How To Navigate Hawk Jobs

Hawk Jobs is a great resource to use to look for jobs, but unfortunately most students and alumni don’t know how to work it efficiently. That’s what this post is for – to help you navigate Hawk Jobs. Take these steps into consideration and you’ll be able to upload your resume, find job openings, and check out which employees will be at an upcoming career fair in no time.

1. Go to the Hawk Jobs login page.

2. Click “Student Login” and enter your Net-ID and password (your Net-ID is the one you use when you login to your e-mail).

First, before anything, fill out your profile. You can click on the My Account tab on the left side of the screen and then click on My Profile. You’ll need to fill out things such as your major, where you live, and when you’re expected to graduate. You can also fill out your GPA, any skills you have, and your achievements.

If you want to upload your resume, click on the My Account tab and then My Documents. Then scroll down to the Employee Related Categories bar and click Add next to resumes.

If you’re looking for a job, complete the next few steps:

3. Hover your mouse over the Job Search tab and click Job Search.


4. Click the drop down arrow in the Job Category bar and choose which category you’re majoring in or what you’re interested in.

5. Then, click the drop down arrow in the Position Type bar and choose between four position types: Degree-Required Opportunities, Internships, Off-Campus Jobs or On-Campus Jobs (the two that I use the most are Degree-Required Opportunities and Internships).

If you have any additional questions on how to use Hawk Jobs, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.


Six Major Tips for Researching Employers to Leave a Good Impression

Facebook…Twitter… You Tube… Wikipedia… We all visit these platforms weekly, if not daily. Some consider these platforms to be no more than the Mount Rushmore of procrastination, but in actuality they are massive hubs of information that we waste time on use to interact with others and gain knowledge. As a result, those who use these tools certainly have developed great research skills.

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The Hawk Career Fair is just barely two weeks from today. If you are interested in making a great first impression to secure an internship or employment, knowledge of employers is critical. Let’s put those exceptional research skills to practice! Here are six ways you can engage in employer research to get hired by employers!

1. Access the Employer Attendance List from Hawk Jobs

First things first – use Hawk Jobs to find out who will be in attendance. We have a great step-by-step explanation of navigating Hawk Jobs to obtain the list of employers.

2. Make a List of Employers You’re Interested In

Hawk Jobs does a great job of listing the fields of each employer and the positions for which they hire. Employers aren’t fond of the “What jobs do you guys have?” question, and they expect students to have an idea of the positions being offered. Identify employers of interest who you think you can speak with in the time you spend at the fair, so you know exactly who you’ll speak with during the fair.

3. Take a Look at Employers’ Website

When you approach employers, it’s hard to leave a good impression when you are spending precious minutes asking basic questions about the company. Take a few minutes to review the key information from employer websites including the mission/vision/values, the company services, and the careers sections. This will lead to more informed questions and a demonstrated knowledge of the employer.

4. Search for Employers on Social Media

See if the employer has an account on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media platforms. These accounts can provide useful information about current events and specific department updates.

5. Research Employers in the News

Google has a fantastic option called “Google News”. Type in the name of an employer of interest and find out what others are saying about them. Recruiters will be impressed if you share a positive, current events story about the new designer working with the store or a current rise in profits.

6. Learn about Experiences from Employees

Some things, you will never know until you have heard it from an employee. Use Glassdoor to search through company feedback provided by current and former employees or connect with employees on LinkedIn for an informational interview. It is even better if can speak with a friend of family member connected to the company.

If you can use Wikipedia to get Breaking Bad season 5 refreshers, then you can definitely obtain the information needed to engage with employers. Once you have identified and researched employers, your anxiety is sure to decrease and you will surprise yourself and impress employers with your passion and knowledge for their company.

Feel free to check in with the Career and Leadership Development career counselors to continue employer research, building your resume and other preparation for the Hawk Career Fair!

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Psycho-What? The Many Paths to Become a Mental Health Professional

The U.S. is welcoming back thousands of wartime veterans, national homelessness is arguably increasing, and mass shootings are becoming routine news. By no coincidence is the demand for mental health practitioners on the rise by more than 20%, or faster than average, over the next ten years. The stigma placed on mental health is gradually decreasing, making the mental health profession one with several opportunities.

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Want to be a clinical genius? Some professions include counselors, psychologists, and social workers. The paths to become a mental health professional are many, so let’s take some time to break down your options!

