Putting your resume in UCS’s system lets you do a couple of things:
- It makes your resume available to employers who want to trawl through the database of student resumes. (Kind of like Monster.com, except these employers are looking specifically for Carolina students.)
- If you want to apply to a job through the UCS system, you have a resume ready to go. It’s an easy one-click process to send it to the employer.
Uploading your resume is simple, assuming you already have a version on-hand. You sign into the UCS Web site from this page then click “Resumes and Cover Letters” in the top menu. From there, select “+Add New” at the bottom.
After the upload is complete, your file will be in limbo until someone at UCS has a chance to review it. When I uploaded mine, I think it took less than 48 hours for someone to look it over and send me an e-mail back. Once you get a confirmation message, your resume is in their system, available to employers and for use in your applications.
Side note: You can also upload cover letters.
Edit: Thanks to Gary Miller at UCS (see the comments) for pointing out that employers can’t see all the resumes. UCS will, however, forward uploaded resumes to employers based on employer-specified criteria. Students have to allow the information to be released, so make sure you’ve allowed for that!