For most fresh graduates, the ink on their diplomas is barely dry when the employment search begins. While the world of cover letters, résumés and networking can be daunting, a helpful resource for career counseling and guidance is not only close for UO alums, but also free.
For one full year after graduation, both Portland and Eugene graduates are eligible for assistance with crafting job search materials, defining their skill set and potential areas of employment.
Linda Favero, assistant dean of students and career services for UO Portland, says that 80 percent of job listings are not posted, which is why seeking career counseling at the UO is so important. Many companies contact the university directly for qualified job candidates, an avenue that even the most diligent job search cannot access.
“I enjoy coaching students and recent graduates reach their full potential,” Favero said, adding that there is no limit to how many times a graduate could consult career services.
The range of assistance and coaching offered includes writing résumés, cover letters and online profiles, creating a brand, interviewing strategies, networking skills, managing the job search process and negotiating a fair package.
Amy Wheeler, who graduated in 2014, credits the UO Career Center with teaching her the power of networking and how to deliver successful information interviews and connect with the alumni network.
“I wouldn’t have gotten this offer without the insight of these services,” said Wheeler, who is now a visa and accreditation specialist at Hillsboro Aero Academy. “This year, we will be building a student success center and I can’t believe my luck in finding this opportunity.”
To make an appointment, graduates residing in Portland should email email@example.com or call 503-412-3701; graduates in residing in Eugene should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-346-3235. If students are outside of these areas, they can also schedule phone and video appointments.
“It is a privilege to be a part of a graduate’s career journey from helping them identify their skills and value, connect them to employers and alumni and ultimately watch them land a job they enjoy,” Favero said.
—By Laurie Notaro, University Communications