Job Action Week

Job Action Week

Monday - November 2

From Job Action Day: The first Monday in November is Job Action Day! Job Action Day, November 2, 2020, is a day to recognize and empower those who dream of having a job they love. And we don’t mean just any job—we mean the kind of job where, as the old saying goes, you never work a day in your life. Created in 2008 by QuintCareers, Job Action Day was intended to empower and inspire hard workers who dreamed of achieving more. It’s a day to connect workers and job-seekers alike with career advice from experts in the career field. If you still dream of being excited to go to work every day, Job Action Day was created in your honor.

Link: https://nationaltoday.com/job-action-day

Video: Dusty Graham

Tuesday - November 3

Own your future by voting. Your future is yours. Make your voice heard.
Materials: Presidential Nonpartisan Candidate Guide (attached below)
Maine Senate Nonpartisan Candidate Guide (attache below)
10 Ways to Own Your Vote (attached below)

Video: No video

Link 1: 10 Ways to #OwnYourVote

Link 2: Nonpartisan Candidate Guide

Additional Information: UMPI will have a shuttle running today throughout the day to the polling place for those who need a ride, the shuttle will be pick up at the circle driveway on the south side of Campus Center on the hour from 8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00.

Wednesday - November 4

Our first ever virtual career fair is today! It is very user-friendly–and the best part is that you can do it from the comfort of your couch, without getting dressed up! You just need a good Internet connection. You can browse the virtual booths of the participating employers, and the jobs they’ve posted. These booths are stationed by live employers, so if you want to engage, you can text or chat with them. They may even invite you to chat after they look at your resume! You don’t have to participate for the entire event–whenever it is convenient for you. We’ll also share an “on-demand” version after the fair so you can follow up with any interesting employers.

Video: Essential Skills – Communicate Effectively

Link 1: https://badgedtohire.vfairs.com/

Link 2: View Virtual Career Fair Flyer

Thursday - November 5

The University of Maine System invites all students to participate in Education Design Lab‘s BadgedToHire initiative. The global economy is changing—badges earned from these free and self-paced courses prove to employers that you have the skills they are looking for.
Find out how to sign up or learn more about this exciting initiative.

Friday - November 6

Pam from The Office

Don’t be Like Pam
I love The Office, but episode 16 of the final season drives me crazy. Pam says her resume can fit on a post-it when she goes for a job interview. Really? Because by this time in the show she had:

  • Worked as a receptionist for several years.
  • Left DM to co-found the Michael Scott Paper Company that was bought out by a major corporation.
  • Worked as a sales associate at DM.
  • Worked as the office manager, a job she created out of thin air.
  • Went to art school, sure, she didn’t finish, but still some great experience/pro devo.
  • Was commissioned to paint a mural.

…amongst other things. With all the various responsibilities she had within her roles, there would be zero problem filling out a full page resume that would be impressive.

This episode does her a disservice, AND sends a bad message to young people (well, all people) working on their resumes as they pursue new jobs and experiences. Do not sell yourself short, your experience is valuable…and have someone with experience consult on your resume. Don’t be Pam.

– Sarah Coyer, UMPI Associate Dean of Students

For help with your resume contact Nicole Fournier, Director of Career Readiness


Job Action Week is sponsored by the Office of Career Readiness & Momentum Aroostook.

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