Career Newsletter, 5/28/19

SUMMER CAREER ACTIVITIES

The iSchool Career Services team would like to extend our congratulations to those of you graduating!

We would love to hear about what you’re up to next via the Post-Graduation Survey: tinyurl.com/ipostgrad19 (requires NetID login). Thank you for taking 5-10 minutes to provide invaluable input. We’ll also be giving out five $50 Amazon gift cards to students that complete the survey before Convocation on June 8 (and an additional five afterward).

The iSchool career advisors can meet with alumni for advising appointments up to one quarter after graduation — that’s through August for those of you finishing in June. You can continue to book appointments through iCareers, or email us with any quick questions (icareers@uw.edu). For further support, the UW Career & Internship Center takes alumni appointments for up to 24 months after graduation.

For graduates moving onto full-time jobs, please feel free to reach out about hosting a recruitment event at the iSchool once you’ve settled in at your new organization. As you may have experienced from your time here, events that feature iSchool alumni are particularly helpful to our current students. They also help Career Services in strengthening our relationships with industry partners. For participation in panels or special events like portfolio reviews, we usually contact alumni who indicated interest in staying involved in the Post-Graduation Survey. And if you have any ideas for new or expanded programming, we welcome your input!

Photo from Portfolio Reviews event; students received tips from UI/UX professionals and alumni.

For those of your returning in the fall, below we’ve outlined some career-related activities you can consider for this summer — either in place of or in addition to an internship or directed fieldwork. The newsletter is largely a compilation of disparate topics we’ve covered in more depth throughout the year. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 5/13/19

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR INTERNSHIP

For those of you not graduating in June, this summer will likely be spent interning or doing directed fieldwork. This week, we’re looking at how to make your internship successful. Whether or not it’s your first intern position, approaching the opportunity strategically will maximize what you take from the experience.

Informatics interns at Starbucks, summer 2017

CONDUCT PRELIMINARY RESEARCH

You likely before interviewing, but there’s no reason to stop now that you’ve secured an internship. Continue reading up on the organization’s mission and vision, and look for recent news articles or press releases, whether from outside publications or the company’s communications team (which are often shared via social media accounts). Starting with a depth of prior knowledge will reflect your enthusiasm for the role and organization, as well as help you acclimate more quickly than fellow interns. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 4/30/19

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION – EMAIL ETIQUETTE

It’s easy to whip up an email to group members, staff, faculty, or employers without worrying too much about the details of the writing. But these communications can impact the impression you make on your personal and professional contacts, especially given the volume of emails that are exchanged in the working world. Here, we’ve outlined some suggestions on maintaining the quality of your communications and ultimately improving your professional reputation.

WHEN EMAIL SHOULD BE USED

Email is a great way to get in contact with someone, but it’s not always the best option. Below are some instances when we recommend it:

  • You need to get ahold of someone who is not readily available in person or by phone
  • You have a need that is not time-sensitive (i.e., you don’t need a response sooner than 24 hours)
  • You need to distribute information to a large number of people
  • You need a record of the communication (e.g., approval from an advisor, a written job offer)

If you have multiple questions that require more detailed answers, or want to discuss something that is personal or confidential, a phone call or face-to-face meeting is generally preferred.

CRAFT CONCISE MESSAGES

The average worker receives 90 messages per day — crafting messages that are clear yet concise will ensure yours actually get read and receive a response.

First, briefly state your purpose in writing the email and provide any necessary context. For example, cut and paste relevant text from a related exchange, or hyperlink a URL so the reader can quickly grasp what’s being asked.

Be sure to use paragraphs to separate your thoughts throughout the message. Doing so spaces the text out visually, making it easier to digest.

Finally, make sure to clearly state your desired outcome or question at the end. Do you need a response, and if so, by a specific date? Make a clear call to action. Continue reading

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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