Job Hunters often make the mistake of working incredibly hard to secure an interview and then neglect to prepare. Preparation is as required for an effective interview.
Networking is the number one strategy for helping students identify job openings and get jobs. Research shows that 85% of job opportunities are never advertised and that informational interviewing and networking can be your key to the “hidden job market”.
What is Information Interviewing?
An information interview is just what it sounds like – an interview designed to gather information. It is an opportunity to “test” a career by going to talk to a person who is actually doing the work you would like to do. The purpose is to gain current “insider” information on various aspects of working in the field including typical entry level positions, educational background required, keys to success, typical career paths, work environments, etc. All students and alumni, regardless of the stage of their career development, can benefit from this career-search tool. Review the Guide to Information Interviewing.
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social Networking site. It is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries.
- LinkedIn Guide
- LinkedIn Video: Your Career Starts Here
- LinkedIn 101: Using LinkedIn to Land You Dream Job Before You Graduate
- Add your Ursinus education to your LinkedIn profile by clicking on the Add to profile button . Members with education on their profile get 7x more views.
- Join Ursinus College Alumni Group on LinkedIn, which connects UC Bears around the world.
Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.
Conversations about Careers
“Conversations About Careers was an amazing experience! I truly enjoyed it and hearing the Trustees’ stories about their journey after undergrad and becoming a part of the Board was inspiring.”
Faraha Rathod ’19
Ursinus College Board of Trustees Serves Up Career Tips at Student Lunch
More than 30 students joined the Ursinus board of trustees for a special lunch during the most recent board meeting. Representing a variety of majors and interests, students explored careers and gained helpful advice on topics such as graduate/professional school, the job/internship search and more.
“Students frequently seek guidance on career-related concerns,” says Sharon Hansen, interim director of career and professional development. “As our Board members represent a wide array of significant professional accomplishments and experiences, it seemed natural to develop a way to connect them with our students. We are delighted that this idea was well received, and we are grateful to the Board for the time they took to help our students.”
Students and board members were grouped by career interest and had up to one hour to talk with each other over lunch. The career fields represented included law, higher education, health care, business and the public sector. Eighteen seniors, eight juniors and five sophomores attended. “’Conversations About Careers’ was an amazing experience,” says Faraha Rathod ’19. “I truly enjoyed hearing the trustees’ stories about their journey after undergrad, and learning how they became a part of the board was inspiring.”