Career Backpack

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

Greetings! Here, we've compiled the content from past Career BackPacks, published by Career Services Administration. Search by topic or academic year to find prepared social media content to share with your students. #MisforCareer

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August 30, 2021

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BEST PRACTICES FOR JOB SEARCHES

Facebook/LinkedIn: Searching for a new job; see a company you haven't heard of? Research the company and recruiter before applying. z.umn.edu/best-practices-for-job-searches#MisforCareer

Twitter: Accepting an offer? Make sure you have: interviewed with the employer, agreed on your salary and watched out for any red flags like… z.umn.edu/best-practices-for-job-searches  #MisforCareer


UPDATE YOUR HANDSHAKE ACCOUNT AFTER SUMMER BREAK

Facebook/LinkedIn: Summer break is over, now what? Jump start your job search by updating your Handshake profile. goldpass.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Twitter: A lot can happen over summer break so make sure to keep your Handshake account up to date. goldpass.umn.edu #MisforCareer


HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW

Facebook/LinkedIn: During an interview, your speaking voice and body language are very important, practice them! z.umn.edu/how-to-prepare-for-an-interview #MisforCareer

Twitter: Ever wonder what to do to prepare for an interview? We have you covered with this checklist: z.umn.edu/how-to-prepare-for-an-interview #MisforCareer


SIMPLE JOB SEARCH TIPS PEOPLE FORGET

Facebook/LinkedIn: Treat your resume and LinkedIn profile as a living document. Tailor them to the role you want! z.umn.edu/basic-job-search-tips #MisforCareer

Twitter: Don’t rely solely on online applications, reach out to the company and start forming connections! z.umn.edu/basic-job-search-tips #MisforCareer


ENTRY LEVEL COVER LETTER

Facebook/LinkedIn: Remember the call to action! Leave a lasting impression on the recruiter. z.umn.edu/how-to-write-entry-level-cover-letter #MisforCareer

Twitter: Your cover letter is your introduction to the recruiter, so introduce yourself! z.umn.edu/how-to-write-entry-level-cover-letter #MisforCareer

September 13, 2021

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TIPS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Jitters are common to have before an interview, but with these tips, those jitters will be a distant memory. z.umn.edu/job-interview-tips #MisforCareer

Twitter: What you do not say is as important, if not more important, than what you do say during an interview. Your body language could be the key to excelling in an interview! z.umn.edu/job-interview-tips #MisforCareer


QUESTIONS TO ASK A HIRING MANAGER

Facebook/LinkedIn: Asking your interviewer questions will give your interview a powerful and impactful end! If you need help creating questions, check out this article: z.umn.edu/questions-for-hiring-managers #MisforCareer

Twitter: Asking questions about your interviewer’s position can help you gain insight into what they are looking for and make you standout. z.umn.edu/questions-for-hiring-managers#MisforCareer


PARKER DEWEY MICRO INTERNSHIPS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Did you know micro-internships are a great way to connect with alumni? Check out info.parkerdewey.com/umn to learn more! #MisforCareer

Twitter: Micro-internships allow you to build your portfolio and network year-round with great companies! Finding micro-internships has never been easier, thanks to: info.parkerdewey.com/umn #MisforCareer


RESUME TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Get a jumpstart on your resume, and create more than one! Having options and being prepared will make your career search less stressful: z.umn.edu/resume-tips-for-college-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: Visit your Career Center to get your resume proofread and receive feedback. z.umn.edu/resume-tips-for-college-students #MisforCareer


FAIRS ON HANDSHAKE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Career fairs across campus are still happening, now many are virtual! Checkout Handshake to see the fairs happening this fall: goldpass.umn.edu #MisforCareer 

Twitter: Being virtual hasn’t stopped career fairs from happening. In fact, in September alone there were eleven fairs! goldpass.umn.edu #MisforCareer

September 27, 2021

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CAREER TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Think about what courses you do and don’t enjoy- if you dislike a certain subject, it could be a sign of what to avoid in terms of a profession. z.umn.edu/career-tips-for-college-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: College is the best time in life to experiment, don’t be afraid to change your major and explore courses you enjoy. z.umn.edu/career-tips-for-college-students #MisforCareer


HANDSHAKE TIPS

Facebook/LinkedIn: To make the most out of Handshake, upload your resume and keep your profile updated each semester. z.umn.edu/handshake-tutorials #MisforCareer

Twitter: Make your Handshake profile public if you want employers to see your information and possibly contact you with interview offers. z.umn.edu/handshake-tutorials #MisforCareer


CAREER MANAGEMENT

Facebook/LinkedIn: Finding a mentor that can share their advice and industry skills is a valuable resource in advancing your own career. z.umn.edu/career-management #MisforCareer

Twitter: Your supervisor is there to help you grow! Don’t be afraid to share your career goals and ask how you can get there. z.umn.edu/career-management #MisforCareer


RESEARCHING A COMPANY

Facebook/LinkedIn: Look for companies that share your values by researching their mission statement and find ones that resonate with your interests and passions. z.umn.edu/researching-a-company #MisforCareer

Twitter: If you don’t know what company you want to work at, start by building a list of industries that best suit your knowledge, skills, and interests. z.umn.edu/researching-a-company#MisforCareer


HOW TO FOLLOW UP AFTER AN INTERVIEW

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: After an interview, your first step should be to send a thank you note. This is a great opportunity to leave a positive impression on the interviewers. z.umn.edu/interview-follow-up #MisforCareer

Twitter: If there's something you forgot to mention during the interview, a follow up email is a great opportunity to bring it up. z.umn.edu/interview-follow-up #MisforCareer

October 11, 2021

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POST-INTERVIEW THANK YOUS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Thank you notes are a great place to bring up important information you forgot to say during your interview and restate your valuable qualifications. z.umn.edu/post-interview-thank-yous #MisforCareer

Twitter: Send interview follow-up messages within 24 hours of your interview! This shows your interest in the position and sets you apart from other candidates. z.umn.edu/post-interview-thank-yous #MisforCareer


NEGOTIATING A JOB OFFER

Facebook/LinkedIn: When negotiating a job offer, make sure you justify your proposal. Don’t let the proposal speak for itself, instead explain why you are worth the counter-offer. z.umn.edu/negotiating-a-job-offer #MisforCareer

Twitter: When considering a job offer, don’t fixate on just the salary. Focus on the value of the entire deal such as travel, flexibility in work hours, and opportunities for growth. z.umn.edu/negotiating-a-job-offer #MisforCareer



EMPLOYER RESOURCES

Facebook/LinkedIn: Did you know we work closely with employers on your behalf?handshake.umn.edu/employers #MisforCareer

Twitter: In our employer webinar series, you can learn about diversity, equity and inclusion recruiting in a virtual world. handshake.umn.edu/employers #MisforCareer


DRESSED FOR SUCCESS

Facebook/LinkedIn: When it comes to your chosen attire, your look could make the difference in landing the job or even a promotion down the road. z.umn.edu/dressed-for-success#MisforCareer

Twitter: First impressions go a long way. Make sure you are dressed professionally with these tips: z.umn.edu/dressed-for-success #MisforCareer


QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE ACCEPTING A JOB OFFER

Facebook/LinkedIn: Ask yourself, “how do you expect to feel at the end of your work days?” It is important that you leave the office feeling satisfied and respected. z.umn.edu/accepting-a-job-offer #MisforCareer

Twitter: Before accepting a job offer, consider how this job will fit into your life goals. z.umn.edu/accepting-a-job-offer #MisforCareer

October 25, 2021

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HANDSHAKE PROFILE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Update your resume and profile on Handshake at least once per semester to ensure that you are getting access to information that is most relevant for you. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Twitter: By having a complete profile on Handshake, you have increased your likelihood of being messaged by a recruiter for jobs that you want! handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer


JOB INTERVIEW NOTES

Facebook/LinkedIn: According to interview experts, taking notes is acceptable, even encouraged; referring to your notes when answering questions is unacceptable. z.umn.edu/job-interview-notes #MisforCareer

Twitter: Before your interview, make sure you prepare, study, and rehearse what you want to say and how you are going to present yourself. z.umn.edu/job-interview-notes #MisforCareer


EFFECTIVE LINKEDIN PROFILE TIPS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Did you know LinkedIn profiles that have a picture are 11 times more likely to be viewed. Update your profile with a professional headshot! z.umn.edu/linkedin-profile#MisforCareer

Twitter: Personalize your invitation for connection requests. This personal touch will increase the odds they'll accept your request. z.umn.edu/linkedin-profile #MisforCareer


RESUME RED FLAGS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Employers are interested in well-rounded candidates. Your resume should include extracurricular activities, organizations you’re a part of, and/or your part-time jobs. z.umn.edu/resume-red-flags #MisforCareer

Twitter: Make sure to add keywords from the job description to your resume. This will show your interest and qualifications for the job. z.umn.edu/resume-red-flags #MisforCareer


HOW TO SPOT A FAKE RECRUITER ON LINKEDIN

Facebook/LinkedIn: If you believe a recruiter on LinkedIn could be fake, block and report them so LinkedIn will investigate. z.umn.edu/fake-recruiters-on-linkedin #MisforCareer

Twitter: Recruiters on LinkedIn that have large amounts of information missing on their profile could be fake. Make sure to do outside research to see if they are credible. z.umn.edu/fake-recruiters-on-linkedin #MisforCareer


DATA DASHBOARD

Facebook/LinkedIn: There are over 30,000 organizations on Handshake! Find out more and expand your career search at: handshake.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

Twitter: October is a great month to look for jobs and internships! We know because we compiled the data: handshake.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

November 8, 2021

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PREPARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

Facebook/LinkedIn: When analyzing the job posting, make a list of the skills and qualities that the employer is looking for. Compare them to your own strengths and experiences preparing for your interview. z.umn.edu/preparing-for-job-interview #MisforCareer

Twitter: Take time to practice answering interview questions. This will help calm your nerves and make you look put together during your interview. z.umn.edu/preparing-for-job-interview#MisforCareer


OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR OF NEGOTIATING

Facebook/LinkedIn: Pause to consider all aspects of the first job offer. Employers expect you to negotiate and leave wiggle room somewhere in the job offer (and it’s not always salary based). z.umn.edu/overcoming-your-fear-of-negotiating #MisforCareer

Twitter: Don’t negotiate on the spot, step back and build your case as to why you're worth your proposal. z.umn.edu/overcoming-your-fear-of-negotiating #MisforCareer


TIPS FOR USING HANDSHAKE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Did you know you can save your job searches on Handshake? This will send you a notification of similar job postings. handshake.umn.edu/students/tutorials #MisforCareer

Twitter: Frequently check the events tab on Handshake to stay updated with the latest information and recruiting sessions. handshake.umn.edu/students/tutorials #MisforCareer



INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: The U.S. and your home country are not the only places you can look for a job. Consider different countries for future graduate school or careers. career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: You can find many resources for international students to help you in your career exploration and preparation process at: career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer


GROUP INTERVIEW

Facebook/LinkedIn: Group interviews allow employers to see how you stand out and interact with your peers. z.umn.edu/group-interviews #MisforCareer

