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Students often go to Warren Buffet for advice.  Check out this article to find out what he tells them about success in life and their careers.

The interview is hard enough as it is, but what happens when employers ask you an illegal question?  They might do it on purpose, or they might simply be ignorant of the legalities, but it does occur.  This article has some strategies you can use to get through them safely.

Illegal questions include ones like:

  • When do you plan on starting a family?
  • In what country were you born?
  • Are you gay?
  • What is your religion?
  • Do you have a neurological or degenerative disease that caused you to limp into this room?
  • How many years will it be before you qualify for social security?


Here is a brief summary of the ideas for answering them:

  1. Answer with a tactful question of your own to help determine how their question relates to the job.  This will allow them to justify their question or to skip over it and get back on track.
  2. Address the underlying concern behind the question.  Employers primarily want to be reassured that nothing in your personal life or background will affect your ability to do the job, so "try to keep the focus on the job, the company, your abilities, your accomplishments and how you represent a strong fit."
  3. Use the question to evaluate the company culture.  In the end, a company who asks an illegal question may not in fact be the best fit for you in the first place.  If the question is simply an oversight by an inexperienced interviewer, you may be able to overlook it, but if it comes from a deeper-seeded bias within the company, then maybe not.

Networking is one of the most important job search strategies, but only if you're doing it effectively.  Many people make mistakes that they don't even realize they are making.  This article identifies four mistakes, and offers solutions to overcome them.

Mistake #1: Only talking about yourself
Instead: Show some interest in the people you're networking with.  Not only will you learn valuable information, but they will then show interest in your story as well.

Mistake #2: Expecting them to get you a job
Instead: Look for ways to help them first, so they are more willing to help you with your needs.

Mistake #3: Not saying Thank You
Instead: Use common courtesy and express your gratitude.  Even a tiny bit of thanks can make their contributions feel valued.

Mistake #4: Not following up.
Instead: Follow through on doing what you say you will do, and then reconnect later to confirm.  For example, if you're networking with someone in human resources, and they tell you you need to apply on their website, first apply on their website and then follow up to confirm you have done so.

These social habits can go a long way toward increasing the effectiveness of your networking efforts.

Patina Solutions is a professional services firm that offers high-quality project-based and interim employment to professionals with 25 or more years of experience. We offer a variety of challenging engagements with our diverse client base and the ability to accept projects and interim roles that meet your schedule and interests. Even if you are seeking a full-time position, you may find taking on projects in the meantime to be an excellent opportunity to pursue.

Patina engagements are professionally fulfilling and bring value to our clients. We look forward to learning more about you and considering you for engagements that meet your background and expertise.

To learn more about joining Patina Solutions’ Portfolio of Talent, visit their website or register to join their Portfolio of Talent.

If you have any questions, please contact
Joyce Gorman
Senior Director of Talent Solutions
Office: 262.754.2236

To an introverted person, networking can seem scary and daunting, and can even induce a panic attack.  Fortunately there’s hope!  Check out this slideshow of tips and strategies that anyone (especially introverts) can employ to become a master networker.

Want more help with networking?  Stop by the Career Services Office (CC-370).

Managing your online reputation and brand are essential elements of any successful job search. More and more employers are not only reviewing social media profiles of candidates before offering an interview, but they are initially sourcing many of their candidates online in the first place. has created an amazingly detailed resource for college graduates looking to optimize their online presence. The resource covers everything from knowing what to look for in your search results, setting up social alerts, and also taking advantage of LinkedIn.

Following up with an employer after an application or interview is extremely important.  It shows you are interested and that you can take appropriately professional steps throughout the process. An article from Fox Business gives three tips to keep in mind.

Networking is often billed as the most effective job search strategy… and rightly so.  The relationships you build when talking to people are the keys to your success, and a referral holds much more weight than a random application.  Follow the tips found here for important ways to “work the room” when networking.


  • Be your real self
  • Be subtle
  • Be attentive
  • Be focused and brief
  • Be positive
  • Be well mannered


(Note: This is part one of a 2-part series).

Alumni Reflections of MSOE from a Mechanical Engineer
Marcus Poppler is a Project Engineer in the engineering department at Taylor Dynamometer, the leading manufacturer of engine dynamometers located in Milwaukee.

Marcus attended MSOE where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a specialty in Fluid Power.  Marcus shares some insight on his experience at MSOE and how it prepared him for a career in mechanical engineering.

What are the benefits of MSOE in your professional career?
MSOE’s engineering program has a great reputation for producing exceptional students.  But more than that, many employers know how difficult it is to get an engineering degree from MSOE.  The course work is very demanding, so much so that not every student will graduate. For those who do graduate, they definitely will have an advantage when they apply for jobs.

In addition, because the course work is so difficult, the education I received at MSOE really gave me the foundation I needed to do well in my job.

Do you network with MSOE alumni?
I’ve kept in touch with a number of people that I went to school with, and it helped me land my current job.  One of my colleagues from MSOE was calling on Taylor Dynamometer in his job, so he knew they were getting into hydraulics and recommended they talk to me.  Because of his recommendation, I got an interview and eventually the job.  I wouldn’t be at Taylor without the MSOE network.

Did you keep your college textbooks?
One of the best decisions I made was keeping all of my college textbooks.  They have made a great resource library for me.  At least once a month, I pull out one of my textbooks to look up information on anything from technical writing, electrical machines, hydraulic or other topics.  They have really helped me in my job.

(Stay tuned for part 2 next week…)
In the meantime, check out Taylor Dynamometer’s internship postings:

(Note: This is part two of a 2-part series).  Part one can be found here.

Alumni Reflections of MSOE from a Mechanical Engineer
Marcus Poppler ’02 is a Project Engineer in the engineering department at Taylor Dynamometer, the leading manufacturer of engine dynamometers located in Milwaukee.

Marcus attended MSOE where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology with a specialty in fluid power.  Marcus shares some insight on his experience at MSOE and how it prepared him for his career.

What college courses were most helpful in preparing you for your career?
Even though my major was mechanical engineering technology, MSOE required that approximately 25% of my credits were in the electrical engineering field.  At the time, I didn’t necessarily understand its importance.  But now I know that they were helping me focus on systems rather than just the mechanical elements.  This was very beneficial because in my job I perform a great deal of electrical design work.  Without that training, I might have missed out on some great job opportunities.

I’d also say that the courses I took for my minor in fluid power were helpful.  My background in fluid power enabled me to get my current job with Taylor Dynamometer, as well as my previous position with a manufacturer in the hydraulic industry.

What advice would you give current MSOE students?
Take a foreign language.  The workplace is becoming more global, so having the ability to speak a second language will give you an advantage.  But more than that, it is a sign of courtesy and respect to have the ability to speak to another person in their native language.  I’ve had the opportunity as part of my job to travel to several other countries and met people who spoke three and four different languages.  I really admired those people and wish I shared that ability.

