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Career Blog

Career development is on everyone’s minds. After all, that’s why most, if not all, of our students come to us. This blog is all about giving you the latest and greatest in what’s going on in the job market. Chock-full of tips and guidance, the Career Blog is a must-read for all students and job seekers.

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Learn to Market Your Skills

As a student at the iSchool, you are honing a lot of marketable skills. Think about what you’ve been doing in your classes, then think about what skills those activities involve.

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Start Building Your Career Now

Why is it important for students to worry about career development? Well, if you haven’t started preparing for your career before you graduate, you won’t have the scaffolding in place to build your post-school life.

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Frequently Asked Questions about References

I have received several questions about the use of references in the job search and interview process. Here are just a few of the questions and answers.

Q: How important are the people I choose to be my references? Does it really make a difference and do employers really call them?

A: First, assume that most employers do check references and asking them about it just might imply that you have something to hide. Play it safe and assume that if they ask for references, they will call them.

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Answering the Question “Why Should We Hire You?”

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“Why should we hire YOU?” Before walking into any interview, be sure that you have the answer to this question ready to roll right off your tongue. Why? Because you are going to be asked this question or one like it, and you want to knock the interviewer’s socks off with a strong, well-thought-out response.

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Answering the Question “Why Do You Want to Work Here?”

“Why do you want to work here?” or “Why did you apply for this position?” These are common interview questions that you’ll want to put thought into before heading into your interview. Think about what prompted you to apply for this particular position and what is appealing to you about this job? Your goal is to show that you are a perfect fit for the position.

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Use the Job Description as Your Guide

Use the job description as more than just a job posting; use it as your guide. Your guide to tailoring your resume, your cover letter, even the answers you will prepare for the interview. On the job description, the employer is telling you exactly what they are looking for in a qualified candidate. They have outlined specifically the required skills, the desired skills, and the qualifications needed to be a successful candidate. Use this information.

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How to Nail the Interview Question “Tell Me About Yourself”

“Tell me a little about yourself?” This is one of the interview questions you should have nailed before you walk into any interview. Why? Because you know you are going to get asked this and if you have a less than compelling answer, it can set the tone for your entire interview. Don’t waste your first 60 seconds summarizing your resume, they’ve got that. This is an opportunity for you to emphasize why you are the best candidate for this job. Give a concise summary of how you are good fit and back it up with sharing related accomplishments.

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Take Your Resume to the Next Level

When you are applying for jobs (internships, part-time, or full-time) and not getting interviews, chances are strong that your resume is NOT doing its job. This is the time to stop what you are doing, back-up, take a look at your resume and reevaluate your marketing tool. It might be time for a resume overhaul.

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Why You Should Join Professional Associations Now

You know networking is good for future job prospects. It’s also good for future projects and opportunities (for example, maybe you’ll meet the perfect person to write a paper with or discover a panel or round table you want to participate in). Those projects and participatory experiences in turn grow your network, teach you new skills, and may help you land your dream job. Maybe you will meet someone with a job title you’ve never heard of and fall in love with it.

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Asking Your iSchool Instructors for References

Q: I’m wondering if you could comment on using SLIS instructors as references in a job search. One of my instructors last semester invited students to contact her if we’d like a reference. In this case, if a job search won’t begin for a year or two, should we wait until then to ask the instructor for permission to give contact information to a potential employer? Would it be appropriate after such a time lag to ask an instructor to comment on a student’s skills/abilities etc.? Is it even reasonable to use academic references, or is it better to use only work references?

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Networking and Your Personal Style

We know that networking is the best job search strategy for tapping into the hidden job market but in reality, few people enjoy it or feel comfortable doing it. The thought of networking often conjures up the stereotype of being a schmoozer and feeling pressured to “work the room.” While attending a networking event and talking to as many people in the room as possible certainly works for some, here’s an alternate approach that could appeal to apprehensive networkers.

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5 Things Not to Do When You’re Looking for a Job

Looking for a job takes a lot of time and energy. In fact, you may have heard that job searching is a full-time job in itself. That is at least when you do your job search the right way. A half-fast job search is a waste of your precious time and energy. Your confidence and self-esteem may also take a beating due to the constant feelings of rejection when you don’t hear anything back from employers.

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You Are the Best Candidate!

You know that feeling when you are cruising along in your interview and you just feel like the stars are aligned and everything is going so well? It is an amazing feeling. And then you get a seemingly simple interview question, “Why are you the best candidate for this position?” and you freeze. You feel completely stumped and tongue tied about how to respond. You may even eek out what you think is a humble response, “Well, I don’t know that I AM the best candidate for the job.” What did you just say? Oh no! I think you just blew your interview.