The Technical
Job & Internship Search
Holly M. Justice
Engineering Career Counselor
Career Services
259 Capen Hall
Agenda
• Preparing for the search
• Timeline
• Job & Internship searching strategies
• UB Career Services resources
Preparing for the Search
• Professional Materials
– Resume, Cover letter
• Research your industry and employers
• Increasi...
Timeline
When do I begin to apply for
opportunities?
Timeline
• First year / Freshman
• Second year / Sophomore
• Third year / Junior
– Fall – Early Fall attend Tech Fair and ...
Job & Internship
Search Strategies and Resources
The search is challenging…
For success, equip yourself with search
strategies and resources…
Search Strategies
• Find Opportunities • Target Companies
Search Strategy 1
Finding Opportunities
Search Strategy 1: Find Opportunities
• UB Career Services Website / BullsEye system
– Internships posted & On-Campus Inte...
Search Strategy 1: Find Opportunities
continued
• Commercial Websites
– Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, hound.com
– colleg...
Search Strategy 2
Targeting Companies
Search Strategy 2:
Targeting Companies
• Identify companies and create a list of
companies to pursue.
–Review their websit...
Search Strategy 2:
Targeting Companies continued
Resources for Identify companies:
• Your “professional” network of Facult...
Search Strategy 3
Networking
Networking-
the connections you have that will
help you reach your goals.
Networking-
together each of us
attains more.
NETWORKING
NETWORKING
• Getting noticed by a potential employer
through someone that employer already knows
and trusts.
• Employers u...
Search Strategy 3: Networking
• UB Career Services – Meet-a-Mentor program
(Bullseye)
• Family, friends, friends of friend...
NETWORKING
How to get started…
Make at least one “call” a day.
Getting started…
• Establish rapport or commonality
– Ex. friend of a friend; alumni from same institution;
• Ask to follo...
What to say
• Prepare a “30-second commercial”, also
called the “elevator pitch”
• Should contain:
– Your name
– Education...
NETWORKING TIPS & TECHNIQUES
• Be specific about your goals
• Ask how they got started
• Ask if there are any projects/spe...
Think long-term
• Does this process seem
like a lot of effort? - It can
be.
• It’s never too early to start
• Don’t give u...
Search Strategies
• Find Opportunities • Target Companies
UB Career Services
Services & resources to help you.
Career Services Resources
• Individual Career Counseling*
• Express Career Consult*
– 12:00pm-4:00pm M-F
– 20 minute, Same...
Individual Career Counseling
• Resume creation & critique
• Cover letter creation & critique
• Discuss academic major
• In...
Express Career Consult
• One on one meeting
• 20 minute same day
appointment
• Monday – Friday 12:00-4:00
• Call 716-645-2...
Individual Career Counseling-
Practice Interviews
• Make an appointment for a practice
interview
• A Career Counselor will...
Practice Interview New Tool:
*Interview Stream*
• Online tool to practice interviewing
• 3,500 interview questions availab...
Career Fairs
Events
• Career Fairs
– Tech Fair - Fall semester
– Part-Time Job Fair /On-Campus Job Fair –Fall
– CareerFEST – All Majors...
Where is the
UB Career Services office
located?
(Raise your Hand! )
Quiz question!
ANSWER
259 Capen Hall
(Behind Student Response Center)
Contact Career Services
• Contact us:
– 259 Capen Hall 8:30am – 5:00pm M-F
– Call 716-645-2231 to schedule an appointment
...
Thank you for your time.
Good Luck!
Holly M. Justice
Engineering Career Counselor
Career Services
259 Capen Hall
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  • *Recruiters are typical hired by a company to find experienced candidates. The company pays the recruiter for finding the candidate. If a company wants to hire entry-level candidates, they will go directly to the university, they do not need to pay a recruiter extra to find an entry-level candidate.
  • AdviceComplete your profileJoin GroupsBe active in group discussionsSend personalized invitations to connect. Using the generic invitation provided by linkedin is okay but says you aren’t putting much effort into the relationship.
  • Make at least one “call” a day. This means make a contact. You can do this in person, phone call, alumni connection, email, social media…. Etc..
  • * Story about girl who skydives as a hobby and knows lots of engineers who skydive too.
  • An opportunity to meet with employers to learn about different jobs and companies, network with employers, find mentors and of course impress the company representatives with you skills and get an internship/job.
  • Technical job and internship search fall2013

    1. 1. The Technical Job & Internship Search Holly M. Justice Engineering Career Counselor Career Services 259 Capen Hall
    2. 2. Agenda • Preparing for the search • Timeline • Job & Internship searching strategies • UB Career Services resources
    3. 3. Preparing for the Search • Professional Materials – Resume, Cover letter • Research your industry and employers • Increasing your competiveness in the employment market – Get experience! – Develop your network of contacts! • Identify the industries/companies you plan to target & pursue • Technical Interview Skills
    4. 4. Timeline When do I begin to apply for opportunities?
