UIAA ACC Blog http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/ Tue 22 Apr 2014 09:00 CST 5 SELECT p.*, d.PERS_LNAME, d.PERS_FNAME FROM blog.dbo.posts p LEFT JOIN directory.dbo.people d ON p.keyAuthor = d.keyPeople WHERE p.keyBlog = 8 AND p.blnApproved = 1 AND p.blnActive = 1 ORDER BY datePost DESC Alumni Connections After 5 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=711 <p>Bring your business cards and your story</p> <p><strong>Thursday, May 8 from 5-7 PM, Central Time</strong></p> <p>The <strong>UIAA Alumni Career Center </strong>invites alumni to join us for the<strong> Alumni Connections After 5 </strong>networking event. Alumni Connections After 5 is designed to provide University of Illinois professionals, from our 3 campuses (Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana) an opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni and create new professional connections along the way.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Thursday, May 8th<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Orange &amp; Blue Room, on the first floor in the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 5-7 pm</p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>$10 by May 6th at noon or $20 at the door for alumni<br /> $20 by May 6th at noon or $30 at the door for non-alumni friends<br /> <strong>No refunds after May 6th. </strong>Cost covers lite appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=440">Register</a> early and save! Don&rsquo;t forget your business cards!</p> <p>Sponsored by The University of Illinois Alumni Association&rsquo;s Alumni Career Center.</p> <p>Logging into the Virtual Career Center site will allow you to autofill your contact information.</p> <p><em>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Contact the UIAA Alumni Career Center at <a href="http://mailto: careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> or 312-575-7830 with any questions. </em></p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 22 Apr 2014 09:00 CST Network At The Small Business Expo- It's Free http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=708 <p>Consider attending the LARGEST business to business networking event for business owners &amp; business professionals. <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-expo-2014-chicago-free-to-attend-registration-10337685295?aff=AFTERPARTY">Registration is FREE</a> if you register before the day of the Expo. There is a $10 on-site registration fee if you do not register in advance.</p> <p><strong>When</strong>: Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM <br /> <strong>When</strong>: Navy Pier located in Festival Hall B at 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611</p> <p><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-expo-2014-chicago-free-to-attend-registration-10337685295?aff=AFTERPARTY">Register</a></p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 17 Apr 2014 11:47 CST Employer Program: Twitter Recruiting Solutions http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=707 <p>Finding Talent Through the UIAA Alumni Career Center Invites You &amp; Your Colleagues To Attend This Free Employer Program</p> <p><strong>&quot;Twitter Recruiting Solutions&quot;</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/store.html?event_id=433">REGISTER</a> Please disregard if you have already registered</p> <p><strong>Here are some quick Twitter statistics according to Jobvite's 2014 JobSeekers Survey:</strong></p> <p>Twitter is the most popular place to ask others for help and advice.<br /> 40% of all jobseekers are active on Twitter.<br /> 29% shared a job opportunity with a contact.<br /> 28% provided an employee's perspective on a company.<br /> 19% look up contacts that are employees at a prospective employer.<br /> 13% vet prospective employers' company culture.<br /> 11% updated Twitter with their professional information.<br /> 5% of jobseekers searched for a job through Twitter.</p> <p><strong>Is your company using Twitter? Should you?<br /> Join us to hear our panelist discuss:</strong></p> <p>1. How they use Twitter to engage or attract candidates<br /> 2. What types of messages are tweeted<br /> 3. The types of candidates targeted and where they go to target these candidates<br /> 4. How effective Twitter is compared to other sourcing/recruiting strategies</p> <p><strong>When</strong>: Wednesday, April 30, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. (Central Time)<br /> (Program begins at 9am. On sight guests may network &amp; enjoy a light breakfast Provided by Costco from 8:30 till 9:00 am)</p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: In Person at the Illini Center in the Orange and Blue room on the first floor at 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago<br /> or Via Teleconference/Webinar Format</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Free</p> <p><strong>RSVP by April 25, 2014</strong></p> <p>For more details or if you have questions: please email careers@uillinois.edu or call 312-575-7830</p> <p><strong>Our Panelists:</strong></p> <p>*** Stephanie Krueger ('88 BS UI)</p> <p>*** Michele Rempel, CEO at Mediavine Marketing</p> <p>*** Cathy Taylor, Recruitment Marketing Consultant</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/store.html?event_id=433">REGISTER</a> Please disregard if you have already registered</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 15 Apr 2014 08:53 CST Webinar: High-Impact Resumes http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=698 <p>When the recruiter reviews your resume, you have 15 seconds to make a difference. Your track record and how you explain your skills, accomplishments and impact are the cornerstones to your marketing campaign and the essence of your resume. Learn the process that will help you showcase your qualifications with a strong career summary and bullet points, to create a high impact resume and get results.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call &ndash; a standard long distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers and microphone to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program)</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, April 24, at 2:00 PM Central Time</strong>. Any refunds or cancellations should contact <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> within one (1) business day of the scheduled program that you are registered for.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=435">Register</a></p> <p>Logging into the<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org"> Virtual Career Center</a> site will allow you to autofill your contact information.</p> <p>Technology access information, the number to call and key code for the session will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 23.</p> <p><em>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Contact the UIAA Alumni Career Center at <a href="http://mailto: careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> or 312-575-7830 with any questions. </em></p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 10 Apr 2014 09:00 CST Web-Panel: Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=697 <p>You've been planning your search, and working your plan, doing informational interviews and surfing the 'Net. What you really want to know is, how DO people get their jobs? Join us for this panel in which alumni in different occupations, and with different levels of experience, share the tales of their job searches, and let you know, from an up-close-and-personal perspective, what worked, and what didn't.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call &ndash; a standard long distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers and microphone to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>If you are attending at the downtown Chicago Illini Center arrive at 6:30, to network!</strong> Bring your soundbyte and your handbill, and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information from 6:30 until the program begins at 7 p.m. To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the 'Networking' topic in the ACC's <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">Virtual Career Center</a>. If you are a first time user, please register located at the top most left corner. Please allow at least 1-2 business days for staff to approve your account and add you to the &ldquo;All Alumni&rdquo; group. Once staff has updated your profile, you will have full access to the website.</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, May 15, at 2:00 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1) </strong>by calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> by sending an email <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Technology access information, the number to call and key code for the session will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, May 14.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 8 Apr 2014 09:00 CST No Offer But The Job Application Wants My SS # http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=700 <p>Applicants are frequently concerned with providing their social security number on a job application without having the job offer. What to do and how to handle this situation depends on the employer&rsquo;s application process. Some employers may use the&nbsp;social security number to track where an applicant came from. In this case the employer will need and require the applicant to provide a&nbsp;social security number when applying. Other employers may use the applicant&rsquo;s social security number to conduct a background check later in the process. The best thing to do is call Human Resources, explain your concern and ask if your&nbsp;social security number may be provided after a job offer has been presented. If the employer requires the&nbsp;social security number the applicant will have to make a decision on how to proceed. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 3 Apr 2014 15:09 CST Business Cards: A Must For Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=699 <p>Business cards are a must have resource tool to market your self as a job seeker in transition. Wherever you go, keep a supply of your business cards in your wallet to pass out. Whether you are socializing at a party or at the doctor&rsquo;s office, business cards are especially useful when you are out and your employment situation unexpectedly comes up in your conversation. Business cards can be purchased free through www.vistaprint.com. For more information on what to include on your business card, visit the &ldquo;Networking&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Building Connections&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 1 Apr 2014 17:28 CST Webinar: Networking Effectively At Any Stage In Your Career http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=696 <p>Whether you're a new graduate or highly experienced, a career changer or a subject matter expert, you know that networking is an important career management strategy. Effective networking is about conversations and information exchange, staying on top of trends and sharing your knowledge of common professional interests. Expanding your network adds contacts who may be as interested in hearing your story as in helping you gain the information you're seeking. This session will provide guidance for turning networking into a lifelong relationship building effort instead of a job search transaction.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call &ndash; a standard long distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers and microphone to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, April 10, at 2:00 PM Central Time</strong>. Any refunds or cancellations should contact <a href="http://mailto: careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> within one (1) business day of the scheduled program that you are registered for.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=434">Register</a></p> <p>Logging into the<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org"> Virtual Career Cente</a>r site will allow you to autofill your contact information.</p> <p>Technology access information, the number to call and key code for the session will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 9.</p> <p><em>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Contact the UIAA Alumni Career Center at <a href="http://mailto: careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> or 312-575-7830 with any questions. </em></p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 27 Mar 2014 09:00 CST Ask the Expert from the Spring 2014 Magazine http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=694 <p><em><strong>&ldquo;This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014 Illinois Alumni and UIC&nbsp;Alumni magazines&rdquo; and additional tips are available in the UIAA Virtual Career Center.</strong></em></p> <p><strong>ASK THE EXPERT</strong></p> <p>Guest Expert: <strong>Bret Brania '98 AHS (UI)</strong>, is a <em>partner and co-founder</em> of <strong>Hirewell</strong>, a Chicago recruitment firm. A guest expert for the Alumni Career Center's LinkedIn group, he serves on the center's Advisory Committee.</p> <p><strong>Q:&nbsp; What do recruiters look for when reviewing LinkedIn profiles?</strong><br /> <strong>A:&nbsp;</strong> First, it's imperative that you, as a job seeker, connect with recruiters on LinkedIn. This shows that you are actively networking with people and the market.<br /> <br /> Make sure you post a complete profile, including your biography and a detailed summary of positions you've held, including title, company name, dates of employment and responsibilities. Be sure to include a high-quality photo; for recruiters, being able to put a name with a face is imperative.<br /> <br /> Recruiters also want to see that you are using LinkedIn to network with others. Join groups that relate to your industry, and make sure to respond to questions within those groups. This shows that you are participating in industry conversation.<br /> <br /> A few tips:</p> <ul> <li>Although recommendations are fine on a profile page, they don&rsquo;t carry much weight because they are very similar to references. I&rsquo;ve been recruiting for 15 years and have only had two bad references during that time. While recommendations can be beneficial, I suggest including only three to five on your profile, from supervisors who can attest to your work ethic.</li> <li>Make sure your profile is public. If recruiters can&rsquo;t see it, there is no reason to be on LinkedIn.</li> <li>Visit your LinkedIn account regularly so recruiters can see that you are active. &ndash;Bret Brania</li> </ul> <p>Here is a good <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/what-recruiters-want-to-see-on-your-linkedin-profile-2013-2?goback=%2Egde_69963_member_217242414#%21">article</a> you can share with people about what recruiters look for in a potential candidate on LinkedIn.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 25 Mar 2014 09:00 CST 5 Basic Mistakes Why A Candidate Blows An Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=688 <p>A lot of your time and effort is put into getting an interview. Don&rsquo;t blow your interview on basic mistakes&hellip;</p> <p><strong>1. Review Your Resume</strong>- Make sure you review your resume, especially for those older jobs, and know your stories to support what you say you can do under each employer or position. <br /> <strong>2. Manage Your Online Presence</strong>- If an employer were to Google you what would come up? Have you, your friends or any of your family members written any comments or posted any pictures of you or with you that might give a recruiter the wrong impression of you? Remember an innocent picture can easily be misconstrued online by a stranger. Make sure you untag yourself from pictures and don&rsquo;t post anything your grandma wouldn't approve of.<br /> <strong>3. Dress For Success</strong>- A suit and tie, even in casual workplaces, is what I would recommend wearing to an interview. You might feel over-dressed, but some employers expect it and have told me wearing a suit for an interview is expected. Your appearance is communicating your professionalism and that you want to be taken seriously.<br /> <strong>4. Research the Employer</strong>- Employers want to hire candidates who are interested in them. So the bottom line is do your homework and if asked, be able to respond to their question &ldquo;What do you know about us?&rdquo; <br /> <strong>5. Ask Questions</strong>- Every candidate should have a list of questions going into an interview. In the event all your questions were answered during the interview, when asked if you have any questions, simply respond, &ldquo;I had some questions, but you answered them all&rdquo; during the interview. Do not respond by saying no!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Visit the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a> for additional information about resumes, interviewing or other job search issues.</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 20 Mar 2014 09:41 CST Why Employers Want Your SAT Score http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=695 <p>A recent Wall Street Journal article titled, &ldquo;Job Hunting? Dig Up Those Old SAT Scores&rdquo; discussed how employers are starting to ask candidates, entry level and even experienced, for their SAT score. This trend seems to be more prevalent with in the Financial Services and Consulting industries.&nbsp; However, some employers, such as Google, rely more on interview questions than SAT scores for experienced hires.</p> <p>This trend is driven by several factors. Over the past few years employers have been inundated with resumes. Asking for the candidate&rsquo;s SAT score was a way to differentiate these candidates. Some employers viewed it as a starting point for entry level candidates or as a measure of their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and quantitative abilities.</p> <p>What should a candidate do? Read the job description closely and include it only if asked. Otherwise, just be aware of what your score just in case this question comes up in your interview.</p> <p>What to do if you score wasn&rsquo;t that great? Be able to explain why or show that the SAT score is not a predictor of success or performance as mentioned by the test makers. For example, some people are not good test takers. If you are an experienced candidate I wouldn&rsquo;t worry too much about it, but do bring to the interview samples of your work or your performance evaluations to demonstrate your success. I highly recommend anyone at all levels doing this for any interview. For a recent graduate, bring samples of your class projects, writing samples, etc. to prove and demonstrate your success.</p> <p>To read the full article, I would recommend Googling &ldquo;Employers ask for SAT scores&rdquo; since the Wall Street Journal article may only be available to subscription holders. Similar articles have been published. I would also recommend listening to the webinar Career Portfolio: Prove it in Your Interview located in the webinar archives under the &quot;About Us&quot; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 18 Mar 2014 11:08 CST Great Infographic on LinkedIn's Must-Haves http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=692 <p>Ragan's PR Daily published this informative infographic about the <a href="http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/16148.aspx#"><strong>17 must-have features on your LinkedIn profile</strong></a>. Review the complete graphic for tips on building out your profile.</p> <p>For additional tips on networking, you can also visit the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 14 Mar 2014 00:00 CST Web-Panel: What Employers Look for While Screening http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=690 <p>A panel of recruiters and human resources professionals will share positive features of resumes and profile that stand out during the screening process, whether your resume is reviewed first by a computer or a person. By learning more about the employer side of the process, alumni candidates will be able to present what they most want employers to know about qualifications and increase their chances of being called for an interview.</p> <p><strong>Guest Panelists include:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Carlos Castro</strong> &rsquo;97 LAS (UIC),<em> Talent Acquisition Recruiter</em> at Aon Hewitt</li> <li><strong>Mark McFarland</strong> &rsquo;93 LAS (UI), <em>Sr. Recruiter</em> at kCura</li> <li><strong>Paula Shur</strong> &lsquo;84 MSW (UIC), <em>Principal </em>at RecruitaStar</li> </ul> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call &ndash; a standard long distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers and microphone to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p>If you are attending at the downtown Chicago Illini Center arrive at 6:30, to network! Bring your soundbyte and your handbill, and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information from 6:30 until the program begins at 7 p.m. To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the 'Networking' topic in the ACC's <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>. If you are a first time user, please register located at the top most left corner. Please allow at least 1-2 business days for staff to approve your account and add you to the &ldquo;All Alumni&rdquo; group. Once staff has updated your profile, you will have full access to the website.</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, March 20, at 2:00 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1) </strong>clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m">http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> by calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> by sending an email to the contact email listed above indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Technology access information, the number to call and key code for the session will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, March 19.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 11 Mar 2014 09:00 CST Evernote: A Tool To Organize Your Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=683 <p>During a recent advising session, alumna Jennifer Kelly (&rsquo;12 UIC), explained to me how she uses Evernote to keep herself organized in her job search. She provided the following instructions...</p> <p>Evernote is the primary place where I track my job search. I use the Evernote Web Clipper browser extension to clip and save information from web pages that I would like to easily access later. I then organize the notes created from clipping pages by using two main categories. I have one specific notebook for jobs I&rsquo;ve applied to and one entitled &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; which holds things like career search articles I would like to reference later, jobs that I&rsquo;m not qualified for yet but are further along in my intended career trajectory, and any active job search lists. For instance, I have the names, emails, and phone numbers for everyone I&rsquo;ve contacted for an informational interview in one Evernote file. I&rsquo;m also keeping the comments that I&rsquo;ve typed during each informational interview in separate Evernote files. <br /> <br /> The really fantastic thing about Evernote is that I can access it both on my computer and on my smartphone so that this information is always accessible to me. Evernote is also easily searchable. If I want to find a specific note, I can basically &ldquo;Google&rdquo; search within Evernote itself, and it will pull up all instances of a particular word. I also use tags like &ldquo;job search,&rdquo; &ldquo;jobs applied to,&rdquo; and &ldquo;informational interview.&rdquo; Especially when I first starting using Evernote, I found these helpful as a way to filter my information into sub-categories. Overall, I have found Evernote to be an invaluable tool in keeping my job search organized and easy to manage.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a link to a very concise article on leveraging Evernote for a job search. The author expounds on what I mentioned here, includes some valuable links, and shares a couple additional tools that he uses within Evernote.<br /> http://talent.pghtech.org/2013/03/28/using-evernote-to-organize-your-job-search/<br /> <br /> I think this will give you a decent jumping off point for exploring Evernote as a job search tool. Best wishes to you in your career search!</p> <p>Jennifer Kelly<br /> LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-kelly/22/85/929/<br /> Email Address: jen.kelly@outlook.com</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 6 Mar 2014 09:19 CST An Alumna Gets the Information She Needs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=693 <p><cite>I listened to the recorded versions of the 'researching companies' Webinar and the 'make the most of job search communication' via the website. </cite></p> <p><cite>First, the website itself is a great resource. the ability to listen to the webinars later is fantastic - thank you! </cite></p> <p><cite>Second, they were both really well done. so thank you again! </cite></p> <p><cite>Third, the Glassdoor information from your presentation was worth the price of admission. I worked hard on an application for a company and a position that I think I am very well qualified for. My informational interviewing and research did suggest that there were some red flags. I really, really want to leave my current company, and I felt that being aware of those red flags would make anything manageable, and felt that Chicago would offset a lot of ills. (The company has) never contacted me so I guess it's not to be. Out of curiosity, I glassdoored them today. Eight of eight employee postings confirm the red flags. The organization offers a lot of great benefits and there are a lot of good people, but but but but but but .</cite></p> <p><cite>So I guess it's for the best and now I have a cool new tool for adding more information to my research routines. </cite></p> <p><cite>Thanks for the great presentations recently and for the professional, tangible, effective information and communication and resources you and your team provide.</cite></p> <p style="margin-left: 240px;">~ A job searching alumna '89 LAS (UI)</p> <p><br /> We love helping alumni get the information they need to make good decisions. To review the Webinars she referenced, go to the &quot;Webinar Archive&quot; link of the UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center. (You do need to be logged in to see the content.</p> <p>To utilize the enhanced Glassdoor access, use the link in the article &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=408">Are you using Glassdoor.com yet?</a>&quot;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 4 Mar 2014 09:00 CST Alumnus Asked for Advice on IT Certifications http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=691 <p><strong>Q: I would like to begin a career in information or network security. Could I begin with a certification course? If so, what classes should I take and what certifications should I strive for? </strong></p> <p><strong>A:</strong> There are a few variables but depending on if a person has working experience in the field, I recommend they look into the following certifications. I've included a couple of hyperlinks that to review in order to see which direction makes the most sense. <br /> <br /> 1. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)<br /> 2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)<br /> 3. Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)<br /> 4. Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA)<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.isc2.org/credentials/Default.aspx">https://www.isc2.org/credentials/Default.aspx</a><br /> <a href="http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/certifications/associate/ccna_security/index.html">http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/certifications/associate/ccna_security/index.html</a></p> <p>If they are looking for just a start in the Cisco world, then they can go for the CCNA, CCNP and the best... CCIE</p> <p><strong>By alumni expert, Bret Brania '97 LAS (UI), Partner and Co-Founder of <a href="http://www.hirewell.com">Hirewell</a></strong></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 27 Feb 2014 08:52 CST 4 Not So Obvious Resume Blunders http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=682 <p>It is assumed, without saying that your resume should be free of spelling and grammatical errors. However the following four not so obvious resume blunders should also be considered when writing your resume.</p> <p><strong>1. Task oriented bullets:</strong> Job seekers will typically write a resume filled with statements (bullets) about what they did on the job, another words it&rsquo;s task oriented. Employers want to know the impact of that task or will want to know how the candidate added value. Turn your task oriented bullets into an accomplishment oriented bullet by adding quantifiable information such as numbers, dollars, percentages, ranges or comparisons wherever appropriate.<br /> <strong>2. One page resume</strong>: &ldquo;Employers want a one page resume,&rdquo; is the rumor on the street. This is not a problem for a recent graduate or a young professional with little to no experience. An experienced professional will leave out important critical information or use very small print in order to fit everything on a one page resume. The end result does not market or sell the candidate. A two page resume is perfectly acceptable for an experienced professional. A good rule to follow is to list your last 10 years and make sure all the relevant keywords and phrases for the job are listed in the resume.<br /> <strong>3. Weak or missing summary statement:</strong> Most recruiters will gravitate to the first third of a resume and make a decision within 15 seconds to determine whether a job seeker is qualified for the job. A tailored summary statement incorporating all the relevant keywords and phrases for each job applied to is a must. In fact, because recruiters search a database of resumes, some recommend copying and pasting the &quot;buzz words&quot; verbatim off the employer's job description to add to your resume.<br /> <strong>4. Hard to Read Font:</strong> As stated in # 3, most recruiters will make a decision within 15 seconds or less of reading your resume. For an easy to read resume, use simple fonts (Arial / Veranda / Calibri) over script or serif fonts (Cambria / Times New Roman).</p> <p>For more information about resumes visit the &ldquo;Resume Section&rdquo; under the &ldquo;Search Tools&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a> or call the Alumni Career Center to schedule an appointment to have your resume critiqued. Please note appointments are $60.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 25 Feb 2014 15:31 CST <i>Mini-Webinar:</i> Acing Difficult Interview Questions http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=685 <p><strong>EVENT DATE &amp; TIME: March 6, 2014, 12:30-1 PM</strong></p> <p>Going on a job interview is always stressful, especially when thinking about those difficult interview questions you hate being asked. The best way to reduce the stress is to be prepared. This mini-webinar will discuss and review effective responses to some of those commonly asked interview questions that many candidates find difficult such as&hellip;</p> <p>Tell me about yourself?<br /> What is your greatest weakness?<br /> What is your desired salary?<br /> What have you been doing while you have been unemployed?<br /> &hellip;and more.</p> <p><strong>This webinar includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $15. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, March 6, at 9 AM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m">http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m</a><br /> <br /> <strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR </strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to <a href="mailto: careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> below indicating which program(s) you would like to attend.</p> <p>Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, March 5.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 20 Feb 2014 09:00 CST LinkedIn Connects You with Volunteering http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=689 <p>LinkedIn recently rolled out a new section for your profile and a search screen that will help connect you to<a href="http://volunteer.linkedin.com/"> volunteer opportunities</a>.</p> <p><strong>Search </strong>- Volunteer opportunities are great ways to give back, get connected and build your skills.&nbsp; LinkedIn has built in a functionality to help you find and apply for volunteer jobs. While LinkedIn builds the number of volunteer opportunities, you can fill in the gap by using other sites that focus on volunteer roles like<a href="http://Idealist.org"> Idealist.org</a>, <a href="http://npo.net">NPO.net</a>, and <a href="http://www.uicvolunteermatch.org">uicvolunteermatch.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Profile Section</strong> - By adding information to the &quot;Volunteer Experience &amp; Causes&quot; section in your profile, you can help non-profit organizations find you. List related volunteer positions you've held, opportunities you are seeking, causes you care about, and those organizations you support. Non-profit are able to use these fields to find volunteer candidates like you.</p> <p>Resources: <a href="http://blog.linkedin.com/2014/01/15/the-linkedin-volunteer-marketplace-connecting-professionals-to-nonprofit-volunteer-opportunities/">LinkedIn Blog</a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 18 Feb 2014 09:00 CST Alumni Connections After 5 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=686 <p><strong>Network in person with Chicago area alumni.</strong></p> <p>The <strong>UIAA Alumni Career Center</strong> invites alumni to join us for the <strong>Alumni Connections After 5</strong> networking event. Alumni Connections After 5 is designed to provide University of Illinois professionals, from our 3 campuses (Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana) an opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni and create new professional connections along the way.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Thursday, Feb. 27th<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Orange &amp; Blue Room, on the first floor in the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 5-7 pm<br /> <br /> <strong>Cost: </strong>$10 by Feb. 24th at noon or $20 at the door for alumni<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $20 by Feb. 24th at noon or $30 at the door for non-alumni friends<br /> <strong>No refunds after Feb. 24th.</strong> Cost covers lite appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/84qp7d">Register</a> early and save! Don&rsquo;t forget your business cards!</p> <p>Sponsored by The University of Illinois Alumni Association&rsquo;s Alumni Career Center.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 13 Feb 2014 09:00 CST Called for Interview- Difference Between Sounding Desperate Versus Excited http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=681 <p>When called for an interview, it's good to sound excited, but how does one cross the line by not sounding desperate?</p> <p>I think there is a difference, not only in the tone in your voice, but also what you say, between sounding excited and coming across as desperate. &nbsp; In my opinion, a person who sounds desperate can not get their composure together and they continue to ramble by say things in the excitement of being called like, &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe you called back&rdquo;, &ldquo;I wasn&rsquo;t expecting your call&rdquo; versus sounding excited and having a back and forth conversation.&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 11 Feb 2014 10:27 CST <i>Webinar:</i> Researching & Targeting Companies http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=684 <p><strong>EVENT DATE &amp; TIME: February 20, 2014, 7-8 PM</strong></p> <p>Are you proactively targeting employers rather than passively waiting for jobs to be posted to the major job boards? Do you have a decent answer for the &lsquo;what do you know about us?&rsquo; interview questions? If not, researching companies will help you target your search, focus your resume and cover letters, and prepare for interviews. This session will help you effectively utilize several tools at your disposal including the UIAA Alumni Directory, LinkedIn company search and enhanced Glassdoor.com access.</p> <p><strong>This webinar includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, February 20, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m">http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m</a></p> <p><strong>(2) </strong>calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to <a href="mailto: careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, February 19.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 6 Feb 2014 09:00 CST Online Safety Starts with You http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=687 <p>Although staff members at the UIAA Alumni Career Center monitor employer jobs posted on our job board, Hire UI Alumni, personal safety starts lies with each person.</p> <p>Our vendor, Nacelink Symplicity, has provided a list of &ldquo;red flags&rdquo; that can alert you to a fraudulent job posting on job boards. Please review and keep these in mind as your view and respond to job openings and employer requests.</p> <h3 style="color: Red;">Red Flags</h3> <ul> <li>A credit card, bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation is requested.</li> <li>The posting appears to be from a reputable, familiar company (often a Fortune 500). Yet, the domain in the contact's email address does not match the domain used by representatives of the company. This is typically easy to determine from the company's website or it can be validated by checking the open positions on the company's website.</li> <li>The contact email address contains the domain @live.com.</li> <li>The position requires an initial investment, such as a payment by wire service or courier.</li> <li>The posting includes many spelling and grammatical errors.</li> <li>The position initially appears as a traditional job...upon further research, it sounds more like an independent contractor opportunity.</li> <li>A large payment or reward is offered in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (often for depositing checks or transferring money).</li> <li>Applicant receives an unexpectedly large check (checks are typically slightly less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).</li> <li>Applicant is asked to provide a photo of themself.</li> <li>The position is for any of the following: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, Online Surveys.</li> <li>The the description focuses on the amount of money to be made and neglects to mention what the responsibilities of the job actually are.</li> <li>The employer responds to you immediately after you submit your resume. Typically, resumes sent to an employer are reviewed by multiple individuals, or not viewed until the posting has closed. Note - this does not include an auto-response you may receive from the employer once you have sent your resume.</li> <li>The position indicates a &quot;first year compensation&quot; that is in high excess to the average compensation for that position type.</li> <li>Look at the company's website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about; or does it contain information only about the job you are interested in? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legit at first glance.</li> <li>Watch for anonymity. If it is difficult to find an address, actual contact, company name, etc. - this is cause to proceed with caution. Fraud postings are illegal, so scammers will try to keep themselves well-hidden.</li> <li>The salary range listed is very wide (i.e. &quot;employees can earn from $40K - $80K the first year!&quot;)</li> <li>Google the company name and the word &quot;scam&quot; (i.e. Acme Company Scam), the results show several scam reports concerning this company. Another source for scam reports is: http://www.ripoffreport.com.</li> <li>Google the employer's phone number, fax number and/or email address. If it does not appear connected to an actual business organization, this is a red flag. The Symplicity team often uses the Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/), Hoovers (http://www.hoovers.com/) and AT&amp;T's Anywho (http://www.anywho.com/) to verify organizations.</li> <li>The employer contacts you by phone, however there is no way to call them back. The number is not available.</li> <li>The employer tells you that they do not have an office set-up in your area, and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).</li> </ul> <p>Please help us keep Hire UI Alumni safe, if you happen to come across a fraudulent job on Hire UI Alumni please contact the us at <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.</p> <p>Additionally, if you feel you may have already been scammed in a job ad, <a href="http://www.symplicity.com/blog/_1/17/fraud_posting_tips">Nacelink Symplicity&rsquo;s blog</a> provides suggestions on what to do.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 4 Feb 2014 09:00 CST New Disability Job Board http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=680 <p>Enable America created a <a href="http://www.enableamerica.org/employment/index">new job board</a> to help increase employment opportunities at their corporate partners for persons with disabilities, wounded warriors and disabled veterans. The job board will update weekly and link back to its corporate career site.</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 30 Jan 2014 10:33 CST Webinar: Considering and Negotiating Executive Employment Agreements http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=677 <p>As a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw&rsquo;s Employee Benefits &amp; Executive Compensation Department, <strong>Adam Greetis</strong> &rsquo;94 LAS (UIUC) can provide an attorney&rsquo;s view of executive employment agreements. During this Webinar session, Mr. Greetis will cover the material legal points of employment agreements. He will also provide tips when preparing to negotiate and discuss severance trends. Mr. Greetis is a partner in the firm&rsquo;s Employee Benefits &amp; Executive Compensation Department. He has a broad-based, comprehensive practice which involves all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation law.</p> <p>Joining Mr. Greetis will be his partner <strong>Scott Humphrey</strong>. Mr. Humphrey will explore the legal issues associated with several forms of restrictive covenants which frequently appear in executive employment agreements. Mr. Humphrey is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP&rsquo;s Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Corporate Espionage Group. He serves on the Group&rsquo;s National Steering Committee and has successfully prosecuted and defended restrictive covenant cases throughout the United States. In doing so, Scott has successfully obtained and defeated temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and permanent injunctions for clients in a wide array of industries and jurisdictions.</p> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, February 6, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1) </strong>clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m">http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to the contact email listed below indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. <br /> <br /> Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, February 5.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by<a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership"> Annual and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 23 Jan 2014 09:00 CST Renew Your Career with a Personal Professional Development Plan http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=664 <p>While some companies are invested in professional development for their employees, it is important to take responsibility for your own personal professional development. What do you want to learn? What skills and strengths do you want to develop?</p> <p>You can build on the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=419">Skills &amp; Strengths</a> assessment we discuss in a previous UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center article, identify related specific short term and long term professional development goals to further develop these strengths, and set this plan in motion in 2014.</p> <p>Here are a few steps you could incorporate into your plan:</p> <ul> <li>Seek out educational opportunities online, in your organization and in your community</li> <li>Take on extra projects within your company</li> <li>Start a freelance project outside your company</li> <li>Teach or train through a local college, a community organization, or within your company</li> <li>Write articles or opinion pieces for local or professional papers/publications</li> <li>Comment in related LinkedIn groups and answer posted questions</li> <li>Present a workshop or participate in a panel discussion at a conference</li> <li>Get involved in professional or social networks</li> <li>Volunteer</li> </ul> <p>Several sections in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center </a>can help with the self-analysis and professional development.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 21 Jan 2014 08:51 CST Glassdoor's 50 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For 2014 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=653 <p>New for 2014 is Glassdoor&rsquo;s 50 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For. Winners were determined by the people who know these companies best &mdash; their employees. The following are the ten top places to work on the list. For those who are not interested in working for a larger sized company, some of these employers might be worth exploring if in transition or passively considering a move in the New Year.</p> <p>1. Motley Fool<br /> 2. SmartBear Software<br /> 3. Travelsoo<br /> 4. Cornerstone OnDemand<br /> 5. Paycom<br /> 6. MediaMath<br /> 7. SirsiDynix<br /> 8. Fast Enterprises<br /> 9. Paylocity<br /> 10. Logos Bible Software<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 16 Jan 2014 12:15 CST Glassdoor's 50 Best Places To Work 2014 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=665 <p>Glassdoor just came out with their annual Employees Choice Awards of the <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=BPTW14-G&amp;utm_content=BPTW14-G">top 50 places work</a>, according to these companies employees. The following are the ten top places to work on the list. What's interesting is that three of the top 5 are social media companies and Bain &amp; Company moved from fourth place to first this year. As the New Year begins, some of these employers might be worth exploring if in transition or passively considering a move.</p> <p>1.Bain &amp; Company<br /> 2.Twitter<br /> 3.LinkedIN<br /> 4.Eastman Chemical<br /> 5.Facebook<br /> 6.Guidewire<br /> 7.Interactive Intelligence<br /> 8.Google<br /> 9.Orbitz Worldwide<br /> 10.Nestle&rsquo; Purina PetCare</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 14 Jan 2014 10:45 CST Webinar: Making the Most of Job Search Communications Tools http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=676 <p>Sure you can use technology, but are you using it well? Since a majority of job search correspondence happens through Email and Websites, job seekers need to ensure that they are using Web-based tools as effectively as they can. This session will discuss how and when to use the available technology tools successfully. Find out more about the costs and benefits of incorporating discussion boards, Email correspondence, corporate career sites, blogs, and personal Websites into your job search toolbox. Work on promoting your specific strengths for your targeted job.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for Friends of Alumni is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone all by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, January 16, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1) </strong>clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m">http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q95m</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3) </strong>sending an email to the email address listed below indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend.</p> <p>Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, January 15 .</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 9 Jan 2014 09:00 CST Start The New Year With A Purposeful Action Plan http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=675 <p>A purposeful action plan, begins with using focused job targets. If your targets are not focused a person can spend endless time and energy on too much activity, with little results directed toward achieving your goals. While being busy may help you feel better, without purpose and direction, few results will begin a ride down an emotional roller coaster. Ask yourself if your&hellip;</p> <p><strong>Targets are clear?</strong> Do you know what you are looking for? What level? What industry? What companies?<br /> <strong>Are they the best targets?</strong> When I am advising alumni, I will frequently hear, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll take anything.&rdquo; This attitude is counter-productive because the person comes across as being desperate, as a person with no direction, no goals and one who lacks confidence. Employers want to know if you have the skills, what it will take to motivate you and whether you will fit within their organization. Being able to communicate this information along with why you are interested in their position and their company is a must.</p> <p>Some will aim low with the thought being I am qualified and I should get an interview, but to the employer, this person may appear overqualified or the employer may be concerned with this person becoming bored or that this person may keep looking for a better opportunity. If this is your goal, explain why. Maybe you progressed in a role and eventually advanced into a management. After a few years, you realized management wasn&rsquo;t your thing or maybe you really missed being in the field or missed the client contact or maybe you are at a stage in your life where you want to continue to share your knowledge, but don&rsquo;t have a desire for the title, stress or money that goes with it. Whatever your reason, be able to explain why. Be realistic and understand that this process may take longer because an employer has to be convinced your story is sincere.<br /> <strong>Are you matching your qualifications to the job?</strong> Review each job description for skills, experience and interest. How does it match what you want? When a person can clearly define and communicate what they want, it becomes easier to find a job because the person gains more confidence and is able to sell their pitch easier. <br /> <strong>Are you aligning your efforts with your goals and targets?</strong> Continue to network, build your contacts and identified people in your targeted organizations. Attend professional associations affiliated with your industry or major, job clubs or other special networking events. Use niche job boards. For example, many professional associations have their own job boards. The job market changes quickly, so ask your networking contacts about trends, what employers are looking for, what their challenges are or ask the following question, &ldquo;given your background, how would they recommend you best position yourself?&rdquo; Simply asking for their assistance to help you brainstorm is a great way to start the New Year With A Focused Action Plan!</p> <p>To learn more about creating an job search action plan, visit the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the Virtual Career Center.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 7 Jan 2014 10:41 CST Managing Your Time & Energy Over The Holidays In A Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=652 <p>Being productive is important in a job search, but you want it to be purposeful and not just busy work. If you are working, experts say it takes a minimum of 10-15 hours weekly, more if you are unemployed, to manage a job search which includes your strategy, research, daily tasks and evaluation. Time passes quickly! The following are some tips to help you manage your time and energy in a job search over the holidays.</p> <p>1.Twenty minutes as it occurs gives you time for a focused task like following up on a person or drafting a cover letter or tweaking your resume for a job to make some progress. Don&rsquo;t keep waiting for a big block of time, because big chunks of time don&rsquo;t come along that often. Besides, you can always find something better to do. Then you will be even more motivated when 40 or 60 minutes does come along!<br /> 2. Structure and vary your tasks. Step away from the computer and think about how do you get your best ideas? Is it listening to music, reading or walking? Spend some time on that activity to re-energize.<br /> 3. Network, especially for those introverts, rather than surfing the internet. Brainstorm with others at a job club, at a professional association or at your accountability group. Don&rsquo;t be afraid to ask others who are unemployed what&rsquo;s working for them.<br /> 4. Explore LinkedIn, and make real contacts with at least three people. Reconnect &amp; update every four to six weeks with previous contacts. It can be a simple email briefly telling them that you are keeping them up to date, telling them what you are targeting and reminding them to think of you should they hear of something. I am a firm believer in reciprocation, so always offer your assistance to help them at end. Offering to assist others will help you feel good about yourself and in turn also help you to re-energize.<br /> 5. Pace and manage the momentum of your energy level versus time. Pay attention to when you have the most amount of energy to do those task that will require a higher level of energy&hellip;.is that in the morning, afternoon or at night? It is Important take a break, just as you would at work. Five or ten minutes will refresh your brain and your spirit. <br /> 6. Most importantly, give yourself credit for any and all progress in your job search because it takes time! And the challenge is that you can do everything right, and you still don&rsquo;t control the outcome.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 19 Dec 2013 11:25 CST Handling the Year End Office Party http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=663 <p>The holiday office party is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with your co-workers. But, it can also be a missed opportunity. Here are some tips to help you enjoy and get the most out of the company gathering.</p> <ul> <li>Meet people you haven't met before or don't know that well. Use the opportunity to learn about the person behind the email address or phone number.</li> <li>Learn about other projects and priorities for the different departments. This is a great way to broaden your view of your organization and understand its priorities outside of what is on your desk.</li> <li>Have an answer to the question, &quot;How are things going?&quot; that highlights the priorities and good work of your department.</li> <li>Listen more than you talk.</li> <li>Lastly, though I hate to say it, keep the celebrating in a minimum. I've heard enough stories over the years of people's bad decisions that this can't go unsaid.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Happy Holidays</strong></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 12 Dec 2013 09:28 CST Year End Career Check: Networking http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=662 <p>There are many opportunities for networking during this season as companies and associations hold year end and social gatherings. Take advantage of these gatherings to talk with people in your company you haven't met yet or others related to your occupation or industry.</p> <p>In this article we will focus in industry and other social gatherings. In our next blog article, we will cover specific tips for handling the office holiday party.</p> <p>As you attend industry or other social gatherings:</p> <ul> <li>Recognize that attendees may be in your targeted network or may be able to connect you to others in your targeted network. Sometimes they may know of an opening and offer to pass on your resume to the person who's hiring (the best option) or to the human resource office.</li> <li>Use your 30-second sound byte/elevator speech to present a quick summary of what you are targeting and have to offer a potential employer. Use this when you have the opportunity to introduce yourself to a group, or when you're asked, &ldquo;How are things going?&rdquo;, &ldquo;What do you do?&rdquo;, &ldquo;What kind of job are you looking for?&rdquo;</li> <li>Inform the networking group that you're conducting a job search and would appreciate information from folks in specific kinds of work roles. Be able to name occupations, job titles and industries.</li> <li>Offer your business card at a meeting or event or a handbill at a job-search support group.</li> <li>Thank those who helped you connect with more people in your target network or who said they'd pass on your resume to the hiring decision-maker. Do this via e-mail, a personal note, a business letter, voicemail or a phone call, depending on your preference.</li> <li>Add to your records your new contacts, and also add the names and contact information of the people who referred you to those new contacts.</li> </ul> <p>Check out the &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=108">Building Connections</a>&quot; section in the UIAA Virtual Career Center for more tips on networking<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 11 Dec 2013 09:25 CST <i>Webinar</i>: Developing a Meaningful Summary/ Profile for Resumes and LinkedIn http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=654 <p>When a recruiter looks at your summary or profile on your resume or on LinkedIn what do they see? Your summary or profile are the first items a prospective employer or industry colleagues read and look at to very quickly assess whether you are qualified for the job or have the skills, competencies and overall background or experience they need. This webinar will discuss the difference between a summary for a resume or a profile for LinkedIn. It will also discuss tips on how to create a more meaningful first impression to either help you advance to the interview stage or become more attractive to industry colleagues and recruiters through your branding statement.</p> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, December 12, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/v4qjmd">http://www.cvent.com/d/v4qjmd</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, December 11.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by<a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership"> Annual and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 5 Dec 2013 14:08 CST Should I even bother job searching over the holidays? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=651 <p><big><strong>YES</strong></big></p> <p>We hear this question often at this time of the year. And, the answer is always the same. Recruiting does not stop completely over the end of the year holiday season.</p> <p><strong>1. While one fiscal year may be ending, another is beginning</strong><br /> For companies that work on the calendar year, they may be hiring now in order to fill a job before the end of the year. Or, they are recruiting now to start someone after the first of the year when new money is available. Each year we hear from alumni that are applying for new jobs and interviewing during this time. You don't want to take a break and realize in January that you missed an interesting opportunity.</p> <p><strong>2. Availability and Interest in Networking</strong><br /> People that may travel throughout the year may be stationed at their home base more often in the winter than at other times. this is a great time to reach out and ask to meet. They may also be more willing to take time to meet because they are already distracted by the holiday schedule.</p> <p><strong>3. Gatherings</strong><br /> Organizations, friends and family use the holiday season as an excuse to get together. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet new people and share your career and job search goals. have your soundbyte ready</p> <p><strong>4. Patience</strong><br /> While recruiting may not stop, some steps may be slower if key people are out of the office. Patience and professionalism will be important characteristics to portray. Be realistic about what you can accomplish during the holidays, but keep moving forward.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 3 Dec 2013 09:00 CST Thanksgiving Wishes and Office Hours http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=603 <p>As many of us get ready to join family and friends for Thanksgiving, the UIAA Alumni Career Center wishes you a warm and festive holiday.</p> <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center will be closed November 28-29. Our office will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, December 2.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 26 Nov 2013 10:18 CST Avoid Self-sabotaging Your Prospects of Being Recruited http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=650 <p>Top candidates may unknowingly sabotage their acceptance into a graduate program or their prospects of being hired through their online presence or digital footprints. I was reminded of this after reading the New York Times article, They Loved Your GPA. Then They Saw Your Tweets about a prospective candidate who was dropped by the University admission&rsquo;s office after the staff discovered this candidate tweeted inappropriate comments about other applicants during their on-campus information session. For a candidate applying to a graduate program or an employer&rsquo;s job, both recruiting processes are very competitive. In addition to the qualifications of the school or job, each considers the candidate&rsquo;s judgment, character, values and how that person would best fit within their community or organization.</p> <p>Be mindful of your comments and pictures, as well as, what others are saying and posting about you on social media platforms. To a stranger or person who really doesn&rsquo;t know you, there is always a chance that an innocent comment or pictures may be construed out of context. Don&rsquo;t let your personal online presence sabotage your hard earned credentials and achievements when applying to a graduate program or employer jobs. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 19 Nov 2013 12:39 CST Tips to Finding a Mentor http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=644 <p>Whether you are a recent graduate just starting out in your career, a mid-level professional looking to advance or an executive, we can all use a mentor at different stages of our career or in life. Webster&rsquo;s definition of a mentor is a trusted counselor or guide. A mentor could be a family member, close friend, a co-worker or an acquaintance. Depending on your goal(s), a mentor could also be a person who you view as being an expert in your field or industry. Some individuals may have one mentor others use multiple mentors or confidants to go to for advice.</p> <p>The first consideration when seeking a mentor is your goal, purpose, or objective. Followed by your expectation(s) or what you hope to get from your mentor. Next, develop a list of criteria, traits and qualities you would like this mentor to have and prioritized that list based on whether it&rsquo;s a need or want. As you begin to talk and consider various people, this list will allow you to evaluate &ldquo;best fit&rdquo; based on what you are looking for and need in a mentor.</p> <p>Other factors to consider depending on whom your mentor is and how formal your relationship is includes: developing a contract or written agreement detailing your goals and expectations especially if there is a fee associated with the service, a statement of confidentiality, length and frequency of appointments as well as meeting place.</p> <p>Some places of employment have formal mentoring programs. Ask your employer or Human Resources office about mentoring programs on the job. Other more formal resource depending on your objective to assist you in finding a mentor include:</p> <p>1. Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), <a href="http://www.score.org/about-score">http://www.score.org/about-score</a>, is a national nonprofit association that educates entrepreneurs and helps small businesses to grow.<br /> 2. For government contracts, <a href="http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-support-small-businesses/8a-business-developme">mentor prot&eacute;g&eacute; program</a> through the U.S. Small Business Administration helps in attaining stimulus dollars.<br /> 3. Your local chamber of commerce.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 14 Nov 2013 10:52 CST Are you a fan, geek, nerd? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=641 <p>Let your fandom show.</p> <p>Prospective employers look at many things during the screening and selection process, two of which are knowledge and motivation.</p> <p>If something in your field gets you excited enough to make you &quot;geeky,&quot; embrace the feeling and let it show. Your enthusiasm for &quot;it&quot; will attract the attention of recruiters and win you points during the interview process.</p> <p>Get involved in professional associations or special interest group related to &quot;it.&quot;</p> <p>Showcase that involvement and knowledge in your social media profiles. Be ready to describe how you stay up to date in your field for an interview.</p> <p>Become the go to person for &quot;it&quot; in your organization. Be ready and willing to expand your job description. Evidence of motivation at work is the opposite of, &quot;it is not my job.&quot; But, get your supervisor's support or negotiate this expansion, if needed.</p> <p>The motivated person will stay up to date on what's trending for &quot;it.&quot; S/he will be better situated to trouble shoot and problem solve.</p> <p>Find your &quot;it&quot; and embrace your inner geek.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 12 Nov 2013 09:35 CST Want An Added Edge After An Interview? Send A Thank You Note! http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=645 <p>Sending a thank you note after an interview, by mail or via email, to all individuals you met with after an interview is extremely valuable. For starters, it is a great way to remind the recruiter or hiring manager who you are one last time, as well as, reiterate why you are interested in the position, their company and most importantly, the value you will bring to the position. Sending a thank you note demonstrates your appreciation for the interview opportunity. It is part of job search etiquette and can give you an added edge as a candidate.</p> <p>Although a text message is not recommended, it doesn&rsquo;t matter if the thank you note is handwritten or emailed. What&rsquo;s important is that one be sent. According to an <a href="http://accountemps.rhi.mediaroom.com/thank-you">Accountemps survey</a> conducted in 2012, 59 percent of hiring managers responded a thank-you note was very helpful for a promising candidate while 87 percent of hiring managers viewed an email as an appropriate way to express thanks after a job interview.&nbsp; According to Accountemps, their survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 500 human resources (HR) managers at companies with 20 or more employees.</p> <p>For more detail about how to write a thank you note or other tips on job search etiquette visit the &ldquo;Search Tools&rdquo; and the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tabs in Virtual Career Center at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">http://www.uiaacareers.org</a>.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 7 Nov 2013 11:12 CST New York City UNCUBED Tech Job Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=647 <p><strong>NYC UNCUBED<br /> NEXT Thursday - Nov 14, 2013</strong><br /> <strong>Capacity is very limited. | nyc.getuncubed.com</strong><br /> Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street, NYC 10011</p> <p><strong>UIAA members save 50% with invitation code below.</strong></p> <p>Uncubed is an invite-only tech conference &amp; fresh take on the &quot;job fair,&quot; showcasing 70+ of the most innovative companies around--like Spotify, WordPress, Square, Stack Overflow, Tumblr, Birchbox, Shapeways, Knewton, and SoundCloud--all looking to meet experienced programmers, designers, and business folk alike.</p> <p>What makes it different? Music, drinks, games, contests, skill-building classes, and influential speakers like Jon Oringer (Founder/CEO of Shutterstock), Nathan Potter (VP of Engineering at Chartbeat), Scott Harrison (Founder/CEO of charity: water), and more--sharing their stories and insights on innovation, career paths, and company culture.</p> <p>Watch a quick recap video of Uncubed here: youtu.be/dZh1I_dYggQ</p> <p><strong>Register &amp; learn more at nyc.getuncubed.com.</strong></p> <p><strong>Save 50% online with invitation code UIAANYC.</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 5 Nov 2013 10:57 CST Alumni Connections After 5 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=646 <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center and the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) are co-hosting Alumni Connections After 5. We invite all University of Illinois professionals to attend.&nbsp; If you are in the areas of IT, Computer Science and Engineering come network with representatives from kCura, one of ITA&rsquo;s member companies. kCura develops web-based e-discovery applications for managing large volumes of electronic evidence during litigation or investigations.</p> <p>Spread the news with your fellow alumni friends and join us at the Alumni Connections After 5 event.</p> <p>When: Wednesday, Nov. 13th<br /> Where: Orange &amp; Blue Room, on the first floor in the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago<br /> Time: 5-7 pm</p> <p>Register early and save! Don&rsquo;t forget your business cards!</p> <p>Co-sponsored by The University of Illinois Alumni Association&rsquo;s Alumni Career Center and the Illinois Technology Association.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/14qj8j">Register</a></p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 31 Oct 2013 08:48 CST Join Our New LinkedIn Group http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=605 <p><big>The UIAA Alumni Career Center has launched a new LinkedIn group to a community of University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumni and employers.</big></p> <p>The goals are to connect alumni to other alumni in various professions in a forum where advice from alumni experts in different fields can be shared, to support the professional networking and career management efforts of alumni, and to connect alumni to jobs and employers.</p> <p>We are also recruiting alumni experts to share their expertise and knowledge. Our thanks to Bret Brania, Toby Nathan and Bill Stratton for being our first volunteers.</p> <p>Please use this group to:</p> <ul> <li>Ask questions related to career transitions, professional development, recruiting, interviewing, and professional networking</li> <li>Share articles related to these topics</li> <li>Comment on and like discussions and share your expertise and advice</li> <li>Share job openings that may be of interest to alumni</li> </ul> <p><strong>Join the new UIAA ACC LinkedIn group today. </strong><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/groups/UIAA-Alumni-Career-Center-6523546/about"><strong>http://www.linkedin.com/groups/UIAA-Alumni-Career-Center-6523546/about</strong></a><strong><br /> &nbsp;</strong></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 29 Oct 2013 09:00 CST <i>Webinar:</i> Getting Started on LinkedIn http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=640 <p>As the world's largest business networking site and database with 225 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe, LinkedIn is specifically designed for professional networking and branding. This Webinar will focus on getting started and oriented to the LinkedIn profile and features.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni; the fee for Friends of Alumni is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone all by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, November 7, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/v4qjmd">http://www.cvent.com/d/v4qjmd</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to the contact email listed below indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend.</p> <p>Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, November 6.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 24 Oct 2013 09:00 CST CHICAGO UNCUBED TECH FAIR http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=643 <p>University of Illinois alumni &amp; students <strong>save 50% with invitation code below</strong>.</p> <p>Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013<br /> River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611</p> <p>Chicago Uncubed is an interactive tech conference on startup culture &amp; careers. Speakers like Ray Velez (CTO at Razorfish), Zak Boca (CEO at SingleHop), Will Hansmann (CTO at Channel IQ), and more will share their insights and stories alongside 40 showcasing and hiring startups like Tumblr, HERE by Nokia, Gogo Inflight Internet, Razorfish, Narrative Science, Vibes, Channel IQ, SWC, Sprout Social, Intent Media, and more.</p> <p>Join us for classes in the morning on programming, design, and product management; a networking party at night; and drinks, music, snacks, contests, and live art throughout the day.</p> <p>R<strong>egister &amp; learn more at </strong><a href="http://chicago.getuncubed.com"><strong>http://chicago.getuncubed.com</strong></a><strong>.</strong><br /> Save 50% online with invitation code <strong>ILLINOIS50</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 22 Oct 2013 10:10 CST Alumni Connections After Five http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=639 <p><strong>The UIAA Alumni Career Center</strong> and the<strong> Illinois Technology Association (ITA)</strong> are co-hosting <strong>Alumni Connections After 5</strong>. We invite University of Illinois professionals in the areas of IT, Computer Science and Engineering to attend. Join us on your way home from work to network with fellow alumni and representatives from kCura, one of ITA&rsquo;s member companies. kCura develops web-based e-discovery applications for managing large volumes of electronic evidence during litigation or investigations.</p> <p>Spread the news with your fellow alumni friends and join us at the Alumni Connections After 5 event for IT, Computer Science and the Engineering professionals.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday, Nov. 13th<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Orange &amp; Blue Room, on the first floor in the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 5-7 pm</p> <p>Register early and save! Don&rsquo;t forget your business cards!</p> <p>Co-sponsored by The University of Illinois Alumni Association&rsquo;s Alumni Career Center and the Illinois Technology Association.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/14qj8j">Register</a></p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 17 Oct 2013 09:00 CST World's Top Employers for New Engineering Grads http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=638 <p>Universum is a research firm that specializes in surveying college students. The following is a listing of the top 10 employers new Engineering grads from around the world want to work. For a complete list please visit <a href="http://www.money.cnn.com/pf/jobs/newgrads/2013/snapshots/7.html">http://www.money.cnn.com/pf/jobs/newgrads/2013/snapshots/7.html</a></p> <p>1. Google Mountain View, CA <br /> 2. Microsoft Redmond, WA <br /> 3. IBM Armonk, NY <br /> 4. Apple Cupertino, CA <br /> 5. BMW Group Munich, Germany <br /> 6. GE Fairfield, CT <br /> 7. Intel Santa Clara, CA <br /> 8. Siemens Munich, Germany <br /> 9. Sony Tokyo, Japan <br /> 10. Shell The Hague, Netherlands<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 15 Oct 2013 13:25 CST World's Top Employers for New Business Grads http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=637 <p>Universum is a research firm that specializes in surveying college students. The following is a listing of the top 10 employers where new grads from around the world want to work. For a complete list please visit <a href="http://www.money.cnn.com/pf/jobs/newgrads/2013/snapshots/7.html">http://www.money.cnn.com/pf/jobs/newgrads/2013/snapshots/7.html</a></p> <p>1.&nbsp; Google <br /> 2.&nbsp; EY (Ernst &amp; Young) , London UK<br /> 3.&nbsp; Goldman Sachs <br /> 4.&nbsp; PricewaterhouseCoopers<br /> 5.&nbsp; Microsoft <br /> 6.&nbsp; Apple <br /> 7.&nbsp; Deloitte <br /> 8.&nbsp; KPMG , Amsterdam, Netherlands<br /> 9.&nbsp; Coca-Cola <br /> 10. Procter &amp; Gamble<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 10 Oct 2013 13:18 CST Reprinted from the Fall 2013 alumni magazine http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=623 <p>Q: I read a lot about diversity in corporate life these days. When I evaluate career opportunities, how important should a company&rsquo;s commitment to diversity be?</p> <p>A: The simple answer is: extremely important. An inclusive, diverse work environment offers exciting opportunities for you to achieve your professional goals by looking at situations in new ways, and sharing your knowledge and ideas with your colleagues.</p> <p>Like everyone else, you bring distinct experience, talent and cultural values to your job, and the best companies know that capitalizing on that diversity helps develop a rich range of abilities, expertise, ideas and solutions.</p> <p>For example, at Accenture, our employee resource groups &ndash; including African-American, LGBT and Hispanic groups &ndash; connect individuals who wish to strengthen their networks. Our annual International Women&rsquo;s Day celebrations focus on our 90,000-plus female employees. Last year, we invested more than $850 million in training and development, including customized programs as Minority Leadership Development, Leading a Diverse Work Force and Valuing Persons with Disabilities.</p> <p>Ultimately, joining an organization that places a premium on creating a diverse environment will help you bring your best to the job. To find out more about a company&rsquo;s commitment to diversity, visit its website and review the material provided under the &ldquo;Careers&rdquo; and &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tabs.<br /> &ndash; Jill Bellavia Smart</p> <p>Smart &rsquo;81 BUS is chief human resources officer for the international management consulting firm Accenture in Chicago. She serves as secretary of the UI Alumni Association Board of Directors and chairwoman of the Alumni Career Center Advisory Committee.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 8 Oct 2013 09:00 CST Webinar: Checklist for An Effective Resume http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=622 <p>Fine tune your resume from start to finish and present a clear marketing message with impact. Get tips on benchmarking your resume against job postings to convey your skills, experience and accomplishments readily. Be a competitive candidate, whether your resume is seen first by an electronic tracking system or a person.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for Friends of Alumni is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone all by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong><br /> Registration deadline is Thursday, October 10, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><br /> <strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/v4qjmd">http://www.cvent.com/d/v4qjmd</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to <a href="http://mailto: careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend.</p> <p>Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, October 9.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 3 Oct 2013 13:35 CST Thinking about graduate school? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=608 <p><q>Are you thinking about earning another degree?</q><br /> <strong><big>2013 Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair</big></strong><br /> <a href="http://go.uic.edu/gradfair">go.uic.edu/gradfair</a><br /> Thursday, Oct. 17, 3-7 p.m. <br /> UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road)</p> <p>If you're thinking of earning an MBA, attending law or medical school, or striving for a professional degree, you'll find contacts from across the country and the world ready to speak with you at the 2013 Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair. This year, representatives from more than 200 graduate and professional programs will offer information and materials about their specific programs. The event is free and open to the public.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 1 Oct 2013 09:00 CST A Case For Why Your Facebook Settings Should Be Locked http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=609 <p>I recently read the article, <em>&ldquo;<a href="http://www.lawofficer.com/article/technology-and-communications/social-media-quick-tip-faceboo-1">Social Media Quick Tip: Facebook&rsquo;s &lsquo;Graph search&rsquo; Raises Privacy Concerns</a>&rdquo;</em> in the Law Officer Magazine, August 2013 volume 9 Issue 7 written by Lauri Stevens. Although it was written from a privacy perspective, I thought the article was important from the job seeker&lsquo;s perspective especially since recruiters are using social media more to source candidates.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the article, Stevens asks the following questions: &ldquo;Have you hidden your friend&rsquo;s lists and your &ldquo;likes&rdquo; to prying eyes? Have you set your tagging so you can review tags of yourself and turned off facial recognition? Have you managed the settings of what others share about you? Have you prevented search engines from linking to your timeline? Have you gone through your entire timeline and limited the audience, deleted them or untagged yourself in photos? Have you limited who sees your future posts? If this sounds foreign to you, you&rsquo;re likely open to the world.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The implications of what can be found online about you and how that information may influence a recruiter or how that information may influence your online presence and brand is something all job seekers should consider whether in an active or passive search. An online picture or a comment made by you or made by a friend or a family member about you can easily be taken out of context. We are entering the age when nothing is really private anymore. This is why I recommend not only being extremely cautious about what you post online, but be careful with protecting your online presence and brand image.</p> <p>For other job search tips, visit &quot;Job Search&quot; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 26 Sep 2013 11:48 CST What Employers Told Us The 5 Most Important Skills For New Hires- 3 of 3 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=607 <p>This is the last of three blogs that will report results of what employers told us in our &ldquo;2013 Employer Recruiting Survey.&rdquo;&nbsp; When recruiters were asked, &ldquo;What are the 5 most important skills in your new hires,&quot; the top 5 skills were&hellip;</p> <p>1. Communication<br /> 2. Cultural fit<br /> 3. Interpersonal <br /> 4. Drive<br /> 5. Ability to build relationships</p> <p>When actively in a job search or interviewing for a job, conducting a self-assessment of yourself to better understand who you are, what skills you can do and what you have to offer an employer is absolutely critical. Visit the &ldquo;Exploring Career Change&rdquo; and the <strong>&quot;Identifying Transferable Skills&rdquo; </strong>sections in the <strong>&quot;Career Choice&quot;</strong> tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/index.html"><strong>V</strong><strong>irtual Career Center</strong></a> for a list of various assessment exercises dealing with your prioritizing your values, priorities for career satisfaction and identifying your transferable skills. Also consider watching pre-recorded <strong>&quot;Webinars&quot; </strong>on this topic under the <strong>&ldquo;About Us&rdquo; </strong>tab located in the Virtual Career Center. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 24 Sep 2013 12:28 CST What Employers Told Us About The Types Of Interviews They Use- 2 of 3 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=606 <p>This is the second of three blogs that will report results of what employers told us in our &ldquo;2013 Employer Recruiting Survey.&rdquo; When recruiters were asked to rate, what types of interviews they use for experienced candidates, the top three methods were&hellip;</p> <p>1. Behavior-based<br /> 2. Group or panel<br /> 3. Situational-based</p> <p>To be successful, there is a technique with how to format your response for both, the behavior or the situational- based interview. For interviewing resources visit the <strong>&quot;Interviewing&quot; </strong>section in the<strong> &quot;Job Search&quot; </strong>Tab or consider watching pre-recorded <strong>&quot;Webinars&quot;</strong> on this topic under the <strong>&ldquo;About Us&rdquo; </strong>tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/index.html"><strong>Virtual Career Center.</strong></a> Consider scheduling a mock interview appointment with one of the counselors to practice interviewing at the Alumni Career Center. Please note, there would be a $60 fee for an appointment.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 19 Sep 2013 09:00 CST What Employers Told Us About The Most Effective Recruiting Method- 1 of 3 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=604 <p>This is the first of three blogs that will report results of what employers told us in our &ldquo;2013 Employer Recruiting Survey.&rdquo; When recruiters were asked to rate, from a list, how effective each method was for attracting / recruiting experienced candidates, the top five methods were&hellip;</p> <p>1. Employee Referrals<br /> 2. Internships/ Co-ops<br /> 3. Career Fairs<br /> 4. Job Listings On A Big Job boards<br /> 5. Professional Associations</p> <p>Clearly, the number one method, Employee Referrals, tells candidates how important networking is with people within your targeted list of companies. For those who recently graduated or those who are re-entering the market consider asking about internships or co-op opportunities.&nbsp; Employers recently told us during a panel program that they would consider a more experienced person for an internship.&nbsp; Career fairs and professional associations can be great places to further network with recruiters within your targeted list of companies or other people in your targeted industry.</p> <p>For resources on how to network and how to approach a person visit the<strong> &quot;Networking&quot; </strong>section in the <strong>&quot;Building Connections&quot;</strong> Tab or consider watching pre-recorded <strong>&quot;Webinars&quot;</strong> on this topic under the <strong>&ldquo;About Us&rdquo;</strong> tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Wed 18 Sep 2013 09:00 CST Webinar: Job Search Strategy with Results http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=601 <p>Come to this session ready to look at the priorities most important to you in your next position, and prepared to design your job search strategy to achieve results. We&rsquo;ll review the mechanics of the job search, and discuss proven techniques to implement your plan. We&rsquo;ll also help you learn to evaluate your progress and stay motivated when the search takes longer than you expect.</p> <p><strong>This program includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for Friends of Alumni is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone all by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, September 26, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy91">http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy91</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time,<em> OR</em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend.</p> <p>Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, September 25.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 12 Sep 2013 11:31 CST Tapping into the Hidden Job Market http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=598 <p>It has been written that approximately 55% to 80% of all open jobs are hidden, another words they are not publicly advertised. So, how does one tap into this hidden job market?</p> <p>1. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK and conduct informational interviews. <br /> 2. Identify what the company's problem is and provide a solution. Sometimes this can lead to the employer creating a position for you or tailoring the job description to your skills and abilities.<br /> 3. Read the &ldquo;Whose Been Promoted, Resigned or Retired&rdquo; section of newspapers.<br /> 4. Pay attention to what&rsquo;s happening in the news with major companies regarding corporate expansion or big contracts won which may indicate a need to increase hires.<br /> 5. Follow targeted companies on LinkedIn, read their blogs and set up Google Alerts to keep abreast of announcements.</p> <p>Visit the &ldquo;Building Connections&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a> to learn more about Informational Interviews and how to network.