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More Arrows in UST’s Career Services Quiver

Forget the knuckle-biting angst over how to write a strong resume and sleepless nights over an upcoming job interview. New, game-changing career success resources are helping UST students to confidently master these essential skills and move toward, and into, their dream jobs. Easy to access and use, VMock, InterviewStream and CareerSpring take job-finding to the next level.

Accelerate a Career with Help From AI

VMock is a career acceleration platform. Users can take advantage of its smart system to optimize their resumes, LinkedIn profiles and elevator pitches.

UST’s Director of Career Services, Paula Marsh, said, “Within 60 seconds of uploading their resume to VMock, they will have feedback relevant to their major, career and level of experience.”

For instance, a military veteran now studying for a BA in liberal arts wants to secure a job in international relations working for the government. VMock will identify that he needs a civilian resume instead of the one he currently has, which uses a military tone. The AI-loaded tool will walk him through changing “led a group of soldiers in a combat mission with location and tactical components” to “led team of 50 to implement project designated by senior leaders.”

How to Nail Virtual Interviews

The next resource, InterviewStream, is an unbeatable interview preparation, which will give UST users the know-how, practice and confidence to nail their dream job interview.

“Users select a mock interview and begin to practice,” Marsh said. “They can re-record as often as they like and then send it to us for feedback. The benefit is to practice their virtual interviewing and get comfortable because companies are increasingly conducting initial interviews online.”

Job Placement Tool for First-Generation Students

The third new tool, CareerSpring, is a networking and job placement platform for first-generation students designed to provide career information, social connection and job placement services. At the helm of this crucial start-up is Founder and President Paul Posoli, who formerly was president of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston.

Posoli said, “We see inequality growing in the U.S. While many young people get to the finish line after college, too many don’t have the resources to find meaningful employment. CareerSpring is focused on the final yard of the field where we help them to score.”

UST’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Beena George, said, “First-generation students are an integral part of the University of St. Thomas community. With the CareerSpring Platform, we can strengthen and expand the services we offer so that they go on to be valuable assets to our workforce and alumni network.” 

With all three tools, students and alumni will have access to top tier resources and opportunities, giving them yet another competitive edge.