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9/30 - Health and Social Services - See attending employers, and register HERE.

10/1 - Arts, Sciences, and Graduate Schools - See attending employers, and register HERE.

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Q: Career Expo:  Hello Anna.  I am majoring in Child & Family Studies and would like to become a Child Life Specialist.  Would I be wasting my time to attend the internship expo if there will not be any internship opportunities for me there?

A: With career fairs, it all comes down to your mindset and what you truly wish to accomplish.  In your quest to become a Child Life Specialist, there are a few employers at the Virtual Career & Internship Expo who may be able to provide you with internship opportunities.  Several hospitals will be there along with Youth Villages, City Year and Peace Corps.  Check out the exact days of attendance (since each of the four days will host different employers), and research the employers in advance to determine which options are best suited for you. 

If thinking in broader terms, you can always use the Expo to network, practice talking to employers, refine your elevator pitch, or to learn more about various jobs in your field.  Also, there are advantages to being first.  In the changing times we live in today, many of the employers may be attending a virtual fair for the first time.  That could take a lot of the pressure off you now, and give you more confidence in the future.

So I guess when it comes to whether or not you should attend the Virtual Career & Internship Expo, my advice to you, is to just make sure your decision is ‘fair’.

Q: University Employment:  Anna, who would I speak to about employment through the University?

A: This question is for all those with expectations of securing non-academic or academic activities that pay through USM, or in layman’s terms, finding employment on campus.  It’s my fancy way of preparing you for an answer that is twofold, but not complicated. 

If you are a student looking for an on-campus job, you might start by looking on Handshake on the Career Services website.  Click on ‘Jobs’ and then search ‘On-campus’ jobs.  If you need further assistance, feel free to call the Career Services office or the department in which you are seeking the job.  However, if you are looking for a faculty or staff position, it would be best for you to start with the job listings on USM‘s Human Resources website.  You would then complete the application process through their HR system. 

Need a little motivation?  Remember that the difference between ‘try’ and ‘triumph’ is a little ‘umph’ (quotegarden.com), and trading your ‘umph’ for an ‘empl ID’ sounds like a natural progression to me. 

Q: Internships:  Anna, I would like to know if there will be internships available for the School of Communications.

A: I’m picking up a strong signal.  Yes, we have communication(s). 

Please refer to Handshake and Career Shift on the Career Services webpage, under ‘Online Resources’.  I just performed a quick search for you.  I also typed the word ‘remote’ into the search bar just in case there were internships during the pandemic that you could be conducting from home.  I only found one social media position, but never fear, we have an entire office dedicated to internships here.  Contact The Center for Pathway Experiences at USM for assistance.  Also, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and read my previous answer under:  Internship 101?  Here’s the 411.

Wait, I’m getting another signal.  It says, “Phone home.” (Just a little ET humor for those of us who remember it, unless it has been awhile and you really do need to phone home).

Q: Cover Letters:  Anna, can you help me?  How do I create a cover letter for a job in human services?

A: I’m so glad you’re taking the time to attach a cover letter.  Cover letters usually make the job application better. But a better cover letter?  Now that’s just clever. 

Here are a few of my tips:  1) Pull up the job description for the job you are applying and tweak your cover letter based on the qualifications being sought.  Use terminology related to your field. 2) Write from a ‘You’ perspective.  Count the number of times you started each sentence with ‘I’.  If you counted too many instances, go back and re-word.  3) Try not to write about experiences not listed on your resume.  The reader may try to find it on your resume, and get a little confused when it’s not there.  4) Strongly consider finding the reader’s name and title for the inside address and salutation. Avoid the impersonal use of, ‘To Whom it May Concern’.  If you get stuck, try going to Career Shift on the Career Services page and looking under ‘Company’ and then scrolling through the ‘Company Contacts’. 5) Show enthusiasm for the specified position.

Need more feedback?  Check out the cover letter example and guidelines in the Career Guide, https://www.usm.edu/career-services/gallery/2020cg.pdf.  After following my tips, feel free to email your cover letter to Career Services for a critique. 

With a little practice, you’ll learn that effective cover letter construction is a sure-fire way to help you dismantle your competition.   

Q: Recommended Job Sites:  Anna, what are some employment websites that you would recommend?

A: As a career counselor who answers this question a lot, I feel the need to amp it up a little.  How about, ‘Hunter Hacks for Getting Hired’? 

Now that you have my full attention, let’s get started.  Most students use Indeed.  Indeed is a great site.  However, it’s a job board without many of the bells and whistles I’ve grown accustom to.

