Career Newsletter, 2/9/2017

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Job Searching Beyond ICF

We hope you all enjoyed the 2017 iSchool Career Fair! Please consider taking a minute to respond to our brief survey, which can be found in the UW iSchool Career Fair app (on the bottom-right of the homepage).

Now that ICF is over, what should you do?

Follow up. In last week’s newsletter, we went over how to follow up with recruiters you met at the fair. If you haven’t yet, we recommend doing so as soon as possible.

You can also think about reaching out to employers you met earlier this quarter, or during the fall. Mention projects you’ve worked on since last talking, how you’ve applied application advice they gave you, or share an article you think they might find interesting. Reaching out like this can help keep you in the recruiter’s mind, demonstrate your genuine interest in their company, and establish a sustained relationship.

Continue attending events. There are still a number of events occurring this quarter and next. The 2017 Internship Fair is one week from today, 2:00-6:00pm in the HUB Ballrooms. Nearly 100 companies across all fields will be in attendance, hiring for both intern and full-time positions. Be sure to also check out one of the Internship Fair Success workshops beforehand (dates listed below).

In terms of iSchool events, be on the lookout for Alycia’s series of Career Conversation workshops. Each of the small group discussions will focus on a different niche topic — the first covers job searching for introverts. Attendance for the events is limited to 15 students, so RSVP on iCareers soon!

Build your network. Eighty percent of jobs are obtained via personal or professional networks. Start building new connections through those closest to you. Do you have any family, friends, or classmates working at companies that interest you? Ask if they, or one of their colleagues, would be willing to meet and talk about their job. Even if the organization isn’t currently hiring, simply making that connection will put you in a better position when something does open. Formally, these are called “informational interviews,” and we covered them in more depth earlier this year.

If your personal circles aren’t full of people in your line of work, there are still plenty of options. One particularly helpful tool is LinkedIn’s alumni search. Watch our video outlining how to use the feature. (If you’re prompted to “enter your credentials,” press “cancel.” Please also note the tutorial was recorded before LinkedIn’s recent interface change.)

You can also attend a Seattle Meetup event to learn more about the industry, profession, or special topic of your choosing, a meet people with similar interests. Meetup groups in our area include TeachersWhoTech, Information Architecture & User Experience, Feminist Book Club, and many more.

Upcoming events

iSchool

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

2/14: Negotiation Workshop; 12:30-1:30, BLD 070

Whether you already have a job or internship lined up, or anticipate getting one soon, negotiation skills are important to leverage. Learn how to successfully negotiate your salary and other benefits.

Career & Internship Center

2/9: Getting Started: Internship Fair Success; 3:30-4:00pm, MGH 134

2/13: Getting Started: Internship Fair Success; 3:30-4:00pm, MGH 134

2/14: Getting Started: Internship Fair Success; 1:30-2:00pm, MGH 134

2/15: ResumeFest!; 9:00am-4:00pm, MGH 134

2/15: Getting Started: Internship Fair Success; 3:30-4:00pm, MGH 134

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

Top job/internship opportunities:

  • 2017 Costco IT Summer Internship Program, Costco; iCareers ID 5756
  • Summer Graduate School Internship 2017, Win/Win; iCareers ID 5783
  • Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) – New College Graduate, Apple; HuskyJobs ID 111702
  • Emerging Leader Program (ELP) Information Technology, Geico; iCareers ID 900
  • Metadata Specialist, McGraw-Hill Education; iCareers ID 5762
  • Head, Music Library, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 5778

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