Job Search Boot Camp Takeaways

On Friday January 18th, the Career Center hosted a Job Search “Boot Camp” for students interested in learning more about taking the next step in their future careers. They heard from Dr. Pat Okker, Dean of the College of Arts and Science, learned about résumés, interviewing and job searching. Participants sat in on a local employer panel which included Margrace Butler from the City of Columbia, Jerome Larkin from Veterans United and Michael Urban from Harold’s Doughnuts. Here were some of their takeaways:

  1. You are always being interviewed: Every interaction you have is a connection and every connection you make could one day turn into a job opportunity. This is not to say you need to wear a suit and tie everywhere you go, but be kind, be yourself and show respect to everyone you meet.
  2. Be curious. Ask questions and be active on LinkedIn. There are so many job and internship opportunities that can be uncovered by taking the time to engage with people and initiate conversations.
  3. Be honest. Don’t try to be someone you’re not and read job descriptions before you apply. Employers know when you have done your research and love to see passion and interest in their prospective employees.
  4. Don’t underestimate Mizzou Alumni. Alumni are one of the most untapped resources at the University. These people have been through the same programs you are going though and have come out the other side. There are so many alumni who would love to sit down and talk with you.
  5. Never shut the door completely to past employers. Always leave an old job with integrity and never shut the door completely. You never know when that connection will come in handy in the future.


How do I network if I am an introvert (2 approaches)?

  • Put more of your energy into smaller venues over cocktail parties and larger networking events. Reach out to people and meet one-on-one for coffee or lunch. This will also give you more time to prepare questions in advance.
  • Put yourself in situations that stretch you. That is the only way to get better.

How do I reach out to employers for one-on-ones?

  • LinkedIn and email are two great ways to reach out to employers! Try and stay away from social media platforms when reaching out. Remember– contacting people about jobs and taking initiative is a typical practice. People do it all the time!

Who do I accept on LinkedIn?

  • Accept people you know and people/companies you could see yourself working for in the future. Do your research and keep your doors open!

There will be another Boot Camp this spring and you won’t want to miss it! Stay up to date and learn more! Check out and review events posted on Handshake, connect with the MU Career Center LinkedIn Company Page, or look at the Career Center News & Events webpage for details. ?