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Resume resources, job boards, continued learning opportunities and more exclusively for UT alumni.

Job Boards & Career Resources

UTAA’s Center for Career Advancement has partnered with UT alumni career experts to offer you additional coaching services on topics such as:

  • Resume Writing
  • Career Exploration & Transitions
  • Interview Skills
  • Executive Leadership

Career coaches will offer a discount to their fellow UT alumni. Rates will vary. All career coaches have been vetted by the Center for Career Advancement team

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Gallup’s CliftonStrengths assessment will help you discover your top talents. Following the assessment, you’ll be provided with a full detailed report defining your talents and what makes you unique.

Schedule a free coaching session with Becky Spaulding, a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, to better understand your strengths and how to apply them in your professional life.

UT Alumni provided a discounted rate for assessment.

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Connect UT is a new virtual platform, exclusive to UT alumni, with job opportunities for all levels of experience.

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UT alumni get unlimited access to Quinncia for an annual, discounted fee of $14.

Quinncia uses AI technology to analyze resumes and provide instant feedback. This process is specifically designed to fulfill Applicant Tracking System criteria. In addition, you can use this technology for mock interviews. Users will be asked questions based on their resume, and will receive individualized feedback based on their response.

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Applicant Tracking System

Did you know? 70% of resumes get knocked out by Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) before a hiring manager could even look at it? Don’t let yours be one.

Quinncia uses the same technology as ATS to give you real time feedback and suggestions on your resume, including tips for formatting, abbreviations, keywords, and skills.

AI Mock Interviewing

Many employers are using Artificial Intelligence-assisted interviews as a first round of interviews for candidates, where questions are presented on the screen or audio.

Quinncia’s interviewing feature offers mock interviews tailored to your resume, providing you with suggestions to improve your interview skills during your job search.

Reference Guides

The purpose of a resume is to provide a snapshot of a candidate’s experience, skills and education. The average employer will spend no more than 1 minute scanning the resume for key information. For this reason, it is important to be succinct and ensure the resume emphasizes desired skills needed for the position.

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New Alumni—1 to 3 years out

1—Objective
  • Brief statement that lists your current career goal.
2—Education
  • List school, type of degree, program of study, concentration (if applicable) and year of graduation.
  • Write out in full.
3—Experience
  • List employer, position, title and location.
  • Include months with dates if less than 1 year. Once holding stable positions, months are no longer necessary.
  • Key phrases that focus on achievement.
  • Quantify when able.
4—Related Thesis, Capstone Project or Coursework
  • List in formatting similar to experience.
  • Provide title of project and semester completed.
  • Provide 1 or 2 phrase synposis using bullets.
5—Additional
  • Leadership positions while in school.
  • Active volunteer roles while in school.
  • Professional affiliations.
View an entry-Level Resume example (PDF)

Experienced Alumni—3+ years out

1—Summary
  • 2 to 3 sentences that summarizes your work experience and includes key abilities and results.
2—Skills (Optional)
  • Technical and/or soft skills that relate to your previous experiences and current position seeking.
  • Ex: Collaboration, Adobe, Salesforce, CRM, Innovation
3—Experience
  • List employer, position, title and location.
  • Include months with dates if less than 1 year. Once holding stable positions, months are no longer necessary.
  • Key phrases that focus on achievement.
  • Quantify when able.
4—Education
  • List school, type of degree, program of study, concentration (if applicable).
  • Write out in full.
  • Graduation year not needed after 10+ years.
5—Additional
  • Professional affiliations.
  • Volunteerism
View an Experienced Resume Example (PDF)

A successful interview starts with preparation. The information below highlights key areas of focus when preparing for an interview, whether in-person or virtual.

Download Full Interview Prep Guide (PDF)

Do Your Research

Gathering information about the employer helps you leverage your interview to ask better questions, understand their mission statementand successfully answer interview questions. In addition, your preperation and research shows your true interest in the company.

Company—Visit company websites to get a better idea of:

  • Mission
  • Values
  • Goals
  • Leadership Team and Staff
  • Culture
  • History
  • Achievement
  • Products/Services Offered

Glassdoor—Get to know the employer through the eyes of employees. Glassdoor offers information on:

  • Job Reviews by Employees
  • Salaries Within the industry
  • Questions Asked in Interviews
  • Benefits
  • Photos
  • Overall Rating

Salary—While we strongly advise against initiating conversation about salary during the first interview, it is important to understand the average salary for the role.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the mean salary as well as a average range for positions. Knowing your value and skills will help you determine where you fall within the salary range.

Networking is a vital part of a career search and can lead to great opportunities within your desired field.

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Networking is the process of exchanging information with others to build professional and social contacts. It is the most common way to find a job as you have a network of people helping to connect you with those in your career field of interest. These connections can point you in the right direction, introduce you to a new contact and recommend you.

Networking can also help you:

  • Connect with like-minded individuals.
  • Identify potential job leads.
  • Gain industry knowledge.
  • Build connections.
  • Learn skills needed for next career.
  • Increase your visibility.
  • Provide future career opportunities.

Are you new to LinkedIn? Here are the basics:

Build Your Profile
Before you build connections, start with building your profile.

