Career Newsletter, 4/15/19

JOB SEARCHING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Before we dive into tips for international students searching for jobs and internships, we wanted to (re)share an encouraging video that members of the iSchool community recently put together. A special thanks to Kidus Yohanes, Harshitha Akkaraju, Katie Goulding, August Carow, Joseph Tsai, and Torey Tokita who took the initiative to ideate, film, and edit!

We also want to remind you of the iSchool recruitment policy for students, specifically with regards to accepting offers and reneging. Once you’ve accepted a job or internship offer, it’s important to terminate all other job search activity. Reneging on an offer can be seen as an ethical violation of your commitment to the employer — potentially affecting your reputation and the greater iSchool community’s. Ultimately, if you’re not ready to make a commitment, do not accept a job offer.

CHALLENGES INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MIGHT FACE

Job searching is difficult no matter your connections or credentials. International students, though, face a unique set of obstacles that can further complicate things: confusion over work authorization, employers hesitant to do extra paperwork, concerns about non-native English-speaking abilities, and so on. These aren’t always fair, but it’s important that international job seekers anticipate the challenges and prepare accordingly.

Challenge: The (assumed) complexity and resulting confusion of hiring international students

Many employers lack experience with hiring international applicants and, as a result, make incorrect assumptions — that the process is too time consuming, costly, etc. To counteract this, we recommend becoming informal experts on work visas. Attend F-1, Optional Practice Training (OPT), and Curricular Practice Training (CPT) workshops put on by UW International Student Services. You may also want to research the H-1B visa program. Practice explaining these topics in just a few sentences. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 4/2/19

iSCHOOL CAREER FAIR TIPS: RECAP

Welcome to the start of a new quarter, Huskies!

If you’re looking for an internship or full-time job, you don’t want to miss next week’s iSchool Career Fair (ICF) on April 9. Postponed due to the snow in February, we’ve extended the iSchool-only time to the first two hours (12:30 – 2:30pm). If you plan to attend during this portion, be sure to RSVP here by April 4.

We have nearly 40 organizations attending ICF to recruit INFO, MSIM, MLIS, and Ph.D. students for full-time, internship, directed fieldwork, and volunteer opportunities. You can see the full list of organizations attending here, and can anticipate an app refresh later this week with more details.

OPTIMIZING YOUR RESUME

If you’ve been applying to jobs or internships, you’ve probably heard about application tracking systems (ATS) — essentially, robots that do the first screen of applications that are submitted online. To better understand how to optimize resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles for an ATS, check out Jobscan.

Jobscan’s mission is to empower students and job-seekers by building the best tools. Born out of co-founder James Hu’s own frustration with job hunting back in 2013, Jobscan was established to help job seekers successfully navigate the powerful applicant tracking systems used by companies to manage and filter out applicants. UW iSchool students can get 10 bonus scans when they sign up using www.jobscan.co/promo/uw-ischool.

TIPS FROM FELLOW STUDENTS

What better way to prepare for ICF than hear from students who’ve attended before? Below are some quick snippets from the ICF: What to Expect panel we hosted in February:

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Funding: UW Dempsey Startup Competition applications due 4/8

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The Dempsey Startup Competition (Dempsey Startup), organized by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, provides a real-world experience for student entrepreneurs, promoting student ideas and new venture creation to the entrepreneurial community. Participating in the Dempsey Startup gives students practice in the dynamics of venture creation by developing an idea, putting together a founding team, writing a business plan, and presenting to investors. In fact, many ideas that started as a class project turned into a start-up company through the competition process! Continue reading

Events: Crafting Effective Diversity Statements & Cover Letters”

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CRAFTING EFFECTIVE DIVERSITY STATEMENTS & COVER LETTERS

A panel and workshop for postdocs and graduate students.

Thursday, Apr 4th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Suite

What is a diversity statement? Why is it important? How do I describe my potential to contribute to diversity, inclusion and equity in academia and industry?

Panelists:

  • Rickey Hall, Vice President and University Diversity Officer, UW
  • Evangelina Shreeve, Director, STEM Education and Outreach, PNNL
  • Butch de Castro, Professor and Associate Dean, Nursing, UW
  • Cynthia del Rosario, Diversity, Equity and Access Officer, Information School, UW

Hear panelists talk about what they look for in a diversity statement when they are hiring; discuss expectations for a diversity statement in your job application; and begin writing one as part of the workshop.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/diversityStatement 

In celebration of 2019 Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, this event is generously co-hosted by:

  • UW Postdoc Diversity Alliance
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
  • Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Core Programs, Graduate School

Career Newsletter, 3/4/19

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 GROUPS

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. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 2/20/19

INTERVIEWING YOUR INTERVIEWER

Whether you’re looking for a full-time job, internship, or directed fieldwork, interviews are a key step in the application process. What many students overlook is that interviews are two-way. While the organization is using the meeting to judge your unique set of skills, experience, and personality, it’s also a chance to see how well they fit you.

Most interviews will end with the employer asking if you have any questions of them. This is your chance to ask well-researched and thoughtful questions that might influence your decision (and help ensure you don’t jump into a job you end up dreading). Below are some tips on succeeding in this role reversal.

DRAFT 3-5 QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU GO

Coming up with questions in advance will not only demonstrate your preparedness, it’ll also give you time to develop ones that actually provide pertinent info. Think about what aspects of the job might impact your decision to accept or decline an offer and jot down questions accordingly.

  • Do you prefer a hands-off managerial philosophy, or something more structured?
  • What expectations do you have for professional development and continued learning on the job?
  • How is the team living out your core values of diversity, inclusion, or innovation?

You don’t want to pose these as demands but do try to get a sense of whether or not the company can meet your needs.

If you’re struggling to come up with questions, this article, or this one, might be helpful. Continue reading

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