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Pandemic or No Pandemic - Your First Job Won't be your Last

 

PANDEMIC OR NO PANDEMIC - YOUR FIRST JOB WON’T BE YOUR LAST 

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Perhaps your parents or grandparents worked in one job for the same company their entire career.  Could that happen to you, too?  What does a tight job market amidst the COVID-19 pandemic portend for you recent grads looking now for a position and those who will soon be finishing up your degree program and entering what could be a tight job market?

Career development experts say the reality is that for most fields, there is a lack of employment stability.  In a coronavirus economy, that’s more true today than ever before.  To amplify on that idea, the average person in the USA changes careers 3+ times.  Furthermore, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average member of the “baby boom” generation held 12.3 jobs between the ages of 18 and 52. 

Armed with that information, it’s safe to assume you will likely NOT work in the same career for the same company in the same position for the entirety of your work life.  Knowing that and living in the realities of the COVID-19 world, experts recommend that at this point in time, you should consider career options and fields that you had not previously thought about.  

Career development professional Sharon Belden Castonguay conducted research during the recession of the 1990s that examined the varied routes that career paths take.  She interviewed a variety of successful businesspeople about what they did during that economic downturn after they graduated college.  Initially most had taken what Castonguay calls a “path of least resistance,” in jobs like office temp, store clerk, and restaurant hostess, in order to pay their bills.  “When I interviewed them, they were in their mid-to late-thirties, and all had ultimately managed to achieve career success on the surface: gainful employment, and a level of prestige and income that they could be proud to report to their alumni magazines. But they weren’t all happy where they’d ended up. Most were satisfied, but others had continued on that path of least resistance for over a decade. They took advantage of new opportunities as the economy improved, but without really stopping to ask themselves how their interests were developing over time.”

This group of businesspeople Castonguay interviewed largely neglected an on-going process of networking, self-evaluation, and professional development. Unlike those folks who did not feel fulfilled in their careers, whatever your first job becomes, keep working to learn more and better your standing in the marketplace until you find the “right” career and position.  

While it’s possible that your career path may mimic a grandparent or parent who worked for the same company in the same position their entire career, odds are that will not be the case, particularly as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 crisis and a tight job market.  The path to your final career destination won’t be linear and will likely take many twists and turns along the way. Consider all of the options you have, and think outside the box about industries and fields you may not have considered previously.  For now, you might have to take whatever position you can get. But remember that won’t be your last job, nor does that position have to define your career.  

For more thoughts about getting a job after you graduate, check out the suggestions of employment consultant Lindsey Pollak.

 

 

Engineering Co-op Student Aiding COVID-19 First Responders

 

ENGINEERING CO-OP STUDENT AIDING COVID-19 FIRST RESPONDERS

 By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D. 

A UofL Biomedical Engineering senior is continuing his important work to safeguard front-line personnel battling the coronavirus pandemic.  Meet Shah Tarun who hails from Bangladesh and will graduate this December.

 Shah Tarun

 Tarun came to the United States and UofL in 2015 as a Biology major and switched to the Speed School of Engineering in 2017. In addition to his engineering degree, he is working on minors in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies as well as Psychology.

Tarun is doing coronavirus-related work with Dr. Jaimin Trivedi, an instructor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the UofL School of Medicine.  "I have been working with him on a couple of projects related to protecting healthcare workers against Covid-19 in a clinical setting.”

Like other co-op students, Tarun is using the experience to further his professional development.  “I believe that this experience will overall showcase my skill-set within the HTM/biomedical profession and continue to show my determination on doing what is right for the community.”

He is finding his work with Dr. Trivedi incredibly rewarding.  “It feels amazing to know that such a project can benefit PCP, ED, nurses, etc. It is even more amazing if you think that this project could help the common person too, making it commercialize-able for the community and providing the need for everyone if they so wish to.”

In a time of crisis, the work by Dr. Jaimin Trivedi and Shah Tarun offers a glimmer of optimism.  “I feel like this experience made me better prepare for the worst outcome that could happen in the near future. Overall, it made me hopeful that my mentor and I can provide the hope that our healthcare providers need in these dire circumstances.”

Find out more about the amazing work that UofL students like Shah Tarun are doing during the COVID-19 crisis by looking at our previous news stories.  And if you know of any students who are doing work that aids the community during the pandemic, please send email so we can tell that story, too (stuart.esrock@louisville.edu).

Use Summer to Advance Career Development

 

USE SUMMER 2020 TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER DEVELOPMENT

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D. 

Has your summer job or internship possibility gone awry amidst the pandemic? Wondering what you will do this summer as you bunker down to protect you and your family from COVID-19?  With all the uncertainty, you might be tempted to sit back, play video games, work on your suntan, and essentially do nothing constructive.  But an assistant director at the UofL University Career Center is here to tell you this is a great time for students to get a move-on to advance their future.

Mallory Newby says the public health crisis creates a unique career development opportunity. “I encourage students to take this time to advance their technical knowledge/skills and overall professional development to demonstrate to employers that they are being proactive during challenging times and help to gain a competitive edge in a tight labor market.”

One place to start is by visiting the “Learn” section of the University of Louisville’s Center for Digital Transformation to take advantage of a variety of free badging and certification courses.  Newby said UofL has several partnerships with Google, Microsoft Learn and IBM to name a few, offering free mini courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels. “There are literally hundreds and hundreds to choose from and if you don’t consider yourself to be the most tech savvy person, look at the beginner level and fundamental types of courses.  I would personally recommend the Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals course to gain a basic understanding of cloud concepts, as well as an overview of the core Microsoft 365 services like Teams, SharePoint, and Stream and how to use these tools to maintain and enhance productivity.”

LinkedIn Learning is another good source for additional professional development training on topics like discovering your strengths, personal branding and even productivity tips.  In addition, sites like EdX and Coursera offer free college courses that are recorded or streamed from world renown universities like Stanford and Harvard.  These courses can potentially parallel a career area in which you are interested or a topic area in which you are looking for cultural and intellectual enrichment.  

Newby said to be sure to search or look for "no cost" and "free" in the listings.  “As a general rule, most badges are free but formal exam certifications might cost to take the test following the course. UofL’s Center for Digital Transformation recommends never paying with a credit card unless you are wanting to cover the cost for a certification exam. I personally have not elected to pay for the completion certificates and would probably not encourage students to do so either. After passing any badge or certification level, you may still be awarded a digital credential emblem or symbol.  Regardless you can still display completion of these trainings on your resume, LinkedIn account or other professional documents.”

Some other ideas for summer career development: 

  • Think about a possible research project.  You may be able to work on something on your own, or possibly can partner with a professor who has an interest in an area you want to advance.
  • Create your own summer project.  It could be something like writing a blog, producing some type of video, or even starting a small business in your neighborhood.  Pick a project that helps you to develop a skill set, advancing and moving you toward your career ambitions.
  • Volunteer to do work in your community.  Service work fosters leadership skills and is something that shines on your record of achievement.
  • If you are thinking about a master’s degree or professional degree program after your undergraduate degree, the coronavirus outbreak and summer 2020 make it a great time to start researching programs in which you have an interest.  You can also use the time to start preparing for entrance exams like the GRE, MCAT and LSAT.  The UofL Graduate School has information on getting ready for the exam. 

These are just some ideas for how to make the best use of summer 2020 as you travel down your chosen career path. For more ideas, check out this article from Washington University in St. Louis.  

 

Starting Your New Remote Job or Internship

  

STARTING YOUR NEW REMOTE JOB OR INTERNSHIP

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

 In the pandemic world we are all confronting these days, more of us are now working remotely than ever before.  It’s a new, and different experience than what most of us are used to in the face-to-face work world. As a result, it could be more difficult to hit the ground running in a new, virtual position than it is under normal circumstances.  Since there’s a strong possibility you could be working remotely this summer in an internship, co-op, or entry-level job, here’s some suggestions on getting started. 

Realize that your training/on-boarding could be much different virtually than in a face-to-face (F-2-F) environment.  Even though you will be working virtually, some companies may elect to have you come to the office for a socially-distanced meeting to get the ball rolling on company policies and their online systems.  Others may do your orientation via an online platform like Microsoft Teams or Zoom.  Communicate with your supervisor to find out how they’ll handle this important introduction to your new position.  Then be sure to spend time with your company’s training materials and orientation documentation.  And, thoroughly familiarize yourself with those online systems, networks, software and apps you’ll be using.  

During the onboarding process, you’ll want to get a thorough understanding of your role and responsibilities. Be sure from the start that you and your supervisor are on the same page.  You need to be clear particularly clear, given the remote nature of your position, on her/his expectations since that person will be evaluating your performance.  You will also likely want to set up a regular weekly, or twice weekly one-on-one virtual meeting with your supervisor.

An important part of the orientation period is learning how your team communicates virtually.  Is there one or two platforms or protocols that everyone relies upon? Or do different members of the team have flexibility on preferred channels of communication?  For example, some organizations might prefer e-mail as a communication medium while in others, an e-mail might sit unread in an inbox for days.  If you urgently need to communicate with your supervisor or a team member, what’s the preferred way to reach them?  Knowing this ahead of time will mitigate the potential of remote communication problems.  

As you get ready to start the virtual internship or job experience, the first thing you’ll need to address at your home is the physical environment in which you will be working.  You will likely be sitting more than you would in an office environment where you may be getting up to socialize, go to meetings, or walk around the corner to the copier.  If at all possible, have a dedicated work space and be sure to get up and stretch at least for a few minutes every hour.  Take a quick walk.  At all costs, avoid working from your couch or even worse, from your bed.  Experts say working from bed particularly can result in potential sleep problems.  You should also establish a strict work schedule and structure, at least initially, so that you develop good remote work habits.  

As you begin working, anytime you are not sure about something, above all else - ask! When your supervisor or a team member gives you an assignment, schedule some type of virtual meeting to discuss the project, your role, what you need to accomplish, to be clear on deadlines, and to understand how it fits into the larger goals of the organization. This doesn’t have to be an exhaustive meeting. But it is particularly important in the virtual/remote situation because it’s not as easy as walking around the corner, popping into your supervisor’s office and asking a question about something if you are working F-2-F.  If something comes up you don’t understand, get in contact with your supervisor or a team member to clarify the issue.

Now that you are working on projects, get to know your colleagues and remind people who you are.  Since you won’t be meeting up with people F-2-F in the hallway or lunchroom, you will likely have to make an effort to introduce yourself a couple of times so people in the organization remember who you are and what you are doing. Specifically ask for feedback from team members and your supervisor.  You’ll need to be intentional about that in the virtual environment, as opposed to the F-2-F office where you can more casually ask about your work. And, get to know team members as people, too. At appropriate points in time, ask them about what they do, what their degree is in, and ask for advice. In that way you’ll also begin to build a network of contacts. At some point it can be really beneficial to schedule a video chat for coffee or a happy hour to just have a casual conversation.

Pay attention to the prevailing style of communication by team members, then try to emulate that tone in your messaging.  If communication within the organization is formal, you’ll want to avoid using casual language, slang terms, sentence fragments, emojis, other graphic images, etc.  Be clear and concise in your written communication dealing with projects and work issues/matters. If you are speaking during a video or phone conference, be sure to identify yourself if there are team members in the meeting who may not know you, and be specific about what you are asking or want to discuss.

We all know that when it comes to technology, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. So what are you going to do if your computer gets a virus or crashes?  If you lose power or the Internet goes down, how are you going to handle that situation?   Think about the “what if” scenarios in advance so you can react quickly if a problem arises.  

Lastly, virtual technology creates the potential that we are on-call 24 hours/day.  But experts tell us that we are all more productive and less stressed out if we unplug from our technology for at least a few hours each day and if we also get away from our work.  Sure, there are times when we all have to do some extra work to finish a project that’s on deadline.  But, having a regular work routine and schedule will protect you from getting burned out. 

For additional perspective and more tips on getting started on your new remote internship or job, you can read more at the following links: 

Tips for Remote Employees Starting a New Job by Robert Half

First Day At Your Remote Job? Here’s Everything You Need To Know by Fast Company

Co-op Student Works on Coronavirus Project

 

ENGINEERING STUDENT WORKING ON CORONAVIRUS PROJECT

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

A UofL engineering student is continuing his work with an Owensboro company that is working on a potential COVID-19 vaccine.  Dustin Williams is in the second year of the chemical engineering program and is doing a co-op with Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP), a U.S. subsidiary of British American Tobacco. 

