Meet Sadie

Sadie F14Name: Sadie

Major & Minor: Social Work with a minor in Psychology

When you started working at UMD Career & Internship Services: I started working at Career & Internship Services my spring semester of 2014!

Favorite place in Duluth: My favorite place in Duluth is Canal Park. I love walking down by the lake and going to all of the little shops.

Favorite hobby or something else about yourself you’d like to share: I love to spend time with my friends and family, spend time outside, and experience new things & meet new people.

Best career advice you’ve received: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Piece of career advice you have for other students: Don’t settle for a job/major you aren’t passionate about.

Anything else you want to add: Take risks, travel, explore, and meet new people. Live the life you were given.

Meet Willow

WillowName: Willow

Major: Double major, Political Science and Environmental and Outdoor Education and Recreation and a Dance minor.

Year in School: Sophomore

Length of time worked at UMD Career and Internship Services: Since February of 2014

Favorite place in Duluth: Leif Erickson Park, I have so many great memories of going there as a kid and playing in the water and skipping rocks.

Best Career advice I’ve been given: Find something you love so much you’d do it for free, but you’re so good at it you get paid.

Career advice for other students: If it doesn’t make you happy, it’s not worth it.

Other: I am currently taking temporary hiatus from school to work for a political action committee in Des Moines, IA. I work for iVote for America, which helps to increase voting rights in swing states. My job consists of a little bit of everything. I plan and host events, recruit volunteers, contact voters, fundraise, and constantly publicize iVote on social media in order to get a strong base of support in Iowa.

3 Tips for Career Fair Conversation

By: Glen

When I signed up to work at a career fair, I had no idea what my responsibilities would be. I showed up, and was told to stand by the main parking lot where recruiters would arrive. Quickly, I found I was in an advantageous spot. A number of recruiting teams who passed by me did not have a parking permit in their vehicle. One of the two (or three) recruiters would drop their stuff and walk back to the car to place the permit I gave them into their vehicle. This left me one-on-one with recruiters in the parking lot. After talking to a few recruiters, a conversation format became clear. Note: The exact order of the conversation may be different if you are looking at a specific position at a company that is hiring at the time of the career fair.

3 tips for Career Fair

Know Your Purpose

The most important piece of your conversation is going to be your purpose. Why are you at the career fair? What employment opportunities are you looking for? When will you be available to start? If you can answer these questions, you are on the right path. Somehow, the answers to those questions should be incorporated into how you introduce yourself.

Explain Your Interest

Once you have tackled the first piece of your introduction, you need to be able to explain why you are interested in the opportunities you are. Give your background. Specific experiences in class or work can provide reasons for pursuing a certain position type. Here is a template example of how to word this kind of statement, “I have experience as a(n) ________ for ________. This has sparked my interest in positions such as ________.”

Ask About Opportunities

You have introduced yourself and your interests, now you get to ask the recruiter some questions. An important note needs to be made here: Do not ask, “Are you hiring people like ________ at the moment?” or, “Do you have openings for ________ right now?” These questions are worded in such a way that make the asker sound desperate and uniformed. First, if you are looking for an internship or a job to start soon, you should research to see if there are any openings.

Instead, try to word your questions about jobs in such a way that make you sound interested in conversation. If you are looking for a job right now (and you know the company is hiring) here is an example template to work with, “I am looking at the ________ position. I was wondering if I could ask you what important qualities you are looking for in hiring the ________ position?” This question states your purpose and starts a conversation that can build a relationship with the recruiter. Note: You may have to reorder your speech to have this be the end piece of your introduction and have the conversation flow.

If you are looking for future employment, questions are a bit easier and less pressured. You can ask things like, “I am looking at positions such as ________. Do you know if opportunities for new ________s will open up sometime in the near future?” or, “Do you know if a person could job shadow the ________ position to get a feel for what the job will be like in the future?” or, “What job activities does the ________ position have at your company?” Recruiters love students who come forward with engaging questions.

By following the general guidelines suggested above, you might find yourself having engrossing conversation with recruiters. I have walked out of the last two job fairs having talked to seven different employers for 5-10 minutes each. Knowing how to state my goals and ask the recruiters questions are the main reason for my success.

