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Senior Meeting "Job or No Job"


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Graduating between December 2008 and August 2009? Attending this essential meeting will prepare you to find a job.

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Senior Meeting "Job or No Job"

  1. 1. Senior Meeting “ Job or No Job” Seminar
  2. 2. Career Center Staff <ul><li>Jim Turnquist, Director </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Kangas, Assistant Director </li></ul><ul><li>Tina Giachino, Manager of Job Development </li></ul><ul><li>Julie Way, Career Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Gina Goudge, Coordinator of Career Center Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Matt McCormick, Analyst Programmer </li></ul><ul><li>Rita Smith, Staff Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Adam Griffis, Office Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Givens, Office Assistant </li></ul>
  3. 3. These Career Center Partners generously support Michigan Tech students!
  4. 4. These Career Center Partners generously support Michigan Tech students!
  5. 5. Today’s Job Market
  6. 6. The Job Market What’s it look like out there? <ul><li>Economic Downturn? No problem at Michigan Tech </li></ul><ul><li>Techies are in high demand (demand in high tech jobs outpacing supply) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer skills a must </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Future Job Market <ul><li>CNN Reports - Hiring projections are strong across the board—regardless of industry, economic sector, or geographic region. Hiring expectations are especially strong in the Midwest, where employers anticipate hiring 25 percent more new college graduates this year. Competition is expected to be particularly fierce for graduates in the engineering, computer science, and accounting fields. </li></ul><ul><li>Top 10 degrees in demand (bachelor’s degree level): </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  8. 8. This is reality, Seniors… JOB or NO JOB?
  9. 9. Career Development Education and Resources
  10. 10. Go to School: Nope, not math class – career class <ul><li>Career Center Resources………………..September 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme Makeover – Resume…………...September 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme Makeover Facelift………September 10-11, 15-16 </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme Makeover – Resume Renew….September 17-19 </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Idol………………………………September 17 </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of a Co-op or Internship………..September 23 </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Skills Week…………………….September 22-26 </li></ul><ul><li>Landing that Dream Job…………………September 30 </li></ul><ul><li>Career Fair………………………………..October 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiating Your Future Offers………...October 15 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Career Center Professionals <ul><li>Provide one on one help with all your career development needs: </li></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 new on-line recruiting software - NACElink </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>
  12. 12. Other Job Search Resources: Job Search Engines: <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Your professional affiliation website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASME </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IEEE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASCE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SWE </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Networking with Alumni <ul><li>Here to talk to you about Michigan Tech Alumni Relations and how networking with Michigan Tech alums can be a valuable resource in your job search. </li></ul><ul><li>Brent Burns ‘03 </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Director </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni Relations </li></ul>
  14. 14. Welcome to Your Alumni Network <ul><li>Michigan Tech Alumni Association ( </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 65,000 alumni in over 100 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Network Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Husky on the Move </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chapters / Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HuskyLink </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linkedin </li></ul></ul>97 locations 41 Networks 10,000+ users 800+ members 650+ members
  15. 15. What’s it going to be? JOB or NO JOB
  16. 16. The Resume
  17. 17. Who are you and what do you want? <ul><li>Do some introspective brainstorming and ask yourself: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do I really want to do? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be as specific and detailed as possible </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What am I really good at? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify your hard skills and soft skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What kind of company and job environment do I really desire? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research and evaluate companies you may </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>want to target for employment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. 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><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  19. 19. 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/internship experience </li></ul><ul><li>Communication skills (both written and oral) </li></ul><ul><li>Strong work ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork and interpersonal skills </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 many </li></ul><ul><li>of these skills </li></ul>
  20. 20. Design Your Resume <ul><li>To clearly communicate who you are, what you can do, and how well you do it. </li></ul><ul><li>Clean: You want to make a strong visual impact on your reader before the first word is read </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Facebook – just not a good idea <ul><li>Do a careful reading and observation of your web presence. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure your public or social webspace is a positive reflection of you. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What you think is cute and funny, may be interpreted in a completely different way by your audience. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or…seriously consider removing any personal social networking websites at this time. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Seriously now
  23. 23. The Interview
  24. 24. “ So…tell me about yourself” <ul><li>Is the first question an interviewer asks in the vast majority of times. </li></ul><ul><li>This is where you set the tone for the interview. Make the next half hour a pleasant one for your interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Give a mix of your academic, professional, and personal background. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell something unique to remember you by. </li></ul><ul><li>Be funny if you can. </li></ul>
  25. 25. The Behavioral Interview <ul><li>Past Behavior = Future Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewers want to know: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How well you work with others – will you fit on their “team” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How well or how tenacious you are at problem solving – do you think outside the box? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you take initiative, can you take the lead, will you take risks, are you competitive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What have you done – your accomplishments and achievements, have you overcome challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interviewers will ask questions that can be answered in short, detailed stories : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction - give the W, W, W, W, H </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem – what was the problem or challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action – what action did you take to solve the problem or overcome the challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The End – what were the results of your actions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interviewers insist that you know about their company and how you can help them: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So…do your research </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. 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. </li></ul><ul><li>This is appreciated and expected! </li></ul>
  27. 27. Ok, you gettin it?!
  28. 28. Career Fair 2008
  29. 29. Come to the Fair No tilt-a whirl or cotton candy, but…exciting none the less! <ul><li>The 2008 Michigan Tech Career Fair is October 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 250 companies travel to the U.P. to entice, meet, and interview you! </li></ul><ul><li>They’ll all be in one place (ok, 2) – The SDC and Gates Tennis Center </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>
  30. 30. Prepare and Plan <ul><li>Identify 5 – 10 companies you’d really like to talk to. </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>Develop a 90 second “infomercial.” </li></ul><ul><li>Let them SEE that you’re serious: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suit (you too ladies!) </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>
  31. 31. Dressing for Success <ul><li>… made easy by the Campus Store </li></ul><ul><li>Here to talk to you about what to wear for the Career Fair and that all important interview… and how to get it </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Merchandizing Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Store – MUB </li></ul>
  32. 32. Company Research Websites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Dun & Bradstreet </li></ul><ul><li>Wall Street Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Outlook Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Business Weekly & Forbes </li></ul><ul><li>Weddles Assoc. Directory </li></ul><ul><li>Fortune 500 </li></ul>
  33. 33. Beat the Banker… get help from the Career Center
  34. 34. Finally, A Job Offer!
  35. 35. Let it rain, let it pour – Job Offers! <ul><li>What an offer looks like? </li></ul><ul><li>When do you accept? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you accept? </li></ul><ul><li>Juggling multiple offers </li></ul><ul><li>Handling rejection: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>keep trying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay focused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remain positive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get help </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. YOU WIN!!!
  37. 37. Don’t Lose Your Head!
  38. 38. The Helping Place-The Career Center Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm It’s helpful to call ahead for an appointment 487-2313 Check out our website for more info:
  39. 39. Good Luck! <ul><li>You control your own destiny! </li></ul><ul><li>Choose to use your Career Development Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Let the Career Center be your helping hand! </li></ul>