 

Pre-clinical testing is underway on the potential vaccine, using fast-growing tobacco plant technology.  According to KBP, tobacco plants offer the potential for faster and safer vaccine development compared to conventional methods.  If testing goes well, the company is hopeful that between 1 and 3 million doses of the vaccine could be manufactured per week, beginning in June. KBP remains a commercial operation but its work around the COVID-19 vaccine project will be carried out on a not-for-profit basis.

While Williams can’t talk about the specifics of his confidential work, he remains in Owensboro working on this important project.  “We're still on site, and we're taking care to apply strict social distancing policies based on guidance from state and federal government agencies.”

Williams realizes the COVID-19 outbreak has created a unique opportunity for his professional growth. “The cooperative education program is meant to give students some engineering work experience while they're still in school, but this experience has also given me the opportunity to work on something truly important and impactful early in my career. I'm sure that's something many students worry about: struggling to find a meaningful path forward using their education.” 

Williams has learned a great deal during his co-op. “It's has a lot more to do with advanced chemistry and biology than most chemical engineering co-ops, and I've learned many skills and concepts that I wouldn't have imagined learning. So my trajectory is a lot different than I expected, but I'm thankful to be here, and to be doing important work. I would also love to keep growing my skillset in this sector.”

But the lessons learned in Williams’ co-op extend beyond the application of chemical engineering knowledge. “For me, this experience has helped me compartmentalize -- to draw the line between free time and crunch time, to tell the difference between an opportunity to learn or innovate and something that just needs to get done.”

Williams credits his KBP colleagues for making him a part of the team and for the important work they are doing to find a COVID-19 vaccine. “I’ve developed a deep appreciation for my relationships with my coworkers. During a time when many of us are struggling to fulfill those social needs in our lives, I cherish being able to come in and work alongside some of the brightest, most hardworking people I've ever known.”

Dustin Williams and the team at KBP in Owensboro give us hope that we’ll come out together on the other side of the pandemic.  If you know of other UofL students like Dustin doing work to currently benefit our community as we fight coronavirus, please email that information so we can tell more of these stories (stuart.esrock@louisville.edu).

COVID-19 Equals Opportunities

 
COVID-19 EQUALS OPPORTUNITIES
  
By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.
 
By mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic became very real, shares of the Penske Corporation stock dropped 40%. Its founder, Roger Penske, saw his net worth drop by $400 million! In late March as the public health crisis worsened, Penske decided to drop in on his newest acquisition, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to have a discussion with Speedway president Doug Boles on how best to proceed.  The  Indianapolis Star related the subsequent conversation:
 
Penske: ”Hey Doug, how are ya?”
  
Boles: “How am I? How are you?”
 
Penske: “Doug, the one thing I learned in life is everything’s an opportunity. No matter how bad it seems, everything is an opportunity, and if you look at it like that, everything’s going to be fine.”
 
In the face of a global pandemic, historically high unemployment rates, and a tough job market, it can become easy to sink into negativity and despair.  But let’s stop and examine the advice that Roger Penske offers.  Can the COVID-19 pandemic spell O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y for students and recent graduates?  A Professor Emeritus from the UofL College of Business says yes to that, enthusiastically. 
 
Lyle Sussman has been teaching for 40-plus years and he echoes the idea of turning the public health crisis into a positive for your career. “Strategists in both the private and public sector rightly observe that a crisis is a horrible thing to waste.  Crises always have, and always will, provide opportunity for those who seize them.  Some students will see this pandemic as an opportunity and thrive. Others will see it as doom and gloom and will inevitably suffer.  The difference is perspective and choice.”
 
Sussman accordingly suggests students consider two entrepreneurial options; creating a “niche” venture within a current company or possibly creating a new venture on their own.  “For example, a student could approach Company X with a business plan to develop a new market for their product or service.  This student is going beyond trying to sell a resume.  She is not applying for a job, but rather is creating a job. This strategy involves less personal risk than the second option, creating a new venture entirely without the support of corporate resources.   Essentially deciding on option 1 vs option 2 is based on the student’s tolerance for risk and need for dependence versus independence.”
 
For students and recent grads considering these routes, Sussman advises that they employ a personal S-O-S signal: “Solutions, Opportunities, Support. First, they must see their skill set as solutions-focused, not skill-focused. What specific problem can you solve that has market value? Secondly, they must seek opportunities. What new problems are you seeing that require a solution?  I recommend two websites in this regard: Springwise.com and FastCompany.com.  These sites will provide creative entrepreneurial prompts, and examples of startups solving problems and seeking opportunities.   Third, entrepreneurial students must seek social and technical support.  They must network with others who are also sending out their personal S-O-S.  Connecting with favorite faculty, UofL resources, and local government business development offices will enable this support.  ForEntrepreneurs.com is a valuable website  to access support.  Entrepreneurs may fail alone, but they can only succeed with support from others.”
 
Sussman suggests the opportunities that become possible in the midst of the pandemic make it a good time for students and recent grads to consider redefining their career.  “I’ll refer to the metaphor of a ‘career ladder.’  A ladder only works when it is positioned against a fixed, stable structure.  However, the marketplace today and tomorrow will be increasingly characterized by rapid disruptions in technology, consumer demographics, government regulations, and corporate restructurings.  For example, consider the concept of ‘career ladder’ pre-coronavirus, versus the concept of ‘career ladder’ post-coronavirus. The former ladder was positioned against a fixed structure.  The latter must necessarily be adaptable to a malleable and changing structure.” 
 
But the road to success for those choosing these entrepreneurial paths is not easy to travel. “Above all else a student needs courage and resilience.  Whether you choose a niche venture within a current company or creating your own venture, you must be prepared for disappointment, heartaches, naysayers, and a work load defined by completing projects and meeting goals, not defined by a 40-hour week. They will need the courage to overcome the barriers facing all entrepreneurs, and the resilience to maintain that courage.” 
 
Those who decide to be entrepreneurs during the pandemic and its aftermath will have to be daring and persistent to succeed. But Lyle Sussman has no doubt that in the future, we will see some great success stories among those who choose to travel this path. “You can be assured that five years from now we will be reading about entrepreneurs who made their fortune because of opportunities they saw and leveraged, opportunities created by the pandemic of 2020. I hope and trust that we will be reading about UofL grads who saw opportunity and redefined their concepts of ‘job,’ ‘employment,’ and ‘career.’ I also believe those students would have sent out their personal S-O-S early and often.”
 
Find out more about this topic and one specific entrepreneurship story that is near and dear to the heart of Sussman. “Breaking the Glaze Ceiling” utilizes his daughter’s business as an exemplar for tips on how to succeed. 

Job/Internship Searching During COVID-19 Outbreak - Part 2

  

JOB/INTERNSHIP SEARCHING DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK - PART #1

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Most career development experts are cautiously optimistic about the job and internship markets.  We recently published an article that offered you tips on searching for opportunities amidst the current public health crisis.  Our first important piece of advice: despite the uncertainty, don’t sit back and wait - get moving now!  This article’s primary message is to network - network - network! 
  
The director of the University Career Center, Bill Fletcher, said while students need to get moving along with their searches now, they must also come to grips with the fact that these are not normal times and that impacts the process. “Job searching in difficult economic times requires a different approach than what most students are accustomed to during a prosperous economy.  When jobs are plentiful, it is a candidate’s job market. They can look at job boards and apply to positions.  When there are fewer positions, it is an employer’s market.  Everyone is looking at job boards and the volume of candidates is huge.  To be competitive in a COVID-19 economy, candidates will have to be more targeted and deliberate in their job search.”  
  
And according to Fletcher, that puts even more emphasis on one type of job search strategy.  “Students should be leveraging networking to tap into what is called ‘the hidden job market.’  It is commonly accepted that the vast majority of positions are filled without ever being posted (good or bad economy). If they are posted, hiring managers have often begun networking to source talent before the posting hits any job board.  Employers will expect candidates to be able to articulate their skills and abilities as related to the field or organization, have impeccable resumes and cover letters, and have a network of people who can advocate for them.  Finding these ‘unposted’ or ‘hidden’ jobs is accomplished through contacts who can provide candidates with information.”
  
When searching for an internship or job, it is always important, public health crisis or not, to network. Nationally, about 70% of college students find out about their first entry-level job via a networking contact. Set up a very specific networking plan. Make a list of everyone you know.  You won’t be able to meet with all these people in person, but you can send them an email, text, call them on the phone or meet virtually to catch up, let them know you are looking, and find out if they know of anyone you can contact to build your network out further.
  
The associate director of the University Career Center, Donna Lee, advises students to consciously work to advance  their network. “Who is in your circle of influencers? Be intentional in reaching out to them.  And you can do a lot of that on LinkedIn.” 
  
Among the people and groups Lee suggests students reach out to: “Faculty, they have contacts in industry.  Some of them are alums from the University of Louisville. Are you affiliated with any professional organizations on campus or in the ‘real world?’  Are you in a social fraternity or sorority? You should be able to build contacts there.  Are you following organizations that interest you? Again that’s also a possible source for contacts.”
  
When you access LinkedIn, be active on the platform. Commenting on posts and sharing articles or posts will help you to connect to more people.  For more information, see our articles Using LinkedIn Part 1 and Part 2.  This Forbes Article has excellent advice as well.  Finally, you can watch the recording of our previous workshop on Networking with LinkedIn for information on setting up your account and connecting with others.   
  
Here’s one other strategy for you to consider in the midst of COVID-19. University Career Center director Bill Fletcher suggests you use the local business newspaper to source leads.  Most major metropolitan areas have these types of publications - here it’s Louisville Business First. “Some students may think they are not majoring in business so why look at the business newspaper?  These publications cover what is happening in areas such as health care, education, non-profit, social service, research, government, etc.  In essence, everyone works in ‘business.’ Recently, a health care company announced in one of these publications that it was continuing its rapid expansion into three states and had quotes from several executives in the organization. How many different majors could be employed in numerous career fields with a company that has 225 locations in 12 states?  This is a bona-fide lead for a job search candidate.”  
  
In our previous article on the topic of job searches in the midst of the pandemic, we acknowledged that given the situation, it may not be easy for you to readily find that entry-level job or internship.  But with networking, sourcing all possible publications and position listings, preparation and persistence, it may take time but you will move forward.  So don’t sit around - get moving now!  For more assistance, be sure to connect with your UofL career center including the University Career Center, Speed/Engineering, Business and Law Schools.
  
We will also have an upcoming virtual workshop on the topic on May 20 at 12 noon.  Bill Fletcher will offer tips on networking, uncovering “hidden” opportunities and more during this session. To register, go to this link.

UCC Virtual Workshops in May

 

MOVING FORWARD IN UNCERTAIN TIMES - VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SERIES

By Stuart Esrock Ph.D.

The University Career Center is scheduling more virtual workshops in the coming weeks to assist students with a variety of aspects of their career development in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. These sessions include:

May 14 - 1:00pm

Put Your Best Face Forward: Tips for Online Interviews & Working Remotely

Join the University Career Center in a virtual meeting space as we discuss virtual communication in the job market and workplace.  

Sam La Mar, Graduate Assistant for Career Engagement, will address how to stand out and excel in virtual and phone interviews, as well as tips and tricks for the first 90 days on the job.

  

May 20 - 12 Noon

“The Savvy Job Seeker” Job Searching during COVID-19 

Job searching in difficult economic times requires a different approach than what most students are accustomed to during a prosperous economy.  This virtual workshop will focus on the targeted and deliberate steps students need to take during the coronavirus crisis to find a job or internship.

University Career Center Director Bill Fletcher will offer tips on networking, uncovering “hidden” opportunities, and more during this session. 

 

May 28 - 1:30pm

Handshake 101: Navigating an Online Career Community

Join the University Career Center in a virtual workshop to learn how to navigate and maximize your online presence using Handshake. Mallory Newby, Career Coach for the College of Education & Human Development and Kent School of Social Work will discuss how to create a profile that reflects your personal brand, register for events, schedule appointments with the University Career Center and expand connections with industry professionals and employers.

