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Making College Pay: A special blog for parents

April 24, 2017

How can your son or daughter get the best return on your investment in their college education—a good job and launch into their first career?

Good grades and the right major are important blocks in the foundation of finding a job after graduation. There are, however, other steps students can take to increase their value to potential employers.

  • Do an internship. Maybe the most important thing a student can do is find an internship—get real work experience in the field. Many employers look within their own internship programs when they need to fill entry-level positions.

That means, if a student does a good job while in an internship, he or she may get a job offer from that organization. And, while an internship could be the foot-in-the-door that a new grad needs, it also gives a student a realistic look at the prospective job, company, and career.

  • Go to the career center. Research shows that tapping into the resources offered by career services can increase the likelihood of getting a job offer.

While career counselors won’t “place” a student in a job, they teach students skills that will help them find their way onto and up the career ladder. They teach students how to put together winning resumes and cover letters, how to interview successfully, and how to dress professionally. They critique resumes, practice interview techniques, and field job listings. Most services at the campus career center are free.

Plus, career counselors know the employers that hire on their college campuses—they work with them on a regular basis—and can put a student in touch with the organizations looking for new hires.

  • Start the job-search process early.
    • Find the right major and start to plot a career path during the freshman year.
    • Start exploring internship opportunities. What’s better than an internship the summer after junior year? Multiple internships. Freshmen and sophomores may find internships too.
    • Get ready to be recruited in the fall. Employers do many of their on-campus interviews—for internships and entry-level positions—in the fall. And while employers interview in the spring, it’s best to be an early bird.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.

Recruiter’s Perspective: Yardi Systems

April 14, 2017


Why do you enjoy recruiting Gauchos?

I am a little partial to recruiting Gauchos because I am an Alumni of UCSB myself! I also find that the students graduating from UCSB are very conscientious and are well prepared for their careers after graduation. UCSB also offers majors that are well aligned to the positions we have available at Yardi that develop and support our software.

What’s tips would you give to students to be successful at the career fair?

I would suggest coming to the event prepared. This would include bringing plenty of resume copies, professional dress and ability to shake hands! Also, students should do some research before attending the career fair. It will be helpful to understand which companies are the right fit for your career search and generally hire for your major. Lastly, be ready to have a conversation with a recruiter. Most likely, it will not be extremely in-depth at the career fair, but it is your first impression, so you should be friendly and professional. Also remember, often, managers that are hiring for positions may attend as well, so this is a great opportunity to get some face time with them.

 What tips would you give to students about how to be successful in an interview?

Be prepared! Do your homework and research the company you are interviewing with. Make sure you understand the position you are applying for so you can review the requirements and correlate your experience or educational background to that role. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, interviewing is not a one way street. Interviewing provides a great opportunity for you to have dialog with hiring managers and determine whether the company/position fits with your career goals. Questions also demonstrate that you have taken the time to think about the company/position and show your interest level. Lastly, always be respectful, actively listen, maintain eye contact and smile!

What type of opportunities are available at your company?

We are definitely in growth mode at Yardi which is an exciting place to be! We are currently hiring for Associate Technical Account Managers to implement our software. These roles are a great fit for Economics, Math, Statistics, or IT majors. We also have opportunities for Software Engineers which would align with Computer Science or Computer Engineering with a software focus.


Jules2Julia Hardcastle-Leitch
Recruitment Manager
Yardi Systems

Climb to Your Career in Four Years

April 10, 2017

Where will you be in four years? Will you be ready to join the work force?

Maybe you have your future planned: You know what you want to be after graduation and you have an idea of how to get there. Or, maybe you aren’t even sure what you want to major in—never mind know what kind of career you want to have after college.

No matter if you’re decided or unsure—if you’re planning to graduate in four years and find your place in the work force, take steps now to reach your goals. It’s never too early (or too late) to start. But—the earlier you start, the easier it will be to prepare!

First, develop the habit of stopping by the career services office on a regular basis. Check in a few times during your freshman year, more often during your sophomore year, frequently during your junior year, and weekly during your senior year.

Here’s a timeline to guide your progress:

Every Fall

  • Make an appointment to talk with a career services counselor.
  • Check the Career Services website calendar for dates and times of career development and job-search workshops and seminars, career and job fairs, and company information sessions.
  • Update your resume and have it critiqued and proofread.
  • Join professional associations and become an active member to build a network of colleagues in your field. Find a student version of your professional association and take leadership roles.
  • Subscribe to and read professional journals in your chosen field.

Freshman Year

Asking questions, exploring your options (up to 30 hours)

  • If you missed an orientation, come talk to our Career Peers to familiarize yourself with the services and resources available.
  • Take interest and career inventory tests at the Career Services office.
  • Start a career information file or notebook that will include records of your career development and job-search activities for the next four years.
  • Identify at least four skills employers want and plan how you will acquire these skills before graduation. Visit your career center for information on the skills.
  • Scan the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is filled with information on hundreds of occupations. Check out career-search books and software in the Career Resource Room.
  • Familiarize yourself with this web site—a good source of tips and articles to help with your job search.
  • Take a resume writing class and explore other career planning workshops. Write your first resume.
  • Explore your interests, abilities, and skills through required academics.
  • Talk to faculty, alumni, advisers, and career counselors about exploring possible majors and careers.
  • Join university organizations that will offer you leadership roles in the future.
  • Collect information on internships and summer jobs available through GauchoLink.
  • Consider volunteer positions to help build your resume.

