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Title: JOB SEARCH FOR CIT SENIORS


1
JOB SEARCH FOR CIT SENIORS GRADUATING MS
STUDENTS
  • Presented by
  • Lisa Dickter, dickter_at_andrew.cmu.edu
  • Carol Young, caroly_at_andrew.cmu.edu
  • CIT Career Consultants
  • Carnegie Mellon, UC-Lower Level
  • (412) 268-2064
  • www.cmu.edu/career/cit

2
TOP 5 Successful Job Search Strategies for 2008
CIT Seniors
  • 30 TartanTRAK
  • 27 Job Fairs - TOC, EOC, BOC, NSBE, SHPE
  • 19 Summer Internship
  • 18 Networking
  • 6 Self-Directed Search (combination of
    calls, emails, websites, contacts, etc.)

3
CIT Class of 2008 Seniors How Did They Find Their
Jobs?
4
Keys to a Successful Job Search
  • Start early
  • Have Lisa or Carol review your resume
  • Start checking TartanTRAK now
  • Must have EXCELLENT interviewing skills
  • Treat your job search like a 9 unit course
  • Get a notebook, stay organized, give yourself
    homework assignments
  • Send out more than 100 resumes using many
    different strategies- Job Fairs, TartanTRAK,
    Alumni
  • Learn to network with everyone you know
  • Persistence

5
What is the Current Situation for CIT Students?
  • Number of companies for Fall 2008 is greater than
    Fall 2007
  • The TOC job fair is booked, tents outside, and a
    waiting list
  • On-campus recruiting is overbooked for
    September-October
  • Companies you are interested in, may not come to
    campus
  • Class of 2008 generally received 1-3 offers
  • Companies vary on when offers are made (Nov
    April)
  • Over the next 2 years, US Federal Agencies will
    need 193,000 mission critical workers
    (www.usajobs.gov)
  • Caps, as part of the lottery, set by the US
    Government to hire international students, were
    reached in April last year
  • Many industries (consulting, finance, start-ups,
    technology) actively interviewed and hired
    international students while other industries
    (consumer products, oil, automotive, aerospace
    and manufacturing) were more limited

6
Career Center Offer Policy www.cmu.edu/career/cit
-- Carnegie Mellon Offer Policy
  • Fall Interviews
  • Employers conducting interviews in the fall
    semester must give students until December 1 to
    respond to an offer, without pressure to respond
    on an earlier date. Students interviewing on or
    after December 1 must be given three weeks to
    respond to an offer.
  • Spring Interviews
  • Employers conducting interviews in the spring
    semester must give students three weeks to
    respond to an offer, without pressure to respond
    on an earlier date.
  • Full-time Offers to Summer Interns
  • Employers who give an offer for full-time
    employment to a student who has had a summer
    internship with the employer must give students
    until November 1 to respond to an offer, without
    pressure to respond on an earlier date.

7
Fall Semester SCENARIO 1
  • You submitted 20 resumes in TartanTRAK
  • You were pre-selected for 5 interviews
  • You liked/had a good fit with 3 of those
  • 2 of the ones you liked, asked you for site
    visits
  • You liked 1 of the site visits
  • YOU GET ONE OFFER (from the site visit you didnt
    like!!)

8
Fall Semester SCENARIO 2
  • You submitted 20 resumes in TartanTRAK
  • You were pre-selected for 2 interviews
  • You were offered NO site visits

9
Fall Semester Do NOT Be Picky… BE
Proactive
  • Submit your resume for many interviews in
    TartanTRAK
  • Pursue many companies on your own through
    contacts
  • Make personal contacts rather than computer
    contacts
  • Do not wait until March to ask Carol/Lisa why you
    didnt get any job offers…..ask in November

PURSUE LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES
10
Job Search Checklist
  • Update your resume and cover letter
  • Practice interviewing
  • Schedule a meeting with Carol or Lisa (8-2064)
  • Visit the Career Center website
    www.cmu.edu/career/cit
  • Visit the Career Center Resource Library
  • Develop a huge list of potential employers
  • Figure out the best way to send your resume to
    employers (networking, U.S. mail, email, hand
    deliver, job fairs, TartanTRAK, alumni contact)
  • Start a notebook and stay organized
  • Schedule times for your job search
  • BE PERSISTENT and BE PROACTIVE!