  • Profile Photo – Aim for a professional headshot.
  • About – This is your professional summary.
  • Experience – List your experiences similar to your resume.
  • Education – Include your degree/s. High School is optional as it can provide another connection opportunity but date isn’t needed.

Follow

Begin following groups and companies of career interest. This will help drive your news feed to better populate items of interest.

Invite Connections

Start by connecting with people you already know. Once you’re ready to connect with those you don’t know, include a message so they know why you are reaching out. You can use a shortened version of your elevator pitch or a quick few sentences as to why you want to connect.

Endorse Connections’ Skills

Because networking is a reciprocal relationship, always offer up endorsements to others. You can do this by viewing their profile and finding their skills’ sections. Often, your connection will return the favor.

Provide Recommendations for Connections

Similarly, if you know a colleague that is needing recommendations, offer to provide one. Do not provide a recommendation without their permission as this could spark visibility to their profile they may not want.

Negotiating a salary ensures you are receiving the most competitive compensation package conducive to your skills and contributions.

Download Full Salary Negotiating Guide (PDF)

When to Discuss Salary

A New Position
Salary conversations happen naturally when evaluating a job offer with a new or current company. It’s important to note, do not bring up salary during an interview.

Request for a Salary Increase
Timing is important when asking for a pay increase. Consider the below questions when asking for a raise:

  • Have you taken on new responsibilities?
  • Are you exceeding expectations?
  • Have you been in your position at least a year?
  • Is there not already a raise or performance review scheduled?

Preparing for Salary Conversations

Asking for the Meeting
In order to follow formal processes that may be in place, and to have your managers full attention, ask to schedule a formal meeting. If logistically possible, try to have the meeting in person. If it is not, a video call is the next best option. Avoid scheduling meetings on Monday and Friday, when possible. Prepare a quick script that you can practice ahead of time such as “Could we schedule a time to meet to discuss my performance, contribution and compensation?” If your manager declines to meet, consider reaching out to Human Resources.

Do Your Research
It’s important to know the salary range of your position within the industry. Here are a few locations you can research salaries:

  • Glassdoor
  • Payscale
  • Talk to others within the industry
  • Talk to recruiters
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics

Document Your Achievements
When discussing salary, you want to speak to the value you’ve brought to your position and the company. Consider typing up your achievements and bringing two copies to your meeting: one for you and one for your manager. These achievements can include:

  • Leadership roles
  • Completed projects
  • Contributions to the team.company
  • Big Wins

Using the salary range and knowing your contributions, identify a specific salary you’ll be presenting during the meeting. Aim for higher in the range, allowing yourself room to negotiate.

During the Conversation

Focus on Your Worth
Discuss your achievements and contributions to the team. Avoid discussing personal needs such as rent, childcare and bills. You want the conversation to focus on the value you bring to the company.

Negotiate
Ask for the salary you prepared but be willing to counteroffer if needed.

Be Patient
Your supervisor may not be able to provide you with a definitive answer during the meeting. It may require additional discussions with other leaders and the Human Resource department. Ask for a timeline on when you can expect to hear back.

When the Answer is No

Understanding No
Be sure you’re provided with a reason as to why your request is turned down. If it is performance based, ask for constructive feedback. Take the feedback, put it into action and re-evaluate your salary at a later date. If the reasoning is based on budget restrictions, consider negotiating for other benefits, such as:

  • Flex time
  • Additional paid time off
  • Alternate work schedule
  • Bonus

When to Walk Away
Choosing to decline a job offer or leave a current position based on salary is a personal choice. Consider weighing the other benefits of the position such as paid time off, health insurance and work environment when making your decision.

Identity Specific Resource Guides

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Does the Company Value Diversity & Inclusion?

  • Research the company website and values.
  • Is there a diversity mission statement or strategic plan the company follows?
  • Review the company’s leadership team and board. Is it diverse?
  • Check out employee reviews on Glassdoor
  • Review national online lists such as Diversity Inc.‘s Top 50.
  • Ask about diversity and inclusion in your interview.
  • Speak to employees who work at the employer.
  • Does the organization have programs, resources or councils that are identity specific?
  • Review job posting language.

Federal/State Career Resources

Online Job Resources

Online Communities

Online communities can help provide moral support and career support. Search social platforms for groups for persons with disabilities related to your career field of interest.

Connect with Fellow Alumni

To join or create a diversity/inclusive council, please reach out to your university.

Download Full Resource Guide (PDF)

Does the Company Value Diversity & Inclusion

  • Research the company website and values.
  • Is there a diversity mission statement or strategic plan the company follows?
  • Review the company’s leadership team and board. Is it diverse?
  • Check out employee reviews on Glassdoor
  • Review national online lists such as Diversity Inc.‘s Top 50.
  • Ask about diversity and inclusion in your interview.
  • Speak to employees who work at the employer.
  • Does the organization have programs, resources or councils that are identity specific?
  • Review job posting language.

Professional Affiliations

Online Job Resources

Online Communities

Online communities can help provide moral support and career support. Search social platforms for groups for African American Professionals related to your career field of interest.