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Words to Use on a Teaching Resume Other Than “Taught”

By: Whitney

As a teaching major, I know it can be very easy to get stuck on words such as taught, created, and graded when writing your resume. While it is great to show you have teaching experience you don’t want to sound like you are saying the same thing over and over again. By mixing up the verbs you use, you may give yourself better chances on landing an interview at the school district you want to work for. The following are verbs that might be a nice change for your resume and how you could use them on your resume.

  • Adapted- As teachers or teacher candidates we are always adapting lessons for students with special needs, adapting to our surroundings, or changing plans on the fly to fit with students’ needs for the day.
  • Administered- Rather than saying you passed out a test or observed a test being given, it sounds more professional to say you administered the test.
  • Aided- No matter what classroom you are in there are always going to be students who need help. Rather than just using help or helped, aided is a good alternative to show the same thoughts in a non-repetitive way.
  • Anticipated- Any teacher is always anticipating needs of students or anticipating what changes might need to be made in order to make the lesson run more smoothly. Highlighting this fact is very important especially if you can give a concrete example.
  • Assessed- Assessment is very important in teaching today. Every lesson must have an assessment to go along with it so the teacher knows what the student is learning. If you are the one creating this assessment, then having that be a buzzword is very appropriate!
  • Collaborated- Whenever you are in a classroom with a cooperating teacher, you are likely collaborating with them on what the focus of the lesson should be and how you can best work with the students. Showing you have these collaboration skills is very valuable to future employers whether it is in the education field or beyond.
  • Collected/Tracked – Data collection is also very important. I know I didn’t realize how much data was kept on each student and just how important this data is in the education world. Showing you have experience with this through collecting data for something like an intervention would be something that could give you an extra edge.
  • Co-Taught- Co-teaching is a newer phenomenon that has hit the education field. More classes are starting to be co-taught. When you are in a classroom working with a cooperating teacher you are likely demonstrating a form of co-teaching.
  • Designed- Designed is a less boring way of saying created. It is a good word to use if you want to sound more professional without changing the meaning of the word.
  • Developed- Again, developed is a good word to use to describe lessons you planned or a curriculum-based measure created for a student to either increase or decrease a behavior by implementing an intervention.

Action Verbs Teaching

  • Empowered- This is a very powerful word that I love! You can empower students by giving them choice or by allowing them to feel like their thoughts and opinions are heard and taken into account.
  • Encouraged- Teachers often do not think about how much of their day is spent encouraging students to do their best work or for that matter start their work at all. Stating how you encourage students shows how you connect with students, which is very important in the teaching world.
  • Engaged- In order for students to learn, they must be engaged. Many people call this the hook of the lesson. This does not have to be a long, lengthy description, but I think it is always good to note you are striving to engage students in each lesson you plan.
  • Evaluated- Teachers while reviewing lesson plans or searching for new ones online are constantly evaluating or judging the value or the quality of the plan. Showing you are thinking critically about lessons before teaching them is necessary.
  • Increased/Decreased/Reduced- When implementing an intervention, a teacher is trying to either increase or reduce a target behavior. If you have ever done an intervention where this is true, this is a great skill to add to your resume.
  • Implemented- If you have ever implemented an intervention with a student this is a great thing to put on your resume. Many schools are using more interventions in order to keep students in the general education classroom for as much time as possible. Showing you have these skills might just land you an interview!
  • Managed- School districts want to know what you know about management techniques because it is so difficult. If you know about various management techniques and how to use them effectively in the classroom, the school district wants to know. If you have put a management plan into place then this is even better! If you are listing this under one grade you taught then it may be helpful to list how many students were in the class.
  • Modeled- Modeling the behavior or the task you want to have done will help cause less confusion in the classroom and also help to manage a classroom. Showing you value modeling behavior you want to see also shows management techniques and also effective teaching techniques.
  • Motivated- It can sometimes be difficult to motivate students to complete a task. If you have students who are challenging, showing how you motivated them to complete a task shows how you connect with students.
  • Reflected- Reflection is a big part of teaching that we tend to do without thinking about. For the EdTPA it is very important that teachers are reflecting on their lessons. It would be very valuable for a district to know you are reflecting on your lessons and evaluating what worked and what didn’t.

