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Networkinghelps advertise yourself.
Great question Randall. That's a little outside the topic. You will need certs to proe that you have the chops, but it's about expressing to the wmployer the value you bring, how you can help them solve their problems.
My reason for networking is to connect with individuals who are in the field i'm interested in getting into.
I'd strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a career advising specialists to so you can work out a strategy.
To try to make connections and get information to help land the job you actually want
I'm extremely shy in person and find it difficult to talk to people face to face. I get very anxious when meeting absoulte strangers.
I'm with you, Adam. I am super shy. But there are other ways you can network, such as online. Stay tuned!
Career Coaching is the area I'm interested in getting into, second and final career move.
I hear you Adam. I think you have to come out of your comfort zone for a new career. I am trying to.
It's pretty hard right now for me. I'm a Senior Data Center Technician and I work alone and am the only rep for my company in this colocation facility.
, Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Make sure you have a vibrant profile and start posting things that are of interest to you, things that you think are exciting or innovative. It doesn't have to be original content, you can be reposting things that you find interesting. Connect with people
Yeah I'm interested in Cybersecurity.
I'm trying to break into the financial industry which is very headstrong, type A personalities
Best social media platforms for networking?
Just really, really hard to translate my data skills to a security role.
I am looking to get into the healthcare field with no experience.
*data center skills
You can network using any social media platform. LinkedIn is the most professional. But you can link up with others through Facebook and twitter. I post job openings on Facebook and get responses that way. The thing is about making connections sometimes with people in your field and sometimes with people outside your field. Cathy's going to cover a lot of that shortly. And don't feel bad if you feel like an introvert or a Luddite!
Hi Darwin, I'm in the financial industry, find me on linkedin and maybe I can help.
Thanks for the plug, Randall. Yes, we have our virtual job fair on March 14 an hour in person job fair on March 7. We need you all there! At both places!
Look at you guys! You're actually networking in the chart during the webinar! Great job!
thanks Yan, will do.
How would I go about getting onto the county council, if I know nobody in that field.
Yan brings up a great point! You can be networking with your classmates! Half are already in the field.
How does a Virtual Career Fair work?
can you explain the virtual job fair?
When sharing your 'brand', do you think uploading youtube videos of you on your channel doing various career-specific tasks is worthwhile? Do employers connect to prospective employees over youtube?
We don't have a lot of time to explain virtual job fairs, what I suggest is that you go ahead and register and then attend one of the prep sessions. That will really address your questions.
yes definitely tapping the UMUC career center
Uploading YouTube videos can work for you or can work against you. You want to make sure that they represent your brand and that they are professionally done. I don't mean you have to have a professional do them, but you want to make sure that they represent that which you are trying to convey.
If you want to get involved with something, like a County Counsel, and you don't know anyone there, you need to reach out and introduce yourself. Find their contact information on LinkedIn or on a website and ask about an informational interview. Offer to take them for a cup of coffee and for 15 or 20 minutes just ask them about what they do, how you could get involved, and to whom else you should speak. The same applies for almost any field.
Ok thanks will do.
I work for a financial institution in a mostly customer service/administrative based position. I am interested in any entry level HR/assistant position, but I have no experience. I am currently enrolled into HR management with UMUC. Im not sure how to be noticed when I apply for these jobs
I do have a LinkedIn.
Yes, Annette, you should table your resume for each position. Recruiters are very busy and unless you make it obvious for them, they won't necessarily see how you are a fit. Also, a lot of companies use resume scanning software to look at what percentage of a match you are to a position. We have a tool that can help you called RESUNATE. Go to the TOOLS section of CareerQuest and you can upload a copy of your resume along with the job description and it will tell you how closely are matched. It will then suggest ways you can tailor your resume so that you can have the strongest resume for the position.
I have a LinkIn account.
Charmaine, I'm doing the samething! Im gong from sales to HR and I have no experience in this feld
Adam, I work at the Army Cyber School and am finishing my cybersecurity Technology Masters degree here at UMUC, that would be one way to get into the cybersecurity field. Another method is to look for technical certifications. I assume that you have your CCNA/CCNP, that is a great start. If you want you can find me on LinkedIn and message me.
I haven't used linkedin in a long time I had a bad experience with it.
Yeah same here. I'm returning to school at UMUC in May to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking.
For every class you take in the graduate school or any other undergraduate work, as you learn new skills, you should add them to your resume under the skills section.
And the minor I forget.
