. Plan your space. The employer is not only going to see you, just like they do at a regular fair, but they will also see your space. Choose a neutral space with good lighting. You want to make sure that your microphone works and you like the angle of your webcam. Make sure your space is quiet and you won’t be interrupted. 
  4. Plan your attire. It’s still important to dress in a way that shows you understand the expectations of the position. You’ll want to know what is standard for your industry of interest and dress accordingly. If you have questions, just ask the Career Center! 
  5. Perfect your introduction. Depending on if you are attending a group session or a one-on-one meeting, you may have the opportunity to introduce yourself directly to an employer. If you prepare this in advance it will be easier for you to jump in naturally. From there, be curious! 
  6. Follow up. Be sure to get contact information and follow up after the event if you have a strong interest in the organization. 

Want help with any/all of this? Attend these events: How to Stand Out at Nextfest 12:00-1:00 PM, 3:00-4:00 PM (Both events will cover the same info, they are just at different times).