Last year, I was taking a First Year Research Experience (FYRE) class through the College Enrichment Program. One assignment was to go visit the Office of Career Services in the UAEC Building. I really didn’t know too much to expect. I knew Career Services had walk-in hours and I needed a signature from whoever I met with.
I met with Marty Apodaca who is a Career Development Facilitator and I talked with him about interview skills before the interview for this job. He had really good advice that I still use today as I interview for additional internships and opportunities. I got much more out of the consultation that I first thought.
While I was waiting for Marty, I started to notice a lot of other walk-ins waiting for a specific facilitator: Carli Maldonado. At the time, I wondered if she was really as awesome as all of these students say, but as I got more opportunities to work with her, I can say her advice is undeniably helpful.
I had my next encounter with the campus resource during an Emerging Lobo Leaders (ELL) meeting in the Kiva. ELL is almost like a semester-long training for students interested in the Associated Students of UNM (ASUNM). Here, Carli gave a presentation on how resume organization matters and how not all resumes must be organized chronologically.
At some point during the first semester, I also got to see and volunteer at the Engineering Career Fair that the office in collaboration with the School of Engineering (SOE) holds annually. Here, I got to see how organized Career Services is and how much they help not only current students find opportunities but also UNM Alumni.
During my summer internship with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), there was a small career fair for the participating students. This was to help make connections after the summer. Carli came in first to give her advice on resume building and first impression tips. Then, she came back to conduct one on one resume consultations with the students.
Unfortunately, I was out of town for the one-on-one consultation, but I attended her lecture-style talk. She really relies on questions from the audience to help customize the information for the listeners. She provided really helpful information like how to list an active security clearance on a resume and how to really highlight the AFRL internship.
I really liked what she had to say, and I thought the layout of the talk then consultation was really cool. I implemented this same idea for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I reached out to Carli and the Sandia Women’s Action Network (SWAN) which is a group from Sandia National Laboratories to put on one for SWE and SOE.
Every time I listen to Carli, I learn something new and always open my resume up after making any new changes. I plan on collaborating and volunteering with the on-campus resource even more as my undergraduate experience. Career Services also offer their services to all UNM Alumni (many come back to get help with finding jobs after college) and provide conference travel stipends for undergraduate and graduate research. They hold workshops and put on many different career fairs throughout the year.
The whole office is great at giving you some career direction and it’s even better that they are just right on campus! I highly recommend checking this resource out whether it be in the form of a one on one consultation or a career fair!