Take every advantage to hone your practical skills – CAD, rapid prototyping and trade skills –  while in college because you will rely heavily on them in the workplace.  I wish that I was faster at CAD now because I’d be more effective in my profession. The curriculum at MSOE offered some opportunities to work on CAD, but there were other opportunities in which I didn’t take advantage.  If I had to do it over, I would spend more time mastering CAD and other skills.

Get real work experience.  At Taylor, we offer internship programs that provide engineering students the opportunity to work on a variety of projects.  You will work with other engineers on important projects that will end up in the marketplace.  A number of the interns have been hired full time by Taylor, so it also offers an opportunity to prove your capabilities.

Check out Taylor Dynamometer’s internship postings:

The spring 2013 issue of the CareerRookie Magazine is now available online! Hard copies are also available in our office! In the issue you will find:

  • The Find-A-Job Plan for College Seniors
  • How to find a Job Through Your Alma Mater
  • The Pros of Part-time Jobs
  • Tips for Getting Hired in a Tough Job Market

Are you in between jobs right now?  If so, then your job search should be your full-time job.  Take advantage of 9am-5pm, and try these strategies to increase your employability:

  1. Volunteer
  2. Keep your Skills Current
  3. Network
  4. Freelance
  5. Build an Online Presence.

Learn more about each one in an article by CAREEREALISM.

Try these self-care rituals to get more energy and be more productive every day.

  1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up.
  2. Define your top 3.
  3. The 50/10 Rule.
  4. Move and sweat daily.
  5. Express gratitude.
  6. Reflect daily.

More information is available in this blog post by FastCompany.

What is one of the main aspects of being a good leader in business? Being likeable. How do you build your likeability? Follow these eleven principles, described here:

  1. Listening
  2. Storytelling
  3. Authenticity
  4. Transparency
  5. Team Playing
  6. Responsiveness
  7. Adaptability
  8. Passion
  9. Suprise & Delight
  10. Simplicity
  11. Gratefulness

Want to know more about each one? Check out the source article.

Did you miss the “How To Ace Your Interview” workshop presented by Astronautics on Monday?  Here is a good follow up article that identifies 10 tricky interview questions, and provides solid advice for navigating your way through them.

Here are the questions:

  1. Why have you been out of work so long, and how many others were laid off?
  2. If employed, how do you manage time for interviews?
  3. How did you prepare for this interview?
  4. Do you know anyone who works for us?
  5. Where would you really like to work?
  6. What bugs you about coworkers or bosses?
  7. Can you describe how you solved a work or school problem?
  8. Can you describe a work or school instance in which you messed up?
  9. How does this position compare with others you’re applying for?
  10. If you won the lottery, would you still work?

Learn more about the intent of each question, as well as suggested answers, here

For more information about interviewing, stop by the Career Services Office!

Are you considering graduate school?  Here is an online resource with information about online master’s degrees.

For any graduate school, it is essential that you thoroughly research the program’s accreditation, costs, requirements, and validity.  Online programs are no exception.  Be sure to check with your advisor and/or the MSOE Career Services Office if you have any questions about graduate school.

Other resources include:

It happens to everyone. That tricky interview question drew a complete blank, and now you’ve got to recover or else the interview will become a disaster. Try these methods for a successful turn-around:

Are you looking for employment information? Then be sure to tune in to 620am in the Milwaukee area at 3pm on Wed Dec 5th. There is a radio show that happens the 1st Wednesday of every month with information, tips, call-ins, etc. to help job seekers with their searches. Check it out!

Are you looking for a job, but need help with your interview skills, resume, business ettiquette, or finding salary info? The check out the online toolkit provided by Robert Half Technology.

When applying for jobs, and throughout the interview process, it is absolutely critical that you research the companies you are applying to and interviewing with.  A recruiter from Motorola (and MSOE alum) conducted on-campus interviews last year, and indicated that only 4 of the 12 candidates had done any research on the company.  The 2 who had done the most were the ones who ended up receiving job offers.

Here are five good ways to conduct research on a company.  They come from the following article, where you can simply replace “school” with “company”:

  1. Do Some ‘Site-Seeing. The company’s website is a great place to start. Each company puts delicate consideration into how it paints the picture of the organization and the website is its canvas.
  2. Peruse the News. Visit news websites, especially in the company’s city or websites devoted to industry news, and enter the name of the company in the website’s search tool.
  3. Review the Rankings. This is easier when applying to work in higher education, but Forbes and other reputable entities do rank companies as well.
  4. Become a Social (Media) Butterfly. Before you apply for a job, search through your contacts on social media to determine if someone you already know works or previously worked for the company. They can provide inside information about the position. However, conduct your homework tactfully. No matter how friendly you are with a contact, always ask if he or she is in a position to disclose any information about the position.
  5. Think Over the Turnover. Look at the other open positions at the organization. Are they full-time, part-time, professional, temporary?  This can provide helpful hints about the stability of the institution.

You are all getting (or have gotten) a great technical background.  Employers tell us that MSOE students can go toe-to-toe on a technical basis against any other college graduates in the country.  However, strong technical skills in engineering, business, and nursing will only get you so far in your job search.  Other skills are also extremely important to employers, and these are the ones that will help you stand out from the competition.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveyed employers around the country, and found that above all, they’re looking to hire candidates with outstanding communication skills and who are team players. These skills are followed by decision making and problem solving skills, information processing, and the ability to plan and organize work.

The least important candidate skills/qualities on the list are the “ability to create and/or edit written reports” and the “ability to sell or influence others.”

MSOE has a tool (Professional Development Transcript) designed to help students and alumni track and record activities that develop the important interpersonal skills.

Following is the list of the employer ratings from the Job Outlook 2013 report:

Employers rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities

Skill/QualityWeighted average rating*
Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside andoutside the organization4.63
Ability to work in a team structure4.60
Ability to make decisions and solve problems4.51
Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work4.46
Ability to obtain and process information4.43
Ability to analyze quantitative data4.30
Technical knowledge related to the job3.99
Proficiency with computer software programs3.95
Ability to create and/or edit written reports3.56
Ability to sell or influence others3.55

*5-point scale, where 1=Not at all important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important

Source: Job Outlook 2013, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Data for the Job Outlook 2013 survey was collected from July 25, 2012 through September 10, 2012. A total of 244 surveys were returned—a 25.2 percent response rate.

Networking is often the most effective job search strategy, and can help you find success not only in identifying jobs that aren’t posted but in achieving jobs that are.  Here is a link to an article that lists 50 common mistakes people make when networking.  Avoid them to ensure you are on the right path.

Questions about networking?  Contact the MSOE Career Services Office for assistance.

SoftwareOne is in the early stages of opening an office in the Brookfield/Waukesha area. They have some IT, marketing, and other positions available, including internships.