Linkedin has a great job search function. you have to pay for it, but it lets you know companies that hire UMUC alum
If you are a career changer, Paul, you need to get experience in your field. Most of us are too old for traditional internships so look for volunteering, part-time work, gigs (Parker Dewey) or other ways to get experience. Click on InternPLUS in CareerQuest for more information
San Franscisco is pricey for cost of living.
But I know a handful of people out there that I went to school with.
, Your resume may need work. I suggest VMock which you can find in the TOOLS section of CareerQuest. I also suggest informational interviews through our Community Connect or reaching out to one of our career advising specialists.
Yes, Isaiah, keep your skills current on your resume and be sure to use the names of the software you know and any certifications. Also include if you have a security clearance. If you don't have a clearance that are interested in contracting work, indicate that you are a US citizen.
I’m in San Francisco. I think I need to find some UMUC grads to network with..
A successful tool I’ve found too is finding Alumni UMUC students on LinkedIn to help in a mentor position. Some professors are super supportive and tend to point you into a good direction toward networking with others that may help.
Folks, this is what we are here for! You have access to career services as a student, and you have access in perpetuity as alumni!
Randall, you make a great point about translating your experience into terms that a civilian can understand. Again, I encourage you to meet with a career advising specialists who can help.
I haven’t been taking advantage of it..I guess SF feels so far from MD
Just sending those very easy little "congratulations" messages can go a long way.
San Francisco is a long way from Maryland, but there are tons of people with whom you can network in San Francisco. And you can network with people in Maryland who know people in San Francisco!
Stacey, I've tried to translate my skills and experience to the best of my ability to apply for an entry level position in HR field, no such luck.
Bruce, you make a great point. That's another reason networking is so important, to keep current on how fields are evolving. And you may end up in the right place at the right time.
thats the issue i was having, I applied to so many companies and after I year I stopped applying and decide to get a degree in HR at umuc
Once I get my degree I'll start applying again
Randall, yes, you can definitely sell your maturity and your experience and your longevity on the career. You just want to think about how you can express that at the interview and in a cover letter.
I would not wait until you get your degree to start applying. I would start looking at positions for which you are qualified and apply for them. In your cover letter, let them know when you expect to graduate. Definitely check out both the in person and virtual career fairs because I know there are a number of HR opportunities there.
Charmaine and Stacey, I’m going from childcare and then being a SAHM for years and now going to Cyber/MBA… It’s definitely been hard.
Going from childcare to cyber is a challenge! So you definitely want to make sure you network and you want to make sure you get experience before you finish your degree. Look for part-time opportunities, internships, volunteer opportunities, or create your own opportunities! Go to your local church or synagogue or school or community group and offered to do a security audit for them. Then you can put them on your resume as one of your clients.
how far out would you recommend looking to transition? I will retire from the Army in about 15 months
I would start looking to transition now. It's never too early to start planning and strategizing.
Joshua, start now
It's a great story!
Susan- I'm a SAHM now and quit m job in sales to finish my degree but I feel like I'm missing out in the professional world
Stacy, I understand how you're feeling that you're missing out on the professional world. Just start looking for opportunities to work part time or do little internships or volunteer for now. And when you're ready for your career transition, talk about how you decided to focus on finishing your degree so you could best prepare yourself and how you continued to gain experience so that you'd be really ready to in her your new field.
Randall is right, Joshua. Don't wait.
happy hour has to be the best way to network
Happy hour can be a good way to network. There's always an opportunity to network. Remember, it's both ways. You have stuff to offer other people, it's not just about them having things to offer you.
I just went to a happy hour tonight with Raytheon and it was definitely much better than a “serious” sit down. Much more casual.
Francine-Thank you that is great advice!
I am transitioning to health services administration graduate last December. worried I have no skills wondering how to find the right job since it's a very broad field.
Olu, I recommend you reach out to Cathy for suggestions. Go to the InternPLUS Section of Careeruest for ideas.
Josephine have you thought about getting some certifications?
I will definitely be attending the career fair, entering the HR field is my short term career goal
I'm in the same situation I graduate this summer.
Other ways you can volunteer for cyber, like I said, offered to do a security audit for your local church/synagogue/mosque or for your local community group. Ask to work with the IT people/cyber people at your current job. Asked to join in on meetings. Go to competitions. Go to speaking events. Check out our internPLUS section of CareerQuest for other ideas.