Twitter: Prepare a strong introduction when going into a group interview. It is important to make a great first impression! z.umn.edu/group-interviews #MisforCareer



PROJECTS BY THE MAROON AND GOLD NETWORK

Facebook/LinkedIn: Projects from the Maroon and Gold Network connects University of Minnesota students and new graduates with short-term, real world professional experiences supported by alumni. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Twitter: Get hands-on experience for your career with short-term professional experiences supported by alumni. With a Project from the Maroon and Gold Network, you can gain new skills, explore different industries, and make valuable career connections. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

November 22, 2021

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JOB SCAMS

Facebook/LinkedIn: If you have been a victim of a job scam, report it to the UMPD and know you can seek help from University Student Legal Service. Any information can help build cases for investigators to prevent others from being scammed. z.umn.edu/job-scams #MisforCareer

Twitter: If you come across a job that requires you to pay them for a ‘guaranteed’ position, it’s probably a scam. z.umn.edu/job-scams #MisforCareer


MENTORSHIP TIPS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Finding the right mentor can help change your career path for the better, guiding important decisions and sharing important career advice. Here are some tips to get the most out of your mentorship: z.umn.edu/mentorship-tips #MisforCareer

Twitter: Learn to be vulnerable with your mentor. This will help you better connect with them and get to the real root of your concerns or questions. z.umn.edu/mentorship-tips #MisforCareer


ATS FORMATTING MISTAKES

Facebook/LinkedIn: Some ATS have a difficult time gathering information within tables as it can get jumbled together. Instead, you should use standard bullet points to best organize your information. z.umn.edu/ATS-formatting-mistakes #MisforCareer

Twitter: Although you might want your resume to stand out by using a unique font, this will work against you. Times New Roman and Arial are the most reliable for getting past ATS. z.umn.edu/ATS-formatting-mistakes #MisforCareer


CAREER INTERESTS
 

Facebook/LinkedIn: Student industry interests are reported by the students themselves, giving us a general view of where our students hope to be in the job sector. This semester, students have been most interested in the investment industry. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

 

Twitter: By filling out your industry interests on Handshake, you will get more suggested jobs and internships that interest you. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer


HOW TO USE CRITICAL THINKING
 

Facebook/LinkedIn: Employers consistently rank critical thinking as a highly desirable skill. Being a critical thinker means that you can imagine a wide range of ideas, have a strong desire to stay informed, and rely on reason rather than emotion. z.umn.edu/how-to-use-critical-thinking #MisforCareer

Twitter: Critical thinking is a skill that has to be developed. Reading more, playing brain games, and embracing problems are some ways to practice your critical thinking. z.umn.edu/how-to-use-critical-thinking #MisforCareer

 

December 6, 2021

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TIPS FOR FINDING A NEW JOB

Facebook/LinkedIn: Before starting your job search, take time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work you enjoy doing. z.umn.edu/tips-for-finding-new-job #MisforCareer

Twitter: It is important to tailor your resume to fit the job you’re applying for. Look for keywords and skills in the job description and build them into your resume. z.umn.edu/tips-for-finding-new-job #MisforCareer


JOB SEARCH EFFECTIVELY

Facebook/LinkedIn: When applying for jobs, make sure it’s for something you really want and are qualified to do. Don’t waste your time applying for jobs that you aren’t interested in. Instead, you use your time to network or develop your resume. z.umn.edu/job-search-effectively #MisforCareer

Twitter: Develop a list of your target companies that you would like to work for. Set aside time to research them on sites such as Glassdoor and Indeed to look at reviews from employees. z.umn.edu/job-search-effectively #MisforCareer


BEHAVIORAL JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Check out this site to get 20 behavioral practice questions that are commonly asked during job interviews: z.umn.edu/behavioral-interview-questions #MisforCareer

Twitter: Before your interview, make sure to practice answering behavioral questions such as, “What was the most complex assignment you have had?” z.umn.edu/behavioral-interview-questions #MisforCareer


VETERAN STUDENTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: As a veteran student, consider the value your military background brings to a position and organization. career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: UMN Career Services offers resources for veteran students to help you in the career exploration and preparation process. career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer


STARTING A NEW JOB

Facebook/LinkedIn: Now that you've accomplished the tricky task of landing a job, watch this video with tips from our alumni that offer up their best advice for anyone looking to make a strong first impression: z.umn.edu/starting-a-new-job #MisforCareer

Twitter: In your new position, step-up and volunteer for tasks that may be outside your job description. You never know when these skills could be useful in the future. z.umn.edu/starting-a-new-job #MisforCareer

December 20, 2021

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TELLING A CONSISTENT STORY

Facebook/LinkedIn: Having an elevator pitch ready for networking events, career fairs, and anytime you’re ever asked, “So, tell me about yourself,” makes your life easier and you appear more confident. z.umn.edu/telling-a-consistent-story #MisforCareer

Twitter: Before your interview, think of ways to wrap up your responses so that you reiterate your key skills and make a lasting impression on your interviewer. z.umn.edu/telling-a-consistent-story #MisforCareer


NETWORKING THROUGH HANDSHAKE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Before sending a message on Handshake, you must make your profile visible to other students and alumni. This also makes your profile visible to employers, so recruiters will be able to find you! handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Twitter: You can easily find students and alumni that can help you on the Students page! Search for students by school year, major, previous employers, and student organizations. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer


COVER LETTER EXAMPLES

Facebook/LinkedIn: Cover letters give you an opportunity to craft a narrative that aligns with the position you’re applying for and the company. z.umn.edu/cover-letter-examples #MisforCareer

Twitter: While writing your cover letter may seem daunting, start by writing down all your ideas and skills that relate to the company you're applying to. z.umn.edu/cover-letter-examples #MisforCareer


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY EXAMPLES

Facebook/LinkedIn: An executive summary tells potential employers why they should consider you for an open position. It allows you to highlight your experience in a way that entices them to take a closer look at your resume. z.umn.edu/executive-summary-examples #MisforCareer

Twitter: A well-written executive summary starts with an introduction of yourself, states some of your professional achievements, and shows how you can contribute to the position and the company. z.umn.edu/executive-summary-examples #MisforCareer


LANDING A JOB WITH NO EXPERIENCE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Even if you don’t have professional experience, talk about your involvement in organizations and clubs and how it relates to the position. z.umn.edu/landing-a-job-with-no-experience #MisforCareer

Twitter: Trying to land a job without work experience might seem tricky, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips from industry professionals on how to put your best foot forward: z.umn.edu/landing-a-job-with-no-experience #MisforCareer

January 17, 2022

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR INTERVIEWER

Facebook/LinkedIn: During your interview, ask about the company’s values and culture to see if it would be a good fit with your own. z.umn.edu/questions-to-ask-your-interviewer #MisforCareer

Twitter: Success and happiness in a job boils down to contentment with the nitty-gritty of the everyday. Here are 8 valuable questions to ask during your interview: z.umn.edu/questions-to-ask-your-interviewer #MisforCareer


DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Some of the employer partners who recruit directly at the UMN through Handshake have taken time to share a direct link to their organization's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement: z.umn.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion-statements #MisforCareer

Twitter: Diversity, equity, and inclusion statements demonstrate a company's commitment to building an inclusive, varied workplace welcoming to people of all backgrounds. z.umn.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion-statements #MisforCareer


COMPANY SALARIES

Facebook/LinkedIn: On Glassdoor, you can search by job title or company and location to get an average base pay. z.umn.edu/company-salaries #MisforCareer

Twitter: Using Know Your Worth on Glassdoor, you can compare your pay to people like you and if you’re getting paid fairly. z.umn.edu/company-salaries #MisforCareer


JOB INTERVIEW NOTES DOS AND DON’TS

Facebook/LinkedIn: It is okay to bring notes to a job interview if they contain questions you’ve prepared to ask your interviewer. This can show your genuine interest in the job opportunity. z.umn.edu/job-interview-notes-dos-donts #MisforCareer

Twitter: It is not a good idea to bring notes on how you plan to respond to interview questions. Instead, take time to practice your response aloud beforehand. z.umn.edu/job-interview-notes-dos-donts #MisforCareer


SECOND ROUND INTERVIEWS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Watch this video for a clear picture of what to expect when you walk into a second round interview along with how you can start preparing now: z.umn.edu/second-round-interviews #MisforCareer

Twitter: Doing your research is key when going into second round interviews! Review the company's website and checkout their LinkedIn if you know who is interviewing you. z.umn.edu/second-round-interviews #MisforCareer

January 31, 2022

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VIRTUAL CAREER FAIRS

Facebook/LinkedIn: First impressions mean everything...even virtual ones. This video offers 10 tips to prepare for and ace your upcoming virtual fair: z.umn.edu/virtual-career-fairs #MisforCareer

Twitter: Before attending a virtual career fair, prepare your environment so that you have a clean, quiet, and distraction free location for the event. z.umn.edu/virtual-career-fairs #MisforCareer


LGBTQIA CAREER RESOURCES

Facebook/LinkedIn: As you think about your career, consider what value your diverse background brings to a position and organization. Many employers appreciate the unique insight LGBTQIA students can bring to their position. z.umn.edu/LGBTQIA-career-resources #MisforCareer

Twitter: There are many LGBTQIA on-campus resources and student groups. This is a great way to network with your peers and many groups bring in professionals to speak with students. z.umn.edu/LGBTQIA-career-resources #MisforCareer


ELEVATOR PITCH EXAMPLES

Facebook/LinkedIn: Make sure to include your professional and educational background in your elevator pitches along with your goals. This can also include extracurriculars and school clubs. z.umn.edu/elevator-pitch-examples #MisforCareer

Twitter: At some point in their lives, every college student should care about having a successful elevator pitch they can pull up with great ease. This article shows three best elevator pitch examples for students: z.umn.edu/elevator-pitch-examples #MisforCareer


WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS MAJOR

Facebook/LinkedIn: What Can You Do With This Major is a resource provided under the Career Center tab on Handshake. You can learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Twitter: By going to the Career Center tab on Handshake, you can access many resources for career and internship information, such as What Can You Do With This Major. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer


INTERVIEW PREP TIPS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Before your interview, spend a few hours learning everything you can about the organization- from as many sources as you can. z.umn.edu/interview-prep-tips #MisforCareer

Twitter: Have an answer to “Tell me about yourself” ready to go. Interviewers always ask it, and you want to be sure to nail this first part of the interview. z.umn.edu/interview-prep-tips #MisforCareer

February 14, 2022

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MAROON AND GOLD NETWORK PROJECTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Projects from the Maroon and Gold Network connect University of Minnesota students with short-term, real world professional experiences supported by alumni. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Twitter: Get hands-on experience for your career with short-term professional experiences supported by alumni. With a Project from the Maroon and Gold Network, you can gain new skills, explore different industries, and make valuable career connections. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer


UMN JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR

Facebook/LinkedIn: Before the virtual UMN Job and Internship Fair, make sure to set up your profile and preferences so that employers can see the most relevant information about you. Find more job fair tips in this video and register for the fair using this link: z.umn.edu/job-fair  #MisforCareer