The Masters of Social Work

  • Graduate social work programs will oftentimes have different ‘tracks’ in which students can concentrate. Consider a track that will prepare you to pursue licensure in clinical social work. Social work programs will usually take 1-2 years to complete and will oftentimes include at least two semesters of field work experiences.

The Masters in Counseling

  • These programs typically award various degrees (i.e. M.A., M.S., M.Ed) with different terminology (i.e. mental health counseling, counselor education). Escape the potential confusion and focus on the most important distinction: accreditation. Programs will usually be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). If a program is not CACREP accredited, it may not provide preparation for licensure, which is essential to becoming a professional counselor. Programs will usually take 2-3 years to complete and require a yearlong internship.

The Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy

  • In order to engage in Marriage and Family Therapy you do not need to be a licensed marriage and family therapist or complete a marriage and family therapy graduate program. However, a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy provides the most efficient route towards licensure and practice as a marriage and family therapist. Marriage and Family Therapy programs will usually take 2-3 years to complete and include a yearlong internship.

The PhD.

  • PhDs come in two areas: Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Both programs are relatively similar: they both take about 5 years to complete, include a dissertation, and require a yearlong internship. Graduates with an interest in clinical work typically pursue licensure as a psychologist.

The Psy.D

  • The Psy.D, like the PhD., will require a pre-doctoral internship and prepare graduates for licensure as a psychologist, but will only take about 4 years to complete. The Psy.D may or may not require a dissertation, but will always place less focus on research and more focus on practice.

The M.D.

  • The M.D. prepares graduates to become psychiatrists. One of the greatest distinctions between the practice of Psychiatry and the aforementioned fields is that psychiatrists can prescribe medication. Psychiatrists are required to spend 4 years to obtain a medical degree and an additional four years of residency training in psychiatry.

Deciding which path fits you and preparing yourself is the greatest challenge. Feel free to visit Career and Leadership Development to work with a career counselor and explore the path and preparation that best fits you!

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Where Will Your Career Take You? Tips for Preparation & Common Careers Abroad

Earlier this year we shared information about where the job search may take you. Traveling outside of Wisconsin after graduation is a huge step and it is even more significant when you desire to pursue an international career.

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Traveling abroad has become increasingly popular. Every year, the U.S. has nearly 300,000 students study abroad in addition to the cultivation of unique programs such as Semester at Sea. Traveling abroad provides several benefits such as learning a foreign language and developing a global perspective. Now on to the big question: what happens when you want to work abroad?

Here are some tips on preparing for a career abroad and some common international careers.

 Documentation needs (Passport, Visa, and Work permit)

  • While passports may be applied for through the U.S. Department of State, obtaining work visas and work permits are a bit more challenging. Many countries will require that you have a job offer prior to obtaining a work visa or work permit. Additionally, some countries will require a special type of visa related to work (i.e. business visa, work visa) and a work permit. Going Global, a career resource located on Hawk Jobs, provides excellent information on work visas and work permits.

Getting a Job

  • Preparation: According to the Institute for International Education of Students, you are more likely to secure a job abroad after completing an international internship. In addition to international internships, working domestically, gaining proficiency in a second language, and building a global network are other ways to prepare for an international career.
  • Before or After: Make the decision as to whether you want to have a job prior to traveling abroad or after you have settled abroad. There will be challenges either way, but there are useful strategies for each situation.
  • Study your Country: Different countries have their own unique benefits and challenges. Make sure to gather information about the economy and top companies of the countries you are considering.
  • Build a Global Network: Take some time to get to know individuals from different countries in your field of interest. Try to find out more information about how they have prepared for and obtained their job. This is always easier when you have had some previous travel abroad experience. In any case, using LinkedIn can be a useful tool as well.

Common Careers Abroad

  • Government and International Relations: This includes Foreign Affairs, Government Intelligence, and work with the United Nations.
  • Domestic to International: I once worked with a student seeking marketing opportunities in Israel. After some searching, we found some companies and job postings. Many positions available in America will also be available abroad.
  • Teaching English: We shared some information on teaching abroad earlier in the year.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO): If you have a passion for issues that span internationally, such as poverty, women’s rights, or community development, then you may want to consider NGO’s with international opportunities.
  • Miscellaneous: Other common careers abroad range from agriculture (WWOOFing) to working as an Au Pair.

