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ARLIS/NA Career Mentoring Program


The ARLIS/NA Mentoring Subcommittee of the Professional Development Committee invites members to apply for the Career Mentoring Program, to commence at the annual conference in Indianapolis. In order to facilitate optimal matching of mentor/mentee pairs, a short application form is required; it can be found at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/afa/pdc/mentoringform.htm

Please note: Attendance at the free Career Mentoring Program workshop, scheduled for Fri. April 17, 12:30-4:30 p.m., is mandatory for participation in the year-long program. Workshop facilitators Sarah Carter and Rachel Resnik will work with mentor/mentee pairs to define responsibilities, refine expectations and goals, and set the groundwork for a successful mentoring relationship.

The Conference Networking Program is separate from the Career Mentoring Workshop and Program, and will take place as usual. Sarah Falls will announce the Conference Networking Program on ARLIS-L.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Heidi Hass, chair, Mentoring Subcommittee
Sarah Carter, member, Mentoring Subcommittee
Rachel Resnik, member, Mentoring Subcommittee
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Posted by kkowatch on February 24, 2009 at 06:51 PM | Comments (0)

Who's Still Hiring? The Federal Government!

You may have noticed that I'm talking more and more about federal jobs these days in workshops and in appointments. I strongly encourage students to consider this industry...there are many, many benefits to working for the federal government, and its not just the job security. Fed jobs pay well, you can work all over the United States -- or the world! -- and promotions can be timely!

Check out the below links to view three articles for some more information on this industry niche and how to get a career position...

WHO IS HIRING? Insider Advice on Winning a Job A Federal Government Job

Most employers decreased the number of new college graduates they planned to hire between August and October. Only government as a sector saw a significant increase in hiring expectations, while manufacturing and professional services remain essentially flat during this period of economic turmoil. (Source: Job Outlook 2009)
job interview

This month on JobWeb, author Lily Whiteman offers an insider’s guide to:

Why a Federal Job Is a Terrific Deal

Where to Find Your Job in the Federal Government

15 Tips for Completing the Federal Job Application (See Text below...)

Whiteman, a senior science writer at the National Science Foundation, has worked in six federal agencies, including the White House Conference on Aging and the President's National Partnership for Reinventing Government. She is the author of How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job.

15 Tips for Acing Federal Job Applications

by Lily Whiteman

1. THINK LIKE A HIRING MANAGER: Most job applications (in the private sector as well as in the public sector) are skimmed fast by harried hiring managers—not read word-for-word, as if they were suspenseful John Grisham novels. So instead of aiming for a specific application length, craft your application for a fast, easy read by describing your most impressive, relevant credentials as concisely as possible, and by positioning your most relevant credentials as close to the beginning of your application as possible.

In your resume, format the names of your employers, your job titles, and degrees to stand out even to skimmers. Confine your description of each of your previous jobs to quick-read, achievement-oriented bullets. And break up your answers to essay questions by writing in short paragraphs and by using bullets and headings.

2. CONVEY ZEST: Most applicants believe that applications for federal jobs should read as dryly and bureaucratically as the tax code. Wrong! A job application that exudes life will wake up hiring managers, stand out from the pack, and help prove that you are an energetic go-getter who requires minimal supervision. (Look ma, no cattle prodder!) So mention in your application and interview why you are passionate about your field and/or target job.

3. PROVE THAT YOU’RE A PROBLEM-SOLVER: Brandish your problem-solving mettle by citing specific examples of your academic and work achievements in your job applications and interviews: your projects, papers, presentations, contributions to campus organizations, and leadership positions. In particular, emphasize the academic and professional activities that demonstrate your ability to solve the substantive issues addressed by your target job.

Crown your achievements with descriptions of the positive feedback you received, such as high grades, grade point average, honors, individual and team awards, promotions, assignments to special teams, and special requests made by professors or employers for your services. Also cite written and oral praise from professors, trainees, supervisors, managers, colleagues, clients, and customers.

4. ANSWER EVERY QUESTION: In most cases, an application for a federal job that fails to answer all questions will be rejected. So be sure to answer every question on each application—including every essay question (commonly known as KSAs).

5. ACE ESSAY QUESTIONS: Answer essay questions with a bulleted list of your relevant academic and professional credentials and/or descriptions of your success stories that parallel the demands of your target job. An effective success story:

* identifies your goal,
* the actions you took to achieve your goal,
* your results and why they were important, and
* the positive feedback you earned by achieving your results.

6. USE QUALITY CONTROLS: Most job applications are tarnished by typos, grammatical errors, and other careless errors. Error-free applications stand out from the pack. So don’t keyboard your application directly into an online application system that probably doesn’t have a spell-checker. Instead, create save, spell-check, and print your application in a word processing file. Then, review and edit it several times. Finally, solicit feedback on your application from friends or colleagues. Once your application is error-free, cut and paste it into the online application.

7. PASS THE 30-SECOND TEST: Show your application to a friend or colleague and ask him/her to identify your best credentials in 30 seconds or less. If he or she can’t do so, reformat and phrase your best credentials to stand out more.

