Career Buzz

April Faculty & Staff Buzz

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Request a Career Planning Appointment
Our Career Planning staff can help students choose a major, explore interesting career options or start an internship/job search. Students can request an appointment with one of our Career Planning staff members either in person, phone, or Skype.

Practice your interviewing skills now
We offer three ways to improve your interviewing skills: 1. Virtual Mock Interviews via Gator CareerLink, visit www.crc.ufl.edu- log into GCL, click on the “Resources” tab, and select “Mock Interviews” 2. Schedule a mock interview during career planning with a staff member via Gator CareerLink or 3. Stop by our library between 9am-4pm, Monday – Friday.

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CRC staff members interact with employers to establish and maintain employment connections for UF candidates. Use Gator CareerLink or check the organizations website to review their opportunities.    
The following are new or inactive employers that the CRC consulted with in March:

  • Accountemps – A Robert Half Company
  • Arbor Pharmaceuticals
  • Astronaut Memorial Foundation – Center for Space Education
  • Broward County YMCA
  • Brown & Brown, Inc.
  • COMMONSENSE Office Furniture
  • Cuhaci+Peterson Architects
  • HDR
  • Merritt Precision Technologies, Inc.
  • Salt Rights, Inc.
  • Selovita, LLC – Florida Urban Organics
  • Rodan & Fields
  • Florida Mentor – Gainesville
  • District Finance Office – The Villages
  • Staunch Systems
  • Pennington & Bailes
  • Tek Matic
  • Kauffman Rossin
  • Country View Family Farms
  • Raycom Media
  • Sage Hospitality- Springhill Suites Gainesville
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Travelclick
  • Easter Seals – Greater Washington Region
  • St. Andrews Link

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Events that help students prepare for or connect with employment opportunities. Visit the CRC calendar at www.crc.ufl.edu for more info.

Want to keep up with our events for this month? Check out http://www.crc.ufl.edu/htmlemail/apr2014.html for a complete overview!

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INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attend information sessions to learn about an organization or hiring process. They are FREE and open to UF faculty, staff, students and alumni.

There are no more information sessions scheduled for the rest of this month.

International Gators - Calling the Swamp Home

In this week’s post, we’re featuring a recent UF grad, Harsha Ramakrishnappa who received his master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. Harsha is now a software developer for R + L Carriers Inc., in Ocala, Fl. He moved to the United States from India in August 2011. Harsha received his undergraduate degree in electronics and communication engineering from the University Visveswaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore University in Bangalore, India.

 Four Questions for Harsha:

What would you recommend to students who are following in your footsteps about exploring majors and careers?

In my opinion, it is always good to read journals and magazines, which deal with the topics you like to focus on what you want to study. When you find some type of articles interesting, you can explore more about that topic, see what the experts’ opinion about its future is and if you feel interested in it, select it as your major or minor and make your basics strong by enrolling in a few courses. It is good to do this because you are taking your decision (about your major/career) based not only on your interest but also on the industry practices and opinion.

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List three ways you prepared for your job search.

My advice for finding jobs would be:

  1. Stay prepared for opportunity at all times. Many times an opportunity will only give a 2-minute warning.
  2. I contacted the CRC a lot to help me in my job search. I had my resume reviewed and rewritten at CRC. This was very important because a catchy resume can land interviews.
  3. I joined many clubs at UF, which was a good way to build networks and meet with people with similar interests.

What are the biggest challenges you faced to get to this point?

My biggest challenge was dealing with all the problems alone. The best way to get over this was to work in teams with friends. By studying together and discussing what we learned, handling all the projects and homework alone was no longer a challenge. On most occasions, after discussing, homework seemed easier and took a fraction of the time it would take when I did it alone during the first couple semesters.

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What are the next steps of your career journey?

Being entrepreneurial, I am interested to have my own business within the next decade but I am not sure if I want to take that risk right away and start a new business. I prefer to learn the basics and get a formal training on it and then venture into it with knowing all options available to me. While it is a slower process, success is guaranteed with hard work.

Do you have any questions for Harsha and his experience? If so, comment below!

If you would like to be considered for an International Gators feature or know someone we should interview, please email Liz Kazungu at lizk@crc.ufl.edu.

March Faculty & Staff Buzz

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Request a Career Planning Appointment
Our Career Planning staff can help students choose a major, explore interesting career options or start an internship/job search. Students can request an appointment with one of our Career Planning staff members either in person, phone, or Skype.

Practice Your Interviewing Skills Now
We offer three ways for students to improve their interviewing skills:

  1. Virtual Mock Interviews via Gator CareerLink, visit www.crc.ufl.edu- log into GCL, click on the “Resources” tab, and select “Mock Interviews”
  2. Schedule a mock interview during career planning with a staff member via Gator CareerLink or
  3. Stop by our library between 9am-4pm, Monday – Friday.

