Prepare Before the Job Search
Develop Your Online Presence
Things to do
- Google yourself – what will you find?
- Review current and past postings and tags
- Consider your tone, personal brand, and overall image when communicating online
- Use appropriate and professional usernames and email addresses
- Share articles, events, resources, etc. with your network
- Keep your profile up to date
- Check your privacy settings and know your audience
Things not to do
- Post negative or inappropriate things that could potentially be seen by employers/recruiters
- Fail to follow up with contacts
- Share too much information
- Forget to proofread before hitting submit!
- Update daily activity too often
- Inundate potential contacts with questions, requests for meetings, etc.
- Be inconsistent (multiple profiles should have same histories)
- With this app you can easily find UCF Alumni working in your intended field and see only Entry-level positions related to your preferences. Stay up to date on UCF specific events and even see jobs from our KnightLink system right in the app! Learn more here.
Build Your Resume & Cover Letter
- Your resume is a summary of your education and experiences. It should be focused on what is relevant to your industry.
- Chronological resumes have educational and employment history organized by date. This resume works well for students who have related experiences within their field.
- Functional resumes focus on skill sets gained through a variety of activities, such as educational course work, clubs and organizations, as well as internships and volunteer work. This resume format works best for students lacking relevant work experience or changing careers.
- Combination resumes are a combination of the chronological resume and functional resume. It focuses on skill sets, but also lists employment history. These types of resumes are most commonly used for someone who wants to change their career path entirely or have limited experience.
Cover Letters introduce you and your resume to prospective employers. The content of a cover letter can be broken down into three basic parts:
- Introduction: Why are you contacting this person? How did you learn about the job? Who are you? What do you know about their organization (research)?
- Body: How can you benefit them? Tell how you are an ideal match for the job. Expand on relevant education, skills, and experience to offer additional details not found on your resume.
- Conclusion: Focus on the next step: the interview! Thank the reader for their time and consideration. Request an interview to further discuss your qualifications.
Drop-in for a Critique
Peer advisors are available during drop-in hours to critique a hard copy of your resume and cover letter.
Prep for a Career Fair
Before the Event
- Research information about specific companies attending the event.
- Focus your job search; identify what you want in a job and company.
- Update and target your resume. Dress for success! Professional attire is always required at Career Events!
- Anticipate and practice possible questions.
- Prepare a one-minute script about yourself, like this example:
“Hello, my name is Jane. I am a senior majoring in Advertising/Public Relations. Last summer I completed an internship in the advertising division of Frito Lay. I am interested in broadening my experience and I read that your company is embarking on a new advertising campaign for the next quarter.”
At the Event
- Arrive early
- Bring plenty of updated resumes
- Register at Career Services table for an event map and a name-tag
- Collect a business card from potential employers
After the Event
- Send thank you letters within 24 hours of the event
- Sample Thank you letter
Practice for the Interview – Nonverbal Communication Tutorial
- Studies show that students stumble through their first three interviews. To increase your chances for a successful interview, practice with one of our staff.
- Practice interviews are generally 60 minutes in length, including 10-15 minutes of feedback. To sign up for a practice interview, contact us and request an appointment.
- The Employer Practice Interview Program runs during the Fall and Spring as part of Career Readiness Week. To sign up for an interview, register through KnightLink. Interview time slots will be granted on a space available basis.
- Optimal Interview is an interactive interviewing tool where students can practice their skills by building custom virtual interviews specific to various fields/industries.
- Make sure to ask the employer questions at the end of the interview. Show that you’ve done your research. Here are some Common Interview Questions you can ask.
- GlassDoor gives an inside look at salaries, reviews and interview questions for over 70,000 employers.
Professional Dress – What to Wear Tutorial
- Dark colored, conservative suit
- Pants or skirt suit – skirt should be appropriate length
- Light colored dress shirt with undershirt or light colored blouse
- Avoid lace, ruffles, and shiny fabrics
- Simple patterned tie
- Polished dress shoes/matching dark socks or closed-toe shoes with a conservative heel
- Well-groomed hairstyle
- Subtle make-up & jewelry
Quick Employer Research
Orlando Business Journal
Learn more about your employers of interest. Sign into My UCF, open Academic Resources tab, click on the ‘Orlando Business Journal’ icon. (Available only to current students).
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