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Title: Senior Engineering Design Preparing for Your Final Year

Senior Engineering DesignPreparing for Your
Final Year
  • Laura F. Kestner
  • Director, Career Services Center
  • Marquette University
  • Holthusen Hall, First Floor
  • 414.288.7423
  • This presentation was updated
  • Fall 2008

Marquette University Career Services Center
Mission Statement
  • The Marquette University Career Services Center
    strives to
  • assist all students and alumni in discerning,
    developing, and
  • pursuing meaningful traditional and
    non-traditional careers.
  • This is achieved through
  • Teaching students and alumni to develop lifelong
    job search skills and use online and traditional
    career resources
  • Providing leadership and support in the career
    area to the university
  • Developing positive relationships with employers
    resulting in student and employer connections
  • Supporting institutional outcomes and research

Services Offered
  • Career counseling and job search assistance Get
    a plan!
  • MU Career Manager
  • On-campus interviewing
  • On-line links to full-time and internship
    listings and resources
  • Resumes for referral to employers
  • Resume required for registration it will be

Kimberly-Clark Career Library
  • Subscriptions to newspapers, magazines and other
    periodicals that profile job vacancies
  • Industry information that include a variety of
    directories Information and handouts concerning
    occupations, such as What Can I Do with a
  • Major in ?, job titles for positions obtained
    by Marquette grads
  • Graduate school and entrance exam information
  • Job search resources including sample resumes,
    sample letters, information about search
  • Three computers for job search use, including
    access to a laser printer

Resume Writing
Resume and Cover Letter Writing
  • A resume and cover letter are your only chance to
    make a first impression
  • These job search materials are an advertisement
    of you and your skills
  • The average time an employer takes to read a
    resume 20 seconds

The Resume
  • There is no right way to write a resume
  • Employers have different opinions on what they
    each prefer
  • Choose a resume which best highlights your skills
    and interests

Purpose of Resume
  • The most common mistake job seekers make is not
    knowing what they want to do
  • Job seekers must know themselves, their skills,
    and their career goals
  • Why are you sending this resume?
  • The Ill take anything approach doesnt work

Job Search
Job Search Techniques
  • Know yourself
  • Define your criteria
  • Perfect your job search materials
  • Three ways to find a job
  • Set goals and time commitments
  • Master networking and interviewing skills

Know Yourself
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • What sets you apart from others in this room?

Define your criteria
  • FIVE things you need in a position for it to be
  • Setting/environment
  • Distance from home
  • Size of city
  • Pay vs. cost of living
  • Fit with co-workers
  • The Decision Making Process Handout

Define your criteria
  • What are your goals?
  • How could your first job get you closer to those
  • Can you concretely put those criteria into words?

Remember your criteria when...
  • Thinking over your first offer
  • Applying for a WACKY job
  • You are tired of the search, ready to be finished
  • All of your peers have great jobs
  • Faced with making some compromises

Its okay to be flexible and open...
  • as long as you are paying attention to any RED
  • Turnover within organization
  • No one could say anything good about working
  • Seems too good to be true

Perfect your job search materials
  • Based on your resume, would YOU hire you?
  • Resumes critiqued, make any changes
  • Cover Letter Draft
  • Interviewing
  • Mock Interview

Three ways to find a job
  • Respond to position openings
  • Develop target list of employers
  • Network with potential contacts and employers

Respond to position openings
  • Golden Eagle SearchThis Job Search Portal has
    over 5 million national job postings that come
    from corporate web sites, job boards, education,
    government, newspaper and recruiting websites.
    Jobs are collected from all industries,
    disciplines, and regions.
  • Access via Career Gateway https//
  • MU Career ManagerStudents and alumni are
    encouraged to submit their resume for inclusion
    in the MU Career Manager program. This
    comprehensive online job search tool connects
    students with employers in three main ways.
  • Full-time and Internship Position Openings
  • On Campus Interviews
  • Resume Referral

Respond to position openings
  • Internet
  • Field specific search
  • Go to favorite search engine
  • Type jobs
  • See what comes up
  • Professional Associations
  • Go to favorite search engine
  • Type association
  • See what comes up
  • Look for words like career, employment, jobs

Develop target list of employers
  • Vault Vault is the worlds leading source of
    career information.  It will make your efforts at
    researching employers, industries, and career
    subjects infinitely easier and more efficient.
    Resources include 80 Career Guides 3,000
    Company Profiles 1,100 Career Articles
    Industry Profiles
  • Access via https//
  • Reference USAReference USA is a database of 12
    million companies and organizations. It is
    searchable by geographic location, SIC codes,
    company size, etc.
  • Access via https//
  • Book of Lists Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis

Network with potential contacts and employers
  • MU Connect Career Alumni NetworkThe Career
    Alumni Network is a link to alumni who have
    expressed interest in helping MU students with
    career options.  The program can assist you in
    many ways whether you are researching career
    fields or seeking a position in a particular
    state, industry, or organization.
  • Access via https//
  • Professors
  • Friends of family/family of friends
  • Campus networking events
  • Speaker series
  • Alumni events

Career Fairs
  • Career FairsUsing MU Career Manager, students
    can see which organizations will be attending our
    career fairs.
  • Fall Career Fair Two-day fair for Marquette
    students and alumni only. FALL
  • WorkForce Wisconsin Private Colleges Fair held
    in Marquettes Student Union for MU students and
    those from other private colleges in Wisconsin.
  • Big East Fairs Colleges and universities from
    the Big East Conference schools have joined
    together to form a Big East Recruiting
    Consortium. They hold both an on-site fair in
    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY and a
    virtual fair. EARLY SPRING