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 10 Sep 2013 15:25 CST Different between Strengths-Based Leadership and the Strengths 2.0 Models http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=602 <p>Both models focus on strengths and encourage individuals to expand the use of their strengths instead of the traditional performance models that focus on removing weaknesses.</p> <p>The Strengths-Based leadership model takes the focus one step further by grouping strengths into four leadership themes and focusing on how the strengths are used to lead or encourage leadership in others. We've adopted the Strengths-Based Leadership model because of the fit with career growth and professional development.</p> <p>We'll explore the leadership themes of Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking in two ways:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Intro Webinar on September 12 </strong>will provide an overview of the model and how it can be applied. This session will be useful for those who have purchased the book but have not delved into their strengths yet or those considering purchasing the book. Register at <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy91">http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy91</a></li> <li>An <strong>in-depth workshop on October 18</strong> will go beyond the introduction and show how to capitalize on strengths in a job transition and in an individual&rsquo;s career. Participants will gain the ability to match personal strengths with those sought by prospective employers and to market their strengths and accomplishments as part of overall career management efforts or specifically during a career transition. To reserve a space for the &quot;Developing and Marketing Your Strengths&quot; workshop, Email <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ol> Julie Bartimus Thu 5 Sep 2013 10:48 CST Young Professionals Job Search Jump Start Series: Session 3: <i>Goal-Oriented Networking</i> http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=600 <p><strong>Young Professionals Job Search Jump Start Series: Session 3</strong></p> <p>Need to start or renew your career or job search?The UIAA Alumni Career Center has scheduled three sessions geared toward new graduates and younger professionals in order to help. This event is free for all University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumni.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=398"><strong>Goal-Oriented Networking</strong></a><br /> Networking is an important career management strategy. Effective networking is about conversations and information exchange, staying on top of trends and sharing your knowledge of common professional interests. Expanding your network adds contacts who may be as interested in hearing your story as in helping you gain the information you're seeking. This session will provide guidance for turning networking into a lifelong relationship building effort instead of a job search transaction.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=398"><strong>Register</strong></a></p> <p>These Young Professionals and our regular Professional Development Webinars are brought to you in part by gifts made by alumni like you to the University of Illinois Alumni Association.To make a gift to the UIAA, click <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">here</a>.</p> <p>For questions, contact the UIAA Alumni Career Center at 312-575-7830 or <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 3 Sep 2013 09:00 CST Young Professionals Job Search Jump Start Series: Session 2: <i>Resumes That Get Results</i> http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=599 <p><strong>Young Professionals Job Search Jump Start Series: Session 2</strong></p> <p>Need to start or renew your career or job search? The UIAA Alumni Career Center has scheduled three sessions geared toward new graduates and younger professionals in order to help. This event is free for all University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumni.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=399"><strong>Resumes That Get Results</strong></a><br /> In competitive markets or in a slow economy how the candidate is presented in their resume can make a difference between being offered an interview or not. This workshop will discuss resume strategies that get results by focusing on the type of information that quickly grabs the employer&rsquo;s attention. Participants will learn how to develop a targeted career summary and how to write bullets that best showcase their accomplishments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=399"><strong>Register</strong></a></p> <p>These Young Professionals and our regular Professional Development Webinars are brought to you in part by gifts made by alumni like you to the University of Illinois Alumni Association.To make a gift to the UIAA, click <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">here</a>.</p> <p>For questions, contact the UIAA Alumni Career Center at 312-575-7830 or <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 29 Aug 2013 09:00 CST Network At The Upcoming Job Fairs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=597 <p>Still looking for a job? Get ready to attend the following upcoming job fairs. Consider attending and prepare by viewing the webinar &ldquo;How To Get The Most Out of A Job Fair&rdquo; located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/"><strong>Virtual Career Center</strong> </a>or schedule an appointment to have your resume critiqued with an advisor at the UIAA Alumni Career Center. Call 312-575-7830 today.</p> <p>Alumni are welcome to attend on-campus fairs, however, it is recommended that you contact the campus college career center if you are not a graduate of that particular college.</p> <p><strong>Illinois College of Engineering Career Fair</strong><br /> Date: Sept. 9-10, 2013<br /> Call: 217/ 333-1960</p> <p><strong>Illinois College of Business Career Fair</strong><br /> Date: Sept. 18-20, 2013<br /> Call: 217/ 265-0864</p> <p><strong>UIC Business Career Fair</strong><br /> Date: Sept. 18, 2013<br /> Contact: foluke@uic.edu</p> <p><strong>UIC Fall Diversity Job Fair</strong><br /> Date: Sept. 26, 2013<br /> Contact: jaimev@uic.edu</p> <p><strong>Uncubed (A start-up/emerging companies fai</strong>r)<br /> Date: Oct. 30, 2013<br /> Discounts Codes for: Alumni: UIAA -25% off<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Students: UISTUDENT - 50% off<br /> Register or view a list of employers attending: <a href="http://chicago.getuncubed.com/">chicago.getuncubed.com</a></p> <p>Please note many employers do not register until just before fair!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 20 Aug 2013 10:14 CST Are MOOC's for You? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=596 <p>I introduced MOOC's (Massive Open Online courses, earlier this year in the Tuesday, May 28, 2013 UIAA ACC Blog post, &quot;<a href="https://www.uiaa.org/secure/blog/preview.asp?id=552">Learn Though MOOC's</a>.&quot; In order to experience this type of classroom first had, I signed up for a &quot;Social Psychology&quot; class taught by Scott Plous from Wesleyan University running now and &quot;Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence&quot; through Case Western Reserve University for October.</p> <p>I already feel my brain stretching to bring in new information and remembering Social Psychology lectures from Illinois as an undergraduate. I'm looking forward to this weekend when I've set aside some quality time to review discussions with other students on the readings and lectures. I was amazed to learn today that over 200,000 students have registered for the class from around the world.</p> <p>Has anyone else participated in a MOOC? What was your experience with this format? Please share your comments here or on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/UIAACareerCtr">UIAACareerCtr Facebook </a>page.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 15 Aug 2013 09:50 CST How To Give A Nice Firm Handshake! http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=595 <p>There is nothing worse than greeting an interviewer with a weak, limp, half handed handshake. Professionals will recommend giving a nice, firm handshake, but what does a nice &ldquo;firm handshake&rdquo; feel like?</p> <p>Begin by practicing with a tube of toothpaste to determine the degree of pressure to excerpt a not to hard or not to soft handshake. Do not bend or cup your fingers as this tends to grab only the top part of the person&rsquo;s hand. When extending your hand, keep your wrist and fingers straight with your thumb to the side forming the letter &ldquo;L&rdquo; placing your hand completely in the center of the interviewer&rsquo;s hand between their thumb and index finger to give that nice firm handshake. Now practice giving this nice firm handshake while also smiling and maintaining eye contact with the person to create a favorable first impression with the interviewer.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 13 Aug 2013 13:02 CST The Most Important Interview Question A Candidate Should Ask http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=594 <p>When hiring, employers ultimately want to know if the candidate can solve their problem for the right price. The problem, in this sentence, is being defined very broadly to mean the goals/objective of the role or department or any challenges or issues that need to be address that will help the role or department to improve ROI, productivity, etc. Then, it is the job of the candidate to find out what that problem is. Ideally, it is best to ask this question sometime during the beginning or middle of the interview, so the candidate has time to think about how their previous accomplishments can help solve the new employer&rsquo;s problem. Then at the end of the interview, when the employer asks the candidate &ldquo;Why should I hire you? or Why would you be the best candidate?,&rdquo; the candidate can respond by explaining how they resolved a similar problem in their XYZ role at ABC company and they will be able to solve this problem too. Most candidates will respond by reiterating the qualifications listed in the job description. This response tells the employer what he/she is looking for and hits the target right in the center where it counts. This response helps the candidate to stand out over other interviewers and it provides leverage needed to negotiate a higher salary when offered the position.</p> <p>For additional help with interviewing, visit the &ldquo;Interview&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tap located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/index.html">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 8 Aug 2013 10:54 CST Young Professionals Job Search Jump Start Webinar Series http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=591 <p>Need to start or renew your career and job search? The UIAA Alumni Career Center has scheduled a series of Webinars geared toward new graduates and young professionals that can help you. This event is free for all University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumni.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Wow! I never knew &hellip;&rdquo;: Exploring Alumni Career Center Resources &amp; the Alumni Directory</strong><br /> <em>Walk through resources available to access jobs, connect with alumni, and improve resume writing and interview preparation.</em><br /> Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 11 am to Noon Central<br /> For additional details and to register: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/NewProfWebinar">http://tinyurl.com/NewProfWebinar</a></p> <p><strong>Resumes That Get Results</strong><br /> <em>Attract the recruiter's attention by creating a resume that stands out over your competitors using strong targeted career summary and accomplishment-based bullets</em><br /> Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 11 am to Noon Central<br /> For additional details and to register: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/UIAAResumeWebinar">http://tinyurl.com/UIAAResumeWebinar</a></p> <p><strong>Goal-Oriented Networking </strong><br /> <em>Develop lifelong relationship building strategy to exchange information, stay on top of trends and share your knowledge</em><br /> Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 11 am to Noon Central<br /> For additional details and to register: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/NetworkingWebinar">http://tinyurl.com/NetworkingWebinar</a></p> <p><br /> Additional workshops that might have interest are being held through our regular Professional Development Webinar series and are open to all alumni at no charge. <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy91">For additional information or to register for these additional programs</a></p> <ul> <li>ABC&rsquo;s of Interviewing on August 22</li> <li>Job Search Strategy with Results on September 26</li> </ul> <p>These Young Professionals Job Search Jump Start and regular Professional Development Webinars are brought to you in part by gifts made to the University of Illinois Alumni Association by alumni like you. For information about the Alumni Association or to make a gift, please visit <a href="http://www.uiaa.org">www.uiaa.org</a>.</p> <p>If you have questions, contact the UIAA&nbsp;Alumni Career Center at 312-575-7830 or <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 6 Aug 2013 09:00 CST Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Job Fairs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=590 <p>Learn how to make career fairs work for you. Get tips to strengthen your presentation and come away with useful information to advance your goals, whether you're a veteran of these events, or are planning to attend your first one.</p> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. T<strong>here is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, August 8, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1) </strong>clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy91">http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy91</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to the contact email listed below indicating which program(s) you would like to attend.</p> <p>Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, August 7.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Members gifts</a> to the UIAA.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 1 Aug 2013 09:00 CST Refresh, Renew and then Reengage http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=592 <p>As in other areas of your search, sometimes you need to take the focus off of your job search in order to build your energy, get a fresh perspective and be more effective.</p> <p><em><strong>How do relax? Are you incorporating these activities into your week?</strong></em><br /> Take a break for a walk, listening to music, reading or watching a movie - Taking yourself away from the search completing will help manage your energy and stress level.</p> <p>Spend some time on a hobby - By distracting yourself with an unrelated topic or activity, you can allow our brain to process and organize your thoughts on another topic.</p> <p>Learn something new about your field - Sometimes a presentation or discussion on a related topic can give you new insight about what you are doing and how you are doing it.</p> <p>Using a balanced approach to your transition makes the time you are focused on transition activities more effective. Use this renewed energy or new perspective to then reengage with your search.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 30 Jul 2013 09:00 CST How To Ask For A Raise http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=588 <p>Asking for a raise can be a difficult subject to discuss with your boss. The best way to approach this subject is to think about, in advance, how much of a raise you reasonably feel you deserve along with why you feel you deserve it. The &quot;why&quot; involves having the evidence or knowing what your accomplishments have been. Then go into the meeting armed with your stories of accomplishments to prove why you deserve the raise. Showing your supervisor, for example, how much revenue you generated or how much you saved the company by streamlining processes will support your ask. It always helps to keep a file of all of your accomplishments so when you need it, you can support what you are saying with evidence.</p> <p>For worksheets to help you draft your accomplishments, visit the Career &ldquo;Identifying Transferable Skills&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Career Choice&rdquo; tab located in the Virtual Career Center.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 25 Jul 2013 12:36 CST Get it Delivered! http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=589 <center> <p><strong><big>Learn about career Webinars and networking events for alumni.</big></strong></p> <p><strong><big>Get the information delivered to your desktop.</big></strong></p> <p><big>Login to the UIAA Virtual Career Center and subscribe to the monthly newsletter, </big><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org"><big>www.uiaacareers.org</big></a><big>.</big></p> </center> Julie Bartimus Tue 23 Jul 2013 09:17 CST Resources for Launching and Managing LinkedIn Company Pages http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=587 <p>Alumni that registered for a Webinar on marketing your personal brand through Linkedin were also interested in utilizing Linkedin's Company pages to promote their small businesses. As in managing your personal Linkedin page and activity, managing a company page falls into two categories: Operations and Strategy.</p> <p>Operations focus on the functional aspect of how to start a page, utilizing all the features and managing the page moving forward. For more information on the operational aspects of using the Linkedin's company pages, visit &quot;<a href="http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1561">Company Pages FAQ's</a>&quot; on LinkedIn.</p> <p>Strategy focuses on knowing your audience and crafting your story so it is compelling and engaging to your targeted audience. For tips on crafting a compelling company story and building followers, review the Linkedin presentation &quot;<a href="http://help.linkedin.com/ci/fattach/get/2298078/0/filename/LinkedInCompanyPages.pdf">Relationships That Drive results: 5 Steps to Engaging Followers on LinkedIn (PDF)</a>&quot;.</p> <p>For additional resources related to starting and growing your own business, you can visit the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>. The &quot;Entrepreneurs &amp; Small Businesses&quot; page is available under the &quot;Career Choice&quot; tab. Alumni do need to register and be logged into the site to see page content.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 18 Jul 2013 09:31 CST How can you leave a job with dignity? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=586 <p><strong><big>An alumna recently asked, &quot;How can you leave a job with dignity?&quot;</big></strong></p> <p>An actor in a movie will cause a scene and have the audience laughing and shouting encouragement. Real life is much different, but how you leave is a consideration everyone will have to make.</p> <p><strong><big>How do we leave a job with dignity, professionalism and grace? <br /> </big><em><big>You can choose how you act.</big></em></strong></p> <p>If you decide to leave:</p> <ul> <li>Ask your manager for a brief meeting and suggest a convenient time to meet privately.</li> <li>Practice your verbal resignation with a friend if needed. Remember, this is an important business conversation, not an emotional one. It's understandable to feel anxious, but keep everything professional.</li> <li>Put your resignation in writing and address it to your manager. This is simply a brief confirmation of your conversation.</li> <li>Give at least two weeks' notice.</li> <li>Contemplate your current work and be ready to discuss what you'll be able to complete, and suggest how you can transition unfinished work to others.</li> <li>Bring your letter of resignation to the transition meeting and leave it with your manager.</li> <li>You'll likely need a reference from your manager in the future, so focus your verbal and written resignation on positive aspects of your tenure, such as what you have learned and the career progress you've made. Express your thanks for having had the opportunity to work with your team and organization.</li> <li>Select a date for your final day of work. Within some companies it's possible you'll be asked to leave earlier, due to concern about computer access and sensitive or confidential information that former employees should not have admission to. This is a common occurrence and is not about you personally.</li> </ul> <p>It's not necessary to relate where you'll be working next, though if no hard feelings exist from either party, such an admission is often looked upon by your former employer as a positive step for your personal career growth.</p> <p>For more information, visit the &quot;When to Leave Your Job/How to Resign&quot; page of the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>. You will need to be registered and logged in to see the page content.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 16 Jul 2013 14:49 CST Ask the Expert @ a Second Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=581 <p><strong>Question: How should I prepare for a second (or third) interview?</strong></p> <p><strong>Answer</strong>: Congratulations! You have advanced in the interview process, so rest assured that your prospective employer has real interest in you. Clearly, you can do the job. The question now becomes whether you are the best candidate for the role and the team. With this in mind, your preparation and presentation will be critical. Given that we still are in en employer&rsquo;s market, you must assume that the competition will be fierce at this stage.</p> <p>First, reflect on the high-priority topics and core competencies discussed during your initial interview. Next, be prepared to answer questions designed to reveal more of your in-depth experience. Concentrate on effectively articulating &ndash; in detail, from beginning to end &ndash; your involvement in specific projects and new initiatives. Also, be open about the challenges you faced and minor mistakes you made along the way, including what you learned from those experiences. These details and the relevance of your responses will ultimately determine if an employer chooses you over the competition.</p> <p>A few more things to remember: Make sure you review current company news, prepare questions that reflect your personal and professional concerns, and allow the employer to initiate any talk of salary, benefits and vacation.</p> <p><em>Guest column expert <strong>Bill Stratton</strong> &rsquo;85 LAS (UI) is co-founder and partner at White, Roberts &amp; Stratton, a Chicago-area executive search firm. He also serves on the Alumni Career Center Advisory Committee and the UI Alumni Association Board of Directors. </em></p> <p>This article originally appeared in the Summer 2013<em> Illinois Alumni </em>and <em>UIC&nbsp;Alumni </em>magazines</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 11 Jul 2013 09:00 CST Participate in the Alumni Career Center's Summer Webinars http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=582 <p>Experienced professionals, new graduates, and managers in between will find something of interest in this quarters Webinars. Check out our upcoming Summer Webinar topics to see how you can build your brand, develop professionally, and effectively implement a job search strategy.</p> <p><strong>Register for the July 18 Webinar &quot;LinkedIn as a Branding and Professional Development Tool.&quot;</strong> <br /> As the world's largest business networking site and database with 225 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe, LinkedIn is specifically designed for professional networking and branding, career management, discovering sales leads, gaining business intelligence, collaborating on a project, researching company information, finding a job, and forming and connecting with potential business partners. This Webinar will focus on using established and new LinkedIn features and functions to brand yourself and further develop professionally.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy91">Register</a> for this and other upcoming Summer programs.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 9 Jul 2013 09:00 CST Happy Fourth of July http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=583 Julie Bartimus Thu 4 Jul 2013 09:00 CST Terrible Interview Questions To Ask An Employer http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=563 <p>Alumni&nbsp;will frequently ask me during advising what types of questions they should ask during an interview. There are good questions to ask and terrible questions that a job seeker should never ask in an interview. Good types of questions are those that would provide the candidate with a better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the job, as well as, the expectations of the employer or any additional information that would help the candidate to make a more informed decision about fit if offered the position.</p> <p>Terrible interview questions are those related to&hellip;<br /> <strong>1. Salary</strong>- It is best to defer and discuss salary until after an offer is made because then you know they like you and want you. Besides, some say the one who brings up salary first loses.<br /> <strong>2. Benefits, vacation or sick time</strong>- These types of questions are best asked after an offer has been made and during the negotiating process. In fact, a candidate can buy time if waiting for other offers or still interviewing with other employers by asking for a copy of the benefits package. <br /> <strong>3. Who the company is, what its products or services are</strong>- Any questions that could have been answered by doing a little bit of research on the corporate web site should not be asked.<br /> <strong>4.</strong> <strong>Drug testing, credit or reference checks</strong>- As part of a company&rsquo;s background check process, assume they will be conducting some or all of these checks.<br /> <strong>5. Flex time, telecommuting or more specifically, what time you may leave</strong> &ndash; Get the offer first, then begin to discuss and negotiate what you want.<br /> <strong>6. Discounts on any company products or services</strong>- during the interview stage all your questions should focus around the job, your skills, and your fit within the organization.</p> <p>For additional interview resources or help with appropriate types of questions to ask in an interview visit the &ldquo;interview&rdquo; section under &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab or &ldquo;networking&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Building Connections&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/index.html">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 2 Jul 2013 12:29 CST Employer's Top 3 Competencies in a New Hire http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=559 <p><a href="http://www.universumglobal.com/Employer-Branding---Universum/About-Universum">Universum</a> conducts research across the globe annually on students expectation in the world of work.&nbsp; They are a liaison between universities and employers using their research to assist them in better understanding student's needs and wants in an employer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 27 Jun 2013 12:18 CST Google Reader/RSS Alternative http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=580 <p>For those of you reading this blog through Google Reader, you've noticed that Google Reader is going away July 1. If you haven't yet found an alternative to this RSS&nbsp;Reader, I would suggest looking at <a href="http://www.feedly.com">Feedly</a>.</p> <p>Out of the options that I have seen mentioned in the last few weeks, I like how easy it is to import Google Reader subscriptions into Feedly, add new links and view content.</p> <p>I subscribe to various blogs for work and a personal hobby and wanted to share this suggestion. (<em>The UIAA does not have any affiliation with Feedly</em>.)</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 25 Jun 2013 12:36 CST Talking About "Green" Careers with Jon Fisher '01 ACES (UI) '03 ENG (UI) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=575 <p><strong>Jon Fisher '01 ACES (UI) '03 ENG (UI), is a spatial scientist for The Nature Conservancy</strong>. He has studied forestry, environmental biology, stream ecology, environmental engineering and how technology and spatial analysis can improve wildlife management at airports. His current work mostly revolves around spatial analysis, sustainability, and web mapping. He also loves vegan cooking, biking, and finding ways to inject science into everyday life. - See more at: <a href="http://blog.nature.org/science/author/jonfisher/#sthash.91V0Od47.dpuf">http://blog.nature.org/science/author/jonfisher/#sthash.91V0Od47.dpuf</a></p> <p><strong>1. What are your current projects?</strong><br /> I have been working on a variety of projects, most recently including: an analysis of the suitability of planting trees to reduce ozone (in areas where ozone is NOX-limited), publishing the Atlas of Global Conservation in a digital format through a suite of interactive web maps, modeling the economic benefits of floodplains in the Connecticut River, and designing and evaluating metrics of sustainable agriculture.</p> <p><strong>2. How did you get to this point in your career?</strong><br /> After getting my master's degree from the University of Illinois, I worked for my advisor (Ed Herricks) for two years. During that time I expanded my technical skills and applied to many conservation jobs before eventually being hired by The Nature Conservancy into the Measures program. After working for about 6 years in measures, global data management, and working with information systems, I transitioned to a science role where I can do more investigation and analysis.</p> <p><strong>3. Where are the opportunities for growth in this field? OR What trends are you seeing in your industry?</strong><br /> There is an increasing focus on evidence-based conservation. While there are still lots of organizations using a traditional model of protecting beautiful places, there is a broader push to be as efficient as possible with conservation dollars, which means conservationists need to be open to changing their approach and learning new things. There is also a shift to recognizing that people who are interested in protecting nature for its own sake represent an insufficient base for a successful conservation strategy. As a result, most large environmental nonprofits are looking for ways to quantify the benefits that nature provide to people, and to plan for the inclusion of people in working conservation landscapes rather than focusing solely on pristine places.</p> <p><strong>4. What skills, expertise and/or training is needed for your field?</strong><br /> Conservation is a broad field and the skills vary widely. For scientists, in addition to a basic understanding of ecology and related disciplines, it is expected that most scientists should also have technical skills (like basic GIS knowledge and data analysis / management techniques). The new focus on thinking about people also means that many ecologists are having to learn social sciences as well.</p> <p><strong>5. What are your suggestions for candidates looking for a &ldquo;green&rdquo; career?</strong><br /> People specifically interested in working for an environmental nonprofit should focus on building up their skills and expertise, and look for opportunities to volunteer or intern with a nonprofit. Experience with an environmental nonprofit is typically weighted surprisingly high when filling a full-time position; most of my colleagues either began as volunteers with The Nature Conservancy, had experience with other environmental nonprofits, or at least collaborated with an environmental nonprofit as part of their job. Breaking into the field without that can be challenging. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 20 Jun 2013 09:41 CST Talking About "Green" Careers with Jack Pizzo '84 ACES (UI) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=573 <p>Jack Pizzo '84 ACES (UI), President, Senior Ecologist and Principal Landscape Architect with Pizzo &amp; Associates, Ltd.&nbsp;is a leader in professional ecological restoration services for private and public lands. He is passionately committed to the restoration and stewardship of natural areas as well as sustainable landscapes. He established Pizzo &amp; Associates, Ltd. in 1988 to provide a comprehensive array of consulting, contracting and maintenance services as well as to provide native plants through their nursery. Pizzo is an active member of the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA) and a past winner of MELA&rsquo;s Polaris Award for his long-term commitment to sustainable practices.</p> <p><strong>1. What are your current projects?</strong><br /> We have ecosystem restoration projects for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, natural areas management for the Chicago Park District, the Orland Grassland and Indian Ridge Marsh for the Army Corp of Engineers, a bio fuels project with UIUC, ecosystem restoration for the University of Chicago, as well as countless natural areas installation, natural areas management, erosion control, sustainable landscapes, green roofs, and prescribed fire project with cities, villages, park districts, homeowners associations, companies and private landowners throughout the Midwest.</p> <p><strong>2. How did you get to this point in your career?</strong><br /> My family background in horticulture and the education and training at UIUC. I followed a passion for 25 years too. This has never been a job but a career.</p> <p><strong>3. Where are the opportunities for growth in this field? OR What trends are you seeing in your industry?</strong><br /> There are expansive possibilities in this field. We have come to the realization that it is easier to work with the natural world than against it. Ecosystem restoration will solve a whole host of our most common problems: Aesthetics of the landscape in a changing climate, slope and shoreline erosion, carbon sequestration, stormwater management, lower landscape maintenance costs, lower urban heat island effect, increase biodiversity, retain genetic diversity of original species of food crops&hellip;</p> <p><strong>4. What skills, expertise and/or training is needed for your field?</strong><br /> A scientific background is helpful but not necessary. Since we deal with society, culture and politics as part of each project all disciplines are applicable. We all depend upon the environment to eat, breath and live. The most important is passion and a drive to be the best. You have to have a deep seated desire to understand how all of the moving parts work together. The ability to see patterns in people and the landscape really helps. Find people that are inspiring and talk with them. I cannot stop talking about what I do because I love it. I want to inspire people.</p> <p><strong>5. What are your suggestions for candidates looking for a &ldquo;green&rdquo; career?</strong><br /> Realize that you can be sustainable in anything you do. That your passion maybe for something that is intangible such as software or the law but each of them affect the environment in their own way. Also understand that you can be green by supporting green / sustainable initiatives, people and companies. Lastly follow your passion. Attaining a career is work but if you love what you do it is less like a job.</p> <p>I know the world needs lawn, ball fields and fairways but it also needs beautiful and healthy open spaces. This is what they look like.</p> <p><img alt="open space example 1" src="http://www.uiaa.org/media/Pizzo1.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="open space example 2" src="http://www.uiaa.org/media/Pizzo2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="open space example 3" src="http://www.uiaa.org/media/Pizzo3.jpg" /></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 20 Jun 2013 09:14 CST Talking to Others About Their Green Career - Lori Potter '75 LAS '77 LIR (UI) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=567 <p>To continue helping you learn more about options in Green and Sustainability careers, alumna <strong>Lori Potter '75 LAS '77 LIR (UI)</strong> shared information about her career, current projects and advice.</p> <p>Ms. Potter, Partner with&nbsp;Kaplan Kirsch &amp; Rockwell LLP, has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of environmental, public lands, land use, and water law. She has extensive experience with Section 404 permitting, endangered species, NEPA, FLPMA and transportation law issues and local land use regulation. Her practice involves both litigation and counseling. She has practiced in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies across the country. Her practice also includes advice and litigation in the areas of access to information under open records and open meetings laws, administrative law and the public involvement process. Her clients include governmental and quasi-governmental entities, businesses, ranches, citizens' organizations and individuals.</p> <p><strong>Alumni Profile for Green Careers</strong></p> <p><strong>1. What are your current projects?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Permitting for the artist Christo's next project, Over The River, in Colorado</li> <li>Working on conservation projects for a city and a county in Colorado</li> <li>Assisting a ski resort in Utah deal with the legacy of mining and issues caused by mine remains</li> </ul> <p><strong>2. How did you get to this point in your career?</strong><br /> I have worked in a variety of positions to get broad experience, including Legal Aid, clerk to a justice, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, and private practice of law</p> <p><strong>3. Where are the opportunities for growth in this field? OR What trends are you seeing in your industry?</strong><br /> Environmental issues in land use, legislation, public land protection and public sector policymaking are a burgeoning field that is not going away any time soon. State and local government efforts in environmental, land and recreation protection are a particularly strong trend.</p> <p><strong>4. What skills, expertise and/or training is needed for your field?</strong><br /> A law degree, and internships or entry level employment, in this or related fields.</p> <p><strong>5. What are your suggestions for candidates looking for a &ldquo;green&rdquo; career?</strong><br /> Start now. Volunteer or work at an entry level, particularly for environmental NGOs, to learn the issues and players. Do personal reading and research in the issues. Take related courses.</p> <p>Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Potter served as Regional Director of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund's Rocky Mountain Office, handling and supervising high-profile environmental litigation throughout the western states. She was a Fulbright Professor of environmental law in India in 1993 and has taught at the University of Denver College of Law.</p> <p>Ms. Potter's recent practice has involved representation of local governments adopting and enforcing 1041 regulations; trial of a claim to enforce the right to quietude under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act on behalf of the City of Minneapolis; counseling a transportation authority on environmental issues associated with extending its light rail service; and defending a legal challenge to a local government's use of a moratorium during the revision of its comprehensive plan.</p> <p>For a full bio, list of publications and seminars, go to <a href="http://www.kaplankirsch.com/lori_potter.php">www.kaplankirsch.com/lori_potter.php</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 19 Jun 2013 13:41 CST Webinar Recording-What Employers Listen To In An Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=557 <p>On May 16, 2013, the Alumni Career Center hosted one of our more popular webinar panels called, &ldquo;What Employers Listen To In An Interview.&rdquo; Our panelist included:</p> <p>TONY SEVERINO&rsquo;94 ENG (UI), Engineering Manager with kCura<br /> JAKE RICKMON &lsquo;11BUS (UI), Accounting Associate with NDH Group, Ltd<br /> ROHIT PASAM &rsquo;04 ENG (UIC), Founder of Xaptum</p> <p>Our panelists for this program were unique in that they represented small growth companies. Mr. Pasam being a founder of several start-ups. Although there were common themes voiced by each panelist such as being aware of the job and role you are interviewing for, as well as, knowing why you are interested in the company.&nbsp; However, Mr. Pasam, pointed out clear distinctions between the traditional interview process of most employers and that of a start-up. For those who are interested in working for a smaller employer or a start-up, you won&rsquo;t want to miss this webinar, especially Mr. Pasam&rsquo;s discussion.</p> <p>To listen to the webinar recording visit the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>. First time VCC users will have to register (it&rsquo;s free) by clicking on the registration link locate d in the upper left hand corner. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 18 Jun 2013 13:01 CST Talking to Others About Their Green Careers - Abby Hahne '09 MPA (UIS) '07 ACES (UI) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=560 <p>In order to learn more about a profession, it is important to talk to alumni and other colleagues who are working in your area of interest. To help, we include alumni profiles online and in our alumni magazines.</p> <h3>Alumni Profile for Green Careers</h3> <p><strong>Abby Hahne &rsquo;09 MPA (UIS) &rsquo;07 ACES (UI)</strong> is an Environmental Programs Manager for the American Lung Association in Illinois. In this position, she works with a team of environmental staff to develop indoor and outdoor air quality programming for the Upper Midwest Region through grant opportunities and partnerships with various industry stakeholders. Previously, Ms. Hahne worked at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, as a Sustainability Coordinator, where she developed numerous energy saving, recycling, composting, curricular, and related projects and programs to integrate sustainability into North Central student life.</p> <p><strong>1. What are your current projects?</strong><br /> I am currently working with a team of environmental staff on various outdoor and indoor air quality outreach and awareness campaigns. Our team utilizes several marketing, business, and environmental management strategies to establish capital for building and promoting alternative fuel infrastructure, reducing diesel emissions, improving home building standards, encouraging the use of &ldquo;green&rdquo; products, and many other air quality initiatives.</p> <p><strong>2. How did you get to this point in your career?</strong><br /> When I began my education, I initially thought I wanted to be in the field focusing on natural resource management. By the time I graduated, I realized I was more drawn to pollution prevention and sustainability practices. My work with North Central College afforded me the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience to execute the multi-state projects I am currently working on with the American Lung Association in Illinois and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.</p> <p><strong>3. Where are the opportunities for growth in this field? OR What trends are you seeing in your industry?</strong><br /> Over the past several years, focusing on the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) has aided numerous industries (private corporations, municipalities, higher education institutions, etc.) in developing energy, recycling, composting, and alternative transportation initiatives aimed at reducing costs and overall environmental impact. Many are using the notoriety from &ldquo;green&rdquo; project implementation to get the attention of consumers and competitors.</p> <p><strong>4. What are your suggestions for candidates looking for a &ldquo;green&rdquo; career?</strong><br /> There are many different sects within the green industry and it is important to gain a general understanding of the business and policy end of each of these. Becoming educated and networking with other professionals can lead to the niche within the industry that is right for you.</p> <p>Ms. Hahne graduated with a Master&rsquo;s of Arts in Environmental Planning and Management from University of Illinois, Springfield, while working at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Federal Site Remediation Section, and received a Bachelor&rsquo;s of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.</p> <p><strong>Green Careers appear in a wide variety of industries and utilize a broad base of knowledge and skills. You can still register for the June 20 Web-panel to hear from other alumni, &quot;</strong><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm"><strong>Where Can You Work in the World of Green Careers?</strong></a><strong>&quot; </strong></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 13 Jun 2013 08:38 CST Employment Opportunities at the 1871 Tech Hub http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=556 <p><a href="http://tech.co/tour-1871-coworking-space-chicago-2012-05">1871</a> is a collaborative entrepreneurial technology hub located in the Merchandise Mart with 225 start-ups working out of it. Last year they created 800 jobs of which 173 were full-time, 313 were temporary and 205 were internships. These start-ups plan to hire 1,342 people over the next 12 months with 449 anticipated to be full time and 428 anticipated to be temporary.</p> <p>1871 offers tremendous opportunities for experienced professionals, young professionals, as well as, recent graduates trying to gain experience. Depending on the start-up&rsquo;s goals and needs, an experienced professionals, may consider using their strengths or areas of expertise to help the owner further develop and grow their business. For a recent graduate or a new professional who needs to develop skills, a temporary position or internship would be a great way to gain some experience.</p> <p>Temporary positions or internship can always lead to full-time employment, but more importantly, they provide candidates with the visibility to show their skills, abilities and overall competencies to many entrepreneurs in the 1871 hub who might have a job down the line. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 11 Jun 2013 18:20 CST <i>Web-Panel:</i> Where Can You Work In The World of Green Careers? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=562 <p>Are you in transition or contemplating a career change? Would you like your next job to be related to your interest or passion for making the world &quot;greener&quot; or a more &quot;environmentally safe&quot; place to live? If your response to these questions is yes, join us for a panel of representatives from the Green and Sustainability industries discussing where you can work in the world of green careers on Thursday, June 20 from 7-8 PM, Central time. Panelists will present an overview of their work and critical transferable skills needed for a broad array of positions in their industries. Learn how you can leverage and transfer your skills, knowledge and abilities into one of these industries and overcome the challenges of breaking into a new field.</p> <p><strong>Guest panelists:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Ed Choklek</strong> &rsquo;85 ENG (UI), <em>Director of Business Development </em>at <strong>FGM Architects</strong></li> <li><strong>Cynthia Klein-Banai</strong>, Ph.D. &rsquo;10 SPH (UIC), <em>Associate Chancellor for Sustainability</em> at <strong>University of Illinois at Chicago</strong></li> <li><strong>Ajit Vaidya</strong>, P.E. '92 ENG (UI), <em>Section Chief, Remedial&nbsp;Response Section 1, Superfund Division</em> at <strong>Environmental Protection Agency Region 5</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, June 20, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong><br /> <strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm">http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> by calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> by sending an email to the contact email listed below indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, June 19.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 6 Jun 2013 09:00 CST Responding to Interview Questions Assessing Fit http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=553 <p>During an interview, employers are trying to find out &hellip;</p> <p>1. Do you have the skills to do the job<br /> 2. What is it that motivates you <br /> 3. Will you fit within their organization</p> <p>When exploring cultural fit employers look beyond skills and start to assess whether your personality traits or characteristics, values, attitudes and behaviors on the job etc. are similar or compatible with their organization. For example an organization may value and look for integrity in a candidate and ask, &ldquo;Tell me about a time when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?</p> <p>Responding to these types of questions honestly is important because, after all, fit will help to determine if you will be happy and successful in that role and at that company. Preparing a response is two-fold and begins with understanding who you are, what you value and what is important to you followed by researching and understanding who the employer is, what the employer values and what is important to them. Aligning or matching your values to those of the employer's and having the stories that support the employer's values is what your response should focus on.</p> <p>For exercises to help you learn more about yourself visit the &quot;Exploring Career Change and Identifying Transferable Skills&quot; sections under the &quot;Career Choice&quot; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center.<br /> </a></p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 4 Jun 2013 08:39 CST Responding to Interview Questions Focused on Motivation http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=555 <p>During an interview, employers are trying to find out &hellip;<br /> 1. Do you have the skills to do the job<br /> 2. What is it that motivates you <br /> 3. Will you fit within their organization</p> <p>Research has shown that a candidate who likes and is interested in what they do, are more likely to perform better on the job. To find out what motivates a candidate, an employer will ask questions such as, &ldquo;What did you like or dislike about your previous job?&rdquo; or &ldquo;What would you change in your previous job?&rdquo; These types of questions provide the employer with insight into what the candidate enjoys doing and what the candidate&rsquo;s preferences are. For example, what is the candidate&rsquo;s orientation to working in teams, working with numbers, taking on risk, or interacting with people.</p> <p>Responding to these types of questions honestly is important because, after all, finding a job that you will enjoy and be happy in will ultimately help you to preform better and ultimately be more successful in that role and at that company. Preparing a response is two-fold and begins with understanding what you value and what is important to you followed by reviewing the job description and understanding what is needed for the position. If what is needed for the position matches what is important or valued by the candidate, then the candidate may be a good person for that job.</p> <p>For exercises to help you learn more about yourself visit the &quot;Exploring Career Change and Identifying Transferable Skills&quot; sections under the &quot;Career Choice&quot; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 30 May 2013 08:52 CST Learn Though MOOC's http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=552 <p>The University of Illinois recently started offering MOOC's, or massive open online courses, through Coursera. These are great ways to be introduced to a topic, learn something new, or refresh your memory.</p> <p>You can start here, <a href="http://www.coursera.org/illinois">www.coursera.org/illinois</a>, to review the MOOC's offered by Illinois or click &quot;Explore Courses&quot; to see offerings from other institutions.</p> <p>From more information about MOOC's:</p> <ul> <li>Jump Start Your Career with MOOCs, Vault Blog post from January 14, 2013, <a href="http://blogs.vault.com/blog/job-search/jump-start-your-career-with-moocs/">http://blogs.vault.com/blog/job-search/jump-start-your-career-with-moocs/</a></li> <li>Wikipedia article:&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course</a></li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Tue 28 May 2013 13:09 CST Networking Tips http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=547 <p><strong>Do:<br /> 1. Start somewhere</strong></p> <ul> <li>The information you learn through networking will help you make better decisions and more effectively market yourself to employers.</li> <li>Networking and referrals are two of a recruiter&rsquo;s most effective tools for recruiting qualified candidates. You are building your network so it intersects with theirs.</li> <li>If your networking targets are using social media or networking at events, you should also use these opportunities.</li> </ul> <p><strong>2. Create a focused brand</strong><br /> Decide how you wish to be known and use language to help communicate this brand.</p> <p><strong>3. Connect with others</strong><br /> Tailor your requests to connect. Don&rsquo;t use the default language on social networking sites.</p> <p><strong>4. Connect to groups</strong></p> <p><strong>5. Start and contribute to conversations</strong></p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t<br /> 1. Spam</strong><br /> Over usage of email or online posts may cause people you are trying to connect with to back off instead.</p> <p><strong>2. Flame</strong><br /> Don&rsquo;t critique or belittle.</p> <p><strong>3. Be unfiltered</strong><br /> Use your privacy settings to control who in your network or outside your network sees you social media profiles and posts. Consider how a post will reflect on your professionally before posting. A sales rep posting, &ldquo;I am really sick of my clients,&rdquo; may lose those clients or their job.</p> <p><strong>4. Stay in cyberspace</strong></p> <ul> <li>Talk to you contact in real time and meet with them in person to build a stronger rapport and have a real conversation.</li> <li>Go to professional meetings with your sound byte</li> <li>Network at social gathering with your sound byte</li> <li>Ask people outside of cyberspace how they are connecting with colleagues.</li> </ul> <p><strong>5. Break confidentiality or policies</strong><br /> Companies are paying greater attention to social media usage on company equipment and on company property. Even personal equipment utilizing the company&rsquo;s Wi-Fi can be monitored. Don&rsquo;t share company &ldquo;secrets&rdquo;. If you are not sure what is appropriate to share, talk to your boss.</p> <p>To networking with other University of Illinois alumni, go to the <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/directory.html">UIAA Alumni Directory</a>.</p> <p><strong>For more tips and resources related to networking, visit to <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a> topics under the &ldquo;Building Connections&rdquo; tab.</strong></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 23 May 2013 09:00 CST Coming Attraction (Part 2of2): LinkedIn Introducing LinkedIn Contacts http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=551 <p>For those of you looking for ways to organize and manage your networking contacts, you may want to check out LinkedIn Contacts as it debuts in the coming weeks.</p> <p>For a brief introduction and slideshow, read the <a href="http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/04/25/introducing-the-new-linkedin-contacts-a-smarter-way-to-stay-in-touch-slideshow/">April 25 LinkedIn Blog post</a>.</p> <p>If you review the product and/or decide to use it, we would love to hear your comments. You can click the comment link below or email us at <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 21 May 2013 09:54 CST 2nd Alumni Connections After 5 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=558 <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center invites alumni to join us at the 2nd Alumni Connections After 5 networking event. Alumni Connections After 5 is designed to provide University of Illinois professionals an opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni and create new professional connections on your way home from work.</p> <p>Join us on...<br /> When: Thursday, June 13th<br /> Where: Orange &amp; Blue room, Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago<br /> Time: 5-7 pm</p> <p>Space is limited. REGISTER EARLY to be GUARNATEED ENTRANCE and save! For more details or to register click on <a href="http://tinyurl.com/Alumni-Connections-After-5">http://tinyurl.com/Alumni-Connections-After-5</a> !</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget your business cards!<br /> Sponsored by The University of Illinois Alumni Association&rsquo;s Alumni Career Center.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 21 May 2013 09:42 CST Coming Attraction (Part 1of2): LinkedIn adding Professional Portfolio Feature http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=550 <p>If you have been looking for a way to make portfolio artifacts available online, LinkedIn is rolling out a new functionality to would allow you to add visual content to different sections of your profile. This would give you an easy option versus building your own web page.</p> <p>The <a href="http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/05/01/visually-enhance-your-professional-story-on-your-linkedin-profile/">May 1, 2013 LinkedIn Blog post</a> has two slideshows, an introduction to Professional Portfolios and examples of how it could be used.</p> <p>This functionality will not be relevant for anyone. You need to consider which tangible artifacts of your work you have, which you can share without breaking confidentiality agreements, which are relevant to your next career step and which are visually appealing. For more tips and resources related to identifying and showcasing portfolio examples, review the &quot;Other Tools&quot; link under the &quot;Search Tools&quot; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> <p>If you review the product and/or decide to use it, we would love to hear your comments. You can click the comment link below or email us at <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 16 May 2013 09:51 CST "What Employers Listen for in Your Interview" web-panel http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=554 <p>Participate in our upcoming web-panel, <strong>&quot;What Employers Listen for in Your Interview&quot;</strong> on <strong>Thursday, May 16 from 7-8 PM, Central time</strong>. Our panelists will share experience-based information about interviewing formats, and why companies conduct interviews the way they do. Learn about the challenges interviewers face as they talk with leading candidates and make the best hire &ndash; a new employee who can do the job, will do the job, and will work well with the rest of team. Add with these insights and tips &lsquo;from the other side of the desk&rsquo; to your preparation and deliver a targeted, well-constructed message.</p> <p><strong>Guest Panelists:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>TONY SEVERINO</strong>&rsquo;94 ENG (UI), <em>Engineering Manager</em>, kCura</li> <li><strong>JAKE RICKMON</strong> &lsquo;11BUS (UI), <em>Accounting Associate</em>, NDH Group, Ltd</li> <li><strong>ROHIT PASAM</strong> MS &rsquo;04 ENG (UIC), <em>Founder</em>, Xaptum</li> </ul> <p><strong>You have the option of attending onsite at the Illini Center at 200 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago to network with fellow alumni and the panelists.</strong> If you are attending at the downtown Chicago Illini Center arrive at 6:30, to network! Bring your soundbyte and your handbill and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information from 6:30 until the program begins at 7 p.m. To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the &quot;Networking&quot; topic in the ACC's <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">Virtual Career Center</a>. If you are a first time user in the Virtual Career Center, please register through the link located at the top most left corner.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for Friends of Alumni is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone all by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, May 16, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm">http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to the contact email listed below indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend.</p> <p>Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, May 15.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 14 May 2013 09:00 CST Browse LinkedIn Networks Through Circle Graph http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=549 <p>LinkedIn added a new feature that visually represents an individuals network through circles. It appears in the far right column of an individuals profile. You can view your own circle graph from LinkedIn.com by clicking on &quot;View Profile&quot; from the &quot;Profile&quot; tab.</p> <p>You can view the summary by company, school, location, industry or skill.</p> <p>You can explore your own network or someone else's by clicking on the individual circles.</p> <p>1. Analyze your own network. Do your circles represent your targeted companies and industries or do you need to develop those targeted areas further?</p> <p>2. Explore your connections' networks to more easily identify potential connections by company, school, location, industry or skill.</p> <p><em>If you don't see this feature in your profile yet, it may not be completely rolled out yet. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 9 May 2013 10:35 CST Recognizing Unsolicited Endorsements and Recommendations http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=542 <p>An alumnus recently asked this question.</p> <p><em><strong>Q ~ A former colleague 'endorsed' me on LinkedIn citing some work experience. What's the proper way to respond to/acknowledge this recommendation?</strong></em></p> <p>A ~ Since this question used the terms endorsements and recommendations, I'll first describe both for those of you that are not as familiar with LinkedIn and then comment about acknowledging the colleague.</p> <p>Endorsements - A fairly recent addition to LinkedIn is the ability of anyone to endorse you for skills you've listed or other skills they believe you have. With a quick click of a button, a connection can recognize your skills.&nbsp; While these endorsements don't take the person a lot of time, they can provide a good excuse for getting back in touch with someone. But, it is not necessary to acknowledge every endorsement or to reciprocate.</p> <p>Recommendations - This longer statement is typically closer to a reference letter and can provide deeper descriptions of strengths or descriptions of experience. These do take more thought and time to write. Whether the recommendation is solicited or unsolicited, I would send the person a note or call them to thank them for their time and complimentary thoughts. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 7 May 2013 00:00 CST Responding To Off The Wall Interview Questions http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=546 <p>When advising alumni, I have occasionally been asked how to respond to strange, off the wall interview questions that are totally unrelated to the job such as, If you could be any animal, which one would you be?.</p> <p>There is no right or wrong answer when responding to these types of psychological questions. However the intent of these questions, is to see how quickly you can think on your feet or to see how creative you are or to see how well you react when under pressure. How you respond might also provide the employer with some insight into how you see yourself. The key to responding to these questions is to remain calm, think through your answer, and respond with a positive concise response. In your response, incorporate important relevant traits, qualities or values you possess that can be related back to what is needed for the particular job you are interviewing for.</p> <p>For example, let&rsquo;s say you are interviewing for a job that has high visibility with clients and key stakeholders, and it requires building relationships, a high degree of professionalism and customer service. A response to the above question, might be a giraffe. I picked a giraffe because they are an animal that is always calm, cool and collect. They seem to always make you feel at ease around them. Their long necks allow them to easily gather things, see and be aware of everything that is going on around them. As they walk around their environment, they are very graceful and professional and command a presence of respect. Yet,&nbsp; when they detect a concern they are still in control and able to quickly dash off.</p> <p>To explore more on interviewing, go to the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 2 May 2013 08:53 CST Alumni invited to apply for Fulbright U.S. Student Program http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=540 <p><strong>The National and International Scholarships Program has scheduled a 90-minute workshop focusing on U.S. student Fulbright grants for Thursday, May 2 from 3:30-5:00 in room 66 of the Library (enter down the stairs from Wright Street, Urbana campus)</strong>. The workshop will include advice from recent Illinois Fulbright recipients. The session is targeted to recent Illinois graduates who wish to explore opportunities available under a Fulbright and ready materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of July 1, 2013.</p> <p>These scholarships support U.S. citizens for one year of study or research in any country where there is a Fulbright Commission. English teaching programs (some with minimal to no foreign language or teaching experience necessary) also are available. Students must begin working on their applications this summer to apply for funding for study, teaching, or research beginning in fall 2014. We anticipate more than a dozen University of Illinois students being offered Fulbright grants. <a href="http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/fulbright.html"><strong>Click here</strong></a><strong> for further information about applying for a Fulbright grant from Illinois.</strong></p> <p><strong>General Information regarding the Fulbright</strong></p> <p>For over 60 years, the federal government-sponsored Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research, and teach in other countries. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development. <br /> <br /> The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,700 grants annually and currently operates in 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available to more than 65 countries. Fulbright grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage and full or partial tuition.<br /> <br /> Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor&rsquo;s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program does not require applicants to be currently enrolled in a college or university. Applications from young professionals interested in an international experience are also encouraged.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 1 May 2013 09:00 CST Join Us At Alumni Connections After Five http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=548 <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center invites alumni to join us at our first Alumni Connections After Five networking event. Alumni Connections After Five is designed to provide University of Illinois professionals, from our 3 campuses (UIC, UIUC &amp; UIS) an opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni and create new professional connections along the way.</p> <p><strong>Two networking events are scheduled. Join us at one or both on...</strong></p> <p>When: Thursday, May 9th <strong>and</strong> Thursday, June 13th <br /> Where: Orange &amp; Blue room, Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago<br /> Time: 5-7 pm</p> <p>For more details or to register early or and save click on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cvent.com/events/alumni-connection-after-five/event-summary-efd196d580774e4caca80f493d4b9b93.aspx?i=194bdd52-8955-4460-9518-af8e1ba3a1fc">http://tinyurl.com/Alumni-Connections-After-5 </a>!</p> <p>Spread the news with your fellow alumni friends and join us at our first Alumni Connections After Five! Don&rsquo;t forget your business cards!</p> <p>Sponsored by The University of Illinois Alumni Association&rsquo;s Alumni Career Center<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 30 Apr 2013 09:51 CST Should "References Available Upon Request" Be Included On A Resume? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=545 <p>The question, Should references available upon request be included on a resume?,&nbsp; was a discussion in a LinkedIn group recently. The general consensus among all the career professionals who responded was no and I would agree. It is assumed that a candidate will have to provide a list of references at some point in the hiring process. Therefore, don't waste the space on your resume.</p> <p>Do have your list of referenced ready. On a separate sheet of paper list your professional references including their name, title, email address and telephone number at a minimum. I always recommend listing their relationship to you, for example, supervisor or client, etc. Always ask the person to be a reference and make sure that you have received their permission to use their name!</p> <p>REFERENCES PAGE SAMPLE<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 160px;">YOUR NAME (Centered on page)<br /> PHONE / E-MAIL (Centered on page)</p> <p style="margin-left: 160px;">REFERENCES (Centered on page)</p> <p>William Jones<br /> Director of Marketing, ABC Enterprises<br /> 123 Main Street<br /> Main Town, State 00000<br /> (312) 234-5678<br /> william.jones@abc.com</p> <p>[Your list of references continues]<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;For additional information about what you should do with your references, please go to &ldquo;references&rdquo; in the &ldquo;Search Tools&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/"><strong>Virtual Career Center</strong></a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 25 Apr 2013 13:41 CST Workshop: Identifying and Demonstrating Your Strengths http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=538 <p><strong>May 10, 2013 at 9-11 am</strong></p> <p>The session will explore attendees&rsquo; strengths as identified through the Strengths-Based Leadership assessment. Using their leadership themes (executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking), attendees will discuss past experiences and accomplishments. The session will provide strategies for matching personal strengths with those sought by prospective employers and for marketing strengths and accomplishments as part of overall career management efforts or specifically during a career transition.</p> <p><strong>This program is only available to the first 30 registrants. Onsite only at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago. The $35 fee covers the cost of the book and the materials for University of Illinois alumni and $45 for University of Illinois non-alumni guest.</strong></p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Monday, April 29, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/lcqvxn/4W">http://www.cvent.com/d/lcqvxn/4W</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials will be handed out during the workshop.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Annual and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 23 Apr 2013 09:00 CST Networks Start With One Person [INFOGRAPHIC] http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=541 <p>Originally posted in November of 2011, this graphic is still true today.</p> <p><img width="600" src="http://www.uiaa.org/media/NetworkingInfographic.jpg" alt="Networking Infographic: Key questions build a network. You talk to one person. They connect you with new people who will connect you with other, and so on..." /></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 18 Apr 2013 14:05 CST Webinar: You Won't Get Unless You Ask! Negotiating Compensation and Perquisites http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=539 <p><strong>April 25 at 7pm </strong>(central)</p> <p>Whether you're just starting a job search, or expecting an offer next week, you're probably thinking about enhancing the salary and benefits package through negotiating. You may have gotten different advice about negotiating, maybe you don't like talking about money, or are afraid to negotiate at all, for fear the offer may be pulled away. You may also be wondering if you can get the four weeks of vacation you presently enjoy in your current position.</p> <p>Join career management consultant <strong>Jim Kacena</strong>, who will help you recognize your professional worth and your worth to an organization - key points for negotiating. Jim will give you a framework for the interactions around salary and negotiation, including how to respond to discussions of money early in the screening and interviewing process.</p> <p>Jim Kacena is a career management consultant with over 30 years' experience and has worked with over 4,000 individuals in career transition, career development and executive coaching. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.</p> <p><strong>This webinar includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, April 25, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm">http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR</p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 24.</p> <p><br /> Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership">Annual and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 16 Apr 2013 09:00 CST Resources to Maintain Your Employability http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=537 <p>I frequently read and hear employers discuss how many of the young professionals in the workforce today lack the soft skills required to perform effectively on their job. <em> Wikipedia defines soft skills as personal attributes that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects. Unlike hard skills, which are about a person's skill set and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity, soft skills relate to a person's ability to interact effectively with coworkers and customers and are broadly applicable both in and outside the workplace. </em>Some of the critical soft skills employers look for in candidates include communication skills, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution and negotiation, creative problem solving, strategic thinking, team building and influencing skills.</p> <p>While some employers may offer professional development classes, many do not and they can be costly. Taking ownership of your professional development and paying for a class(es) to help improve your proficiency in a soft skill(s) is a long term benefit that may help to maintain your employability.&nbsp;</p> <p>The following training organizations mentioned are not meant to be endorsements, but resources to explore. Consider soft skill training offered through professional associations, such as the American Marketing Association or organizations that specialize in training, such as SkillSoft, or a company that may offer outside training, such as the Disney Institute or your alumni association. The UIAA Alumni Career Center is offering a seminar called <a href="https://www.uiaa.org/calendar/index.asp?v=day&amp;d=5/10/2013">Marketing Yourself Using The Strengths-Based Leadership Assessment </a>on May 10th. Seats are still available and registration and detail can be found in the <a href="https://www.uiaa.org/calendar/">UIAA Calendar</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 11 Apr 2013 11:30 CST Popular Mobile Apps http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=523 <p>Mobile apps are used by many people. Their usefulness depends on the user.&nbsp; However, a recent Wallstreet Journal Article titled, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324662404578332564063985522.html">Prominent Names Share Some of Their Favorite Apps</a>, published some popular apps. In addition to the social media aps for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, some other popular apps used for professional or personal purposes include:</p> <p><a href="https://evernote.com/"><strong>Evernote</strong></a> or <a href="http://www.notetakerhd.com/"><strong>Note Taker HD</strong></a> for note taking, <a href="http://www.boardbooks.com/"><strong>Diligent</strong></a> is a safe, secure ap used to send board meeting books to board members. If you are a shopper and want to find the same item for the best price <strong><a href="http://shopping.popsugar.com/">PopSugar Shopping</a> </strong>or <a href="http://redlaser.com/"><strong>Red Laser</strong></a>. <a href="http://vine.co/"><strong>Vine</strong></a> was mentioned if you enjoy sharing short videos through Twitter and <a href="https://www.uber.com/cities/chicago#"><strong>Uber</strong></a> is an alternative to calling or flagging a taxi.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 9 Apr 2013 14:08 CST Crafting A Cover Letter http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=532 <p>About half of the recruiters, if asked if they read cover letters, would say they read them. For this reason, the staff at the Alumni Career Center recommends using a cover letter when applying to a job. A cover letter can be a great way for the candidate to tell the employer why they can make a difference in the position or tell the employer something that is not in their resume that may influence the recruiter to schedule an interview.</p> <p>A cover letter should be three to four brief concise paragraphs targeting the position using keywords and phrases. The first paragraph tells the employer why you are interested in their position and their company. The second paragraph highlights your skills and accomplishments relative to the qualifications listed in the job description. The third or optional paragraph may state additional relevant information such as memberships to professional associations or any types of leadership roles that may make a difference, etc. The last paragraph should reiterate your interest in the position, requests an interview to further discuss your skills and mentions how the employer can contact you.</p> <p>To view a sample of cover letters, go to the &ldquo;<strong>Search Tools</strong>&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 4 Apr 2013 15:03 CST New Webinar Topic: Are you a Reluctant Networker? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=535 <p>Are you unexcited about networking? Do you avoid professional meetings? Have you set up a LinkedIn profile, but have not actually built your network yet? Since networking is one of the most effective ways to conduct a job search and build your career, we will explore ways to use your talents, preferences and strengths to build and utilize a professional network. You will build a better understanding of your reluctance and identify ways to make networking interesting and less daunting. This session isn&rsquo;t for the networking pro; this session is geared for the networking avoider.</p> <p><strong>Register by</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm">http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqvzm</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3) </strong>sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 24.</p> <p><br /> Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Annual and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 2 Apr 2013 09:00 CST Quick Web Interview Review Project http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=531 <p>University of Illinois alumni from the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana campuses are invited to participate in the &ldquo;Quick Web Interview Review Project&rdquo;. The first 20 alumni who send a short 60 second video clip to <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &ldquo;Quick Web Interview Review&rdquo; in the subject line will receive a quick review. The video clip should contain your interview-ready response to the prompt, &ldquo;Tell me about yourself.&rdquo; Alumni should also include in the email a description of their career goals including their targeted industry, function and position level.</p> <p>The 3-Point web interview review will rate the following:</p> <ul> <li>Point 1: First Impressions (professional appearance of you and your environment, lighting, enthusiastic and engaging)</li> <li>Point 2: Interview Content (targeted, concise, and compelling)</li> <li>Point 3: Interview Skills (eye content, body language, tone of voice)</li> </ul> <p>Each area will be rated between 1=needs improvement and 5=excellent.</p> <p>A review sheet will be sent back to each alumnus with an indication of whether the web interview clip needs to be improved, how to improve the response or whether a more detailed review by a career adviser will be needed. Clips will be inspected by Client Contact and Office Operations Specialist Rosahlee Solomon and the inspection sheets reviewed by Vice President Julie L. Bartimus before being returned</p> <p>The sender must be an alumnus from a University of Illinois campus (Chicago, Springfield or Urbana)</p> <p>For those of you who already know that you need more than a quick web interview review, visit the UIAA Virtual Career Center for advice and tips, <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>.</p> <p>For tips specific to Web Interviews, alumni should also review the &ldquo;Presenting Yourself Well on a Web Interview&rdquo; recording posted to the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152">Webinar Archive</a> in the UIAA Virtual Career Center. The presenter responded to questions and concerns dealing with...How do you dress?, Is it ok to use a headset/microphone?, What is the best environment for a Skype interview? and many more.</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 28 Mar 2013 09:00 CST Inspiration and Life Lessons from Other Entrepreneurs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=536 <p>When you are considering the next step in your career path, it is important to listen to the stories of others. They can inspire you, they can advise you, they can speak to you and help you on your way.</p> <p><strong>In the Spring Illinois Alumni Magazine, Mary Timmons wrote </strong><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/illinois/news/blog/index.asp?id=524"><strong>The Aha Moments</strong></a><strong> about several entrepreneurs who can inspire you</strong><br /> <em>Like all good entrepreneurs, Illinois students and young alumni are finding new niches and introducing innovative products ranging from low-cost prosthetics to protein dispensers</em></p> <p><strong>In March, three alumni participated in the web-panel discussion, &quot;</strong><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152#Entrepreneurial3"><strong>Exploring Entrepreneurial Career Paths</strong></a><strong>&quot;</strong><br /> <em>Have you thought about owning your own business? Are you curious about different self-employment possibilities? The future of careers and income opportunities in America is shifting toward small companies and having an entrepreneurial mindset. This only reinforces the well-known fact that small business has been the driving force of the economy prior to and during the Great Recession&rsquo;s rebound. Our panelists will present expert advice and relate their experiences to help you learn more about what it&rsquo;s like to decide on self-employment, and then to develop and execute a plan. You&rsquo;ll hear from alumni in different who are self-employed, independent contractors and small business owners and an adviser to prospective entrepreneurs. We'll have time for questions, from the on-site and virtual audience.</em> Use the link to listen (*) to panelists:</p> <ul> <li>Lema Khorshid &rsquo;01 BUS (UI) Attorney with, Fuka Khorshid, LLC and member of UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Advisory Council</li> <li>Wilbur C. Milhouse III &rsquo;94 &rsquo;95 ENG (UI), President &amp; CEO of Milhouse Engineering &amp; Construction</li> <li>Keith Wakeman &rsquo;88 MBA (UIC), Founder &amp; President, Cherry Street Innovation and Head of Strategy, Ardmore Institute of Health</li> </ul> <p>* The recording is available through the UIAA Virtual Career Center. You will need to be registered with the site and logged in to access the content.</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 25 Mar 2013 15:40 CST Join U of I Alumni and Students in Springfield http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=534 <p><big><strong>University of Illinois Day at the Capitol and Alumni in Government Reception<br /> </strong></big></p> <p><big><strong>Wednesday, April 10, 2013</strong></big></p> <p><strong>UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS DAY AT THE CAPITOL</strong><br /> Join fellow alumni, students, staff and friends as they head to the capitol in Springfield to speak out in support of the University of Illinois. Participants will be briefed by Alumni Association and University leaders, and then will meet with their districts&rsquo; legislators and staff. The state legislature's decisions will impact the future of the University of Illinois, so it&rsquo;s important that your elected officials hear from you.</p> <p>You can make a difference! We hope you will join us on this important trip.<br /> <a href="http://www.ic.uillinois.edu/lobbyday">www.ic.uillinois.edu/lobbyday</a></p> <p><strong>ALUMNI IN GOVERNMENT RECEPTION</strong><br /> Join U of I leaders, alumni and friends working in the Illinois General Assembly or public policy-related fields.</p> <p>Network with University leaders, meet fellow alumni from the University&rsquo;s three campuses and learn about the Alumni Association&rsquo;s advocacy efforts.<br /> <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/1cqfkl/1Q">http://www.cvent.com/d/1cqfkl/1Q</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:00 CST Health & Science Career Expo http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=533 <p>Sponsored by UIC's Office of Career Services / School of Public Health / Student Employment Office / Urban Health Program.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> April 4, 2013<br /> <strong>Time</strong>: 10 am to 3 pm<br /> <strong>Where: </strong>Student Center West, Thompson Rooms<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 828 S. Wolcot Ave.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago, IL</p> <p>Free For all three campuses of University of Illinois students and alumni. Current students must have a valid i-Card for entry. $10 for non-UI participants.</p> <p><strong>For more information visit </strong><a href="http://careerfairs.ocs.uic.edu"><strong>careerfairs.ocs.uic.edu</strong></a></p> Bernice Allegretti Mon 18 Mar 2013 15:12 CST Uncubed Recruiting Event For Start-Ups http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=527 <p>Uncubed isn't a job fair. Nobody likes job fairs. Uncubed is the most exciting recruiting event in the country and this April we're gathering up Chicago's most promising companies and mashing them together with a smart group of attendees (students, grads &amp; experienced talent alike).</p> <p>Uncubed is a platform for companies to showcase in a fun and interactive environment, with speakers, music, &amp; games that draw experienced talent out of their cubes and graduates looking for more exciting/rewarding careers.</p> <p><strong>Thursday, April 4th, 2013<br /> The River East Art Center<br /> 435 East Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611</strong></p> <p>Attendees can register online at <a href="http://chicago.getuncubed.com/">http://chicago.getuncubed.com/</a></p> <p>Uncubed in partnership with Illinois Technology Association<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 14 Mar 2013 10:27 CST Government and Non-profit Career Information Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=522 <p>The University of Illinois Alumni Association and several other Chicago area universities is hosting the Government and Non-profit Career Information Fair.</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday, April 09, 2013<br /> <strong>where:</strong> DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student Center Room 120<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2250 N. Sheffield<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago, IL<br /> <strong>Time: </strong>11am - 3pm</p> <p><strong>FREE ADMISSION</strong> and no pre-registration required for University of Illinois students and alumni. Job-seekers who are not affiliated with a participating school may attend for a $5 entry fee.</p> <p>Be prepared to show your Illinois ID<br /> Dress for success<br /> Bring plenty of resumes!</p> <p><strong>Visit the following link for a listing of registered employers:&nbsp; </strong><a href="http://depaul.experience.com/stu/cf_registered_employers?fhnd=6136"><strong>http://depaul.experience.com/stu/cf_registered_employers?fhnd=6136</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Questions? Please contact: </strong><br /> DePaul University Career Center <br /> Phone: (312) 362-5597</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 12 Mar 2013 08:01 CST "Presenting Yourself Well on a Web Interview" http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=518 <p>More and more employers are using Skype or other web interview services for conducting initial phone screenings. However, interviewing well for a web interview requires the candidate to prepare differently than for a traditional phone screening. Participate in the mini-webinar<strong> &quot;Presenting Yourself Well on a Web Interview&quot; </strong>on<strong> March 19</strong> from<strong> 12:30 - 1 PM, Central Time</strong> to learn tips to ensure that you present yourself well on your next web or Skype interview.