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Joe
Park Ridge, IL
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Career Services

November 26, 2017

For most students, securing internships and eventually a fulltime job may seem like a “future you” problem. But as I’ve learned over my four years at UR, these things can sometimes sneak up on you. Luckily, I’ve been fortunate to have access to a great career services to help me navigate the job hunt and prepare for my career. While they offer a plethora of services for students, I wanted to give you an inside look into what I’ve found most useful.

Resume Check

Preparing your first resume can be a bit frustrating if you don’t know where to start. With tons of conflicting information available online, it’s easy to become confused. Though, at the suggestion of my financial accounting professor, I worked with Career Services to develop a working template that I’ve used ever since. In meeting with one of the career advisors, I learned how to highlight my skills in a way that would stand out to recruiters and appear professional throughout. The resume check process can be strictly online if students want it to be, but I highly recommend setting up time to meet in person.

SpiderConnect

SpiderConnect is UR’s online job search database available to students and alumni. It is also, as I’ve seen it, one of most utilized services among students. While the database certainly caters more heavily towards particular majors, it’s a great place for every student to start looking for jobs and internships. And because of the relationships the school has with many employers listed on the database, the response rate for applicants is much higher than other job sites. I wouldn’t suggest that using this service be someone’s only avenue in their job search but it’s definitely a worth-while time investment.

Interview Practice

By appointment, Career Services allows students to participate in a mock interview (tailored to the specific position they’re applying for) with one of the career advisors. While this specific service isn’t one I’ve taken advantage of myself, I have a friend who finds a lot of value in it. As many people, he believes that it can be difficult to effectively display all his relevant experience and personal traits in the limited context of an interview. Working with Career Services, however, has helped him go into his interviews with a better idea of how to highlight his knowledge—and with greater confidence, too. Considering that he already has a standing offer for a fulltime job on the table, I’d say the practice was well worth it.

Reserving Rooms for Interviews

When living in a college dorm room or apartment, it can be challenging to find a quiet space with no risk of interruptions. For this reason, I went to Career Services to reserve a space for one of my phone interviews last year. Since then, I’ve consistently recommended my friends do the same whenever they have a phone or Skype interview. Particularly for the Skype interview, a room reservation ensures that you’ll have a professional-looking environment devoid of ambient noises for the entirety of the interview. And having that peace of mind can go a long way in appearing calm and confident during an interview.

My name is Joe. I am currently a freshman at the University of Richmond. I plan to major in Business (concentration undecided) and to minor in Creative Writing. I consider myself a man of diverse interests. I find just as much enjoyment in playing basketball as I do staying home to read a book. In terms of music, I'll listen to most anything, whether it's Frank Sinatra, today's top 100 hits, old school rap, or anything in between. Same goes for movies. New movies, old movies, black-and-white movies, action movies, romantic comedies, serious dramas. It doesn't matter; I'll watch them all (and often choose to). Aside from that, I'm simply excited to be at UR and to be able to share my experiences with prospective students, fellow classmates, and anyone else who may care to follow along.

Why UR?

A simple answer to the question "Why UR?" would be to say that it just felt right. Though, whereas that isn't inaccurate, I know how vague and frustrating an answer like that can be for readers. So, I will try to explain myself. The University of Richmond, as I researched it more and more, became continually more appealing. Every new thing I learned became another reason to attend. (That certainly was not the case with other schools.) I didn't have to wrestle with thoughts like, "I guess I can live with that" or "Maybe it won't seem like that when I'm actually there." In fact, even viewing the university with a critical eye, it was difficult to find something bad to say about it. That may sound like I'm simply affirming my final decision, but it's not easy to answer that question without directly showing someone what I'm trying to articulate. UR is a place that, although ripe for descriptive writing, must be experienced firsthand to truly understand. That, I believe, says more than any list of reasons ever could.