One of the biggest challenges in getting ready for your job search is in how to market yourself effectively for the jobs you want. Employers won’t know to hire you if they don’t know about you or what you can do for them, so one of your first steps is to get clear on that and be ready to share it with others!
Know yourself and your skills
First of all, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Identify the kinds of skills you think you want to use in your next internship or job, as well as the skills that you are already good at. Think about the kind of company or organization that you would like to pursue, and why you think that might be a good fit for you. Even if you’re not totally sure what you want to do yet, pick one of your areas of interest to focus on for now, while you develop your resume, cover letters, linkedin profile, and elevator pitch. You can always change your focus later as you get to know yourself even better.
You’ll need a great introductory “elevator” pitch about yourself to share at career fairs, networking events, or when you’re meeting other professionals for the first time. Your elevator pitch should have 3 components, your name and your affiliation: “I’m Janet, I’m a current student at UW, my degree will be in Informatics”, then a little bit about yourself: “My main areas of interest are web development and user experience right now, but I’m also excited about taking project management courses later this year”, and then a little bit about what you’re looking for: “right now I’m looking for internships that I can take on this coming summer in one of those areas.”
Need help developing your elevator pitch? Come to the Don’t Be Awkward workshop on October 13th!
Business cards are optional. The advantage to having them is that it’s a convenient and professional way to share your contact information with people, and it helps develop your brand and lets you stand out. If you’re going to make business cards for yourself, I like moo.com, but you can use any service that might work well for you! Create a card that is interesting, engaging, and communicates essential information like your name, contact information, online presence (like your LinkedIn profile or your portfolio URL), and perhaps a title for yourself like “Student, University of Washington Information School”, or “UX Designer” or “Librarian – Youth Services”.
And as always, if you need help figuring out how to market yourself, I’m here to help!
Campus Career Events
- Employer Information Session: Amazon, HUB 332, 10/7, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- Career Fair Preparation Session, OUGL 220, 10/9, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- Don’t Be Awkward, HUB 250, 10/13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- UW Bitcoin Kiosk Launch Party + Bitcoin Meetup, 10/1: More info HERE
Highlighted Community Events
- GeekWire Summit, 10/2: More info HERE
- Groupon Geekfest Seattle, 10/2: More info HERE
- Celebrity *Tech* Community Spelling Bee, 10/2: More info HERE
Highlighted Student Jobs and Internships
- IT Analyst (Intern), Cisco Systems: Apply via iCareers, ID 1804
- Software Engineering Intern, Apple: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83433
- Software Engineering Intern, Two Sigma: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83388
- Software Development Internship, Microsoft: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83378
- Software Developer Summer Intern, The DE Shaw Group: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83346
- Data Analyst Intern/Trainee, Panasonic Avionics: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83293
- Software Development Internship, Quora: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83320
- Software Engineer Intern, Quora: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83311
- Hourly Student Project Manager, iSchool: apply via iCareers, ID 1846
- Hourly Student Web/Mobile Designer, iSchool: apply via iCareers, ID 1845
- UX Research Intern, Doubledown Interactive: apply via iCareers, ID 1848
- Hourly Reader/Grader – INFX 542, AU 2014, iSchool: apply via iCareers, ID 1822
- Digital Project Metadata Intern, Seattle Public Library: apply via iCareers, ID 1820
Highlighted Professional Jobs
- Software Development Engineer, Zillow: Apply HERE
- Data Scientist, BlackRock: apply via iCareers, ID 1844
- Front End Web Developer, BlackRock: apply via iCareers, ID 1842
- Mobile Software Engineer, BlackRock: apply via iCareers, ID 1839
- Research & Instruction/Business and Technology Librarian: apply via iCareers, ID 1849
- Data Operations, CampusPoint: apply via iCareers, ID 1812
- Recent Grad Intern – Software Engineer, CampusPoint: apply via iCareers, ID 1835
- Web Design, CampusPoint: apply via iCareers, ID 1830
- Medium Library Manager, Timberland Regional Library: Apply HERE
- Library Specialist, Renton Technical College: Apply HERE
- Interim Reference Librarian, Yakima Valley Libraries: Apple HERE
- Search Editor, Getty Images: Apply HERE
- Learning Specialist, Seattle University: Apply HERE
- Digital Project Archivists, UC Berkeley: Apply HERE
- Instruction Librarian, University of North Texas: Apply HERE
- Instructional Design Librarian, University of Nebraska: Apply HERE
- Processing Archivist, UC Berkeley: Apply HERE
- Coordinator of Reference Services, Longwood University: Apply HERE