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/mcqc3r">To register.</a></p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 7 Mar 2013 09:00 CST Career Profile: Game Invention http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=521 <p>Alumni, young and old, are always considering career changes.</p> <p>Talking to alumni about their careers is a great way to learn about possible next steps in yours. If you are unable to talk directly to an alumnus in a given field, reading about their career is a great next best option.</p> <p>Our alumni magazine staff have taken their time to interview and write up profiles of alumni in many different fields and areas of the country that you may find interesting.</p> <p>One alumna that they profiled recently is Kim Vandenbroucke &rsquo;02 FAA (UI). &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaa.org/illinois/news/blog/index.asp?id=491">Rules Of The Game</a>&quot; in the Winter 2012 Illinois Alumni Magazine highlights her career in game invention.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 28 Feb 2013 13:56 CST Web-Panel: Exploring Entrepreneurial Career Paths, March 5 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=520 <p>Have you thought about owning your own business? Are you curious about different self-employment possibilities? The future of careers and income opportunities in America is shifting toward small companies and having an entrepreneurial mindset. This only reinforces the well-known fact that small business has been the driving force of the economy prior to and during the Great Recession&rsquo;s rebound. Our panelists will present expert advice and relate their experiences to help you learn more about what it&rsquo;s like to decide on self-employment, and then to develop and execute a plan. You&rsquo;ll hear from alumni in different who are self-employed, independent contractors and small business owners and an adviser to prospective entrepreneurs. We'll have time for questions, from the on-site and virtual audience.</p> <p>Our Panelists are:</p> <ul> <li>Lema Khorshid &rsquo;01 BUS (UI) Attorney with, Fuka Khorshid, LLC and member of UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Advisory Council</li> <li>Wilbur C. Milhouse III &rsquo;94 &rsquo;95 ENG (UI), President &amp; CEO of Milhouse Engineering &amp; Construction</li> <li>Keith Wakeman &rsquo;88 MBA (UIC), Founder &amp; President, Cherry Street Innovation and Head of Strategy, Ardmore Institute of Health</li> </ul> <p>You may attend via Webinar or at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago. If you are attending at the Illini Center arrive at 6:30, to network! Bring your handbill and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information. To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the &quot;Networking&quot; topic in the ACC's Virtual Career Center.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni; the fee for Friends of Alumni is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone all by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p>Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 5 at 2 PM Central Time.</p> <p><strong>For more information and to register: </strong><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/mcqc3r"><strong>http://www.cvent.com/d/mcqc3r</strong></a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 26 Feb 2013 14:24 CST Program- When and How to Work With A Recruiter http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=517 <p><strong>Tuesday, February 26, 2013 , 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time</strong> <strong>via webinar</strong><strong> or onsite networking begins at 6:30 pm.</strong></p> <p>At different points in your career your job search strategy may include working with third-party recruiters. This session will prepare you to do that well. Our panel of recruiters will explain when and how to work with a recruiter and will clarify what a recruiter can, and cannot, do for you. You'll leave with solid information on how to identify the best recruiters to help you, how to establish and nurture your relationships with recruiters, and how to present your qualifications effectively. You'll also have a better understanding of how recruiters work with their client companies and with candidates to achieve the optimum results.</p> <p>Our Panelists are:</p> <p>Michael Glusker &lsquo;11 ACES (UI) from Addison Group<br /> Cliff Rusnak &lsquo;90 LAS (UI) from MRI Network of Wicker Park<br /> Adak Zak &lsquo;75 BUS (UI) from Adam Zak Executive Search</p> <p><strong>Come network and join us at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago, 200 South Wacker Drive (across from the Willis Tower) or attend by participating via webinar.</strong> If you are attending in person, arrive at 6:30, bring your soundbyte, your handbill, and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information. To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the &quot;Networking&quot; topic in the Career Adviser section of the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">ACC's Virtual Career Center.</a></p> <p><strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni; the fee for non-alumni guests is $45. </strong></p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 26 at 2 PM, Central Time.</strong></p> <p>Register by clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/mcqc3r">http://www.cvent.com/d/mcqc3r</a> or&nbsp; calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by gift donations given by Alumni Members and Alumni Life Members.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 21 Feb 2013 15:28 CST Pros & Cons of Different Types of Resume Formats http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=515 <p>There are different types of resumes one can use when looking for employment. The above chart provides an overview of the pros and cons of each format.</p> <p>The chronological and combination resume formats tend to be more frequently used. They are similar in that they both provide the employer to view your employment history, the length of time and accomplishments achieved under each role, if promoted, under each organization. The combination resume, in particular, is a good format to use for career changers or professionals who are interested in doing something outside of their current role because it help to show the employer accomplishments achieved under relevant skill set functions. The skill set functions should be aligned with the skills required for the new job and or industry.</p> <p>Although employers tend to not like the functional resume format, it can be used effectively with career changers who have had a steady employment track record. For example, a teacher who is looking to transition into the corporate world. The effectiveness of this format will depend on how well it is written and how the employer perceives it.</p> <p>Samples of each resume can be viewed in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a> in the &quot;resume&quot; section under &quot;search tools&quot; tab, while resume webinars are available under the &quot;about us&quot; tab.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 19 Feb 2013 10:13 CST Webinar: Considering and Negotiating Executive Employment Agreements http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=514 <p><strong>Tuesday, February 19, 2013 , 7 - 8 p.m., Central time</strong></p> <p>As a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw&rsquo;s Employee Benefits &amp; Executive Compensation Department, Adam Greetis &rsquo;94 LAS (UIUC) will provide an attorney&rsquo;s view of executive employment agreements. He will also provide tips when preparing to negotiate and discuss severance trends. Joining Mr. Greetis will be his partner, Scott Humphrey. Mr. Humphrey will explore the legal issues associated with several forms of restrictive covenants which frequently appear in executive employment agreements.</p> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 19, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p>(1) clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/mcqc3r">http://www.cvent.com/d/mcqc3r</a></p> <p>(2) calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR</p> <p>(3) sending an email to the contact email listed below indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Monday, February 18.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by Sustaining and Life Members gifts to the UIAA.</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 14 Feb 2013 12:57 CST Conducting a Confidential Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=516 <p>An alumna recently asked, &quot;<em>Could you please address the issue of keeping the interview process a secret from my current employer? How could you deflect questions about a reference from current employer? I work for a very small company, where secrets are hard to keep, and my employer would be very unhappy if he were to learn that I was conducting a job search. I'm almost certain there would be ramifications of some type. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to give an interviewer the impression that I have something I'm trying to hide from them.</em>&quot;</p> <p>I outlined a few suggestions for keeping a search confidential with the caveat that you need to be ready to respond to questions if work learns that you are looking.</p> <ol> <li>Don&rsquo;t conduct job search tasks on your work company or work phone.</li> <li>Move to private areas to have job search cell phone conversations and/or return messages during breaks and lunch.</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t post your resume to a job board</li> <li>Utilize the privacy settings of the job board or networking site, if available, to make your profile private.</li> <li>If you do post your resume to a job board, select one your current employer isn&rsquo;t using</li> <li>If you do post your resume to a job board, make your current employer anonymous. Use a general enough description so someone can&rsquo;t say definitively that it is ABC company but specific enough so they know the type of company. (For example: a fortune 500 consumer products company in Chicago)</li> <li>If a prospective employer asks for references, don&rsquo;t list someone from the current company.</li> <li>If a prospective employer asks for contact names at your current company, indicate that you are conducting a confidential search, but would supply the contact information when it is needed to finalize an offer. Use the same language when a prospective employer asks to check your references.</li> <li>Since networking is such an important part of your search, I would still recommend establishing a profile on LinkedIn. Just make sure that the publically viewable part of your profile, online discussions, and personal updates don&rsquo;t indicate that you are in an active search. You will need to utilize private communications and offline conversations more than online or group interactions.</li> </ol> <p>Keeping a search private can be difficult, you will need to be ready to answer questions when they are asked. If the questions relate to LinkedIn activity, you can defer and say that you are just trying to connect with other professionals in the field to stay on top of trends and best practices.</p> <p><em><strong>What additional suggestions would you share regarding conducting a successful, but confidential search? </strong></em>You can add comments to the blog.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 12 Feb 2013 13:49 CST The Top 18 Jobs for 2013 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=504 <p>CareerBuilder recently recently published an article &ldquo;<a href="http://msn.careerbuilder.com/custom/msn/careeradvice/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=3216">The Top 18 Jobs for 2013</a>.&quot;&nbsp; Software developer, accountant or auditor, market research analyst, marketing specialist, computer systems analyst and human resources/ training and development specialist were the top five jobs which added the most jobs over the last few years and according to the article, these jobs are to continue their growth this year.&nbsp; Click on the link to read the full article or to see a complete list of &ldquo;<a href="http://msn.careerbuilder.com/custom/msn/careeradvice/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=3216">The Top 18 Jobs for 2013</a>.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Alumni Career Center provides a variety of free resources, including our job board called <a href="https://alumni-illinois-csm.symplicity.com/">Hire UI Alumni</a>, the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center </a>and the alumni directory.&nbsp; Please visit our <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/">website</a> to learn all our services.&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 5 Feb 2013 12:42 CST Employer Tax Credit For Hiring Vets http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=505 <p>Congress recently extended the Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) for hiring veterans through the end of 2013.</p> <p>Read Lisa Rosser&rsquo;s blog titled, &quot; <a href="http://thevalueofaveteran.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/work-opportunity-tax-credits-wotc-for-hiring-veterans-extended-through-december-31-2013/?utm_source=WOTC+updated&amp;utm_campaign=WOTC+2&amp;utm_medium=email">Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) for Hiring Veterans Extended Through December 31, 2013</a>&quot; at the Value OF A Veteran to learn all about the details and to learn about the various tax credits. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 31 Jan 2013 11:33 CST SpeedNetworking Event http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=506 <p>Are you looking for a place to network? SpeedNetworking.com is hosting an event&nbsp; using their proprietary match making software to connect Chicago's business professionals together. Their participants will have the luxury to pre-select the types of professionals they want to meet.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Feb 13, 2013<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Metropolitan Club<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Willis Tower, 67th Floor<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 233 S. Wacker<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago, IL 60606<br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> $35.00 (includes one drink ticket and light appetizers)</p> <p>To learn more about this event, please visit <a href="http://www.mcssl.com/SecureCart/ViewCart.aspx?mid=B22FB81E-4A70-48F1-ACB1-4F82F4E1B93C&amp;sctoken=6f5047f728bd4fdb9c7f22e2c78a8b5a&amp;bhcp=1">SpeedNetworking.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 29 Jan 2013 11:54 CST How Do I Reposition Myself In A Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=503 <p>The process of repositioning yourself is the same whether you are trying to transition from one size of an organization to another or from one industry to another.</p> <p>The process is twofold. To begin, it is really important to have a good understanding of what your skills, strengths and what your value added is. Additionally, you must fully research and understand the new organization or industry, as well as, know the skills and qualifications required and needed of each position you are applying to. Then it will be essential to present your relevant skills/qualification in relation to each particular position.</p> <p>A job search is more than applying for a job online. It is knowing how to network whether it be face to face or via phone and knowing how to approach them and how to pitch yourself when networking. It is very important to do research via the web or via talking to people to learn as much about a company or industry as possible. When talking to an employer, it is critical to find out what their issues or problems are. Once you know this information, it is easier for you to reposition yourself based on how you will help the employer to resolve their problem.</p> <p>To gain a better understanding of what your skills and strengths are, visit the UIAA&rsquo;s Virtual Career Center (<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>), where you will find helpful exercises in the &ldquo;Exploring Career Change&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Career Choice&rdquo; tab or listen to other webinars under the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 24 Jan 2013 11:26 CST TechFetch Tech-Only Career Fair Feb 7th http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=510 <p><strong>Find Your Next Technology Hire at TechFetch Career Fair on February 7th</strong></p> <p>The ITA has partnered with TechFetch.com to bring this technology-professionals only career fair to Chicago.</p> <p>This afternoon event will be held at the Hotel Sax with a limited number of tables. Registered candidates attending the event have a variety of backgrounds, skills, and experience.</p> <p>Employer Job Fair Package includes:</p> <ul> <li>1 Table and 2 chairs / participants.</li> <li>Company name listed on job fair promotions.</li> <li>10 job postings at TechFetch.com</li> <li>100 resume views from TechFetch.com</li> </ul> <p>Employer Job Fair Benefits are:</p> <ul> <li>Meeting local available talent face-to-face.</li> <li>Access nationwide online applicants that would relocate to Illinois.</li> <li>Reach passive and confidential candidates.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Find your next technology hire at TechFetch Career Fair February 7th.<br /> </strong><a href="http://www.techfetch.com/Tech-Job-Fair/Chicago-IL-FEB-2013-EMP.aspx?utm_source=getresponse&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=itamailer&amp;utm_content=TechFetch+Tech-Only+Career+Fair+Feb+7th"><strong>Register online</strong></a></p> <p><br /> **ITA members receive a discount for TechFetch. Register soon as discounted spaces are filling fast. Contact the ITA for the discount code and <a href="http://www.techfetch.com/Tech-Job-Fair/Chicago-IL-FEB-2013-EMP.aspx?utm_source=getresponse&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=itamailer&amp;utm_content=TechFetch+Tech-Only+Career+Fair+Feb+7th">register online</a>.**</p> Rosahlee Solomon Wed 23 Jan 2013 10:12 CST LinkedIn Tips: Advanced Networking (Part 3 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=509 <p>While it is a wonderful tool, LinkedIn is just a tool to help you connect professionally. The following resources will help you position your LinkedIn usage within your broader networking strategy, ramp up your LinkedIn profile and stay abreast of LinkedIn feature changes.</p> <p>For example: LI will be retired as a feature at the end of the month. Previously, this was one way to showcase your expertise in different areas and connect with others.</p> <p>Resources related to growing your network:</p> <ul> <li>Webinar: <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152">Taking Your LinkedIn Profile to the Next Level</a></li> <li>Webinar: <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152">Networking Effectively at Any Stage in Your Career </a></li> <li>Follow the <a href="http://blog.linkedin.com">LinkedIn blog</a> for new features and tips</li> </ul> <p>Don't forget to review the resources and links in our other LinkedIn blogs</p> <ul> <li>LinkedIn Tips: <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=502">Getting Started</a> (1/8/2013)</li> <li>LinkedIn Tips: <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=508">Developing Your Brand</a> (1/17/2013)</li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Tue 22 Jan 2013 12:45 CST LinkedIn Tips: Developing Your Brand (Part 2 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=508 <p>Effective use of LinkedIn goes beyond just having a basic profile. What you say about yourself, the people you connect with, the groups you join and your public conversation convey messages to existing and prospective network connections.</p> <p>Join groups and discussion that overlap with your areas of expertise. Connect with key people in your industry.</p> <p>Resources for building your brand include:</p> <ul> <li>Webinar: <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152">Build You Professional Brand Using Social Media</a> *</li> <li>Webinar: <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152">LinkedIn as a Professional Development Tool, Whether or Not You're Looking for a Job: Part 2</a> *</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/images.html?file_id=aZOjy849CDg%3D">Networking as Professional Development</a> (PDF)</li> <li>Webinar: <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152">Developing a Meaningful Summary/ Profile for Resumes and LinkedIn</a> *</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=126">Developing a career marketing plan</a> *</li> <li><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/answers?trk=msitejobseek">Demonstrate your expertise through LinkedIn Answers</a></li> </ul> <p>* Resources and Webinar recordings from the UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center require that you are logged in to the the site. This resource is available for all University of Illinois alumni.</p> <p>Click here, if you missed our first installment, &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=502">LinkedIn Tips: Getting Started</a>&quot;.<br /> Part 3 &quot;Linked Tips: Advanced Networking&quot; will be posted soon.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 17 Jan 2013 08:50 CST Recruiting Trends and Projections 2013 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=507 <p>We wish all of our employer contacts a successful 2013 recruiting season!</p> <p>Read all about the latest recruiting trends according to Phil Gardner's annual &quot;2012-2013 Recruiting Trends&quot; employer survey in the Winter 2013 Finding Talent Newsletter. Other highlights include the &quot;Employer Recognition 2012,&quot; the &quot;employer services,&quot; and upcoming alumni career fair events at the University of Illinois' campuses to attract and recruit candidates.</p> <p>You can link to our &quot;Recruiting Trends and Projections 2013&quot; newsletter at <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/pdfs/newsletter_1301.pdf">http://www.uiaa.org/careers/pdfs/newsletter_1301.pdf</a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 15 Jan 2013 16:29 CST LinkedIn Tips: Getting Started (Part 1 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=502 <p>Active professional networking is the best strategy for connecting with colleagues, building your knowledge in a field and becoming known as a subject matter expert. LinkedIn is one of the best tools across most fields to support your networking efforts and communicate with your network.</p> <p>This is the first of three blog posts that will visit the tips and resources that are available to you regarding networking on LinkedIn. Parts 2 and 3 will be posted later in the month.</p> <p>Part 2: LinkedIn Tips: Developing Your Brand<br /> Part 3: LinkedIn Tips: Advanced Networking</p> <p><u>Resources for &quot;Getting Started&quot; include:</u></p> <ul> <li>Tips for <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=107">successful networking</a>, Includes links to handouts of sample networking questions, personal networking cards, sound bytes, handbills and tracking forms</li> <li>Tips for conducting <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=145">informational interviews</a></li> <li>Tips for successful <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=105">online professional networking</a></li> <li>Use LinkedIn in conjunction with the <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/directory">UIAA Alumni Directory</a> to make the most of your University of Illinois network</li> <li>Links to <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=108">networking sites</a> (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) hosted by the UIAA</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152">Webinar: LinkedIn as a Professional Development Tool, Whether or Not You're Looking for a Job: Part 1</a></li> <li>View &quot;<a href="http://learn.linkedin.com/training/">LinkedIn 101: The basics of LinkedIn</a>&quot;</li> <li>View the <a href="http://learn.linkedin.com/job-seekers/">LinkedIn user guides</a></li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Thu 10 Jan 2013 09:00 CST New Webinars; New Insight for 2013 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=497 <p>We invite alumni to join us as we kick off 2013 with popular topics and alumni experts.</p> <p>Top level managers, other experienced professionals and young leaders will learn how to communicate their impact and strengths in their resumes in our first session, &quot;<strong>Developing a High Impact Resume</strong>&quot; on January 24.</p> <p>As a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw&rsquo;s Employee Benefits &amp; Executive Compensation Department, Adam Greetis &rsquo;94 LAS (UI) will provide an attorney&rsquo;s view of executive agreements, tips when preparing for negotiation and an overview of severance trends during the February 19 Webinar, &quot;<strong>Rights and Responsibilities for Executive Agreements</strong>.&quot;</p> <p>Alumni recruiters will share their advice regarding when and how to work with a recruiter and will clarify what a recruiter can, and cannot, do for you during the February 26 Web-Panel, &quot;<strong>When and How to Work With a Recruiter</strong>.&quot;</p> <p>Additional sessions include:<br /> March 5: Web-Panel,<strong> Exploring Entrepreneurial Career Paths </strong><br /> March 19: Mini-Webinar, <strong>Presenting Yourself Well on a Web Interview</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/mcqc3r"><strong>Click here to register and for additional information</strong></a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 8 Jan 2013 13:49 CST Glassdoor's Best Places To Work 2013 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=496 <p>Glassdoor just came out with their fifth annual <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm?utm_source=ERE+Media&amp;utm_campaign=f9d5113806-ERE-Daily-The-Best-Place-to-Work&amp;utm_medium=email">Employees&rsquo; Choice Awards</a> of the top 50 places to work, according to these companies employees. The following are the first five companies on the list.&nbsp; Facebook, McKinsey &amp; Company and Bain &amp; Company were also in the top 5 of last year's list. As the new year begins, some of these employers might be worth exploring if in transition or considering a move in the new year.</p> <p>1. Facebook,<br /> 2. McKinsey &amp; Company<br /> 3. Riverbed Technology<br /> 4. Bain &amp; Company<br /> 5. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center</p> Bernice Allegretti Fri 4 Jan 2013 11:45 CST Happy Holidays & Office Closure http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=501 <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><bdo dir="ltr"><big>The UIAA&nbsp;Alumni Career Center wishes you <br /> </big></bdo></h3> <h3><strong><bdo dir="ltr"><big>The Best of Luck &amp;&nbsp;Success for 2013</big></bdo></strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please be aware that our office will close at 1pm on Friday December 21 and reopen at 8:30 on January 2.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 20 Dec 2012 10:51 CST Phillips Commercial Leadership Program Online Career Day http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=498 <p>Philips is hiring for its Commercial Leadership Program that will start on April 15, 2013. It is organizing the <strong>Philips Commercial Leadership Program Online Career Day on January 23, 2013.&nbsp;</strong>Students and recent alumni from Africa, Asia Pacific, Central Eastern Europe, China, India, Latin America, Middle East, Turkey or Russia, with a strong commercial track record in sales, marketing or business development, 5-10 years of work experience, and an international outlook, are encouraged to participate at the event to learn more about Philips through engaging and interactive online meetings and chats - no charge.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Commercial Leadership Program starts with a two-week introduction program in the Netherlands, followed by an 5-6 months assignment in the country/ market in and for which you have been hired. For the second assignment (international), Philips will send you abroad for a period of 5-6 months to broaden your network and skills.</p> <p>To learn more details or to register visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mba-exchange.com/PHILIPS1301"><strong>www.mba-exchange.com/PHILIPS1301</strong></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 13 Dec 2012 08:44 CST Tax Season Presents Job Opportunity http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=494 <p>As the tax season approaches, being a tax aid presents individuals who are employed or unemployed with an opportunity to earn some extra money. Especially for the person who is unemployed, it provides an opportunity to keep your skills up to date or develop some a new skill. This temporary gig will also help you to respond to recruiters who ask &ldquo;what have been doing while unemployed?&rdquo;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2006/volunteer_aarp_tax_aide.html ">AARP</a> and <a href="http://www.hrblock.com/career/index.html">H &amp; R Block</a> are a few organizations that hire seasonal Tax Aides. For more information click on the link to visit their websites.</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 11 Dec 2012 11:57 CST Research Tools in CareerBeam http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=495 <p><strong>Use database resource tools available in CareerBeam to conduct more effective and targeted networking.</strong></p> <ul> <li>U.S. Company Search</li> <li>Worldwide Company Search</li> <li>Top Rated Cities (U.S.)</li> <li>Nations of the World</li> <li>Business Information Resources (associations, magazines, newsletters, trade shows, directories, etc)</li> <li>Industry Reports</li> </ul> <p>Register and login to <a href="http://cb.careersearch.net/login/?school_id=2332">CareerBeam</a>. New Users, click on &ldquo;Register Here&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The UIAA Alumni Career Center has partnered with CareerBeam to provide alumni additional networking, career and job search resources as part of a pilot project.</strong></p> <p><em>CareerBeam is a virtual career success center that is content rich in all aspects of career development including assessments, professional resume and cover letter builders, interview preparation materials, search strategy resources and much more. CareerBeam also provides the best company and industry research tools, employer job postings, and search campaign technology to assist you in all aspects of your career development and strategic search process.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 6 Dec 2012 09:44 CST Listen to Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories Webinar Recording http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=487 <p>On November 13, 2012, the Alumni Career Center hosted one of our more popular webinar panels called, &ldquo;Separating Fact From Fiction- Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories.&rdquo; During this webinar, our panelist shared their stories about what worked and what didn&rsquo;t during their job search. Our panelist included:</p> <p><strong>Katherine Adams</strong>, 06 BUS (UIC), Business Analyst, implementation with Fieldglass<br /> <strong>Geno Fiore</strong>, &rsquo;11 AA (UIC), Strategic Planning Intern with Young &amp; Rubicam<br /> <strong>Robb Hughes</strong>, &rsquo;04 BUS (UI), Business Analyst with Walgreens</p> <p>Although networking and having a plan were recurring themes mentioned, each panelist discussed other tips that were unique to them. To listen to the webinar recording visit the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>. First time VCC users will have to register (it&rsquo;s free) by clicking on the registration link located in the upper left hand corner.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 4 Dec 2012 11:29 CST Intention vs Accomplishment http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=488 <p>In your cover letter and resume, are you conveying intentions or actual results?</p> <p>Sometime a simple change in verb tense or word order can make a different.</p> <p><strong>Intentions</strong><br /> These are actual examples of lines from alumni resumes and cover letters shared during advising appointments which reflected more intentions, responsibilities and possible skills than results.</p> <ul> <li>Performed superior market analysis in order to build out new products and trading plans</li> <li>Relocated to California to launch continuous improvements</li> <li>Update corporate travel guidelines and communications to improve employee understanding of expectations and to improve the efficiency of the expense report process</li> <li>Coaching and training all team members, conducting needs assessments, creating and implementing training plans</li> <li>Responsible for disaster recovery testing</li> <li>Responsible for the review and approval of project financial and management reporting</li> <li>Participation in monthly and quarterly closings has required attention to detail, organization skills and the ability to manage competing priorities under strict deadlines</li> <li>My responsibilities required me to research problems and resolve issues with staff in a variety of functional areas</li> </ul> <p><strong>Results</strong><br /> Did you and the company achieve what you intended? Did you fulfill the job responsibility? If so, talk about the results instead of the goals</p> <p>If you only talk about which skills were required, but don't claim them. Employers will question the strength of these skills. This tone of voice is also very passive and does not convey confidence. Did you utilize the skills? If so, simply changing the sentence around can convey that strength.</p> <ul> <li>Implemented a more cooperative approach to labor management relations that resulted in a significant decrease in the number of grievances filed annually</li> <li>Update corporate travel guidelines and communications which improved employee understanding of expectations and the efficiency of the expense report process</li> <li>Coached and trained all team members and developed specific training plans based on conducted needs assessment</li> <li>Utilized attention to detail, organization skills and the ability to manage competing priorities under strict deadlines while completing monthly and quarterly closings</li> <li>Researched problems and resolved issues with staff in a variety of functional areas</li> </ul> <p>If the work is still in progress and the results are unknown, you can talk about the intentions.</p> <p><strong>Take in up a step</strong><br /> Consider the impact of your actions and benefit to the employer. What problems did you solve? How did you leave the organization better off?</p> <p>Add specific #, $, % that reflect your impact and results.</p> <p><em><strong>What have you achieved?</strong></em></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 29 Nov 2012 11:57 CST Business Cards Go High-Tech http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=481 <p>Business cards are the latest business tool to go high-tech! High-tech business cards are very popular within the technology field, especially with new start-ups. Entrepreneurs are creatively designing business cards to brand themselves, their product or their business. The contact can use their mobile phone to quickly connect to you through a USB connection or by clicking on a QR code (Quick Response code) to access your website, email or other social media sites. Some companies are uniquely designing their cards in such a way that the product or business becomes unforgettable. For example, a hotel reservation company whose targeted clientele are very tech-savvy individuals designed their business card to look like a hotel keycard while a Lego product manager passed out tiny Legos with his contact information on it.</p> <p>For a job seeker, using a high-tech business card when networking can make sharing and storing your contact information easier.&nbsp; It enables recruiters, colleagues and individuals you are networking with easy access to your LinkedIn profile, website, blog, or other tools you are using to market and to promote yourself immediately. This is not to say that all job seekers must use high-tech business cards, as they are more expensive than the traditional business cards. However, being familiar with trends, especially in your industry and adapting is important to show the business community you are up to date. Likewise, a high-tech business card may make a difference in a job search where standing out and distinguishing yourself from others is critical.</p> <p>For more information on business cards, visit the networking tab in<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/"> Virtual Career Center.</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 27 Nov 2012 13:40 CST Thanksgiving Wishes and Office Hours http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=489 <p>As many of us get ready to join family and friends for Thanksgiving, the UIAA Alumni Career Center wishes you a warm and festive holiday.</p> <p>The Alumni Career Center will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, November 19 - 23. Our office will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, November 26.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 16 Nov 2012 16:42 CST Holiday & Job Search Stress Tips http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=484 <p>As you look at the picture, think about how heavy this glass of wine is?</p> <p>The weight of the glass of wine depends on how long you hold it. The longer you hold it, the heavier it will become. Stress is no different. Being in an active job search can be very stressful. Add to it the increased stress of the holidays and this glass of wine might tip over. As with the glass of wine, your job search activities and activities within your personal life need to maintain a balance to keep your attitude focused, refreshed and positive throughout the holidays. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The webinar <em>&ldquo;Keep Your Job Search Fresh During The Holiday&rdquo;</em> provides some tips and strategies to help you keep track and continue a successful job search, as well as, help you manage your attitude and stress over the holidays. Watch and listen to this webinar and others located under the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center.</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 15 Nov 2012 11:29 CST Upcoming Webinar -Overcoming Age In The Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=485 <p>Don't miss alumni, Julie Carson, owner of the Image Builders Institute and Bob Cavoto, Executive Career Coach &amp; Principal of 20-20 Foresight Executive Search share their knowledge and expertise as they co-present the upcoming webinar &quot;Over the Hill at 40+: Overcoming Age in Your Job Search.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Ms. Carson and Mr. Cavoto will discuss...</p> <p>1. The importance of a distinct brand image and how appearance and attitude can influence a job search.<br /> 2. How to create a &ldquo;Visual Resume&rdquo; that captivates your audience, expresses your individual style, and defies any ageism while promoting the stability of your maturity.<br /> 3. Successful strategies to overcome challenges dealing with age throughout the entire job search process covering application, resume, interviewing and salary issues.</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>November 29, 7-8 pm CST</p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>Via Webinar</p> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. There is <strong>no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p>Registration deadline is Thursday, November 29, at 2 PM Central Time.<br /> Register by:<br /> (1) clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/bcqs6v">http://www.cvent.com/d/bcqs6v</a><br /> (2) calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR<br /> (3) sending an email to the contact email listed below indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, November 28.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 13 Nov 2012 11:48 CST Blogging Since 2009 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=486 <p>To bring career content to you in a timely and convenient manner, we started the UIAA ACC Blog in December of 2009. This week we posted our <strong>300th post</strong>. Since January, 947 alumni viewed 4,836 pages on a monthly average.</p> <p>Staff and guest writers provide career advice, networking and event announcements several times a week.</p> <p>The top topics in 2012 include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=442">Advice for LinkedIn Profile Photos</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=454">Government Careers For Recent Graduates Via Pathways Program</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=387">Average Bachelors &amp; Masters Salaries</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=453">&quot;Tell Me About Yourself&quot;</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=420">I'm Applying for A Job, Do I Need A Cover Letter?</a></li> </ul> <p>But, many topics we posted earlier are still popular:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=187">National Career Development Month - Helping Others</a> (Nov 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=204">Which side does a nametag go on?</a> (Dec 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=287">Are you using graphics in your resume?</a> (April 2011)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=252">Use A Summary Statement To Pass the 10 Second Resume Scan</a> (April 2011)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=305">Buying Time During A Job Offer</a> (June 2011)</li> </ul> <p>We look forward to continuing to deliver strong content through these blog posts as we move forward. If you would like to see us write about a particular topic or if you would like to be a guest blogger, contact Julie Bartimus at <a href="http://JLHays@uillinois.edu">JLHays@uillinois.edu</a> with your ideas.</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 12 Nov 2012 09:00 CST Quick Resume Inspection Project for Career Development Month http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=367 <p>University of Illinois alumni from the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana campuses are invited to participate in November's &ldquo;Quick Resume Inspection Project&rdquo;. The first 20 alumni who send a resume to <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &ldquo;Quick Resume Inspection&rdquo; in the subject line will receive a quick 5-point resume inspection. Alumni should also include a description of their career goals including their targeted industry, function and position level.</p> <p>The 5-Point resume inspection will include the following.<br /> Point 1: Is it readable?<br /> Point 2: Is it error free?<br /> Point 3: Is it targeted?<br /> Point 4: Is it accomplishment focused?<br /> Point 5: Are there any red flags?</p> <p>Each area will be rated between 1=needs improvement and 5=excellent.</p> <p>An inspection sheet will be sent back to each alumnus with an indication of whether the resume needs to be improved, how to improve the resume or whether a more detailed review by a career adviser will be needed. Resumes will be inspected by Client Contact and Office Operations Specialist Rosahlee Solomon and the inspection sheets reviewed by Vice President Julie L. Bartimus before being returned.</p> <p>The sender must be an alumnus from a University of Illinois campus (Chicago, Springfield or Urbana)</p> <p>For those of you who already know that you need more than a quick resume inspection, call us at 312/575-7830 to schedule an advising appointment with a career adviser. The cost for a 1-hour advising appointment is $60.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 6 Nov 2012 09:00 CST Watch a Webinar Now http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=483 <p>Alumni often ask us to host a Webinar on a topic we just covered recently. Previously, the alumnus would have needed to wait until we scheduled the topic again.</p> <p>Now, there is no waiting.</p> <p>When you have time and need information on a topic, you can view and listen to our Webinar recordings through the UIAA Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s Virtual Career Center.</p> <p>Some of the Webinar topics include:</p> <ul> <li>Resumes That Stand Out Over competitors</li> <li>Behavior-Based Versus Situational Interview Questions</li> <li>Great Questions to Ask in an Interview</li> <li>Career Planning At Mid-Life and Beyond</li> <li>LinkedIn As a Professional Development Tool</li> </ul> <p>To access a Webinar, visit the UIAA Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s website located at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers">www.uiaacareers</a>.org and go to the &quot;Webinar Archive&quot; under the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; navigation tab. Please note you need to be logged in to see the page's content. The VCC is a free career management resource tool for alumni with handouts and exercises available 24/7.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 1 Nov 2012 12:14 CST CareerBeam: Supplemental Networking and Career Resources http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=482 <p><font size="2">The UIAA Alumni Career Center has partnered with CareerBeam to provide alumni additional networking, career and job search resources as part of a pilot project.</font></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><font size="2"><i>CareerBeam is a virtual career success center that is content rich in all aspects of career development including assessments, professional resume and cover letter builders, interview preparation materials, search strategy resources and much more. CareerBeam also provides the best company and industry research tools, employer job postings, and search campaign technology to assist you in all aspects of your career development and strategic search process.</i><br /> </font></p> <p><font size="2">Register to get started:<br /> </font></p> <ul> <li><font size="2">Complete the &lsquo;Where Do I Start&rsquo; exercise</font></li> <li><font size="2">Review the resume and cover letter areas.</font></li> <li><font size="2">Record a practice interview.</font></li> <li><font size="2">Use the database resource tools to conduct more effective targeted networking</font></li> </ul> <p><font size="2">Register and login to <a title="CareerBeam Registration and Login page" target="_blank" href="http://cb.careersearch.net/login/?school_id=2332">CareerBeam</a>. New Users, click on &ldquo;Register Here&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Please let us know what you think of the CareerBeam pilot program by emailing us at <a title="careers@uillinois.edu" href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.</font></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 30 Oct 2012 09:00 CST Separating Fact from Fiction: Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=480 <p><em><strong>A Program Celebrating the Alumni Career Center's 25th Anniversary</strong></em></p> <p>You've been planning your search, and working your plan, doing informational interviews and surfing the 'Net. What you really want to know is, how DO people get their jobs? Join us for this panel in which alumni in different occupations, and with different levels of experience, share the tales of their job searches, and let you know, from an up-close-and-personal perspective, what worked, and what didn't.</p> <p>You have the option of attending via webinar technology, or at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago - 200 South Wacker Drive. If you are attending at the downtown Chicago Illini Center arrive at 6:30, to network! Bring your soundbyte and your handbill and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information from 6:30 until the program begins at 7 p.m. To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the &quot;Networking&quot; topic in the ACC's <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">Virtual Career Center</a>. If you are a first time user in the Virtual Career Center, please register located at the top most left corner. Please allow at least 1 business day for staff to add your profile to the &ldquo;All Alumni&rdquo; group that will allow you full access to the website.</p> <p><u><strong>Our guest panelists are:</strong></u></p> <ul> <li><strong>Katherine Adams</strong> &rsquo;06 BUS (UIC), <em>Business Analyst</em>, Implementation with Fieldglass</li> <li><strong>Geno Fiore</strong>, &rsquo;11 AA (UIC), <em>Strategic Planning Intern</em> with Young &amp; Rubicam</li> <li><strong>Robb Hughes</strong>, &rsquo;04 BUS (UI), <em>Business Analyst</em> with Walgreens</li> </ul> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. There is <strong>no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 13 at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/bcqs6v">http://www.cvent.com/d/bcqs6v</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3) </strong>sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Monday, November 12.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Sustaining and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 25 Oct 2012 09:00 CST Niche Boards and Aggregators http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=478 <p>Most people look for jobs and post their resume to the giant, general job boards, but then run out of ideas. Two other types of boards yield more effective results and should also be incorporated into your search.</p> <p>Niche Boards - a niche job board is one that is targeted to a specific group of candidates. These niche sites can be focused on specific geographic areas, industries, functions or affiliations.</p> <p>The Hire UI Alumni job board is considered a niche job board because of its focus on alumni from the three University of Illinois campuses. &quot;Employers have posted 3,000 jobs on the Hire UI Alumni niche job board site in the past year. The three top industries targeted by these jobs are financial services, manufacturing and engineering services.&quot; (Excerpt from<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=346"> Job Search: Then &amp; Now</a> article)</p> <p>Job Aggregators - These boards have this name because they aggregate or collect jobs from multiple sources in one list. These are great ways to explore job availability, which companies are hiring and which niche sites are active in a given field. The two most popular job aggregators are indeed.com and simply hired.com. These are very similar sites; both pull from a variety of sites, allow you to filter results and have the ability to email results to you.</p> <p>For lists of helpful job sites and more information about incorporating job boards into your search, review the &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=113">Other Job Posting Sites</a>&quot;&nbsp; list and &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=150">Job Search Plan</a>&quot; section of the UIAA Virtual Career Center. Job boards are a useful tool, but should only be one tool of many you use to target employers and jobs and network with others in your field.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 23 Oct 2012 10:47 CST 25th Anniversary Open House http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=477 <center> <h3><big>You are invited to the</big></h3> <h3><big>UIAA Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s<br /> 25th Anniversary<br /> Open House</big></h3> <p>Date: November 16, 2012<br /> Time: Noon to 2 pm</p> <p>Location:<br /> Lou Liay Career Library, UIAA Alumni Career Center<br /> Second Floor, IlliniCenter<br /> 200 S Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606</p> <p><strong>We thank alumni and employers for their continued support and look forward to providing another 25 years of professional networking and career assistance.</strong></p> <p>Contact 312-575-7830 or <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> for more information</p> <p>Julie L. Bartimus<br /> Vice President, Alumni Career Center<br /> Interim AVP, Outreach &amp; Engagement</p> <p>UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION<br /> 200 S Wacker Drive | First Floor (MC-200) | Chicago, IL 60606<br /> Web: <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers">www.uiaa.org/careers</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/make_gift.html">MAKE A GIFT TO SUPPORT THE UIAA</a></p> </center> Julie Bartimus Thu 11 Oct 2012 09:00 CST College/MBA Applicants, Think Twice About What You Are Posting On Social Media http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=479 <p>If you are trying to get into a college or MBA program, especially a top ranked one, and actively using social media, think twice about what you are posting on social media. College admissions offices are using social media to evaluate applicants. According to the Wallstreet Journal article, <em>&ldquo;College Applicants, Beware: Your Facebook Page Is Showing,&rdquo;</em> a new survey of 500 top colleges found that 10% of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social-networking sites to evaluate applicants. Of those colleges making use of the online information, 38% said that what they saw &quot;negatively affected&quot; their views of the applicant and some admissions officers said they had rejected students because of material on the sites.</p> <p>Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other forms of social media can be wonderful tools to help you create a strong online brand presence while in school and throughout your career path. For tips and strategies on how to create or build a positive online brand presence listen to some of the webinars presented on this topic in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center </a>under the the &ldquo;about us&rdquo; tab.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Fri 5 Oct 2012 13:14 CST Fall Webinars - New Topics and Favorite Sessions http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=476 <p><font size="2">To celebrate 25 Years of providing professional networking and career management resources, the UIAA Alumni Career Center Fall Webinars will highlight new resources and a few favorite sessions. </font></p> <p><font size="2">Join us October 18 for &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=336" target="_blank" title="Career Resources Webinar">Wow! I never knew&hellip;: Exploring Alumni Career Center Resources &amp; the Alumni Directory</a>.&quot; This Webinar will provide the overview you need to get the most out of the UIAA networking and career resources that are available to alumni. </font></p> <p><font size="2">&quot;<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=337" target="_blank" title="Keep Your Job Search Fresh During the Holidays">Keep Your Job Search Fresh During the Holidays</a>&quot; Webinar on October 25 will help keep your momentum and positive energy throughout the end of the year. Recruiting hasn't been slowing down as much as everyone thinks, so don't take too much of a vacation. </font></p> <p><font size="2">Other sessions in November and December will celebrate successful transitions and help alumni overcome challenges. </font></p> Julie Bartimus Wed 3 Oct 2012 12:36 CST Glassdoor's Top 25 Companies for Career Opportunities http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=474 <p>If you are in transition or contemplating a career change reviewing companies rated high by its employees on career opportunities, compensation, work/life balance, senior leadership and culture and values might be helpful in identifying a targeted list of employers to consider.&nbsp; Glassdoor recently came out with their annual list of the <em>Top 25 Companies for Career Opportunities</em>. The top five include:</p> <p>1. Worldwide Express<br /> 2. Bain &amp; company<br /> 3. Facebook<br /> 4. Booz &amp; Company<br /> 5. BCG (The Boston Consulting Group)</p> <p>Click on the following link to view the entire <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/Top-Companies-for-Career-Opportunities-LST_KQ0,38.htm?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=bestco12&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=bestco12">Top 25 Companies for Career Opportunities</a> list.</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 27 Sep 2012 12:42 CST UIC Graduate & Professional School Fair & Chicago Start-up Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=463 <p><strong>The Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair </strong>is an annual event co-sponsored by 26 Chicago area universities and colleges. Representatives from more than 225 graduate and professional programs throughout the United States will be available to provide information and materials regarding their specific programs.</p> <p>This event is open to the public and admission is FREE. No pre-registration is required to attend.</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Thursday, October 4, 2012<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm <br /> <strong>Where: </strong>UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt in Chicago<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Chicago Uncubed Fair</strong>- the largest and the most entertaining startup hiring event in the country sponsored by Wakefield and the Illinois Technology Association<strong> .</strong> The event is solidly focused on growing the awareness of great companies who celebrate an entrepreneurial culture and growing the awareness of these companies with interested candidates. UNCUBED brings together emerging companies and talented candidates in a fun, casual environment that celebrates startup culture. With great speakers, games, and workshops, UNCUBED attracts graduates from the best schools in the country and incredibly talented attendees looking to move away from &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; careers. You can find out more about Wakefield, the founding company, and Uncubed here: <a href="http://getuncubed.com/events/chicago-uncubed/">http://getuncubed.com/<br /> </a></p> <p>Illinois Alumni will receive a 50% discount. Please use &quot;IllinoisAlumni&quot; in the promo code box when you register at <a href="http://chiuncubed2.eventbrite.com/?discount=IllinoisAlumni">http://chiuncubed2.eventbrite.com/?discount=IllinoisAlumni</a></p> <p><strong>When</strong>: Thursday, October 4, 2012<br /> <strong>Tim</strong><strong>e:</strong> 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm<br /> <strong>Where: </strong>River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois Street in Chicago</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 25 Sep 2012 11:03 CST Early Days: Comments from Barbara Hundley http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=472 <p><strong>1. Why did you start the ACC?</strong><br /> During the 1980's , the Executive Director of the Illinois Alumni Association, Lou Liay traveled the country to various cities where alumni were living and one of the questions he often asked at those alumni gatherings was &quot;What can your Alumni Association do for you?&quot; He heard over and over the resounding response that alumni need career assistance and help with jobs. Lou Liay is responsible for the creation of the center. He sought funding from then, University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry, and I was hired in November 1987. I remember both of those distinguished gentlemen telling me &quot;Go up and make it work&quot;. Thus the Alumni Career Center got its start in the old Roosevelt Road Building, and after 4 moves to ...</p> <p><strong>For more comments from the Alumni Career Center's first Director, </strong><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=341"><strong>click here</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><em>Barbara Hundley served as the UIAA&nbsp;Alumni Career Center's first Director, from November 1987 to June 2000</em></p> <p><strong>Celebrating 25 Years of Service</strong></p> Julie Bartimus Mon 24 Sep 2012 09:36 CST Jobseeker Success Mindset Training http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=470 <p>Are you finding the job market difficult to navigate? Is the job search starting to wear on you? In this new economy, having a strong resume, cover letter, and interview skills might not be enough to compete for jobs. It is also important to have the right mindset when going through the job search. Employers are looking for people who are genuinely upbeat, enthused about the potential job, and optimistic about their future. The right mindset positively impacts how you feel, your ability to perform well, and your demeanor.</p> <p>The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) offers Jobseeker Success Mindset Training, an online tool for helping individuals create the right mindset. The presentation is made up of four modules and contains a significant amount of material, including: articles, learning exercises, self-hypnosis techniques, user testimonials, and summary quizzes at the end of each module.</p> <p>The entire presentation lasts a little over two hours but can be watched in segments and at the user&rsquo;s convenience. The modules are split into four distinct parts: the introduction, the Think Module, the Feel Module, and the Act Module.</p> <ul> <li>The Think Module works to regulate the user&rsquo;s thinking in an intentional manner, focusing on purpose of actions and positive thinking.</li> <li>The Feel Module pays attention to leveraging the best emotions and putting forth a positive demeanor for employers.</li> <li>Finally, the Act Module focuses on both how an interviewee should act during the job search, as well as what the employers are looking for in a candidate. This last module gives great tangible suggestions on how to approach all the stages of the job search.</li> </ul> <p>Overall, the Jobseeker Success Mindset Training is a nice tool to better prepare for the job search. It offers helpful tips and suggestions on how to be more appealing to employers on a personal level. <a href="http://www.ilworkinfo.com/jsmt">http://www.ilworkinfo.com/jsmt</a></p> <p><em>Blog post by Jeff Nilsen '10 LAS (UI), UIAA Alumni Career Center Summer Intern and graduate student at Illinois State University</em></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 20 Sep 2012 09:00 CST Academic Rankings of World Universities http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=458 <p>How Valuable is your University of Illinois degree? According to Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) the <a href="http://www.shanghairanking.com/Institution.jsp?param=University%20of%20Illinois%20at%20Urbana-Champaign">University of Illinois at Urban Champaign</a> out of 500 top universities is ranked 25th overall and 4th for its Engineering, Technology and Computer Science programs. While the <a href="http://www.shanghairanking.com/Institution.jsp?param=University%20of%20Illinois%20at%20Chicago">University of Illinois at Chicago</a> is ranked 151st overall and 47th for its mathematics programs.&nbsp;</p> <p>ARWU has gained increased attention over the years from various universities, governments and public media worldwide.&nbsp; A survey on higher education published by The Economist in 2005, mentioned it as &quot;the most widely used annual ranking of the world's research universities&quot; and Burton Bollag, a reporter at Chronicle of Higher Education wrote that it &quot;is considered the most influential international ranking.&quot;</p> <p>ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities: the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution. How they came about these rankings and other information can be found at: <a href="http://www.shanghairanking.com/aboutarwu.html">http://www.shanghairanking.com/aboutarwu.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 18 Sep 2012 13:23 CST Inside Advantage http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=466 <p><strong><em><big>For 25 years, the Alumni Career Center has provided alumni with the best of connections and resources.</big></em></strong></p> <p>Much has changed since the Alumni Career Center opened 25 years ago. And those changes can be summarized in one word: technology.</p> <p>More and more, technology is providing the means for UI alumni to communicate and connect with companies and one another. Technology has also become an increasingly productive way for the ACC to share an ever-expanding array of available information and resources.</p> <p>First computerized in 1990, our job listing service greatly increased our clients&rsquo; access to postings (formerly limited to printed notices maintained in the ACC&rsquo;s Lou Liay Library). In 1995, we introduced our online r&eacute;sum&eacute; referral program. Our current job board, Hire UI Alumni, helps employers and alumni connect and communicate directly.</p> <p>Developing a personal &ldquo;brand image&rdquo; is critical for professionals who are marketing themselves. It&rsquo;s more important than ever to ...</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=335">Click here for the full article</a></p> Julie Bartimus Mon 17 Sep 2012 11:30 CST Career Sustainability, Scalability & Agility http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=465 <p>Is your career sustainable, scalable, agile and connected?</p> <p>Embracing today's buzzwords<br /> <br /> <strong>Sustainable </strong>- What are the future prospects of your role in the company, professional or industry? Are changes in technology and how we work support the future of your career or are they threatening it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Scalable</strong> - With increased productivity, larger teams, bigger goals and bigger projects, how scalable is your current role. As we are charged with doing more with the same or fewer resources, are you able to change how you work to meet those expectations?<br /> <br /> <strong>Agile</strong> - Are you agile enough to handle multiple requests and projects as they evolve. Increasingly, we are working on multiple projects with dynamic groups across multiple timezones. Are you able to handle and embrace these changes?<br /> <br /> <strong>Connected</strong> - Are you building and continuing expanding your internal and external social networks? These connections help you stay aware of trends, share knowledge, and balance strengths.<br /> <br /> What changes can you implement to increase your career sustainability, scalability, agility and connectedness? Are you teaching yourself new skills, learning about trends and the next new thing?</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 13 Sep 2012 13:33 CST Phishing and Other Fraudulent Jobs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=464 <p><big><strong>In the past few weeks, we've notice an increase in the number of phishing or fraudulent jobs. We invite you to review the following information to help keep yourself and others safe.</strong></big></p> <p>Although staff at the Alumni Career Center monitors employer jobs posted on our job board, Hire UI Alumni, our actions are not fool proof. Our vendor, NACElink Symplicity, has provided a list of &ldquo;red flags&rdquo; that can alert you to a fraudulent job posting on job boards &hellip; (Originally published in this blog on August 18, 2011)</p> <ul> <li>A credit card, bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation is requested.</li> <li>The posting appears to be from a reputable, familiar company (often a Fortune 500). Yet, the domain in the contact's email address does not match the domain used by representatives of the company. This is typically easy to determine from the company's website or it can be validated by checking the open positions on the company's website.</li> <li>The contact email address contains the domain @live.com.</li> <li>The position requires an initial investment, such as a payment by wire service or courier.</li> <li>The posting includes many spelling and grammatical errors.</li> <li>The position initially appears as a traditional job...upon further research, it sounds more like an independent contractor opportunity.</li> <li>A large payment or reward is offered in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (often for depositing checks or transferring money).</li> <li>Applicant receives an unexpectedly large check (checks are typically slightly less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).</li> <li>Applicant is asked to provide a photo of themself.</li> <li>The position is for any of the following: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, Online Surveys.</li> <li>The the description focuses on the amount of money to be made and neglects to mention what the responsibilities of the job actually are.</li> <li>The employer responds to you immediately after you submit your resume. Typically, resumes sent to an employer are reviewed by multiple individuals, or not viewed until the posting has closed. Note - this does not include an auto-response you may receive from the employer once you have sent your resume.</li> <li>The position indicates a &quot;first year compensation&quot; that is in high excess to the average compensation for that position type.</li> <li>Look at the company's website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about; or does it contain information only about the job you are interested in? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legit at first glance.</li> <li>Watch for anonymity. If it is difficult to find an address, actual contact, company name, etc. - this is cause to proceed with caution. Fraud postings are illegal, so scammers will try to keep themselves well-hidden.</li> <li>The salary range listed is very wide (i.e. &quot;employees can earn from $40K - $80K the first year!&quot;)</li> <li>Google the company name and the word &quot;scam&quot; (i.e. Acme Company Scam), the results show several scam reports concerning this company. Another source for scam reports is: http://www.ripoffreport.com.</li> <li>Google the employer's phone number, fax number and/or email address. If it does not appear connected to an actual business organization, this is a red flag. The Symplicity team often uses the Better Business Bureau <a href="http://(http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/">(http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/</a>), Hoovers (<a href="http://www.hoovers.com/">http://www.hoovers.com/</a>) and AT&amp;T's Anywho (<a href="http://www.anywho.com/">http://www.anywho.com/</a>) to verify organizations.</li> <li>The employer contacts you by phone, however there is no way to call them back. The number is not available.</li> <li>The employer tells you that they do not have an office set-up in your area, and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).</li> </ul> <p>Please help us keep Hire UI Alumni safe, if you happen to come across a fraudulent job on Hire UI Alumni please contact the staff at <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>. Additionally, if you feel you may have already been scammed in a job ad, NACElinkSymplicity&rsquo;s blog at, <a href="http://www.symplicity.com/blog/_1/17/fraud_posting_tips">http://www.symplicity.com/blog/_1/17/fraud_posting_tips</a> provides suggestions on what to do.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 11 Sep 2012 12:27 CST OUT for Work's "8th Annual National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Career Conference & PRIDE Career Fair" coming to UIC http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=460 <p>This conference will bring together participants across the U.S including LGBTQ employees from some of America's top inclusive corporations. There will be breakout sessions, workshops, and keynotes providing great materials to educate, prepare, and empower students in the transition from academia into the workplace.</p> <p>When: Sept. 29th, Conference workshops and keynote speakers <br /> Sept. 30th, Career Fair Begins</p> <p>Where: University of Illinois at Chicago<br /> Student Center East Building in the Illinois Room</p> <p>University of Illinois students from all three campuses and alumni are welcome to attend at a discount by using the &quot;UIC Student's Discount Code: UIC12.&quot;&nbsp; Alumni please bring your alumni card. There will be a $10 deposit fee which will be refunded upon attending the fair.</p> <p>For more information, to view a list of participating employers or to register <a href="http://outforwork.org/conferences/2012/national/registration.asp">click here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 6 Sep 2012 09:20 CST For Employers- Behavioral Interviewing Seminars http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=461 <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center is pleased to offer a set of professional development and Networking Seminars on &quot;Promoting Behavioral Interviewing&quot; for recruiters.</p> <p>Promoting Behavioral Interviewing seminars are designed to accommodate recruiters with different levels of skills and knowledge in behavioral interviewing. Recruiters will learn the process of using behavioral interviewing in recruiting and will be given the opportunity to practice in between seminars and return, if needed, to the next session level of expertise in behavioral interviewing. Each seminar is conveniently offered in the morning in downtown Chicago in the Illini Center.</p> <p>Choose your beginning behavioral interviewing seminar session based on your current skills and knowledge and come learn, practice and, if needed, advance to the next session of expertise in behavioral interviewing.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Session 1:</strong> Oct 9, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Session 2:</strong> Nov. 6, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Seating is limited to the first 36 people. A light breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 a.m</p> <p><strong>Price: </strong>$35/per session</p> <p>For seminar details or to register, click on the link below. If the link does not work, cut and paste it into your browser. <a href="http://tinyurl.com/PromotingBehavioralInterview">http://tinyurl.com/PromotingBehavioralInterview</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 4 Sep 2012 10:39 CST Webinar For Employers-Understanding Military Skill Sets and Interviewing Tips http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=462 <p>Just because your HVAC business is in land-locked Tucson, Arizona doesn't mean an &quot;Anti-Submarine Warfare Control System Level II Technician&quot; wouldn't be a great asset to your team. What the heck is an &quot;11B&quot; and what kind of transferrable skills does someone with that Military Occupational Code (MOC) have? Do you know what a &quot;CSM&quot; or an &quot;XO&quot; or a &quot;platoon leader&quot; does in the military? Making sense of &quot;foreign&quot; job titles and cryptic job codes on the typical military resume is hard enough. Trying to determine a service member's transferable skills based on a 5 minute conversation at a crowded job fair is even harder.</p> <p>This webinar will empower you with tools and techniques to be able to:</p> <p>&bull; Determine the types of occupational career fields offered through the military and how they correspond with your hiring needs<br /> &bull; Recognize the transferrable skills the military teaches its members: i.e., leadership, management, problem solving, project management, etc.<br /> &bull; Understand the differences between officer and enlisted grades, including levels of responsibility and salary expectations<br /> &bull; Map your hiring needs to military skill sets<br /> &bull; Avoid a lawsuit (also known as &quot;questions you should never ask a veteran during the hiring process&quot;)</p> <p><strong>Highlights of our Presenter:</strong><br /> Lisa Rosser is a consultant, author, speaker, and workshop leader on the topic of regarding recruiting, and retaining military veterans. Through her company, The Value Of a Veteran, she takes the mystery out of finding and recruiting military veterans for corporations, government agencies and higher education institutions.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Thursday, Sept. 27th <br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Via Webinar <br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)<br /> <strong>Cost</strong><strong>: </strong>Free<br /> <strong>RSVP</strong> by Monday, Sept 24th</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/qcq2y1/1Q">To register</a>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 30 Aug 2012 10:53 CST September Job Fairs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=455 <p>Mark your calendars, register for the &quot;How To Get The Most Out Of Attending A Job Fair&quot; webinar and get your resume ready to attend the on-campus job fairs coming up in September. To view and research employers registered to attend, visit the career center&rsquo;s website or call.</p> <p><strong>Illinois College of Engineering Career Fair</strong><br /> Date: Sept. 11-12, 2012<br /> Call: 217/ 333-1960</p> <p><strong>Illinois College of Business Career Fair</strong><br /> Date: Sept. 12-13, 2012<br /> <a href="http://www.business.illinois.edu/bcs/">http://www.business.illinois.edu/bcs/</a></p> <p><strong>UIC Business Career Fai</strong>r<br /> Date: Sept. 17, 2012<br /> Where: Illinois Room located in the Student Center East<br /> Contact: 312/355-2274</p> <p><strong>UIC Fall Diversity Job Fair</strong><br /> Date: Sept. 20, 2012<br /> Where: Illinois Room located in the Student Center East<br /> Contact: (312) 996-2300</p> <p>To register for the up coming webinar click on the link or to learn <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/fcqzr5">&quot;How to Get The most Out Of Attending A Job Fair</a>&quot; visit the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>. To have your resume critiqued contact the alumni career center for an appointment at 312-575-7830. Please note appointments are $60.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 28 Aug 2012 09:44 CST "Getting the Most Out of Job Fairs" Webinar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=459 <p>Learn how to make career fairs work for you. Get tips to strengthen your presentation and come away with useful information to advance your goals, whether you're a veteran of these events, or are planning to attend your first one.</p> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, September 6, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/fcqzr5">http://www.cvent.com/d/fcqzr5</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to the contact email listed above indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, September 5.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Sustaining and Life Members</a> gifts to the UIAA.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Fri 24 Aug 2012 09:04 CST Webinar Review-How Much Is Enough In Your Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=457 <p>In any economy a job search takes time. In the current environment it may take longer, especially if the job seeker is looking to change careers or transition into something quite different from their previous role. How Much Is Enough In Your Job Search mini-Webinar discussed:</p> <p>How to create and implement a purposeful and goal directed action plan,<br /> The quality versus the quantity of resumes when applying to jobs,<br /> Strategies to take care of oneself.</p> <p>The presenter responded to the some of the following questions...</p> <p>Is there a downside to working with multiple search firms?,<br /> What is the best way to respond to employers asking about salary requirements without pricing yourself out of the market?,<br /> How to explain switching careers when you&rsquo;ve been out of the workforce for 3 years?,</p> <p>and more!</p> <p>To listen to this one or other recorded Webinars go to the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tap located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center.</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 21 Aug 2012 13:46 CST Illinois Techology Association Networking Mixer http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=456 <p>Featuring keynote remarks from Congressman Robert J. Dold (R-IL) and a panel discussion on the ingredients for innovation and job creation in the tech sector:</p> <p>Robert Feldstein, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning in New York City <br /> Andrew Hoog, Chief Investigative Officer, via Forensics<br /> Jeremie Bacon, President &amp; CEO, Backstop Solutions Group</p> <p><strong>Why Attend: </strong>Small and medium sized technology firms are the bulwark of American innovation and job creation. Yet the complications of the tax code and the availability of high skilled talent are persistent challenges to this vital sector. Congressman Robert Dold will share with us his policy prescriptions for addressing these important issues, as well as reinforcing ways in which individuals and companies can make a difference. Our panelists will then discuss some of the specifics of the Congressman's proposals and how they apply to everyday business considerations and decisions. During the mixer, also learn about TechVoice and its new Illinois chapter.</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> Wednesday, September 26, 2012</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 5:00-5:30 p.m. - Networking Mixer;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Remarks by Special Guest, Congressman Robert J. Dold (R-IL)<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion on Job Creation in the Tech Sector</p> <p><strong>Address:</strong> <a href="http://www.illinoistech.org/">Illinois Technology Association</a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 200 S. Wacker Drive, 15th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606</p> <p><a href="http://www.techvoice.org/Events/il_techvoice.aspx"><strong>Register</strong></a>: Complimentary online registration, $25 at the door.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 16 Aug 2012 09:25 CST Government Careers For Recent Graduates Via Pathways Program http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=454 <p>The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions. To be eligible, applicants must apply within the previous two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply. For more information about Federal employment information for veterans, go to OPM's <a href="http://www.fedshirevets.gov/">Feds Hire Vets</a> website. To find out more about the Recent Graduates Program, go to the <a href="http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/graduates/">Program Fact Sheets </a>webpage.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 14 Aug 2012 09:31 CST For Employers- Register Today UIC Engineering Fair! http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=452 <p>The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, would like to invite employers to participate in their annual Engineering Career Fair.&nbsp; The fair is open to UIC students and alumni only.</p> <p><strong>WHEN: </strong>Wednesday, February 20, 2013</p> <p><strong>TIME: </strong>12:00pm to 4:00pm</p> <p><strong>WHERE:</strong> Student Center East in the Illinois Room at 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607</p> <p>Registration link: <a href="http://www.ecc.uic.edu/ECC/EmployerRegistration">http://www.ecc.uic.edu/ECC/EmployerRegistration</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 9 Aug 2012 10:01 CST "Tell Me About Yourself" http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=453 <p>Many interviewers will ask this question. Some will ask it just to take up time while they settle into the interview. <strong>Most, however, are truly looking forward to the information You choose to provide.</strong></p> <p>That is the key concept. The way you answer this question is a choice. Choose wisely. Think strategically. You can choose to:</p> <ul> <li>Focus on strengths</li> <li>Share a targeted biography</li> <li>Describe your vision for the position</li> <li>Share a personal story</li> <li>Talk about what motivated you to apply.</li> </ul> <p>This is your moment to create a positive impression that you can build on during the interview. I encourage to spend time crafting one of the answers above and avoiding the typical answer of the complete bio <em>(I was born in..., I went to school for...)</em>.</p> <p>One way we can help you explore your strengths and describe these in ways that are significant for your field, is through the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=325">&quot;Identifying and Demonstrating Your Strengths&quot;</a> session on September 25.</p> <p>Workshop participants will discuss results from their Strengths-based Leadership assessment, discuss ways these strengths can be used in careers and transitions and practice describing their strengths in practical ways. <em>Attendance is limited and participation is on site only.<br /> </em></p> <p>How do you incorporate your strengths when you answer this question?</p> <p>What strategy do you use when responding to the &quot;Tell Me About Yourself&quot; prompt?</p> <p>You can share your examples or ask questions by clicking on the comment link below.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 7 Aug 2012 12:18 CST Up Coming Webinar -How Much Is Enough In Your Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=451 <p>&nbsp;You&rsquo;re doing plenty in your job search, but is it enough? This mini-webinar will help you evaluate your efforts. Since it is frustrating not to control the outcome of a job search (typically it takes longer than job seekers hope), learn more about structuring your tasks to use your time well, being productive and purposeful.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $15. All pay the cost of the phone call - a standard long-distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p>Registration deadline is Thursday, August 16, at 9 AM Central Time.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Register by:<br /> (1) clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/fcqzr5">http://www.cvent.com/d/fcqzr5</a><br /> (2) calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR<br /> (3) sending an email to the contact email listed above indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, August 15.</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 2 Aug 2012 16:33 CST Differences Between a Resume and Curriculum Vitae (CV) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=447 <p><strong>Resume</strong><br /> 1. One or two pages<br /> 2. Primarily used in the U.S. for business and some academic roles.<br /> 3. Highlights your skills, education, work history, professional associations<br /> 4. Format may vary between a chronological, functional or a combination of the two.</p> <p><strong>Curriculum vitae (CV)</strong><br /> 1. Two or more pages is common depending on the amount of experience.<br /> 2. Primarily used for academic or research positions in the U.S. and it is commonly used overseas for business.<br /> 3. Tends to be more detailed highlighting skills, education, work history and/or academic background, teaching and/or research experience, fellowships, grants, publications, presentations, awards, honors, professional associations, etc.<br /> 4. A chronological format is commonly used.</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 31 Jul 2012 11:12 CST A Word of Caution for Company Open Houses http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=449 <p>Some companies will occasionally host an open house for candidates to attend and learn about various employment opportunities. These events are a great place to meet staff at the firm, as well as, learn more about the organization and its culture. However, they may blow your cover if you happen to run into a coworker or even worse, your boss at your current employer. If you are interested in attending but concerned about jeopardizing your job with your current employer, contact the company to let them know of your concern. They might request for a copy of your resume and invite you in for a private meeting or interview.</p> <p><br /> For additional tips about job search strategies, visit the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 26 Jul 2012 13:18 CST Win an Advising Session http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=450 <p><strong><big>How many alumni has the UIAA Alumni Career Center served through counseling and outreach efforts since its founding in November 1987?</big></strong></p> <p>Make your best guess at <a href="https://bitly.com/ACCQuiz">https://bitly.com/ACCQuiz</a>.</p> <p>The alumnus/alumna with the winning answer will receive a complimentary ACC advising session ($60 value). The answer will appear in the Fall 2012 alumni magazines and social media</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 24 Jul 2012 09:00 CST Networking- UIC College of Business Alumni Association http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=448 <p>The Business Alumni Association invites you to attend a Wrigley Field Tour, Happy Hours and a Book Drive</p> <p>Join them on Saturday, August 11th for a one-of-a-kind tour of Wrigley Field. Even if you don't bleed Cubbie blue, this will be a great event! Tickets are just $25 but registration ends this Friday. Hurry up and get yours! <a href="http://howchicagoworksaugust2012.eventbrite.com">http://howchicagoworksaugust2012.eventbrite.com</a></p> <p>For all Liautaud Graduate School of Business alumni, the summer social will be on Thursday, August 9th at Plymouth. For more information and to register, follow the link. <a href="http://liautaudalumninetworkaugust2012.eventbrite.com/ ">http://liautaudalumninetworkaugust2012.eventbrite.com/ </a></p> <p>For all undergraduate College of Business alumni, the summer social will be on Tuesday, August 21st at Citizen Bar. Look for the registration link next week!