JOB SEARCHING BEYOND CAMPUS
Many of you have spent the first six months of the school year on the job hunt and it’s not unreasonable to start feeling some fatigue with Handshake or iCareers applications. Or maybe you’ve been attending info sessions and career fairs, and are now looking for some additional tools to aid your search.
In this week’s newsletter, we’ve compiled some ways to seek opportunities outside of campus-focused methods. These methods may require more research, customization, and initiative, but may also be more effective in reaching your unique goals. We encourage students to search for opportunities both on and off campus, maintaining a willingness to take risks throughout.
iCAREERS: COMPANY CONTACTS
Beyond job, internship, and workshop listings, our iCareers site also includes a “Contract 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 and skills, or if they’d be willing to set up an informational interview.
If you pursue this option, make sure you adhere to standards of professional communication. Be sure to let them know you’re an iSchool student and found their information via the Information School’s job board. Because it may have been a while since they last used the site, you may want to cross reference their name on LinkedIn to see if they are still at the company indicated in their iCareers account.
Meetup is a free website that 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 Seattle Business Analytics Community.
There are variety of ways to seek jobs through social media.
One great way to network is LinkedIn’s alumni tool, which allows you to search through alumni by program studied, current employer, location, and more. Watch this short tutorial to see some ways in which you can effectively leverage this tool (note – the interface has slightly changed since the time of recording).
And while not typically regarded as a career tool, Facebook can also be helpful in networking. Theoretically, your friends on Facebook are much more likely to be people you actually know than your connections on LinkedIn. Those who know you’re job searching should be willing to help!
Consider posting a status mentioning the types of opportunities for which you’re looking. You don’t want to scare people off with a wall of text, so limit the post to pertinent details about desired industry, location, and/or culture. For example:
“With summer approaching, I’m looking to secure an internship in business or data analysis. I’m interested in anything that allows me to apply what I’ve learned while studying Informatics — data scraping, creating interactive visualizations, and working with technical and non-technical stakeholders. Please let me know if you can introduce me to anyone working in tech in Seattle or the Bay Area.”
Lastly, Twitter users can keep up with new job openings by following company accounts or searching by hashtag(s). Some companies, like Tableau and Google, have career-specific twitter accounts that share both new openings and content about work-life for employees. And if you’re looking to do a broader search, try punching different keywords variations into the search bar (ex.: “tech” and “Seattle”) and see what comes up.
If you are looking for more ideas related to leveraging social media, check out the iSchool Career Presentation on cultivating your personal brand.
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. For an additional example of this, check out this video (starting at 39:10).
iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers
(Missed a workshop? You can review our recorded sessions online.)
- 3/6: TechSmart Information Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258
- 3/7: LabKey iLounge Hangout; 2:00 – 4:00pm, MGH 416
- 3/14: ExtraHop Pizza Pi Day; 12:30 – 2:00pm, MGH 258
UW Career & Internship Center
- 3/5: Values Identification and Application Workshop (for Graduate Students); 2:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 136
- 3/7: Youth Programs Summer Job Fair; 12:00 – 4:00pm, MGH Commons
- 3/11: Articulating Transferable Skills for Graduate Students Workshop; 3:00 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
- 3/13: Academia to Industry: Data Science Careers Industry Panel hosted by Insight Data Science; 5:30 – 7:00pm, MGH 134
POSITIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
- Software Engineer – Intern, Qualtrics; Handshake ID 2492290
- Summer: Game Engineering Intern (BS/MS), Electronic Arts; Handshake ID 2491026
- Seattle Opera Cataloging Directed Fieldwork, Seattle Opera; iCareers ID 8588
- Software Engineer, Black Mountain; Handshake ID 2199350
- CyberSecurity Staff, Moss Adams; iCareers ID 8573
- Senior Business Analyst (term contract position), Gates Archive; iCareers ID 8584
- Data Curation Specialist, DevTech Systems; iCareers ID 8565
- Senior Branch Assistant – DuPont Branch, Pierce County Library System; iCareers ID 8590
- Storyteller – Year-Round – Outreach, Pierce County Library System; iCareers ID 8591