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Technical Job and Internship Search Fall 2013 workshop to help STEM students to develop a strategic plan for their job or internship search.

Technical Job and Internship Search Fall 2013 workshop to help STEM students to develop a strategic plan for their job or internship search.

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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.

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  • 1. The Technical Job & Internship Search Holly M. Justice Engineering Career Counselor Career Services 259 Capen Hall
  • 2. Agenda • Preparing for the search • Timeline • Job & Internship searching strategies • UB Career Services resources
  • 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. Timeline When do I begin to apply for opportunities?
  • 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. Job & Internship Search Strategies and Resources
  • 7. The search is challenging…
  • 8. For success, equip yourself with search strategies and resources…
  • 9. Search Strategies • Find Opportunities • Target Companies
  • 10. Search Strategy 1 Finding Opportunities
  • 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. 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. Search Strategy 2 Targeting Companies
  • 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. 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. Search Strategy 3 Networking
  • 17. Networking- the connections you have that will help you reach your goals.
  • 18. Networking- together each of us attains more.
  • 19. NETWORKING
  • 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. 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. NETWORKING How to get started… Make at least one “call” a day.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Search Strategies • Find Opportunities • Target Companies
  • 28. UB Career Services Services & resources to help you.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Career Fairs
  • 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. Where is the UB Career Services office located? (Raise your Hand! ) Quiz question!
  • 37. ANSWER 259 Capen Hall (Behind Student Response Center)
  • 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. Thank you for your time. Good Luck! Holly M. Justice Engineering Career Counselor Career Services 259 Capen Hall