</p> <p>Finally, the BAA is proud to announce our first ever book drive in support of the UIC College Prep Charter School. Bring new or gently used books (or cash donations) to our summer socials. Can't make it but want to donate? Just contact Melanie Hampton to make other arrangements. For a list of requested books, follow the link. <br /> <a href="http://wishlist.confusticate.com/view.php?hash=fd755901d7a41c4382d5bd2098662c3a ">http://wishlist.confusticate.com/view.php?hash=fd755901d7a41c4382d5bd2098662c3a </a></p> <p>They can't wait to see you all at these events!</p> <p><strong>For details contact:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Melanie Hampton, MBA '09<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; UIC Business Alumni Assocation, Co-President<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; mshampton17@gmail.com</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 19 Jul 2012 11:35 CST Concerned About Age, How Far Back Should My Experience Go On My Resume? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=446 <p>While some employers may like to see a candidate&rsquo;s entire work history, a general rule of thumb is to list the last 10 years of employment on your resume, especially if concerned about your age. Experience beyond that may no longer be relevant to some employers. A consideration to this rule might be if a particular skill, area of knowledge or an industry from an older job is relevant to the position being applied to or if the level of position requires a candidate with more than 10 years of experience. For example, an employer may be looking for a senior level VP with 20+ years of experience.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The most important issue is making sure your resume highlights relevant key skills and accomplishments in the summary section and throughout the body. A two page resume for an experienced professional is perfectly acceptable. For additional tips about resume writing, go to the &ldquo;resume writing&rdquo; section located under the &ldquo;Search Tool&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 17 Jul 2012 13:18 CST Advice for LinkedIn Profile Photos http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=442 <p>While advising I am frequently asked about whether a photograph is needed on your LinkedIn profile. While a photograph is recommended, it is personal decision especially if you have concerns with age, a potential employer seeing you, etc.</p> <p>If a photograph is used, it is recommended to use a clear headshot, from your chest up, dressed in solid professional business attire and using a simple or plain background. Photos taken in casual attire, on vacation, at a party, in a group or with sunglasses on are not recommended.</p> <p>For additional LinkedIn tips listen to several webinars located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a> under the &quot;About Us&quot; tab.&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 12 Jul 2012 13:26 CST Comments on Employee Boredom http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=444 <p>There is a new problem making its way through the workforce: employee boredom. According to a recent article entitled &ldquo;<strong>Bored In The Office: Is It The New Productivity Killer?</strong>&rdquo;, boredom can upend the efficiency of even the most driven professionals. This can lead to withdrawal, the abusing of team members, or even purposely failing tasks. As Richard Chaifetz, a neuropsychologist and the CEO of ComPsych, states, &ldquo;&ldquo;When people get bored they become disengaged. The costs can be extreme&mdash;lack of productivity, significant errors and catastrophic accidents.&rdquo;</p> <p>A recent Gallup poll found that 71% of American workers are either not engaged or actively disengaged from their jobs. This detachment could be caused by several reasons. The most common cause is workers not being able to find meaning in their job and feel as if they are not making progress towards anything important. Other reasons include too little variety of daily tasks, the feeling of not having much control over their jobs or input on decisions, and the lack of feedback or positive recognition in their work.</p> <p>As a member of the Millennial Generation, boredom in the office is one of my great worries as I begin my professional career. Having grown up with a full schedule of activities, the idea of disengagement within my career seems unfulfilling. I want my work day to be challenging and meaningful. In my mind, the end of the work day should sneak up on me, not be a tedious waiting game. Otherwise, the prospect of going to work every day would be more of a chore than a rewarding career.</p> <p>If I were in a position of disengagement, I would approach my supervisor about the possibility of taking on more challenging projects or daily tasks. It is important that this conversation portrays the eagerness to take on new challenges and not discontent with current tasks. This discussion will show initiative and your commitment to helping your department, division, or company grow. Even if you do not get more challenging projects or tasks right away, it will help position you for them down the line.</p> <p>For employers, it is important to keep an open dialogue with employees. This allows supervisors to understand employees&rsquo; engagement in their current jobs and possible ways to offset boredom. It also allows for more frequent feedback and leadership. As more and more Millennials make their way into the workforce, the open dialogue between workers and management will become more and more important, as many place high importance on concepts like team work and structure.</p> <p>For Jenna Gourdeau&rsquo;s complete article and her take on possible solutions, visit Forbes.com or click <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/05/31/bored-in-the-office-is-it-the-new-productivity-killer/">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Blog post by Jeff Nilsen '10 LAS (UI), UIAA Alumni Career Center Summer Intern and graduate student at Illinois State University</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 28 Jun 2012 08:04 CST Benefits to Using Blogs In Your Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=443 <p>Recently during a webinar, the following question was asked &ldquo;Is it helpful to blog in your area of expertise to job network?&rdquo; Using blogs in your job search and in general to manage your career can be extremely helpful. First, following a blog in your area of expertise is a great way to keep abreast of trends and to listen to other perspectives from professionals in your field. Contributing meaningfully to the discussions can be a great way to provide your perspective or additional insight on a particular topic.&nbsp; It can also help you gain attention, to be viewed as a subject matter expert and over time develop your brand. Lastly, it can help to network with others in your field because people following the blog might respond directly to you.&nbsp; These conversations can be the start to additional discussions... networking.</p> <p>For more information about using blogs in your job search visit the &ldquo;Other Tools&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Search Tools&rdquo; tab in the<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/"> Virtual Career Center</a>. Also consider watching some of the recorded webinars under the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; in the Networking/Social Media section. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 26 Jun 2012 13:26 CST Interviewing for Executives http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=441 <p>The following criteria were listed as critical by employers and recruiters in <a href="http://www.execunet.com/e_trends_survey.cfm">Execunet&rsquo;s 2012 Executive Job Market Intelligence Report.</a></p> <p>As an executive candidate, if you can articulate your accomplishments and outcomes in these areas, you will demonstrate the solutions you can provide to a prospective employer.</p> <p>How well do you tell your story? Do your stories convey the value you have added and can add to an organization?</p> <p><big>Most Sought-After and Hardest to Find Executive Characteristics</big><br /> <u>Most Sought After by Employers</u><br /> 1. Ability to build, lead high-performance teams <br /> 2. Industry-specific experience <br /> 3. Strategy and execution leadership <br /> 4. Functional/Technical experience <br /> 5. Problem-solver <br /> 6. Change agent <br /> 7. Cross-functional expertise</p> <p><u>Hardest to Find for Executive Recruiters</u><br /> 1. Industry-specific experience <br /> 2. Strategy and execution leadership <br /> 3. Ability to build, lead high-performance teams <br /> 4. Functional/Technical experience <br /> 5. Record of innovation <br /> 6. Change agent <br /> 7. Turnaround experience</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 21 Jun 2012 13:00 CST Making a Good Decision for You http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=440 <p>You wouldn't just accept any car that someone wanted to offer. You would evaluate it against your needs and preferences.</p> <p>Several alumni have contacted me recently struggling with a decision about whether to take a job offer. On one hand, they are scared about the media portrayal of the job market and feel like they should just accept anything that is offered. But, you don't want fear to cause you to make a decision you may regret later.</p> <p>While considering an offer, consider what is important to you. Which process you use isn't necessarily important. You can use quiet time to think about the question, write out your thoughts in a journal or make lists.</p> <p>Within the items that are important to you, consider which are most important.</p> <p>Next, assess the offer against these priorities. I've worked with alumni who have used complicated excel spreadsheets and weighted formulas to come up with scores for an offer. I've also worked with alumni who never made one written note, but just needed to discuss their concerns with an objective adviser. Think about how you have made big decisions before and follow a similar process.</p> <p>If you need more information about evaluating offers or suggestions for what to consider, visit the &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=118">Evaluating and Negotiating the Job Offer</a>&quot; page of the UIAA Virtual Career Center. (You do need to be registered and logged in to see the page content.)<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 19 Jun 2012 13:34 CST Quick Social Networking Questions (And Answers) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=436 <p><strong>Q1: Other than LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, what other sites would you recommend are key to business networking?</strong><br /> A1: These are the big three social networking sites (see Webinar Archives for more specific tips). Other sites will depend on what your targeted field/industry is using to connect with each other. Ask for suggestions when you are networking with colleagues in your field.</p> <p><strong>Q2: Any clever ways of moving folks from Facebook over to LinkedIn? My career has changed since I joined Facebook four years ago and now would like to shift some folks over to Linked In.</strong><br /> A2: &quot;Clever&quot; ideas may depend on your own personality and what is considered professional in your industry. You could send an announcement to key people on Facebook saying that you are moving to LinkedIn. You can also find those people in LinkedIn and ask to connect with them there and unfriend them in Facebook. (Unfriending typically happens without the other person realizing. They just stop seeing your updates.)</p> <p><strong>Q3: Any thoughts on accepting LinkedIn requests from people in your unit/organization? Pros and cons?</strong><br /> A3: The positive point outweighs the concern.<br /> Pro - This will expand your network with people in your field who know you well.<br /> Con - If you are actively searching for a new position, you may not be able to openly comment on that because of the connections to people in your unit/organization.</p> <p><strong>Q4: How &quot;private&quot; should you keep your LinkedIn? When on the job hunt, should everyone be able to see it?</strong><br /> A4: Privacy settings are personal preferences, but I would recommend keeping your profile as public as you can within those preferences.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 14 Jun 2012 15:40 CST Webinar Highlights of Developing Your Resume's Summary & LinkedIn Profile http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=439 <p>Last week another attendance record was set with 350 alumni participating in the<strong> &ldquo;Developing Your Summary &amp; LinkedIn Profile&rdquo; webinar</strong>. The audience was an inclusive group including everyone from recent graduates with minimal experience up to senior level executives. It also included approximately twenty percent who were semi or retired folks exploring new opportunities. The webinar discussed perception in relation to your messages conveyed through your summary and profile, difference between a resume&rsquo;s summary and LinkedIn&rsquo;s profile and it also provided exercised to assist the participant in developing their resume&rsquo;s summary and LinkedIn profile.</p> <p>To listen to the recording, go to &ldquo;webinar recordings&rdquo; under the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 12 Jun 2012 09:33 CST Chicago Alumni Job Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=435 <p>Mark your calendar and get your resume ready to attend the Chicago Alumni Job Fair hosted by MyWorkster and a consortium of local Midwestern Universities including the University of Illinois.</p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>June 27, 2012</p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>University of Illinois at Chicago<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; UIC Forum<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60605</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CT)</p> <p><strong>Cos</strong>t: $10</p> <p>Some participating employers include: Littlefuse Inc., Acuity Group, US Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hyatt Hotels and Big Machines to name a few. <strong>To view a complete list of participating employers or to registered to attend, visit </strong><a href="http://hirechicago.eventbrite.com/"><strong>myworkster&rsquo;s website</strong></a>.</p> <p>To learn how to get the most out of attending a job fair visit the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/index.html"><strong>Virtual Career Center</strong></a>. To schedule an appointment to have your resume critiqued contact the Alumni Career Center at 312-575-7830 or email careers@uillinois.edu. Please note, appointments are $60.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 5 Jun 2012 12:26 CST Alumni Opinion of Their Web Presence http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=433 <p>During a recent Webinar we ask our attendees about their web presence and which social media tools they were using. Here are the results. What is your response?</p> <p><strong>Question 1:</strong></p> <p><img height="450" src="http://media.uiaa.org/WebPresenceGraph.jpg" alt="Web Presence Graph" /><br /> The orange star indicates the average response.</p> <p><strong>Question 2: Which social media are you using in your job search? </strong></p> <p><img height="450" src="http://media.uiaa.org/SocialMediaUsage.jpg" alt="Web Presence Graph" /></p> Julie Bartimus Mon 4 Jun 2012 18:00 CST Fortune's "500 Largest Companies To Work For" Ranked By Profits http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=434 <p>Three years after cutting costs and being reluctant to hire, employers are slowly starting to recover from the 2008 recession by starting to increase hiring as well as salaries, according to <strong>Fortune&rsquo;s &ldquo;500 Largest Corporations To Work For&rdquo;</strong> article.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s encouraging to report that employers who have spoken to the Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s staff have voiced the same.</p> <p>Not everyone wants to work for a large corporation.&nbsp; If you do, the employers listed in Fortune's &ldquo;500 Largest U.S. Corporations To Work For&rdquo; might be a good list to begin reviewing. The list, published annually by Fortune magazine, just came out. Some employers at the top of the list are a no-brainer while others are a bit surprising. Fortune&rsquo;s &ldquo;500 Largest Corporations To Work For&rdquo;&nbsp; not only ranks the employers by revenue but by profits as well. The following list are the top 10 employers ranked by profits. Click on the hyperlink to see the complete list of <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2012/snapshots/387.html?iid=splwinners"><strong>Fortune&rsquo;s &ldquo;500 Largest Corporations To Work For&rdquo;</strong></a> .<br /> <br /> <strong>Top 10 Largest Employers Ranked By Profits</strong></p> <p>1. Exxon Mobil<br /> 2. Chevron<br /> 3. Apple<br /> 4. Microsoft<br /> 5. Ford<br /> 6. J.P. Morgan Chase &amp; Co.<br /> 7. American International Group<br /> 8. Wells Fargo<br /> 9. IBM<br /> 10. Walmart</p> <p>The next step would be to find a person who you know or find a person who can refer you to a person who works at the companies you are interested in. The <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/article.html?aid=167"><strong>Alumni Directory </strong></a>, located in the <em><strong>NEW FREE</strong></em> <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/index.html"><strong>Alumni Network</strong></a>, would be a good resource tool that provides a common connection through your Ala Mater to help you find alumni who work at those companies.&nbsp; Also network and find connections to these employers in the geographic groups and special interest clubs through the <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/index.html"><strong>Alumni Network</strong></a>. Read about other job search strategies, in the UIAA Alumni Career Center's <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org"><strong>Virtual Career Center</strong></a>.&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 29 May 2012 10:59 CST How to develop a meaningful summary/ profile for resumes and LinkedIn http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=432 <p>When a recruiter looks at your summary or profile on your resume or on LinkedIn what do they see? Your summary or profile are the first items a prospective employer or industry colleagues read and look at to very quickly assess whether you are qualified for the job or have the skills, competencies and overall background or experience they need. This webinar will discuss the difference between a summary for a resume or a profile for LinkedIn. It will also discuss tips on how to create a more meaningful first impression to either help you advance to the interview stage or become more attractive to industry colleagues and recruiters through your branding statement.</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, June 7, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong><br /> <strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/qcqpf9/4W">http://www.cvent.com/d/qcqpf9/4W</a><br /> <strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR<br /> <strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating which program(s) you would like to attend.</p> <p>Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, June 6.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Sustaining and Life Members gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 24 May 2012 09:00 CST "Always Ask Questions," advises a recent alumna http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=430 <p>Did you know 1,200 interns participate each year in various internship programs throughout the Smithsonian? As the summer internship season begins, the Smithsonian shared the behind-the-scenes experiences, tips and advice from three interns.</p> <p>Jess Park, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alum who recently interned as an interpretive guide at the Smithsonian&rsquo;s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, offers advice on how to pursue a career in the arts. They&rsquo;ve compiled her advice, along with two others, into a release that is a useful tool for students and recent graduates.</p> <p>To read more about Jess&rsquo; experience, visit the Smithsonian&rsquo;s press room website for the <a href="http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/college-students-move-classroom-smithsonian">full press release.</a></p> <p><em><strong>Our thanks to the Smithsonian for sharing this press release.</strong></em></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 22 May 2012 12:47 CST Web-Panel Excerpts- What Employers Look For In Application http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=431 <p>Last week the Alumni Career Center hosted a panel program: What Employers Look for In An Application. Coming from three different industries, our panelists Debra Evans, Bert Rodriquez and Kerl LaJeune each presented unique take a ways concerning what their company looks for in a cover letter and a resume, as well as, what a candidate should do if in an active job search. The following are excerpts from the webinar:</p> <p>Debra Evans &lsquo;85 ME (UIC), Senior Program Manager, Consumables Device Business at Hospira, Inc. discussed her experience of working in a regulated industry.&nbsp; She mentioned a candidate must know how to handle the nuances of a regulated industry. Debra mentioned she has not used a paper resume in years and is frequently being called on by recruiters. Listen to the webinar to learn what she uses in place of a paper resume and why Debra feels she is actively recruited by headhunters.</p> <p>Bert Rodriquez, &rsquo;92 BS (UI), Human Resources Director, at Newly Weds Foods discussed the importance of an accomplishment oriented resume versus a responsibility/ task oriented one. Bert also discussed what a candidate should focus on if applying for an entry level role versus a mid-level manager position role. Listen to the webinar to learn what Bert suggested.</p> <p>Kerl LaJeune,&rsquo;92 AA Design, (UIC), Architect, Senior Designer, at Solomon Cordwell Buenz being in a technical field discussed the prominence of technology. He mentioned understanding the industry lingo especially in relation to how the technology fits each specific role whether an architect, drafter or designer. Kerl also discussed what a candidate should focus on if applying for an entry level role versus a management or an executive level role.</p> <p>Some common themes among the panelists included networking and using niche job boards. They answered questions dealing with employment gaps, how to follow up with employers, as well as, how to successfully apply online. To listen to the entire webinar go to the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 17 May 2012 13:04 CST For Employers- Using Twitter For Recruiting Tip (3 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=427 <p>Using Twitter can become overwhelming and can result in a recruiter spending more time than desired on it. Toby and Michele recommend the follow tools and techniques to manage twitter more effectively:</p> <p>&bull; Designate a specific amount of time per day to tweet jobs, read or respond to your messages and send out announcements <br /> &bull; Use &ldquo;search operators&rdquo; to search more effectively. Consider downloading the &ldquo;<a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/power-twitter/">Power Twitter add-on</a>&rdquo; in Mozilla Firefox&rsquo;s browser to conduct searches quicker and easier<br /> &bull; Create lists to help with tracking. A list can include companies, identified candidates, industries, etc.<br /> &bull; Tools such as <a href="http://www.tweetdeck.com/">tweetdeck.com</a>, <a href="http://hootsuite.com/">hootsuite.com</a> and <a href="http://gremln.com/">gremln.com</a> can assist in managing and organizing your search activities, as well as pre-scheduling your announcements<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Source: Finding Talent Employer Series- How to Source Recruit and Brand presented by <a href="http://@tobyrnathan">Toby Nathan</a> (&rsquo;81 LAS UI) , Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant at RecruitaStar and <a href="http://@MicheleRempel">Michele Rempel</a>, CEO at Mediavine.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 15 May 2012 09:10 CST You are good at it, but you do not want to do it anymore http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=428 <p>We regularly talk to alumni that are trying to make a transition to a new career path. The challenge is that they are really good at what they do currently. You may be asking why that is a challenge. If they are good at their job, it shouldn't be hard to find a new job. The challenge is that they dislike the work that they excel in. They don't want to do that work anymore, but aren't sure what to switch into or how to go about the transition.</p> <p>One way to explore career options is by dividing options into a grid comprised of two continuums where the functions and industry range from similar to the current role or different.</p> <p>This may help you explore options where you can use your industry knowledge in different roles or use your functional knowledge in different industries. Options in quadrant 1 will involve an easier transition because of the similar to both the current function and industry. However, because the alumnus in this discussion dislikes what they are currently doing, this quadrant is not an option.</p> <p>Options in the two quadrant 2's, would involve a more difficult transition, but the alumnus could either market their functional skills or industry knowledge. Which quadrant is the better one to consider will depend on whether the alumnus dislikes the functional tasks or the industry they are currently in.</p> <p>Options in quadrants 3 will involve the more difficult transition because it involves different functions and different industries. Time may need to be spent building knowledge, skills and training for these new areas.</p> <p>As the alumnus decide what to pursue, he will need to consider what he enjoys, where he excels and the market demands.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 10 May 2012 10:54 CST For Employers- Using Twitter For Recruiting Tip (2 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=426 <p>To increase the number of followers, Toby and Michele suggested:</p> <p>&bull; Following people first. Start by following colleagues you already know or other recruiters who source similar candidates as you<br /> &bull; While networking and developing relationships with candidates, ask them to follow you if they are on Twitter or consider using Twitter it if they aren't<br /> &bull; Use @name to gain attention<br /> &bull; Review your @Connect page to find out who is interested in you<br /> &bull; Tweet to engage and add value to your followers, such as tweeting an interesting recruiting topic versus just a job posting.</p> <p>Watch for the next Twitter Tip posted on May 15th.</p> <p>Source: Finding Talent Employer Series- How to Source Recruit and Brand presented by <a href="http://@tobyrnathan">Toby Nathan</a> (&rsquo;81 LAS UI) , Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant at RecruitaStar and <a href="http://@MicheleRempel">Michele Rempel</a>, CEO at Mediavine.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 8 May 2012 12:00 CST For Employers Using Twitter For Recruiting Tip (1of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=425 <p>A few weeks ago, Toby Nathan and Michele Rempel presented the Finding Talent Employer program titled: <em>How to Source, Recruit and Brand Using Twitter</em>. The Alumni Career Center will write 3 blog posts highlighting their recruiting tips using Twitter.</p> <p>If using Twitter to recruit, some etiquette guidelines include:</p> <p>1. If someone follows you, follow them back unless you really don&rsquo;t want to<br /> 2. Thank people who retweet your tweets or mention you in a positive way<br /> 3. Retweet others and include their @name as the original source in the tweet</p> <p>Watch for the next &quot;For Employers Using Twitter for Recruiting Tip&quot; to be posted on May 8th</p> <p>Source: Finding Talent Employer Series- How to Source Recruit and Brand presented by T<a href="http://@tobyrnathan">oby Nathan </a>(&rsquo;81 LAS UI) , Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant at RecruitaStar and <a href="http://@MicheleRempel">Michele Rempe</a>l, CEO at Mediavine<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Wed 2 May 2012 14:22 CST Do YOU know what employers look for in an application? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=424 <p>During this informational panel discussion several recruiters and Human Resources professionals will share positive features of resumes that stand out in the stack, whether your resume is reviewed first by a computer or a person. Be able to present what you most want employers to know about your qualifications and increase your chance of being called for an interview.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <u><strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong></u>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call &ndash; a standard long distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers and microphone to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Moderator:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Ron Sipiora</strong>, &rsquo;77 LER (UI), <em>Senior Vice President</em>, BPI group</li> </ul> <p><strong>Our Panelists are:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Bert Rodriguez</strong>, &rsquo;11 CS (UIS), <em>Director of Human Resources</em>, Newly Weds Foods, Inc.</li> <li><strong>Kerl LaJeune</strong>, &rsquo;92 AA (UIC), <em>Senior Designer</em>, Solomon Cordwell Buenz</li> <li><strong>Debra P. Evans</strong>, MS &rsquo;85 ENG (UIC), <em>Senior Program Manager</em>, Hospira</li> </ul> <p>If you are attending at the downtown Chicago Illini Center arrive at 6:30, to network! Bring your soundbyte and your handbill, and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information from 6:30 until the program begins at 7 p.m. To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the 'Networking' topic in the ACC's <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, May 10, at 2:00 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><em><strong>(1)</strong></em> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/qcqpf9/4W">http://www.cvent.com/d/qcqpf9/4W</a></p> <p><em><strong>(2) </strong></em>by calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR</p> <p><em><strong>(3)</strong></em> by sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Technology access information, the number to call and key code for the session will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, May 9.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Sustaining and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 26 Apr 2012 09:00 CST Not in Love with the Job You are Interviewing For? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=421 <p>You're finding jobs to apply for. They may not be your top choice, but you're confident in your abilities. You get calls for interviews; you prepare and feel you have strong answers to their questions.</p> <p>But, you aren't getting second interviews or offers. What's happening?</p> <p>One possibility is that while you have great experience, the perfect background, and good examples, you may not be delivering the information well. Consider whether the job or parts of the job is something you don't really enjoy and are trying to transition away from. If your feelings about a job or task are negative , this may show in body language and tone of voice.</p> <p>I was conducting a mock interview with an alumna whose words were exactly what an employer would want to hear, but her tine of voice was bored and body language was closed off. I asked her about this after we finished the mock interview and she admitted that she wasn't really interested in that type of job, but was interviewing because that was the area that was generating the most responses from employers. We talked about her options for refocusing the employers or building her excitement back up.</p> <p>If this sounds like something you are experiencing, you'll first need to decide what you are going to pursue. Either fully commit to a new job target and stop applying for those jobs that you are trying to move away from or commit to the job or task that you've been trying to move away from realizing that it is a short term step toward a longer range goal. Both choices have challenges.</p> <p>Whatever your choice, you need to show the interviewer that you are motivated and excited to do the work that the interview is focused around. If skills are comparable, an employer will choose the person who shows the better attitude. Employers are looking to build teams and attitude is a key part of how teams work together. If your feelings are still negative, but you are willing to tough it out, find something about the job, company or location to get excited about. Smile. Share examples of the parts of your job you did enjoy. Ask great questions.</p> <p>If you are not sure how you come across in an interview, practice with a friend, family member or career adviser that can give you objective feedback.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 19 Apr 2012 13:38 CST We're celebrating our 250th blog post today http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=422 <p>Since our Blog started on December 10, 2009, alumni have visited a total of 35,323 times. These numbers includes the posts and separate comments pages and encompasses 10,557 unique pageviews.</p> <p><strong>The Top 5 Blog Posts Overall are:</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=187">National Career Development Month - Helping Others</a> (November 5, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=204">Which side does a nametag go on?</a> (December 16, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=88">An Alumna Asks About Transcripts</a> (April 28, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=287">Are you using graphics in your resume?</a> (April 26, 2011)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=40">Question about Experience</a> (Jan 26, 2010)</p> <p>This list has remained fairly consistent since our 150th and 200th blog post milestones and cover career advice, networking and event announcements.</p> <p><strong>The Top 10 Blog Posts in the last year are:</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=287">Are you using graphics in your resume?</a><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=305">Buying Time During A Job Offer</a><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=313">Computer Science Degree: How to make yourself the best possible candidate</a><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=265">There are only a few days left to register for the Hire Big Ten Plus Virtual Career Fair</a> (2011)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=331">Caterpillar, McDonald's and Pepsi Reps. on Interviewing</a><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=372">Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) Information Session</a><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=330">Red Flags Identifying Fraudulent Job Ads</a><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=290">Business Cards: A Networking &amp; Job Search Tool</a><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=284">Do Employers Read Cover Letters &amp; Are They Still Needed?</a><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=306">Lessons Learned from Chicago Alumni Job Fair</a></p> <p>If you would like to see us write about a particular topic or if you would like to be a guest blogger, contact Julie Bartimus at <a href="http://JLHays@uillinois.edu">JLHays@uillinois.edu</a> with your ideas.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 17 Apr 2012 14:48 CST "Career Portfolio: Prove it in Your Interview" Webinar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=423 <p>In a very tight and competitive employment market, job seekers need an added edge. An accomplishments-based resume may help you get the interview, but a career portfolio can help prove your accomplishments as you present your qualifications. A career portfolio can be the tool you use to tip the scale in your favor and lead the employer to choose you over someone else.</p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/qcqpf9/4W">http://www.cvent.com/d/qcqpf9/4W</a></p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 25.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 17 Apr 2012 09:00 CST I'm Applying for A Job, Do I Need A Cover Letter? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=420 <p>If a room full of recruiters were asked if they read cover letters, their responses would be evenly split. For this reason, the staff at the Alumni Career Center recommends a cover letter be written. A cover letter is a great way to help the candidate stand out over their competitors. It gives the candidate an opportunity to sell their accomplishments and that unique quality they possess that can not be discovered in their resume.</p> <p>The following are some tips to writing an effective cover letter:</p> <p>1. Write a targeted cover letter telling the employer why you are interested in their position and their company.<br /> 2. Try to always address the cover letter to a specific person. LinkedIn can be resource here.<br /> 3. If a person referred you to the position, in your opening sentence state, &ldquo;(person&rsquo;s name) suggested that I contact you regarding the XYZ position.<br /> 4. Read the job description and mention specific skills and or accomplishments that are relevant that you will bring to the position.<br /> 5. Close your cover letter by requesting an interview to further discuss your skills, abilities and fit for the position.</p> <p>For more information or to read sample cover letters go to the &ldquo;cover letter writing&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Search Tool&rdquo; tab in the Virtual Career Center at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">http://www.uiaacareers.org/</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 12 Apr 2012 18:53 CST Employer Webinar-How to Use Twitter Deadline http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=418 <p>The April 13th registration deadline for the special 1 1/2 hour &ldquo;Finding Talent&rdquo; program <em>How to Source, Recruit and Brand Using Twitter </em>is quickly approaching. Don&rsquo;t miss Toby Nathan and Michele Rempel discuss how to get started using Twitter, the benefits and how to use Twitter as a branding tool.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday, April 18<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> In Person, Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago Or Via Webinar<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)<br /> (Guests attending in person may network &amp; enjoy a light breakfast beginning at 8:30 am)<br /> <strong>Cost: </strong>Free<br /> Register for this event at <a href="http://tinyurl.com/HowToRecruitUsingTwitter">http://tinyurl.com/HowToRecruitUsingTwitter</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 10 Apr 2012 15:40 CST Spring 2012 Webinar Registration Open http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=419 <p>Spring forward in your career with this quarter's Webinars. Prepare or build your entrepreneurial career after listening to alumni talk about their experiences as self-employed, independent contractors and small business owners in our first Webinar on April 17.</p> <p>Through other sessions, you will:</p> <ul> <li>Analyze your accomplishments through building a career portfolio and use it in an interview to communicate your strengths</li> <li>Improve the ROI on the time you take to complete applications after listing to our employer panel</li> <li>Utilize social media to communicate your brand and strengths to potential employers</li> <li>Build a better summary/profile for your resume and LinkedIn profile</li> </ul> <p>To register for the April 17 &quot;Web-Panel: Exploring Entrepreneurial Careers&quot; and other sessions, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/qcqpf9"><strong>click here.</strong></a></span></span></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 3 Apr 2012 09:24 CST Facebook Password Requests: Hype More Than Reality http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=415 <p>The talk about employers asking for Facebook passwords is probably more prevalent than the number of employers actually asking candidates this question. While candidates have asked us for our advice in handling this request, no one has said that they personally had been asked this question.</p> <p>In case you missed the other articles and news coverage about this topic, the situation under discussion is an employer asking a candidate for their Facebook password as part of the screening process for a job.</p> <p>None of the articles that I have read are advocating this to recruiters as a practice. Most are either warning that it is possible or providing updates on the stances of <a href="http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/QsQwMUfBK6w/">legislators (against)</a> and <a href="http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/plbUrq3yRGk/">Facebook (not supportive)</a>.</p> <p>Studies were recently conducted by Northern Illinois University and other institutions that indicated that profiles from social media sites including Facebook could demonstrate different personality traits including intellectual curiosity, agreeability and conscientiousness. &quot;Not surprisingly, pictures and references to traveling signaled openness to new experiences and adventurousness, while the number of friends you have indicates extroversion.&quot; These are all factors, however, that an employer could observe from a public profile even one with high privacy settings.</p> <p>If an employer asks for a password to any of your online profiles, you have several options:</p> <ol> <li>The first and biggest option is to say no. You run the risk of being screened out, but if you decline respectfully you have a chance to remain in the running. <ol> <li>&quot;Out of respect for the privacy of the friends and family members that I am connected to, I respectfully decline.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;While I am not comfortable sharing my personal password with you, I invite you to view my public profile.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;I know some employers review online public profiles to get a sense of what would appear if a client searched for a person online. What else are you looking for in my personal profile?&quot;</li> </ol> </li> <li>If you are truly worried about being screened out of the screen and an employer said the having the password was required as part of the search, you may decide to say yea. <ol> <li>Offer to review the profile in person with them.</li> <li>Change the password before you give it to them and let them know that you plan to change it again within 2-3 days.</li> </ol> </li> <li>Close all social networking profiles for the duration. This is drastic, but allows you to honestly say that you don't have a Facebook profile.</li> </ol> <p>Because most employers won't ask for your password, but may review your public profiles, review your public profiles and any related privacy settings to make sure people unconnected to you see what you want them to see.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 29 Mar 2012 13:38 CST You Know You're Good, But ... http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=416 <p>This is a topic we discuss with alumni when they are wondering why they aren't getting the response to their resume, online profile, networking conversation or interview that they expected. It is one thing to believe in yourself, it is another to convince someone else of your strengths and abilities. You know that you are good, but does the prospective employer?</p> <p>Within the first few seconds you need to give them a reason to read or listen further. This &quot;core message&quot; should then be supported by evidence that demonstrates your strengths, skills, knowledge and/or experience.</p> <p>If you are having difficulty grouping the tasks you performed into skills, take some time to analyze them. For concrete exercises, visit our Virtual Career Center at www.uiaacareers.org. Select &quot;Identifying Transferable Skills&quot; option under the &quot;Career Choice&quot; tab. These skills would then become your core message and your accomplishments would become the evidence.</p> <p>Another strong resource for identifying skills and refocusing on these strengths is the assessment and book: Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. The assessment groups strengths into four leadership themes of executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking. It advocates that we should each focus our energy on utilizing these strengths because we will be more successful, more productive and happier. Once you have identified your strengths (core message) you can then focus on related results and outcomes (evidence).</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 27 Mar 2012 09:00 CST UIC Student Research Forum, April 17 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=414 <p><big><strong>Tuesday, April 17, 2012<br /> 1:00pm - 5:00pm<br /> UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road</strong></big></p> <p><big><strong>We encourage all UI alumni to attend the UIC Student Research Forum, and also to serve as judges. </strong></big></p> <p>The Student Research Forum represents one of the finest student-run activities at UIC. It is one of the few student activities that is academic in nature and includes the entire student body; undergraduate, graduate and professional. The Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus.</p> <p>Students from all disciplines (Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, among others) are invited to present their work one-on-one to Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy 3-hour session, followed by an awards ceremony. Monetary awards will be given in various categories. Research presentations are accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research work and/or highlights key features of the project. <a href="http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/forum/index.html">For additional event details...</a></p> <p><strong>For Alumni Judges</strong><br /> A light lunch will be provided for registered alumni judges, and free parking is available in Lot 5. If you have any questions or needs, please contact the Alumni Judge Volunteer Coordinator, Conrad Pomykala, at <a href="http://conradp@uicalumni.org">conradp@uicalumni.org</a>.</p> <p>Description of Duties of Alumni Judges<br /> Judges will be required to rate the quality of each student's presentation in the following three categories: 1) abstract, 2) poster/display, and 3) 7 minute presentation plus 3 minute question-and-answer period. Significant latitude will be offered on how to assign points in each category, although a suggested point breakdown will be given on the judging form. Judging forms will be given on the conference day, during check-in (from 12pm-12:30pm). We expect that judges will evaluate a minimum of three presentations. <a href="http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/forum/alumni.html">For additional details about judging...</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 22 Mar 2012 13:15 CST Univversity of Illinois Day at the Capital http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=413 <p>Illinois Connection at the University of Illinois Alumni Association is sponsoring the <a href="http://www.ic.uillinois.edu/lobbyday">University of Illinois Day at the Capitol</a> for the fourth consecutive year in partnership with UIC Undergraduate Student Government, UIC Student Alumni Ambassadors, UIS Student Government Association, UIUC Illinois Student Senate, UIUC Student Alumni Ambassadors, and the Student Trustees.</p> <p>The University of Illinois ranks as one of the world&rsquo;s greatest centers of learning and one of the state&rsquo;s most valuable assets. In order to maintain this level of excellence, the University and its campuses depend upon ongoing support from elected officials, community leaders and the public.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ic.uillinois.edu/lobbyday">University of Illinois Day at the Capitol</a> provides you and other advocates an opportunity to collectively communicate to legislators the value of the University of Illinois to you, the state and the nation.</p> <p>We make it easy by:</p> <ul> <li>Partnering you with other advocates</li> <li>Briefing you on issues and talking points</li> <li>Setting up appointments with legislators for you</li> <li>Providing information packets for you to leave with your legislators</li> </ul> <p>The day begins with a lunch briefing and review of key messages at the Inn at 835. Throughout the afternoon, participants will be scheduled to meet with legislators and staff. At the end of the day, attendees will return to the Inn at 835 for a reception and debriefing. Visit <a href="http://www.ic.uillinois.edu/lobbyday">www.ic.uillinois.edu/lobbyday</a> for the full details and to register.</p> <p>Given the state&rsquo;s current economic situation, it is more important than ever for legislators around the state of Illinois to hear directly from YOU about your support for the University of Illinois.<br /> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /> *Please use your non-University email address to <a href="http://www.ic.uillinois.edu/lobbyday">register</a><br /> *If you are Faculty or University Staff, you must take a vacation day to participate<br /> *Students please visit the 'student information' section for more information</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 20 Mar 2012 16:12 CST For Employers-How to Source, Recruit & Brand Using Twitter http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=411 <p><big>&quot;Finding Talent&quot;, an employer series brought to you by the Alumni Career Center, invites recruiters to this special 1 1/2 hour free program. </big></p> <p>Are you on Twitter? If you aren&rsquo;t, you may be wondering if you should be. If you are, you may not be sure if you are getting the most out of it. To remove some of the mystery surrounding Twitter, we have created this program to show recruiters how to get started with it and use it effectively in their work. Twitter&rsquo;s a recruiting tool. Just like an ATS or Google or LinkedIn, Twitter is a database that can be searched to find candidates and jobs. You can also use it to build relationships with candidates and customers that could lead to placements.</p> <p>Many recruiters are still trying to decide for themselves if Twitter really helps them or if it is just hype. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, however, Twitter has the potential to be a beneficial tool for those with the inclination and the patience to master it. We will talk about how recruiters benefit from Twitter and use it as a branding tool; whether you want to build your personal brand among candidates and potential customers. Twitter is a tool that you can use to set yourself apart and keep you in their minds. Twitter&rsquo;s an industry barometer: Building a community of candidates and industry thought leaders both in recruiting and in your industry niche can help you understand the state of the marketplace.</p> <p><strong>Presenters:</strong></p> <p>Toby Nathan, Principal and Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant at RecruitaStar, LLC and Michele Rempel, CEO at Mediavine and Partner for Web Development at Mandatek, LLC will share their expertise about this topic.</p> <p><strong>What you will learn...</strong><br /> &bull; Twitter Introduction including how to get started, <br /> &bull; Branding for you and your company<br /> &bull; How recruiters can benefit and use Twitter &ndash; what are the advantages<br /> &bull; Best Practices for Recruiters on Twitter and Twitter Don&rsquo;ts<br /> &bull; Twitter Applications</p> <p><strong>When</strong>: Wednesday, April 18<br /> <strong>Where</strong>: In Person, Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago <strong><em>Or</em></strong> Via Webinar<br /> <strong>Time</strong>: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)<br /> (Guests attending in person may network &amp; enjoy a light breakfast beginning at 8:30 am)</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Free<br /> Register for this event at&nbsp;<a href="http://tinyurl.com/HowToRecruitUsingTwitter">http://tinyurl.com/HowToRecruitUsingTwitter</a></p> <p>RSVP by Friday, April 13</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 15 Mar 2012 12:16 CST "Networking Effectively At Any Stage In Your Career" Webinar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=412 <p>Whether you're a new graduate or highly experienced, a career changer or a subject matter expert, you know that networking is an important career management strategy. Effective networking is about conversations and information exchange, staying on top of trends and sharing your knowledge of common professional interests. Expanding your network adds contacts who may be as interested in hearing your story as in helping you gain the information you're seeking. This session will provide guidance for turning networking into a lifelong relationship building effort instead of a job search transaction.</p> <p>This webinar includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call &ndash; a standard long distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers and microphone to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 27, at 2PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> by clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj">http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj</a>,</p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> by calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> by sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Monday, March 26.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Sustaining and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</a></p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 13 Mar 2012 09:00 CST FEB Government Job Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=405 <p>Representatives from federal, state and local government offices will be recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. All educational backgrounds and experience levels are welcome!</p> <p><strong>FREE ADMISSION for students and alumni from the following schools</strong>: <br /> Chicago State University; DePaul University; Loyola University; Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Olive Harvey Community College, Roosevelt University; <em>University of Illinois Alumni Association (Champaign, Chicago &amp; Springfield)</em></p> <p>$5.00 entry fee for students and alumni of non-consortium schools.</p> <p>Thursday, March 29, 2012<br /> Loyola University, Lake Shore Campus<br /> Joseph Gentile Center<br /> 6526 N. Winthrop, Chicago, IL 60626<br /> <br /> 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Government Employment Workshop<br /> Noon - 4:00 PM: Career Fair<br /> <br /> &bull; No pre-registration is required<br /> &bull; Be prepared to show your University of Illinois ID and submit a resume for admission<br /> &bull; Dress for success <br /> &bull; Bring plenty of resumes!<br /> <br /> For more details and a list of registered organizations visit: <a href="http://www.luc.edu/careerfairs">www.luc.edu/careerfairs</a>. To learn how to get the most out of attending a job fair visit the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center.</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 8 Mar 2012 15:31 CST Big Ten Virtual Career Fair, March 27-29 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=404 <div align="center"><font size="3"><a title="Hire Big 10 Plus Virtual Career Fair Registration" href="http://hirebig10.careereco.net/"><b>March 27-29, 2012</b></a><br /> <i>Officially Sponsored Event by Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium</i><br /> </font> <ul> <li><font size="3">Register early for maximum exposure prior to the event.</font></li> <li><font size="3">During the event, employers and candidates can meet and talk live in a virtual setting.</font></li> <li><font size="3">Event is open to all University of Illinois alumni (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana)</font></li> </ul> </div> <div align="center"><a title="International Virtual Career Fair Registration" href="http://hirebig10.careereco.net/"><img width="600" border="0" height="562" title="Hire Big 10 Plus Virtual Career Fair Registration" alt="International Virtual Career Fair Registration" src="http://media.uiaa.org/BigTenVirtualFair2012.jpg" /></a></div> Julie Bartimus Tue 6 Mar 2012 10:31 CST UIC Diversity Job Fair- Get Your Resume Ready! http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=403 <p>Get your resume ready to attend the UIC Diversity Job Fair. To schedule an appointment for a resume critique please call the UIAA Alumni Career Center at 312-575-7830 or email careers@uillinois.edu.</p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>March 15, 2012<br /> <strong>Time: </strong>10 am till 2 pm<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Illinois Room, in UIC's Student Center East Building, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago <br /> <br /> For a list of attending employers visit <a href="http://tinyurl.com/UIC-Job-Fair">http://tinyurl.com/UIC-Job-Fair</a> or to learn how to get the most out of attending a job fair visit the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 1 Mar 2012 14:48 CST "Deliver Your Message in the Interview" Webinar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=406 <p>Do you know what your message is? Do employers hear what you want them to hear? Employers say that a candidate&rsquo;s biggest challenges to succeeding in the interview can be lack of focus and inadequate preparation. This session will share a model for preparing for the interview, maintaining your focus and delivering your message.</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Thursday, March 8, at 2PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> by clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj">http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj</a>,</p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> by calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR</p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> by sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Wednesday, March 7.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Sustaining and Life Member gifts to the UIAA </a></p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 28 Feb 2012 09:00 CST How ready are you to interview? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=402 <p>We've set up a poll in <a href="http://www.facebook.com/UIAACareerCtr">Facebook </a>that asks:</p> <p><strong><big>&quot;How ready are you to interview?&quot;</big></strong> with the following choices.</p> <ul> <li>Ready and raring to do</li> <li>Not ready at all</li> <li>Getting there</li> </ul> <p>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/UIAACareerCtr">Facebook </a>page to show us you readiness.</p> <p>If you know you need to spend more time in general getting ready for interviewing or if you have a specific interview coming up, visit our <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=119">Virtual Career Center page on interviewing</a>. If you haven't yet registered for the Virtual Career Center, please register today. Staff will then approve your account and grant you full access to the topic pages and archived Webinars.</p> <p>Interviewing topics in the Virtual Career Center include:</p> <ul> <li>Starting the Process</li> <li>Making a Good First Impression</li> <li>Show How Well You Prepared</li> <li>Communicating Your Strengths</li> <li>Handling Behavior-based Questions</li> <li>Handling Situational Interview Questions</li> <li>Red Flags</li> <li>The Salary Question</li> <li>Gathering Information</li> <li>Ask About Next Steps</li> <li>Follow Up</li> <li>If the Answer is No</li> </ul> <p>Recorded Webinars on interviewing currently available through the Virtual Career Center include:</p> <ul> <li>Behavior-Based Vs Situational Interview Questions: How to be Ready for Both</li> <li>What Employers Listen for in the Interview</li> <li>Successful Telephone Interviews</li> <li>Great Questions to Ask in an Interview</li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Thu 23 Feb 2012 08:52 CST Silence is Golden When Negotiating Salary! http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=398 <p>Negotiating for salary is like playing cards in that both parties try to find out what the other one has in their hand and the first one who tips his hand off loses. During the interview process, the recruiter is always going to ask the candidate about salary, but it is in their best interest to avoid responding to this question. When the offer is made, recruiters typically will start low to give themselves room to negotiate while the candidate typically starts high to give themselves a little wiggle room. In the end each party wants a fair salary. The question then becomes what is fair in the minds of the beholders and what will each party be willing to settle on.</p> <p>To prepare for the offer, research the salary range for the position in advance to know what your bottom line is. During the interview develop a good understanding of where your background, level of experience and overall skills and abilities fits in relation to the employer&rsquo;s needs. Lastly when the time comes, be able to justify and sell the value you will bring to the company.&nbsp; When the position is offered to you, Jack Chapman in his book &ldquo;<em>Negotiating Salary: How to Earn $1000 a Minute</em>&rdquo; discusses how the most effective tactic is silence. Jack recommends repeating the figure offered back to the recruiter, then saying something like, &quot; Hmmm. Isn't that a little low?&quot; Or, &quot;$X/year. Hmm, is that your best offer?&quot;</p> <p>To learn more about how to negotiate, visit the &ldquo;evaluating and negotiating the offer&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 21 Feb 2012 10:25 CST Be the one thousand nine hundred and twenty-seventh http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=401 <center> <h3>Have you subscribed to the monthly newsletter on career issues and events? <br /> 1926 other alumni already have.</h3> </center> <p><br /> If you haven't subscribed yet, we invite you to register for the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center</a> and subscribe. Career tips and event announcements will be delivered to your inbox on the first Monday of each month.</p> <p>If you have subscribed, we invite you to share this invitation with other alumni. We also invite you to share the topics you have enjoyed reading about and any other topics you would like to see. Add your comments below.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers">UIAA&nbsp;Alumni Career Center</a> provides lifelong career assistance for University of Illinois alumni. The <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">Virtual career Center</a> provides ongoing career management and job search tips and resources.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 16 Feb 2012 09:00 CST Webinar on how to write a professional mission statement http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=400 <p>Writing your professional mission statement can help you clarify your best targets for work satisfaction, whether you&rsquo;re a new or recent graduate, a professional with extensive experience, or at any point in between. This visionary statement can help you launch a career, get back on track if you&rsquo;ve been wondering why your work is not fulfilling, or identify a new direction. It will also help you benchmark your actions. We will introduce the components of a professional mission statement and move through exercises so you leave this webinar with a draft of your statement and ideas about how you will use it in your career planning for 2012, and beyond.</p> <p>This program includes presentation and questions. <strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $45. All pay the cost of the phone call &ndash; a standard long distance charge. You can avoid the cost of a phone call by using your computer speakers and microphone to participate in the program (all access instructions will be provided the day before the program).</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 21, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong></p> <p><strong>Register:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> by clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj">http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj</a>,</p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> by calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em></p> <p><strong>(3)</strong> by sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Program materials, technology access information, the number to call and key code for the session will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Monday, February 20.</p> <p>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/">Sustaining and Life Member gifts to the UIAA </a></p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 14 Feb 2012 09:05 CST Are you self-employed? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=399 <p>Many alumni are either actively searching for positions in small to medium sized companies, looking to start their own business or both. We've held several panel discussions over the years to help alumni learn about options for self-employment and hear the advice from other alumni who have already pursued these options.</p> <p>As we prepare for a similar panel discussion in the spring, we would love to hear from alumni who are considering or already pursuing entrepreneurial options.</p> <p>To start, we created a poll in LinkedIn and invite you to respond to the <a href="http://linkd.in/wpiBJs">poll </a>and include <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&amp;gid=58900&amp;trk=anet_ug_grppro">comments</a> about your challenges and successes.</p> <p>For resources related to being an entrepreneur or running your own small business, visit &quot;<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=128">Entrepreneurs &amp; Small Businesses</a>&quot; section of the UIAA Virtual career Center.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 9 Feb 2012 11:34 CST Webinar-Health & Retirement Benefits: Knowing Your Rights During A Job Transition http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=392 <p>The Alumni Career Center will host webinar on Health &amp; Retirement Benefits: Knowing Your Rights During A Job Transition. Victoria Cosentino, Benefits Advisor for the U. S. Department of Labor will present information on your role in taking care of your health and retirement benefits during a job change or unemployment. She will walk you through the COBRA laws, eligibility and how to file a claim, note other options for health coverage, and help you understand HIPAA. She will also explain the boundaries of these laws, and how the Department of Labor monitors and enforces them. Victoria&rsquo;s presentation will also include information about pensions, and the documents for any plan that you must be certain you have before leaving a company.</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> February, 9, 2012</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 7-8 PM CST</p> <p><strong>Location: </strong>via Webinar</p> <p>There is <strong>no fee</strong> for University of Illinois alumni.<br /> Friends of alumni from other institutions may participate in the Webinars for $45.</p> <p>To register visit our list of <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj/1Q">No Fee Winter Webinars</a> .</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 7 Feb 2012 16:32 CST Beyond Resume Filler http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=390 <p><strong><big>What are you doing with your professional membership?</big></strong></p> <p>Since I previously worked in Student Activities, I always ask people for more information about their professional activities. As a career adviser, it is always frustrating when a person can't talk about the organization, what they learned from it, why they belong or what they contributed. There isn't much reason to have it on the resume if this is the case.</p> <p><strong>Describing Current Involvement</strong><br /> Even if the answer is, &quot;I'm a member,&quot; address why you are a member. &quot;I attend the meetings to network with colleagues and discuss trends in the field,&quot; is a much fuller answer. While that answer doesn't change what you will write in the resume, it should change how you talk about it in an interview or while you are networking.</p> <p>If you have volunteered, you can use the Activities section in your resume or LinkedIn profile to highlight accomplishments that showcase leadership skills, technical skills and other relevant transferable skills. Many employers prefer to see some activity within your professional groups.</p> <p><strong>Getting More Involved</strong><br /> Volunteering in your professional association is a great way to meet more people, build key skills and learn about relevant topics. It is always amazing how many people recognize me after I have helped with a registration table. They are more comfortable approaching me and open to me approaching them.</p> <p>Previously, I used volunteer positions on conference planning committees to enhance the leadership skills I was building at work. And, I historically challenge myself to present on a particular topic as a way to immerse myself in it and further my own learning.</p> <p>In what ways are you already/or plan to be involved with your professional groups?<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 2 Feb 2012 10:00 CST University of Illinois Alumni are... 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(post 1 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=393 Julie Bartimus Tue 24 Jan 2012 10:21 CST Careers - Adventist LaGrange Hospital Informational Session http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=391 <p>The Alumni Career Center at the University of Illinois Alumni Association in partnership with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital is hosting an Informational Session.</p> <p>Participate with recruiter, Bianca Andrews, and learn about the company&rsquo;s career opportunities if you have a degree in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy and want to:</p> <p>&bull; Be a part of an organization that supports holistic healing<br /> &bull; Work in harmony with the community<br /> &bull; Explore opportunities for career advancement</p> <p>Please bring your resume!<br /> <br /> Dates: February 7, 2012<br /> Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm<br /> Location: Via Webinar or in person at the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago<br /> <br /> Cost: Free</p> <p>RSVP by February 3rd</p> <p>To register click on <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/hcqkw0/1Q">Adventist LaGrange Informational Session</a>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 19 Jan 2012 11:19 CST What Do You Do If Job Boards Are Broken? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=389 <p>Recently, I had an extended conversation with <strong>Bret Brania '98 LAS (UI)</strong>, Partner with Human Capital Management Solutions, on the future of job boards as a recruiting and job search resource.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q: You have mentioned that you believe that job boards are dying. What has led you to this conclusion?</strong><br /> <strong>Bret</strong>: Job boards were originally built to meet the recruiting demands of the .COM boom. Employers were having difficulty finding prospective candidates and there were very few recruiting options other than newspaper ads. At the time, job boards worked well and connected employers to a larger audience.</p> <p>Job Boards are now too diluted with unqualified candidates and positing jobs on the internet typically delivers an unsatisfactory result. Talent acquisition in this day and age is a result of relationship management rather than finding and building relationships through the internet. Job boards do not typically hit the targeted audience and candidates on the job boards are applying for a wide range of positions which in turn, has a negative return on a recruiter&rsquo;s investment. Companies are having difficulty screening the large number of job board applicants and thus &quot;qualified candidates&quot; are slipping through the cracks.</p> <p><strong>Q: If job boards die, how will candidates find job openings instead?</strong><br /> <strong>Brett</strong>: While recruiters have always prided themselves on relationship building it is ever so important to do so in this day and age. Recruiters have had to learn how to adapt with the ever changing market demands and so should candidates. Tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media avenues have opened so many new doors for potential candidates and employers. While recruiters are always focused on building their networks, candidates need to do the same, whether they are passive or active. If recruiters are trying to build a talent pipeline, candidates need to become part of that strategic process. In building relationships, candidates can develop an understanding of a company's needs and then communicate how they could provide solutions.</p> <p><strong>Q: Social media is offering an alternative to traditional job boards, but what concerns do recruiters have about utilizing social media?</strong><br /> <strong>Brett</strong>: A candidate's biggest concern should be an employer's access to all the information about them online. In particular Facebook pages show a lot of personal decisions that may not positively enhance someone's professional image. Candidates can set privacy settings and decide which platform they use to connect with different people. The key to using social media is building and leveraging relationships. Recruiters and candidates need to find people with knowledge and skills who have developed a &quot;voice&quot; in their community. The trick is going to where these people are and using LinkedIn, MeetUp, Twitter and user groups to identify and connect with them. Networking is about relationships and reputation.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q: How should candidates refocus their search strategies?</strong><br /> <strong>Brett</strong>: While job boards are broken, they should be used as a tool in a candidate's search. Postings are an indication of who is hiring and the skill set that they are looking for. Candidates can then use the relationships that they have built to get in front of the right person. Even when the company is using an applicant tracking system, networking can help candidates make connections to help navigate the process. Through networking, candidates can also identify preferred competitors, vendors and recruiting agencies and gather information for a market analysis. The market is ever so changing and no one can be complacent so do your best to continue to build your network of potential candidates/client contacts as you never know when you may need them. <br /> <br /> <strong>Q: How can alumni of the University of Illinois be successful in this changing environment?</strong><br /> <strong>Brett</strong>: University of Illinois alumni should (1) develop the habit of lifelong networking regardless of whether they are currently employed or not, (2) See networking as relationship building instead of as a transaction and (3) develop consistent professional branding across media. With this active approach, alumni can be well positioned before the pink slip comes. Utilize the alumni networking services provided by the University and build relationships with potential recruiters within this network. My contact information is provided below.<br /> <br /> <strong>Bret Brania '98 LAS (UI)</strong> is a Partner with Human Capital Management Solutions<br /> <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/bretbrania ">www.linkedin.com/in/bretbrania </a></p> <p>You can share your comments about this topic through the link below.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 17 Jan 2012 09:00 CST Tax Season Presents An Opportunity http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=388 <p>As the tax season approaches, being a tax aid presents individuals who are employed or unemployed with an opportunity to earn some extra money. Especially for the person who is unemployed, it helps to keep your skills up-to-date or develop some a new skill. This temporary gig will also help you to respond to recruiters who ask &ldquo;what have been doing while unemployed?&rdquo;</p> <p>AARP is currently seeking Tax Aides. For more information visit aarp.org/taxaide <a href="http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2006/volunteer_aarp_tax_aide.html">http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2006/volunteer_aarp_tax_aide.html</a> or call 1-800-227-7669.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Fri 13 Jan 2012 15:48 CST International Virtual Job Fair, January 25-26 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=385 <p><big>Announcement for Global Employers and International Candidates<br /> January 25-26, 2012<br /> <a href="http://international.careereco.net/">http://international.careereco.net/</a><br /> </big></p> <ul> <li><big>Register early for maximum exposure prior to the event.</big></li> <li><big>During the event, employers and candidates can meet and talk live in a virtual setting.</big></li> </ul> <p><img style="width: 641px; height: 600px;" src="http://media.uiaa.org/IntlVirtualCareerFair2012.jpg" alt="International Virtual Career Fair Registration" /></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 10 Jan 2012 10:09 CST Average Bachelors & Masters Salaries http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=387 <p>The following results are based on a salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) of participating colleges who reported offers extended to graduating students during Sept. 1, 2010 through Aug. 31, 2011.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bachelors&nbsp;&nbsp; Masters</strong> <br /> <strong>Accounting</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $49,407&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $46,741<br /> <strong>Biology</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $50,493&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $50,604<br /> <strong>Business</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $46,372&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $86,667, 2-4 yrs. Exp<br /> <strong>Civil engineering</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $52,058&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $57,812<br /> <strong>Communications</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $35,112&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $42,000<br /> <strong>Computer Science</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $66,084&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $72,703<br /> <strong>Economics</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $53,690&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $42,000<br /> <strong>Electrical engineering</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $60,411&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $73,857<br /> <strong>Finance</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $51,503&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $52,917<br /> <strong>Human Resource</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $51,661&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $70,000<br /> <strong>Marketing</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $42,923&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $53,000<br /> <strong>Mechanical engineering</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $60,142&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $68,065</p> <p>Resource:<br /> NACE, &ldquo;NACE Salary Survey 2010-2011,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.naceweb.org"><em>www.naceweb.org</em></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Mon 9 Jan 2012 12:43 CST 2012 New Year's Career Resolutions http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=384 <p>The start of a new year is always a good time to make plans. Here are a few suggestions for New Year's Resolutions for the career minded. We would also love to hear about any resolutions that you have personally set. Submit your comments below.</p> <ul> <li>Update your resume with your 2011 accomplishments, even if you are not actively searching.</li> <li>Schedule time weekly to work on your career or job search and keep this appointment with yourself.</li> <li>Review the calendar of upcoming Webinars and register for those of interest. Calendar listings are available in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>.</li> <li>Start or expand your <a href="http://www.linkedin.com">LinkedIn </a>profile.</li> <li>Join the <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&amp;gid=58900&amp;trk=anet_ug_grppro">UIAA group</a> on LinkedIn.</li> <li>Actively network and have conversations with people instead of collecting &quot;friends&quot; and &quot;connections&quot;</li> <li>Join a professional association or networking group near you and register for their next local event.</li> <li>Read a career book. The <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a> has book recommendations under the different topics.</li> <li>Reconnect with a past colleague or network connection that you haven't talk to in a while.</li> <li>Identify a skill or knowledge area and develop a plan to strengthen</li> <li>Help someone else make a connection. Introduce your connections to each other because a little good karma never hurts.</li> <li>Partner with a friend or another alumnus. Meet on a regular basis to share plans, progress and ideas.<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Thu 5 Jan 2012 08:40 CST Winter 2012 Webinars http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=377 <p>Start 2012 strong and join us January 24 for a new Webinar topic<br /> <strong>Yes You Can! Maintain Momentum and Your Money During Career Transition</strong><br /> Julie Murphy Casserly &rsquo;95 BUS (UI) will help you identify your dreams and what it will take to get there, as well as important money considerations as you make this transition.</p> <p>Additional Winter 2012 Webinars will focus on considerations for health and retirement benefits during career transitions, developing your professional mission statement, interviewing and networking.</p> <p>Register today&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj">http://www.cvent.com/d/dcq8jj</a> so you don't miss out on these live presentations.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 3 Jan 2012 09:00 CST Happy Holidays http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=383 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><big>The UIAA Alumni Career Center will be closed from Noon, Friday, December 23 to 8:30 am, Tuesday, January 3rd.</big></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 22 Dec 2011 10:23 CST Book Review for Employers and Candidates: Match by Dan Erling http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=382 <p>FOR EMPLOYERS - Can you afford to make a bad decision? Are you unsure how to make the best hiring decision? Do your actual hiring results not live up to your expectations?</p> <p>The clear and concise steps outline in Dan Erling's book, &quot;Match&quot;, helps eliminate interviewer bias and increases the effectiveness of hiring decisions. Erling also considers the full hiring cycle from the laying of the foundation through a compelling and engaging mission statement to engaging the new hire through effective onboarding and ongoing training. Too many books pay lip service to the parts of the cycle that are not focused on conducting the interview. Erling believes that your interview won't yield the results you want without review and preparation before the interview with strong execution and follow up. Descriptive stories are used throughout the book to demonstrate different points and situations.</p> <p>In &quot;Phase I: Preparing the recruiting plan,&quot; what you set as the priorities will drive your decisions throughout the process. If you have set the wrong priorities, you won't make the best hiring decision. The preparation steps include drawing the organizational chart to indicate where the proposed position fits within the hierarchy, writing detailed job descriptions, assessing culture by using a company and department culture scorecard and prioritizing competencies through a series of questions.</p> <p>In &quot;Phase II: Implementing the recruiting plan,&quot; Erling outlines the phone screen, the face to face interview, reference checking and background checks. The first three are strongly focused on the competencies outlined during the previous phase. Because the assessment was done first, the guesswork has been eliminated.</p> <p>&quot;Phase III: Executing the hire&quot; doesn't leave anything to chance. The focus on making the offer is on gaining acceptance and the focus in onboarding is raising long term retention and effectiveness. The checklists and descriptive examples help new and experienced managers see how they can improve their execution of the hire.</p> <p>In &quot;Phase IV: Following Up,&quot; the focus is on retention and fostering a culture of effective hiring. Erling provides tools to analyze the cost of the hire and ROI which help assess the impact of these steps. Retention can be improved through a clear mission, open communication, recognition of employee's impact and long-term training and mentoring.</p> <p>FOR CANDIDATES - This book offers you insights into how companies are analyzing positions and setting up interview questions. You can use this information to deconstruct the interview process and prepare more effectively for your interviews<br /> * Use the Cultural scorecard to explore what you are looking for in a company culture. Construct questions that explore those qualities that are important to you.<br /> * Use the competency profile to assess which competencies you believe are most important to the organization. Anticipate the behavior-based interview questions that they are going to ask and outline stories that demonstrate these competencies<br /> * Onboarding checklists can provide you an outline for onboarding yourself when the company doesn't.</p> <p>To learn more about the Match process, order the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470878983/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=univofillialu-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0470878983">book on Amazon.com</a> or visit <a href="http://danerling.com/default.asp?s=MCH">Dan Erling's website</a>.</p> <p>If you have used this process, we would love to hear about your experiences. Please submit your comments below.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 20 Dec 2011 12:32 CST "Yes You Can! Maintain Momentum and Your Money During Career Transition" Webinar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=378 <p>Participate in the upcoming webinar,<strong> &quot;Yes You Can! Maintain Momentum and Your Money During Career Transition&quot;</strong> on January 24 from 7-8 pm, Central Time with guest alumna presenter Julie Murphy Casserly &rsquo;95 BUS (UI), founder of JMC Wealth Management in Chicago and author of <em>The Emotion Behind Money: Building Wealth From the Inside Out.</em> She will help you identify your dreams and what it will take to get there, as well as important money considerations as you make this transition. Julie will help you remove the shame, blame, guilt and judgment you hold around your financial life and start you down a path that will have you feel confident, secure and at peace.</p> <p><strong>Register by:</strong></p> <p><strong>(1)</strong> by calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR</p> <p><strong>(2)</strong> by sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating the program you would like to attend.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 15 Dec 2011 09:00 CST Career Work for the Holidays http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=376 <p>1. Register for the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/package_svcs.html">Hire UI Alumni job board</a> and the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a> prior to the holiday closing. Both accounts require approval by staff. The UIAA Alumni Career Center will be closed from Noon, Friday, December 23 to 8:30 am, Tuesday, January 3rd. Questions and new accounts will be addressed when our office reopens on Tuesday, January 3rd.</p> <p>2. The holiday break shouldn't slow your career exploration activities. The <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a> has 37 active Webinar recordings. Login to the VCC and view the session titles. &quot;Webinar Archives&quot; is located under the &quot;About US&quot; tab.