Be a Professional
In addition to your attire, don’t forget a strong handshake and good eye contact. Carry a simple padfolio with copies of your resume and a pad of paper for taking notes. Offer them your resume. Be considerate of the employers’ time (most conversations are between 3-7 minutes) and mind your manners and mannerisms. This is your opportunity to be evaluated on more than your resume. Make sure you leave a positive impression.
What if I’m NOT Looking for a Job/Internship/DFW?
You should still attend the fair! Go to learn more about what jobs are available and what employers are looking for in candidates. Use it as a networking opportunity for when you are actually looking for a job. You still need to do your research and be prepared. The difference is that your job is to gather career information, not get a job. Continue reading
Have a Career Fair Strategy
Use your time at the fair wisely. Go in with a plan. What do you want to accomplish at the fair? Which employers do you want to speak with? Identify your top 5-7 employers. If you have a few hours to spare, go to the lowest priority employers first so that you can “warm-up” and test-out your elevator pitch with them. If you have limited time, go to the high priority employers since lines tend to get long at career fairs.
Get Your Resume in Shape
Make sure you’ve updated it with recent internships, class projects, volunteer experiences, and leadership roles. Need help getting that done? Pop by for iSchool Career Drop-in hours, make an appointment with an iSchool Career Advisor, or come to ICF Resume Review day on January 24th, 12:00-1:30 in OUGL 220. The UW Career Center has a number of resume workshops as well https://careers.uw.edu/events/student/?ctag%5B%5D=workshops. Need a resume template? There’s a few on the iSchool website at https://ischool.uw.edu/current/career-services/resume.
ICF Tip #1: Dress to Impress
The iSchool Career Fair is just under three weeks away. To help you make the most of the experience, the career team will be sharing ICF tips in our newsletter, blog, and social media sites starting today. Continue reading
The UW Study Abroad Fair is only 3 weeks away! Join us on Tuesday, November 8th from 10:00-2:00 in the HUB Ballroom to learn more about the wide array of study and international internship opportunities, attend information sessions and connect with study abroad alumni. With over 500 program offerings in 75 countries, financial aid and scholarships available, and programs that occur anywhere from 10 days to a full year, there is no excuse not to study abroad. The time is now – don’t miss out!
For more information on the event, please see the event flyer and visit www.washington.edu/studyabroad and the UW Study Abroad Fair Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1112952028766269/
If you want a chance to apply some of what you’ve learned in your courses, with hands-on experience, then YES.
If you want to network with professionals, then YES.
If you’re thinking ahead about Capstone, then YES.
If you have little or no experience in a library or information setting, then YES.
There are a number of great DFW opportunities this fall, which are already posted in iCareers. Some options for those of you in the Seattle area include:
- Creating an audio archive at KUOW (hint: the plan is for this to be a DFW that morphs into a Capstone!)
- TAing for underserved students in a community college information literacy course (gain some teaching experience!)
- Researching and compiling open educational resources for undergraduate engineering curriculum (many job ads for academic libraries now ask for OER experience)
- Cataloging for the Seattle Opera (who doesn’t love the opera?)
If you’re online or not close to Seattle, don’t feel left out! There are current postings for opportunities in Maryland, Oregon, and elsewhere in Washington State. We can also work with you to create a fieldwork opportunity close to home; this summer we had students complete DFWs in Colorado, Michigan, and British Columbia. There are also DFWs that can be done completely online. Recent online-only DFWs include:
- Creating metadata for digitized Supreme Court cases for the Law Library of Congress
- Creating outreach programs for the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Resource Center
- Cataloging for the Button Museum in Chicago
Having fieldwork on your transcripts assures potential employers that you’ve had successful, measurable experience with solid learning outcomes, along with evaluation and feedback from information professionals and faculty. The same can’t be said for many volunteer positions.
The deadline to have your paperwork in for a Fall 2016 DFW is September 12. You can visit Canvas for full directions for the DFW process, https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/961094/pages/how-do-i-set-up-a-directed-fieldwork.
Student Services and I are glad to answer questions or help you create a fieldwork opportunity for fall or later quarters. Just ask!
-Helene Williams, Sr. Lecturer