iSchool Career Services Newsletter 10/28/2013

Career Tips

Research while you apply

It is perilously easy to get stuck in the trap of hitting “refresh” on your favorite job boards or job sites, using varying versions of the same search terms, hoping that your perfect job or internship will pop to the top of the list the next time you check. If you hear yourself saying “there are no good jobs available”, start with these shifts in your strategy.

1. Research companies and organizations of interest. Use news sites, industry blogs, job boards, or LinkedIn to find companies or organizations who are doing work you might be interested in doing. Do your research on the companies to find out what organizations you really get excited about, whether or not they have openings available right now. Know what organizations are doing interesting work and follow them or connect with them directly to let them know you’re interested in working there. For more tips on research, check out this excellent blog post!

2. Think outside the box. Are you passionate about youth? Look not just at schools but nonprofits with a youth focus, companies that provide products or services to youth or families or educators, or government agencies that serve the needs of youth or support education, or advocate on educational or youth issues. Want to work on mobile application development? Look for companies that are rising or succeeding in that market, check the app stores for names, look at Tech blogs, or firms that specialize in development. Could you start your own company and what would that look like? Brainstorm wide areas that are related to what your area of interest is, to broaden your perspective and your field of options. Your perfect job might just be in a type of organization you’ve never thought of before.

3.  Talk to professionals in your field. Start with professors, guest speakers in your classes, or the supervisors and colleagues of your classsmates. Each time you talk to a professional, ask them who else you should be speaking to about your area of professional interest. Ask questions about their role, what skills they suggest you build or experiences you should get and where in order to get where you think you want to go professionally. Are there conferences, meetings, or events they recommend you attend? What companies or organizations should you be researching and following? Talking to people always yields information that you won’t find on a job board or company website.

As you research, brainstorm, and talk to professionals, you’ll see a wider set of options for your job and internship than are available just by viewing job boards and hoping your perfect position will pop up. Many of the world’s jobs are NEVER listed on a website or board, and broadening your search strategy will open up possibilities that you would never have known about otherwise! Happy hunting!

Career-Related Events This Week

Resume & Cover Letters

Mon., October 28 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm  | MGH 134

Meet The Employer: Hitachi Consulting

Mon., October 28 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm  | MGH 134

Meet The Employer: Drop Box

Tues., October 29 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | MGH 134

Career Success Certificate

Wed., October 30 | 3:30  – 4:30 pm | MGH 134

Networking for Shy People (& Everyone)

Thurs., October 31 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm |  MGH 134

Meet The Employer: Yelp

Thurs., October 31 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm |  MGH 134

Job Searching for International Students

Fri., November 1 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm  | MGH 134

Finding Jobs & Internships

Mon., November 4 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm  | MGH 134

Resume & Cover Letters

Tues., November 5 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm  | MGH 134

Community College Career Opportunities (Grad Students)

Tues., November 5 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm  | Smith 304

Employer Conversations: Are you LinkedIn? Social Media Musts

Weds., November 6 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm  | HUB

External Career Events

Career Search Mastery Workshop

Mon., October 28 | 4:30 – 9:30 pm

Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair

Mon., October 28 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Seattle Founder Night Out

Mon., October 28 | 9:00pm

Interviewing Mastery Workshop

Tues., October 29 | 4:30 – 9:30 pm

ProLango Mixer

Tues., November 5 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Resume Mastery Workshop

Wed., October 30 | 4:30 – 9:30 pm

NSHMBA Seattle Frontline Leadership Development Event

Weds., November 6 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Transitions 2013

Sat., November 2  | 8:30 am

Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships

UW College of the Environment: Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Temporary Hourly Student Assistant

Email jroshan@uw.edu for more information

ExxonMobil

Librarian Intern

Due January 31

Microsoft Corporation

IT & Operations Internship

Software Development Intern

Due October 28

Bonsai Media Group

Front-End Web Development Internship

Apply now through Huskyjobs!

Due November 3

The Boeing Company

IT Summer Intern (Multiple)

Due November 3

Salesforce.com

Performance Engineer Intern

Software Engineer Intern

Technical Writer Intern

Due November 4

Central Intelligence Agency

Graduate Studies Program – Librarian

BlackRock

Student Intern-User Experience and Design

Neudesic

IT Internships

King County Library System

Library Page (Two positions)

Highlighted Professional Jobs

Altriva Solutions

Junior Developer C#.net (FTE)

Application Due October 28

Apply now through iCareers!

Rappahannock Community College

Emerging Technologies Librarian

Due November 4

Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Content and Projects Librarian II AND Projects and Training Librarian I or II (Two positions)

Due November 8

Cañada College

Librarian (Two Positions)

Due November 8

Swarthmore College

Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Scholarship

Northwestern University

Senior DevOps System Administrator (2 Positions Available)

Bank of America

Application Programmers and Online Content Managers

CSD

UX Designer

GroupHealth

Medical Librarian

Deloitte

Interactive Designer

Microsoft

UX Designer II – Bing Information Platform

eSolutions

System Analyst Lead – Data Warehouse

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