Career Services Resources for Student AthletesPresentation Transcript
CHOOSE to Use Your Career Services Because, research shows… That students who use their Career Services are more successful at finding an internship, co-op, or full-time position and…. are far more successful at landing the job of their dreams
Career Services Staff
Jim Turnquist, Director
Jeff Kangas, Assistant Director
Tina Giachino, Manager of Job Development
Julie Way, Career Advisor
Gina Goudge, Coordinator of Career Center Programs
Matt McCormick, Analyst Programmer
Rita Smith, Staff Assistant
Renae DesRochers, Office Assistant
Laura Givens, Office Assistant
Career Center Professionals
Provide one-on-one help with all your career development needs:
Choosing your optimal career – MyPlan
Guidance for co-curricular participation
Resume and cover letter writing
Interview coaching and practicing
Career Fair Preparation
Job Search Strategies including our new on-line recruiting software - NACElink
On-campus interview scheduling
Offer negotiation and benefits evaluation
Business etiquette advice
Who are you and what do you want?
Do some introspective brainstorming and ask yourself:
What do I really want to do?
Be as specific and detailed as possible
What am I really good at?
Identify your hard skills and soft skills
What kind of company and job environment do I really desire?
Research and evaluate companies you may
want to target for employment
Create an Outstanding and Effective Resume
The first and perhaps the most vital step in preparing yourself for a successful job search is to create a powerful resume that will open doors and generate interviews.
And you’ll want a powerfully effective and attractive resume because:
“ On average, most recruiters spend about 30 seconds scanning a resume and cover letter before sending it to the “yes” or “no” pile.”
What do employers want from me?
Employers are looking for people with these Top 10 skills
Communication skills (both written and oral)
Strong work ethic
Teamwork and interpersonal skills
Computer Skills & Technical skills
Motivation & Initiative (can you think outside the box?)
Problem solving/Analytical skills
Your resume should provide evidence that you possess
many of these skills
Design Your Resume
To clearly communicate who you are, what you can do, and how well you do it.
Clean: You want to make a strong visual impact on your reader before the first word is read – that means white space and symmetrical spacing, a clean strong font, and consistent formatting
Clear: You want to write who you are in terms of education and experience - what you can do in terms of action - and how well you can do it in terms of accomplishments and achievements
Concise: You want to state your experience in terms of accomplishments/skills/professional behaviors, based on your target job, with detail, but in a short, cohesive way.
The Job Market What’s it look like out there?
Economic Downturn = Your job search will be more challenging, but not impossible!
Technical skills are in still in high demand
Computer skills a must
Use NACElink - Often
MTU Career Fairs and Info Sessions
MTU Alumni Relations
Join Professional Associations
Subscribe to Professional Journals
Attend Professional Conferences
Check out other school’s Career Services website to find out who’s recruiting and hiring those students
Identify Target Companies
Write cover letter to introduce yourself and ask for an interview
Follow-up with a phone call
Connect with companies who want YOU… with YOUR new recruiting software NACElink
This software will help you manage and publish your resume, search job postings, and connect with hundreds of employers from around the world.
Upload your new or updated resume to NACElink soon!
Go to www.career.mtu.edu
Facebook – just not a good idea
Do a careful reading and observation of your web presence.
Ensure your public or social web space is a positive reflection of you.
What you think is cute and funny, may be interpreted in a completely different way by your audience.
Or…seriously consider removing any personal social networking websites at this time.
“ So…tell me about yourself”
Is the first question an interviewer asks in the vast majority of times.
This is where you set the tone for the interview. Make the next half hour a pleasant one for your interviewer.
Develop and MEMORIZE your 60 second info-mercial (elevator speech) Give a mix of your academic, professional, and personal background.
Tell something unique to remember you by.
The Behavioral Interview
Past Behavior = Future Behavior
Interviewers want to know:
How well you work with others – will you fit on their “team”
How well or how tenacious you are at problem solving – do you think outside the box?
Do you take initiative, can you take the lead, will you take risks, are you competitive
What have you done – your accomplishments and achievements, have you overcome challenges
Interviewers will ask questions that can be answered in short, detailed stories :
Introduction - give the W, W, W, W, H
Problem – what was the problem or challenge
Action – what action did you take to solve the problem or overcome the challenge
The End – what were the results of your actions
Interviewers insist that you know about their company and how you can help them:
So…do your research
Be sure to ask intelligent, informed questions of your interviewer. This shows you know their company and you’re making an educated decision to work for them.
Some Sample Questions:
Ask about a specific project you know the company is working on.
What is the company’s biggest challenge at this time.
Where would the company like to be in 5 years?
Ask your interviewer about his position and work history with the company.
Ask about professional development opportunities
Ask about advancement opportunities
Finally – Don’t forget to send an immediate THANK YOU letter. This is appreciated and expected!
Co-op and Internship Education
Valuable real-world, hands-on experience for students
Important recruiting tool for employers
About 85% of Co-op students usually receive a full-time job offer from the company they co-op with
Campus Career Fairs
Come to the Fair No tilt-a whirl or cotton candy, but…exciting none the less!
The 2011 Spring Career Fair is February 22
Noon – 6:00 p.m. at the SDC
Companies also offer casual, informal pre and post Career Fair informational sessions – all listed in NACElink.
Check out our website to see who’s coming.
Prepare and Plan
Identify 5 – 10 companies you’d really like to talk to.
Do your homework! Research the company in order to determine what they’re doing and how you can be of value to them.
Develop and MEMORIZE your 60 second “infomercial.” Begin your introduction with a thank you.