 

You can also look at previous virtual workshops from the University Career Center including sessions on updating your resume, online etiquette, LinkedIn, marketing yourself to employers, and more. To view recordings of prior workshops or register for any of the upcoming workshops, click here!

UofL Student Making a Difference

 

ANOTHER UOFL STUDENT MAKING A DIFFERENCE

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Meet Josh Osborne, yet another Cardinal doing great work in our community during the COVID-19 crisis while simultaneously benefiting his career development. Josh is from Louisville and is graduating with an English major and Spanish minor.  Most important, he is making an important contribution now to the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs.

 

Josh Osborne

 

The Backside Learning Center is a non-profit that works with and assists equine workers at the racetrack, many of whom speak little English, as well as their families. Josh had been teaching English-as-a-second language courses to kids and families at the Center but that changed when the coronavirus hit. “We have shifted our focus from offering adult and children English classes to focusing on getting the families that are in need the food, diapers, and encouragement that is needed to survive in these troubling times.”

Osborne has experienced professional and personal growth through this work. “It’s helped me understand that I can overcome any adversity. It has been difficult to adjust to the rapid changing semester to be able to adjust to the changing workspaces, classes, and home life. Doing homework and being productive has proven challenging but I am pleased with the outcomes of my efforts.”

Gaining confidence that he could teach and advancing that skill set has been an important benefit for Osborne.  Beyond that, his selfless service to the Backside Learning Center carried a far  more important lesson. “After the virus, I was taught that even though things are falling apart for me, I can still do something to help the community and it makes me feel good in a time of the stressful unknown…If I can take one thing away from my time at the Backside Learning Center, it is that I, as one person, can team up with other individuals and make a major difference in the community. It doesn’t take money or a lot of time and effort to help people, all it takes is initiative and the desire to do good. Everyone who works at the center is so dedicated to their work that it is impossible to not be inspired to merely be in their presence, especially when you have a hand in helping the community as well.”  

It is hard for any member of the UofL family to not be proud of the work that students like Josh Osborne are doing for our community - well done Josh and congratulations on your graduation!  If you know of a Cardinal doing important work, drop an email to so we can tell that story.

Job/Internship Searching During COVID-19 Outbreak - Part 1

 

JOB/INTERNSHIP SEARCHING DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK - PART #1

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

The coronavirus crisis has all of us stressed out and anxious.  For students looking for their first entry-level job or an internship and for those who have been laid-off and are looking for a new position, the mental strain is likely high. In a situation like this with so much uncertainty, it can be easy for someone to get overwhelmed and decide to sit back and do nothing. The associate director of the UofL University Career Center urges you to fight that impulse.

Donna Lee notes the hiring process will be different amidst the situation but still, you can, and should, press forward. “To find a job is a job. When do you start? Now!”  Remember there’s still lots of hiring going on now, particularly in industries like health care, logistics and supply chain companies. See this previous article for more. 

As you start your job or internship search, you need to get into the right mindset. Don’t feel sorry for yourself that the marketplace is uncertain and prospects may be slow in developing. Pay attention to your mental health and focus on building your confidence since it shows in interviews.  Remind yourself what you are good at and why you are good at it so you can communicate that to potential employers.  Lee said, “A student should be their own mini advertising agency and they only have one product - themselves. No one can sell their skills and competencies to an employer as well as they can.”

Lee thinks you need to stay up-to-date on the rapidly changing trends in the industries that interest you. “Where is the top market/ area for what you want to do? Where are the jobs? Are there additional skills that you need to be researching?”

Given the COVID-19 outbreak, at least at this point it is important for you to be nimble and adaptable.  You may need to pivot for the time being from an exact planned career path.  Focus on your skills and what industries they can be valued in, even if different from what you originally planned. Remember your first job almost certainly will not be your last job since the average person changes careers multiple times.

Be sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are dialed up.  Place emphasis on those key points of what you are good at doing and your accomplishments. According to Lee, “A student should know what unique skills and competencies make them more marketable than their competition.” You can work with your UofL career center on resumes and LinkedIn profiles.

You also will need to be ready to send a cover letter for applications and while a basic template is desirable, you’ll need to go beyond that according to Lee.  “One size does not fit all.  You will need to tailor the cover letter and more than likely tweak your resume for every position you apply for. Your cover letter is your opportunity to connect the dots for the employer. If they want someone to juggle balls, tame lions and breathe fire, what have you done in the past that illustrates that?”  

You need to check in regularly with the specific career management platform position listings from your UofL career center. In addition, you should make regular visits to all of the major job posting platforms like Indeed, Career Builder, Glassdoorm, Monster, Zip Recruiter, and so forth.  Check all the localized and regionalized listings you can find as well - in Louisville, the Kentuckiana Works website is making regular additions to its listings and you can also see statewide opportunities through the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce website.

It is likely you will be interviewing (and subsequently working), at least at this point, remotely. Lee says, “Familiarize yourself with these technologies to prepare for the interview process. Microsoft Team Meets, Zoom, High View, Blue Jeans and Skype are the most popular platforms.”  You can practice virtual interviews through the InterviewStream online tool available through the University Career Center.

No one is suggesting that this is going to be easy, particularly given the current public health crisis. According to Lee, “Are you ready/committed to put in the work? Some people may submit one resume, get an interview and secure a position.  Others may need to submit numerous resumes and have multiple interviews before they land a position. So, be patient and stay positive.” 

If you are not proactive and persistent, you are not going to have success in this job marketplace, or for that matter even in a strong job market. Donna Lee of the University Career Center reminds you; “Work with your UofL career center.  Upload a critiqued resume into the employer database from your career center. Attend virtual career events and workshops. Attend employer networking events (future events may be virtual). Attend career fairs (future events may be virtual).” With some preparation, effort, and perhaps a little dose of luck, you will find yourself in the right place at the right time to obtain your internship or job.  

When searching for opportunities, it is also always important to network. Nationally, about 70% of college students find out about their first entry-level job via a networking contact.   That strategy becomes crucial in times like these where the market you encounter could be tight.  We’ll have more on networking and job searching in the COVID-19 economy in an upcoming news story. And, stay tuned for news about an upcoming virtual workshop on the topic as well.

Student Teachers During Covid-19

 

STUDENT TEACHING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Life goes on in K-12 schools around the nation despite the spread of the coronavirus, but obviously in a much different online format.  That means teachers across the country are learning on the fly about how best to virtually conduct their classes, assign projects, test and evaluate their students.  It also creates a challenge and new environment for the many UofL education students who are now doing their student teaching.  Meet two of those students; Hannah Kemper and Erica Barlow.

Kemper is a senior from Louisville, majoring in Elementary Education. She has been doing her student teaching with kindergartners at a Jefferson County Public School, Farmer Elementary.  When JCPS moved to online instruction, Kemper’s daily routine changed accordingly. “Now, each week we meet with our class on Google meets to check-in; this is the best part of every week. The students receive work every Friday for the upcoming week through Google Classroom. We are also using Seesaw in Kindergarten. It is an app where you can design creative activities for the students to complete. Once they are graded, the other students can see each others work and comment to one another.”

 

 

Kemper said the experience is making her much more technologically savvy and she has gained a level of expertise in developing online work and activities.  But, she also concedes that nothing replaces face-to-face contact with students. “The students are what makes teaching such a unique and incredible job. I am always thinking of them and wondering how they are doing each day. It has amazed me how quickly the students have adapted, especially being so young. It is awesome to see!”  

Erica Barlow is also a senior from Louisville who is getting ready to graduate with a degree in Early Elementary Education.  And she, too, is doing her student teaching at Farmer Elementary.  Barlow’s work since the pandemic hit has revolved around planning online lessons, grading assignments, providing students with feedback remotely, and leading weekly virtual meetings.

 

 

Barlow says it has been more difficult to teach in the online environment versus face-to-face. “There was a definite learning curve going from in-person instruction to completely online.  I had to spend hours learning from other teachers and watching PD videos on how to use applications like Screencastify, Seesaw, Google Suite, etc.  Nothing will replace the excitement and joy that comes from teaching F-2-F, but I am appreciative of the opportunity to become more fluent in digital teaching and learning.”

Barlow acknowledges the experience has changed her, not only as an educator but also as a person.  “I think my perspective on what is truly important and what is a luxury has changed.  I also have a newfound thankfulness for technology and for how it has allowed me to stay in touch with my friends and family throughout all of this.”  She also gives a special shout-out to her mentor teacher, Gina Kimery. Like so many wonderful public educators, Barlow says Kimery has made the best of the COVID-19 situation.  “When things switched to online learning, she did not miss a beat and continued to push me and help me to grow.  This has become such a highlight of my student teaching career, largely because of her support and encouragement.”

Hannah Kemper and Erica Barlow are just two more Cardinals doing tremendously important work that benefits our community as we continue to fight the pandemic.  Thanks for everything that you are both doing!  If you know of a UofL student doing great things now, drop a line to so we can tell that story, too.

Virtual Meeting Etiquette

 

VIRTUAL MEETING ETIQUETTE

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

As we bunker down in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, many of us increasingly find ourselves in online meetings.  We are using platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, FaceTime, GoToMeeting, and more for work, school, and for socializing.  But, an assistant director at the UofL University Career Center thinks that you need to behave differently, depending on whether you are using these conferencing tools for fun or for serious purposes. Mallory Newby has tips for those occasions when you will be conferencing for work with your supervisor and members of your team.

Sure anything goes when you are getting together with your friends for a Zoom happy hour, although it can be annoying when everyone tries to talk at the same time.  On the other hand, Newby said when you are going to be in a meeting for work, always be sure to mute your microphone when you are not speaking. “Background noises at your home and things like coughs, throat clearing, etc. will become a distraction to the meeting. This will require you to be attentive during the meeting and unmuting when you are called upon to talk.”

Newby thinks it is important to give your full attention to the meeting, treating it just like you would if you were in the same room. “Avoid working on other tasks, checking your email or texts as tempting as it may be, as you never know when it might be your turn to provide an update. You might also miss something important that someone else is saying. Look into the camera when speaking as opposed to the screen; doing otherwise makes it appear you are looking off or away from the attendees.”

Another tip is to NOT use your keyboard during a meeting. Because your computer microphone is close to the keyboard, that tapping sound can be distracting to others if your mike is on. If you need to take notes, better to do so the old fashioned way; with a pen and piece of paper. And have something to eat BEFORE your meeting; nothing worse than watching someone munching away in the midst of an important discussion.

Newby advises you to be conscious of your surroundings and how you’ll look on camera.  Make sure your background is appropriate and professional as opposed to using your disheveled bedroom for example.  Take a few minutes before your virtual meeting to look like you are working. Better that you are wearing a clean shirt and have brushed your hair than to let your co-workers see you in your jammies with bedhead. “And, make sure that you are in a place with good lighting, raise your camera so that it is at eye level; your table is likely to be lower than your face, and looking down at your screen is not a flattering angle. You can use a set of books to use as a platform to get your phone or computer camera to eye level.”

Newby’s last piece of virtual meeting advice: “Don’t slouch but get comfortable - you may be there for a while.”  

For more advice in a graphic format about virtual meeting etiquette, check out this graphic provided by the Manheim Central School District in Pennsylvania: 

Zoom Etiquette

Here’s a link to a recent workshop about online etiquette from the University Career Center.

And you can also always get advice about online business etiquette from your UofL career centers in the College of Business, Speed School, Law School, and the University Career Center.

Employers are Hiring Despite COVID-19

 

EMPLOYERS ARE HIRING DESPITE COVID-19

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

You might be under the impression that with the current public health crisis, the job and internship markets have totally dried up and that no one is hiring.  Statistics from some of the nation’s leading career development platforms and organizations refute that notion and provide hope for those in the employment marketplace.
 
According to Bill Fletcher, the director of the UofL University Career Center, “Cautious optimism would describe the current job market.  We are still seeing substantial increases in new jobs (all categories) posted in the Handshake career management system for March and April 2020 when compared to same months in 2019 (+117% and +157% respectively).  Another reason for optimism is that the slowing of the economy was caused by the pandemic, and not the financial markets. As the cases of COVID-19 start to decline, communities will be able to start opening businesses and people can get back to work.”
 
