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1 ECS Engineering Career Services ECS Orientation Meeting John Archambault and Kathy Prem M1002 ECB 608.262.3471,

2 ECS Engineering Career Services Serve freshmen through PhD’s; current students and alumni Main focus is engineering –Also serve computer sciences, physics, pharm sci and MBA OTM PostDoc/Exchange Students – limited service

3 ECS Engineering Career Services Main offices located on the mezzanine level of the Engineering Centers Building (ECB) – room M1002 – Eng. Student Development Suite On-Campus Interview Suite – room 1002 ECS Locker rooms –Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM

4 ECS Engineering Career Services Connect students and employers for –Summer internships, co-ops and professional (after graduation) employment Advise students and provide resources on all aspects of the job or grad/prof school search –Resumes, interviewing, considering job offers and grad/prof school applications John Archambault, Director –Advises CEE, CMPE, EE, GLE, IE and MSE Kathy Prem, Associate Director –Advises BME, CBE, EMA, EP, MS&E, ME and NE

5 ECS Engineering Career Services Provide campus recruiting software, myECS, to –Post resume profiles (AVAILABLE TO EMPLOYERS SEPT 13) Complete by this date for max opportunities –Search all job listings –View campus visits, such as career fairs, campus interviews and information sessions –Ease student sign-up for campus interviews –House database of employer who hire by major –Host other job search databases and resources

6 ECS Employer Database Campus Recruiting Employers Job Posting Employers Profile Access Employers Outside Databases –Hoover’s –Vault –GoinGlobal

7 ECS Engineering Career Services Membership required for access to myECS for campus interviews, advance career fair list, job postings, resume referral, other on-line resources You do not need to be a member for career fairs, staff appointments, ECS workshops, office resource library

8 ECS To Take Advantage of myECS Attend an ECS Orientation Meeting Provide a printed copy of Member Contract & Resume Profile to ECS –If you brought these documents, give them to a staff member at the end of the meeting –If you did not, complete an attendance card anyway and give it to a staff member at the end of the meeting Pay the one-time fee of $20

9 ECS Calendar & Events Tips Today –Begin process of activating myECS account Continually update Profile throughout semester –Begin your resume Know difference between resume and myECS profile Have resume polished by career fair Resume reviews: –Drop off by 9/9 pick up on 9/12 –Drop off by 9/14 pick up on 9/19 –Individual appointments or 48 hour review service after 9/26

10 ECS Why do you need a resume? To obtain an interview –It’s an advertisement for you Be honest and factual Shows you in your best light Emphasizes strengths, qualifications, interests –Post on myECS, submit directly to employers To hand out at career fairs –It’s your introduction Professional presentation – easily scanned Format and content are equally important –Bring multiple copies to the fair 1 or 2 versions?

11 ECS Why do you need a resume? To prepare for and guide the interview –It’s an outline for your discussion Tailored to each position – projects, experience Be prepared to talk about anything on your resume for 5 minutes –Give a copy to everyone you interview with To follow-up after an interview –It’s a reminder Refreshes your recruiter on your interview discussion –Send with your thank you for every interview

12 ECS What should you include? Name & contact Information Objective Education Experience Projects Skills / Awards / Interests / Activities / Publications Anything else you think is important… –High school information ok to use as a freshman or sophomore

13 ECS Contact examples

14 ECS Objective Write 2 – 3 phrases outlining the type of position you are seeking and your special interest areas –Co-op, intern or professional –Engineering major –Interests in particular industries or functional areas Do not: Use words like “challenging” Focus on what the employer can do for you Do: Be straightforward Customize to the opportunity Indicate your interest areas

15 ECS Objective examples Bad example: –A fulfilling position in mechanical engineering where I can expand my communication and leadership skills. Straightforward, useful information: –A geological engineering co-op position in water resources management or remediation for a maximum of three work terms.

16 ECS Education BS Mechanical Engineering, expected Dec 2012 University of Wisconsin - Madison –Major GPA 3.5/4.0 Cumulative GPA 3.1/4.0 –Other Possibilities Coursework – limited list only! Academic projects – can also be a separate section Areas of emphasis Honors, scholarships

17 ECS Education example University of Wisconsin-Madison B.S. Engineering Mechanics, expected May 2012 – Engineering GPA 3.2/4.0, Cumulative GPA 2.8/4.0 – Academic Design Projects Mars Wind Machine: Completed stress and displacement analysis of Giromill airfoils. Determined most effective internal airfoil construction and material. High Voltage Power Line Hybrid Crossarm: Developed an efficient design process. Completed stress/strain analysis for worst case scenario; appropriate materials selection/dimension analysis. – Selected Course Work Advanced Strength of Materials, Finite Elements, Material Fatigue, Aerodynamics

