Social Media — When Are We Not Thinking About It?

College campuses are buzzing with different technological tools, apps, and more to find ways to socially connect with one another. There’s even research on the best times to post your pictures on Instagram (8pm- by the way) to get the most likes.  Check that out here on the CoSchedule Blogsocial-media_word-cloud

There’s also profound research discussing how your online presence can absolutely influence your job search. You’ve heard the stories before: an unsavory post is made about a supervisor or a customer and suddenly that person is out of their job.

Here Are 4 Tips to Take Ownership of Your Social Media Presence:

Build a LinkedIn Profile

  •  Think of this as a way to make a first impression before the interviews begin. This active website allows you to connect with your professional network, endorse your peers, record your accomplishments, and provide deeper details beyond your resume.
  •  Put your LinkedIn page URL on your business card or resume to direct employers to see if you have any common connections and to show off your media presence.
  • Follow this guide from the Career Services Website to build an “All-Star” page!

Create a Brand with Your Username and Handle  social-media-icons-diagonal-premium-530x353

  • Using the same personalized handle/weblink name for each of your accounts creates consistency and accurate searches for the media you want employers to see.
  • For Example: Twitter: @uncgcareer / Facebook: UNCGCareer / Instagram: UNCGCareer
  • You get the idea? This makes it easier when an employer is researching to see that the content of those pages belong to you.

Google Yourself

  • Googling can give you an idea of how an employer may see you. Log out of your Gmail and any personal accounts first so that it can be as similar to an employer’s view as possible.
  • Don’t like what you see? One way to start pushing down unpleasant google results that can’t be deleted is to start creating your own branding content online. Blogs, LinkedIn, Vlogs, and other media platforms that you enjoy can push those unpleasant posts out of the way.
  • It’s not enough to create the accounts, be sure to post or interact with other users regularly (approximately once a week) on these sites to show you are engaged in your online presence.

What Does a Privacy Setting Say About You?

  • To some employers, that looks like you have something to hide.
  • Remember — not taking ownership of your brand is giving the power to other people to define YOU.

Now…  Take charge of your professional brand by building a LinkedIn profile, following these tips, and checking out for more information on building your online presence!

FALL CAREER FAIR — Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (10am-2pm)

The Fall Career Fair Has Moved to a New Location! The 2016 Fall Career Fair is growing, and has moved to the Kaplan Center, at 1301 W Gate City Blvd. On Wednesday, September 28th from 10:00am-2:00pm, more than 100 employers will gather to meet and recruit UNCG students of all majors. Local employers will be offering positions in management, financial services, communications, logistics, healthcare, government, non-profit, graduate schools and MORE. Students of all class years will find opportunities here, highlighting paid internships and full time jobs.

Commonly Asked Questions:

How do I get to the Kaplan Center? The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for for Wellness is located across the street from the Campus Police Station, and close to Spartan Village. We encourage students to use Spartan Chariots to attend the fair. The live GPS tracker is available to help students plan their entry and exit from the fair. Additional options include walking or parking (at cost) in the Oakland Parking Deck.

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Are suits required? No. While in years past suits have been required to attend this event, going forward professional attire is the standard. We want students to be able to understand their audience (meaning what the organization’s culture expects of their professionals), and how to dress appropriately. Common examples include slacks, collared shirts, blouses, dresses and skirts. Keep in mind that to be as competitive as possible, looking the part is important. For more conservative industries, suits continue to be a standard. We strongly encourage students to keep this in mind as they work to gain experience and prepare for graduation. The Career Services Center has a small inventory of suit pieces available for students to keep if interested. Stop by our office to learn more!

What is the one thing I should do if I’m considering attending? Come to the Career Fair! Whether you’re ready for an internship or full time job, or simply curious – there’s an option for every student. Career Fair tours will be available for students less comfortable with approaching employers independently and who may not be ready to consider full time employment options. Led by Career Coaches, students will have the opportunity to tour the career fair in small groups in order to connect and to learn from participating employers. Students with more specific interests will have the opportunity to flow through the event at will.

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Use Our Career Fair App!  To find specific employers during the career fair, or to research in advance, download our career fair app! UNCG Career Fair Plus it’s available for download either from the Apple Store and or from Google Play.

What is a Work Study Job?


Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded program that provides subsidized part-time employment opportunities to students with financial need.  In order to be eligible for FWS, you must be enrolled at least half-time and have documented financial need.  Your need is calculated and based on the information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  FWS is an allotment of money that you may earn during the academic year and is intended to assist you in meeting the cost of education at UNCG.  The FWS Program is an excellent opportunity to acquire many of the skills necessary for future careers and to earn money while you are in school.

Applying For a Work Study Job – You must have been awarded FWS in order to apply for work study jobs!

  1. Go to the Career Services Website (
  2. Click on the Students Tab
  3. Click the SpartanCareers logo in the Tool Box Use the following login credentials
  4. Username: Your UNCG username
  5. Password: Your University password – **This should be the same as your iSpartan login.**
  6. If logging in for the first time, review and complete your profile. (You will not have a profile if you are not yet enrolled.)
  7. Go to “Job Search” tab on the top tool bar. Use the “Position Type” search box to find all work-study job listings. Click any job title to view the description and job qualifications. Follow the “How to Apply” instructions for each individual job posting.

Please note that the date jobs are posted may not reflect their actual availability, so check every job that interests you – no matter how long ago it was posted.


Can FWS be used to defer my bill or used for payment of tuition and fees?  Yes.  However, you must contact the Cashiers Office for further details.

Do I get a check for the total amount of the award?  No. To earn FWS you must have a federal work-study job. Once employed, you will receive monthly paychecks for hours worked. You are, however, limited to the award amount each semester. Once you reach that award amount, you must stop working.

How many hours a week will I work?  FWS students work an average of 8 hours per week depending on the rate of hourly pay. It is a UNCG policy that students cannot work more than 28 hours per week. Work schedules will be determined by your class schedule and the needs of the department. Typically, you will begin working during the first week of classes and cease work on the last day of classes. It is expected that you fulfill your obligation with a department for at least one full semester.

Will I have to work during holidays and school breaks?  No. FWS students are not required to work during breaks. Working during breaks is an option, but it is at the discretion of the department and the Financial Aid Office.








Welcome to the UNCG Career Services Center Blog!

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You are on your way to opening new doors and possibilities as you complete your UNCG degree! Completing your degree will give you access to jobs and experiences you have never had before, but you need to be prepared to take full advantage of these opportunities.

The Career Services Center wants to help you:

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1. Research and select a career that is an ideal fit for you

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2. Apply for jobs and connect on campus with employers

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3. Prepare for your job search

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4. Gain skills and knowledge to manage your career for life


Our blog is a great way for you to stay informed of upcoming events and to take advantage of our resources. Only through the Career Services Center can you:

  • Identify your unique strengths and how they fit with a future career
  • Develop your customized resume and practice interviewing
  • Meet over 100 employers on campus
  • Access hundreds of job postings from employers interested in hiring Spartans for internships and full-time jobs
  • Meet alumni who can help you learn about different career paths

Follow this blog (and our other social media – LinkedIn UNCG Spartans Network, Facebook, and Twitter) to stay up to date on everything that’s happening, stop by our office (#1 EUC, next to Subway) anytime between 10am – 4pm during the semester to speak with a Peer Career Ambassador or Career Coach, and let us help you open new doors!


Be Your Own Boss: A Discussion on Entrepreneurship…

Since the start of the new millennium, there have been numerous new companies that have sprung up and taken the world by storm.  It’s difficult to imagine a world without Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or Youtube but all of these companies were created after the year 2005.  Every day, entrepreneurs are thinking of new ideas and starting new companies.  Both Facebook and Reddit were created while their founders were still attending college.


When creating a new business, there is a lot of preparation that needs to go into the idea.  Things that a new entrepreneur needs to consider include thinking about the needs of their clientele, decide the business entity (how the company will be structured), how many employees can the company support, advertising and marketing methods, and financing.  An entrepreneur also needs to think about liability insurance, legal resources, and create a business plan for the first three years.

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Many entrepreneurs do not turn a profit for their new business until the third year of operation.  It’s important for any new entrepreneur to think about controlling budget needs and think about the size of their operation.  It probably won’t be until after the third year that an entrepreneur can start to think about growth opportunities and expanding their workforce.

