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

The Career BackPack is bi-weekly newsletter of social media content meant to be taken and shared by other student facing offices on campus. By doing so, we hope to reach more students with resources and opportunities for career development. 

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August 28, 2023

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VISIT YOUR CAREER OFFICE

Option 1: There are many things going on at the beginning of the school year. Visit your career office to get help with all your career questions! Find Your Career Office | Career Services #MisforCareer

Option 2: Take advantage of being back at school by visiting your career center. Get help with networking, majors, jobs, and internships either virtually or in-person! Find Your Career Office | Career Services #MisforCareer

visit your career office

UPDATE YOUR HANDSHAKE PROFILE

Option 1: Now that summer has ended, update your Handshake profile to jump start your job search. umn.joinhandshake.com/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Did you have an internship, job, or volunteer this summer? Keep your Handshake profile up to date to find the most relevant experiences and recommendations for you. umn.joinhandshake.com/ #MisforCareer

update handshake

ADD SKILLS TO YOUR RESUME

Option 1: One of the most important things to show employers in a job search are your skills. Make sure to include your hard skills (such as abilities or knowledge you need to complete specific work tasks) and soft skills (traits and qualities that categorize how you work and relate to the people you work with) on your resume. z.umn.edu/skills-for-resume#MisforCareer

Option 2: Resumes should highlight skills specific to the job being applied to, as well as skills that can be valuable for any job or industry, such as time management, organization, communication, decision making, and problem-solving. z.umn.edu/skills-for-resume#MisforCareer

skills on resume

 
Option 1: Make sure you do your homework before a career fair! Researching organizations before a career fair shows that you are interested and helps you stand out from your peers. z.umn.edu/career-fair-advice #MisforCareer

Option 2: Career fairs offer many different opportunities to advance your career search. To be successful at a career fair, make sure you know what you are looking for in your career and are able to discuss it. z.umn.edu/career-fair-advice #MisforCareer
 
career fair

 
Option 1: Feeling overwhelmed with being back at school? Connect to the U through campus events and build your network in low-stress environments. Events | Student Unions & Activities  #MisforCareer

Option 2: Looking for ways to connect to the U? Check out campus events hosted by Student Unions and Activities! Events | Student Unions & Activities #MisforCareer
 
SUA
 

September 11, 2023

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USE HANDSHAKE FOR UPCOMING CAREER FAIRS

Option 1: Career fairs are starting up right away this fall semester! Make sure to explore Handshake to find upcoming career fairs that are best for you! umn.joinhandshake.com/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Career fairs across campus are happening both in-person and virtually! Check out Handshake to see the fairs happening this fall: umn.joinhandshake.com/ #MisforCareer

Handshake Career Fairs

INTERVIEWPREP

Option 1: Use InterviewPrep on Handshake to get practice interviewing! Conduct virtual practice interviews, review the recordings, and share with a career counselor or friend for feedback. z.umn.edu/interview_prep #MisforCareer

Option 2: InterviewPrep is a free resource for students to practice interviewing. Learn more and register on Handshake at: z.umn.edu/interview_prep #MisforCareer

interviewprep

SELF-INTRODUCTIONS

Option 1: A strong self-introduction includes who you are, what you do and what others need to know about you. Check out this article for tips and examples on how to write your own effective self-introduction: z.umn.edu/self-introduction-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: A self-introduction should cover the most important things others need to know about you. Include your name and occupation (or desired occupation) and key facts that will help you make an impression on the person you're communicating with. z.umn.edu/self-introduction-tips #MisforCareer

self-introductions

 
Option 1: College presents an opportunity to make decisions about your future career. Whether you are deciding on your major or continuing personal development, make sure to explore your career options. z.umn.edu/career-development #MisforCareer

Option 2: "Career development doesn’t begin on the first day of your job or when you first step foot on campus." During your college career you will explore options and opportunities, decide and prepare for the future, and transition into the next stage of your life. z.umn.edu/career-development #MisforCareer
 
demystify your college career

 
Option 1: With many job opportunities out there, it can be difficult to discern legitimate job positions from fake offers through scammers. Make sure to check out key traits of these types of scams to know what to look for to help you find reliable and genuine opportunities. z.umn.edu/finding-a-job #MisforCareer

Option 2: While it's uncommon to find scams and fake job opportunities through legitimate job boards, it can sometimes happen. Knowing what to look for can help you determine whether the job you're looking at is genuine or if it's a possible scam: z.umn.edu/finding-a-job#MisforCareer
 
job scams

 
Caption: The International Student Career Fair Preparation Workshop will feature helpful tips and information from presenters from ISSS and Career Services. All UMN international students who are attending fall career fairs are welcome to attend. This presentation will be offered live twice on two different dates and times: Wednesday, September 13th from 12pm-1pm via Zoom and Tuesday, September 26th from 4pm-5pm in-person in Blegen Hall, room 155. We recommend that you attend one of the two workshops. A recording will also be made available. Please register to indicate your attendance and receive further information. Email UMN International Career Consultant, Jane, with any questions about this session: [email protected].
 
career fair prep
 

September 25, 2023

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CAREER FAIRS AND EVENTS

Option 1: We are officially in career fair season! Stay up to date by visiting the Fairs & Events page on the Career website! career.umn.edu/career-events #MisforCareer

Option 2: Want a quick link to career fairs and events? Check out this page: career.umn.edu/career-events #MisforCareer

career fairs

VISIT YOUR CAREER CENTER FOR A PRACTICE INTERVIEW

Option 1: Practice makes perfect! Schedule a mock interview at your career center to practice articulating your skills and qualifications. career.umn.edu/career-offices#MisforCareer

Option 2: Want to practice your answers for an interview? Contact your school's career center to schedule a mock interview. career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

practice interview

7 COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Option 1: It can be nerve-wracking going to a job interview. Check out these seven frequently asked questions and advice on how you can prepare for them: z.umn.edu/7-common-interview-questions #MisforCareer

Option 2: No two interviews are the same, but there are some common questions that you can expect. Explore tips for preparing great answers to common interview questions. z.umn.edu/7-common-interview-questions #MisforCareer

interview questions

 
Option 1: Need a quiet space for an interview? Reserve a room in the Bruininks Hall Interview Center: z.umn.edu/interviewcenter #MisforCareer

Option 2: Do you need a quiet room for an interview? Students in CCAPS, CDes, CFANS, CLA and CEHD can reserve a room for free in our Interview Center in 524 Bruininks Hall. z.umn.edu/interviewcenter #MisforCareer
 
interview center

 
Option 1: When it comes to job hunting, interviews are one of the most essential parts of the process. Excel in any type of interview by researching and preparing for each one. z.umn.edu/types-of-interviews #MisforCareer

Option 2: Are you looking to ace your next interview? Explore the different types of interviews and get tips on how to do well in each one in this article: z.umn.edu/types-of-interviews #MisforCareer
 
interviews

 
Option 1: Save the date! Homecoming 2023 will take place from September 25th to September 30th. Check out all of the events hosted by Student Unions and Activities. Home | Homecoming #MisforCareer

Option 2: Ski-U-Mania! Stop by Goldy’s Gopher Games September 26th, jam out at the Homecoming Concert September 29th, or stripe the bank to cheer on the Maroon & Gold against UL- Lafayette September 30th! Home | Homecoming #MisforCareer
 
homecoming
 

October 9, 2023

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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Option 1: If you're a student with a disability, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination during your job search and/or career. Use these resources to help you in the journey from searching to working: career.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

Option 2: If you’re a student with a learning or physical disability, there are many resources to help you with advancing your career. Start learning your legal rights, and connecting with professionals and peers. career.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

students with disabilities

THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPANY CULTURE

Option 1: A great company culture makes for a stronger company overall. Having open communication, mutual respect, shared goals, and a commitment to employee growth and development will not only be beneficial to you, but beneficial to the people around you. z.umn.edu/company_culture #MisforCareer

Option 2: Gather as much information as possible before starting a position in a new workplace. Researching companies through sites like Glassdoor and Indeed can give you a better understanding of the company's culture. z.umn.edu/company_culture #MisforCareer

company culture

TURN NETWORKING CONTACTS INTO PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Option 1: How do you transform a networking relationship from surface-level to mutually beneficial? Taking action right after you meet, reaching out, and going beyond the small talk can be a few key ways on how to make the transition. z.umn.edu/networking-relationship-building #MisforCareer

Option 2: Turning networking contacts into genuine relationships isn’t as challenging as it often seems. For more tips or advice, check out this article on how to build meaningful relationships: z.umn.edu/networking-relationship-building #MisforCareer

meaningful relationships

 
Option 1: When searching for a job, it can be hard to assess your specific needs or request accommodations for those needs. Learn more on what you need to know to make these requests: z.umn.edu/disability-accommodations-during-job-search #MisforCareer

Option 2: It can be challenging to disclose any type of disability and request accommodations during a job search. However, “by being up front about your disability and accommodation requests, you're opening the door to establish a mutually beneficial partnership with a future employer.” z.umn.edu/disability-accommodations-during-job-search#MisforCareer
 
job search

 
Option 1: Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have some type of disability. Learn more on how you might be able to assist in making your workplace more inclusive and accommodating. z.umn.edu/support-coworkers-with-disabilities #MisforCareer

Option 2: There are simple yet effective ways to support colleagues with disabilities, like employee resource groups, building accommodations into the workplace, and respecting privacy. Check out these 7 ways on how to make a workplace more disability inclusive: z.umn.edu/support-coworkers-with-disabilities #MisforCareer
 
support coworkers with disabilities
 

October 23, 2023

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LGBTQIA+ RESOURCES

Option 1: Your diverse background brings value to a position and organization. Meeting with LGBTQIA+ professionals, or others who work in your career area of interest, can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions. z.umn.edu/lgbtqia-resources #MisforCareer