SoftwareOne’s careers page:

Harley-Davidson just announced a major outsourcing deal with Infosys, and Infosys does significant business with NML, Kohls and others.  Infosys thus may end up open a Milwaukee office.  At the very least, they will have significant presence in the Milwaukee area. Infosys is a consulting firm and can benefit not only from IT experience, but business analysts, marketing, IEs, etc.

Here’s an article on Infosys’s website ( regarding the recent Harley-Davidson deal:

The fall 2012 edition of the CareerRookie Magazine is now available! In this issue you will find:

  • What Hiring Managers Really Want to See
  • 6 Tips for Success For all College Seniors & New Grads
  • Can Internships Set Your Career Path?
  • How to Ask for Help: Advice For College Graduates
  • And much more!

Click here to view the electronic version of the magazine:

LinkedIn is a fantastic resource for job seekers who want to develop and maintain their professional network online.  However, it has to be used properly in order to be effective.  Here are 14 mistakes you might be making that could be hurting your search.

More information about each of them can be found here:

  1. Your profile is full of typos.
  2. You have no picture in your profile.
  3. Your profile picture is unprofessional.
  4. You have a vague or outdated title.
  5. You’re not reaching out through LinkedIn Groups.
  6. You’re not personalizing your connection requests.
  7. You’re only using your phone to access LinkedIn (which has limited features).
  8. You haven’t customized your LinkedIn URL.
  9. You have no summary.
  10. You aren’t taking advantage of settings.
  11. You haven’t utilized different sections on your profile.
  12. You list “skills” that LinkedIn doesn’t officially recognize.
  13. You don’t have (credible) recommendations.
  14. You’re not using advanced search tools when searching for a company or job.

Some of these are obvious, but others are less so.  Feel free to contact the Career Services Office for more information about any of them.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) produces a job search publication that is now online: Job Choices.
Job Choices is filled with with many articles and information geared toward the job search, including:

  • resume examples
  • interview tips
  • what employers want
  • how to market yourself
  • companies that are hiring
  • grad school info
  • social media tips
  • interview questions
  • disability resources
  • and more!

Check out the latest edition online at

The school year is approaching, and the Career Services Office is providing a number of events for the fall.  You will not want to miss these FREE opportunities, so “Save The Dates” and place them on your calendars today!

Senior Workshop – Saturday, Sept 8th
Attention Seniors!  Prepare for your final year at MSOE and that important first big job search.  Learn how to sell yourself to employers and maximize your use of Career Services.  Wade Krogwold from Direct Supply will conduct a live practice interview, and guest speaker Laura Farnham (V.P. of Johnson Controls) will focus on preparing for professional success.  Please RSVP to Cathlyn Ferraro (, 414-277-7120) or stop by the Career Services Office to sign up.  Please include your Major when you RSVP.  Todd Wehr Auditorium, 8:30am-12pm.

Internship Workshop – Tuesday, Sept 11th
Attention Juniors, Sophomores, and interested freshmen!  This evening workshop will focus on the nuts and bolts of getting an internship.  Learn to maximize your Career Net resume and the on-campus interview process.  Guest speaker Tim Pappas will emphasize the importance of starting the search early and the value of internships in your career development.  Please RSVP to Cathlyn Ferraro (, 414-277-7120) or stop by the Career Services Office to sign up.  Please include your Major when you RSVP.  CC Multipurpose Room, 5pm-7pm.

Developing your PERSONAL BRAND for Success – Tuesday, Oct 9th
Guest speaker Julius Rhodes will provide specific tips to be successful in your personal and professional life.  Goals + Action = Success!  Mr. Rhodes is the founder and principal of mpr group, and a very dynamic speaker.  CC Multipurpose Room, 5:30pm-7pm.

MSOE Career Fair – THURSDAY, October 11th
NEW DAY & LOCATION!  All students and alumni – This annual event is the keystone of the fall recruiting season!  Meet company representatives, hand out resumes, and establish yourself as a prime candidate early on in the game.  KERN CENTER, 9am-2:30pm.

Drop-in Assistance
The Career Services Office maintains an open-door policy for 1-on-1 assistance with your resume, Montage Talent online portfolios, interview skills, and more.  Stop by to make your resume shine.  Appointments are available as well.

MSOE Career Services Staff

2nd ANNUAL Graduate School and Professional Career Fair – Thursday, DECEMBER 6th
This fair targets undergrads who are interested in graduate school, and current graduate students or experienced candidates who are looking for full-time employment.  Graduate Schools will be on hand to tell you about their programs and application processes. Employers who are seeking graduate level skills or seasoned professionals will be here recruiting. 3rd floor CC, 4pm-7pm.

The job market for engineering, business, and nursing seems to be getting better, but there are always strategies job seekers can use to maximize their chance of success no matter the market.  The following tips will help you maximize your time and make your search more efficient.  To learn more details about each of them, visit

  • Be accountable for your own success
  • Focus your search
  • Be more than a resume
  • Show enthusiasm
  • Make a lasting impression

For more job search strategies, contact the MSOE Career Services Office.

Many users of LinkedIn are unaware of the features associated with LinkedIn.  There are a pleasantly surprising number of tools you can use to maximize your use of the system in terms of identifying and securing a new job.  Here are ten of them, as described in the article linked below:

  1. Check out the jobs section
  2. Complete your profile (100% complete)
  3. Join groups
  4. Get connected
  5. Get your message out there
  6. Take part in Q & A
  7. Share updates
  8. Recommendations
  9. Find events to go to
  10. Explore the other applications

Sustainability.  Green.  Social Entrepreneurship.  These are all hot topics with millennial students, and there are a number of ways to find viable careers in such an interesting industry.

One of the best tools is Echoing Green’s “Work On Purpose” program.  They have compiled a ton of websites and other resources dedicated to helping students start a career in sustainability.  The website is below, and we strongly encourage you to explore the different links and areas within the site.

For help finding careers in social enterprising or sustainability, contact the MSOE Career Services Office.

An elevator pitch or speech is a 30-60 second overview of your background and career interests, named for the amount of time you would spend riding an elevator up an office building.  It is a great opportunity to make a valuable first impression.  Can you deliver your value in such a concise manner?  Here are 10 tips to help make your elevator speech professional and well-delivered:

  1. You have to “get” what is unique about you.
  2. It has to roll off your tongue.
  3. One sentence is usually enough.
  4. Your second word should be a verb.
  5. You have to believe it.
  6. Give it attitude.
  7. Smile.
  8. Shut up.
  9. Leave them wanting more.
  10. Have a few Elevator Speeches in your toolkit.

Learn more about each one at

Need help creating your elevator pitch?  Contact the MSOE Career Services Office today.