Twitter: Registration for the virtual UMN Job and Internship Fair opens today: z.umn.edu/job-fair. Here are 3 key things employers have shared they are looking for during fairs. #MisforCareer


COPING SKILLS FOR ANXIOUS JOB SEEKERS

Facebook/LinkedIn: To conduct an effective job search, break the overall project into manageable tasks. Each one completed will bring you closer to the job offer that you seek. z.umn.edu/anxious-job-seekers #MisforCareer

Twitter: If your job search becomes overwhelming, set up an appointment with your career counselor to help you focus on your goals. z.umn.edu/anxious-job-seekers #MisforCareer


HOW TO GET NOTICED BY AN ORGANIZATION

Facebook/LinkedIn: Try reaching out to hiring managers directly. This may help ensure that your application gets another look in the application process, and may help you stand out from other candidates. z.umn.edu/get-noticed-by-an-organization #MisforCareer

Twitter: Know the stories, accomplishments, and examples that showcase the value you can bring to the position. When you study yourself just as much as you would study the job description, you’ll increase your chances of getting a response back. z.umn.edu/get-noticed-by-an-organization #MisforCareer


DOS AND DON’TS OF INTERVIEW FOLLOW UPS

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: Send a follow-up thank-you email after your interview. Be sure to keep the email brief and show you’re still interested in the job. z.umn.edu/interview-follow-ups #MisforCareer

Twitter: For your last follow-up, include a note saying that you’ve been eager to hear back, and ask if the decision has been finalized yet. z.umn.edu/interview-follow-ups #MisforCareer

 

February 28, 2022

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DATA DASHBOARD

Facebook/LinkedIn: Utilize the UMN Career Services Data Dashboard to expand your job search and career exploration. Keep a running list of organizations that peak your interest during your search. z.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

Twitter: We have compiled datasets from Handshake to show themes in recruiting and student job searching behavior. Take a look at when different industries tend to hire. z.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer


STEPS TO TAKE AFTER YOUR VIRTUAL INTERVIEW

Facebook/LinkedInAfter you meet an employer you like, go to their Handshake profile and click Follow. You’ll receive notifications when they post new jobs and events. z.umn.edu/steps-after-virtual-interview #MisforCareer

Twitter: Send a follow-up email within 24 hours of your interview. Begin your email by thanking them for their time and telling them you enjoyed meeting them. z.umn.edu/steps-after-virtual-interview #MisforCareer


PREPARING A COVER LETTER

Facebook/LinkedInIn your cover letter, be direct when explaining why you are perfect for the position. z.umn.edu/preparing-a-cover-letter #MisforCareer

Twitter: The cover letter allows you to showcase your writing skills and creativity. You can emphasize things that wouldn’t fit in your resume. z.umn.edu/preparing-a-cover-letter #MisforCareer


REDUCE JOB SEARCH ANXIETY

Facebook/LinkedIn: Enjoy the challenge of discovering new positions to apply for, and reward yourself when you’re done by engaging in the activities that make you happy. z.umn.edu/reduce-job-search-anxiety #MisforCareer

Twitter: If your concerns center on feeling unprepared, take action to reduce those negative thoughts. Spend time researching the kind of position you want and the career path you hope to follow. z.umn.edu/reduce-job-search-anxiety #MisforCareer


WHY WE SHOULD HIRE YOU

Facebook/LinkedIn: Before going into an interview, it's great to list some bullet points that you will want to emphasize in advance and prepare a few responses to commonly asked questions. z.umn.edu/why-should-we-hire-you #MisforCareer

Twitter: Don't let the question of, “Why should we hire you?” trip you up along the way. Here are 10 great examples of how to answer this interview question: z.umn.edu/why-should-we-hire-you #MisforCareer

March 14, 2022

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DECIDING A JOB OFFER

Facebook/LinkedIn: Trust your gut! Before you think about negotiating, or even get into the details, take a moment to consider your initial reaction to the offer and the job itself. z.umn.edu/right-job-offer #MisforCareer

Twitter:  When accepting a job offer, ask yourself, “Are the tasks and responsibilities of the job something I want to do full time?” z.umn.edu/right-job-offer #MisforCareer


 


WHAT IS COMPANY CULTURE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Read the mission and values of the organization. If you prefer an organization that supports a cause you are passionate about, those are places to find that information. z.umn.edu/what-is-company-culture #MisforCareer

Twitter:  Check the reviews from current and past employees. You can often get a sense of the organization, good or bad, just by those reviews. z.umn.edu/what-is-company-culture #MisforCareer


HANDSHAKE REVIEWS AND Q&A

Facebook/LinkedIn: On Handshake, you can read reviews on the organization’s profile. See reviews from past and current employees to get their perspective on working for the organization. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Twitter: Use the Q&A section on an Organization’s Handshake profile to ask career related questions. Handshake allows anyone with experience at that organization to answer your question. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer


JOB SCAMS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Before you accept a job offer, take these steps to protect yourself from job scams by doing online research of the organization. z.umn.edu/ftc-job-scams #MisforCareer

Twitter: If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Talk to someone you trust to get their opinion on the offer before you make a decision. z.umn.edu/ftc-job-scams #MisforCareer


 


JUGGLING MULTIPLE JOB OFFERS

Facebook/LinkedIn: Whether or not you accept the job offer, follow up with the hiring managers by sending them a thank you note for their time and consideration. z.umn.edu/juggling-job-offers #MisforCareer

Twitter: Consider all your options before accepting your first offer. Compare the pros and cons to make sure the job is a good fit for you. z.umn.edu/juggling-job-offers #MisforCareer

March 28, 2022

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LGBTQIA CAREER RESOURCES

Facebook/LinkedIn: As you think about your career, consider what value your diverse background brings to a position and organization. Many employers appreciate the unique insight LGBTQIA students can bring to their position. z.umn.edu/LGBTQIA-career-resources #MisforCareer

Twitter: Read organizations’ diversity statements and human resources policies on their web sites. Look to see if organizations have LGBTQIA-friendly benefits and workplace cultures. z.umn.edu/LGBTQIA-career-resources #MisforCareer


PROBLEM SOLVING

Facebook/LinkedIn: Problem solving is a key skill to have in your tool belt when looking for a new job. This video shows you how to articulate this skill in a job interview: z.umn.edu/problem-solving-skill #MisforCareer

Twitter: During a job interview, have examples of times when you solved problems and your thought process behind it. z.umn.edu/problem-solving-skill #MisforCareer


STAND OUT IN AN INTERVIEW

Facebook/LinkedIn: Asking meaningful questions about the organization’s culture and the specific position you’re applying for shows that you’re thinking about the details of how you’d fit in to the workplace. z.umn.edu/stand-out-in-an-interview #MisforCareer

Twitter: During your interview, find ways to demonstrate the skills you have that are outside the core requirements but could still be valuable for the role. z.umn.edu/stand-out-in-an-interview #MisforCareer


IMPROVE YOUR HANDSHAKE EXPERIENCE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Improve your Handshake experience by updating your profile & career interests, following employers, and favoriting jobs you're interested in. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Twitter: Make sure to keep your profile updated so employers know what kind of opportunities you are looking for. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer


WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU

Facebook/LinkedIn: “Why should we hire you?'' is one of those interview questions that almost everyone gets asked. Here are some great ways to respond: z.umn.edu/why-should-you-be-hired #MisforCareer

Twitter: The best approach to answering “Why should we hire you?” is to focus on a combination of experiences and skills that you possess. This could include: industry experience, technical skills, key accomplishments, awards, and education. z.umn.edu/why-should-you-be-hired #MisforCareer

April 11, 2022

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BLACK PROFESSIONALS SHARE THEIR CAREER ADVICE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Don’t be afraid to ask for help and seek out mentors! You will find many people willing to help you get on the right track. z.umn.edu/black-professionals-career-advice #MisforCareer

Twitter: Your boss can play a huge role in your career and growth. Ask them how they’ve promoted, developed, and grown as a leader for their team.z.umn.edu/black-professionals-career-advice #MisforCareer


INTERVIEWSTREAM

Facebook/LinkedIn: InterviewStream allows you to capture a video of yourself answering interview questions. Use this video to review how you’re answering questions or share it with a friend, family member, or career counselor for feedback. Access InterviewStream through handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Twitter: No time to schedule a mock interview with your career counselor? UMN students and alumni have access to online mock interviews with InterviewStream, found in the Career Services section on Handshake. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer


MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: The GREATER MSP Partnership is setting out to close the "network gap" for people of color. Access the network for college students and early career professionals of color at connextmsp.org. You can find this and many other career resources on our site at: z.umn.edu/multicultural-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: As you navigate the job market, it is important that you consider your area of expertise and interest and how your identities, including race and cultural background, will shape your experience within the position you seek. z.umn.edu/multicultural-students #MisforCareer


HANDSHAKE JOB SEARCH ADVICE

Facebook/LinkedIn: When job searching on Handshake, instead of searching for opportunities by key words, use the filters such as job type, role, and location first. Then search with keywords if needed. This will get you more results relevant to what you are looking for. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Twitter: On Handshake, over 16,500 job postings were created in March! Start your job search today to find the perfect opportunity for you. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer


MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS IN THE WORKPLACE

Facebook/LinkedIn: If you have depression, PTSD, or another mental health condition, you are protected against discrimination and harassment at work because of your condition. In this article, learn about your legal rights in the workplace regarding mental health: z.umn.edu/mental-health-conditions-workplace #MisforCareer

Twitter: It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you simply because you have a mental health condition. This includes firing you, rejecting you for a job or promotion, or forcing you to take leave. z.umn.edu/mental-health-conditions-workplace #MisforCareer

April 25, 2022

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MAROON & GOLD NETWORK PROJECTS

Option 1: Get a micro-internship with U of M alumni at the start of summer through a Project from the Maroon and Gold Network. The priority deadline is May 8, 2022! z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Option 2: Projects from the Maroon and Gold Network connect University of Minnesota students with short-term, real world professional experiences supported by alumni. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer


INCREASED COLLEGE HIRING

Option 1: Employers plan to hire over 30% more college graduates from the Class of 2022 than they hired from the Class of 2021. Start looking for your job or internship today! z.umn.edu/increased-college-hiring #MisforCareer

Option 2: Do you wish that you could enjoy the flexibility of remote work while also keeping the social aspect of being in-person? So do employers! 40% of employers say that their entry-level positions will be in a hybrid modality for 2022. z.umn.edu/increased-college-hiring #MisforCareer


STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Option 1: As a student with a disability you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and what to do should it arise. Here are resources to help you understand your rights, and where to go if you encounter discrimination on an application, in a job interview, or in the workplace: z.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

Option 2: At Career Services, we offer a variety of career resources for people with disabilities. Here are some resources we thought would be most valuable: z.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer


SOCIAL MEDIA JOB SCAMS

Option 1: Be on your guard when networking online and using social media in your job search. Scammers may direct message you with an “opportunity” to make tons of money working at home and only need your personal information. z.umn.edu/social-media-job-scams #MisforCareer

Option 2: Do your research if an opportunity seems too good to be true before clicking on any links. These can end up being malicious downloads that can lock up your computer and hold your files hostage. z.umn.edu/social-media-job-scams #MisforCareer


MAKING A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION

Option 1: Don’t be late to work! Showing up a few minutes early, or right on time shows your employer that you’re dependable and responsible. z.umn.edu/great-first-impression #MisforCareer

Option 2: It can be intimidating to be the “new person” at work, but take the initiative and introduce yourself to your team members. z.umn.edu/great-first-impression #MisforCareer

May 9, 2022

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ENDING YOUR INTERNSHIP WITH A FULL-TIME JOB

Option 1: When you start your internship, clearly articulate your goals to your supervisor. Lead with: “My goal is to perform at such a high level that I get a full-time job offer.” z.umn.edu/internship-ends-with-a-job #MisforCareer

Option 2: Don’t limit your interactions to only your direct supervisor and immediate peers. Meet other hiring managers by requesting informational interviews. This will help grow your reputation within the organization. z.umn.edu/internship-ends-with-a-job #MisforCareer


MAROON & GOLD NETWORK

Option 1: Make networking a priority this summer! Sign up for the Maroon & Gold Network. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network #MisforCareer

Option 2: The Maroon and Gold Network is a resource where alumni can give career-related advice to current students and fellow U of M grads. Start growing your network today! z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network #MisforCareer


APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS

Option 1: According to employer respondents from a June 2021 survey, 52% of employers use Applicant Tracking Systems. If you're not familiar with ATS friendly resumes, here's a helpful article. See more employer trends and insights: z.umn.edu/applicant-tracking-systems #MisforCareer

Option 2: Common mistakes that get applicants' resumes rejected by Applicant Tracking Systems are formatting issues, incomplete information, and failure to customize their resume for the position. z.umn.edu/applicant-tracking-systems #MisforCareer


VETERAN STUDENTS

Option 1: As a veteran student, Career Services has resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process: z.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: As you think about your career, consider the value your military background brings to a position and organization. Remember employers appreciate the unique skills a military veteran can bring to their position. z.umn.edu/veteran-student #MisforCareer


WORK ETHIC

Option 1: In this video, employers share the qualities that not only stand out to them but are often the qualities that are pegged for promotion the soonest! z.umn.edu/work-ethic #MisforCareer

Option 2: Having a strong work ethic doesn’t mean you have to be working 80 hours a week. Being present and engaged with your tasks are qualities of a strong work ethic. z.umn.edu/work-ethic #MisforCareer

Archives By Category 

Find Career Backpack posts from the past two academic years (2021-2022 and 2020-2021) by category. Every post has an easy to see date to correspond with the original newsletter it was released in. 

If there is a broken link or if you would like to see more pervious posts please email us at [email protected]. References to Goldpass can be ignored as we formally switched to Handshake at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.


Job Search

Option 1: If you have depression, PTSD, or another mental health condition, you are protected against discrimination and harassment at work because of your condition. In this article, learn about your legal rights in the workplace regarding mental health: z.umn.edu/mental-health-conditions-workplace

Option 2: It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you simply because you have a mental health condition. This includes firing you, rejecting you for a job or promotion, or forcing you to take leave. z.umn.edu/mental-health-conditions-workplace

(April 11th, 2022)

April 11th, 2022

Option 1: Enjoy the challenge of discovering new positions to apply for, and reward yourself when you’re done by engaging in the activities that make you happy. z.umn.edu/reduce-job-search-anxiety #MisforCareer

Option 2: If your concerns center on feeling unprepared, take action to reduce those negative thoughts. Spend time researching the kind of position you want and the career path you hope to follow. z.umn.edu/reduce-job-search-anxiety #MisforCareer

(February 28th, 2022)

February 28th, 2022

Option 1: Try reaching out to hiring managers directly. This may help ensure that your application gets another look in the application process, and may help you stand out from other candidates. z.umn.edu/get-noticed-by-an-organization #MisforCareer

Option 2: Know the stories, accomplishments, and examples that showcase the value you can bring to the position. When you study yourself just as much as you would study the job description, you’ll increase your chances of getting a response back. z.umn.edu/get-noticed-by-an-organization #MisforCareer

(February 14th, 2022)

February 14th, 2022

Option 1: To conduct an effective job search, break the overall project into manageable tasks. Each one completed will bring you closer to the job offer that you seek. z.umn.edu/anxious-job-seekers #MisforCareer

Option 2: If your job search becomes overwhelming, set up an appointment with your career counselor to help you focus on your goals. z.umn.edu/anxious-job-seekers #MisforCareer

(February 14th, 2022)

February 14th, 2022

Option 1: Make sure to include your professional and educational background in your elevator pitches along with your goals. This can also include extracurriculars and school clubs. z.umn.edu/elevator-pitch-examples #MisforCareer

Option 2: At some point in their lives, every college student should care about having a successful elevator pitch they can pull up with great ease. This article shows three best elevator pitch examples for students: z.umn.edu/elevator-pitch-examples #MisforCareer

(January 31st, 2022)

January 31st, 2022

Option 1: On Glassdoor, you can search by job title or company and location to get an average base pay. z.umn.edu/company-salaries #MisforCareer

Option 2: Using Know Your Worth on Glassdoor, you can compare your pay to people like you and if you’re getting paid fairly. z.umn.edu/company-salaries #MisforCareer

(January 17th, 2022)

January 17th, 2022

Option 1: Some of the employer partners who recruit directly at the UMN through Handshake have taken time to share a direct link to their organization's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement: z.umn.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion-statements #MisforCareer

Option 2: Diversity, equity, and inclusion statements demonstrate a company's commitment to building an inclusive, varied workplace welcoming to people of all backgrounds. z.umn.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion-statements #MisforCareer

(January 17th, 2022)

January 17th, 2022

Option 1: Even if you don’t have professional experience, talk about your involvement in organizations and clubs and how it relates to the position. z.umn.edu/landing-a-job-with-no-experience #MisforCareer

Option 2: Trying to land a job without work experience might seem tricky, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips from industry professionals on how to put your best foot forward: z.umn.edu/landing-a-job-with-no-experience #MisforCareer

(December 20th, 2021)

December 20th, 2021

Option 1: Having an elevator pitch ready for networking events, career fairs, and anytime you’re ever asked, “So, tell me about yourself,” makes your life easier and you appear more confident. z.umn.edu/telling-a-consistent-story #MisforCareer

Option 2: Before your interview, think of ways to wrap up your responses so that you reiterate your key skills and make a lasting impression on your interviewer. z.umn.edu/telling-a-consistent-story #MisforCareer

(December 20th, 2021)

December 20th, 2021

Option 1: Now that you've accomplished the tricky task of landing a job, watch this video with tips from our alumni that offer up their best advice for anyone looking to make a strong first impression: z.umn.edu/starting-a-new-job #MisforCareer

Option 2: In your new position, step-up and volunteer for tasks that may be outside your job description. You never know when these skills could be useful in the future. z.umn.edu/starting-a-new-job #MisforCareer

(December 6th, 2021)

December 6th, 2021

Option 1: When applying for jobs, make sure it’s for something you really want and are qualified to do. Don’t waste your time applying for jobs that you aren’t interested in. Instead, you use your time to network or develop your resume. z.umn.edu/job-search-effectively #MisforCareer

Option 2: Develop a list of your target companies that you would like to work for. Set aside time to research them on sites such as Glassdoor and Indeed to look at reviews from employees. z.umn.edu/job-search-effectively #MisforCareer

(December 6th, 2021)

December 6th, 2021

Option 1: Before starting your job search, take time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work you enjoy doing. z.umn.edu/tips-for-finding-new-job #MisforCareer

Option 2: It is important to tailor your resume to fit the job you’re applying for. Look for keywords and skills in the job description and build them into your resume. z.umn.edu/tips-for-finding-new-job #MisforCareer

(December 6th, 2021)

December 6th, 2021

Option 1: Employers consistently rank critical thinking as a highly desirable skill. Being a critical thinker means that you can imagine a wide range of ideas, have a strong desire to stay informed, and rely on reason rather than emotion. z.umn.edu/how-to-use-critical-thinking #MisforCareer

Option 2: Critical thinking is a skill that has to be developed. Reading more, playing brain games, and embracing problems are some ways to practice your critical thinking. z.umn.edu/how-to-use-critical-thinking #MisforCareer

(November 22nd, 2021)

November 22nd, 2021

Option 1: Pause to consider all aspects of the first job offer. Employers expect you to negotiate and leave wiggle room somewhere in the job offer (and it’s not always salary based). z.umn.edu/overcoming-your-fear-of-negotiating #MisforCareer

Option 2: Don’t negotiate on the spot, step back and build your case as to why you're worth your proposal. z.umn.edu/overcoming-your-fear-of-negotiating #MisforCareer

(November 8th, 2021)

November 8th, 2021

Option 1: Did you know LinkedIn profiles that have a picture are 11 times more likely to be viewed. Update your profile with a professional headshot! z.umn.edu/linkedin-profile#MisforCareer

Option 2: Personalize your invitation for connection requests. This personal touch will increase the odds they'll accept your request. z.umn.edu/linkedin-profile #MisforCareer

(October 25th, 2021)

October 25th, 2021

Option 1: Ask yourself, “how do you expect to feel at the end of your work days?” It is important that you leave the office feeling satisfied and respected. z.umn.edu/accepting-a-job-offer #MisforCareer

Option 2: Before accepting a job offer, consider how this job will fit into your life goals. z.umn.edu/accepting-a-job-offer #MisforCareer

(October 11th, 2021)

October 11th, 2021

Option 1: When it comes to your chosen attire, your look could make the difference in landing the job or even a promotion down the road. z.umn.edu/dressed-for-success#MisforCareer

Option 2: First impressions go a long way. Make sure you are dressed professionally with these tips: z.umn.edu/dressed-for-success #MisforCareer

(October 11th, 2021)

October 11th, 2021

Option 1: When negotiating a job offer, make sure you justify your proposal. Don’t let the proposal speak for itself, instead explain why you are worth the counter-offer. z.umn.edu/negotiating-a-job-offer #MisforCareer

Option 2: When considering a job offer, don’t fixate on just the salary. Focus on the value of the entire deal such as travel, flexibility in work hours, and opportunities for growth. z.umn.edu/negotiating-a-job-offer #MisforCareer

(October 11th, 2021)

October 11th, 2021

Option 1: Look for companies that share your values by researching their mission statement and find ones that resonate with your interests and passions. z.umn.edu/researching-a-company #MisforCareer

Option 2: If you don’t know what company you want to work at, start by building a list of industries that best suit your knowledge, skills, and interests. z.umn.edu/researching-a-company#MisforCareer

(September 27th, 2021)

September 27th, 2021

Option 1: Finding a mentor that can share their advice and industry skills is a valuable resource in advancing your own career. z.umn.edu/career-management #MisforCareer

Option 2: Your supervisor is there to help you grow! Don’t be afraid to share your career goals and ask how you can get there. z.umn.edu/career-management #MisforCareer

(September 27th, 2021)

September 27th, 2021

Option 1: Treat your resume and LinkedIn profile as a living document. Tailor them to the role you want! z.umn.edu/basic-job-search-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Don’t rely solely on online applications, reach out to the company and start forming connections! z.umn.edu/basic-job-search-tips #MisforCareer

(August 30th, 2021)

August 30th, 2021

Option 1: Searching for a new job; see a company you haven't heard of? Research the company and recruiter before applying. z.umn.edu/best-practices-for-job-searches#MisforCareer

Option 2: Accepting an offer? Make sure you have: interviewed with the employer, agreed on your salary and watched out for any red flags like… z.umn.edu/best-practices-for-job-searches  #MisforCareer

(August 30th, 2021)

August 30th, 2021

Option 1: If someone gives you an assignment, always follow up with them and see how the project is going or if they need anything else from you. This shows great initiative! z.umn.edu/after-you-get-the-internship #MisforCareer

Option 2: Sometimes you may not know how to do something but it doesn’t hurt to ask for clarity and ask questions. As an intern, most people are willing to help you out. z.umn.edu/after-you-get-the-internship #MisforCareer

(May 10th, 2021)

May 10th, 2021

Option 1: During an interview, be transparent with anything that will appear on your background check. It’s always better to proactively discuss your situation with an employer, rather than addressing it once they find out from your background results. z.umn.edu/job-searching-with-a-criminal-record #MisforCareer

Option 2: The list of companies that will consider hiring with a criminal record is growing. Some job fields where restored citizens are finding success are in graphic design, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing. z.umn.edu/job-searching-with-a-criminal-record #MisforCareer

(April 26th, 2021)

April 26th, 2021

Option 1: Reaching out for job search advice can seem intimidating, but remember that most people genuinely want to help. z.umn.edu/asking-for-job-search-help #MisforCareer

Option 2: It never hurts to ask someone for job search advice. If you accidentally overstep, simply apologize and remember there will be others that will be willing to help. z.umn.edu/asking-for-job-search-help #MisforCareer

(April 26th, 2021)

April 26th, 2021

Option 1: Project confidence in all that you do! One of the best things you can do for your career is to take control and ownership of your professional path. z.umn.edu/career-advice-for-women #MisforCareer

Option 2: Calling all women! Conquer your career with advice from these successful and professional women. z.umn.edu/career-advice-for-women #MisforCareer

(April 12th, 2021)

April 12th, 2021

Option 1: There are times when it’s more fun to watch examples of what NOT to do. This video offers a spoof to demonstrate the possible calamities without the proper virtual meeting etiquette. z.umn.edu/virtual-meeting-etiquette #MisforCareer

Option 2: Appearances still matter in a virtual meeting. Here are some tips to help you look prepared as well as your environment: z.umn.edu/virtual-meeting-etiquette #MisforCareer

(April 12th, 2021)

April 12th, 2021

Option 1: Even if you can’t spout off statistics about a company’s earnings or list all the names of their board of directors, staying in touch with your field is key to advancing your career. z.umn.edu/researching-employers #MisforCareer

Option 2: You’ve conducted good research when you can speak to how your skill set can complement the goals of the company. z.umn.edu/researching-employers #MisforCareer

(March 15th, 2021)

March 15th, 2021

Option 1: There are many ways to show off your qualifications outside of having an internship or job. Draw from all your experiences such as volunteer opportunities, course projects, student organization involvement, and more! z.umn.edu/career-advice #MisforCareer

Option 2: Getting career advice while in college can set you up for success after graduation. Follow these 14 tips to help you prepare for your future career while you're in college: z.umn.edu/career-advice #MisforCareer

(March 15th, 2021)

March 15th, 2021

Option 1: Do you ever feel that your employment tool kit is lacking? Never fear this article has you covered with ways you can spruce up your tool kit: z.umn.edu/employment-tool-kit #MisforCareer

Option 2: Having a checklist can ensure you are prepared to get the best job option out there. This link offers a great checklist with descriptions of what you need to succeed. z.umn.edu/employment-tool-kit #MisforCareer

(February 15th, 2021)

February 15th, 2021

Option 1: Searching for a job can seem like a long and daunting task, but remember it's a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself and read these reminders: z.umn.edu/job-search-phases #MisforCareer

Option 2: Did you know, “...the average length of a job search is five months…?” That may seem like a long time, but knowing what to expect can make it fly by: z.umn.edu/job-search-phases #MisforCareer

(February 15th, 2021)

February 15th, 2021

Option 1: Have you ever wondered if you can turn your hobby into a business? The answer is yes and now is a perfect time! See how other college students just like you are doing it: z.umn.edu/hobbies-to-side-hustles #MisforCareer

Option 2: Did you know you can turn your hobby into a side hustle? With a little research and drive, you can turn that hobby into a hustle. z.umn.edu/hobbies-to-side-hustles #MisforCareer

(February 15th, 2021)

February 15th, 2021

Option 1: Employers are more likely to ask how you changed during 2020 and how it has made you better. Be prepared to answer interview questions about your experience during the pandemic. z.umn.edu/ways-2020-changed-job-searching #MisforCareer

Option 2: Now that working remotely is commonplace, the candidate pool just got bigger for jobs everywhere. Location is no longer an issue for most jobs so you need to stand out when applying for a position. Use this article to help you succeed: z.umn.edu/ways-2020-changed-job-searching  #MisforCareer

(February 1st, 2021)

February 1st, 2021

Option 1: Have you been asked to sign a contract with an arbitration clause?  Read this for clarity: https://z.umn.edu/forced-arbitration-clause. And remember you have access to Student Legal Service http://sls.umn.edu/. #MisforCareer

Option 2: What is forced arbitration? Use this article to learn the answer: https://z.umn.edu/forced-arbitration-clause. Keep in mind that you have access to Student Legal Service: http://sls.umn.edu/. #MisforCareer

(December 21st, 2020)

December 21st, 2020

Option 1: Finding a balance between work and school can seem impossible at times. With this helpful article at your side, you can gain insights on how to maintain your work, school AND personal life. https://z.umn.edu/balancing-work-and-school #MisforCareer

Option 2: Utilizing a planner, whether it be electronic or paper, will help you manage your time. Mapping out your day, week or even your month will help you balance work and school. https://z.umn.edu/balancing-work-and-school #MisforCareer

(December 7th, 2020)

December 7th, 2020

Option 1: On your Linkedin profile, “turn your summary into your story.”  Here are 20 great tips to help your profile stand out: https://z.umn.edu/20-steps-to-better-linkedin-profile #MisforCareer

Option 2: "Your LinkedIn profile is your foundation for your personal branding.” Don’t sell yourself short! https://z.umn.edu/20-steps-to-better-linkedin-profile #MisforCareer

(December 7th, 2020)

December 7th, 2020

Option 1: What is your prospective employer's approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?  Do you know how to find this information?  z.umn.edu/dei-statements #MisforCareer

Option 2: We have begun to compile a list of employers who have shared their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statements with us. z.umn.edu/dei-statements #MisforCareer

(December 7th, 2020)

December 7th, 2020

Option 1: There are many different types of fellowships. Do you know which one would elevate your career? Have other questions about fellowships: z.umn.edu/what-is-a-fellowships #MisforCareer

Option 2: A fellowship can mean so many things; it’s essentially being paid for the advance study of an academic subject. So, how can you get one? z.umn.edu/what-is-a-fellowships #MisforCareer

(November 9th, 2020)

November 9th, 2020

Option 1: Actively manage your application processes to get an offer from your first-choice employer. See these step-by-step instructions: z.umn.edu/manage-multiple-offers #MisforCareer

Option 2: Applying for multiple jobs at a time like you should? Learn how to manage multiple offers to land you first choice: z.umn.edu/manage-multiple-offers #MisforCareer

(October 12th, 2020)

October 12th, 2020

 


Option 1: More and more employers are opting out of background checks to clear the path for applicants with criminal records. Find links to sources of opportunities in this article: z.umn.edu/job-search-with-criminal-record #MisforCareer

Option 2:  Have a criminal record?  Did you know that you don’t have to share anything that’s not asked of you in an interview?  Learn more in this article: z.umn.edu/job-search-with-criminal-record #MisforCareer

(October 12th, 2020)

October 12th, 2020

Option 1: Your email game will change your job search. Stop editing your resume for the millionth time and check out these tips to see what else will make that employer want to talk to you: z.umn.edu/job-search-tasks #MisforCareer

Option 2: Have you heard of the “career story” before? It’s like your elevator pitch, but longer. See these tips before you craft your career story: z.umn.edu/job-search-tasks #MisforCareer

(September 28th, 2020)

September 28th, 2020

Option 1: Never be afraid to dig deeper into an organization! Researching an organization can give you information you may not have known. https://z.umn.edu/using-company-reviews #MisforCareer

Option 2: Looking at reviews from current and past employees can give you great insight on what the organization is actually like. The reviews can also inspire questions to ask during your interview! https://z.umn.edu/using-company-reviews #MisforCareer

(August 31st, 2020)

August 31st, 2020
Applications

Option 1: In your cover letter, be direct when explaining why you are perfect for the position. z.umn.edu/preparing-a-cover-letter #MisforCareer

Option 2: The cover letter allows you to showcase your writing skills and creativity. You can emphasize things that wouldn’t fit in your resume. z.umn.edu/preparing-a-cover-letter #MisforCareer

(February 28th, 2022)

February 28th, 2022

Option 1: An executive summary tells potential employers why they should consider you for an open position. It allows you to highlight your experience in a way that entices them to take a closer look at your resume. z.umn.edu/executive-summary-examples #MisforCareer

Option 2: A well-written executive summary starts with an introduction of yourself, states some of your professional achievements, and shows how you can contribute to the position and the company. z.umn.edu/executive-summary-examples #MisforCareer

(December 20th, 2021)

December 20th, 2021

Option 1: Cover letters give you an opportunity to craft a narrative that aligns with the position you’re applying for and the company. z.umn.edu/cover-letter-examples #MisforCareer

Option 2: While writing your cover letter may seem daunting, start by writing down all your ideas and skills that relate to the company you're applying to. z.umn.edu/cover-letter-examples #MisforCareer

(December 20th, 2021)

December 20th, 2021

Option 1: Some ATS have a difficult time gathering information within tables as it can get jumbled together. Instead, you should use standard bullet points to best organize your information. z.umn.edu/ATS-formatting-mistakes #MisforCareer

Option 2: Although you might want your resume to stand out by using a unique font, this will work against you. Times New Roman and Arial are the most reliable for getting past ATS. z.umn.edu/ATS-formatting-mistakes #MisforCareer

(November 22nd, 2021)

November 22nd, 2021

Option 1: Employers are interested in well-rounded candidates. Your resume should include extracurricular activities, organizations you’re a part of, and/or your part-time jobs. z.umn.edu/resume-red-flags #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make sure to add keywords from the job description to your resume. This will show your interest and qualifications for the job. z.umn.edu/resume-red-flags #MisforCareer

(October 25th, 2021)

October 25th, 2021

Option 1: Get a jumpstart on your resume, and create more than one! Having options and being prepared will make your career search less stressful: z.umn.edu/resume-tips-for-college-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: Visit your Career Center to get your resume proofread and receive feedback. z.umn.edu/resume-tips-for-college-students #MisforCareer

(September 13th, 2021)

September 13th, 2021

Option 1: Remember the call to action! Leave a lasting impression on the recruiter. z.umn.edu/how-to-write-entry-level-cover-letter #MisforCareer

Option 2: Your cover letter is your introduction to the recruiter, so introduce yourself! z.umn.edu/how-to-write-entry-level-cover-letter #MisforCareer

(August 30th, 2021)

August 30th, 2021

Option 1: When you see a job posting where the cover letter is optional, you might be tempted to skip it. Not so fast! Writing a cover letter will show initiative to employers. z.umn.edu/how-to-write-cover-letters #MisforCareer

Option 2: When applying for an internship, you may not have a ton of work experience or perhaps you have some experience, but it’s not the most relevant. The cover letter is exactly the place for you to make a case for yourself! z.umn.edu/how-to-write-cover-letters #MisforCareer

(March 29th, 2021)

March 29th, 2021

Option 1: Your cover letter is your introduction to the hiring manager. Let them know who you are and what you can offer to their company. z.umn.edu/great-cover-letter #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make sure your cover letter is specific to the job you are applying for. If you need to, check out these examples: z.umn.edu/great-cover-letter #MisforCareer

(January 18th, 2021)

January 18th, 2021

Option 1: What should you include in the introductory, body and closing paragraphs of your cover letter? Read this article to get the most recent tips on cover letters: z.umn.edu/coverlettertips #MisforCareer

Option 2: A cover letter is your chance to build on your resume and customize your job application. Never send your application without one - unless you are specifically asked. z.umn.edu/coverlettertips #MisforCareer

(October 26th, 2020)

October 26th, 2020

Option 1: What you do on campus can boost your resume's impact with new skills and experiences. Check out Gopherlink for opportunities to engage. https://gopherlink.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Being involved on campus is a great resume booster! Find the perfect fit for you at: https://gopherlink.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

(September 28th, 2020)

September 28th, 2020

Option 1: While rocking your hard work in your current position, why not land another opportunity with an improved resume? These 21 resume tips will help you - they’re actually short: z.umn.edu/improve-your-resume #MisforCareer

Option 2: Applied to many jobs but don’t get a call back? Make the call to improve your resume with these tips: z.umn.edu/improve-your-resume #MisforCareer

(September 14th, 2020)

September 14th, 2020

Option 1: Do you know how big companies approach the high volume of job applications? Well, they have a “key.”: z.umn.edu/resume-keywords #MisforCareer

Option 2: Using keywords in your resume can open the door to your next job. See how you can use keywords to make your application stand out: z.umn.edu/resume-keywords #MisforCareer

(August 31st, 2020)

August 31st, 2020
Campus Resources

Option 1: As you navigate the job market, it is important that you consider your area of expertise and interest and how your identities including race and cultural background will shape your experience within the position you seek. z.umn.edu/multicultural-students

Option 2: When applying for a position, consider an organization’s commitment to equity and inclusion. How diverse is the organization you are interested in specifically in regards to representation? z.umn.edu/multicultural-students

(April 11th, 2022)

April 11th, 2022

Facebook/LinkedIn: As you think about your career, consider what value your diverse background brings to a position and organization. Remember many employers appreciate the unique insight LGBTQIA students can bring to their position. z.umn.edu/LGBTQIA-career-resources

Twitter: Read organizations’ diversity statements and human resources policies on their web sites. Look to see if organizations have LGBTQIA-friendly benefits and workplace cultures. z.umn.edu/LGBTQIA-career-resources

(March 28th, 2022)

March 28th, 2022

Facebook/LinkedIn: Projects from the Maroon and Gold Network connect University of Minnesota students with short-term, real world professional experiences supported by alumni. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Twitter: Get hands-on experience for your career with short-term professional experiences supported by alumni. With a Project from the Maroon and Gold Network, you can gain new skills, explore different industries, and make valuable career connections. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

(February 14th, 2022)

February 14th, 2022

Facebook/LinkedIn: As you think about your career, consider what value your diverse background brings to a position and organization. Many employers appreciate the unique insight LGBTQIA students can bring to their position. z.umn.edu/LGBTQIA-career-resources #MisforCareer

Twitter: There are many LGBTQIA on-campus resources and student groups. This is a great way to network with your peers and many groups bring in professionals to speak with students. z.umn.edu/LGBTQIA-career-resources #MisforCareer

(January 31st, 2022)

January 31st, 2022

Facebook/LinkedIn: As a veteran student, consider the value your military background brings to a position and organization. career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: UMN Career Services offers resources for veteran students to help you in the career exploration and preparation process. career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

(December 6th, 2021)

December 6th, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: Finding the right mentor can help change your career path for the better, guiding important decisions and sharing important career advice. Here are some tips to get the most out of your mentorship: z.umn.edu/mentorship-tips #MisforCareer

Twitter: Learn to be vulnerable with your mentor. This will help you better connect with them and get to the real root of your concerns or questions. z.umn.edu/mentorship-tips #MisforCareer

(November 22nd, 2021)

November 22nd, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: Projects from the Maroon and Gold Network connects University of Minnesota students and new graduates with short-term, real world professional experiences supported by alumni. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Twitter: Get hands-on experience for your career with short-term professional experiences supported by alumni. With a Project from the Maroon and Gold Network, you can gain new skills, explore different industries, and make valuable career connections. z.umn.edu/maroon-and-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

(November 8th, 2021)

November 8th, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: The U.S. and your home country are not the only places you can look for a job. Consider different countries for future graduate school or careers. career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: You can find many resources for international students to help you in your career exploration and preparation process at: career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

(November 8th, 2021)

November 8th, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: Did you know we work closely with employers on your behalf? handshake.umn.edu/employers #MisforCareer

Twitter: In our employer webinar series, you can learn about diversity, equity and inclusion recruiting in a virtual world. handshake.umn.edu/employers #MisforCareer

(October 11th, 2021)

October 11th, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: Think about what courses you do and don’t enjoy- if you dislike a certain subject, it could be a sign of what to avoid in terms of a profession. z.umn.edu/career-tips-for-college-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: College is the best time in life to experiment, don’t be afraid to change your major and explore courses you enjoy. z.umn.edu/career-tips-for-college-students #MisforCareer

(September 27th, 2021)

September 27th, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: As you think about your career, consider what your diverse background brings to a position. Remember that employers appreciate the unique insight that women candidates bring to their organization! z.umn.edu/career-resources-women-students#MisforCareer

Twitter: Career Services provides resources for women at all stages of their career exploration. z.umn.edu/career-resources-women-students #MisforCareer

(May 10th, 2021)

May 10th, 2021

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

Twitter: Get involved in student groups on campus. The Disabled Student Cultural Center and Active Minds are student-run organizations for students with disabilities and allies. z.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

(April 26th, 2021)

April 26th, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: Micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments. These projects enable you to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build your networks as you seek the right full-time role. Login to Parker Dewey to start applying! z.umn.edu/parker-dewey #MisforCareer

Twitter: Parker Dewey is a platform for students who want to get their foot in the door. Micro-internships allow you to explore different career paths while building your professional portfolio and network. z.umn.edu/parker-dewey #MisforCareer

(April 26th, 2021)

April 26th, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: Looking for career resources for underrepresented populations? This guide provides helpful information geared specifically towards you! z.umn.edu/career-resources-for-minority-groups #MisforCareer

Twitter: These resources can help you look for jobs, learn more about workplace discrimination, and connect with mentors. z.umn.edu/career-resources-for-minority-groups #MisforCareer

(March 29th, 2021)

March 29th, 2021

Facebook/LinkedIn: Many employers appreciate the unique insight multicultural students can bring to their position. Consider what value your diverse background brings to a job. z.umn.edu/multicultural-students #MisforCareer

Twitter: Do you want to work at an organization that values diversity? Research if the company mentions Equal Opportunity and the language used in their mission statement. z.umn.edu/multicultural-students #MisforCareer

(March 29th, 2021)

March 29th, 2021

Option 1: After your college graduation, it's time to start paying off your student loans. Creating a student debt plan can help relieve some of your stress and give you peace of mind: z.umn.edu/life-after-college-preparation #MisforCareer

Option 2: Don’t fall for senioritis! Be proactive in your last year so you can hit the ground running after you graduate. z.umn.edu/life-after-college-preparation #MisforCareer

(March 1st, 2021)

March 1st, 2021

Option 1: There are many reasons to go to graduate school. Aaaand… not to go. See which reasons resonate with you more: z.umn.edu/candid-grad-school #MisforCareer

Option 2: Learn about all the reasons people consider going, or not going to graduate school.  Maybe share this with your parents, too. z.umn.edu/candid-grad-school #MisforCareer

(November 9th, 2020)

November 9th, 2020

Option 1: Public speaking can be intimidating if you have little experience. But with these eight pieces of advice, you will be a natural in no time!  https://z.umn.edu/public-speaking #MisforCareer

Option 2: Are you hesitant about public speaking? Don’t be with these eight pieces of advice! https://z.umn.edu/public-speaking #MisforCareer

(September 14th, 2020)

September 14th, 2020

Option 1: Why should you take advantage of your career center? “It's the best place on campus to help you figure out what you want to do with your life and how.”  https://z.umn.edu/take-advantage-of-career-centers #MisforCareer

Option 2: Connecting with your career consular may be one of the most important experiences you have in college. Visit your career center today! https://z.umn.edu/take-advantage-of-career-centers #MisforCareer

(September 14th, 2020)

September 14th, 2020

Option 1: Establishing a relationship with your career office and counselor early in your college journey is invaluable to your future. Make an appointment at any point in your college career: https://z.umn.edu/college-career-offices #MisforCareer

Option 2: Your career office is for more than just resumes and cover letters. You can connect with employers, find job and internship opportunities and much more! https://z.umn.edu/college-career-offices #MisforCareer

(August 31st, 2020)

August 31st, 2020
Handshake

To see and/or request any post prior to August 2021 contact us at [email protected] All posts can be seen above by date, however they are not sorted by category.


