Jeff Adams: Service Simplifies Job Search
Career Services at the University of Arkansas — Fort Smith, housed in the Doug and Kathy Babb Center for Student Professional Development, offers a wide variety of services to students and alumni, whether they participate in the Distinction in Professional Development certificate program or not. Career fairs and workshops, internship information, and a clothing closet help ensure a job applicant strikes all the right notes.
Career Services also helps with creating resumes and writing cover letters and offers the chance to do practice interviews.
CareerLink is available to students and alumni as a place to store important documents so they are ready instantly when it’s time to apply for a job. Jeff Adams, assistant director of career services and the Babb Center for Student Professional Development, outlines what job seekers need to know.
Even before the job search process begins we encourage students to upload their resumes in order for us to review and assist with any editing that may be necessary so they can present the best image possible. CareerLink is just one tool that should be utilized in the job search for a graduating senior. CareerLink has a job board that lists job opportunities for local employers as well as national and international organizations. We also encourage local employers to post internship opportunities to give students that vital job experience before graduating that can improve a resume.
We recommend they create an account as a freshman to start building their resumes with college experience, internships, and core curricula. They should start no later than the beginning of their senior year.
One of the benefits for UAFS students is they can maintain a CareerLink account as alumni and we will review their resumes four, five or even 10 years after graduation. They do need to keep some details updated, the most important of which is changing from their uafs.edu email address to a personal email address.
As with most web-based tools, CareerLink is evolving and improving to serve students, Career Services and employers. Students can store up to 20 documents in pdf or Word formats. Resumes are the primary document that are stored in CareerLink. However, cover letters, unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation are common documents stored. Maintaining a current resume in CareerLink is useful so a student can always start with the latest iteration and have those core documents for a job application no matter where in the world their UAFS degree has taken them. They just log back in to CareerLink!
For local or national employers, they can target the type of students they are seeking by such things as major, grade point average, or graduation date. As a department, Career Services approves incoming job postings, and we add identification to a local posting to help students who wish to stay local better identify opportunities that may keep them in the area. Students can also follow employers and be alerted to relevant job postings.