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CRC staff members interact with employers to establish and maintain employment connections for UF candidates. Use Gator CareerLink or check the organizations website to review their opportunities.    
*New Employers to the CRC        +Have Recently Taken Action in GCL

  • NASA Office of Investigations*
  • hackNY*
  • Hayes Pipe Supply, Inc.*
  • iD Tech*
  • Fully Virtual Services*
  • Alarion Banks*
  • Hotel Development Group*
  • Kimpton Hotels*
  • Citizen Crane*

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Save the Date!  The Network with Recruiters in Education event takes place next week on April 1st at the Florida Gym from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.  

Want to keep up with our events for this month? Check out http://www.crc.ufl.edu/htmlemail/MAR2014.html for a complete overview!

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INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attend information sessions to learn about an organization or hiring process. They are FREE and open to UF faculty, staff, students and alumni.

March 18th

d2 Paving and Site Work/Kern Company, 5 pm, CRC Library

March 24th

Medical School for International Health, 6:15 pm, Weil Hall - 234 RM

International Gators - Calling the Swamp Home

We’re excited! This week we are introducing our new blog feature ‘International Gators, Calling the Swamp Home’.  We’ll be chatting with some of the most intriguing faculty, staff and students on campus who will share their experiences about landing a job outside of their country of origin or how they are preparing for the job search in another country.  Each person will be asked four questions about their experiences and insights that they would like to share.

Our inaugural post features Dr. Charles Bwenge who is a dynamic senior lecturer and program coordinator in African languages for the University of Florida’s Center for African Studies (CAS) and Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC).  Dr. Bwenge hails from Tanzania and has lived in the United States for the past 19 years. 

Four Questions for Dr. Bwenge:

1. How would you recommend Graduate students to explore majors and careers?

I recommend subscribing to professional websites, journals, and other publications. This worked very well for me throughout my career and I would highly recommend it.

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Mtakuja Village, Moshi rural, Tanzania (June 2010) Field trip @ Local Knowledge & Climate Change Adaptation Project (LKCCAP)

2. What are three tips that students should keep in mind when job searching for a position in the U.S.?

  1. Have a well written CV (ask your colleagues and professors to provide comments or visit the CRC for a review).
  2. A well written career portfolio.
  3. Maintain good relationship with your professors who eventually will be your references.

3. What was a challenge you faced during your U.S. job search, and how did you overcome them?

For me there were a limited number of job positions in my field. In this regard, a student can try to initiate the process by sending his/her CV to potential employers! Sounds a little bit fun!

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AFLI 2013, conversational session (Swahili)

4. If you could go back and share with your college-aged self one piece of advice, what would you say?

I would tell myself to try to attend as many professional conferences/gatherings as possible in order to network with individuals in your profession/field.  Also, to do as many mock interviews as possible which may help you to improve self-presentation.

Thank you Dr. Bwenge for your valuable insight!

It is an honor to be featured on the blog that targets Graduate students at UF and I hope that you will find value in sharing my experience with you as you begin your job search process as a Graduate student. Feel free to contact me, at cbwenge@ufl.edu if you have any questions.

For more information about Dr. Bwenge, please visit his profiles at http://africa.ufl.edu/bwenge and at http://www.languages.ufl.edu/faculty/bwenge.html.

If you would like to be considered for an International Gators feature or know someone we should interview, please email Liz Kazungu at lizk@crc.ufl.edu.

February Faculty & Staff Buzz

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Request a Career Planning Appointment
Our Career Planning staff can help students choose a major, explore interesting career options or start an internship/job search. Students can request an appointment with one of our Career Planning staff members either in person, phone, or Skype.

Practice your interviewing skills now
We offer three ways to improve your interviewing skills: 1. Virtual Mock Interviews via Gator CareerLink, visit www.crc.ufl.edu- log into GCL, click on the “Resources” tab, and select “Mock Interviews” 2. Schedule a mock interview during career planning with a staff member via Gator CareerLink or 3. Stop by our library between 9am-4pm, Monday – Friday.

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CRC staff members interact with employers to establish and maintain employment connections for UF candidates. Use Gator CareerLink or check the organizations website to review their opportunities.    
*New Employers to the CRC        +Have Recently Taken Action in GCL

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Events that help students prepare for or connect with employment opportunities. Visit the CRC calendar at www.crc.ufl.edu for more info.

European Career Fair
February 1st, 8am-5pm, MIT Howard Johnson Athletic Center
The European Club at MIT is hosting the 18th European Career Fair February 1st-3rd, 2014 at the MIT Howard Johnson Athletic Center in Cambridge, Mass. Visit www.euro-career.com or email candidate@euroclub.mit.edu for more information.
**The Career Resource Center is not affiliated with this event.

The Aftermath: What to Do After Career Showcase (Presented by Mondelēz)
February 4th, 5:30pm-7pm, CRC Library
This workshop will focus on how to follow up with the connections students make at career fair, develop a lasting professional brand and get the most out of their career fair experience, whether they are a freshman attending for the first time, or a seasoned upperclassman looking for a job.

International Students and the Job Search Process
February 5th, 4pm-5pm, CRC Library
This workshop will provide an overview of International Student experiences and what they are to expect in the U.S. Job Search process.

