February 21st, 2014 5:13 PM
Tuesday, February 25: 4:30 – 5:00 pm, at the Foster Center for Student Innovation
Have questions about your “elevator pitch”? Need a final review of your resume? Nervous about interviewing? Or, do you just like to eat free cookies?
Attend the Foster Center for Student Innovation for this free session devoted to helping you figure out the essentials of your job search. Bring your resume for a free resume review, and take advantage of the advice from the staff from the UMaine Career Center.
For more information, call the Career Center at 581-1359.
February 4th, 2014 9:28 PM
Hoping for an internship for this summer or next fall? The time to begin your internship search is now. As you search for potential internships, don’t forget to include Career Link as a resource. Career Link is the University of Maine Career Center’s on-line job, internship, and on-campus interviewing system, and contains.
To learn more about Career Link , visit http://umaine.edu/career/careerlink/
Follow the directions for registering, and search the Career Link database for internships and employers of interest. For more details and help with your research, ask a Career Center staff person for assistance, or call the Career Center at 581-1359.
January 19th, 2014 10:54 PM
Plan now to attend the UMaine Career Fair on Wednesday, January 29, being held at the New Balance Student Recreation Center from 10 am – 3 pm.
Over 120 employers are scheduled to attend the fair: local, national, and international employers, offering full time, part time, and internship opportunities. For a list of businesses planning to attend, see https://maine-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php?cf=cf14
To succeed at the fair, plan to
- Dress professionally
- Bring multiple copies of your resume
- Introduce yourself to businesses that interest you
- Collect business cards
- Follow up with letters of interest after the fair
Not sure how to do any of the things listed in the bullet points above? Check our the resources at the UMaine Career Center: the staff can help you plan appropriate job fair attire, write a resume, develop an “elevator pitch,” and craft professional business letters. Call 581-1359 or visit www.umaine.edu/career for more information.
January 3rd, 2014 9:12 AM
Writer’s Digest Editor Brian Kelm publishes a weekly blog on writing of all kinds: fiction, poetry, essays, biography, etc. Here’s a link to his 2013 year-in-review: links to 62 articles designed to help your writing, including grammar, publishing, editing, and much more. Plus, sign up for the Writer’s Digest newsletter and get a free download: “101 Best Websites for Writers.” Enjoy writing in this 2014!
December 9th, 2013 9:48 AM
The John M. Rezendes Annual Ethics Essay Contest is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Maine enrolled during the Spring 2014 semester. This year’s essay topic suggestion is “The Ethics of Discovery.” The winning essay writer will be awarded $2800; second and third place essay writers will each receive $300. Submission deadline is Monday, February 10, 2014. For more information, including essay guidelines, potential prompts, and submission details, visit honors.umaine.edu/ethics, or contact Breana Bennett on First Class.
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December 1st, 2013 3:56 PM
Looking for a full, part-time, or internship opportunity? Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems visits the Bangor Career Center (45 Oak Street, Bangor) the last Tuesday of every month. From 8am to 11pm, an EMHS recruiter will be available to meet with applicants, answering questions and clarifying application procedures. Healthcare is a growing field with numerous communication opportunities for technical writers. Dress professionally, bring a resume, and plan a visit. For more information, call Paul at 561-4057. To view available positions at EMHS, visit http://www.emhs.org/careers.aspx
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November 10th, 2013 2:38 PM
We all “know” that our social media presence affects our employability, but does that really change what we post? It should. Here are some statistics to consider (from a survey conducted by CareerBuilder):
- 39% of hiring managers use social networking sites to research employment candidates (an increase of 2% from last year). Almost half (43%) of those managers said that social media content lead to the elimination of a candidate (up 9% from 2012).
And what kind of social media content eliminates candidates?
- Provocative/inappropriate content/photos (50%)
- Evidence of drinking/using drugs (48%)
- Bad mouthing previous employer (33%)
- Poor communication skills (30%)
- Discriminatory comments about race, religion, etc. (28%)
- Inaccuracies/lies about qualifications (24%)
The bottom line? Be careful what you post, what picture you’re tagged in, and what information turns up when you Google yourself. More and more employers are checking your qualifications before they ever schedule you for an interview.
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October 30th, 2013 12:16 PM
An article in the popular daily USA Today relates a familiar story: the “self-centered” work ethic is becoming a stereotype for the millennial generation, and it irritates and confounds their older supervisors.
As an employer in the article explains, ”"It’s not about you . . . It’s about your client, your co-workers and boss. The world of business doesn’t operate on what’s convenient for you and what fits into your schedule and your particular expectation. That philosophy is why there is no such thing as service anymore and why mediocrity is becoming the norm.” Read the entire article at http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/kay/2012/09/30/at-work-self-centered-work-ethic/1565671/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+moneymain+(Money+-+Flipboard)
The attitude shift from yourself is a key employability skill. It begins before you ever meet an employer, with your cover letter, and should continue throughout your interview and hiring process, and throughout your career. For help crafting an “employer-centered” cover letter and job search process, check out the resources at the UMaine CareerCenter (http://umaine.edu/career/).
Refute the “self-centered millennial” stereotype. Focus on the employer/client/co-worker, and do great work.
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October 27th, 2013 3:02 PM
Plan to visit the 16th annual “EmployME” career fair this Tuesday, October 29 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Fair hours are from 10 am to 2 pm. Confirmed attending employers include the Jackson Laboratory, the Bangor Daily News, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Hollywood Casino, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, and Time Warner Cable. Dress professionally, bring your resume, make some opportunities happen!
For a complete list of attending employers, visit http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=CCJobFairs&id=585349&v=cc-article
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October 7th, 2013 6:54 PM
The Engineering Job Fair will be held Wednesday October 23 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center, from 10 am to 3 pm. This job fair is NOT just for engineers: engineering firms need technical writers. Plan now to attend and network your way to some great internship and/or job opportunities.
Scheduled participants include Bangor Hydro, IBM, Texas Instruments, Proctor and Gamble, and many others. For a complete list of scheduled participants and other details, visit http://umaine.edu/career/upcoming-events/engineering-job-fair/
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