Career Newsletter, 1/18/2018 (ICF Tip #3 — Craft Your Elevator Pitch)

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ICF Tip #3: Craft Your Elevator Pitch

Interactions at ICF are fast-paced. You have dozens of employers to check out (and they have several hundred students to greet) in just a few hours. The ability to advertise yourself succinctly yet substantively is important.

Before heading to the HUB Ballrooms on Jan. 30, we recommend crafting an “elevator pitch,” a 30-second summary of your core attributes. The speech should cover three areas: who you are, what skills/experience you offer, and the types of opportunities you’re seeking.

In developing your pitch, it can help to start with that last part. Are you going to ICF in hopes of landing a UX internship? A full-time taxonomy position? Anything that’ll allow you to develop your programming skills?

Having a specific goal in mind will allow you to pinpoint what aspects of your background and skillset to include in your introduction to employers. If you’ve determined you want a UX position, maybe mention that you’re not only majoring in Informatics, but that you’re also pursuing the HCI track. Then, bring up a recent internship or project you worked on, and talk about how it let you develop your frontend abilities with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Continue reading

ICF Tip #2 — Fine-Tune Your Resume

Step number one in preparing your resume for the iSchool Career Fair is, of course, making sure it’s updated with your most recent jobs and internships, class projects, volunteer experiences, etc.

Career fairs present a unique challenge in preparing your resume, though, in that you’ll be handing it to variety of employers, each with different hiring needs, methods of evaluation, etc. Creating multiple different versions of your resume, tailored to specific companies, can help your applicant profile stand out.

If you download the ICF app (available on iOS and Android), you’ll be able to see company overviews and hiring needs provided by the recruiters.* Use this information to adapt your resume. Continue reading

ICF Tip #1 — Dress to Impress

The iSchool Career Fair is fast approaching: Tues., Jan. 30, from 12:30 to 4:30pm in the HUB Ballrooms. To help you make the most of the event, the career team will be sharing a series of fair-specific tips over the next couple weeks. Our first focuses on dressing appropriately for the fair.

Thought the event is on campus and during the middle of the school day, ICF calls for more formal clothing than your standard classroom getup (unless you’re a particularly well-dressed student). As we noted in a newsletter last quarter, career fair attire should be similar to what you would consider wearing to an interview.

A button-up shirt with some slacks (not jeans!) should work, as should dresses, or skirts paired with a nice shirt or sweater. Solid colors and subtle patterns tend to be more appropriate, though the fashion-forward may be able to pull off something more flashy. Ties are optional — they’ll neither make nor break your outfit. Continue reading

Academic: ASP is now offering Study Skills Workshops

Need a CLUE on how to successfully manage your time, study, meet with instructors, and deal with test anxiety?

Academic Support Programs is now offering study skills workshops for  students!!

Success Workshops

Title Date Time Room
Wait! When is that due?! Successful Time Management at the UW Thursday Jan. 18th 6:30-7:30pm MGH 241
Meeting with instructors—the benefits of reaching out Thursday Jan. 25th 6:30-7:30pm MGH 241
Study Smart: Effective Study Strategies Tuesday Jan. 30th 6:30-7:30pm MGH 241
Finals Prep and Test Anxiety Tuesday Feb. 27th 6:30-7:30pm MGH 241

Limited Seating; to reserve a seat sign up here:
For more info:

Career Newsletter, 1/11/2018

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Welcome Back for Winter Quarter

Welcome back and happy New Year! With the new quarter comes another phase of recruiting. Countless companies are still searching for their next stellar employee, and that could be you.

Chief among this quarter’s business is, of course, the iSchool Career Fair. It’s happening Tuesday, Jan. 30, 12:30 – 4:30pm in the HUB Ballrooms. This year, we’re expecting 35 employers. Many are in tech, but there are also organizations from the financial sector, healthcare, the federal government, and education — you can find a full list at the link above. We’re also bringing back the official ICF app (available on iOS and Android). If you download the app, not only will you be able to see a list of employers attending, but also whether they’re looking for full-time hires or interns, the specific titles of their openings, and if they’re able to sponsor international applicants. This information isn’t yet live on the app but should be by the middle of next week. Continue reading

Funding: Scholarship Fair, 1/25 2-5:30, MGH Commons

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Join us for the 2018 Scholarship Fair on Jan. 25, 2pm-5:30pm in Mary Gates Hall! This event is an opportunity for UW students and alumni to learn about and explore the variety of scholarships, fellowships, and other funded programs to consider for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate years. Program representatives from over 25 UW, local, national and international organizations, agencies, departments, etc. will be tabling, as well as offering information sessions throughout the day. Continue reading

Funding: Scholarship Fridays

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SCHOLARSHIP FRIDAYS – a weekly series of information sessions about scholarship search and application tips.  Learn more about Mary Gates Scholarships on Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and Mar. 9.  “Getting Started with Scholarships” will be offered all other Fridays during Winter quarter.  Fridays, 1:30-2:20 PM in MGH 171.