Job Searching Beyond ICF
We hope you all enjoyed the 2018 iSchool Career Fair! As a reminder, please consider taking a minute to respond to our brief ICF survey, which can be found in the career fair app. Your feedback will help us make sure the fair is even better next year.
And 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 used application advice they gave you, or share an article you think they might find interesting. Additionally, if you notice on LinkedIn that a past connection recently changed positions or companies, you can use that to as a starting point to reconnect — ask them how they’re liking the new role and let them know you’d like learn more about what they’re doing.
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 good number of events happening this quarter. Most notably, the Winter Job & Internship Fair is one week from today, 2:00 – 6:00pm in the HUB Ballrooms. More than 100 employers across all industries will be in attendance. Ones that might be of particular interest to iSchool students include HP, Oracle, Slalom Consulting, and Smartsheet. Expeditors, HERE, and West Monroe Partners, who all attended ICF, will be at this fair as well — if you missed talking with them last week, now’s your chance. The UW Career & Internship Center is also hosting a number of workshops to help students prep for the fair, so be sure to check those out too (dates listed below).
As for iSchool events, we have our first-ever Library Expo happening on the last day of the month, 3:30 – 5:30pm in OUG 220. Fifteen organizations will in attendance, including numerous public and academic libraries, along with a couple museums and a private archive. Even better, a majority of the organizations have indicated they are currently hiring. The event will be an excellent opportunity for MLIS students to interact with current professionals, learn about their day-to-day, and hopefully land a job.
Build your network. Somewhere between 70 and 80% of jobs are found through networking. 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 — you can check out a past newsletter on conducting them here.
If your personal circles aren’t full of people in your line of work, there are still plenty of options. One particularly helpful method is searching LinkedIn for iSchool alumni. While the site got rid of its official “Find Alumni” tool during its interface change last year, you can still find a full list of UW alumni on there. Further refine your results by punching the title of your program into the search bar.
You can also attend a Seattle Meetup event to learn more about the industry, profession, or special topic of your choosing, and meet people with similar interests. Some groups relevant to iSchoolers include New Tech, Design Thinking, Information Architecture & User Experience, and Feminist Book Club.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plant to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
2/8: Workday Virtual Information Session; 12:30 – 1:45pm, MGH 258
Representatives from Workday will be hosting an information session via Zoom. Topics will include the company’s technology and organizational culture, and the session will end with a Q&A panel. RSVP here.
2/8: International Student Panel; 5:00 – 6:00pm, HUB 337
Join a panel of international iSchool alumni who will talk about strategies they used to land their jobs and share recommendations for making your own job search successful.
What kind of brand are you/ Pull up a chair, prop up your tablet and attend this live webinar to learn how to craft your personal brand with practical suggestions you can implement immediately. Hosted by former iSchool career adviser Janet Matta.
UW Career & Internship Center
2/9: Getting Started: Gaining Experience Employers Want; 12:30 – 1:00pm, MGH 134
2/12: Career Fair Success for International Students; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 134
2/12: Virtual Workshop: Career Fair Success/Q&A; 3:30 – 4:20pm, Online
2/13: ResumeFest!; 10:00am – 4:00pm, MGH 134
2/14: Getting Started: Career Fair Success; 12:30 – 1:00pm, MGH 134
Top job/internship opportunities
- Student Reports Analyst, UW Capital Planning & Development; iCareers ID 7217
- Undergraduate Community Based Internships, UW Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center; iCareers ID 7235
- Summer Internship – Data Analytics, Paccar; HuskyJobs ID 123387
- Summer Internship – Software Engineer, F5 Networks; HuskyJobs ID 123278
- IT Internships, KPMG; iCareers IDs 7215 &7216
- Innovation Research Analyst, Disney Parks and Resorts Digital; iCareers ID 7232
- Library Associate I – Ballard and Northeast, Seattle Public Library; iCareers ID 7234
- Librarian, Full-Time Tenure Track, Green River College; iCareers ID 7237
- Librarian, San Francisco Public Library; iCareers ID 7222