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  1. 1. Internship & Job Searching How the Career Center can HELP! Leslie Rand-Pickett, Assistant Director University Career Center Liaison to ECE 2100 Pullen Hall & 3068 EB2
  2. 2. Current Job Market Average salaries: May 2010 BS ECE grads as of 9/1/2010 • NCSU: $59,507 EE, $58,768 CPE • National avg., $59,512 EE, $60,396 CPE Of those reporting (EE: 90% response rate, CPE: 95% response rate) 41% employed 26% grad school Employers of 2010 grads: ABB, AT&T, Babcock & Wilcox, Cisco Systems (3), Conveyor Technologies, Duke Energy, Exobase Corporation, ExxonMobil, IBM, i-Cubed (2), Integration Point, Intel, Kidde Aerospace, Kollmorgen, MC Dean (2), Milsoft, NAVAIR, Northrop Grumman, Progress Energy, SAS, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Siemens Energy (2), Tekelec, Teleflex Medical, United States Army Corps of Engineers, US Army
  3. 3. TOP 3 WAYS JOBS FOUND - CPE •Internship •Employer found resume in ePACK On-campus interview -ePACK •Co-op TOP 3 WAYS JOBS FOUND - EE •Job posting found in ePACK/ Co-op •On-campus interview -ePACK •Internship What WORKED! Class of May 2010
  4. 4. University Career Center: Preparing You for More Provide assistance with internship & job searching including: – Resume editing – Interview coaching – Sources of job listings, including the ePACK database – Coordination of employer visits to campus: on-campus interviews & info sessions – Advice on handling job offers, salary negotiation, etc We help you navigate the competitive job market!
  5. 5. Getting Started with your Job/Internship Search • Begin with the obvious – Campus career fairs – Campus job resources (ePACK, on-campus interviewing) • 41% of respondents reported success with these two methods • Internships & co-ops were most popular • Also mentioned were personal networks, and company websites
  6. 6. Interviews & ePACK • Hundreds of interviews are conducted on campus each semester in the Career Center • Through ePACK you can connect with employers and sign up for interviews • Check for upcoming events (info sessions/calendar) • Employer contact information is available through ePACK Fall 2010 Interviews in ePACK included: EMC, Cisco, Siemens, Northrop Grumman, Norfolk Southern, Schneider Electric, Harris Corp., Deutsche Bank, General Electric, Eaton, Credit Suisse, Microsoft, Analog Devices, Oracle, CIA, Johnson Controls, Deloitte, Eaton, Tyco Electronics, Exxon, Cummins, Plexus, Westinghouse, ABB, Caterpillar, Alcatel-Lucent, Microstrategy 129 schedules for ECE Fall 2010
  7. 7. First steps in ePACK 1. Update your profile • Be sure to select a major • Enable employer viewing of your resume 2. Upload your resume • Allows you to apply for positions with on-campus interviews • Allows employers to find your resume, and for Leslie to refer your resume out to employers who contact the Career Center • Is a secure place to store your resume! – Hard drives crash, and flash drives get lost! – You can download your resume as a Word document
  8. 8. Job/internship searching in ePACK Employers in ePACK are specifically interested in YOU Search by position type & major as your ONLY criteria Set up a job search agent to have matches emailed directly to you
  9. 9. Quick Tips on Resumes Resumes should… • Be brief (probably one page) – You have 30-60 seconds to engage the reader • Display your most important qualifications at the top & to the left of the page • Be directed to the type of position for which you are applying
  10. 10. Sample Engineering Resume A few samples…
  11. 11. Suggestions for each section • Skills: be sure to organize this section, give it subheadings if necessary & make good use of horizontal space • Projects: use action verbs to describe what YOU did on the project. Incorporate technical terms to show application of skill. • Experience: use space to describe your accomplishments. Use varied action verbs
  12. 12. Resumes for On-line Applications • Copy & paste your “pretty” resume into a separate document • Justify all items to the left • Remove bullets, bold, italics and underline • Use only keyboard characters (* - ), ALL CAPS, and white space to show separation • Copy & paste the file into the text box on web applications • This can also be used when an employer requests you send your resume via email, but not as attachment
  13. 13. Common Resume Issues No relevant experience (intern/co-op, etc) describe projects from classes, list relevant courses taken, and demonstrate transferable skills from un-related jobs Resume doesn’t fit on one page Re-format. Use your horizontal space efficiently. Adjust margins to .75-1.00” ** use 10-12 pt. fonts Eliminate info that doesn’t bring value to the reader)
  14. 14. Top 10 qualities employers seek • Communication skills • Honesty / integrity • Interpersonal skills • Strong work ethic • Teamwork skills • Analytical skills • Motivation / initiative • Flexibility / adaptability • Computer skills • Detail-oriented
  15. 15. Key Points of Preparation • Review the job description & company website carefully • Clearly identify your strengths and weaknesses, and have examples • Think of possible examples of situations that reflect their requirements and/or values Compare the job description & employers’ requirements/values with YOUR resume Where are the points of connection? What do you think they feel is most important based on your research?
  16. 16. 1. Your strengths & weaknesses as they relate to the position 2. Why you are interested in working with their organization 3. What you want to ask them about the position/company Prior to the Interview You Should Know… DETERMINING YOUR UNIQUE QUALIFICATIONS • Make a list of your accomplishments & interests • Refer to your resume to help you get started • Ask those who know you well for insight • Prepare concrete examples to back up statements you make about yourself during an interview • Practice talking about yourself to become more comfortable with it
  17. 17. Know the employer • Review their website • Speak with current or former employees • Be familiar with … – Their primary products or services – Their values and culture – Their locations • Think about ways in which you match their needs • SHOW INTEREST in what they do! Ask questions about their company & their projects. Employers tell us that research is an essential step for interviewing success
  18. 18. Online Presence • Your web identity can work for you, or against you! • LinkedIn can be a great way to re- establish connections professionally, and keep your contacts informed about your interests – LinkedIn program • Twitter can be a great way to stay informed about new opportunities • Google yourself to be sure there is nothing damaging on the web about you
  19. 19. More Information • Visit the University Career Center – 2100 Pullen Hall – Or our website, • Ways to follow up with Leslie: – Office hours in 3068 EB2, check – By email, – By appointment, call 919-515-2396 • Counselor Drop-In Hours in 2100 Pullen Hall – Monday through Friday 11-2