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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October 3rd, 2013 8:33 PM
Earn three college credits while living in thatched cottages in a west coast village, studying Irish subjects, and touring castles, Celtic landmarks, and prehistoric sites.
For more information, attend an information session in the Kresge Room of the Alfond Student Center:
- Wednesday October 16, 11:15 am and 5 pm
- Thursday October 17, 5:30 pm
Or contact Leon Raikes: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kimberly Raikes: email@example.com
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September 30th, 2013 6:34 PM
Interested in politics? Earn course credits & get paid for working in Washington, DC.
The Peter Madigan ’81 Congressional Internship Program, in its sixth decade, is open to Juniors and Seniors, regardless of major, on a competitive basis. Each spring several UMaine students are selected to live in Washington DC while working full-time in a congressional office, normally from the Maine delegation. Readings and reports are required in addition to performing staff work in a congressional office.
Program applications for the Spring 2014 semester are now being accepted. All UMaine juniors and seniors are eligible to apply, regardless of major.
For more information, and to download an application, visit http://umaine.edu/polisci/2013/09/17/umaine-congressional-internship-spring-2014-applications-due-1018/, or stop by the Political Science Office in North Stevens Hall.
Application deadline: Thursday, October 18, 2013 at noon.
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September 30th, 2013 7:25 AM
Wondering what you should do now to find a job when you graduate? Come here Dr. Charlsye Diaz, Coordinator of the Professional and Technical Writing Program, present a workshop on college job-search prep. Learn about resumes, cover letters, how to attend a job fair, and get some organizational pages for managing your internship/job search. All English/professional writing/creative writing majors, minors, and grad students are invited.
September 25th, 2013 7:59 AM
Tuesday, October 1, 2013: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, Bangor Room, Memorial Union
Evyenia Sidereas, Diplomat in Residence for New England, will present information on the Foreign Service. Information on internships and careers with the State Department will be available.
Light refreshments will be served; attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and invite any friends who may share an interest in learning more about this opportunity.