Career Newsletter, 11/27/18

NEGOTIATING JOB AND INTERNSHIP OFFERS

Some of you have recently received, or on the cusp of receiving, offers for post-grad jobs and summer internships. While this is understandably exciting, it’s important to not let the emotional relief of receiving an offer lead to any hasty decisions.

Before accepting, consider all facets of the opportunity — pay, location, start date, job autonomy, professional development, etc. — and consider how they play into your values, goals, and well-being. Consider negotiating if there’s anything with which you’re not satisfied. (Even if you are relatively pleased with the offer, respectful negotiation will still ensure your compensation package is commensurate with the value you’re bringing.)

WHY NEGOTIATE

Negotiation, particularly with regards to salary and benefits, is fundamentally about ensuring your skills, experience, and education are fairly compensated. You deserve to be paid for the value you provide a company. Add to that, negotiating up front (that is, after receiving an offer but before committing) is not only easier than doing so after starting a job, it also helps make sure you aren’t caught off guard by any potentially unsatisfactory conditions of the position.

There’s more to negotiation than short-term satisfaction, too. As this blog post from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School notes, negotiation can set you up for long-term success:

“Instead of looking at the job you’re applying for as a final destination, think of it as setting you up for the next job and perhaps the one after that, Lax advises. This shift in mindset will allow you to notice the advantages of negotiation in helping you gain the tools you need to grow and thrive. These tools might include a strong support staff, training, or a job title that will set you up for a future career goal.”

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Career Newsletter, 11/13/18

AVOIDING BURNOUT

The process of searching for a job or internship is long and often arduous (and can feel especially so this time of year, with the declining weather and short days).

That said, employers are looking for talent throughout the year, and many of our students secure opportunities after the new year. Many employers even prefer to hire students/soon-to-be graduates on an ad-hoc basis, approximately one or two months before they’ll be available.

The job search is a process of finding the right fit, and that may take time. You shouldn’t feel discouraged by some initial setbacks, nor obligated to accept the first offer you receive. Instead, accept the first offer than aligns with your values and priorities. (For more tips on negotiating and deciding on offers, check out a recording from last week’s workshop here.)

As you continue with the application process, here are a few strategies to avoid burnout:

SET SMALL GOALS

As with anything, successfully navigating the job-search process takes consistent, concentrated effort. Attempting to finish it all in one fell swoop will leave you overwhelmed. Instead, set out incremental goals that, in total, will result in securing a professional opportunity. For example, start by committing to 30 minutes of researching jobs and companies each day. The next week, focus those 30 minutes each day on drafting your application materials and iterating. Keeping your goals manageable will give you a steady stream of momentum.

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Career Newsletter, 10/29/18

EXPLORING CAREERS

The start of the year is a great time to explore future pathways. Your academic and professional endeavors at the iSchool can help prepare you for a variety of next steps. Below are some tips to help you find out what you’d like to do after graduation.

START WITH REFLECTION

Understanding yourself and your interests can help you pinpoint the type of career in which you’ll thrive.

Start by thinking about what you enjoy, what you do well, and what you find meaningful. Then, try to brainstorm some jobs that hit on all three of these criteria.

The UW Career & Internship Center’s Career Guide provides some helpful exercise to explore your strengths and connecting those to careers (pg. 6 – 11).

MICRO-TEST OPTIONS

Micro-testing pathways allows you to learn more about your interest in various jobs without committing to anything permanently. Some ways to micro-test:

  • Set up informational interviews. These reverse the roles of traditional interviews, allowing interested candidates to ask current employees about their organization and/or specific positions. Informational interviews can equip you with information you may not be able to find via public resources, giving you a level of depth and confidence in your career search. To learn more about informational interviews, consider joining us for the Mingling for Introverts workshop, or read our tips from a past newsletter.
  • Doing freelance work gives you real experience without the pressure to take on a long-term obligation. Common freelancing projects include writing, programming, web design, and Excel. Upwork is a frequently used site connecting freelancers to customers.

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Events: Osage University Partners: November 8 and 9

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Two opportunities from Osage University Providers regarding tech startups or ideas for tech companies:

The first is a talk by David Dorsey on November 8 from 12-1:30pm and includes a free lunch. The talk is entitled, “Dividing Startup Equity: Keeping a Piece of the Pie.” The details, as well as the RSVP link are attached in the PDF above.

The second opportunity are Office Hours with David. This program is intended for faculty, post docs, and graduate students who are working on building an early stage startup or simply have an idea for a tech company and need advice.

Please RSVP for Office Hours here.

Events: iSchool Preview Day, 10/27

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Considering graduate work in information or library science? Heard about the Information School’s new, accelerated 1-year Master of Sciences in Information Management (MSIM) program, where you can study topics like Data Science, Business Intelligence, User Experience, Information Consulting, Information Architecture, and Information Security? Did you know we accept students from all undergraduate majors, including students without technical backgrounds?

Attend the University of Washington Information School’s Preview Day on Saturday, October 27 to learn how graduate study in the information field will help you reach your personal and professional goals. You will:

  • Learn more about our Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) and PhD in Information Science graduate programs
  • Attend a sample class by one of our faculty members
  • Get tips for the application process and find resources for financing graduate study
  • Speak to current students about their experience at the iSchool
  • Find out about career and research opportunities available to our students

Here are the details:
Saturday, October 27
Check-in: 12:30pm
Program: 1-4:30pm
UW campus, Mary Gates Hall, Rm 389
Snacks will be provided!

