Top 5 Virtual Career Resources for UF CALS Students
By Sammie Walker Herrera (she/her), Career Connections Center (C3) Manager of Integrated Partnerships and liaison to CALS
Experience changes everything. This is our motto and driving force as the UF Career Connections Center (C3). Your experience building both self and industry knowledge is a huge part of this! My name is Sammie Walker Herrera and am the new liaison to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) from the UF Career Connections Center (C3). I work closely with Cathy Carr in the Dean’s office. One of my goals is to share resources and collaborate with you to present on career-related topics, critique resumes, and create customized workshops depending on your needs.
I’m excited to support CALS. Today, I want to share five ways to use virtual career development services!
5. Drop-In Availability M-F
Don’t have time to wait? The C3 hosts virtual Express Drop-In hours from 1-4PM EST Monday-Friday. You can jump into the virtual waiting room to have your resume, cover letter or personal statement reviewed by a certified professional. Be sure to have your document ready to screen share!
4. Building and Maximizing your LinkedIn Profile
What pops up when you Google yourself? Take control of your search results and brand by ensuring that your LinkedIn is up and updated! Schedule an appointment with me on Gator Career Link (GCL) by selecting the #5 Developing Your Network/Community (Networking Strategies, LinkedIn, Finding a Mentor) appointment type.
Two resources on LinkedIn that specifically benefit students are 1) the CALS LinkedIn group where you can post articles and ask questions to your peers and 2) the LinkedIn Alumni feature. You can find this by going to the University of Florida school page and clicking the ‘Alumni’ tab on the left. With this feature you can find alumni by location, major, and/or industry. In our appointment, I can help you craft messages to send to alumni asking for advice, mentoring opportunities, and other support.
BONUS — UF has secured LinkedIn Learning for students to use for free! Browse topics to ‘Master Microsoft Excel,’ ‘Manage Your Career as an Introvert,’ and more.
3. Review Opportunities on Gator CareerLink (GCL)
Gator CareerLink isn’t just for setting up an appointment! Complete your profile to gain access to job search functions, workshop RSVP links, and company-hosted events – all happening virtually. Employers are still uploading full-time jobs and internships every day. The advanced search feature in GCL will help you find companies and roles you’re interested in.
2. Check out the CALS Career Community!
Review the College’s customized Career Community resource page! This page offers resources that will help you update your professional documents as well as videos with networking tips.
1. Workshops are OPEN!
Our center-wide and college-specific programs are now LIVE! Programs are added every day. Revisit this page often and sign up early to reserve your spot!
BONUS — Are you a member of a student organization that wants to boost student professional development? Consider requesting an Outreach Presentation! I present on a variety of topics and workshops range from 15-50 min on Zoom. I ensure that topics and examples we use are relevant to the work you do in CALS.