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Career Services Presentation by Julie Way

  1. 1. Michigan Technological University Career Services
  2. 2. Develop Your Career Choose to Use Your Career Services <ul><li>Michigan Tech Career Services… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We’re on your team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We talk to companies and recruiters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We educate ourselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We educate, mentor, and guide students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We plan and organize 2 valuable career fairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We host numerous recruiters for interviews almost daily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We strive to help as many students as possible attain their dream job during and after their education experience </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. These Career Services Partners generously support Michigan Tech students!
  4. 4. Create a Plan Set your goals… Develop a timeline… Take small steps… Success! <ul><li>F.A.S.T. - The Four-Year College Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>First Year... Goal: Awareness...Self Exploration and Assessment. Create a resume and learn what makes it strong and effective (ie: highlighting varsity sports participation). Choose to use YOUR Career Services </li></ul><ul><li>Sophomore... Goal: Career exploration, work towards developing skills, adding to your experience, and working in your field of study. Update your academic and personal information on NACElink and upload and publish your resume. Choose to use YOUR Career Services </li></ul><ul><li>Junior... Goal: More clear and concise preparation and decision making about career goals with a focus on: coursework, experiential experience, extra-curricular involvement and leadership development. Choose to use YOUR Career Services </li></ul><ul><li>Senior... Goal: Senior level project management experience, possible diverse coursework opportunities, full-time job search. Choose to use YOUR Career Services </li></ul><ul><li>See for more details. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Career Services <ul><li>Provides numerous campus-wide services : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational Seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job Search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resumes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plant trip visits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career Fair Prep </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business and Dining Etiquette Dinners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview Skills Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume Blitz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MUB - Fall and Spring Semester </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Residence Halls - Spring Semester </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interview Skills Week </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Career Services <ul><li>Provides one on one help with all your career development needs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ My Plan” A personal assessment tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume and cover letter writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview coaching and practicing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Search Strategies including our on-line recruiting software – NACElink </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Fair Prep </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-campus interview scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer negotiation and benefits evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business etiquette advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking Skills </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Resume: Create an Outstanding and Effective Resume <ul><li>The first and perhaps the most vital step in preparing yourself for a successful job search is to create a powerful resume that will open doors and generate interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>And you’ll want a powerfully effective and attractive resume because: </li></ul><ul><li>  “ On average, most recruiters spend about 30 seconds scanning a resume and cover letter before sending it to the “yes” or “no” pile.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. What do employers want from me? <ul><li>Employers are looking for people with these Top 10 skills </li></ul><ul><li>and experiences: </li></ul><ul><li>Co-op and/or Internship Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork and interpersonal skills </li></ul><ul><li>Communication skills (both written and oral) </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership experience </li></ul><ul><li>Strong work ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Skills & Technical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation & Initiative (can you think outside the box?) </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving/Analytical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility/adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments/Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Your resume should provide EVIDENCE that you possess </li></ul><ul><li>many of these skills </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Interview: “So…tell me about yourself” <ul><li>Is the first question an interviewer asks in the vast majority of times… Develop and memorize a 60 second infomercial. This is where you set the tone for the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Make the next half hour a pleasant one for your interviewer by smiling, and being confident and enthusiastic. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell STORIES about your academic, professional, and personal background. </li></ul><ul><li>Be unique and funny if you can. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Your Turn… <ul><li>Be sure to ask intelligent, informed questions of your interviewer. This shows you know their company and you’re making an educated decision to work for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Some Sample Questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about a specific project you know the company is working on. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the company’s biggest challenge at this time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where would the company like to be in 5 years? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your interviewer about his position and work history with the company. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about professional development opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about advancement opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finally – Don’t forget to send an immediate THANK YOU letter. This is appreciated and expected! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Co-op and Internship Education <ul><li>The single most important qualification on your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Invaluable experiential education for students </li></ul><ul><li>Important recruiting tool for employers </li></ul><ul><li>About 85% of Co-op students receive a full-time job offer from the company they co-op for </li></ul>
  12. 12. Two Annual Career Fairs: <ul><li>The 2010 Michigan Tech Career Fair is February 16 </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of companies travel to the U.P. to entice, meet, and interview you! </li></ul><ul><li>They’ll all be in one place – The SDC </li></ul><ul><li>They offer casual, informal pre and post Career Fair informational sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Check out our website for who’s coming </li></ul><ul><li>Then… </li></ul>
  13. 13. Prepare and Plan <ul><li>Identify 5 – 10 target companies </li></ul><ul><li>Do your homework! Research the company in order to determine what they’re doing and how you’ll benefit them </li></ul><ul><li>Practice that 60 second “infomercial” </li></ul><ul><li>Let them SEE that you’re serious: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress shirt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good shoes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impeccably groomed </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. NACElink
  15. 15. Connect with companies who want YOU… with YOUR recruiting software NACElink   <ul><li>This new software will help you manage and publish your resume, search job postings, and connect with hundreds of employers from around the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Upload your new or renewed resume to NACElink soon! </li></ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul>
  16. 16. A Lot to Think About… <ul><li>It’s never too early to start thinking about and </li></ul><ul><li>planning for your future. </li></ul><ul><li>You’re not alone…we’re here to help you. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose to use your Career Services Resources. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Visit us at Career Services <ul><li>Located in the Harold Meese Center on Houghton Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm </li></ul><ul><li>Call for an appointment 487-2313 </li></ul><ul><li>Check out our website – </li></ul>