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Etiquette Tip of the Week: What interviewers don’t care about

It’s time for a little tough love.  This is difficult for me to say, and the last thing I want is for you to take this the wrong way.

But interviewers don’t care what they can do for you.  There it is.  The skunk is on the table.

They don’t care that the job might be a great stepping stone in your career or that you would have a tremendous sense of accomplishment if you worked for them.

I know!  That’s so selfish of them, isn’t it?  Who knew they could be this uncaring and unfeeling?  It’s all about them.  So typical.

The same for sales relationships — the person buying products from you doesn’t care if you meet your next target or that writing a big order would help you buy the new Corvette with the V8 engine and over 600 horsies… not even if it would get you more dates. (…or a date.)

Employers and potential customers want to know what you can do for them.

So when writing a cover letter or a sales pitch, don’t say, “I feel like this job (or sale) would be a great opportunity for me.”

Do say:
“I know my legal expertise and writing skills would be a great asset to your company.”
“With my social media background, I am confident I could help define your target audience and expand your reach.”
“These new widget-magidgets will double the productivity of your team and give you more time to focus on distribution.”

Now get out there and get that job or land that big contract!  It really is about you, but that can be our little secret.

Culture and Manners Institute

Summer Hours Starting July 1st!

Summer Hours

 July 1 – August 22, 2014

 Open Monday – Thursday      8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Fridays


 If immediate assistance is needed please see someone
in the Student Life office.

You may also leave a phone message at 581-1359 or an email message at and we will respond to your message as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Have a great summer!

Our normal hours will resume August 25, 2014

Open Monday – Friday 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.

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The Career Center is seeking a Career Counselor

Career Counselor – University of Maine – Orono, Maine

The UMaine Career Center, a department within the Division of Student Life, is seeking a Career Counselor.  This position is full-time, 11 months (August-June) with a start date of September 1, 2014.  It is a permanent position and includes a full benefits package.  The projected hiring salary range is $31,000-$38,000.  For the job description, required qualifications and to apply, go to:

If you have any questions, contact Janice Madore at or 207-581-1352.

Review of applications begins May 28 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The University of Maine is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Check out our video about the 2014 Career Fair!

Thanks to all the great UMaine students
who shared their tips on how to best prepare for the fair.

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Federal Government career information tools

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


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the Career Center
5748 Memorial Union, Room 300
Orono, Maine 04469-5748
Phone: 207.581.1359 | Fax: 207.581.3003E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469