You never know where your career will take you! Stop by Career & Leadership Development to find more information about working abroad.

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Sweat the Small Stuff: Considerations for your Career Fair Checklist

Resumes. Check.
Ironed professional attire. Check
Talking points and elevator pitch. Check
A 13-gallon bag for free pens and highlighters… Check.

With the Hawk Career Fair less than three days away, the above questions may be similar to your pre-career fair checklist. It is a great practice to plan prior to the career fair through researching employers, revising your resume, and developing your elevator pitch. However, make sure you have considered the common concerns, such as updated copies of a resume, as well as those seemingly small concerns.

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “A small leak can sink a great ship”. Here are a few seemingly small concerns that contribute to career fair success:

Avoid the SWAG

  • On first glance, this phrase goes against everything that popular culture tells us. At career fairs, employers’ tables are filled with SWAG (Stuff We All Get) and it is tempting to re-stock on pens and to pick up a few snack size candy bars. The career fair is the time to showcase your skills and network with employers. So, be sensible with SWAG: ask for a pen or two, accept SWAG when offered, but keep your eyes on the prize.

Take Notes

  • One student can easily connect with 5-10 employers within an hour. Each conversation may bring a different outcome including an offer to follow-up by e-mail or information about an unlisted job. After an hour of career fair stimulation one can easily forget this information. Be sure to carry a small note pad or use a padfolio to keep notes of conversations you have with employers.

Leave your Wingman at the Door

  • While you may travel to the career fair with a friend, avoid connecting with employers in groups. This can cause a myriad of challenges and detract from your own attempt at expressing your skills and interest in an employer.

Collect Cards

  • Employers attend the career fair to learn more about students and find potential interns and employees, so naturally they are interested in networking and receiving resumes following conversations. Similarly, make sure you get the contact information of the recruiters you speak with by asking for a card after each conversation.

No Need for Aromas

  • In many ways, career fairs should be treated like interviews. In interviews, you do not want your perfume to bring your interviewer to tears or cause a coughing attack. In the same way, be considerate to other career fair goers and recruiters. Avoid colognes, perfumes, and smoking prior to the career fair.

These are just a few considerations to place on your checklist. If you have not already prepared for the Hawk Career Fair, schedule an appointment with Career and Leadership Development. Also, as you are entering the Hawk Career Fair on Wednesday, feel free to stop by Career and Leadership Development’s table at the entrance for a last check. Doing the small things right can lead to grand opportunities!

See you at the Hawk Career Fair!

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Alternatives to Your Dream Job


Congratulations UW-Whitewater spring graduates! As you celebrate your achievements during various events, you are probably hearing several age-old quotes and clichés.

Graduation is a big thing, but you still may get doubts that the “the tassel is worth the hassle.” You earned a degree, but you may not be excited about your new employment or may have no job at all. Graduation can be sobering when you do not receive the outcome you expected four years ago.

Do not fear. Now is a good time to replace your worries with planning and preparation. Here are three roadblocks and four alternative career considerations as you pursue your ideal career.

Three Roadblocks After Graduation

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. Graduate School: It is amazing when someone pursues a graduate program in which they are passionate, committed, and prepared. The dangers of graduate school arise when one pursues graduate school just to avoid the workforce. Do your research before attending graduate school.
  2. The Couch: In 2011, the New York Post reported that up to 85% of graduates were moving back home. Disclaimer: Living at home does not mean a free-for-all on The View and Nintendo Wii. Continue to improve and develop skills through some combination of volunteering, internships, or other form of employment.
  3. Job Search Breaks: Continue your normal job search and set-up e-mail notifications for job openings. In addition, maintain your relationship with networking contacts and find ways to meet new contacts through various means (friends, family, professional associations, LinkedIn). Even if you have a job, stay up-to-date on position openings in your field.

Four Alternative Career Considerations

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

  1. Duties of Interest: You may not immediately become a copy editor for HarperCollins or perform marketing for Google. For now, try to utilize the skills you love even if you are not working with the product, employer, or environment you love.
  2. Environment of Interest: Are you interested in working for the federal government? Get a job, any job, and use it to build networks and knowledge to help you move closer to your dream job with your employer.
  3. Service Programs: You may desire to build more experience or are still trying to discover fields in which you are interested. Try a service program to build experience and earn a few benefits along the way. City Year, AmeriCorps, and Milwaukee Teaching Fellows are just a few such programs.
  4. Temporary Work: If you are in the position to be flexible, staffing agencies can be a great way to build various skills. The key is to be  strategic about the types of positions you are willing to work.

