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Career & Employment Opportunities

Math job seminar module 5 0


This module discusses strategies and
resources for your job search. A job search is simply the steps used to
secure a co-op internship or full-time job. You want to begin your job search at
least one semester in advance and at least two semesters in advance for jobs
with the federal government- the earlier you start the better. The keys to a successful job search include the following. Knowing yourself and the market for your field, preparing your marketing tools, developing a job search
plan, taking action – being sure to use all available resources, and finally
following up. We’ll go through each of those steps in detail now. The first step is to do some self-assessment. You want to know yourself -what are your values, objectives, career interests, and key skills. What is your desired type of
organization? So you may consider your strengths to be your analytical and
problem-solving skills, and you may want to work in a large corporation where
there is a lot of potential for advancement and the ability to move
through different departments, you may have a strong interest in the financial
services or insurance industry. Putting all of this information together will
help you target your search. You also want to know the market, including recent
trends or specialty areas for your targeted field/
This takes exploring industries and companies that are hiring people with
your skills and interests=please see module 2 on career exploration for
suggestions and resources for conducting research. When you research a company
you’ll want to get a good idea of their culture, values, and priorities to see if
they’re in line with your own values and preferred environment. For example is a
company strictly structured or do they have a more laid-back environment? Step 2 is to get your marketing materials or tools together. These are all the things
you’ll use for your job search and should all be good representations of
your skills and qualifications. They include your resume of course but
also a cover letter and a portfolio of some sort to further support your skills,
by providing specific examples of work and projects. You can use GitHub to
showcase programming skills if you’re targeting that type of position, or a
general site like Portfolium, which you can access through our website to
showcase other skills. You’ll also want to prepare your Micro Pitch which you
use to introduce yourself at career fairs, networking events, and during
interviews when asked “tell me about yourself”. This should include a brief
summary of your education skills and projects or experiences plus something
that personalizes you and sets you apart from other students. It’s also important
to make sure you’re ready for interviews; prepare answers to commonly asked
questions, and examples to support your skills and strengths. The next step is to
develop a job search plan. It’s important to be organized, to schedule a specific
time blocks to work on your search, to create a to-do list with tasks in the
timeline, and to create a job search database or spreadsheet for all the jobs
to which you apply. The job search can seem overwhelming, so staying organized
can help keep you on track. Putting all your job applications and targeted
companies on a spreadsheet will also help you know when to follow up on jobs
you apply to and after interviews. Once you have your marketing tools together
and a system for staying organized, you can take action and apply for posted
positions use a wide variety of resources for your search, which we’ll
discuss in a minute, and create a targeted list of companies that you’re
interested in even if they haven’t posted a position. Be sure to attend
events, including career fairs, employer information sessions and tables, and our
national labs day. These are great opportunities to connect with companies
about job opportunities. It’s also important to develop and leverage
your own personal network of contacts that you can outreach to you about potential
opportunities; family and friends can often be helpful in making referrals
that can lead to jobs. The last step in the job search process is follow up. Whenever possible follow up by phone or email
7 to 10 days after sending a resume. Most students don’t do this, so if you do it
could bring you to the top of the candidate pile. When you follow up you
want to personalize your candidacy, say why you’re interested in this particular
company, and how you’re a good match for the position, and ask if it’s possible to
set up an interview to talk more about your qualifications. This extra step may
get you an interview. It’s not always possible to follow up if no contact name
is listed, but when they are it’s good to do so. Here are some steps to prepare for
a follow-up phone call. It’s really helpful to write this information down
and use it like a script; it will also help you prepare if the employer starts
asking questions on the call. Use the same format if you’re sending a
follow-up email. The important thing to do is make a match between your
qualifications and the company’s needs, and try to move the process forward
towards an interview. You want to try and follow up but not too much as you don’t
want to be perceived as a pest. It’s okay to leave a voice message but don’t reach
out more than two times – if you don’t get a response just move on to other jobs
and applications you’ve made. Remember hiring managers and HR reps are busy and
the hiring process can be lengthy, so even if you don’t get a call back or
return email you may still be in consideration for the position. We’ll now discuss some resources you can use for your job search. A good place to start are online jobs databases. Handshake offers both full-time and co-op and
internship positions. You can access Handshake through our office website. A few
tips include search using your major, but also use other majors related to your
areas of interest and keywords .Handshake offer suggestions for your job search.
Set up a search agent to be notified when new jobs are posted and be sure to
update your profile and resume regularly. Employers have access to this
information if you make your profile public. See module 4 for detailed
information and tips for Handshake. Here are some additional jobs databases and
Industry websites for full-time opportunities; all of these are on our
website as well. And here are some resources targeted towards co-op and
internship opportunities. A great opportunity for an internship is an REU,
found through the National Science Foundation at one of the federally
funded research centers throughout the country. You can find opportunities on
the NSF website here. Please note these opportunities are for US citizens and
permanent residents only. We offer an opportunity to connect in person with
some of our research labs during our National Labs Day which is held in the
fall semester. Another way to find companies to target is through databases
like Hoover’s, which is available through the RIT library’s website or Vault, which
is available on Handshake under Career Center resources.
Glassdoor is another good site for researching companies. Use these
databases to create a list of companies based on industry type, geographic
location, company size and any other criteria that are important to you. Once
you have a list of targeted companies, go to their websites to see any posted
positions and apply online. Some companies hold information sessions
and other networking events at RIT before the career fairs and throughout
the semesters. These are great opportunities to connect with recruiters
and find out about available opportunities. All these events are open
to all students and no pre-registration is required. You’ll find all this
information on Handshake under events. Here are some last tips for getting a
job. Use all available resources for your search, don’t just rely on one. Be sure to
start your search early and be proactive, actively seeking out jobs and companies
to target instead of just applying to posted jobs. Determine what sets you
apart from the competition and leverage that when connecting with employers.
Showcase your work – show don’t just tell. Use a portfolio – Github account or a
personal website. Take advantage of every opportunity to improve your
communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Maintain a good GPA. Build your
network as many jobs aren’t posted online; the more people you know the more
opportunities you’ll find out about. Attend all employer events and
information sessions. Join a professional association in your field to gain
further connections and job opportunities, and if you join as a
student you’ll get a discounted rate. We have suggested associations on our
website. Follow up on jobs and with networking contacts to keep yourself
front of mind.

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