Career Newsletter, 11/30/2017

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Still Looking for a Job or Internship?

A lot of iSchool students are still searching for post-grad jobs and summer internships. That’s totally normal, and we’d urge anyone in that situation not to stress. The standard job-search stretches out months, and involves dozens of applications and multiple interviews. Below are some tips and considerations to help you stay focused on landing your desired opportunity.

There is a lot of time left.

Past results from our internal surveys have shown that only about one in four iSchoolers accept a job in the fall. And while we don’t have exact numbers on internships or directed fieldwork, anecdotally, it seems we see most students accept these offers during winter or spring. Winter quarter in particular is packed with career events and is a great time to continue searching. Upcoming career fairs include the Society of Women Engineers Career Fair (1/16), Diversity Career Fair (1/31), Winter Job & Internship Fair (2/15), and, of course, our own iSchool Career Fair on Jan. 30 from 12:30 to 4:30pm.

Automate your search.

Scrolling through a seemingly endless number of job postings can quickly drain your energy. Supplement your search with these strategies:

  • Set up job alerts in iCareers and HuskyJobs. You can do this using specific keywords. Then, whenever an employer uploads an opportunity with those words, you’ll be notified via email.
    • Ex: If you’re looking for a job in metadata/cataloging, search either site’s listings for “metadata,” click “Save this Search” in the blue bar, then select how frequently you’d like to receive emails and whether you’d like to receive new results only.
  • Upload your resume to job sites with resume banks. First, create a generalized resume applicable to a variety of positions, then upload it to places like Indeed and Monster. Similarly, creating an applicant profile on Internships.com will allow all employers using the site to see your experience and qualifications. These strategies open the opportunity for recruiters to contact you without actually submitting an application, similar to someone reaching out after viewing your LinkedIn. (For these resumes, we suggest noting your expected graduation date and removing your full address, but keeping the city, state, and zip code.)
  • Make your LinkedIn SEO-friendly. Following up on that previous note, there are certain ways by which you can increase your visibility on LinkedIn. Update your profile with keywords, phrases, and projects applicable to the type(s) of work you’d like to do.
  • Connect with a recruiting agency. Recruiting agencies work with numerous companies within a given area and can help place you in temporary assignments, contract-to-hire positions, and full-time jobs. CampusPoint is one of the few agencies that provides these services specifically for internships. Keep in mind that recruiting companies have varying reputations, so do your research and ask them clarifying questions, such as their level of experience and past success in placing candidates in roles similar to those in which you’re interested.

Focus on things outside your job search.

This sounds counterintuitive, but taking time away from your computer to de-stress is vital in ensuring you sustain the energy necessary to continue searching. A few of our suggestions:

  • Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness means being singularly present in the current moment, something with both mental and physical benefits. It’s proven to reduce anxiety and increase happiness. Check this article on a 30-minute mindfulness exercise.
  • Physical activity has a bounty of benefits, not least of which is stress-reduction. It’ll also improve your self-confidence. Take regular walks around campus, run on the IMA’s track, lift in the weight room, join an intramural team for next quarter — anything that gets you moving. The IMA also offers a variety of low-cost classes to students.
  • Explore the city. Seattle is an endlessly cool city. For those of you new(ish) to the area, there are the obvious hot spots like Pike Place, Gasworks, and the Ballard Locks. If you’re a more experience Seattlite, check this recent Reddit thread on essential to-dos in the area.

This will be our last career newsletter of fall quarter. Student Services will remain open throughout much of the break, though, so feel free to email icareers@uw.edu if you need any assistance while classes are out. Enjoy the holidays!

Upcoming events

iSchool

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

Below is a selection of iSchool events currently planned for winter quarter. More workshops and employer events will be added over the next month (and beyond). Continue to check iCareers for more information.

1/18: Don’t Be Awkward; 12:30 – 1:20pm, HUB 340

Join us for the seventh annual Don’t Be Awkward networking workshop. This event will provide you with strategies for interaction with professionals in a confident, charismatic manner.

1/23: ICF: Resume Review Day; 12:30 – 1:20, OUGL 220

Get professional feedback on your resume in advance of the iSchool Career Fair. Local employers from ICF-registered organizations will be on hand to review resumes one-on-one with students.

1/25: ICF: Navigating a Career Fair; 12:30 – 1:20, BLD 070

Learn how to make the most of your iSchool Career Fair experience. We’ll share advice on researching companies in advance, communicating effectively with employers, and making yourself stand out.

UW Career & Internship Center

12/5: Career Launch Workshop; 3:00 – 4:30pm, MGH 134

12/6: Navy InfoSession (NSWCCD Acoustic Research Detachment); 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134

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

Top job/internship opportunities

  • Learning Technologies Systems Consultant, UW-IT; iCareers ID 6945
  • Engineering Intern, Dynamic Systems Technologies; iCareers ID 6951
  • Technology Consultant Intern – Summer 2018, Protiviti; HuskyJobs ID 120995
  • User Experience Internship – Summer 2018, Nordstrom; HuskyJobs ID 121328
  • Library Internship (Brookwood Library), Hillsboro Public Library; iCareers ID 6943
  • Library Internship, Digital Theological Library; iCareers ID 6969
  • Compliance Analyst, Unstructured Data, UW Medicine; iCareers ID 6947
  • Software Engineer, F5 Networks; HuskyJobs ID 121339
  • Associate Consultant, Accelalph; HuskyJobs ID 121327
  • Administrative Assistant, Primary Source; iCareers ID 6956
  • ILS Administrator, Whatcom County Library System; iCareers ID 6659
  • Student Success Librarian, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries; iCareers ID 6906

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