Career services is here to help you develop and evaluate your job search strategies. Make an appointment at some point during the summer and we can assist you in your pursuit of your ideal career.

 “…if one advances confidently in the direction of his dream, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau

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What’s a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and How Do I Create One?

Research is an incredible way to prepare for graduate and professional school. UW-Whitewater has a number of opportunities to engage in research including the Undergraduate Research Program, the McNair Program, and various opportunities to participate in ongoing faculty research.

As you develop skills to become an effective graduate student, it will be very important to learn how to appropriately market yourself. When applying for employment, assistantships, fellowships, grants, and other opportunities, resumes will no longer be the document of choice. Instead, you will be asked to submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Curriculum Vitae is Latin for ‘course of life’. The purpose of the CV is to provide a snapshot of your education, professional background, and research interests.

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Academic and International CVs
There are two types of CVs: the academic CV and international CV. Several countries outside of the U.S. use the term CV to refer to their equivalent of the American resume. Domestically, it will be necessary to begin a CV if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • Planning to attend graduate school
  • Engaging in student teaching
  • Participating/conducting research
  • Interested in academia

CV or Resume: What’s the difference?
A CV and resume are both documents used to provide a snapshot of one’s skills and experiences. The CV differs from the resume in that it is:

  • More comprehensive and longer in length
  • Used primarily for jobs in academia, research and when applying for grants, conferences, or graduate school
  • Strictly a professional document that should be approached conservatively

How do I begin my CV?
Create a master CV document. It may be easiest to request the CV of faculty member in your field of interest to get an initial idea of how a CV in your field of interest will appear.

  1. Outline information. Outline the following information: contact information, education, professional employment, research experience (publications, presentations, grants, etc.), teaching experience, honors and awards, professional service, professional affiliations. The CV does not need to be limited solely to this information, but the aforementioned are a few samples. Accompany each experience with the position held, name of organization, dates present and location
  2. Create headings and organize. Create headings that are relevant to your experiences. The list in Step One identifies information that may be used as headings. Place corresponding experiences underneath headings. Research and teaching experiences are often the first sections following the education section. Note: In regard to section order, the most important information will be listed toward is the top of CV. However, information within each heading should be listed in reverse chronological order.
  3. Create descriptions. Fill in experiences with descriptions regarding your accomplishments. Use complete citations for research (including publications, presentations, and research in progress).

The CV length for undergraduate and graduate students will likely range from 2-5 pages. For more information, explore ‘Additional Resources’ below and make an appointment with a career counselor in Career and Leadership Development and faculty member in your department.

Additional Resources:

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I Study Psychology, But What Should I Do With My Life?

What do William James and Sigmund Freud have in common with Natalie Portman and Hugh Hefner? Strangely enough, they all majored in psychology. People with a degree in psychology find work in various fields. The American Psychological Association has almost 60 internal divisions that represent topics ranging from environmentalism to consumerism.

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Students who study psychology have a wide range of skills that can be applied to several fields. These skills include understanding individual differences, writing skills, research methods and analysis, interpersonal skills, gathering information, and problem solving, among several others.

Several different fields of work employ students who study psychology. Even Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, employs doctorate graduates in psychology. Here is a list of some areas of work for students who study psychology to consider:

  • Human Services (Direct care, Administration): Examples – psychotherapy, advocacy, grant writing
  • Research: Examples – market research, experimental psychology
  • Education: Examples – teaching, higher education administration and student support services
  • Human Resources: Examples – employment and recruitment, labor relations
  • Business and Industry: Examples – sales, public relations, insurance, real estate

With all of these career options, one of the major factors to consider is whether or not you desire to pursue a bachelor degree in psychology or various types of advanced degrees (i.e. master, doctorate) in psychology.

For example, if you desire to work as a therapist, an advanced degree will be required.

Additionally, you will have to consider ways to gain certain skills and experiences that will make a psychology degree more valuable in different fields. For example, if you are studying psychology and aspire to work in business and industry or human resources, it is essential that you pursue related internships and employment opportunities prior to graduating.

