Success Stories Shared by UAA Students & Alumni
Success Story #1
Danica with the UAA Career Exploration & Services was an incredible help with my resume and cover letter. She and JoAnne were a fantastic help with my interview skills.
I had assumed that the UAA Career Exploration & Services was aimed at graduating seniors. Still, I made the call and scheduled an appointment. My assumption was false; it is a very helpful services that UAA offers to any student - I am a freshman and more than a year away from graduating.
Spoiler alert: I got the job I wanted and it had not been advertised. It is also what I am going to school for and they hired me without completion of my program. They will even work with me on my school schedule I submitted to the employer my resume and cover letter using the guidelines and suggestions given by Danica.
I knew where I wanted to work but I had a long way to go to get there - my resume was not well written or pieced together and I 'choke' during an interview. The services they offer that helped me the most are:
- The initial resume and review: I was so lost on what a resume should look like. I felt comfortable showing her my resume and applying her suggestions which were so insightful.
- The ability to email my resume and cover letter drafts for editing: This was incredibly comforting; I received a response within one business day each time. Danica was not available one day so another staff member (Courtny Petrosky) returned my resume with suggestions.
- The 'professional clothes closet': I am on a tight budget....what college student isn't? They have a closet full of gently used, donated clothes you can sort through - and keep. I got a pair of simple, black pumps to wear for my interview!
- The mock interview: SO NECESSARY. Danica and the Interim Director, JoAnne, took time out of their day to do a 'mock' interview. They asked pertinent questions and we videoed it and analyzed my mannerisms, posture and responses - it was uncomfortable watching it but I have no doubt that prepared me for my successful (real) interview. Danica was so patient - we did two mock interviews for the same position.
Through the entire process and all the time I took of Danica's, I NEVER felt like a burden, like I was taking up too much of her time, or any of my questions were silly. The entire staff was nothing but professional and helpful. Thank you, UAA Career Exploration & Services for adequately preparing me for a successful job search. I can't wait to start my new position!
Success Story #2
I was skeptical about going to Career Exploration & Services because I believed it was more useful for recent graduates, and I considered myself knowledgeable enough to prepare my resume and cover letter. A classmate who just graduated from the MBA program told me how Career Exploration & Services helped her prepare for a successful job interview which landed her an awesome job, and she strongly recommended I check it out.
I made an appointment with Danica Bryant (Workforce and Career Development Coordinator) and sent her my resume and cover letter. I couldn't be happier that I made that decision because Danica helped me see the weak areas on my resume and cover letter, and gave me valuable advice on how to write a great resume and cover letter for each specific job I was applying for.
After the first session, we continued communicating via email, and I really like how she used the tracker feature in MS Word to guide me to the areas needing revisions. I emailed her several revisions and always received a quick response. I'm also glad I chose to do the mock interview because it helped me gain more confidence, and watching the video helped me be more self-aware of my body language.
I ended up applying for only one job, my number ONE choice, and I got it!
I would definitely recommend anyone to go to UAA Career Exploration & Services whether you are a recent graduate or an alumni of 8 years (like me) because they have all the tools to get you prepared for a successful interview.
Success Story #3
Thank you SO much for your help with my interview skills. I came into your office terrified of interviews, and after just a couple of meetings, I walked out a confident and prepared candidate-- and I got the job! I could not have done it without your help. You have an incredible way of providing constructive criticism. You never once made me feel incompetent, and you were very clear in the areas that I needed to work on without making me feel bad about myself. I really appreciate your approach. I felt empowered, even after our first meeting. After the second and third I felt I really had a handle on what I needed to do, but more importantly, I felt confident in my ability to successfully deliver my responses.
I feel like you really went above and beyond to make sure I left your office knowing I would succeed. You reworked your schedule twice to accommodate me before my interview, and you even brought in other staff members to help give me the feeling of a panel interview. While I really did not want to watch the recording of myself, you played it anyway! I am glad you did, because it gave me the opportunity to see that I did not look or sound as ridiculous as I felt when I was answering. Lastly, you gave me an awesome pep talk! I really, really appreciate your kind words. I actually repeated them to myself as I was waiting to be called back for the interview.
When I was waiting for you on the first day that we met, I was so nervous I honestly thought I might be sick. And that was just a mock interview! I was actually tempted to cancel the whole thing because I associate interviews with a very uncomfortable situation, and I simply did not want to do it. I pushed through my fears, and I am so glad I did. By the time you were finished with me, and I was sitting waiting to be called for me real interview, the only sign of nervousness I had was a little sweaty palms. That is a long way from wanting to throw up! I know I would not have been able to get through that interview without your help. Thank you so, so very much!
I have urged one of my classmates to come see you. I know she is really nervous about her resume and her interview skills. I know you can help :)
I am so, so grateful to you for all of your help. If I can help spread the word about the awesome work that you guys do, let me know!
Thank you, again. You are AWESOME!
Success Story #4
I appreciate your professionalism and all of your help! I cannot express it enough! Your sincerity and promptness in helping me today were outstanding!
Thanks again for everything!!