It’s not uncommon to hear about employers using social media to screen their candidates, but do you know what they look for?  Also, did you know that you could use your online presence to have a positive impact on your candidacy?  Here’s an article and infographic that quickly show what things (both positive and negative) employers look for when using social media to evaluate their candidates:

There are certain tools and resources that help job seekers throughout the networking process.  The essential ones for any job seeker or networker include:

  • Resume
  • Google Alerts
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Blog
  • Social Media
  • Networking Card

Learn more about each one and how to incorporate them into your networking activities.

As you pursue full-time, part-time and internship opportunities, it’s likely you will be faced with remote interviewing techniques such as phone interviews*. Phone interviews are similar to in-person interviews, but have their own unique challenges. These tips will help you master the phone interview and move on to the next round!

Phone Interview Tips

  • Dress in the same attire as through you were going to an in-person interview.
  • Make sure your interview location is free from distractions or other noise, close doors if necessary and turn off other phones (cell phones, pagers, PDA, iPod).
  • Keep a copy of your resume and other interview materials in front of you.
  • Have a writing tool and paper ready for notes.
  • If interviewing with more than one person over the phone, write the names of each interviewer on your notepad. This will help you visualize responding to the interview team.
  • If possible, turn off call waiting.
  • Practice with a friend or family member. Have someone call you and ask you interview questions over the phone.
  • Speak clearly and confidently.
  • Take your time. Don’t rush your answers.

*In addition to phone interviews, you are highly encouraged to utilize Montage Talent. Montage Talent allows you to conduct live video conference interviews with a webcam.

“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 ( by May 10th.

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

Generac Engineering Job Fair – Waukesha Facility

Join us at our Waukesha Facility for our Engineering Job Fair on Wednesday, May 16th starting at 5:00 PM. Take this opportunity to talk with our Engineers and Hiring Managers about our exciting Engineering career opportunities. Please bring an updated resume to the event.

Opportunities include:

  • 1st and 2nd Shift Lab Technicians
  • Engineering Emissions Lab Technician
  • Engineering Lab 2nd Shift Supervisor
  • Engineering Electronics Lab Supervisor/ Reliability manager (IEC 61000 expert)
  • Senior Lab Planner/Scheduler
  • Engineer
  • Emissions Compliance Engineer
  • Emissions Test Engineer
  • Engine Engineer
  • Engineer-Electronics Software
  • Engineer/Lead Design Engineer
  • Lead Engineer-AC Engine
  • Mechanical Design Engineer- Alternator & Rotating Machines
  • NVH Specialist
  • Project Manager – NPI
  • Senior Engineer – Electronics Hardware
  • Senior Engineer – Engines Division
  • Senior Engineer- Emissions Regulation Compliance Focus (CFR)
  • Senior Engineer- Industrial & Commercial Generators
  • Senior Engineer- Rotating Machinery/Alternator Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Sr. Mechanical Engineer -PE Special Applications Generators
  • Sr. Engineer
  • Design Engineer-Special Applications Engineering
  • Designer – Standards
  • Sr. Designer
  • Sr. Designer-Special Applications Engineering

For more information visit our website at or visit us on Facebook. Generac Power Systems is an equal opportunity employer.

Since 1959, Generac Power Systems, Inc. has been a leading, innovative manufacturer and marketer of portable and standby generators; automatic transfer switches; modular paralleling systems, small engines for recreational vehicle, residential, and commercial applications; and recently launched our complete line of residential and commercial power washers. Generac’s power systems range in output from 800 watts to 9 megawatts. In 2010 Generac went public and is now listed on the NYSE under GNRC. As a public company, Generac is positioned to become the global leader in the power industry.

Generac offers the broadest range of products from portable generators to megawatt engineered systems. We are proud to be one of the fastest growing manufacturers in Southeast Wisconsin, noted for our innovation, including our unique product distribution model through independent channels from e-commerce to major retailers. Our success begins with your success.

Our employees are passionate about their ideas and work hard to differentiate us from our competitors. Our fast paced culture keeps employees challenged as we continue to lead the industry by entering new markets with new technologies and products. Our people recommend us as a great place to work!

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.

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.

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:

A scientific study about the importance of resume format on the 6 seconds that recruiters use to skim your resume:

Prudent career lessons you can learn from the TV Show “How I Met Your Mother”:

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

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:

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

Check out the article for more details:

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

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.

Some of the less common interview mistakes are pretty obvious ones to avoid…

  • Candidate brought a “how to interview book” with him to the interview
  • Candidate asked, “What company is this again?”
  • Candidate put interviewer on hold during a phone interview, and when she came back on the line she told the interviewer that she had a date set up for Friday
  • Candidate wore a Boy Scout uniform and never told interviewers why
  • Candidate talked about promptness as one of her strengths after showing up ten minutes late
  • On the way to the interview, candidate passed, cut-off, and flipped middle finger to driver who happened to be the interviewer
  • Candidate referred to himself in the third person
  • Candidate took off shoes during interview (This has happened at MSOE!)
  • Candidate asked for a sip of interviewer’s coffee
  • A mature candidate told interviewer she wasn’t sure if the job offered was worth “starting the car for”

But employers say the more common ones are just as likely to kill your chances of landing the job…

  • Answering cell phone or texting
  • Appearing disinterested
  • Dressing inappropriately
  • Appearing arrogant
  • Talking negatively about current or previous employers
  • Chewing gum

Find out more at

Dr. Bill Farrow has compiled a list of Aerospace Companies and other resources associated with the Aerospace Industry.  Students and alumni who are interested in that industry can find the list online at:

This is the time of year when a number of e-mails from the Career Services Office may be sent directly to students’ Junk E-Mail folders. These include the “MSOE On-Campus Interview Schedule” e-mails that confirm your on-campus interviews!  To avoid this problem in the future, check your Junk Mail folder regularly for these and other e-mails.

Also, right click on the e-mail in your inbox or junk mail folder, select “Junk E-Mail” and select “Add Sender to Safe Senders List.” Do this for the following e-mail addresses:

You don’t want to miss your interviews!  Let us know if you have questions or concerns.  Good luck!
MSOE Career Services Staff
(414) 277-7119

Did you know that MSOE has partnered with One Hour Courses to provide FREE online business training for students and alumni. Courses include management, leadership, and communication training, as well as interviewing skills and winning cover letters and résumés.  These hour-long webinars are ideal for anyone who is:

  • conducting a job search
  • feeling anxious about public speaking or giving presentations
  • breaking into their first career
  • entering a leadership role

…and much more.

Visit to learn more.

Even though most application processes have moved online or via e-mail with electronic copies of your resume, the paper resume isn’t dead.  Employers still need you to bring a hard copy to the interview, even if you don’t see the point.  Playing the game is one way to show employers that you are on the ball.  Read more in this article from the Wall Street Journal.

Questions about resumes, the job search, or employer expectations?  Contact the Career Services Office.

Joan Lloyd had a great article last week about making New Year’s (non)Resolutions for your job search.  Evaluate where you are in your career, and identify steps toward increasing your career satisfaction. Read the whole list here.

