CHECK WITH OUR CAREER CENTER
Start by visiting the UTA Lockheed Martin Career Development Center and tap into the available resources offered to students and alumni. The Career Center literally sets out to prepare students and alumni for professional success while connecting prospective employers with UTA’s talented student body. Go ahead and pay the Career Center a visit, I’m quite sure the wonderful staff will begin help empower you towards landing your first post-grad gig/
If you are unsure of which path to choose following graduation, that’s okay too…. there are also career counselors available who will offer guidance and solutions to this common occurrence.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. Keeping that in mind, it’s a definite no brainer to begin network in order to increase the likelihood of landing your dream job following graduation.
Networking doesn’t have to be difficult, complex, or complicated. It’d probably be best to keep it simple. Connect with UTA’s Alumni Relations team, join local Chambers of Commerce, leverage student organizations, and definitely utilize social media to your advantage; especially sites like LinkedIn and Twitter.
Check out these accounts on Twitter: @BrandYourself , @GoinGlobal, @CareerRealism, @Internships, and @NewGradLife.
After networking contact as many professionals as you can for informational consultations. You can also get lists of alumni volunteers from UTA’s Alumni Association and/or The Lockheed Martin CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER. Join any LinkedIn groups for UTA and your major, then reach out to alumni in those fields of interest.
Reconnect with past employers, coaches, faculty, clergy, and others who have observed you in any productive capacity. Ask if they have any contacts in fields of interest who you could contact for information and advice.
Join professional groups in your field as a student member if you are currently enrolled at UTA. Attend industry specific conferences and hob-knob with well-seasoned vets in your field who may be eager to help neophytes preparing to enter the industry.
HAVE AN ELEVATOR PITCH READY
Take stock of your strongest interests and skills and be prepared to tell people who you meet some interesting things about yourself to grab their attention. Think of it as a 30-second commercial.
Check out Lauren Berger’s quick vid on crafting a phenomenal elevator pitch.
TARGET YOUR RESUME & COVER LETTER
As your career goals begin to become clearer, begin developing a resume that effectively showcases your skills, experiences, coursework, and projects related to your career objectives.
Also, avoid generic cover letters. I highly suggest tapping the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center to assist with polishing your resume and cover letter. In fact, you may visit the website and schedule your appointment today!!
FIND COMPANIES YOU WANT TO WORK FOR
Identify employers that are not affiliated with UTA and expand your options. Visit the employment section of their website and look for college student/graduate opportunities.
Also, utilize career sites like Indeed.com to generate more job leads.
LINE UP AN INTERNSHIP
Do as many internships as possible during your college years. If you find that you are under-qualified for your target job at graduation, explore the possibility of doing an internship for the summer or fall after graduation.
Internship sponsors often hire from their past roster of interns, plus you will gain valuable skills and contacts. If cash flow is an issue, pair a part-time internship with a basic paying job.
GOOD LUCK IN YOUR OPPORTUNITY HUNT!!!!
-Written by: Eric Reed