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Visit the new, official Lids Sideline store of the MSOE Raiders to order your customizable t-shirts, sweatshirts and jerseys just in time for the holidays. Items can be customized by colors, sports, graduation year, faculty/staff affiliation and more.  Make sure you set some time aside.  You will have lots of fun exploring the options and designing the look and feel that is right for you.

Kent Heberling

Researching companies

Posted by Kent Heberling Nov 19, 2012
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”:http://tinyurl.com/CompanyResearch
  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.  More information can be found here: http://careernet.msoe.edu/pdt/

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

Employers rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities                                             


Weighted   average rating*  

 Ability to verbally   communicate with persons inside and outside the organization


 Ability to work in a team   structure


 Ability to make decisions   and solve problems


 Ability to plan, organize,   and prioritize work


 Ability to obtain and   process information


 Ability to analyze   quantitative data


 Technical knowledge related   to the job


 Proficiency with computer   software programs


 Ability to create and/or   edit written reports


 Ability to sell or   influence others


*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.
Kent Heberling

Various Opportunities

Posted by Kent Heberling Sep 25, 2012
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
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:http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/4623caec
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.
Kent Heberling

Upcoming Fall Events

Posted by Kent Heberling Aug 29, 2012
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 8thAttention 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 11thAttention 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 9thGuest 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 11thNEW 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 AssistanceThe 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 414-277-7120http://www.msoe.edu/career_services

BONUS EVENT: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 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/
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, visithttp://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:

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.
David Walsh

Phone Interview Tips

Posted by David Walsh Jun 4, 2012

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.

David Walsh

Essential Networking tools

Posted by David Walsh May 24, 2012

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!

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