Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) October events

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The Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) has some exciting events this quarter that you won’t want to miss:

  • First Tuesday (Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 PM in HUB 145)
    • A panel of industry professionals will teach you how to prepare for the Science and Engineering Career Fair and other upcoming interviews
    • FREE professional headshots for our members (limited availability). Sign up for a headshot here.
    • As always, free food and drinks!
  • Science and Engineering Career Fair (Wednesday, October 25, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PMin the HUB)
    • Score that internship or job opportunity at the largest career fair hosted on campus.
    • Volunteeringat this event fulfills one of the requirements for activemembership! More details about volunteering will come as the event nears.
    • Please visit the Career Fair Student Information section of our webpage for more information.

UW SEBA is the premier organization for developing science and engineering students into business professionals and leaders within academia and industry, and the nexus where business leaders come to engage students and future entrepreneurs.

Visit us at www.uwseba.com

iSchool Career Newsletter, 4/6/2016

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Preparing for Career Fairs

While spring may not seem as busy as fall and winter when it comes to employer recruitment, there are still a number of events coming up. Just around the corner are 4 career fairs which will bring more employers looking to hire for full-time, intern, DFW, and volunteer positions. Mark your calendars!

Startup Career Fair: April 8th, 3:00-5:00 PM, 1100 NE Campus Parkway, 98105

Roughly 30 fully established and vetted startups will be attending this fair. Make sure to RSVP at the link above (it’s free) and show up early! They already have 2,000 RSVP’s and counting.

UW Tacoma All-Industries Fair: April 13th, 11:30-2:00, Williams Philip Hall- UW Tacoma

A small-ish fair and chance to meet with about 25 companies representing all industries. This fair is free to all students (yes- that includes UW Seattle).

2016 Spring Career Fair: April 14th, 3:00-7:00 PM, HUB Ballrooms

One of the largest fairs on campus, the UW Spring Fair will have employers from all industries looking to hire for a variety of positions (internships/DFW’s too). 120-140 employers are normally in attendance. Be on the lookout for the employers who are hiring technical roles, there should be a lot, but you’ll have to weed through those who are hiring sales/marketing roles.

UW Tacoma Technology Fair: April 15th, 11:30-2:00

Similar to the Tacoma fair listed above, this will be another small fair but focused on tech hiring. Currently there are 10 employers signed up for the fair which could allow for a less crowded and more personable atmosphere. This is also free and open to all UW students.

How can you get prepared?

  1. Do your research: You’ll have a better time at fairs if you do a bit of research ahead of time on the employers that are coming and what they’re hiring for. Spend a few hours going over the list of employers, learning about them, visit their careers pages, look to see if they have postings in HuskyJobs, iCareers, and prioritize who you want to make sure you visit at the fair.
  2. Prepare your elevator pitch. Watch and listen to Don’t Be Awkward to get information on creating the perfect pitch and introductions that you can use when you meet people at the career fair!
  3. Prepare your resumes. You’ll want to tailor your resume as much as possible for the roles that interest you. Prepare several versions of your resume that you can hand out depending on which employers you’re visiting, so that you are still marketing yourself for each position type that is of interest to you. Consider adding an objective statement that specifically states an employer’s name you plan to visit. Put your tailored resumes in folders or use sticky notes so that you know which one to give to each company you visit.

Remember to collect contact information and follow up afterwards with the recruiters and companies that seem like a best fit for you!

Looking for even more ways to prepare? Watch this recording of Career Adviser Alycia McKenzie on Navigating a Career Fair.

-Dean Kirkpatrick

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ECF Tip #10: Know What Your Schedule Looks Like

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Employers attend the iSchool Employer Connections 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.

It is also possible you may get a call later that evening or even a few weeks down the road from that employer. Make notes to yourself of which companies you engaged with. Try to grab business cards from each employer to help you recollect your memory.

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ECF Tip #9: Ask Questions

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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?
  • 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

  • I read about xyz on your website. Can you tell me more about that initiative?
  • In your opinion, what sets your organization apart from other companies’ in the industry like (name a few competitors)?

Do NOT ask questions that can be easily answered by looking at the employer’s website. Also, don’t ask questions about salary and benefits. A career fair is not an appropriate place for those questions.

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ECF Tip #8: Do Your Research

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The number 1 thing employers complain about at career fairs is students not being knowledgeable about their organizations. One of the worst things you can do is ask a recruiter “What does your company do?” You’ve just wasted your time and probably lost the recruiter’s interest. Before you go to the fair, research the employers that will be there. If you are knowledgeable about the company, you can have a deeper conversation with the recruiter AND impress them with your the research you’ve done.

Some starting points to research include:

  • Type and purpose of the organization
  • Mission statement, vision and values
  • Reputation
  • Recent articles or tweets from or about the company
  • New initiatives

The iSchool is sponsoring an Employer Research Session, February 2, 4:15-6:00 pm, OUGL 220. Bring your laptops and enjoy some pizza while you search for information on the employers attending the career fair.

A list of the employers scheduled to be at fair can be found at https://ischool.uw.edu/current/career-services/employer-connections-fair

(Adapted from this article)

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ECF Tip #7: Understand How You’re Being Evaluated

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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.

Confidence: We know you’re nervous. The trick is to appear like you are not.

Leadership: Be ready to highlight your leadership experience whether in a job, club or volunteer setting.

Etiquette: Be sure to use your best interpersonal skills.

(Adapted from: usnews.com/education/blogs/hired-before-graduation/2012/01/17/3-tips-for-students-to-ace-job-fairs )

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ECF Tip #5: What if I’m NOT looking for a Job/Internship/DFW?

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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.  Eavesdrop on the conversations between employers and students.  Get an idea of how those conversations work. Use this opportunity to gather information and learn about the industry that you are interested in. Another option is to volunteer to help with the fair.

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