Career Services – Career Spots

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Learn valuable information regarding “Making Your resume POP”, “The Cover Letter”, “The Interview”, the “Importance of Networking”, and other important job search topics online anytime.  Information is delivered in 3-4 minute well-produced and information packed videos.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Career Services – Career Spots

Internet Job Search Tips

The internet can be a great resource for job seekers who know what they are doing.  Here are some tips that will help you use the internet effectively.

  • Google yourself.  Google yourself to see what comes up — and what potential employers will see if they do the same.
  • Narrow your options.  Many job boards offer filters to help users refine their search results more quickly.  You should have the option to narrow your job search by region, industry, and duration. Oftentimes, you can narrow it even more by keywords, company names, experience needed, and salary.
  • Go directly to the source.  Instead of just applying for the posted job opening, one of the best strategies to finding a job is to first figure out where you want to work, target that company or industry, and then contact the hiring manager. Many employers’ career pages also invite visitors to fill out candidate profiles, describing their background, jobs of interest, salary requirements, and other preferences.
  • Find your niche with industry web sites.  Refine your search even more by visiting your industry’s national or regional web site where you can find jobs in your field that might not appear on a national job board.  More and more employers are advertising jobs on these sites in hopes of getting a bigger pool of qualified applicants.
  • Try online recruiters.  Recruiters will help match you with jobs that meet your specific skills and needs.  Not sure where to start?  Sites such as,,, and provide links to online headhunters for job seekers.
  • Run queries.  You run searches on everything else, from your high school sweetheart to low-fat recipes, so why not jobs?  Enter a query that describes the exact kind of job you’re seeking and you may find more resources you wouldn’t find otherwise (but be prepared to do some sorting).
  • Utilize job alerts.  Most job boards have features that allow you to sign up to receive e-mail alerts about newly available jobs that match your chosen criteria.
  • Get connected.  How many times have you been told that it’s not what you know, but who you know?  Thanks to the emergence of professional networking sites like, job seekers no longer have to rely on the old standby of exchanging business cards with strangers.  These sites are composed of millions of industry professionals and allow you to connect with people you know and the people they know and so forth.


Business degree is a good choice

It’s admirable when college graduates are determined to work in their dream job, no matter if it pays six figures or next to nothing.  Unfortunately, it’s also rare.  Students want a job where they can earn enough money to build for the future, provide security in the present, and in some instances enough to clean up some hard times in their past.  Their financial investment in college needs to equal a financial gain in their career — which means majoring in something to take them there.

According to an article in Career Builder, the average starting salary for some professions is rising.  The average starting salary for the college class of 2011 is $51,018, up from $48,661 last year, according to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

“The steady increases in starting salary offers we’re seeing this year is a good indication that the job market for new college graduates is gathering strength,” Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, said in a press release.

A survey asked 900 employers and 1,800 colleges and universities to come up with a list of top-paying college majors and their corresponding average salary offers.  Overall, the average starting salary offer to graduates in the business disciplines rose 3 percent to $48,694.

At the end of the day, to be truly passionate about a career you must love your job — no matter what it pays.   But if you can find a job that makes you happy and earns good money, well that’s even better.


Interview Tips, Part II

Interview Tips, Part II

We’re following up from a post we shared with you on January 9, 2012. Here are some more interview tips that might help when you get contacted for an interview.

1)      Read through the job description again before the interview. You’ll want to do this before you apply to the job in the first place, but a quick review of the job description will help refresh your memory.

2)      If there is more than one interviewer and they take turns asking you questions, turn to that interviewer when he or she asks their question. When you’re answering, answer to the entire group.

3)      Follow up.

  1. Did a question trip you up during the interview? Did the answer come to you after the interview was over? Send an email or give the head of the search committee a call to give them your answer.
  2. Shows you don’t give up and that you are interested in the position.

4)      Send a handwritten thank you note to each interviewer.

5)      Make eye contact and smile!

We’ll also have a few tips on what not to do and what to do during a phone interview. Good luck, BPSers!

