Career Services

UAF aluma Veta Nelso
UAF graduate Veta Nelson teaches first grade at Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks.

Career Services is a free resource available to all UAF alumni. The department offers a variety of services to help alumni explore career options, improve job-search techniques and ultimately find gainful employment. Career Services has connections with various departments on campus, as well as local, national and international employers.

Looking for a job?

Career Connect

You're not alone. Labor statistics indicate the average person will change jobs more than 10 times between the ages of 18 and 40, so take advantage of the resources offered by Career Services. Counselors will work with you to sharpen your interviewing skills, help you design and prepare an effective resume, as well as introduce you to their new nationwide job database UAFCareerConnect. UAFCareerConnect is free to all active and current alumni. They will also assist you in understanding how to use websites like O*Net, which matches your skills with possible occupations.

Considering a career change?

If you're unhappy with your career and are ready to make the big change, career counselors are available to help you define your personal goals and interests and choose a new career.

Want to build your professional network?

Career Services staff can assist you in learning and establishing professional networking skill sets.

Going back to graduate school?

Let a career counselor help you decide on the right school, polish your application and find employment opportunities that will work with your schedule. Career Services staff can also teach you how to write an effective curriculum vitae or resume and help you tailor your application to a specific school.

Have expertise to share?

UAF alumna Elena Harris
Elena Harris graduated from the Tanana Valley Campus' Allied Health program and is now employed as a medical assistant in a busy Fairbanks doctor's office.

Come in or call Career Services and learn how you can become a mentor. Thousands of UAF undergrads are beginning to take their first steps into the working world, so why not help them make the transition? Share your past experiences, give advice and impart a few words of wisdom to a current student. Being a mentor is beneficial to both parties and has the potential to lead to lifelong friendships.

Five steps to building an effective resume

  1. Tailor your resume to the position, including relevant information
  2. Condense your objective statement into a single sentence
  3. Use a positive tone and action verbs to describe your previous work experience
  4. Use bullet points starting with action verbs, avoiding narrative formats
  5. Do not feel obligated to include every job you have ever held

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