Option 2: There are many valuable career resources for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Check out some of our favorites here: z.umn.edu/lgbtqia-resources #MisforCareer

lgbtqia+ resources

PEER MESSAGING IN HANDSHAKE

Option 1: If you’re a student looking to connect with fellow peers and alumni, take advantage of our online job board and networking platform, Handshake. z.umn.edu/peermessaging #MisforCareer

Option 2: Handshake offers students the ability to directly message peers about a job posting, allowing for more networking opportunities. This platform is a great way to explore and learn about employers you’re interested in. z.umn.edu/peermessaging #MisforCareer

peer messaging

THE MOST EFFECTIVE NETWORKING STRATEGIES

Option 1: If you’ve found yourself struggling to connect with employers, you’re not alone. Start getting yourself into the daily routine of building your networking habits. This will help the process feel more natural and less overwhelming. z.umn.edu/network-strategies #MisforCareer

Option 2: As a student, you’re learning and growing your skills everyday. It’s important to track your progress and keep note of the goals you’ve made. No matter what stage you’re in for networking, never stop checking in with yourself and remembering how you've gotten to the position you’re in now. z.umn.edu/network-strategies #MisforCareer

networking

 
Option 1: Maroon and Gold Network projects connect University of Minnesota students with short-term, real world professional experiences supported by alumni. Get started today! z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Option 2: Get ahead in your career! Search the Maroon and Gold Network to find alumni to reach out to for career advice and informational interviews. z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer
 
m&g

 
Option 1: The University of Minnesota parents weekend is coming up, October 27th-29th! It’s a great opportunity to learn more about what the U offers, spend time with family, and show them what life is like as a Gopher! z.umn.edu/parentsweekend #MisforCareer

Option 2: Registration is currently open. Don’t miss out on this fun tradition of celebrating you, your family, and the University of Minnesota! z.umn.edu/parentsweekend #MisforCareer
 
family weekend
 

November 6, 2023

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Option 1: Are you an international student looking for guidance on the career exploration and preparation process? Check out these resources provided by Career Services: career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: To make the career development process easier, check out this list of international student resources: career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

international students

GOINGLOBAL

Option 1: GoinGlobal helps new and experienced job seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad. Check out this great resource on Handshake today! z.umn.edu/GoinGlobal- #MisforCareer

Option 2: GoinGlobal provides career and employment information for cities throughout the US and 120+ locations worldwide! Learn about job and internship search resources, employment trends, resume guidelines, interview tips and cultural advice. z.umn.edu/GoinGlobal- #MisforCareer

GoinGlobal

“DO'S AND DON'TS” FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT JOB SEEKERS 

Option 1: Don’t be afraid to put experience gained outside of the U.S. on your resume. This demonstrates your resilience navigating different work environments, settings, and communication skills across a variety of teams. z.umn.edu/international-jobseekers #MisforCareer

Option 2: If you’re a student who is new to the U.S., take advantage of opportunities that come your way. Whether it's virtual events, on-campus jobs, or joining a club, these connections help you grow your network. z.umn.edu/international-jobseekers #MisforCareer

international job seekers

 
Option 1: When working abroad, it’s important to acknowledge and understand your company’s culture. Preparing for these cultural differences can help your work-life dynamic, allowing for an easier transition. z.umn.edu/abroadtips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Remember to continue your networking practices, even while abroad. Connecting with international industry contacts could help you find a job that better suits your interests and abilities. z.umn.edu/abroadtips #MisforCareer
 
networking while abroad

 
Option 1: Visit the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center to learn more about what programs and destinations are offered to students! umabroad.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Get a head start on your abroad journey by completing a First Step session and scheduling an advising appointment to discuss your options, interests, and goals. umabroad.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer
 
abroad

 
Option 1: Check out new winter break projects on the Maroon and Gold Network! Expand your network and learn new skills when you undertake a project. z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Option 2: Stay connected over winter break! The Maroon and Gold Network Projects link University of Minnesota students with short-term, professional experiences. z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer
 
maroon and gold network
 

November 20, 2023

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VETERAN STUDENTS

Option 1: Key things to think about as you search for internships and jobs as a student veteran: career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: There are many valuable career resources for veterans, such as the transition assistance program (TAP), veteran employment representatives, and so much more! Check out more of our favorites here: career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

student veteran

HANDSHAKE EXPERIENCES

Option 1: Take advantage of our online job board and networking platform, Handshake, to submit your internship experiences for approval. z.umn.edu/handshake-experiences #MisforCareer

Option 2: Check out this Handshake article to find step-by-step instructions on how to upload an experience! z.umn.edu/handshake-experiences #MisforCareer

handshake experiences

INTERNSHIPS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Option 1: Internships are a great way to get hands-on experience working in the industry of your choice. These guided opportunities are all about learning and gaining skills, with time for reflection and asking questions. z.umn.edu/internship-info #MisforCareer

Option 2: Being an intern exposes you to the world of professionals where you gain knowledge and skills not taught as easily in a classroom, as well as starting to build your professional network amongst co-workers and other interns. z.umn.edu/internship-info #MisforCareer

internships

 
Option 1: Scammers target students at universities across the country with fake job opportunities. Learn more about phishing and job scams here: z.umn.edu/job-scam-information #MisforCareer

Option 2: Be cautious in responding to any job opportunities that look too good to be true. A short or vague job description, requests for financial or personal information, or an immediate job offer can all be red flags for job scams. z.umn.edu/job-scam-information #MisforCareer
 
job scams and phishing

 
Option 1: Changing jobs, organizations, or industries frequently can be a red flag to employers. For more resume red flags, check out this video: z.umn.edu/resume_red_flags #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make sure to research an organization before you apply! Not tailoring your resume with what you learned about the organization can be seen as a red flag to employers. z.umn.edu/resume_red_flags #MisforCareer
 
resume red flags
 

December 4th, 2023

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PARKER DEWEY MICRO-INTERNSHIPS

Option 1: Check out Parker Dewey Micro-Internships! Students from all majors can perform professional assignments to build and demonstrate skills while exploring career paths. info.parkerdewey.com/umn #MisforCareer

Option 2: Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments. Parker Dewey’s paid, professional projects give you a chance to explore a variety of career paths and industries through micro-internships. info.parkerdewey.com/umn #MisforCareer

micro internships

CAREER CENTER IN HANDSHAKE

Option 1: Make sure to check out your Career Center in Handshake! Find general or specific resources pertaining to your college. z.umn.edu/handshake-career-center #MisforCareer

Option 2: Looking for college-specific or general resources? Find your Career Center on Handshake! z.umn.edu/handshake-career-center #MisforCareer

career center on handshake

UNICORN CANDIDATE

Option 1: You do not need to be a unicorn candidate to be a perfect fit for a job. If you are driven and can demonstrate how your experiences can contribute to a new role, there is a strong chance that you will be considered. z.umn.edu/unicorn-candidate #MisforCareer

Option 2: A diverse portfolio is impressively attractive to recruiters and employers. It is a great way to showcase your transferable skills, and also demonstrates that you are eager to learn new skills outside of your comfort zone. z.umn.edu/unicorn-candidate #MisforCareer

unicorn candidate

 
Option 1: Body language boils down to what you are communicating without speaking. The goal is to exude strength and confidence at your interview, but not at the expense of being relaxed and personable. z.umn.edu/interview-body-language-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Want advice on body behavior to conquer your next interview? Check out this article to get tips on improving body language such as eye contact, interview attire, posture, and more: 
z.umn.edu/interview-body-language-tips #MisforCareer
 
body language tips

 
Option 1: The University of Minnesota has 150+ majors! Even if you know what you want to study, CAPE can help you explore majors through their broad range of resources and services. cape.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Explore majors, discover your interests, and make a plan! The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is designed to provide targeted academic transition support for students. cape.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer
 
cape
 

December 18th, 2023

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YOUR CAREER OFFICE IS OPEN OVER WINTER BREAK

Option 1: Career Services is open over break! Visit your college’s career center website to check their hours and get in contact with them online or in-person. career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

Option 2: Thinking about jobs and internships? Winter break is the perfect time to take advantage of the career services your college provides so you can start the new year off right! career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

career services open over winter break

COMMON RESUME QUESTIONS

Option 1: Should you use a resume template? What type of summary should you include on your resume? If you have resume questions like these, check out this video on common resume questions! z.umn.edu/common-resume-questions #MisforCareer

Option 2: There are many different types of resume formats. Speaking with a professional in your field can help you find a resume format that’s best for you! z.umn.edu/common-resume-questions #MisforCareer

common resume questions

RESUME TIPS FOR LANDING A JOB

Option 1: If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be difficult to know where to start. Check out these resume tips to help you write the best resume:
z.umn.edu/resume-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Should your resume be one or two pages? What experiences and accomplishments should you include? If you need advice on resume formatting, work experience, skills, or finishing touches, check out these resume tips for landing a job: z.umn.edu/resume-tips #MisforCareer

resume tips for landing a job

 
Option 1: Struggling with including accomplishments to your resume? Don’t know what accomplishments to list? Check out this article on resume building to be better equipped for your next job search! z.umn.edu/resume-accomplishments #MisforCareer

Option 2: Numbers can speak louder than words! Even if you do not work directly with numbers, using them to demonstrate measurable impact on money saved or earned, percent growth, or size of audience can add volumes to your accomplishments.
z.umn.edu/resume-accomplishments #MisforCareer
 
resume accomplishments

 
Option 1: What are the best resume-building steps to take? Listen to what recruiters have to say about your resume and the best way to make it stand out: z.umn.edu/what-recruiters-say-about-resume #MisforCareer

Option 2: Are you curious about what you should or shouldn’t include in your resume? Take advice from a recruiter to find tangible ways to improve your resume. 
z.umn.edu/what-recruiters-say-about-resume #MisforCareer
 
what recruiters say about your resume
 

January 29th, 2024

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DATA DASHBOARD

Option 1:  Interested in looking at common student job searching behavior? Check out this link to interact with datasets provided from Handshake: handshake.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