8. MAKE DEADLINES: The window of opportunity for submitting most online applications slams shut at midnight Eastern Standard Time of the job’s closing date. This means that to be considered, each of your applications must be received—not just started—by midnight of its closing date.

9. SAVE COPIES: Save a copy of each of your job applications so that you will be able to recycle appropriate sections into applications for similar jobs. Also, note that announcements for openings are usually pulled from the Internet on their closing dates. So save all job announcements that you answer so that you will: 1) have the contact information of the agency contact person for the opening; and 2) be able to review the descriptions of your target jobs before your interviews.

10. FIX PROBLEM APPLICATIONS: What should you do if, after you click the “submit” button on an online application, you realize that your application contains a mistake or omits important information? (Oh, that sinking feeling!) Here’s the fix: Submit another application for the job before it closes. In most cases, your latest submission will override a previously submitted application as long as your target job is still open.

11. DO THE READING: Hiring managers look for applicants who show “fire in the belly” and are knowledgeable about their agencies--not applicants who act like “if it’s Tuesday, it must be the Transportation Department.” So before each interview, learn about your target agency by reviewing its web site (particularly its latest press releases), and by reading news articles about it. Incorporate your knowledge of your target agency into your answers to interview questions.

12. PREDICT LIKELY QUESTIONS: Federal hiring managers rely heavily on common interview questions. Therefore, you can identify likely interview questions by “Googling” for lists of common interview questions. Also, ask your trusted advisers to help you anticipate likely questions. Build your answers to these likely questions around specific examples of your successes.

13. PRACTICE FOR INTERVIEWS: Just like politicians prepare and practice their answers to likely debate questions before their day of reckoning, you should prepare and practice your answers to likely interview questions before your day of reckoning. (Remember: if you wing your interviews without preparing for them, you will set yourself up to crash and burn.) Then, role-play your interview with as many of your trusted advisers as possible, and encourage them to give you honest feedback.

14. SAY THANKS: Immediately after you get home from your interview—before you change out of your uncomfortable interview outfit—write a thank-you letter to your interviewer. Your letter should confirm your interest in the position, cite several ways that you would contribute to the organization, and mention several impressive characteristics of the position/organization that were covered in the interview. Repeatedly proofread your letter, and then send it overnight delivery. (Yes, a thank-you letter that arrives right away will score higher than one that arrives even one day later.)

15. NEGOTIATE SALARIES: Don’t buy into the myth that federal salaries are non-negotiable. One of the best kept federal jobs secrets is that salaries and other benefits—such as access to student loan repayment programs that are worth up to $60,000—are frequently negotiable. So whenever you receive an offer, ask: “Is this offer negotiable?” And justify why your stellar credentials warrant a salary that is higher than was originally offered by your target organization.

Posted by kkowatch on February 23, 2009 at 03:31 PM | Comments (0)

Looking for International Work or Internship?

The UM International Center is pleased to announce the availability of a fantastic new online resource for people interested in seeking employment abroad. The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas is filled with advice for securing overseas employment. Topics include acquiring international experience, the international job search, professions abroad, and various international career directories.

This service is paid for by the UM International Center and is free for the UM community. Click on the link below to register and get started!


We will be interested in hearing what you think of this site—please e-mail comments (with “Big Guide” as subject) to ic-abroad@umich.edu
Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, International Center, tel. 647-2299, http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt

Posted by kkowatch on February 20, 2009 at 03:52 PM | Comments (0)

IAESTE Programs to Germany and Japan

IAESTE United States
Register now for Short-Term Programs to Germany and Japan

IAESTE United States is currently offering two new short-term programs to Germany and Japan this May. These programs, which are open to students, young professionals, university faculty/staff, and other interested parties, provide participants an opportunity to gain international experience and an understanding of the intersection of science, technology, and global citizenship through a blend of industry and university site visits, professional development sessions, and cultural immersion opportunities.

Information about each program, including links to the full agenda and to the application form, can be found below. If you or your colleagues have any questions about our MayMersion programs or would like additional information, please feel free to contact me at mjackson@aipt.org or via phone at (443) 539-0533.

Best regards,

Mike Jackson
University Relations Manager
IAESTE United States

MayMersion! Kaihatsu
Registration Date:
Monday Feb 23, 2009!

Trip Dates:
May 17-28, 2009

Cost: $4,500

Meaning "development" in Japanese, the Kaihatsu program will allow participants to observe Japanese research and development methodologies and expose participants to Japanese culture and business practices. The program will explore Japan's role as a Research and Development leader through site visits, seminars and cultural activities.

The group will spend six nights in Tokyo and four nights in Osaka, with trips to Kyoto and the Hakone hot springs at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

MayMersion! Germany
Engineering the Global Engineer
Registration Date: February 23, 2009

Trip Dates:
May 18-27, 2009

Cost: $2,500

A combination of site visits, workshops, and shadowing will allow the group to investigate the competencies required to be an Engineer in the global marketplace. Participants will leave with a plan for becoming the Engineer of 2020 and memories of an unforgettable tour of Germany with a new domestic and international network.

Students will travel to Frankfurt, Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Munich during this 10-day exploration of German engineering, corporate culture, and academic structure. IAESTE Germany has student representatives in each city willing to showcase the diverse competencies required to be a Global Engineer, and they will show us Germany from a local perspective!

IAESTE United States
10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 250
Columbia, MD 21044

410.997.2200 www.iaesteunitedstates.org

Posted by kkowatch on February 20, 2009 at 02:16 PM | Comments (0)

Fellowship Program in Hong Kong

Check out this great new opportunity for *graduate students & recent PhD recipients* in the various fields mentioned. David Horner (retired Director of MSU's International Center) would be happy to answer any questions--his contact information in East Lansing is given below--Bill Nolting, U-M International Center

A new fellowship program, sponsored by Dow Chemical Hong Kong, is available to U.S. graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients from Michigan universities who are studying in the following areas: Environment, Energy, Sustainability, Education, Science or Technology. Please note that only U.S. citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders) are eligible.

It provides for research to be undertaken at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), a beautiful, relatively new, English-language university in Hong Kong. Preference will be given to proposals that show a link between the proposed research project and China.

The program is modeled along the lines of a Fulbright Grant which provides approximately $17K stipend, $5K travel, and $13K living allowance, plus health insurance.

The Hong Kong America Center (HKAC), where David Horner spent his Fulbright year (2003-04), is the administrator for the program. Inquiries should be sent to either me (david.horner@gmail.com) 517-432-7989, Dr. Glenn Shive (glennshive@cuhk.edu.hk) or Dr. David Zweig (sozweig@ust.hk) at HKUST.

For full information and the application form, please see:

If you have questions, please contact:
David Horner, david.horner@gmail.com, Tel. 517-432-7989.

Posted by kkowatch on February 18, 2009 at 10:06 AM | Comments (0)

Best Jobs in 2009 - SI is Right in Line

US News and World Report released their pick for the Best Careers in 2009. Selection was based on criteria such as job outlook, average job satisfaction, difficulty of the required training, prestige and pay.

Browse graduate programs for jobs and descriptions that were included in the 2009 list:

Management Consultant

As pressures to control costs continue, ever more companies are looking worldwide for both human resources and for their supply chain. Sourcing advisory services is among the fastest growing niches in management consulting. Also look for recession-resistant areas such as healthcare and information technology.

Government Manager

Eighty percent of government employees are managerial, compared with only 25 percent in the private sector. Management opportunities are abound in everything from human resources to finance, research to public relations, and technology to art, with jobs throughout the U.S. and the world.

Higher Education Administrator

There are lots of management jobs on campus, from student affairs to academic affairs, admission to alumni affairs, physical plant to student health service.

Library Information Scientist
Librarians have become high-tech information sleuths, helping patrons plumb the oceans of information available in books and digital records. They work for colleges, law firms, hospitals, prisons, corporations, legislatures, the military, and nonprofit agencies.

Usability / User Experience Specialist
Usability Specialists help ensure that products, especially technical ones, are easy and pleasurable to use. They may work, for example, on voting machines, the next generation iPhone, a medical imaging machine, an athletic shoe production line, or a shopping website.

Posted by kkowatch on February 11, 2009 at 03:56 PM | Comments (0)

International Career Fair in San Francisco!

International Career Fair
A Scientific, Engineering and Business Recruitment Event

Friday, February 20th (12pm to 5:30pm)
Saturday, February 21st (10am to 5:30pm)
Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA


30+ Companies & Organizations with 800+ Job Openings Worldwide

On-Site Interviews at the Fair

Participating companies include:
Alberta, Areva, Centrale Carrières, CNRS, Dannon Research, EDF Group, ERC, Euraxess, INSERM, IRSN, Lallemand, Nexans, Oakridge, Research in Germany (DAAD), Servier, Thales, Total

4 Keynote Speeches & 14 Workshops over 2 days

"Navigating Clean-Tech: An Overview of Emerging Developments and Job Opportunities", Ron Pernick, Co-Founder and Principal of Clean Edge

"Succeeding in Your Global Career. Lessons from a US Born Entrepreneur", Susan Lucas Conwell, CEO, SD Forum

"The Attributes of a Successful Global Professional", Dr. Ernest J. Scalberg, Dean, Fisher Graduate School of International Business, Monterey Institute of International Studies

"Developing a Personal Brand that Gets You Noticed", Christine Crandell, EVP and CMO at Egenera

Covering: Job search strategies in a challenging economy, resume writing, American-style interviewing techniques, American business communication, entrepreneurship in France, research careers in Europe, how to find a job in cleantech, and more.

Registration is free, but required!

If you have not already done so, register here and upload your resume today. Recruiters have started searching the resume database and setting up interviews with selected candidates.

For more information, check our website or email us at candidates@internationalcareerfair.com

- A Special Thanks to our 2009 Partners and Sponsors -
The European Commission, LinkedIn, Alberta Canada
German Federal Employment Agency, French American Chamber, GABA, and swissnex

The International Career Fair is organized by APEC, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping professionals in their career management, and companies in their recruiting efforts.

Posted by kkowatch on February 04, 2009 at 05:15 PM | Comments (0)