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Career Guide

CAREER GUIDE - INTRODUCTION

Career Development is a journey. Wherever you are in the process, ALDAR University College (ADUC) Careers Services Office is here to support you every step of the way. The Careers Services Office at ADUC understands that searching for an internship, graduate job or opportunity both during your studies and after graduation can be a very intimidating and time-consuming process. Being prepared for this process is the key to being successful in today’s labor market.

 

This guide is designed to help you by:

  1. Outlining the Internship Process
  2. Exploring Job search resources and strategies
  3. Providing tips and recommendations for C.V and cover letter/email writing
  4. Creating a LinkedIn Profile and networking with professionals.
  5. Preparation for Internship and Job Interviews
  6. Outlining opportunities available to you
  7. Preparing you for life after University

 

To stand out from the crowd when looking for an opportunity either an internship, graduate job or Higher Studies, you will need to sharpen your skills, this guide is your road map toward organized, structured, and fruitful career planning.

INTERNSHIP

Your internship in your final year is not only an academic requirement for your graduation but an ideal opportunity for you to enter the job market. The Internship integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional work environment. In preparation, you must discuss your eligibility/timing for your internship with your College Academic Advisor and College Faculty Internship Supervisor before starting the internship process, give some consideration to your choice of Internship Site.

Refer to the following:

  1. Research companies in your Major
  2. Go to company websites and see if they have departments/opportunities matching your Major
  3. Discuss with your College Faculty Internship Supervisor where your senior students, from your Major, have previously completed their internship.
  4. Be flexible about the location and work environment
  5. Consider the future job market – the Private Sector has increasing opportunities
  6. Think about what experiences would help you in your future career. The Careers Services Office provides support to potential through workshops which will be scheduled through your Careers Services Office and will be communicated with you.

SHOW PROFESSIONALISM:

  1. Respect time and deadlines
  2. Follow all rules & policies required by employers and internship office.
  3. Treat all colleagues, employees, customers, supervisors with dignity & respect
  4. Dress professionally, consider the culture of the organization
  5. Report changes in your working hours/schedule to your supervisor and mentor immediately to avoid any confusion.

RADIATE POSITIVITY:

  1. Engage in positive, ethical, and legal behavior
  2. Accept responsibility and accountability for your decisions & actions
  3. Offer help and complete all assigned tasks, avoid nagging and complaining
  4. Respect and accept constructive feedback and work to enhance your performance, and gain new skills
  5. Keep an open heart and mind when it comes to solving work related issues.

ENJOY LEARNING & DEVELOPING:

  1. Approach all tasks with enthusiasm, you might not value the task you are doing, but you will learn and will develop a new skill.
  2. Do not be afraid to ask questions and to seek clarifications. You are there to learn and internship is your opportunity to practice what you have learnt
  3. Ask questions, it shows interest and willingness to do the job efficiently.
  4. Do your best, take initiative and ask for additional work when you complete the assigned tasks.

 

JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

Job search can be a very intimidating process if not efficiently planned. Here are some helpful tips that will guide you in structuring your job search:

  1. Start early: Don’t wait until you are bored or frustrated about not getting the job you want. The secret to being successful in your job search is
  2. Early planning. In your final year, plan your internship and potential graduate employment by visiting the Graduate and Student Career Services Office to inquire about opportunities and the best paths to employment.
  3. Identifying your identity: We recommend that you evaluate your experience, skills, interests and values to determine the type of job you are interested in and whether you have the appropriate skills for it. If you don’t know where to start and how to do it, contact a Career Counselor for Counseling Sessions.

CAREER PLANNING AND SOCIAL MEDIA

There are many ways you can use social media in a job search including:

 

LinkedIn for Networking & Career Planning

One of the best ways to use LinkedIn is to find contacts within specific companies you are interested in. You can search for those companies and find people who are connected to it or to other people you know. Then, you can ask your personal contacts to connect you. Or, for a monthly fee, the site will allow you to email people where you don’t have a contact in common to make direct connections. There are many online career and recruitment resources that you can benefit from to support you in your career journey. Below are some examples of these resources:

LinkedIn: is a professional networking site that can give you easy access to many online jobs. Update your profile, and keep exploring opportunities.

https://www.linkedIn.com

 

Instagram for Networking & Career Planning

Identify how you want to market yourself and brainstorm how you might be able to use Instagram to help you search for a job. Obviously, this will be easier for some fields than for others. It’s up to you to figure out how you can include Instagram in your job search. Be creative. With a little brainstorming, you might be able to come up with some innovative ways to utilize your account and enhance your job search portfolio. For example, if you’re a book publicist, you might create an account posting pictures of different cover art, book signings, literary events, or even shots of people reading the product in various locations.