Shark Tank- The Art of Negotiation (Presented by Mondelēz)
February 5th, 5:30pm-7pm, CRC Classroom
Mondelez will host this workshop giving students insight into the art of negotiation. They will not only cover how to negotiate, but also when to negotiate, so that when the time comes students are well prepared.

Certified Gator Professional Series       
The Certified Gator Professional (CGP) is a series of workshops that review skills and strategies needed to succeed in a professional setting. Once students have attended the four sessions (each presented multiple times throughout the semester), they will be a Certified Gator Professional. Four workshops will occur this month:
          Professionalism and Your Brand
February 5th, 4:10pm-5pm, CRC Classroom   
This workshop will cover topics that include creating and maintaining your brand, networking, and understanding the many components of professionalism.
          Real World Communications and Interactions
February 10th, 4:10pm-5pm, CRC Classroom   
This workshop will review why companies are globalizing as well as strategies to increase students’ intercultural communication skills in the modern day workforce.
           From Offer to Office: Succeed in Your New Position
February 19th, 4:10pm-5pm, CRC Library  
This workshop will review what students need to know as they begin a new professional experience as well as strategies to help them succeed in their new role.
          Get Ready for Your Job & Internship Search
February 25th, 5:15pm-6pm, CRC Library  
This workshop will guide students in evaluating their past experiences, recognizing their transferable skills, learning where and how to search for a position, and understanding the best practices of an internship and/or job search.

**CGP is available in an in-person format or through an online module!!
To begin the online CGP, please click here.

Are You Ready to Work in the Travel Industry (Presented by Online Vacation Center)
February 12th, 5:00pm, CRC Library
February 12th, 5:05pm, CRC Library
We will cover why students should consider the travel industry, the skills needed to succeed, and the diverse sectors in travel. Students will also learn the proper ways to complete an application, and how to best prepare for assessments used by employers.

LinkedIn 101
February 13th, 4:10pm, CRC Classroom
After attending this workshop, students will be able to:
•        Create a dynamic LinkedIn profile to market themselves and their experiences

•        Use LinkedIn’s features like introductions, discussions, home feed, recommendations, groups, etc.

•        Successfully utilize LinkedIn to create and maintain professional relationships

Ph.D. & Master’s Virtual Career Fair
February 19th, 8am to 8pm, http://gradtalent.careereco.net/
CareerEco will host the Ph.D. & Master’s Virtual Career Fair open to Ph.D., Master’s, Post-Docs, and Alumni on February 19, 2014. Visit http://gradtalent.careereco.net/ or contact events@CareerEco.com for more information.
**The Career Resource Center is not affiliated with this event.

Possible Futures in Statistics & Analytics
February 19th, 5:10pm, CRC Library
Possible Futures in Statistics in Analytics is panel format workshop shining a light on the various career opportunities in which they can utilize their education. We have gathered several professionals, who are all eager to share their experiences, knowledge and expertise. Students will also have the opportunity to network and make meaningful connections with the representatives in attendance.

RAPS (Healthcare) Virtual Career Fair
February 20th, 10am to 4:30pm
RAPS (The Regulatory Affairs Professional Society): Connecting Qualified Candidates with Leading Healthcare Organizations Virtual Fair will be hosted on February 20, 2014. Visit https://www.brazenconnect.com/event/raps_career_fair_3/ or contact info@brazencareerist.com for questions.
**The Career Resource Center is not affiliated with this event.

Non-Academic Careers for Graduate Students
February 20th, 4pm, CRC Library
Catered for Graduate and Postdoc students, this workshop provides an overview on how one can consider and pursue non-academic career options

Engineering Leadership Forum Q&A with Employers
February 20th, 6:15pm, Hough Hall Lobby
Information and Q&A sessions will be held in Hough Hall. PepsiCo and Target will speak from 6:30-7:00 in rooms 120A/B and 240 respectively. Cameron and P&G will speak from 7:15-7:45 in rooms 120A/B and 240 respectively. Arrive 15 minutes early for snacks, for a 1:1 with recruiters, and for a good seat! At each session, food and drinks will be provided. All students at the University of Florida are invited to attend.
Questions? Contact Ashley Papagno at elfeweek.uf@gmail.com with questions.

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INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attend information sessions to learn about an organization or hiring process. They are FREE and open to UF faculty, staff, students and alumni.

February 3rd
Macy’s-5:30pm, Reitz Union Grand Ballroom Salon D
Schlumberger-6pm, CRC Library
Harris Corporation-6:30pm, Reitz Union Room 361/362

February 4th
Mondelēz International-5:30pm, CRC Library
Citi-7:30pm, CRC Library

February 6th
Capgemini-7:30pm, NEB 101 RM

February 9th
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.-6pm, McCarty Building G086

February 10th
Deutsche Bank- 6pm, CRC Conference Room

February 11th
PepsiCo-7pm, CRC Library

February 12th
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH-4pm, CRC Classroom

February 13th
Online Vacation Center-5:30pm, CRC Library
Lockheed Martin Corporation- 7pm, CRC Library

February 18th
HD Supply-5:15pm, Weil Hall 238 RM

February 26th
Kraft Foods-Oscar Mayer Foods Division-5:30pm, CRC Conference Room
Kraft Foods Group-5:30pm, CRC Classroom

February 28th
St. Thomas University School Of Law-2:30pm, Weil Hall 279

Five Ways to Prepare for Career Showcase during the Break

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Career Showcase is right around the corner, January 21st and January 22nd.  What are you doing over the break to get ready for it? Need help with preparing? No worries! We’ve listed five recommendations of how you can take advantage of your time during the holiday break to prepare for Showcase!