The Handshake career management platform said major employers are the source of much of the new job listings.  Handshake reports 500+ high profile employers across all 50 states are now hiring. 
 
According to Handshake, the top jobs roles being advertised since the beginning of March are:
 
* Software Developers & Engineers
* Business Analysts and Management Consultants
* Accountants
* Data Analysts
* Customer Service Representatives
 
Handshake reports 82% of all jobs and 52% of all internships being posted now are for full-time positions. 
 
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) also suggests the job market is currently better than many expected, based upon its poll of nearly 300 companies around the nation. After quickly responding to the oncoming pandemic by setting up virtual operations, NACE said employers have remained at least “somewhat optimistic” in their hiring outlook. As of April 17, NACE reports that most employers were not revoking any offers to full-time recruits or interns, with only a small minority revoking offers to full-time recruits. Recruiting plans of these employers also show that most will recruit the class of 2021 at the same levels as the class of 2020. The biggest difference is that they plan to recruit the 2021 class using more virtual methods.
 
There is further evidence that the employment market in Louisville and Kentucky is active.  For example, 66 companies are currently listing full-time and part-time positions on the Kentuckiana Works website in fields ranging from health care to IT, retail to insurance and more. And the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is listing hundreds of open positions on its website.
 
University Career Center director Bill Fletcher said students looking for jobs in the midst of the current public health crisis need be realistic about the situation.  “Students should definitely apply for open positions now, but given the COVID-19 outbreak, they should anticipate longer response times than usual from employers.”  He also advises they use all the resources at their disposal.  “Graduates who leverage the job postings in their career center's system, combined with online and personal networking, will rise to the top of the applicant pool.  Now is the time for candidates to make sure they are ready and to aggressively start the job search process.” 
 
In a future article, we’ll offer specific tips on job and internship searches during the COVID-19 outbreak.  For now, remember that given the opportunities that are out there, there’s still reason to stay positive and engage now in your job and internship search.
 

Check out the Handshake Blog on COVID-19 Higher Ed Recruitment Trends for more on what students and employers are doing now in the job market.



Student Interns with Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Student Interns with Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Intern Arabella Werner

 

STUDENT CONTINUES WORKING WITH REFUGEE POPULATION AMIDST COVID-19

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Here is another in our series of stories about UofL students continuing to do incredibly important work for our community, even as the coronavirus spreads throughout the country.  Meet Prospect, Kentucky senior Arabella Werner who is interning with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. 

Arabella has been working as a Spanish ESL instructor for Cuban refugees and also did some interpretation work for her students. As the pandemic problems increased, she had to leave the classroom and the face-to-face work she was doing with students, switching to other tasks that do not require direct contact.  “Now, I primarily conduct practice interviews for the citizenship test with refugees via telephone. I also utilize Spanish interpreting skills during the interviews. Now I work remotely from my back porch. It is definitely an adjustment. I am grateful, however, that I am able to continue my work remotely, despite the crisis.”

Arabella says she has benefitted greatly from her internship with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. “My Spanish speaking skills have improved and my interpersonal communication skills have been refined. As a Communication major and Spanish minor, I believe this internship has also aided me in seriously considering my career path. I plan on entering the public relations and sales field, while also utilizing my Spanish speaking abilities. I am hoping medical interpreting, alongside medical sales will provide me with both aspects.”

But perhaps more important, Arabella has grown as a human being.  “Every day I entered my ESL classroom or pick up the telephone to conduct an interview, I have been overwhelmed with joy. It has been a fulfilling opportunity to contribute to the needs of refugees. My cultural awareness and overall perspective have been enhanced by my hardworking, humorous, and resilient students.”

Arabella Werner is yet another UofL students who makes us all proud to be a Cardinal - thanks very much for what you are doing!  If you know of a student doing great work in our community in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, please send an email to so we can tell that story as well.

Online Etiquette

 

ONLINE ETIQUETTE

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

With more virtual interviews for full-time positions and internships, plus more remote work positions, your communication techniques and style in the online environment are more important than ever.  But an assistant director at the UofL University Career Center warns that many students become complacent about their virtual communication habits.  That said, Rosie Shannon says practice makes perfect and that by being conscious about Internet Etiquette or “Netiquette,” you can develop a style that will enhance your ability to communicate and reflect well on your persona.

Shannon says the first rule of Netiquette is to be nice.  “Remember that whatever you send from your keyboard or your phone is still an extension of you, even though you're not with others in person.  So, be kind, courteous, and respectful.  It’s just as important to show good manners online as it always has been.”

You should avoid saying something online that is negative.  “This includes everything—about your employer, your former employer, your boss, your coworkers, instructors, etc...everything and everybody. You never know what may wind up being forwarded, whether it’s intentional or an accidental slip of the finger on the ‘send’ button.”  Shannon suggests that if you are unsure of anything you’ve typed, hold it in draft mode and read it later before releasing the email or post. “Doing otherwise could jeopardize your opportunity for a promotion, or worse, your current job.”

Then there is the matter of the lost art of grammar and spelling.  “They do matter!  Your written communication should be professional and reflect proper writing style.  Save written shortcuts and less than stellar grammar for Snapchat and your friends if you must. But follow grammar rules when reaching out to networking contacts and potential employers. And don’t become complacent relying only on spellcheck since, for example, it doesn’t know the difference between ‘there’ and ‘their.’”

Shannon says to keep written communication with your contacts concise and to the point. “Always start your message with a short introduction, main content, and then a quick conclusion which should always include a thank-you.”

Other tips that experts recommend you should think about in the online environment:

  • Consider others’ privacy
  • Avoid inappropriate material
  • Be forgiving

As Shannon points out, if you strive to be consistent with your online communication, your style will not only ensure that your messages are clearly received but that also, those message recipients will think well of you.  

Since more of us are using tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams for work and internship-related projects, in a future article we’ll address the issue of proper behavior during these online meetings.  For more reading now on Netiquette and workplace etiquette, check out these links:

And remember that your UofL career centers in the College of Business, Speed School, Law School, and the University Career Center are always there to assist you on workplace-related issues like this.  Find your career center here

UCC Virtual Workshops


UNIVERSITY CAREER CENTER VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

The University Career Center is scheduling a number of virtual workshops in the coming weeks to assist students with a variety of aspects of their career development and the complications arising from the coronavirus crisis. These sessions include:

Click here to register!

Tuesday, April 21st, 4:00 pm

On-Line Etiquette - communication is rapidly shifting to virtual platforms in the current coronavirus crisis. In this webinar, you will learn the importance of communicating with potential employers and professionals in your network to establish a positive first impression.

Wednesday, April 29th, 12:00 Noon

Professional Networking with LinkedIn - basics of utilizing LinkedIn to create a strong professional online presence for potential employers.  This will include creating a profile, adding connections to your network, utilizing alumni connections and searching for jobs on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, May 5th, 1:00 pm

Career Competencies and Marketing Yourself to Employers - learn how to identify your soft skills and competencies, how those can translate into the job you are seeking, and how to list those skills and competencies on your resume. 


Click here to view recordings of prior workshops

Updating Your Resume - learn how to tailor your resume for your employer/industry and to highlight your skillset for the job you are seeking.
   
Q&A Open Forum with University Career Center staff to address student concerns - ask the questions you have as you try and navigate these uncertain times in the economy and the job market.

Using LinkedIn Pt. 2

 

USING LINKEDIN TO ITS FULLEST POTENTIAL

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

LinkedIn has become an important online tool in the professional world.  Founded in 2002, there are now nearly 600 million global users including 130 million+ in the United States, as well as 30 million companies.  More than 100 million people access the platform each day to make connections and to look into job and internship opportunities. 

With that ubiquity, it’s imperative that students who will be looking for an internship or full-time job get a  LinkedIn account if you don’t already have one.  And, you also need to make sure your LinkedIn account takes advantage of the platform to its fullest potential.  Now, while we are all on lockdown in our homes, it is a great time to do some work on your LinkedIn account and experts have a number of tips for you in that regard.

First and foremost, keep in mind that you are a brand of one.  Everything you have in your LinkedIn profile is a reflection of you and helps to build your brand.  So think about what overall image you want to convey about yourself to those reading your profile and then be sure that everything in your profile goes toward building your brand.

As you build or make changes to your profile, remember that it is important to have a good photograph.  Why is that photo important?  We’re told that LinkedIn profiles with photos get 21 times more views and 36 times more messages than profiles without photos.  As opposed to some social media photos that are overly glamorized, make sure your LinkedIn photo looks like you if someone were to meet you in person.  Be the only person in the photo and make sure you don’t have a distracting background.  Ideally, you want a head and shoulders shot that constitutes the majority of the image.  A smile is desirable over a serious shot.  And while you don’t have to use a “professional” photo, don’t rely on a selfie; have someone take the picture of you for use in your profile.

Your LinkedIn headline is also crucial since that’s the first thing someone will likely read.  Highlight what makes you unique and helps to sell you to the reader. It’s like your elevator speech, boiled down to 120 characters. 

As is the case with resumes, start sentences and phrases with action-verbs.  Using phrases like “developed,” “started,” “implemented,” “analyzed,” “managed,” etc. subtly communicates a positive message that reflects well on your brand.

Make sure your education section is complete.  Failure to complete this section can raise red flags, as can overly grandiose language that raises suspicions about you possibly overstating your credentials.  Be honest and straightforward, but do take credit for what you’ve done. 

In that regard, the activities and work you have done at your university and in your community says important things about you and potentially reflect well on your brand.  Don’t be shy about these experiences - they may also help you to make a connection with an individual who has similar interests or experiences.

It is appropriate to post specific work to your LinkedIn profile that may show special talents you have.  Design work, photography, videography, and audio skills, for example, may be relevant to the message you are trying to convey to potential employers and contacts.

Once you have built your profile to best reflect your brand, you’ll want to make connections via LinkedIn.  To increase your connections, select “Full Profile” for Profile Viewing Options under the Privacy tab.  When trying to network with individuals, always send a brief invitation to connect that is tailored to that person.  Include information about who you are, what you have in common, and why you want to connect.

As a UofL student, you have a unique opportunity to connect on LinkedIn with thousands of fellow Cardinals who are now alums.  You will find that common UofL linkage means it is more likely you will receive a favorable response to your attempts to connect.  To search for alumni on LinkedIn, type “University of Louisville” in the search box and then click on “alumni” to move to the next page.  You can view alumni by where they live and work, what they studied and what they currently do. 

Once you connect via LinkedIn, be considerate of your contact’s time.  Be brief and don’t overwhelm that individual with repeated messages. Be patient when waiting for responses.  Be polite and appreciative of any advice they can offer.  And remember that you asked to connect with them so be prepared to ask questions like:

  • How did you get started?
  • What’s your typical day like?
  • What do you like/not like about what you are doing?
  • What classes do you think I should be taking?
  • Do you have any suggestions on any groups or individuals I should be connecting with?

With some fine-tuning of your profile and practice, you can make LinkedIn an important tool as you enter the job market, and later as you advance your career.  For more tips and advice on using the platform, LinkedIn Higher Education has several articles.  Also, read our first article on Using LinkedIn.

And you can always talk about LinkedIn with your UofL career center - find the center for your academic program.


Making the Best of Remote Internships

 

MAKING THE BEST OF REMOTE/VIRTUAL INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Many UofL students found their spring internships and co-ops changed to online work.  And as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, it would appear that most summer experiential learning will also be virtual/remote.  That means adjustments need to be made so that students have a good, meaningful experience.  But the Graduate Internship Manager for the UofL College of Business, Jennifer Applebee, believes students and employers can both adapt to make the best of the situation. 

Applebee says for students to get the most out of the remote experience, they should be willing to ask as many questions as needed and also be able to self-manage. “It is important for students to be disciplined in working their scheduled hours and completing the work while not getting distracted by other things that pop up.”

To that end, remote internship students should find what type of work environment works best for them. “Having a designated, focused workspace where they go to ‘work’ also ensures they will be successful in their internship.” 