Here at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we offer an entire major concentrating on entrepreneurship.  If a student is interested in pursuing this major, we definitely recommend checking out the explore majors section of our website,  It would also be beneficial to either do some informational interviewing or take a couple 100 or 200 level classes to see if the major would be a good fit for the student.  Some of the workplaces that our student entrepreneurs have worked at in the past include venture capital groups, health care, non-profits, think tanks and research groups, universities and various corporations.

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Some national organizations that provide resources for exploring entrepreneurship interests include the US Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship, the Family Firm Institute, the National Collegiate Inventers and Innovators Alliance, the Academy of Management, and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization.  Local resources for people who are thinking of starting a business includes, the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, and Energizing Startups (an organization on campus).


It’s always a good idea to do your research before starting any new business venture.  Students who are looking to start a new business should consult with a financial planner, an accountant or legal representation to make sure that everything they are planning is legal.

Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

As we all know, social media has become a huge part of our world and it’s important for students to protect their image and brands. More and more, employers are turning to social media platforms to screen potential employees for jobs.  Thus, it’s important to be mindful of the type of image we portray online, as organizations are looking to social media applications to screen out individuals who do not fit their needs and expectations.

Have You Googled Yourself Lately? is an exciting new program that encourages students to think more critically about their online presence. At the Career Services Center, we define online presence as “knowing who you appear to be online. Use social media to connect with others and to create opportunities to expand your network.” Thus, social media can be an excellent way to expand your professional network and meet other people who can help you grow and develop as a professional.

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It’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to make a good first impression online.  Below you’ll find some helpful hints to help you get started:

Step 1. “Google Yourself.” Simply type in your name in Google and see what pops up for you.

Step 2. Begin cleaning up/removing items that you can from social media websites that don’t represent how you would like potential employers to see you online using Rep’n Up. Rep’n Up is a free service that you can use to clean up your social media profile before you start your job search or apply to graduate school! Sign in through Facebook and receive a full report of any problematic text you have posted, e.g. sexual text, curse words, complaints about your boss.

Note that more recent activity hides older content.  Consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • Did you trash someone, or something, in a review on Amazon?
  • Did you write a controversial Letter to the Editor to a newspaper or other publication?
  • Did you add comments to an article on a news site?
  • Did you make comments on someone else’s blog?
  • Did you “Tweet” a raunchy post on Twitter?
  • Did you post a crude picture on Facebook or Instagram?
  • Do you have a personal website with ‘less than professional’ material?
  • Did you trash a former employer on a chat site?

Step 3. Create a professional social media profile with LinkedIn, a fast-growing professional networking site that allows members to create business contacts, search for jobs, and find potential clients. View the video below to learn more about creating a professional LinkedIn profile.

Step 4. Join “UNCG Spartans Network” on LinkedIn to connect with UNCG alumni!

Have you Googled Yourself Lately? will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 11:00am – 12:30pm in the Career Services Center Large Conference Room (bottom floor of the EUC next to Subway).  The event will feature a brief presentation, pizza, drinks, and a fun group activity!


And remember, our drop-in hours are available Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:30pm for brief questions. In addition, feel free to make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your online presence further or any other career-related need. Our office is open M-F, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Visit us at for more details!

We hope to see you soon!

How Do You Negotiate For Salary?

How do you respond whenever a discussion of salary comes up? The hard fact is most of us are anxious and uncomfortable during those situations when we know we want, or need, to discuss salary requirements. Here’s how to get started:

Take time to evaluate the offer at hand – whether for:

  • a job offer
  • a job promotion, or
  • a position advancement


Have the right reasons to negotiate.

  • your skills, education, and experience are worth more than the salary offered
  • you have multiple job offers with similar salary offers
  • cost-of-living is higher in the area where the job is and the offer does not reflect that
  • salary for the position is less than the industry average

Do your homework.

  • document your skills and accomplishments, and be prepared to talk about them
  • research salary information resources such as:,,, and
  • prepare a budget to determine your financial needs
  • salary is not the only area to negotiate – consider your options and evaluate your total compensation package which may also include: benefits, incentives, allowances, paid days off, flexibility, parking passes, etc.

Prepare for your negotiation conversation.

    • decide, before you go, what salary you want to earn, what you know you need to live on, and what you will be willing to settle for


  • don’t be the first person to mention salary during the interview


  • be realistic; entry level salaries are less negotiable than salaries for mid-level or executive positions
  • practice your salary negotiation skills out loud
  • try to relax; it’s natural to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable when you are discussing salary

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