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Site weaves network of job chances
By Eric Rineer
Students looking for a fast and
affordable way to send resumes to
prospective employers may want to take
advantage of a Web site created by
The site, which can be found by log
ging onto www.unl.edu/careers/, allows
University of Nebraska-Lincoln stu
dents a chance to post Internet resumes
at a small cost.
The cost - a $20 fee made out to
Career Services in Room 230 of the
Nebraska Union - allows students to be
showcased to a number of top-flight
companies in search of employees.
Emily Wilber, a student employ
ment specialist at Career Services, said
the $20 fee was well worth the price for
having access to the service’s database.
Wilber said the fee lets thousands of
companies view a student’s resume.
This is a much easier road to travel than
mailing resumes, Wilber said.
“Students gain a lot of exposure all
through this site,” she said. “I think it
really pays off in the long run.”
Some of the companies Wilber said
have recently accessed the site include
W. Boyd Jones Construction in Omaha,
Crete Carriers in Crete, the Nebraska
Department of Revenue, Union Pacific
and Sandhills Publishing.
Missy Fletcher, a human resource
consultant at Sandhills Publishing, 120
W. Harvest Drive, said her company
checked out the Husker Hire Link at
least once a semester for marketers, edi
tors and writers.
“It gives us a chance to go through
resumes and dig out what we’re looking
for,” Fletcher said.
Wilber said the site benefited all
students but in particular engineers and
Jeremy Evans, a senior accounting
major, said he advised students
unaware of the site to take advantage of
Evans was interviewed Wednesday
by Koch Industries, of Wichita, Kan.
TTiat interview, he said, was a result of
his posting on Husker Hire Link.
“It’s a good way to find opportuni
ties that are out there,” he said. “It’s a lot
cheaper, and it’s a lot more convenient.”
Fletcher said she, too, thought the
They re getting their name out there as
human resource consultant at Sandhills Publishing
site was key in finding students jobs.
“They’re getting their name out
there as potential employees,” she said.
Kara Sullivan, a senior accounting
major who was interviewed Wednesday
by a company at Career Services, said
Husker Hire Link was her first option.
“It was the only way I knew how to
start job-seeking,” she said. “It was the
first available resource I had.”
After finding out about the site
through one of her friends, Sullivan said
she has heard from several companies.
Sullivan said she felt the site was
geared more toward local jobs.
Wilber said national companies
also searched Husker Hire Link.
Said Sullivan: “If you know what
you’re looking for, it’s just a matter of
Mock interviews help perfect style
By Christina Fechner
You have shaking knees and butter
flies in the stomach, and a little bit of
doubt links in the back of your mind.
It’s the dreaded interview.
Whether it’s for a job, internship or
graduate school, interviewing can feel
like being on trial.
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln’s Career Services realizes the
fear and anticipation students face in an
To help calm students’ fears, the
office offers mock interviews.
During a mock interview, Career
Services employees ask students ques
tions they may encounter when it’s time
for the real thing.
The interview is videotaped and
then feedback is given. Students learn
their strengths and weaknesses in the
interviewing process. ^ .
“Students need to realize they must
convey talents they have to offer relative
to the position (they are applying for),”
said Jake Kirkland, assistant director of
Students are given tips on how to
handle unexpected questions that may
come up during an interview.
Questions students should and
should not ask are also discussed.
“The mock interview is the first step
in getting used to the environment. It
helped me in realizing that you control
the interview,” said Audre
Athanasopoulos, a senior finance major.
With the Career Fair coming up on
Tuesday, these tips may be helpful to
students planning to speak to potential
employers and graduate school repre
Students seeking internships must
also face interviews.
Jason Rathe, a senior marketing
major, had an internship with ConAgra
last summer. He said the interview went
well for him.
“I talked to the human resource
manager and interviewed with her for
half an hour,” Rathe said. “They called
me back thred days later and let me
know I got it. I highly recommend
internships because it opens a lot of
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Kirkland said die coming career fair
is a good opportunity for students to put
their interviewing skills to practice.
“(The career fair) is an opportunity
for students to showcase their talents,”
On-campus interviews offer students convenience
By Margaret Behm
Finding die right job can be trying.
But on-campus interviews can help
in that search, according to Christine
Timm, assistant director of Career
It’s a way to meet face to face with a
company representative without having
“Campus interviews are very con
venient,” Timm said. “It is possible to
see what many businesses have to offer
without driving anywhere. This service
connects students to employers when
otherwise they might not have been
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Students must register with Career
Services to have an on-campus inter
view. Students can register in Room 230
in the Nebraska Union, or Room 316 in
the Nebraska East Union.
There they will need to pay a regis
tration fee that is good for one year. The
cost is $20 for students and $50 for
Timm recommended that students
register during their sophomore year.
Currently 2,400 students and alumni are
registered, Timm said.
To complete registration, the stu
dents should go online to the Career
Services Web site, answer some ques
tions and type in their resumes.
Once students are registered, they
can visit the same Web site to view job
openings and internships. When stu
dents find an opportunity that they are
interested in they can submit their
resume. The company will then choose
the students to interview on campus.
There are 11 interview rooms in the
Nebraska Union and four in the East
Union. About 4,000 interviews take
place each year, Timm said.
There are many workshops to help
students prepare for their on-campus
These include mock interviews,
career counseling and resume cri
tiquing. Students do not have to be reg
istered to participate in these work-.
On-campus interviews are general
ly shorter than regular interviews and
usually last about half an hour, Timm
Lark Bear, resume referral coordi
nator, said she encourages students to
take advantage of the workshops.
“Searching for a job can be over
whelming. I think it’s helpful for us as a
department to break down the choices
into avenues for students,” she said.
Anna Andersen, a senior account
ing major, has had a few on-campus
interviews. She had some advice for
people who are going in for their first
“Just be yourself during an inter
view, but remember to be professional,”
“Making up someone else during an
interview won’t help you because you
want to be happy with a job that’s right
for you. I learned that from experience.”
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