Option 2: With the University of Minnesota Career Services' Data Dashboard, you can see where in the nation and world the most positions in your career field have been posted! handshake.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

data dashboard

CHECKING EMPLOYERS AT CAREER FAIRS THROUGH HANDSHAKE

Option 1: As employers sign up for job fairs at the University of Minnesota, you can check which employers will be participating at each event using Handshake. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2:  To check participating employers, select the career fair of your choice and click the button that says “See more employers”. From there you can filter what companies and specific career fields you are looking for! handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

checking employers

HOW TO CREATE AN ELEVATOR PITCH

Option 1: If done correctly, a persuasive elevator pitch helps introduce yourself to business and career connections in a captivating way. z.umn.edu/elevator-pitch-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: When doing an elevator pitch it’s important to be persuasive, share your skills, mention your goals, and aim for high energy. Don’t forget to offer your business card! z.umn.edu/elevator-pitch-tips #MisforCareer

elevator pitch

 
Option 1: Virtual career fairs give you the opportunity to meet recruiters and other employees through video sessions. Before a virtual career fair, make sure to prepare your environment by checking your computer, camera, and microphone. z.umn.edu/10-virtual-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Attending a virtual career fair can give you an edge in landing a job or internship. For tips on how to put your best foot forward—before, during and after a virtual fair, check out this link! z.umn.edu/10-virtual-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer
 
virtual career fairs

 
Option 1: The UMN Job & Internship Fair will be open to all UMN students and alumni of three years (2021-2023). Make sure to register for both the in-person and virtual fair sessions! jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Registration for the in-person Job & Internship Fair is open! Explore unique job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries by connecting with 100+ employers.
Plus, get free professional headshots! jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer
 
UMJF

DIVERSITY JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR AT ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

Caption: The Diversity Job and Internship Fair is coming up soon! Join St. Cloud State University on Friday, January 26th from 1-4pm! Over 100 employers are anticipated, including the event sponsor, Granite Partners, looking for students from almost every major! For more info: scsu.mn/475MLUX #MisforCareer

diversity job and internship fair
 

February 12th, 2024

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MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS

Option 1: There are many valuable career resources for multicultural students. Check out some of our favorites here: career.umn.edu/multicultural-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: Many employers appreciate the unique insight multicultural students can bring to their organization. Consider what value your diverse background brings to a job! career.umn.edu/multicultural-students #MisforCareer

multicultural students

15 QUICK TIPS FOR CAREER AND JOB FAIR SUCCESS

Option 1: Career fairs are a great way to learn about job opportunities. Make the most of your career fair by networking with recruiters and other candidates in attendance. z.umn.edu/15-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: When at a career fair, be prepared to answer one of the first questions each recruiter will ask you: “So, why are you here?” Providing a sharply defined response will help you stand out from other candidates while giving information to the recruiter. z.umn.edu/15-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

career fair questions

FINDING A CAREER YOU LOVE

Option 1:  Finding a career that you love allows you to build purpose and enjoyment with your daily work. When you find motivation in what you do, it reflects in your work ethic and overall mood. z.umn.edu/love-your-career #MisforCareer

Option 2: When searching for the career that you love, it’s important to consider what your core values, question what skills you would like to exercise and improve on, and be flexible to trying new opportunities you would never have considered. The results may surprise you! z.umn.edu/love-your-career #MisforCareer

finding a career you love

 
Option 1:  It’s career fair season! Are you ready? Check out these ten tips to heighten your college career fair experience: z.umn.edu/10-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Making a good impression and networking can be crucial during career fairs. Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and socialize; take notes of your experiences and information that employers offer you. z.umn.edu/10-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer
 
college career fair

 
Option 1: Explore unique job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries at the annual UMN Job & Internship Fair. This year the fair will be offered in two formats, in-person on the 26th at Huntington & McNamara and virtually on the 28th on Handshake. jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Find prep tips and information about the employers attending. You can also discover open positions, access lists of employers by industry, and map out your plan for the day. To register visit: jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer
 
UMJF

 

February 26th, 2024

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR?

Option 1: Curious about what career opportunities are available for your major? Check out Handshake's resource page to see what you can do with what you’re studying. Keep scrolling until you see an article titled "What Can I Do With This Major?". umn.joinhandshake.com #MisforCareer

Option 2: When you search a major on What Can I Do With This Major, be sure to explore the external links shared on the website to maximize your research efforts! umn.joinhandshake.com #MisforCareer

what can I do with this major?

HANDSHAKE: MESSAGING EMPLOYERS

Option 1: Messaging employers makes you stand out from other competition. It gives you a chance to present yourself and explain why you are interested in the job. z.umn.edu/messaging-employers #MisforCareer

Option 2: When reaching out to employers, don’t be afraid to be inquisitive and ask questions. By staying curious, it tells job recruiters that your interest is genuine and you would like to know more. z.umn.edu/messaging-employers #MisforCareer

messaging employers

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR

Option 1: Organizations with a more broadly diverse employee base traditionally tend to be more successful. Approach your internship search with the knowledge that your diverse experiences add value for an organization - possibly even helping contribute to them having a stronger bottom line. z.umn.edu/internship-opportunities-bipoc-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: You can get involved with professional associations before you have even landed your first job. By joining an association, you can begin to network in your area of interest while you are still studying! z.umn.edu/internship-opportunities-bipoc-students #MisforCareer

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Option 1: One of the most important steps in connecting with job fair recruiters is sending them a follow up thank you email after the fair is over. For more information on how to write a thank you email and examples of what a successful thank you email looks like, check out this link: z.umn.edu/thank-you-email-career-fair #MisforCareer

Option 2: Career fairs are an excellent opportunity for job seekers to connect with a variety of recruiters and hiring managers in one place. Make the most of the contacts you find at career fairs by sending a thank you email after the fair! z.umn.edu/thank-you-email-career-fair #MisforCareer
 
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Option 1: Today is the day of the in-person U of M Job And Internship Fair! It is hosted at Huntington Bank Stadium & McNamara Alumni Center from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. CST. jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Can’t make it in person? The UMJF will also be held virtually on Wednesday through Handshake from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M. CST. All degree seeking students and alumni of 3 years are welcomed to attend! jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer
 
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Archives By Category 

Find Career Backpack posts from the past three academic years (2022-2023, 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:  Finding a career that you love allows you to build purpose and enjoyment with your daily work. When you find motivation in what you do, it reflects in your work ethic and overall mood. z.umn.edu/love-your-career #MisforCareer

Option 2: When searching for the career that you love, it’s important to consider what your core values, question what skills you would like to exercise and improve on, and be flexible to trying new opportunities you would never have considered. The results may surprise you! z.umn.edu/love-your-career #MisforCareer

(February 12th, 2024)

finding a career you love

Option 1: You do not need to be a unicorn candidate to be a perfect fit for a job. If you are driven and can demonstrate how your experiences can contribute to a new role, there is a strong chance that you will be considered. z.umn.edu/unicorn-candidate #MisforCareer

Option 2: A diverse portfolio is impressively attractive to recruiters and employers. It is a great way to showcase your transferable skills, and also demonstrates that you are eager to learn new skills outside of your comfort zone. z.umn.edu/unicorn-candidate #MisforCareer

(December 4th, 2023)

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Option 1: Internships are a great way to get hands-on experience working in the industry of your choice. These guided opportunities are all about learning and gaining skills, with time for reflection and asking questions. z.umn.edu/internship-info #MisforCareer

Option 2: Being an intern exposes you to the world of professionals where you gain knowledge and skills not taught as easily in a classroom, as well as starting to build your professional network amongst co-workers and other interns. z.umn.edu/internship-info #MisforCareer

(November 20th, 2023)

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Option 1: Don’t be afraid to put experience gained outside of the U.S. on your resume. This demonstrates your resilience navigating different work environments, settings, and communication skills across a variety of teams. z.umn.edu/international-jobseekers #MisforCareer

Option 2: If you’re a student who is new to the U.S., take advantage of opportunities that come your way. Whether it's virtual events, on-campus jobs, or joining a club, these connections help you grow your network. z.umn.edu/international-jobseekers #MisforCareer

(November 6th, 2023)

international job seekers

Option 1: When working abroad, it’s important to acknowledge and understand your company’s culture. Preparing for these cultural differences can help your work-life dynamic, allowing for an easier transition. z.umn.edu/abroadtips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Remember to continue your networking practices, even while abroad. Connecting with international industry contacts could help you find a job that better suits your interests and abilities. z.umn.edu/abroadtips #MisforCareer

(November 6th, 2023)

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Option 1: Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have some type of disability. Learn more on how you might be able to assist in making your workplace more inclusive and accommodating. z.umn.edu/support-coworkers-with-disabilities #MisforCareer

Option 2: There are simple yet effective ways to support colleagues with disabilities, like employee resource groups, building accommodations into the workplace, and respecting privacy. Check out these 7 ways on how to make a workplace more disability inclusive: z.umn.edu/support-coworkers-with-disabilities #MisforCareer

(October 9th, 2023)

support coworkers with disabilities

Option 1: When searching for a job, it can be hard to assess your specific needs or request accommodations for those needs. Learn more on what you need to know to make these requests: z.umn.edu/disability-accommodations-during-job-search #MisforCareer

Option 2: It can be challenging to disclose any type of disability and request accommodations during a job search. However, “by being up front about your disability and accommodation requests, you're opening the door to establish a mutually beneficial partnership with a future employer.” z.umn.edu/disability-accommodations-during-job-search #MisforCareer

(October 9th, 2023)

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Option 1: A great company culture makes for a stronger company overall. Having open communication, mutual respect, shared goals, and a commitment to employee growth and development will not only be beneficial to you, but beneficial to the people around you. z.umn.edu/company_culture #MisforCareer

Option 2: Gather as much information as possible before starting a position in a new workplace. Researching companies through sites like Glassdoor and Indeed can give you a better understanding of the company's culture. z.umn.edu/company_culture #MisforCareer

(October 9th, 2023)

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Option 1: Searching for a new job but don’t know where to start? Check out these tips and pieces of advice from Candid Career. https://z.umn.edu/search-job #MisforCareer

