Five Websites for Your Job/Internship Search

March 28th, 2014 9:13 AM

It’s almost April: time to kick your job search into high gear. Here are five websites to help you search for a full time position or internship experience (as recognized by Alison Doyle from About.com; see link below)

1) Glassdoor.com: Glassdoor is a career community that helps people find jobs and companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor members can find Inside Connections at a company through their Facebook network, see the latest job listings, as well as get access to proprietary user-generated content including company-specific salary reports, ratings and reviews, CEO approval ratings, interview questions and reviews, office photos, and more.

2) US.jobs: As the website of the National Labor Exchange, US.jobs is derived from a partnership between DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) designed to improve the labor market and directly connect employers and job seekers. Job seekers using US.jobs for their employment search have access to a database of 1.1 million unduplicated, verified positions from 110,000 nationwide employers.

3) Monster.com: Monster is one of the original job boards and has expanded to include a variety of other resources and apps for job seekers. Monster users can search for an apply for jobs online, post a resume, review company profiles, and get salary information and career advice. In addition, Monster’s Facebook app BeKnown provides an easy way for job seekers to search for and apply for jobs without leaving Facebook. The app is fully integrated with Facebook, but enables users to keep their personal Facebook information private.

4) CareerBuilder.com: CareerBuilder is among the leading job boards, providing job listings, resume posting, and career advice and resources to job seekers. CareerBuilder has partnered with many newspapers to provide local as well as national job listings. CareerBuilder powers the career sites for more than 10,000 Web sites, including 140 newspapers and leading portals such as MSN and AOL.

5) TweetMyJobs.com: TweetMyJobs is the leading global social and mobile recruiting platform. Users receive highly relevant job matches and control where the matches are delivered (i.e. social media, email, text, etc.) and how frequently the matches are delivered (i.e. instantaneously, daily, weekly, etc.). TweetMyJobs’s cutting edge mobile application for iOS and Android, leverages augmented reality and GPS technologies to provide job seekers with an easy way to find local jobs. TweetMyJobs pushes jobs into Twitter through more than 10,000 job channels segmented by geography, job type and industry giving the service an unequaled ability to instantaneously connect employers and recruiters with targeted job candidates.

Website descriptions are copied from Alison Doyle’s About.com Job Search webpage: see http://jobsearch.about.com/od/rca/tp/best-job-sites-2013.htm

Put Your Job Search In High Gear: Alumni Networking Event March 26

March 16th, 2014 9:06 PM

If you’re planning on working in an internship this summer, or graduating in May and planning on full-time employment, now its the time to move into high gear in your job search.

  • Is your resume proofed and ready to submit?
  • Have you developed your elevator pitch, and can you deliver it with confidence?
  • Do you have a list of companies to contact regarding job opportunities?
  • Are you ready to interview in-person, via Skype, and over the phone?

If the answer to any of these question is “No,” make it a priority to get organized and ready. Graduation and/or the end of the semester will be here before you know it, and your job now is to prepare for getting a job then.

Need help? Plan to visit the Alumni Networking Event on March 26, from 4-6 pm at the Buchanan Alumni House. Enjoy free food and network with UMaine alum who can help you network in your specific field of interest.

Cookies, Coffee, and Careers at the Innovation Center

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.

Internship Resource: Career Link at the UMaine Career Center

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.

UMaine Career Fair: January 29, 2014

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.

 

62 Online Articles to Improve Your Writing in 2014 (plus a free download)

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!

Link:

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/62-of-the-top-writing-articles-from-2013-that-can-help-you-in-2014?et_mid=654781&rid=239531058

Ethics Essay Contest: February 10 Deadline, $2800 First Place Prize

December 9th, 2013 9:48 AM

Day 62 - ScholarshipsThe 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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Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Recruitment

December 1st, 2013 3:56 PM

hospital (Avenues Pet Hospital, 2221 Taraval Street at 32nd/33rd Avenues)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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Social Networking and Your Job Search: Some Stats

November 10th, 2013 2:38 PM

facebook business

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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Self-Centered versus Employer-Centered: Which Are You?

October 30th, 2013 12:16 PM

Employee of the MonthAn 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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