Archive for September, 2006|Monthly archive page

Looking Cool Isn’t Always Cool When You Interview

by Kelly Brewer (’07)

Effectively presenting yourself during interviews can be crucial to a successful job search. Companies often look beyond a winning resume and decide if they will hire you or not based on your appearance, self confidence and how well you present yourself to the interviewer. There are steps to take before and during your job interview that will help you present yourself with energy, confidence and professionalism.

Who would you rather hire?

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Fall Into Your Career at UCMC Recruitment Events

by Gloria Fuqua, Manager of Recruitment Events

Look who’s coming to campus this fall! The Ulmer Career Management Center is pleased to announce that over 40 companies are coming to campus to recruit…YOU! Participating companies include UPS, General Electric, U.S. Department of Labor, KPMG, BB&T, Papa John’s, YUM! Brands, Kroger, Ernst & Young and more. Don’t waste time: Sign up now!

You won’t want to miss out on any of our events. Accounting majors can look forward to our annual Accounting On-Campus Recruitment event scheduled for September 25 through October 6. Some of the top firms that will participate include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and many more. All firms have full-time and/or internship opportunities available in the areas of audit services, tax, assurance practice, staff accounting and more. To date, 16 CPA firms are confirmed to participate.

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Ulmer Center Workshops You Won’t Want to Miss

by Eileen Davis, Director of Career Development

Resume Rx
Do you know how to ensure that your resume survives a 10-second scan and gets you an interview? Find out what employers are looking for and how you can highlight your best qualities on a single sheet of paper. If you’re looking for a co-op/internship or if you’re just about to graduate and need a job, invest 45 minutes of your time in this informative workshop.

Interviewing Essentials
Most interviewers know who they don’t want to hire within the first 60 seconds of an interview. But what do you do after surviving that first minute? Discover the secret to answering just about any interview question. You’ll still have to prepare for interviews, but you will be amazed at the difference this method will make on the number of offers you get! Find out how to prepare, what to say, and what not to say in this 45-minute session.

Presentations Without Panic
Nearly everyone has heard that public speaking is the number one fear of most adults. There are skills you can learn, however, that can help reduce your panic when you have to address a group. You will not be asked to make a presentation in this workshop, so relax–and come prepared to pick up tips that may help to ease your presentation jitters.

Networking for Introverts
Job-hunting by computer may be appealing if you’re an introvert, but employers agree that the Internet is the least-effective method for finding qualified applicants. Because 75% of jobs are filled through some form of personal referral, networking is an essential skill for all job-hunters. But if even the idea of networking exhausts you, come to this workshop to learn practical, low-stress ways you can build your own group of career champions.

The 21st-Century Job-Hunt
Job-hunting can seem easy, until you’re unemployed and not getting interviews. This workshop describes a variety of ways to approach the job-market – including internet job-boards, search firms and recruiters, networking, and targeted marketing. Explore job-searching activities that will uncover the right jobs for you.

The Ulmer Career Management Center: An Extreme Makeover!

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

The Career Management Center has just undergone an extreme makeover! The new and improved Ulmer Career Management Center (UCMC) was unveiled in January 2006. The UCMCl features two large conference rooms, 10 interview rooms, a corporate lounge, and a library that stocks business periodicals and other research tools to assist you in finding the job that’s right for you. These cosmetic changes are accompanied by exceptional job-placement services that benefit students and alumni alike.

Our Career Management Team Is Here to Serve You.
The Ulmer Career Management Center employs several professionals to assist you in your job-placement needs:

Frank McKinney, Director, oversees the Ulmer Career Management Center operations and strategic initiatives, provides career development consulting to students and alumni, and serves as contact for the National MBA Career Services Council.

Eileen Davis, Director of Career Development, and Courtney Hisey, Career Development Advisor, use the premier assessment tool Career Leader to assist you in determining the career options in business that are suitable to you. In addition, Ms. Davis and Ms. Hisey offer workshops focusing on effective communication and networking skills, interviewing techniques, and resume writing. One-on-one advising is also available to undergraduates, MBAs, and alumni free of charge.

Gloria Fuqua, Manager of Recruitment Events, schedules, coordinates, and assists corporate representatives with all events. These events include everything from on-site corporate presentations and job fairs to one-on-one interview appointments and corporate Roundtable recruiting events.

Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education, assists students who are participating in co-ops and internships throughout the region. Ms. Merrill performs on-site audits of various companies to ensure their co-op programs effectively provide students with real work experience.

Ashley Terrell, office manager/research analyst, supervises all the administrative functions relative to the operations of the Ulmer Center. Additionally, she coordinates the design and collection of undergraduate survey information.

Reality: You need a job. Solution: The Ulmer Career Management Center. Check us out!

UPS Co-op Program Delivers Opportunities

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

CIS, finance, and accounting students, take note: If you want to work for UPS, getting a co-op is a good place to start. There are approximately 60 co-ops at UPS at any given time. According to Warren Zoeller, professional recruiter for UPS, computer science majors comprise the majority of UPS’s co-ops. Right now, there are more than 20 co-op students working as programmers providing tech support for UPS’s Louisville operations.

