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  1. 1. Job & Internship Searching How the Career Center can HELP Leslie Rand-Pickett, Assistant Director: University Career Center Liaison to Electrical & Computer Engineering students Office locations: 2100 Pullen Hall & 3068 EB2
  2. 2. Current Job Market Average salaries: May 2009 BS ECE grads as of 9/3/09 • NCSU: $61,125 (both EE & CPE) • National avg., $61,738 (CPE), $60,125 (EE) Of those reporting (66/95 grads returned surveys ~ 70% response rate) 45% employed 27% grad school 24% still job searching Employers of 2009 grads: • Northrop Grumman, Cisco Systems, Progress Energy, MC Dean, Alcatel-Lucent, Areva, Digital Receiver Technologies, Duke Energy, Educated Design & Development, Elcom, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Nucor, RTI, Superior Controls, Talari Networks, Tekelec, Triangle Automated Contracts, US Army, Waukesha Electric
  3. 3. University Career Center: Your Career Starts Here! Provide assistance with internship & job searching including: – Resume editing – Interview coaching – Sources of job listings, including the ePack database – Coordination of employer visits to campus: on-campus interviews & info sessions – Advice on handling job offers, salary negotiation, etc We help you navigate the competitive job market!
  4. 4. Getting Started with your Job/Internship Search • Begin with the obvious – Campus career fairs – Campus job resources (ePACK, on-campus interviewing) • 41% of respondents reported success with these two methods • Internships & co-ops were most popular • Also mentioned were personal networks, and company websites
  5. 5. Interviews & ePACK • Hundreds of interviews are conducted on campus each semester in the Career Center • Through ePACK you can connect with employers and sign up for interviews • Check ePACK weekly for new job listings and upcoming events (info sessions/calendar) • Employer contact information is Listings for BS ECE available through ePACK 45 upcoming schedules Upcoming Deadlines in ePACK include: Lockheed Martin, MIT Lincoln Labs, Cisco, Siemens, Northrop Grumman, Norfolk Southern, Schneider Electric, Harris Corp., Deutsche Bank, General Electric, Eaton, Credit Suisse
  6. 6. First steps in ePACK 1. Update your profile • Be sure to select a major • Enable employer viewing of your resume 2. Upload your resume • Allows you to apply for positions with on-campus interviews • Allows employers to find your resume, and for Leslie to refer your resume out to employers who contact the Career Center • Is a secure place to store your resume! – Hard drives crash, and flash drives get lost! – You can download your resume as a Word document
  7. 7. Job/internship searching in ePACK Employers in ePACK are ones who are specifically interested in YOU as an NC State student or new grad. You will be most competitive for these positions, and they are most related to your skills. • Search for jobs or internships using the job search function. – Position type, degree & major as your ONLY criteria – Set up a saved search for yourself once you settle on the correct criteria for you.
  8. 8. Quick Tips on Resumes Resumes should… • Be brief (probably one page) – You have 30-60 seconds to engage the reader • Display your most important qualifications at the top & to the left of the page • Be directed to the type of position for which you are applying
  9. 9. A few samples… Sample Engineering Resume
  10. 10. Resumes for On-line Applications • Copy & paste your “pretty” resume into a separate document • Justify all items to the left • Remove bullets, bold, italics and underline • Use only keyboard characters (* - ), ALL CAPS, and white space to show separation • Copy & paste the file into the text box on web applications • This can also be used when an employer requests you send your resume via email, but not as attachment
  11. 11. Common Resume Issues • No relevant experience (intern/co- op, etc) – Solution: describe projects from classes, list relevant courses taken, and demonstrate transferable skills from un- related jobs • Resume doesn’t fit on one page – Solution: eliminate unnecessary information (old achievements or less notable items) or re-format. Use your horizontal space efficiently. Adjust margins to .75-1.00” ** use 10-12 pt. fonts
  12. 12. Top 10 qualities employers seek • Communication skills (verbal & written) • Honesty / integrity • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others) • Strong work ethic • Teamwork skills • Analytical skills • Motivation / initiative • Flexibility / adaptability • Computer skills • Detail-oriented Look for ways to convey these qualities during your interactions with employers
  13. 13. Key Points of Preparation • Review the job description & company website carefully • Clearly identify your strengths and weaknesses, and have examples • Think of possible examples of situations that reflect their requirements and/or values Compare the job description & employers’ requirements/values with YOUR resume Where are the points of connection? What do you think they feel is most important based on your research?
  14. 14. Prior to the Interview You Should Know… 1. Your strengths & weaknesses as they relate to the position 2. Why you are interested in working with their organization 3. What you want to ask them about the position/company DETERMINING YOUR UNIQUE QUALIFICATIONS • Make a list of your accomplishments & interests • Refer to your resume to help you get started • Ask those who know you well for insight • Prepare concrete examples to back up statements you make about yourself during an interview • Practice talking about yourself to become more comfortable with it
  15. 15. Know the employer Employers tell us that research is an essential step for interviewing success • Review their website • Speak with current or former employees • Be familiar with … – Their primary products or services – Their values and culture – Their locations • Think about ways in which you match their needs • SHOW INTEREST in what they do! Ask questions about their company & their projects.
  16. 16. Online Presence • Your web identity can work for you, or against you! • LinkedIn can be a great way to re- establish connections professionally, and keep your contacts informed about your interests • Twitter can be a great way to stay informed about new opportunities • Google yourself to be sure there is nothing damaging on the web about you
  17. 17. For More Information • Visit the University Career Center – 2100 Pullen Hall – Or our website, • Ways to follow up with Leslie: – Office hours in 3068 EB2 • check – By email • – By appointment • Call 919-515-2396 • Counselor Drop-In Hours in 2100 Pullen Hall – Monday through Friday 11-2
  18. 18. sample skills sections •back
  19. 19. sample projects sections •back
  20. 20. sample experience sections •back
  21. 21. Other sources of employers • Campus events & resources – Career Fairs, – Information Sessions, – Co-op office, • UCC resources – ools.php – Career Search • External resources –,,
  22. 22. Tips for success • Be aware of your body language – Smile – Maintain good eye contact (75-80%) •Be a good listener – Provide a firm handshake –Take the time you need to – Maintain good posture formulate answers – Be professional and well-mannered –Ask if you are unclear about a question • Be positive –Be honest if you do not know an – About yourself & others answer – About your experiences – Show how you will contribute to the organization •Show energy & enthusiasm –For your field –For the opportunity
  23. 23. Suggestions for each section • Skills: be sure to organize this section, give it subheadings if necessary & make good use of horizontal space • Projects: use action verbs to describe what YOU did on the project. Incorporate technical terms to show application of skill. • Experience: use space to describe your accomplishments. Use varied action verbs
  24. 24. A Few More Hints • Within each section, use reverse chronological order • When describing experience be sure to begin your phrases with action verbs • Focus on your accomplishments • Give ##’s and results when possible • If experience isn’t relevant, focus on the transferable skills used
  25. 25. Once you apply for positions… • Employers will either contact you directly, OR • Make decisions in ePack – If a company is interviewing on campus, they are likely making online decisions – When your status on a job changes, you’ll get an email from ePack – If you are accepted for an interview, you’ll be able to go online and choose a time that works for you – Track your status online through ePack • If you have a question about your status – Check the timeline of the interview schedule for when you might expect a decision – Review the contact info for the position – You can contact the employer directly if info is visible – Email the Career Center if you cannot see the contact info