Having trouble evaluating or identifying steps?  Contact the MSOE Career Services Office.  Happy New Year!

Everyone gets nervous before an interview, it’s just human nature.  There’s a lot at stake, and you don’t want to blow it.  One of the best ways to ease your interview anxiety is to make sure you are prepared.  Follow these 10 tips to stay on the right track:

  1. Research the Company
  2. Research the Job
  3. Research the Interviewer
  4. Know your Strengths & Weaknesses
  5. Pick Three points/strengths/stories to focus on
  6. Practice, Practice, Practice
  7. Do a Dress Rehearsal (set up a mock interview with Career Services)
  8. Plan ahead for Everything
  9. Dress Professionally
  10. Breathe!
MSOE Career Services

Happy Holidays!

Posted by MSOE Career Services Jun 6, 2013

The holidays are a great opportunity to make some progress on your job search.  Research companies, create customized resumes, and get caught up on your follow-up correspondence.  It’s also the perfect time to network with extended family members and old friends at gatherings and socials.  Take advantage of the time away from classes to get caught up on any job search activities you have been neglecting recently.

The Career Services Office will be closed on December 23rd, 26th, 30th, and January 2nd.

Have a very blessed holiday season!

Employers tell us on a broad scale that they could interview 10 candidates in a day and maybe 2 would send Thank You notes.  Thank You notes should be used strategically to position yourself as the best candidate, but students often fail to take advantage of the opportunity.
The below article identifies 5 good reasons to do so:

  • Branding
  • Demonstrate common courtesy and respect
  • Develop cheer leaders
  • Network
  • Closing words

Learn more about each reason.

Contact the Career Services Office for more information about Thank You Notes.

“Networking is the single most effective strategy to find a job.”  We hear that all the time, but the common response is “Yeah, easier said than done.”  People are always looking for tips on how to be more effective at networking, and the below articles offer just that.

Check out those two articles, and you’ll be an expert networker in no time.

For more information about Networking, contact the MSOE Career Services Office.

There are many benefits to joining LinkedIn, whether you are a current student, recent graduate, or seasoned professional.  Lindsey Pollak is one of the leading experts on using LinkedIn, and the article shares some of her insights.

Here are her top 5 reasons:

  1. Manage Your Professional Brand
  2. Organize Professional Relationships
  3. Gather and Display Recommendations
  4. Become an Expert
  5. Attract Recruiters: Recruiters use LinkedIn


THIS Friday, October 7th – MSOE Career Fair
All students and alumni – This annual event is the keystone of the fall recruiting season! Meet company representatives, hand out résumés, and establish yourself as a prime candidate early on in the game. All students are invited, not just graduating seniors. Many employers are looking for juniors, sophomores, and even freshmen to fill internship positions. 1st floor CC, 9am-2:30pm. Click here for more info.

List of companies:

Thursday, October 13thNEW Graduate School and Professional Career Fair
This inaugural fair targets undergrads who are interested in graduate school, and current graduate students or experienced candidates who are looking for full-time employment.  Graduate Schools will be on hand to tell you about their programs and application processes. Employers who are seeking graduate level skills or seasoned professionals will be here recruiting. 3rd floor CC, 2pm-7pm. Click here for more info.

UPDATE – List of organizations now online!

Preparing for either Career Fair:
- Employers expect you to be professional, able to initiate conversation, and able to communicate your goals, interests, and strengths.
- Prepare a one minute commercial about yourself that includes your academic successes, activities, work experience, skills, and career goals.  This is essentially what you would say when asked “Tell me about yourself.”

During the Career Fairs:
- Dress professionally! (Treat it as an interview).  Be positive, confident and friendly.
- Show interest in the company or school by asking a question or two.
- Present a concise, error free, resume with a focused objective and qualifications.

After the Career Fairs:
- Send a thank you letter within 48 hours to company or school representatives with whom you feel you have made a positive connection.
- Continue to follow-up with the representatives periodically in order to maintain that positive connection.

Contact the Career Services Office with questions or for further assistance in making either fair work for you.

See you on October 7th and October 13th!

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has once again surveyed employers and determined the top skills and qualities employers look for in candidates.  Not surprisingly, here are the top 3:

  1. Teamwork
  2. Communication
  3. Decision Making / Problem Solving

Technical knowledge in your field came in seventh (7th) on the list.

See the whole list at:

Fortunately, MSOE has an online tool that you can use to keep track of the activities you do to develop these and other interpersonal skills, the Professional Development Transcript (PDT).  The PDT can be found here:

Remember that even though employers value these skills, you can’t just write “Team work skills” on your resume.  Employers need more context, detail, and tangible information in order to believe you have what it takes to be successful.

Stop by the MSOE Career Services Office (CC-370) for help with your resume, the PDT, interview preparation, and much more.

The Career Fair is right around the corner (Fri Oct 7), and the fall is our busiest on-campus interview season.  To help you prepare, the MSOE Career Services office has a number of online resources for your job search:

Career Net
Our centralized resume database.  Upload an existing resume in Word or PDF, or use the template to build one from scratch.  Receive job descriptions via e-mail, and become eligible for on-campus interviews.  Go to and click “Build a Resume” to get started.

Montage Talent
Online portfolio system you can send to employers.  Take video of yourself answering sample interview questions, upload a resume and other documents that demonstrate your professional work, conduct video conference interviews with employers, and more.
Contact and request a password to get started.

NEW: Jobs 4 Grads Now
Our newest service, this interactive 10 step system takes the guesswork out of finding a job. The system includes virtual workshops on practically every aspect of the job search process, from identifying your ideal job to writing a stellar resume to developing exceptional interviewing skills.  We highly recommend you check it out!

To get started, go to Jobs4GradsNow and enter Coupon Code 6C3

Click here for a demo video.

Professional Development Transcript
Online system to track your skills and activities.  Ideal for preparing for an interview or Career Fair.  Access it at

One Hour Courses
Another new resource includes free online training courses in areas of management, leadership, and communication training, as well as interviewing skills, cover letters and résumés.  Check them out at One Hour Courses

Let us know if you have questions about any of these great resources.

MSOE Career Services Staff

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) publishes a magazine called Job Choices that is geared toward job search success.  It is now available in digital format! Get resume and interview tips, links to employer websites, and more!

Use these links to access you preferred issue:

Hard copies are still available in the Career Services Office.  Stop by and see us!

Welcome back, MSOE students, and welcome to all the new freshmen and transfer students!  Don’t wait to build or upload your resume into Career Net, as the school year will only get busier.  You don’t want to miss out on any job or internship opportunities!

Why and How to Post a Resume in MSOE Career Net

Benefits of a Career Net resume:

  1. Employers can view your resume online and contact you directly.
  2. Employers send job descriptions to the MSOE Career Placement Office every day, which are then forwarded to you via e-mail.
  3. Employers post job descriptions directly on Career Net which you can view online.
  4. A Career Net resume makes MSOE students and alumni eligible for on-campus interviews.
  5. Receive feedback and advice from the MSOE Career Placement Office regarding your resume and job search.

