Career Services Newsletter 4/30/2012

Career News and Tips

Write and Practice your Elevator Speech

An “elevator speech” is that less-than-30-second blurb about yourself that you’ll give when you first meet someone, whether at an interview, conference, at a MeetUp, on the bus, wherever. Writing it out in advance, and saying it to a few people to practice before you go to a networking event or interview will help it flow smoother once you get there and someone asks you “so what do you do?” or “tell me about yourself.” Include what you are doing now or have done in a sentence, why that’s compelling to you in another, and finish with what you’re looking for next. Here are some examples:

Example 1: “I’m a current student in the University of Washington’s MLIS program and I have experience in reference desk work and database management (skill/topic areas that you’ve worked in as part of a job or internship/DFW). I find it really motivating to contribute to organizational missions (why you are doing this work) and I like the efficiency that comes with working in the private sector (value or skill you use in your work). I’ll graduate in June and I’m looking for opportunities in a corporate library (what you want/why you’re here).”

Example 2: “I’m an undergraduate in UW’s Informatics Program, and am most interested in user experience design (your area of interest/focus). I’ve had the opportunity to work on a website UX project, and liked that the work I did on that project ultimately made the site more accessible to people who don’t have a lot of computer background and experience (why you like this work or think it’s important/your values). I’d like to focus on this field and learn more about the opportunities available, and what skills I should be focusing on obtaining before I graduate (what you want or are looking for now).”

If you need someone to practice with, make an appointment to come in and see Janet!

Career Events

Mon., April 30 | 3 – 4 pm

Resumes & Cover Letters workshop

Mon., April 30 | 7 – 8 pm

Resume & Cover Letter workshop (presented by CLUE Writing Center)

Tue., May 1 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

AIMS Speaker Series: Deloitte – MGH 420

Tue., May 1 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Social Media: Find Jobs & Explore Careers workshop

Tue., May 1 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Applying to Graduate School workshop

Wed., May 2 | 7 – 8 pm

Resume & Cover Letter workshop (presented by CLUE Writing Center)

Thurs., May 3 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Drop in iSchool Internship and Job Search: MGH 310-D

Thurs., May 3 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Making the most of the ALA conference: Allen Auditorium

Mon., May 7 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet The Employer – Atkins Aerospace

Tue., May 8 | 2 – 3 pm

Career Fair Success workshop

Tue., May 8 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Resumes & Cover Letters workshop

Wed., May 9 | 2:30 – 4:30 pm

SLA Library Crawl – NOAA libraries

Professional Jobs

University of Arkansas Libraries

2 positions: Head, Special Collections Department, and University Archivist

Contact for more information.

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Albright College

Instructional Services/Outreach Librarian

For more information, contact Rosemary Deegan, Library Director:

Open Technology Initiative at New America Foundation (OTI)

MIT Library Fellows Program

Contact Robin Deadrick rmdead@MIT.EDU for more information.

Creative Commons

US Forest Service – National Library

1 professional librarian, GS-1410-9/11

1 library technician, GS-1411-4/5/6

Contact for more information.

Green Info Systems

Internship-to-hire program (to submit resume via dropbox)

Contact for more information.

Peak Systems

UX Designer (on HuskyJobs)


Benaroya Research Institute – Virginia Mason

Kirkland Investment Manager

Internships and Student Jobs

UW Information School

Hourly Student Web Developer


Summer Intern, Referencing

Email  for more information

UW – First Year Programs

Annie Searle and Associates (ASA)

Security Internship

Contact 206.453.4386 for more information.


UW – Department of Health Services

Callison Architecture

Archives Intern

For more information, contact (also listed on istujobs)

Mohr Partners, Inc.

Research Intern (on HuskyJobs)

TIBCO Software, Inc.

TIBCO Spotfire Infrastructure Support Services Intern (on HuskyJobs)


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