 

Official Government Recruitment Websites

Official government recruitment websites: for vacancies in the government sector such as:

  • https:www.mohre.gov.ae
  • Jobs Abu Dhabi (all job vacancies available in Abu Dhabi) https://jobs.abudhabi.ae/en/#sthash.p8TuJQ5C.dpbs Dubai Careers
  • all job vacancies in Dubai Government
  • https://dubaicareers.ae/ar/pages/ default.aspx https://jobs.abudhabi.ae/en/
  • http://government.ae/web/guest/e-jobs Recruitment agencies and job portals: can be a very useful for different vacancies in many sectors, for example:
  • Bayt.com (all jobs available in UAE) https://www.bayt.com/en/uae
  • Gulf Talent https://www.gulftalent.com

 

Alumni and Student Careers Office: utilize all the available resources at ADUC. The office aims to help and support you in finding opportunities to develop your skills and meaningful employment and keep a record of your job-hunting actions – this will help you to stay on track and be organized. A recommended strategy is to keep a record of the employer name, the position you applied to, the action taken by you, and dates with notes on next steps. Remember to follow up with employers you had interviews with. Network: it is all about making connections, presenting yourself and asking for insights. To succeed, you need to be authentic, considerate and ask for advice not a job. Be aware that people like to do business with people they know and like, so work on having a positive first impression. Do not hide behind the online portals, get out of the box, volunteer, and attend conferences and public events where you can connect with new people.

JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

  1. A CV is a summary of your relevant skills, qualifications and experience that demonstrates your suitability for a job.
  2. Your C.V is an essential marketing tool for your job search, it should attract the attention / interest of the employer and make them want to interview you.
  3. Recruiters use it to assess your suitability against specific requirements.

You need a C.V when:

  • You apply for a job vacancy where you are asked to send a CV
  • You are applying for Internship positions
  • You are asked to upload your CV to an on-line application form
  • You are applying speculatively to an employer
  • You are attending Career Fairs or recruitment events locally and others

A Strong C.V:

Short: No more than 2 A4 pages. REMEMBER most employers spend less than 3-7 seconds looking at a C.V for the first time.

Simple: make sure that it is easy to read by having clear section headings, a professional format and layout, simple font, no tables, pictures, or distracting icons. Use the action verbs to describe your skills and accomplished tasks.

Relevant: do not provide a shopping list of everything you have ever done, every workshop you have attended or every certificate you have gained. Focus on relevant quality information not quantity in your C.V.

Writing Techniques

  1. Use a simple template (Make them want to read it.)
  2. Be specific on your details – skills, experience
  3. Most recent experiences should be written first
  4. Educational backgrounds should be specified
  5. Relevant skills should be highlighted

Content of The C.V

1. Personal details:

It goes at the top of the first page of the C.V. it includes name, email, and telephone number. The font size of the name should not be bigger than size 14. Please make sure that you have your updated mobile number and a professional email address.

2. Objective:

It should be brief. It is used to give the recruiter an idea about your career goals.

3. Ideas to tailor your objective to a specific job:

  • It should be specific to the job/ position you are applying for.
  • It should be beneficial to the recruiter; it does respond to their needs.

4. Education:

you have to start by your most recent education first. You should mention the name of the institution, the degree, the major, location, and year of graduation (expected to graduate). The GPA can be included if it is above 3.0. Ideas to tailor your education to a specific job:

5. Mention courses or projects related to the job you are applying for.

  • Include your GPA or your High school percentages only if they are high ones.
  • Write the Major in bold if it is related to the job you are applying for.

6.Work Experience:

you have to start with the most recent one. Dates to be clear, and the name of employer, and the department/position you are working in. It is important to state the tasks or some of your major responsibilities /achievements under each experience. It is recommended to include your internship experience, volunteering, part time, summer jobs, and extra-curricular activities if they are related to the position. Ideas to tailor your work experience to a specific job:

  • Mention the tasks that are related to the job you are applying for.
  • Mention the department you have worked in if it is relevant to the job you are interested in.
  • Use the action words that appear in the Job description of the job you are applying for.

Skills Cluster List

TEAMWORK / COLLABORATION

Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict

LEADERSHIP

Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.

CAREER MANAGEMENT

Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth.

ORAL / WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to people inside and out of these are usually classified into three categories technical skills, Language skills, and soft Skills.

IDEAS TO TAILOR YOUR SKILLS TO A SPECIFIC JOB

  • Mention the skills that are key to the job (see the skills required in the job description)
  • If you are certified on the mentioned skills, include the certificate name, and dates.

References

This section is optional as employers will usually ask you for references if they intend to recruit you. If you decide to include it in your CV, you can state (will be provided upon request). For the interview and future requests, you should have the references in a separate document with the same heading of your CV. You should always take the permission of a referee before including them as reference. Usually, recruiters ask for 3 references.

Ideas to tailor your references to a specific job:

  1. Always include the people who know your skills, capabilities, and interests very well.
  2. It is recommended to include references that are knowledgeable about the job you are applying for
  3. It is recommended to provide your CV to your references so they will be aware of your experience.