There also are co-op opportunities in finance and accounting and for MBAs. Finance co-ops usually work in process improvement or as business analysts. Occasionally there are general business co-ops.

Most UPS co-ops are full-time because the learning curve is long and the development team might consist of as many as 40 or more people ­working on long-range projects. By working full-time, students are more likely to have the opportunity to contribute to these projects.

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On the Court, in the Classroom, as a Co-op: Zoya Excels

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

Zoya Filippova didn’t choose U of L—U of L chose Zoya. As captain of the national volleyball team in Russia, she stood out among her peers. So much so that Leonid Yelin, U of L’s volleyball coach, called her three and a half years ago and asked her to play for the Cards. That was good news for U of L academically. It’s a long way from Moscow School # 786 to Louisville, Kentucky, but that didn’t hinder Zoya’s academic prowess. According to accounting professor Christy Burge, “Zoya was one of our top accounting graduating seniors. She overcame culture and language difficulties as a foreign student. She illustrated leadership skills in the classroom and on the volleyball court. She is an outstanding individual.”

Zoya excelled in her accounting studies and was chosen by the accounting faculty as the Outstanding Senior for Commencement for May 2005. With a GPA of 3.8 and her leadership role in her volleyball team, that is not surprising.

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Marx Is on Target at Target

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

Susan Marx (’03 Finance) works for Target Stores as executive team leader for human relations. She’s earning more than $35,000 after little more than one year with the company.

Morale: don’t think the retail industry doesn’t have a lot to offer college grads.

Landing the Job
It took hard work in school, mixed with lots of fun. Susan, who came to U of L from Wisconsin and graduated with a 3.1 GPA, seized opportunities to take a leadership role in student activities and on the job. During her sophomore and junior years (1999-2001), Susan was a Louisville Lady, assisting with recruiting efforts for the U of L football team. This experience, as well as high school and college scholarships, helped her pay for college, and it also helped her learn the value of hard work.

Susan took an active role in extra-curricular activities during her junior and senior years, serving in leadership roles in five separate student organizations and serving as a student representative on various other boards and committees. Among those organizations in which Susan honed her leadership skills were Continue reading

Peter Pu Advances from Co-op to Full-Time Employee

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

If you’ve ever wondered about the benefits of having a co-op experience, ask Peter Pu. During his co-op work at Colgate-Palmolive, his work ethic and skills attracted the attention of the company’s management—so much so that the company offered him a full-time position when he graduated in December 2003. Of course, his GPA also helped (3.1 cumulative; 3.5 in CIS). Now, he’s earning more than $45,000 a year.

So why did Colgate-Palmolive take notice? According to Frank Lynch, associate director for the Americas technical infrastructure team at Colgate, Peter demonstrated, as a co-op, technical know-how, a solid work ethic, a desire to learn, and an eagerness to improve.

Says Lynch, “He came in here and held two different types of co-op positions—two very different areas of support. His work ethic and his willingness to learn prompted Colgate to offer him a full-time position.”

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Minding Your Pleases and Thank Yous, Part I

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

While we were all taught to say please and thank you as little children, many of us have forgotten these very important social graces in adulthood, especially when it comes to the job search. But effectively remembering both of these sentiments is vital to landing the job.

Killer Cover Letters
Everyone knows the importance of a good resume, but are you aware of how vital the cover letter is? Your resume can be somewhat cold—kind of like a product brochure. But a cover letter lets you personalize your resume and highlight the skills you would bring to the job for which you’re applying. Also, the cover letter—like your resume—should be customized for each job opportunity. There are a variety of cover letter formats to keep in mind, including invited, uninvited or cold-contact, referral, and job match cover letters. You can read more about these online at http://www.deed.state.mn.us/cjs/letters.htm.

There are several components of a cover letter that you should keep in mind. Whenever possible, address your cover letter to a specific person. If you’re responding to a newspaper ad and this information isn’t provided, address the letter to the appropriate hiring manager using generic terms like “Office Manager” or “Director of Marketing and Public Relations.” Never use the salutation “To Whom It May Concern.”

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Minding Your Pleases and Thank Yous, Part II

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

A Note of Thanks
Now this is a dying art form. While many polls conducted by vault.com indicate employers prefer and are impressed by applicants who thank them after an interview (or social meeting or golf outing), many applicants don’t bother sending them. If you want to have an edge over your competition, don’t be that applicant!

Let me tell you why you should write a thank-you note: Your potential employer will be glad you did. But there’s more to it than that. What if you screw up on part of your interview? No problem. Write a thank-you letter that reinvents you on the point of contention. For example, if you’re interviewer was concerned that you did a lot of job hopping, let them know in your thank-you letter that you’ve kept in touch with previous employers and are still on good terms with them.

Why else? You can prove to your potential boss that you were paying attention in the interview by highlighting things they indicated were most important in this job. You can make the first impression a lasting one. Finally, with a crisp, well-written thank-you note sent within 24 hours of your interview, you can show the employer you are both gracious and professional.

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