Choose to Use Your Career Center Resources
Because…THE ADVICE IS RIGHT!
Career Center Staff
Jim Turnquist, Director
Jeff Kangas, Assistant Director
Tina Giachino, Manager of Job
Julie Way, Career Advisor
Gina Goudge, Coordinator of Career
Matt McCormick, Analyst Programmer
Rita Smith, Staff Assistant
Adam Griffis, Office Assistant
Laura Givens, Office Assistant
These Career Center Partners
generously support Michigan Tech
These Career Center Partners
generously support Michigan Tech
The Job Market
What’s it look like out there?
Economic Downturn? Job search will
be more challenging.
Technical skills are in high demand
Computer skills a must
As reported by the Bureau of Labor
Statistics: Of the 10 industries with the
largest wage and salary employment
growth, 2006-2016 , Scientific and
Technical Jobs rank #1
Future Job Market
Top 10 degrees in demand (bachelor’s
2. Mechanical Engineering
3. Electrical Engineering
4. Computer Science
5. Business Administration/Management
6. Economics/Finance (incl. banking)
7. Information Sciences & Systems
8. Marketing/Marketing Management
9. Computer Engineering
10. Management Information Systems/
Business Data Processing
When is the Career Fair?
The Four-Year College Action Plan Michigan
Technological University Career Center
Goal: Awareness...Self Exploration and
Goal: Career Exploration and Update your
academic and personal information on
Goal: Preparation and Decision Making
Goal: Implementation and Job Search
Go to School:
Nope, not math class – career
Career Center Resources………………..September 9
Extreme Makeover – Resume…………...September
Extreme Makeover Facelift………September 10-
Extreme Makeover – Resume Renew….September
Interview Idol………………………………September 17
Benefits of a Co-op or Internship………..September
Interview Skills Week…………………….September
Career Center Professionals
Provide one on one help with all
your career development needs:
Resume and cover letter writing
Interview coaching and practicing
Job Search Strategies including our
new on-line recruiting software -
On-campus interview scheduling
Offer negotiation and benefits
Business etiquette advice
How many companies are
registered to participate in the
Connect with companies who want
with YOUR new recruiting software
This new software will help you manage and publish
your resume, search job postings, and connect with
hundreds of employers from around the world.
Upload your new or renewed resume to NACElink soon!
Go to www.career.mtu.edu
What on-line recruiting system
does the Career Center now use?
I Need a Sweet Gig.com
Who are you and what do you
Do some introspective brainstorming
and ask yourself:
◦ What do I really want to do?
Be as specific and detailed as possible
◦ What am I really good at?
Identify your hard skills and soft skills
◦ What kind of company and job
environment do I really desire?
Research and evaluate companies you
want to target for employment
Create an Outstanding and Effective
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.
And you’ll want a powerfully effective and
attractive resume because:
“On average, most recruiters spend
about 30 seconds scanning a
resume and cover letter before
sending it to the “yes” or “no”
What do employers want from
Employers are looking for people with these Top 10
Communication skills (both written and oral)
Strong work ethic
Teamwork and interpersonal skills
Computer Skills & Technical skills
Motivation & Initiative (can you think outside the box?)
Problem solving/Analytical skills
Your resume should provide evidence that you possess
many of these skills
Design Your Resume
To clearly communicate who you
are, what you can do, and how well you
Clean: You want to make a strong visual impact on
your reader before the first word is read
Clear: You want to write who you are in terms of
education and experience, what you can do, in
terms of action, and how well you can do it, in
terms of accomplishments and achievements
Concise: You want to state your experience in
terms of accomplishments/skills/professional
behaviors, based on your target job, in the
shortest, but most understandable way.
Facebook – just not a good
Do a careful reading and observation of
your web presence.
Ensure your public or social web space is
a positive reflection of you.
◦ What you think is cute and funny, may
be interpreted in a completely different
way by your audience.