18 ECS Experience Highlight any engineering or relevant experience –Potential section titles (might change for each position): Experience Or… –Engineering Experience –Other Experience Or… –Industrial Experience –Academic Experience

19 ECS Experience Format the same as the education Use action verbs and phrases –See pages 18-19 of ECS Job Search Guide Quantify descriptions whenever possible, using #, $ and % –Managed the operation of a municipal pool service over 1000 customers each day. Supervised a staff of 7 lifeguards. Required strong organizational skills. Saved $3000 for college expenses.

20 ECS Experience example Developed low-stress, clear and textured optical quality polycarbonate film products used in display and data storage applications on state-of-the-art extrusion lines using Six Sigma tools. Team leader in commercialization of product with projected revenue of $4.8 million in 2002. Key team member in commercialization of product with projected revenue of $8 million in 2002. Trained all incoming staff (14) over course of semester.

21 ECS No experience? Everyone has experience! –Academic projects Also appropriate in education or own section –Volunteer experience Also appropriate in additional information –Any work experience

22 ECS Not just engr. co-op/internship All jobs are important –Indicate strong work ethic –Shows skills like leadership, communication, time management, working with others, meeting deadlines, etc. –May also balance a GPA below 3.0 Worked 20 hours/week while full-time student Paid 80% of college expenses through part-time work Silverspring Golf Course, Middlebury, IL Caddie, Summers 2005-2007 –Developed strong interpersonal skills in working with variety of customers and management. –Enhanced already strong work ethic by working 12 hours/day for 3 months each summer. Saved $3,300 over 4 summers. –Promoted to caddy master in 2007. –Trained and supervised eight new hires.

23 ECS What skills do you have? Computer skills –Be inclusive: languages, platforms, programs Language skills Convey the level of proficiency –Proficient –Fluent –Familiar with

24 ECS What else should you include? Activities –Engineering or community organizations Volunteer experience Awards, scholarships, honors What else are you interested in/spend time on? –UW Marching Band, intramural sports teams, restoring old cars, and Eagle Scout

25 ECS Is the format important? Resumes are looked at VERY quickly –½ content, ½ appearance –In general, one page for BS students, often 2 pages for MS students –White space is necessary between sections –Quality printing on white or light paper so it’s easy to read –Use bullets, bolding, etc. But not too much…

26 ECS Is your resume ready? Proofread Have a friend/roommate proofread ECS –Drop-off review –Appointment after Career Connection

27 ECS Career fair resume For the Career Connection only, include at the bottom of each resume: –Student ID –Work Authorization (See your profile for wording) –Candidate Type (co-op/intern/professional) Intern Will now or in the near future require sponsorship902225558

28 ECS Final Product

29 ECS

30 Interviewing Preparation Prepare to Interview –Practice with friends/family Handbook review –75 questions –Questions to ask Interview workshops/Mock Interviews –See ECS Calendar

31 ECS Interviews & myECS Campus Interviews associated with career fair No electronic sign-up, not in myECS Talk to employers at fair Interviews on 9/22 & 9/23 Campus Interviews AFTER career fair myECS sign-up for interviews You MUST sign-up for each interview you have Interviews start 10/4 – sign up starts 9/27 (7 am) –Posted on myECS in two places: Datebook AND Job Postings

32 ECS Sign-up Possibilities You can sign-up for a campus interview if you are either –Qualified to sign the interview schedule –Granted priority (invited) to sign the interview schedule –Interview sign-up opportunities are different each day –Sign-ups begin each weekday at 7 a.m.

33 ECS 1 st Day of Interview Sign-up Reserved for priority students –You will have only 1 day (24 hours) to sign-up –If you miss 24 hour sign-up window, no guarantee Employers grant students Priority –Priority supersedes qualification match

34 ECS 2nd Day of Interview Sign-up Qualified Sign-up –Based on Employer’s Job Description Qualifiers Major, degree level, work authorization and type of job sought (intern, co-op or professional) Compete against all other qualified students for remaining interview slots Alternate Priority Selections –Employer chooses at same time they make their priority selections Compete against other alternate candidates for remaining interview slots –Signing-up after other Priority students sign-up

35 ECS Request Priority Sign-up How do I improve my odds of being granted priority by an employer? –Develop an excellent profile, with deliberate key words –Request priority for the employer on myECS You are allowed 50 requests each semester –Talk to employers at the career fair –Contact employers directly – network!!

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