iSchool Career Center Newsletter 4/14/14

career-services-graphicApril 14, 2014 Career Newsletter

Career Tips

Emailing for Career Information

Shy about networking? Emailing or messaging to build your relationships with contacts is an easy way to build connections and less threatening (if you’re shy!) than starting out by networking in person. Here are some tips on writing a great networking email that can lead to help with your job/internship search.

  • Always include a reference to how you found the person.  If you were referred by a mutual friend, say something like, “My colleague in school, Alex Chen, suggested I write to you.”   If you have met the person already at a networking or other event, follow up with “I enjoyed meeting you at yesterday’s breakfast meeting and talking with you about Sacramento Libraries.”  Providing some detail about how you came to know the person will help your email feel less “spammy.”
  • Don’t ask for a job. Do ask for advice and contacts. For example, “Greg Hay recommended I reach out to you, and thought you might be willing to share your expertise on careers in information security. I’m going to be looking at internships for this summer, and would be interested in any advice you have as I move forward with that.”
  • Share useful / helpful information with contacts. Share a link to an article that you found interesting that might be relevant to them, or an event that is happening in the community or on campus that the person might benefit from, or mention key points from a recent lecture or guest speaker. Say something like “We just had a great lecture in my web development class about the pluses/minuses of using _____technology, and I found it really interesting. It would be great to get your perspective on that as well.” A statement like this prompts someone’s interest in what you’re learning, could share information that they find useful, and also lets them know you’re interested in learning more.

After you have sent your initial email, have patience!  If you don’t get a response, wait at least 10 days before following up. But do follow up, even if you haven’t received a response to your first message; sometimes people lose messages or are too busy to follow up immediately. Say something like, “I emailed once before but I know you’re busy so I wanted to follow up briefly again.” And remember that I’m happy to help review emails if ever you’re in doubt!

Good luck!

Career-Related Events This Week

Career Fair Success
Monday, April 14 | 1:30 – 2:30pm |  MGH 134

Resumes & Cover Letters
Monday, April 14 | 3:30 – 4:30pm | MGH 134

iCareers: Employer Info Session with Expera / MohCare
Wednesday, April 16  | 12:30 – 1:30pm | MGH 420

LinkedIn Photo Booth
Tuesday, April 15 | 12:00 – 3:00pm | MGH 134

UW Tacoma Technology Career Fair
Tuesday, April 15 | 12:00 – 2:00pm  | William Philip Hall (WPH)

Dependable Strengths
Tuesday, April 15 | 2:00 – 3:30pm  | HUB 332

LinkedIn 101
Tuesday, April 15 | 3:00 – 3:30pm |  MGH 134

Faculty Careers at Different Types of Institutions
Tuesday, April 15 | 3:30 – 5:00pm  | SMI 205

Career Exploration through informational interviewing
Tuesday, April 15 | 4:00 – 5:00pm |  HUB 332

Wednesday, April 16 | 8:30am – 4:30pm |  MGH 134

Career Fair Success
Wednesday, April 16 | 1:30 – 2:30pm |  MGH 134

Resumes & Cover Letters
Wednesday, April 16 | 3:00 – 4:00pm | MGH 134

Community College Career Opportunities
Wednesday, April 16 | 3:30 – 5:00pm  | BAG 261

Speed Mentoring with International Professionals
Wednesday, April 16 | 4:00 – 6:00pm  | HUB 250

Meet the Employer: City Year Seattle/King County
Wednesday, April 16 | 5:30 – 7:30pm | MGH 134

2014 Seattle Campus Spring Career Fair
Thursday, April 17 | 3:00 – 7:00pm | HUB Ballrooms

Successful Interviews
Friday, April 18 | 1:00 – 2:00pm | MGH 134

Social Media-Maximize Internships & Job Options
Monday, April 21 | 3:00 – 4:00pm | MGH 134

Research Conversation: Research That Has an Impact
Monday, April 21  | 12:15 – 1:30pm  | MGH 420

 External Events

Komputer Enthusiasts of Greater Seattle
Monday, April 14  | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Seattle MySQL Meetup Group Monthly Meetup
Monday, April 14  | 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Seattle Java Users Group (SeaJUG): Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, April 15  | 6:45pm

Foursquare Day
Wednesday, April 16

Trends of Hardware (Sensory Design, 3D Printing, Wearables…)
Wednesday, April 16  | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships

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Highlighted Professional Jobs

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