The 3 High-Impact, Low-Effort Actions to Take Now on Handshake

The 3 High-Impact, Low-Effort Actions to Take Now on Handshake

Our friends at Handshake, our career management system, have some simple and valuable steps to finding a job. Check out their blog which contains 3 high-impact actions that will deliver big results in your search. The actions include: Updating your Handshake profile. Saving jobs that interest you. Follow employers you like. Read more...
Tri-Co Techtober events!

Tri-Co Techtober events!

Tri-Co Tech Days got so big, we had to rename it Tri-Co TECHTOBER! We are super excited to announce the events of 2020 TECHTOBER! which include employer info sessions, alumni career chats, technical skill development, and lots of recruiting/hiring opportunities! Here is a sampling of our events:   Tresata Predictive Analytics Company Virtual Info Session: 10/5, 6:00 pm ET Tresata is a predictive analytics software company. We work with large enterprises in Tresata Health (healthcare & insurance), Tresata Money (FS & Fintech), and Tresata Things (enterprise retail, IoT, & transportation). With them we automate data management (create intelligence) and monetization (build predictive apps fueled by that intelligence). We help companies manage their massive amounts of data and find value in it. We do it better, faster, and cheaper than anyone else. We are based in Charlotte, with offices in New York, London, and Delhi.. For more details, see tresata.com/careers/ . WOMEN ENGINEERS@ FACEBOOK: 10/6/20, 3:00 pm ET An amazing group of Facebook women will come together to discuss their experience as women in tech and the impact they each make at Facebook. A Student Perspective – Tech Internships: 10/6, 8:00 pm ET Join Micah Harkins SC ’21 for a conversation about technology internships. Learn application tips, interview strategies, and suggestions for making an impact during the internship. A little about Micah: I am a senior physics major and am interested in data driven problem solving across disciplines. Last summer I interned at Amazon Web Services as a software engineer. In the summer before last I worked in a physics lab doing computer modeling of the early universe. I’m happy to talk about how I used my experience from...
Finding an On-Campus Job – 20-21

Finding an On-Campus Job – 20-21

1. The Office of Human Resources oversees the Student Employment Program (SEP). www.haverford.edu/human-resources/student-employment The Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) posts the on-campus jobs on our Part Time Job Board on the CCPA website. 2. To view the available on-campus jobs, go to the Part Time Job Board, www.haverford.edu/career-and-professional-advising/jobs/part-time-job-board Select the “On Campus Jobs – Haverford” filter to view the jobs. 3. Each posting contains information about the position, application process, and the contact person. 4. Apply for on-campus jobs. It is your responsibility to contact and apply directly to the departments for which you are interested in working, completing their application process, which may be an application, an online form, emailing the contact, or other method. You should submit your applications as directed. Some departments may want to interview you; some may hold an informational session. Do not hesitate to ask what you need to do in order to be considered for the job. 5. During the first two weeks of the first semester, all campus employers give preference and priority to student applicants who have a job as part of their College Grant Financial Aid Package. For this reason it is particularly important and crucial for students who have a job as part of their college grant financial aid package to start the job search early and to apply for jobs during the first 2 weeks of the semester! When you are applying, let the office know that you have a campus job as part of your package. 6. Apply for several jobs. This way if one of the positions is filled, you will still have...
The *How To* of Informational Interviewing

The *How To* of Informational Interviewing

Talking to professionals in your fields of potential interest is an important exploration tool. It is a way to learn more about the field, to find out if it is a good fit for you, and to gain ideas on how to prepare yourself  to enter the field. Alumni are wonderful resources since they had a similar path. These conversations are called informational interviews. Even though you are hoping to learn and gain information from these interactions, you MUST prepare before reaching out to request an informational interview, and you MUST do research in preparation for the actual conversations. Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for informational interviews: Research about the person you are requesting to talk to for information and advice. Know what their career path and their educational background have been. Using Haverford Connect and LinkedIn (Haverford alumni page) are helpful resources for this preparation. When talking to the alum or other contact, do not ask basic questions about the field that you should have been able to learn from reading preliminary details about the field (CCPA subscribes to Vault for this purpose). Prepare questions that are specific to the person to whom you will be talking. Think of questions that are relevant to their background and experience. Never ask for a job or internship; you are asking for advice and information. Be mindful of their time. Be on time for the video chat, phone call, or in person meeting. Since these are busy individuals, don’t take too much of their time (~15-20 minutes). Be appreciative. Thank them at the end of the meeting...
Using Informational Interviews and Shadowing to Find Your Career

Using Informational Interviews and Shadowing to Find Your Career

The best way to explore a potential career choice is by speaking with and/or following someone who works in that career. Do an information interview. Learn first-hand about your chosen profession by asking questions about tasks, business environment, and educational background. Shadow a professional. Follow someone in your career choice as they go through a typical day or week on the job. Ask questions and observe the work. FINDING A PROFESSION(AL) Finding someone to interview or shadow is not difficult. Ask your parents and your friends’ parents if they know someone you can interview. Ask your professors for recommendations of professionals in the field. Go to your career center: Many maintain lists of alumni and employers who are willing to help in your career exploration. Next, call or write a letter requesting an information interview or job shadowing. People who like their jobs tend to enjoy talking about them. You compliment the professional by expressing an interest in the career. In your phone call or letter, explain how you found the person you want to interview and request time for an appointment. Emphasize that you want to find out more about the career—you’re not looking for a job. If you’re lucky, the professional you contact may have other colleagues you can interview also. ASKING QUESTIONS Takes notes during your time with the professional. Here are some questions you might ask: What is your typical workday like? What do you like most (and least) about your job? What skills/abilities are most important to succeed in this job? What is your educational background? How did you get started in this field?...