Step-by-Step: (PRO) Phoenix Recruitment Online

With the fall semester almost half complete, some of you may be thinking about what is next. Spring and summer jobs and internships might be on your brain, but you may not be sure where to find these jobs and internships—that’s when you can look to UWGB’s Phoenix Recruitment Online, otherwise known as the PRO system. You may be thinking, “What in the world is she talking about?”, and that is exactly what I plan to change. I’ve prepared a step-by-step guide to using the PRO system as well as some great advice from our career counselors and students like you who have found success through PRO. Let’s begin.

Step One: To begin this process you will need to login to PRO. Each student has an account created by the university which you can access through the Career Services homepage or through the UWGB Student homepage by clicking Phoenix Recruitment Online. The username  you will use will be: uwgb_the last 9 digits of your student ID. The password you will use will be: your birth date (MM/DD/YY).

Step Two: Once you have logged in, you will be staring at the PRO Home screen. You will be greeted by PRO’s friendly “Welcome” announcement, along with a list of directions to help you navigate the system. First you want to click on My Account–>My Profile. Under this tab, you will find your personal account and profile set up for you by the university. Here you are able to edit your personal information, demographic information, skills, and additional or miscellanious information. You can move easily between these sections by clicking on the tabs located at the top of the page. If you go back to My Account–>My Documents, you will be directed to a new page that again lists exactly how to navigate through uploading documents to PRO. Important documents to upload here are, your resume, cover letters, recommendations, and any other reference material that would be beneficial to a potential employer. You can upload these documents by clicking Upload File in each of the sections available. According to our Career Counselors here in the office, this section is probably the most important section of the PRO system. Linda Peacock-Landrum, Director or Career Services, stated, ” First and foremost, make sure that students have a resume uploaded into PRO and that it is viewable to employers…” Once you have uploaded a document, such as a resume, you should always be sure to go back into My Account–>My Profile to edit the “Employer Can See Resume” in the Additional Information section to YES.

Step Three: Now that you’re logged in, and up-to-date, you’re ready to begin your job search. At this point you will want to click the Jobs tab. You will then be directed to a search screen. From here, you have the option to search for jobs by: keyword, industry, position type, job ID (if known– but not likely) and  job function. The most common search and probably most productive way to search is by position type or job function. Through these choices you will most likely be exposed to the most job opportunities.

Step Four: Once you have found a job or internship that you might be interested in, you can use PRO to apply for the position. By clicking on the postion name, you will be directed to a “Job Profile” screen. By looking under the “Applications Instructions” you will find instructions for applying. Questions regarding how to apply or understanding how to apply are always welcome in the Career Services Office. You can reach us by email, phone or by stopping in to set up an appointment with one of our counselors for additional help.

Step Five: Patience. Patience. Patience. Many students have already found success through using the Phoenix Recruitment Online, and our hope is that you can too! By following these simple steps, you can take the hassle out of the job search. In a quote from Linda Peacock Landrum, she states, “I try to equate using PRO today like someone 15 years ago would utilize newspapers to search for employment. If you were looking for a job in Green Bay 15 years ago, it would be natural to use the Press-Gazette to look for a job–you would not ignore it. Therefore if you knew that employers wanted to post jobs and internships directly to UW-Green Bay students–why would you not use the resource designed to do just that??”

Applying for jobs is a tricky business, but with good instruction and help from UWGB’s PRO system, you’ll find yourself a “PRO” in no time ;)

Follow Up: 2010 Fall Job & Internship Fair

As a follow up to my previous blog, as well as another source to help students find career success, I decided to discover my inner Sherlock Holmes, and investigate what it really is that employers are looking for in students and future employees. My hope was to bridge the gap between student understanding and employer expectation. As I pondered ideas for my research, I thought, what better place to begin my research than the 2010 Fall Job & Internship Fair?? The fair was held last Wednesday September 29, 2010.

The day started great, at 9 am there were students standing outside ready and waiting, and by 10 am students were filtering in steadily, most dressed appropriately, most with resume in hand, and many looking like they were ready to rock, but there was a tension in the air, an awkwardness that filled the space and you could see it on their faces. Employers were standing at their booths, conversing quietly with one another. Students were standing in front of the door, frantically looking at their notes. I could tell the nerves were starting to kick in. I quietly wondered how the day would turn out and what I was going to learn.

I jumped right in and spoke with students who confirmed my observations—they were nervous. They were nervous about the initial contact and greeting with employers. Many students voiced concern of the “awkwardness” walking up to a potential employer, as well as the oddity of the situation as a whole: employers lined up ready and waiting to talk to you—or as many students feared, embarrass you. Students also expressed their concerns of not being prepared, forgetting what they had intended to say and stumbling over their words. As I watched further, by 10:30 students were actively participating in the job fair atmosphere. I observed extremely positive interaction, as well as some not-so-positive. It was time to get down and dirty, and uncover what it really was that employers wanted to see from students.

I began my interviews with Cherney Microbiological Services, LTD. In speaking with the representatives of this company I found that many of the qualities and requirements that they were in search of were the same as those previously mentioned in our blog. They wanted a student who was prepared and outgoing, who dressed appropriately, etc… but there were some things that caught my attention. “One of the most important things to us is that the student portrays dependability, because after all if we hire them, we want to have confidence in their ability to be depended on,” said one representative. Other traits that Cherney listed as desirable were a strong work ethic, ability to adapt to changes, and “spunk”. “Personality is key,” added another rep.

I continued to ask about what it was that students were doing wrong or quite possibly not understanding. The answers I received were interesting, yet a lot like what I had heard before. As one representative stated, “Come with questions. Do your research, and most of all be yourself and be confident. It’s all about how you sell yourself.”

As I moved from one employer to the next it became apparent that what I was finding was significant information. I was seeing first-hand the severity of the gap between student and employer. I spoke next with a representative from the YMCA. She told me specifically she was looking for a person with passion and a heart for the position they were seeking. She expressed that too often students apply for a “job” for the sake of having a job, but never stop to think whether or not they would actually care for the position. She stated “having presence” as something that was crucial when seeking employment. She also mentioned dressing for the position you are seeking as an important quality.

I continued to observe the trials of students roaming the job fair—some extremely successful, others still struggling. I decided to speak with one last employer. This time I went for the big dog: Integrys. Within minutes of introducing myself and starting my interview, I could tell that these guys were tough. They have intense requirements for their student employees, including a specific GPA and experience. They also have high expectations in regard to “presence” while speaking with them. They expect confidence and initiation from the student as well as good communication skills and maturity. Appropriate dress, resume, research, and questions for the employer were also things of importance to Integrys representatives. One rep told me, “It may be uncomfortable and you may not look cool, but who is going to look cool when they’ve got the job?” She continued to state, “If you want an interview, you need to come in with your game face on.”

I left the job fair thinking about what the last employer had said. I began to realize the gap between students and employers at job fairs and in the working-world in general could be bridged by one thing: initiative. If students take the time to do their research and be prepared, that’s initiative. When students take initiative, they become more confident in themselves and their preparedness. When a student is confident and prepared, employers take notice, and that’s exactly what anyone seeking employment wants. I learned through this experience that employers at the job fair aren’t scary people standing behind a table waiting to embarrass you; they want to help you—heck they even want to hire you, so take some initiative. Be confident and watch them take note of you! ;)