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 13 Dec 2011 09:00 CST Connections to Growing Technology Companies Via Illinois Technology Association http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=375 <p>Looking for a job in technology? Check out the Illinois Technology Association (ITA). ITA is a not for profit organization representing over 700 member companies, from start-up to industry leaders across various industries. Read about the &lsquo;beta&rsquo; of their new ITA TalentBoard and so much more at <a href="http://illinoistech.org/page.aspx/talentboard_a">http://illinoistech.org/page.aspx/talentboard</a> and visit the actual TalentBoard at <a href="https://itatalentprograms.hireology.com/careers">https://itatalentprograms.hireology.com/careers</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Mon 12 Dec 2011 09:16 CST Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) Information Session http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=372 <p>Do you want to make a positive impact in urban youth lives? Have you ever, or always, wanted to teach? The children of Chicago need you. Please attend AUSL&rsquo;s Chicago Teacher Residency Information Recruiting Session in person or via webinar to learn about teacher training and employment opportunities within the city of Chicago.</p> <p>Join us to hear Meredith Bowyer, Recruiter for AUSL, discuss AUSL&rsquo;s mission to transform public education in Chicago, and launch a rewarding and exciting career through their Chicago Teacher Residency.</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> Thursday, January 19th</p> <p>Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm</p> <p><strong>Location: </strong><br /> Via Webinar <strong>or</strong> In person, Illini Center<br /> Orange and Blue Room<br /> 200 South Wacker Dr.<br /> Chicago, IL 60606</p> <p><strong>RSVP by Noon on Jan 16th, 2012</strong><br /> This <strong>event is FREE</strong> and seating capacity is limited to the first 70 alumni who register.<br /> By registering for this event, you are agreeing to share your contact information with the AUSL.</p> <p><strong>For more details or to register click on the </strong><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/lcq88z/1Q"><strong>AUSL</strong></a><strong> link.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 8 Dec 2011 10:41 CST Visit LinkedIn Before and After Interviews http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=374 <p><strong><big>Before</big></strong></p> <ul> <li>Review the profile of interviewer(s) to understand their background and find topics for small talk.</li> <li>Review the company profile and updates to discover what is being said about the organization</li> <li>Find people who have held this job previously to learn more about the career path before and after they held the position.</li> </ul> <p><big><strong>After</strong></big></p> <ul> <li>Check who has been looking at your profile. If your interviewer or someone at the company has visited, this is a good sign that they are still interested.</li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Tue 6 Dec 2011 15:08 CST LinkedIn Tip: Alumni Information http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=373 <p>At <a href="http://www.linkedin.com">LinkedIn</a>, there is a wealth of information for exploring geographic regions, job functions and companies.<br /> 1. Click on the &quot;Contacts&quot;&nbsp;tab <br /> 2. Select the &quot;Add Connections&quot; Option<br /> 3. Click on the &quot;Alumni&quot; Link</p> <p><strong>Research</strong></p> <p>The screen shot shows which the companies and cities for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumni (my alma mater) who work in Finance .</p> <p>If you are researching a specific geographic area or company, you can also filter the search on these areas</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong></p> <p>As you filter the search, individual alumni would appear below this graphic depiction of your network. These alumni would be great sources for additional information about these companies, functions and cities. Ask for time offline to learn more about their experiences and careers.</p> <p>As you use this tools and others, we would enjoy hearing about your experiences. You can share your comments and questions below.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 1 Dec 2011 11:43 CST Job Seekers, Inc. - Reference Lists or Letters? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=370 <p><em>The highs... the lows - but always the reality of &quot;The Job Search,&quot; this is your chance to commiserate with a real Job Seeker. Certainly there are statistics about how many are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for a job - but you are about to explore one person's reality.</em></p> <p>Last week I traveled to Chicago from Springfield via Amtrak. I had a mid-day meeting at the UIAA Alumni Career Center. And so conveniently located - I just walked across the bridge from Chicago's Union Station to 200 South Wacker.</p> <p>Since it had been a few years since I had been to the Career Center, I forgot how to get upstairs. I saw someone heading to the elevators, so I followed them. I wandered around in the elevator area. No 2nd floor.. Little did I know, I had set off alarms that had the security people scurrying about to find the intruder. I showed my ID, and they kindly showed me the UI entrance.</p> <p>I rode the elevator to the correct floor, and was welcomed warmly. There were a couple of alumni working on the computers in the common room, and there was table space to set my personal laptop.</p> <p>I was ushered down the hall for my meeting with Julie Bartimus, Vice President of the Career Center. She asked about my job seeking efforts - so I explained what I had done, what I am doing, and asked for her ideas concerning... references. In the past, I seem to recall potential employers requesting a list of three professional references with contact information. However, I have been seeing more requests for letters of reference.</p> <p>For the jobs you apply for (or post if you are an employer), are they just requiring names and contact information, or do they ask for recommendation letters from professional references?</p> <p>As a job seeker, how do you handle requests for letters or compiling the list of references? Do you find yourself using the same few people over and over? Or do you &quot;spread it around&quot; by relying on a large pool of references?</p> <p>Please share your thoughts through the comments section below, and I will address this topic in my next installment. After all, I received some excellent advice on this topic!</p> <p><em>Wesley Wasmundt graduated from Edinburg High School, earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an M.A. through the Individual Option (Interpersonal Communication), and will soon complete a second M.A. in Communication, all from UIS. He has served as a radio broadcaster, retail store manager, bank teller, pastor, writer, secretary, special projects coordinator, and college faculty. You may contact him directly at <a href="http://wesley@mail2www.com">wesley@mail2www.com</a>.</em></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 29 Nov 2011 11:00 CST Employer Recruiting & Hiring Trends http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=371 <p>I recently attended a conference where Dr. Phil Gardner, Principal Investigator Director, Collegiate Employment Research Institute presented his annual employer survey findings on recruiting and employer hiring trends. According to Dr. Phil Gardner, his survey findings revealed&hellip;</p> <p>&bull; The market is consistently beginning to recover and expand slowly across the board when reviewing all economic sectors, company sizes, majors, and geographic locations. Demand is leading the way. Employers must hire despite continued uncertainty and employers holding back over the last few years.<br /> &bull; Hiring compared to last year&rsquo;s results is expected to increase across all degree levels by approximately 31-46 percent. Bachelor&rsquo;s degrees are expected to increase by 7% while hiring of Master&rsquo;s degrees are expected to drop by 6 %.<br /> &bull; Accounting, Computer services and business services positions are in greatest demand. However, compared to last year&rsquo;s low demand, marketing, sales and public relations positions have increased greatly.<br /> &bull; Employers are increasingly using social media tools to recruit. Employee referrals and alumni working for the company are the top methods used by employers to identify and recruit candidates.</p> <p>Lastly, evidence shows all candidates, entry level or those with experience must be able to articulate what skills they can bring to the position, how those skills were developed and how to apply them on the job. Click on the link to read the full <a href="http://www.ceri.msu.edu/executive-summary-2011-2012/">Recruiting Trends Executive Summary</a> located at the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. Additionally, to learn more about networking visit the &ldquo;Build Connections&rdquo; tab located in <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/index.html">Virtual Career Center </a>.</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 22 Nov 2011 09:00 CST Networks Start With One Person [INFOGRAPHIC] http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=361 <p><img width="600" alt="Networking Infographic: Ket questions build a network. You talk to one person. They connect you with new people who will connect you with other, and so on..." src="http://media.uiaa.org/NetworkingInfogrpahic.jpg" /></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 17 Nov 2011 09:00 CST "SWOT Assessment for Strategic Decisions and Effective Branding" Webinar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=368 <p>A SWOT assessment may help you:<br /> &bull;Gain ideas about continuing in your current path<br /> &bull;Confirm your thoughts about seeking a new path<br /> &bull;Clarify the breadth, depth and value of your skills and experiences<br /> &bull;Prioritize skills to emphasize, and those to downplay in the full job search process or next interview<br /> &bull;Identify action steps to reach your goals</p> <p>Register for the<strong> &quot;SWOT Assessment for Strategic Decisions and Effective Branding&quot;</strong> webinar on <strong>December 6 from 7-8 p.m</strong>. to learn about the benefits of a SWOT analysis when setting professional goals.</p> <p>No fee for Illinois, UIC and UIS alumni.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/hcq7tr">Register</a></p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 15 Nov 2011 09:00 CST Job Seekers, Inc. - I Missed the Deadline http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=363 <p><em>The highs... the lows - but always the reality of &quot;The Job Search,&quot; this is your chance to commiserate with a real Job Seeker. Certainly there are statistics about how many are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for a job - but you are about to explore one person's reality.</em></p> <p><strong>I missed the deadline. <br /> <br /> By 3 hours.</strong><br /> <br /> A few years ago, before I had a college degree, I took a job as a secretary. It is now called an &quot;office support specialist.&quot; I decided a couple of weeks ago, since I had been without a job for a month, that I would apply for that reconfigured secretarial job. <br /> <br /> I passed the test! And a few days later I received a letter letting me know I was in the top three who could interview for the open position.<br /> <br /> But when I called HR to let them know I would be glad to interview for that job, they let me know I was three hours late! I got the date right, but hadn't noticed the noon deadline to let them know.<br /> <br /> My bad.<br /> <br /> But should someone with a college degree apply for jobs that only require a high school diploma? Or does that matter?<br /> <br /> On the other hand, two people I worked with in the past told me of a position that was open last week. Actually one of those was a former supervisor. The date &quot;review of applications&quot; began was past, but they both told me they had received emails asking for recommendations of additional names. Is it any wonder that I included them in the &quot;three names of professional references&quot; I was to include with my r&eacute;sum&eacute; and cover letter?<br /> <br /> This time I missed the date. However, I assume there were not a sufficient number of applications when they began their review. <br /> <br /> The second job will be much more challenging, requiring a college degree and taking advantage of my expertise in e-learning. <em>Oh yes, and did I mention the second pays about the same as the first, for half the time?</em></p> <p><em>Wesley Wasmundt graduated from Edinburg High School, earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an M.A. through the Individual Option (Interpersonal Communication), and will soon complete a second M.A. in Communication, all from UIS. He has served as a radio broadcaster, retail store manager, bank teller, pastor, writer, secretary, special projects coordinator, and college faculty. You may contact him directly at <a href="http://The highs... the lows - but always the reality of &quot;The Job Search,&quot; this is your chance to commiserate with a real Job Seeker. Certainly there are statistics about how many are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for a job - but you are about to explore one person's reality. I missed the deadline. By 3 hours. A few years ago, before I had a college degree, I took a job as a secretary. It is now called an &quot;office support specialist.&quot; I decided a couple of weeks ago, since I had been without a job for a month, that I would apply for that reconfigured secretarial job. I passed the test! And a few days later I received a letter letting me know I was in the top three who could interview for the open position. But when I called HR to let them know I would be glad to interview for that job, they let me know I was three hours late! I got the date right, but hadn't noticed the noon deadline to let them know. My bad. But should someone with a college degree apply for jobs that only require a high school diploma? Or does that matter? On the other hand, two people I worked with in the past told me of a position that was open last week. Actually one of those was a former supervisor. The date &quot;review of applications&quot; began was past, but they both told me they had received emails asking for recommendations of additional names. Is it any wonder that I included them in the &quot;three names of professional references&quot; I was to include with my r&eacute;sum&eacute; and cover letter? This time I missed the date. However, I assume there were not a sufficient number of applications when they began their review. The second job will be much more challenging, requiring a college degree and taking advantage of my expertise in e-learning. Oh yes, and did I mention the second pays about the same as the first, for half the time? Wesley Wasmundt graduated from Edinburg High School, earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an M.A. through the Individual Option (Interpersonal Communication), and will soon complete a second M.A. in Communication, all from UIS. He has served as a radio broadcaster, retail store manager, bank teller, pastor, writer, secretary, special projects coordinator, and college faculty. You may contact him directly at wesley@mail2www.com.">wesley@mail2www.com</a>.</em></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 10 Nov 2011 09:00 CST Case Interview: What is it? How to approach one? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=364 <p>A case interview, also referred to as a case study, is a real or hypothetical business problem that is presented to the candidate and then it is discussed with the interviewer. The purpose of a case study is to allow the employer an opportunity to assess how the candidate methodically approaches a problem using their analytical and logical thought processes more so than resolving the problem accurately.</p> <p>Case interviews have been predominately used in the consulting industry.&nbsp; However, recently the staff at the Alumni Career Center, when speaking to employers, have been hearing that more employers are using them in the interview process for certain roles.&nbsp; According to the Senior Director of Corporate Human Resources at a leading fast food chain when hiring for a VP of Corporate Strategy, the candidates were asked to analyze all publicly available information about their company and present a strategic view on areas of opportunity that the employer might be missing.</p> <p>The following are some tips to follow to be successful in approaching a case interview :<br /> 1. Actively listen and identify the problem<br /> 2. Analyze the problem and formulate critical questions<br /> 3. Synthesize the information and develop several potential structured solutions<br /> 4. Communicate clearly and concisely your recommendations</p> <p><a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/en/Careers/What_youll_do/Case_studies.aspx">&nbsp;McKinsey &amp; Company&rsquo;s</a> website provides more in-depth information and practice case interviews. Visit the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a> for additional tips on &ldquo;Interviewing&rdquo; under the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 8 Nov 2011 12:15 CST Job Seekers, Inc. - Wesley Wasmundt http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=358 <p><em>The highs... the lows - but always the reality of &quot;The Job Search,&quot; this is your chance to commiserate with a real Job Seeker. Certainly there are statistics about how many are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for a job - but you are about to explore one person's reality.</em></p> <p>Most of the time I'm happy. Steady. Level-headed. Oh, okay, maybe the &quot;level-headed&quot; moniker is a stretch, but I&rsquo;m never manic. Not that there's anything wrong with being manic mind you!</p> <p>I am also one of the millions currently looking for a job. I'm college-educated. I have an unbroken employment history. Until now. And you may as well know that it's not exactly a friendly world out here.</p> <p>Recently I found the perfect job. For the fifth time in about a month. Actually, though, I did find the perfect job for me. Unfortunately I failed to convince the search committee that I was the perfect candidate for the job. Disappointing and frustrating, to say the least. One of the best ways for me to handle it is to write about it.</p> <p>Recently my wife and I returned to Springfield to reclaim our house. (No human squatters &ndash; these were much smaller!) We were both teaching at a community college in Tennessee the past two years. However, due to the housing crisis, another topic many can relate to, we were still paying a mortgage in Illinois while paying rent in Tennessee.</p> <p>We decided that we would apply for jobs in Central Illinois, and if either of us landed a job, we would return to Springfield. VOIL&Agrave;! My wife was hired to teach by a school about 1 1/2 hours from Springfield. I am still looking, though I do teach part-time online when a class is available. Last term &ndash; none. This week I started teaching one new class.</p> <p>This will be written as you might write - with asides and lots of real-life experience.</p> <p>My hope is that YOU - my readers - will become resources for me as well. And once I land a job, I will turn my focus to one of you, sharing your experience.</p> <p><em>Wesley Wasmundt graduated from Edinburg High School, earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an M.A. through the Individual Option (Interpersonal Communication), and will soon complete a second M.A. in Communication, all from UIS. He has served as a radio broadcaster, retail store manager, bank teller, pastor, writer, secretary, special projects coordinator, and college faculty. You may contact him directly at <a href="http://wesley@mail2www.com">wesley@mail2www.com</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 3 Nov 2011 09:00 CST We've passed our 200th Blog Post http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=360 <p>Since our Blog started on December 10, 2009, alumni have visited 429 pages a total of 356,278 times. These numbers includes the posts and separate comments pages and encompasses 10,521 unique pageviews.</p> <p><strong>The Top 10 Blog Posts Overall are:</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=187">National Career Development Month - Helping Others</a> (November 5, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=88">An Alumna Asks About Transcripts</a> (April 28, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=40">Question about Experience</a> (January 26, 2010<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=126">How Not To Write a Cover Letter</a> (June 22, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=204">Which side does a nametag go on?</a> (December 16, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=183">For Employers-UIC Engineering Career Fair-Early Bird Registration</a> Discounts (November 1, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=86">Thinking About A Green Career?</a> (April 21, 2010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=221">10 Days Until the FEB Government Career Fair</a> (February 15, 2011)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=37">How Not To Apply</a> (January 22, 1010)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=157">Alumni Tell Job Search Stories on September 15</a> (September 2, 2010)</p> <p>Many of these pages remained consistent since our 150 blog post milestone and cover career advice, networking and event announcements.</p> <p><strong>The Top 5 Blog Posts so far in 2011 are:</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=221">10 Days Until the FEB Government Career Fair</a> (February 15, 2011)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=229">Get a 5-point Inspection for Your Resume</a> (March4, 2011)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=313">Computer Science Degree: How to make yourself the best possible candidate</a> (July 14, 2011)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=230">Big 10 Career Expo, March 11, 2011</a> (February 25, 2011)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=287">Are you using graphics in your resume?</a> (April 26, 2011)</p> <p>We look forward to continuing to deliver strong content through these blog posts as we move forward. If you would like to see us write about a particular topic or if you would like to be a guest blogger, contact Julie Bartimus at <a href="http://JLHays@uillinois.edu">JLHays@uillinois.edu</a> with your ideas.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 1 Nov 2011 09:00 CST Web Highlights, October 22-28, 2011 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=362 <h3>What are your favorite blog posts, tweets or career related event announcements for this week?</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Recent Blog Posts</strong></p> <p><a href="http://insights.execunet.com/index.php/comments/should_you_ask_for_a_step_back/your-career/more">Should You Ask for a Step Back?</a> by Dave Opton from ExecuNet<br /> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/LinkedInBlog/~3/Tk5OcsOCaIU/">INFOGRAPHIC: Women and Mentoring in the U.S</a>. from The LinkedIn Blog by Guest Author<br /> <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/10/24/10-myths-about-nonprofit-work">10 Myths About Non-Profit Work</a> by Alison Green for the On careers Section of US News Money<br /> <a href="http://mashable.com/2011/10/23/how-recruiters-use-social-networks-to-screen-candidates-infographic/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29">How Recruiters Use Social Networks to Screen Candidates [INFOGRAPHIC]</a> by Erica Swallow, Mashable<br /> <br /> <strong>Networking Events hosted by UIAA Clubs:</strong></p> <p>Saturday, November 5, 2011 - <a href="http://www.tcilliniclub.org/article.html?aid=161">Fall Service Project</a>, The Twin Cities Illini Club<br /> Saturday, November 5, 2011 - <a href="http://www.phoenixillini.org/article.html?aid=255">Scottsdale Artwalk</a>, The Phoenix Illini Club<br /> Saturday, November 5, 2011 - <a href="http://www.tampabayillini.org/article.html?aid=160">Dali Museum Tour</a>, Illini Club of Tampa Bay<br /> Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - <a href="http://www.illinoismbaalumni.org/article.html?aid=297">Roundtable: Turning Up the Heat on M&amp;A</a>, llinois MBA Alumni<br /> Friday, November 18, 2011 - <a href="http://www.nycillini.org/article.html?aid=245">Met Museum Tour - Art of the Arab Lands</a>, NYC Illini Club<br /> Other networking, social and sports events are available at <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/events.html">http://www.uialumninetwork.org/events.html</a></p> <p><strong>&quot;Just for Fun&quot; - we suggest following </strong><br /> <a href="http://mashable.com/2011/10/25/free-halloween-fonts/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29">13 Free Halloween Fonts</a> Posted by Amy-Mae Elliott to mashable Tech</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 28 Oct 2011 11:05 CST Research these companies and build your job fair strategy today http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=359 <h3>November 3rd Chicago Alumni Job Fair</h3> <p>For registration information and list of open positions:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/pcqjnp">http://www.cvent.com/d/pcqjnp</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/pcqjnp"><img src="http://media.uiaa.org/CAJFempOct2011.jpg" alt="Employer Logos" /></a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 27 Oct 2011 11:27 CST Web Highlights, October 15-21, 2011 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=356 <p><strong>Recent Blog Posts</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allthingsworkplace.com/2011/10/get-the-most-from-professional-assessments-.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+allthingsworkplace+%28AllThingsWorkplace%29">Get The Most From Professional Assessments</a> by Steve Roesler, All Things Workplace</p> <p><a href="http://mashable.com/2011/10/20/qr-code-security-threat/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29">New Security Threat: Infected QR Codes</a> by Todd Wasserman, Mashable Tech</p> <p><a href="http://www.askamanager.org/2011/10/why-are-interviewers-turned-off-to-hear-how-much-time-i-spend-on-my-job-search.html">Why are interviewers turned off when they hear how much time I spend on my job search?</a> by Ask A Manager Blog</p> <p><a href="http://mashable.com/2011/10/15/infographic-resume-apps/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29">4 Simple Tools for Creating an Infographic Resume</a> by Ercia Swallow, Mashable Business (Share your reviews by submitting a comment below or emailing us at <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>)</p> <p><strong>Networking Events hosted by UIAA Clubs:</strong><br /> Thursday, October 27, 2011 - <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=258">Big Ten Networking in Chicago</a> (Open to all University of Illinois alumni)</p> <p>Friday, November 4, 2011 - <a href="http://www.greaternaplesillini.org/article.html?aid=105">Lunch Bunch Series</a>, The Naples Illini Club</p> <p>Saturday, November 2011 - <a href="http://www.tcilliniclub.org/article.html?aid=161">Fall Service Project</a>, The Twin Cities Illini Club</p> <p>Saturday, November 2011 -<a href="http://www.phoenixillini.org/article.html?aid=255"> Scottsdale Artwalk</a>, The Phoenix Illini Club</p> <p>Other networking, social and sports events are available at <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/events.html">http://www.uialumninetwork.org/events.html</a></p> <p>&quot;Just for Fun&quot; - we suggest following <br /> <a href="http://@badbanana">@badbanana</a> - For a touch of the ludicrous.</p> <p>What are your favorite blog posts, tweets or career related event announcements from this week?</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 21 Oct 2011 11:36 CST Fortune Magazine's 100 Fastest Growing Companies http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=349 <p>Growth companies typically are employers that tend to do well even in down economies such as this one. If you are in transition or contemplating a career change, a growth company might be one to consider. Several of them are international. If you are not sure who they are, <em>Fortune</em> magazine recently came out with their&nbsp; &ldquo;<em>100 Fastest-Growing Companies</em>&rdquo; list.</p> <p>The top ten &ldquo;100 Fastest-Growing Companies&rdquo; include:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">1. <a href="http://www.sxc.com/">SXS Health Solution</a>, Lisle, IL</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">2. <a href="http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com">Green Mountain Coffee Roasters</a>, Waterbury, VT</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">3. <a href="http://www.hitechpharm.com/">Hi-Tech Pharmacal</a>, Amityville, N.Y.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">4. <a href="http://www.baidu.com/">Baidu</a>, Beijing, China</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">5. <a href="http://www.medifast1.com">Medifast</a>, Owings Mills, MD</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">6. <a href="http://www.alxn.com/">Alexion Pharmaceuticals</a>, Cheshire, CN</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">7. <a href="http://corporate.discovery.com/">Discovery Communications</a>, Silver Springs, MD</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">8. <a href="http://www.gpreinc.com/">Green Plains Renewable Energy</a>, Omaha, NB</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">9. <a href="http://english.homeinns.com/">Home Inns &amp; Hotel Management</a>, Shanghai, China</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">10. <a href="http://www.ruger.com/">Sturm Ruger</a>, Southport, CN</p> <p>For additional resources about career transition visit the &ldquo;Career Search&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a></p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 20 Oct 2011 15:49 CST Job Alert in Hire UI Alumni job board http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=355 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To setup a search agent, an Alumnus must first login in to their <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/package_svcs.html">Hire UI Alumni </a>account.</p> <ol> <li>Go to JOBS and click the Advanced Search tab.</li> <li>To create a new agent, first select the criteria the search agent will be based on.</li> <li>Once chosen, type a Search Agent title into the &lsquo;Save As&rsquo; field and click the checkbox to save it. All Search Agents will be saved in the Search Agents tab (next to Advanced Search).</li> <li>To schedule the search to run and email the job list automatically, click the [schedule] button in the Search Agent Options column. Alerts can be scheduled to run daily, weekly or monthly.</li> </ol> Julie Bartimus Tue 18 Oct 2011 14:39 CST Web Highlights, October 8-14, 2011 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=354 <p>This isn't all the great material and resources that are out there, but a few we wanted to share.</p> <p><strong>Recent Blog Posts</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/uicnews/articledetail.cgi?id=15720">VolunteerMatch a recipe for service</a> by Christy Levy, UIC News<br /> <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/10/12/5-things-you-need-to-do-to-get-a-job">5 Things You Need to Do to Get a Job</a> by Miriam Salpeter, OnCareers in US News Money Section<br /> <a href="http://approachthemarket.co.uk/?p=2341&amp;option=com_wordpress&amp;Itemid=62">Lies Aren&rsquo;t White Or Little In The Jobsearch</a> by Sarah Cooper, Approach the Market<br /> <a href="http://associationdatabase.com/aws/NCDA/pt/sd/news_article/48311/_PARENT/layout_details_cc/true">Cool Careers in any Economy</a>: A Conversation with Marty Nemko by Maureen Nelson, National Career Development Association's Career Convergence Magazine</p> <p><strong>Networking Events hosted by UIAA Clubs:</strong><br /> Friday, October 21 - <a href="http://www.uire.org/article.html?aid=139">Will the Commercial Real Estate Market Double Dip?</a> with The University of Illinois Real Estate Alumni Forum<br /> Friday, October 21 - <a href="http://www.portlandillini.org/article.html?aid=118">Illinois basketball history with Scott Lynn</a>, The Portland Illini Club<br /> Saturday, October 22 - <a href="http://www.stlouisillini.org/article.html?aid=113">Metro St. Louis Illini Club Winery Trip</a> , The Metro St. Louis Illini Club<br /> Wednesday, October 26 - <a href="http://www.madisonillini.com/article.html?aid=137">Young Illini Potluck</a>, The Madison Illini Club</p> <p>Other networking, social and sports events are available at <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/events.html">http://www.uialumninetwork.org/events.html</a></p> <p><strong>&quot;Just for Fun&quot; - we suggest following </strong><br /> <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GuyKawasaki">@GuyKawasaki</a> - Author and Enchantment Seeker</p> <p>What are your favorite blog posts, tweets or career related event announcements from this week?</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 14 Oct 2011 13:10 CST Webinar: Keep Up Your Attitude & Job Search During the Holidays http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=352 <p>Participate in the upcoming webinar <strong>&quot;Keep Up Your Attitude &amp; Job Search During the Holidays&quot;</strong> on <strong>Tuesday, October 25 from 7-8 pm, Central Time</strong> to learn strategies in managing your job search during the holiday season while keeping a positive attitude. It will outline how to manage your time and tasks of job searching while balancing holiday activites. This session will also discuss how to continue professional networking and prepare your soundbyte for encounters during the holiday season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/hcq7tr">Register for this session as well as upcoming programs</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 13 Oct 2011 14:45 CST Are you ready to network? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=353 <p>The <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=258">Chicago Big Ten Networking Event </a>and <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/events.html">other networking events</a> are fast approaching.</p> <p>Are you ready to meet new people and make new connections?</p> <p>If you need to do a little prep work before you go, but aren't sure where to start, check out the following resources:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=107">Networking </a>section of the UIAA Virtual Career Center</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=152">Breaking the Ice at a Networking Event Webinar recording</a> on the UIAA Virtual career Center</li> </ul> <p>While you do need to register to use the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>, once your account is activated by staff, you will have full access to career management resources and Webinar recordings.</p> <p>If networking events make you nervous, set small goals. Once alumna said that she always sets a goal to meet two new people. usually once she has met the second new person she is on a role and keeps going. But, even if she only met two new people, she could declare the outing a success.</p> <p>What are your secrets for successful networking? Share your comments below.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 12 Oct 2011 15:40 CST Two Chicago Events Help Alumni Make Connections http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=351 <p>In Chicago this fall: Big Ten Networking Event and Alumni Job Fair</p> <p><strong><big>Big Ten Networking Event</big></strong><br /> Thursday, Oct. 27<br /> Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University (375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago)<br /> 7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=258">Prior Registration Required</a> (See event description for more details.)</p> <p><strong><big>Alumni Job Fair</big></strong><br /> Thursday, Nov. 3<br /> UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago)<br /> 11 a.m.-3 p.m.<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=262">Prior Registration Required for candidates and employers</a> (See event description for more details.)</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 11 Oct 2011 10:59 CST Web Highlights, October 1-7, 2011 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=350 <p>We regularly come across strong career-related content and interesting event announcements and want to share this content with you.</p> <p><strong>Recent Blog Posts</strong><br /> <a href="http://blog.simplyhired.com/2011/09/watch-your-words-4-kinds-of-people-who-are-reading-what-you-write-why-you-should-care.html?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=oct4#ixzz1Zp5SN000 http://blog.simplyhired.com/2011/09/watch-your-words-4-kinds-of-people-who-are-reading-what-you-write-why-you-should-care.html?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=oct4">Watch Your Words! 4 Kinds of People Who Are Reading What You Write &amp; Why You Should Care </a>by Sean Weinberg, Simply Hired Blog. <em>A good summary of why you should make purposeful decisions regarding what you post, how you post and what you don't post to the web.</em></p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/10/04/think-carefully-before-accepting-a-counter-offer">Think Carefully Before Accepting a Counter Offer</a> By Lindsay Olson, OnCareers section of US News. <em>As we discussed in this week's Webinar, you should consider the personalities involved and the company's track record when negotiating.</em></p> <p><a href="http://mashable.com/2011/10/01/tech-job-google-apple-facebook/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29">Hot Tips For Landing Jobs at Google, Apple and Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]</a> by Lauren Drell on Mashable Tech. <em>The Internet is a treasuretrove of information about targeted companies. This is just one example.</em></p> <p><a href="http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/10/06/company-status-updates/">New Company Updates: Learn more about the Companies you follow on LinkedIn</a> by Ryan Roslansky, LinkedIn Blog. <em>The LinkedIn Company follow feature is now even better.</em></p> <p><strong>Twitter</strong><br /> <a href="http://t.co/fhazCrxk">Thinking about working at a smaller company? Here are the pros and cons: http://t.co/fhazCrxk</a> by Bhavna Krishan, @Jobfully, October 3, 2011</p> <p><strong>Networking Events hosted by UIAA Clubs:</strong><br /> Ocotber 10, 2011 - <a href="http://www.uicbaac.org/article.html?aid=181">Crisis in Higher Education: The Need for New Leadership</a> (Chicago, IL)<br /> October 12, 2011 - <a href="http://www.atlantaillini.com/article.html?aid=155">Big Ten Alumni of Atlanta Networking Event</a><br /> October 15, 2011 - <a href="http://www.dcillini.org/article.html?aid=339">2nd Annual Big Ten Happy Hour</a> (Washington, DC)<br /> October 15, 2011 - <a href="http://www.nycillini.org/article.html?aid=243">New York Cares Day</a></p> <p><strong>Just for Fun</strong><br /> For the first &quot;Just for Fun&quot; referral, we suggest following Film critic and UI Journalism alumnus Roger Ebert, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/ebertchicago">@ebertchicago</a></p> <p><em><strong>What are your favorite blog posts, tweets or career related event announcements for this week?</strong></em> Submit comments below.</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 10 Oct 2011 08:52 CST Book Review: <i>Why Should Extroverts Make All the Money? Networking Made Easy for the Introvert</i> http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=348 <p>By Frederica J. Balzano, Ph.D</p> <p>Networking can be both very intimidating and overwhelming, especially for an introvert or shy person. Frederica J. Balzano wrote and designed Why Should Extroverts Make All the Money? Networking Made Easy for the Introvert to help assess introverts how to step out of their shadow and network. She discusses characteristics between an extrovert and introvert, shares networking exercises and how to manage and communicate introverts in the workplace.</p> <p>Take this short quiz taken from Dr. Balzano&rsquo;s book to assess if you fit the profile as an introvert.<br /> Answer Yes, Often or No<br /> &bull; In the office or other work environment, do you think you are perceived as being aloof by your coworkers?<br /> &bull; In a large group, do you dislike introducing people to each other?<br /> &bull; Are you uncomfortable &ldquo;working the crowd&rdquo; at a party?<br /> &bull; Do you feel that your so-called shyness is standing in the way of career advancement?<br /> &bull; Do you want to participate in the meetings but are not sure how to start?<br /> &bull; Do you have to write notes before a presentation even if you don&rsquo;t refer to them, because you know you don&rsquo;t like to &ldquo;wing&rdquo; it?<br /> &bull; Does the word networking send chills up your spine?<br /> &bull; Is rejection so distasteful to you that it prevents you from effectively managing or networking?</p> <p>Now tally up your answers: if you responded &ldquo;yes&rdquo; or &ldquo;often&rdquo; to more than four of these questions, you have a strong tendency toward introversion. If you answered at least seven questions yes, you probably are an introvert. It is your preferred way of relating to people, places and things. It&rsquo;s a style- a comfort level-not to be confused with shyness.</p> <p>This book can be found at your local library or at the Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s library, located at 200 S. Wacker Drive, the second floor. We are located across from the Willis Tower.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 6 Oct 2011 09:05 CST Fall Webinar Series http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=347 <p><strong><big>As the leaves start to change and we move to the fall season, are you experiencing other changes on your life?</big></strong></p> <p>Our upcoming Alumni Career Center Webinars are designed to help, including:</p> <ul> <li>Keep Up Your Attitude &amp; Job Search During the Holidays, October 25</li> <li>Web-Panel: Finding Balance in Your Work and Life, November 8</li> <li>SWOT Assessment for Strategic Decisions and Effective Branding, December 8</li> </ul> <p>For more information about the event or to register, visit <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/hcq7tr">http://www.cvent.com/d/hcq7tr</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 5 Oct 2011 12:03 CST Enhance Personal Brand Equity with New Media http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=343 <p>An alumnus, Brett Coffee '93 LAS (UI), recently wrote an article for <a href="http://www.acc.com/accdocket/index.cfm">ACC Docket</a> with Affie Ambrose and Steven Bell titled, &quot;<a href="http://media.uiaa.org/NewMediaACCDocketArticle.pdf">Enhance Personal Brand Equity with New Media</a>.&quot; While the article's targeted audience is in-house lawyers, its message is relevant to a much wider audience of professionals. We are very pleased that Brett shared the article with us so we could share it with you.</p> <p>The authors walk the reader through identifying their brand and the different tools to use in order to promote that brand. &quot;Personal branding is the sophisticated and intentional use of communications tools to promote the promise, experience and feeling that we will derive from associating with the individual,&quot; (p60).</p> <p>Additionally, the boxed insert on p63 provides helpful tips for social media etiquette.</p> <p><em>You can follow Brett on Twitter at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/BrettCoffee"><em>@BrettCoffee</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Reprinted with permission from the Association of Corporate Counsel. &copy; 2011, the Association of Corporate Counsel. All rights reserved. <a href="http://www.acc.com">www.acc.com</a>.</em></p> Julie Bartimus Fri 30 Sep 2011 15:19 CST Next Chicago Alumni Job Fair, Nov 3rd http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=346 <p><big><strong>Are you a candidate looking for new opportunities?</strong></big><br /> As a University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumnus, you are invited to attend an Alumni Job Fair in Chicago that will bring you face to face with top employers. A $10.00 non-refundable fee is applied to prevent overcrowding and ensure quality &amp; consistency. <strong>Prior registration is required. </strong>This event is exclusive for University of Illinois alumni and alumni from other sponsoring institutions. (See website for complete list.)</p> <p>Registration: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/pcqjnp">http://www.cvent.com/d/pcqjnp</a><br /> The current list of employers is available through the &rdquo;Who&rsquo;s Hiring&rdquo; tab of the Registration Website. The list will be updated as new employers register.</p> <p><strong>Chicago Alumni Job Fair <br /> November 3, 2011</strong><br /> 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. <br /> UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60605</p> <p><big><strong>Are you an employer looking to hire top tier talent? </strong></big><br /> The Chicago Alumni Job Fair provides an outstanding opportunity to gain intimate access to today&rsquo;s brightest and most experienced candidates.</p> <p>Registration rates for employers range from $600 for For-Profit employers to $350 for Non-Profit organizations. There are several sponsorship rates available as well for this event. <strong>Registration is discounted 20% if you register before October 14.</strong> Official online registration for employers is open at: <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/pcqjnp">http://www.cvent.com/d/pcqjnp</a></p> <p>Questions? Contact Julie Bartimus from the Alumni Career Center at <a href="mailto:jlhays@uillinois.edu">jlhays@uillinois.edu</a> or Alysa Perry from MyWorkster at <a href="mailto:alysa@myworkster.com">alysa@myworkster.com</a> or 917.310.1974<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 27 Sep 2011 09:57 CST Webinar: "Maximizing your pay and job security -a legal perspective" http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=344 <p>Participate in the upcoming webinar &ldquo;<strong>Maximizing your pay and job security &ndash; a legal perspective</strong>&rdquo; on <strong>Wednesday, October 5 from 7-8 pm, Central Time</strong>. Guest presenter, attorney and alumnus <strong>Dan Felix &lsquo;78 LAS (UI)</strong> will present information about legal issues that surrounds your employment agreement and steps in finalizing your job offer. <br /> <br /> For more information about the event or to register, visit <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/hcq7tr">http://www.cvent.com/d/hcq7tr</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 22 Sep 2011 15:53 CST Fall Job Fairs in Sept. & Nov. http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=342 <p>Mark your calendars and get your resume ready to attend the on-campus job fairs coming up in September through November. To view and research employers registered to attend, visit the career center&rsquo;s website.</p> <p><strong>UIC Fall Diversity Job Fair</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Sept. 29, 2011<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Illinois Room located in the Student Center East<br /> <strong>Contact: </strong>jaimev@uic.edu, 312-996-2969</p> <p><strong>Midwest MBA Career Fair</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Oct. 21, 2011<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Sheraton Chicago<br /> <strong>Contact</strong>: arculver@illinios.edu, 217- 244-6625<br /> www.midwestmba.com</p> <p><strong>Illinois Multicultural Career Fair</strong><br /> <strong>Date: </strong>October 17, 2011<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Rooms ABC located in the Illini Union<br /> <strong>Contact:</strong> tsteven2@illinois.edu, 217-333-0054<br /> Please register at: go.illinois.edu/careerfair</p> <p><strong>Chicago Alumni Job Fair</strong><br /> <strong>Date: </strong>Nov. 3, 2011<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> UIC Forum, Chicago<br /> <strong>Contact:</strong> careers@uillinois.edu</p> <p>To learn how to get the most out of attending a job fair visit the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 20 Sep 2011 09:05 CST Webinar: "Job Search Strategy with Results" http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=341 <p>Searching for a job can be frustrating as it takes time and plenty of patience. Aligning priorities for your next position can be complicated and overwhelming.</p> <p>Register for the <strong>&ldquo;Job Search Strategy with Results&rdquo; on Tuesday, October 27 from 7-8 pm, Central Time</strong> to review the mechanics of job searching and proven techniques to help move your plan forward. This session will evaluate what you have done thus far and keep you motivated.</p> <p>Register at <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8">http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8</a>. <strong>The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 27 at 2:00pm Central Time.</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 15 Sep 2011 11:18 CST R in SMART Goals http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=340 <p>It is easier to achieve your goals if you set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) goals. Today we are going to focus on the R</p> <p><strong>What is a Realistic goal?</strong></p> <p>In a recent <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-success/201012/the-top-10-psychology-studies-2010">Psychology Today</a> article summarizing studies from 2010, a study on time management mentioned that &quot;<em>The good news is, you can learn to more accurately predict how long something will take and become a better planner, if you stop and consider potential obstacles, along with two other factors: your own past experiences (i.e., how long did it take last time?), and all the steps or subcomponents that make up the task (i.e., factoring in the time you'll need for each part.)&quot;</em></p> <p>If you have never done something or haven't done it in a long time, you will need to research the steps and estimates of time to completion. You can do this by reviewing books and websites and by talking to advisers and networking contacts. As you perform the steps you can then build your own estimates and more accurately estimate time and revise your goals.</p> <p>What steps are you taking to set more realistic/SMARTer goals? Share you comments below.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 13 Sep 2011 13:05 CST Job Search Tip- Finding Company Email Address Patterns http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=337 <p>One of the most challenging and frustrating parts of looking for a job is the difficulty in finding the email address of the department manager, the hiring manager or the recruiter in the company to address cover letters or to simply contact them to introduce yourself and express your interest in the position. <a href="http://sites.google.com/site/emails4corporations/">Emails4Corporation</a> and <a href="http://executivebomb.com/notice.html">ExecutiveBomb </a>are two resources that provide the email address pattern for many companies. Both sites are free. Emails4Corporation appears to be more professional and seems to be updated regularly.&nbsp; ExecutiveBomb was created by individuals with a desire to help. While the site is maintained and updated it does recommend confirming the email addresses, which is a good suggestion to do for both sites.</p> <p>What is an email address pattern? Every company has a standard way of formatting their email address, for example at the Alumni Career Center, it is: firstinitiallastname@uillinois.edu. Once you know the email address pattern, networking and using social media sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook can be used to help find people within the organization. If you happened to meet a person but don&rsquo;t know their email address, Emails4Corporation or ExecutiveBomb can help you guess what it might be. Your sleuth skills can be used by contacting the company operator to verify the email address by stating, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m trying to email Jane Doe.&nbsp; My message bounced back. Could you please confirm (person's name) email address is name@company.com? Thank you!&rdquo;</p> <p>Visit the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a> for additional job search strategies or networking tips!.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 8 Sep 2011 08:50 CST For Employers-Building Social Media Policy Around Recruiting-Webinar Panel http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=335 <p>According to Proskauer&rsquo;s International Labor &amp; Employment Group recent survey results,</p> <p>&bull; 73% of surveyed businesses use social networking for business purposes<br /> &bull; Nearly half do not have any social networking policy in place<br /> &bull; 43 percent have faced an issue with misuse of social networks.</p> <p>Social Media is increasingly being used in the workplace not only to help development a corporate brand, but to help engage, attract and recruit top talent. Social media has become part of the recruiting strategy with Human Resources and Talent Acquisition departments deriving many benefits. However, the use of these sites does not come without risks, especially when there is no policy in place to guide the recruiting and overall hiring process.</p> <p>Join us for a lively panel discussion centered around &hellip;</p> <p>1. Being proactive and understanding appropriate behaviors / boundaries for utilizing social media for sourcing, screening and recruiting,<br /> 2. Learning best practices for building social media policy to maximize its benefits, meet compliance and avoid the legal issues and lawsuits in social media.</p> <p><br /> <strong>When:</strong> Thursday, September 22, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Central Time)<br /> (Webinar begins at 9am. On-sight guests may network &amp; enjoy breakfast beginning at 8:30 am)<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Webinar or In Person at the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago <br /> <strong>Cost: </strong>Free</p> <p><strong>Register</strong> <strong>at</strong> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/RSVPBldSocialMediaPolicy">http://tinyurl.com/RSVPBldSocialMediaPolicy</a></p> <p>RSVP by Friday, September 16th</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 6 Sep 2011 09:03 CST Breaking Bad Habits http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=336 <p>Are you trying to break a bad habit? In a Psychology Today summary of <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-success/201012/the-top-10-psychology-studies-2010">Top Psychology Studies in 2010</a>, they list a related study first. My initial thoughts upon reading the summary were examples of alumni who were struggling to do this in their job search.</p> <p>The summary mentions that most people utilize the wrong strategy when trying to break bad habits and ultimately fail. The strategy of &quot;distraction is a great way to resist a passing temptation, but it turns out to be a terrible way to break a habit that has really taken hold.&quot;</p> <p>Instead the summary advocates &quot;vigilant monitoring - focusing your attention on the unwanted behavior to make sure you don't engage in it.&quot;</p> <p>These following tips are based on real world examples:</p> <ul> <li>Instead of saying in general that you will ramp up your job search this week, plan the specific task you will accomplish and schedule the time you need to work on them.</li> <li>Instead of recognizing the need to do more networking, actively spend time contacting and meeting with networking contacts</li> <li>Instead of saying you will work on the job search later, turn off the TV/Computer/Game and work on it now.</li> </ul> <p>You won't just magically become more motivated to do the job search. You need to first be vigilant about doing the job search. You will then become more excited about the process when you see positive results. However, you will need to continue to be vigilant in monitoring the process because it is too easy to fall back into old habits.</p> <p>What are you challenges/bad habits related to the job search? What have you done or do you plan to do to break them? Please share you examples by included a comment here or in the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/UIAACareerCtr">UIAA&nbsp;ACC Facebook page</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 1 Sep 2011 09:13 CST Web-Panel: Separating Fact from Fiction: Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=334 <p>Finding a job during this tough economy can be extremely frustrating and tiring. You've been planning your search, doing informational interviews and surfing the 'Net, but still have not heard anything back. Participate in the panel <strong>&quot;Separating Fact from Fiction: Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories&quot;</strong> on <strong>Tuesday, September 13 from 7-8 pm, Central Time</strong> and hear fellow alumni tell about their own job search experience and what worked for them and what didn't.</p> <p>To register, please go to <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8" target="_blank">http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8</a>. <strong>The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 13 at 2:00pm Central Time.</strong></p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 30 Aug 2011 12:59 CST September Job Fairs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=332 <p>Mark your calendars and get your resume ready to attend the on-campus job fairs coming up in September. To view and research employers registered to attend, click on the hyperlinks below or&nbsp; for questions contact their office.</p> <p><strong>Illinois College of Business Career Fair</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Sept. 13-14, 2011<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> The ARC Building<br /> <strong>Contact: </strong>217/ 265-0864<br /> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/Illinois-Employer-List">http://tinyurl.com/Illinois-Employer-List</a></p> <p><strong>UIC Fall Diversity Job Fair</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Sept. 29, 2011<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Illinois Room located in the Student Center East<br /> <strong>Contact:</strong> (312) 996-2300<br /> <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/ocs/events_career_fairs.shtml">http://www.uic.edu/depts/ocs/events_career_fairs.shtml</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>To learn how to get the most out of attending a job fair visit the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 25 Aug 2011 08:30 CST Caterpillar, McDonald's and Pepsi Reps. on Interviewing http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=331 <p>Alumni and guest panelists shared great information during last week's panel discussion on interviewing. We extend our thanks to them for sharing their time and expertise:</p> <ul> <li>Alan Tecktiel '89 LAS, '91 MA LER (UI), Senior Director, Corporate Human Resources for McDonald's Corporation</li> <li>David Turner, '93 BUS (UI), Business Support Manager for Caterpillar</li> <li>Mary Vineski, '05 LAS (UIC), Campus Relations Manager for Pepsi Beverages Company</li> <li>Danny Ollier, Talent Acquisition for Pepsi Beverages Company</li> </ul> <p>We've included a few highlights, tips and trends below from the session. To access the full recording of the panel discussion, we invite you to visit our <a href="http://UIAA Virtual Career Center">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>. If you haven't already registered for the site, please register today. The UIAA Alumni career Center staff will verify your alumni status and grant you access within 1-2 business days. The Webinars are archived under the &quot;About US&quot; tab.</p> <ol> <li>Know Your Story and Share Your Story - The biggest point emphasized by each of the panelists was that a candidate needed to be ready to describe what they've done in their career, why they did it, what they can do and why they want to do it.</li> <li>Be Ready to Walk Through Your Resume - Part of the interview will be a walk through the resume so the interviewer can understand your career decisions and learn what is not on the resume. This document should be a concise and compelling outline of relevant experience.</li> <li>Behavior-Based Interview Questions - Each of these companies uses behavior-based questions to understand your past experience with key competencies. You need to be ready to describe work your done in critical areas.</li> <li>Prescreening Questions - These companies and others are using questions in the online application to prescreen candidates and recommend that candidates consider their answers in this light.</li> </ol> <p>If you are a recruiter reading this post, we would love to hear from you about these or any additional tips you have for candidates. You can respond by submitting a comment below or by emailing us at careers@uillinois.edu with &quot;Blog Comment&quot; in the subject line.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 23 Aug 2011 09:29 CST Red Flags Identifying Fraudulent Job Ads http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=330 <p>Although staff at the Alumni Career Center monitors employer jobs posted on our job board, Hire UI Alumni, our actions are not fool proof. Our vendor, Nacelink Symplicity, has provided a list of &ldquo;red flags&rdquo; that can alert you to a fraudulent job posting on job boards &hellip;</p> <ol> <li>A credit card, bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation is requested.</li> <li>The posting appears to be from a reputable, familiar company (often a Fortune 500). Yet, the domain in the contact's email address does not match the domain used by representatives of the company. This is typically easy to determine from the company's website or it can be validated by checking the open positions on the company's website.</li> <li>The contact email address contains the domain @live.com.</li> <li>The position requires an initial investment, such as a payment by wire service or courier.</li> <li>The posting includes many spelling and grammatical errors.</li> <li>The position initially appears as a traditional job...upon further research, it sounds more like an independent contractor opportunity.</li> <li>A large payment or reward is&nbsp;offered in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (often for depositing checks or transferring money).</li> <li>Applicant receives an unexpectedly large check (checks are typically slightly less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).</li> <li>Applicant is asked to provide a photo of themself.</li> <li>The position is for any of the following: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, Online Surveys.</li> <li>The the description focuses on the amount of money to be made and neglects to mention what the responsibilities of the job actually are.</li> <li>The employer responds to you immediately after you submit your resume. Typically, resumes sent to an employer are reviewed by multiple individuals, or not viewed until the posting has closed. Note - this does not include an auto-response you may receive from the employer once you have sent your resume.</li> <li>The position indicates a &quot;first year compensation&quot; that is in high excess to the average compensation for that position type.</li> <li>Look at the company's website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about; or does it contain information only about the job you are interested in? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legit at first glance.</li> <li>Watch for anonymity. If it is difficult to find an address, actual contact, company name, etc. - this is cause to proceed with caution. Fraud postings are illegal, so scammers will try to keep themselves well-hidden.</li> <li>The salary range listed is very wide (i.e. &quot;employees can earn from $40K - $80K the first year!&quot;)</li> <li>Google the company name and the word &quot;scam&quot; (i.e. Acme Company Scam), the results show several scam reports concerning this company. Another source for scam reports is: http://www.ripoffreport.com.</li> <li>Google the employer's phone number, fax number and/or email address. If it does not appear connected to an actual business organization, this is a red flag. The Symplicity team often uses the Better Business Bureau (<a href="http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/">http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/</a>), Hoovers (<a href="http://www.hoovers.com">http://www.hoovers.com/</a>) and AT&amp;T's Anywho (<a href="http://www.anywho.com/">http://www.anywho.com/</a>) to verify organizations.</li> <li>The employer contacts you by phone, however there is no way to call them back. The number is not available.</li> <li>The employer tells you that they do not have an office set-up in your area, and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).</li> </ol> <p>Please help us keep Hire UI Alumni safe, if you happen to come across a fraudulent job on Hire UI Alumni please contact the staff at careers@uillinois.edu.&nbsp; Additionally, if you feel you may have already been scammed in a job ad, Nacelink Symplicity&rsquo;s blog at, <a href="http://www.symplicity.com/blog/_1/17/fraud_posting_tips">http://www.symplicity.com/blog/_1/17/fraud_posting_tips</a> provides suggestions on what to do.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 18 Aug 2011 08:40 CST The Value Of Networking In A Job Search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=326 <p>When reviewing surveys of top job search techniques, networking is typically rated number one. Similarly, when evaluating the top sources employers use to hire, employee referrals is ranked as number one.&nbsp; Another words networking, since a person must speak to another person to be referred.</p> <p>Networking is defined as a way of connecting and building relationships with people in your field or industry. It is not asking for a job, but rather approaching a person for help, assistance, information about the field, industry, trends, etc. It is also a means for requesting a referral to other people on your targeted list of people or companies.</p> <p>While the benefits of networking are frequently discussed as the most effective technique to find a job, some job seekers question the value of networking.</p> <p>The value of networking will be illustrated through the &ldquo;Opportunity Curve&rdquo; which is a model used in business to evaluate various economic concepts such as production efficiencies, costs opportunities, etc. When applied to networking in the job search process, the opportunity curve looks at the effectiveness and efficiency of networking within an organization at different stages of a hiring need. There are four stages of hiring needs:</p> <p><strong>1. No Need to Hire</strong>- The value of speaking with employers at this stage is that the job seeker is still making connections, creating visibility, developing their brand and reputation and may be able to receive a referral to others on their targeted list of people or companies. Additionally, in the future should an opportunity arise, a connection has been made, a relationship developed which will make it easier for the job seeker to contact this employer down the line and ultimately be given an opportunity to be considered.</p> <p><strong>2. Felt Need to Hire</strong>- The employer recognizes there is a need for a job as a result of growth, a person leaving, retiring or a promotion. The advantage of speaking with the employer at this stage is that the employer informs the job seeker of the need because the job seeker is perceived by the employer as a good candidate and a good fit. The job may be created for them and as the employer moves toward the formalized stage, the job description is created around the job seeker's qualifications.</p> <p><strong>3. Formalized Need</strong>- The employer begins to discuss criteria for the job and the job description is developed. The advantage of speaking with the employer at this stage is similar to the Felt Need stage in that the employer informs the job seeker of the need because the job seeker is a good candidate and a good fit. It is up to the job seeker then to express interest and probe further for details regarding how to proceed, actions to take and when to apply.</p> <p><strong>4. Recruiting</strong>- The employer is actively searching for the candidate on job boards, etc. The competition is fierce because all job seekers are aware of the opportunity.</p> <p>The most effective and efficient time to be speaking with an employer is clearly when there is a Felt Need or a Formalized Need because the job opportunity is there with minimal to no competition to the job seeker. However, don't underestimate the power of networking.&nbsp; Keep in mind, even when there is no need, the person may be well connected in your field and industry, may know of a job and may refer you to their friend who has the need if the job seeker is perceived as a good qualified candidate!</p> <p>So, remember the value of networking!!</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 16 Aug 2011 09:36 CST Taking Your LinkedIn Profile to the Next Level http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=327 <p>On <strong>Tuesday, August 23</strong> from<strong> 12:30-1 pm Central Time</strong>, participate in the mini-webinar &quot;<strong>Taking Your LinkedIn Profile to the Next Level</strong>.&quot; During this half hour presentation, learn how to reinforce your brand, connect with fellow alumni, integrate blogs and other feeds and utilize LinkedIn's features, such as purl, In Maps, and documents.</p> <p>To register for this event as well as other Career Center events, please go to <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8">http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 11 Aug 2011 09:30 CST Illinois Warrior Summit, August 23 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=323 <p><big><em>Are you a veteran looking for resources?<br /> Are you an organization looking to support our veterans?</em></big></p> <p>We invite you to attend</p> <p><strong>Illinois Warrior Summit 2011<br /> Soldier Field<br /> August 23rd, 2011<br /> 11:30am-9pm</strong></p> <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center was able to participate in last year's event and enjoyed talking to and helping the veterans who attended.</p> <p>The goal of the Illinois Warrior Summit is to assist veterans and service members with obtaining information about benefits, employment, education, housing and legal services available to them. The Illinois Warrior Summit promotes positive community relations and presents veterans with many opportunities for future goals. This one of a kind event also advocates networking between different organizations which improves business to business relations; enhancing the quality of veteran support services, and in turn, helping thousands of veterans.</p> <p>Veterans and Family Members DO NOT NEED TO PRE-REGISTER. There will be a FREE Registration Booth OUTSIDE Soldier Field by the South Entrance- Gate-O. Early Registration for veterans and family starts at 11am.</p> <p>NON-PROFITS, BUSINESSES, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS are asked to register ahead of time.</p> <p>For more information and directions: <a href="http://www.illinoiswarriorsummit.com/">http://www.illinoiswarriorsummit.com/</a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 9 Aug 2011 09:30 CST Do you know what employers listen for in an interview? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=319 <p>Participate in the Alumni Career Center's web-panel &quot;What Employers Listen for in an Interview&quot; on Tuesday, August 16 from 7-8 pm, Central Time. Our panelists will share experience-based information about interviewing formats, and why companies conduct interviews the way they do. We encourage you to come and network with alumni and the panelists at our downtown office, located at 200 S. Wacker Drive, the southwest corner of Wacker and Adams, in the Orange and Blue room.</p> <p>Our guest presenters are <strong>Alan Tecktiel</strong>, <em>Senior Director - Corporate Human Resources</em> for McDonald's Corporation; <strong>Mary Vineski</strong>, <em>Campus Relations Manager</em> for PepsiCo; and <strong>David Turner</strong>, <em>Business Support Manager</em> for Caterpillar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8">Register for the event</a></p> Rosahlee Solomon Wed 3 Aug 2011 11:49 CST Upcoming Chicago Networking Event http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=318 <p>We recently heard about the following event that brings candidates together with employers and wanted to share the information with our alumni. We would love to hear about your experience at the event if you decide to attend.</p> <p><strong><big>JOIN SILVER PROFESSIONALS FOR OUR FIRST INAUGURAL NETWORKING MIXER TO BE HELD:</big></strong></p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 from 5pm to 7pm</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>: Quay Restaurant &amp; Bar, 465 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611</p> <p><strong>WHY</strong>: For professionals (mature job-seekers looking for professional lines of work) and employers interested in gaining employment and connecting to establish business and other professional relationships for 2011 and beyond. Remember to ride the &ldquo;silver wave&rdquo;.</p> <p>The names of all attendees will be submitted for our Surprise Raffle Drawing. Three Prizes will be raffled!</p> <p><strong>RSVP</strong>:</p> <ul> <li>Please RSVP now for early registration! Early registration is $15.</li> <li>Without RSVP the cost is $25.</li> <li>RSVP to <a href="http://Ron@silverprofessionals.com">Ron@silverprofessionals.com</a> or 312.771.7190. Contact Ron with any questions that you have about the event.</li> </ul> <p><strong>NOTE</strong>: Professional attire is requested. Silver professionals should bring copies of their resume and business cards. Employers should bring any marketing materials needed to help promote their company.</p> <p><strong>VISIT</strong>: <a href="http://www.silverprofessionals.com">www.silverprofessionals.com</a></p> <p><strong>SPONSORED BY:</strong></p> <ul> <li>SilverProfessionals.com</li> <li>Quay Restaurant &amp;&nbsp;Bar</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 2 Aug 2011 10:59 CST An Alumna comments on her recent mock interview. http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=317 <p>A UIC LAS alumna, Faith Korey, comments on her recent Mock Interview.</p> <p><em>They say practice makes perfect and that is certainly true in preparing for any type of interview; this is especially true in a face-to-face meeting. One of the best ways to prepare for an actual interview is through a mock interview. Although you can practice by looking in the mirror and with a friend or family member, it helps to have a trained interviewer coach you through the process. The mock interview simulates an interview in a safe environment. Being prepared for the actual interview helps reduce anxiety and allows you to correct any mistakes that could eliminate you as a potential candidate.</em></p> <p><em>I was excited at the prospect of a mock interview for several reasons. I wanted to make sure I highlighted my transferable skills since I am changing careers. I also wanted observations on whether the reasons I wanted to change careers seemed believable. <br /> <br /> I chose a position that had been posted on a job board in my new field and emailed the link to Julie Bartimus at ACC. To prepare for the interview, I researched the organization by connecting to their web site and reviewing their annual report I used the U of I Virtual Career Center interviewing tips. I dissected the job posting and compared it to my resume. I prepared stories that highlighted my accomplishments. I memorized my elevator speech.</em></p> <p><em>I think you gain the most from the mock interview if you treat it as a &ldquo;real&rdquo; interview. This includes wearing professional &ldquo;dress to impress&rdquo; attire. Although I have become accustomed to dressing in &ldquo;business casual&rdquo;, dressing up helped create the ideal interview atmosphere.</em></p> <p><em>On the day of the mock interview I arrived 15 minutes early as I would do for an actual interview. Julie greeted me; we shook hands and made small talk. Julie had researched the skills and technical proficiencies required for the position. For the next thirty minutes Julie asked a variety of probing questions ranging from the classic opener &ldquo;tell me about yourself&rdquo;, technical skills, interpersonal skills, strengths and weaknesses, and behavioral and situational questions. As I answered the questions Julie took notes on everything from my responses to my demeanor and eye contact.</em></p> <p><em>After completing her round of questions, Julie then asked me if I had any questions. Julie again took notes on everything I said.</em></p> <p><em>The value of the mock interview lies in the immediate constructive criticism and feedback. I learned from our discussion I needed to better highlight transferable skills for my new field without dwelling on the length of time I spent in my previous industry. I learned I looked like a &ldquo;deer in the headlights&rdquo; when I responded to one question and that I need to maintain eye contact while highlighting my portfolio. I also was glad to hear that I showed a great deal of enthusiasm and passion and demonstrated subject matter expertise about my new field. As additional follow-up, Julie provided me with a copy of her notes which I have found to be invaluable.</em></p> <p><em>From my reading about mock interviews, career professionals have said the more mock interviews you complete, the more skilled you become. Even one mock interview can help improve your interviewing skills exponentially while building your confidence. </em></p> <p><em>I know from personal experience this is true. Several days after the mock interview, I had an interview where many of the same questions were asked. The mock interview had prepared me well and I felt far more certain in my responses to the questions that were posed.</em></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 28 Jul 2011 09:14 CST Network with PepsiCo, McDonald's & Caterpillar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=316 <p>The <strong>&ldquo;What Employers Look For In The Interview&rdquo;</strong> webinar panel program is right around the corner. Our panelists are Human Resource representatives at PepsiCo, McDonald&rsquo;s and Caterpillar who will share experience-based information about their interviewing formats. PepsiCo and McDonald&rsquo;s representatives will be on-site to personally network with you.&nbsp; A Caterpillar representative will be participating virtually.</p> <p>Consider attending this program in person to network on <strong>Tuesday, August 16th.</strong> Don't underestimate networking virtually with Caterpillar.&nbsp; At a program last year, a person in the room was asked to forward their resume to the panelist attending virtually.&nbsp; Networking begins at 6:30 pm. Dress professionally and bring your resume.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 7-8 pm (on-site networking begins at 6:30pm)</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Free for alumni; $20 for Friends of Alumni (temporarily reduced from $45).</p> <p><strong>Via Webinar or On-site Location</strong>: Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Orange &amp; Blue Room</p> <p><strong>Register by: </strong>clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8.</p> <p><strong>RSVP deadline:</strong> Tuesday, August 16, at 2 PM Central Time.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 26 Jul 2011 11:57 CST Moving for your family: How to start your job search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=315 <p>Everyone has different reasons or circumstances, but most of us will, at some point, make a choice to leave our jobs and move for our families.</p> <p>Here are some ways to start your job search when moving to a new place:</p> <p><strong>Utilize the UIAA Alumni Career Center services that include&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Virtual Career Center</strong>: An online resource to help alumni succeed in all areas of career management. It covers many areas of the job search and career transition including resumes, interviewing and networking. Through the VCC (<a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>), alumni can also subscribe to a monthly e-newsletter.</li> <li><strong>Professional Development Webinars</strong>: Hosted at no fee to alumni throughout the year. Events are listed in the VCC calendar.</li> <li><strong>Hire UI Alumni Job Board</strong>: Presents job opportunities and is available to all alumni. Accessible from the VCC.</li> <li><strong>Alumni Directory</strong>: Connect to fellow alumni and networking contacts. The &quot;Find a Friend&quot; feature is open to all alumni and helps alumni connect with other alumni they already know. &quot;Alumni Offering Assistance&quot; is available to Sustaining and Life Members* and connects alumni with other alumni who have volunteered to share information about their careers and organizations.</li> <li><strong>Advising </strong>on career choice, resumes, interviewing and networking: Available to alumni for nominal additional fees, <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/packages.html">www.uiaa.org/careers/packages.html</a>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Network in the following ways&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Update your profile(s) and utilize your social network connections on LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.</li> <li>Reach out to existing contacts in your new city.</li> <li>Reach out to existing contacts in your chosen industry or field of work.</li> <li>Once you have announced your move appropriately to your current employer, discuss your move with a trusted/respected supervisor and request introductions in reaching new contacts. Most of the time, when moving for your family, companies will be supportive, but it will be up to you to decide if this is a conversation that you can safely have at your place of employment. Also, you will need to keep in mind if your current employer has an office in your future city where you are or are not willing to work.</li> <li>Once you have announced your move appropriately to your current employer, discuss your move with friends, colleagues, clients, consultant, etc. Pretty much, talk to anyone that will indulge you as you never know who will have the connection that you are looking for!</li> <li>Join the alumni club in your new city and attend its events.</li> <li>Attend the Big Ten networking events in your new city</li> <li>Utilize the professional organizations associated with your field of work to meet new contacts.</li> </ul> <p>*To become a Sustaining or Life Member to help support the UIAA Alumni Career Center and other programs, you can make a tax-deductible gift to the UIAA: <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/make_gift.html">www.uiaa.org/membership/make_gift.html</a>.</p> <p>Written by Jessica Leach '04 BUS (UI), who is currently enrolled in the Eastern Illinois University MS in College Student Affairs program and interned with the University of Illinois Alumni Association this summer.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 21 Jul 2011 08:33 CST Facebook as a Job Search Tool? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=312 <p>Social media is currently a popular way of job searching. Facebook can be used as a source for job seekers to network with potential employers. However, what about privacy issues? Do you know the best practice of balancing your privacy while networking on social media sites? Join us for our mini webinar &quot; Should I Use Facebook as a Job Search Tool?&quot; taking place July 26th from 12:30 - 1:00pm. Learn when and how to use Facebook while managing your career. To register, visit <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8">http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8</a>.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 19 Jul 2011 10:30 CST Computer Science Degree: How to make yourself the best possible candidate http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=313 <p>Less than one week into my internship at the UIAA Alumni Career Center, it quickly became apparent to me that there is a disparity between the candidates available for employment in computer science and the criteria that potential employers are looking for in future hires.</p> <p>While computer science students are receiving marvelous educations, there is a skills gap that is hindering their marketability and success. Unfortunately, with the rapid pace of change in the information technology (IT) sector, teaching is not keeping up with the development of new program languages and tools. While it is wonderful that students are learning the theories that lay the foundation, there needs to be more time spent independently on practice and training as employers are ultimately seeking candidates with existing programming skills.</p> <p>With this being known, there are two main areas of knowledge that computer scientists can control - additional skill sets and additional training.</p> <p>For additional skill sets, a potential employee can separate himself from the pack by having expertise in these areas:</p> <ul> <li><u>Communication</u>: Explaining problems and solutions, giving presentations, articulating your thoughts and knowing how to listen are essential aspects of computer science.</li> <li><u>Business</u>: Understanding development and being able to sell your programming is key.</li> <li>Social Psychology: Working in groups and team development is very important in this career.</li> </ul> <p>For additional training, a potential employee can separate himself from the pack by having a working knowledge or experience in these areas:</p> <ul> <li><u>Internship(s)</u>: Real life experience provides you with hands-on learning and understanding as the world of IT evolves and grows around you.</li> <li><u>Independent Learning</u>: Challenge yourself to learn more outside of the classroom. Know several program languages and when to use them. Keep up with the rapid changes in the languages and tools.</li> <li><u>Application</u>: As mentioned above, theories are being taught to lay the foundation, your job is to find ways such as open source projects to put them into practice.</li> </ul> <p>Written by Jessica Leach '04 BUS (UI), who is currently enrolled in the Eastern Illinois University MS in College Student Affairs program and interned with the University of Illinois Alumni Association this summer.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 14 Jul 2011 10:50 CST An Alumna Shares Networking Tips http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=310 <p>A UIC LAS alumna, Faith Korey, shares her tips&nbsp; for connecting with others using LinkedIn.</p> <p><em>O</em><em>ne of the most effective ways to use LinkedIn as a key job searching tool is to request introductions from your connections to their connections who work in your target companies or industries. The purpose of having LinkedIn connections is not for a &ldquo;trophy&rdquo; collection of names but for professional link ups and relationship building.</em></p> <p><em>It&rsquo;s an easy way to grow your network since it can exponentially expand your circle. Every new contact can be one step closer to achieving your goal of linking to the hiring manager at your desired company.</em></p> <p><em>Make sure to check the weekly LinkedIn email updates to see the new connections of your current contacts. If you see a person of interest, ask for an introduction. An introduction from a mutual connection is a much better way to make the connection than a cold call. Make it easy on your connection to make an introduction by including some information about your background and why you are seeking the introduction. This also allows you to control branding message that is sent to the contact.</em></p> <p><em>Always follow up with a thank you to your connection for going the extra mile to help you.</em></p> <p><em>And because networking is all about being of service, invite your connections to review your contacts since you would be happy to pave the way for an introduction on their behalf. </em></p> <p>Using Faith's tips, you can expand your network, gain valuable information and move closer to your targeted position. If you would like more information on networking effectively, check out the networking section or the Webinar recordings on using LinkedIn in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> <p>We also invite you to share your tips by submitting a comment below.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 12 Jul 2011 09:51 CST Employer Webinar-Recruitment Marketing To Attract Military Veterans http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=308 <p>Does your organization use identical marketing materials, relationship building techniques, messages and informational web pages to recruit both college seniors and experienced hires? Many companies have learned the value in customizing their recruitment marketing approach to engage diverse populations. This webinar covers proven techniques for attracting military veterans.</p> <p>What you will learn:<br /> &bull; 5 themes and messages that resonate with military veterans and examples of how to include those messages in your marketing collateral, web sit es, etc.<br /> &bull; More than a dozen ideas for military-specific content to add to your ca reer website that will attract veterans<br /> &bull; Tips for building a relationship with service members at every stage of their transition process, which can be further leveraged into networke d referrals<br /> &bull; Specific guidance for creating, growing and maintaining a military care er page on Facebook<br /> &bull; Ideas for creating brand awareness in the military community</p> <p>When: Thursday, July 14, 9:00- 10:30 AM (Central Time)<br /> Where: Via Webinar <br /> Cost: Free</p> <p>To register, click on <a href="http://tinyurl.com/RecuitMilitaryVets">http://tinyurl.com/RecuitMilitaryVets</a></p> <p>RSVP by Wednesday July 13th.