The information below is provided to students and alumni for your protection and understanding. As a result, we ask that you review all information carefully. In using the services of the University Career Center at UNC Charlotte, it is important that you understand our policies and procedures and that you abide by any policies set forth below.

Career Advising Appointments

Due to the increase in traffic, the University Career Center asks that you arrive on time to all appointments to maintain the best possible service we can provide. Students who are more than 10 minutes late for an appointment will be asked to reschedule their appointment in order to maximize the time a career advisor can spend on your career development.

The UCC does not accept same-day appointments due to the nature of the assistance we provide. This policy allows our career advisors to maximize the amount of research and resources they can prepare for you before your time with them.

Cancellations

Appointments with Career Advisors are important to a student’s career development. To allow as many students as possible to meet with their advisor, we ask that students cancel appointments at least 48 hours prior to their appointment time which would allow for another student to take that appointment space.

No Shows

In the instance a student does not cancel or show up for an appointment, the following will occur:

If a student misses one appointment without cancelling, Career Advisors will send an email to the student on how to reschedule the appointment and state the no-show policy and warn about a 2nd no show.

After two appointments without cancelling, Career Advisors will send an email to the student that the student is unable to schedule an appointment with an advisor for the remainder of the semester. After the 2nd missed appointment, the student will only be allowed to seek assistance via email from their career advisor or receive assistance from PCAs during drop-in hours for the remainder of the semester.

Mock Interviews

Students must email the career advisor a copy of their resume and a sample job description at least 2 days in advance to allow the advisor time to prepare for the mock interview. Students should wear business professional attire.

Drop-In Hours

The UCC office has a team of Peer Career Ambassadors available Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm (when classes are in session) to get you started on your career path and to help you maximize the resources available. They are on hand to assist you in scheduling with a career advisor if needed.

Computer Usage

Students are allowed to use the Career Center computers to print a maximum of 10 pages for career related materials such as resumes, cover letters, personal statements, or other career related materials.

Assistance Available to Distance Students and Alumni

The University Career Center is committed to providing high quality services to all our students and alumni (limitations apply) of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Many of our students and alumni can be found throughout the United States and internationally. Every effort will be made to provide specific opportunities in your geographic location.

To accommodate distance students and alumni, the University Career Center offers email, Skype, and telephone appointments. Topics for these appointments can include: resume development, interviewing skills, salary negotiation strategies, job search strategies, understanding how to use our online services, as well as many other career-related topics.

Career Fairs

Join one of our many campus-wide recruitment venues to meet with recruiters directly. For more information, check out our events calendar.

Eligibility

  • UNC Charlotte students and alumnae are allowed to attend.
  • Unless specified, career fairs are not open to the public.
  • UNC Charlotte students and alumni are expected to present themselves professionally.
  • Some events have a required dress code.
  • The UCC reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone whose attire is offensive, inflammatory, or does not meet the dress code.

Career Self-Assessments

In order for a student to take the Strong Interest Inventory or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), students must first obtain log-in credentials.

Log-in credentials can be obtained by:

  • Meeting with your career advisor through a Career Exploration appointment
  • Meeting with an academic advisor at the University Advising Center or CLAS advising center
  • Visiting our self-assessment website

Some free assessment resources (Including Focus-2, O*Net and CFNC) are available online or by visiting during our PCA (Peer Career Ambassador) drop-in hours, Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm (when classes are in session).

Students who have an appointment to interpret an assessment must take their assessment at least 2 days before their appointment.

Company Treks

Cancellations

I may not cancel my registration for a Company Trek, without prior approval from the University Career Center, within 48 hours of the event.

No-Shows

I understand that cancelling less than 24 hours before a scheduled Company Trek, or not showing up for the Company Trek itself, will be considered a “No Show.” As such, the following actions must be taken:

First No Show:

  • Company Treks privileges may be placed on hold, to be reinstated or terminated at the discretion of the manager of the Company Treks program.

For first No Show, I must:

  • Write a Letter of Apology to the Head Recruiter or Primary Contact for the affected company (as listed with the career center). This letter must be copied to both the manager of the Company Treks program and the University Career Center email inbox (recruitUNCC@uncc.edu).
  • Until this letter is received I will not be permitted to participate in any upcoming interviews, nor will I have access to Hire-A-Niner.

Second No Show:

  • At the discretion of the manager of the Company Treks program, all UCC privileges may be automatically and permanently terminated.

In the event of a second No Show, I must:

  • Write a Letter of Apology to the Head Recruiter or Primary Contact for the affected company (as listed with the career center). This letter must be copied to both the manager of the Company Treks program and the University Career Center email inbox (recruitUNCC@uncc.edu).
  • Make an appointment with the Director or the University Career Center staff member designated by the Director to handle this situation.
  • Until this letter is received and the appointment conducted, I relinquish all rights to the career center resources, including: career advisement, participation in any upcoming interviews, access to Hire-A-Niner, and recruiting-related event attendance that is hosted at or by UNC Charlotte.

Conducting an Ethical and Professional Employment Search

Advice for Conducting an Ethical Employment Search

The University Career Center counsels students to conduct an ethical job search. Students are urged to cease their job search upon accepting an offer. They are highly encouraged, when faced with an offer, to…

  • Ask the offering employer for 24 hours to consider.
  • Then contact any "first choice" employer(s) they have engaged, for which they would rather work, and inform the employer, they have the offer and ask if the employer could hire them. 
  • Students should not accept an offer until they have made such contact and are satisfied they will stay with their chosen employer.

Student Offer Acceptance Expectation

UNC Charlotte expects any student accepting a job offer to honor their commitment to the accepted position and company.