Option 2: Do your research on companies online and through networking. Ask tough questions, as it will help you determine whether or not it's a place where you want to work. https://z.umn.edu/search-job #MisforCareer

(May 8th, 2023)

May 8th, 2023

Option 1: Career goals are effective when they’re clear and specific. Take advantage of talking with your mentors and managers about what you want your job to look like in the future, and how you’re going to achieve it. z.umn.edu/careermanagement #MisforCareer

Option 2: Impress your employer by thinking critically about your long term career. Write up a professional plan, identify areas of the company that interest you, and speak up about what you want to learn. Be transparent with your supervisors so you can work towards the opportunities you’re seeking. z.umn.edu/careermanagement #MisforCareer

(April 24th, 2023)

April 24th, 2023

Option 1: Starting an in-person job after getting used to remote work or a study routine? Handshake collected advice from recent college grads who've been through the shift and have tips to share. z.umn.edu/zoom-to-office #MisforCareer

Option 2: When you work remotely, there are limitations to the amount of conversations with peers and colleagues. So, heading back into the office allows for more opportunities for personal growth and the improvements for the organization. z.umn.edu/zoom-to-office #MisforCareer

(April 24th, 2023)

April 24th, 2023

Option 1: After you graduate and begin your career, you have a lot to adapt to and learn. When you begin to feel comfortable in your position, don’t stop learning. The most successful people have the same thing in common; they continued to grow and improve. z.umn.edu/grad-advice #MisforCareer

Option 2: Don’t be hard on yourself if your career path isn't working out as you had hoped. It takes time to find, and build, your dream job. Set goals and enjoy the journey. z.umn.edu/grad-advice #MisforCareer 

(April 24th, 2023)

April 24th, 2023

Option 1: Entering a new work environment can be intimidating, but don’t hold back your ideas due to lack of experience. Sharing a different perspective or approach about a topic could spark new themes. z.umn.edu/grad-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: Get in the routine of being relentlessly responsive. It not only validates the co-worker who sent you the request, but it also leaves you feeling less stressed and overwhelmed with work tasks. z.umn.edu/grad-students #MisforCareer 

(April 10th, 2023)

April 10th, 2023

Option 1: Before you accept a job, make sure to review the offer carefully. Negotiate any terms you would like to be adjusted to prevent future conflicts. z.umn.edu/job-offer #MisforCareer

Option 2: When crafting your response to accept a job, make sure to use a clear subject line. Your response should express your thanks and appreciation, your official acceptance of the offer and restatement of final details, and your conclusion with best regards. z.umn.edu/job-offer #MisforCareer

(April 10th, 2023)

April 10th, 2023

Option 1: How do you find and use “weak ties” to boost your job search? Adding distant connections on LinkedIn, attending online events or courses, and spending more time networking than job searching are great ways to create and develop new connections. z.umn.edu/weak-ties #MisforCareer

Option 2: If you’re looking for a job, reaching out to people in your network you barely know may not be your first instinct. However, having “weak ties” or distant connections can be the key to strengthening your job search and landing a new position. z.umn.edu/weak-ties #MisforCareer

(March 27th, 2023)

March 27th, 2023

Option 1: When it comes to getting a job, social media can be a positive tool or a deal breaker. To put your best foot forward online, make sure that you know your digital identity. z.umn.edu/web-presence #MisforCareer

Option 2: Social media is a key player in the job search process. A hiring manager may research your social media presence to get a feel for your personality, gauge your professionalism, confirm what you have listed as qualifications, or gain insight into your interests. z.umn.edu/web-presence #MisforCareer

(February 27th, 2023)

February 27th, 2023

Option 1: Researching and talking with others in the industry will help you determine where you need to commit your resources. This will help to close your skills gap in order to be a more competitive candidate. z.umn.edu/when-in-doubt-apply #MisforCareer

Option 2: You don’t need to meet all requirements in a job description in order to apply! Job descriptions are a list of ideal qualifications employers are seeking, so employers are more flexible when considering candidates. z.umn.edu/when-in-doubt-apply #MisforCareer

(February 27th, 2023)

February 27th, 2023

Option 1: Whether you’re employed and excelling or just starting on your career path, it can be helpful to read and listen to career advice. z.umn.edu/30-pieces-of-advice #MisforCareer

Option 2: As you develop in your career, you will probably come into contact with many pieces of career advice. Check out these best pieces of career advice to help you do your best and be your best in the workplace and beyond. z.umn.edu/30-pieces-of-advice #MisforCareer

(February 13th, 2023)

February 13th, 2023

Option 1: Figure out your salary expectations ahead of time by researching online and asking people in your network who have the same job to gain insight. z.umn.edu/salary-expectations-interview-questions #MisforCareer

Option 2: When answering “what are your salary expectations?” in an interview, giving a salary range can show that you’re willing to be flexible and work with your prospective employer. z.umn.edu/salary-expectations-interview-questions #MisforCareer

(January 30th, 2023)

January 30th, 2022

Option 1: If you’re looking for a job or internship, now is the time to apply! January features the highest job and internship postings by month, giving you the chance to find the right position for you. z.umn.edu/handshake-data-for-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: Jobs and internships posted on Handshake can be found all over the world. However, states like Minnesota, Illinois, California, and New York have the most job and internship listings for students at the U. z.umn.edu/handshake-data-for-students #MisforCareer

(January 30th, 2023)

January 30th, 2022

Option 1: In today’s technology driven world, skills such as social media, data analysis, content and digital marketing, and coding and programming have become extremely important in the hiring process. Check out which skills are most sought after by employers here: z.umn.edu/digital-technology #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make sure that your technology skills are up to date by taking a course, reading blogs, watching videos, and using technology more in your personal life. z.umn.edu/digital-technology #MisforCareer

(December 5th, 2022)

December 5th, 2022

Option 1: Employer demand for TikTok skills has exploded in the past two years, across many sectors including Media & Marketing, Education, Non-Profit, Technology, and Healthcare positions. z.umn.edu/employer-and-job-seeker-interest-in-tiktok  #MisforCareer

Option 2:  For employers, TikTok signals an interest in a wide range of skills: including content creation, graphic design, video editing, knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, and Google Analytics. ​​z.umn.edu/employer-and-job-seeker-interest-in-tiktok  #MisforCareer

(December 5th, 2022)

December 5th, 2022

Option 1: Job descriptions can tell you a lot about the job role, company, and culture. Make sure to read the job description carefully to find the best fit for you.z.umn.edu/how-to-read-job-description #MisforCareer

Option 2:  Keep an eye out for skills that aren’t realistic for that position. It may mean that there are unrealistic expectations for the person in the role, or that the role is poorly defined. z.umn.edu/how-to-read-job-description #MisforCareer

(November 21st, 2022)

November 21st, 2022

Option 1: When deciding between jobs, think about you short-term and long-term career goals, such as your career path, salary requirements, and learning opportunities. z.umn.edu/choose-between-jobs #MisforCareer

Option 2: Company culture has a huge impact on your happiness and your efficiency in the workplace, so compare which of the environments you would prefer to work in. z.umn.edu/choose-between-jobs #MisforCareer

(November 7th, 2022)

November 7th, 2022

Option 1: Paying attention to the small details and being an active participant in group discussions will help you stand out in your internship. z.umn.edu/internship-to-job-offer #MisforCareer

Option 2: No one will expect you to be an expert at a new position, but being eager to learn and remaining positive will help you to be successful in starting your career. z.umn.edu/internship-to-job-offer #MisforCareer

(October 24th, 2022)

October 24th, 2022

Option 1: After landing a job, use LinkedIn to stay in touch with your connections and learn about new opportunities from recruiters. z.umn.edu/linkedin-for-job-seekers #MisforCareer

Option 2: Many employers use LinkedIn in their recruiting and hiring process. Use LinkedIn to message hiring managers after you’ve applied to a role to affirm your interest and set yourself apart from other candidates. z.umn.edu/linkedin-for-job-seekers #MisforCareer

(October 24th, 2022) 

October 24th, 2022

Option 1: If you don’t feel comfortable with the pay you’re offered, it may be more difficult to put your all into a new role. Starting out at a salary you’re comfortable with lets you put your best foot forward at a new job. z.umn.edu/negotiating-your-salary #MisforCareer

Option 2: Taking the initiative to ask for a pay raise, along with noting your accomplishments that warrant asking for a raise shows you know your worth. z.umn.edu/negotiating-your-salary #MisforCareer

(October 10th, 2022)

October 10th, 2022

Option 1: Do you have multiple job offers? Congratulations! Here are a few tips on how to juggle your options: z.umn.edu/juggling-job-offers #MisforCareer

Option 2: Don’t be afraid to ask for time to consider the job offer. This way you can discuss it with your mentor or family and friends. z.umn.edu/juggling-job-offers #MisforCareer

(October 10th, 2022)

October 10th, 2022

Option 1: Taking the time to leave a great lasting impression is just as important as your first impression. Take the time to thank your mentors and coworkers for helping you throughout your internship. z.umn.edu/closing-out-your-internship-strong #MisforCareer

Option 2: Don’t forget to stay in touch with your internship connections. Follow them on LinkedIn or ask for their email before you leave. z.umn.edu/closing-out-your-internship-strong #MisforCareer

(August 29th, 2022)

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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 #MisforCareer

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 #MisforCareer

(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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

jan 31

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)

jan 17

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)

jan 17

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)

dec 20

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)

dec 20

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)

Dec 6th

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)

Dec 6th

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)

Dec 6th

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)

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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)

Nov 8th

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

Sept 27th

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Option 1: What are the best resume-building steps to take? Listen to what recruiters have to say about your resume and the best way to make it stand out: z.umn.edu/what-recruiters-say-about-resume #MisforCareer

Option 2: Are you curious about what you should or shouldn’t include in your resume? Take advice from a recruiter to find tangible ways to improve your resume. z.umn.edu/what-recruiters-say-about-resume #MisforCareer