Connect with Fellow Alumni

To join or create a diversity council, please reach out to your university.

Download Full Resource Guide (PDF)

Does the Company Value Diversity & Inclusion

  • Research the company website and values.
  • Is there a diversity mission statement or strategic plan the company follows?
  • Review the company’s leadership team and board. Is it diverse?
  • Check out employee reviews on Glassdoor
  • Review national online lists such as Diversity Inc.‘s Top 50.
  • Ask about diversity and inclusion in your interview.
  • Speak to employees who work at the employer.
  • Does the organization have programs, resources or councils that are identity specific?
  • Review job posting language.

Professional Affiliations

Online Job Resources

  • Diversity Jobs: https://www.diversityjobs.com/ — Connects diversity-friendly employers to job seekers through job boards, job fairs and career guidance
  • iHispano: https://www.ihispano.com/ — Provided by the Professional Diversity Network
  • Jopwell: https://www.jopwell.com/ — Advance career by connecting with others, learning through The Well Hub and applying to top companies
  • Latinos in Higher Ed: https://latinosinhighered.com/ — First Latino professional employment website designed specifically for higher education community
  • Lat Pro: https://www.latpro.com/c/ — Connecting Hispanic and bilingual professionals with employers using traditional job postings and online resume database
  • Saludos: https://www.saludos.com/ — Provides job board for Latino professionals looking for diverse workforces, includes career guides and newsletter

Online Communities

Online communities can help provide moral support and career support. Search social platforms for groups for Latino Professionals related to your career field of interest.

Connect with Fellow Alumni

To join or create a diversity council, please reach out to your university.

Download Full Resource Guide (PDF)

Does the Company Value Diversity & Inclusion

  • Research the company website and values.
  • Is there a diversity mission statement or strategic plan the company follows?
  • Review the company’s leadership team and board. Is it diverse?
  • Check out employee reviews on Glassdoor
  • Review national online lists such as Diversity Inc.‘s Top 50.
  • Ask about diversity and inclusion in your interview.
  • Speak to employees who work at the employer.
  • Does the organization have programs, resources or councils that are identity specific?
  • Review job posting language.

Professional Affiliations

Online Job Resources

Online Communities

Online communities can help provide moral support and career support. Search social platforms for groups for LGBTQ Professionals related to your career field of interest.

Connect with Fellow Alumni

To join or create a diversity council, please reach out to your university.

Download Full Resource Guide (PDF)

Start Early

Begin networking once you have an estimation of your separation date. Start having conversations with family, friends and veterans.

Have your resume ready in order to share when networking.

Interested in State or Federal Jobs? Apply for Veteran Status early. Veterans with protected status get priority in the job search.

Prepare Documents

Have a digital version and make multiple copies of the following:

  • DD214
  • Additional Certifications from time in the service
  • Transcripts
  • Medical Documents
  • Resume

Find a safe and secure place to keep the documents together.

Explore Your Calling

PathwayU is designed to help you explore career options based on your values, interests, personality and workplace preferences. In under 25 minutes, your free personalized reports will help you find a career with purpose and meaning. The military crosswalk features pairs your MOS with transferable skills for civilian life.

Jobs in Demand

Did you know that veterans are often sought out for government jobs? This is due to the security clearance most military personnel have and is required for many federal jobs. Your security clearance is only valid for about 2 years after your transition to civilian life.

Online Job Resources

Online Communities

Online communities can help provide moral support and career support. Search social platforms for veterans groups related to your MOS career field of interest.

Need Additional Guidance

Schedule a 1-on-1 coaching session with our Career Advancement team where you’ll discover your transferable skills, work on a resume and get tips for job hunting. Call 865-974-2115 to set up an appointment.

Download Full Resource Guide (PDF)

Does the Company Value Diversity & Inclusion

  • Research the company website and values.
  • Is there a diversity mission statement or strategic plan the company follows?
  • Review the company’s leadership team and board. Is it diverse?
  • Check out employee reviews on Glassdoor
  • Review national online lists such as Diversity Inc.‘s Top 50.
  • Ask about diversity and inclusion in your interview.
  • Speak to employees who work at the employer.
  • Does the organization have programs, resources or councils that are identity specific?
  • Review job posting language.

Professional Affiliations

Online Job Resources

  • Advancing Women—Career center for women in STEM and C Suite positions
  • Apres Group—To assist women in reentering the workforce through networking, job boards and career coaching
  • Career Contessa—Provides a job boardand personalized mentoring and skills-based courses for professional development
  • Hire Tech Ladies—Connecting women with tech companies looking to diversify their workforce
  • InHerSight—Provides company reviews by women to find female-friendly companies, provides career resources and job postings
  • Women’s Career Channel—Providing job boards and career event boards
  • WomensJobList.com—Designed to assist women seeking career advancement, job-seekers can browse for jobs and post resumes

Online Communities

Online communities can help provide moral support and career support. Search social platforms for groups for Women Professionals related to your career field of interest.

Connect with Fellow Alumni

To join or create a diversity council, please reach out to your university.

Continued Learning Opportunities

Whether you’re looking for career advancement opportunities or learning a new skill, our campuses offer a variety of online and in-person classes.

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