Desiree Martino

Career Coach

Desiree Martino

Desirée Martino (she/her/hers) is a part-time Career Coach at the Center for Career Development. Desirée meets with students and alumni in one-on-one consultations to discuss various career-related topics such as major and career exploration, career planning resources, document review, post-graduation opportunities, and she provides general career development advice.  

Desirée performs practice interviews; reviews LinkedIn profiles; moderates panel discussions related to job searches; and presents sessions on internship searches, elevator pitches, applicant tracking systems, networking, virtual interviews, and mentoring.

Desirée works closely with the International Student and Scholar Services department to provide programming and resources to meet the career-related needs of undergraduate international students. She also writes blogs and develops relevant content related to career development for the International Student Affinity Page.

Desirée has a Master’s Degree from Providence College. Before joining UConn’s Center for Career Development, Desirée was a Career Manager for a professional association in Washington DC, and she is a consultant to the State of Connecticut’s Department of Rehabilitation Services for résumé development for individuals with disabilities. Desirée is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) through the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (PARWCC).

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LinkedIn – Engage with Connections and Write Effective Messages

LinkedIn is the primary social networking collaboration that can be utilized to support your career development. You are encouraged to use LinkedIn to connect with people who can share their experiences, and potentially link you to other individuals on the …

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6 Options for International Students Who Didn’t Win the H-1B Lottery

International student career specialist Marcelo Barros was recently interviewed by Vault and provided alternative visa solutions for international students who are not selected during the H-1B lottery process.  Marcelo suggests that students consider the following options:

OPT extension;
Specific work visas …

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Undergraduate International Student Success Story Xinming Zhou

Xinming Zhou is a junior studying cognitive science at UConn. Xinming has been quite involved on campus and has taken a very proactive approach to career readiness.

Moving to Connecticut from China

Xinming came to UConn from China and experienced …

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The Need for Employment Visa Sponsorship – Answering Employer’s Questions

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently published an article titled International Student Employment: Answering Questions about the Need for Employment Visa Sponsorship.

 The author, Mark Rhoads is an immigration attorney. He answered important questions about employment visa …

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8 Competencies for Career Readiness

Employers within the U.S. evaluate job applicants on holistic measures – a demonstration of skills, knowledge, experience, and abilities required to effectively transition into the workforce and successfully perform a job.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) outlines eight …

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Success Story – Cindy Barreto

Cindy is a first-year Doctor of Philosophy student pursuing a degree in Disease and Urban Ecology and Evolution in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Essential Skills Learned in School will help in the Workplace

Through the years, Cindy …

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Interview – You could be Vetted by a Robot during your Next Interview

Did you know that your next job interview could be an asynchronous, one-sided interview with a bot? Companies use artificial intelligence interviews regularly to quickly scan and cull applicants. Artificial intelligence evaluates answers to your questions and creates an employability …

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 Success Story – Feiyang Chen 

 Feiyang Chen graduated with a Doctoral Degree in Polymer Chemistry in 2020 and went on to secure employment with UConn Health Connecticut Convergence Institute as a researcher. Read on below to learn about her journey from her academic years to …

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3 Life Strengths of Being an International Student and Postdoc 

I came across this article titled Choice vs. Circumstances in the Carpe Careers column at “Inside Higher Ed”. Two international Ph.D. and postdoc researchers shared their experiences studying and researching in the U.S. The authors discussed three skills they leaned …

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Practice Interview Questions for International Students

Do you have an interview scheduled in the near future?  Have you ever wanted to practice some questions before your interview?

The Center of Career Development through the platform Big Interview recently launched pre-recorded video interview questions tailored to prepare …

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