If I were searching for a job, I would choose a portal based on its features but also based on my specific needs.  Searching this way almost feels like a hack, because it gives you access to specific questions and makes you feel like you’ve stumbled across something that maybe others have not. 

Therefore, my top picks for employment websites are:  Career Shift (for job searches and a glimpse at inside information such as company contacts or who’s hiring during times of COVID-19), LinkedIn (for networking, making connections or joining groups), Handshake (for on-campus jobs & campus events, as well as local and national jobs), USAJobs (for finding government positions), and Glassdoor (for employer reviews on everything from a company’s climate to their interview questions).

All of these websites are not really limited to what I just presented.  For example, Career Shift pulls from many different current resources, including Indeed; and you can search any one of these sites for information on jobs or internships.  Overall though (in my opinion), each site has its own specialty areas. 

Interested?  Head on over to the Career Services page and click on ‘Online Resources’.  The code to Career Shift is located in Handshake under ‘Career Center’ then ‘Resources’.

After all, a hunter with no game plan, is just not that ‘a-moose-ing’.

Q: Graduate Assistantships:  Anna, Can You Provide Some Assistance to Someone Trying to Find an Assistantship?

A: So, you’re looking for a graduate assistantship on campus, and don’t know where to start. Therefore, you’ve come to Ask Anna in Career Services. It makes sense since Career Services is known for helping students find jobs.  Also, you really can’t go wrong when you network, right?

That being said, it sounds like you’re about to experience a little assistantship shake up, because finding out about graduate assistantship placements is not entirely in the Career Services domain. When it comes to finding a listing of graduate assistantships on campus, the resources are not all in one place, and that can be tricky.

The good news is that Career Services does provide information on some graduate assistantship positions in the job section of Handshake.  Handshake is located on our website under ‘Online Resources’.  However, it’s worth noting that we count on individual departments to tell us about their open positions.  So unfortunately, it is not always a comprehensive list. 

My advice to you is to start looking for assistantships as soon as you get accepted into your graduate school program, and know that you might not be able to rely on your department or the Graduate School to tell you where those assistantships might be.  Many departments do, either offer several assistantships and/or try to steer students in the right direction in obtaining them. In addition, the Graduate School provides a list of departments that commonly hire for assistantships (on their webpage).  Feel free to email those departments to see if they have any availabilities.  Keep in mind that you do not have to seek a position in your field of study.

By now you are probably starting to understand why we, at Career Services, are always saying, “Network, network, network.”  In this case, it could mean the difference between having a shipshape assistantship . . . or one that is simply shook up.

Q: Work Study:  How Do I Work It, Anna?                 

A: Ah, you keep hearing this term called Work-study, but you have no clue how to get it or if you already have it. Well, you’re almost in the right place.  Financial Aid would be the right place, but since you’re asking Anna, I’m going to fill you in on everything I know (since I’ve been asked so many questions about Work-study over the years). 

Let’s start at the beginning.  Our Career Services office does not determine Federal Work-study eligibility, FAFSA does. To find out if you are Work-study eligible, make sure you check the box on your FAFSA indicating that you are interested in being considered for Work-study, then follow up by contacting the Financial Aid office on campus to confirm your status.  Here is the downside: 1) There are limited dollars allocated, 2) Funds are awarded on a first come basis and 3) The funding runs out quickly.  Therefore, complete your FAFSA early.  It is available each October.  Also keep in mind that receiving Work-study one year does not guarantee that you will receive it the next year.

Having financial need and meeting satisfactory academic standards are two eligibility criteria for Work-study.  If you are a student and are awarded Work-study at USM, you can obtain Work-study jobs 1) On campus or 2) In the community through the REACH Program (Center for Community Engagement). After you start working however, you will notice that the actual payment whether Work-study or wage, looks the same (as in you are being paid for the number of hours you work and the pay will be sent through direct deposit into your bank account).

This answers another popular question: Will Work-study be directly applied to my tuition?  The answer is ‘No’.  Work-study is not applied to your tuition unless you take the money that you’ve earned and actually use it to pay for your tuition.   

Lastly, you might ask, how do you find a Work-study position?  Now you’ve come to the right place!  Career Services can help you with that.  On the Career Services webpage you will find ‘Handshake’ and ‘Job Location and Development’.  Check Handshake (found on the Career Services page under ‘online resources’), for a listing of jobs.  Here, you can usually determine if the job is designated as Work-study or wage. You can also go to the Career Services page, click on ‘Job Location and Development’ and then click on the list of ‘Current On-Campus Jobs’. Again, starting early is key. Many jobs are posted prior to the beginning of each semester. 