Applebee says regular communication with the employer is vital in a remote internship.  Employers should have a designated supervisor who is comfortable managing remote interns and who is able to ensure that instructions/projects are understood. “Even though interns are working remotely, they should still find ways to connect with their team members and supervisor. The companies we work with have individual one-on-one daily calls between the supervisor and the student but they also have weekly calls between the whole team. These calls are usually done on virtual platforms where everyone can see each other.” 

Because different technology can be tricky, students should orient themselves with the software and virtual platforms that the company uses. Applebee says, “The supervisor/company should hold orientations where they go over the necessary technology and allow students to practice using the technology before starting work. Students who are working remotely should also ensure their equipment is compatible and they have all they need, such as internet capability, to be able to access all required materials.”

Part of the reason why practice is necessary is the wide variety of tools and platforms that can be used for remote work.  Robert Shindell, the president of InternBridge which consults with employers, says a number of technology platforms are used for virtual internships.  These include:

  • Meeting platforms like Zoom, GoToMeeting, Facetime, Skype, Cisco WebEx, Zoho, Slack, Instant Messenger, and MicroSoft Teams
  • Work sharing sites like Google Docs, Dropbox, SharePoint, Box, GoFile
  • Project management tools including Asana, MSoft Project, and Monday.com/Task

Finally, Applebee wants remote internship and co-op students to realize that even though they are working in a virtual environment, they are not alone.  “Remote interns are still part of a team that wants them to get the most out of their internship and experience and to be successful.”

The article, 6 Ways to Make the Most of a Remote Internship, has more advice on having a good remote internship experience.

Look for More Remote Internships this Summer

 

LOOK FOR MORE REMOTE/VIRTUAL INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS THIS SUMMER

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

The Covid19 outbreak has forced many UofL students who were finishing up spring internships and co-ops into remote/virtual work.  And there’s a strong likelihood that most students who plan to do summer internships and co-ops will also find their positions in the online environment.  But with some planning, adjustments, and flexibility, you can still have a great learning experience as you work for employers in the community.

Jennifer Applebee, the Graduate Internship Manager for the UofL College of Business, says aside from technology, the main difference between traditional face-to-face internships and the virtual versions is the emphasis students must place on time management skills.  “Students won’t have someone consistently looking over their shoulders to ensure the work is getting accomplished. While the companies we work with have a good supervisory plan in place for managing these remote students, the students are responsible for having to solve some problems on their own in order to continue the project as they may not receive an immediate answer to their questions.”

Virtual internships can very much meet the goals of all parties involved. In fact, Robert Shindell, the president of InternBridge  which consults with employers about internships, says location is not a factor in internship motivations.  According to InternBridge research, student goals for internships are:

  • Gain hands on experience
  • Learn new skills
  • Make professional contacts
  • Become better prepared for employment
  • Gain a realistic preview of the work world.

For employers, the motivations to hire interns are:

  • Provide students with real work experience
  • Gain fresh ideas for the company/organization
  • Gain a fresh perspective from students
  • Low risk recruitment strategy
  • Gain short term talent.

As Shindell points out, all of these goals can be met, whether the internship/co-op is face-to-face or remote.  

Applebee from the UofL College of Business says they are finding more and more companies that are coming around to the idea of remote internships. “That’s especially true in the midst of the pandemic where everyone is working from home so we may definitely see more of these opportunities become available.  The best channels are still the job boards, either school specific or even LinkedIn/Indeed.”

Above all else when it comes to looking for a remote/virtual internship or co-op, Applebee said the key is the same strategy that students should always utilize in the employment marketplace.  “Making connections and building relationships is the best way to create not only distance/remote internships but also local internships and that is our approach to gaining internships for our students.”

In an upcoming article, we’ll offer tips on how to get the most out of a virtual/remote internship. In the meantime, don’t forget to connect with your UofL career center about internship and co-op matters.   The career centers in the College of Business, Speed School of Engineering, and the Law School as well as the University Career Center are all available to assist.

Student Interns with Louisville Metro Government

Student Interns with Louisville Metro Government

Intern Audry Schaefer

 

METRO GOVERNMENT INTERN HELPING OUR COMMUNITY

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Bardstown senior Audry Schaefer probably never imagined that she would be doing incredibly important work for our community when she committed to an internship with Louisville Metro Government.  The Communication major is continuing her internship with the Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, even as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps through the city, state, and nation.

Schaefer is involved in developing communication materials about coronavirus relief and the office’s ongoing senior nutrition program.  According to Schaefer, “Our work now seems more focused on providing emergency relief and helping our citizens survive, whereas we are normally trying to help them thrive.”

Schaefer said things were fairly normal in the office before spring break but soon thereafter rapidly changed.  “I took the week off and came back into chaos - everyone was scrambling to come up with action plans, phones were ringing nonstop, and everyone was stressed and unsure of what was to come. Now, things are quieter as many of our office staff have been telecommuting, but the situation is still hectic.”

 The situation has taught the Communication major an important work-related lesson. “This experience has helped me learn to manage stress in a productive way. Instead of freaking out and breaking down, remaining calm, proactive, helpful, and respectful will put you miles ahead of those who aren’t.”  But she also says it has been instructive at the personal level.  “I believe this experience has allowed me to reset my brain and reassess my values. In times of crisis, the most important thing a person can do is stop thinking about themselves and start thinking of ways to help others and unite for greater change.”

Audry Schaefer is just one of many UofL students who are continuing to do important work that is helping our community in this time of crisis.  Thanks to you Audry and these other students for doing what you are doing!  If you know of other students doing this important work, drop an email to  because we can all take pride in these important stories. 

Using LinkedIn

GREAT TIME TO BE USING LINKEDIN

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

More and more students and professionals around the world are finding employment via LinkedIn so now when we are all locked away in our homes, it’s a great time to maximize your presence on this platform.

An assistant director at the UofL University Career Center, Karen Boston, points out that LinkedIn provides a means to reach out beyond Louisville. “Using LinkedIn is a great way for students to network with professionals across the city, country, or even the world! Whether you are interested in a career in Washington, DC or Seattle, Washington, you can make valuable connections, ask questions, and get advice from people who are working or have worked in a job that is of interest to you.”

Some students are hesitant to try to connect with professionals, thinking that they may be a bother.  But the nature of LinkedIn means participants are looking to make connections and Boston suggests students take advantage of that. “Professionals who use LinkedIn want to connect with you and share their experience and tips so be professional in your contact with them and don’t hesitate to reach out.”

And much like networking in person, LinkedIn gives students the chance to reach out beyond a single degree of separation.  Boston says, “Take advantage of your connections’ networks by asking each connection, ‘Who do you recommend that I reach out to?’”

When looking to make connections on LinkedIn, Boston advises students to seek brevity.  “Always craft a personalized invitation to connect which tells who you are, what you have in common, and why you want to connect—in 300 characters or less!”

In a future article, we’ll offer you tips on creating a strong professional presence on LinkedIn.  You can also take advantage of an upcoming virtual workshop on LinkedIn and how to best take advantage of it, on April 29 at 12 noon. And as always, your University of Louisville career centers have resources and assistance available to help you.  Connect with your career center including Speed School, College of Business, Law, and the University Career Center via this link.

Virtual Interviewing

 

VIRTUAL INTERVIEWING

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Interviewing for a job or internship can be stressful for some students under any circumstances. Now, many of you will be doing a remote/virtual interview and that can complicate the task further.  But with some practice, you’ll overcome that obstacle.  

That’s the advice of many experts and career development professionals including Paul Snyder, an assistant director at the University Career Center.  The more that a student practices virtual communication including practice interviewing, the more comfortable they will be in that environment.  

Beyond that, Snyder advises treating the virtual interview like an in-person interview. “This means dressing the part to help you get into the right mindset, putting away distractions (cell phones), and interviewing in a quiet place where you can focus solely on who you are talking to. Because the interview is virtual, it will be more challenging to create a connection with your interviewer. Hence, being able to really focus on the conversation is all the more important."

You should also pay close attention to the environment in which you are interviewing since that backdrop can create a subtle, and in some cases, an overt impression that could impact the evaluation of you.  Better to have a nice bookcase, plant or photo behind you than a poster of your favorite metal band or disheveled kitchen shelves. 

Snyder says that because the interview is virtual, you can take advantage of that in ways that are not possible with an in-person interview.  “It means that you can have extensive notes to help guide you through major points that you want to talk about with the employer. In my own experience with virtual interviews (Skype and phone), I have taped notes to the wall in front of me so that I could look at them during the interview. Obviously, you don't want to read directly from your notes, but having them to help guide your talking points is completely acceptable and can help you ace the interview.” 

Be aware of your non-verbal communication during your remote interview.  Make eye contact by looking directly at your camera as opposed to looking off into the distance.  Having your camera at eye level can help in that regard.  And practice attentive, upright body posture that shows you are engaged and interested. 

You should test your setup to ensure that you look as good as possible on-camera.  That means checking for the lighting, running a test on the make-up you will be wearing and likely using a laptop instead of your phone since you should get a better quality image with your computer (that also allows you to keep your hands free).

Finally, Paul Snyder from the University Career Center recommends writing handwritten thank you notes. “That will also help add a more personable touch to the interview and help you to be remembered.” 

With some planning and practice, you can make that virtual interview feel as comfortable as if you were interviewing in person.  Here is some additional reading on remote/virtual interviews:

For more advice and assistance, contact your UofL career center.

Student Interns with UofL Division of Infectious Disease

Student Interns with UofL Division of Infectious Disease

Intern Trevor Bosley

 

UOFL STUDENT CONTINUES IMPORTANT INTERNSHIP

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

While some students have seen their internships terminate because of the coronavirus, many others are continuing their work, either remotely or in some instances at the worksite.  And some of the work our UofL students are doing is incredibly important.  In the coming weeks, we will highlight some of these awesome students.

One such intern is northern Kentucky senior Trevor Bosley.  Trevor is planning to graduate this May with a BS degree from the UofL Department of Communication and is continuing his internship with the UofL Division of Infectious Disease, an office that has increasingly become very high profile as the crisis has escalated.  

Trevor’s work assignment has now shifted to the office’s Covid-19 Coordinating Center.  According to Bosley, “Most of the work that I’m doing involves branding for the virus response team, and working to inform the public. Along with that I’m working on different pieces such as infographics and editing a video series that we can utilize to inform the public as well.” You can find that video here.

Bosley calls his internship “an incredible learning experience” and credits his supervisor Tonya Augustine with transparency and tremendous support.  “Overall this experience is shaping me in my professional, and personal life. I’m learning how to deal with so many different curveballs and it’s fun and interesting to have new challenges each day at work. Along with that, I’m developing confidence in my work, that carries outside of my internship because I’m proud to be a part of this huge effort.”

If you know of a UofL student who is continuing with important internship work, let us know so we can share those stories here as well - send your ideas to stuart.esrock@louisville.edu

 

No Summer Internship?

 

NO SUMMER INTERNSHIP? 

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

While it may be possible to do an internship or co-op this coming summer, it’s also possible that your opportunities may be limited due to the coronavirus outbreak. If you have problems finding a position, you can still engage in other activities that will advance your career and professional interests. 

Certainly inquire about internship and co-op opportunities since there’s no telling how long this situation may last.  If traditional opportunities are not available or employers you are contacting are hesitant, suggest the possibility of remote/virtual positions.  Many organizations have already moved full-time employees and interns to online work formats.

In the event you can’t find an internship or co-op for the summer, here are some other things you can do to improve your employability, and to keep your mind fresh and sharp:

  • Start your own project, business, or event.   Think about what you are interested in, what you can do to take advantage of that interest and advance a cause you believe in or a passion that you have.  It could be a blog, webpage, podcast, event, or any other of a myriad of possible strategies or activities.
  • Take part in your community.  Volunteer to assist seniors or a church/synagogue/mosque or an organization that you believe in.   You might do that work in-person, but you might also do that work on-line.  You’ll be developing the kinds of “soft skills” that employers most value and most important, you’ll be making a contribution to your community.
  • If you are thinking about grad school or law school or med school, start preparing for the standardized entry tests.  There are both free and for-pay programs available to you, many are online.
  • Become more expert in a topic or field for which you have an interest.  Read and conduct research.  Practice using and developing a particular skill set.   Write, edit, and write some more.
  • Work on your career development skills and toolsets.  Work to perfect your resume.  Practice job interviewing.  Write cover letters.  Create and/or improve your LinkedIn profile.  Seek out a mentor.  Network. 

