iSchool Career Services Newsletter 1/14/2013

Career News

  • Have you seen the Filter industry events page? It has a great list of networking events in the tech and creative industry that you might want to check out and attend!
  • Want to know who is coming to the iSchool Employer Connections Fair? An updated list of attendees is now on our iSchool website! There is something for everyone, so get ready to attend!

Career Tips

How to Succeed at a Career Fair

We have the iSchool Employer Connections Fair coming up later this month (January 30th!), and you should be getting prepared! Here are the top 4 things you can do to ensure you make a solid first impression to hiring managers and recruiters at the fair.

1. Update and tailor your resume. Attend one of the Career Center resume workshops (see events list below!) to learn the important principles of putting together a good resume, update your resume, and then you can have it reviewed by Career Center staff at a drop-in appointment. If you need more help with your resume, make an appointment with me for a resume review and we can go over it together, or come to the iSchool drop-in resume review session on January 15th from 1:30 – 4:00 (see events list below!). Tailor your resume to each company you might be interested in approaching, and bring a folder of the different resumes with you to the fair. Even if you don’t know what specific position a company is hiring for, at least tailor it to the culture and mission of the company and what you think they are likely to be interested in hiring for (using all that great research that you’ll do!).

2. Practice your “elevator pitch”. Draft and rehearse the introduction you’ll use when you meet people at the career fair. Include your name (“Hi I’m Janet…), your role at the UW (“I’m a second year MLIS student…”), and then a little bit about what you’re interested in, and what you’re looking for  (“I’m focused on information architecture and interested in web development. I did an internship in a small corporate library last year and I’m currently looking for full-time opportunities where I can focus on organizing data and information for a mid-size or small company.”) Better yet, tailor this introduction to each company that you want to target at the career fair. Instead of saying you’re looking for an internship or full time job generally, say why you’re specifically interested in the company the person you’re meeting represents.

3. Do your research. Review the list of employers attending the career fair, and research the opportunities they might have available, and what the company is like before you attend. Use resources like iCareers, HuskyJobs,, Forbes, Vault, and the company website.

4. Set a goal. Go to a career fair with a goal in mind. Is it to talk to a rep at your favorite 5 companies there? Is it to distribute as many resumes as possible? Is it to introduce yourself to someone new? Or maybe you just want to have one great conversation with one person at THE company of your dreams. Maybe you’re just there to get general information and see what companies are out there. Everyone has a different reason for attending, but keeping your reason and goals in mind will help keep you from getting overwhelmed. Once you’ve accomplished your goal, consider the fair a success!

Career Events This Week

Mon., January 14 | 3 – 4 pm

Resumes and Cover Letters

Tue., January 15 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420

Employer Information Session: Tableau Software

Tue., January 15 | 1:30 – 4:00 pm – MGH 4th floor iLounge

iSchool drop-in Resume Reviews with Janet 

Tue., January 15 | 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Two-Part Values Identification & Clarification Workshop for Grad Students – Part 1

Tue., January 15 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Finding Jobs and Internships

Wed., January 16 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Networking for Shy People

Thu., January 17 | 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Two-Part Values Identification & Clarification Workshop for Grad Students – Part 2

Thu., January 17 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Social Media: Find Jobs and Explore Careers

Fri., January 18 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Career Fair Success

Fri., January 18 | 2 – 3 pm

Resumes and Cover Letters

Tue., January 22 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Resumes & Cover Letters


Highlighted Professional Jobs

Dartmouth College Library

Digital Publishing Production Manager (job req # 1011489)

University of Iowa Libraries

Residency Program Librarian (2 positions)

University of North Alabama

Library Technology Coordinator

Timberland Library

Library Assistant – Chehalis

Senior Library Manager – Olympia

Logic 20/20

Data Analyst (iCareers # 358)

Adecco Engineering and Technical

MetaData Manager (iCareers # 351)

iMatch Technical Services

Microsoft SQL Database Administrator (HuskyJobs # 67011)

Tableau Software

Technical Support Specialist (HuskyJobs #66433)

Highlighted Student Jobs

UW- Office of Minority Affairs/Diversity

Graduate Assistant – Web Content Producer (iCareers #311)

NASA – Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Paid Summer Research Experience

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

Information Systems Intern

Washington State Library

DFW – State Library Digital Collections (iCareers # 241)

UW – Information School

Hourly/Work Study Facilities Student Assistant (iCareers # 352)

Washington State Parks Foundation

Web Development Intern (iCareers #345)


Advisory Information Protection Summer 2013 Internship (HuskyJobs #66804)


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