Creative Ways to Job Search
This week we’re proposing some creative ways to go about searching for a job or internship.
iCareers: company contacts. Beyond listings of jobs, internships, DFWs, and volunteer opportunities, iCareers includes a “Contact Directory” section. It includes the names of emails of specific employees who have used the site to post positions in the past. To find it, login to iCareers and expand the “Employers” tab on the left-hand side of your screen. From there, click “Contact Directory.” Use the keyword search to find contacts from companies for which you’re interested in working. If you decide to reach out to someone, make sure you adhere to usual standards of professional communication, and let the contact know you found their information via iCareers.
Meetup groups. Meetup facilitates in-person meetings based on mutual interests. The events not only offer opportunities to learn more about a given industry, they also give you a chance to interact with professionals in your intended field of work. Oftentimes, the meetings will begin with a recruiter or other company employee announcing open job and internship opportunities. iSchool students might be interested in Seattle Data Science, Seattle Information Architecture & UX, and Seattle Women in Cyber Security and Info Security.
Social media. You’ve probably read our articles on using LinkedIn’s alumni tool, or watched our video explaining the feature (note that the site’s interface has changed a bit since the recording). Social media sites beyond LinkedIn can be used for career purposes, as well. While not typically seen as a career tool, Facebook can actually be quite helpful in finding contacts at target companies, and offers the additional benefit of connecting you with contacts who are, theoretically, your friends. Simply use the search bar and type in “friends that work at [company name]” or “friends of friends that work at [company name].” Try also following corporate recruiting/jobs accounts on Twitter — here, for example, is Microsoft’s.
Read the “fine print.” In this article from Business Insider, Shana Lebowitz gives tips on finding a position’s hiring manager when that information is not explicitly stated in the description. Knowing this will allow you to tailor your application materials, especially the cover letter, to that specific person (some background research might be required). The result will be non-generic material and an increased likelihood of resonating with the person in charge of choosing who gets the job. Furthermore, you can try finding the hiring manager’s contact information, and either just introduce yourself or attempt to set up an informational interview. Again, make sure to maintain appropriate levels of professional distance in your communication.
Beyond the above strategies, you can also try creating an outside-the-box resume, post an opportunity to be your boss, cold-call a library to set up a tour, or peruse the MLIS DFW-sites page. Have any success of your own finding a job through non-traditional methods? We’d love to hear about it — leave a reply below!
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
4/5: Voyager Capital Hangout; 10:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416 (iLounge)
Ever thought of starting your own company? Or joining the rocket-ship ride as a startup goes from a handful of employees to hundreds? Local startup attorney Joe Wallin (Carney Badley Spellman) and venture investor Randall Lucas (Voyager Capital) welcome your questions and thoughts.
Career & Internship Center
3/31: Getting Started: Finding Internships; 2:30 – 3:00pm, MGH 134
4/3: Internships for International Students; 2:30 – 3:00pm, MGH 134
4/4: Careers in Data; 4:30 – 6:30pm, HUB 334
4/5: Getting Started: Internships Explained; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
4/6: Resume Lab for International Students; 3:30 – 4:20pm, MGH 134
4/4: New Tech Seattle; 5:00 – 7:15pm, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Join the New Tech community at Seattle’s largest ongoing monthly event! This is the place where you’ll always make great connections, enjoy great food and drinks, celebrate presentations of new tech being created by Seattle companies, laugh, smile, and have a fun night out. Featuring presentations by UW grad/faculty-founded companies AnswerDash, 6crickets, XNOR.AI, and Wibotic. RSVP using the above link; use code “husky” for free tickets.
Top job/internship opportunities:
- Software Engineering Intern, DefenseStorm; HuskyJobs ID 113277
- Software Development Engineer Associate, Cambia Health Solutions; HuskyJobs ID 113331
- Cyber Intelligence Analyst, Infoblox; HuskyJobs ID 113321
- Junior-Level Database Manager/Analyst, Anchor QEA; HuskyJobs ID 113325
- Senior Library Manager – Tumwater/Tenino, Timberland Regional Library; iCareers ID 6002
- Scholarly Communications Librarian, Central Washington University; iCareers ID 5992
- Senior Librarians, Librarians & Library Technical Assistants, CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation; iCareers ID 6005