Frequently Asked Questions
|What is career coaching as practiced by the Career Center?|
What is career coaching as practiced by the Career Center?
Career coaching is a collaborative partnership between you and the coach to discover and clarify goals, encourage self-discovery, and elicit solutions and strategies. Coaching provides a means for you to close the gap between your current situation and your career goal.
It is an opportunity to discuss questions, obstacles, challenges, and opportunities with a professional as you work through your job search. Through active listening and powerful questions, the coach assists you throughout the process.
|How will career coaching help me in my job search?|
How will career coaching help me in my job search?
Through in-person or telephone meetings with the Career Coach, you will develop a step-by-step process for the job search, including a time line. The Career Coach provides accountability and structure during the career exploration and job search process.
You may be given assignments to complete between appointments that are directly related to career exploration or the job search. What you gain through coaching will depend on your commitment and desires.
|Who can utilize the services of the Career Coach?|
Who can utilize the services of the Career Coach?
Career coaching is open to seniors who are approaching graduation. Recently graduated alumni are also eligible for this service. It generally requires a commitment of four to six appointments; however, coaching can be ended or extended based on individual needs and progress.
|What training does the Career Coach have in the coaching process?|
What training does the Career Coach have in the coaching process?
The current Career Coach received her certification through the University of Excellence program and has completed the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Coach Certification Program. She was also a member of the University of Excellence Management Professional Education team.
|I'm an international student on the F1 visa and would like to do an internship. What should I do?|
I'm an international student on the F1 visa and would like to do an internship. What should I do?
An international student on the F1 visa who would like to have an internship would participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for work authorization purposes. If you are interested in CPT, you must attend a CPT Information Session to learn about eligibility and the process. Please see the Career Center calendar for upcoming CPT session dates:Upcoming Events. You may alsofind more information about CPT.
|I would like to receive academic credit for my internship. What should I do?|
I would like to receive academic credit for my internship. What should I do?
Internships may be taken for upper level or general elective credit, depending on your degree program requirements. Your academic advisor will be able to assist you to establish which internship course will best meet these requirements. To earn the credit, you must report the internship via your CometCareers account before the internship reporting deadline for the semester (these dates are found in the Internships section), enroll in a course, pay the necessary tuition and fees, and complete the required assignments. Note: You cannot earn retroactive credit for internships. Both the internship work and the internship course enrollment must be in the same semester.
|I do not need academic credit for my internship. May I still get university recognition for my position?|
I do not need academic credit for my internship. May I still get university recognition for my position?
Yes, we call this a transcript notation. We can put a notation on your official university transcript showing a 0 credit "co-op" class for a particular semester. There are no fees for doing this; however, we require that you complete initial transcript notation paperwork and internship evaluations at the end of the semester. Transcript notations cannot be awarded retroactively. For more information, please contact your Internship Coordinator. For more information, refer to the Academic Credit or Transcript Notation page.
Front Desk - General Questions
|What do career consultants do?|
What do career consultants do?
Career Consultants are interested in educating and empowering you to explore and research your career options, and to prepare for the options that best fit your interests, aptitudes, values,personalities and qualifications. Career assessments and career guidance resources are sometimes used to help you know yourself better and to identify potential career paths. These assessments are administered in the Career Center by professional career consultants.
|Where can I find information about internships?|
Where can I find information about internships?
Visit our Internships page for details about the internship program. Engineering and Computer Science students please note - The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science coordinates the Industrial Practice Program (IPP) which handles all internships for these majors. Please see the Industrial Practice Program website for additional information.
|How do I receive help with a resume?|
How do I receive help with a resume?
You can receive resume assistance in a couple of ways. We have drop-by times available each day where you can show up without an appointment and be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. The drop-by times are:
- Monday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Tuesday: noon – 2 p.m.
- Wednesday: 3 - 5 p.m.
- Thursday: noon – 2 p.m.
- Friday (Drop-off service*): 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
*Resumes will be reviewed and returned to you by email with 1-2 business days
If you can't make it during one of those times, you can schedule an individual appointment by calling 972-883-2943. These two options will allow you to get feedback on your resume most quickly. If you aren't able to come in to the Career Center, you may also email your resume to [email protected]. You'll receive an auto-response letting you know when comments will be emailed back to you.
|When is the Career Center open?|
When is the Career Center open?
The Career Center's hours are:
- 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday
- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday
|Do I need to come to the Career Center to schedule an appointment?|
Do I need to come to the Career Center to schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment, you are welcome to stop by the Career Center or call the front desk at 972-883-2943.
|How do I find a part-time job on-campus?|
How do I find a part-time job on-campus?
Register with CometCareers by clicking on the logo on our homepage. Prepare a resume and upload your resume into the system. Log in to your CometCareers account and search for part-time, on-campus jobs. Submit your resume (the resume should be customized for the job for which you're applying) to jobs of interest to you.
|When does the Career Center notify me after I have applied for a job on-campus?|
When does the Career Center notify me after I have applied for a job on-campus?
If you have been selected for an interview, the hiring department (not the Career Center) will contact you for an interview.
|How do I qualify for work-study funds?|
How do I qualify for work-study funds?
