iSchool Career Services Newsletter 4/29/2013

Career News

Career Tips

Your Career Strategy

Feel like you’re applying to anything and everything that comes along? You need a strategy! Developing a thoughtful approach to your career can help you stay motivated, and decide where to put your energy when you’re networking and conducting your job and internship search. Having a strategy also helps set you apart in the search, here’s how.

1. Determine your mission. What moves you? What are you really passionate about? What topic or issue or problem gets you really excited or heated? Chances are that whatever you’re excited about, you can make other people excited about, too. Taking a moment to clarify your mission and think about things that are really important to you, means you can include these elements in the way you talk about yourself and your career path. The number one thing I hear from employers who are looking to hire students is that they want someone “motivated”. Tap into what truly motivates you to do awesome work, include this in your elevator pitch, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, conversations, and interviews, and you will find people who want to talk to you.

2. Differentiate. Feature  high – demand and unusual skills. What are the skills or combination of skills that sets you apart from your peers? Think about what employers you want to work with need the most, and if you don’t know, ask them. Then think about the ways in which you can meet those needs through a unique set of skills or abilities or traits that you have. This evaluation of deep needs and unique skills can create your niche value to employers, and can help you stand out from the masses.

3. Try new things. Be prepared to branch out, to meet new people, to try strategies of connecting with others that you might not have tried already or aren’t immediately comfortable with. Taking on new or different projects, attending events you’ve never been to before, visiting different websites or spending your time in new places or reaching out to people you haven’t contacted before can all help you move forward in new ways.

4. Give in order to get. Giving your expertise away or providing help to others does two things for you, one, it gives others a positive impression of you as a generous human and one who is helpful and pleasant to work with, and two, it establishes your credibility and authority in your field.  Look for opportunities to contribute something in your professional community. Volunteer. Offer help on projects or to companies that have interesting projects.

Happy job search!


Career Events This Week

Mon., April 29 | 3 – 4 pm

Successful Interviews

Mon., April 29 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Datahouse

Wed., May 1 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm, MGH 310-D

MLIS job-seekers drop-in session

Wed., May 1 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Resumes, CV’s & Cover Letters

Wed., May 1 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: thePlatform

Wed., May 1 | 7 – 8 pm

CLUE Writing Center: Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Thu., May 2 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm – MGH 420

Boeing iMentor Event

Thu., May 2 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Finding Jobs & Internships

Thu., May 2 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Employer Conversations: Successful Interviews

Fri., May 3 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Internships: What, Why & Where

Highlighted Professional Jobs

Washington State Department of Licensing

.NET Developer (ITS 2 – 4)

Drexel University Libraries

Associate Director, Research Engagement & Health Sciences Partnerships

Sonoma State University

Web Services Librarian


Senior Digital Asset Librarian


Research Librarian


Highlighted Student Jobs


Health Systems Group – Graduate Intern

Incaa Designs

Internship – Communications and Educational Interface Design

Email for more information.

Center for Jewish History

Reference Services Interns

Contact Jennifer Palmisano, for more information.

Digital Kitchen

Creative Technologist Intern

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