Career Newsletter: 11/10/2016

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Avoiding Job-Search Burnout

Fall Quarter is the busiest in terms of career events and job searching. Combined with the standard demands of school and a social life, this has the ability to burn students out. Today’s newsletter features a few strategies you can employ to avoid getting discouraged while looking for a job or internship.

Make time for fun. While it might sound counterproductive, taking time to de-stress and do something enjoyable will reenergize you, giving you increased focus when you return to the job search. Grab coffee with a friend and catch up. Go to a fitness class at the IMA, or play basketball. Draw, write, take pictures. Watch some sports on TV. Anything to get your mind off the laborious task of finding a job. It doesn’t need to be for a long amount of time — even just half an hour of leisure each day can help you cultivate a more refreshed, positive outlook on career-related work.

Set small goals. As with anything, successfully navigating the job-search process takes consistent, concentrated effort. Attempting to finish it all in one fell swoop will leave you overwhelmed. Instead, set out incremental goals that, in total, will result in securing a professional opportunity. For example, commit to 20 minutes of researching jobs and companies during the first week of your plan. The next week, plan on 20 minutes of resume work each day. And so on. Keeping your goals manageable will give you a steady stream of momentum.

Automate your search. As iSchool students, you know technology can make our lives more efficient. This applies to job searching, too. On both iCareers and HuskyJobs, you can set up alerts for specific keywords, and anytime a posting includes one of those words, you’ll receive an email. You can do the same on sites like LinkedIn, Dice, and Indeed. Try also to find places where you can upload a resume that will then remain viewable by anyone hiring. This will require you craft a more general resume, but can save considerable time.

Stay organized. Save copies of all the cover letters, resumes, references (and so on) that you submit. The ability to consult these documents in the future will save you from having to start from scratch for each new application.

These are just a few strategies for remaining motivated during the Fall Quarter hiring rush. Read more on the subject here and here.

Upcoming events


(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)

11/16: Starbucks Information Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, ECC – Chicano & Native Suite

Representatives from Starbucks will be on hand to discuss their company and internship opportunities. Directed towards undergrads, but all welcome. Unable to hire international students.

11/17: MLIS Online Career Chat; 6:00 – 7:00pm, online

Join Alycia online to talk about career in the library and information science field.

Career & Internship Center

11/14: NBCUniversal InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134

11/15: Zillow InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134

11/17: Startup Career and Internship Fair; 3:00 – 5:00pm, Startup Hall


11/17: National Security Virtual Career Fair; 11:00am – 5:00pm, online

Find out about national security jobs with the federal government. Register using the above link.

01/19: 2017 Science and Technology Showcase; 5:00 – 7:00pm, Anthony’s Forum (Dempsey Hall)

Are you working on a technology that has potential for commercialization? Participating in STS allows you to further explore the commercialization potential of your science- and technology-based ideas by presenting them to an audience of fellow scientists and engineers, MBA students, and a panel of judges that includes prominent entrepreneurs and investors form the Seattle business community. Apply using the above link.

For additional events, visit the iSchool and Career Center websites.

Top job/internship opportunities:

  • Graduate Student Internship: Community Liaison and Mentor, Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center; iCareers ID 5447
  • Engineering Resident – University Graduate, Google; HuskyJobs ID 109089
  • Analyst – Revenue Forecasting and Analytics, Hawaiian Airlines; HuskyJobs ID 109078
  • Desktop Support Technician – Information Technology, PATH; HuskyJobs ID 109097
  • Cataloging and Digitization Internships, Seattle Opera; iCareers IDs 5393 & 5394

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