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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!

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.

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.

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 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:

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.

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.

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!

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.

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: http://www.softwareone.com/en-us/AboutUs/Careers/Pages/default.aspx

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 (www.infosys.com) regarding the recent Harley-Davidson deal: http://www.infosys.com/newsroom/features/Pages/delivery-center-milwaukee.aspx

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.

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:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/14-terrible-linkedin-mistakes-you-re-making.html

  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 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:

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 http://www.jobchoicesonline.com/

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 (ferraro@msoe.edu, 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 (ferraro@msoe.edu, 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.