You don’t want to miss out on these opportunities!

How to build a Career Net resume:
There are two methods for putting a resume in Career Net.  You can use the template or simply upload an MS Word or PDF document.


  1. Log in by clicking “Build a Resume” at
  2. Click Tab #1 to build your resume.  Don’t forget to SAVE your resume.
  3. Click Tab #2 to select your formatting options.
  4. Click Tab #3 to PREVIEW your résumé to see that everything is formatted properly.
  5. Click Tab #4 to “Send for Review” at which point your resume will be reviewed and you may be sent suggestions.  Your resume will then be “enabled” into the database and will be viewable by employers.  You will begin to receive job descriptions and interview announcements via the e-mail address you entered into your resume.


  1. Log in by clicking “Build a Resume” at
  2. At the bottom of the main menu, select “Click Here” to upload your resume.
  3. Browse for the file you want to upload.
  4. Enter the required information so your resume can be searchable. Click “Upload Resume.”
  5. Click Tab #4 at the top of the main menu to “Send for Review.”

Career Net resume TIPS:

  • To ensure that you receive the proper e-mailed job announcements, you must select from the “Employment Preference” or “Experience” drop-down menus one of three categories for your resume:
    • “Summer and/or Part time” – Interns and/or part-time candidates.
    • “Entry Level” – Graduating seniors or recently graduated alumni.
    • “Position requiring experience” – Alumni or other candidates with 3+ years of full-time experience in their professional field.
    • Contact the Career Placement Office with questions about your category.
  • Utilize the spell-check feature, but also proofread your resume very carefully.
  • You MUST click Tab #4 (“Send for Review”) in order for your resume to be activated.

This summer, Accenture streamed a four-part, career advice series on Facebook. The series is available for on-demand viewing until the end of November 2011.
Videos include:

  • Build your online brand: learn how a powerful online brand can be the ultimate career builder
  • Network for Success: understand the keys to successful career and social networking, including how to best use LinkedIn for your career search
  • Get your ideal job: hear advice on finding your path, optimizing your application and preparing for a successful interview
  • Backpack to Briefcase: learn how to prepare for your future career and navigate the campus recruiting process.

For more information and a link to their online videos, go here:  Accenture Career Videos

Questions?  Concerns?  Contact the MSOE Career Services Office at 414-277-7120.

Matt LeBlanc over at “A Recruiter’s Guide to the Universe” has interpreted job search advice from the sayings of Jack Nicholson, both real life quotes and those of his well-known characters.  Check it out!

LinkedIn is recognizing that students do not have the career history of success that working professionals have, and are adapting their site to help you sell yourselves better.  Check out this link for step-by-step instructions on adding new sections to your profile that highlight your projects and other school-related accomplishments.

Questions about LinkedIn?  Contact the MSOE Career Services Office.

LinkedIn is recognizing that students do not have the career history of success that working professionals have, and are adapting their site to help you sell yourselves better.  Check out this link for step-by-step instructions on adding new sections to your profile that highlight your projects and other school-related accomplishments.

Questions about LinkedIn?  Contact the MSOE Career Services Office.

In a nutshell, questions about leadership style refer to the role you take on in a group setting.  Think of a 4-person group project.  What do you do the first time the group meets?  Here are some options:

  • Do you immediately take charge and start organizing everyone into subgroups?
  • Do you sit back for a bit to see if anyone else will take charge, and then step up yourself if no one does?
  • Do you wait for someone else to take charge, and then make sure that you do everything possible to hold up your responsibilities within the group?
  • Do you take it upon yourself to proofread everyone’s work, knowing that your final grade is dependent upon their work?

Each of those questions reflects a different type of leader within the group.  Some companies may prefer one style over another, but you just want to be honest about yourself during the interview.  An interview question about leadership style may be looking for a little bit of self assessment as to your role/style in a group, and an example of how you’ve been successful doing that in the past.  Here is a sample answer:

“Last year in my _____ class we had a project where _#_ of us had to design a ____ in order to ___.  I was content allowing one of the more vocal members to take charge, as my style is to lead more by example.  During the course of the project, I was the one who consistently turned in my portion of the work the earliest, and made it a point to stay focused during meetings when it otherwise could have been easy to become distracted by things.  I think my example helped keep everyone focused, and consequently we got the best grade in the class.”


You would be able to provide more details, since it was an experience that actually happened to you. but that could give you an idea.

Contact the MSOE Career Services Office for more information about interview questions.

So you’ve created a 100% complete profile on LinkedIn, gotten connected to hundreds of people, joined groups that are related to your industry, and have sought out and found some contacts at companies that interest you?  You are in a position for success, but what you do next will determine how successful you are.  Avoid the following moves/questions, or you could end up starting over from scratch:

  • Can you endorse me?
  • Can you help me find a job?
  • Do you know of any job openings that fit my profile?
  • Can you please send me John Doe’s email address?
  • Do you know anyone at Acme Company?
  • I’m interested in a position at Acme Company and would like to apply for position #1234.  Can we set up a time to speak?
  • Can you please look at my resume and send me your feedback / suggestions?
  • Let’s chat on the phone, grab coffee sometime, meet up for lunch, etc.
  • Hi Tracy / Hi {FirstName} / Hi trusted friend / Hi James
  • Love your picture / Nice smile / Hello Beautiful…

Details for each can be found here (some may not be what they seem.)

“Engineering Exchange” is an engineering-specific social networking site similar to Linkedin.  It is currently somewhat small, but steadily growing.  Check it out:

Are the standard job search methods letting you down?  Is it time to try something new in your search, if for no other reason than to give you something else to do during the day?  Check out this article for some creative ways to utilize social media in your job search.

Have questions about your search, or how to implement these strategies?  Stop by or contact the MSOE Career Services Office for assistance.  We are here all summer!

Everyone has heard of, but the following sites are likely to be even more effective for your search.  Try them out!

Remember, though, that 75% of available jobs are never posted anywhere, so stop by the MSOE Career Services Office to develop your holistic job-search strategies.  We are open all summer!

We discovered a blog online with lots of good no-nonsense advice for job searchers.  Scroll through the previous posts to find one that applies to your situation.

If you have any questions about your networking strategies, resume, LinkedIn, or other aspects of your job search, don’t hesitate to contact us in the MSOE Career Services Office.