Register here to attend!

Ready to find out more about iSchool Graduate Programs? Join our email list to get notifications about iSchool Graduate Program Information Sessions and other recruiting events. You can also check our recruiting calendar for a full list of events happening soon.

Career Newsletter, 10/16/18

INTERVIEW TIPS

With application season underway, you’ll soon start preparing for interviews. Doing so requires work, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. While it never hurts to start early, with some concentrated effort, you can prepare yourself in a just a few days. Below are eight quick tips to help you out with interviewing.

1. Research the organization, role, and team.

Visit the company website, check their Wikipedia page, look up their employees on LinkedIn (especially if you know the specific team/group), and see what current and past employees say on Glassdoor. Pay specific attention to their mission, vision, and values. Prior research will give you a better sense of the type of people the company likes to hire, help you tailor your answers, and demonstrate your strong work ethic.

2. Anticipate questions.

You can find some common interview questions on the iSchool’s job interview page, or from a simple Google search.=

Alternatively, you can use the job description to develop some questions you think might be posed. If you had to narrow down the top two or three skills required for the job, what would those be? For example, maybe you’re looking at a business analyst role and there’s multiple mentions of “analyzing data to make decisions,” with specific reference to Excel and Tableau. It’d probably be safe to assume they’ll ask you about your experience on projects that mandated similar tools to analyze data.

Glassdoor also provides specific questions asked of people who interviewed at the company previously — it notes the position the person was applying for, as well. And if you personally know someone who pursued an opportunity at the same organization, ask about their experience.

3. Practice

Once you’ve thought of some questions you think are likely to come up, formulate possible answers. For a standard behavioral interview, we recommend answering questions with the STAR method. Practice by writing down your answers and rehearsing them to friends, family, and/or iSchool career advisers (who are both available for mock interviews by appointment!). Staff down in the main UW Career & Internship Center can also help you practice.

4. Develop questions of your own.

Coming prepared with questions offers a variety of benefits. Posing questions that reference your prior research (I understand this role is responsible for developing front end features for the application, but can you expand a bit more on…?) will again reflect your work ethic and that you understand the anticipated duties of the job. Additionally, questions that touch on issues that could impact your decision to take the job (culture, organizational structure, professional development opportunities, etc.) will demonstrate your genuine interest in the position.

For more information on this, check out our past blog post on interviewing your interviewer.

5. Bring copies of your resume.

Set it in front of you during the interview to help keep track of what experiences, accomplishments, and projects you’d like to bring up. It’s also not a bad idea to print a few extra copies in case an interviewer asks for one.

6. Bring a pen and notebook.

It can be helpful to jot down notes prior to the interview that you can then reference later on. That might include things like interviewers’ names and job titles, notes about the organization, and question you plan to ask at the end of the interview.

Some people also find it helpful to write down keywords from the questions they’re asked during the interview before providing a response. This shows the interviewer that you’re engaging thoughtfully, and can also serve to give you some extra time to gather your thoughts.

7. Give yourself time.

While preparing for an interview doesn’t need to be a challenge, it can be if you procrastinate. Interviews usually get scheduled within 10 business days of the request. Start preparing before you get called in to ensure you arrive with confidence.

Also be sure to give yourself plenty of time the day of. Navigating an unfamiliar commute, building, or city can take a surprising amount of time and add stress to the process.

8. Follow up.

Send a follow-up note (email or handwritten) within 48 hours of your interview. Include something specific you learned or are excited about, and reiterate some of your strengths for the position. For additional details and examples, check out this article.

If you haven’t heard back from the employer by the time promised, checking in is appropriate. It can be helpful to remind the interviewer of the position for which you interviewed and the date on which you did, and reiterate your interest. You are also okay to specifically request an update on the status the hiring process.

For additional advice, check out our Behavioral Interview Workshop recording and monitor the event pages for the iSchool and UW Career & Internship Center.

                                                                                                                                                           

UPCOMING EVENTS

iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers

(Missed a workshop? You can always review our recorded sessions online.)

  • 10/16: ISACA and Accenture present: Cybersecurity Case Studies; 4:45 – 6:30pm, Allen Auditorium
  • 10/17: Microsoft iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
  • 10/17: Avanade Information Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, HUB 340
  • 10/23: ISACA and West Monroe Partners present: Conversation with a Cybersecurity Advisory Consultant; 4:30 – 6:00pm, MGH 231

ISACA events not listed on main iSchool site but not iCareers.

UW Career & Internship Center

Other

  • 10/27: UW Datathon; 8:00am – 6:00pm, UW Seattle campus

Registration deadline 10/21. Any questions can be directed to mert@correlation-one.com.

                                                                                                                                                           

POSITIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

  • 2019 US Intern – Computational Design, Adidas; Handshake
  • Software Engineering Intern, Gameplay – Diablo, Blizzard Entertainment; Handshake
  • Analytic Consulting Internship, Kaiser Permanente; Handshake
  • Photo Archives Intern, Seattle Art Museum; iCareers ID 8063
  • Associate Java Developer, Expeditors International of WA; iCareers ID 7056
  • Network Reliability Engineer, Indeed; Handshake
  • Archivist, Chihuly Studio; iCareers ID 8056

                                                                                                                                                           

Questions or feedback? Contact us at icareers@uw.edu | iCareers