BUILDING JOB SEARCH MOMENTUM
We hope you all enjoyed the 2020 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?
Hopefully you had the chance to chat with several employers at the fair. If you were able to get their contact information, be sure to follow-up with them to build on your connection.
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 happening February 13th from 1-5pm in the HUB Ballrooms. More than 120 employers across all industries will be in attendance. Ones that might be of particular interest to iSchool students include Limeade, PitchBook, T-Mobile, and Highspot. You can view the full list of employers in Handshake. 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 the Library Expo happening on the Friday from 12:30-2:30pm in OUG 220. Thirteen organizations will in attendance, including numerous public and academic libraries. Even better, most 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,
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. From the University of Washington page, click alumni on the left side. That will take you to a searchable database where you can filter by where alumni work, what they studied, and what they do.
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.
iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers
- Feb 7: Library Expo; 12:30 – 2:30pm, Odegaard Library Room 220
- Feb 10: Informatics Reddit AMA; 8:00 – 5:00pm, online
- Feb 10: How to Get Hired in LIS — A Hiring Manager Panel Presented by ALISS & iYouth; 5:00 – 6:30pm, Online via Zoom
ALISS & iYouth present “How to Get Hired in LIS,” a tell-all panel of hiring managers with diverse library experiences. This event will be a great follow-up to the Library Expo! The first portion of the panel will be moderated, asking panelists everything about hiring from application to interviews to offer acceptance. The second portion of the event will be a student-led Q&A. This event will take place exclusively online via Zoom, and a recording will be made available after the event. To ensure you get a copy of the recording and to let us know questions for panelists in advance, please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/hiringpanelRSVP. Look for more information, including panelist bios and a Zoom room link, in the next week or so.
UW Career Workshops and Employer Events
- Feb 13: UW-Seattle 2020 Winter Job & Internship Fair; 1pm – 5pm, Hub Ballrooms
- Feb 21: Diversity Leadership Conference 2020: The Personal is Political; 3pm – 7pm, ECC
Positions for Consideration
- Associate Systems Analyst Intern, Visa; Handshake
- Customer Success Intern, CrowdStrike, Inc; Handshake
- Customer Experience Consulting Intern, West Monroe Partners; Handshake
- Library Page (Part Time), Tacoma Public Library; iCareers ID 10271
- Advisory Consultant Program – Technology Advisor Program, Ernst & Young; iCareers ID 10269
- Archival Assistant – Broadway High School Digital Heritage, Seattle Central College; iCareers ID 10243
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