1.      Get fitted for and purchase a suit

When you look good, you feel good! A nice fitting suit will increase your confidence when you are meeting employers at Career Showcase. During the break, take the time to get professionally fitted for a suit, possibly ask for a new one as a holiday gift, or find a deal with post-holiday shopping sales. Also, don’t forget about your feet, break in any new shoes you have, you want to be comfortable walking around!

Do you have specific questions about professional attire?  Visit our Open House on Jan. 13th, where Dillard’s will present on how to make a lasting professional first impression.

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2.      Practice your elevator speech

You will be meeting employers for the first time at Career Showcase, you only have a few seconds to make a first impression, make sure it’s a polished one! Your elevator speech should be concise, consider keeping it under a minute, yet clear.  Consider these few things when crafting your speech: who you are (name and major); your career goals; your experience and your qualifications. Wrap up the speech with a question such as, ‘Can you tell me about the culture at your company?’ or ‘Can you share why you enjoy working at ABC Company?’.  Take time during your break to craft your elevator speech. Practice it front of family and friends to build confidence.

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3.      Tighten up your resume

The purpose of a resume is to help you secure an interview.  You need to make it easy for the employer to see that you are the top candidate. Employers only take 10-30 seconds to review your resume.  Take out your resume, do a self-edit to come up with a solid draft, then visit the CRC when classes start for our team to review it. For more on resumes, visit our site at www.crc.ufl.edu.

4.      Research companies you want to talk to

During Career Showcase you will get a few minutes to talk to recruiters from the companies you’re interested in. Make sure to do background research so you show the recruiter that you know about their company and the specific jobs they are hiring for. Having questions prepared to ask them isn’t a bad idea either. Log in to Gator CareerLink at the CRC’s website for a listing of participating companies at Career Showcase.

5.      Reflect on your past experiences

You’ll have the opportunity to meet with several different employers during Career Showcase.  Take the time now to reflect on your past experiences so that you’ll be able to recall them with ease. Ask yourself, ‘what can I bring to this opportunity?’ and think about the skills you learned and honed in previous positions. Your time will be brief when talking with employers, start thinking about relevant situations now to efficiently communicate why you should be considered as a candidate.

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Career Showcase is less than a month away!  Start preparing during your break to ensure that you are prepared!  When you return to campus, stop by the CRC for professional development workshops prior to Career Showcase.  You can find a listing of events on our site, www.crc.ufl.edu.

 Happy Holidays!

 By Bruna Bouhid

November Faculty & Staff Buzz

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Request a Career Planning Appointment
Our Career Planning staff can help students choose a major, explore interesting career options or start an internship/job search. Students can request an appointment with one of our Career Planning staff members either in person, phone, or Skype.

CHOMP
The Career Help for Major Planning (CHOMP) program was designed to help students find a major or consider different career paths; they can click below to get started.
Let’s Get Started

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CRC staff members interact with employers to establish and maintain employment connections for UF candidates. Use Gator CareerLink or check the organizations website to review their opportunities.    

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Events that help students prepare for or connect with employment and prepare for Career Showcase.

FOS Resume Workshop (for Sophomore FOS students only)
This presentation will explain the art of resume writing and how to best market students on paper!  We will discuss the basic components of a resume and how to stand out as a candidate. Sophomore-level Florida Opportunity Scholar students are required to attend one of these resume presentations during the fall semester. All workshops will be held in the CRC Classroom.
November 4th, 10:40am
November 6th, 11:45am
November 14th, 9:35am
November 14th, 3:00pm
November 15th, 4:05pm
November 18th, 5:10pm
November 19th, 1:55pm

Backpacks to Briefcases
November 5th, 5:30pm, CRC Library
This opportunity is geared toward freshmen and sophomores that may not be on the hunt for a full-time job yet but want to prepare for a future leadership position or maybe to apply for that first internship experience.
Backpack to Briefcases will help students:
• Develop their “60 Second Elevator Pitch”
• Enhance their interviewing skills
• Polish their resume
• Learn the do’s and don’ts of social media and
• Step up their interviewing skills
Brought to you by The Leadership Development Cabinet of Student Government and the Career Resource Center.


Central Florida Employment Council Job Fair
The Central Florida Employment Council Job Fair will be hosted on November 6th from 12-4pm at the Central Florida Fair Exposition Park. Please call 407-834-4022 with questions or visit: http://www.cfec.org/index.php/en/job-fair.
**This event is not affiliated with the UF Career Resource Center.

Possible Futures: Careers in Technology
November 6th, 4pm, CRC Library
The CRC’s Possible Futures: Careers in Technology gathers several professionals from different areas of communication, all eager to share their experience, knowledge, and expertise with students. Students can come join us on November 6th at 4pm, to hear our panelists tell their stories, and also have them answer some of your own questions. Afterward there will be time for students to network and make some meaningful connections.

