iSchool Career Services Newsletter 4/23/2012

News and Tips

I spend a lot of time talking with hiring managers, recruiters, and people who are looking for great qualified applicants for really good jobs. Here are some general lessons I’ve learned this week in talking with people who want to hire iSchool grads:

  1. You need a portfolio. A good portfolio. Ask professionals in the field to review it for you as a good way to make a connection with someone and get tips that will help improve it. Look for or ask for examples of portfolios of people who have jobs that you want.
  2. Build/show a breadth of skills. Learn a few programming languages, demonstrate project management ability, business acumen, IT systems, database systems, and more at a basic level to be able to talk to your diverse skill set when you meet with potential employers.
  3. Build/show depth in a skill in your interest area to set yourself apart. One thing I heard this week from a recruiter is that they need someone with experience in complex application design, rather than just basic web development, for example.  Pick one or two skills or topics that you like and are good at to focus extra energy on. If you can take a few skills to the next level above your peers, you just might be the perfect fit for someone with a need in that area.
  4. Meet the basic qualifications. Read the description carefully if there is one, customize your resume to demonstrate that you have the elements they are looking for, and show them through your resume and cover letter and in conversation that you understand what their fundamental needs are (and if you don’t know, ask!). You don’t always need to meet all of the elements listed in a job description (it’s rare that someone will), but know the position and how your skills match up with what the identified and most basic needs are.

Confused about how you’re ever going to do all of this? It might be as simple as changing how you talk about your skills and experiences and how you list these in your materials. Come see me (  to talk about your specific questions!

Career Events This Week

Mon., April 23 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Finding Jobs & Internships workshop

Tue., April 24 | 12:30 – 1:20 pm

IT/Management Consulting advising pod – MGH 420

Tue., April 24 | 12:30 – 1:20 pm

Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) & the NNSA Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) Info Session

Wed., April 25 | 2 – 3 pm

Social Media: Find Jobs & Explore Careers workshop

Wed., April 25 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Networking for Shy People (& Everyone!) workshop

Thu., April 26 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Employer Conversations: Successful Interviews

Mon., April 30 | 3 – 4 pm

Resumes & Cover Letters workshop

Professional Jobs


Bridwell Library

Harvard Medical School

ACLU of Washington

Internet Operations Manager

Contact Sarah K. Davies for more information.

Satori Software

Marketing Assistant

Technical Support Engineer

Contact Monica McCool for more information.

Mendocino County Library (CA)

Librarian I, two positions: Social Media/Reference and Children’s Services

Contact for more information.

Southern Teachers’ Agency

Financial Stewardship Resources, Inc.

Distance Education Project Leader

Contact Katherine DeYoung for more information (also listed on iprojobs).

Tableau Software

Technical Support Specialist  (on HuskyJobs)


SQL/BI Developer (on HuskyJobs)

Internships and Student Jobs

University House

House Librarian

Contact for more information and to apply (also on istujobs)


Digitization Project Internship

Contact for more information and to apply (also on istujobs)

University of Washington Information School

Yale Divinity School Library
Librarian for Asian Christianity

Contact Andrew Gray for more information.

UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS)

Student Assistant Positions

Contact for more information (also on istujobs)

UW – Career Center

Peer Advisors and Peer Associates

Contact Brianna Keller for more information.

Joint Bank Fund Library

Summer Internship  (Job# 1200004)

History San Jose Research Library & Archives

CLIR Cataloging Hidden Collections Project STUDENT ASSISTANT/INTERN

Contact Cate Mills for more information and to apply (also on istujobs/iprojobs).

University of Virginia Library

Digital Curation Services Intern

Contact Jocelyn Triplett for more information (also posted in iprojobs)

UW Health Sciences Library

Systems Assistant (on HuskyJobs)

Portland Art Museum

Curatorial Intern to the Curator of Asian Art (on HuskyJobs)

2 thoughts on “iSchool Career Services Newsletter 4/23/2012

  1. Thanks so much for putting all these jobs openings together in one place! It’s really helpful. Could you also list the location of the job (city/state) along with the title? It saves a lot of time for those of us who are looking at specific regions.

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