 It’s easy in a situation like this to sit back and let the world bring you down. But if you seize the opportunity, you can make this a meaningful summer - just do it!

Part-time Jobs Resource

Part-time Jobs Resource

 

PART-TIME JOB RESOURCE DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

Kentuckiana Works is teaming with Greater Louisville Inc. to post a growing listing of job opportunities in the metro area.  If you are a student who has lost a part-time position that helps you pay for school, opportunities are now being created and many employers are now actively looking for assistance. Positions range from technology and health care to food service, grocery, delivery, warehouse, and more.

Check out the listings daily since new positions are continually being added.  You can find the Kentuckiana Works/GLI job board at: https://www.kentuckianaworks.org/jobs.

Job Searching Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

 

JOB SEARCHING AMID THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

For some people, the idea of a job search can be an intimidating or daunting task.  When that is magnified by our current public health crisis, it can be easy to understand why some students can be overwhelmed.  The University Career Center and the other UofL career centers in the Business, Engineering, and Law programs are there to help you navigate the situation.  In the meantime, here’s some thoughts on how you can help yourself as you move toward the job market.

First, don’t assume that hiring has stopped.  In fact, the President/CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, Johnny Taylor, says it would be a mistake to stop job hunting now.  Employers in some sectors are actually ramping up hiring in response to the situation.  And, other employers are moving forward with longer term hiring strategies.  Be sure to check out the listings on Handshake.

When you apply, you’ll need to submit a resume and cover letter. And, there’s never a bad time to improve those important elements of the job search so this could be a good opportunity to do just that.  Check out the University Career Center resources on improving your resume and cover letters.

You should also ramp up your use of the LinkedIn platform since networking is always a crucial job search strategy to utilize.  You can find some helpful tips on improving your presence on LinkedIn.

Do realize that it might take longer than normal to get an interview.  It doesn’t mean that you should not apply - if there are openings listed and you are interested, go for it since there’s no telling when an organization might move forward.

Expect that an increasing number of employers will screen candidates on a virtual/remote basis during the coronavirus outbreak. There are fundamental differences between virtual communication and face-to-face communication.  This would be a good time to practice virtual communication with friends using platforms like Skype and Facetime, paying special attention to your remote presence.  You can also practice interviewing online using the Interview Stream.

Remember, there are also highly trained career coaches who are available to work with you at the University Career Center as well as the career centers in the Business, Engineering, and Law programs.  We are all working throughout the crisis to provide virtual/remote assistance to UofL students.  Connect with your career center

It may be scary at this point and it make take some time.  But now more than ever, it’s incumbent upon you to be proactive in your job search. As Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

 

Beware of Phishing Scams

 

BEWARE PHISHING SCAMS AND FRAUD DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

UofL Information Technology Services has found a significant rise in email phishing sent to university accounts related to the COVID-19 virus as well as online classes. Please be hyper aware of scam emails promoting mis-information about university classes or online registration. Verify that UofL emails are from louisville.edu addresses and don’t click on links from people/sources you don’t know. If you have concerns over a questionable email or have clicked on a suspicious link, please contact UofL IT Services at 852-7997 or via this link.

The end of a semester is also a time when we typically see a spike in fraud related job opportunities.  Your UofL career centers including the University Career Center, Engineering, Business, and Law centers want to remind you to be particularly vigilant during these times when an increasing number of fraudsters become desperate in their attempts to take advantage of students. 

Avoid offers of employment that include:

  • High pay with little work
  • Cashing checks and wiring money
  • Poor grammar or punctuation
  • Offering a job without even interviewing you

These are just a few of the "red flags." Below are some additional resources to help you protect yourself:

Again if in doubt, don’t click on it.  Students who are suspicious should contact IT Services and if you think you receive a scam email, report it to UofL IT. Send the resulting message and attachment to with a subject line identifying the message as a phishing report.

Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair

March 25, 2020

1 - 7 p.m. EDT

Registration Required!


If you do it, we need it. Science and technology. Business and mathematics. Foreign language and human resources. The United States Intelligence Community (IC) employs thousands of professionals in a wide variety of occupations. And we are currently looking for qualified candidates to fill key openings.
 
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, you can meet representatives from ten U.S. intelligence agencies during the 2020 Spring Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair. Reserve your spot today!
 
From the comfort of your computer or mobile device, you can:
  • Visit agency booths to explore available job opportunities
  • Chat with recruiters and subject matter experts
  • Learn about internships and other student opportunities
Who will be there?
 
Sneak Preview and On Demand!
 
Registration is your virtual ticket not only to the event, but also to a limited sneak preview period which opens Tuesday, March 24, and an on-demand period March 26 - 30.
 
At the sneak preview, you'll be able to familiarize yourself with the show environment and download informational materials ahead of time.
 
The on-demand period lets you come back to the show at your leisure to collect the materials you gathered or review presentations and other information. Plus, if you know you won't be available on event day, register anyway to attend the show during the on-demand period.
 
Chat-with-recruiter functionality will only be available on event day.
 
U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED

More information at https://icvcf.6connex.com/event/ICVCF/spring2020-att/login


Stay Safe While Interning & Co-oping

 

INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Obviously in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, your health and well-being should be your #1 priority.  For those doing an internship or co-op this spring, you likely now have questions about how to proceed given the growing public health crisis.

For any matters related to academic credit and requirements for your internship or co-op course, above all else you should be in contact with your program director/coordinator at UofL.  Since many programs have differing requirements and most of these experiences are individualized, your internship/co-op director/coordinator can work with you to ensure a successful and safe completion in conjunction with the supervisor at your work site. 

In some situations, remote work from home is already being implemented to bring the internship/co-op coursework to a conclusion.  If you are being required to work on-site and you feel your health/safety are potentially compromised, communicate that to your work site supervisor. If a satisfactory resolution to the situation cannot be reached, contact your internship/co-op director at UofL for assistance to ensure you are comfortable and not feeling at risk.

Career Centers at UofL Ready to Help

 

CAREER CENTERS AT UofL READY TO HELP STUDENTS NOW!

In this time of online courses and public health concerns, the career centers at UofL stand ready to assist students as you prepare for full-time work, internships, and part-time jobs to help defray the costs of school.   

University, Business, Engineering, and Law career centers have numerous online resources, as well as staff available to assist students remotely.  Now is a great time to work on your resume and have it reviewed by a staff member, dial up your LinkedIn profile, practice an interview, or prepare for your job search.  More information about connecting with your career center is available at: https://louisville.edu/career/about-us/career-centers-at-uofl.

Virtual Events for March


Check out the virtual information sessions and hiring events in Handshake hosted by employers across the country. Events are hosted on various virtual hosting platforms (Zoom, Google Hangout, employer website, etc.). The web addresses for the events are in the event description.  All currently enrolled students have access to Handshake using their ULink credentials. 

Events are added on an ongoing basis. 

Geico – 3/18/20 - Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Career Event

Hubspot – 3/18/20 - Grow Your Sales Career as a Business Development Representative.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – 3/23/20 - Fellowships Available: Protect our nation’s security as a Department of Energy NNSA Graduate Fellow - 

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory – 3/24/20 - Rockets, Robots, Innovation, and More  

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) – 3/25/20 - Virtual Outreach Fair to highlight a variety of paid internships and fellowships within government agencies and national laboratories across the country! 

City Year - Virtual Information Session - learn more about post-grad service opportunities with City Year!

AT&T - Trailblazers: Women of AT&T – 3/26/20 - Join us to hear from five of our inspirational Trailblazers on AT&T's culture, employee groups and mentorship

State Farm – Virtual Career Fair – 3/31/20 - Join us for a HUGE hiring event. On March 31st State Farm will be hosting a virtual career fair and seeking to hire over 100 employees! We are highlighting roles in IT, Customer Service, Claims, Underwriting, and many more! 

Google – 3/31/20 - YouTube Live [Technical Recruiter Spotlight: 'What Recruiters look for'].



 

Featured Intern: Caitlin Hogue

 

 Featured Intern Caitlin Hogue

 

This week’s featured intern is Caitlin Hogue!

Shoutout to Caitlin for receiving this internship as a Sophomore! Caitlin works for a historical collections manager and is in charge of cataloging a collection of drawings. She has learned a lot about the process of archiving materials and classifying art pieces.

This internship contributes to Caitlin’s long-term career goals because she wants to be a curator. Having the ability to work so closely with a collections manager at a well-respected organization is amazing. Not only is she teaching her a lot about the field, but this will also look great on her resume.

Here is a quote from Caitlin to other students considering this experience, “Go for it! The worst that happens is you at least realize what you don’t want to be doing in your future career.”

 

 

Beware of Holiday Fraud

 Scam Alert

The holiday season tends to bring about more fraudulent activity, and job searching is not excluded from this.  The University Career Center wants you to have a happy holiday season and not fall prey to fraudulent jobs

Avoid offers of employment that include:

  • High pay with little work
  • Cashing checks and wiring money
  • Poor grammar or punctuation
  • Offering a job without even interviewing you

These are just a few of the "red flags." Below are some resources to help you protect yourself

 

Students who receive a scam email to their student email address should report it to UofL Information Technology Services:

  • Send the resulting message and attachment to itpolicy@louisville.edu with a subject line identifying the message as a phishing report.


STAY SAFE!


Interviewing Tips

 

By: UCC Career Coaches

Interviewing tips
Does the thought of interviewing make you sick to your stomach? Make you heart pump faster? Make you jump for joy or a mixture of all the above? It is quite normal to experience a range of emotions before an interview. Interviewing does not always have to be stressful and the best way to counteract all those feelings is to be as prepared as possible. Luckily, the University Career Center is here to help with practice interviews!
  
Practice makes perfect
You do not want the first time you practice an interview to be the real deal. Complete a practice interview using this FREE resource from the University Career Center - InterviewStream
  
InterviewStream provides you with the opportunity to participate in a practice interview and to see and hear yourself online. Using a webcam, you will be able to simulate job interviews by responding to pre-recorded interview questions and practice both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. You can select a preset series of questions or create your own series from thousands of questions organized by category. All interviews are immediately accessible online for you to review and seek feedback on your performance. If you want to discuss your interview with your Career Coach in the University Career Center, you can schedule an appointment and share the link with your coach. You will leave the appointment with more experience and feedback to enhance you skills towards making a lasting (and awesome) impression!
  

***Schedule an appointment with your career coach!***

  
Interview Cheat Sheet
  
Here are some important details that you will want to remember, have prepared and ask for your next interview:
  
Who, What, When and Where
Seriously – make sure that you know who you are meeting with (name, title, and contact information) before you get there. Know where you are going and be sure to be there early (within 5-15 minutes) before your scheduled interview time. You will also want to have done your research on the company/department (culture, products, accomplishments, status in the industry, goals, news/press, etc). 
  
The YOU
Know your Elevator Pitch like the back of your hand. What is this? This is a simple formula for answering, “Tell me about yourself.” Do not be that person who goes on for 20 minutes telling them about yourself! Your response should be structured around the present, past, future. 
  
Present – talk about what you are currently doing (school, internship, and working), the scope of your experience, and perhaps a recent accomplishment.
  
Past – tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention experience that is relevant to the job and/or organization.
  
Future – segue into why you are interested in this gig and why you are a great fit!
Be prepared to share accomplishments and skills relate to the position and also why the position excites you.
  
So do you have any questions for me?
Do not be that person who does not have any questions. You should be an active participant in the conversation. You are also trying to determine if this position is a good fit for you as well! Here are a list of 51 Great Questions to Ask in an Interview.  

They say 'It's all about who you know'

By: UCC Career Coaches

It’s all about who you know
Did you know that as many as 85% of jobs are found due to networking? Some estimate that as many as 80% of new jobs are not advertised but instead are filled either internally or through networking. When searching for a job, it is wise to devote time into building your professional network rather than pouring through the many online listings. While job searching online is also strategy you can use, networking can help to speed up your search. So how can you start to build your professional network? The University Career Center recommends that you consider joining a professional association(s) that relates to your major or career path to begin connecting with industry professionals and commit to professional development.
  