Gear Up For Grad School
The Gear Up workshops will go over everything you need to know about applying to graduate or professional school. Attend the workshop that is the best fit for you, or attend them all.
Navigating the Application Process: GRE, GPA, and other acronyms
November 12th, 4:10pm, CRC Library
We’ll review the application process, discuss the updates to the GRE and go over general application guidelines and timelines.
Writing Personal Statements
November 20th, 4:10pm, CRC Library
Personal statements are a required component for a graduate school application. This workshop covers all students need to know about starting and writing a dynamic personal statement.


Certified Gator Professional Series
The Certified Gator Professional (CGP) is a series of personal and professional development workshops that review with students the skills and strategies needed to succeed in a professional setting. Once students have attended the three sessions, they will be a Certified Gator Professional.
Purposefully Prepare for Your Search
November 13th at 4:10pm, CRC Library
This workshop will guide students in evaluating their past experiences, recognizing their transferable skills, learning where and how to search for a position, and understanding the best practices of an internship and/or job search.
Professional Expectations and Competencies
November 21st at 4:10pm, CRC Library
This workshop will review what you need to know as you begin a new professional experience as well as strategies to help you succeed in your new role.

VeteransConnect Virtual Career Fair
PSI hosts VeteransConnect Virtual Career Fair November 1st-15th, 2013. For more information and questions visit psijobfair.com
**The UF Career Resource Center is not affiliated with this event.

Tampa Career Fair
Tampa Career Fair hosted by National Career Fairs will be held November 20th 11am-2pm at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 4500 West Cypress Street. Call 877-561-5627 or visit https://www.nationalcareerfairs.com/career_fairs/4132/FL/Tampa/November/20/2013 for more information.
**The UF Career Resource Center is not affiliated with this event.

LinkedIn 101
November 21st, 4pm, CRC Classroom
With a site of over 230 million people geared for professional networking, students want to take advantage of the platform LinkedIn has to offer.
After attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Create a dynamic LinkedIn profile to market yourself and your experiences
  • Use LinkedIn’s features like introductions, discussions, home feed, recommendations, groups, etc.
  • Successfully utilize LinkedIn to create and maintain professional relationships

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INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attend information sessions to learn about an organization or hiring process. They are FREE and open to UF faculty, staff, students and alumni.

November 6th
FBI- 1pm, CRC Classroom

November 7th
Peace Corps- 4pm, International Center 145 Hub

November 22nd
Rangel International Affairs Program- 9:30am, International Center 145 Hub
U.S. Department of State Diplomat- 10:40am, International Center 145 Hub

October Faculty & Staff Buzz

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Fall 2013 Career Showcase
Career Showcase will be held on October 1st and 2nd, 2013 from 9am - 3pm in the Stephen O’Connell Center. This event is open to UF students and alumni only. Career Showcase features full-time jobs and internships and offers students and alumni a great opportunity to network with employers and explore a position or organization that they had not previously considered.

CHOMP
The Career Help for Major Planning (CHOMP) program was designed to help students find a major or consider different career paths; they can click below to get started.
Let’s Get Started

Request a Career Planning Appointment
Our Career Planning staff can help students choose a major, explore interesting career options or start an internship/job search. Students can request an appointment with one of our Career Planning staff members either in person, phone, or Skype.

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CRC staff members interact with employers to establish and maintain employment connections for UF candidates. Use Gator CareerLink or check the organizations website to review their opportunities.    

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Events that help students prepare for or connect with employment and prepare for Career Showcase.

FOS Resume Workshop (for Sophomore FOS students only)
This presentation will explain the art of resume writing and how to best market students on paper!  We will discuss the basic components of a resume and how to stand out as a candidate. Sophomore-level Florida Opportunity Scholar students are required to attend one of these resume presentations during the fall semester. All workshops will be held in the CRC Classroom.
October 7th, 9:35am
October 11th, 11:45am
October 15th, 10:40am
October 16th, 4:10pm
October 22nd, 11:45am
October 25th, 11:45am
October 30th, 12:50pm

Certified Gator Professional Series
The Certified Gator Professional (CGP) is a series of personal and professional development workshops that review with students the skills and strategies needed to succeed in a professional setting. Once students have attended the three sessions, they will be a Certified Gator Professional.
     Professional Expectations and Competencies
October 7, 2013 at 4:10pm in the CRC Classroom
October 29, 2013 at 4:10pm in the CRC Library
This workshop will review what you need to know as you begin a new professional experience as well as strategies to help you succeed in your new role.
     Purposefully Prepare for Your Search
October 15th at 4:10pm in the CRC Library
This workshop will guide students in evaluating their past experiences, recognizing their transferable skills, learning where and how to search for a position, and understanding the best practices of an internship and/or job search.
     Professionalism and Your Brand
October 24th at 4:10pm, CRC Library
This workshop will cover topics that include creating and maintaining your brand, networking, and understanding the many components of professionalism.

