“Teams That Get Things Done” – Professional Development Workshop

Monday May 14th, 5pm - 8pm, Multipurpose Room

**At least one attendee will win a $50 iTunes gift card!

This interactive workshop will discuss key components of effective teams, and you will receive personal guidance, experience, and tools that will help you form a productive team. Professionals from Direct Supply, one of MSOE's top employers, will be here to enhance your team dynamics.

FREE event, and dinner is sponsored by Direct Supply.

To register, all you need to do is send your resume to Cathlyn Ferraro (ferraro@msoe.edu) by May 10th.

**You could win a $50 iTunes gift card!

There's still time to find an internship for this summer, so keep working hard to make that happen.  Get your resume into Career Net if it's not already there, and actively send resumes to employers.  However, if you don't end up with an internship in the end, don't waste the summer sitting around the house.  Do the following activities to build your resume and get a head start on your professional development:

  • Volunteer
  • Job shadow
  • Set up informational interviews
  • Find networking events
  • Attend alumni events
  • Revamp your resume
  • Create a business card
  • Research cities of interest
  • Revamp social media profiles
  • Start a blog
  • Freelancing

Learn more about each item.

The process of learning about yourself happens in many ways.  Personality assessments are one tool, and can provide extremely valuable insights into your life, career choice, conflicts, and more.  Three specific reasons every college student should take a personality test are described in detail in this article.

Here are the highlights:

  1. Understanding your personality type can help you choose a major and career path
  2. Knowing your preferences can help you do well academically
  3. Communicating your strengths is an essential part of the hiring process

All three reasons are directly tied to your future career, which is where we come in.  Contact the Career Services Office for more information about incorporating your strengths and personality test results into finidng and acheiving a great job or internship.

Are you looking for something to read during the last few days of Spring Break? The internets have been buzzing this week with some interesting job search articles.  Check them out.

Practical advice on how to use Twitter to land a great job:
http://tinyurl.com/UsingTwitterToGetGreatJob

A scientific study about the importance of resume format on the 6 seconds that recruiters use to skim your resume:
http://tinyurl.com/ResumeFormatMatters

Prudent career lessons you can learn from the TV Show “How I Met Your Mother”:
http://tinyurl.com/CareerLessonsHIMYM

Contact us if you have any questions about the advice provided in these articles.  Enjoy the rest of Spring Break!

David Walsh

Personal Branding

Posted by David Walsh Apr 5, 2012

An interesting article on personal branding can be found here.

Here is a summary:
So you've had an internship, you studied abroad, and you've got a great portfolio of projects.  You are definitely on the right track.  But many other candidates have all those same things, so what are you doing to differentiate yourself from the competition?  Personal branding, hopefully.  Everyone has something different to offer, and you have to prove it to employers in an authentic way.  Some genuine personality has to shine through, without crossing into the realm of being unprofessional.  Branding involves using the various aspects and tools of a job search to present a consistent image of your skills, experiences, and personality.  That helps employers know that you can do the job, but also that you can fit in at their company.

A personal brand does not need to be forced.  You don't need a logo, slogan, or anything else that could be seen as cheesy.  You just need to make sure that all windows into your life show the same room.  Consider the following areas that are involved: Resume, cover letter, portfolio, facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, a blog, e-mail signature, outgoing voicemail message, clothes, phone etiquette, mannerisms during networking events or interviews, follow-up calls/e-mails/messages, your approach to negotiating, how you reject offers or withdraw from selections, and more.  How many of you have an unprofessional outgoing voicemail message?  It's time to change it if you do, because employers tell us they will simply hang up if they get the wrong impression.

Have questions about personal branding?  Contact the MSOE Career Service Office.  We are here to assist you with every aspect of your job search.

David Walsh

15 Unique Job Boards

Posted by David Walsh Mar 28, 2012

While it's true that many jobs are never posted anywhere, even online, it is true that online job boards can still be a helpful tool in a multi-faceted job search.  Below is a link to 15 unique job boards offering opportunities in a variety of areas, some with a cool twist.

Check it out:
http://tinyurl.com/15JobBoards

For assistance navigating any of the websites, or your job search in general, contact the MSOE Career Services Office.

Strong communication skills are a requirement that is listed on just about every job description.  One way to demonstrate such skills is to be proficient in writing professional-looking e-mails to employers.  The article below is specifically referring to e-mailing a professor, but all of the tips apply to e-mailing an employer as well.

  1. Be formal
  2. Be specific
  3. Be thorough
  4. Be kind
  5. PROOFREAD

Check out the article for more details:
http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/campuslife/five-things-to-remember-when-e-mailing-a-professor

PRACTICE INTERVIEW DAY
WHO:  All students from all majors (i.e. YOU!)
WHAT:  Practice / Mock Interview Day
WHERE:  MSOE Career Services Office (CC370)
WHEN:  Tuesday April 3rd, 9am-4:15pm
WHY:  To gain an edge on the competition by sharpening your interview skills.
HOW:  Contact the Career Services Office at (414) 277-7120 to sign up for one of the available 45-minute interview slots.  Deadline to sign up is Wednesday March 21st, but slots fill up on a first-contact first-filled basis.

You don’t want to miss this PRACTICE / MOCK INTERVIEW DAY.   It’s never too early to improve your interview skills.

Speak with hiring experts from some of MSOE’s top employers in a no-risk atmosphere, and receive essential feedback and interview advice.  Learn what industry leaders expect from you in an interview!  We will have reps from Oshkosh Corporation, Medical College of Wisconsin, Direct Supply, PKWARE, and more!

Interview attire is required.

Let us know if you have questions, need further information, or would like to sign up for a practice interview slot.

Call or stop in to sign up today!

Career Services Office (CC370)
Milwaukee School of Engineering
(414) 277-7120
http://www.msoe.edu/career_services

From Apple and Facebook to OpenSky and Y Combinator, this list of companies recognizes innovation and the cutting edge.  If you like having an impact on industry and culture, consider checking out one of these innovative leaders.

http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2012/full-list

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