Career Newsletter, 9/28/2017

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Welcome to Fall 2017 

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the start of the new school year. I’m Cameron Seib, the Program Assistant for the Career Services team. I’ll be working with your career advisors, Dean and Alycia, to bring you a weekly newsletter. The newsletter will include career advice — each week focusing on a different topic — along with upcoming events and recommended job postings.

This week’s newsletter outlines the basic features of iCareers and offers tips on making full use of the resource.

Schedule an advising appointment

One of the two primary reasons students use iCareers is to schedule career (and academic) advising appointments. To do so:

  1. Go to the homepage, click on the “Calendar” drop-down menu on the left-hand side, and then select “Counseling Appointment.”
  2. Click “REQUEST NEW APPOINTMENT.”
  3. Choose a session type (either career advising or mock interview), a range of dates and times that work, and the counselor you’d like to see.
  4. You’ll then see a list of available appointments. Click on the advisor’s name to select a date and time.
  5. Select a method of delivery (in-person, Skype, etc.), choose the most appropriate option from the list of “appointment interests,” add any relevant notes, then submit your request.

You’ll soon receive an email confirming your request has been received. Be aware that this alone does not confirm your appointment has been scheduled. You’ll get an additional email when the advisor has accepted your request.

When you submit your request, it’s helpful to add as much context as possible in the “Additional Notes” section, especially for mock interviews. Providing a job description, your application materials, or any other pertinent information (i.e., if you know the names/positions of the people who will be interviewing you) will help Dean and Alycia tailor their questions to your specific situation. You’re also free to schedule mock interviews for positions to which you haven’t yet applied but plan to in the future, or simply for practice.

Even for “standard” career advising appointments, context helps. For example, if you’re seeking resume/cover letter assistance, note the issue(s) with which you’re struggling. Are you having trouble deciding which past jobs and internships to list? Can’t figure out how to condense your experience into bullet points? Need guidance on the structure of your cover? Let Dean and Alycia know so they can prepare to make your appointment as informative as possible.

Last, though certainly not least, please only sign up for one advising appointment at a time. Wait until you meet with the advisor to schedule another.

Search for jobs, internships, and other professional opportunities

The other main use of iCareers is searching for jobs, internships, and other professional opportunities, such as Capstone projects and volunteer openings.

Finding all the listings is easy: just click the “Search Jobs” drop-down from the homepage. There you’ll find the full list of opportunities employers have asked to be shared with iSchool students.

If you’d like to narrow your results, you can do so either by using the search box up top, or doing an advanced search. With the latter, we don’t recommend using the “Experiential Learning Type Offered” filter — although employers are forced to specify a single academic program to which their internships apply, many accept applications from both undergrad and grad students.

Another useful search-related feature is the ability to save your searches and get job alerts. To do so, type a keyword into the search bar, i.e., “Java.” A blue banner will appear with the option to save your search. Doing so will set up email alerts, so that you’re notified any time a new job with the word “Java” in its description is posted on iCareers. (You can also further refine these saved searches along a variety of different settings.)

Other features of iCareers

Career events

iCareers is also where you can find the full list of upcoming iSchool career events. Click on the “Events” drop-down, then choose “Workshops” (all our events, even those titled “Information Session,” will be under the Workshops tab).

You can also RSVP for events on iCareers, by clicking on the event title and scrolling to the bottom of the page. We do appreciate if you RSVP for any event you plan to attend, as it helps us provide the necessary amount of materials (and food!).

Contact directory

Under the “Employers” tab on the homepage, you’ll see a link to the iCareers contact directory. Here you’ll find a list of employers who have either themselves posted positions on the site, or asked us to do so on their behalf.

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 (you’ll want to specify this is the UW Information School’s student jobs board). You may also want to consult LinkedIn to ensure that the individual is still with the company.

And on a final note, if you ever have any difficulties or questions regarding iCareers, please email icareers@uw.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Upcoming events

iSchool

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

9/29: EY Office Hours; 11:00am – 2:00pm, MGH 224

Representatives from EY will be on campus to meet informally with small groups of iSchool students and chat about their company, open positions, and what it’s like to work for the organization. Students must register for a time slot on SignUpGenius. All spots are currently full.

10/2: KPMG Cyber Information Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258

Please join KPMG on campus for lunch and to learn more about its advisory cyber practice. KPMG is actively seeking candidates for internship and full-time opportunities. Cyber representatives will be on hand to share their experiences and discuss available opportunities.

10/3: Grant Thornton iLounge Hangout; 2:00 – 4:00pm, MGH 416

Representatives from Grant Thornton will be in the iLounge to chat informally about the firm, recruiting process, and employment opportunities. There will be a specific focus on full-time and internship positions in the Risk Advisory Services department.

10/4: Consulting Resume Reviews; 10:15am – 2:00pm, MGH 224

Hone your resume for consulting and advisory services positions. Consulting professionals from EY and PwC will be on campus to meet individually with iSchool students and provide resume assistance. Students must register for a time slot on SignUpGenius.

10/5: Navigating a Career Fair; 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070

Learn how to make the most of Autumn Quarter career fairs. Alycia will share advice on researching companies in advance, communicating effectively with employers, and making yourself stand out.

UW Career & Internship Center

10/2: Internships for International Students; 2:30 – 3:20pm, MGH 134

10/3: SICdrone InfoSession; 11:30am – 12:30pm, MGH 134

10/3: Getting Started: Cover Letters; 1:30 – 2:00pm, MGH 134

10/4: Resume Lab; 1:30 – 2:20pm, MGH 134

10/4: Crack the Coding Interview Prep Workshop (presented by Facebook); 4:30 – 6:30pm, HUB 145

Other events

10/4: Startup Career Fair; 2:00 – 4:00pm, Intellectual House

Are you a student looking for employment at a startup? Join UW CoMotion Labs to talk with representatives from dozens of fully established and vetted startups, and learn about career and internship opportunities. RSVP required using the above link.

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

Top job/internship opportunities

  • Student Office Assistant – Dean’s Office, UW Information School; iCareers ID 6636
  • Internship Opportunities in Development, Microsoft; HuskyJobs ID 119360
  • Associate Product Manager Intern (Summer 2018), Google; HuskyJobs ID 119335
  • Research, Archive and Data Internships, NPR; iCareers IDs 6615, 6616 & 6617
  • IT Specialist, iSpot.tv; iCareers ID 6642
  • Senior Computing Specialist, UW Honors Program; iCareers ID 6614
  • First Year Experience Librarian (UW Tacoma), UW Libraries; iCareers ID 6606

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