Career Services Newsletter 5/14/2012

Career News/Tips

6 Job Search Mistakes

This week I’m including a little tough love with 6 mistakes you might be making in your job search (adapted from this blog post here), because I’ve been seeing/talking to students about several of these issues!  The job search does often take time and patience, but you can check this list to see if any of these things apply to you, and change course now if needed.

1. No job clarity.  Many people think that being open to “anything” increases their chances of finding “something”.  Instead, this makes you seem flaky and uncertain about what you want, and your resume/application becomes unclear and difficult to read. Trying to be all things to all people means you probably won’t look like you truly meet anyone’s needs! Focus on 1-2 job titles/areas; this will help direct your energy and weed through the ads and your network to focus on what will truly provide you the best match for your skills and interests.

2. Mismatch in information.  Apply for the job that you meet the requirements for. If your resume says you’re a reference librarian and you’re applying for jobs as a database developer, you likely won’t be considered. Make your materials match the job, and if they don’t, apply for jobs that do match your skill set. See me for help on career changing.

3. You aren’t networking. I can not say this enough, you must be networking! Do it in person, do it via email, do it via social networks, do it daily. Pick a social networking platform you like and learn how to use it for job search, attend events, ask for informational interviews, talk to your faculty, your friends, your current or former coworkers and classmates about your career path. End each conversation with something like “who else should I be talking to?” and expand your network.  

4. Online applications are your primary search. This is not enough. This is how most people job search, and it’s a lot of work for (often) very little result.  See point numbers 3 and 4.

5. You don’t know “Why you?”  Get clear on what you offer, how you are unique as a job candidate from the others competing for that job. How does your experience combine into providing the perfect solution to the employer’s problem?

6. You aren’t taking responsibility. Only YOU can find you the right job for you! To find a great position that will advance your career requires investment of time, some critical thinking about your strengths, and doing the work of reaching out and making connections in the field you want to work in.

If you’ve been working a strategy consistently for the last several weeks (or months!) that doesn’t seem to be working for you, it’s time to change strategy! I’m here to help if you get stuck. – Janet

Career Events

Tue., May 15 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet The Employer – Revel Consulting

Wed., May 16 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Resumes & Cover Letters workshop

Wed., May 16 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet The Employer – Garmin AT

Thu., May 17 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

iSchool Job and Internship Seekers Drop-In session (MGH 310-D)

Thu., May 17 | 3 – 4:30 pm

Successful Interviews workshop

Fri., May 18 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Job Offer & Salary Negotiations workshop

Sat., May 19 | 9:00 am – 5:45 pm

Mobile UX Camp

Mon., May 21 | 1:30 – 3 pm

Job Search for International Students workshop

Tue., May 22 | 2 – 3:30 pm

Fame Fortune or Fun! Workshop

Tue., May 22 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet The Employer –

Professional Jobs

creativeLIVE, Inc

Information Architect

Contact for more information (also listed on iprojobs)

LAC Group

Serials Solutions

Software Support Specialist

Washington State Department of Commerce

Document and Records Analyst

Contact Will Saunders (Broadband Policy and Program Manager) at 360-902-2983 for more information.

Washington Dental Service

Several positions open in IT

Email Ashely Calabro at for more information (also listed on iprojobs).

Douglas County Libraries

Integrated Library System Administrator

Everett Public Library

The City of Everett (WA) 

National Geographic

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Digital Asset Management Specialist

Contact for more information (also listed on iprojobs).

Root Metrics

RF Lab Manager

QA Director

Contact for more information (also listed on iprojobs).

Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

Software Development Engineers

Contact for more information.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Metadata Librarian

Contact Gerardo “Gary”  Colmenar (805) 893.8067 for more information

Contra Costa County Library


LAC-GROUP – University in LA area

Reed College

Oregon State University Libraries

University of California, Riverside

The Oregon State Library (OSL)

Principal Executive/Manager D (Government Research Services Program Manager)

Stealth Startup



Internships and Student Jobs

Dependable Strengths Institute

Social Media & Website Development internship

Contact for more information (also listed on istujobs).

Taxonomy Mapping Specialist (contract)

Contact for more information (also listed on iprojobs).

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Library

Library/Knowledge Management Intern

Contact for more information.

Getty Images

UX Research Assistant

Contact for more information (also listed on istujobs).


Document Analyst

Contact for more information

Sno-Isle Libraries

Lloyd Peterson 

Website Development (Freelance)

Contact for more information (also listed on istujobs).

UW Clinical Informatics Research Group (CIRG)

Interaction Designer/Front-end Web Designer

Contact Mark Stewart, for more information (also listed on istujobs).

The Seattle Public Library

Americorps Outreach positions (2)

Contact  for more information (also listed on istujobs).

Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Manuscript End Processing Assistant

Contact for more information (also listed on istujobs).

Apptio Inc

Interaction Design Intern (on HuskyJobs)

DatStat Inc.

QA Intern (On HuskyJobs)


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