iSchool Career Center Newsletter 5/13/14


May 13, 2014 Career Newsletter

Professionalism is Everywhere

Whether you’re in the grocery store, the Student Services office, in line at DisneyLand, or in the office of a major company, how you conduct yourself and the impression you give makes a difference. Professionalism does not begin and end with your job or interview. Professional conduct takes place in ALL settings.

In a recent survey by York College, 49% of employers stated that less than half of new employees exhibit professionalism in their first year.  Furthermore, over 50% reported an increase in IT etiquette problems.  The criteria for professionalism included interpersonal skills and civility. The criteria for lack of professionalism included a sense of entitlement and even being “disrespectful and rude.”

Why is this survey data important for iSchool students? Because your actions in university transfer to the working world. The sooner you begin exercising professionalism in all conduct, the more prepared you will be to enter the workplace and the more your good reputation will follow you around. And remember…

You’re always networking. Your actions in and outside the classroom or workplace determine how others speak about you.  This is especially true when it comes to references, recommendations, and job networking.  Even though it may not seem like it at the time, making a good impression in even the most informal situations can lead you to greater opportunities down the road. You never know who can help you, who is observing or evaluating your behavior!

Watch your emotions. If you’re upset or agitated take a deep breath and remember to leave a professional impression. If you’re feeling anxious or “desperate” for something like a job, meeting, or paperwork, still maintain a positive demeanor. Avoid complaining, being pushy, and being negative. People are naturally attracted to a personal style that is relaxed, confident, and positive.

Always always always remember to say thank you. Go out of your way to be kind and nice to others. This courteous attitude will always come back to you!


Career-Related Events This Week

ALISS Spring Book Sale
Wednesday, May 14 to Thursday, May 15  |  Red Square

Job Search for International Students
Wed, May 14 |  3:00 – 4:00 pm | MGH 134

Spring Quarter Study Break with Cookies
Thursday, May 15 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm | MGH 470

Identifying Your Strengths
Thurs, May 15 | 2:30 – 4:00 pm | MGH 134

Resumes & Cover Letters
Fri, May 16 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | MGH 134

LinkedIn 101
Fri, May 16 | 2:30 – 3:00 pm | MGH 134

Career Fair Success
Mon, June 16 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm | MGH 134

MobileUXCamp Seattle 2014
Saturday, May 17  |  8:30 am – 5:30 pm  |  Mary Gates Hall

Meet the Employer: Microsoft
Mon., May 19 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Job Search for International Students
Mon, May 19 |  3:00 – 4:00 pm | MGH 134


External Events

Komputer Enthusiasts of Greater Seattle
Monday, May 12 2014 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Seattle MySQL Meetup Group Monthly Meetup
Monday, May 12 2014  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Information Architecture, User Experience & Info Pros
Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00 PM

SeaPHP UG Monthly Meetup
Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00 PM

MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest Presents: Big Data, Small Things, Predictive Analytics
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:30 – 8:15pm

Updates on Web Standards
Wednesday, May 14 at 6:00 PM

YPOS ProDev Presents: Own Your Brand
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:30 – 9am

TENS Monthly Dinner Meeting
Monday, May 19, 2014, 5:30 – 8:30pm


Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships

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Highlighted Professional Jobs

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