Creative Ways to Job Search
Welcome back for spring quarter!
Before getting into the meat of this week’s newsletter, a quick update on career advising for the start of the quarter. Dean will be out of the office for a couple weeks starting next Wednesday, April 4. During that time, Wendie Phillips, our office director, will be holding career drop-ins on the following days:
- Thursday, April 5, 2:00 – 4:00pm
- Thursday, April 19, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Normal career drop-in hours (Wed. and Thurs., 2:00 – 4:00pm) will resume starting the week of April 23. Please note that Wendie will not holding her normally scheduled drop-in hours today, March 29.
While Dean is away, students will unfortunately be unable to make scheduled career advising appointments. You can continue submitting questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, though responses may be delayed.
For more urgent assistance during Dean’s absence, we recommend making use of the main UW Career & Internship Center, located on the main floor of Mary Gates Hall. You can schedule same-day sessions (15 minutes) and standard appointments with their career coaches.
Now, to the actual topic. 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, and workshops, iCareers includes a “Contact Directory” section. It includes the names and emails (and, occasionally, job titles) of specific employers who have used the site to post opportunities in the past. (To find it, click on the “Employers” tab from the iCareers homepage.) Use the keyword search to find contacts from companies for whom you’d like to work — ask if they’re currently hoping to fill any positions relevant to your interests, or if they’d be willing to set up an informational interview.
If you pursue this option, make sure you adhere to the usual standards of professional communication. Additionally, be sure to let them know you’re an iSchool student and found their information via iCareers — it may have been a while since they last used the site.
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. The meetings will sometimes even begin with a recruiter or other company employee announcing open job and internship opportunities. Some groups relevant to iSchoolers include New Tech, Design Thinking, Information Architecture & User Experience, and Feminist Book Club.
There are variety of ways to seek jobs through social media sites.
As we’ve noted previously, LinkedIn got rid of its official “Find Alumni” tool, but you can still find a list of UW alumni using the site. Further refine your results by searching by major or company, and reach out to potential contacts from there.
Social media sites beyond LinkedIn can be used for career purposes, as well. While not typically regarded as a career fool, Facebook can actually be quite helpful in finding contacts at target companies and offers the additional benefits of connecting you with people who are, at least theoretically, your friends. Try using the search bar and type in “friends that work at [company]” or “friends of friends that work at [company].” You can also try following corporate recruiting/jobs accounts on Twitter — here, for example, are Microsoft’s and Amazon’s.
And on a final social media note, check out Janet Matta’s winter quarter presentation on cultivating your personal brand.
Read the “fine print”
In this article from Business Insider, the reporter outlines strategies for finding an open position’s hiring manager when that information isn’t explicitly stated in the job description. Knowing this will allow you to tailor your application materials — particularly the cover letter — to that specific person (some background research might be required). The result will be non-generic materials with 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 and reiterate your interest, or attempt to set up an informational interview. Again, if you go this route, make sure to maintain appropriate levels of professional distance in your communication.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
4/10: Job Search Burnout; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258
Tired of job searching? Attend this workshop to help rejuvenate and remotivate your search. Session led by former iSchool career adviser Janet Matta.
UW Career & Internship Center
4/2: Virtual Job Search Workshop; 1:30 – 2:00pm, online
4/3: Youth Programs Summer Job Fair; 2:00 – 6:00pm, HUB 250
4/4: U.S. Job Search Workshop for International Students; 1:30 – 2:20pm, MGH 134
4/4: C21 Career Launch; 3:00 – 4:30pm, MGH 134
4/5: Dataminr InfoSession; 4:00 – 5:00pm, HUB 238
4/11: UW Women’s Center: Salary Negotiation Workshop; 3:30 – 5:30pm, ECC Unity Room
Start Smart workshops are specifically designed by AAUW for college women about to enter the job market to end the gender pay gap. However, all students are welcome. RSVP using above link.
4/12: UW Women’s Center: Salary Negotiation Workshop; 3:30 – 5:30pm, HUB 334
Same workshop as above, different day. RSVP using above link (different than first workshop).
4/17: Microsoft Azure University Tour; 11:00am – 2:15pm, HUB
See where the cloud can take you at a free learning event for student developers, faculty, and staff. Connect with experts, build your cloud skills, and get inspired. Register here.
Top job/internship opportunities
- Student Technical Support Assistant, UW Medicine Department of Surgery; iCareers ID 7377
- Scholarly Publication & Communication Specialist (Suzzallo/Allen Libraries); iCareers ID 7389
- Software Development Internship, Katerra; iCareers ID 7375
- Implementation Intern, FAST Enterprises; HuskyJobs ID 125017
- Product Consultant Internship, Tableau; HuskyJobs ID 125021
- Data Warehousing and Analytics Consultant, FAST Enterprises; HuskyJobs ID 125015
- Pacific NW Library Assn. History Intern, Peninsula College Library; iCareers ID 7362
- Data Visualization Librarian, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 7365
- Assessment and Data Visualization Librarian, UW Libraries; 7366