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    April 2010

    Making Carolina Career Connections at UNC-Chapel Hill

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    Unsuccessful job seekers might be tempted to buy into the old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

    However, University Career Services (UCS) at UNC-Chapel Hill challenges students to rethink this age-old myth by touting, “It’s what you know, who you know and, just as important, who knows you!” UCS fosters these critical career connections through various programs and workshops.   

    It’s What You Know

    “In light of last year’s decline in the job market, we decided that students needed some extra help looking for a job,” said UCS Associate Director, Tim Stiles. “So we created a specialized workshop to help graduating seniors find a job in a down economy. Over 40 students attended this spring workshop focusing on innovative techniques and the overall feedback was very positive,” said Stiles.

    Students participating were taught successful networking strategies that go beyond traditional job search strategies. “Although we have seen a slight improvement in this year’s job market and employer confidence in hiring, we are offering two workshops again this Spring,” said Stiles.   

    “Armed with this information, we hope it will help students shorten the time they spend looking for a job after graduation.”    

    It’s Who You Know

    “Tenacity and persistence are keys to getting a job offer,” says UCS Director, O. Ray Angle, “and the students who are successful are the ones who are well-connected to the industry and professionals in their chosen fields.”   

    Career fairs give students a chance to connect with a variety of industries and individuals recruiting for those industries. UCS hosts seven career fairs each year with the most recent being the Spring Career Expo in March. At this event 59 employers spoke to over 370 students.    

    “Even with a challenging economy, the employers who attended the fair were eager to find talented Carolina alumni to hit the ground running in their organizations,” said Angle.   

    It’s Who Knows You

    “Our networking nights are designed to allow students and UNC alums and supporters to connect informally with students to discuss career fields and employment opportunities,” said Jeff Sackaroff, UCS Associate Director. 

    This year UCS sponsored nine networking nights which brought together over 170 UNC friends and alumni to meet with over 570 UNC students.  

    “In addition to helping students learn more about their possible career interests, these networking events also give students the opportunity to develop more productive professional relationships that go beyond the hurried interactions they may experience at career fairs,” said Sackaroff.  

    “Students have responded positively to these networking nights and our alums appreciate that we invite them back to share their expertise with students.”  

    For further information, please contact:

    O. Ray Angle, Director, University Career Services

    The Wendy P. and Dean E. Painter Career Center, Division of Student Affairs

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hanes Hall, 2nd Floor, Chapel Hill, NC  27599-5140

    919.962.6507 Office, 919.962.4481 Direct, 919.962.2197 Fax, http://careers.unc.edu/