Fall Fair
  • Marquette University Career FairTuesday,
    September 23, 2008For Employers Offering
    Post-Graduation Volunteer Programs Wednesday,
    September 24, 2008For Business, Communication,
    Government and Nonprofit EmployersThursday,
    September 25, 2008For Engineering, Computer
    Science and Technical Employers 400 p.m. -
    800 p.m.Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom

Set goals and time commitments
  • Finding a job is a full time job
  • Set weekly goals for working on your job search

Successful Interviewing
Interviewing Savvy
  • Meeting of two (or more) face-to-face to discuss
  • No set recipe for a successful interview, but the
    objectives are
  • To elaborate resume information
  • To supply info NOT on resume (personality,
    communication skills, general fit)
  • To enable you to gain additional info on the

Types of Interviews
  • Screening
  • general
  • on-campus (MU Career Manager)
  • career fair interaction
  • eliminates unqualified candidates
  • Selection
  • longer, more thorough
  • identify more qualified
  • day-long, see about 3-5 people

Getting ready...
  • Who gets the job?
  • most qualified?
  • best dressed?
  • best interviewee?

Know yourself
  • Dont know your strengths?
  • Ask your friends
  • Think of past supervisors or professors and what
    kinds of praise they have given you
  • Two helpful handouts
  • http//
  • Top Skills Employers Seek
  • Transferable Skills

Know yourself
  • What are you strengths?
  • Assignment 10 strengths/ 10 examples
  • Strengths
  • Strong public speaker
  • Leader
  • Example of how you might demonstrate this
  • Present frequently in class presentations. Most
    recently was part of a group presentation for a
    student leadership conference.
  • Served as representative on student government

Know yourself
  • Clearly define your goals before the interview
  • What are the five things you need in your next
    job for it to be satisfying?

Know yourself
  • These may be based on your interests, skills,
    work values
  • Some examples might be
  • Location (city, suburb, region of country) and
    distance from family and/or friends
  • Salary, be sure to compare cost-of-living
  • Small or large organization
  • Culture of organization (corporate, casual,
  • Travel required

Know the organization
  • The function and size of the organization
  • The potential for expansion or growth
  • The products or services provided
  • Typical salary ranges for your desired position
  • Geographical locations
  • Research or practical emphasis
  • Career advancement possibilities
  • Opportunities for training or further education
  • Stability of the financial condition or backing

What to Wear
  • Always err on the conservative side
  • When purchasing a suit, tell the person helping
    you that it is for interviewing, not clubbing

Now you are ready for the interview!
Upon your arrival
  • Get there early
  • Treat receptionist with respect
  • Introductions
  • smile -)
  • firm handshake
  • eye contact
  • use names

What to Bring
  • Padfolio
  • Extra copies of resume
  • Official Transcript
  • List of references
  • Possible questions to ask the interviewer
  • Pen and paper to use FOLLOWING the interview for

Responding to Questions
  • As directly as possible
  • Honestly
  • Be yourself, focus on positive qualities
  • never apologize for your lack of anything
  • back up everything you say with examples
  • If you talk quickly, count to 3 before answering
    questions right away

  • Articulate and natural
  • No canned answers
  • Know your general strengths
  • Three things you do well
  • Back up EVERYTHING with examples
  • Mock Interview

What employers seek...
  • Ability to assume responsibility
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Initiative, drive, resourcefulness
  • Motivation
  • Ability to handle stress
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Flexibility
  • Oral Communication
  • Self-discipline
  • Confidence, self-reliance
  • Personality
  • Interest in job
  • Organizational, planning skills
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Written Communication
  • Job-related experience
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Need for advancement
  • Defined career goals
  • Good GPA
  • Computer Literacy

60 Second Commercial
  • Advertisement of yourself
  • Where are you now?
  • Where have you been?
  • Where are you going?
  • Career Related
  • Not personal not where you were born, how many
    brothers and sisters you have, etc.

60 Second Commercial Your Turn
  • Advertisement of yourself
  • 3 minutes to come up with one
  • Get into pairs
  • Practice answering question
  • Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Sample Questions
  • What are three of your strengths?
  • You have more than three, pick those most
  • What arent you good at?
  • Think about what you wish you did better
  • Tell me about a difficult situation and how you
    dealt with it.
  • Behavioral question
  • PAR

Questioning the Interviewer
  • You will be evaluated on the questions you ask
  • Never ask about salary or benefits until they
    bring it up or a job offer exists
  • Avoid asking questions available in company

Questioning the Interviewer
  • What is a typical day like?
  • What are the priorities of the position?
  • What do you enjoy about working here?
  • What are three main qualities or skills you are
    seeking in an ideal candidate?
  • End with this What is your timeline for filling
    the position?

After the Interview
  • Always send a thank you letter
  • Reiterate your skills
  • Mention something you may have forgotten or
    hadnt had the chance to speak about
  • Hand written on nice notecards or Typewritten on
  • Send to all those with whom you met

Evaluating your interview
  • If youre feeling down about the interview
  • Think of how you could have answered the
    questions differently
  • Remember, practice makes perfect
  • Focus on something else

  • Dont talk too much
  • Follow-up in a reasonable manner
  • Watch nervous mannerisms
  • Be on time
  • Be friendly and enthusiastic
  • Wear a suit!!
  • Knock em dead!!

Success can be yours with the help of the Career
Services Center