Get job-seeking tips at UF Thursday

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Growing up can be overrated.

Sure, there are a couple of perks here and there, like finally being able to show the bartender your real driver's license, or waking up in the morning and deciding you're going back to sleep because finishing your scrimmage game with Tim Tebow is definitely more important than lecture.

But in reality, growing up comes with responsibilities, bills, headaches and the terrifying task of getting a job in the real world.

The stresses of knowing where to look for a job, how to write a résumé and prospective interviews can leave just about any student in a state of panic and confusion.

So what do you do?

Prepare yourself.

The University of Florida is kicking off the semester on Thursday with "How to become employable," a four-part panel giving students insight into seeking jobs and internships and preparing for interviews.

Starting at 1 p.m. in the Reitz Union room 349, "The power of first impressions" will be the first session to take place, followed by "Looking in all the right places," "Interviewing do's and don'ts" and "Writing a winning resume." Each session will last approximately 55 minutes with a five-minute break in between.

"Being prepared is critical when you hand in a resume or sit down for an interview with an employer and can make all the difference," said Nadene Francis, the Career Resource Center's assistant director of public relations.

Each session will have a panel of employers sharing advice and experience, said Francis. The event is interactive in nature and students are encouraged to ask questions.

Students are also free to pick and choose the sessions they'd like to attend but are encouraged to attend all four.

"How to become employable," is the first of five events leading up to UF's Career Showcase, Francis said.

The two-day event is held each semester, with more than 300 employers and organizations present. The showcase, taking place Jan. 29-30 at the O'Connell Center, is free and open to all UF students and alumni in search of jobs and internships.

The events leading to the showcase not only prepare students but help build their confidence too, she said.

It also helps clear misconceptions.

"People think a great resume will get you the job, but it usually doesn't," she said. "The resume will get you an interview, and a great interview will get you the job."

The showcase and its events have been continuously successful and draw in almost to 5,000 students each semester, she said.

"All students, first-year and up, should try to attend," she said. "It's never too early to start preparing for your future and any student can benefit."

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