Career Newsletter, 2/7/19

iSCHOOL CAREER FAIR TIPS: PART 2

Following up on our last career services newsletter, we’ve compiled a few more tips to help you make the most of the iSchool Career Fair (ICF).

And don’t forget, we still have a few upcoming events aimed at providing you with the skills you need to stand out:

#4: CUSTOMIZE YOUR RESUME

Step number one in preparing your resume for ICF is, of course, making sure it’s updated with your most recent jobs and internships, class projects, volunteer experiences, etc.

Career fairs present a unique challenge in preparing your resume, though, in that you’ll be handing it to variety of employers, each with different hiring needs and methods of evaluation. Creating multiple different versions of your resume, tailored to specific companies, can help your applicant profile stand out.

If you download the (available on iOS and Android), you’ll be able to see organization overviews and hiring needs provided by the recruiters.* Use this information to adapt your resume.

For instance, imagine you’re interested in cybersecurity and see that Company X is hiring for a Security Consultant. An easy initial adjustment would be adding a line into your summary of qualifications that mentions your knowledge of, and passion for, information security policies and standards. Furthermore, you could choose to put more emphasis and projects from relevant courses (say, INFO 312 or IMT 556 ). While relatively minor changes, it will demonstrate you’ve researched the organization beforehand, which in turn will reflect your enthusiasm for a potential job opportunity.

Company overviews can also give insight into the organization’s values, which may affect what past roles and projects you highlight on your resume.

Representatives from ICF-registered organizations, along with UW career services and HR employees, will be there to provide individualized resume advice. You can also find sample resumes online, view our Writing Killer Resumes workshop, or

*If information for the 2019 career fair isn’t live as of this posting, it will be soon after. Continue reading

Spring 2019 Course: COM 597 A – Interviewing for Social Research

COM 597 A (SLN 12419) – Interviewing for Social Research

Matthew Powers (Associate Prof., Communication) will offer a 5-credit graduate seminar, COM 597 A “Interviewing for Social Research” this spring on MW from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

“Interviewing for Social Research” is a methods class that introduces students to the strategies, issues and challenges associated with conducting interview-based research. Students will learn by doing: weekly exercises will help class members to design, develop, conduct, analyze and write-up an interview-based study. Course readings will immerse students in key debates regarding the use of interviews in social research.

Below is a tentative plan for the terrain Matt will cover over the 10 week quarter. The syllabus is still being made, but they are happy to share it with anyone when it’s complete.

  • Week 1: Course Overview, Identify RQ for quarter
  • Week 2: Validity and reliability in interview research
  • Week 3: Ethics and IRB
  • Week 4: Recruitment & sampling strategies
  • Week 5: Preparing for interviews
  • Week 6: Conducting interviews
  • Week 7: Issues that arise during interviews
  • Week 8: Preparing and organizing interview data
  • Week 9: Analyzing interview data
  • Week 10: Reporting interview data

If you have questions, please email the instructor at mjpowers@uw.edu.

Spring 2019 Course: LIS 598 H – Information Beyond Borders: Designing for Resilience

LIS 598 H (SLN 16268): Information Beyond Borders: Designing for Resilience

Engage with the world in spring quarter: INFX 598 Designing for Resilience. Join Prof Karen Fisher, 5-year embedded field researcher with UNHCR on the Syrian border, as you learn about information worlds in conflict zones and how information and technology can support human relationships and resilience. Taught online, the class takes a global perspective to understand borders, conflict, vulnerability, power, community, and security. Join the class this spring!

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Online Panel – SAA-UW Decolonizing Archives, Feb 9

SAA-UW DECOLONIZING ARCHIVES ONLINE PANEL

Deadline: RSVP by Saturday, February 9, at NOON Pacific Time

Monday, February 11 / 6:00–7:20 p.m. PST

The University of Washington student chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SAA-UW) is pleased to host an online discussion panel with archives practitioners to talk about decolonizing archives, including aspects such as archival re-description, technology and power, balancing different values/protocols, and building relationships with communities.

Panelists: Dorothy Berry, Steven Bingo, Mariecris Gatlabayan, Michael Pahn, Annie Tang

RSVP link: http://bit.ly/decolonizearchives

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/425034688238470/?ti=ia

Dorothy Berry is the Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library, Harvard University. She graduated from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University. She currently serves as Chair of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section of the Society of American Archivists. Her work focuses on the intersections of information science and African American history, working to increase access through digital projects and descriptive equity.

Steven Bingo is the Digital Projects Archivist at Eastern Washington University and currently serves as the coordinator for the Northwest Archivists Native American Collections Roundtable. His work has focused on collections illuminating communities in the Inland Northwest, including Japanese American populations in Yakima and Spokane, immigrant communities in late-19th century Montana, and the temporary band of laborers who helped build Grand Coulee Dam. Steve has also worked on projects such as the Plateau People’s Web Portal, the Sustainable Heritage Network, and a Japanese American taxonomy project organized by Densho.

Mariecris Gatlabayan is Northwest Archivists’ secretary and was responsible for advocating and creating the Northwest Archivists’ Native American Collections Roundtable. She is also the Filipino American National Historical Society’s (FANHS) Secretary and functions as their archives consultant. FANHS is an all-volunteer run organization that has the mission to collect, preserve, and share the history of Filipino Americans. As part of her role as an archivists consultant, Mariecris created an AirTable database in which they can catalog files in their National Pinoy Archives. Through her experience with FANHS, she has come to learn the importance of community archives and how an archivist’s role can evolve into a postcustodial model. She continues to build a relationship with the FANHS executive director and trustees to provide her services in the face of trust and resource issues. Currently she works as an archivist at Vulcan Inc.

Michael Pahn is the Head Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, located in the museum’s Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland. Michael began at NMAI in 2003 as Media Archivist, and been NMAI’s Head Archivist since 2014, during which time he has overseen major improvements to online access to NMAI’s archival collections. Michael is Vice Chair of the Smithsonian Music Executive Committee and is a Past Chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Indigenous Archives Section Steering Committee. He has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MLS from the University of Maryland. His prior professional experiences include Save Our Sounds Project Librarian at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Librarian at The Nature Conservancy.

Annie Tang is the head of Special Collections at Chapman University in Southern California. She was previously the Processing Archivist at Johns Hopkins University, as well as a member of its Diversity Committee, which encouraged more inclusive library recruitment methods. Prior to Hopkins, Annie was an archivist at UC Santa Cruz, processing papers regarding the 1960s and 1970s Black, Native, and Asian American Power Movements. An MLIS graduate of UCLA, she recently served as chair of the Toward Culturally Competent (Re)Description panel at SAA 2018. Annie loves a good bowl of Vietnamese pho, discussing intersectionality, and talking about the differences between East and West Coast weather.

Volunteers Needed: Ceder Park Elementary Global Reading Challenge, Feb 6 & 13

Volunteers Needed: Ceder Park Elementary Global Reading Challenge, Feb 6 & 13

Abigail Levin, school librarian at Cedar Park Elementary (13224 37th Ave NE), invites volunteers to work with 4th and 5th graders who are making things (hands-on!) for the Global Reading Challenge, from 12-1 on both February 6 and February 13. Continue reading

Call For Proposals: Winter Quarter Scholars’ Studio, Feb 7

Call For Proposals: Winter Quarter Scholars’ Studio

Deadline Thursday, February 7

Grad students and postdocs across tri-campus UW: Are you leading teaching, scholarship, research, practice (or any/all of the above) that is community engaged? Submit a proposal for a five-minute TED-style talk and join the winter quarter Scholars’ Studio, to be hosted Thursday, February 21 in the Research Commons. Continue reading