Student Memberships
Professional associations provide many networking and educational opportunities that can help you to start and advance your career. Don’t wait until after you graduate! If you join a professional association while you are a student, you will likely qualify for a discounted rate.  In addition to networking, professional associations can provide access to the latest industry information, supplemental training, news, and other resources to connect what you are learning in the classroom. Plus, you can add the details to your resume and show future employers that you are dedicated to education and professional development.
  
Sign Me Up!
To discover global, state, and local professional associations that relate to your major or career path, check out the University Career Center’s FREE resource to you – What Can I Do With This Major? Whether you are exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this resource can help! Learn typical career areas, types of employers that hire in these fields, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate, including links to professional associations and employment opportunities. 

Career Fair Preparation

 

The Fall Career and Graduate School Fair is Thursday of next week.  Are you ready?  The University Career Center is here to help!  We have 63 organizations registered (44 employers and 19 graduate and professional schools).  Review the complete list, A-Z, in Handshake

Here are more resources to help you prepare:

 

Don't forget about your resume!

 

Share these resources with your fellow students and encourage them to attend the Fall Career and Graduate School Fair!  

Handshake Account Visibility Settings

 

Did you know you had three visibility settings on your Handshake account?  If you log into your account and click on your name in the upper right hand corner, you will have an options for Settings & Privacy. This explains the three settings:

 

 

If you do not want anyone to see your profile, then Private should be selected.  However, Handshake allows you to network with employers and/or students at any of the almost 900 colleges and universities across the nation.  If you want your profile visible to employers only, select Employers.  If you want to take full advantage of networking opportunities and new features we will be promoting, then select Community.

As with all professional networking sites, you do not want to make your profile visible until you have completed the fields describing your experience, involvement, and skills.  Soon you will be hearing about new features in Handshake available under the Community setting including: 

  • Peer-to-Peer Messaging – Search for other students at UofL or any of the other colleges and universities to connect and ask questions about their career experiences.
  • Q&A – Post questions to the network where other students and employers can provide advice. 
  • Reviews – Provide a review of your internship employer and read reviews by other students.

 

Additional Employer Networking

You can also give employers access to your resume by making it visible on your profile.  All document visibility is controlled by clicking on your name in the upper right corner of your account and selecting Documents.  The On Profile column will have a “bubble” to check to make visible.

  

We recommend that public resumes not have a street address and that you provide limited contact information such as email address only.

Do not make your resume visible until you have received feedback on it from our Document Drop program, Drop-In Advising program, or meeting with your Career Coach.  Check out our website for these services. 

Remember, with resumes and profiles, “you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”  Utilize the resources in your University Career Center!

 

 

 

Nursing Fair - Fall 2019

 

There is a CHANGE of LOCATION for the Fall 2019 Nursing Fair.  The Fair will be held in the Lower Level of the Baxter Research Building on the Health Sciences Campus (HSC).  The Nursing Fair is on September 11, 2019 from 3 - 4 p.m.  Fourteen (14) employers are registered to attend.  See the list of employers attending and visit with them this Wednesday!  

Most Incoming UofL Students Not Totally Sure of Major and Career

 

During summer 2019, the UCC teamed up with the Ulmer Career Center from the College of Business and the Speed School of Engineering’s Career Centers to meet with incoming students during orientation.  Students learned about the various career services offered around the University and how to access assistance.  The three career centers met with a total of 1,048 incoming students. 

Career center staffers surveyed students during the meetings about their level of confidence in their career goals and choice of major.   The results indicated a considerable level of uncertainty, replicating results from previous incoming classes.

When asked how confident they were in choice of major, 441 students responded.  

* 42% were “very confident”

* 58% were only “somewhat confident” or “not confident at all”

Since 2016, a total of 1,739 responses have been tallied for that survey question.   The cumulative results over the four-year period are nearly identical to 2019. 

 When asked how confident they were with current career goals, 548 members of the incoming class of 2019 responded.

* 38% were “very confident

* 62% were only “somewhat confident” or “not confident at all”

 Since 2016, a total of 2,117 responses to that question have been tallied.   Cumulatively:

* 33% were “very confident”

* 67% were only “somewhat confident” or “not confident at all”

Some of the greatest concerns of incoming students include not knowing what they want to do for the rest of their life, the cost of their degree, finding a job that connects to their major after graduation, the consequences of changing majors, and committing to a major/career that they will enjoy (and that will pay) “for the rest of their life.” 

UCC Director Bill Fletcher says the results point toward increasing significance of career services at UofL.  “This highlights the importance of career programming across the entire student experience, from freshman to senior year.  Career Development is not just a senior year experience.” 

Paul Snyder Hired as Career Coach

Paul Snyder Hired as Career Coach

  

Paul Snyder starts June 3, 2019, as Assistant Director/Career Coach in the University Career Center working with the Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to coming to the University of Louisville, Paul spent three years at Wake Forest University where he gained experience coaching and advising students, creating campus wide programs, and developing new initiatives to enhance student success. Over the past two years, Paul was the Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. In this position, Paul coached diverse students on career development and self-exploration, and he assisted with Wake Forest University’s College to Career Courses. As well, Paul spent one year as the Graduate Assistant for Prevention and Education in Wake Forest University’s Safe Office, a confidential crisis center and support service for students experiencing interpersonal violence.

Paul is passionate about working with students to find meaning in their academic and professional careers, and he especially enjoys helping students develop the skills necessary to tell their career stories confidently. As someone with a background in the liberal arts, Paul hopes to help all students understand the value of their education.

Paul earned his Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University and his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wabash College.

Mallory Newby Hired as Career Coach

Mallory Newby Hired as Career Coach

  

Mallory Newby started May 6, 2019, as Assistant Director/Career Coach in the University Career Center working with the Kent School of Social Work and the College of Education and Human Development.

Mallory is a Career Development professional with eight years of experience assisting individuals in locating and retaining meaningful employment. She served as the Associate Director for Career Services at Sullivan University where she led daily operations for the Louisville Career Services Department, assisted students and graduates from a variety of disciplines with career search strategies, managed employer relations and campus recruiting, and coordinated classroom presentations and workshops. Her experience also includes working at a non-profit community action agency promoting self-sufficiency through gainful employment. 

Mallory is passionate in helping students to grow as professionals, explore various career paths, interests, and develop job search skills necessary to set themselves apart from other candidates. She prides herself in her ability to develop strong relationships with students, faculty, and community partners. She seeks to bring best out of others, inspire and influence, communicate and build bonds, and to help others grow, develop, and succeed.

A Kentucky native and first-generation college graduate, Mallory holds a BA in Communication from the University of Kentucky and a MS in Human Resource Leadership from Sullivan University. She most recently obtained professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). Mallory volunteers as a guest speaker and mentor for Dress for Success Louisville and the Louisville Central Community Center. 

Mallory can be contacted at 502-852-3938 or Mallory.Newby@louisville.edu.

Spring Career Fair on 4-10-19

This is the last career fair for the academic year!  

2019 Spring Career Fair

April 10, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thornton Academic Center of Excellence at Cardinal Stadium

 

  • Open to all students, dress professionally and bring resumes
  • Boxed lunch for the first 150 students
  • Free parking at Stadium and free TARC with student ID
  • JC Penney 40% off coupon for professional attire while supplies last


Employers Registered as of 4/9/19

  1. Administrative Office of the Courts
  2. Adult and Child
  3. Air Force Special Ops Recruiting
  4. All About Kids Sports Center
  5. ALTOUR Meetings & Incentives
  6. Amazon
  7. AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company
  8. AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation
  9. Associated Packaging, Inc.
  10. Automatic Data Processing (ADP, LLC)
  11. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
  12. Cabela's/ Bass Pro
  13. Cardinal Health
  14. Central Missouri Pizza, INC - Dominos
  15. Computershare
  16. Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
  17. Dave and Buster's
  18. Dell Technologies
  19. DPL Financial Partners
  20. Enterprise Holdings
  21. Episcopal Retirement Services
  22. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  23. FFO Home
  24. Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
  25. Hydro-Gear
  26. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  27. Jefferson County KY Public Schools
  28. Jewish Community Center - Louisville, KY
  29. Kelley Construction
  30. Kelly Services
  31. KVC Health Systems, Inc.
  32. L & N Bank
  33. LittleStar ABA Therapy
  34. Louisville Auto Group
  35. Louisville Water Company
  36. Maryhurst
  37. Mathnasium, The Math Learning Center - Khalil Ventures LLC
  38. Medpace, Inc.
  39. Motus Freight
  40. Nationwide Advisory Solutions
  41. Northwestern Mutual-Louisville East End
  42. Omni Hotels & Resorts
  43. Peoplemark
  44. PepsiCo
  45. Pleasure Ridge Park Fire department
  46. Potical Science Department
  47. Premier Performance Products
  48. ProLink Staffing Services
  49. ProScribe
  50. River City Bank
  51. Schiller
  52. ScribeAmerica
  53. Social Security Administration
  54. SSC Services for Education
  55. Texas Roadhouse
  56. The Institute of World Politics
  57. The Learning House
  58. The Old Spaghetti Factory
  59. The Rawlings Group
  60. U.S. Army Healthcare
  61. U.S. Census Bureau
  62. U.S. Navy Officer Engineering Programs
  63. United Mail
  64. UPS
  65. Verizon CellularSales
  66. Waffle House, Inc.
  67. Whitney Young Job Corps
  68. YMCA of Greater Louisville
  69. YMCA School Age Child Care

  

Log into Cards Career Connection powered by Handshake and click on Events to see complete list and description of employers

Communication Internship Fair this Thursday!

 

The Communication Internship Fair is sponsored by the Young Communication Professionals.  Join us on Thursday, February 28 from 11:30 a. m.to 1:30 p.m.in the Red Barn - Open to all majors! Broad array of opportunities! - 3 $100 gift cards will be raffled for those who attend.

Stop by and meet these employers:

  1. ALTOUR Meetings & Incentives
  2. King Sixteen LLC
  3. Oasis Solutions
  4. TARC - Transit Authority of River City
  5. Anderson Wood Products
  6. Frazier History Museum
  7. The Monarch Group Brokered by eXp Realty
  8. Fund for the Arts
  9. Northwestern Mutual-Louisville East End
  10. Louisville Grows
  11. American Red Cross - Louisville, KY
  12. University of Louisville
  13. Clarksville Parks and Recreation
  14. River City Housing
  15. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  16. Speed Art Museum
  17. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  18. MobileServe
  19. Trilogy Health Services, LLC
  20. University of Louisville Athletics
  21. Aflac Dream Big Region


Fraudulent Job Emails

How can you protect yourself from fraudulent emails/jobs?

At least once a semester there is an influx of reports from students who receive questionable emails about job opportunities.  Unfortunately, it is not difficult for spammers to send out thousands of emails about fraudulent job opportunities.  The following information will help you spot a scam.

Here is the most recent example of a SCAM:

From: Louiville.edu email address
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 7:42 AM
To: Same Louiville.edu email address
Subject: Part-time Job opportunity

Hello,

This Job is currently recruiting. A Job that will not affect your present employment or studies, fun and rewarding.  You get to make up to $300 weekly, I tried it and i made cool cash, If You are interested you can visit their website at support@xxxxxxxxxxxxx to apply and read more about the job.

Best Regards.
Job Placement & Student Services
University of Louisville
2301 S 3rd St,
Louisville, KY 40292, USA


Pay attention to these RED FLAGS:

  • TO and FROM addresses are the same and may even be a real address from a Louisville.edu domain
  • Misuse of capitalization
  • Poor sentence structure
  • Promise of easy money with little effort
  • “Website” is actually an email address
  • The office listed does not exist by that name
  • The address is a general address
  • “USA” is included in address which is usually an indication authors are from outside the country
  • If you search the Internet for the domain of the email address, it is associated with a mystery shopper company.  These companies are frequently associated with scams.  Read this related article by the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0053-mystery-shopper-scams.


Please read our last article, Beware of Recent Job Scam, regarding fraudulent postings.  Also read our page about Safe Job Hunting for more information.  If you ever have a question about a job notice you receive, please contact the Career Development Center.  

