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University Career Services: A door to employment opportunity

By Silvia E. Neufeld
News Reporter

Students seeking a job after graduation need go no farther than University Career Services, an on-campus office that assists students not only with the job search, but the entire employment process.

"We are a full-service career planning and placement office," said Richard Stidham of UCS'. "Students should take advantage of all the services that we have available. Imagine not having to leave campus to interview or to find a job."


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University Career Services, located in the Student Service Center, offers a wide range of career-planning tools to UH students.

Two of the most popular services offered by UCS are JOBank and RésuméBank, Internet-based student and alumni employment services that assist employers to identify qualified job candidates for part-time, full-time, career-level and internship positions.

The first step in using either service is to register on the UCS Web site, www.career.uh.edu. JOBank allows employers to post job openings for students to browse. The list of jobs can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection.

"You can still be brushing your teeth in the morning, but at the same time, you can be interviewing for a great job," Stidham said.

RésuméBank draws from a database of more than 2,500 student and alumni résumés, allowing employers to search and identify potential employees.

Other UCS services include career counseling and advising, internships, résumé services, on-campus recruitment and full-line computer services.

Lucrecia Esbona, a marketing and public relations alumna, said she found UCS to be a valuable tool.

"Students should not wait until they graduate to start looking for a job," Esbona said. "Graduation is only one day, and students need to start interviewing while still in college."

Esbona used the services to find a job with a major oil company in town.

UCS encourages students start using its services even before their senior year. Job assistance is available for students beginning in their sophomore year.

Stidham urged students to begin using the career planning tools as early as possible.

"Whatever you do, do not wait until you are a senior to register with us," he said. "It is important to get started as early as you can."

The next UCS workshop, "The Multi-Faceted Job Campaign," will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Many other workshops are scheduled throughout the year and are free of charge to students.

To register with UCS, link to the Web site or call Stidham at (713) 743-5100. The UCS office is located on the first floor of the Student Service Center.
 

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