Now that you know how to work Work-study, how about contacting Career Services to get started on that resume?

(Special thanks to our wonderful Financial Aid office for all the invaluable knowledge they bestowed upon me).

Q:  Hello Anna! Would you recommend posting resumes on LinkedIn?

A:  Resumes:  Should They Be LinkedIn . . . or Out? That is an awesome question and one that I’m sure many students want to know the answer. If you have a profile on LinkedIn, it is actually an online form of your resume.  A strong profile on LinkedIn is definitely recommended. You can also upload your resume, but that may raise some privacy issues.  In most instances, you are making your resume public when you upload it through your profile page.  Consider first, developing a detailed networking strategy. That way, even if you upload your resume, you can make it private and send the URL to recruiters that you select.  Or, you can choose not to upload it, and send your resume as an attachment to posts when you apply for specific positions.  In deciding which option is best for you, remember your job chances increase when you tweak each resume for each job, while still allowing it to mirror your profile.

Q:  Anna, can one resume be used when applying for multiple jobs?

A:  Resumes Are Like Shopping. Think of your resume as if you were buying an outfit for several special occasions.  Let’s say you need to go to a graduation, a birthday, and a wedding.  Would you want to wear the same thing to each?  In the same manner, you should select key words and phrases that ‘look good’ to each employer.  Highlight your experiences and skill sets so that an employer sees you as the ‘perfect fit’ for his/her particular position.  For example, maybe you are a public relations major looking for a professional job in your field.  You apply to two jobs.  One job is looking for someone who can respond to news media inquiries using video and audio.  The other job calls for someone who can edit websites.  You have experience in both areas, but your resume does not showcase your website skills in a prominent position.  The second employer scans your resume and misses your website qualifications completely.  What are your odds of getting an interview with the second employer?  Exactly.  One resume does not fit all.

Q:  Hey Anna. How do internships work?  Do I look for internships like normal jobs or is it something I have to go through USM to do?

A:  Internship 101?  Here’s the 411. I really like this question a lot, because I think many students don’t know who to ask about internships.  Obtaining an internship (or pathway experience), is a great way to receive real-world, work experience while gaining a glimpse into your future profession.  Internships typically last for a short duration, but can boost your resume and tip the scales in helping you secure a good job in the future.  Some departments on campus require internships, and credit is given just like a class. Regardless, all students can benefit from internship experience, and it can be independent of your school or department.  Some internships pay and others do not. To search for an internship, you can go to almost any job search and type in ‘internship’.  Want to increase your chances of landing an impressive internship?  Check out our Online Resources, including Handshake and Career Shift.  You can also plan to attend one of our upcoming Career Events (listed above) in the fall or spring.  For additional information and individual guidance, contact The Center for Pathway Experiences at USM pathwaysFREEMississippi

Expand the menu below to see the event details.VIRTUAL EVENTS

What We Can Do For You

Click HERE any time, to view a PowerPoint presentation slide show on what Career Services can do for you.       

Resume Workshop Video

Click HERE to view a video with tips and instruction on building a professional resume.

  2020 FALL VIRTUAL CAREER AND INTERNSHIP EXPOS

10 am to 4 pm each day hosted in Handshake

Monday, September 28thTechnology/Security/Law Enforcement - Click to see registered employers

Tuesday, September 29thBusiness and Construction - Click to see registered employers

Wednesday, September 30th - Health and Social Services - Click to see registered employers

Thursday, October 1stArts, Sciences, and Graduate Schools - Click to see registered employers

To Register, log into Handshake HERE!

 CAREER SERVICES - September 17 - What's Your Resume Story?

12 to 1 pm hosted in Teams

Learn Resume Tips and Tricks to Impress Employers.

Join session HERE!

CAREER SERVICES - September 22 - College and Career Readiness Information Session for Sophomores

From job searching to building connections to interviewing, this workshop is designed to help students in their degree flight path to be career ready. Join Mary Maner, Assistant Director for Career Services, USM Gulf Park campus for information and resources that will get you ready for the job market after college.

Join session HERE!

CAREER SERVICES - September 25 -Virtual Friday Career Chat with USM Gulf Park Academic Advisor, Brittany Peterson

Each student’s path is shaped differently, your unique strength, talent, knowledge and passions are all valuable to the workforce.  Join Brittany Petersen, Academic Advisor, Gulf Park campus for a chat on strategies to help you grow as a student, build connections, and keep you moving in the right direction of your academic and career flight path.   

