iSchool Career Center Newsletter 4/28/14


April 28, 2014 Career Newsletter

Am I Oversharing?

During an interview, while networking, or in conversation with professionals in your field, you will most likely get the chance to tell a story about yourself.  It’s part of regular conversation and good communication to share some personal details or tell stories about your past experience, skills, abilities, hobbies, and more. But, there’s a line between sharing great information in the name of professional relationship-building, and oversharing. Here are some tips to keep you on the side of professional conversation and away from awkwardly divulging inappropriate details…

Tell it!

If you get the chance to tell a story, think of it as an opportunity to begin to build a relationship with the professional you’re talking to and to share positive information about yourself. Stories can help highlight many of your best qualities, like how you’re a team player, or cool in a crisis, or how you have a great sense of humor.  When interacting with professionals in your field, stories about yourself should take place in a professional or semi-professional setting, like a previous work environment, or a volunteer activity that you’re engaged in. It can come from a classroom, internship, or activity that you’re engaged in outside of work/school like a team activity or hobby.

You can tell stories that highlight moments you’re proud of, things that went really well, and also stories where things were tough, or when you might have dropped the ball or when a situation didn’t go as planned. In those cases, talk about what you’ve learned from the experience so far. Include what you would do next time, or what you’re doing now to work on that aspect of your professional or personal skill set. For example, if a job didn’t work out the way you thought it would, talk about the self-awareness you have now from that experience and what you’re doing to maximize your chances of success and a “good fit” in your next position. Keep a positive attitude, even if your story isn’t about a great experience.

Don’t tell it…

The biggest “overshare” mistakes are made when you divulge too much personal information. Positive or neutral details about you, like your hometown, what you enjoy doing in your free time, and things like recent vacations or items you have in common with the person you’re talking to make great details to share. But do NOT share personal details that indicate hardship suffered, or that are emotional in nature, or include information about health or medical issues, complex or negative relationships. For example, don’t discuss the way your uncle drank too much at your brother’s wedding, your car accident in 2005, the depression that runs in your family, or that crazy person you dated. Once you have developed a strong relationship with someone, usually over time and several conversations, then there may be times when sharing more feels more appropriate to both of you. But in developing your professional network, don’t overshare!


Career-Related Events This Week

Successful Interviews
Monday, April 28 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm |  MGH 134

Resume & Cover Letters
Tuesday, April 29 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm |  MGH 134

LinkedIn 101
Wednesday, April 30 | 3:30 – 4:00 pm |  MGH 134

Ed Mignon Lecture in Information Science: Tony Hey
Thursday, May 1  | 4:30 – 5:30 pm  | Johnson Hall, room 102

Finding Jobs & Internships
Thursday, May 1 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm |  MGH 134

How to Launch Your Career
Thursday, May 1 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm Elm Hall

iSchool Diversity Summit 2014
Friday, May 2  | 8:30 am – 2:00 pm  | School of Social Work Commons, Room 308

Dependable Strengths for Alumni & Community – Day One
Friday, May 2 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm|  MGH 134

Federal Jobs-Find & Apply
Friday, May 2 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm|  MGH 134

Research Conversation: A Crucible for Collections and Classification
Monday, May 5 |  12:15 – 1:30 pm  | MGH 420


External Events

NSHMBA Seattle Diversity Recruiting and Career Management Event
Saturday, April 26th 9:30am – 3:30pm

Monday, April 28 2014 7:00pm

Communication Skills for Effective Problem-Solving in the Workplace
Friday, May 2, 2014, 8am – 12pm

Game Design Workshop – Seattle Games Cooperative
Sunday, May 4 at 1:00 PM

Kscope 14 Student Day
June 22-26 |  WA Convention Center


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