It is important to consider the level of your degree and the career you desire to pursue in order to make the best decisions about graduate school and about opportunities you seek while in college.

Here are a few resources for students majoring in psychology:

And as always, if you are considering graduate school options in psychology or thinking about you can gain experience, such as internships or employment, contact Career and Leadership Development to make an appointment.

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What Valentine’s Day Means for the Job Seeker

Valentine’s Day can oftentimes be a gift to the unaware. Stores are filled with candies, stuffed animals, and flowers behind an overlay of red and pink. Restaurants are creating a cozy and romantic atmosphere. It’s nearly impossible to forget that Valentine’s Day is near and love-related gestures are expected.

Today, during the week of Valentine’s Day, I want to offer students a similar gift by sharing when you should become a job seeker. There are no significant reminders through commercials and consumer products as to when to begin the job search. As a result, several students ride into the glory of graduation unaware: a college degree in hand, with no resume developed, no networking contacts and a job search that has barely began. This timing makes the task of finding employment even more daunting.

There is a great need to become a job seeker before becoming a graduate. Here are a couple of tips on becoming a job seeker.

  • Apply to job openings as early as the beginning of the spring. Employers are responsible for advertising a position, evaluating applicants through resumes and cover letters, interviewing, evaluating interviewees, checking references, and following a job offer, negotiating a salary. This process could take up to two months from the initial job advertisement. In addition, it is not uncommon for employers to allow two weeks to a month for new employees to begin work. Apply now and manage details of the starting date later.
  • Begin connecting with any networking contacts including current and past employers and internship supervisors, and other individuals who you know in your field of interest. Explain the type of job you are seeking out, ask for any advice of navigating your field, and ask for introductions to new contacts. Networking is a process, and if you begin at the start of the spring semester, your connections have the chance to introduce opportunities before you graduate.

If you are wondering about how to become a job seeker before graduation, make an appointment with a Career Counselor in Career & Leadership Development to organize your job search and discuss the best job strategies for you as a job seeker.

Have a great Valentine’s Day and take joy in the gift of reminders.

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Snuggies and Career Planning: Winter Break “R&R”

I can remember sipping the last drop of an energy drink while watching a long night transition to another day. It’s that time of the year again: Finals. I know the pressure you all feel as finals are underway. Luckily, winter break is right around the corner.

Winter break is a time when you can take a mental vacation from coursework and get some good “R&R”: rest and relaxation. Sorry to say, but career planning never takes a break. Getting rest and relaxation is absolutely necessary, but I want to propose an additional type of “R&R” that will help you take another step towards your career aspirations: reflect and reconnect.

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  • Social media and journals: take the time to look back at your past interactions. How have you grown? What have you learned? Identifying your strengths and experiences make you a more effective interviewer and improves your ability to make career decisions. In addition, employers are very likely to search your name on the internet, so take good care of your online presence. Search your name on Google to explore results and remove any off-putting results. If you do not have a social media presence, take the time to create a LinkedIn page.
  • Master resume: create or update your master resume. A master resume is a placeholder for all of your experiences. When you get ready to submit a targeted resume, you can easily copy and paste experiences from your master resume. Also, this is a great way to maintain an up-to-date resume and to assess additional experiences you would like to pursue.

Reconnect with Family and Friends

  • The Questions: Family and friends will want to know your major, your career aspirations, and every other detail that will take place for the next twenty years of your life. While these questions can be burdensome, welcome them. Your career is a serious matter and whether you are a freshman or senior, discussing your future can lead you to new ideas, create renewed excitement, and challenge you to do more research about your career aspirations. Also, discussing thoughts about your career can help you become more effective in articulating your interests and career aspirations which will be help with interviewing, career fairs, graduate personal statements, and other situations.
  • Networking: Family and friends are a prime source for networking. Connect with family or friends who may be in a career field of interest. Be intentional and these conversations can lead to a variety of opportunities such as a mentor relationship, job shadowing, informational interviews, and future volunteer, internship, or job opportunities.

Make an appointment with a career counselor at Career and Leadership Development to get more tips on effective networking, identifying career interests and majors, and internship or job search strategies during winter break.

Don’t forget to curl up in your snuggie and enjoy your break!

Past entries about ways to utilize winter break:

What To Do During Winter Break?
Winter Break To-Dos: Part 2

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