Career Newsletter, 2/8/2018

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Job Searching Beyond ICF

We hope you all enjoyed the 2018 iSchool Career Fair! As a reminder, please consider taking a minute to respond to our brief ICF survey, which can be found in the career fair app. Your feedback will help us make sure the fair is even better next year.

And now that ICF is over, what should you do?

Follow up. In last week’s newsletter we went over how to follow up with recruiters you met at the fair. If you haven’t yet, we recommend doing so as soon as possible.

You can also think about reaching out to employers you met earlier this quarter or during the fall. Mention projects you’ve worked on since last talking, how you’ve used application advice they gave you, or share an article you think they might find interesting. Additionally, if you notice on LinkedIn that a past connection recently changed positions or companies, you can use that to as a starting point to reconnect — ask them how they’re liking the new role and let them know you’d like learn more about what they’re doing.

Reaching out like this can help keep you in the recruiter’s mind, demonstrate your genuine interest in their company, and establish a sustained relationship. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 2/1/2018 (ICF Tip #8 — Follow Up)

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ICF Tip #8: 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.

The note should restate your interest and summarize your relevant qualifications. Try also to reference specific parts of your ICF conversation. Not only will that help jog the recruiter’s memory (they likely talked to hundreds of students), it’ll also show that you’re not just sending a generic note to everyone you saw at the fair — that your interest in that particular company is genuine.

Additionally, if a recruiter asked you to send them supplemental materials, include those in the follow-up. Similarly, if any job or internship opportunities you discussed are accepting applications, apply to those before reaching back out, and then let the point of contact know you’ve done so. Continue reading

ICF Tip #7 — Ask (Good) Questions

Tomorrow is the big day! Starting at 12:30pm, ending at 4:30pm, in the HUB Ballrooms, iSchool students only for the first hour, etc. We’ll allow students to start forming a line at noon — make sure to pick up your name tag in the Student Services office (MGH 420) by 5:00pm today if you haven’t already.

Our last ICF tip before the fair is to ask good questions of employers. The benefits of asking good questions are threefold. First, it helps keep the conversation going. As Janet Matta outlined in her Don’t Be Awkward presentation, in one-on-one conversations, allowing the other person time to speak about their own experiences can help make the discourse more fluid, especially if you’re not particularly outgoing yourself. Additionally, showing interest in someone else’s story is a good way of making a positive impression on them.

Second, good questions provide useful information. It’s not every day you get face time with current employees from places you’d like to work — use the time to find out things that will help your application and give insight into how well you’d like the work environment. Continue reading

Events: Explore the world at CulturalFest 2/8-10

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FIUTS (The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students) is very excited to welcome you at the annual FIUTS CulturalFest! CulturalFest is the biggest celebration of the diversity and talent of the international community on our campus and region. CulturalFest features two parts:

CulturalFest International Expo | Thursday, February 8 | 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | HUB Ballrooms | FREE
Join UW students presenting aspects of their culture through music, dance, snacks, conversation, and interactive activities at 35+ cultural booths! Invite your students, friends, and family (this is a great event for kids), and be sure to stop by yourself.

CulturalFest Performance Showcase | Saturday, February 10 | 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) | Meany Hall | $15 general admission, $10 students in advance, children 10 and under free; tickets available online and in the FIUTS office (HUB 206)
Join us as we bring together the best University of Washington artists, musicians, singers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world together onto the stage for exciting performances.

Events: Register Now for the 2018 Diversity Leadership Conference

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Registration is open now for the 2018 Diversity Leadership Conference: Understanding Self in the Context of Community.

This *FREE* half-day conference is open to all undergraduate students, and provides an opportunity for skill-building, connection with staff and community facilitators, and exploration of current and relevant leadership topics and concepts.

Students can elect to participate in the Leadership Workshop Track (rotating workshops, all levels and class years) or can apply to participate in the Advanced Leadership Track (a more intensive 3-hour training led by UW staff, juniors and seniors preferred). More information on the workshops and conference can be found on the Husky Leadership Initiative website.  The event will close with a networking reception featuring recent UW alumni (appetizers provided).

Diversity Leadership Conference: Understanding Self in the Context of Community
Friday, February 9, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

Register now!

Career Newsletter, 1/25/18 (ICF Tip #6 — Do Your Research)

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ICF Tip #6: Do Your Research

It would be ill-advised to enter an interview without having done any prior research on the company, and the same holds true for career fairs. You don’t need to do a deep dive on all 38 organizations in attendance at ICF, but doing some studying beforehand — especially on those companies in which you have the most interest — will yield results.

Some starting points when researching a company:

  • Purpose of the organization — what, exactly, do they do?
  • Mission statement, vision, and values
  • Reputation* (Glassdoor is your best resource here)
  • Organizational initiatives
  • Related news

Looking into a company beforehand can help in a few significant ways.

First, it’ll allow you to tailor your elevator pitch to that organization. For example, if you read that they pride themselves on being service-minded, you would then know to talk about your volunteer experience with the recruiter. Continue reading