(December 18th, 2023)

what recruiters say about your resume

Option 1: Struggling with including accomplishments to your resume? Don’t know what accomplishments to list? Check out this article on resume building to be better equipped for your next job search! z.umn.edu/resume-accomplishments #MisforCareer

Option 2: Numbers can speak louder than words! Even if you do not work directly with numbers, using them to demonstrate measurable impact on money saved or earned, percent growth, or size of audience can add volumes to your accomplishments.
z.umn.edu/resume-accomplishments #MisforCareer

(December 18th, 2023)

resume accomplishments

Option 1: If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be difficult to know where to start. Check out these resume tips to help you write the best resume:
z.umn.edu/resume-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Should your resume be one or two pages? What experiences and accomplishments should you include? If you need advice on resume formatting, work experience, skills, or finishing touches, check out these resume tips for landing a job: z.umn.edu/resume-tips #MisforCareer

(December 18th, 2023)

resume tips for landing a job

Option 1: Should you use a resume template? What type of summary should you include on your resume? If you have resume questions like these, check out this video on common resume questions! z.umn.edu/common-resume-questions #MisforCareer

Option 2: There are many different types of resume formats. Speaking with a professional in your field can help you find a resume format that’s best for you! z.umn.edu/common-resume-questions #MisforCareer

(December 18th, 2023)

common resume questions

Option 1: Changing jobs, organizations, or industries frequently can be a red flag to employers. For more resume red flags, check out this video: z.umn.edu/resume_red_flags #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make sure to research an organization before you apply! Not tailoring your resume with what you learned about the organization can be seen as a red flag to employers. z.umn.edu/resume_red_flags #MisforCareer

(November 20th, 2023)

resume red flags

Option 1: One of the most important things to show employers in a job search are your skills. Make sure to include your hard skills (such as abilities or knowledge you need to complete specific work tasks) and soft skills (traits and qualities that categorize how you work and relate to the people you work with) on your resume. z.umn.edu/skills-for-resume #MisforCareer

Option 2: Resumes should highlight skills specific to the job being applied to, as well as skills that can be valuable for any job or industry, such as time management, organization, communication, decision making, and problem-solving. z.umn.edu/skills-for-resume #MisforCareer

(August 28th, 2023)

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Option 1: Soft skills highlight your personal qualities and characteristics, impacting how you perform. These skills are important to employers because it gives insight on how you work within a community and work environment. z.umn.edu/soft-skills #MisforCareer

Option 2: When listing soft skills on your resume, use accurate verbs that give context, description, and tell the employer the results of your work accomplishments. z.umn.edu/soft-skills #MisforCareer 

(April 10th, 2023)

April 10th, 2023

Option 1: When addressing past jobs you’ve held, it’s tempting to create a list of daily tasks you completed while on duty. However, it’s very common for hiring managers to already know that information based on the job title. Instead, write out your accomplishments and achievements. z.umn.edu/resumeadvice #MisforCareer

Option 2: Keep in mind the importance of readability and what will keep hiring managers engaged while reading your resume. Use powerful words that will show off the skills you have, rather than simply stating them. Try to use a variety of different words and numbers to provide more detail. z.umn.edu/resumeadvice #MisforCareer

(March 13th, 2023)

March 13th, 2023

Option 1: Writing an effective cover letter is just as important as crafting a strong resume! Make sure to read the job description carefully to know what the employer is looking for, and personalize your cover letter to show why you want to work for the company. z.umn.edu/cover-letters #MisforCareer

Option 2: Whether you send a hard copy or email a cover letter, it's important to format your letter correctly. To review the essential elements of a cover letter, check out this link: z.umn.edu/cover-letters #MisforCareer

(February 27th, 2023)

February 27th, 2023

Option 1: Include keywords from the job posting to illustrate your skill relevancy and increase your chances of being selected by applicant tracking systems. z.umn.edu/common-resume-sections #MisforCareer

Option 2: The layout of your resume can make or break a job application. Watch this video to make sure your resume stands out from the rest. z.umn.edu/common-resume-sections #MisforCareer

(November 21st, 2022)

November 21st, 2022

Option 1: Use your cover letter to tell an employer what you want them to know about you that’s not on your resume by highlighting your achievements and how they directly connect to the position. z.umn.edu/how-long-cover-letter-should-be #MisforCareer

Option 2: Cover letters are high-value introductions: they highlight why you’re interested in the role, what you’re looking for, and how you can add value to a position or company. z.umn.edu/how-long-cover-letter-should-be #MisforCareer

(November 21st, 2022)

November 21st, 2022

Option 1: Generic resumes will be the first documents screened out in applicant tracking systems. Be sure to tailor your resume to each job you are targeting. z.umn.edu/ATS-friendly-resume #MisforCareer

Option 2: When creating your resume, incorporate a skills section. This allows you to list keywords for skills that you might not be able to work into other parts of your resume. z.umn.edu/ATS-friendly-resume #MisforCareer

(Sept. 12, 2022)

September 12th, 2022

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)

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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)

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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)

dec 20

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Campus Resources

Option 1: Explore unique job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries at the annual UMN Job & Internship Fair. This year the fair will be offered in two formats, in-person on the 26th at Huntington & McNamara and virtually on the 28th on Handshake. jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Find prep tips and information about the employers attending. You can also discover open positions, access lists of employers by industry, and map out your plan for the day. To register visit: jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(February 12th, 2024)

UMJF

Option 1:  It’s career fair season! Are you ready? Check out these ten tips to heighten your college career fair experience: z.umn.edu/10-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Making a good impression and networking can be crucial during career fairs. Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and socialize; take notes of your experiences and information that employers offer you. z.umn.edu/10-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

(February 12th, 2024)

college career fair

Option 1: Career fairs are a great way to learn about job opportunities. Make the most of your career fair by networking with recruiters and other candidates in attendance. z.umn.edu/15-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: When at a career fair, be prepared to answer one of the first questions each recruiter will ask you: “So, why are you here?” Providing a sharply defined response will help you stand out from other candidates while giving information to the recruiter. z.umn.edu/15-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

(February 12th, 2024)

career fair questions

Option 1: There are many valuable career resources for multicultural students. Check out some of our favorites here: career.umn.edu/multicultural-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: Many employers appreciate the unique insight multicultural students can bring to their organization. Consider what value your diverse background brings to a job! career.umn.edu/multicultural-students #MisforCareer

(February 12th, 2024)

multicultural students

Option 1: The UMN Job & Internship Fair will be open to all UMN students and alumni of three years (2021-2023). Make sure to register for both the in-person and virtual fair sessions! jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Registration for the in-person Job & Internship Fair is open! Explore unique job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries by connecting with 100+ employers. Plus, get free professional headshots! jobfair.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(January 29th, 2024)

UMJF

Option 1: Virtual career fairs give you the opportunity to meet recruiters and other employees through video sessions. Before a virtual career fair, make sure to prepare your environment by checking your computer, camera, and microphone. z.umn.edu/10-virtual-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Attending a virtual career fair can give you an edge in landing a job or internship. For tips on how to put your best foot forward—before, during and after a virtual fair, check out this link! z.umn.edu/10-virtual-career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

(January 29th, 2024)

virtual career fairs

Option 1: Career Services is open over break! Visit your college’s career center website to check their hours and get in contact with them online or in-person. career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

Option 2: Thinking about jobs and internships? Winter break is the perfect time to take advantage of the career services your college provides so you can start the new year off right! career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

(December 18th, 2023)

career services open over winter break

Option 1: The University of Minnesota has 150+ majors! Even if you know what you want to study, CAPE can help you explore majors through their broad range of resources and services. cape.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Explore majors, discover your interests, and make a plan! The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is designed to provide targeted academic transition support for students. cape.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

(December 4th, 2023)

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Option 1: Check out Parker Dewey Micro-Internships! Students from all majors can perform professional assignments to build and demonstrate skills while exploring career paths. info.parkerdewey.com/umn #MisforCareer

Option 2: Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments. Parker Dewey’s paid, professional projects give you a chance to explore a variety of career paths and industries through micro-internships. info.parkerdewey.com/umn #MisforCareer

(December 4th, 2023)

micro internships

Option 1: Key things to think about as you search for internships and jobs as a student veteran: career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: There are many valuable career resources for veterans, such as the transition assistance program (TAP), veteran employment representatives, and so much more! Check out more of our favorites here: career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

(November 20th, 2023)

student veteran

Option 1: Visit the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center to learn more about what programs and destinations are offered to students! umabroad.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Get a head start on your abroad journey by completing a First Step session and scheduling an advising appointment to discuss your options, interests, and goals. umabroad.umn.edu/ #MisforCareer

(November 6th, 2023)

abroad

Option 1: GoinGlobal helps new and experienced job seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad. Check out this great resource on Handshake today! z.umn.edu/GoinGlobal- #MisforCareer

Option 2: GoinGlobal provides career and employment information for cities throughout the US and 120+ locations worldwide! Learn about job and internship search resources, employment trends, resume guidelines, interview tips and cultural advice. z.umn.edu/GoinGlobal- #MisforCareer

(November 6th, 2023)

GoinGlobal

Option 1: Check out new winter break projects on the Maroon and Gold Network! Expand your network and learn new skills when you undertake a project. z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Option 2: Stay connected over winter break! The Maroon and Gold Network Projects link University of Minnesota students with short-term, professional experiences. z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

(November 6th, 2023)

maroon and gold network

Option 1: Are you an international student looking for guidance on the career exploration and preparation process? Check out these resources provided by Career Services: career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: To make the career development process easier, check out this list of international student resources: career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

(November 6th, 2023)

international students

Option 1: Maroon and Gold Network projects connect University of Minnesota students with short-term, real world professional experiences supported by alumni. Get started today! z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Option 2: Get ahead in your career! Search the Maroon and Gold Network to find alumni to reach out to for career advice and informational interviews. z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

(October 23rd, 2023)

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Option 1: Your diverse background brings value to a position and organization. Meeting with LGBTQIA+ professionals, or others who work in your career area of interest, can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions.  z.umn.edu/lgbtqia-resources #MisforCareer