    5. 5. Timeline • First year / Freshman • Second year / Sophomore • Third year / Junior – Fall – Early Fall attend Tech Fair and begin applying to company opportunities – Winter Break – Assess the progress of your Fall search, attend networking events, & prepare to search aggressively in the Spring – Spring – continue to apply to companies • Fourth year / Senior – Fall – Job searching, applying to graduate school, or both
    6. 6. Job & Internship Search Strategies and Resources
    7. 7. The search is challenging…
    8. 8. For success, equip yourself with search strategies and resources…
    9. 9. Search Strategies • Find Opportunities • Target Companies
    10. 10. Search Strategy 1 Finding Opportunities
    11. 11. Search Strategy 1: Find Opportunities • UB Career Services Website / BullsEye system – Internships posted & On-Campus Interviewing – Additional Specific Job Search Engines – Professional Association websites – Career Fairs • Career Fairs at other universities
    12. 12. Search Strategy 1: Find Opportunities continued • Commercial Websites – Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, hound.com – collegerecruiter.com, collegegrad.com, aftercollege.com, – craigslist.com – Indeed.com, simplyhired.com, • Specific sites / companies you know – www.employflorida.com • What about Recruiters/Headhunters/Staffing Agencies?*
    13. 13. Search Strategy 2 Targeting Companies
    14. 14. Search Strategy 2: Targeting Companies • Identify companies and create a list of companies to pursue. –Review their website • if they currently have openings – Apply! • If no current opening - Submit your resume to their database anyway where possible. • Create a profile on their site. – Stay organized! Lots of passwords etc…
    15. 15. Search Strategy 2: Targeting Companies continued Resources for Identify companies: • Your “professional” network of Faculty, Staff, friends, family, acquaintances… • UB Career Services – Meet-a-Mentor program • UB Career Services – “CareerSearch” tool • For International Candidates – H-1B visa database – www.myvisajobs.com • Job Choices Magazine (list of companies by occupation) • Professional Associations • Fortune 500 list • Internet – Google, vault.com… • www.Linkedin.com
    16. 16. Search Strategy 3 Networking
    17. 17. Networking- the connections you have that will help you reach your goals.
    18. 18. Networking- together each of us attains more.
    19. 19. NETWORKING
    20. 20. NETWORKING • Getting noticed by a potential employer through someone that employer already knows and trusts. • Employers use networking to recruit. • Don’t look for a job, look to meet people who need your help. • Network by “Industry”
    21. 21. Search Strategy 3: Networking • UB Career Services – Meet-a-Mentor program (Bullseye) • Family, friends, friends of friends, etc. • Professors, guest lecturers • Professional Associations • Alumni Association • www.Linkedin.com – http://learn.linkedin.com/students/step-1 • Facebook – the dangers & usefulness • You already know someone who knows someone who may know about a job opportunity…
    22. 22. NETWORKING How to get started… Make at least one “call” a day.
    23. 23. Getting started… • Establish rapport or commonality – Ex. friend of a friend; alumni from same institution; • Ask to follow up later – Be clear about what you’re asking for – Collect business cards – Leave the ball in your court • Types of follow-up – Meeting in person (most effective) – Speaking via phone (effective) – Email exchanges (effective)
    24. 24. What to say • Prepare a “30-second commercial”, also called the “elevator pitch” • Should contain: – Your name – Educational background – Summary of skills, experience, strengths – Explanation of immediate goals – A question to keep the conversation going.
    25. 25. NETWORKING TIPS & TECHNIQUES • Be specific about your goals • Ask how they got started • Ask if there are any projects/special events coming up that you can help with. • Do class projects that can put you in contact with a potential contact/company. • Combine two seemingly diverse areas of interest in your life
    26. 26. Think long-term • Does this process seem like a lot of effort? - It can be. • It’s never too early to start • Don’t give up too soon • You’ll improve your networking skills the more you practice them!
    27. 27. Search Strategies • Find Opportunities • Target Companies
    28. 28. UB Career Services Services & resources to help you.
    29. 29. Career Services Resources • Individual Career Counseling* • Express Career Consult* – 12:00pm-4:00pm M-F – 20 minute, Same day appointments • Workshops & Seminars • Practice Interviews* • On-Campus Recruiting • Career & Job Fairs (www.ub-careers.buffalo.edu) • Resume & Cover letter critiques • Career Library • Career Services Website – Including BullsEye and CareerSearch • Meet-A-Mentor Program
    30. 30. Individual Career Counseling • Resume creation & critique • Cover letter creation & critique • Discuss academic major • Internship & Job search strategies • Preparing for an interview • Strategies for Career Fairs • Post graduation plans – Job Market – Graduate School – Volunteer / Service – Other
    31. 31. Express Career Consult • One on one meeting • 20 minute same day appointment • Monday – Friday 12:00-4:00 • Call 716-645-2231 or walk- in to the office (259 Capen Hall) to make an appt. • Great for resume reviews, cover letter reviews, graduate school preparation, salary questions, etc…
    32. 32. Individual Career Counseling- Practice Interviews • Make an appointment for a practice interview • A Career Counselor will ask you interview questions while you are being videotaped. • Then you and the Career Counselor will review the tape together to identify areas of improvement.
    33. 33. Practice Interview New Tool: *Interview Stream* • Online tool to practice interviewing • 3,500 interview questions available, in specialized categories including Job Fair Preparation, Engineering, Nursing, Business, etc.. • Access through UB Career Services BullsEye system
    34. 34. Career Fairs
    35. 35. Events • Career Fairs – Tech Fair - Fall semester – Part-Time Job Fair /On-Campus Job Fair –Fall – CareerFEST – All Majors Career Fair – Spring • Career Conversations – Networking event with Alumni & Students held in different cities around New York State – Career Conversations in NYC, Buffalo, Rochester, & Albany
    36. 36. Where is the UB Career Services office located? (Raise your Hand! ) Quiz question!
    37. 37. ANSWER 259 Capen Hall (Behind Student Response Center)
    38. 38. Contact Career Services • Contact us: – 259 Capen Hall 8:30am – 5:00pm M-F – Call 716-645-2231 to schedule an appointment – Email us at jobs@buffalo.edu • Website resources – www.ub-careers.buffalo.edu • Individualized appointments • Express Career Consult • 20 minute same day appointment • Monday – Friday from 12:00pm-4:00pm • Call or stop by to make an appointment
    39. 39. Thank you for your time. Good Luck! Holly M. Justice Engineering Career Counselor Career Services 259 Capen Hall
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