Career Backpack

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

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

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

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

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January 18, 2021

 
 

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THE REVERSE INTERVIEW

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

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

COMPLETING YOUR HANDSHAKE PROFILE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Why are you more likely to find a position that best suits you when you fill out your Handshake profile? You’ll get more relevant job recommendations and have an increased likelihood of being messaged by a recruiter. z.umn.edu/complete-profile #MisforCareer

Twitter: Update your resume and profile (GPA, Year in School, Major, etc.) once per semester on GoldPASS powered by Handshake to ensure you are getting information that is most relevant to you. z.umn.edu/complete-profile #MisforCareer
 

WRITING A GREAT COVER LETTER

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

10 VIRTUAL JOB FAIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: Career Fairs are virtual this Spring. Right after you register for the fair, sign up for group or 1:1 sessions with organizations you're interested in. Days or hours before the fair check back to see if new schedules have been added. z.umn.edu/virtual-job-fair-questions-answered #MisforCareer

 

Twitter: Career Fairs are virtual this Spring. Take some time to research each employer before your virtual sessions. This will help you come up with a list of questions. z.umn.edu/virtual-job-fair-questions-answered #MisforCareer


BRINGING NOTES TO AN INTERVIEW

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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


 

February 1, 2021

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HOW 2020 CHANGED SEARCHING FOR A JOB

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

HOW TO ATTEND VIRTUAL RECRUITING EVENTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: See an event you like but want more information about it? All you have to do is click the event name and you’ll get all the details of the event, like a list of the employers attending. z.umn.edu/attending-virtual-events #MisforCareer

Twitter: Pro tip: Having your privacy setting set to community lets employers see your profile and allows you to view and attend all virtual event sessions! For more information on attending virtual events watch this short video: z.umn.edu/attending-virtual-events #MisforCareer
 

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR TIPS

Facebook/LinkedIn: When preparing for a virtual career fair, updating your profile is a must! Having an incomplete or out-of-date profile can keep you from getting discovered by recruiters. z.umn.edu/virtual-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

Twitter: Find out what employers are attending the career fair and research their company to stand out. Use this link to learn more tips to help you excel at the virtual career fair! z.umn.edu/virtual-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer
 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA JOB FAIR

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: Searching for the first job or a summer internship? Check out the @UMNJobFair on Feb 26th. Register today! jobfair.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

 

Twitter: Save the date for Feb 26! The UMN Job & Internship Fair is going virtual this year. Learn more: jobfair.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer
 


2020 EMPLOYER SURVEY RESPONSES - HIRING EDITION

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: The responses are in, over 75% of employers attend career fairs and 75% attend both fall and spring career fairs! #MisforCareer

Twitter: Did you know that 80% of organizations offer internship opportunities? #MisforCareer


 

2021 VIRTUAL MAJOR/MINOR EXPO WEEK

 

Don't miss this year's virtual Major/Minor Expo Week from February 15th to 19th. Join virtual Major Meet-Ups to learn more about many of the U's 140+ majors and 130+ minors from advisors and faculty. Get your questions answered and get ready to declare!

Check it out: majorminorexpo.umn.edu
 

February 15, 2021

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HOBBIES TO SIDE HUSTLES

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

PEER MESSAGING

Facebook/LinkedIn: GoldPASS powered by Handshake makes it easy to connect with alumni and other students. All you have to do is use the community section found on your home page and send them a message! z.umn.edu/peer-messaging #MisforCareer

Twitter: Want to connect with someone in your field but don’t know where to start? GoldPASS powered by Handshake has you covered with the community section that allows you to message anyone on Handshake. z.umn.edu/peer-messaging #MisforCareer
 

THE FOUR PHASES OF A JOB SEARCH

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 
 

EMPLOYMENT TOOL KIT

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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


2020 EMPLOYER SURVEY RESPONSES - INTERVIEWING EDITION

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: Did you know the most common interview questions are behavioral-based? #MisforCareer

Twitter: The top three most impactful factors when hiring are communications skills, confidence and attire. #MisforCareer
 


UMN JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR

Facebook/LinkedIn: Virtual fairs mean you get to skip the lines! Plan ahead by scheduling a 1-1 with employer(s) now: z.umn.edu/2021-career-fair #MisforCareer

Twitter: On Feb. 26, we will be co-hosting the largest job fair for UMN students (@UMNJobFair). Follow to get Fair updates: twitter.com/umnjobfair #MisforCareer
 

ROCK THAT INTERVIEW: USING SPECIALIZED BUSINESS RESEARCH TOOLS TO PREPARE

 

Did you know the U Libraries has specialized research tools that can help you get insider information on the companies or jobs you are interested in? This workshop will give you tips to find information on companies, employers, industries and salary ranges. You can use all of this to prepare for your interviews and job search.

March 1, 2021

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STUDENT Q&A SECTION

Facebook/LinkedIn: You can use the student Q&A tool on Handshake to ask and get answers to your career questions or you can see and write questions directly on an employer's page! z.umn.edu/student-q-and-a-section #MisforCareer

Twitter: Have you ever used the student Q&A section on Handshake? You should try it because you can ask recruiters and peers any question you have about careers, majors, and much more...  z.umn.edu/student-q-and-a-section #MisforCareer
 

HOW TO ANSWER TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Facebook/LinkedIn: ““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

Twitter: 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
 

HOW TO SPOT ONLINE JOB SCAMS

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 
 

WHAT HAS FAILURE TAUGHT YOU

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

 

Twitter: 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


PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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 15, 2021

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UPDATING CAREER INTERESTS ON GOLDPASS POWERED BY HANDSHAKE

Facebook/LinkedIn: Keep your career interests up to date on GoldPASS powered by Handshake to get relevant events and job information shared directly to you! goldpass.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

Twitter: Finding a job or internship that’s right for you has never been easier on GoldPASS powered by Handshake! All you need to do to get recommendations is update your career interests: goldpass.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer
 

VIRTUAL NETWORKING

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

CAREER ADVICE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

HOW TO RESEARCH A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

 

Twitter: 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
 


STARTUP JOB MARKET - March 26th 10:00 to 11:30 am


Join students from across the state to connect with startup, early-stage, and small companies seeking talent to grow their businesses. The Job Market will be held virtually on the Career Fair Plus platform. Schedule short group and one-on-one meetings to make connections, get career advice and learn more about the opportunities at leading startups

More information can be found on the website.  
Register here to receive event updates
 

March 29, 2021

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PROFILE PRIVACY OPTIONS IN HANDSHAKE

Facebook/LinkedIn: If you'd prefer to have your profile visible solely to employers, select the “Employers” privacy option. This setting still allows employers to discover your profile and connect with you. z.umn.edu/handshake-profile-privacy #MisforCareer

Twitter: Opening your settings to “Community” allows employers to see your profile, gives you access to view and attend all virtual fair sessions, and lets you reach out to fellow students for career advice! z.umn.edu/handshake-profile-privacy #MisforCareer
 

MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS

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
 

HOW TO FIGURE OUT IF A COMPANY IS COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

 

CAREER RESOURCES FOR UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS

 

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
 


HOW TO WRITE COVER LETTERS FOR AN INTERNSHIP

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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


 

HIRE BIG TEN+ VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR

 

Calling all U of M students, you are invited to attend The Hire Big 10+ Virtual Career Fair on April 20, 2-6pm CST/3-7pm EST! 

This event is a unique opportunity to meet with employers, discover new career opportunities, and make an impression. This event provides you the opportunity to network through 10-minute one-on-one sessions and group information sessions with premier employers across the country who are seeking to build relationships. Register today! (direct link to event)
 

April 12, 2021

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HOW TO AVOID PHISHING SCAMS

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

VIRTUAL MEETING ETIQUETTE

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

GOLDPASS POWERED BY HANDSHAKE JOB TYPES

Facebook/LinkedIn: Did you know you can find professional jobs, experiential learning, volunteer opportunities and more on GoldPASS powered by Handshake? Check out these, and other, opportunities today! z.umn.edu/goldpass-powered-by-handshake #MisforCareer

Twitter: There are thousands of jobs available on GoldPASS powered by Handshake! Log on to Handshake to find the job for you. z.umn.edu/goldpass-powered-by-handshake #MisforCareer
 
 

BUILD YOUR NETWORK

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

 

Twitter: 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
 


CAREER ADVICE FOR WOMEN

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

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


 

May 10, 2021

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COMMON JOB SCAMS

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 

GOLDPASS 2020-2021 AT A GLANCE

Facebook/LinkedIn: This year, thousands of opportunities were posted on GoldPASS powered by Handshake. Log on now to accelerate your career! z.umn.edu/goldpass-powered-by-handshake #MisforCareer

Twitter: On GoldPASS powered by Handshake, you can find career boosting events, such as fairs, panels, workshops, information sessions, and more! z.umn.edu/goldpass-powered-by-handshake #MisforCareer
 

IN PERSON INTERVIEWING 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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
 
 

CAREER RESOURCES FOR WOMEN STUDENTS

 

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
 


WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU GET THE INTERNSHIP

 

Facebook/LinkedIn: 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

Twitter: 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