11
Get Ready for Job Search Decisions, Decisions,
Decisions
  • Values/Priorities
  • What kind of employer/industry?
  • Geographic location?
  • Type of work/projects?
  • Atmosphere?
  • Be as flexible as possible!

12
Prepare for Interviews
  • Wear a professional business suit
  • Practice your answers
  • Research the company
  • STAR (Situation, Task Action, Result)
  • Write a thank you letter/email after each
    interview and site visit
  • Employers may complete an evaluation of your
    campus interview. See Carol or Lisa to review
    your evaluations

13
Practice Your Interviewing Skills
  • If the company can only offer ONE site visit, you
    have to be THE best interview out of 12 students!
  • Think of the interview as a final exam- if you
    dont do well, you wont graduate or in this
    case, you wont get a job…….so STUDY!!

14
Schedule a Mock Interview
  • What is a Mock Interview?
  • Employers volunteer to come to the Career Center
    to conduct mock interviews so students can
    practice interviewing
  • Sign-up on TartanTRAK now
  • Mock interviews begin Sept 5
  • Receive interview feedback from the employer
  • One Mock Interview per semester

15
Be Prepared for All Job Fairs
  • Prepare
  • Resume critiqued
  • Write and practice your personal commercial
  • Research the companies on the job fair websites
  • Tech Sunday Sept 14, 11am 5pm (UC)
  • www.cmu.edu/techsunday
  • Job Fairs
  • Business Opportunities Conference (BOC)
    Wed, Sept 17 (UC) www.cmu.edu/boc
  • Technical Opportunities Conference (TOC)
    Thurs, Sept 18 (UC) www.cmu.edu/toc
  • WestPACS Oct 30 (Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena)
  • www.westpacs.org

16
Attend Workshops
  • You are not born knowing how to have a successful
    interview
  • These skills are learned
  • We offer many workshops on career-related topics
  • See new schedule at the beginning of each
    semester

17
Use TartanTRAK Effectively
  • View Video Tutorials
  • Click documents to upload your resume
  • Click profile Under Privacy check the box to
    allow employers to search your default resume
  • Click jobs
  • Click events then Information Sessions

18
TartanTRAK Features
  • Job Type
  • P Pre-Select
  • J Job Listing
  • O Open (Mock Interviews)
  • Advance Search/Search Agents
  • NACElink Network
  • Employers

19
TartanTRAK (continued)
  • If you are emailed that you are pre-selected
    for an interview, then sign up for a specific
    interview time
  • Must cancel an interview before 24 hours or
    TartanTRAK privileges will be revoked
  • Use an active strategy
  • Attend employer information sessions
  • Use employer contact information
  • Dont use TartanTRAK as your only job search
    strategy

20
Gather Your People Network THE most powerful job
search strategy!
  • Family members
  • Faculty
  • Past supervisors
  • Alumni (online directory)
  • Colleagues
  • Tell everyone that you are job searching

21
Use CIT Career Centers Web Page
www.cmu.edu/career/cit
  • Write a Resume
  • Job Search
  • Interviewing
  • Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Graduate School
  • Testing
  • Schools
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview Questions
  • Salaries
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employers at Carnegie Mellon
  • Business Card Database
  • Negotiating a Job Offer
  • Alumni Directory
  • CareerSearch
  • Ethics
  • Going Global
  • Vault
  • Success Guides

22
SUPER Additional Resources
  • CareerSearch Database
  • 4 million potential employers---not job openings
  • Go to www.cmu.edu/career/cit click on
    CareerSearch and sign in with your andrew id and
    password
  • Create your own username and password
  • Limit search by location, industry and keyword
  • Able to save and download searches

23
SUPER Additional Resources
  • Alumni Database
  • Go to www.cmu.edu/career/cit, CIT Career Center
    website
  • Click alumni directory
  • Click Register Now and obtain a User Id and
    Password (it is NOT your andrew id)
  • Type User Id and Password
  • Click Advanced Search

24
SUPER Additional Resources
  • Going Global
  • Search for job opportunities abroad
  • Provides country specific career information
  • Employer guides by country
  • Link to resource via CIT Career Center website
  • Business Card Database
  • Contact information for Employers at Carnegie
    Mellon
  • Link via CIT Career Center websit