Option 2: There are many valuable career resources for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Check out some of our favorites here: z.umn.edu/lgbtqia-resources #MisforCareer

(October 23rd, 2023)

lgbtqia+ resources

Option 1: If you're a student with a disability, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination during your job search and/or career. Use these resources to help you in the journey from searching to working: career.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

Option 2: If you’re a student with a learning or physical disability, there are many resources to help you with advancing your career. Start learning your legal rights, and connecting with professionals and peers. career.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

(October 9th, 2023)

students with disabilities

Option 1: We are officially in career fair season! Stay up to date by visiting the Fairs & Events page on the Career website! career.umn.edu/career-events #MisforCareer

Option 2: Want a quick link to career fairs and events? Check out this page: career.umn.edu/career-events #MisforCareer

(September 25th, 2023)

career fairs

Option 1: Need a quiet space for an interview? Reserve a room in the Bruininks Hall Interview Center: z.umn.edu/interviewcenter #MisforCareer

Option 2: Do you need a quiet room for an interview? Students in CCAPS, CDes, CFANS, CLA and CEHD can reserve a room for free in our Interview Center in 524 Bruininks Hall. z.umn.edu/interviewcenter #MisforCareer

(September 25th, 2023)

interview center

Option 1: Practice makes perfect! Schedule a mock interview at your career center to practice articulating your skills and qualifications. career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

Option 2: Want to practice your answers for an interview? Contact your school's career center to schedule a mock interview. career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

(September 25th, 2023)

practice interview

Option 1: College presents an opportunity to make decisions about your future career. Whether you are deciding on your major or continuing personal development, make sure to explore your career options. z.umn.edu/career-development #MisforCareer

Option 2: "Career development doesn’t begin on the first day of your job or when you first step foot on campus." During your college career you will explore options and opportunities, decide and prepare for the future, and transition into the next stage of your life. z.umn.edu/career-development #MisforCareer

(September 11th, 2023)

demystify your college career

Option 1: Make sure you do your homework before a career fair! Researching organizations before a career fair shows that you are interested and helps you stand out from your peers. z.umn.edu/career-fair-advice #MisforCareer

Option 2: Career fairs offer many different opportunities to advance your career search. To be successful at a career fair, make sure you know what you are looking for in your career and are able to discuss it. z.umn.edu/career-fair-advice #MisforCareer

(August 28th, 2023)

career fair advice

Option 1: Feeling overwhelmed with being back at school? Connect to the U through campus events and build your network in low-stress environments. Events | Student Unions & Activities  #MisforCareer

Option 2: Looking for ways to connect to the U? Check out campus events hosted by Student Unions and Activities! Events | Student Unions & Activities #MisforCareer

(August 28th, 2023)

connect through campus events

Option 1: There are many things going on at the beginning of the school year. Visit your career office to get help with all your career questions! Find Your Career Office | Career Services #MisforCareer

Option 2: Take advantage of being back at school by visiting your career center. Get help with networking, majors, jobs, and internships either virtually or in-person! Find Your Career Office | Career Services #MisforCareer

(August 28th, 2023)

visit your career office

Option 1: Trying to figure out how you'll spend your summer? We can help! Stop by career services, virtually or in-person. We're here all summer. career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

Option 2: Are you a spring 2023 graduate? You still have access to career services after graduation! career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer 

(May 8th, 2023)

May 8th, 2023

Option 1: Maroon and Gold Network Projects connect University of Minnesota students with short-term, real world professional experiences supported by alumni. The next student application window is April 24-May 5, 2023. z.umn.edu/MaroonGold-Network #MisforCareer

Option 2: The Mooty Internship Scholarship is a $500 scholarship for students hired for unpaid Projects through Maroon and Gold Network. Our hope is this increases accessibility for alumni posting projects, and student applicants. z.umn.edu/MaroonGold-Network #MisforCareer 

(April 24th, 2023)

 

April 24th, 2023

Option 1: Use Interview Prep to practice interviewing. Conduct virtual practice interviews, review the recordings, and share with a career counselor or friend for feedback. z.umn.edu/interview-prep #MisforCareer

Option 2: Interview Prep gives you the knowledge and confidence needed to leave an impression on employers and offers you flexibility to mock interviews anytime, anywhere. z.umn.edu/interview-prep #MisforCareer

(March 27th, 2023)

March 27th, 2023

Option 1: Whether you’re just starting college, about to graduate, or are seeking further higher education, exploring your career interests can be an involved process. Make sure to take advantage of all your school has to offer you in terms of connections, professors, and resources. z.umn.edu/explore-career-interests #MisforCareer

Option 2: For some, it can take years of college experiences to develop their career path, and not everyone’s journey is the same! Check out this article to see what you should and shouldn’t do when developing your career interests: z.umn.edu/explore-career-interests #MisforCareer

(March 13th, 2023)

March 13th, 2023

Option 1: If you’re an international student seeking employment, check out GoinGlobal! GoinGlobal hosts a H1B Visas database which provides application records from 2009-to-date for American employers interested in hiring international talent. z.umn.edu/GoinGlobal- #MisforCareer

Option 2: GoinGlobal provides career and employment information for US cities and 120+ locations worldwide. Learn about job and internship search resources, employment trends, work permits and visa needs in countries throughout the world! z.umn.edu/GoinGlobal-#MisforCareer

(March 13th, 2023)

March 13th, 2023

Option 1: It’s never too early to start learning the basics about financial literacy! Developing good financial habits in college will set you up for financial success in the future. z.umn.edu/financial-literacy #MisforCareer

Option 2:  Start early on developing good financial habits such as making budgets, building credit, building up your savings, and much more! z.umn.edu/financial-literacy #MisforCareer

(January 30th, 2023)

January 30th, 2023

Option 1: December 3rd was International Day of Persons with Disabilities. If you are a student with a disability, check out these resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process: career.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make sure to check out the resources for students with disabilities! Dive into career resources, connect with professionals and peers, work with the disability resource center, and so much more! career.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

(December 5th, 2022)

December 5th, 2022

Option 1: If you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, check out “What Can I Do With This Major?” under resources in Handshake.  handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Look at “What Can I Do With This Major?” under resources in Handshake to learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(December 5th, 2022)

December 5th, 2022

Option 1: Career services is open over winter break! Visit your career center's website to see their hours and how you can connect with them either virtually or in-person. career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

Option 2: Take advantage of the time off to visit your career center, virtually or in-person, for help with networking, majors, jobs, and internships! career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

(December 5th, 2022)

December 5th, 2022

Option 1: As you search for internships and full-time employment, remember your military background brings value to positions and organizations! career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

Option 2: When furthering your career after the military, there are specific resources and agencies to help you translate your military experience and maximize your background. Check out our website for more information: career.umn.edu/veteran-students #MisforCareer

(November 21st, 2022)

November 21st, 2022

Option 1: You can find resources for international students to help you in career exploration and preparation at career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

Option 2:  If you’re an international student, consider different countries for future graduate school or career opportunities. career.umn.edu/international-students #MisforCareer

(November 7th, 2022)

November 7th, 2022

Option 1: Thanksgiving break is almost here! Make sure to visit your career center before you leave to get help with your resume and networking! career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

Option 2: Going home can be stressful, especially if you’re going to be asked about career plans. Visit your career center to get help with your questions! career.umn.edu/career-offices #MisforCareer

(November 7th, 2022)

November 7th, 2022

Option 1: Winter break is almost here, which means that it’s time to apply to Maroon and Gold Network projects! Learn more about the Maroon and Gold Network projects by visiting this link: z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

Option 2: Want to get involved in a short-term, real world professional experience supported by UMN alumni? Check out the Maroon and Gold Network projects! z.umn.edu/maroon-gold-network-projects #MisforCareer

(November 7th, 2022)

November 7th, 2022

Option 1: Still unsure about your major, or want to explore more options? Make an appointment with a CAPE Coach for 1-on-1 help with your major exploration process. z.umn.edu/cape-help #MisforCareer

Option 2: Meet with a Peer Coach in person or online without setting up an appointment! Visit 511 Bruininks Hall or hop on Zoom to chat about starting your major exploration process. z.umn.edu/cape-help #MisforCareer

(November 7th, 2022)

November 7th, 2022

Option 1: Did you know you can see which organizations are interviewing on campus? You can filter jobs by "Interviewing on campus" on Handshake: handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Many organizations are hosting on-campus interviews! Check out their job and internship postings on Handshake: handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(September 26th, 2022)

September 26th, 2022

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-students #MisforCareer

(May 9th, 2022)

May 9th, 2022

Option 1: Make networking a priority this summer! Sign up for the Maroon & Gold Network through Handshake. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

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

(May 9th, 2022)

May 9th, 2022

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 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. Check out our site for some websites we thought might be most valuable: z.umn.edu/students-disabilities #MisforCareer

(April 25th, 2022)

April 25th, 2022

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 #MisforCareer

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 #MisforCareer

(April 11th, 2022)

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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 #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

(March 28th, 2022)

mar 28

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)

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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)

jan 31

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)

dec 6

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)

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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)

nov 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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: As employers sign up for job fairs at the University of Minnesota, you can check which employers will be participating at each event using Handshake. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2:  To check participating employers, select the career fair of your choice and click the button that says “See more employers”. From there you can filter what companies and specific career fields you are looking for! handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(January 29th, 2024)

checking employers

Option 1:  Interested in looking at common student job searching behavior? Check out this link to interact with datasets provided from Handshake: handshake.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

Option 2: With the University of Minnesota Career Services' Data Dashboard, you can see where in the nation and world the most positions in your career field have been posted! handshake.umn.edu/data-dashboard #MisforCareer

(January 29th, 2024)

data dashboard

Option 1: Make sure to check out your Career Center in Handshake! Find general or specific resources pertaining to your college. z.umn.edu/handshake-career-center #MisforCareer

Option 2: Looking for college-specific or general resources? Find your Career Center on Handshake! z.umn.edu/handshake-career-center #MisforCareer