Students are awarded Federal Work-Study funds from the Financial Aid Office. Please visit the Financial Aid Office or utdallas.edu/student/finaid for additional information.
|I have an F1 visa and have been offered a job on campus. Where can I find the on-campus offer letter?|
I have an F1 visa and have been offered a job on campus. Where can I find the on-campus offer letter?
The appropriate form must be completed online by the hiring supervisor (a handwritten letter will not be accepted), then printed after completion.
The supervisor must sign and date the letter, and return it to the Career Center in SSB 3.300 to obtain the appropriate signature. The letter must then be taken to the International Student Services Office to obtain the necessary paperwork for the Social Security Administration. It is the student's responsibility to "walk" the letter and paperwork through the entire process.
Resumes and Cover Letters
|I want a general resume to use for all of the jobs for which I'm applying. That saves time and effort, right?|
I want a general resume to use for all of the jobs for which I'm applying. That saves time and effort, right?
You will get more response from employers if you create a targeted version of your resume. There is no need to write a new resume for each job you apply for - rather it is better to create targeted versions for the types of positions or industries that interest you. For example, an accounting major may be interested in tax accounting, auditing, and general accounting. It is better to have three resumes focused on those areas individually instead of having one version that tries to present all skills, abilities and experience combining the three areas. You should recognize the fact that you will be writing new versions or updating your resume for the rest of your career.
|I read that every resume should be written in the same order, starting with an objective and ending with hobbies. Is that correct?|
I read that every resume should be written in the same order, starting with an objective and ending with hobbies. Is that correct?
Each individual should present their information in the best, most positive way possible in the resume, while maintaining the accuracy of the information. There are no absolute rules about the way a resume should be formatted. Present the sections in order of relevance to the job you are seeking. Think about what you want the prospective employer to know and then list the sections in the order, from top to bottom, that you want the employer to learn that information.
Remember, too, that it is not necessary to include an objective on every version of your resume. Different versions with different goals may or may not have an objective or summary. Hobbies should only be included if they are directly relevant to your career goal or the company where you are applying.
|Can I list classes in my Relevant Coursework section if I plan to take them next semester?|
Can I list classes in my Relevant Coursework section if I plan to take them next semester?
No. Only list courses you are currently enrolled in or have already completed. Future plans can be included in the cover letter, but not in the resume.
|Should I meet with the Resume Editor for a Critique?|
Should I meet with the Resume Editor for a Critique?
Absolutely! A Resume Editor can critique resumes, cover letters, graduate or professional school applications essays, and other job search documents.
|I don't want to spend much time writing my resume. Is it okay to use a template?|
I don't want to spend much time writing my resume. Is it okay to use a template?
The choice is up to you. However, remember that if you found that template easily on the Internet, so did thousands of other students. So the prospective employer may have seen that format hundreds of times. It is better to create a format that fits your information and needs rather than trying to make your information fit the template format.
Also, templates have background formatting that make it difficult to rearrange and reformat information. So you may spend more time trying to make the template work for you than if you simply start with a blank Word document and create your own format.
|Why do I need a cover letter?|
Why do I need a cover letter?
A cover letter allows you to tell the prospective employer more about yourself than the resume does. The resume is strictly facts about your experience, skills, education, and abilities. The cover letter is another opportunity for you to sell yourself. What information on the resume can you expand out into a more interesting selling point for the employer? Or add new information that did not fit into that resume. What hobbies, interests, or activities do you have that demonstrate skills, knowledge, or abilities that the prospective employer should know about you? This is information that can be presented easily in the cover letter, but does not belong in the resume.
|When should I send a cover letter?|
When should I send a cover letter?
Send a cover letter any time you are not personally handing your resume to the prospective employer. If your good friend says, "Let me have your resume and I'll take it to my boss," send a cover letter. If your good friend says, "Come with me and I'll introduce you to my boss," you don't need a cover letter. You are there in person to explain and add more details than your resume provides.
|What do I do if I don't know the name of the person I'm sending my cover letter to?|
What do I do if I don't know the name of the person I'm sending my cover letter to?
There are several ways to handle the salutation problem. We provide you with several options and you can decide which is best for your particular letter. You could use:
Dear Sir or Madam: Dear Hiring Manager: To Whom It May Concern: However, if you feel that none of those suggestions is appropriate, then the recommendation is to leave out the salutation. Provide two blank lines between the employer's contact information and the first paragraph of your letter. No one will ever miss being called "To Whom It May Concern."
Remember to use a colon after any salutation you choose. Colons are for business letters and commas are for personal letters.
|What should I do if I don't have work experience to include on my resume?|
What should I do if I don't have work experience to include on my resume?
You should not panic if you don't have "work experience" to include on your resume. Consider creating other categories highlighting relevant coursework and class projects. In addition, you can highlight outside activities that my offer some transferable skills that are relevant to the position for which you are applying.
|How far back should I go with my work experience if I'm a current student?|
How far back should I go with my work experience if I'm a current student?
Unless you are applying for a position that requires you to submit your life history, try to avoid including work history that is more than a decade old. Include only those positions that are relevant to the position, where you can feature strong, transferable skills. For more detailed assistance, be sure to meet with a Resume Editor!
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