When it comes to interviews and alcohol, first thing’s first. If you don’t drink, don’t drink. In business, it is better not to have alcohol, because you want to keep a clear head. Never walk around an event with a glass of wine pretending.
Here are some of the rules of interviews and alcohol:
While waiting in a restaurant for your interviewer to arrive, do not order alcohol.
If the interviewer asks you if you would like an alcohol beverage, ask first, “Are you having one?” (In an interview meal, the interviewee orders first and the interviewer orders second.)
If the interviewer is not having alcohol, you do not have alcohol either.
If the interviewer is having alcohol, you may join him/her… or not.
If the interviewer is throwing back three and four alcohol beverages, do not join him/her. Stop after the first.
An interviewer downing multiple cocktails is a red flag. Remember, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you.
If you do order alcohol, get a glass or red or white wine. Only because I care, will I tell you not to order white zinfandel when out on business. It’s considered a little on the tacky side. If you want to keep the ball in the box in your fridge at home, that’s fine. I promise not to tell anyone.
Plenty of non-alcohol beverages behind the bar: pop/soda, soda water with a lime (looks like a cocktail), or cranberry juice. Again, better to keep a clear head in business.
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Here are two tools to discover jobs that college graduates can
apply for with the federal government.
The first is the USA Jobs YouTube video on
“How to Find a Federal Job”
and the second is a student favorite,
Federal Jobs by College Major.
The last job aid basically gives you the job title of the positions you would
qualify for under your specific major,
this is a sample to get your search started.
To access available jobs with the federal government, go to
The Educational Opportunity Tax Credit reimburses Maine workers
for student loan payments for those who earn a degree at a Maine school
and continue to live and work here after graduation.
Find out more here:
Connect with the Career Center!
It’s easier than ever to connect with the Career Center using social media! Here at the Career Center we have made increasing our presence on social media sites a top priority. Below are some examples of the quick and easy ways the Career Center can help to answer your career related questions.
Find the UMaine CareerCenter on Facebook! By “Liking Us”, you will have instant access to daily updates about upcoming events, recent job postings from CareerLink, and Career Center resources. In addition, you can check out some of our notes on how various resources and career tips. You can even browse through pictures from some of our events like the Peace Corps Anniversary Celebration and Career Fairs!
Follow the @UMaineCareerCtr on Twitter for quickest Career Center updates. Since our Twitter and Facebook pages are linked, you will have access to the same updates you get from your Facebook profile!
Follow the Career Center (name: UMaineCareerCtr). The following categories are on our Pinterest page: Internships, Infographics, UMaine Resources, Career Inspiration, Dress for Success-Women, Business and Career, Dress for Success-Men, UMaine Food, Pre-Law, Health Professions, Informational Interview, Meet Our Staff, UMaine Career Fairs, and Resumes and Cover Letters!
Add the University of Maine Career Center to your contact list on Skype. The Career Center Staff has been making a real effort to increase the use of Skype in the office. Feel free to call the Career Center @ 581-1359 to schedule an appointment on Skype.
Uploading your career documents to Google Docs before a Skype or in-person appointment will allow you and the Career Center staff to conduct real-time editing. This makes editing your resumes, cover letters, or CVs quick and easy!
We look forward to helping you with your career planning
throughout the year!