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 7 Jul 2011 08:50 CST Summer Webinar Series http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=309 <p>Social media, interviewing and other communication methods help you capture the attention of prospective employers, hold their interest and convince them to hire you. During our Summer quarter of sessions, we will present communication tools and techniques to help you effectively market yourself, connect with others and get hired.</p> <p><strong>Register</strong> for the <strong>July 12 webinar, &quot;Making the Most of Job Search Communications&quot;</strong> to ensure that you are using Web-based tools effectively when searching for jobs.</p> <p>To register for this webinar and any upcoming Summer programs, go to <a href="http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8">http://www.cvent.com/d/cdqhg8</a></p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 5 Jul 2011 11:13 CST Job Start Checklist http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=307 <p>Are you feeling overwhelmed with your job search? Do you not know where to start?</p> <p>Pick one item from the list below and focus on that task to get you going. As you accomplish more tasks, you will be able to expand on these items. Sometimes the big goal of finding a job can overstress candidates and slow forward progress. Use smaller, manageable goals to get you moving. These items do not have to occur in a particular order.</p> <p>Pick the item that best fits your needs or seems the easiest to check off from the list.</p> <ul> <li>Register for the UIAA Virtual Career Center, <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>, to access tips and exercises on different areas of the job search and career transition including resumes, interviewing and networking.</li> <li>Subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter through your profile in the UIAA Virtual Career Center.</li> <li>Review your resume and cover letter and determine if they are well targeted to your field and highlight your experience and accomplishments.</li> <li>Post your resume to the <a href="https://alumni-illinois-csm.symplicity.com/">Hire UI Alumni job board</a>.</li> <li>Apply for 2-3 jobs this week.</li> <li>Review the calendar of upcoming Webinars and register for those of interest. Calendar listings are available in the UIAA Virtual Career Center.</li> <li>Watch one recorded Webinar from the Archive under the &quot;About Us&quot; tab in the UIAA Virtual Career Center.</li> <li>Start or expand your LinkedIn profile.</li> <li>Join the <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&amp;gid=58900&amp;trk=anet_ug_grppro">UIAA group on LinkedIn</a>.</li> <li>Introduce yourself to 2-3 new people this week.</li> <li>Take 1-2 of those connects offline. Have real conversations with your network connections.</li> <li>If you use Facebook, &quot;like&quot; the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/UIAACareerCtr">UIAA Alumni Career Center Facebook pag</a>e.</li> <li>If you use Twitter, follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/UIAA_ACC">UIAA_ACC</a>.</li> <li>Join your <a href="http://www.uialumninetwork.org/">local alumni club</a> to meet other alumni.</li> <li>Join a professional association or networking group near you and register for their next local event.</li> <li>Read a career book. The UIAA Virtual Career Center has book recommendations under the different topics.</li> <li>Reconnect with a past colleague or network connection that you haven't talk to in a while.</li> <li>Identify a skill or knowledge area that is weak and develop a plan to strengthen</li> <li>Develop a list of 20-30 companies in your targeted industry and geographic region.</li> <li>Subscribe to the RSS feed from the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/rss.asp">UIAA ACC Blog</a>.</li> <li>Help someone else make a connection. Introduce your connections to each other because a little good karma never hurts.</li> <li>Partner with a friend or another alumnus. Meet on a regular basis to share plans, progress and ideas.</li> <li>Talk to one person this week who is working in your chosen profession about their background and what it takes to be successful.</li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Thu 30 Jun 2011 08:34 CST Lessons Learned from Chicago Alumni Job Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=306 <p>Helping our alumni to make a good first impression and land a job over other candidates from other universities is always our goal, therefore, we recommend reviewing the following tips concerning how to dress professionally. Bernice, Jessica (our intern) and I checked in alumni during the Chicago Alumni Job Fair last week. We were surprised to see some of the candidates form Illinois and the other institutions wearing less than professional business attire.</p> <ul> <li>Suits, suits, suits. When an event indicates &ldquo;professional/business&quot; attire, a full suit should be worn, even if it is a hot and humid summer day. If you do not have a suit and cannot get to the store to buy one, gentlemen may wear dress slacks with a long sleeve button up shirt and tie. Women may wear a conservative dress or dress slacks with a button up blouse or cardigan sweater set.</li> <li>Jackets should be worn. If business casual is more in line with your profession, consider wearing a casual jacket for men or a cardigan sweater set for women. Women should not wear tight, low cut or sleeveless blouses or sweaters without a jacket or sweater.</li> <li>A summer sundress worn by women with a business jacket is not a substitute for a suit. Both jacket and pants/skirt should complement each other and be the same material and style.</li> <li>The men's skinny pants suit may be fashion forward, but wallets and smarts phones shouldn't ruin the clean lines of the suit.</li> <li>While the short suit for women may be making a comeback on the fashion pages, it is not considered professional business attire.</li> <li>Flip flops or sandals should never be worn regardless of their fashion or your gender.</li> <li>Use a portfolio to hold the copies of your resume instead of the resume paper box or the box from the copy shop.</li> <li>Always think ahead when heading to a job fair. There may not always be a check-in booth for coats, bags, etc. When possible, do not bring more items that you wish to accompany you throughout the room of employers.</li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Tue 28 Jun 2011 08:45 CST Buying Time During A Job Offer http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=305 <p>The following scenario may seem out of the ordinary, especially during the current job market, but how do you buy yourself some time during a job offer if you received an offer and another interview is lined up which you feel might be a better opportunity or you are waiting to hear from another employer's interview?</p> <p>First, the candidate should have a prioritized list of criteria to evaluate what the job offer is providing in relation to what he/she wants and needs. Then, there are several options to consider that can buy time during a job offer.</p> <p>When speaking to the employer, always act very excited about the offer, but explain that you need more time or information to consider their offer. An employer might put pressure on you for a decision, but providing a date or specific time frame, for example a week, to think about the offer is perfectly acceptable. Request to have a package of benefits sent to you, if the employer did not provide one, so you can read and review the entire offer/package. Explain to them that the offer is not just about the money, but the benefits as well, which include vacation time, medical, etc. Also think about whether you have enough information about the job. Consider asking to speak to a peer, the head of the department or a client of one of the departments your role will be providing a service to. Questions about expectations, the office culture, the team environment or clarification about your role are all good questions to ask about. Any of these options can buy a week or more time for you to go on another interview or wait to see if another offer comes in from a previous interview.</p> <p>Additional information about &ldquo;Evaluating and Negotiating The Job Offer&rdquo; can be found under the &ldquo;Job Search&quot; tab in <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 23 Jun 2011 13:20 CST Work Life Balance http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=301 <p><strong>Are you maintaining your balancing act?</strong></p> <p>Everyone has multiple roles that they fulfill in their life; and, these change constantly throughout our lives. Spouse, parent, child, friend, worker, supervisor, and volunteer are some of the general titles we hold.</p> <p>However, there is no model, formula or mix that will work for everyone.</p> <p><strong>Making it work</strong><br /> Each person has to work with the people in their lives to find, create and maintain a balance. This will mean setting priorities and making compromises.</p> <p><strong>Saying no, so you can say yes</strong><br /> It also means taking a critical look at your obligations and saying no to some requests. This way when you say yes, you can fully commit to the project or plan.</p> <p><strong>Have you found balance?</strong><br /> If you have found a system that works well for you and the people that count on you, we would love to hear more about your story. We are considering a panel presentation for late Fall 2011 on work life balance. While we are still considering alumni panelists, we are also looking for other stories that we can share. Please email you story to <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu?subject=Work%20Life%20Balance%20Story&amp;body=Attention%3A%20Julie%20Bartimus%0A%0A">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &quot;Work Life Balance Story&quot; in the subject line.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 21 Jun 2011 12:23 CST Big Ten Networking Event in New York (Registration Open) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=300 <p><strong>Networking for the 21st Century</strong></p> <p>If &ldquo;who you know&rdquo; plays such a big part in attaining professional success (and it does), then why is networking so difficult for most people? It doesn&rsquo;t have to be. Alumni from the three University of Illinois campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) are invited to join fellow Big Ten alumni to learn how to confidently build a network of colleagues and connections that want to help you succeed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uwalumni.com/bigtennetworking "><strong>Big Ten Networking in the Big Apple</strong></a><br /> Monday, June 27, 2011<br /> 7:00&ndash;9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)</p> <p>The Wasserman Center for Career Development at New York University<br /> 133 E. 13th Street (2nd Floor)<br /> New York, NY 10003</p> <p>The evening features a presentation from Northwestern grad, author and president of RockStar Consulting David J.P. Fisher. He&rsquo;ll give you the tools you need to improve your networking abilities and leverage your business relationships &mdash; from first introductions to long-term follow-ups.</p> <p>The cost is $20 per person for general registration, and $15 for alumni who&rsquo;ve recently graduated (2006-2011).<br /> Registration includes appetizers and refreshments, and a copy of Fisher&rsquo;s book Step by Step Networking.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uwalumni.com/bigtennetworking ">Register today!</a> Please RSVP by Monday, June 20, 2011.</p> <p>Questions? Please contact WAA&rsquo;s Gina Evans toll free at (888) 947-2586 or via email at <a href="http://gevans@waastaff.com">gevans@waastaff.com</a>.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, in partnership with the Big Ten.</p> <p><strong>If you are living in New York, don't forget to connect with the Metro New York Illini Club, </strong><a href="http://www.nycillini.org"><strong>www.nycillini.org</strong></a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 14 Jun 2011 11:55 CST Top Sources Employers Use To Hire http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=302 <p>The best way to find a job is through a referral or someone you know, according to the 10th Annual Source of Hire study conducted by CareerXroads. Using large job boards, such as Monster or CareerBuilder, came in second followed by career sites.&nbsp; A significant finding reported in the survey was that more than half of the employers mentioned that social networks played an important part in how they directly source or look for candidates. So the job search tip of the day is&hellip;Network, Network, Network and make sure all your social media sites present your <strong>brand</strong> in professional and positive manner!</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.uiaa.org">UIAA Alumni Directory</a> can be a resource to use to find alumni to network with who are in your field, industry or who work at a company you are targeting.&nbsp; Additionally, information and resources on how to network or how to approach a person can be found in the &ldquo;Building Connections&rdquo; tab under &quot;Networking&quot;&nbsp; in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">Virtual Career Center</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 9 Jun 2011 10:00 CST June Job Fairs in New York and Chicago http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=299 <p>Check out who is registered for these fairs.&nbsp; If the listed employers are on your target list, you'll want to seriously consider attending.</p> <p><a href="http://www.myworkster.com/myworkster/page/attendee/1587252515"><strong>Silicon Alley Talent Fair</strong></a><br /> New York City<br /> June 16, 2011<br /> All profits go to charity.</p> <p><strong><br /> <a href="http://recruitchicagoalumni.eventbrite.com/">Chicago Alumni Job Fair</a></strong><br /> June 22, 2011<br /> Full employer list available at Alumni Registration page<br /> The University of Illinois Alumni Association is a co-host.</p> <p><br /> <a href="http://nbateamjobs.teamworkonline.com/teamwork/jobs/jobs.cfm/-Job-Career-Fairs?supcat=556#35646"><strong>Chicago Sky Career Fair</strong></a><br /> June 23, 2011<br /> List of teams and sports organizations available online<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>For tips and suggestions for getting the most out of your job fair attendance, check out the &quot;Working a Job Fair&quot; section of the UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center, <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>,.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 7 Jun 2011 11:42 CST Getting Hired in the C-Suite http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=298 <p><strong>Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 7-8 PM, Central Time</strong><br /> Do you want to lead a company some day? Have you already done that and are looking for your next C-Suite position? This panel discussion will bring together industry leaders and an executive recruiter to offer strategies for C-Suite candidates.</p> <p>Panelists:</p> <ul> <li>Megan Becker &rsquo;01 BUS (UIS), CEO, Illinois State Police Federal Credit Union</li> <li>Anna McCormick Kelch &rsquo;85 COM (UI), Managing Partner, Ascend Executive Search</li> </ul> <p>You may attend via webinar or at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago. If you are attending at the Illini Center arrive at 5:30, to network! Bring your handbill and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information. To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the &quot;Networking&quot; topic in the UIAA Virtual Career Center.</p> <p>Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 14, at 2 PM Central Time. <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn">Register</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 2 Jun 2011 09:14 CST The Hottest C Suite Skills In Demand http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=285 <p>The economy is improving and large multinational companies are looking at the emerging markets of Brazil, China and India to quickly grow and expand their business. &nbsp; With this expansion in these new markets comes a new set of strategies that are required and new leadership skills that global businesses are seeking in their C suite executives.</p> <p>The following are excerpts from two Wall Street Journal articles titled &ldquo;Hunt Is On for Fresh Executive Talent&rdquo; and &ldquo;Cultural Flexibility In Demand,&rdquo; in the Marketplace section of the Monday, April 11, 2011 edition, which discusses the hottest C Suite skills in demand for these multinational companies to grow in these emerging markets.</p> <p>The hottest C Suite skills in demand are:</p> <p>&bull; Team players who create value and were able to maintain their business during the recession.<br /> &bull; Ability to innovate and move quickly.<br /> &bull; A global perspective with international operations experience from working in different countries.<br /> &bull; A keen understanding and ability to adapt between different cultures.<br /> &bull; Having &ldquo;deep local roots&rdquo; or knowing how to do business with top local and regional business executives within the foreign companies.</p> <p>The Alumni Career Center is hosting a New Web-Panel titled &ldquo;Getting Hired In The C-Suite&rdquo; on Tuesday, June 14th from 7-8pm CST. Alumni who are interested in this topic may attend in person or participate via webinar. For more details or to register click on the link for the &ldquo;<a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn/1Q">Getting Hired In The C-Suite</a>&rdquo; webinar.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 31 May 2011 10:00 CST Big Ten Networking Event in NYC on June 27 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=297 <p>Big things happen when alumni of the Big Ten get together - and this second annual networking event is sure to be no exception. Whether you're in-between jobs, interested in changing careers or just looking to make new contacts.</p> <p><strong>Monday, June 27, 2011</strong><br /> Location: NYU Kimball Center<br /> 7&ndash;9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and presentations start at 7:30 p.m.)<br /> New York City</p> <p>Along with the chance to network with Illini, Buckeyes, Wildcats and alumni from the rest of the Big Ten, you&rsquo;ll enjoy an empowering career presentation by speakers to-be-announced. [Alumni from all University of Illinois campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) are invited to attend.]</p> <p>The cost is $20 per person and includes snacks and refreshments.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association in partnership with the Big Ten alumni associations. If you would like to attend, please email Gina Evans from the Wisconsin Alumni Association at <a href="mailto:gevans@waastaff.com">gevans@waastaff.com</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 26 May 2011 08:58 CST How do you want to be described? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=296 <p>Recently, I was walking through my building's lobby when I overheard a phone conversation. Joe was talking to Jane about Sam. Sam was described as quiet; he came in on time and did his job. The phrase &quot;he did his job&quot; was used several times.</p> <p>I'm not sure I want to be described that way. &ldquo;Collaborative, inventive, productive&rdquo;&hellip; would be much better.</p> <p>I want to do more than just my job. I want to push the boundaries of my job with new ideas and new projects. That is what has kept me excited about the UIAA for over 14 years.</p> <p>Maybe at that company the statement &quot;he did his job&quot; is a compliment.&nbsp; Maybe Joe was in shock over Sam being downsized.</p> <p>How do you want to be described? What are you doing to make sure that the description you want is one that others have of you?</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 24 May 2011 12:19 CST Business Cards: A Networking & Job Search Tool http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=290 <p>Business cards should be a resource in your tool box to market your self as a job seeker in transition. Wherever you go, keep a supply of your business cards in your wallet to pass out.</p> <p>Whether you are socializing at a party or at the doctor&rsquo;s office, business cards are especially useful when you are out and your employment situation unexpectedly comes up in your conversation. Business cards can be purchased free through <a href="http://www.vistaprint.com">www.vistaprint.com</a>.</p> <p>For more information on what to include on your business card, visit the &ldquo;Networking&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Building Connections&rdquo; tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 19 May 2011 09:00 CST The Value of Thank You Notes After Interviewing http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=289 <p>Sending a thank you note after an interview, by mail or via email, to all individuals you met with is extremely valuable. For starters, it is a great way for you to remind the recruiter or hiring manager who you are one last time.&nbsp; It is also your last chance to reiterate why you are interested in the position, their company and most importantly, the value you will bring to the position. According to a recent <a href="http://www.careerbuildercommunications.com/pdf/PR_Infographic_1.pdf">CareerBuilder Hiring Manager Survey</a>, more than one-in-five (22 percent) hiring managers say they are less likely to hire a candidate if they don't send a thank-you note after an interview. Of those who would reject the candidate, 86 percent say it shows a lack of follow-through and an additional 56 percent say it sends the message that they aren't really serious about the opportunity.&nbsp; Sending a thank you note after an interview demonstrates your appreciation for the interview opportunity and is just part of job search etiquette.</p> <p>To see a sample thank you note or read about other tips on job search etiquette visit the &ldquo;Search Tools&rdquo; and the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tabs in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">Virtual Career Center </a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 17 May 2011 11:11 CST Welcome to our 150th Blog Post http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=294 <p><strong><span style="background-color: Yellow;">We launched the UIAA ACC Blog on December 10, 2009 and today is our 150th blog post.</span></strong></p> <p>We started collecting statistics in June of 2010 with Google Analytics. Since then, alumni have visited 302 pages a total of 22,969 times. These numbers includes the posts and separate comments pages and encompasses 6,901 unique pageviews.</p> <p>The Top 10 Blog Posts Since June 2010 are:</p> <ol> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=187">National Career Development Month - Helping Others</a> (5 Nov 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=88">An Alumna Asks About Transcripts</a> (28 Apr 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=40">Question about Experience</a> (26 Jan 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=126">How Not To Write a Cover Letter</a> (22 Jun 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=229">Get a 5-point Inspection for Your Resume</a> (14 Mar 2011)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=99">Questions to Ask in an Interview</a> (11 May 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=86">Thinking About A Green Career?</a> (21 Apr 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=183">For Employers-UIC Engineering Career Fair-Early Bird Registration Discounts</a> (1 Nov 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=37">How Not To Apply</a> (22 Jan 2010)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=168">How Not To Get an Interview</a> (23 Sep 2010)</li> </ol> <p>As seen in the above list, alumni appear more interested in networking and gathering advice over the longer term.&nbsp; As you'll see below, in the shorter term, alumni appear more interested in career related events.</p> <p>The Top 5 Blog Posts Since January 2011 are:</p> <ol> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=229">Get a 5-point Inspection for Your Resume</a> (14 Mar 2011)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=230">Big 10 Career Expo, March 11, 2011</a> (25 Feb 2011)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=219">Social Media Spotlight: LinkedIn</a> (3 Feb 2011)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=221">10 Days Until the FEB Government Career Fair </a>(15 Feb 2011)</li> <li><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/index.asp?id=206">Big Ten Networking in Chicago, January 20</a> (6 Jan 2011)</li> </ol> <p>We look forward to continuing to deliver strong content through these blog posts as we move forward.&nbsp; If you would like to see us write about a particular topic or if you would like to be a guest blogger, contact Julie Bartimus at <a href="http://JLHays@uillinois.edu">JLHays@uillinois.edu</a> with your ideas.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 12 May 2011 14:43 CST Celebrate Your New Job http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=293 <p>If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate a new job or a promotion or just need to get away for a short break, consider one of the alumni tours.</p> <p>Visit the UIAA Explorer's Blog for a behind the scenes view of a current tour.&nbsp; My colleague, Bernice Allegretti is hosting alumni on the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/explorers/blog/"><strong>The Divine Coast of Amalfi</strong></a> tour.</p> <p>For information on other upcoming tours, visit the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/explorers/">UIAA&nbsp;Explorers page</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 11 May 2011 10:55 CST Do my questions matter? Tips for Asking GREAT Questions in an Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=292 <p>On Monday, May 23, 2011 from 7-8 p.m. (Central Time), alumnus Laurence Pearlman &rsquo;89 LER (UI), Vice President for Corven will facilitate a Webinar on crafting great questions.</p> <p><strong>Do you get stuck when an interviewer asks, &ldquo;What questions do you have for us?&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Pearlman maps out how to use the recruiter&rsquo;s strategy of asking behavior-based interview questions to formulate the questions that you, as a candidate, will want to ask. You will be able to use this strategy to gather specific information about the company&rsquo;s values and culture and continue to make a good impression on the interviewer.</p> <p>In addition, you&rsquo;ll learn a few tips and tricks for preparing your questions and phrasing them so you learn more about the company while showing the interviewer that you know your stuff!</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=14406"><strong>Register Today</strong></a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 10 May 2011 12:18 CST For Employers - Take advantage of the Midwest ACE Annual Conference http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=283 <p>The Midwest ACE annual conference is a place to develop professionally and to <strong>connect, build, and network </strong>with career services professionals and employer recruiters/ staffing professionals cultivating best practices and sharing knowledge.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; August 1-3, 2011<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Lombard, IL</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.mwace.org">www.mwace.org</a> to get involved or for more information.</p> <p>The employer membership fee is waived (Good through December 31, 2011. Offer expires June 10, 2011). If you haven't join Midwest&nbsp;ACE before, register for your free membership first and then register for the Annual Conference.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 5 May 2011 11:39 CST Do Employers Read Cover Letters & Are They Still Needed? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=284 <p>When expert recruiters are asked this question, their response is typically evenly split. Therefore, when in doubt always send a cover letter. A cover letter is a great way to help you stand out over other candidates. It is an opportunity for you to sell your competencies and that unique quality about yourself that is not in your resume.</p> <p>Here are some tips to help:<br /> 1. Write a targeted cover letter telling the employer why you are interested in their position and their company.<br /> 2. Address the cover letter to a specific person. LinkedIn can be resource here.<br /> 3. Read the job description and mention specific skills and or accomplishments that are relevant and that you will bring to the position.<br /> 4. If a person referred you to the position, in your opening sentence state, &ldquo;(person&rsquo;s name) suggested that I contact you regarding the XYZ position.<br /> 5. Close your cover letter by requesting an interview to further discuss your skills, abilities and fit for the position.</p> <p><br /> For more information about cover letters or to review some samples go to the &ldquo;cover letter writing&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Search Tool&rdquo; tab in the Virtual Career Center at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">http://www.uiaacareers.org/</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 3 May 2011 09:00 CST Save the Date for "Exploring Entrepreneurial Career Paths" http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=288 <p>Do you want to start your own business but don&rsquo;t know where to begin? Do you know how or where career opportunities can be found within small companies? Can you differentiate the opportunities between working for a small business versus a large company? These questions will be discussed in the Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s 2 hour special program, &ldquo;<strong>Exploring Entrepreneurial Career Paths</strong>&rdquo; on <strong>Wednesday, May 11 from 6-8pm</strong>.</p> <p>You have the opportunity to participate via webinar or join us on-site to network with alumni and moderator <strong>Raman Chadha</strong> &lsquo;89 LAS (UI), Executive Director &amp; Clinical Professor of Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University and fellow panelists <strong>Sima Dahl</strong> &lsquo;90 LAS (UI), President/CEO of Parlay Communications, <strong>Eric Hsueh</strong> &rsquo;99 BUS (UI), Co-founder of Akira and <strong>Adam Robinson</strong> &lsquo;98 LAS (UI), Founder/CEO of Hireology in person. Remember to bring your handbill and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information.</p> <p>To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the &quot;Networking&quot; topic in the ACC's Virtual Career Center. Begin at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>To register for the event:</strong><br /> <strong>(1)</strong> click on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn">http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn</a><br /> <strong>(2)</strong> call the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, <em><strong>OR</strong></em><br /> <strong>(3)</strong> send an email to <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Thursday, May 19.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 28 Apr 2011 09:00 CST Are you using graphics in your resume? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=287 <p>Recently a May 2010 blog post re-surfaced and generated a lot of discussion among my colleagues in career services at other institutions. The article, <a href="http://bestdesignoptions.com/?p=11141">Graphic Resumes: 35 Most Creative Resume Examples</a>, shared examples of how people used graphics to demonstrate their experience and make their resume more interesting.</p> <p>The examples in the article are mostly full graphics. A candidate could also use small graphics or a graphical layout to their resume to create eye appeal or to organize the information in a new way.</p> <p>Do you have to? No, but some people are showing their creativity by using graphics in their resume.</p> <p>Is this an appropriate technique for all fields? No, each candidate must think about their targeted audience and present their information in the most appropriate way for that field.</p> <p><strong>We would love to hear how alumni are either using graphics to create interest or to demonstrate strengths. Post your thoughts or links to examples in the comments section of this page.</strong></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 26 Apr 2011 16:33 CST Tips for Green and Sustainability Careers http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=286 <p><strong><big>Tips from the &quot;Where Can You Work In The World of Green Careers?&quot; panel discussion on April 12</big></strong></p> <p>Thank you to our moderator and panelists for providing resources and tips for alumni interested in Sustainability career options..</p> <p><strong>Kerl LaJeune &rsquo;92 AA (UIC)</strong><br /> Founder and Principal with Atelier Azara; Adjunct Associate Professor at IIT; and member of the UIAA Alumni Career Center Advisory Committee</p> <p><strong>Cindy Klein-Banai, Ph.D. &rsquo;10 SPH (UIC)</strong><br /> Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, University of Illinois at Chicago<br /> Representing Sustainability in Facility &amp; Operations Management</p> <p><strong>Charles R. Stack &rsquo;82 MPH (UIC) &rsquo;77 LAS (UI)</strong><br /> Vice President of Constant Compliance Inc.<br /> Representing clean water technologies and biofuels</p> <p><strong>Adam Zak &lsquo;75 BUS (UI)</strong><br /> CEO of Adam Zak Executive Search<br /> Representing recruiting in lean manufacturing/enterprise</p> <p><strong><big>Their tips to alumni pursuing these career options included:</big></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Become a local expert </strong>- This starts with educating yourself and getting involved with committees and local opportunities. Start by participating in local events and professional meetings, first as an attendee but then as a volunteer and/or coordinator.</li> <li><strong>Have an entrepreneurial mindset</strong> - Look for opportunities to save money, reduce inefficiencies and increase engagement</li> <li><strong>Transform what you are already doing</strong> - &quot;Green&quot; the job you have in order to build your skills and reputation in this area.</li> </ul> <p>Other tips and resources can be found on our <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=222">&ldquo;Green Careers&rdquo; Resource Page</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 21 Apr 2011 15:39 CST Guest Articles In The Virtual Career Center http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=258 <p>The Alumni Career Center is pleased to have alumni Toby Nathan (UI &lsquo;81) Principal of RecruitaStar and Matthew Massucci (UI &rsquo;96), Partner of Human Capital Management Solutions, Inc write articles for the UIAA Virtual Career Center about hiring trends based on what they each see occurring while recruiting for their clients.</p> <p>Toby Nathan&rsquo;s article discusses a trend toward job seekers becoming &ldquo;Independent Agents.&rdquo; What is an &ldquo;Independent Agent&rdquo; and how do you decide whether to work as an &ldquo;independent agent?&rdquo;. Read Nathan&rsquo;s article in Virtual Career Center to find out! [LINK]</p> <p>Matthew Massucci&rsquo;s article will discuss why employers are hiring temporary staff. If you are in transition, have you considered temporary or contract employment? Should you? Read Massucci&rsquo;s article on April 25th to learn more.</p> <p>These articles and additional career management information, handouts and exercises can be found in <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 19 Apr 2011 12:27 CST REGISTER NOW, Webinar- Career Portfolio: Prove It In Your Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=281 <p><strong>Tuesday, April 26, 7:00- 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time</strong></p> <p>Portfolios more so than a resume are used, in the artistic fields and for some jobs that may require more artistic skills, by employers to screen the candidate prior to an interview. In a very tight and competitive employment market, job seekers need an added edge. Having an accomplishment based resume may help to get the interview, but a career portfolio can help prove your accomplishments as you present your qualifications in the interview. This webinar will focus on how a candidate applying for a non-artistic type job can use a career portfolio to tip the scale in their favor and lead the employer to choose you over someone else.&nbsp;</p> <p>During this webinar you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What is a Career Portfolio?</li> <li>How can a career portfolio make a difference in the interview?</li> <li>What belongs in a career portfolio?</li> <li>How do you create one?</li> <li>When do you use it?</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn/1Q">Click here to learn more about Career Portfolios or to register.</a></p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 14 Apr 2011 13:22 CST Use A Summary Statement To Pass the 10 Second Resume Scan http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=252 <p>A summary statement very quickly tells the employer within 10 seconds, &ldquo;yes&rdquo; you have the skills or you are &ldquo;qualified&rdquo; for the job.&nbsp; A summary statement, also referred to as a profile, summary of qualifications or highlights of qualifications, is a brief overview of your background, skills, abilities and core competencies that are relevant to the job using 3-5 sentences. It may include your role, industries you have experience in or a critical accomplishment, ie: Awarded top sales manager 3 years in a row.</p> <p>A summary statement may be used with or without an objective. It is the first item listed on your resume after your contact information or objective if you are using one.&nbsp; A summary statement varies in how they are formatted. For example some may use only bullets, some may use a paragraph and others use a combination of a paragraph with a few bullets listing key skill functions.</p> <p>The following is an example of a summary statement:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em> <strong>Summary Statement</strong></em><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (may substitute this heading with your role / job title)</em></p> <p><strong><em>Experienced Sales Manager in retail industry with proven strengths in customer service, sales and negotiations. Demonstrated skills in marketing, advertising, strategic planning and promoting products. Successful in developing strategies to attract new customers and maintain their loyalty. Computer skills include: Microsoft Word (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point).</em></strong></p> <p>For more information about resumes, go to &ldquo;Resume Writing&rdquo; listed under the &ldquo;Search Tools&rdquo; tab in the virtual career center located at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">www.uiaacareers.org/</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 12 Apr 2011 13:58 CST Planning Underway for Summer Alumni Job Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=279 <p>I&nbsp;participated in our kickoff planning meeting for a summer Chicago Alumni Job Fair.&nbsp; This has been a successful event for alumni and employers for the past several years and we are pleased to co-host this event again.</p> <p>You can save your space by registering today.</p> <p><strong><big>Chicago Alumni Job Fair</big></strong></p> <p>Date: Wednesday, June 22nd<br /> Time: 11 am to 3 pm<br /> Location: University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60605</p> <p><a href="http://recruitchicagoalumni.eventbrite.com">Alumni Registration</a>: $10</p> <p><a href="http://recruitchicagoemployers.eventbrite.com">Employer Registration</a>: Reduced rates available as early bird special</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 7 Apr 2011 16:25 CST Help us spread the word http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=267 <p>Not all your friends made the decision to go to a U of I campus, but now they can benefit from the fact that you did. We invite you to forward this information to friends and other alumni that you know.</p> <p><strong><big>During the </big></strong><a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn"><strong><big>Spring quarter of Professional Development Webinars</big></strong></a><strong><big>, friends of alumni from the University of Illinois campuses at Chicago, Springfield and Urbana can participate in Webinars for the reduced fee of $20. </big></strong></p> <p>These sessions continue to be available at no-fee for alumni.</p> <p>This quarter's sessions include:</p> <ul> <li>Where Can You Work in the World of Green Careers? (Web-panel)</li> <li>Career Portfolio: Prove it in Your Interview (Webinar)</li> <li>Exploring Entrepreneurial Career Paths (Web-panel)</li> <li>Do my questions matter? Tips for Asking GREAT Questions in an Interview (Webinar)</li> <li>Getting Hired in the C-Suite (Web-panel)</li> <li>Job Search Premortem (Webinar)</li> </ul> <p>An added benefit to the panel discussions is the ability to participate onsite to network and meet the panelists and other alumni! For these onsite programs, we invite and encourage you to arrive early, bring your business cards, handbill or resume to give to fellow alumni who share the same interests as you in these topics.</p> <p>For dates and full program details, follow the link:<br /> <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn">http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn</a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 5 Apr 2011 10:30 CST There are only a few days left to register for the Hire Big Ten Plus Virtual Career Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=265 <p>73 employers in technology, manufacturing, environmental, healthcare, pharmaceutical, engineering, non-profit, consulting, financial, biotechnology and sustainability are <strong>waiting to chat with you</strong> and other University of Illinois alumni (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana).</p> <p><strong><big><a href="http://hirebig10.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/">Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium<br /> Virtual Career Fair</a><br /> April 5-7, 2011</big></strong></p> <p>Amazon<br /> ArcelorMittal<br /> Beckman Coulter<br /> Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association<br /> BNSF Railway<br /> Bosch<br /> Calamos Investments<br /> ChemGen Corp.<br /> Chrysler <br /> Coventry Health Care, Inc.<br /> Ecolab (Supply Chain)<br /> eLoyalty<br /> Epic<br /> Garmin International<br /> Green Mountain Coffee<br /> Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC<br /> IDT<br /> Illinois Tool Works<br /> Intel Corporation<br /> Johnson &amp; Johnson<br /> LI-COR Biosciences<br /> Milhouse Engineering and Construction, Inc.<br /> Nalco Company<br /> Navistar<br /> Northwestern Mutual Financial Network<br /> Pentair<br /> Plexus Corp <br /> Progress Energy<br /> Schneider National<br /> SGI<br /> South Dakota Wheat Growers<br /> State Farm Insurance Companies<br /> Susquehanna International Group<br /> Symphony Consulting - SymphonyIRI Group<br /> Syngenta<br /> Telvent DTN<br /> Terra Technology<br /> The MathWorks<br /> W.W. Grainger <br /> Whirlpool Corporation<br /> XR Trading LLC</p> <p>University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumni are invited to attend the Virtual Career Fair, a unique virtual event that helps job seekers meet employers in an efficient, environmentally-conscious way.</p> <p><a href="http://hirebig10.careereco.net/virtual-career-fair/chat-with-employers/">To view the full list registered employers and their profiles</a><br /> <a href="http://hirebig10.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/">To register and upload your resume</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 31 Mar 2011 10:11 CST No-Fee Alumni Career Center Webinars - Spring http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=260 <p>Do you want to make the environment a &ldquo;greener&rdquo; place to live in? Are you interested in starting your own business, but don&rsquo;t know the first steps to move forward? Exploring career options and learning from others in the field are the first steps to implementing a career transition. In the Spring 2011 Webinar series, explore sustainable, entrepreneurial and executive level career options.</p> <p>Several Panel discussions include:<br /> * Where Can You Work in the World of Green Careers? <br /> * Exploring Entrepreneurial Career Paths<br /> * Getting Hired in the C-Suite</p> <p>An added benefit to the panel discussions is the ability to participate onsite to network and meet the panelists and other alumni! For these onsite programs, we invite and encourage you to arrive early, bring your business cards, handbill or resume to give to fellow alumni who share the same interests as you in these topics.</p> <p>Other offered programs will provide strategies for your search, marketing yourself effectively and gathering critical information.<br /> The Webinars include: <br /> * Career Portfolio: Prove it in Your Interview<br /> * Do my questions matter? Tips for Asking GREAT Questions in an Interview<br /> * Job Search Premortem</p> <p><strong>For dates and full program details</strong>, follow the link:<br /> <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn">http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dq6fn</a></p> <p>You can also register for any or all of the programs offered.</p> <p><strong>We also invite you to forward this Webinar series invitation to other alumni and friends. </strong>These sessions are available at no fee for all alumni. Friends from other alma maters may participates in the Webinars for $20 (This fee has been temporarily reduced.)</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 29 Mar 2011 10:59 CST New LinkedIN Job Portal Helps Recent Grads Find Jobs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=257 <p>LinkedIn has just introduced a new job portal for recent graduates to gain easy access to entry-level jobs at leading companies across the globe. This portal will provide recent graduates with several advantages:</p> <ol> <li>Help employers find you and learn who you are, what you are looking for and what skills you have to offer through development of your profile,</li> <li>Target, explore and research various company pages in your job search,</li> <li>Expand your contacts and network with employers and other professionals in your field.</li> </ol> <p>LinkedIn, for those who are not familiar with it, is a professional networking site. What is said, posted, and in general, how a person presents them self is quite different from how one might use their Facebook account. To learn more about the basics of LinkedIn and how to use it, listen to the webinar recordings located in the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab of the Virtual Career Center located at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">www.uiaacareers.org/</a>.</p> <p>The LinkedIn portal can be found at: <a href="http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/03/21/linkedin-student-job-portal/">blog.linkedin.com/2011/03/21/linkedin-student-job-portal/</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 24 Mar 2011 09:36 CST Club Connection http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=256 <p><big><b>Thank you</b></big><b> </b></p> <p><b>... to the following clubs for referring alumni to the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center</a>*:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.madisonillini.com" target="_blank" title="Madison Illini Club">Madison Illini Club</a> (most visitors from a club site)</li> <li><a href="http://www.okcillini.com/" target="_blank" title="Oklahoma City Illini Club">Chicago Illini Club</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.seattleillini.org" target="_blank" title="Seattle Illini Club">Oklahoma City Illini Club</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.seattleillini.org" target="_blank" title="Seattle Illini Club">Seattle Illini Club</a></li> </ul> <p>* Through Google Analytics, we can see that alumni visited the UIAA Virtual Career Center through links on these sites.</p> <p><strong><big>Connect Locally</big></strong></p> <p>We talk a lot about using social media to identify and connect with other alumni and colleagues. But, just like you can't only search for jobs online, you can't only network online.&nbsp; Rapport with someone is greater if there is a face to face connection.<br /> <br /> Through regional Illini clubs, alumni from each of the three campuses can connect with alumni in their geographic area. A map of the regional clubs is available at <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/illinois/clubs_groups/clubs/" target="_blank" title="Club Map">www.uiaa.org/illinois/clubs_groups/clubs/</a>.</p> <p><big><strong>Share Your Experiences</strong></big></p> <p>We invite you to share your experiences of attending club events or volunteering for an alumni club through the Comments link below.<br /> <b><br /> </b></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 22 Mar 2011 12:09 CST Virtual Job Fair, April 5-7 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=255 <p><big><strong>Looking for a Job? Want to win a Nano?<br /> Be Green, Be Virtual, Be Recruited Online</strong></big></p> <p><big><strong>Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium <br /> Virtual Career Fair<br /> April 5-7, 2011</strong></big></p> <p><strong>University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana)</strong> alumni are invited to attend the Virtual Career Fair, a unique virtual event that helps job seekers meet employers in an efficient, environmentally-conscious way.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium universities&rsquo; commitment to sustainability is clear by providing a more sustainable recruiting strategy that leverages the power of the internet to help employers connect with technology-efficient job seekers and a greener generation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Why Participate?<br /> * Get interviews without ever leaving your computer<br /> * Avoid waiting in long lines<br /> * Save your valuable time by searching for a job online<br /> * Meet employers which may not attend on-site all day events<br /> * Upload your resume and register for the event and you will be automatically entered into the Nano Drawing</p> <p><a href="http://hirebig10.careereco.net/virtual-career-fair/chat-with-employers/">To view registered employers and their profiles</a><br /> <a href="http://hirebig10.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/">To register and upload your resume</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 17 Mar 2011 09:07 CST Get a 5-point Inspection for Your Resume http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=229 <p>University of Illinois alumni from the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana campuses are invited to participate in the &quot;Quick Resume Inspection Project&rdquo;. The <strong>first 20 alumni </strong>who send a resume to <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &ldquo;<em><strong>Quick Resume Inspection</strong></em>&rdquo; in the subject line will receive a quick 5-point resume inspection. Alumni should also include a description of their career goals including their targeted industry, function and position level.</p> <p>The 5-Point resume inspection will include the following.</p> <ul> <li>Point 1: Is it readable?</li> <li>Point 2: Is it error free?</li> <li>Point 3: Is it targeted?</li> <li>Point 4: Is it accomplishment focused?</li> <li>Point 5: Are there any red flags?</li> </ul> <p>Each area will be rated between 1=needs improvement and 5=excellent.</p> <p>An inspection sheet will be sent back to the alumnus with an indication of whether the resume needs to be improved, how to improve the resume or whether a more detailed review by a career adviser will be needed. Resumes will be inspected by alumni volunteer, Jandi Kelly Costello (See her bio below).</p> <p>The sender must be an alumnus from a University of Illinois campus (Chicago, Springfield or Urbana)</p> <p>For those of you who already know that you need more than a quick resume inspection, call us at 312/575-7830 to schedule an advising appointment with a career adviser. The cost for a 1-hour advising appointment is $60.</p> <p><strong>About Jandi Kelly Costello &rsquo;06 AHS (UI)</strong><br /> Upon graduating from Illinois, she became a Business Development Manager at an international, workforce consulting firm. In this role, she managed all employer and recruiting relationships for Fortune 500 to smaller, local firms. She was also an active committee member in several professional associations including the Society of Human Resource Professionals and the Staffing Management Association.</p> <p>After several years in corporate recruiting, Jandi decided to pursue her dream of working at a university. In June of 2009, she started working in the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Alumni Relations and Development department. She is also very excited to be a student again. This September, she began the Masters in Higher Education and Policy at Northwestern University.</p> <p>Jandi in her own words: <br /> <em>Many of us are born athletes, scholars, or caretakers&hellip;&hellip;I was born to be an Illini. As a third generation Illini, trips to campus and singing the Illinois Loyalty are cherished memories of my childhood. One the happiest moments in my life was receiving my acceptance letter to the University of Illinois. More recently, my college sweetheart proposed to me on the Quad at the Eternal Flame. We tied the knot this past summer in an &ldquo;Illini Themed&rdquo; wedding.</em></p> <p>Jandi Kelly in LinkedIn: <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jandi-kelly/7/244/72">http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jandi-kelly/7/244/72</a></p> <p>Don't forget:&nbsp;The <strong>first 20 alumni</strong> who send a resume to <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &ldquo;<em><strong>Quick Resume Inspection</strong></em>&rdquo; in the subject line will receive a quick 5-point resume inspection. Alumni should also include a description of their career goals including their targeted industry, function and position level.</p> <p>We expect this opportunity to fill up fast.</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 14 Mar 2011 10:33 CST What's Your Favorite App? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=251 <p>iPhone and Android both build apps to help us with our professional and personal lives. Which apps would you recommend to help other in their job search?</p> <p><strong>Networking</strong><br /> <em>LinkedIn </em>for social networking<br /> <em>Bump </em>for social networking and sharing contact information</p> <p><strong>Job Postings</strong><br /> <em>Jobs </em>by CareerBuilder<br /> <em>Monster.com Jobs</em><br /> <em>Search Jobs &amp; Find a Career</em> by Beyond.com (job aggregator)</p> <p><strong>Interview prep</strong><br /> I have reviewed a couple of apps for interview prep, but I have found them to be too basic to recommend. Have you used an app to help you prepare for interviewing that you would recommend to others?</p> <p>Please share the names of your favorite job search related app in the comments section below.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 10 Mar 2011 11:26 CST Share Your Brand http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=245 <p>In conjunction with tonight's Webinar, &quot;Build Your Professional Brand with Social Media,&quot; we invite our alumni to share the web links to their professional social media profiles.</p> <p>Here are the social media profiles I use to network with alumni and professional colleagues:</p> <p><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/jlbartimus">www.linkedin.com/in/jlbartimus</a><br /> <a href="http://twitter.com/uiaa_acc">twitter.com/uiaa_acc</a><br /> <a href="http://twitter.com/jlbartimus">twitter.com/jlbartimus</a><br /> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/UIAACareerCtr">www.facebook.com/UIAACareerCtr</a></p> <p>*&nbsp;Don't forget to personalize introduction and requests to connect when you can.&nbsp; Use the Networking page in the <a href="http://www,uiaacareers.org">UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center</a> for samples of introductions and other tips.</p> <p>Let's help each other build our networks.&nbsp; Share you web link(s) to your professional social media profiles by submitting a comment below.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 8 Mar 2011 12:48 CST Enchantment for Job Seekers http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=231 <p><big><em>Much of marketing talk lately is about hits, posts, clicks and search optimization. If you focus on these metrics too much, you may lose your audience completely. You should enchant them instead.</em></big></p> <p>Recently, I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of a new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591843790?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=univofillialu-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1591843790">Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions</a><img height="1" border="0" width="1" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" alt="" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=univofillialu-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1591843790" /> by Guy Kawasaki. I received the book with a request to write a review because the UIAA ACC Blog is listed on the Alltop.com's career page.</p> <p>You may say, &quot;I know that name.&quot; Guy Kawasaki was previously the Chief Evangelist for Apple and this is his 10th book. You may also have been fortunate enough to hear him speak. My boss heard his presentation at a recent conference and was as excited as I am about what Guy has to say.</p> <p>There are many ideas in this book that employees and job seekers can use to advance their careers.</p> <p><big><strong>Enchantment</strong></big><br /> Someone who is enchanted by you or something you've done will champion your cause. An interviewer wants to feel good about their decision. An enchanted interviewer will. What are you doing to enchant prospective employers?</p> <p><big><strong>Likeability</strong></big><br /> Enchant your boss, colleagues or that interviewer sitting across from you. Help them like you. Guy presents many common sense suggestions for increasing your likeability. It is too bad that these easy to understand and implement ideas get forgotten or ignored from time to time.</p> <p><big><strong>As you prepare, conduct a premortem</strong></big><br /> Instead of waiting until you've failed to figure out why, list the possible reason(s) you may fail before you start. Then you can minimize or eliminate them. The strong and effective candidate will confront their hurdles and weaknesses at the start of their transition and before an interview. You can use Guy's strategy of the premortem in your own transition.</p> <p>Guy presents his ideas in a easy to follow, interesting, and conversational style. His examples and the stories at the end of each chapter further illustrate his ideas and what he means by enchantment.</p> <p>If you wish to explore Enchantment further:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Buy the book</strong>. See the other ideas that can help you in your transition or in your organization. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591843790?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=univofillialu-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1591843790">Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions</a><img height="1" border="0" width="1" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" alt="" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=univofillialu-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1591843790" /></li> <li><strong>Photo contest</strong>. Five categories: kids, people, travel, vehicles, and pets. The prizes are five Nikon D3100s and one iPad. <a href="http://apps.facebook.com/enchantmentcontest/entries">http://apps.facebook.com/enchantmentcontest/entries</a></li> <li><strong>Web quiz</strong>. Online test so that people can determine how enchanting they are--most people score in the low teens. <a href="http://great.guykawasaki.com/">http://great.guykawasaki.com/</a></li> <li><strong>Share </strong>what enchants you about your organization, the University or your life by submitting a comment below.</li> </ol> Julie Bartimus Tue 8 Mar 2011 10:32 CST Too Good to Be True ... http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=247 <p><big>... Usually Is</big></p> <p>As the job market picks up, please be aware that not every position you see will be backed by a reputable, professional contact and company. We do our best to screen positions that are posted through the Hire UI Alumni system and will follow up quickly when a concern is raised about a specific posting. Here are a few additional ways you can protect yourself. <em>This information was originally posted by NACElink, the vendor that supports the Hire UI Alumni system.</em></p> <p><big>Fraud Posting Red Flags</big></p> <p>What are fraud posting red flags? Thanks to the many professionals who responded to our inquiry on LinkedIn or the NACElink Users Listserv, as well as our job surveillance team at Symplicity, we (NACElink) have devised these fraud warning signs:</p> <ul> <li>You must provide your credit card, bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation.</li> <li>The posting appears to be from a reputable, familiar company (often a Fortune 500). Yet, the domain in the contact's email address does not match the domain used by representatives of the company (this is typically easy to determine from the company's website). Another way to validate is to check the open positions on the company's website.</li> <li>The contact email address contains the domain @live.com.</li> <li>The position requires an initial investment, such as a payment by wire service or courier.</li> <li>The posting includes many spelling and grammatical errors.</li> <li>The position initially appears as a traditional job...upon further research, it sounds more like an independent contractor opportunity.</li> <li>You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (often for depositing checks or transferring money).</li> <li>You receive an unexpectedly large check (checks are typically slightly less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).</li> <li>You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.</li> <li>The position is for any of the following: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, Online Surveys.</li> <li>The posting neglects to mention what the responsibilities of the job actually are. Instead, the description focuses on the amount of money to be made.</li> <li>The employer responds to you immediately after you submit your resume. Typically, resumes sent to an employer are reviewed by multiple individuals, or not viewed until the posting has closed. Note - this does not include an auto-response you may receive from the employer once you have sent your resume.</li> <li>The position indicates a &quot;first year compensation&quot; that is in high excess to the average compensation for that position type.</li> <li>Look at the company's website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about; or does it contain information only about the job you are interested in? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legit at first glance.</li> <li>Watch for anonymity. If it is difficult to find an address, actual contact, company name, etc. - this is cause to proceed with caution. Fraud postings are illegal, so scammers will try to keep themselves well-hidden.</li> <li>The salary range listed is very wide (i.e. &quot;employees can earn from $40K - $80K the first year!&quot;)</li> <li>When you Google the company name and the word &quot;scam&quot; (i.e. Acme Company Scam), the results show several scam reports concerning this company. Another source for scam reports is: <a href="http://www.ripoffreport.com">http://www.ripoffreport.com</a>.</li> <li>Google the employer's phone number, fax number and/or email address. If it does not appear connected to an actual business organization, this is a red flag. The Symplicity team often uses the Better Business Bureau (<a href="http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/">http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/</a>), Hoovers (<a href="http://www.hoovers.com/">http://www.hoovers.com/</a>) and AT&amp;T's Anywho (<a href="http://www.anywho.com/">http://www.anywho.com/</a>) to verify organizations.</li> <li>The employer contacts you by phone, however there is no way to call them back. The number is not available.</li> <li>The employer tells you that they do not have an office set-up in your area, and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).</li> </ul> <p><big>What if you get caught by a scam?</big></p> <p>(NACElink) called the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and received the following instructions those who have responded to fraudulent postings.</p> <ul> <li>Immediately contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).</li> <li>If it is a situation where you have sent money to a fraud employer, contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges</li> <li>If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, file an incident report with <a href="http://www.cybercrime.gov">http://www.cybercrime.gov/,</a> or by calling the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 4 Mar 2011 13:48 CST Can't Wait To See You at the UIC Spring Diversity Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=234 <p><strong>For college or degreed job seekers seeking full time, part time, or internship positions. </strong></p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>Thursday, March 17, 2011<br /> <strong>Time: </strong>10:00 am - 2:30 pm<br /> <strong>Location:</strong> Student Center East, Illinois Room (750 South Halsted, 3rd floor)<br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> Free for UIC, UIUC, and UIS students and alumni with proof. $10 for the general public.<br /> <strong>Need more info: </strong>Call 312-996-2300</p> <p>Bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally.&nbsp; For additional&nbsp;tips on &quot;getting the most out of&nbsp;a job fair,&quot; go to the&nbsp;&ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the Virtual Career Center at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 3 Mar 2011 12:46 CST Tips From The Recruiter's Panel http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=233 <p>The &ldquo;When and How To Work With A Recruiter&rdquo; panel included:</p> <p>Bob Cavoto, Managing Principal at 20-20 Foresight Executive Search;<br /> Bret Brania, Co-founder and Partner at Human Capital Management Solutions;<br /> Jaclyn Miller, PHR, Operations Manager at North Bridge.</p> <p>The panelists answered questions related to how to find a recruiter, how to development a relationship with a recruiter and how to communicate and work with a recruiter. The following are some highlights of their presentation&hellip;</p> <p>Bob recommended candidates be able to articulate three things very clearly and concisely: 1. Where have you been? 2. What have you done? 3. What are you looking for? When discussing resumes, he recommended emailing your resume and making sure it passes the 10 second scan test.</p> <p>Bret discussed the difference between contingency versus retained search firms. He also emphasized the importance of networking and suggested specific strategies to use in your job search.</p> <p>Jaclyn discussed critical skills employers look for in temp to perm positions. She also provided suggestions on what a candidate should include on their LinkedIN profile.</p> <p>To listen to this recording, go to the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab in the Virtual Career Center located at http://www.uiaacareers.org/.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 1 Mar 2011 16:18 CST For Employers- Campus Recruiting Forum 2011 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=232 <p>The Alumni Career Center&nbsp;is&nbsp;pleased to be a sponsor of the year&rsquo;s best learning and development opportunity for both highly experienced and new professionals involved in campus recruiting. <strong>Save $100 &ndash; Register before March 10th!</strong></p> <p>The <strong>8th annual Campus Recruiting Forum </strong>will feature America&rsquo;s leading experts on attracting, selecting and engaging today&rsquo;s students and graduates.During this concise one-day conference program you will learn:</p> <p>&bull; recruitment best practices for using social media and web 2.0; <br /> &bull; how to improve your web presence and online application processes; <br /> &bull; what the future of campus recruiting holds and how to address the challenges and opportunities ahead;<br /> &bull; key recruitment metrics and how to use them; <br /> &bull; tactics to more effectively build your brand and attract the best;<br /> &bull; and much more!</p> <p><strong>Through our sponsorship, we are able to offer you a $50 discount by registering with this special code: UIAA2. You will save an additional $50 by beating the early-bird registration deadline on March 10th .<br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>DATE: </strong>May17th<br /> <strong>LOCATION: </strong>UIC Forum<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 725 W. Roosevelt Road<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago</p> <p>Please visit <strong>www.CampusRecruitingForum.com </strong>for further information and to register online now. If you have any questions, please contact the Forum manager, Carly Pisterzi, directly at carly@brainstorm.ca.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 1 Mar 2011 13:51 CST Big 10 Career Expo, March 11, 2011 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=230 <p>Big 10 Career Expo 2011<br /> Friday, March 11, 2011<br /> 9:00AM-3:00pm<br /> Union Station, Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana<br /> <a href="http://bigtencareerexpo.com/">http://bigtencareerexpo.com/</a></p> <p>A career fair that pairs the talents of the best and brightest from 11 of the nation's most prestigious universities with the staffing needs of elite and industry-leading companies. Last March, 80% of the employers said they were going to contact and hire someone they met at the Expo &ndash; be that someone!</p> <p>If you want information about sponsorships or have other questions, please contact Donna Imus at 317.636.1420. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 25 Feb 2011 12:25 CST Federal Government & Information Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=225 <p><strong>MEET &amp; NETWORK:<br /> </strong>Representatives from federal, state and local government offices will be recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. All educational backgrounds and experience levels welcome!</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><strong>Date:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Friday, February 25, 2011<br /> <strong>Time:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10:00 AM-11:00 AM OPM Government Employment Workshop<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11:00 AM-2:30 PM Career Fair</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><strong>Location: </strong>University of Illinois at Chicago<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Student Center East-Illinois room<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;750 S. Halsted St., Chicago</p> <p><strong>ADMISSION IS FREE</strong> for students and alumni from the following schools. No pre-registration is required. A $5.00 entrance fee will be charged for other job seekers.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px">Chicago State University (http://www.csu.edu) <br /> DePaul University (http://www.depaul.edu) <br /> Loyola University (http://www.luc.edu) <br /> Northeastern Illinois University (http://www.neiu.edu) <br /> Olive Harvey Community College (http://oliveharvey.ccc.edu/) <br /> Roosevelt University (http://www.roosevelt.edu) <br /> University of Illinois Alumni Association (http://www.uiaa.org) <br /> University of Illinois at Chicago (http://www.uic.edu)</p> <p>Dress in professional attire and bring plenty of resumes.&nbsp; This is a multi-university fair, <strong>be prepared to show your&nbsp;ID and submit a resume for admission.</strong></p> <p>For a full list of employers,visit <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/ocs/feb252011.html">http://www.uic.edu/depts/ocs/feb252011.html</a> or call UIC at 312.996.2300.</p> <p>To learn more about the hiring process for federal jobs, additional online job resources or book recommendations for government employment, visit the &ldquo;Federal Job Search&rdquo; section under the &ldquo;Job Search&rdquo; tab in the Virtual Career Center at <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/">http://www.uiaacareers.org/</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 22 Feb 2011 14:47 CST Alumni Scholarship: Mitchell Scholarship (Part 3 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=224 <p>Are you interested in taking your career to new heights? The National and International Scholarships Program at the University of Illinois supports students and alumni throughout the scholarships application process. The following awards are for US citizens. Read on!</p> <p>The <strong>Mitchell Scholarship</strong> provides one year of postgraduate study in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Selection Committee's overriding interest is the applicant's record of academic excellence, leadership, and community service. Alumni should begin working on their applications this summer to apply for study, teaching, or research funding beginning in fall 2012, as the priority Mitchell deadline is June 1, 2011.<a href="http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/mitchell.html"> http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/mitchell.html</a></p> <p>Feel free to contact David Schug or Laura Hastings at <a href="http://topscholars@illinois.edu">topscholars@illinois.edu</a> or 217-333-4710!</p> <p><strong>Previous Installments:</strong><br /> Fulbright<br /> Luce Scholars Program</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 17 Feb 2011 11:53 CST 10 Days Until the FEB Government Career Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=221 <h3><em>Do you have your resume printed?<br /> </em></h3> <h3><em>Do you have your business suit pressed and ready?</em></h3> <p><strong>FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 <br /> University of Illinois at Chicago<br /> UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room<br /> 750 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL</strong></p> <p>10:00AM-11:00AM OPM Government Employment Workshop<br /> 11:00AM-2:30PM Career Fair</p> <p><strong>MEET &amp; NETWORK:</strong><br /> -Representatives from federal, state and local government offices recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. <br /> -All educational backgrounds and experience levels welcome!</p> <p><strong>TO PARTICIPATE:</strong><br /> - Dress in professional attire<br /> - Bring plenty of resumes<br /> - Multi-university fair, be prepared to show ID and submit a resume for admission</p> <p><strong>FREE ADMISSION, no pre-registration required for students and alumni from the following schools:</strong> Chicago State University; DePaul University; Loyola University; Northeastern Illinois University; Olive Harvey Community College; Roosevelt University; University of Illinois Alumni Association; University of Illinois at Chicago.</p> <p>TAKE THE CTA!<br /> Blue Line to UIC&mdash;Halsted</p> <p>Co-Sponsored by The National Guard, <a href="http://www.nationalguard.com">www.nationalguard.com</a></p> <p>For a full list of employers and available positions, visit <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/ocs/feb252011.html">http://www.uic.edu/depts/ocs/feb252011.html</a><br /> Need more information? Call UIC at 312.996.2300</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 15 Feb 2011 11:24 CST Alumni Scholarship: Luce Scholars Program (Part 2 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=223 <p>Are you interested in taking your career to new heights? The National and International Scholarships Program at the University of Illinois supports students and alumni throughout the scholarships application process. The following awards are for US citizens. Read on!</p> <p>The <strong>Luce Scholars Program</strong> provides an internship and all-expenses paid year in East or Southeast Asia. A select few universities, including the University of Illinois, annually may nominate candidates for the award. The goal of the program is to provide an Asian experience for those who will be future leaders in their fields and communities, but have yet to come in much contact with Asian affairs. No prior Asian language study is required. Traditionally young professionals have earned the bulk of the awards. Additional information at: <a href="http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/luce.html ">http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/luce.html </a></p> <p>Feel free to contact David Schug or Laura Hastings at <a href="http://topscholars@illinois.edu">topscholars@illinois.edu</a> or 217-333-4710!</p> <p>Previous installment: Fulbright<br /> Next Installment: Mitchell Scholarship</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 10 Feb 2011 11:50 CST Alumni Scholarships: Fulbright (Part 1 of 3) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=222 <p>Monday, an alumna asked about Fulbright Grants.&nbsp; Not having dealt with this question before, I wasn't sure what I would be able to find, but I wanted to be able to share at least some basic information.</p> <p>One short Google search and a quick phone later and I hit the jackpot.&nbsp; I found Laura Hastings and the National and International Scholarships Program.&nbsp; The best part of the conversation was that Laura and her colleague David had been talking about getting in touch with us in an effort to get information about scholarships out to alumni.&nbsp; She said, &quot;We do find that alumni who have been out in the workplace a few years are good candidates for some of our awards.&quot;</p> <p>I hope this information and the other Alumni Scholarship installments will prove beneficial.</p> <p><strong>Alumni Scholarship: Fulbright</strong></p> <p>Are you interested in taking your career to new heights? The National and International Scholarships Program at the University of Illinois supports students and alumni throughout the scholarships application process. The following awards are for US citizens. Read on!</p> <p>The Fulbright fully supports U.S. citizens for one year of study or research (in any field, including the fine arts and humanities) in any of over 140 countries. Alumni should begin working on their applications this summer to apply for study, English teaching, or research funding beginning in fall 2012, as the priority Fulbright deadline is July 1, 2011. This year, 23 of 58 University of Illinois applicants were named finalists for Fulbright grants (we are still waiting on the final number of recipients). Further information at <a href="http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/fulbright.html">http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/fulbright.html</a></p> <p>Feel free to contact David Schug or Laura Hastings at <a href="mailto:topscholars@illinois.edu">topscholars@illinois.edu</a> or 217-333-4710!</p> <p><strong>Next Alumni Scholarship Installments:</strong><br /> The Luce Scholars Program <br /> The Mitchell Scholarship</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 8 Feb 2011 11:32 CST Social Media Spotlight: LinkedIn http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=219 <p><strong>What happens when you Google your name?</strong><br /> &bull; If you Google your name periodically, what comes up? <br /> &bull; Does it best represent your brand?</p> <p>Keep in mind that <u><strong>BRAND EQUITY = THE SUM TOTAL AND COMPOSITION OF YOUR SEARCH RESULTS. </strong></u></p> <p><strong>Does my online brand really matter?</strong><br /> &bull; <a href="http://Trackur.com">Trackur.com</a> states that 59% of hiring managers are influenced by your online reputation.<br /> &bull; <a href="http://careerbuilder.com">Careerbuilder.com</a> 2009 Survey states: &ldquo;the number of employers using social networking sites to screen candidates has more than doubled in the last year. Out of more than 2,600 hiring managers, 45% reported using social networking sites to research job candidates&rsquo; backgrounds for information that verified &ndash; or supplemented- the information on their resumes&rdquo;. &ldquo;One-in-Five Employers use social networking sites to research job candidates&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>Attracting Recruiting and Hiring Managers</strong><br /> &bull; <em>Complete your profile.</em> LinkedIn reports that members with a complete profile generate 40 times more opportunities than those whose profiles are not complete.<br /> &bull; <em>Develop a solid network of connections.</em> Your ability to use JobsInsider or Inside Connections depends on having a reasonable number of connections.<br /> &bull; <em>Get recommendations.</em> A complete profile includes at least three recommendations.<br /> &bull; <em>Include key words that are relevant to your professions and industry.</em> Recruiters search or these words and your profile should indicate them.<br /> &bull; <em>Focus on RESULTS, not a list of job duties.</em> Remember that your LinkedIn profile is a concise summary of your qualifications and skills.<br /> &bull; <em>Post your resume, CV or portfolio.</em><br /> &bull; Finally, <em>if you are unemployed, indicate that you are seeking employment on your profile.</em></p> <p>To learn more about the benefits of using LinkedIn as a Professional Development Tool, listen to Toby Nathan&rsquo;s two part presentation in the newly improved, enhanced and timesaving Virtual Career Center. Visit <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a> and register!</p> Rosahlee Solomon Thu 3 Feb 2011 10:22 CST Snow Day Activity http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=220 <p>Like many others, the UIAA Alumni Career Center has declared a snow day. If you wish to stay engaged with your career transition and don't want to get caught up in the soap operas, here is a Snow Day Activity for you.</p> <p><strong>Random <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a> (VCC) Activity</strong></p> <p>1. What day of the month were you born on?</p> <p>JB: I was both on the 21st of May, so I will use &quot;21&quot;.</p> <p>2. Go to the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org/article.html?aid=154">VCC Subject Index</a> and count down the list of topics until you get to a highlighted topic that coincides with your number.</p> <p>JB: My number is 21 and the 21st topic is &quot;Career marketing plan&quot;.</p> <p>3.<br /> A. If you have already registered with the VCC, go to that topic. Read through the content, do the exercises, and go to the recommended web sites. Even if it is a topic you know, you may learn something new or refresh old lessons.</p> <p>B. Alternatively, if you haven't registered with the VCC and had your alumni status verified by staff, pick your topic and...<br /> 1. Register now and we will verify your alumni status when we can dust off our cars and get back to the office.<br /> 2. Google the topic to see what you can find<br /> 3. Go to a career related book on your shelf and see how they cover the topic</p> <p>JB: &quot;Career marketing plan&quot; exercises always remind me to focus on the future, where I want to be and how to position myself to get there.</p> <p>You can share your own experiences through the comments link below or by email, careers@uillinois.edu.<br /> Birthday:<br /> Topic:<br /> Lession(s) learn:</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 1 Feb 2011 12:23 CST Get Your Own Consigliere http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=218 <p>Are you using your own Consigliere or Advisory Committee?</p> <p>Many of us were introduced to the term, Consigliere, in the The Godfather movies.&nbsp; We saw this person as a counselor and trusted friend of the mafia boss.&nbsp; While we don't have a Consigliere at the UIAA&nbsp;Alumni Career Center, we get together annually with our advisory committee to discuss results from the previous year and plans for the future. I always find this an interesting exercise that challenges my way of thinking about what we&rsquo;ve done, our audiences and our future plans.</p> <p>Have you ever thought about tapping a friend to be your personal Consigliere or setting up your own advisory committee? This can be a trusted person or a small group of people that you touch base with to describe your professional or job search results and future goals. They can offer support, advice and a sounding board for developing ideas.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve done this at several times in my life, most significantly when I was transitioning from Iowa to Illinois and trying to positioning myself in the Chicago market. I also know several alumni that do this on a regular basis to get feedback on professional goals and strategies and specific networking activities.&nbsp; Some alumni do this in person, some by phone and some send a regular update email to their network to gather feedback.</p> <p>I recommend considering friends that are business savvy or professional colleagues that you respect.&nbsp; To start, you can ask if they would be willing to provide feedback on something specific.&nbsp; If that works well for both of you, you can ask if they would be open to providing feedback occasionally on an as needed basis or more routinely at a regular coffee break.</p> <p>If any of you already have a Consigliere or Advisory Committee, please share your experiences in the comments screen below or by emailing <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.ed?subject=Advisory%20Committee%20Example&amp;body=From%20Jan%2027%20Blog...">careers@uillinois.ed</a>u.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 27 Jan 2011 13:44 CST Preventing Your Identity Theft Via Social Networking Sites http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=216 <p>Social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn are great tools many of us use to share information with our family and friends or to use for networking professionally in&nbsp;a job search.&nbsp;Despite these advantages, these social networking sites have made it very easy for thieves to steal your identity, especially&nbsp;sites with access to your financial information such as Mint.com. The following are some tips gathered from&nbsp;the&nbsp;banking industry and social media sites&nbsp;to help prevent your identity from being stolen and to ensure your information is kept private.</p> <p><strong>1. Limit use of personal information. </strong>Be cautious of what you list in your profile.&nbsp; Your online profile may contain enough information for thieves to piece together answers to those &ldquo;challenge questions&rdquo; often used by online banking or e-commerce sites to help you recover your forgotten password. It is not recommended to list personal information like your home address, phone number, birthday, etc.<br /> <strong>2. Do not respond to those fun emailed quizzes. </strong>Many of those emailed quizzes or games, that are meant to be for fun, seem to ask a variety of meaningless questions. However, some of the questions such as &quot;what is your favorite color?&quot; can be attempts to gather answers to the &ldquo;challenge questions&rdquo; mentioned above.<br /> <strong>3. Use privacy settings to restrict who can access your information.</strong> Limit what information is available and who can see it.<br /> <strong>4. Don&rsquo;t only rely on the privacy settings.</strong> Know how the privacy settings work, and set them to limit inadvertent exposure as much as possible. As part of operations, networking sites tag each user in order to access the user&rsquo;s personal profile. An advertiser or third party tracking site who obtains the user&rsquo;s tag via banners on the site can gain access to the user&rsquo;s personal profile. Recently it was reported in the news that Facebook inadvertently released the user&rsquo;s tag when users accessed games such as Mafia Wars through their site.<br /> <strong>5. Use browser security to refuse third party cookies.<br /> 6. Vary your password.</strong> Use a password for social networking websites that is different from the ones for your e-mail, e-commerce and financial websites. Ideally, you should use a different password on each website.<br /> <strong>7. Know who you are &ldquo;friending&rdquo;. </strong>Refuse requests from people you don&rsquo;t know. They may be interested in more than your friendship.<br /> <strong>8. Beware of links in email messages.</strong> Links sent in messages sometimes lead to websites that distribute malware. Consider the source of the message: is it from someone who never sends you messages? Does the message sound like something your friend would send? If it looks suspicious, ask your friend if they really sent it. If they didn&rsquo;t, their computer may be infected with malware which actually sent you the message.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 25 Jan 2011 15:06 CST More News You Can Use http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=217 <p>If you are looking for additional news that you can use to enhance your job search or assist with your career transition, subscribe to the UIAA&nbsp;Virtual Career Center newsletter, <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>.</p> <p>Published monthly, the newsletter will arrive in your email inbox with career related articles and event updates.</p> <p>December's newsletter highlighted 2011's upcoming Webinars and job fairs.</p> <p>At <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>, when you register with the site, indicate that you wish to subscribe to the newsletter.