Thursday, October 23, 2008

Untangling the Job Search: Starting a Career in Illinois Government

Are you planning to live and work in Illinois after you graduate? Have you ever considered working for state government? Join us as Chip Piper, a Recruitment Specialist from the Dept. of Human Services, speaks on the challenges of finding employment with the State of Illinois.

Since Chip Piper works very closely with the application and hiring process, he will be able to offer insider tips on how to successfully apply to State jobs. He will focus on the complicated application process, but there will be plenty of time for you to pick his brain about working for the State of Illinois in a question and answer session.

Untangling the Job Search: Starting a Career in Illinois Government
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
5:00-6:00 p.m.
SAB 50 or online through Elluminate
Register through UIS-SUCCESS
For more info, call (217)206-6508 or visit

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trouble Online: Campus Computing and the Law

Do you have a Facebook, MySpace, or other networking site? Love downloading music off the internet? Are professors, employers, and R.A.’s always telling you to be careful when you do these things?

Come see C.L. Lindsay speak at Trouble Online: Campus Computing and the Law on Wednesday, November 12 at Noon-1:00 or during the second session at 5:00-6:00. This is held in Brookens Auditorium and will really be great! C.L. Lindsay talks about these topics and how Facebook and MySpace can influence your career. Previously a lawyer, C.L. Lindsay knows the ins and outs of the law and helps thousands of college students with their legal problems, free-of-charge, each year!

Topics presented include:

  • How your Facebook and MySpace pages can come back to haunt you
  • Plagiarism & Intellectual Property Online
  • Potential Employers & Online Information- the content of your MySpace page can undermine future job opportunities
  • Computing Privacy- the dangers of Internet predators obtaining personal information and how posting underage drinking on the Internet can result in problems

Visit for a great video clip!

So come down to Brookens Auditorium on November 12, either at Noon or 5:00pm!

Resume 101 - Brainstorming

What do I put on my resume? What kinds of things have I done? What skills do I posses? Which of these should I put on a resume?

These questions are very common when anyone is creating, or even revising, their resume. Many people quickly become frustrated at being faced with summing themselves up in a single page that has to be perfect. It is normal to be overwhelmed; however there are some things that you can do to make brainstorming easier.

First, do not worry about limiting yourself to one or even two pages while you are brainstorming. Building a large resume now and trimming it down later is much easier than building a perfect sized resume. If you can list pages of material about you, it will come in handy later when you are writing and focusing content, organizing your resume as a whole, or revising your resume for other positions.

Related to the first point, list anything and everything you have ever done even if you do not think initially that it is important. At this point, it also does not matter how specific or well defined something is. The point of brainstorming is to just come up with ideas and write them down, expand them, and if possible, develop them. At this point, aim for a large amount of varied ideas over a few specific and refined ideas.

Finally, wording, at this point, is unimportant. If you are trying to break things down into many skills and you get stuck, then it is fine to use a general sentence. While brainstorming, it is okay not to have a clear idea of what your resume will look like. It is okay not to know how things will fit together. Brainstorming is just the creation of ideas. The later steps of resume creation exist to help you put these ideas together.

When you have all of your ideas together, and you think you have a complete picture, then you can move onto the next step of building your resume.

And remember, you can always contact the UIS Career Development Center by phone, 206-6508, by email,, or in person, SAB 50, with your questions about anything regarding resumes.

2008 Graduate and Professional School Fair

For those of you considering Graduate School, come on out to the 2008 Graduate and Professional School Fair! The event will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the PAC Concourse.
Here are a few quick tips to help you get the most out of this event:
  1. Research the programs attending! This will help you target which schools you will be interested in talking to or possibly applying at.
  2. Compile a resume or CV to bring along. Feel free to come in during walk-in hours (or schedule an appointment) to make sure yours is up to par.
  3. Practice asking and answering questions. Do you know why you want to attend grad school? Have you thought of factors that will determine whether you're interested in a grad program? If you prepare questions and answers ahead of time, you'll learn a lot more about potential programs.
  4. Find an outfit to wear! If you're anything like me, you'll spend an hour trying on different clothes before you're finally ready to go out the door. Save yourself the trouble and pick out an appropriate business casual outfit ahead of time.
  5. Check out the tips on our website!

Have fun preparing, and we hope to see you there!

For additional information, check out these links:
List of recruiters already registered (word)
Participant information (pdf)
Online participants register through UIS-SUCCESS by October 29th!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

So What is GOALS all about?

Here at the Career Development Center, we believe that our job is to equip students to help themselves develop their career. When we help you with resumes, interviewing skills, or deciding on your major, we hope that you will not only be able to write a resume, answer a question, or make a decision, but learn from the experience and be able to apply those skills you learn to different situations you will encounter in the future.

One of the best ways we felt we could empower you to do just that is by giving you a resource that will guide you through the whole process of finding a job or applying to grad school in a way that makes sense to you. We started to organize the information in our website to meet the needs of students at different starting points, and with different learning styles: Auditory, Visual, or Hands-on. And because it’s online, you can work at your own pace.

The concept behind GOALS is that there are five stages of career development:

  1. Gaining Self Awareness

  2. Options to Explore

  3. Active Decision Making

  4. Launching Your Career

  5. Self Reflection

To give you a better idea of what these categories mean, here’s a brief overview of our favorite resources to consult in each section.

Depending on what stage of career development you’re currently at, you will need to learn different skills and focus on different areas of your professional image. GOALS breaks that down for you, and guides you through that process. Whether you’re a first year student, a graduate student, or an alum making a career change, GOALS can help you transition smoothly from where you’re at to where you want to be in your career. The program even lets you know which of our in-person and distance services would be useful to you!

Curious? Go see for yourself what GOALS is all about!