Peer Career Advisors

Peer Career Advisors available to help with resumes and cover letters.

The Career Development Center has expanded the Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) program for the spring. The PCAs primarily work with students on resume and cover letter development and critiques. The three fall PCAs assisted over 30 students between October and November alone. For the spring semester, the CDC hired additional PCAs to continue expanding services, including on-location drop-in hours around campus to better reach and serve students. 

Our PCAs for the spring semester are:

  • Rita Ackah, a junior majoring in Public Health from Florence, KY
  • Sam Dunn, a senior majoring in Anthropology and History from Benton, KY
  • Jamison Edwards, a junior Economics major from Louisville
  • John Rhodes, a senior majoring in Public Health and Pan-African studies from Lexington
  • Kierra Scott, a sophomore Public Health major from Louisville
  • Elizah Wilson, a sophomore majoring in Individualized Studies from Louisville

Check out our new Resume Writing Guide and sample resumes.  There is also a form to submit resumes and cover letters to the Document Drop program for critiquing.  Drop-in Hours are available in the Career Development Center, lower level Houchens Bldg., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Job Outlook for 2019 Graduates and Beyond

Job market for the class of 2019

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports the job market for the Class of 2019 is excellent.   But in the longer-term, there are increasing signals that suggest job market concerns for students who will graduate in subsequent years.

The NACE annual job outlook survey during the fall included 170+ employers (response rate of 18.5%).  Almost 17% reported they plan to hire more new graduates in 2019 than 2018.  That’s the best initial hiring outlook that NACE has reported since the Class of 2007.  Key factors for those reporting plans to increase new college hiring include an improved economy, company growth, anticipated retirements, and a focus on early talent/succession planning.  Also more employers report they plan on converting increasing numbers of interns to full-time hires.

But the director of the Career Development Center, Bill Fletcher, cautions that we should begin focusing beyond the job market for spring 2019 graduates.   Fletcher said the volatility of financial markets and the political environment are signals students in the coming years will face a more difficult task in finding employment.   “We need to start thinking now about what happens when the job market sours.  It’s not a question of if; it’s only a question of when the downturn will happen and we need to start planning now for how we can best assist students in a job market that’s not as positive as today’s.”

Employers Registered for Part-Time Job Fair

Over 55 employers are registered for the UofL Part-Time Job Fair.

Stop by the SAC Ballroom on Wednesday, January 23, to check out the part-time jobs with these employers!  Event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  1. All About Kids Sports Center
  2. Amazon
  3. AmeriCorps KY READY Corps
  4. Bluegrass Center for Autism
  5. Bowtie Carwash
  6. Cardinal Health
  7. Cardinal Moving
  8. Center for Autism and Related Disorders
  9. Champion Windows & Home Exteriors
  10. Chick-fil-A Bardstown and Stonybrook
  11. Chick-fil-A Glenmary
  12. Chick-fil-A St. Matthews
  13. Childcare Employment Solutions
  14. CLARK Material Handling Company
  15. COMPLETE weddings + events
  16. Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC)
  17. Crowne Plaza
  18. CST Co.
  19. Domino's Pizza
  20. Enterprise Holdings
  21. Episcopal Retirement Services - Episcopal Church Home
  22. FedEx Express
  23. Galt House Hotel
  24. GE Appliances
  25. High Power
  26. Hopebridge
  27. Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  28. Jefferson County Public Schools
  29. Kart Kountry
  30. Kentucky Derby Museum
  31. Kentucky Kingdom
  32. Levy Restaurants
  33. Louisville Auto Group
  34. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  35. Manna Inc Restaurants - 1
  36. Manna Inc Restaurants - 2
  37. Maryhurst
  38. Mike's Carwash
  39. National Processing Center, U.S. Census Bureau
  40. Nike Inc.
  41. Penske Truck Leasing
  42. People Ready
  43. PhysAssist/ScribeAmerica
  44. Pillar
  45. Pit Barrel Cooker Co.
  46. PPG Paints
  47. SSA, Inc.
  48. SSC Services for Education
  49. Staples
  50. Stepping Stones Ohio
  51. SwimLabs/ SafeSplash
  52. The Home City Ice Company
  53. UofL Dining
  54. UofL Parking & Transportation Services
  55. UofL Phonathon
  56. UPS
  57. YMCA of Greater Louisville
  58. YMCA School Age Child Care

Employer Spotlight: Insight Global

OCTOBER 10, 2018

Based in Atlanta, Insight Global is a premier provider of employment and staffing solutions to Fortune 1000 customers across the United States and Canada. We provide long-term contract, short-term contract, temporary-to-permanent, direct placement, and enhanced staffing services. Insight Global specializes in placing contract job seekers into Information Technology, Accounting and Finance, Engineering (non-IT), and Government jobs.

Insight Global is seeking qualified college graduates who have experience in on-campus leadership, Greek life, athletics and/or internships. The organization offers a true post-graduate career opportunity with top-notch training, promotions only from within and multiple career paths into management. Insight Global offers employees the benefits and security of working for a large, established corporation while also providing the upside and career advancement opportunities of working for a rapidly growing company!

Learn more about openings at Insight Global today!

Fall Part-Time Job Fair is a Huge Success

AUGUST 24, 2018


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The Fall Part-Time Job Fair hosted by the Career Development Center saw the highest student attendance in 3 years Wednesday, August 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 450 students showed up to learn about the needs of 62 employers—both on-and-off campus. This special event was one of the first large-scale events in the new Student Activities Center Ballroom—a part of the $9.6 million SAC renovation and expansion. This event also provided 10 on-campus employers with student jobs and federal work study positions an opportunity to connect directly with students.

Beware of Recent Job Scam

JULY 13, 2018

The Career Development Center wants to make you aware of a scam that is making its way around the internet. This is a typical scam that occurs occasionally in which emails are sent to students with @louisville.edu email addresses from “employers” claiming to have received the students’ email from the Career Development Center.

The Career Development Center does not release student information to employers through Cards Career Connection powered by Handshake. More information is available from Handshake’s Student Terms of Service and Handshake’s Privacy Policy.

Unfortunately, it is not difficult for scammers to get email lists and make fraudulent claims, which is why the Career Development Center maintains tips to educate students on Safe Job Hunting.

The contact person and associated email below are not in the Handshake system. The following email is circulating now:

Good morning,

My name is Amy, I found you through University of Louisville, Career Development Center . Are you still looking for part time employment? I am currently looking to hire for the under-listed position:

Job Title: Personal Assistant Position

Seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and upbeat individual to assist with personal and business related tasks. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, polished, highly productive and able to work in a small office environment.

The ideal candidate must also be able to manage highly confidential information and have the utmost discretion.

Job Type: PT/FT Available

Work Schedule: 10-30 hours per week

Salary: $16.00 to $20.00 /hour

Candidate must be organized; excellent communicator; efficient, flexible, and proactive; no task is too big or too small)

Duties will include bill payments, shopping, occasional trips to the post office. Ideal candidate would be comfortable navigating the city on his or her own in a timely fashion.

How to apply: Email resume, availability and salary requirement to apply for this role.

Thank you!

Amy Gonzalez

What makes this questionable and raises many “red flags”?

  1. No employer information is listed.
  2. No telephone number or physical address are listed.
  3. High rate of pay for low skilled work.
  4. Sounds too good to be true.
  5. Original email looked like text was cut and pasted.
  6. Punctuation and grammar are “slightly off”.
  7. In this case, the email domain used did not match any employer domain.
  8. It claims that the Career Development Center sent out students’ contact information.

These scams have occurred for years due to the ease of mass emails, and only a few people need to fall prey to the scam. Be a savvy job searcher - review the links above! If you ever feel a position is questionable, please contact the Career Development Center and ask! 

Sincerely,

Bill Fletcher, M.Ed.
Director, Career Development Center
University of Louisville

Student Employment Fair

Sixty (60) employers, from All About Kids Sports Center to the YMCA, are registered for the Student Employment Fair TOMORROW from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SAC Ballroom.  Ten (10) UofL departments will also be there hiring for student positions.  UofL students are welcome to attend.  All students can find part-time jobs in the Kentuckiana region by logging into Handshake with their ULink Credentials.  

Meet the New Associate Director

July 9, 2018

Donna Lee joined the University of Louisville as the Associate Director of Employer Engagement on July 2, 2018. As a University of Louisville alumna, she is excited to return to her alma mater. 

Donna has almost 14 years of experience in various capacities in career services. She was most recently assistant director and career advisor at Xavier University of Louisiana where she coordinated a biomedical research career program for the NIH BUILD Professional Development Institute. As Associate Director at Florida Atlantic University, she supervised the day-to-day career center operations of the Broward Campus. She also created several campus-wide career programs as assistant director at Florida International University. Prior to her career in higher education, she was a language arts instructor for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 

Donna received her Master of Science in English Education with subject specialization of Multicultural Literature from Florida International University and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Louisville. Donna looks forward to being your partner for career success. If you would like to welcome Donna to the team, she can be reached at donna.lee@louisville.edu.

Fall 2018 Workshop Schedule Announced

June 27, 2018

The University of Louisville Career Development Center is pleased to announce the Fall 2018 Workshop Schedule! This fall, students can learn about a variety of career and professional development topics. Below you will find the currently scheduled workshops:

August 2018

  • 8/21/2018 - Handshake 101

September 2018

  • 9/07/2018 - Careers in Education
  • 9/14/2018 - What Can I Do with a Major In?
  • 9/21/2018 - Careers in Social Work

October 2018

  • 10/09/2018 - What Can I Do with a Major In?
  • 10/12/2018 - Crafting Your Resume & Cover Letter
  • 10/19/2018 - Handshake 101
  • 10/26/2018 - Applying to Graduate School

November 2018

  • 11/07/2018 - What Can I Do with a Major In?
  • 11/16/2018 - Job Search & Networking

Login to Cards Career Connection powered by Handshake to read about each of these workshops and RSVP. Space is limited.

More workshops may be added to the schedule throughout the summer and fall semesters, so check our website regularly.

Meet the New Staff

May 7, 2018

BillBill Fletcher joined the University of Louisville as the Director of the Career Development Center in April 2018. Prior to moving to Louisville, Bill served as the Director of the Middle Tennessee State University Career Development Center for over 10 years. In addition to his experience from MTSU, he served as the Associate Director for Employer Relations at Vanderbilt University and the Director of Career and Experiential Education at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Bill received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and his Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Ohio University. If you would like to welcome Bill to the team, he can be reached at .


Career Development Center Wins Award

April 27, 2018

The University of Louisville Student Awards recognized the Career Development Center and the Young Communication Professionals (YCP) student group’s Internship Fair with the Collaboration Award for Student Groups with University Departments on Thursday, April 19.

The 2018 YCP Internship Fair was held Thursday, March 1 in the George J. Howe Red Barn. Over 125 students attended the event which featured 25 employers. This was the sixth year the Career Development Center and YCP partnered to help students find experiential learning opportunities.

The Career Development Center works closely with the Department of Communication to ensure the success of this event each year. If you are interested in learning more about this event or have questions about attending in the future, please contact , the Internship Coordinator.

Employer Spotlight: KFC

May 3, 2018

At KFC, we feed the world. But we do more than fill people up. We fulfill their life. Our meals matter, and when we serve them with southern hospitality, we make our customer's day. So our jobs are more than a paycheck – they're about being independent, having fun, and making new friends.

A natural leader, you want to be captain because you can bring together a winning team. You're all about creating a great place to work for your team.

  • We have a GREAT culture and look for GREAT people to add to our family. You know who you are --honest, energetic, motivational and fun. You have a vision for the perfect restaurant, and you know how to get your team to bring it to life.
  • You set high standards for yourself and for your people.
  • You're up for a challenge. You love the excitement of the restaurant business and know every day is different.
  • And, you're at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license, reliable transportation (not public transportation – you may need to drive to make deposits for the restaurant sometimes) and a true desire to learn and grow.

Benefits include Medical, Dental, Life and Vision 401k with up to 6% company match, tuition reimbursement per year up to  $5250 a year.

Learn more and apply at kfc.com/careers.