Values in Action! 
October 7th, 5pm, Career Resource Center
You don’t want to miss the kickoff for Altria Week! Through interactive games and brain-busting team building exercises, students will learn the importance of strong values, and how they are used in not only their personal life but your professional experiences as well. Dress comfortably, bring your Altria ‘A’ game, and enjoy an engaging evening with Altria reps!

The Art of Influencing
October 8th, 5pm, Career Resource Center
Understanding people, utilizing sales strategies and crafting targeted messages are key components to helping achieve your organization’s goals. Influencing is also one of the top skills employers from all industries look for in entry-level candidates. Altria Group sales experts will share ways you can develop your influencing skills and successfully launch your career.

Things I Wish I Knew As a Freshman (Presented by IBM)
October 8th, 4:05pm, CRC Library
This informal session shares the best practices pulled together from College Recruiters. It is designed to help students as they begin thinking about how to make your time here in college valuable, in preparation for the next step — a career!

Gear Up For Grad School
The Gear Up workshops will go over everything you need to know about applying to graduate or professional school. Attend the workshop that is the best fit for you, or attend them all.
     Grad School 101
October 8th, 5:10pm, CRC Library
Students can look at what it takes to apply to graduate school, learn how to research and evaluate programs, and what questions they should be asking today to prepare.
      Navigating the Application Process: GRE, GPA, and other acronyms
October 16th, 4:10pm, CRC Library
We’ll review the application process, discuss the updates to the GRE and go over general application guidelines and timelines.
     Writing Personal Statements
October 22nd, 4:10pm, CRC Classroom
Personal statements are a required component for a graduate school application. This workshop covers all students need to know about starting and writing a dynamic personal statement.

The Altria Experience
October 9th, 6pm, Career Resource Center
Their motto is ‘Can’t Beat the Experience’, but what exactly does that mean? Altria will share their mission, ideals, and company culture to show you how Altria could be a great fit in your professional plans.

Bender Virtual Career Fair: Employment for Job Seekers with Disabilities
October 10th, 8am-5pm
The website to participate is: www.disability.careereco.net . Please contact bender@careereco.com or 770-980-0088 with questions. **The Career Resource Center is not affiliated with this event.

Possible Futures: Careers in Health
October 14, 4pm, CRC Library
This workshop gathers several professionals from different areas of the health industry, all eager to share their experience, knowledge, and expertise with students. Students can join us to hear our panelists tell their stories, and also have them answer some of their own questions. Afterward there will be time for students to network and make some meaningful connections.

LinkedIn 101
October 17th, 4pm, CRC Classroom
Are you maximizing your job search potential on the world’s largest professional networking database? With a site of over 230 million people geared for professional networking, you want to take advantage of this platform. After attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Create a dynamic LinkedIn profile to market yourself and your experiences
  • Use LinkedIn’s features like introductions, discussions, home feed, recommendations, groups, etc.
  • Successfully utilize LinkedIn to create and maintain professional relationships

Possible Futures: Careers in Communications
October 23rd, 4pm, CRC Library
This workshop gathers several professionals from different areas of the health industry, all eager to share their experience, knowledge, and expertise with students. Students can join us to hear our panelists tell their stories, and also have them answer some of their own questions. Afterward there will be time for students to network and make some meaningful connections.

BioMed Virtual Grad School Fair
October 24, 8am-5pm
This fair is for students interested in connecting with graduate schools of biomedical sciences. Visit www.biomed.careereco.net for details. Contact biomed@careereco.com for questions.

Take the Lead: Leadership Skills from Campus to Career (Presented by Target)
October 24, 5pm, CRC Library
Tomorrow’s leaders are in high demand. The CRC and representatives from Target Corporation are holding this workshop to provide students with the tools to become a successful leader. Students can come to “Leadership Skills from Campus to Career” to learn how to transfer their leadership skills to the workplace!

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INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attend information sessions to learn about an organization or hiring process. They are FREE and open to UF faculty, staff, students and alumni.

October 1st
Peace Corps-3:30PM, International Center (170 HUB)
Chevron Corporation-4:15pm, Weil Hall Room 234 
Apple Inc.-5pm, CRC Library
Bloomberg-5:30pm, CRC Classroom
Amazon-5:30pm, McCartey A G186 
Fisher Investments-5:30pm, Newin-Ziegler Hall 0112
ARAMARK-6:15pm, Weil Hall Room 234 
Accenture-7pm, CRC Library
Ford Motor Company- 7:30pm, NEB Room 101

October 2nd
Cameron-5:30pm, CRC Library
AirWatch-6:15pm, Weil Hall Room 234
Microsoft-6:30pm, Little Hall Room 101

October 3rd
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-7:30pm, NEB Room 202

October 4th
Wells Fargo- 5pm, Hough Hall Room 120

October 7th
The Home Depot-5:30pm, CRC Classroom
JP Morgan Chase: Technology-6:15pm, Weil Hall Room 234

October 8th
Macy’s-5:30pm, Reitz Union Grand Ballroom Salon A
Target Corporation-6:30pm, CRC Library
The New England Center for Children-6:30pm, NPB New Physics Building 1220