(December 4th, 2023)

career center on handshake

Option 1: Take advantage of our online job board and networking platform, Handshake, to submit your internship experiences for approval. z.umn.edu/handshake-experiences #MisforCareer

Option 2: Check out this Handshake article to find step-by-step instructions on how to upload an experience! z.umn.edu/handshake-experiences #MisforCareer

(November 20th, 2023)

handshake experiences

Option 1: If you’re a student looking to connect with fellow peers and alumni, take advantage of our online job board and networking platform, Handshake. z.umn.edu/peermessaging  #MisforCareer

Option 2: Handshake offers students the ability to directly message peers about a job posting, allowing for more networking opportunities. This platform is a great way to explore and learn about employers you’re interested in. z.umn.edu/peermessaging #MisforCareer

(October 23rd, 2023)

peer messaging

Option 1: Career fairs are starting up right away this fall semester! Make sure to explore Handshake to find upcoming career fairs that are best for you! umn.joinhandshake.com/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Career fairs across campus are happening both in-person and virtually! Check out Handshake to see the fairs happening this fall: umn.joinhandshake.com/ #MisforCareer

(September 11th, 2023)

Handshake Career Fairs

Option 1: Now that summer has ended, update your Handshake profile to jump start your job search. umn.joinhandshake.com/ #MisforCareer

Option 2: Did you have an internship, job, or volunteer this summer? Keep your Handshake profile up to date to find the most relevant experiences and recommendations for you. umn.joinhandshake.com/ #MisforCareer

(August 28th, 2023)

update your handshake profile

Option 1: Looking for professional jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and career fairs? Check out Handshake, an online recruitment platform designed to help students and employers connect. z.umn.edu/HS-glance #MisforCareer

Option 2: This year, thousands of students attended career fairs, events, and interacted with job postings, all thanks to Handshake. z.umn.edu/HS-glance #MisforCareer 

(May 8th, 2023)

May 8th, 2023

Option 1: Since graduation is upon us, make sure your Handshake profile is up to date so your most recent accomplishments are viewable to potential employers. z.umn.edu/HS-profile #MisforCareer

Option 2: Keep your Handshake profile updated to reflect your growing knowledge, skills, experiences, and career interests. z.umn.edu/HS-profile #MisforCareer 

(May 8th, 2023)

May 8th, 2023

Option 1: If you’re in the market for a job or internship, start your search with a winner! Handshake’s 2023 Early Talent Awards honors innovative, visionary employers that want to hire candidates just like you. z.umn.edu/eta-handshake #MisforCareer

Option 2: After you check out Handshake’s 2023 Early Talent Awards, follow the winners you’re interested in on Handshake to get notified whenever they post a new role or event. z.umn.edu/eta-handshake #MisforCareer 

(April 24th, 2023)

April 24th, 2023

Option 1: Handshake offers the ability to message other students and alumni on the platform, giving you the option to connect with and learn from your peers. Set your profile's privacy settings to Community to send and receive messages.
z.umn.edu/Peer-Messaging-in-Handshake #MisforCareer

Option 2: You can connect with peers on Handshake through the Explore Students page, an Employer's company page, or active job postings. z.umn.edu/Peer-Messaging-in-Handshake #MisforCareer 

(April 10th, 2023)

April 10th, 2023

Option 1: Handshake provides three profile privacy options for student accounts: Community, Employers, and Private. If you choose either community or employers, make sure that your profile is fully filled out for the best possible experience and more relevant and intentional interactions. z.umn.edu/Privacy-Options-in-Handshake #MisforCareer

Option 2: Most features on Handshake are usable without making your profile visible to employers and/or students. However, some features require either employers or community to be selected, such as participating in a virtual fair 1:1 session, group session, virtual event, or connecting with peers via Campus Profiles and messaging. ​​z.umn.edu/Privacy-Options-in-Handshake #MisforCareer

(March 27th, 2023)

March 27th, 2023

Option 1: You can use Handshake to explore and register for available Career Fairs.  z.umn.edu/register-for-career-fair #MisforCareer

Option 2: Are you a student who wants to browse or search for fairs but don’t know how? Check out the Handshake Help Center to find a step-by-step guide on how to register for an in-person career fair. z.umn.edu/register-for-career-fair #MisforCareer

 (March 13th, 2023)

March 13th, 2023

Option 1: Make sure to add your job interests to your Handshake profile to quickly and easily increase your chances of finding the job that you want! z.umn.edu/3-must-haves-on-your-handshake-profile #MisforCareer

Option 2: Job type, cities, and roles are common interests that employers use to search for potential candidates. Include them in your profile to boost your chances of getting recruited. z.umn.edu/3-must-haves-on-your-handshake-profile #MisforCareer

(January 30th, 2023)

October 24th, 2022

Option 1: Your skills section is one of the most important parts of your Handshake profile. The keywords in this section help Handshake recommend relevant jobs to you. z.umn.edu/handshake-profile-skills #MisforCareer

Option 2: Be as precise as possible when listing your skills. Instead of saying “communication,” say “blog writing” or “public relations.” z.umn.edu/handshake-profile-skills #MisforCareer

(October 24th, 2022)

October 24th, 2022

Option 1: Fine tune your skills on Handshake to reflect the industry you are in or are looking to join. Employers can search for skills when looking for candidates. z.umn.edu/handshake-profile-important-skills #MisforCareer

Option 2: Keeping your skills on Handshake specific and relevant will make you standout to employers! Use your resume to list other soft skills so employers get a more complete idea of your skillset. z.umn.edu/handshake-profile-important-skills #MisforCareer

(August 29th, 2022)

August 29th

Option 1: Did you have an internship, job or volunteer this summer? Let employers know by updating your Handshake profile. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

Option 2: Now that summer is over, update your Handshake profile to see the most relevant opportunities for you. handshake.umn.edu #MisforCareer

(August 29th, 2022)

August 29th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Interviews

Option 1: Body language boils down to what you are communicating without speaking. The goal is to exude strength and confidence at your interview, but not at the expense of being relaxed and personable. z.umn.edu/interview-body-language-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: Want advice on body behavior to conquer your next interview? Check out this article to get tips on improving body language such as eye contact, interview attire, posture, and more: 
z.umn.edu/interview-body-language-tips #MisforCareer

(December 4th, 2023)

body language tips

Option 1: When it comes to job hunting, interviews are one of the most essential parts of the process. Excel in any type of interview by researching and preparing for each one. z.umn.edu/types-of-interviews #MisforCareer

Option 2: Are you looking to ace your next interview? Explore the different types of interviews and get tips on how to do well in each one in this article: z.umn.edu/types-of-interviews #MisforCareer

(September 25th, 2023)

interviews

Option 1: It can be nerve-wracking going to a job interview. Check out these seven frequently asked questions and advice on how you can prepare for them: z.umn.edu/7-common-interview-questions #MisforCareer

Option 2: No two interviews are the same, but there are some common questions that you can expect. Explore tips for preparing great answers to common interview questions. z.umn.edu/7-common-interview-questions #MisforCareer

(September 25th, 2023)

interview questions

Option 1: Use InterviewPrep on Handshake to get practice interviewing! Conduct virtual practice interviews, review the recordings, and share with a career counselor or friend for feedback. z.umn.edu/interview_prep #MisforCareer

Option 2: InterviewPrep is a free resource for students to practice interviewing. Learn more and register on Handshake at: z.umn.edu/interview_prep #MisforCareer

(September 11th, 2023)

interviewprep

Option 1: Reflecting back on your past jobs and experiences is a great way to figure out and answer the question about what motivates you. It allows you to realize what keeps you excited and energized when getting work done. A great way to stand out is by telling a story about a time in your past job experience when you found yourself feeling motivated. z.umn.edu/what-motivates-you #MisforCareer

Option 2: A crucial thing to remember is to always be honest. Don’t get carried away creating a perfect response that fits the company and the role seamlessly. It can make you lose sight of what truly keeps you motivated. z.umn.edu/what-motivates-you #MisforCareer

(March 27th, 2023)

March 27th, 2023

Option 1: When preparing for an in-person interview, it’s important to do research on the company and analyze the job description. Having a better understanding of the company allows you to realize what kind of employee they’re looking for, and gives you an opportunity to share the skills and characteristics that you could bring to the organization. z.umn.edu/inperson-interviewing #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make sure you have a positive attitude when taking part in an in-person interview. It’s important to maintain good eye contact, appropriate body language, and engaged listening skills. Showing respectful mannerism can go a long way. z.umn.edu/inperson-interviewing #MisforCareer

(March 27th, 2023)

March 27th, 2023

Option 1: Explaining your weaknesses in a job interview isn’t a deal breaker. Instead, it’s a way to show and express your self-awareness. You get to have an opportunity to discuss your developmental areas and show how you can improve. z.umn.edu/TheWeakness #MisforCareer

Option 2: When asked, “What's your biggest weakness?” use the approach of strategic vulnerability. It allows you to be revealing with your weaker areas in a way that is honest, but not uncomfortable or risky. With this approach, you can identify your area of growth without damaging your credibility. z.umn.edu/TheWeakness #MisforCareer

(February 27th, 2023)

February 27th, 2023

Option 1: Storytelling is a powerful tool for influence and persuasion, but how do you weave it into a job application? Check out these tips to help you get noticed and get ahead in your career. z.umn.edu/storytelling #MisforCareer

Option 2: The quickest way to get your job application noticed? Tell a good story on your resume, cover letter, and during your interview. z.umn.edu/storytelling #MisforCareer

(February 13th, 2023)

February 13th, 2023

Option 1: Thanksgiving break is here! Take advantage of having personal proofreaders and ask your family members to review your resume or application materials. https://z.umn.edu/apply-internships-thanksgiving #MisforCareer

Option 2: Take advantage of the time you have off by applying to internships and jobs! z.umn.edu/apply-internships-thanksgiving #MisforCareer

(November 21st, 2022)