25
SUPER Additional Resources
  • Vault
  • Free resource via the CIT Career Center website
  • Company research to help you prepare for
    interviews
  • 90 industry career and employer guides
  • Industry overviews
  • Free subscription to Vault Gold with more guides
    and company snapshots

26
SUPER Additional Resources
  • Leadership Development Job Opportunities
  • Companies offer rotational programs for new grads
    with emphasis on leadership development
  • Exposure to various divisions and functions
  • May include geographical rotations
  • Develop technical, interpersonal and management
    skills
  • Assignments vary in length with a range of 6-36
    months before a permanent assignment
  • Accessible via the CIT Career Center website
    under Job Search

27
CAREER CENTER Library Resources
  • Dont need an appointment to use the library
  • Access to over 400 books on interviewing, company
    profiles, graduate schools, and resumes
  • Most books can be borrowed

28
Career Counseling
  • Call 412-268-2064 to meet with your CIT Career
    Consultant
  • Discuss your specific career plans/ideas/wishes
  • Get advice on the graduate school decision
  • Learn how to negotiate…
  • how to juggle deadlines
  • Have your resume and cover letter reviewed
  • Can help you stay focused

29
To Make an Appointment with Your CIT Career
Consultant
  • Lisa Dickter
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Call (412) 268-2064
  • Carol Young
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering and Public Policy
  • Materials Science and Engineering

30
Job Search Ethics for Interviewing, Site Visits
and Job Offers
  • You are expected to --
  • Attend all scheduled campus interviews
  • Be on-time for campus interviews and site visits
  • Present your qualifications in a truthful manner
  • Honor all agreements made with recruiters. This
    is especially true with site visits.
  • Honor all agreements made with recruiters. This
    is especially true of accepting a job offer
  • Cease interviewing upon your acceptance of a job
    offer and de-activate your resume in TartanTRAK

31
Job Search Cautions
  • Government Security Clearances
  • Continue job searching while waiting for a
    government security clearance
  • If you are denied, you will need another option
  • To discuss this in more detail, please make an
    appointment to meet with your CIT Career
    Consultant

32
Strategies for Safe and Strategic Social
Networking Facebook, MySpace, Blogs
  • Be aware of what people can see on your page
  • Determine access intentionally
  • Set a standard
  • Are you comfortable talking about everything on
    your page in an interview?
  • Use social networking to your advantage
  • Use sites to learn more about the recruiters and
    the employer

33
Timeline Start Early
  • August
  • Update your resume and have it reviewed by Lisa
    or Carol
  • Upload new resume into TartanTRAK
  • Submit resume to specific positions on TTRAK
  • Create your list of potential employers
  • Gather your network
  • September
  • Keep using TartanTRAK
  • Attend Information Sessions
  • Sign-up for Mock Interview
  • Attend Tech Sunday
  • Attend Job Fairs BOC TOC
  • Attend Workshops

34
Timeline (continued)
  • October
  • Keep using TartanTRAK
  • Follow-up with Job Fair contacts
  • Pursue list of potential employers
  • Start interviewing
  • November
  • If you are not getting site visits, super charge
    your independent job search and visit Lisa or
    Carol
  • Continue interviewing
  • Start Site Visits
  • Send out more resumes
  • Follow-up more
  • December
  • Like November
  • May start getting job offers
  • January
  • Like December
  • Negotiate and juggle
  • February
  • Like January
  • Make decision(s)
  • March
  • Like February

35
NEXT STEPS (when you leave here…)
  • Update your resume
  • Update TartanTRAK your resume and your profile
  • Begin submitting your resume in TartanTRAK for
    interviews and job postings
  • Have resume reviewed by Lisa or Carol at resume
    reviews appointments or email

36
I did it! Now what!
  • Congratulations!
  • Once you have confirmed your post-graduation
    plans, please let us know! We love to hear your
    success stories.
  • Send an email to your CIT Career Consultant or
    complete the CIT post-graduation survey at
    www.cmu.edu/career/cit
  • If you dont keep us updated, be prepared for us
    to ask… often )
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