Yes the career fair sounds great, wish they had more broker dealers and hedgefunds though
Thanks for the advice on getting experience in cybersecurity. I was wondering about that since I'm not in the IT field yet
No, but I will be trying Vmock right away
Andrew, if you don't have any IT experience at all get, you probably want to start at the bottom, even if it's just help desk support. You just need to start getting that experience and that credibility with future employers
I haven't used it...after tonight I will
Yes, it wasn’t too successful.
i have not used it
I’ll look at it again for sure.
I love VMock. Quinncia also has a resume critique tool you might want to try. It's very similar.
I know. I'm planning on getting certifications as well. Hopefully once I have a few I can get a helpdesk job
no I haven't
Don't wait until you get certifications to try to get your experience. Some of the certifications require experience! Look for opportunities that are really entry-level. You might want to start with staffing organizations because sometimes the bar is a little lower. They look for people with degrees who don't yet have experience but who have tons of potential. And they take a chance on them! Many of those jobs are temp to perm so it could work out very well for you.
Yes! When you use the tools, be sure to use them through CareerQuest. If you Google them and go directly to their websites, they will ask you to pay.
Great advice! Thanks!
To get a contact to get a job at UMUC, but it doesn't hurt. If you have a contact here, then they can reach out to the recruiters and make sure they pay attention to your resume.
Julia Da Silva Beharry
Very resourceful information!
If you have already used VMock 10 times, just let one of us know and we will reset your account so you can have 10 more!
Bruce, if you are interested in writing, definitely check out the opportunities with Parker Dewey and with Catch a Fire both of those are listed under Intern PLUS. Parker Dewey has paid opportunities and Catch a Fire is volunteer.
All of the tools are available on CareerQuest. Just click on TOOLS.
Hang in there, Natasha, keep trying and definitely try Catch a Fire.
Julia Da Silva Beharry
Is the picture required or it is optional?
Good question, Tavia. At the end of the class, you might when asked the professor if they're comfortable writing your recommendation. You could get them to write you a recommendation on LinkedIn. And you're right, when you have 30 students at a time and you have a classes a year, it's hard to remember people. So the best thing to do is try to be memorable. Do a great job, be really active in the discussions, and communicate with the teacher on points you find interesting and not just because you need something. Don't forget to network with the other students.
Minimize your beer goggles.
A picture isn't required, but it does make you more accessible as the human and more relatable. So I do recommend a nice professional headshot. If you come to the in person career fair on March 7, we have a headshot station and you can get one for free
CareerQuest and all career services are free! At least for you as a UMUC student and forever as a UMUC alum.
So glad UMUC loves their Alumni and lets us continue to have the access to CareerQuest.
@Susan I completely agree
I'm an introvert, starting with IT...is there ANY WAY to avoid having to do help desk?
Julia Da Silva Beharry
Thank you for the information!
I've wondered the same thing Sirena. Starting at a help desk would be a significant pay cut from my current postion
Should you have youe resume and ready to interview at the fair?
Where can I find information about the fair?
Stacey, i would say yes if it is a hiring fair versus just a job fair that might just be there to provide information about their companies but are not actively hiring.
As Sirena mentioned...I am also new to IT but have only been offered help desk jobs. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Thanks Andrew and Brian.
You can find information about the career fair right here on this slide. Go to EVENTS in CareerQuest
Any questions you have on your own career journey, please feel free to make an appointment with a career advising specialist.
I believe for the career for at, you can set up a new password.
If you asked a question that was not answered, please feel free to reach out to your career advising specialist. You can access them in CareerQuest by just clicking Career Advisor
Great tips tonight- thank you!
Thank you Cathy, Ann, and Francine!
yes i had to create a new password for careerquest, but it wal,s you through the registration process
Cathy, that is very true!
The career advisor would be great to check out
Thank you for joining us tonight. It is our honor to be of service to you.
thank you all for the information
Click on Career Advisor from the Red Menu Bar
Thanks for all the information tonight!
Mark, I'm not sure what you mean. Be sure to ask questions at your job interview. And feel free to reach out to us if you need some help.
I've had a question about someone trying to find a job with no experience and the trick is to get experience before you finish your degree. Check out InternPLUS for ideas. And always feel free to reach out to a career advising specialist for help. We are here for you!
Thank you for the session. I learned so much. Good luck to everyone.
We offer two big career fairs in March, in person and online, and throughout the rest of the year we have both in person and virtual recruiting events. Keep checking the EVENTS tab on CareerQuest.