TITLE TBD Economics Career Development Office www.econ.wisc.edu/ecdo 7329 Social Science 265.2888 firstname.lastname@example.org Connect with us!
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF Define Career Goals• What skills do I enjoy using?• How have supervisors or • Assess your skills colleagues praised me?• When have I been happiest in a position? • Determine how your skills and experiences• What types of duties do I relate to a position find most enjoyable? Least enjoyable? • Research companies and industries HOW TO RESEARCH • Network with professionals to learn more about their career path and about the realities of a• Company web sites and career page specific position• Business journals/newspapers• Network with current and former employees of company• Review materials gathered from career fairs and employer information sessions
Register for BuckyNet REMINDERS Each August you are required to update your• UW-Madison online recruiting system BuckyNet account or else it will be blocked!• Companies that target UW-Madison students What to update: • Address • Job Status (ex: seeking• Many employers only hire through this FT or Internship) recruiting process • Year or Class Level • Resume• Details on Employer Information Sessions NOT REGISTERED FOR BUCKYNET?• List of employers attending Career Fair Attend a Job Search 101 Session! More information• Many companies recruit in early fall! can be found on the ECDO Events page: www.econ.wisc.edu/ecdo
RESUME TIPSHave at least two people Update Resumeproofread. • Attend a Resume WorkshopDon’t rely on spell check!Don’t use the phrase • Tailor resume to position/industry“Responsibilities include” or“Duties include.” It’s a wasteof words! • Use action verbsAdd quantitative information. • Include relevant information from:If you managed people, howmany? Did you raise funds? • InternshipsIf so, how much? Was it a • Part time positionsxx% increase? • VolunteeringDon’t start with the verb • Student organizations and other campus“work.” Use a stronger, more involvementdescriptive verb. • Class projectsThink about the impact orresults of what you did. Did • Transferrable skills are important!you improve a process?Surpass a goal? Save the • Don’t underestimate yourself and the work you docompany time/money/etc.?Show the employer that youmake things happen! • Keep the format simple • Sample resumes
COMPANIES USINGManage Your Online Reputation SOCIAL MEDIA FOR RECRUITING• Employers will Google you In 2011, 89% of companies were expected to use social networks for recruiting• Facebook candidates, according to • Set profile to private CareerEnlightenment.com. Of all companies surveyed, • Untag photos of yourself • 45% currently use Twitter • “Like” company pages – many post important • 56% currently use Facebook information about their hiring process • 80% currently use LinkedIn• Twitter Many have separate accounts • Don’t tweet anything inappropriate! specifically for careers. • Follow companies Examples: • http://www.facebook.com/ • Interact with recruiters generalmillscareers • Stay updated on industry news • http://www.facebook.com/ gecareers • @boeingcareers• LinkedIn • @MplsFedCareers • The “professional” Facebook • Connect with professional network 1 of 5 use social networking sites to research job • Follow companies candidates • Join groups related to academics, activities and 1 of 3 employers rejected career candidates based on • Include a professional photo information they found online • Bea A Badger sample profile
INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS Start Your NetworkWhat are they?• Brief meetings between you • Networking can help you and a professional working • Learn more about a specific position, company or in a position and/or at a company that interests you. industry• They usually last 20-30 • Define your career goals minutes. • Make connections with people in position to hire• You ask the questions. • Obtain referrals to other companiesHow do I contact people? • Learn about open positions that will never be• Via phone is recommended advertised though email is acceptable.• Be prepared prior to initial contact. Research their • Know how to answer the question “How can I help you?” company and review their LinkedIn profile. • Where to find people to connect with• Make a great first impression! • Family, friends, students organizations, professors • LinkedInWhat do I ask them? • Alumni Directory• Questions about the company, their career • Cold call companies path, skills needed to be successful. • Majority of positions are never advertised – hidden job• Ask for referrals to others. market• To review your resume.• About potential positions. • Follow up with a thank you! Always.For more advice on informational • Informational Interview Guide from Bureau of Laborinterviewing make an appointment Statisticswith Bethany Nelson, CareerAdvisor.
COMPANIES THATAttend Career Events RECRUIT THROUGH BUCKYNET• Learn about company and what they’re looking for in • Kohl’s Department candidates Stores • General Mills • Target Corporation• Provides opportunity to talk with recruiter one-on-one • Huron Consulting • 3M • Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.• Practice your elevator pitch – 30-60 second chance to • Macy’s tell recruiter why you’re a fit for the position • Lands’ End • United Way of Dane• Differentiate yourself from the other candidates who County • Best Buy Corporation don’t attend these events • Walgreen’s • Epic• Recruiters more likely to pay attention to your resume if • Uline they can put a face to your name • Northwestern Mutual • IBM • ALDI, Inc• Events: • BMO Capital Markets • Fall and Spring Career Fair • Capital One • CUNA Mutual Group • Employer Information Sessions • FactSet Research • Alumni panels Systems • Other career workshops • And more!• Follow up! Every interaction counts.
WHAT TO WRITE Perfect Your Cover LettersUse the job posting as aguideline to what you willwrite. • Always include with your resumeFirst paragraph: state theposition you’re applying • Each letter is specific to positionfor, how you found it, yourinterest in the company andwhy you are qualified. • Tell the employer how you will meet their needsMiddle paragraph(s): describehow your background • Concise(education, experience, etc.)relates to the position. Getthem to picture you in the • Address to a specific personposition!Last paragraph: reiterate yourinterest in the position andcompany and your wish tointerview with them. Thankthem.Be confident in your abilities.Don’t point out any lack ofskills.
Improve Your Interviewing Skills SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS• Participate in mock interviews Tell me about yourself Why did you choose to• Research companies and know what is major in economics? happening in the industry Why do you want to work here? Why should we hire you?• Prepare for a variety of interview questions What do you know about our company?• Always have a list of questions to ask at the end Tell me about a time when of the interview you had to work with a difficult customer? What are 2-3 of your• Do not ask about salary, benefits, etc. Wait until strengths? you are offered the position What is one of your weaknesses?• Do not get too informal with interviewer What is your expected salary? Do you have any questions• Send a thank you to each person who for us? interviewed you For more information on how to prepare for interviews make an appointment with Bethany!
HOW TO FORMAT REFERENCES Select References/RecommendationsName (includeDr., Professor, etc. if • Have 3-5 references who can speak to yourapplicable) academic and professional abilitiesPosition TitleOrganization NameAddress • Ask permission to list them on applicationsPhoneEmail • If you are seeking references for graduate school, ask professors as soon as possible. • Keep them informed of your job search or graduate applications • Let them know what type of job you’re looking for – they may have connections! • Only submit your references if requested
Dress to Impress GUIDELINES • First impressions matter• Business Professional • It is better to be • Suit overdressed than • Required for Career Fair, interviews, and most events underdressed. • Clothing should fit well. Have item tailored if ill fitting. • No wrinkles. • No scuffs on shoes. • Don’t show skin. • Gentlemen – don’t wear athletic socks with your suit! • Ladies – closed toe shoes only for business• Business Casual professional attire. • Dress pants/skirt, khakis, button up shirt, tie (optional) • Go easy on the • Sufficient attire for career panels and some employer events perfume/cologne. • Long hair should be pulled back. • Jewelry should be simple. • If you would wear an outfit to a bar it is not appropriate for a career event!