</p> <p>You can let us know what you would like to hear more about by adding your comment below or emailing us at <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu?subject=Newsletter%20Topic%20Suggestion">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 20 Jan 2011 16:50 CST Are you interested in law school? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=214 <p><em><strong>Have you started the application process?</strong></em></p> <p>The &quot;Applying to Law School&quot; Webinar has been especially designed for University of Illinois alumni (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) who have decided to pursue a legal education.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Central<br /> <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/wdqtlv/1Q">Register</a></strong></p> <p>The workshop provides an in-depth, step by step explanation of the process of applying to law school, with a special focus on the concerns of working professionals who are making a transition into legal education.</p> <p>Attendees will learn how to:</p> <ul> <li>Plan for the Law School Admission Test</li> <li>Navigate the Law School Admission Council services</li> <li>Obtain letters of recommendation; deciding who to approach, how to discuss it, and what law schools are looking for</li> <li>Draft an effective personal statement</li> <li>Develop a strategy for success in the application process</li> <li>Polish law school applications to make them shine</li> </ul> <p>Common application pitfalls and questions will be directly addressed in the workshop. There will be extra time in this workshop to take questions from those who are currently applying to law school. Attendees will receive resources and tips to assist you through the application process as well.</p> <p><strong>About the Presenter:</strong><br /> Jamie Thomas-Ward is the Director of Pre-Law Advising Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.</p> <ul> <li>B.A., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign</li> <li>J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Northern Illinois University</li> <li>M.S., Educational Administration, Illinois State University</li> </ul> <p>After graduating from law school, Jamie worked as an attorney in private practice, specializing in real estate, municipal, and corporate issues. She came to work at the University of Illinois in 2006 and has been the Director of Pre-Law Advising Services since 2008. During that time, she has assisted hundreds of students through the process of applying to law school, and she has created and presented over 30 separate workshops and programs. She is admitted to the Illinois bar.</p> <p><a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/wdqtlv/1Q">Register today for the Feb 1st Webinar</a></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 18 Jan 2011 10:18 CST Tell Me About Yourself http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=211 <p><strong><em>Do you cringe when an interviewer starts the interview this way? Do you freeze and wonder what they want to hear?</em></strong></p> <p><u>What an employer wants</u><br /> An employer is looking for anything that you are willing to tell them. This question is like a fishing expedition; they are not sure what they will get but they are hoping for something interesting.</p> <p>Most people share their biography in response to this question. There are two downsides to that type of response: one, you may bore them before you get to the interesting and relevant information; and, two, you may panic and start sharing a little too much information about yourself.</p> <p>But, you are in control. You just have to take control.</p> <p><u>Preparing for the big question</u><br /> Decide what you wish to say ahead of time. Decide which of you skills, aptitudes, experiences, and areas of expertise of most relevant and make you the strongest candidate for the position. This is your message. Share this summary along with supporting information and descriptions instead of your biography.</p> <p>The wonderful thing about this preparation is that you can use the same information to respond to questions about strengths and the dreaded, &quot;why should we hire you?'</p> <p><strong>For more tips to help you succeed in the interview, visit the Interviewing section of the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a> available through &quot;The Job Search&quot; navigation tab.</strong></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 13 Jan 2011 09:03 CST Government Career & Information Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=213 <p><strong>Meet &amp; Network with representatives from federal, state and local government offices recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. All educational backgrounds and experience levels are&nbsp;welcome!</strong></p> <p><strong>WHEN: </strong>FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011</p> <p><strong>WHERE: </strong>University of Illinois at Chicago<br /> <strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Student Center East, Illinois Room<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 750 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Parking is limited. Take the CTA Blue Line to the&nbsp;UIC-Halsted stop!</p> <p><strong>Time: </strong>10:00AM-11:00AM OPM Government Employment Workshop<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11:00AM-2:30PM Job &amp; Internship Fair Begins</p> <p><strong>FREE ADMISSION for University of Illinois students and alumni with proof of your Illinois</strong> <strong>ID</strong>.</p> <p>No pre-registration is required. Dress in professional attire. Bring plenty of resumes.<br /> For more information call 312- 996-2300 or to view a listing of attending employers&nbsp;visit http://www.uic.edu/depts/ocs/feb252011.html</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 11 Jan 2011 09:58 CST Kick Off Your Job Search in 2010 with Hire Ability and Higher Ability http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=210 <p>Pat Bayers, President of Top Notch Presenters, Inc. will present the four steps to follow as you begin or continue your job search and will discuss the ten steps to PROfessionalism and your &ldquo;Higher Ability&rdquo;.</p> <p>He knows what it takes to fire up a team&mdash;whether it be on the gridiron, the field of sales or people in transition. What makes him qualified to get your attention? He has earned his stripes&hellip;literally. Not only is he a skilled motivational speaker with 15 years experience and a former sales all-star who handled multi-million dollar national and regional accounts, but he has also been a Big 10 college football referee for the past 20 years. Additionally, he was a two-time All American and the first American college player ever recruited to play professionally in the Italian Football League. His goal is to rejuvenate his listeners with enthusiasm and encouragement and provide invaluable tips and techniques that can dramatically increase results.</p> <p>You have the option of attending via webinar technology, or at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago - 200 South Wacker Drive. If you are attending at the downtown Chicago Illini Center arrive at 6:30, to network! Bring your soundbyte and your handbill and be ready to exchange introductions and professional information from 6:30 until the program begins at 7 p.m. (To learn more about handbills and to see a sample, go to the &quot;Networking&quot; topic in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>.)</p> <p>Registration deadline is Thursday, January 27 at 2:00 PM Central Time.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 11 Jan 2011 08:44 CST Big Ten Networking in Chicago, January 20 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=206 <p>Be true to yourself when seeking career success</p> <p>Is the career path you&rsquo;re on leading you in the right direction to be both successful and satisfied?</p> <p>University of Illinois alumni from the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana campuses are invited to join fellow Big Ten alumni during this networking event, and discover how staying true to yourself can lead to true success.</p> <p>The evening features a presentation from Northwestern grad, award-winning author and blogger Jason Seiden. He&rsquo;ll talk about taking risks, being true to yourself and forgoing your career path in favor of pursuing your dream.</p> <p><strong>Big Ten Networking in Chicago<br /> Thursday, January 20, 2011<br /> 7:00&ndash;9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)</strong></p> <p>Northwestern University - Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, Illinois</p> <p>The cost is $15 per person and includes a copy of Seiden&rsquo;s book Super Staying Power, appetizers and a parking permit (if needed). A cash bar will also be available.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uwalumni.com/bigtennetworking">Click here to register</a>. Please RSVP by Friday, January 14, 2011.</p> <p><strong>Network more effectively</strong><br /> To break the ice and get the most out of your networking, be sure you&rsquo;re included in the program&rsquo;s roster of attendees by registering no later than January 14.</p> <p><strong>Questions?</strong> Please contact WAA&rsquo;s Gina Evans toll free at (888) 947-2586 or via e-mail at <a href="mailto:gevans@waastaff.com">gevans@waastaff.com</a>.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Northwestern Alumni Association and the University of Illinois Alumni Association, in partnership with the Big Ten.</p> <p><strong>About the Speaker</strong><br /> Jason Seiden, author of Super Staying Power: What You Need to Become Valuable &amp; Resilient at Work and How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What&rsquo;s Left of Your Career, is an expert at combining humor and wisdom to handle the difficult task of managing one&rsquo;s career. He is also the co-founder of Ajax Social Media, a training company for professionals. Seiden earned his MBA from Northwestern University&rsquo;s Kellogg School of Management and his bachelor&rsquo;s degree from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania.</p> <p><strong>For Networking Tips and Additional Resources</strong></p> <ol> <li>Register for and attend the January 18th, Mini-Webinar, &quot;Breaking the Ice at a Networking Event&quot;. <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar">www.uiaa.org/calendar</a></li> <li>Check out the networking recommendations and resources under the Building Connections navigation tab in the Virtual Career Center, <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a></li> </ol> Julie Bartimus Thu 6 Jan 2011 08:50 CST January Webinars http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=209 <p>The Winter 2011 Webinar series is designed to help you excel in your career transition and job search and understand the ACC resources that are available to you.&nbsp; Specifically, we've designed sessions to assist you in networking more effectively, developing your professional brand and promoting it through social media and your resume, assist you in gaining a comprehensive view of the job search process and learning when recruiters should be incorporated into your search.</p> <p><strong>Winter 2011 Session Highlights</strong><br /> * Kick Off Your Job Search in 2010 with Hire Ability and Higher Ability by Pat Bayers on January 27<br /> * Take a Deep Dive into the Virtual Career Center on February 8<br /> * Web Panel: When and How to Work with a Recruiter on February 22</p> <p>Recordings of previous Webinars are available through the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org"><strong>UIAA Virtual Career Center</strong></a>.&nbsp; New visitors will need to register with the site.&nbsp; The Alumni Career Center staff will then confirm your alumni status and grant you full access to the site.&nbsp; The recordings are available through the &quot;Webinar Archive&quot; link under the &quot;About US&quot; navigation tab.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some of the recordings include&hellip;<br /> * What Employers Look for in Your Application - A Hiring Manager and two Corporate Recruiters shared their recommendations and experiences regarding reviewing employment applications.<br /> * You Won&rsquo;t Get Unless You Ask! Negotiating Compensation and Perquisites - Jim Kacena presented important strategies to enhance your salary and benefits package through negotiating.</p> <p>We also invite you to review the Alumni Career Center's full range of services and programs. The menu on our home page, <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers">www.uiaa.org/careers</a>, presents selections about advising packages, the Hire UI Alumni job posting database, and the 24/7/365 Virtual Career Center for extensive content on career exploration and management, the job search, and more!</p> <p>Take advantage of one of the few comprehensive career centers in the United States dedicated to alumni, as we continue to update services and programs to meet your career development needs.&nbsp; We&rsquo;d be glad to answer your questions about how the Alumni Career Center self-directed and customized services can help you reach your professional goals: call at 312.575-7830, or send an email to <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.</p> <p>To view more information about the upcoming webinars and how to register, please go to our calendar,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/">http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/</a>. We look forward to having you join us for our upcoming programs and hearing from you.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 4 Jan 2011 09:08 CST UIAA Alumni Career Center Holiday Hours http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=203 <p>The UIAA&nbsp;Alumni Career Center will be closed from December 23, 2010 at Noon until January 3, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.</p> <p>We wish you all the best in 2011.</p> <p>~ Julie, Bernice and Rosahlee</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 23 Dec 2010 15:34 CST 2011 New Years' Resolution: Update Your Resume http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=205 <p>The start of a new year is a good a time as any to blow the dust (or snow) off your resume.</p> <p>Regardless of whether you&rsquo;ve faced the last several years with confidence in your ability to succeed in your field or with your head in the sand, this tool needs to be updated and fine-tuned on a regular basis. If you have been job hunting for a while, evaluate your resume&rsquo;s effectiveness at highlighting your accomplishments. Ask yourself if your resume is marketing you as well as it can.</p> <p>To ensure that your resume is more effective, follow these guidelines:</p> <ul> <li>Focus on accomplishments, outcomes and results instead of tasks and responsibilities.</li> <li>Make sure your key strengths are evident.</li> <li>Review for typos and grammar</li> <li>Delete any general or generic skills</li> </ul> <p>A carefully crafted resume can be used in your next search, in your proposal for a raise, in a nomination for a professional award or as a bio for your next speaking engagement.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 21 Dec 2010 10:48 CST Which side does a nametag go on? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=204 <p>As I staff job fairs, networking events and conference registration tables, I get asked about which side the nametag should sit on.&nbsp; As you prepare for work holiday parties, professional association meetings and other networking events, follow these guidelines:</p> <ol> <li>Networking events, Job Fairs, etc:&nbsp; Wear your nametag on the right side (see image).&nbsp; In this position, the nametag will move closer to the person you are introducing yourself to and whose hand you are shaking.&nbsp;</li> <li>When using a cord or lanyard:&nbsp; Shorten the cord or lanyard so the nametag is viewable when you are seated at a table.</li> <li>Exceptions: You may notice that people in the service industry wear their nametag on the left.&nbsp; This position makes it viewable when patrons pass them on that side in a hallway.</li> </ol> <p>Enjoy your holiday festivities and professional networking.&nbsp; Introduce yourself with confidence.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 16 Dec 2010 10:31 CST What's in a name? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=202 <p>While preparing for two recent job fairs, my colleagues and I noticed a trend. Known employer brands created excitement while small and medium size companies without the same brand recognition didn't.</p> <p>We understand the trend. The fields of advertising and marketing were built on this foundation.</p> <p>The concern arises as we see candidates missing out on interesting companies and great jobs just because they didn't recognize the employer's name.</p> <p>If you are looking to do interesting work for an interesting company, I encourage you to look beyond the employer's name and do a little research.</p> <p>I'm not suggesting hours of research on every position listed in your targeted areas, but I am recommending that you broaden out the quick search of the titles and company names that you may be doing. Open the company website and read the &quot;About Us&quot; paragraph. After this you will know whether they should make your short list, whether you need to talk to people who work there or whether the opportunity can be taken of the list of possibilities completely.</p> <p>Don't judge a book by its cover; don't judge a gift by the wrapping and don't judge a company by the name.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 14 Dec 2010 14:22 CST Wha? Spelin' is imporant? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=201 <p>During a recent panel on &quot;What Employers Look For in Your Application,&quot; our employer panelists reiterated the fact that spelling and grammar were important. If an employer can't understand what you have written or is too concerned about the negative impression you will make on their clients, they are not going to fully consider you for an open position.</p> <p>Resumes, cover letters and applications need to:</p> <ul> <li>Be clean and neat, easy to read with perfect spelling and grammar</li> <li>Tell a story relevant to the position, company and reader</li> </ul> <p>It is that simple. This approach is one way to get your foot in the door, but that is all it is supposed to do. The resume doesn't land you the job, but it should prompt someone to call you.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 9 Dec 2010 16:28 CST REGISTER TODAY! Alumni Only Career Fair in New York (registration closes Dec. 13) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=200 <p>Whether you are job searching or looking to hire, we invite you to join us for the upcoming MyWorkster Alumni Only Career Fair in New York City.</p> <p><strong>ALUMNI ONLY CAREER FAIR IN NEW YORK CITY </strong></p> <p>Alumni Only, Multi-School Job Fair presented by MyWorkster.com <br /> Wednesday, December 15 <br /> 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.</p> <p>St. Francis College<br /> 180 Remsen Street<br /> Brooklyn, NY 11201</p> <p><strong>Job Searching?</strong><br /> As a graduate of one of the University of Illinois three campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana), you are exclusively invited to attend an event designed to place you, our experienced job seeker, face to face with top employers looking to hire.</p> <p>Candidate Registration: <a href="http://jobfairalumninyc.eventbrite.com/">http://jobfairalumninyc.eventbrite.com/</a></p> <p><strong>Looking to hire?</strong><br /> The University of Illinois Alumni Association, MyWorkster.com, and numerous universities from across the country have come together to host a multi school, alumni only job fair in New York City. This event is an amazing opportunity to gain direct access to talented and experienced alumni exclusively invited by participating universities.</p> <p>Employer Registration: <a href="http://alumnifairnyc.eventbrite.com/">http://alumnifairnyc.eventbrite.com/</a></p> <p><strong>Questions?</strong><br /> Please contact Julie Bartimus at jlhays@uillinois.edu or Tarek Pertew at MyWorkster, tap@myworkster.com, 516/317-5382.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t wait to register, as registration is expected to reach capacity.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 7 Dec 2010 12:22 CST Mini Webinar-How Much is Enough in my Job Search? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=196 <p><strong>Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12:30 - 1 p.m., Central Time</strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;re doing plenty in your job search, but is it enough? This mini-webinar will help you evaluate your efforts. Since it is frustrating not to control the outcome of a job search (typically it takes longer than job seekers hope), learn more about structuring your tasks. During the holiday season, use your time well, being productive and purposeful in your job search.</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is December 7, 2010, at 9 AM Central Time. Register by:</strong></p> <ol> <li>clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center Webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dqvmy">guest.cvent.com/d/5dqvmy</a></li> <li>calling the Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR</li> <li>sending an email to careers@uillinois.edu indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and Webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Tuesday, December 7.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 2 Dec 2010 11:23 CST Tips for getting more out of your offer http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=199 <p>Career management consultant Jim Kacena, recently presented the &ldquo;You Won&rsquo;t Get Unless You Ask! Negotiating Compensation and Perquisites&rdquo; Webinar on November 10.</p> <p><strong>Top tip:</strong> Negotiate your salary and benefits as you would a car or a home.</p> <p>Other tips and recommendations include:</p> <ol> <li>Research</li> <li>Defer listing a salary in early discussions</li> <li>Negotiate with decision makers</li> <li>Prioritize which salary, benefits and perquisites you wish to negotiate</li> <li>Get confirmation of the offer in writing</li> </ol> <p>Jim offered many more tips with real life examples that you can help you get the most out of an offer.</p> <p>To listen to the full session and to hear more tips and sources, access the recording in the &quot;Webinar Archives&quot; under the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; tab located in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> <p>For tips from staff about salary negotiation, check out the &quot;Evaluating &amp; Negotiating the Offer&quot; link under the &quot;Job Search&quot; navigation tab in the <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">UIAA Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 30 Nov 2010 13:39 CST Give Thanks, Make a Wish and Tell Grandma What You Are Looking For http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=197 <p>As many of us get ready to join family and friends for Thanksgiving, the UIAA&nbsp;Alumni Career Center wishes you a warm and festive holiday.</p> <ul> <li>Give thanks to people that have helped you</li> <li>Make a wish for luck and patience as you continue your search</li> <li>AND, tell everyone, including Grandma, what you are looking for a companies that you are trying to target.</li> </ul> <p>Best Wishes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 22 Nov 2010 16:01 CST Free Career Related Webinar Recordings http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=186 <p>We invite alumni to view and listen to our webinar recordings now available through the UIAA Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s Virtual Career Center. You might wonder if&nbsp;these webinars are worth your time? The following is a testimonial from&nbsp;an alumnus who recently attended a webinar...</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px">&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;The LinkedIn webinars have been valuable to me as a &quot;prompt&quot; to become familiar with this networking tool and start using it. I was aware that LinkedIn was something out there on the Web, but knew nothing more about it. Through this webinar, the UIAA Alumni Career Center &quot;lowered the barrier to entry&quot; to LinkedIn by providing a &quot;user-friendly&quot; introduction.&rdquo;</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><em>So, thank you for introducing me to LinkedIn. I will look into it, and probably join it.</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px">~ Fred</p> <p>Some of the webinar topics include:</p> <p>&bull; Health and Retirement Benefits<br /> &bull; Resumes That Stand Out Over competitors<br /> &bull; Behavior-Based Versus Situational Interview Questions<br /> &bull; Career Planning At Mid-Life and Beyond</p> <p>To access a webinar, visit the UIAA Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s website located at www.uiaacareers.org and go to the Virtual Career Center under the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; navigation tab. Please note that after registration, your alumni status will be verified within 48 hours before full site access is granted. The VCC is a free career management resource tool with handouts and exercises available 24/7.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 18 Nov 2010 17:03 CST Today the UIAA Alumni Career Center celebrates its 23rd anniversary and its 100th blog post. http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=195 <p>As our celebration, we ask you to suggest career management or job search topics that you would like us to cover through our UIAA ACC Blog, newsletter, Webinars and social media outlets. What career exploration, interviewing, resume or other questions do you have? Please send your suggestions and questions to <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu?subject=New%20Topic%20Suggestion&amp;body=Responding%20to%20UIAA%20ACC%20Blog%3A%0A">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &quot;<em>New Topic Suggestion</em>&quot; in the subject line.</p> <p>I would personally like to thank all the present and past staff members, Advisory Committee members and volunteers that helped build the Center and keep its focus on providing lifelong career assistance to alumni from the University of Illinois campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana). Bernice, Rosahlee and I look forward to continuing this tradition.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 16 Nov 2010 08:32 CST Keep Up Your Job Search During the Holidays http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=193 <p><strong><big>Don't stop your job search over the holidays, recruiters won't</big></strong>.</p> <p>You may even get a jump start on your new year&rsquo;s resolution to find a new job in 2010. This mini-Webinar will help you manage time, continue job search tasks and keep track of your activities, at a time when other job seekers are taking a break. You&rsquo;ll also get reminders on how to continue your professional networking and be ready with your soundbyte for encounters at holiday events.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=13677">For more information about the Mini-Webinar and registration information</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 11 Nov 2010 12:48 CST Toby Says......Get Connected http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=190 <p><strong><em>Highlights of the October 27 Webinar &ldquo;Using LinkedIn As A Professional Development Tool, Whether or Not You're Looking for a Job Part 2: Optimizing Your Connections, Messages, and LinkedIn Tools&rdquo; by Toby Nathan</em></strong></p> <p>Toby stated that your list of connections on LinkedIn can be used in a number of ways: it can build your brand and profile, expand your network, it can give you 2-way recommendations and can lists jobs, people and business opportunities.</p> <p>You can attract recruiting and hiring managers by creating an outstanding profile and developing a solid network to maximize your LinkedIn results.</p> <p>Tips for making the most of LinkedIn as a &ldquo;Job&rdquo; search tool:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Complete your profile.</strong> LinkedIn reports that members with a complete profile generate 40 times more opportunities than those whose profiles aren&rsquo;t complete.</li> <li><strong>Develop a solid network of connections.</strong> Your ability to use JobsInsider or Inside Connections depends on having a reasonable number of connections.</li> <li><strong>Get recommendations.</strong> A complete profile includes at least three recommendations. Aim for ones from managers, executives, or actual clients.</li> <li><strong>Include key words that are relevant to your profession and industry.</strong> Recruiters search for these words and your profile should indicate them to be found.</li> <li>Focus on <strong>RESULTS</strong>, not a list of job duties. Remember your LinkedIn profile is a concise summary of your qualifications and skills.</li> <li>Post your resume, CV or portfolio.</li> </ol> <p>To know more about how to get started on LinkedIn, please visit the &ldquo;Building Connections&rdquo; section of <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>.</p> <p>Toby Nathan is the Co-founder and Principal of RecruitaStar, LLC (<a href="http://www.recruitastar.com">www.recruitastar.com</a>). She has 14 years of retained executive search experience and has been utilizing LinkedIn for over 7 years. She received a BS in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a MS in Industrial Relations from Loyola University.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 9 Nov 2010 11:09 CST National Career Development Month - Helping Others http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=187 <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center invites you to celebrate National Career Development Month by taking a close look at your long-term career management plans.</p> <p>Tuesday, we invited you to help yourself by doing a SWOT analysis. Today we invite you to help others.</p> <p>Not everyone can hire a fellow alumnus; and not every alumnus needs a job lead to more forward with their career management plan. Here are some of our suggestions for how you can help others.</p> <ul> <li>Answer a networking request</li> <li>Share information about jobs and your company in LinkedIn. (If you are a Hiring Manager, post your position in the Hire UI Alumni job board)</li> <li>Offer support and feedback to alumni you know that are in a career transition.</li> <li><a href="https://www.uiaaconnect.org/UIAA/SSOServlet?toPage=updateUser">Update your profile in the UIAA Alumni Directory</a> and indicate which areas you wish to volunteer for.</li> <li>Update your contact settings in <a href="http://www.linkedin.com">LinkedIn</a> and indicate (1) What kinds of opportunities would you like to receive? and (2) What advice would you give to users considering contacting you?</li> <li>Share your experiences with other alumni through UIAA Alumni Career Center programs or communications efforts. Contact <a href="mailto:jlhays@uillinois.edu?subject=Interested%20in%20volunteering">Julie Bartimus</a>.</li> </ul> <p>We invite you to share other things you are doing to help others during National Career Development Month. Please share your comments through the link below.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 5 Nov 2010 12:08 CST National Career Development Month - Helping Yourself First http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=184 <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center invites you to celebrate National Career Development Month by taking a close look at your long-term career management plans.&nbsp; Start by helping yourself by doing a SWOT analysis.</p> <ol> <li>Think about what you wish to achieve in the next few years. Do you wish to excel at your current position? Do you wish to seek other responsibilities? Picture that next step in your mind.</li> <li><strong>Strengths </strong>- What are your personal strengths related to this goal?</li> <li><strong>Weaknesses </strong>- What are your personal weaknesses related to this goal? What do you need to improve and what do you need to develop?</li> <li><strong>Opportunities </strong>- What external opportunities exist within and outside your company? What other external factors could positive impact your plans?</li> <li><strong>Threats </strong>- What external threats exist within and outside your company? What other external factors could negatively impact your plans?</li> <li><strong>Set goals and action items</strong> that promote your strengths and opportunities and lessen or eliminate your weaknesses and threats.</li> </ol> <p>We invite you to share other things you are doing to take care of your personal career plans during National Career Development Month. Please share your comments through the link below.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 2 Nov 2010 08:27 CST For Employers-UIC Engineering Career Fair-Early Bird Registration Discounts http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=183 <p>Register today online for early bird registration discounts.</p> <p>The Alumni Career Center on behalf of the College of Engineering at<br /> the University of Illinois at Chicago,&nbsp;would like to invite you<br /> to participate in their annual Engineering Career Fair.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Wednesday, February 16, 2011<br /> <strong>Time: </strong>12:00pm to 4:00pm in Student <br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Center East (formerly CCC)<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 750 S. Halsted St.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago, IL 60607</p> <p>The Engineering Career Fair is an effective resource to match <br /> potential employers with engineering students, not only for <br /> internships and co-op positions, but also for full-time careers. The <br /> UIC College of Engineering is recognized for its academic excellence <br /> with undergraduate and graduate programs in six academic <br /> departments: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and <br /> Materials Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer <br /> Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.</p> <p>What draws employers of all sizes and industries to recruit at UIC <br /> year after year? Imagine a large university where the student body <br /> has the diversity required for today's workplace, where students <br /> graduate from rigorous programs in a multitude of disciplines, and <br /> where a strong work ethic is part of the students' makeup.</p> <p><strong>Register TODAY for an EARLY REGISTRATION discount- The early bird registration <br /> deadline is Tuesday, December 15th, 2010!</strong></p> <p><strong>Registration is now open online at : <br /> </strong><a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/enga/co-op/career_fair.htm">http://www.uic.edu/depts/enga/co-op/career_fair.htm</a></p> <p>For more information, please contact Kate Kaplan at klederer@uic.edu or call: 312-996-2311.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Mon 1 Nov 2010 16:25 CST You Won't Get Unless You Ask! Negotiating Compensation and Perquisites http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=180 <p><strong>New Webinar Topic!<br /> Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time</strong></p> <p>Whether you're just starting a job search, or expecting an offer next week, you're probably thinking about enhancing the salary and benefits package through negotiating. You may have gotten different advice about negotiating, maybe you don't like talking about money, or are afraid to negotiate at all, for fear the offer may be pulled away. You may also be wondering if you can get the four weeks of vacation you presently enjoy in your current position.</p> <p>Join career management consultant Jim Kacena, who will help you recognize your professional worth and your worth to an organization - key points for negotiating. Jim will give you a framework for the interactions around salary and negotiation, including how to respond to discussions of money early in the screening and interviewing process. He will also share sample responses to the offer you receive and strategies for negotiating perks as well as compensation. Leave this webinar with a negotiating model, information to research salaries and confidence to approach this important conversation so that you and your new employer emerge with win-win results.</p> <p>Jim Kacena is a career management consultant with over 30 years' experience. He has worked with over 4,000 individuals in career transition, career development and executive coaching. He is a globally recognized expert who is frequently recruited to direct outplacement and change management projects. Jim has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.</p> <p><strong>Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 10, at 2 PM Central Time.</strong> Register by:</p> <ol> <li>clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center Webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dqvmy">http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dqvmy</a></li> <li>calling the Alumni Career Center at <strong>312/575-7830</strong> Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR</li> <li>sending an email to <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> indicating which program(s) you would like to attend. Program materials and Webinar access information will be emailed to registrants at the end of the business day on Tuesday, November 9.</li> </ol> Julie Bartimus Thu 28 Oct 2010 08:47 CST Chicago Alumni Job Fair on Nov 17 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=175 <p>You are invited to participate in the <strong>Chicago Alumni Job Fair</strong> on November 17, 2010.<br /> <strong>Time</strong>: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br /> <strong>Location</strong>: DePaul University Student Center, Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago, IL</p> <p><strong>CANDIDATES</strong><br /> Are you a candidate looking for new opportunities? As a University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumnus, you are invited to attend an Alumni Job Fair in Chicago that will bring you face to face with top employers. A $10.00 non-refundable fee is applied to prevent overcrowding and ensure quality &amp; consistency. Registration is required.</p> <p><strong>Candidate Registration: <a href="http://jobfairalumni.eventbrite.com">http://jobfairalumni.eventbrite.com</a></strong><br /> The current list of employers is available at the bottom of the Employer Registration page: <a href="http://alumnifair.eventbrite.com">http://alumnifair.eventbrite.com</a> (Scroll to bottom of page)</p> <p><strong>EMPLOYERS</strong><br /> Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with many of the nation's most respected employers in varying industries. The Chicago Alumni Job Fair is an exclusive event for alumni from the University of Illinois campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) and other leading institutions in the Midwest and across the country hosted by MyWorkster.com. If you are an employer looking for top talent from top schools, this event is an amazing opportunity to gain intimate access to today's brightest and most experienced candidates.</p> <p>$350 - For Profit employer (Discounted to $250 for alumni owned businesses.)<br /> $175 - Not for Profit employer</p> <p><strong>Employer Registration: <a href="http://alumnifair.eventbrite.com">http://alumnifair.eventbrite.com</a></strong></p> <p>Sponsoring organizations include: University of Illinois, Chicago State University, DePaul University, Eastern Illinois University, Indiana University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California and University of Wisconsin and more...</p> <p>Contact Tarek Pertew at MyWorkster with questions, tap@myworkster.com, 516/317-5382.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 26 Oct 2010 09:31 CST Upcoming Webinar: Living a Network Enabled Life http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=179 <p>Learn about the practical aspects of building a network and value in keeping it strong.</p> <p><strong>November 3, 2010, 7-8 pm central</strong><br /> Presenter: Alan Tecktiel, HR Director - Corporate Human Resources - McDonald's Corporation</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>&quot;Whether in my role as an HR Director for McDonald's Corporation, as a University of Illinois alumnus, or in miserable existence as a Cubs fan, I have finally learned the value of having a strong, healthy network...and I learned it the hard way.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The way people connect with each other has changed rapidly with the growth of the internet and social media. I have NOT written the definitive book on networking, but will nonetheless tackle the rapidly changing landscape of how people connect with each other. The discussion will cover the mutuality of networks, review basic networking principles and process, and relate some of my most important networking encounters along the way. I'll discuss what continues to unfold as we develop connections virtually and in-person, noting the power and peril of tools like LinkedIn and Facebook. Finally, I will hit upon the virtue of living a network-enabled life.&quot;</em></p> <p>Alan Tecktiel wants most to focus on answering your questions or responding to your challenges about building your own human networking backbone, keep your network networked and live a network-enabled life, so there will be time for questions at the end of the session.</p> <p>You have the option of attending this web-workshop via webinar technology, or at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago - 200 South Wacker Drive (across from the Willis Tower).</p> <ol> <li><span id="1286833166171E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>clicking on the following link to reach the list of current Alumni Career Center webinars, and the registration page: <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dqvmy">http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dqvmy</a></li> <li>calling the Alumni Career Center at <strong>312/575-7830</strong> Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central Time, OR</li> <li>sending an email to <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>, indicating the program(s) which you would like to attend. Program materials and webinar access information will be email to registrants at the end of the business day on Tuesday, November 2.</li> </ol> Julie Bartimus Thu 21 Oct 2010 09:30 CST Virtual Career Center: Redesigned and Relaunched http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=178 <p>The University of Illinois Alumni Association's (UIAA) Alumni Career Center is pleased to share the redesigned Virtual Career Center with alumni of the University of Illinois campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana). With new content, Webinar recordings and easy to use navigation, alumni can optimize their time,&nbsp;advance their careers and get a jump on the competition.</p> <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center gathered information and reviewed websites and books so our alumni don&rsquo;t have to. We&rsquo;ve built an organized career management resource that will guide alumni through career planning, job search, networking, research and closing the deal. Each topic contains numerous tips for every step of the way and quick links to worksheets and other tools.</p> <p>The VCC is built by our knowledgeable career advisers, supported by the UIAA and available 24/7.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org"><big>www.uiaacareers.org</big></a></p> <p>NOTE: <em>After registration, alumni status will be verified before full site access is granted.</em></p> <p>Quotes from alumni who have reviewed the new site:</p> <p>* Outstanding, easy-to-navigate site with tons of great info. If I was looking for a job, considering a career change or trying to do any number of things in the job-search realm, this site would be an outstanding resource. Your tips on &ldquo;thriving in the workplace&rdquo; are great.<br /> * Great content and good selection of books<br /> * Excellent topic choices and very specifically worded.<br /> * The (redesigned) VCC site enable(s) a more pleasant experience! It looked better. It felt better. Its tabular shape and frame-based structure provided a more convenient and attractive feeling.</p> <p>The UIAA Alumni Career Center offers comprehensive career assistance to alumni from the University of Illinois campuses at Chicago, Springfield and Urbana regardless of where they live. For additional information, alumni can visit <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers">www.uiaa.org/careers</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 19 Oct 2010 08:39 CST What, Why, How and Who of a Graduate School Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=181 <p>Admissions officers are making decisions on what you will add to their program and whether you can handle the intellectual rigor of their classes.&nbsp; They already gathered a lot of information about you from test scores, applications, essays and resumes. Now it is time to interview and they want to know what, why, how and who.</p> <p>What ... ?</p> <ul> <li>Are your goals?</li> <li>have you done that is related?</li> <li>do you value?</li> </ul> <p>Why ... ?</p> <ul> <li>this field, institution, and program?</li> </ul> <p>How ... ?</p> <ul> <li>can you contribute?</li> <li>will you manage the stress?</li> </ul> <p>Who ... ?</p> <ul> <li>are you?</li> </ul> <p>The secret is understanding yourself and being able to articulate that to the interviewer.&nbsp; Have stories that demonstrate your experiences, challenges and values.&nbsp; Let them see who you are and your personality.&nbsp; They do want to more about who you are than just grades and test scores.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 15 Oct 2010 12:17 CST Toby says....Get LinkedIn http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=176 <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong><em>Highlights of the October 6 Webinar &ldquo;Using LinkedIn As A Professional Development Tool, Whether or Not You're Looking for a Job Part 1: Getting Started&rdquo; by Toby Nathan</em></strong></p> <p><strong>You may ask yourself, &ldquo;What exactly is LinkedIn?&rdquo;</strong><br /> Toby shared the official website definition. It &ldquo;is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing hundreds of industries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>You may ask, &ldquo;Why should I use LinkedIn?&rdquo;<br /> Toby says&hellip;</strong><br /> 1. To build your personal and professional brand. You can define terms of what people think when they think of you and see your profile.<br /> 2. To build and strengthen your professional network. Your contact network is built up based on your direct connections, the connections of each of their connections (termed second degree connections) and also the connections of second degree connections (termed third degree connections). This can be used to gain an introduction to someone you wish to know through a mutual, trusted contact. <br /> 3. To turn &ldquo;relationships&rdquo; into opportunities. 2-Way Recommendations can reflect the recommender as well as the person s/he&rsquo;s recommending.<br /> 4. To research companies and individuals, competition, customers, partners, etc. and enable preparation for interviews and other opportunities.<br /> 5. Looking for jobs, people and business opportunities. Employers list jobs and search for potential candidates. Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them. <br /> 6. Search LinkedIn Groups. This feature allows users to establish new business relationships and expand their network by joining alumni, industry, or professional and other relevant groups.</p> <p>To know more about how to get started on LinkedIn, please visit the &ldquo;Building Connections&rdquo; section of <a href="http://www.uiaacareers.org">www.uiaacareers.org</a>.</p> <p><br /> Toby Nathan is the Co-founder and Principal of RecruitaStar, LLC (<a href="http://www.recruitastar.com">www.recruitastar.com</a>). She has 14 years of retained executive search experience and has been utilizing LinkedIn for over 7 years. She received a BS in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a MS in Industrial Relations from Loyola University.</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 12 Oct 2010 09:00 CST Do I have to...? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=174 <p>This question or other forms of it come into many conversations about job search and networking activities.</p> <p>&quot;Do I have to...?&quot; and &quot;I don't wanna ...&quot; are then followed by:</p> <ul> <li>talk to people I don't know (networking).</li> <li>write a cover letter.</li> <li>send a thank you note.</li> <li>research a company or my interviewer.</li> </ul> <p>You don't have to. But, if you don't, the person who did will get the interview and/or job offer.</p> <p>We all learn from each other. I invite you to share your stories.</p> <p>What part of the job search did you dislike/avoid the most and how did you overcome that reluctance? What didn't you want to do? Include your comments through the link below.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 7 Oct 2010 11:42 CST Attention Employers-Employers Usage of Social Media http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=173 <p><strong>Best Social Media Practices to Engage Talent &amp; Brand Panel Discussion </strong></p> <p>The <em>Finding Talent </em>employer series program on &quot;Best Social Media Practices to Engage Talent &amp; Brand&quot; hosted by the UIAA Alumni Career Center provided employers with practical tips on how to best implement, and manage social media tools and deal with compliance.&nbsp; Watch and listen to the Webinar recording at&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://tinyurl.com/BestSocialMediaPracticesWebina">http://tinyurl.com/BestSocialMediaPracticesWebina</a>&nbsp;</strong>to hear Michele Porfilio, Sr. Manager, Strategic Sourcing Leader at Crowe Horwath LLP, Kristy Seidel, Director of Recruitment for North America Operations at Hyatt Hotels and Ric Klinger, Senior Consultant, Talent Acquisitions at talentRISE respond to some of the following questions on best social media practices and compliance issues:</p> <ol> <li>Outside recruitment, do you get your hiring managers/ hiring executives involved in social media? If yes, how do you convince them?</li> <li>How do you deal with negative posts or blogs?</li> <li>How do you target specific skill sets via social media? Are you trying to reach the highest number of individuals or are you trying to reach a specific target group? If targeted, how do you best do that?</li> <li>For a small company, how do you handle the work load of constantly being on top of pushing out, responding to information and engaging your audience?</li> <li>What are your thoughts on completing social media &ldquo;checks&rdquo; as par of pre-employment and post employment background screenings?</li> </ol> <p>and more&hellip;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 30 Sep 2010 11:26 CST A Second Job For the Holidays? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=171 <p>If you are considering securing a second job for the holiday season, start looking and applying now.</p> <p>A Chicago Tribune article earlier this week indicated that stores have already started hiring.</p> <p><strong>Toys R Us plans to hire 45,000 holiday season workers</strong> by By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times <br /> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sns-toys-r-us-hiring,0,7531404.story ">http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sns-toys-r-us-hiring,0,7531404.story</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 30 Sep 2010 09:37 CST Back to School for You in 2011? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=172 <p><strong>9 Days left until the 2010 Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair</strong><br /> Thursday, October 7, 2010, 3 - 7 p.m.<br /> At the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago <br /> <br /> Mark Your Calendar for Chicago's Largest Graduate School Fair<br /> If you're thinking about attending graduate school don't miss this event!</p> <p>Representatives from over 200 graduate and professional schools throughout the country will be ready to answer your questions at this fair. This is the only comprehensive graduate and professional school fair in Chicagoland. The fair is open to the public and is free! No pre-registration is required.</p> <p>Find the list of participating graduate and professional schools attending, and more information at: <a href="http://www.vcsa.uic.edu/MainSite/departments/career_services/Students/grad+fair.htm">http://www.vcsa.uic.edu/MainSite/departments/career_services/Students/grad+fair.htm</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 28 Sep 2010 16:10 CST Uncover and Utilize the Benefits of LinkedIn, http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=169 <p>Have you been wanting to post a profile on LinkedIn, but not gotten started?</p> <p>Could you use some expert advice on preparing a strong LinkedIn profile?</p> <p>Perhaps you're trying to jump into LinkedIn activities further, or know that you need to find groups to learn more about what's going on in your professional field.</p> <p>Mark your calendar and register for October's ACC webinars, <strong>&quot;Using LinkedIn As A Professional Development Tool, Whether or Not You're Looking for a Job&quot;</strong>, if you've been thinking about these and other questions about how best to utilize this 70+ million member business networking web site.</p> <p><em>University of Illinois alumna and recruitment executive Toby Nathan </em>will walk you through LinkedIn, today's #1 online networking destination for business professionals.&nbsp; Toby's expertise, energy and dedication to helping new and experienced LinkedIn users explore this tool effectively and enthusiastically, affords you numerous benefits, whether you attend either or both parts of&nbsp; this webinar.</p> <p><strong>Part 1 - Getting Started </strong>explore using the main LinkedIn features, along with an overview of the uniqueness and advantages of LinkedIn over other online networking sites, if you're seeking proessional connections.&nbsp; Learn how to create a robust profile, launch your LinkedIn visibility and reach out to others, in groups.&nbsp; <strong>Part 1 will be held on Wednesday, October 6, from 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time</strong></p> <p><strong>Part 2 - Optimizing Your Connections, Messages and LinkedIn Tools </strong>advances your confidence to use the community-building, discussion, recommendations and job search features, and more, to maximize your opportunities for professional connections and research and develop a positive online reputation.&nbsp; <strong>Part 2 will be held on Wednesday, October 27, from 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time</strong></p> <p><em>You may register for and attend either or both parts of this webinar.&nbsp;</em> <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/5dqvmy"><strong>Click this link </strong></a>for the list of the Alumni Career Center's fall webinar series, including the two-part &quot;Using LinkedIn As A Professional Development Tool, Whether or Not You're Looking for a Job&quot;.&nbsp; <em>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni to attend webinars.</em></p> <p>How has LinkedIn helped you develop professionally?&nbsp; Add&nbsp; your comments below.</p> Claudia Delestowicz Tue 28 Sep 2010 07:00 CST How Not To Get an Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=168 <p>If you don&rsquo;t want that interview, here are some things you can do to take yourself out of consideration. These are just a few actual examples from real hiring managers and recruiters.</p> <ol> <li>Don&rsquo;t return a phone call or email</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t return a phone call or email in a timely manner</li> <li>Hesitate when offered an early morning timeslot</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t provide additional information or work samples requested</li> <li>Handle the phone screening in an unprofessional manner</li> </ol> <p>Motivation, initiative and passion can set you apart from your competition, especially if you don&rsquo;t exhibit any of these characteristics.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 23 Sep 2010 08:24 CST Employers want "A" players http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=167 <p>Competition is high. But, even in the most candidate friendly markets, employers want top candidates.</p> <ol> <li>Get your game face on &ndash; Identify what differentiates you from the competition and market that to employers.</li> <li>Offer solutions and alternatives &ndash; Show the employer you understand their challenges and have thought of possible solutions and alternatives. Articulate what you can do for the employer.</li> <li>Balance confidence with humility &ndash; Employers are looking for confidence and assertiveness, but an ego too large to fit in their organization will scare them away.</li> </ol> <p>How are you showing employers that you are an &quot;A&quot; player?&nbsp; Share you comments below.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 21 Sep 2010 08:47 CST UIC Fall Diversity Career Fair, Sept 23 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=166 <p><strong>Date</strong>: Thursday, September 23, 2010<br /> <strong>Time</strong>: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm<br /> <strong>Location</strong>: Student Center East, Illinois Room (750 South Halsted, 3rd floor)<br /> <strong>Cost</strong>: Free for UIC, UIUC, and UIS student and alumni with proof. $10 for the general public.<br /> <strong>Target audience: For anyone seeking full time, part time, or internship positions. Must be a college student or already have a college degree.</strong><br /> Need more info: Call 312-996-2300</p> <p><a href="http://www.vcsa.uic.edu/MainSite/departments/career_services/Students/falldivparticipants.htm"><strong>Current List of Employers</strong></a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 16 Sep 2010 13:56 CST Do you know how many jobs were posted to Hire UI Alumni last year? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=165 <p>Hire UI Alumni is a niche job board where employers are specifically seeking alumni with experience and a University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) degree. As a niche job board, the volume of jobs posted may be lower than the big three (Yahoo, Career Builder and Monster) but the quality and fit are higher.</p> <ul> <li>1,154 employers posted 2,638 jobs in fiscal year 2010 (July 2009 to June 2010).</li> </ul> <p>A sample of experienced-level positions from the Hire UI Alumni system includes:</p> <ul> <li>Principal Cement Chemist</li> <li>Asset Management &ndash; Regional Consultant, Chicago</li> <li>Deputy Director of Transit</li> <li>Water Quality Specialist</li> <li>VP of Integrated Decision Sciences</li> <li>Sr. Analyst &ndash; Risk Analytics and Reporting</li> <li>Senior Embedded Category Sourcing Specialist</li> <li>Research Entomologist</li> </ul> <p>Top Ten Industries by # of Employers</p> <ol> <li>Financial Services</li> <li>Engineering Services</li> <li>Consulting Services</li> <li>Manufacturing</li> <li>Employment Services</li> <li>Consumer Products</li> <li>Healthcare Services &amp; Hospitals</li> <li>Education &amp; Educational Services</li> <li>Insurance</li> <li>High Tech/Information Technology</li> </ol> <p>If you are interested in creating a Hire UI Alumni profile and reviewing jobs, go to <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/package_svcs.html">http://www.uiaa.org/careers/package_svcs.html</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 13 Sep 2010 12:25 CST Steer Your New Career In A Strong Direction http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=161 <p>If you're a new or recent graduate looking for a more satisfying career attend the<strong>&nbsp;&quot;Early Career Moves - Finding Your Path&quot;&nbsp;webinar </strong>to get better focused and set achievable goals.&nbsp; Align external messages about the world of work with your interests, skills, educational background and your&nbsp;search for a fulfilling professional path.</p> <p>Leave with exploration and decision-making tools for the next chapter of your&nbsp;career that:</p> <ul> <li>Help you use your major</li> <li>Engage your interests</li> <li>Utilize your work and life experiences</li> <li>Help you blend more of your expectations with what you're learning and observing about trends and opportunities for new professionals.</li> </ul> <p>Webinar technology lets you attend <strong>&quot;Early Career Moves: Finding Your Path&quot; on Wednesday, September 22, from 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time,</strong> from wherever you are.&nbsp; There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni!</p> <p>Find further details and online registration at&nbsp; <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=14107">http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=14107</a>&nbsp;</p> Claudia Delestowicz Thu 9 Sep 2010 07:44 CST Federal Government Webinars- Best Ways to Navigate The Process, Apply & More http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=160 <p>The Alumni Career Center would like to invite you to a series of federal government webinars sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service. These webinars are aimed at helping us better understand the opportunities offered by the federal government, as well as, the best ways to help&nbsp;job seekers&nbsp;navigate the complicated process and apply to these valuable internships and jobs. Although these webinars were developed for students, the content is applicable to any&nbsp;person seeking employment with the Federal Government.</p> <p>Below, are the dates, times, and titles of each webinar. Please add them to your calendars, and note that the first webinar starts this&nbsp;Wednesday.</p> <p>Wed, Sept. 8&nbsp;at 1 pm &ndash; <strong>Best Places to Work in the Federal Government: The 2010 Rankings Have Arrived!<br /> </strong>Thurs, Sept. 16&nbsp;at 11 am &ndash; <strong>How to Effectively Use the New USAJOBS</strong><br /> Tues, Oct. 12&nbsp;at 11am &ndash; <strong>Top Secret: Decoding Security Clearances</strong><br /> Wed, Nov. 2&nbsp;at 2pm - <strong>The Impact of Federal Hiring Reform on your Students</strong></p> <p>For more information on these FREE&nbsp;webinars or to register visit: <a href="http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS/programs/calltoserve/events/index.shtml#webinars">http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS/programs/calltoserve/events/index.shtml#webinars</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Tue 7 Sep 2010 14:24 CST Do you know how many alumni participated in advising sessions last year? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=159 <ul> <li>195 unique alumni participated in 413 advising appointments in fiscal year 2010 (July 2009 to June 2010).</li> <li>63% of alumni using appointments participated in a single appointment while others purchased a 3-month advising package.</li> <li>63% of the advising appointments were held onsite at the IlliniCenter while others were held via email and an online meeting tool.</li> <li>Advising sessions were catered to the individual alumnus and covered topics ranging from resume review to career transition.</li> </ul> <p>If you are interested in meeting with an adviser to discuss job search or career management topics, contact the UIAA Alumni Career Center at 312/575-7830 or <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>.</p> <p>Topics include but are not limited to: resume/cover letter critique, interview practice, job search strategy, on-the-job success discussion, career-decision-making, career exploration, networking, career transition and coaching in effective use of the tools in the Virtual Career Center, Proquest and UIAA Alumni Directory</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/packages.html">Advising </a>is available for nominal fees as individual appointments ($60) or 3-month packages ($200; $125 for recent graduates).&nbsp; These fees are far below the public market rate of $150-200 and supported in part by gifts from UIAA Sustaining and Life members.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 7 Sep 2010 12:23 CST Alumni Tell Job Search Stories on September 15 http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=157 <p>What does the successful job search look like in 2010? What&rsquo;s working for people in different professions, and at different stages in their careers? Adapt the techniques our alumni-panelists will share on the <strong>evening of Wednesday, September 15, during the web-panel, &ldquo;Separating Fact from Fiction: &ldquo;Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories&rdquo;</strong>, to refresh&nbsp;and add to your job search techniques.</p> <p>Our panelists are:<br /> <strong>Kevin Grelecki</strong>, <em>Trader, IMC Financial Markets<br /> </em><strong>Steve N. Spentzas</strong>, <strong>LEED BD +C</strong>, <em>Engineer, Grumman/Butkus Associates<br /> </em><strong>MiloneyThakrar,</strong> <em>Policy Analyst</em>, <em>Social Policy Research Associates</em></p> <p>Join us via webinar technology, or at the downtown Chicago Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive. You&rsquo;ll be able to ask questions, whether you attend in person or via webinar. <strong>If you plan to attend in person arrive at 6:30 to network with other alumni!</strong> Be prepared to exchange information, and you may have some new job search ideas even before the program starts at 7 p.m.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;&hellip;Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories&rdquo; will be held from 7 &ndash; 8 p.m., Central Time on Wednesday, September 15. </strong></p> <p><strong>Registration deadline </strong>is noon on Wednesday, September 15. <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=14106">Click here to Register online&nbsp;</a>, or send an&nbsp;email&nbsp;to <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a>, or call the Alumni Career Center at 312.575-7830.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Claudia Delestowicz Thu 2 Sep 2010 00:30 CST Do you know how many alumni participated in Webinars last year? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=153 <ul> <li>2640 unique alumni participated in 45 Webinars in fiscal year 2010 (July 2009 to June 2010).</li> <li>Highest total number of unique registrants for a quarter occurred from April to June, 2010 and included 858 alumni.</li> <li>An average of 58.7 alumni attended each session.</li> <li>Alumni signed up for more than 4.5 sessions each versus 1.8 sessions each in fiscal year 2009</li> <li>The highest attended session, to date, was the Where Can You Work in the World of Green Careers panel attended by 132 alumni, April 13, 2010.</li> <li>Alumni from 44 states and territories including Illinois participated in Webinars, up from 31 states the previous fiscal year. Additionally, an alumnus participated in 5 Webinars from China using Skype.</li> </ul> <p>If you are interested in attending future Webinars, review the calendar at <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/">http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/</a> and search for &quot;Alumni Career Center Events&quot; under &quot;Event Type&quot;.</p> <p>If you know of others who may find Webinars on job search and career management topics helpful, please refer them to the calendar as well.</p> <p><strong>There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni</strong>; the fee for University of Illinois non-alumni guests is $30.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 31 Aug 2010 11:26 CST Get Your Answers To Commonly Asked Resume Questions at The Sept. 1 Webinar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=124 <p><strong>&ldquo;Resumes That Stand Out Over Your Competitors&rdquo;</strong> <strong>will answer some of the following questions&hellip;</strong></p> <p>&bull; What resume format is the best to show a transition to a new field or industry. <br /> &bull; How to quickly grab the recruiter&rsquo;s attention in less than 15 seconds.<br /> &bull; What to include in your resume based on what employers are looking for depending on your level of experience.<br /> &bull; How to develop results oriented bullets.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.</p> <p>For more information call 312-575-7830 or to register click on <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/d/pdq0cc/4W">Resumes That Stand Out.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 26 Aug 2010 11:50 CST Back to School for You in 2011? Attend the Graduate School Fair To Map Out A Plan http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=154 <h4>The 2010&nbsp;Chicago Graduate</h4> <h4>and Professional School Fair</h4> <h4>Thursday, October 7, 2010, 3 - 7 p.m.</h4> <h4>At the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago&nbsp;</h4> <h4>&nbsp;</h4> <h4>&nbsp;</h4> <h4><em>Mark Your Calendar for Chicago's </em><em>Largest Graduate School Fair<br /> </em></h4> <h6>&nbsp;<big>If you're thinking about attending graduate school don't miss this event!</big></h6> <h6><big>Representatives from over 200 graduate and professional schools throughout the country will be ready to answer your questions at this fair. This is the only comprehensive graduate and professional school fair in Chicagoland. The fair is open to the public and is <em><strong>free</strong></em>!&nbsp; No pre-registration is required.</big></h6> <h6><big>Find the list of&nbsp;participating graduate and professional schools attending, and more information at: </big><a href="http://www.vcsa.uic.edu/MainSite/departments/career_services/Students/grad+fair.htm"><big>http://www.vcsa.uic.edu/MainSite/departments/career_services/Students/grad+fair.htm</big></a><big><br /> &nbsp;</big></h6> Claudia Delestowicz Tue 24 Aug 2010 10:10 CST Attention Employers-Best Social Media Practices to Engage Talent & Brand- Panel Discussion / Webinar http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=155 <p><strong>Brought to you FREE by the UIAA Alumni Career Center's Finding Talent employer series.<br /> </strong></p> <p>Social Media is becoming a very powerful recruiting tool. Is your company effectively using social media tools to engage talent and brand? Should you? Do you have legal or other concerns?</p> <p>Join us for a lively panel discussion on best social media practices used by Crowe Horwath LLP and Hyatt Hotels Corporation and listen to a Sr. Consultant at talent acquisition and development firm talentRISE discuss compliance issues and learn&hellip;</p> <p>&bull; How to use&nbsp;social media&nbsp;tools effectively.<br /> &bull; How to keep the message consistent when using different types of social media.<br /> &bull; How social networks can be used to engage talent, build your network and brand.<br /> &bull; How to balance the recruiting side of using social media with regulations and security on the employer side.<br /> &bull; How companies can comply with government regulations and interpret how the regulations best fit with their corporate policy.</p> <p>&hellip;and more!</p> <p>Sept. 22, 2010, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.<br /> For details or to register visit: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/BestSocialMediaPractices">http://tinyurl.com/BestSocialMediaPractices</a></p> Bernice Allegretti Fri 20 Aug 2010 10:58 CST It's Time For A Personal Performance Review http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=152 <p>In the summer, many professionals experience the time honored tradition of the performance review. When your supervisor is conducting the review, you work hard to paint yourself in a good light to get that raise or not get riffed, whichever the case may be. In the process, the professional growth potential may be lost.</p> <p>Parallel to the company performance review, I encourage you to conduct a personal performance review and to be completely honest with yourself.</p> <ol> <li>What competencies, knowledge and experience do you need to succeed in the job you have or the job you want?</li> <li>How well do you fair when judged by this standard?</li> <li>Where do you excel?</li> <li>Where do you need help?</li> </ol> <p>You can then use the answers to these questions to outline a professional development plan for yourself for next year.</p> <p>For information on analyzing yourself and creating a professional development plan, review the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html">Virtual Career Center</a> section on &quot;Ongoing Career Management: Designing Your Own Long-term Career Plan&quot;.</p> <p>What items are you working on to help develop your competencies, knowledge and experience? You can share you example through the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 19 Aug 2010 09:20 CST An alumna asked about self-employment books http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=151 <p>An alumna who particpated in our Looking at Options for Self-Employment webinar asked, &quot;Are there a few books that you or the panelists would recommend specifically related to self-employment?&quot;</p> <p>Victoria Gheorghe, Assistant Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies College of Business Administration University of Illinois at Chicago, recommended the following:</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;The 4-hour work week&rdquo; by Timothy Ferriss</li> <li>&ldquo;You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business&rdquo; by Barry Moltz</li> <li>&ldquo;The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It&rdquo; by Michael E. Gerber</li> <li>Also, books by the Planning Shop and Rhonda Abrahams like &ldquo;Passion to Profit&rdquo;.</li> </ul> <p>Are there any other books that readers would recommend?&nbsp; Please insert you suggestions by clicking on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</p> <center> <p><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=univofillialu-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&amp;asins=0307465357" style="width: 120px; height: 240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"></iframe> <iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" style="width: 120px; height: 240px;" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=univofillialu-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&amp;asins=143892190X"></iframe> <iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" style="width: 120px; height: 240px;" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=univofillialu-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&amp;asins=0887307280"></iframe></p> </center> Julie Bartimus Mon 16 Aug 2010 12:59 CST Transform Your Resume To Get Noticed In 15-20 Seconds http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=150 <p>A really good resume markets, brands and gets you noticed in 15-20 seconds during the screening process. To get noticed quickly in the screening process focus on selling how your skills, abilities and accomplishments&nbsp;contributed to&nbsp;and added value to the organization. To transform your resume and quickly get noticed, it should be&hellip;</p> <p>&bull; <strong>Organized, easy to read and error free.&nbsp;</strong>Ask a few people to review your resume for grammatical errors.<br /> &bull; <strong>Tailored and tweaked to each position and company you are applying to.</strong> There is no such thing as a one size fits all resume. Individual&rsquo;s who don&rsquo;t tailor their resume will not get noticed. <br /> &bull; Using an<strong> objective and/or a summary </strong>that highlights your background, skills, and abilities, a special expertise or a unique quality that differentiates you from your competitors to help the employer quickly identify &ldquo;you are qualified.&rdquo;<br /> &bull; <strong>1-2 pages. </strong>Recent graduates or professionals with minimal experience can use a one page resume. Through my advising experience, I have found that a two page resume is the best way for an experienced professional to sell them self with the most critical and relevant accomplishments in relation to the position placed on the first third of the page.<br /> &bull; Using <strong>keywords or phrases and industry jargon </strong>that are relevant to the position and industry. Identify and develop results oriented bullets using examples of your job specific, technical and critical transferable skills, such as organization, problem solving, interpersonal, communication and customer oriented skills that are required for all jobs. Professionals in management or senior level positions should demonstrate how they effectively managed, led, planned, developed and implemented corporate goals, strategies, and vision. <br /> &bull; <strong>Results oriented versus task or responsibility oriented.</strong> Bullets should be used with metrics using dollars, percents, ranges and/or comparisons to demonstrate your impact on the department, how you performed quality work or how efficient you were with reducing costs or completing tasks/projects on time. Using words like increased, improved, decreased, or reduced help to demonstrate how you contributed to the bottom line and added value. <br /> &bull; <strong>Honest.&nbsp;</strong>Employers who were part of a panel&nbsp;at a professional conference recently mentioned that more candidates are&nbsp;fabricating their GPA&rsquo;s and job titles, to &ldquo;get their foot in the door.&rdquo; Lying or over embellishing facts on your resume can get you fired, discredit your&nbsp;reputation, brand and can cause the employer to question your integrity and ability to be trusted on the job. Don&rsquo;t do it!</p> <p>To supplement your resume knowledge and for more concrete specific examples, I would highly recommend reading the article, <a href="http://www.ere.net/2010/08/02/your-resume-is-boring-and-how-to-increase-your-career-opportunities/">&ldquo;Your Resume Is Boring-And How to Increase Your Career Opportunities&rdquo; </a>written by Dr. John Sullivan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 12 Aug 2010 12:07 CST Virtual First Impressions Count! http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=149 <p>On August 5 Bernice Allegretti&rsquo;s posting in this blog encouraged you to join and participate in LinkedIn groups. You&rsquo;ll share and gain valuable information by doing so, and you&rsquo;ll also gain visibility, as other group members may identify you as someone to talk with further.</p> <p>Since many will click on your profile, or find your public LinkedIn profile in a Google search, present a strong first impression. Before jumping into the networking that LinkedIn offers invest in completing your profile with more than your name, current job title and geography. &nbsp;Since there are literally millions of LinkedIn members, be positively visible.</p> <p>&bull; In the <strong>Summary </strong>section key messages/phrases about your professional strengths/specialties will help readers get to know you and scroll farther down your profile to learn more &ndash;&nbsp;your virtual business card. <br /> &bull; In the <strong>Experience</strong> section, selections from your resume will support the keyword phrases you included in the Summary. <br /> &bull; Completing your <strong>Education</strong> section lets prospective contacts know that you&rsquo;re a University of Illinois graduate &ndash; a strong connector in itself!</p> <p>For some readers, leaving these items&nbsp;out of your professional personality puts you in the &lsquo;Ignore&rsquo; column. LinkedIn, just as other networking options, is about exchanging information, so be ready to give, as well as to gain &ndash;&nbsp;the options are immense.</p> <p>When you send an invitation to link write a brief, customized message about why you&rsquo;re reaching out, rather than using the default message. Mention a common interest or affiliation you have, or the opportunity to exchange information on a topic. Most prospective contacts will then click on your profile, and finding your current and robust information will reinforce the value of establishing the networking relationship.</p> <p>Find additional suggestions about getting started on LinkedIn in the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html">Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s Virtual Career Center.</a>&nbsp; Explore public LinkedIn profiles of people you would like to link to, to get some good examples.</p> <p><strong>What suggestions can you offer </strong>on how to get a strong start on your networking and being positively visible on LinkedIn? Please share your comments by clicking on the comments link below. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Claudia Delestowicz Tue 10 Aug 2010 06:59 CST Job Search Strategy/Career Management Tip http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=145 <p><strong>Start a Conversation With LinkedIn Groups</strong><br /> I recently watched a video clip on YouTube titled &ldquo;Start a Conversation With LinkedIn Groups&rdquo; that I highly recommend watching.&nbsp;</p> <p>Joining LinkedIn groups and starting discussions is a great tool to use while in transition or to help you manage your career once you&rsquo;ve landed a job. Joining LinkedIn groups can help you to develop relationships, target and strategically network with a specific audience, learn about up coming events&nbsp;and learn about employment opportunities in your field or industry. Taking this one step further, starting a discussion by asking a question or commenting on other&rsquo;s discussions can help you gain information and&nbsp;keep abreast of industry trends. Most important, starting a discussion by asking a question or commenting on other's can help you to get noticed and brand yourself as a subject matter expert in your field or industry.</p> <p>View the YouTube video clip at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5CF1FEm_oA">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5CF1FEm_oA</a>.</p> <p>If you have used the discussions component on your LinkedIn groups please share your stories and tell us how they helped you during your job search or to manage your career through the comment link below.</p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 5 Aug 2010 10:16 CST Why Listen to the "Career Portfolio: The Tool for Your Interview Advantage" webinar recording? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=148 <p>Employers review career portfolios as a screening tool prior to interviewing candidates for artistic and many design type positions. Very few professionals in other fields use a career portfolio because they are not expected to have one. The &ldquo;Career Portfolio: The Tool for Your Interview Advantage&rdquo; focuses on how professionals in traditional, non-artistic or design type fields can gain an edge in an interview by creating a career portfolio.&nbsp; Professionals can also learn how to strategically incorporate this tool during an interview to prove they have the skills and competencies discussed in their resume and in the interview. The webinar will also answer some commonly asked questions such as&hellip;</p> <p>1. Is it important to have an extra copy of your career portfolio to leave with the employer?<br /> 2. How to do you present a&nbsp;&ldquo;work product&rdquo; without sharing proprietary or confidential information?&nbsp;<br /> 3. Is it okay to share the before and after versions of an already existing document, brochure, etc. that you improved?<br /> 4. How do you show work that you co-authored?<br /> 5. Can emails with positive comments on your performance/projects completed appropriately be included</p> <p>....and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact the Alumni Career Center at <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> to have the webinar recording&nbsp;link sent to you.</p> Bernice Allegretti Mon 2 Aug 2010 13:56 CST An alumna asks about succeeding despite a long search http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=147 <p>A 2010 UIS Alumna recently asked, &quot;<em>Due to the current economic conditions, I have been unemployed for more than a year; I previously held an executive-management position with a major bank. In regards to competing in is tough job market, coupled with the fact that I have been unemployed for so long, how can I re-enter the job market as a viable candidate with those strikes against me?</em>&quot;</p> <p>My response:</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The is no perfect strategy, but here are a few suggestions:</p> <ul> <li>Have a clear brand/marketing message succinctly describing what you can offer a prospective employer.</li> <li>Network with business leaders and discuss their challenges and how you could help them on a permanent or project basis.</li> <li>Project work and volunteering would help you refresh skills and improve employability. Both can turn into referrals or job offers.</li> <li>Because of what has been happening in banking, make sure your marketing message and job search materials are positioned to allow prospective employers to picture you either in other areas of banking or outside banking.</li> <li>In all conversations talk about solutions you can provide using what you&rsquo;ve accomplishment previously as evidence. At the executive level you need to present a vision and a plan for the position.</li> <li>You can review similar information on networking and developing a career marketing plan in our Virtual Career Center, <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html">www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html</a>.</li> <li>If you need assistance with any of these areas, you can schedule an advising appointment with us, <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/packages_deluxe.html">www.uiaa.org/careers/packages_deluxe.html</a>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>What other suggestions would you offer this alumna</strong> and others with similar questions. Please share your comments by clicking on the comments link below.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 28 Jul 2010 11:59 CST Is It A Good Job Offer? Are You Sure? Attend A Webinar on Legal Considerations http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=146 <p>Attorney and University of Illinois alumnus Dan Felix will give you a good start in evaluating the offer you receive for your next position when he presents the <strong>webinar, &quot;Legal Considerations in Your Job Offer: What The Practical Job Seeker Should Know&quot;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>This webinar will be held on <strong>Wednesday, August 4,&nbsp;from 7-8 p.m., Central Time.</strong></p> <p>Webinar technology lets you attend Alumni Career Center programs from wherever you are.&nbsp; You can listen via your computer speakers, or via telephone.</p> <p>Dan will share&nbsp;his experience-based expertise on helping professionals review&nbsp;job offers (and why they should be in writing),&nbsp;so that your best interrests as a candidate are protected and your employment&nbsp;relationships are based on common understandings of&nbsp; non-compete clauses, base and incentive compensation, relocation and any additional job features or benefits involved.</p> <p><strong>Register online </strong>for this webinar (no fee for University of Illinois alumni) at <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?5S%2cM3%2c9c4a6aca-4997-4b58-a899-1974512fe0ca">http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?5S%2cM3%2c9c4a6aca-4997-4b58-a899-1974512fe0ca</a>, or send an email to <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> indicating that you would like to attend&nbsp;&quot;Legal Considerations in&nbsp;Your Job Offer...&quot;&nbsp; The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 4, at 12 noon, Central Time.&nbsp;</p> Claudia Delestowicz Mon 26 Jul 2010 13:59 CST 15 Minutes Keep Candidates In The Running http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=144 <p>We regularly get asked whether a candidate should send a thank you note. And, if they should, what format it should be in.</p> <p>According to a ResumeEdge.com survey:</p> <ul> <li>94% said that a thank you letter would increase the applicant's chances of getting the job, or at least help him/her stay in the running, provided the applicant is otherwise qualified</li> <li>BUT, less than 20% of applicants actually send a thank you letter after interview.</li> </ul> <p>So the answer to the first question is yes, yes and yes.</p> <p>Spend 15 minutes to write and send the thank you note after interviews and networking meetings. Use them to summarize the points you made previously, bring up a point you missed or stress a critical piece of information. And, thank them for their time.</p> <p>The answer to the question about the format of the note is a fuzzier. Given the statistics above, my answer is always that the format doesn't matter as much as getting the letter written and sent in a timely manner.</p> <p>For a more specific answer to the question, look to your industry for clues and observe how the people you interviewed with communicated with you previously. If you are interviewing in a more traditional industry, typed and mailed thank you notes may be preferred. If you are interviewing in a more creative or casual environment, emailed or handwritten are acceptable.</p> <p>When I've hired, I just wanted to see a thank you note, I didn't career about the format. Thank you notes to me were evidence or etiquette, expression and writing skills.</p> <p>What do you think?&nbsp; We welcome your comments through the comment link below.