University Career Center prepares to launch new job search resource

Hire-A-Niner, the UCC's new online career resource, will replace NinerJobNet on July 1.

| June 26, 2014 | 2 Comments
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The new Hire-A-Niner main page. Photo courtesy of the University Career Center.

The University Career Center (UCC) will launch their newest job search platform, Hire-A-Niner, on Tuesday, July 1. Students are advised to log into NinerJobNet and download any resumes they may have saved in the old system, as those will all be deleted when Hire-A-Niner launches.

The new system, which will replace NinerJobNet, will provide students with a more user-friendly job search experience and provide resources that its predecessor did not.

Brooke Brown, senior assistant director for publicity and outreach and the Education career advisor for the UCC, says Hire-A-Niner is a completely streamlined new resource that she believes students will enjoy using.

“The process is a lot easier. Students will be able to get onto the system for the first time right away, be able to go ahead and search and apply for positions,” said Brown. “We’ve really removed some barriers to getting students access to jobs and internships, so I think students will like the way the new system looks, and the way that it looks, and also it’ll just be more of a streamlined process for them to access all of these great opportunities.”

When using the system for the first time, students will log in using NinerNet credentials and will be automatically prompted to fill out profile information. From there, they will be able to immediately begin utilizing the resources on the page. Previous with NinerJobNet, students were required to go through an orientation process and await approval before using the system.

In addition to immediate access, Hire-A-Niner will have many new resources for students and alumni, including a resume builder built into the system.

“There are about 10 or so different templates that students can use, so they can use all of them, or one of them. It automatically pulls some of their information from their profile in the system into that template. And of course they can type information,” said Brown. “Then that is downloaded directly into Word, or they can upload it to the system when they are ready to apply to positions. It’s a very handy feature that was not part of NinerJobNet that we’re very excited about.”

In addition to the resume builder, users can now store an unlimited amount of resumes and cover letters on the system. NinerJobNet maxed out at 10 for each type of document.

“There are many students, especially thinking about cover letters, who do one for Bank of America, one of Wells Fargo, and you can see where 10 may become a little limited. This one has a lot more of a capacity,” said Brown.

Other resources, like access to the online international job search database Going Global, will be integrated directly into Hire-A-Niner for seamless use. Other external tools will easily be accessable on the left-hand column, under an organized resource category.

“We’ve really centralized those, so hopefully they’ll be easily accessible,” said Brown.

The system change has been in the UCC’s five-year plan, and the switch has been in motion since late April. After looking at a few systems and selecting the one that was hoped to be best for members of Niner Nation, the updated version was selected.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of that tweaked before July 1, but we certainly know that when students start really using it, and as our employers start using it, there will be things that we want to add to the system or some changes to make,” said Brown. “The new system we’re using for Hire-A-Niner will be a lot more robust … we’ll be excited to have people using it.”

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Eden Creamer Eden Creamer is the 2013-15 Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times. The senior communications major with triple minors in journalism, English and women's and gender studies has worked with the Niner Times since she was a freshman at UNC Charlotte.

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  1. Drew Walker says:

    I graduated from UNCC with a degree in public health and am still searching for a job. Please email anyone that is hiring.

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Eden Creamer Eden Creamer is the 2013-15 Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times. The senior communications major with triple minors in journalism, English and women's and gender studies has worked with the Niner Times since she was a freshman at UNC Charlotte.

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