Conducting a Job Search

Writing and Updating Resume/Curriculum Vita (C.V.)

Whether you're a student or alumnus, you should always have an updated copy of your resume or C.V. readily accessible to you. The difference between a resume and a C.V. is often in the eye of the beholder, but generally C.V.'s are more academically focused, and allow for more development of professional endeavors, whereas resumes are one or two page "advertisements" that highlight your main experiences and skills. Some professions prefer C.V. formats whereas others prefer resumes. Connect with us in Portland Campus Career Services to see which document will suit your needs best. 

Formatting your document

For both resumes and C.V.'s include certain sections that are standard - job objective, education, experience, activities, community service and skills pertinent to your field. When describing your accomplishments, quantify whenever possible and cite results. Always keep your purpose, and the reader, in mind as you detail your skills, experiences and achievements. Be sure the document is consistent, accurate, appealing, easy to read, and error free. If printed, use a 25% cotton content business stationery.

Networking 

Studies show most people find employment through some form of networking. We urge you to develop a network of professional contacts long before your job search starts. 

Seek out contacts through conferences, clinical experiences, meetings, faculty, friends, family members and neighbors. Create a database with all network contacts and continue updating and adding to your network as you proceed through your program. We are here to help you develop, maintain and grow your network, so feel free to pay us a visit.

Social networking is another avenue through which you may discover and develop relationships with professionals in your field. LinkedIn is especially useful. If you have not created a Linked In profile, meet with us to establish one and begin connecting with colleagues in your chosen profession. 

Researching Employers 

Learn as much as you can about prospective employers before applying. Review websites, promotional material, media outlets and ask knowledgeable people about the organization. Seek out contacts for informational interviews, tours or meetings at job fairs and conferences. Study the culture, history and future plans of the organization so you can determine how you may meet their needs. 

Personal Branding

Before applying, take stock of your skills, experiences and goals that make you stand out from other potential applicants. Determine the best method for marketing yourself to the employer. Identify your most appropriate, relevant and enticing strengths. Acknowledge your weaknesses and devise a strategy for communicating them. Study the employer's needs by reviewing the job description and connecting it with your assets. We can be especially helpful in honing your branding strategy.   

Employment Letters and Supporting Material

Professional correspondence includes cover letters, thank you notes, portfolio submissions, proposals, and proof of licensure/certification. All your written material should be tailored for the employer and should provide key evidence of your qualifications. Make sure the documents are well written, follow a formal letter writing format (i.e., full block), and are free of errors. If mailing, use business stationery and envelopes.

Cover letters can be challenging. Be sure to make your cover letter reflect the needs of the employer rather than serving simply as a statement of your accomplishments. See us for more guidance on creating effective cover letters and supporting material.

Interviewing

Interviews can take different formats, from informal conversations to major presentations. We are here to help you hone your interviewing skills. Make plans to practice. You will be more confident if you know what to expect and how to best present yourself. 

Employers want to get to know you. Before your interview think about your strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments, goals, the pros and cons of the field you wish to enter, and questions you would like, or need, to have answered. Pay attention to your appearance and practice proper etiquette. You have one chance at a first impression.

Research

This important job search step is often overlooked. Know yourself, your chosen field, prospective employers and the trends and history of your profession. Search for relevant and reputable trade publication websites, read company literature, keep up with current events, talk to employees, and attend career/job fairs. As a well-informed job applicant, you will be able to target your resume or C.V., anticipate questions that may be asked, ask appropriate questions, and find the best possible organization and position to meet your needs.

Connecting With Employers 

We can help you communicate with employers through several methods. 

Informational Interviewing 

Let us help you turn the tables on an employer and seek them out for questions about their organization, career paths and job opportunities. Schedule an appointment with us at pccareerservices@une.edu to learn more.

Online resources

Refer to our Resources page for over a hundred websites devoted to job openings in your field as well as employer contact information.

Portland Campus Career Services Jobs Listings

Check our frequently updated job board for all the latest positions sent to us by employers seeking UNE students and alums in the Health Professions and Pharmacy. 

The University of New England Biddeford Campus Career Services Office also offers resources available for your job search.

Health Professions Career Fair

The annual Portland Campus Health Professions Career Fair usually takes place in February. This fair is also open to public participants trained in and interested in careers in the health professions. Contact pccareerservices@une.edu for more information. 

Other fairs and networking events

As a UNE student, you are able to attend other college-sponsored career fairs throughout the year. Check with us for details. Other job fairs can be found through newspaper classifieds (including those online), and through web resources.

Other networking opportunities can be found directly from organization websites, newspapers, employment agencies, and professional organizations.