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Choose to use your Career Center Resources

  1. 1. Choose to Use Your Career Center Resources Because…THE ADVICE IS RIGHT!
  2. 2. Career Center Staff  Jim Turnquist, Director  Jeff Kangas, Assistant Director  Tina Giachino, Manager of Job Development  Julie Way, Career Advisor  Gina Goudge, Coordinator of Career Center Programs  Matt McCormick, Analyst Programmer  Rita Smith, Staff Assistant  Adam Griffis, Office Assistant  Laura Givens, Office Assistant
  3. 3. These Career Center Partners generously support Michigan Tech students!
  4. 4. These Career Center Partners generously support Michigan Tech students!
  5. 5. It’s All Good!
  6. 6. Great News…
  7. 7. The Job Market What’s it look like out there?  Economic Downturn? Job search will be more challenging.  Technical skills are in high demand (outpacing supply)  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
  8. 8. Future Job Market Top 10 degrees in demand (bachelor’s degree level): 1. Accounting 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
  9. 9. Question #1  When is the Career Fair?  September 30  October 7  November 4  October 31
  10. 10. How’ya Gonna Get There?
  11. 11. Your Career Development Plan
  12. 12. F.A.S.T. The Four-Year College Action Plan Michigan Technological University Career Center  First Year... Goal: Awareness...Self Exploration and Assessment  Sophomore... Goal: Career Exploration and Update your academic and personal information on NACElink  Junior... Goal: Preparation and Decision Making  Senior... Goal: Implementation and Job Search Campaign
  13. 13. Go to School: Nope, not math class – career class  Career Center Resources………………..September 9  Extreme Makeover – Resume…………...September 10  Extreme Makeover Facelift………September 10- 11, 15-16  Extreme Makeover – Resume Renew….September 17-19  Interview Idol………………………………September 17  Benefits of a Co-op or Internship………..September 23  Interview Skills Week…………………….September 22-26
  14. 14. 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 - NACElink  On-campus interview scheduling  Offer negotiation and benefits evaluation  Business etiquette advice
  15. 15. Question #2  How many companies are registered to participate in the Career Fair?  999  275  180  56
  16. 16. Create a Bridge to Your Future
  17. 17. NACElink
  18. 18. Connect with companies who want YOU… with YOUR new recruiting software NACElink 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
  19. 19. Question #3  What on-line recruiting system does the Career Center now use?  I Need a Sweet   Job 
  20. 20. Write the “Right” Stuff
  21. 21. The Resume
  22. 22. Who are you and what do you want?  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 may want to target for employment
  23. 23. Create an Outstanding and Effective Resume  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” pile.”
  24. 24. What do employers want from me? Employers are looking for people with these Top 10 skills and experiences:  Co-op/internship experience  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  Flexibility/adaptability  Accomplishments/Achievements  Confidence Your resume should provide evidence that you possess many of these skills
  25. 25. Design Your Resume To clearly communicate who you are, what you can do, and how well you do it.  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.
  26. 26. Facebook – just not a good idea  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 this time.
  27. 27. Question #4  Where is the Career Center located?  The Harold Meese Center  The SDC  The MUB  The Administration Building
  28. 28. Let Me Ask You…
  29. 29. The Interview
  30. 30. “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 background.  Tell something unique to remember you by.  Be funny if you can.
  31. 31. 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 competitive  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 challenge  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
  32. 32. Your Turn…  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 company.  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!
  33. 33. Question #5  According to our Permanent Salary Survey 2007 – 2008, the highest salary reported was:  72,000  94,000  62,500  68,000
  34. 34. I Tried It…I Like It!
  35. 35. Co-op and Internship Education  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
  36. 36. 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!
  37. 37. 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 internship.  But…you receive some great work experience.
  38. 38. 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.
  39. 39. Forget that burger flipping summer job….  Possible benefits from Co-op education: ◦ Earn a considerably higher wage than minimum ◦ Housing assistance ◦ Transportation expenses ◦ Paid vacation ◦ Reimbursement for Co-op credits ◦ Signing bonus
  40. 40. Question #6  What WON’T the Career Center help you do?  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 grandmother
  41. 41. Come On Up – We’re Bringing Them All Right To You!
  42. 42. Campus Career Fairs
  43. 43. Come to the Fair No tilt-a whirl or cotton candy, but…exciting none the less!  The 2008 Michigan Tech Career Fair is October 7.  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- Purpose Room.  They offer casual, informal pre and post Career Fair informational sessions.  Check out our website for who’s coming.
  44. 44. Prepare and Plan  Identify 5 – 10 companies you’d really like to talk 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:  Suit  Tie  Dress shirt  Good shoes  Impeccably groomed
  45. 45. Company Research Websites    Dun & Bradstreet  Wall Street Journal  Occupational Outlook Handbook  Business Weekly & Forbes  Weddles Assoc. Directory  Fortune 500
  46. 46. A Lot to Think About… It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for your future. You’re not alone…we’re here to help you. Choose to use your Career Center Resources.
  47. 47. Don’t Lose Your Head!
  48. 48. Visit us at the Career Center Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm Drop in or call ahead for an appointment 487-2313 Check out our website –
  49. 49. You Win!!!!