November 21st, 2022

Option 1: Make sure to send an interview follow-up message and thank you within 24 hours of the interview. z.umn.edu/post-interview-thank-you #MisforCareer

Option 2: When sending a post-interview thank you, tailor the message so that it demonstrates your genuine interest in the job opportunity and reiterates your qualifications. z.umn.edu/post-interview-thank-you #MisforCareer

(October 10th, 2022)

October 10th, 2022

Option 1: One common complaint from employers is that applicants haven't done their research. Stand out from other interviewees by researching both the position and the organization. Then reflect on how your experiences align with their values. z.umn.edu/interviewing-resources #MisforCareer

Option 2: Practice makes perfect! Schedule a mock interview with your career center to go over sample questions and get feedback. z.umn.edu/interviewing-resources #MisforCareer

(September 26th, 2022)

September 26th, 2022

Option 1: InterviewPrep is a free resource for students to practice interviewing. For first-time users, register through your college at: umn.interviewprep.app #MisforCareer

Option 2: Use InterviewPrep to get practice interviewing! Conduct virtual practice interviews review the recordings, and share them with a career counselor or friend for feedback. umn.interviewprep.app #MisforCareer

(September 26th, 2022)

September 26th, 2022

Option 1: Preparing for an upcoming in-person interview? Follow this video to learn the do's and don't's of the face-to-face interview: z.umn.edu/how-to-ace-your-face-to-face #MisforCareer

Option 2: When going into an in-person interview, make sure to be prepared with your resume printed out for the employer. z.umn.edu/how-to-ace-your-face-to-face #MisforCareer

(September 26th, 2022)

September 26th, 2022

Option 1: Answering behavioral interview questions can be stressful. However, by using the STAR method to answer you can feel less stressed and more prepared. z.umn.edu/star-interview-method #MisforCareer

Option 2: When asked for ‘real-life’ examples in an interview use the STAR method! The STAR method can make you a standout to the interviewer. z.umn.edu/star-interview-method #MisforCareer

(August 29th, 2022)

August 29th

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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
Networking

Option 1: If done correctly, a persuasive elevator pitch helps introduce yourself to business and career connections in a captivating way. z.umn.edu/elevator-pitch-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: When doing an elevator pitch it’s important to be persuasive, share your skills, mention your goals, and aim for high energy. Don’t forget to offer your business card! z.umn.edu/elevator-pitch-tips #MisforCareer

(January 29th, 2024)

elevator pitch

Option 1: If you’ve found yourself struggling to connect with employers, you’re not alone. Start getting yourself into the daily routine of building your networking habits. This will help the process feel more natural and less overwhelming. z.umn.edu/network-strategies #MisforCareer

Option 2: As a student, you’re learning and growing your skills everyday. It’s important to track your progress and keep note of the goals you’ve made. No matter what stage you’re in for networking, never stop checking in with yourself and remembering how you've gotten to the position you’re in now. z.umn.edu/network-strategies #MisforCareer

(October 23rd, 2023)

networking

Option 1: How do you transform a networking relationship from surface-level to mutually beneficial? Taking action right after you meet, reaching out, and going beyond the small talk can be a few key ways on how to make the transition. z.umn.edu/networking-relationship-building #MisforCareer

Option 2: Turning networking contacts into genuine relationships isn’t as challenging as it often seems. For more tips or advice, check out this article on how to build meaningful relationships: z.umn.edu/networking-relationship-building #MisforCareer

(October 9th, 2023)

meaningful relationships

Option 1: A strong self-introduction includes who you are, what you do and what others need to know about you. Check out this article for tips and examples on how to write your own effective self-introduction: z.umn.edu/self-introduction-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: A self-introduction should cover the most important things others need to know about you. Include your name and occupation (or desired occupation) and key facts that will help you make an impression on the person you're communicating with. z.umn.edu/self-introduction-tips #MisforCareer

(September 11th, 2023)

self-introductions

Option 1: How do you find out about networking events? Talk to friends and colleagues, browse networking sites, and utilize alumni and affinity organizations. z.umn.edu/networking-events #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make the most of networking events! The bigger your network, the more likely you are to know someone who can offer career help. z.umn.edu/networking-events #MisforCareer 

(April 10th, 2023)

April 10th, 2023

Option 1: When in doubt, try some basic conversation starters, such as asking what someone does, what brought them to an event, or simply greeting them with a friendly "hi!". z.umn.edu/networking-conversation-starters #MisforCareer

Option 2: Starting a networking conversation can be difficult, but having a few go-to icebreakers can make the process a lot easier. z.umn.edu/networking-conversation-starters #MisforCareer

(March 13th, 2023)

March 13th, 2023

Option 1: Thank you emails remind recruiters of your name, reassure your interest in their company, and open a new line of communication. Show that you are committed to the position and interested in learning more about the job. z.umn.edu/thank-you-email-after-career-fair #MisforCareer

Option 2: Make the most of the contacts you find at career fairs by sending them a follow up email after the fair is over to help you secure interviews and land your dream job! z.umn.edu/thank-you-email-after-career-fair #MisforCareer 

(February 27th, 2023)

February 27th, 2023

Option 1: Have career fair questions that need to be answered? Get career-fair-ready with tips from career center professionals who’ve seen it all. z.umn.edu/career-center-confidential #MisforCareer

Option 2: Will career fairs help you land a job or internship? Who chooses the employers that come to career fairs? Why should I attend a career fair? If you have questions like these, check out Career Center Confidential to get answers. z.umn.edu/career-center-confidential #MisforCareer 

(February 13th, 2023)

February 13th, 2023

Option 1: Small talk can be the key to starting conversations, setting the stage for successfully networking to a new job, and building new relationships. z.umn.edu/small-talk-improve-networking-success #MisforCareer

Option 2: Engage others in conversation about topics of interest to them to help create meaningful connections and improve your networking success! z.umn.edu/small-talk-improve-networking-success #MisforCareer

(January 30th, 2023)

January 30th, 2023

Option 1: When an interviewer asks “Tell me about yourself," they mean tell me about yourself as it’s relevant to the position you’re applying for and the organization. z.umn.edu/tell-me-about-yourself #MisforCareer

Option 2: “Tell me about yourself” is often your first impression with your interviewer. Practice answering this question and show interviewers you've prepared. z.umn.edu/tell-me-about-yourself #MisforCareer

(October 24th, 2022)

October 24th, 2022

Option 1: Networking can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before or don’t know where to start. Check out these tips to help you get on the right track: z.umn.edu/networking-tips  #MisforCareer

Option 2: While you’re networking, it’s important to be engaged and make an effort to meet new people. z.umn.edu/networking-tips  #MisforCareer

(October 10th, 2022)

October 10th, 2022

Option 1: If the recruiter pushes you to take a job or salary that doesn’t fit your goals, that is a red flag! A good recruiter wants to see you land a job you’ll be happy in. z.umn.edu/meeting-with-a-recruiter #MisforCareer

Option 2: When talking to a recruiter, it’s great to have a few questions prepared beforehand. It’s a good idea to ask them about the organization and role, compensation expectations, and how to prepare for interviews. z.umn.edu/meeting-with-a-recruiter #MisforCareer

(September 26th, 2022)

September 26th, 2022

Option 1: Before attending a career fair, research which organizations will be attending and decide which ones would be the best fit for you. z.umn.edu/career-fair-tips #MisforCareer

Option 2: At a career fair, you will only have a small amount of time with each employer, so it's important to know exactly what you want to say. Practice your introduction and career pitch. z.umn.edu/career-fair-tips #MisforCareer 

(September 12th, 2022)

September 12th, 2022

Option 1: Before speaking with a recruiter, research the organization. That way you can tell them about what you've found and how you would be a good fit for them. z.umn.edu/recruiter-dos-and-donts #MisforCareer

Option 2: When talking to a recruiter, have prepared questions to ask them as well. You can ask about the organization's culture, goals, or about the interview process. z.umn.edu/recruiter-dos-and-donts #MisforCareer

(September 12th, 2022)

September 12th, 2022

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

 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

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

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 21st

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

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

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

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
Scams

Option 1: Scammers target students at universities across the country with fake job opportunities. Learn more about phishing and job scams here: z.umn.edu/job-scam-information #MisforCareer

Option 2: Be cautious in responding to any job opportunities that look too good to be true. A short or vague job description, requests for financial or personal information, or an immediate job offer can all be red flags for job scams. z.umn.edu/job-scam-information #MisforCareer

(November 20th, 2023)

job scams and phishing

Option 1: With many job opportunities out there, it can be difficult to discern legitimate job positions from fake offers through scammers. Make sure to check out key traits of these types of scams to know what to look for to help you find reliable and genuine opportunities. z.umn.edu/finding-a-job #MisforCareer

Option 2: While it's uncommon to find scams and fake job opportunities through legitimate job boards, it can sometimes happen. Knowing what to look for can help you determine whether the job you're looking at is genuine or if it's a possible scam: z.umn.edu/finding-a-job #MisforCareer

(September 11th, 2023)

job scams

Option 1: When job searching, be conscious of URLs, photos, company names, and means of communication used in outreach. Scammers tend to impersonate real companies' websites by using their photos and slightly altering their link. Scammers can also use online chat platforms to communicate with you, so be alert. z.umn.edu/jobsearchscams #MisforCareer

Option 2: Some key signs that indicate that a job post is probably a scam are if it entails a sense of urgency, grammatical errors, vague description, and offering things that seem too good to be true. Don’t rush the process of securing a job as you could lose sight of what’s legitimate. z.umn.edu/jobsearchscams #MisforCareer

(March 13th, 2023)

March 13th, 2023

Option 1: If you come across a job that requires you to pay them for a ‘guaranteed’ position, it’s a scam. Legitimate employers will never ask you to pay to get a job. z.umn.edu/ftc-job-scams #MisforCareer

Option 2: Protect yourself from job scams by doing background research on the organization or the person who’s hiring to make sure they are legit. z.umn.edu/ftc-job-scams #MisforCareer

(October 24th, 2022)

October 24th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(September 28th, 2020) 

September 28th