On March 9th, the iSchool will have two PhD students holding their Dissertation Defenses.
Juan-Carlos Chavez will be defending his dissertation entitled, “Native American Telecommunication Independence: One Step Above Smoke Signals” from 10am-12pm in Allen Auditorium. Full information and abstract: https://ischool.uw.edu/events/dissertation-defense-juan-carlos-chavez
Sheryl Day will be defending her dissertation entitled, “Talking Story: The Militarization of Guåhan and Flows of Information in Chamoru Systems of Knowledge” from 1:30-3:30pm in Allen Auditorium. Full information and abstract: https://ischool.uw.edu/events/dissertation-defense-sheryl-day
Both defenses are open to the public. Please join us!
ICF Tip #11: The Follow-Up
With ICF now over, you hopefully have a new network of professional contacts. We recommend following up on any potential leads fairly quickly. If there was a recruiter with whom you connected particularly well, or an opportunity that really sparked your interest, send a brief thank-you note. Continue reading
Know What Your Schedule Looks Like
Employers attend the iSchool Career Fair because they want to recruit students to their jobs, internships, DFWs, and volunteer positions. Some recruiters may ask you to sign up for an interview on the spot. Make sure you know what your schedule is like the next few days. If you commit to an interview, write it down! You don’t want to forget about it or accidentally double-book an interview for the same time. Continue reading
After you’ve done your research on the employers, create a list of questions to ask. Some general ones you might consider are:
- What particular skills/qualifications does (organization’s name) look for in prospective employees/interns?
- Are there certain courses or experiences you suggest to be a successful candidate?
- What is your organizations interview and hiring process?
- What has your experience at (organization’s name) been like?
Show that you’ve done your research and ask questions about what you’ve learned Continue reading
Understand What You’re Being Evaluated On
After a fair, some companies have their recruiters complete a simple evaluation sheet on the candidates they meet. These sheets can include most of the following:
Personal Appearance: dress like you are a serious candidate and they’ll treat you like you are a serious candidate.
Professionalism: come prepared, be able to communicate your skills clearly and concisely, and be knowledgeable about the employer and what they do. Continue reading
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