Often called, “reneging,” to renege is to go back on a promise, undertaking, or contract.

Our office will not tolerate reneging on offers. As a result, students who renege on an accepted offer will be subject to a number of penalties, as deemed appropriate by the UCC. These penalties can include immediate elimination from the Resume Book, loss of all access to Job Postings and all Center resources, and suspension from Hire-A-Niner. Furthermore, international students on F1 visas will not be issued another CPT (Curricular Practical Training) authorization if they renege on an opportunity.

Hire-A-Niner Usage

First semester students (freshmen, transfers, graduate students) are assigned a 9.9 GPA in Hire-A-Niner their first semester in order to access all jobs, co-ops/internships, on-campus recruiting opportunities etc., for which GPA would otherwise be used by an employer to restrict application. Once their first semester grades are complete and recorded on their transcript, the student’s earned GPA will be uploaded into Hire-A-Niner, and accurately updated through graduation.

Job Postings

Students and alumni should understand that:

  • Registration with Hire-A-Niner* does not guarantee job placement and that the employing organizations, and not the University Career Center, make all hiring decisions. 
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to research and evaluate job leads and job offers. The UCC is not responsible for any misrepresentation or inaccuracy of job announcements. 
  • The UCC acts as a referral service only and makes no recommendations regarding employers or jobs. We make no representations or guarantees about position vacancies posted on Hire-A-Niner. The UCC is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment. Due to the volume of job vacancies received, we are unable to research the integrity of each organization or person who posts a job. 

*Symplicity is an outside vendor purchased by the UCC to manage job postings, resumes, and other vendors for student usage. This system is called Hire-A-Niner.

Collected Information

The University Career Center collects student and alumni registration information, electronic copies of student and alumni resumes, cover letters, and any other material students and alumni choose to share with us. Through the use of an account with our office, students and alumni provide all information in the form of an online profile or resume. This information is maintained in databases housed on servers such as Hire-A-Niner. This information is accessible solely by representatives of the career center and is not available to employers.

Release of Information

University Career Center staff members disseminate student and alumni resumes to employers under the following conditions:

  • Candidates have indicated consent by placing their resume in a Resume Book
  • Candidates have sent their resume in for a Resume Collection

Internships, Co-ops, and Curricular Practical Training

The University Career Center, through Hire-A-Niner, serves as a “clearinghouse” for posting all experiential learning opportunities (Internships, Cooperative Education, Academic Credit Internships, CPT) for the entire University in order to provide a fair and equitable way for all students to access opportunities. This is a free service for both students and employers.

Remote Internships

While internships allowing students to work remotely will be considered, the employer's offer letter must clearly state…

  1. The name of the direct supervisor who will monitor the virtual assignment.
  2. How often the student's progress will be checked.
  3. The technology used to communicate between supervisor and student (Skype, email, etc.)

Additional Guidelines for Unpaid Internships

Internships can be paid or unpaid. Employers providing unpaid internships may advertise on Hire-A-Niner, however, the position description must adhere to U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division standards for internship programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Please visit our Co-op Program and CPT via the University Career Center pages for additional program requirements.

Mock Interview Program No-Shows

First No-Show

  • One-semester suspension from the program.

Student Action Items to be Completed:

  1. Write a Letter of Apology to the Head Recruiter or Primary Contact for the affected company (as listed with the career center). This letter must be copied to both the Mock Interview Program manager (mkfrench@uncc.edu) and Associate Director for Experiential Learning and Employer Operations (jnovack4@uncc.edu)
  2. Make an appointment with the Assistant Director of the Mock Interview Program to discuss this situation and create a career development action plan for possible participation in future Mock Interviews.
  3. Until this letter is received and the appointment conducted, the student relinquishes all rights to the career center resources, including: career advisement, participation in any upcoming interviews, access to Hire-A-Niner, and recruiting-related event attendance that is hosted at or by UNC Charlotte.

Only certain exceptions will be made for this rule. Speak to the Mock Interview Program manager (mkfrench@uncc.edu) about these instances.

Second No-Show

  • If the student returns to the program after one semester and has another no-show, they are suspended from the program for 1 year.

On-Campus Interviews

The University Career Center partners with employers from a variety of industries to conduct On-Campus Interviews. This program brings employers to campus to interview students for positions within their organization. With research and proper preparation, you can demonstrate why you are the right candidate for the position. Apply to interview for full- and part-time positions, internships, and co-ops through your Hire-A-Niner account.

Cancellations

Students may not cancel an interview or any other RSVP employer-sponsored event (On-Campus Interviews, Employer Office Hours, Company Treks, Employer Lunch & Learns, etc.) without prior approval from the UCC office after the signup period closes the final schedule. If a schedule is being handled manually by the University Career Center, it may not be canceled without prior approval from the University Career Center AND within 48 hours (within 2 business days) of the interview day.

No-Shows

Students understand that canceling less than 48 hours (within 2 business days) before a scheduled interview, or not showing up for the interview itself, will be considered a “No-Show.” As such, the following action will be taken:

Students who no-show on an employer for On-Campus Interviews, Employer Office Hours, Employer Lunch & Learns, etc. will be given notice they have five business days from the date of the missed interview to contact the UCC's Associate Director for Experiential Learning and Employer Operations, obtain the contact information for the recruiter involved, and send a letter of apology to the recruiter, copying the Associate Director on the email apology. Students who do not comply within five business days of the missed interview will be made inactive in Hire-A-Niner, and unable to search jobs, use On-Campus Recruiting, etc., until their apology is received.

Employers expend their time and resources to come to the UNC Charlotte campus because they want to cultivate relationships and provide students with career development and employment opportunities.