Option 1: Career fairs across campus are still happening, now many are virtual! Checkout Handshake to see the fairs happening this fall: handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer 

Option 2: Being virtual hasn’t stopped career fairs from happening. In fact, in September alone there were eleven fairs! handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(September 13th, 2021)

September 13th, 2021

Option 1: To make the most out of Handshake, upload your resume and keep your profile updated each semester. z.umn.edu/handshake-tutorials #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make your Handshake profile public if you want employers to see your information and possibly contact you with interview offers. z.umn.edu/handshake-tutorials #MisforCareer

(September 27th, 2021)

September 27th, 2021

Option 1: Update your resume and profile on Handshake at least once per semester to ensure that you are getting access to information that is most relevant for you. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: By having a complete profile on Handshake, you have increased your likelihood of being messaged by a recruiter for jobs that you want! handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(October 25th, 2021)

October 25th, 2021

Option 1: There are over 30,000 organizations on Handshake! Find out more and expand your career search at: handshake.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

Option 2: October is a great month to look for jobs and internships! We know because we compiled the data: handshake.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

(October 25th, 2021)

October 25th, 2021

Option 1: Did you know you can save your job searches on Handshake? This will send you a notification of similar job postings. handshake.umn.edu/students/tutorials #MisforCareer

Option 2: Frequently check the events tab on Handshake to stay updated with the latest information and recruiting sessions. handshake.umn.edu/students/tutorials #MisforCareer

(November 8th, 2021)

November 8th, 2021

Option 1: Student industry interests are reported by the students themselves, giving us a general view of where our students hope to be in the job sector. This semester, students have been most interested in the investment industry. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: By filling out your industry interests on Handshake, you will get more suggested jobs and internships that interest you. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(November 22nd, 2021)

November 22nd, 2021

Option 1: Before sending a message on Handshake, you must make your profile visible to other students and alumni. This also makes your profile visible to employers, so recruiters will be able to find you! handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: You can easily find students and alumni that can help you on the Students page! Search for students by school year, major, previous employers, and student organizations. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(December 20th, 2021)

December 20th, 2021

Option 1: What Can You Do With This Major is a resource provided under the Career Center tab on Handshake. You can learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: By going to the Career Center tab on Handshake, you can access many resources for career and internship information, such as What Can You Do With This Major. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(January 31st, 2022)

January 31st, 2022

Option 1: Utilize the UMN Career Services Data Dashboard to expand your job search and career exploration. Keep a running list of organizations that peak your interest during your search. z.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

Option 2: We have compiled datasets from Handshake to show themes in recruiting and student job searching behavior. Take a look at when different industries tend to hire. z.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

(February 28th, 2022)

February 28th, 2022

Option 1: Improve your Handshake experience by updating your profile & career interests, following employers, and favoriting jobs you're interested in. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make sure to keep your profile updated so employers know what kind of opportunity you are looking for. Handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(March 28th, 2022)

March 28th, 2022
Interviews

Option 1: Problem solving is a key skill to have in your tool belt when looking for a new job. This video shows you how to articulate this skill in a job interview: z.umn.edu/problem-solving-skill #MisforCareer

Option 2: During a job interview, have examples of times when you solved problems and your thought process behind it. z.umn.edu/problem-solving-skill #MisforCareer

(March 28th, 2022)

March 28th, 2022

Option 1: Asking meaningful questions about the organization’s culture and the specific position you’re applying for shows that you’re thinking about the details of how you’d fit into the workplace. z.umn.edu/stand-out-in-an-interview #MisforCareer

Option 2: During your interview, find ways to demonstrate the skills you have that are outside the core requirements but could still be valuable for the role. z.umn.edu/stand-out-in-an-interview #MisforCareer

(March 28th, 2022)

March 28th, 2022

Option 1: “Why should we hire you?'' is one of those interview questions that almost everyone gets asked. Here are some great ways to respond: z.umn.edu/why-should-you-be-hired #MisforCareer

Option 2: The best approach to answering “Why should we hire you?” is to focus on a combination of experiences and skills that you possess. This could include: industry experience, technical skills, key accomplishments, awards, and education. z.umn.edu/why-should-you-be-hired #MisforCareer

(March 28th, 2022)

March 28th, 2022

 


Option 1: Before going into an interview, it's great to list some bullet points that you will want to emphasize in advance and prepare a few responses to commonly asked questions. z.umn.edu/why-should-we-hire-you #MisforCareer

Option 2: Don't let the question of, “Why should we hire you?” trip you up along the way. Here are 10 great examples of how to answer this interview question: z.umn.edu/why-should-we-hire-you #MisforCareer

(February 28th, 2022)

February 28th, 2022

Option 1: After you meet an employer you like, go to their Handshake profile and click Follow. You’ll receive notifications when they post new jobs and events. z.umn.edu/steps-after-virtual-interview #MisforCareer

Option 2: Send a follow-up email within 24 hours of your interview. Begin your email by thanking them for their time and telling them you enjoyed meeting them. z.umn.edu/steps-after-virtual-interview #MisforCareer

(February 28th, 2022)

February 28th, 2022

Option 1: Send a follow-up thank-you email after your interview. Be sure to keep the email brief and show you’re still interested in the job. z.umn.edu/interview-follow-ups #MisforCareer

Option 2: For your last follow-up, include a note saying that you’ve been eager to hear back, and ask if the decision has been finalized yet. z.umn.edu/interview-follow-ups #MisforCareer

(February 14th, 2022)

February 14th, 2022

Option 1: Before your interview, spend a few hours learning everything you can about the organization- from as many sources as you can. z.umn.edu/interview-prep-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Have an answer to “Tell me about yourself” ready to go. Interviewers always ask it, and you want to be sure to nail this first part of the interview. z.umn.edu/interview-prep-tips #MisforCareer

(January 31st, 2022)

January 31st, 2022

Option 1: Watch this video for a clear picture of what to expect when you walk into a second round interview along with how you can start preparing now: z.umn.edu/second-round-interviews #MisforCareer

Option 2: Doing your research is key when going into second round interviews! Review the company's website and checkout their LinkedIn if you know who is interviewing you. z.umn.edu/second-round-interviews #MisforCareer

(January 17th, 2022)

January 17th, 2022

Option 1: It is okay to bring notes to a job interview if they contain questions you’ve prepared to ask your interviewer. This can show your genuine interest in the job opportunity. z.umn.edu/job-interview-notes-dos-donts #MisforCareer

Option 2: It is not a good idea to bring notes on how you plan to respond to interview questions. Instead, take time to practice your response aloud beforehand. z.umn.edu/job-interview-notes-dos-donts #MisforCareer

(January 17th, 2022)

January 17th, 2022

Option 1: During your interview, ask about the company’s values and culture to see if it would be a good fit with your own. z.umn.edu/questions-to-ask-your-interviewer #MisforCareer

Option 2: Success and happiness in a job boils down to contentment with the nitty-gritty of the everyday. Here are 8 valuable questions to ask during your interview: z.umn.edu/questions-to-ask-your-interviewer #MisforCareer

(January 17th, 2022)

January 17th, 2022

Option 1: Check out this site to get 20 behavioral practice questions that are commonly asked during job interviews: z.umn.edu/behavioral-interview-questions #MisforCareer

Option 2: Before your interview, make sure to practice answering behavioral questions such as, “What was the most complex assignment you have had?” z.umn.edu/behavioral-interview-questions #MisforCareer

(December 6th, 2021)

December 6th, 2021

Option 1: Group interviews allow employers to see how you stand out and interact with your peers. z.umn.edu/group-interviews #MisforCareer

Option 2: Prepare a strong introduction when going into a group interview. It is important to make a great first impression! z.umn.edu/group-interviews #MisforCareer

(November 8th, 2021)

November 8th, 2021

Option 1: When analyzing the job posting, make a list of the skills and qualities that the employer is looking for. Compare them to your own strengths and experiences preparing for your interview. z.umn.edu/preparing-for-job-interview #MisforCareer

Option 2: Take time to practice answering interview questions. This will help calm your nerves and make you look put together during your interview. z.umn.edu/preparing-for-job-interview#MisforCareer

(November 8th, 2021)

November 8th, 2021

Option 1: According to interview experts, taking notes is acceptable, even encouraged; referring to your notes when answering questions is unacceptable. z.umn.edu/job-interview-notes #MisforCareer

Option 2: Before your interview, make sure you prepare, study, and rehearse what you want to say and how you are going to present yourself. z.umn.edu/job-interview-notes #MisforCareer

(October 25th, 2021)

October 25th, 2021

Option 1: Thank you notes are a great place to bring up important information you forgot to say during your interview and restate your valuable qualifications. z.umn.edu/post-interview-thank-yous #MisforCareer

Option 2: Send interview follow-up messages within 24 hours of your interview! This shows your interest in the position and sets you apart from other candidates. z.umn.edu/post-interview-thank-yous #MisforCareer

(October 11th, 2021)

October 11th, 2021

Option 1: After an interview, your first step should be to send a thank you note. This is a great opportunity to leave a positive impression on the interviewers. z.umn.edu/interview-follow-up #MisforCareer

Option 2: If there's something you forgot to mention during the interview, a follow up email is a great opportunity to bring it up. z.umn.edu/interview-follow-up #MisforCareer

(September 27th, 2021)

September 27th, 2021

Option 1: Asking your interviewer questions will give your interview a powerful and impactful end! If you need help creating questions, check out this article: z.umn.edu/questions-for-hiring-managers #MisforCareer

Option 2: Asking questions about your interviewer’s position can help you gain insight into what they are looking for and make you standout. z.umn.edu/questions-for-hiring-managers#MisforCareer

(September 13th, 2021)

September 13th, 2021

Option 1: Jitters are common to have before an interview, but with these tips, those jitters will be a distant memory. z.umn.edu/job-interview-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: What you do not say is as important, if not more important, than what you do say during an interview. Your body language could be the key to excelling in an interview! z.umn.edu/job-interview-tips #MisforCareer

(September 13th, 2021)

September 13th, 2021

Option 1: During an interview, your speaking voice and body language are very important, practice them! z.umn.edu/how-to-prepare-for-an-interview #MisforCareer

Option 2: Ever wonder what to do to prepare for an interview? We have you covered with this checklist: z.umn.edu/how-to-prepare-for-an-interview #MisforCareer

(August 30th, 2021)

August 30th, 2021

Option 1: Interviews can be nerve-racking, whether over the phone, in a virtual meeting, or in-person. Researching the company beforehand can help make you feel more prepared and show your interest in the company. z.umn.edu/in-person-interviewing #MisforCareer

Option 2: Although we are all getting used to interviews being conducted virtually, in-person interviews are still prevalent. Here is a video to guide you in that process! z.umn.edu/in-person-interviewing #MisforCareer

(May 10th, 2021)

May 10th, 2021

Option 1: Scrutinizing job descriptions is one way for your to get a feel for the company culture and to see what they value from their employees. z.umn.edu/how-to-find-inclusive-companies #MisforCareer

Option 2: During the interview process, don’t be afraid to ask what the company does to help people from different backgrounds and minorities feel welcome. z.umn.edu/how-to-find-inclusive-companies #MisforCareer

(March 29th, 2021)

March 29th, 2021

Option 1: When an employer asks about a time you failed, they don’t want to embarrass you. They want to see your self-awareness and ability to learn from mistakes. z.umn.edu/what-has-failure-taught-you #MisforCareer

Option 2: What is failure to you? Once you define failure, you can chose an experience that has bettered you: z.umn.edu/what-has-failure-taught-you #MisforCareer

(March 1st, 2021)

March 1st, 2021

Option 1: ““Tell me about yourself.” When answering interview questions, remember to answer professionally and to highlight your accomplishments, as well as how your past experiences will help you succeed in this new role: z.umn.edu/answering-tough-interview-questions #MisforCareer

Option 2: If you have had a bad job experience, interview questions can be tough to answer. In your next interview, do not bash your past job or supervisor, instead focus on what it taught you and how you grew from it. z.umn.edu/answering-tough-interview-questions #MisforCareer

(March 1st, 2021)

March 1st, 2021

Option 1: When is it appropriate to bring notes with to an interview? You should bring a list of questions to ask the interviewer or a few extra highlights about your skills or experience. z.umn.edu/bringing-notes-to-an-interview #MisforCareer

