Janet will be out on vacation from March 7th to March 30th and will return to work on March 31st at the start of Spring quarter. If you have career issues or questions while I’m gone, you can visit the main UW Career Center. And don’t forget about iCareers! There are great jobs and internships there, and you can schedule an appointment with me for when I get back by clicking “request an advising appointment” in the shortcuts menu. See you at the end of the month!
Am I Qualified?
Am I qualified? You’re looking at a job posting and become intimidated by qualification requirements like, “2 years of experience,” “knowledge of, or “familiarity with?” These are often guidelines for what the desired applicant should have rather than the minimum qualifications. People don’t often satisfy every single qualification on a job posting so you are most likely not expected to meet everything on there.
Let them decide if you qualify. If you are not sure whether or not you are qualified, apply anyway.
Figure out how your existing experience is related to the requirements. Make a strong case for the existing requirements you know you have. See if you can relate any skills acquired from other jobs, volunteerism, or tasks to the job description. After you have done your best to portray your skills, let the company decide if you qualify or not. It’s better to give it a shot than to discount yourself from the outset.
How to include both talent and likability in your resume and cover letter. Once you are done tailoring your resume and cover letter to a specific job posting, consider editing it further to include aspects of the company culture. Do your homework: try to find out workplace culture through the company’s website, social media, and other promotions of workplace environment. You can even contact the job poster to ask how you can position yourself for this job in the future. Including keywords in your cover letter and resume to portray yourself as someone who would fit in could be key to landing you an interview.
The most qualified candidate is not always the one offered the job. Personality has as much, if not more, influence than talent. On your resume, of course you want to include as many qualifications as you can in order to land the interview. However, if you feel like you are not the most qualified candidate during the interview process, don’t sweat it! Connecting with the hiring team and your interviewers is just as important. Reach out to someone at the organization as you apply to build a relationship. Be sure to remember (or write down) names and positions of people you talk to. Always be professional in your responses and appropriate in how you dress.
Career-Related Events This Week
Tuesday, March 4 to Friday, March 7 | 8:00am – 5:00pm | Berlin
Tuesday, March 4 | 3:30 – 4:30pm | MGH 134
Wednesday, March 5 | 3:30 – 4:00pm | MGH 134
Thursday, March 6 | 2:30 – 4:00pm | MGH 134
Friday, March 7 | 1:30 – 2:30pm | MGH 134
Monday, March 10 | 3:30 – 4:30pm | MGH 134
Monday, March 10 | 12:15 – 1:30pm | MGH 420
Friday, March 7 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 5 | 6:00pm
Thursday, March 6, | 6:00pm
Thursday, March 6 | 7:30 – 8:30am
Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships
*Undergraduate Research Assistant – Social Debugging Games
*Archives Project Lead (Processing)
*CAPSTONE: Entrepreneurial Start-up Support
*Apply Now Through iCareers!
Highlighted Professional Jobs
*.Net Application Developer
*Recent Grad Intern – Software Engineer
*Remote Technical Support for MS Exchange, Cloud Services
*Technical Support Analyst I
*Access Services Librarian
*Information Literacy Librarian
*Development Director, Washington State University Libraries
*Electronic Resources Librarian
*Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Information Technology
*Technology Development Program (TDP)
*Online Instructional Design & Education Librarian
*Apply Now Through iCareers!