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Professional Relationship-building Opportunities

As an employer, you have many unique ways to interact with UIS students, promote your organization, and give back to the university through the following activities. These activities are in addition to the traditional recruiting services provided through the UIS Career Development Center. Through your participation in these activities, you can have a large influence on students’ careers and futures. You may indicate interest in any of these activities through registering in UIS CareerConnect. If you are already registered in UIS CareerConnect, simply log-in, click the “Account” tab and then the “Professional Network” tab. Mark the boxes of the activities you are interested in under the “Additional Activities” section.

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A member of the Career Development Center staff will then contact you to coordinate the activity. If you would like to partner with the Career Development Center in another way, please contact the Employer Relations Coordinator to explore other options!

Provide Externship Opportunities

As part of the “Beyond the Classroom” Program, an externship provides students with a short-term, internship-like experience which allows employers the opportunity to scout out UIS talent.

Provide Job Shadowing Opportunities

As part of the “Beyond the Classroom” Program, job shadowing is a great way for students to explore their career options. Typically, a job shadowing experience lasts one full day (8:30-5:00) but can range depending on the flexibility of the host employer and the student/alumni.

Informational Interviews by Students:

Informational interviews allow students to interview you, the employer! Students may ask questions about what steps you took to get into the career you are in, industry trends, ways to get their “foot in the door”, and other questions that will give them a realistic perception of interested careers.

Conduct Mock Interviews:

Interact with students through conducting a mock interview either in your office or at the Career Development Center. Mock interviews will prepare students for the real thing with your feedback and expertise.

Serve as a Panelist / Presenter:

The Career Development Center frequently hosts workshops and panel discussions on a variety of career topics such as industry trends, job search strategies, interviewing, and more! Additionally, employers may present a workshop on their own career development topic, such as “Finding Federal Employment.” Check this option if you would like to be contacted regarding participating in or presenting a workshop or panel discussion.

Critique Student Resumes:

Many students use the Career Development Center for its resume and cover letter critiquing services. As a professional in the field, however, you have an expert eye to provide students with specific feedback on how to tailor their resume to an industry, type of career, or employer.

Serve on Advisory Board:

In order to ensure that the UIS Career Development Center is meeting the needs of all students, serving employer recruitment needs, and staying current in an ever-changing job market, we may request your opinion and participation on an advisory board. Check this option if you would be willing to serve on a board or participate in a meeting. Host a Tour of my Workplace: Consider coordinating a “fieldtrip” for students to see your place of employment in action! Not only will it strengthen the relationship between the employer and students, but students will get a glimpse at your organization’s culture.

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