Option 2: Showing up to your interview prepared with questions shows you are eager and motivated to learn about the position and the company. This can actually increase your chances of being contacted for the next steps in the hiring process. z.umn.edu/bringing-notes-to-an-interview #MisforCareer

Bonus Tip: Referring to your resume or CV during an interview can help you stay focused on your relevant qualifications and experience, and avoid irrelevant information. z.umn.edu/bringing-notes-to-an-interview #MisforCareer

(January 18th, 2021)

January 18th, 2021

Option 1: Have at least one question to ask the interviewer to keep the conversation going! Need some ideas on what to ask? Check out this article: z.umn.edu/reverse-interview #MisforCareer

Option 2: Asking questions at the end of an interview will leave the recruiter with a good impression of you! z.umn.edu/reverse-interview #MisforCareer

(January 18th, 2021)

January 18th, 2021

Option 1: “When you are launching your career, Micro-Internships provide a tremendous opportunity.” Build up your portfolio with these micro-internships, and get paid to do it! https://info.parkerdewey.com/umn #MisforCareer

Option 2: Get paid to explore careers through micro-internships? Thanks to the Parker Dewey platform, you can do just that! https://info.parkerdewey.com/umn #MisforCareer

(December 7th, 2020)

December 7th, 2020

Option 1: “Why do you want to work for us?” Skip the canned answer and avoid trying too hard, recruiters easily spot (and love) genuine reasons. https://z.umn.edu/3-phone-interview-questions-to-know #MisforCareer

Option 2: Why do recruiters ask about salary during an interview? They want to know if their company can offer what you need to make, before the long interview process starts. https://z.umn.edu/3-phone-interview-questions-to-know #MisforCareer

(November 23rd, 2020)

November 23rd, 2020

Option 1: What do you do if you’re in the middle of a phone interview and your phone dies or someone tries to get into your interview space? Factoring in worst-case scenarios like these will help you be prepared for anything that’s thrown your way! z.umn.edu/phone-interview-preparation #MisforCareer

Option 2: Having a strong and professional voicemail may seem minor, but in truth it can set you apart from other applicants. For more tips on how to be prepared for phone interviews read this article: z.umn.edu/phone-interview-preparation #MisforCareer

(November 9th, 2020)

November 9th, 2020

Option 1: Don’t be afraid of “dead air” during virtual interviews. Allow yourself to take a breath and gain your bearings so you can nail that first impression! z.umn.edu/virtual-job-search-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: In the world we live in today, remote opportunities are in abundance. If you find one you like, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. z.umn.edu/virtual-job-search-tips #MisforCareer

(November 9th, 2020)

November 9th, 2020

 


Option 1: "Treat your video interview like a conversation." Interviews can be nerve-racking even if they are in person, but after reading this article you can rest easy. https://z.umn.edu/video-interview-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Preparing for a virtual interview looks different than preparing for an in person interview. This article has great tips for preparing for a virtual interview: https://z.umn.edu/video-interview-tips #MisforCareer

(October 26th, 2020)

October 26th, 2020

Option 1: Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal communication in a job interview. Being engaged in the conversation shows you want the position. https://z.umn.edu/nonverbal-communication #MisforCareer

Option 2: Be an active participant in interviews! Lean in when listening, make eye contact and be invested in the conversation: https://z.umn.edu/nonverbal-communication #MisforCareer

(October 26th, 2020)

October 26th, 2020

Option 1: Blamestorming when talking about your past obstacles and limitations can hurt your current job interview. See what other things you should avoid in your job interview: z.umn.edu/avoid-in-your-job-interview #MisforCareer

Option 2: Let your job interview take you to your dream destination by avoiding these phrases during your interview: z.umn.edu/avoid-in-your-job-interview #MisforCareer

(October 26th, 2020)

October 26th, 2020

Option 1: “Can you tell me about yourself?” If you do not know how to answer this question in an interview, read the advice in this article to get started on your elevator pitch. https://z.umn.edu/answering-common-questions-recruiters-ask #MisforCareer

Option 2: Having a great elevator pitch is one tool you need to have a leg up in your interview. Here are ten common questions to master for any interview: https://z.umn.edu/answering-common-questions-recruiters-ask #MisforCareer

(October 12th, 2020)

October 12th, 2020

Option 1: Face-to-face interviews may look different right now but it’s a skill that is always important to know! This video will give you some helpful advice for when the time comes to be face-to-face again. https://z.umn.edu/how-to-ace-your-face-to-face #MisforCareer

Option 2: Need a refresher on face-to-face interviewing? We have you covered! https://z.umn.edu/how-to-ace-your-face-to-face  #MisforCareer

(September 28th, 2020)

September 28th, 2020

Option 1:  Are you camera shy? Practice before your video interview. Read this article to see what else you can do to run your video interview smoothly: z.umn.edu/videointerview #MisforCareer

Option 2: Dressing halfway won't set you up for success in your video interview. What if you need to grab something during the interview?  z.umn.edu/videointerview #MisforCareer

(September 14th, 2020)

September 14th, 2020
Networking

Option 1: Having a contact at your target organization is a great way to move up in the hiring process. A simple mention of you from your contact can set you apart. https://z.umn.edu/finding-contacts #MisforCareer

Option 2: Using your social media to find connections is a great tool to get your foot in the door! All you need to do is a simple search of the company. https://z.umn.edu/finding-contacts #MisforCareer

(August 31st, 2020)

August 31st, 2020

Option 1: Being quoted in a publication is easier than you think. Follow these simple steps to get your word out there - it goes a long way in your personal branding: z.umn.edu/personal-branding #MisforCareer

Option 2:  Personal branding is not only about showing; it’s also about telling. Learn how you can “show and tell” your personal brand: z.umn.edu/personal-branding #MisforCareer

(November 23rd, 2020)

November 23rd, 2020

Option 1: Do not falsify your personal brand to get more attention. Remember that you will have to perform up to your brand after you are hired: z.umn.edu/candid-personal-brand #MisforCareer

Option 2: Social media can be great to market your personal brand. Use a professional profile photo and bio. For more tips: z.umn.edu/candid-personal-brand #MisforCareer

(November 23rd, 2020)

November 23rd, 2020

Option 1: Tip #1: Don’t overlook your existing connections when growing your professional network. Tip #2: Don’t wait until you need something to reach out to that one friend. More tips: z.umn.edu/boost-your-network #MisforCareer

Option 2: Attending conferences and events and volunteering can go a long way in growing your professional network. Try these other tips in the new year: z.umn.edu/boost-your-network #MisforCareer

(December 7th, 2020)

December 7th, 2020

Option 1: Do you know how to follow up with a professional connection you just met? Make it easy for them to respond with a tailored follow-up. z.umn.edu/follow-up-with-connections #MisforCareer

Option 2: If no one else told you, don’t send your resume to a connection you recently made on your first couple follow-up emails. z.umn.edu/follow-up-with-connections #MisforCareer

(December 21st, 2020)

December 7th, 2020

Option 1: Don't underestimate the power of friends and family when entering the job market. Spread the word: z.umn.edu/careeradviceforgrads #MisforCareer

Option 2: Recently graduated? Look into your alumni network to see who paved a path similar to the one you want to take. z.umn.edu/careeradviceforgrads #MisforCareer

(December 21st, 2020)

December 21st, 2020

Option 1: Virtual networking can seem like a daunting task, but with these helpful tips you’ll be a pro in no time. z.umn.edu/virtual-networking #MisforCareer

Option 2: Did you know joining an online alumni group or an online group in your desired industry is a great way to network virtually? Doing small tasks like this adds up. z.umn.edu/virtual-networking #MisforCareer

(March 15th, 2021)

March 15th, 2021

Option 1: Finding out more about the networking process and forming a strategy with a career counselor will help calm your nerves before meeting with professionals. z.umn.edu/build-your-network #MisforCareer

Option 2: Your college's career office can help you with networking protocols, conducting an informational interview, connecting with professionals, and more! z.umn.edu/build-your-network #MisforCareer

(April 12th, 2021)

April 12th, 2021
Scams

Option 1: If you believe a recruiter on LinkedIn could be fake, block and report them so LinkedIn will investigate. z.umn.edu/fake-recruiters-on-linkedin #MisforCareer

Option 2: Recruiters on LinkedIn that have large amounts of information missing on their profile could be fake. Make sure to do outside research to see if they are credible. z.umn.edu/fake-recruiters-on-linkedin #MisforCareer

 (October 25th, 2021)

October 25th, 2021

Option 1: You are not alone in your fight against job scammers. We’ve got you covered here: z.umn.edu/goldpass-scam-info #MisforCareer

Option 2: A bird will not whisper in your ears when you are dealing with a phishing incident, but these articles will help you stay informed: z.umn.edu/goldpass-scam-info #MisforCareer

(Spetember 28th, 2020) 

Spetember 28th, 2020

Option 1:  Do you know these common signs of job scams? Do you know where to report phishing? Be prepared to protect yourself: z.umn.edu/ftc-job-scams #MisforCareer

Option 2: Avoid job scams by looking for jobs on the right sites, and remember Career Services can help you with this! See a list of other tips to avoid job scams: z.umn.edu/ftc-job-scams #MisforCareer

(October 12th, 2020) 

October 12th, 2020

Option 1: Do you know these red flags that can help you detect job scammers? Protect yourself by learning them: z.umn.edu/goldpass-job-scam #MisforCareer

Option 2: Knowing what information an employer could ask during the initial steps of your employment process can help you avoid job scammers. Know these common red flags: z.umn.edu/goldpass-job-scam #MisforCareer

(November 23rd, 2020)

November 23rd, 2020

Option 1: “As a rule of thumb, if it’s a real job, the requirements will be quite specific.” For more tips on job scams, check out this article: z.umn.edu/top-scam-warning-signs #MisforCareer

Option 2: Let us help you know the difference between a real job offer and a scam. This article maps out ways to spot a scam: z.umn.edu/top-scam-warning-signs  #MisforCareer

(December 21st, 2020)

December 21st, 2020

Option 1: Do you know how to spot the differences between a legitimate job and a scam?  Here's how you can spot the difference: z.umn.edu/avoid-online-job-scams #MisforCareer

Option 2: That “too good to be true” job posting probably isn’t true. Review it with the following checklist to make sure it is a genuine offer. z.umn.edu/avoid-online-job-scams #MisforCareer

(March 1st, 2021)

March 1st, 2021

Option 1: It’s important to know the difference between a legitimate job and a phishing opportunity. This article offers advice on how to spot a phishing scam: z.umn.edu/how-to-avoid-phishing-scams #MisforCareer

Option 2: Your private information should remain private. Do not open attachments or access links that implore you to enter personal details. z.umn.edu/how-to-avoid-phishing-scams #MisforCareer

(April 12th, 2021)

April 12th, 2021

Option 1: Phishing scams often look like they come from a trusted company, so always reach out to an employer through their legitimate website rather than respond to any “phish-y” looking communication. z.umn.edu/common-phishing-scams #MisforCareer

Option 2: That “too good to be true” job posting probably isn’t true. Learn tricks on how to identify a job scam from a real one. z.umn.edu/common-phishing-scams #MisforCareer

(May 10th, 2021)

May 10th, 2021