- Regrettably, Microsoft is no longer able to attend the iSchool Employer Connections Fair. Their recruiters have let me know that they filled all of their current positions, and so have no remaining openings to recruit for. You can view the most up to date list of employers attending the fair here:
- There are two other career fairs upcoming that you might be interested in as well! The Diversity Career Fair is happening January 24th in the HUB, and the CSE Affiliates Career Fair is happening on the 24th as well in the CSE building. Check them out!
Keep your chin up
This week, I’m reminding you of essential job search steps that will hopefully help keep you motivated and thinking about your big-picture job search strategy. Sometimes we can get really focused on just a resume, or prepping perfectly for the career fair, so use these steps to lift your head up and think about other ways to engage on your job and internship search too! These tips are coming to you from this excellent Forbes article, and are relevant whether you’re looking for a job, internship, or whether you’re just barely starting to think about what you might want to do after you graduate.
1. What do you want? First define what you’re looking for. People will have an easier time helping you with your job search and fitting you into the mental picture of their company if you can tell them what you’re looking for. Don’t know? Start with one of the things that interests you, and branch out from there as you learn more!
2. Identify and then improve your skills. What are you good at? Think back on your classes. What skills are employers looking for? Look at job descriptions to find them. Do you see anything coming up in job descriptions over and over that you don’t have? Go out and build that skill! Take on a side project or find a course that targets that area, or talk with a mentor who can connect you with people and resources who can help you build skills.
3. Broaden your mindset. A negative attitude about the availability of jobs can kill your job search and make you come across poorly to those that you are networking with or who might be able to help you. Think creatively and broaden your perspective on the jobs available to you to stay interested and excited by possibilities.
4. Think of your job search as a marketing campaign. The product you’re marketing is you, and the tools you have include your resume, social media liked LinkedIn and Facebook, your portfolio, personal website, or blog. Look at how you are presenting your personal brand in these spaces and aim for professionalism and consistency to reach as much of your audience as possible.
5. Prepare. Do your research on companies, and prepare stories and examples to share in interviews of work that you’re proud of and that demonstrates your skills. Prepare for all interviews in advance by prepping questions that you might expect along with examples for each anticipated question that provide demonstration of your skills. Research the company; demonstrating that you know something about a company before interviewing with them or talking with the recruiters is essential.
6. Don’t forget to relax. Balance your job search with having fun, too. See friends and participate in activities you enjoy to keep yourself positive and relaxed. And who knows, the people you spend time with for fun might be in a position to connect you to a great job!
Career Events this week
Tue., January 22 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420
Career Fair Research Tips
Tue., January 22 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Tue., January 22 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Wed., January 23 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420
Academic Librarianship Career Panel
Wed., January 23 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Thu., January 24 (all day)
Thu., January 24 | 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Thu., January 24 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Thu., January 24 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Thu., January 24 | 9 – 10 pm
Fri., January 25 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420
Employer Information Session: Alaska Airlines IT group
Mon., January 28 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Mon., January 28 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Mon., January 28 | 3:30 – 5 pm Bagley 260
Mon., January 28 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Highlighted Professional Jobs
Colorado State Library
Clemson University Libraries
University of Iowa Libraries
University of St. Andrews Library
South Pasadena Public Library
Highlighted Student Jobs
US Department of Labor
Puyallup Public Library