iSchool Career Newsletter, 4/28/2016

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Negotiating an Offer and Asking for More Time

The job search process can be one filled with emotional ups and downs. Last week, Alycia put together a post on staying motivated in the job search. This week I want to focus on negotiation. With the excitement of finally receiving a job, internship, or DFW offer, it can be very tempting to accept the offer on the spot. Emotions aside, it’s best practice to take a moment to consider all the factors before officially accepting an offer. Take some time to consider negotiating, whether it’s pay, relocation, start date, vacation time, or other parts of your employment agreement.   Continue reading

iSchool Career Newsletter, 4/21/2016

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Finding Job Searching Motivation at the End of the Year

Now that we are getting to the close of the school year, I know that there are a few people that are still looking to find a job by graduation. One thing that hasn’t changed since the beginning of the year is that job searching takes work. For some people, it only takes one try and two weeks, but for others, finding a job can take multiple interviews and months of applying and interviewing. One myth that students often think is that there will not be any more openings this year. This is a false assumption. Job and internships might not be posted at the same frequency as in Fall or Winter, but there will continue to be new openings posted into the summer. You just need to stay diligent about checking for openings. This time of year motivating yourself to get started or continue on with your search process can be difficult. Here are few techniques you can use to be positive and ready to find that next position to apply to. Continue reading

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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iSchool Career Newsletter, 3/2/2016

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Informational Interviewing

I read an article the other day by a writer that thinks that everyone should stop doing informational interviews. She thought that they contributed to biased hiring and an unequal “playing field” for candidates. While I am not a supporter of biased and inequitable hiring practices, I did not agree with her thoughts on no longer doing informational interviews. I personally believe that taking the time to speak with someone and learning about their professional experience can be beneficial for both an interviewee and an interviewer. For those of you that haven’t done an informational interview yet, now is your chance to learn all you need to know about doing an informational interview. Continue reading

iSchool Career Newsletter, 2/10/16

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Career Search Beyond the Employer Connections Fair

We hope you enjoyed the 2016 iSchool Employer Connections Fair last week! Please considering taking a minute to respond to our very brief survey which can be found here:

https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/ioss/293716

Now that the Employer Connections Fair has passed, what can you do to continue job searching? Continue reading

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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