October 9th
Altria Group Distribution Company-6pm, CRC Library
Schlumberger-6:15pm, LARSON 310

October 13th
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.-6pm, Reitz Union Matthews Suite

October 16th
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH-7pm, CRC Classroom

October 17th
PepsiCo-6pm, Reitz Union Meeting Room 361/362/363
Schlumberger-6pm, CRC Library

October 21st
Harris Corporation-7pm, Reitz Union Room 282

October 23rd
Lockheed Martin Corporation-6pm, CRC Library

October 24th
Microsoft-6:30pm, Little Hall Room 101

October 30th
Texas Instrument-6pm, CRC Library

September Faculty & Staff Buzz

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Fall 2013 Career Showcase
Career Showcase will be held on October 1st and 2nd, 2013 from 9am - 3pm in the Stephen O’Connell Center. This event is open to UF students and alumni only. Career Showcase features full-time jobs and internships and offers students and alumni a great opportunity to network with employers and explore a position or organization that they had not previously considered.

 

CHOMP
The Career Help for Major Planning (CHOMP) program was designed to help students find a major or consider different career paths; they can click below to get started.
Let’s Get Started

 

Career Planning
Our Career Planning staff can help students choose a major, explore interesting career options or start an internship/job search.
Career Planning Express Drop In Hours
CRC Library | Weekdays | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Students can drop in for assistance with a variety of career-related topics like developing a resume, cover letter, personal statements, mock interviews,  and general job search strategies.
Request a Career Planning Appointment
Students can request an appointment with one of our Career Planning staff members either in person, phone, or Skype.

 

CRC Top Employers, 2012-2013
The following numbers are as reported to the CRC by employers recruiting at UF (these numbers include both intern and full time hires) for the 2012 – 2013 academic year. This list does not does represent where all our students go to work after college.

  1. Enterprise
  2. GE
  3. Teach for America
  4. PWC
  5. KPMG
  6. E&Y
  7. Apple
  8. Intel
  9. Citi
  10. Deloitte
  11. P&G
  12. Macy’s
  13. NextEra
  14. ABC Research
  15. Exxon Engineering
  16. Target
  17. Schlumberger
  18. R&L Carriers
  19. Blackberry, Eaton, Kimley Horn (*3-Way-Tie)

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CRC staff members interact with employers to establish and maintain employment connections for UF candidates. Use Gator CareerLink or check the organizations website to review their opportunities.    

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Events that help students prepare for or connect with employment and prepare for Career Showcase.

Impressing the Recruiter (Presented by Target)
September 10th, 5pm-7:30pm, CRC Library
Students can come  join our team as we discuss how to ‘Impress the Recruiter’ at career fairs, info sessions, workshops, etc.! Target executives will be presenting on first impressions, power stories, what to wear, and what questions to ask and which not to ask of recruiters.

Career Fair Boot Camp
September 17th, 4:05pm-5pm, CRC Library
Experts will discuss the many ways to prepare for Career Showcase, how to create a dynamic 2-minute commercial, how to navigate the fair and the things students can do to stand out in a crowd. Tips from this presentation can also be applied to their overall job and internship search.

Suit Up for Success presented by Dillard’s
Suit Up is a professional dress workshop that answers all the questions students need to know about how to dress for success as they prepare for Career Showcase and all the job interviews that they get afterward. We won’t just cover what to wear; we will also be giving tips on makeup and hair.
Suit Up for Success: Women - presented by Dillard’s
September 17, 5pm- 6:30pm, CRC Classroom
Suit Up for Success: Men - presented by Dillard’s
September 18, 5pm – 6:30pm, CRC Classroom


CPT, OPT & OPT STEM Information Session
September 19, 10am – 11:30am, CRC Library
September 19, 1pm – 2:30pm, CRC Library
September 20, 10 am – 11:30 am, CRC Library
September 20, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, CRC Library
International Student Services will be presenting info sessions about CPT, OPT and STEM OPT. Please attend to learn about your ability to do an internship during your program of study and to work after graduation. The Career Resource Center will also be available at the end of each presentation to provide you with information about CRC services.

Showcase Survival- presented by Macy’s
September 23rd, 6pm-9pm, CRC Classroom
Macy’s will present on “Dress for Success”, while the CRC will challenge students’ knowledge of soft skills, while informing them of all the tips and tricks to make their showcase experience as pleasurable and productive as possible! Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded.

Ace the Interview (Presented by TQL)
September 24th 4pm-5:30pm
Total Quality Logistics will be leading a workshop that teaches students how to perfect the interview process.

Brand U (Personal Branding Workshop)
September 24th, 4:30pm–5:30pm, Library
Students can take a look at the best way to market themselves to employers and discuss what messages they are sending about themselves through social media, their resumes and cover letters, and even their behavior in the classroom.