Job Seekers: What Not To Do

You have been told what to do as a job seeker, but what about what not to do?  Below are some examples of bad advice.  What is the worst advice you have been given?



You’ve probably heard that you should not include a Summary or Objective. The Summary or Objective at the top of your resume tells the reader, “This person knows who s/he is, what s/he’s done, and why it matters.”


Long-winded resumes are a liability. A resume should be 2 pages maximum when printed.  (Academic CVs, curriculum vitae, are another story.)   Limit your resume to what’s most noteworthy or relevant.


Do you use phrases like “think outside the box” or “cross-functional multi-faceted team member” with your friends? Neither do I. Write your resume the way you speak.


Schedule a time that works well for you, not just the potential employer. A good employer will give you a list of times that will work.


You shouldn’t put your salary requirements at the top of your resume, but you should bring up money by the second interview, and let the employers know what your salary requirements are.


The shotgun approach only works when you’re hunting for dinner. Successful job-seekers use friends, LinkedIn contacts, and anybody else in their network to locate and reach out to contacts inside a target employer.


Yes, we are a wired world, but the response rate can be higher for a paper resume, and the approach can be considered friendlier. A surface-mail letter may get you an interview in a case where an e-mail would get ignored or spam-filtered.


Be proactive! Call and follow-up on the resumes you’ve sent.  Your resume is in a stack with 150 others, and if you don’t push it up the pipeline, no one will.


10 Rules for Writing Perfect Emails

For good or ill, we do a lot of emailing in our everyday lives. Here are a few tips before you start composing that next electronic mail message.

  1. Make your subject-line specific. No one wants to read an email with a subject line “Question”. Instead, relate your subject line to the actual topic of the email, like “Question about the Murphy project, phase 2”.
  2. Get to the point in the first paragraph. Don’t make the people you’re emailing have to read through a lot of fluff to get to the meat of what you want to say. Say it right off the bat and you’ll probably write a shorter email.
  3. Call to action. Finish off your email with a definite end in mind. Tell your reader you’ll call them on Monday to follow-up or that you’d like suggestions on how to proceed.
  4. Write like you talk. Are you cold and blunt when you talk to your co-workers in person? No? Then don’t do it via email.
  5. Proofread. Misspelled words and other typos can make you look like you don’t know what you’re doing. Take a few seconds to read through your email before you hit send.
  6. Is the address right? Sending an important email to the wrong person not only wastes time, but can reflect poorly on you. Stop and check the email address.
  7. Be good. Avoid sensitive topics, politics, race, religion, sex, and disabilities.
  8. Not everyone needs to be cc’d. Only cc someone if they’re working on the project.
  9. E.T. Phone Home. If you’re spending 5 or more minutes on an email, why not just pick up the phone and explain the situation. Or, if possible, get up and walk to your co-worker’s office or desk to talk to them in person.
  10. No need for thanks. It’s unnecessary to reply every time with at “Thank you!”.

Keep them simple and keep them from clogging up your inbox.


Interview Tips, Part I

Your next interview might a long way off, but it’s never a bad idea to be prepared. Here are a few tips that will help you impress next time you’re on the job hunt:

1)      Make a dry run to the interview site a few days beforehand. You’ll be able to determine how much time you need to get ready and be there on time.

2)      Choose comfortable, layered interview clothes. You’re going to be nervous so you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible. There’s also no way of knowing how warm or cold the interview room will be. If the room is cold, you’ll be warm and if the room is warm, you can shed a layer and still be professional.

3)      Think about what kind of questions you might be asked and come up with some good answers. Some common interview questions:

  1. What did you like about your previous position?
  2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  3. What drew you to this position?

4)      Bring a copy of your resume and references. Yes, your interviewers will have a copy, but just in case there’s an extra interviewer, you’ll show you were prepared for her or him.

5)      Take notes. Bring a nice notebook and pen to write down anything that will help you answer questions. You can also write down the names and correct spelling of your interviewers’ names. When it comes time to send the thank you note after the interview, you’ll have all the information you need.

We’ll have more interview tips in the coming weeks and months so stay tuned!