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From orientation through graduation, UNI’s Academic Advising and Career Services has the unique role of supporting academic, personal and career success for our students. One interesting component of our office operation is our contact with employers. Each year over 600 employers come to campus. They post over 7,000 job and internship opportunities on our electronic job posting board, CareerLink, and they routinely offer thousands more at our career fairs. In the 2005-2006 academic year, they conducted over 1,500 formal interviews on campus and thousands more of the informal type during and after our fairs. Each summer, we visit over 100 employers as we seek to build and maintain strong relationships with employers who recruit our UNI students. Throughout these activities, our office-staff ask questions of the employers concerning desired skills, resume and cover letter expectations and interview tips and techniques. We also follow up with students in an effort to assess what their job search experiences were like, what skills employers asked about and what student’s perceptions were concerning careers and the job search process. The following represents several very important themes that have come out of these varied conversations.

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Fall 2006

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©2006 Robert J. Frederick



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