Job Search Strategies Workshop 2011 Civil Engr.


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  • Step One: Create your brand. Determine what strengths you want to highlight. Are you a creative team-player? Are you a detail-oriented, analytic leader? Who are you? Create a resume, cover letter, and elevator pitch that play up these strengths.
  • They don’t just want academically-focused students. Straight As and high test scores are great, technical skills are great, but the soft skills are just as important!
  • Vault: UM ID required. Free, unrestricted access to the largest, most comprehensive online career resource. Wetfeet: Research industries, companies, locations and salary. Intended for recent and soon-to-be grads.Going Global: Has list of H-1B applications by companyHoovers: Find company and contact information along with industry classifications
  • Work the network. Networking should be at the center of your job search strategy. Get the word out to friends, trusted colleagues, and even relatives that you are actively looking for a job, and ask them to keep their eyes and ears open for any opportunities. Expand your network and join professional organizations, sign up for job search newsletters and e-mail blasts, contact former professors and classmates, and participate in Internet discussion boards.
  • Job Search Strategies Workshop 2011 Civil Engr.

    1. 1. Job Search Strategies Workshop Jerry Donahue, Career Counselor Engineering Career Resource Center
    2. 2. Job Search is a Process. . . . Step One - understand and articulate your value  Assess your skills, interests and achievements  Understand what employers want  Create compelling messaging to attract employer interest Step Two - create your action plan manage as a project  Broaden your list of target jobs  Research companies and industries  Expand and work your network  Actively pursue positions of interest Step Three - conduct a reality check  Evaluate how well your tools are working  Adjust your tools and seek assistance as needed Step Four - maintain a positive, proactive mindset Step Five - repeat Steps 1-4 until desired result achieved
    3. 3. What makes YOU unique?Tell your story What are you most proud of? What are you really good at? How do you know? When did your extra effort pay off? What would a boss/instructor say about you? Why? How did you contribute to a team’s goal? When did you solve a complex technical problem? When were you really energized by a project? Why?Recognize the value in these experiences andcommunicate it throughout your search.
    4. 4. What employers want Communication skills  Computer skills Honesty/integrity  Analytical skills Interpersonal skills  Flexibility/adaptability Motivation/initiative  Detail-oriented Strong work ethic  Organizational skills Teamwork skills  Leadership Self confidence  Technical skills
    5. 5. Tailor your messagingResume Focus on achievements Clearly demonstrate relevant skillsElevator Pitch Name, degree, grad date Strengths, achievements, goalsInterview Style Articulate impact Demonstrate how you will be successful
    6. 6. How’s it working for you? Are you finding jobs that interest you? What feedback are you getting from recruiters? Are you getting interviews? Are you making it to the second interview? Have you received an offer? Be honest with yourself. Adjust what you’re doing if necessary to increase your likelihood of success.
    7. 7. Organize your search Develop your plan- utilize a diverse approach Identify target companies and research available career opportunities Create a job log to track your activity Set timelines for required actions and follow up Maintain a list of contacts and record activity Do something every day – keep up the momentum Balance your time between Internet job postings and networking
    8. 8. Sources of Job Leads ENGenius.Jobs NACELink Company Websites Networking *** Company Events Alumni Networks Professional Associations Chambers of Commerce Job Boards
    9. 9. Campus and Local Job Search Resources ECRC - Career Center Connector – UM Library – Alumni Association – Ann Arbor Spark -
    10. 10. Top Online Resources Going Global - – powered by GoingGlobal Investor Relations Information Network – Hoover’s, Inc. –
    11. 11. Why Networking? Networking is a great way to gain valuable insight into careers About 40% of high tech jobs available in the market are in small companies who often do not advertise openings or recruit on college campuses Many jobs lie in the hidden job marketReferences: U.S. Small Business Administration,
    12. 12. In addition, networking is. . . . A ticket to the hidden job market A way to gain insider information about the hiring practices of specific companies A means to receive valuable advice about the job search process An opportunity to promote yourself and leave others with a positive lasting impression of you
    13. 13. Networking – how to work it Introduce yourself and communicate with vast audiences Start with people you already know Create opportunities to get connected - follow up on leads Online Network – LinkedIn, ENGenius.Jobs, InCircle Networking and Association Events Informational Interviews  20-30 minutes to learn more about a field or industry  Make a positive and lasting impression  Ask for names of others you can contact  Write a thank you and keep them informed of your progress
    14. 14. Maintain a positive mindset Broaden your search Track milestones and celebrate small successes Be patient – average length is 4-6 months Remember turn-downs are not personal Recognize that each experience is a learning opportunity and gets you closer to your goal Focus on the journey – you’ll make it to your destination.
    16. 16. Civil Engineering Job Search Websites ASCE Jobs( -  - Hundreds of environmental jobs in Lists current jobs for Civil Engineers various industries (user ID=berk, password=uca) The Blue Book  Engcen( Jobs for ( civil engineers The Blue Book of Building and Construction  Environmental - Jobs( ( From Environmental Career Center - The leading site internships for college students to jobs for Ph.D.s. dedicated to environmental employment Engineering, business and environmental jobs in  The Fulcrum International sectors including: ( Solar energy, wind energy, geothermal x)- Resources for architectural, engineering, and energy, biomass, biofuel, clean coal, green construction industry job seekers construction, hydropower.  Green Careers - Information on a wide Civil Engineering Jobs variety of careers that have an environmental impact. ( Find civil  Green Dream engineering jobs quickly Jobs( Civil Engineering m/go/greendreamjobs.main/?CFID=4455998&CFT Jobs( OKEN=30126893)- Lists career and internship Search for civil engineering jobs in the UK and openings, links and resources. Europe.  Green Jobs Network (- Construction Jobs ( Searchable database of environmental and social Construction and related vacancies responsibility positions throughout the US nationwide  - Job board focused specifically E Jobs: Environmental Jobs and Careers employment in renewable energy worldwide. ( Useful information on job  Institute of Transportation Engineers listings nationwide. ( Employment Center Job Search
    17. 17. Civil Engineering Job Search Websites, cont. Internships with the Environmental Careers Organization ( Intern with the Environmental Protection Agency ( Structural Engineering Jobs ( Jobs for structural engineers Structural Engineers Association ( Connect to structural engineering employers Web Directory ( - Directory of links to various environmental organizations. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ( - Corps does hire civilian personnel U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( ( - View job listings; no resume posting by candidates.
    18. 18. Remain open minded Be open to opportunities outside of your field Build skills that will prepare you for your dream job Consider new geographic areas, industries, and company profiles Consider part-time, contract and volunteer positions that give you desired exposure to your target
    19. 19. Get going. . . . . Do something for your job search every day, but don’t let it consume you Job search activities should be part looking at websites for job postings and part reaching out to people/networking/informational interviews Have a back-up plan. Be prepared to accept a position that could lead to your dream job
    20. 20. Questions? Engineering Career Resource Center 230 Chrysler CenterMonday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM