Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Handshake Helper Tip #2

Co-ops Recommended By Your Career Center

Did you notice this new box on Handshake’s 'For You' page? Go ahead and use it to see the co-op/internship postings that your Career Services Coordinator suggests you check out. This collection is based on major and the co-op label that we add to jobs. It is a great way to get quick a quick list and use it to favorite jobs you want to apply to. 

But, remember, the very best way to get co-op job results is to use the following “Filters”: Major, and Labels (ex: co-op - summer, co-op – summer/fall, co-op - fall ). Further filter those results any way you’d like with Industry, Key Words, Location, and any of the other options.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

30 Career Conversation Starters

Here are some suggested questions to help you have a productive career conversation at a networking event or informational interview. You also might like to review these prompts and consider how you would respond to these questions. This will help you reflect on your goals and set plans for the future!

Identifying Personal Choices and Preferences 

1. What activities are you particularly engaged with right now?
2. Tell me about what you enjoy most in your current role
3. Tell me about the achievements that mean the most to you.
4. Why did you choose this area of work?
5. What is the next major challenge you would like to take up?
6. Choose 5 words that describe how you feel about coming to work. 

Skills and Knowledge

7. What do you think you have done really well over the past few months/year?
8. What skills have you developed and what new knowledge attained in the past few months/year?
9. How would you describe your strengths as a project/team member or manager?
10. What additional skills and knowledge would assist you to meet the expectations of your role?
11. What strategies do you implement to manage those competing priorities of your role?

Influencing Others

12. Have you had any feedback from others on the things you do well or could do better?
13. How do you let others know what you are achieving?
14. How do you promote your need for resources?
15. How do you find out about relationships at your organization that may assist you?

Career Goals

16. Which areas would you like to develop in and why?
17. What goals do you have for your future?
18. What are you doing now or need to do in order to achieve these goals?
19. How can I help you?

Other Questions 

20. What has motivated or inspired you lately?
21. Does what you do feed your passion? Why or why not?
22. Is there anything blocking you from progressing in your role?
23. Who do you admire? Why?
24. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
25. What superpowers do you have? What superpowers would you like to have?
26. If you were CEO of the company, what is the first thing you would do?
27. What hobbies are you engaged with right now?
28. What 3 things that would help you increase your productivity?
29. What you get stuck, what is your process for getting unstuck?
30. What part of the day brings you the most energy and focus?

We hope these questions will help you to establish relationships with your contacts, clarify goals, and even open doors of opportunity. Let us know in the comments: What is the best career question you have ever been asked? 

Adapted by Janine Rowe, Rochester Institute of Technology Office of Career Services and Co-op from Professional Development Starter Questions for Career Conversations, University of South Australia and Career Development Discussion Starters, Association of American Medical Colleges

Monday, January 8, 2018


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Saved Searches and Search Alerts! 

As you know Handshake is the career platform where we post jobs for students and alumni (plus more). But did you know that you have the ability to not only save your job searches in Handshake, but also to customize and receive job alert notifications when new jobs matching your search criteria are added? 
(Note: When saving a search, please be aware that you are not saving your search results. You are saving your search criteria).  

First, Create Your Search:
1. Select Jobs from the top menu bar.
2. You will see on the left of the screen a list of filters you can use to create the criteria for your search. Filters include items such as location, employment type, major, labels (co-op terms), etc.  Select the criteria for your search.
You’ll want to save this search if you think this is one you’d like to perform again in the future, or you want to receive alerts when more jobs like this are posted.  Remember, by saving your search you are saving the criteria for the search, not the data the search yielded. The jobs meeting the criteria of your saved search could easily change from day to day.

To Save Your Search:
1. Select the Create Search Alert button under Saved Searches (on top left side of page) 
2. You have saved your search! This search is viewable by you alone; no one else has access to it.
Note: If you save a search that does not have a keyword, Handshake will default to naming the search according the date you saved it. If you would like, you are also able to edit the title of the search, or edit the notification settings for the alerts.

To Create an Alert:
Select the pencil icon next to the saved search
Here, you can rename your search, and choose how and when you'd like to be notified when new jobs are posted that match this job search

So, there you have it! We hope you find these Handshake tips "handy"!