Sophomore Year

Researching options/testing paths (up to 60 hours)

  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to bring yourself up-to-date on what’s needed in your career file.
  • Update your resume (with your summer activities) and have it critiqued.
  • Consider internship, summer, and school-break job opportunities that relate to your interests.
  • Read at least one book on career planning recommended by Career Services staff.
  • Explore at least three career options available to you through your major.
  • Take a cover-letter writing workshop.
  • Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires.
  • Research various occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook  and materials in the career center library.
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions relating to your interests.
  • Identify organizations and associations in your interest areas for shadowing opportunities and informational interviews.
  • Join at least one professional or honorary organization related to your major to make contact with people in the professional world.
  • Work toward one leadership position in a university club or activity.
  • Begin to collect recommendations from previous and current employers.
  • Put together an interview outfit.

Junior Year

Making decisions/plotting directions (up to 100 hours)

  • Schedule an appointment with a career services counselor to have your updated resume critiqued.
  • Narrow your career interests.
  • Review your participation in a co-op program or explore internship opportunities with a career services professional.
  • Participate in interviewing, cover-letter writing, and other job-search workshops.
  • Practice your skills at mock interviews.
  • Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires.
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions that relate to your interests.
  • Take leadership positions in clubs and organizations.
  • Consider graduate school and get information on graduate entrance examinations.
  • Ask former employers and professors to serve as references or to write recommendations to future employers.
  • Complete at least five informational interviews (see Step 3) in careers you want to explore.
  • Shadow several professionals in your field.
  • Research potential employers in the Career Resource Room and talk to recent graduates in your major about the job market and potential employers.
  • Start your professional wardrobe.

Senior year

Searching, interviewing, accepting, success!

  • Update your resume and visit Career Services to have it critiqued.
  • Get your copy of the Career Services calendar and register for on-campus interviews. Also schedule off-campus interviews.
  • Develop an employer prospect list with contact names and addresses from organizations you are interested in pursuing.
  • Gather information on realistic salary expectations.
  • Attend local association meetings to meet potential employers.
  • Draft a cover letter that can be adapted for a variety of employers and have it critiqued.
  • Participate in interviewing workshops and practice interviews.
  • Read two or more professional or trade publications from your major and career field on a regular basis.
  • If you are planning to go to graduate school, take graduate school entrance exams and complete applications.
  • Follow up on all applications and keep a record of the status of each.
  • Go on second interviews. Evaluate job offers and accept one.
  • Report all job offers and your acceptance to Career Services.

Good luck in your career!

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.

Third-Party Recruiters and Ph.D. Candidates

March 27, 2017

Ph.D.s and postdocs who are job seeking outside of academe need all the help they can get, and it is nice to imagine a recruiter (or headhunter) working diligently to find that perfect job for you while you focus on other things — like research, writing, fieldwork and teaching. However, the reality is that effort is required on the part of a job seeker to connect with recruiters, and most recruiters are very specialized in the types of people they seek and the level of position they are filling.

Read the full article at Inside Higher Ed (link is external)

By Natalie Lundsteen (September 14, 2015)

Natalie Lundsteen is director of graduate career development at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Tech Tools for PhDs in the Job Search

March 13, 2017

by Joseph Barber, associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania, for Inside Higher Ed

Reviews of websites and databases that can help the Ph.D. or postdoc doing a job search: LinkedIn,, GoinGlobal, MyIDP, and Versatile Ph.D.

Fitting Your Resume To The Job Listing

February 27, 2017

“So you stumble across a job that sounds interesting…what do you pay attention to? If you’re like most job seekers, you might skip straight to the qualifications to see if you’re qualified, skim the rest of the document, then send in your application, right? Well, if you do this, you’re likely missing out on clues that can help you craft a stand-out resume.” – Victoria Crispo

This article will help you analyze a job description and locate the following in order to target your resume to a specific employer:

  • Organization description and mission
  • Job responsibilities
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Candidate attributes and characteristics
  • Keywords and key lingo
  • Application instructions and deadlines

Read the full article on Idealist Careers (link is external).

By Victoria Crispo, program coordinator and blog contributor at Idealist (link is external) on

May 18, 2015

7 Habits of Successfull Job Seekers

February 13, 2017

Most successful job seekers on LinkedIn aren’t just searching, viewing, and applying for jobs on LinkedIn, they’re doing something more. LinkedIn recently released a report about smart job seeking based on analysis of over 4,000 “super job seekers” (members who looked at a job at a particular company and then joined that company within three months).

The infographic report, “7 Smart Habits of Successful Job Seekers” is on the LinkedIn Blog.

Text of “7 Smart Habits of Successful Job Seekers”

7 Smart Habits of Successful Job Seekers

We studied job seekers who successfully found a job within 3 months. Here’s a sneak peek at how they used LinkedIn, and how you can too:

Add new skills to your profile – Add relevant skills to your profile so recruiters looking for candidates with you background can find you. (91% listed 5 or more skills)

Follow companies you’re interested in – Stay up-to-date with the latest news, be well informed in conversations and interview, and learn about new job opportunities (91% used LinkedIn Company Pages for research)

Add a professional profile photo – Doing so puts a face to a name and helps project a friendly and approachable image (89% had a profile photo)

Keep adding new connections – Grow your network to be more visible, get your foot in the door at new companies, and expose yourself to new job opportunities (87% added 10 or more connections)

Join LinkedIn Groups for your industry – Network, ask questions, and look out for job openings posted by fellow group members (82% participated in LinkedIn Groups)

Get endorsed for your skills – This helps you show, and not just tell employers, that you have what it takes to get the job done (81% had 10 or more endorsements)

Broaden your professional horizons – Take 10 minutes each day to read the hottest news in your industry, and insights from thought leaders. LinkedIn Pulse delivers relevant articles directly to your newsfeed (81% were engaged with content on LinkedIn)