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

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
http://www.careerrookie.com/Article/CB-271-Job-Hunting-6-Tips-for-Getting-Hired-in-a-Tough-Job-Market?siteid=CR-CCEMAIL

  • 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.

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:

http://tinyurl.com/SocialMediaScreening

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.

http://www.echoinggreen.org/work-on-purpose/resources

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 http://www.careerealism.com/elevator-speech-tips/

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

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.

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.

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 www.generac.com 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!

“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.

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:
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!

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