iSchool Career Services Newsletter 11/5/2012

News

  • SpaceCurve is hiring! The company is announcing tremendous growth in the Seattle area, and might be a good one for you to approach for jobs and internships!
  • I attended a meeting of the Puget Sound Career Development Association on November 1st where we focused specifically on job search strategies for transitioning military personnel and veterans. If you are or were attached to a service branch in the military, there are lots of ways I can support you! Stop by or make an appointment to come see me!
  • TedX Rainier is coming up on November 10th! This is a great networking event! Discount entry for students.

Career Tips

Navigating Multiple Offers

Question: What do I do if I have an offer from an okay company that is my second choice, but I’m still waiting to see if I’ll get an offer from my dream company?

1. First of all, avoid backing out on an offer you have already committed to. This creates an inconvenience for the employer involved, and can negatively impact your reputation with that employer and could burn bridges. If you aren’t sure you want a position, then decline your offer. Be sure before you accept something.

2. Next, if you’re still considering the first offer, ask for time to evaluate the offer from the employer. Two weeks is a minimum standard, and asking for a month is not unreasonable if the positions are being hired months in advance. Let them know you very much appreciate the offer, and are excited about the opportunity, and want to take some time to make sure you’re making the right decision. Be proactive, positive, and very professional in your response.

3. If you’re waiting for a second offer, check in with the hiring manager or recruiter at the second company about the status of your application. Ask for information on the expected timeline for offers, whether it might be possible in an extenuating circumstance to have your application evaluated on a slightly accelerated timeline, and you could let them know that you’ve been extended an offer from someone else but that this company is your first choice. Ask questions like “can I provide any additional information at this point that might help you evaluate my candidacy for the position?” or “are there any areas in my experience or application that you think need additional support and might be able to move my application along?”.

4. You can minimize this kind of situation by being strategic about how you manage your applications. Focus your energy on your “dream” position until you get a sense that it might not work out, and THEN complete applications for your second choice companies. Unless your dream employer is an extremely late recruiter, you will likely still have time to complete applications and do your networking with other options. Let your dream recruiter know your preference is to work for them, and be proactive in engaging with them. Focus on networking with your dream employer first, and do your backup applications after you’ve already moved through the dream employer’s process, and you’ll avoid the dilemma of timing offers.

And you can always talk through your specific situation with me if you need help! Above all, be professional and communicative, and maintain positive relationships wherever possible.

Career Events

Mon., November 5 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Job Search for International Students

Mon., November 5 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Addepar

Tue., November 6 | 3 – 4 pm

Resumes, CV’s and Cover Letters

Tue., November 6 | 6 – 7 pm

Meet the Employer: Acquity Group

Wed., November 7 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420

Employer Information Session: State Library National Digital Newspaper Program

Wed., November 7 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Finding Jobs and Internships

Wed., November 7 | 5:30 – 7 pm

Meet the Employer: FactSet Research Systems, Inc.

Highlighted Professional Jobs

VisionTech360

Web Developer (iCareers #227)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Library Assistant / Office Worker (iCareers #106)

Expeditors International

Application Support Analyst (iCareers #104)

University of Iowa Libraries

Learning Commons Coordinator (iCareers #105)

Senior Services of Snohomish County

Quality Control Analyst (HuskyJobs #65686)

Slalom, LLC

IT Support Analyst (HuskyJobs #65658)

PrecisionDemand

Data Scientist

Green River Community College

Librarian – Full time tenure track

Seattle University

Senior Library Technician

Highlighted Student Jobs

Templeton Library

Library Intern (iCareers #226)

D.E. Shaw Group

Quantitative Analyst Summer Intern (HuskyJobs #65787)

Washington State Library

National Digital Newspaper Program Assistant (iCareers #34)

Adecco Engineering & Technical

Part Time Social Media / Web Intern (HuskyJobs 65737)

Edifecs, Inc.

User Experience Design Intern (HuskyJobs #65388)

Digital Kitchen

Creative Technologist Intern

KCTS 9

Intern – Web Production

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