Formatting a resume is ultimately not that hard, as long as you pay attention to the details.  However, actually developing effective content and then utilizing your resume successfully takes some skill. Avoid these common mistakes that are hurting your search, and read this article to learn more about each of them:

  1. Hiding your achievements – Don’t just list your tasks and skills from previous jobs.  Employers want to see the value you can add from your previous accomplishments.
  2. Sharing your dreams – Employers are more concerned with what’s in it for them if they hire you, so don’t waste space talking about how you want to gain experience or further your career.
  3. Overusing buzzwords – Generic terms and overly fancy-sounding phrases will likely get you nowhere.
  4. Skipping the customization process – Each resume you send out must be tailored specifically to that job and company to have maximum impact on what the recruiter is searching for.
  5. Failing to optimize – Incorporating the right keywords will get your resume found among the hundreds of other resumes in an employer’s applicant tracking system.

Creating unique, customized, resumes for each job takes a little extra time, but goes a long way toward getting your resume seen by the hiring manager.  Avoid the above mistakes, or your application will join hundreds of others in the reject pile.

For more information, contact the MSOE Career Service Office.  We’re here to help!

By now, everyone should have heard that social media can be a wonderful tool for one’s job search.  Sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Facebook can attract positive attention from potential employers.  The trick is to be strategic with your social media use, or else it could end up doing more harm than good.

While the obvious harm can come from posting inappropriate pictures and other unprofessional content, a new danger comes from using too much social media.  Employers that see an overabundance of social media use may question that individual’s use of their professional time.  You don’t want to give the impression that you use work time for personal use.

Here are six more tips to avoid social media overkill and manage your online presence effectively:

  1. Add to the conversation
    LinkedIn group discussions offer a valuable opportunty to show your network that you have value to contribute.
  2. Have more than one account
    Have one account for your professional job search, and one extra-protected private account for personal use.
  3. Score face time
    Online resources should be used to gain an in-person meeting or phone conversation with employers.  You are much more memorable in person than online.
  4. Just say no
    Don’t feel obligated to accept invites of employers to your personal account. That’s what your other ‘professional’ account is for.
  5. Stay positive
    Negative energy will quickly kill an employer’s interest.  Don’t badmouth other companies, for sure, but even a string of negative posts about anything can create a negative impression of yourself.
  6. Keep things to yourself
    Don’t publicize that you’re going to an interview or just finished an interview at a company. Some companies do not like to have their recruiting process — or that they’re even having one — publicized.

For more information about social media and your job search, check out the source article.

Questions?  Contact the MSOE Career Services Office at 414-277-7120.

This is an excellent article with very specific tips for successfully utilizing LinkedIn.  The main points are below, but be sure to check out the source article for all the details.

  • Never tell someone that LinkedIn is a job-board or that you’re afraid your boss will see that you are on ‘there’.
  • Learn how to use LinkedIn without having to ask someone.
  • Make sure your profile is 100% complete.
  • Create a vanity URL.
  • Get connected to people.
  • Install AND USE some of the applications that LinkedIn offers.
  • Answer questions.
  • DON’T Advertise That You Are Unemployed.
  • Use Keywords.
  • Three new connections, three old connections, one discussion, one answer.
  • Add your LinkedIn vanity URL to your email signature.
  • Say something interesting.

Hopefully all of you are using LinkedIn as one tool of your job search.  A key aspect of that is connecting with colleagues, professors, friends, classmates, past supervisors, and especially people you meet at networking events.  However, there are methods for maximizing your time and use of LinkedIn:

  1. Get connected: Just having a profile on LinkedIn will do you no good.  The real power lies in your secondary network, or the connections of your connections.  If you have no (or few) primary connections, then you have limited secondary connections.
  2. Don’t be a stalker: The timing of your invitation is important.  If you meet someone new at a networking event, don’t run home and invite them to connect on LinkedIn two hours later.  If you come across as too desperate, they may not want you in their network.
  3. Don’t invite everyone: Trying to directly connect with people you have never met with could have a negative impact on your LinkedIn account if those people select the “I don’t know this person” button.  Instead, get introduced to someone through your primary network, or send them a message first instead (if available).
  4. Use tailored invites: Always modify the standard greeting “I’d like to add you to my professional network.”  Mention how you know the person, or provide a longer greeting for context.  This will remind the recipient of who you are, and will help them want to connect with you.

For more information about these recommendations, see the source article

Contact the MSOE Career Services Office if you have any questions as well.

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers expect to hire 21% more new grads this year than last year.  That is an increase in the estimations released last fall, and MSOE students are encouraged to conduct an active search in order to take advantage of every opportunity.

Career Net:
If you do not already have an active resume in Career Net, go to and click on “Build a Resume.”  Upload a Word or PDF resume, or use the template to build one from scratch.  Career Net has the following advantages:

  • Receive job descriptions via e-mail.
  • Become eligible for on-campus interviews.
  • Employers can search for your resume online.
  • Have access to job descriptions that are posted online.

Montage Talent (online portfolio, formerly called Expressume):
Contact Career Services (414-277-7120) to receive access to create an online portfolio in Montage.  Use it to supplement a resume by sending it to employers, and include video, documents, projects, and more.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to assist your job searches.  Good luck!

Far too often people wait until graduation or the end of the school year to start searching for a job or internship.  Unfortunately, a job search is a process that takes time and effort, so how do you get motivated to start early?  Here are a few tips:

Start Gradually
Work on it in small but equally distributed time slots.

Maintain Associations of Pain or Pleasure
Visualize having to do everything at the last minute, and thus not getting an internship for the summer or having to settle for a low-paying job. This is a pain association.
Now, visualize yourself when you finish the task on time to perfection, and get to work an exciting internship or choose between two offers. This is a pleasure association. These kinds of associations keep your desire to achieve something intense.

Develop Realistic and Achievable Goals
Success breeds success, and not the other way around. Divide your long-term objective into short-term tasks. Now, divide short-term tasks into sub-tasks. Go about doing them.

Do a Variety of Things
Avoid monotony by doing a variety of job search activities. Customize resumes, research companies, follow up on applications, etc. You will develop a lot of confidence if you find several ways of achieving your goals.

Read Inspirational Stories
Get into the habit of reading about the life and achievements of great individuals. This can be a great source of inspiration for you.

Motivation is not something which always comes from external sources. It should be cultivated through conscious and deliberate attempts for lasting and sustainable results. So, get motivated.

Read the complete article for more information.

Conducting a successful job search requires professionalism and responsibility.  Etiquette can sometimes be just as important as experience.  Here are a few important reminders that will help you be successful and keep you eligible for our office services.

  1. Do not, under any circumstances, fail to show up for a scheduled interview.  You must contact the Career Services Office at least 24 hours prior to your on-campus interview, and reschedule off-campus interviews as far in advance as humanly possible.  Late cancellations reflect just as poorly on you, so research a company and job extensively before expressing an interest in an interview.
  2. If an employer contacts you directly by phone, e-mail, or other methods, you must respond to that employer.  If you are not interested in their company or opportunity, let them know.  If you need more time to make a decision, let them know.  Keep the lines of communication open and honest, because the worst thing you can do is not respond.
  3. Make sure all copies of your resume are current with up-to-date contact information.  This includes the one in MSOE Career Net; the electronic copy saved to your hard drive or portable drive; any you have posted online through services such as; and any that you have already submitted to an employer.  You don’t want employers calling someone at your old phone number, or getting “undeliverable” messages from your e-mail address.