 

Certified Gator Professional Series      
The Certified Gator Professional (CGP) is a series of personal and professional development workshops that review with students the skills and strategies needed to succeed in a professional setting. Once students have attended the three sessions (each presented multiple times throughout the semester), they will be a Certified Gator Professional. Two of the three workshops will occur this month:
        Purposefully Prepare for Your Search
September 9th, 4:10pm-5pm, CRC Classroom  
This workshop will guide students in evaluating their past experiences, recognizing their transferable skills, learning where and how to search for a position, and understanding the best practices of an internship and/or job search.
        Professionalism and Your Brand
September 25th, 4:10pm-5pm, CRC Classroom
This workshop will cover topics that include creating and maintaining a brand, networking, and understanding the many components of professionalism.

The Real Truth: Diversity in the Workplace
September 26th, 6pm-8pm, CRC Library
This employer panel will allow students to submit questions anonymously and reveal the REAL truth about diversity in the work place while giving them tips to prepare for situations that may arise.  Students will also have a chance to network with the panel after questions are answered.

 Acing the Interview - presented by TQL
September 26th, 4pm – 5:30pm
Total Quality Logistics will be host a workshop that teaches you how to perfect the interview process. With Career Showcase just around the corner, you won’t want to miss this session.

Early Connections
September, 30th 6-9pm, CRC Library
The event begins with a student workshop on personal branding, then will progress to a reception with employers and small group “speed interviewing”.  The twist is that the students will interview employers to discover professional development tips, and receive direct feedback on their network/soft skills, while allowing employers to engage on a more personal level with diverse groups of students. Refreshments and a token of appreciation are included. RSVP is required-
EarlyConnectionsUF.eventbrite.com

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INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attend information sessions to learn about an organization or hiring process. They are FREE and open to UF faculty, staff, students and alumni.

September 10th
URBN–6pm, CRC Conference Room
Nielsen-5pm, Alumni Hall Warrington A-B

September 11th
SunTrust Banks-6:15pm, Hough Hall 150
Microsoft-6:30pm,
FLI 0050

September 16th
Citi-6pm, CRC Library

September 17th
Deutsche Bank-5:30pm, Hough Hall Room 120

September 18th
RCLCO-5:15pm, FAC 0127

September 19th
OmniPoint-7pm, CRC Conference Room

September 23rd
JPMorgan Chase - Technology -6pm, CRC Classroom

September 30th
Amica Mutual Insurance-4pm, CRC Conference Room
Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.-4pm, Reitz Union 347
Citi-5pm, Reitz Union 349
Citrix-6pm, CRC Classroom
Clark Construction Group, LL-6pm, CRC Conference Room        
GE-7pm,
Turlington L007
Johnson & Johnson-6pm, Bryan Hall Room 232
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network-3pm, CRC Conference Room
Ross Dress for Less-6:30pm, CRC Conference Room
Siemens Shared Services LLC-6pm, Reitz Union Room 361/362/363


The 411 On Student Organization Interviews

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With the new school year starting, student organizations are still typically looking for various positions to be filled and complete their board.  It is important to brush up on your interviewing skills and understand how to effectively approach the interview to guarantee the best results.  I decided to interview student leaders and faculty across campus to understand their experiences with interviews, involvement, and professionalism.

Katrice Graham, the assistant director for career development for the Career Resource Center, emphasized the importance of first impressions.  “The interview starts the moment when you walk into the building, not when you walk into the interview room,” said Graham.  She notes that employers can find out from the receptionist or anyone that saw you walk in the building how you behaved and take that into consideration when they are evaluating your interview.

Having a strong answer to the first question you are asked is key for making a favorable first impression.  This is the opportunity to show the interviewers why you are the best candidate.  The first question is typically “Tell me about yourself” or “Why do you want this position?”  Graham emphasizes that this is not an opportunity for people to talk about their life story, but a chance to share their skills and what they can offer to the organization.  To relax, she recommends a few things that may help alleviate nerves, breathe, be yourself, go to the bathroom before the interview, and remember that the interviewer is human too.  Lastly, Graham suggests to make sure you are prepared the interview, go to bed early, eat a light breakfast, and always overdress than underdress.

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I also interviewed student leaders from Student Government and the Black Student Union about the best practices for interviewing for campus organizations.  They emphasized that a student should have purpose for applying for a position instead of simply applying as a resume-booster

Each leader mentioned that passion for the organization is a crucial factor and will be noted more than simply.  Jamaal Hill, the community affairs director for the Black Student Union says, “Passion is more important than experience because experienced people do not guarantee a good effort will be made.  Passionate people may not have the skills but they will try harder and be open to instruction.

Christina Chan-Pong who is currently a senator in Student Government says, “Anybody can learn to do a task, but those with experience can’t learn passion.”  Furthermore, these student leaders also look for a lot of preparation before the interview.  Aranxa Joseph who is currently the Black Student Union secretary says, “During an interview, we look for whether they have thought about the specific responsibilities of the job, that they have an outline of what they want to do under the position, and even if they already looked into event, speakers, locations or theme ideas for the organization.”

Preparation is key to being able to stand out among other candidates.  Having your own game plan of how you would want to benefit the organization and how your communicate it to the interviewers are crucial to the success of the interview. 

Before your interview, remember to stop by the Career Resource Center at the Reitz Union to have your resume critiqued and to review interview tips with a Career Ambassador.  The CRC library hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.