Join session HERE!

 

CAREER SERVICES - October 15 - Career Exploration Tips – Don’t Wait! Your Future Awaits!

12 to 1 pm hosted in Teams

Gain insight into career exploration tips to become closer to your career goals.

Join session HERE!

CAREER SERVICES - November 12 - Are you Prepared for the World of Work?

12 to 1 pm hosted in Teams

Are you prepared for the world of work? Learn job search strategies and tips to stand out!

Join session HERE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, LOG INTO HANDSHAKE!

 Matthews, Cutrer, and Lindsay - Apply by September 25th

All Sport Business & Marketing, Business Administration & Management, Finance & Financial Management, Food Industry Management, Entrepreneurship, Actuarial/Risk Analysis, Economics, Accounting, Business Analytics, Management Science, Marketing, Human Resources, International Business, and Construction Management majors

DHL Supply Chain - DHL Supply Chain - Apply by September 26th

IT Special Projects Intern, Operations Systems Analyst Intern, Operations Systems Analyst, Business Data Analyst Intern, Business Data Analyst, Operations Intern, and Operations Supervisor

Cintas Corporation - Apply by September 27th

Management Trainee

 

September 25 - Option 1: Pop into PepsiCo Supply Chain Info Session

Get to know the PepsiCo family! In a one-hour Zoom session, Pepsico employees from our Supply Chain function will talk all things, purpose, people, and potential at PepsiCo. Join one of the two options to learn about our current Supply Chain campus opportunities and get answers to your most pressing questions.

Please pre-register prior to the event! You will be asked to input a few pieces of information, and then we’ll send you an email will the meeting Zoom links & details prior to the event.

Pre-register in Handshake.

September 29 - Option 1: Pop into PepsiCo Sales Info Session

Get to know the PepsiCo family! In a one-hour Zoom session, Pepsico employees from our Sales Management function will talk all things, purpose, people, and potential at PepsiCo. Join one of the two options to learn about our current Sales campus opportunities and get answers to your most pressing questions.

Please pre-register prior to the event! You will be asked to input a few pieces of information, and then we’ll send you an email will the meeting Zoom links & details prior to the event.

Pre-register in Handshake.

September 30 - College Diversity Network Virtual Career Fair

 11 am - 2 pm hosted in Brazen

This online chat will connect you directly with organizations from the comfort of your classroom, library, computer center, home, smartphone or tablet. Our online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate. After signing in, you'll be able to explore each exhibiting company's information and opportunities and participate in 1-on-1 text-based chats with their recruiters. Share your background and experience, and get all your questions answered. This event provides the opportunity for you to engage in interviews directly with companies you are interested in, in an easy, non-intimidating format.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

October 1 - Option 2: Pop into PepsiCo Supply Chain Info Session

Get to know the PepsiCo family! In a one-hour Zoom session, Pepsico employees from our Supply Chain function will talk all things, purpose, people, and potential at PepsiCo. Join one of the two options to learn about our current Supply Chain campus opportunities and get answers to your most pressing questions.

Please pre-register prior to the event! You will be asked to input a few pieces of information, and then we’ll send you an email will the meeting Zoom links & details prior to the event.

Pre-register in Handshake

October 7 - Option 2: Pop into PepsiCo Sales Info Session

Get to know the PepsiCo family! In a one-hour Zoom session, Pepsico employees from our Sales Management function will talk all things, purpose, people, and potential at PepsiCo. Join one of the two options to learn about our current Sales campus opportunities and get answers to your most pressing questions.

Please pre-register prior to the event! You will be asked to input a few pieces of information, and then we’ll send you an email will the meeting Zoom links & details prior to the event.

Pre-register in Handshake.

October 22 - Veterans Virtual Career Fair 

Veterans Virtual Career Fair 10 am - 3 pm hosted in CareerEco

Employers Connect Live with Transitioning U.S. Military Service Members, Veterans, & Military Spouses | Free Nationwide Event for Jobseekers

The Office of Career Services aims to prepare students for life after college, by guiding them along their path while they are here. Our career counselors and staff are here to help. Visit the Student and Alumni page for more opportunities to excel.

Email: CareerServices@usm.edu

Access Handshake HERE!

For part-time job help, visit Job Location and Development

For Internship help, visit The Center for Pathway Experiences

To connect to the College Diversity Network

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