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Meet Logan


Logan F14

Name: Logan

Major: Exercise Science

Year in School: Sophomore

Length of time worked at UMD Career & Internship Services: Started Fall Semester of 2014

Favorite place in Duluth: Chester Park

Favorite Hobby: Drumming/Making Music

Best career advice you’ve received: It’s about the grades you make AND the hands you shake. Networking is very important.

Piece of advice you have for other students: Involve yourself in as many organizations and clubs as you can. You are only here for four years, make as many memories as you can!

Meet Katie

Katie F14

Name: Katie

Major and minor: Psychology major, Art minor

Year in school: Junior

Length of time worked at UMD Career & Internship Services: Started Fall 2014

Favorite place in Duluth: I love Enger Tower, especially at night when the city lights up!

Favorite hobby: I love art. Painting and ceramics are my favorites, but I also like drawing, mixed media, and other forms of art as well.

Best career advice you’ve received: The best piece of career advice I’ve received is to never stop searching for and trying to do what you love. Make having a career that you genuinely enjoy your goal, and take the opportunities that will help you achieve that goal.

Piece of career advice you have for other students: One of the best pieces of career advice I could give is related to a quote by Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Don’t choose to do something because it’s what you think you should do or what you are told you should do. You will be the most valuable to your own life and the lives of others if you do what Thurman advises – you do what makes you come alive.

Top 5 Resume Topics for Mechanical Engineering Students

By: Cameron

Whether you have a lot of experience and can’t decide what to keep on your resume or you have no experience and can’t think of anything to put on your resume, the following blog post will outline five good categories to consider for mechanical engineering. These categories are chosen based off of my personal experience and opinion as a graduating mechanical engineering major.


Every mechanical engineering major should be familiar with some sort of design software before graduation. Some examples of this kind of software are SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Pro/ENGINEER, and Rhinoceros 3D. There are other common non-design software that engineering students use such as MathCAD, MatLab/Simulink, Mathematica, PSpice, and even Microsoft Excel. This software is typically found on the resume under the education section or in its own section as “Software” or “Computer Skills”.


Projects are a good way to effectively show the employer that you have many skills such as teamwork, communication, time management, leadership, and hands on experience related to the field. A lot of schools have you participate in a senior design project before graduation. Next to internships and other engineering employment, having this senior design project is one of your most essential tools for building your resume. Smaller projects from your coursework can be useful, too. Even if it’s a project that you work on by yourself outside of school, it may be worth including it on your resume. These projects are typically found towards the top of the resume as their own section.

Resume Tips for ME Students


Clubs are very similar to projects in the sense that they give you skills in teamwork, communication, leadership, hands-on experience, etc. Some of the projects you list may even come from a club or organization. Some common engineering clubs that you could consider joining/listing would be American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Formula SAE (Building a go-kart/racecar), Rocketry Club, and the Clean Snowmobile Club. If you have only been a member of a club for a short time, then I would suggest listing it at the bottom of your resume in a section titled “Activities”. If you have been very involved in the club, then you might want to consider describing it more in your “Related Experience” section.


Certifications are a quick and easy way to prove that you are adept at a certain area of study. A common certification would be the CSWA (Certified SolidWorks Associate) or CSWP (Certified SolidWorks Professional). Certifications may also be important exams you have passed, such as the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The FE exam is something that most graduating mechanical engineering students take their senior year. Other certifications may include any practical work you’ve done, such as being a certified welder. The certification section is typically seen directly below the education section on your resume.


There are many methods or processes out there that can make a huge contribution to your resume if you are familiar with them. For example, knowing Lean Six Sigma is very important for improving manufacturing processes and quality assurance. Other methods/processes include finite element analysis, non-destructive examination (NDE), and cost benefit analysis. All of these methods involve saving money and saving/making money is the name of the game in engineering. The examples I’ve given are usually offered as upper division electives at schools with a four-year engineering program. Some good ways to show that you are familiar with some of these methods is by listing some of your coursework or listing them as bullet points within your experiences.

Hopefully these tips and suggestions have given you some good ideas about what to highlight on your resume. Always continue to get involved and improve your resume. Good luck!

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