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U.Va. Career Services Offers Students Everything They Need To Know About Job Searches

February 1, 2001 -- The "real world" waits just around the corner for May graduates of the University of Virginia. To calm fears and secure jobs, the University Career Services (UCS) Office provides students with numerous job fairs and services.

Meeting Potential Employers

Liberal arts majors will have a chance to speak with and submit résumés to representatives of 70 companies from many fields at a Feb. 6 College of Arts and Sciences Job Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Newcomb Hall. To prepare for the event, students could attend a networking workshop where they could gain tips from alumni and employers and test their interviewing skills.

Students can explore taking a different path into the job world through a Feb. 7-8 Internship Fair, featuring recruiters from more than 120 companies. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in Newcomb Hall.

A two-day Education Expo begins Feb. 27 with a job fair in Newcomb Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., during which students can sign up for a Feb. 28 interview. More than 100 public and private schools from across the United States will be recruiting for full-time and internship positions.

Offering Guidance

Job seekers can gain one-on-one help in fine-tuning résumés through consultations with career counselors every Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UCS office. Online tip sheets (see and a Feb. 2 résumé workshop, to be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the UCS conference room, will also offer advice.

For those unsure of what to do after college, UCS offers individual counseling and an extensive career library. Students also can utilize Focus, a computer database that suggests possible job paths based on answers to a questionnaire.

"Our mission is to make UCS a valuable resource for every student at U.Va. who would like assistance in planning for work and/or graduate study," said Karen Knierim UCS associate director. "We believe we accomplish that in a variety of ways."

New Look, New Technology

With 2,200 extra square-feet of space, new computers, an expanded library and the use of the stadium’s skyboxes for on-Grounds interviews, UCS’s new office in Bryant Hall has a brighter and more professional look.

The menu of job-search tools also has improved. One new attraction is a partnership with, a service allowing students and professors to post résumés and recommendations online, providing easy access for potential employers. Students can log on 24-hours a day to efficiently submit, update, or mail credentials.

"The Internet has become a critical tool for anyone conducting a job search today," Knierim said. She notes the "tremendous number of job and internship postings online and the ease of researching employers on their organizational Web sites."

Contact: Jessica Tyree, (804) 924-7116

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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