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    Job Fairs

    Job fairs are a great place to mingle with potential employers and get a feel for companies. UW-L hosts several job fairs throughout the year including the Fall Career Expo Wed., Oct. 9th, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM in Cartwright. Visit the Career Services, Career Events & Internship Information Sessions page for additional fairs and workshops. Remember to bring several copies of your resumé!

    UW-L job board

    The Financial Aid Office's Job Board has been used internationally by employers to hire UW-L students. This is a great place to submit your resumé and browse job descriptions.

    Eagle Opportunities

    Search engines

    Sometimes a keyword search such as "editing jobs" or "accounting positions" is all you need to turn up potential employers.

    Knowing a guy

    Knowing a friend who works somewhere you would like to work gives you an edge in getting a job. If your friend is a good employee and refers you to their boss there's a better chance you'll get a job there.

    Resumés

    A resumé is a brief overview of your professional experiences and skill sets. For most jobs a simple one page resumé is fine and can be organized something like this,

    Name and contact info

    Mr./Ms./Mrs. Your Name
    111 Your Address St.
    Your Town, ST.
    Your phone #
    and/or
    Your email

    Summary

    This should be no longer than a couple of sentences and should briefly describe what kind of person you are and what your career plans are.

    Education

    Diploma/Degree, name, Institution, City, ST, Date Received.

    Related classes/coursework

    If you've had classes related to the jobs your applying for consider listing them here.

    Work history

    Your Position, Company #1 Name, From (year started) to (year ended)

    Description of duties

    Your Position, Company #2 Name, From (year started) to (year ended)

    Description of duties
    etc...
     
    For more info check out Cash Course's article on Creating Effective Resumés.

    Interviews

    Do your homework

    Research the organization your applying for. Visit their website, read their mission statement, and read articles about them so that if your asked questions about the company you have some ready-to-go answers.  Doing your homework might even save you from working for a disreputable company.

    Clean up your web

    It has become common practice for employers to search for your profile on social networking sites. Make sure your photos don't portray you as a unstable worker and your posts are appropriate.

    Be prepared

    Have copies of recommendations and reference letters with you when you show up to the interview. Be prepared to answer questions about your previous employers, your coworkers, your hobbies, etc.

    Dress professionally

    A good rule is to dress a notch above what the job's dress code requires. For example if the job requires a collared shirt and tie, wear a suit. If the job only requires a company t-shirt, wear a collared shirt to the interview. If the job requires a suit, wear your best suit.

    Act professionally

    Even if you look nice, employers are also looking for good people skills. Introducing yourself, shaking hands, remembering please and thank you, and smiling are good first steps in a successful interview.

    Interview attire

    Other useful info can be found in our brochures Dressing on a Budget and More than One Job Offer?

    Links

    A look into the secret world of recruiters.

    Practical Money Skills

    Some quick comments and notes about finding and getting a job.

    How Not to Get a New Job in 2013: An 8-Step Plan

    A Forbes.com Article with some good tips for job hunting. 

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