iSchool Career Services Newsletter 11/13/2012

Career News

  • The main UW Career Center has launched a Career Success Certificate! Desined for undergrads who want more preparation on all aspects of career development on search, the certificate promises a professional networking event at the end. And it’s free!
  • If you missed the Washington State Library Directed fieldwork presentation last week, you can access the URL of the recorded presentation here.

Career Tips

Skills That Employers are Looking For

What do they want?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers surveyed its employer population to find out what skills they want to see in class of 2013 graduates entering the job market. The top 5 on the list are:

  • Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  • Ability to work in a team structure
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Ability to obtain and process information

These are all skills that the iSchool emphasizes as well, and you are in a perfect position to be able to demonstrate all of them!

How do you demonstrate these skills?

Get experience: Seek out projects outside of school , within your internships, or in your classes that will allow you to get practice in communication, teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, planning, and of course, information management. If you feel you’re strong in some areas and not as strong in others, then seek out projects that will give you practice in the skill areas you don’t feel as confident in.

Resume: include bullet points on your resume that speak to accomplishments involving communication, such as giving presentations or being a liaison between groups of people, and teamwork, such as projects you’ve collaborated on or tasks that involved leading a group of people.  List achievements where you solved problems or had to manage and prioritize competing priorities or a high volume workload.

Interviews: Be prepared with example stories of how your work demonstrates each of these skills. Even if you aren’t asked specifically about your teamwork or problem solving ability, for example, be prepared to talk about achievements and projects that demonstrate these abilities as you answer interview questions.

Career Events This Week

Wed., November 14 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Social Media – Find Jobs and Explore Careers

Wed., November 14 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Internships – What, Where, & Why

Wed., November 14 | 6 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer – Physio-Control

Thu., November 15 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Employer Conversations: Networking (online and in-person)

Thu., November 15 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer – Cambia Helath Solutions (Actuarial opportunities)

Fri., November 16 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Resumes, CV’s & Cover Letters


Highlighted Professional Jobs


Librarian (iCareers  #244)


UX Designer/Junior Product Manager (iCareers #243)

Los Angeles Public Library

Resident Librarian (iCareers # 236)

Central Washington University

Coordinator of Library Services (iCareers #230)


Project Analyst

Washington County, Oregon

Librarian II


Highlighted Student Jobs


User Research Internship (iCareers #242)

UW Information School

Hourly reader/grader (iCareers #231)

American Financial Solutions

Social Media intern (HuskyJobs  #65945)


Internship – Part Time (HuskyJobs #65892)

The Borgen Project

Web and Graphic Design Intern (HuskyJobs #65818)

Culture Foundry

Web Developer Intern (HuskyJobs #65823)

UW Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

Student Web Developer  (HuskyJobs #65775)


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