Or…seriously consider removing any
personal social networking websites at
Where is the Career Center
The Harold Meese Center
The Administration Building
“So…tell me about yourself”
Is the first question an interviewer asks
in the vast majority of times.
This is where you set the tone for the
interview. Make the next half hour a
pleasant one for your interviewer.
Give a mix of your
academic, professional, and personal
Tell something unique to remember you
Be funny if you can.
The Behavioral Interview
Past Behavior = Future Behavior
Interviewers want to know:
How well you work with others – will you fit on their “team”
How well or how tenacious you are at problem solving – do you think
outside the box?
Do you take initiative, can you take the lead, will you take risks, are you
What have you done – your accomplishments and achievements, have
you overcome challenges
Interviewers will ask questions that can be answered in
short, detailed stories:
Introduction - give the W, W, W, W, H
Problem – what was the problem or challenge
Action – what action did you take to solve the problem or overcome the
The End – what were the results of your actions
Interviewers insist that you know about their company and
how you can help them:
So…do your research
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.
Some Sample Questions:
Ask about a specific project you know the company is working on.
What is the company’s biggest challenge at this time.
Where would the company like to be in 5 years?
Ask your interviewer about his position and work history with the
Ask about professional development opportunities
Ask about advancement opportunities
Finally – Don’t forget to send an immediate THANK
YOU letter. This is appreciated and expected!
According to our Permanent Salary
Survey 2007 – 2008, the highest
salary reported was:
Co-op and Internship
Valuable real-world, hands-on
experience for students
Important recruiting tool for employers
About 85% of Co-op students usually
receive a full-time job offer from the
company they co-op for
What is Co-op?
Co-op is a joint venture between the University, a
selected employer, and you.
Work for an employer for just one semester, a
summer or alternate semesters.
Get great, relevant work experience.
Be paid for learning on the job.
Receive academic credit. Students should check
with their advisors to determine if the credits will
count as free or technical electives.
Get the inside track for a job when you
graduate, since employers look favorably upon
students with relevant work experience!
Co-op vs Internship
Internships are similar to co-ops in that
the work could be applicable to the field
in which you will receive your degree.
Most internships are worked in summer.
You don't receive academic credits for an
But…you receive some great work
Who is Eligible to Co-op?
Undergraduate students must have
completed their first year at Tech.
Transfer students must complete at least
one semester in residence at Tech.
Must have a GPA of 2.20 or better and
be in good social standing.
Must obtain authorization from the Office
of International Studies if they are
studying at Tech on an F1 visa.
Forget that burger flipping summer
Possible benefits from Co-op education:
◦ Earn a considerably higher wage than
◦ Housing assistance
◦ Transportation expenses
◦ Paid vacation
◦ Reimbursement for Co-op credits
◦ Signing bonus
What WON’T the Career Center help
Write or renew your resume and help
you develop interview skills
Post your resume to NACElink
Decide what kind of career and/or field of
study is best suited for you
Resister for a Co-op
Choose a Christmas gift for your
Come On Up – We’re Bringing
Them All Right To You!
Come to the Fair
No tilt-a whirl or cotton candy, but…exciting none the
The 2008 Michigan Tech Career Fair is October
Over 260 companies travel to the U.P. to
entice, meet, and interview you!
They’ll all be in one place (ok, 3) – The
SDC, Gates Tennis Center and the Multi-
They offer casual, informal pre and post Career
Fair informational sessions.
Check out our website for who’s coming.
Prepare and Plan
Identify 5 – 10 companies you’d really like to
Do your homework! Research the company
in order to determine what they’re doing and
how you’ll benefit them.
Develop a 90 second “infomercial.”
Let them SEE that you’re serious:
Dun & Bradstreet
Wall Street Journal
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Business Weekly & Forbes
Weddles Assoc. Directory
A Lot to Think About…
It’s never too early to start thinking about
planning for your future.
You’re not alone…we’re here to help you.
Choose to use your Career Center