Career Backpack

​​Social media content about career development from the University of Minnesota.

Greetings, here is the most recent Career BackPack from Career Services Administration. We hope to reach more students about resources and opportunities offered by career service offices and important career related information. This newsletter of social media content is for you, our campus partners, to share on your own social media platforms.  

We cover a variety of colleges and units, as well as industries, if you don't see something specific in this newsletter, check back next time!

Whenever available, try to push this handle: #MisforCareer (M is for Career) in all your social media postings.

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December 3rd - December 17th, 2018

MONDAY (PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Do you have a skill gap? Remember, a busy hiring manager wouldn't waste their time speaking with you if they didn't feel like you had something substantial to offer.z.umn.edu/inexperienced #MisforCareer.

Twitter: Don't apologize for having a skill gap during an interview. Instead, focus on your strengths and what you can bring to a position. z.umn.edu/inexperienced #MisforCareer.

graphic with five tips for responding to questions that highlight potential gaps you have as a career switcher: 1. don't apologize 2. avoid over-explaining 3. start responses on a positive note 4. have strong references 5. put yourself in their shoes

TUESDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Did you know GoldPASS powered by Handshake allows users to customize their profile with past experiences, skills, and professional social media links? Complete your profile today! goldpass.umn.edu #MisforCareer.

Twitter: Are you one of the many students and alumni that have completed their GoldPASSpowered by Handshake profile? goldpass.umn.edu #MisforCareer.

profile view of a mans face, the graphic says: "thousands of students and alumni have completed their profile on GoldPASS powered by Handshake.  Have you?"

WEDNESDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: The bright side of the weather getting colder: you get to stay inside and work on making your resume AMAZING! z.umn.edu/resumereviews #MisforCareer.

Twitter: Though the weather outside is frightful, your resume can be so delightful, if you avoid these resume mistakes: z.umn.edu/resumereviews #MisforCareer.

winter scene, graphic says: 4 resume mistakes to avoid at all costs: 1. telling instead of showing 2. not customizing your resume 3. focusing on job functions instead of results 4. poor writing

THURSDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Does something smell suspicious about that job posting, email, or phone call from an employer? Here's how to tell if you should follow your nose, ignore the "opportunity," and move on. z.umn.edu/snifftest #MisforCareer.

Twitter: Smell something phishy? It could be a potential job scam. Here are tips on how to sniff out a scam: z.umn.edu/snifftest #MisforCareer.

graphic showing a cow with his nose to the camera, graphic lists 7, "Questions to ask yourself during a 'sniff test'

FRIDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Job searching may seem intimidating, but it's not as scary once you break it down into manageable steps. In this video, industry professionals give you some tips for breaking down the process and landing your first job! z.umn.edu/jobsearch101 #MisforCareer

Twitter: The job search process isn't as daunting as it seems. Here are some tips for breaking down the process and landing your first job! z.umn.edu/jobsearch101 #MisforCareer

graphic shows phone with Google on the screen with search "how to search for a job?" in the searchbar.  "Job searching have you stressed?  Candid Career has you covered."

#MisforCareer

November 19th - December 3rd

MONDAY (PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: just like a tailor alters their customer's clothes, your resume should be altered to fit the company and opportunity you are applying for. Learn steps you can take to tailor your resume to be a perfect fit. z.umn.edu/tailoring.  #MisforCareer.

Twitter: Step one for tailoring your resume: read the job description thoroughly and highlight any words that are used frequently or phrases that stand out. z.umn.edu/tailoring #MisforCareer.
picture of man getting fitted for suit

TUESDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: What do natural resources, k-12 education, and tourism all have in common? They are three of the 62 featured industries with opportunities currently available on GoldPASSpowered by Handshake. goldpass.umn.edu #MisforCareer.

Twitter: Interested in multiple industries? GoldPASS powered by Handshake currently has opportunities across 62 different industries. goldpass.umn.edu  #MisforCareer.
 

a teacher writing on a whiteboard, a doctor taking blood pressure, and a woman presenting information
WEDNESDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Nothing suits you better or gives you a stronger sense of professionalism than a properly fitted suit. Learn how to properly fit yourself for a suit with these tips: z.umn.edu/suitup#MisforCareer.

Twitter: Do you want your upcoming interview to be legendary? Then it's time to suit up:z.umn.edu/suitup #MisforCareer.

man walking out of a building wearing a suit
THURSDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Do you wish choosing your major was as  easy as pie? CAPE offers resources, such as the major profile guide, to help in all of you major decisions. z.umn.edu/majorsprofile#MisforCareer.

Twitter: Having trouble deciding what to study? No worries, it's a major decision.z.umn.edu/majorsprofile #MisforCareer.

graphic that describes CAPE's ability to help with major profiles
FRIDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Informational interviews can be a good tool for career exploration. They might seem intimidating, but they're much less daunting once the Candid Career team breaks down the process: z.umn.edu/informationalinterview #MisforCareer

Twitter: Interested in doing an informational interview? Make sure you know how with this video from Candid Career: z.umn.edu/informationalinterview #MisforCareer

two people having coffee and writing notes in a planner

 

March 26th - April 8th

MONDAY (PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Explore your intended major or career! Discover necessary skills, salary projections, and employment trends through Career Services https://z.umn.edu/3d7h or through the U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop https://z.umn.edu/3d7g.  #MisforCareer

Twitter:
What does your major and career entail? Discover salary projections, employment trends and more through Career Services https://z.umn.edu/3d7h or through the U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop https://z.umn.edu/3d7g. #MisforCareer
 
TUESDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Hurray! You’ve received multiple job offers! What now? Candid Career has the answers. https://z.umn.edu/3d78 #MisforCareer

Twitter:
Multiple job offers? Stay calm. Learn how to juggle job offers with Candid Career. https://z.umn.edu/3d78 #MisforCareer
 

WEDNESDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Career Services offers many resources for students with disabilities. Learn how to develop and achieve your career goals with resources designed for you. https://z.umn.edu/3d72 #MisforCareer

Twitter: 
Do you have a disability? Career Services offers many resources for students with disabilities at https://z.umn.edu/3d72 #MisforCareer
 

THURSDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Thank you to the 2200+ students and alumni that attended the University of Minnesita Job & Internship Fair. Now, we want to know what your experience was like: https://z.umn.edu/UMJF #MisforCareer

Twitter: How did it feel to be at the job fair with 360 employers? We want to know!
 https://z.umn.edu/UMJF #MisforCareer
 

FRIDAY(PUSH THROUGH FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN AND TWITTER WITH GRAPHIC):

Facebook/Linkedin: Looking to get hired after graduation? Look no further than Now Hiring to learn about finding employement after college. z.umn.edu/NowHiring2018 #MisforCareer

Twitter: Now Hiring gives you a glimpse into companies that want to hire you: new graduates! z.umn.edu/NowHiring2018 #MisforCareer