Who Should Serve as Your References?

Ask people who have a positive opinion of you and who can describe your work-related qualities and personal characteristics.

  • Past and present employers usually know about your reliability, initiative, and ability to work with others. This information is valuable, even if your employment was not career-related.
  • Faculty members know about your academic ability, productivity, and timeliness, and perhaps have observed how you work with others.
  • Advisors and coaches may be aware of information about you that could be relevant to a potential employer-such as maturity, initiative, interpersonal skills or leadership qualities.
  • Don’t list references who only know you in a social capacity or are simply friends of your family.
  • Getting permission:
  • Never give someone’s name as a reference without securing that person’s permission in advance.
  • Verify spelling of names, titles, and all contact information for your references.
  • Give each person who agrees to serve as a reference for you a copy of your resume. This lets your references know about your abilities, interests, and experiences.
  • Keep your references posted on your activities and progress. Tell your references the names of persons and organizations to whom you’ve given their names.
  • When possible, give them a copy of the job description for the positions for which you are applying. This helps your references be prepared for phone calls and letters they may receive.
  • Be sure to ask your references how they prefer to be contacted before you list their information.
  • Thank each reference in writing for his/her assistance.

 

When to give your reference list to a prospective employer:

  1. Provide reference information when you are asked to provide it. If you reach the interview stage and have not been asked for reference information, you may want to offer it.
  2. Generally do not send reference information with your resume unless it has been requested.
  3. For most undergraduates, employers will not be contacting references prior to interviewing you.

How and Where to list references:

  1. It is unnecessary to state “References available upon request” on your resume-and is often a waste of valuable space-because most employers assume you can supply references.
  2. References are not listed on your resume; they are a separate document.
  3. The average number of references listed is between 3-5

 

Cover Letters Stand out From the Crowd

What is a cover letter?
  1. It enables you to introduce yourself to an employer and should complement your CV
  2. You should send a cover letter each time you send a CV to an employer
  3. It encourages the employer to read your CV and demonstrates why you would be suitable for the role.
  4. A cover letter shows the employer that you have good written English skills, that you have conducted research on the company and you have considered how you match the requirements for the job role
Format of a Cover Letter
  1. Your Covering letter should be no more than 3 to 4 brief paragraphs
  2. Where possible find out the name of appropriate person to address the letter to
  3. Include the Job title or reference number (if you know this)

The opening – Who you are and what position you are applying for “I am a graduate from ALDAR University College, majoring in Business Administration and would like to apply for the position of Marketing Executive as advertised on your website.

 

Why them? Demonstrate you have done your research and be positive about the company

 

“I am particularly interested in the Marketing position in your company. From my research I understand your organization is one of the most prestigious event management companies within the UAE and offers excellent career development programs for UAE National graduates. I believe such an opportunity would enable me to move forward in my career goals by enhancing my knowledge and skills within the area of event conferencing and publications’’.

 

Why you? – Give evidence of how your skills and experience show you match the job role “I believe I would be ideal for the job as I have very strong organizational and creative skills which I developed on my internship as a marketing assistant and from organizing numerous events for different groups during my university study.”

 

The Positive Ending

  • Sign your letter and type your name underneath the signature. Tips for writing cover letters
  • Think from the employer’s perspective rather than your own
  • Ensure you have done your research and be sure you are genuinely interested in both the job and the company
  • No more than one page long with short and clearly themed paragraphs.
  • Be positive—say nothing negative.
  • Avoid excessive jargon; use crisp, clear writing style Cover Letters Stand out From the Crowd Format of a Cover Letter
  • Explain any anomalies or gaps in your CV (Your Career Counsellor can help you with this)
  • If you do not meet all of the criteria in the job advert but meet most of the essential requirements try to address this effectively in your cover letter
  • If e-mailing the cover letter send as an attachment with your CV
  • Do not fold any hard copies you send to the employer

 

FOR THE EMPLOYERS

Confidentiality

Employers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of student information. Employers shouldn’t disclose information about you to another organization without your prior written consent, unless necessitated by health or safety considerations.

Accurate Information

Employers are expected to provide accurate information about their organizations and employment opportunities. Freedom from Undue Pressures Employers are expected to provide you with a reasonable amount of time to make a decision about accepting an employment offer. Employers are also expected to provide you with a reasonable process for making your decision. It is improper for employers to pressure you to revoke your acceptance of another job offer.

Timely Communication

Employers are expected to inform you of your status in the hiring process and communicate hiring decisions within the agreed upon time frame.

Fair Treatment

If an employer is required by changing conditions to revoke a job offer that you’ve accepted, you’re entitled to a fair and equitable course of action. That can include, but is not limited to, financial assistance and outplacement service.

Testing Information

Employers should inform you in advance of any assessments, the purpose of the tests and their policies regarding disclosure of test results.