Note: Following up on employer contacts and keeping your resume up-to-date will help MSOE and Career Net continue to be credible resources for employers hiring candidates.  Employers will stop recruiting at MSOE entirely if they have repeated negative experiences.  Be responsible and professional when conducting a job search and success will follow in time.

Contact or stop by the Career Services Office with questions or concerns.

No matter how much effort you put into a job search, any one of these mistakes could cause your search to go on indefinitely.  Avoid them, and you will be on the road to success.  See this website for details and explanations of each.

  • Not building relationships
  • Having errors in your job search documents
  • Not understanding your skills and values
  • Skipping company research
  • Failing to follow the rules
  • Applying for just any job
  • Using just one resume
  • Not preparing for an interview
  • Having a disorganized job search
  • Dressing inappropriately for an interview
  • Sitting and waiting
  • Having a negative outlook
  • Not asking questions during the interview
  • Avoiding a social media presence
  • Spending all of your time on the Internet
  • Omitting a cover letter
  • Having an unprofessional online presence
  • Forgetting keywords in your resume.
  • Missing the opportunity to send a thank-you note
  • Only applying for posted opportunities

LinkedIn is one of the best resources for networking to find a new job.  Check out this instructional video describing the 3-step process toward job search success:

Contact the MSOE Career Services Office for more information about utilizing and maximizing LinkedIn.

Introducing yourself at networking events, career fairs, and other meetings with potential employers is a vital step toward making a positive first impression.  Too often we undersell ourselves in that crucial moment.  Compare these examples of common introductory statements with the more advanced ones below:

Vague Introduction Examples- Missed Opportunity

  • “I work at a non-profit.”
  • “I’m a volunteer coordinator.”
  • “I am a student at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.”
  • “I’m a fundraiser.”

Better Introduction Examples

  • “I’m a business intern at NAME, a non-profit that is geared toward solving the homeless crisis in XY County.”
  • “I’m a volunteer coordinator for ABC Group. Our 200 volunteers help us fulfill our mission to improve literacy in City, State.”
  • “I study Mechanical Engineering at MSOE, and am working in a 5-person team to redesign the chassis and suspension of the SAE Baja Vehicle for an upcoming competition.”
  • “Have you heard of the Great Fun 5-K? Well, that’s one of the events I help organize to raise funds for XYZ Organization, a non-profit that’s dedicated to help find the cure for ABC Disease.”

Starting a networking conversation off on the right foot will impress the listener and generate interest in your education and work activities.

For more information, see:

Questions?  Contact the MSOE Career Placement Office at 414-277-7120.

Thinking about attending graduate school?  Not sure how to prepare for your admissions test?  Check out these two free events:

  • Kaplan is conducting a Free National Practice Test event in Milwaukee next weekend.  Saturday, February 26 at Marquette and Sunday, February 27 at UW-Milwaukee.  MSOE students are invited to these great free opportunities.  The event includes:
    • Proctored exam under realistic conditions for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, PCAT, DAT, OAT  (they do GMAT practice tests and other free events about once per month through a partnership with the UW-Milwaukee Graduate Business school – students can register at this link or the link below)
    • Scores back with score report and consultation at the event
    • Teaching strategy and tips presentation by our expert Kaplan faculty
    • Free food and drink
    • Special discount offer to attendees who enroll in one of our course options at the event

    Students can register for the events and reserve their spot at online.

  • Another big Free event each semester is “Try Us For Free.”  This is a student’s chance to try out a sample Kaplan class for free to see what they are all about.  About 1.5-2 hour class and we do them locally for MCAT, LSAT, and GRE.  This semester’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 at Marquette.  Students can register at online.

Contact the MSOE Career Placement Office for more information about Kaplan or graduate school prep in general.

For older alumni who may experience resistance during the hiring process, here are a few helpful tips:

  2. Make sure there are no dates that are more than 15 – 20 years old. If you have older work experience that you want to list use this format and heading. (Notice, No dates)
    Quality Manager, XYZ Corporation, Grand Rapids MI
  3. Say you have 15+ years of experience not 25.
  4. Employers are afraid of older workers for the following reasons so make sure you address them as quickly in the hiring process as is possible.
    • There will be health issues
    • You are set in your ways
    • You do not possess the computer skill necessary for today’s work force
    • You do not work well with or resist management by younger employees
    • You want too much money
  5. Eliminate any terms that would date you. Things like MS Dos, Fax Machines, Cobol, and WordPerfect.
  6. Never say the “R” word Retirement.
  7. Appearance is very important, dress stylishly for your age. Nothing says old like black wing tips.
  8. Exude energy, confidence, happiness.
  9. Have a LinkedIn account ( and facebook page.
  10. Emphasize reliability, professionalism, level-headedness and other strengths that come with years of experience.
  11. Do not talk about grand children, being empty nesters, and pensions. You should emphasize that there are no family issues that will interfere with being a reliable worker.

Remember that if a company is going to actively discriminate, you do not want to work there so do some research and find older worker friendly companies. AARP offers a list of companies that are friendly to the 50-plus set, and offers a job search feature that lets you search by 50-plus friendly employers.

RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany, has an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

Each opportunity includes:

  • 2-week intensive German language course.
  • Introduction to research and culture.
  • Research internship in one of the departments of RWTH Aachen University.

For a flyer on the program, click here.

Scholarships may be available.

Opportunities for many majors, including AE, BE, Business, CE/SE/MIS, EE/EET, ME, and TC.  See the list here.

The application deadline of January 31st is rapidly approaching.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity today.

You know what they say, ‘If the shoe fits, wear it!’ Why not try on one of WAICU’s internships on for size in the College-to-Work Program? With over sixteen different nonprofit opportunities all across Wisconsin, we can certainly help you find a great fit! With experiences geared towards everything from graphic design, program management, childhood education, healthcare, women’s empowerment, social services and more, you are sure to find something right for you. Spend your summer with us!

Best part of the job? All of our internships are PAID! Student interns receive a monthly stipend (between $1,500-2,500 total for the summer) AND a scholarship to be applied towards their tuition costs for the following academic year (between $1,500-3,000). This is a total package of $5,000 for a summer of meaningful, life-changing work!

Organizations include – Wisconsin Conservatory of Music ▪ Feeding America ▪ Wisconsin Maritime Museum ▪ Boys & Girls Club ▪ Holiday House & MANY MORE!

Translating one’s military experience into identifiably transferable civilian language can be a difficult task. The following links should be able to help you with that.

We are also available to help you with your resume.  Stop by any time 8:00am-4:30pm M-F and speak to one of us about your job search.

Thank you for all that you do and have done.  All the best in your civilian job searches!