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 22 Jul 2010 09:12 CST BOOK REVIEW: Highly Effective Networking (Part four of four) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=134 <p><big>Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job by Orville Pierson<br /> </big></p> <p><big>Once you have a Project Plan (Professional Objective, Target Market and Core Message) and a Target List, you're ready to launch a proactive and highly effective job search. In fact, you may want to begin your search before those pieces are completed, because networking produces job market information that will help you complete the Project Plan. And networking is always an important part of building and refining a Target List.<br /> </big></p> <p><big>Use Networking to:<br /> &bull; Create &amp; Refine Your Professional Objective<br /> &bull; Create &amp; Refine Your Target List<br /> &bull; Get Your Message Out<br /> &bull; Gather Information<br /> &bull; Meet Insiders at Targeted Organizations<br /> &bull; Get In-Touch with Decision Makers</big><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><big>For your convenience, we've included a link to Amazon to read more about the book or to buy it now.</big></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center> <p><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=univofillialu-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&amp;asins=1601630506" style="width: 120px; height: 240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"></iframe></p> </center> <p>&nbsp;</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 20 Jul 2010 10:11 CST REGISTER NOW, New Webinar, Career Portfolios: The Tool for Your Interview Advantage http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=135 <p><strong>Wednesday, July 28, 7:00- 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time</strong></p> <p>In a very tight and competitive employment market, job seekers need an added edge. Having an accomplishment based resume may help to get the interview, but a career portfolio can help prove your accomplishments as you present your qualifications. A career portfolio can be the tool you use to tip the scale in your favor and lead the employer to choose you over someone else. During this webinar you will learn:</p> <p>What is a Career Portfolio? <br /> How can a career portfolio make a difference in the interview? <br /> What belongs in a career portfolio? <br /> How do you create one? <br /> When do you use it?<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=14068">Click here to learn more about Career Portfolios&nbsp;or to&nbsp;register</a></p> Bernice Allegretti Thu 15 Jul 2010 11:39 CST Webinar Homework: Share Your Soundbyte http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=142 <p>Great session everyone. Thank you for participating in tonight's Webinar, I invite you to share your soundbyte by adding a comment below.</p> <p>Soundbytes are a great way to share your targeted message with networking contacts.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 14 Jul 2010 20:09 CST BOOK REVIEW: Highly Effective Networking (Part three of four) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=133 <p><big>Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job by Orville Pierson</big></p> <p><big>This book offers concrete tips and direction for improving your networking efforts. The main message of the book is that your <strong>Core Message</strong> tells your <strong>Target Market</strong> how effective you will be in doing the work described by your <strong>Professional Objective</strong>. Plan it carefully. It will make your networking more productive.</big></p> <p><big>Create a Project Plan for your Job Search.</big></p> <p><big>An effective Project Plan includes:<br /> 1. Professional Objective<br /> 2. Target Market<br /> 3. Core Message</big></p> <p><big>Finally, the <strong>Core Message</strong> describes your qualifications in the language of your target market. Your Core Message is not just about your resume. In a job search, you need to talk about yourself frequently and to many people. You&rsquo;ll use your Core Message with recruiters, in interviewing and throughout the networking process. Because you will be saying the same thing over and over, it&rsquo;s well worth taking the time to compose the most effective possible message. The verbal version of it is much shorter than your resume. You need to be able to deliver it in TWO minutes or less.<br /> </big></p> <p><big>Upcoming blog post will cover information on Productive Networking.</big></p> <p><big>For your convenience, we've included a link to Amazon to read more about the book or to buy it now.</big><br /> &nbsp;</p> <center> <p><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=univofillialu-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&amp;asins=1601630506" style="width: 120px; height: 240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"></iframe></p> </center> <p>&nbsp;</p> Rosahlee Solomon Mon 12 Jul 2010 09:21 CST Summer Webinar Calendar Now Available http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=136 <p><strong><big>No-Fee UIAA Alumni Career Center Webinars</big></strong><br /> <br /> University of Illinois alumni can attend UIAA Alumni Career Center webinars at no-fee, from wherever they are. (Alumni from other institutions may participate for a small fee.)</p> <p>Join alumni nationwide who gain solid information on timely topics, from job search basics through professional development strategies, to use now and throughout your career. Listen in via computer speakers or phone and ask questions during the webinar via keyboard.</p> <p>Strengthen your job search skills and be ready to highlight and promote your qualifications by attending upcoming webinars such as:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Career Portfolio: The Tool for Your Interview Advantage</strong> &ndash; learn what to include, how to use it, and how a portfolio will help you demonstrate your accomplishments</li> <li><strong>Legal Considerations In Your Job Offer</strong> &ndash; make a well-informed decision when you accept a job offer</li> <li><strong>Separating Fact From Fiction: Alumni Tell Their Job Search Stories</strong> &ndash; learn from those who recently moved from job seeker to employee just how they made the transition.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://tinyurl.com/Summer2010Webinars">http://tinyurl.com/Summer2010Webinars</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 8 Jul 2010 13:56 CST BOOK REVIEW: Highly Effective Networking (Part two of four) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=132 <p><big>Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job by Orville Pierson</big></p> <p><big>This book offers concrete tips and direction for improving your networking efforts. The main message of the book is that your <strong>Core Message</strong> tells your <strong>Target Market</strong> how effective you will be in doing the work described by your <strong>Professional Objective</strong>. Plan it carefully. It will make your networking more productive.</big></p> <p><big>Create a Project Plan for your Job Search.</big></p> <p><big>An effective Project Plan includes:<br /> 1. Professional Objective<br /> 2. Target Market<br /> 3. Core Message</big></p> <p><big>A <strong>Target Market</strong> defines where you want to work by location, industry and size. You&rsquo;re looking for employers who already have people working in the job titles that interest you. Don&rsquo;t worry about whether they have job openings or not. You&rsquo;re looking to make contact before the openings happens. What&rsquo;s important is defining the kinds of organizations at which you most want to work. Look at the organizations that have the right jobs and narrow that list down to the ones you like the best. Then you can focus your networking on those organizations. This increases your chances of ending up working in a place you really like.</big></p> <p><big>For some people, it makes more sense to determine Target Market before thinking about Professional Objective. Recent college grads and people considering a major career change are sometimes in this category. If you go this way, find several organizations you like. Then look to see what they have in common, so you can expand the list even further with additional similar organizations.<br /> </big></p> <p><big>Upcoming blog post will cover information on Core Message and Productive Networking.</big></p> <p><big>For your convenience, we've included a link to Amazon to read more about the book or to buy it now.</big><br /> &nbsp;</p> <center> <p><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=univofillialu-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&amp;asins=1601630506" style="width: 120px; height: 240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"></iframe></p> </center> <p>&nbsp;</p> Rosahlee Solomon Tue 6 Jul 2010 10:26 CST Networking Like The Fourth of July http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=131 <p>Whether you are getting together with family or friends, in a large gathering or small, this weekend is a great time to network.</p> <ol> <li>Talk to others about their careers and their companies, what they like and what they would change.</li> <li>If you are openly in a job search, make sure everyone knows what your targets are.</li> <li>Use the support of family, friends and the festivities to buoy your spirit.</li> </ol> <p>Enjoy the fireworks and the conversations.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 1 Jul 2010 15:05 CST BOOK REVIEW: Highly Effective Networking (Part one of four) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=129 <p><big>Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job by Orville Pierson</big></p> <p>This book offers concrete tips and direction for improving your networking efforts.&nbsp; The main message of the book is that your <strong>Core Message</strong> tells your <strong>Target Market</strong> how effective you will be in doing the work described by your <strong>Professional Objective</strong>. Plan it carefully. It will make your networking more productive.</p> <p>Create a Project Plan for your Job Search.</p> <p>An effective Project Plan includes:<br /> 1. Professional Objective<br /> 2. Target Market<br /> 3. Core Message</p> <p>A <strong>Professional Objective</strong> indicates what kind of work you want to do. Being able to state your Professional Objective is important because it focuses your search activities, enables other people to help you, and allows you to prepare a highly effect Core Message for use in resume writing and interviewing.</p> <p>Upcoming blog post will cover information on Target Market, Core Message and Productive Networking.</p> <p>For your convenience, we've included a link to Amazon to read more about the book or to buy it now.</p> <center> <p><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" style="width: 120px; height: 240px;" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=univofillialu-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&amp;asins=1601630506"></iframe></p> </center> <p>&nbsp;</p> Rosahlee Solomon Mon 28 Jun 2010 16:49 CST REGISTER NOW: Web-Panel: Looking At Options For Self-Employment http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=130 <p><big>Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time</big></p> <p>Have you thought about owning your own business? Are you curious about different self-employment possibilities? If you&rsquo;re thinking about being your own boss &ldquo;Looking At Options for Self-Employment&rdquo; can help you take your idea to the next level of reality.</p> <p>Our panelists will present expert advice and relate their experiences to help you learn more about what it&rsquo;s like to decide on self-employment, and then to develop and execute a plan. You&rsquo;ll hear from business owners and an adviser to prospective entrepreneurs. We'll have time for questions, from the on-site and virtual audience.</p> <p>Our panelists are:</p> <ul> <li>Victoria Gheorghe, Assistant Director, Center for Urban Business, University of Illinois at Chicago</li> <li>Mark Ditmanson, Founder, Prompter People, San Francisco, California</li> <li>Nancy Kim Phillips, President, NKP Consulting, Evanston, Illinois</li> <li>Paul J. Bors, President/Owner, FranNet - Midwest Region</li> <li>Katherine Battee-Freeman, Owner, Kathyy's Krafts (an online business)</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=14007">Click here, for more information and to register.</a></p> Julie Bartimus Fri 25 Jun 2010 12:47 CST Even When You're The Job Seeker, You Can Probably Help Others http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=127 <p>Last week, during an Alumni Career Center webinar, we referred to an alumna who recently identified her job target and was now challenged to find new opportunities. Before the end of the webinar an alumnus who was attending the session sent along a prospective job lead!</p> <p>Who are the other job seekers you&rsquo;ve met as you&rsquo;ve been conducting your own search? You probably also have contacts in LinkedIn or other networks who could really use a posting you just saw that isn&rsquo;t a very good fit for you (after all, even when you do&nbsp;Advanced Searches on the Hire UI Alumni job board or other resources, there are times when a few postings come back that aren&rsquo;t quite for you).</p> <p>As you skim job postings send along the job posting that you can't use to&nbsp;the job seeker who you know would love to see it.&nbsp; It just takes a minute, you&rsquo;ll feel really good, and&nbsp;you'll build your reputation as a thoughtful networker.</p> <p>Click on the word &ldquo;comments&rdquo; below to share your experience of the most unique way a job posting has come your way, or a time when you were able to share a great lead with someone else.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Claudia Delestowicz Wed 23 Jun 2010 07:25 CST How Not To Write a Cover Letter http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=126 <p>The following items combine to create a completely ineffective cover letter:</p> <ol> <li>Sending three unsolicited cover letters and resumes within a year</li> <li>Leaving the subject line of the email blank</li> <li>Leaving the email message blank</li> <li>Sending the cover letter as an attachment</li> <li>Addressing the letter &quot;To Whom it May Concern&quot; or &quot;Dear Sir/Madam&quot; when the manager's name is easily found online and obviously of the opposite gender.</li> <li>Soliciting for a position that doesn't exist in the department you sent the letter to.</li> <li>Not replying when the reader took the risk to click on the unlabeled message, open the multiple attachments and write back to you to get more information.</li> </ol> <p>A cover letter is your opportunity to target your message to a specific reader, explain why you are writing and highlight your most relevant skills, experience and accomplishments.&nbsp; Don't miss out.</p> <p>Do you have good or bad examples of letters you've sent or received?&nbsp; Please share them by clicking on the word &quot;comments&quot; below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 22 Jun 2010 09:05 CST Attention Employers: The Summer Finding Talent Newsletter is live http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=125 <p><em><big>The Summer 2010 Finding Talent newsletter for employers is hot off the press!</big></em></p> <p>Read about sourcing trends and tips on how to effectively phone source a passive candidate in the lead article &quot;<a href="http://uiaa.org/careers/employers.html">Sourcing Trends and Phone Tricks of the Trade</a>.&quot; Other highlights include &quot;Improving Recruitment Processes,&quot; &quot;UIAA Alumni Career Center Employer Services,&quot; and upcoming alumni career fair events at the University of Illinois's campuses to attract and recruit candidates.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 16 Jun 2010 12:19 CST 50th Blog Post http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=123 <p><big>Help us celebrate our 50th blog post by inviting your University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumni friends to join us at </big><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog"><big>www.uiaa.org/careers/blog</big></a><big>.</big></p> <p>We need your help to grow beyond our average of 410 unique pageviews each month and the 2,330 current RSS feeds.</p> <p>Also, let us know what you think about what we've written so far or what you would like us to write about by submitting a comment below.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 15 Jun 2010 15:30 CST Consulting, Government and Financial Services Employers...Oh My! http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=122 <p><strong>DC ALUMNI JOB FAIR UPDATE<br /> June 18, George Washington University</strong></p> <p>Accenture, Apple, CIA, Deloitte, Homeland Security, PWC and the Secret Service are just a few of the 60 employers registered. Don't miss out on this opportunity. There is still time for both employers and candidates to register.</p> <p><strong>Washington DC Alumni Job Fair</strong><br /> June 18, 2010, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br /> Location: George Washington University, Marvin Center @ GWU - 800 21st Street, N.W., District of Columbia 20052<br /> Register today at <a href="http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair">www.myworkster.com/jobfair</a></p> <p>CANDIDATES<br /> Are you a candidate looking for new opportunities? As a University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumnus, you are invited to attend an exclusive Alumni Job Fair in DC that will bring you face to face with key employers from a broad spectrum of industries. Registration required: A $10.00 non-refundable fee is applied to prevent overcrowding and ensure quality &amp; consistency.<br /> An employer list is available: <a href="https://www.myworkster.com/jobfair/event/536/employer-list/">https://www.myworkster.com/jobfair/event/536/employer-list/</a>.</p> <p>EMPLOYERS<br /> Are you an employer looking for top talent from top schools?<br /> This event is an amazing opportunity to gain intimate access to today&rsquo;s brightest and most experienced talent!<br /> $350 - For Profit employer<br /> $175 - Not For Profit employer</p> <p>The University of Illinois Alumni Association, MyWorkster.com and several other colleges and universities have united to host this collaborative Alumni-only job fair. This event is exclusive for alumni of the hosting organizations.</p> <p>Register today at <a href="http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair">www.myworkster.com/jobfair</a>.</p> <p>If you have any questions about this event, contact Tarek Pertew at <a href="mailto:tap@myworkster.com">tap@myworkster.com</a> or (516) 317-5382.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 11 Jun 2010 10:34 CST Career Planning At Mid-Life And Beyond http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=121 <p>The Webinar is Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time</p> <p>Look beyond the search for your next job and look at the bigger picture of your future work, building on your strengths and areas of expert knowledge as a seasoned professional. Assess what&rsquo;s important to you in this stage of your career, and address the internal and external challenges of career planning in today&rsquo;s world of work. You may gain new ideas for near- and long-term career planning, with possibilities from staying in your current path to starting over in a new field. We&rsquo;ll also begin to help you look at the cycles of work and see how to maximize your options for employment in a world where long-term paths may be shorter than they used to be.</p> <p>This Webinar includes presentation and questions. There is no fee for University of Illinois alumni. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 16, at 12 Noon Central Time.</p> <p><a href="http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?1Q%2cM3%2cc9907a6e-1f94-48cf-ba41-55e917099aa9">Register online</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 10 Jun 2010 14:39 CST Have you ever thought about working for the CIA? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=120 <p><strong>Attend A UIAA Alumni Career Center CIA Informational Recruiting Session</strong></p> <p>Come meet and speak with CIA recruiters and learn about the agency&rsquo;s career opportunities if you...</p> <ul> <li>Want more than just a job or a unique career</li> <li>Are interested in international affairs and protecting U.S. national security interests</li> <li>Are willing to serve in overseas assignments or in the Washington DC area</li> <li>Know or are willing to learn foreign languages, international areas and cultures</li> <li>Are a U.S. citizen</li> </ul> <p>The Alumni Career Center at the University of Illinois Alumni Association in partnership with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is hosting a CIA Informational Recruiting Session for the National Clandestine Service (NCS).</p> <p>Degrees of interest include, but are not limited to, international business, finance or international relations, economics, and physical science. Bring Your Resume!</p> <p>The Information Session is the same for both days. Please choose which session to attend.<br /> Dates: June 22, 2010 or June 23, 2010<br /> Time: 6:30 to 8:00 pm</p> <p>Location: Illini Center, Orange and Blue Room, 200 South Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606</p> <p>RSVP by June 15, 2010</p> <p>This event is FREE. The seating capacity for each session will be limited to the first 60 alumni who register. By registering, you are agreeing to share your contact information with the CIA.</p> <p>Questions? Please call the Alumni Career Center at 312-575-7830 or email <a href="http://careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a></p> <p><a href="http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?4W%2cM3%2ce13955f1-666f-4bd0-8c76-d5cd47259654">Register</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 3 Jun 2010 08:16 CST June 9 Events in Chicago and NYC http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=119 <p>Looking for something to do June 9th?&nbsp; Here are two choices:</p> <p><strong>CHICAGO ALUMNI JOB FAIR UPDATE</strong><br /> June 9, 2010, UIC Forum, Chicago, IL</p> <p>As of June 1, there were 33 employers and 204 University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) alumni registered.&nbsp; But, there is room for more employers and more candidates.</p> <p><strong>June 9, 2010, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.</strong><br /> Location: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608<br /> An employer list is available: <a href="https://www.myworkster.com/jobfair/event/531/employer-list/">https://www.myworkster.com/jobfair/event/531/employer-list/</a><br /> Register today at <a href="http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair">www.myworkster.com/jobfair</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BIG&nbsp;TEN&nbsp;NETWORKING&nbsp;IN&nbsp;THE&nbsp;BIG&nbsp;APPLE</strong><br /> Big things happen when alumni of the Big Ten get together &mdash; and this second annual networking event is sure to be no exception. Whether you're in-between jobs, interested in changing careers or just looking to make new contacts, join fellow Big Ten alumni on June 9 to move your career forward.</p> <p><strong>June 9, 2010, 7&ndash;9 p.m. </strong><br /> (Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and presentations start at 7:30 p.m.)<br /> The Wasserman Center for Career Development at New York University<br /> 133 E. 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City</p> <p>Along with the chance to network with alumni from the rest of the Big Ten, you&rsquo;ll enjoy an empowering career presentation by UW-Madison grads Marisa Mackey &rsquo;99 and Sonya Weisshappel-Christy &rsquo;92.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.uwalumni.com/bigtennetworking">www.uwalumni.com/bigtennetworking</a> for more information and to register by Friday, June 4, 2010.&nbsp; The cost is $10 per person and includes snacks and refreshments.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 2 Jun 2010 14:34 CST Keeping Up With Your Contacts http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=108 <p>So you're building a network. How do you keep connected with your contacts after you've established a relationship?<br /> <br /> <strong>Mark Lyons ('85 UI ACES)</strong> sends a regular email update to his contacts providing details about his search and his targets. And, he was willing to let me share his information through this blog.<br /> <br /> Here are some excerpts from his most recent update:<br /> <br /> <em>Dear Friends,<br /> <br /> Hello to all! ... (H)ere are the most recent highlights from my career search.<br /> <br /> 1. Last week, I had my highest level networking meeting to date. I met with Orion Samuelson, the agriculture broadcaster on WGN radio -- at his home! Thank you, Leah, for helping to make that happen!<br /> <br /> 2. I have now been at my Nestle position for one year, five months, and counting. Without a doubt, this is the longest two-week assignment I've ever had.<br /> <br /> 4. Had a good interview with the Global Service Manager at Akzo Nobel Chemicals. He was very impressed with me and my background and he said that he would pass my information to his supervisor in The Netherlands. More to come on that -- I hope!<br /> <br /> 5. I have begun volunteering for Illinois workNet, giving presentations at their Employment Power Workshops. I gave my first presentation last month; next week, I'll be giving two presentations at the Park Ridge Library.<br /> <br /> 8. As you'll see on my attached handbill, I have some new target companies -- Fonterra, Perdue, Smithfield Foods, and Tyson Foods. The former was recommended to me by a contact, who put me in touch with two of the HR managers there (thank you, Maureen). The latter to were suggested to me as part of the advice given to me by Orion Samuelson.<br /> <br /> My most recent resume and handbill are attached. My elevator speech is as follows:<br /> <br /> My name is Mark Lyons, and I'm a value harvester. By this, I mean that I cultivate raw material &ndash; animal, vegetable, mineral, human, or data &ndash; convert it into valuable products and services, and then bring this value directly to consumers and clients. Some examples: As an agricultural nutritionist, I converted agricultural commodities into formulated feeds for efficient conversion of livestock and poultry into meat, milk, and eggs. As a strategic consultant, I converted raw market research data into actionable recommendations that increase profits and grow market share. I'm looking for an opportunity to use my knowledge and exercise my skills in the agriculture/pet food or food; industries. You can help me by providing me with leads and contacts within my target industries and companies. (1 min).<br /> <br /> And that's all, for now. More to come in the next update!<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> <br /> Mark Lyons<br /> &quot;Value Harvester&quot; </em></p> <p>Mark includes his contact information and links to his profiles on Google, Twitter and LinkedIn.<br /> <br /> In Mark's words, &quot;I've found the biggest benefit to my newsletter is that it keeps me top of mind with my network. And it has encouraged some members of my network to send me a lead or two.&quot;<br /> <br /> <span style="background-color: Yellow;">Do you have your own success story for keeping connected to your contacts, share your story by submitted a contact through the comments link below or by sending us an email at <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &quot;Blog Comment&quot; in the subject line.</span></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 27 May 2010 08:56 CST Reminder: Upcoming Chicago and DC Alumni Job Fairs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=107 <p>The University of Illinois Alumni Career Center and MyWorkster.com invites alumni and employers from the three university of Illinois campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) to participate in two Alumni Job Fairs this June.</p> <p><strong>Chicago Alumni Job Fair</strong><br /> June 9, 2010, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br /> Location: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608<br /> Directions and parking: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/uicforum/directions.shtml">http://www.uic.edu/depts/uicforum/directions.shtml</a><br /> Register at <a href="http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair">www.myworkster.com/jobfair</a></p> <p><strong>Washington DC Alumni Job Fair</strong><br /> June 18, 2010, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br /> Location: George Washington University, Marvin Center @ GWU - 800 21st Street, N.W., District of Columbia 20052<br /> Register at <a href="http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair">www.myworkster.com/jobfair</a></p> <p><strong>Are you a candidate looking for new opportunities?</strong> As an alumnus from one of the three university of Illinois campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana), you are invited to attend an Alumni Job Fair that will bring you face to face with key employers from a broad spectrum of industries.</p> <ul> <li>Registration required: A $10.00 non-refundable fee is applied to prevent overcrowding and ensure quality &amp; consistency.</li> <li>An employer list will be made available via the registration page, updating in real-time as employer participants are confirmed.</li> <li>There is no on-site registration. You must print and bring your confirmation with you.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Are you an employer looking for top talent from top schools?</strong><br /> This event is an amazing opportunity to gain intimate access to today&rsquo;s brightest and most experienced talent!<br /> $350 - For Profit employer<br /> $175 - Not For Profit employer</p> <p><span style="background-color: Yellow;">Visit </span><a href="http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair"><span style="background-color: Yellow;">www.myworkster.com/jobfair</span></a><span style="background-color: Yellow;"> to reserve your spot. </span></p> <p><strong>Candidates</strong>: for tips on making the most of your job fair experience, visit the Job Fair section of the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html">Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 25 May 2010 09:00 CST What Employers Listen For In The Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=106 <p><strong>What Employers Listen For In The Interview</strong><br /> Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time</p> <p>Our panelists will share experience-based information about interviewing formats, and why companies conduct interviews the way they do. Learn about the challenges interviewers face as they talk with leading candidates and make the best hire &ndash; a new employee who can do the job, will do the job, and will work well with the rest of team. Add these insights and tips &lsquo;from the other side of the desk&rsquo; to your preparation and deliver a targeted, well-constructed message.</p> <p><strong>Our panelists are:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Enrico Bova, Engineering Manager, U. S. Peroxide</li> <li>Amber Kennelly, Leadership Talent Acquisition / HR Senior Manager, Allstate</li> <li>John Ivory, Director of Strategy, Razorfish</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=14001"><span style="background-color: Yellow;">For more information about the event and registering</span>.</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 20 May 2010 09:53 CST Entrepreneurial Resources http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=109 <p>Two entrepreneurial resources will be available at the <strong>June 9th Chicago Alumni Job Fair</strong> to talk to candidates interested in self-employment.</p> <p><strong>FranNet - Midwest Region, Deerfield, IL</strong><br /> Website: <a href="http://www.frannet.com/pbors">http://www.frannet.com/pbors</a><br /> *&nbsp;Help people own their own business</p> <p><strong>The Entrepreneur's Source, Downers Grove, IL</strong><br /> Website: <a href="http://www.esourcecoach.com/jmarchioretto">http://www.esourcecoach.com/jmarchioretto</a><br /> *&nbsp;Help people find self-employment opportunities</p> <p>For more information about these organization, review their websites and register for the<a href="http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair/"> Chicago Alumni Job Fair</a>.</p> <p>For information about other employers at the Chicago Alumni Job Fair, visit the list of <a href="https://www.myworkster.com/jobfair/event/531/employer-list/">participating employers</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 19 May 2010 09:54 CST Thinking about law school? Are you ready to apply? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=104 <p><strong>Thinking About Applying to Law School</strong>?</p> <p>This workshop has been especially designed for University of Illinois alumni (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana) who have decided to pursue a legal education.</p> <p>The workshop provides an in-depth, step by step explanation of the process for applying to law school, with a special focus on the concerns of working professionals who are making a transition into legal education.</p> <p>The format of the workshop will be an interactive presentation with question and answer time at the conclusion of the presentation. Attendees will receive helpful handouts and other resources to assist you through the application process as well.</p> <p><strong>Attendees will learn how to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Plan for the Law School Admission Test</li> <li>Obtain letters of recommendation: deciding who to approach, how to discuss it and what law schools are looking for</li> <li>Draft an effective personal statement</li> <li>Develop a strategy for success in the application process</li> <li>Explore full time and part time programs</li> <li>Create a r&eacute;sum&eacute; for a law school audience</li> <li>Research financial aid information and opportunities</li> <li>Disclose necessary personal information</li> </ul> <p>Alumni can attend this session in person or as part of Webinar for $15. A recording of the Webinar will be available for any alumnus who has paid for the session.</p> <p>Alumni in the Chicago-area have the added benefit of scheduling a one-on-one session with one of the pre-law advisors, during following day, June 16. ($30 fee payable when the appointment is scheduled.)&nbsp; See <a href="http://tinyurl.com/PreLaw2010">Event Summary</a> for more details</p> <p><strong>About the Instructors/Advisors</strong><br /> Jamie Thomas is the Director of Pre-Law Advising Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.<br /> &bull; B.A., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<br /> &bull; J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Northern Illinois University<br /> &bull; M.S., Educational Administration, Illinois State University</p> <p>Judy Argentieri is a Pre-Law Advisor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.<br /> &bull; B.A., Cum Laude and With Distinction, History, Cornell University<br /> &bull; J.D., Emory University School of Law</p> <p><span style="background-color: Yellow;">Go to </span><a href="http://tinyurl.com/PreLaw2010"><span style="background-color: Yellow;">Event Summary</span></a><span style="background-color: Yellow;"> for more information and to register.</span></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 18 May 2010 14:32 CST We Tweet ... Do you? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=105 <p>We use <a href="http://www.twitter.com/UIAA_ACC">@UIAA_ACC</a> to announce events, share career and recruiting tips and post job leads. We also want to use it to connect with recruiters and other alumni by creating a list of general alumni and recruiters that are using Twitter.</p> <p><span style="background-color: Yellow;">If you are using Twitter, please share you twitter name and whether you would like to be added to a recruiter list or general alumni list from our profile.</span> Please submit this information through the Comment link below or by sending an email to <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu?subject=Blog%20Post%20-%20Twitter">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &quot;Blog Comment&quot; in the subject line.</p> <p>Twitter is a great way to connect with other professionals in your field, track trends, learn new information, and establish your brand and expertise in a field.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 13 May 2010 15:30 CST Top UIAA Employers at Chicago Alumni Job Fair http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=102 <p><strong>We welcome the following UIAA employers who have registered for the June 9 Chicago Alumni Job Fair.&nbsp; </strong>Hiring information pulled from the MyWorkster employer list except where indicated.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>United Airlines</strong> hiring Marketing,Finance,Information Technology,Human Resources,Communication</p> <p><strong>Robert Bosch Tool Corporation</strong> hiring cost analyst, sales, product manager, project engineer (information pulled from <a href="http://jobs.boschusa.com/JobBoard/jobSearch.asp">http://jobs.boschusa.com/JobBoard/jobSearch.asp</a>)</p> <p><strong>Medline </strong>hiring Product Manager</p> <p><strong>CH Robinson</strong> hiring Transportation Representative/Sales</p> <p><strong>New York Life</strong> hiring Sales Agent,Sales Manager,Administration Assistant</p> <p><strong>For a full list of employers</strong>: <a href="https://www.myworkster.com/jobfair/event/531/employer-list/">https://www.myworkster.com/jobfair/event/531/employer-list/</a></p> <p>We invite alumni from the University of Illinois campuses at Chicago, Springfield and Urbana to take advantage of an exclusive event for graduates of the University of Illinois campuses.</p> <p><strong>To register</strong>: <a href="http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair">www.myworkster.com/jobfair</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 12 May 2010 13:06 CST Questions to Ask in an Interview http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=99 <p><big><strong>What are your favorite questions to ask in an interview and why?</strong></big></p> <p>You may submit your question through the comment link below or email <a href="mailto:careers@uillinois.edu?subject=Blog%20Post%3A%20Great%20Questions">careers@uillinois.edu</a> with &quot;Blog Post&quot; in the subject line.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 11 May 2010 10:32 CST Resume Question: When do you have too much experience? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=94 <p><strong>When you have 20 or more years of experience and a traditional reverse chronological resume is 3 or more pages, how do you decided what to include?</strong></p> <p>Regardless of your field, the resume is your opportunity to highlight relevant accomplishments, skills, experience and knowledge.</p> <p><span style="background-color: Yellow;">NOTE </span>- If you are in the &quot;resume is dead&quot; camp, replace the word &quot;resume&quot; with &quot;LinkedIn profile&quot;.</p> <p><strong>Are you an executive?</strong> An employer will be looking for a combination of accomplishments that may include change management, vision creation and implementation, budget oversight, board relations and ROI. They will not be as interested in the Business Analyst position you held when you were twenty.</p> <p><strong>Are you in a technical field?</strong> Employers will be looking for experience or familiarity with the most recent technology. They will also be interested in your transferable skills in team leadership, project management and communication skills. They will not be as interested in your involvement in the cool technology trend in the late 80's. This experience may build a conversation, but it will not get you the job.</p> <p>You can either decide to just list recent and relevant experience under &quot;Recent Experience&quot; or &quot;Relevant Experience&quot; headers. Or, you can split you experience into &quot;Recent Experience&quot; and &quot;Other Work Experience&quot;, minimizing the descriptions of the other work experience.</p> <p><em>What other suggestions would you make to someone retooling their experience for a career transition? Add you comments below.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 4 May 2010 12:22 CST An Alumna Asks About Transcripts http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=88 <p>An Alumnus recently asked, &ldquo;Some jobs ask applicants to email their resume, cover letter, and transcript. I was wondering how I might be able to get my transcript in a file that I can send?&rdquo;</p> <p>For ordering information and available formats, go to the following campus sites:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Urbana </strong>- <a href="http://registrar.illinois.edu/transcripts/request_former.html">http://registrar.illinois.edu/transcripts/request_former.html</a></li> <li><strong>Chicago </strong>- <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/student_records/transcripts.html">http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/student_records/transcripts.html</a></li> <li><strong>Springfield </strong>- <a href="http://www.uis.edu/registration/records/transcriptrequest.html">http://www.uis.edu/registration/records/transcriptrequest.html</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 28 Apr 2010 16:01 CST An Alumna Asks About Eligibility http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=87 <p><strong>A &rsquo;91 UIC Alumna asked</strong>, &quot;Am I allowed to enroll in a series of courses for the sake of learning only - I'm not looking to obtain an additional degree. For example, I'd like to enroll in some technology courses.&quot;</p> <p><strong>UIAA&nbsp;ACC Answer</strong>: The answer to your question depends on the eligibility requirements for the class. Some require enrollment in a degree granting program while others do not. You can usually review eligibility requirements in the same online or print directory where the class is listed. If you cannot find this information or find it confusing, you can check with the department hosting the course.</p> <p>If you have trouble finding open enrollment classes, check with networking contacts in related fields. They may be able to suggest different options.</p> <p><strong>Blog Readers</strong>: What other suggestions do you have for this alumna?&nbsp; Add you comments below.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 23 Apr 2010 16:08 CST Thinking About A Green Career? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=86 <p>We have new resources for those interested in careers in sustainability, provided by panelists and several audience members&nbsp;at the Alumni Career Center&rsquo;s recent program, &ldquo;Where Can You Work In The World of Green Careers?&rdquo;</p> <p>There is much to explore &ndash; enjoy!</p> <p><strong>If you have additional resources we thank you in advance for sharing them in the Comments section below. </strong></p> <p><br /> <u>Books</u><em> (Book links go to Amazon.com)</em><u><br /> </u><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G60FWA?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=univofillialu-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001G60FWA">Garbage Land</a>,</em> Elizabeth Royte<br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594488827?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=univofillialu-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594488827"><em>The Green Metropolis</em></a>, David Owen<br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594867348?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=univofillialu-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594867348"><em>Our Choice</em></a>, Al Gore<br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393337197?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=univofillialu-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0393337197"><em>Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization</em></a>, Lester Russell Brown</p> <p><br /> <u>Organizations<br /> </u>Air &amp; Waste Management Association&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.awma.org">www.awma.org</a> <br /> American Institute of Architects&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.aia.org">www.aia.org</a> <br /> American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ashrae.org">www.ashrae.org</a><br /> Delta Institute (for the Great Lakes region)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.delta-institute.org">www.delta-institute.org</a> <br /> Ecobusiness Links&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/organic_farming_associations.htm">www.ecobusinesslinks.com/organic_farming_associations.htm</a><br /> Engineers Without Borders&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ewb-usa.org">www.ewb-usa.org</a> <br /> Green Drinks International - dedicated to networking and topical discussions on environmental issues. There are chapters globally and in many US states -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.greendrinks.org ">www.greendrinks.org </a><br /> McKinsey &amp; Company Research Reports&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mcknsey.com/mgi ">www.mcknsey.com/mgi </a><br /> National Resources Defense Council&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/growinggreen.asp">www.nrdc.org/health/growinggreen.asp</a><br /> The Organic Trade Association&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ota.com">www.ota.com</a><br /> U.S. Department of Energy (Renewable Energy)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.energy.gov">www.energy.gov</a><br /> U.S. Green Building Council&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.usgbc.org">www.usgbc.org</a><br /> World Business Council on Sustainable Development&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.wbcsd.org">www.wbcsd.org</a><br /> World Resources Institute&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.wri.org">www.wri.org</a></p> <p><br /> <u>University of Illinois</u><br /> UIC&rsquo;s Office of Sustainability&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.sustainability.uic.edu">www.sustainability.uic.edu</a> <br /> University of Illinois Office of Sustainability&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.sustainability.illinois.edu">www.sustainability.illinois.edu</a> <br /> UIS: Sustainability at UIS&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.uis.edu/sustainability/">www.uis.edu/sustainability/</a></p> <p><br /> <u>Job Boards<br /> </u>Green Career Central&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.greencareercentral.com">www.greencareercentral.com</a> <br /> ~~&nbsp;Step-by-step suggestions for transitioning to a green career.<br /> Stop DoDo&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.stopdodo.com">www.stopdodo.com</a> <br /> ~~ Job listings worldwide in both environmental and energy fields--from bird counts in England to carbon sequestration in America, etc.</p> <p>*&nbsp;If you have additional &quot;Green&quot; suggestions, please submit them through the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</p> Claudia Delestowicz Wed 21 Apr 2010 17:05 CST Why should I be on LinkedIn? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=85 <p>For those of you reading this and other blogs, you are probably already on this particular bandwagon. If I missed one of your reasons for using <a href="http://www.linkedin.com">LinkedIn</a>, please add it as a comment below.</p> <p>If you know of other alumni/job seekers who have not set up a profile or are not connected with people through LinkedIn, please share the link to this post.</p> <p><big>LinkedIn can help me:</big><br /> * Establish a toe hold in the Internet sea<br /> * Build my professional brand<br /> * Research companies of interest<br /> * Connect with other professionals<br /> * Ask and share information<br /> * Connect with groups<br /> * Find jobs</p> <p>Did I miss anything?</p> <p>Do you have more specific stories to share about your LinkedIn successes?</p> <p>Please add your comments below.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 16 Apr 2010 12:45 CST Calling All Veterans http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=84 <p>Here are two resources we've recently heard about for veterans:</p> <p><strong><big>Illinois Warrior Summit </big><br /> <big>&amp; 3rd Annual Welcome Home Celebration</big></strong><br /> April 24, 2010 from 9am-4pm <br /> UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607<br /> <a href="http://www.illinoiswarriorsummit.com/">http://www.illinoiswarriorsummit.com/</a></p> <p><strong><big>Job hunting, resume building and networking skills Webinars for Veterans</big></strong><br /> Ellen Steele Kapoor ('02 UI LAS) forwarded information on <strong>free live Webinars</strong> being hosted by her company, McGraw-Hill, on job searching for veterans. <br /> Complete details: <a href="http://www.mhprofessional.com/getpage2.php?c=webinar-veterans.html">http://www.mhprofessional.com/getpage2.php?c=webinar-veterans.html</a></p> <p><strong>Marky Stein: Putting together a Fearless Resume</strong><br /> Friday, April 09, 2010 at 1pm ET<br /> <strong>Joe Watson: Where the Jobs are Now</strong><br /> Friday, April 16, 2010 at 1pm ET<br /> <strong>Waldo Waldman: Wingmen values in workplace and beyond</strong><br /> Monday, April 26, 2010 at 1pm ET</p> <p><span style="background-color: Yellow;">What other resources have you heard about for our alumni veterans?</span>&nbsp; Please share by adding a comment below or sending an email message to <a href="http://JLHays@uillinois.edu">JLHays@uillinois.edu</a> with &quot;Calling All Veterans&quot; in the subject line.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 9 Apr 2010 09:20 CST Where Can You Work In The World of Green Careers? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=83 <p>Are you in transition or contemplating a career change? Would you like your next job to be related to your interest or passion for making the world &quot;greener&quot; or a more &quot;environmentally safe&quot; place to live? Would you like to know where the hottest green and sustainability jobs are? If your response to these questions is yes, join us to listen to a panel of representatives from the Green and Sustainability industries discuss where you can work in the world of green careers.</p> <h3><strong>Web-Panel: Where Can You Work In The World of Green Careers?</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time</h3> <p>Representatives in the areas of Architecture/Urban Planning, Mechanical Engineering Systems and Renewable Energy will present an overview of industry trends and critical transferable skills needed for a broad array of positions in their industries. Learn how you can leverage and transfer your skills, knowledge and abilities into one of these industries and overcome the challenges of breaking into a new field.</p> <p><strong>CYNTHIA LEE KLEIN-BANAI, Ph.D.</strong><br /> Associate Chancellor, Sustainability<br /> University of Illinois at Chicago, Office of Sustainability<br /> Representing Sustainability in Facility &amp; Operations Management</p> <p><strong>GEORGE CRABTREE, Ph. D.</strong><br /> Senior Scientist, Distinguished Fellow and Associate Division Director in the Materials Science Division <br /> Argonne National Laboratory<br /> Representing Sustainability in Materials Science Research</p> <p><strong>JENNIFER B. DUNN, Ph.D.</strong><br /> Project Manager<br /> URS Corp. <br /> Representing Sustainability in Manufacturing (greenhouse gas inventory and management, life cycle assessment, air permitting and compliance, and sustainability)</p> <p><strong>RAND K. EKMAN, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C</strong><br /> Director of Sustainability, Associate Vice President<br /> OWP/P-CannonDesign<br /> Representing Architecture &amp; Engineering Planning</p> <p>You have the option of attending this web-panel using Webinar technology, or joining us at the IlliniCenter in downtown Chicago, 200 South Wacker Drive (across from the Willis Tower).</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=13954">Register</a></p> Julie Bartimus Wed 7 Apr 2010 10:15 CST Not Just a Numbers Game http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=81 <p>If I&nbsp;told you that the secret to a successful job search was sending out as many applications as possible, hopefully you would see the April Fool's joke in that statement.</p> <p>A job search is a numbers game, but it is not JUST a numbers game. You need to get applications out, approach networking contacts and face rejection several times before you get to the new job. If you are not applying and networking, you will have to be extremely lucky to land a job.</p> <p>So numbers are important, but networking with the right people and targeting your networking approach and applications is key. This will effectively source new opportunities, turn applications into contacts, contacts into interviews and interviews into offers.</p> <p>So work the numbers, but work smart.<em><br /> </em></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 1 Apr 2010 16:34 CST Interested in Working for the Government? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=80 <p><a href="http://www.collegecentral.com/fedjobfair/"><strong><big>2010 Federal Executive Board Government Job Fair</big></strong></a><br /> Thursday, April 01, 2010, 1 - 4 p.m., The Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL</p> <p>Are you a job seeker with an interest or passion for public service? Did you know that government and the public sector are among the top 46 career choices for undergrads, with 17% naming it as their top choice? Do you want to access that population in a successfully proven venue? If your answer is &lsquo;yes&rsquo;, then the Chicago Federal Executive Board (FEB) invites you to participate in the annual Government Career Fair.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=13956"><strong><big>Webinar: Call to Serve - Federal Careers</big></strong></a><br /> Wednesday, April 28, 2010, SPECIAL TIME! 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Central Time</p> <p>The federal government hires tens of thousands of Americans annually, but the process of finding and applying for these positions is sometimes challenging. Are you prepared to find great career and internship opportunities with our nation's largest employer, the federal government?</p> <p>Join us for a webinar hosted by the Partnership for Public Service that will give you the tools to effectively find and apply for exciting federal careers and internships. We will help you answer the tough questions you'll have about federal employment and provide you with the resources to locate a great career in the federal government.</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 29 Mar 2010 16:34 CST Why Webinars? http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=78 <p>Join other alumni in building your tools and refining your career management strategy through our professional development Webinars. 681 alumni have taken advantage of our no fee Webinars in the first quarter of 2010. This is the highest number of unique registrants ever recorded. Our largest session was the March 10th &ldquo;How and When to Work with a Recruiter&rdquo; panel with 124 participants online and onsite.&nbsp;</p> <p>Webinars also allow us to connect with alumni across the country.&nbsp; In FY10, alumni from 40 different states have attended a Webinar.</p> <p>Attendees are rating our sessions as excellent and good for &ldquo;workshop content&rdquo; and &ldquo;speaker effectiveness&rdquo;. Attendee comments include:</p> <ul> <li>Speakers did a great job in articulating the functions of corporate recruiting.</li> <li>This series of Webinars is very convenient and helpful. Thanks for your help and keep up the good work!</li> <li>The Webinar format is most informative and also quite enjoyable. Thanks much.</li> <li>Liked the instant poll &amp; direct results of participants, this is very engaging.</li> <li>The list of topics for 2010 is very comprehensive and interesting.</li> </ul> <p>For the list of upcoming Webinars, search for &quot;Alumni Career Center events&quot; in the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/">UIAA&nbsp;Calendar</a>.</p> <p>If you have a Webinar session you've enjoyed or have a topic you would like us to cover, add your comment below.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 25 Mar 2010 12:29 CST Secrets To His Success http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=75 <p><strong>Ed Choklek (UI &rsquo;85 ENG)</strong> recently emailed us to thank us for being there during his recent job search. He also asked to share the top five things that he would recommend to others who are in a job search and/or career transition based upon his recent journey. We gladly accepted his contribution.</p> <p>In Ed&rsquo;s words:<br /> 1. Let your entire professional (and personal) network know about your situation and ask for their help with finding job leads. I sent out over 300 e-mails to my professional and personal networks within two weeks of being laid off and nearly all of my job leads came from these sources. I never posted my resume on any of the job sites that everyone else seems to be using (Careerbuilder, Monster, etc.), and I rarely submitted my resume to a blind advertisement or to a company that I did not have contacts on the inside. 99% of the people I met during my job search were willing to help me since we all know many people who are currently in-between jobs. 75% of the recruiters/headhunters I used during my job search came from referrals.</p> <p>2. Continue to network and socialize with your professional (and personal) groups through attending functions in person. I stayed very active with USGBC and APPA (professional organizations) during my entire job search. I went to additional networking events hosted by groups and organizations that are associated with the industries I was seeking employment in to increase my professional network and to be visible with my existing contacts. I even presented on an area of my professional expertise at an out-of-state conference for the higher education market (the market sector I wanted to be selling to in my next job/career).</p> <p>3. Do not take rejections personally and be ready to say &quot;NEXT&quot;. This is easier for those of us with a professional sales background because we deal with &quot;no's&quot; and losses on a frequent basis. Companies know that they can find the exact match to what they are looking for in terms of both skills and cultural fit for their organizations, so do not be discouraged when you do not get the initial interview, the follow-up interview(s), or the actual job offer. I experienced situations where my skills were a perfect match, but my personality and approach to my profession were not a match for the firm's culture. I also had a few companies tell me that they wanted to hire me, but that their bosses had denied their request to bring anybody on board until either they saw the economy improve or their business performance get back on track.</p> <p>4. Treat finding a job the same as doing a job. I typically spent 6 hours per day during my job search, and I refused to take time off to think about what I wanted to do with my life and to coast through the 2009 holiday season. I am convinced that the efforts I put in during the second half of November and throughout December helped me to reenter the work force 90 days earlier than my initial goal of being employed by 6/30/10. I decided right away that my Plan A would be to stay focused on the sales/business development profession within the two industries where I had the most experience.</p> <p>5. Try new approaches and ideas during your job/career search. It had been nearly 10 years since my last layoff (and three years since my last job interview), and I had no idea how technology had changed how HR professionals, recruiters/headhunters, and other job candidates use LinkedIn, Google and other search engines, and internet social media for employment screening and job postings. (The ACC) webinar on these topics really was an eye-opener for me. I also attended a couple of Job Clubs and found these to be of value as long as you did not use these as a way to feel sorry for yourself. I definitely will be proactive in creating and maintaining my personal brand based upon what I learned from exposure to these new tools.</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 22 Mar 2010 16:00 CST Objective vs. Summary vs. Nothing at All http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=71 <p>Many candidates struggle with how to start their resume. This is especially difficult when some recruiters say they the objectives they see don&rsquo;t help the candidate&rsquo;s cause. Here are general rules to help you make your decision.</p> <p>SUMMARY<br /> Candidates with experience can use a summary to pull information, accomplishments and credentials from different parts of the resume and combine them in an introduction.</p> <p>OBJECTIVE<br /> Candidates starting their careers or making a significant career transition can use an objective statement to redirect their resume. Naming the function shows an employer that you are purposefully targeting their job. Listing the relevant skills, experience and education help an employer connect seemingly unrelated pieces of information together. Citing the benefits to the employer shows how you can make a difference and what problems you can solve.</p> <p>NOTHING AT ALL<br /> If the resume&rsquo;s experience and education obviously target the job function and it is a concise one-page document, the candidate does not need to include an objective or summary. The job target and benefits to the employer are obvious based on earlier work and accomplishments.</p> <p>For additional advice or writing your resume, visit the Virtual Career Center, <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html">www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 16 Mar 2010 08:45 CST Spring is for Entrepreneurs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=54 <p>Two different opportunities for entrepreneurs recently came across my desk that I wanted to share:</p> <ul> <li>Lincoln Park Business Development Institute, &quot;<a href="http://www.startupchicago.org">Start Up Chicag</a>o&quot; course</li> <li>Workshops for the <a href="https://s08.123signup.com/servlet/SignUp?PG=1529994182300&amp;P=152999400">Chicago City Treasurer's Business Plan Competition</a> through UIC Center for Urban Business</li> </ul> <p>What other entrepreneur or business plan resources would you recommend to others? (Share your suggestions by adding a comment below.)</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 9 Mar 2010 14:26 CST Contest Winner http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=53 <p>Robert Rhodes ('81 UIC MASMS, '78 UI&nbsp;LAS) won our interview story contest. In the story, there were 5 candidates for a financial manager position that were interviewed together by a CFO and were only asked two questions.</p> <p>The lessons learned:</p> <ul> <li>Be ready for anything.</li> <li>You only have a limited amount of time to get your message across so decide what you want to say ahead of time.</li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Tue 9 Mar 2010 09:47 CST 17 New Jobs Posted In HUIA http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=52 <p>Check out all the entry level and experienced level positions posted daily in the following areas: Finance/Accounting, Engineering, HR and IT. Visit http://tinyurl.com/y9u9v3f &amp; post your resume for greater visibility.</p> Bernice Allegretti Mon 8 Mar 2010 14:29 CST Job Aggregators Can Work For You and Against You http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=51 <p>Job aggregators use your keywords to search a variety of general job boards, niche sites and corporate career pages to collect jobs that may be of interest to you. Some like <a href="http://www.SimplyHired.com">SimplyHired</a> and <a href="http://www.Indeed.com">Indeed </a>are openly providing this service. Other job boards are using aggregators behind the scenes to pull in more jobs to attract more candidates.</p> <p>As you can see by a recent blog post by an HR rep (<a href="http://www.fistfuloftalent.com/2010/03/draft-doostang-the-ladders-youre-doing-it-wrong.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FistfulOfTalent+%28Fistful+of+Talent%29&amp;utm_content=My+Yahoo">Job Board Rant: The Ladders + Doostang - You're Doing It Wrong</a>), the company does not have complete control over where their position is posted and how it is posted.</p> <p>To protect yourself, use your time more effectively and build a strong application:</p> <ul> <li>Use the aggregators to cast your job search net more widely and find which niche sites focus on your industry.</li> <li>Observe how positions are coded. Look at the text around the description to see where the position was originally posted.</li> <li>Follow the post back to the original site to see if it is still open.</li> <li>Also, review the content of the original description to make sure it didn't get changed.</li> <li>Lastly, follow the original instructions for applying. In the example shared in the blog, applications collected through email (aggregated job) may not have to be treated as official applications since the original job asked that applications be submitted through the Website.<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> Julie Bartimus Tue 2 Mar 2010 13:06 CST JobNob last week in Chicago http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=50 <p>Last week's networking event was full of eager candidates and small businesses. I knew I would meet many alumni candidates, but I was excited to also meet several alumni entrepreneurs including Gary DeGregorio (&lsquo;80 &lsquo;76 UI Elec Eng). Gary is the CTO and Co-Founder of Decision-Making Solutions. He is looking for e-book authors for their website. Check out www.decision-making-solutions.com if you are interested in building your portfolio.</p> <p>A full list of companies who participated in last week&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.jobnob.com/happy-hour/Chicago-feb-24-2010">Chicago event is available online</a>.</p> <p>JobNob will also be hosting similar events coming up to <a href="http://www.jobnob.com/happy-hour/MicrosoftNERD-Boston-mar-24-2010">Boston</a> and other locations.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 1 Mar 2010 15:05 CST Share Your Interview Story (deadline extended) http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=49 <h4>We're going to extend the deadline to submitting interview stories.</h4> <p>By hearing each other's stories, we understand that most interviews aren't prefect, learn from each other's mistakes and maybe have a laugh.</p> <p>One of my interview stories occurs after graduate school as I was interviewing for my first professional position. While getting ready for a two day interview in Iowa, I had spent hours deciding with suit to wear each day. I also had a conservative dress that I could wear on the plane so that day&rsquo;s suit wouldn&rsquo;t get crushed.</p> <p>I made it to Des Moines for my interview, but my luggage with my suits didn&rsquo;t arrive with me. Luckily, I had my resume and presentation material with me, the dress would work for the interview and I could buy toothpaste and a brush at the hotel. I got that job. I don&rsquo;t know if the way I handled the difficult situation impressed them, but being in the dress instead of jeans sure helped me feel confident. The difficult thing was deciding which suit to wear for the second day.</p> <p>My lesson learned was always dress professionally on the plane and carry the important material with you just in case.</p> <p><strong>What are your stories?&nbsp;</strong> Submit your story through the comment link below or send to careers@uillinois.edu with the subject line &ldquo;Blog Contest: Interview&rdquo; by March 7 at midnight. The ACC staff will select one of the submitted stories and lessons and send that alumnus a prize.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Originally posted February 16, 2010<br /> <em>Tell Your Interview Story To Win A Prize<br /> Share your story about a time you overcame challenges during an interview. Share your war stories about the tough question, the mean interviewer, the multiple interviews, the missing luggage on an out of town interview or the horrible Chicago/New York/California traffic. BUT, also share what lesson you learned from the experience.</em></p> Julie Bartimus Fri 26 Feb 2010 12:55 CST Stuck? Try One New Thing http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=48 <h2>Is your job search feeling the winter blues?</h2> <h2>Do you feel stuck in a rut?</h2> <p>Try one new thing today.&nbsp; Try one new thing each week.</p> <p>Are you avoiding networking?&nbsp; Call a key contact.</p> <p>Are you unsure of social networking? Add your soundbyte to the career summary part of your profile.</p> <p>Not finding the job openings you want? Try a job aggregator like SimplyHired.com or Indeed.com.&nbsp; Go to one of your targeted company's career page.</p> <p>Not egetting responses to your applications? Review your resume and cover letter with a fresh eye.&nbsp; Are they targeting your field effectively.</p> <p>What new thing are you going to try this week or have you tried lately?&nbsp; Share your comments below.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 23 Feb 2010 16:29 CST Webinar Homework: Share Your Soundbyte http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=47 <p>For those alumni who participated in tonight's Webinar, I invite you to share your soundbyte by adding a comment below.</p> <p>Soundbytes are a great way to share your targeted message with networking contacts.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 17 Feb 2010 20:04 CST Tell Your Interview Story To Win A Prize http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=46 <p><strong>Share your story</strong> about a time you overcame challenges during an interview. Share your war stories about the tough question, the mean interviewer, the multiple interviews, the missing luggage on an out of town interview or the horrible Chicago/New York/California traffic. BUT, also share what lesson you learned from the experience.</p> <p>The ACC staff will select one of the submitted stories and lessons and send that alumnus a prize. Submit your stories as a comment below with your email address or send to careers@uillinois.edu with the subject line &ldquo;Blog Contest: Interview&rdquo; by February 25 at midnight.</p> <p>The selected story will be shared March 4th.</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 16 Feb 2010 13:50 CST Upcoming Job Fairs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=45 <p>In the spirit of last night's Webinar, &quot;Getting the Most Out of Career Fairs,&quot; here are a few job fairs where you can practice what you've learned.</p> <p><strong>Roosevelt University Annual Career Fair</strong>, March 4, <br /> $5 fee for non-Roosevelt students and alumni, payable at the door <br /> Find the list of employers at: <a href="http://roosevelt.experience.com/stu/cf_registered_employers?fhnd=4052">http://roosevelt.experience.com/stu/cf_registered_employers?fhnd=4052</a></p> <p><strong>Big Ten Career Expo &ndash; Indianapolis, IN</strong>, March 12 <br /> <a href="http://www.bigtencareerexpo.com">www.bigtencareerexpo.com</a></p> <p><strong>UIC Spring Diversity Job Fair</strong>, March 18 <br /> <a href="http://www.vcsa.uic.edu/MainSite/departments/career_services/Students/springdivparticipants.htm">http://www.vcsa.uic.edu/MainSite/departments/career_services/Students/springdivparticipants.htm</a></p> <p><strong>Loyola Spring 2010 Career Fair</strong>, March 25 <br /> $5 fee for non-Loyola students and alumni, payable at the door <br /> <a href="http://www.luc.edu/career/fairs.shtml">http://www.luc.edu/career/fairs.shtml </a></p> <p><strong>Federal Executive Board Job Fair</strong>, April 1 <br /> <a href="http://www.collegecentral.com/fedjobfair/">http://www.collegecentral.com/fedjobfair/ </a></p> <p><strong>Hire Big 10 Plus Career Fair (at U of Chicago)</strong>, April 9 <br /> <a href="http://hirebig10plus.org/bigtenpluscareerfair.html">http://hirebig10plus.org/bigtenpluscareerfair.html</a></p> <p>A second <strong>Chicago Alumni Job Fair</strong> with MyWorkster is being planned for early May.&nbsp; A similar <strong>DC&nbsp;Alumni Job Fair</strong> is being planned.&nbsp; When these two dates are set we will post the events to our calendar.&nbsp; Go to&nbsp; <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar">www.uiaa.org/calendar</a> and select &quot;Alumni Career Center events&quot; from the &quot;Event Type&quot; field.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 11 Feb 2010 12:13 CST jobnob: Connecting jobseekers with startup companies http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=44 <p><strong>Are you interested in discovering more about innovative startup companies and perhaps going to work for one of them? </strong><br /> If so, the Feb. 24 jobnob&trade; networking event might be for you. It&rsquo;s free to attend and a great opportunity to meet representatives who are forging ahead with new ventures. <br /> <br /> When: Wednesday, Feb. 24<br /> Time: 4:30 p.m.<br /> Where: John Barleycorn Wrigleyville (3524 N. Clark St., Chicago)<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.jobnob.com/happy-hour/Chicago-feb-24-2010?utm_source=Ullinois&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Ullinois">REGISTER</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Are you part of a company that would like to participate? </strong><br /> Your business can attend for free, and a select number of companies will have up to one minute to present their projects. The &ldquo;pitching spot&rdquo; is $40. Visit the <a href="http://www.jobnob.com/happy-hour/Chicago-feb-24-2010?utm_source=Ullinois&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Ullinois">jobnob&trade; Web site</a> to sign up.</p> <p>The <strong>University of Illinois Alumni Association</strong> is partnering with jobnob&trade; and the following organizations to bring you this event:</p> <ul> <li>Northwestern University</li> <li>Illinois Technology Association</li> <li>Kellogg School of Management</li> <li>DePaul University</li> <li>Indiana University</li> <li>University of Chicago</li> <li>University of Michigan</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Mon 8 Feb 2010 13:44 CST Red Flag Warning http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=43 <p>Red flags are items or omissions in your resume or during the interview that make the recruiter sit up and take notice.&nbsp; But, not in a good way.&nbsp; Job Seekers traditionally try to hide their potential red flags or pretend they are not there.&nbsp; But recruiters will dig and uncover your employment gap, skills gap, reason you left your last employer, or whatever else you are hiding.<br /> <br /> Instead of hiding, prepare yourself to talk objectively about your red flag and get the conversation back on track for why you ARE the best person for the job. Decide ahead of time what you wish to share and how you wish to share the information.&nbsp; Preparedness will help stop the red flag warning from turning into the reason you weren&rsquo;t hired.&nbsp;</p> <p>For assistance in handling your red flag and other parts of the interview, contact the ACC to schedule an <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/packages_deluxe.html">advising appointment</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 3 Feb 2010 13:23 CST Leveraging Your Professional Brand and Network Options In The Web 2.0 Space http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=42 <p>Webinar: <a href="https://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=13830">Leveraging Your Professional Brand and Network Options In The Web 2.0 Space</a><br /> <br /> Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time<br /> <br /> Are you energized or overwhelmed by your social networking options in Web 2.0?&nbsp; Are you using LinkedIn effectively, or staring at the screen?&nbsp; Is it true that you can search for jobs on Twitter?<br /> <br /> Join Toby Nathan, University of Illinois alumna and Principal of RecruitaStar, LLC, who will review the basics of Web 2.0 and share her knowledge about using sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and others to best advantage, whether you're building your network, seeking and sharing professional knowledge, or searching for a job.&nbsp; You may also learn of some sites that you've not heard of before.&nbsp; Get practical tips on presenting your message and profile, making connections and delivering effective communications.<br /> <br /> Whether you're just getting started or using Web 2.0 every day Toby will add to your confidence on navigating these online tools and making them a cornerstone for your professional development.<br /> <br /> This Webinar includes presentation and questions.&nbsp; There is no fee for University of Illiois alumni.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=13830">Registration </a>deadline is Wednesday, February 3, at 12 Noon Central Time.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 29 Jan 2010 10:13 CST Webinar Homework: Be Resilient and Increase Your Employability http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=41 <h3 style="color: Red;">Attention: Attendees of tonight's &quot;Doing a Job Search in a Tight Economy</h3> <p><em>What are you doing to increase your resiliency or employability during your career transition/search (or in preparation for your transition)?</em></p> <p>Share your comments below or via email (JLHays@uillinois.edu).</p> Julie Bartimus Wed 27 Jan 2010 18:22 CST Question about Experience http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=40 <p>Ruth Mellenthin (UIC &ldquo;06 MSW) asked, &quot;How can I get hired as a supervisor if I have no supervisory experience? How to get the experience if I can't get hired as a supervisor?&quot;<br /> <br /> Ruth&rsquo;s right, this is a little like the chicken and the egg question, which comes first?<br /> <br /> There are several strategies to use.&nbsp; First let&rsquo;s look at building the experience.&nbsp; If you are employed, seek out assignments that build leadership or management skills.&nbsp; Each profession and the specific skills they prefer is going to be different.&nbsp; Conduct informational interviews with other professionals to identify critical competencies.&nbsp; All candidates can also consider volunteering as a way to build different competencies.&nbsp; You can gain supervisory experience by leading teams, managing volunteers or chairing committees.<br /> <br /> Second, you&rsquo;ll need to sell the experience and abilities you do have.&nbsp; If you don&rsquo;t have strict supervisory experience, describe the experience you have that utilizes the supervisory skills of leading, delegating, managing people, etc.&nbsp; You have to convince the interviewer that you are ready for the supervisory experience.<br /> <br /> If you need assistance developing a strategy for building your experience or deciding how to sell your experience, the ACC staff members can help through an advising appointment .&nbsp; Visit <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/packages.html">http://www.uiaa.org/careers/packages.html</a> for more details about services and fees.</p> <p>If you have other suggestions for Ruth, add a comment below.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 26 Jan 2010 11:03 CST How Not To Apply http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=37 <p>I'm taking a few moments this morning to share an email I just read as an example of how not to apply for a job.&nbsp; The email subject line read, &quot;Jane Smith's resume&quot;. Since I am in career services, I actually opened this email thinking this might be an alumna asking for a resume review appointment.</p> <p>A regular employer might not even take this step.</p> <p>The email screen itself was blank with three attachments: Jane Smith's cover letter, Jane Smith's resume and Jane Smith's references.</p> <p>Again, being a career adviser, I opened the cover letter thinking this may be an alumna unfamiliar with email who needs an appointment.&nbsp; A regular employer may not risk opening attachments from an unknown sender</p> <p>The cover letter was addressed &quot;To Whom in May Concern&quot; and it was an untargeted job application letter.&nbsp; The resume indicated the woman was not an Illinois alumna.</p> <p>How could this unsolicited application have been improved?</p> <ul> <li>Target all communication.&nbsp; Resume blasts irregardless of whether they are conducted by you or a vendor are not effective.&nbsp;</li> <li>Research a list of targeted companies to identify a specific person to address.&nbsp; (This person had my personal e-mail so they should have also found my name and title.)</li> <li>Research the company to understand whether they need someone with your skills and experience and if they are hiring.&nbsp; (Hint: Illinois's HR page clearly states we are in the middle of a hiring freeze.)</li> <li>Don't leave the message screen blank, use that space for your cover letter and give the reader a reason to open the attachments.</li> <li>Ask for an informational interview to learn more about the company.&nbsp; (If this person had asked for an informational interview to learn more about working in higher education, I&nbsp;probably would have agreed.)&nbsp; Worst case scenario with this is you still walk away with information you didn't have before.</li> </ul> <p>Just a few tips to direct your job search work this weekend.&nbsp; If you would like more information about cover letter and the job search, visit our <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html">Virtual Career Center</a>.</p> Julie Bartimus Fri 22 Jan 2010 09:02 CST Doing a Job Search in a Tight Economy http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=20 <p>With a tighter economy, it is important to consider your employability and market position. This session will look at different employability factors, ways to stay connected and how to position yourself for success.<br /> <br /> <strong>Join us for &quot;Doing A Job Search In A Tight Job Market&quot;</strong><br /> Webinar: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time<br /> No fee for Illinois, UIC and UIS alumni.</p> <p><a href="http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?5S%2cM3%2c66be1556-6472-43d3-948a-0c8b0b9a8cee">Register</a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 21 Jan 2010 00:28 CST New Hire UI Alumni Jobs http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=28 <p>Some recent jobs&nbsp;posted today include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Auditor -entry level #23120</li> <li>Bond Strategist # 23123</li> <li>VP Prod. Mangmnt. #23122</li> <li>Sr. Engineer #23131</li> <li>Sr. Fund Acct #23127</li> </ul> <p>Visit <a href="http://tinyurl.com/y9u9v3f">http://tinyurl.com/y9u9v3f</a> &amp; post your resume to increase your visibility.</p> Bernice Allegretti Wed 20 Jan 2010 09:20 CST Question about Internet Presence http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=23 <p><em><strong>Dale Mobley (UI &rsquo;90 ENG) asks</strong></em>, &ldquo;How does a person check the Internet well/correctly/completely for what an employer might find doing an Internet search? And if they do search the internet&quot; are there personal information sites, resume compilation sites, etc.&nbsp; that businesses check?&nbsp; Is it a good idea to check these?&nbsp; I have I am certain several preliminary resumes posted miscellaneously on the internet and thought to ask how to check more completely to present as good an image as I could. <br /> <br /> <strong>Checking your Internet presence</strong> - Quickest way to get a handle on your Internet presence is to Google yourself.&nbsp; Conduct separate searches for your name and email alias.&nbsp; For example: &ldquo;John Smith&rdquo;, &ldquo;John L Smith&rdquo; and &ldquo;jlsmith&rdquo;.&nbsp; You can then look through the results for two groups of sites:&nbsp; <br /> 1. Any sites that present information that is unprofessional or untrue.&nbsp; Employers will know that not everyone out there with your name is you.&nbsp; But if a site lists you in a way you do not wish to be portrayed or a friend has tagged you in an unprofessional photo, you can ask to be removed.<br /> 2. Any sites where your profile can be improved.&nbsp; You have a lot of control over your online profiles.&nbsp; Use sites like LinkedIn to establish a positive brand for yourself.<br /> <br /> <strong>Job search artifacts</strong> - In an earlier search, you may have posted your resume to sites and you&rsquo;ve either forgotten the site address or your login information.&nbsp; If you remember the site, but not your login information, you can ask the webmaster for assistance in deactivating the resume.&nbsp; If you remember your accounts, you can login in a update your resume and profile.&nbsp; The resume will probably not be accessible to recruiters after a year.&nbsp; The resume banks are selling high quality, recent documents to employers and a 2-year old resume does not help them with their brand.</p> <p><strong>Submit a comment if you have other suggestions for Dale.</strong></p> Julie Bartimus Tue 19 Jan 2010 14:44 CST Get noticed by employers http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=34 <p>Because you are competing with more people than ever before, you can't sit back with a generic resume and wait to be found.&nbsp; Attend this Webinar to learn how to build a resume that fully exhibits your strengths and helps you stand out from the crowd.</p> <p><em><strong>Webinar</strong></em><strong>: Resumes That Stand Out Over Your Competitors</strong><br /> Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 7 - 8 p.m., Central Time<br /> Free for Illinois, UIC and UIS alumni<br /> <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/event.asp?id=13818"> Full details</a></p> Julie Bartimus Fri 15 Jan 2010 09:21 CST Interviewing in Winter http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=35 <p>When Interviewing in Winter, you have to take a few extra steps to make a good impression.&nbsp; Unfortunately this applies even in Florida this year.<br /> <br /> <strong>Plan your route the night before</strong></p> <ul> <li>Give yourself alternate routes and extra time for weather related delays</li> <li>If bad weather is imminent, check in with you interviewer and make sure they have your contact information for possible cancelations.</li> <li>Consolidate your interview material into a portfolio or easy to carry bag.&nbsp; Since you will have a coat, you want to limit the number of other things you have to juggle.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Arrive early</strong></p> <ul> <li>Since going without your coat is not really an intelligent option when it's freezing, arrive early to take off the cold weather gear.&nbsp; Hang the coat in a closet if offered.</li> <li>Also, store your boots in the closet if available. Boots keep your feet dry and your good shoes from showing wet and salt marks.</li> <li>If a closet is not available bring a collapsible bag to carry the boots and other loose cold weather gear.&nbsp; Carry your coat and the bags in one hand so your handshaking hand is free.</li> <li>Check yourself in a mirror and fix your hat hair and static cling.</li> <li>Use hand sanitizer or avoid shaking hands if you have a cold or have been exposed to the flu.</li> </ul> <p>Also don't forget other steps to interviewing success available through the <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/careers/careermgmt.html">Virtual Career Center</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Alumni </strong>- What are you personal tips for interviewing success in Winter.&nbsp; Please add your comments.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Julie Bartimus Tue 12 Jan 2010 11:30 CST Kick Off Your 2010 Job Search with a SWOT Skills Assessment http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=25 <h3>Workshop Announcement</h3> <p><b><i>New Topic!</i> Kick Off Your 2010 Job Search with a SWOT Skills Assessment</b><br /> Wednesday, January 13, 2010<br /> 7-8 p.m., Central Time<br /> <br /> Sharpen your professional self-image and your view of the marketplace with an analysis of your Strengths and Weaknesses, and the external Opportunities and Threats that may affect your goal-setting and plans.<br /> <br /> Using frameworks, interactive exercises and examples from his extensive experience as a career coach and organizational behavioral consultant Joe Morrell will bring the SWOT assessment to life. He will help you develop the internal and external perspective needed to make well-informed career and job search decisions at any point in your career(s).<br /> <br /> Joe Morrell is President of Morrell Management Consulting, LLC, where he specializes in leadership coaching, management development and career/outplacement consulting. In addition to advising individuals Joe has been engaged to design and deliver programs for companies that include Coca Cola, Spherion, Rand McNally and Deloitte. <br /> <br /> <b>Registration deadline is Tuesday, January 12, at 9 AM Central Time.</b> <br /> Additional information on this session and other Webinars is available through the UIAA Alumni Career Center <a href="http://www.uiaa.org/calendar/view_event.asp?is_search=y&amp;sel_event=13817">calendar</a>.<br /> <br /> <em>Alumni Career Center programs are supported in part by </em><a href="http://www.uiaa.org/membership/make_gift.html"><em>Sustaining and Life Member gifts to the UIAA</em></a></p> Julie Bartimus Thu 7 Jan 2010 11:06 CST Welcome to the UIAA Alumni Career Center Blog http://www.uiaa.org/careers/blog/comments.asp?id=24 <p>We are excited to launch this blog to enhance communication with Illinois, UIC and UIS alumni.&nbsp; Through different posts each week, we will share:</p> <ul> <li>Career Tips</li> <li>Job and Company Highlights</li> <li>Event Announcements</li> <li>Alumni Profiles</li> <li>News &amp;&nbsp;Trends</li> <li>Resource &amp;&nbsp;Book Reviews</li> </ul> <p>We invite you to comment on our posts, ask questions and share your own experiences.</p> <p>For more information on the services provided by the UIAA&nbsp;Alumni Career Center, visit http://www.uiaa.org/careers/packages.html.</p> Julie Bartimus Thu 10 Dec 2009 15:13 CST