Wednesday, October 17, 2012

In-Depth Look at Career Buffs

By Kelsey McWilliams, Marketing Intern at CU-Boulder Career Services

Question: have you created a Career Buffs account? If the answer is yes, continue reading for an in-depth look at our comprehensive online system. If not, let us introduce Career Buffs: CU-Boulder Career Services’ online job, internship and event database.

Click here to read a previous post about how to create an account and then come back and finish reading this blog post once you’re all signed up!

Career Buffs is an incredibly useful tool once you know your way around the site. Continue reading to learn more about our user-friendly database.

Your Profile
Your personal information can be accessed through the My Account tab by clicking on My Profile. Take a minute to go through each section and complete all fields, especially Job Preference and Type of Position Desired (full time, internship, part time, etc.). Sometimes Career Services sends emails that match your criteria, so make sure you fill everything out and keep it up to date. The more detailed your profile is, the better we can assist you!

Upload Your Resume
First, make an appointment with one of our career counselors to get your resume checked or attend Resume Critiques with the Peer Career Assistants (PCAs) on Wednesday, November 7. Once you’ve updated your resume, upload it to your Career Buffs account by clicking My Account and then My Documents. You can also upload cover letters, recommendation letters, writing samples and transcripts. Allow Career Services to send your resume out to employers by clicking YES next to “Allow resume referrals to employers?” on the My Profile tab.

Search for Jobs and Internships
Career Buffs has thousands of listings of paid and unpaid internships, part-time jobs, full time jobs and more! Click the Job Search tab, and then explore your advanced search options. Fill out the applicable sections such as a Job Category, Position Type and Job State Location. Career Services recommends that you use fewer criterions so that you do not limit your search results (i.e. if you specify Boulder as the job city location, you may miss out on an amazing opportunity right outside of Boulder).

Save Your Work for Later
While you still have your current search open, select “Save Search” to easily access the same job search the next time you log in to Career Buffs. Select “Email me New Jobs for this search” to receive daily emails when new positions are posted that match your selected criteria. You can also keep track of your favorite jobs to review later by clicking the grey star next to each job title. These will be saved under the My Favorite Jobs link on the left side of your homepage.

What else?
• Career Events is a list of upcoming career-related events including employer information sessions, career and internship fairs, networking events, career panels, resume workshops, etc. Search for events that interest you and find out the time, date and location as well as whether or not you need to RSVP.
• Our Employer Directory keeps track of more than 9,700 employers that have posted jobs with our office.
• My Activity (under the My Account section) tracks any positions to which you have submitted your resume. It also keeps track of your on-campus interview schedule and any events you RSVP for.
• The On-Campus Interviews section is a list of organizations conducting interviews at CU-Boulder. You can choose to either “View Schedules I Am Qualified For,” or “View Upcoming Schedules.” Even if you think that you are qualified for a position under the latter section, you will not be able to submit your resume for that position if it does not show up under the qualified section. You may just need to update your profile, so be sure to do so often!

If you have any questions or concerns while exploring your Career Buffs account, please contact our Career Services Help Desk at 303.492.4100.