Michigan Tech Career Services…
◦ We’re on your team
◦ We talk to companies and recruiters
◦ We educate ourselves
◦ We educate, mentor, and guide students
◦ We plan and organize 2 valuable career fairs
◦ We host numerous recruiters for interviews almost daily
◦ We strive to help as many students as possible attain
their dream job during and after their education
Provides numerous campus-wide services:
Plant trip visits
Career Fair Prep
Business and Dining Etiquette Dinners
Interview Skills Week
MUB - Fall and Spring Semester
Residence Halls - Spring Semester
Interview Skills Week
Provides one on one help with all your career
“My Plan” A personal assessment tool
Resume and cover letter writing
Interview coaching and practicing
Job Search Strategies including our on-line recruiting software –
Career Fair Prep
On-campus interview scheduling
Offer negotiation and benefits evaluation
Business etiquette advice
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.”
Employers are looking for people with these Top 10Employers are looking for people with these Top 10
and experiences:and experiences:
Co-op and/or Internship Experience
Teamwork and interpersonal skills
Communication skills (both written and oral)
Strong work ethic
Computer Skills & Technical skills
Motivation & Initiative (can you think outside the box?)
Problem solving/Analytical skills
Your resume must provide EVIDENCE that you possess
many of these skills
Use your resume to provide evidence of the
skills companies are looking for.
Provide detailed examples.
If you don’t have many of those skills, start
developing them NOW!
Make it easy for recruiter to find you
Include name, permanent and/or school address,
telephone number, e-mail address
Avoid information that is about to expire
E-mail address should be business-like
URL of personal webpage may be included, if only
professional information and images
Consider the following topic
Objective - what you want to do, who you want to work for
Education - schools, locations, degrees, dates, GPAs
Co-Op and/or Internship Experience – who you
worked for and what you did
Project Experiences - Enterprise, Senior Design,
Leadership Experience - project manager, campus
involvement, university athletics
Work Experience - paid, unpaid, volunteer
Skills - Computer, Technical, Language
Accomplishments - don’t be shy
Activities – Hobbies, personal interests, music , (Broomball)
Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
MBA Expected May
BS Mechanical Engineering 2009
Caterpillar, Inc. Peoria, IL
Manufacturing Co-op Engineer
Michigan Tech University and Portage Hospital
Project: Joint Venture – Recycling and Waste Collection Efficiency Project
Objective: Save hospital money through recycling program and streamlined
waste collection processes. Move hospital towards “green” resource management
Coordinated 5 on-campus, multi-disciplined teams in terms of background information,
planning and development, designing innovative processes and resources,
implementation plans, and recommendations
Met with hospital stakeholders to determine current waste management processes,
potential resources and goals
Analyzed and evaluated current workings and identified gaps and inefficiencies
Designed new processes for pre-determined collection and routing
Designed innovative collection cart that would increase efficiency and capacity
Wrote 40+ page technical report detailing planning, findings, analysis, designs,
recommendations, and implementation plans
Performed professional oral presentation to hospital executive board, stakeholders,
and academic audience
Church Youth Group
Operating systems: Windows (98, XP) UNIX
Programming: Java, C++, C, Fortran, Assembly
Software: Mathematica, CADKEY, DATACAD, Matlab,
MathCAD, Verilog, UGNX, Microsoft Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Labview, Star Office
ABC Electrical Company Anytown,
Electrician Assistant Summers 2006,
Installed electric service
Designed circuits from blueprints
Wired outlets, lights, switches, hot water heater
Chief Cook and Bottle Washer Summer
Gather a list of references, no more than 5 and no less than 3. These references should be people
who know your work and your character and will speak highly of you when asked. Matching your
references with past employers or professors is ideal. Then list them as below on a separate
page from your resume. Bring your reference page to your interviews, so that you’re prepared when
asked for them.
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
Is the first question an interviewer asks in the
vast majority of times… Develop and memorize a
60 second infomercial. This is where you set the
tone for the interview.
Make the next half hour a pleasant one for your
interviewer by smiling, and being confident and
Tell STORIES about your academic, professional,
and personal background.
Be unique and funny if you can.
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
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!
The single most important qualification on your
Invaluable experiential education for students
Important recruiting tool for employers
About 85% of Co-op students receive a full-time
job offer from the company they co-op for
The 2011 Spring Career Fair is February 22
Hundreds of companies travel to Houghton to entice,
meet, and interview you!
They’ll all be in one place – The SDC
They offer casual, informal pre and post Career Fair
Check out our website for who’s coming
Identify 5 – 10 target companies
Do your homework! Research the company
in order to determine what they’re doing
and how you’ll benefit them
Practice that 60 second “infomercial”
Let them SEE that you’re serious:
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 renewed resume to NACElink soon!
Go to www.career.mtu.edu
Located in the Harold Meese Center on Houghton Avenue
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm
Call for an appointment - 487-2313
Check out our website – www.career.mtu.edu
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