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Fall 2009 SI@Work Presentation Roster

This week, the SI-Career Development Office will kick off the Annual
SI@Work Presentations!

All students who participated in summer internships and received credit through SI 681 will be presenting on their Internship Experience during the month of October and early November.

All are welcome to attend! This is a great way to learn about the wide range of organizations and career options associated with the curriculum of the School of Information. Keep an eye out for more information for the coming weeks!

**Note that presentations will start at noon and 5pm sharp - please do not arrive at Michigan time!**

You can check out more information about individual's internship on the Internship Public Portfolio Listings.

You can WIN if you Attend!

All attendees will get to enter their name in a raffle. The more SI@Work Presentations that you attend, the greater your chances to win gift certificates to local restaurants and venues!

Click to see the full listing of student - internship organization (locations) and specialization below.

Thursday, October 1, 12:00pm- 311 WH
Mark Fleszar; Renaissance Systems & Services (Indianapolis, Indiana) IPOL/CI
Chutimon Sindhuprama - Accenture (Bangkok, Thailand) - ICD/SC
Josh Steverman - UM College of Pharmacy (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IAR
Xiao Wei - Microsoft (Seattle, Washington) HCI
Bobby Glushko - open.Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Tailored

Friday, October 2, 12:00pm - 311 WH

Benjamin Malley - Phonagle LLC (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI/SC
Lauren Wendel - Altarum Institute (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Tailored/Health Informatics
Lucas Jarmin - Regulatory Affairs Associates, Inc (Farmington Hills, Michigan) IAR
Clint Newsom - ShiftSpace (New York, New York) Tailored
Taeho Ko - IDEO (San Francisco, California) HCI
Jamie Lausch - UM Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS

Friday, October 2 5:00pm 311 WH
Madison Stuart - English Language Institute Corpus Linguistics Unit (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS
Nathaniel Gray - Capital Area District Library (Lansing, Michigan) LIS
Jessica Jones - National Park Service/Yellowstone Research Library (Gardiner, Montana) LIS
Samantha Bigger - UM Hatcher Grad Library Knowledge Navigation Center (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS

Monday, October 5, 5:00pm 411 WH
Chun-Yuen Teng - English Language Institute Corpus Linguistics Unit (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IAR/HCI
John Levandowski - Whirlpool (Benton Harbor, Michigan) HCI
Malhar Gupta - eDirectImpact, LLC (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IAR & HCI
Garima Garg - UM MAIS (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IAR & HCI

Tuesday, October 6, 12:00pm - 411 WH
Greg Russo - UM Library Government Documents Center (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IPOL
Kate Donovan Jarvis - UM Bentley Historical Library (Ann Arbor, Michgian) ARM/LIS
Sarah Raezler - National Archives and Records Administration (Washington, D.C.) LIS
Michael Perry - UM ICSPR and American Library Association Policy Office (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IPOL

Wednesday, October 7, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SOCHI

Wen-Hui Kao - Central News Agency (Taipei, Taiwan) HCI
Gary Suen - Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office / UM Law Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI
Danny Greitzer - Entertainment Fusion Group & Crew Creative (West Hollywood, California) HCI
Ian McKilligan - Artilient (Pasadena, California) HCI
Laura Rodrian - Apple (Cupertino, California) HCI
Jeremy Canfield - Phonagle LLC (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI/SC

Wednesday, October 7, 5:00pm 411 WH
Emily Alschbach - Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, IL) LIS
Jamie Niehof - Ann Arbor District Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS
Katherine Marshall - UM Law Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS
Rachel Lwin - Institute for Museum and Library Services (Washington, D.C.) LIS
Jen Bonnet - UM Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS
Dana Ospina - Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, California) Tailored

Thursday, October 8, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SOCHI

Chih-Ming Yi - UM Transplant Center (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI
Jierou Ho - UM Hatcher Graduate Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IPOL
Ke Sun - UM School of Education & Ypsilanti Senior Center (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Michigan) HCI
Weihua Wang - UM Mechanical Engineering Department (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI
Noah Liebman - SourceForge, Inc. (Dexter, Michigan) HCI
Kumar Mayank - Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, Michigan) HCI

Friday, October 9, 5:00pm - 411 WH
Annie Fang - NASA Ames Research Center (Mountain View, California) HCI
Eunice Shin - Method (New York, New York) HCI
Scott Tsuchiyama - UM Career Center (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI
Laura Rademaker - Oxygen NBC Network (New York, New York) HCI
Nan Chen - MIT OpenCourseWare (Cambridge, Massachusetts) HCI
Urmila Kashyap - Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Silver Springs, Maryland) Tailored

Tuesday, October 13, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SLA

Abby Bedford - Washtenaw Community College Bailey Library / UM Depression Center FRIENDS Depression Education Resource Center FDERC (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Michigan) LIS
Caroline Yee - Smithsonian Institution Archives (Washington, D.C.) LIS
Christiane Evaskis - Archives of Michigan / UM Fine Arts Library (Lansing/Ann Arbor, Michgian) ARM
Mel Whitehead - Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) LIS
Shelley Hayreh - UM Bentley Historical Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM/LIS
Michael Nagara - Smithsonian Institution Libraries Freer and Sackler Library (Washington, D.C.) PI/HCI

Wednesday, October 14, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY ALA

Anita Shankar - Abbott Laboratories Library Information Resources (Abbott Park, Illinois) LIS
Evan Anderson - UM Tanner Philosophy Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS
Rachel Doepker - UM Hatcher Graduate Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS
Betsy Eggers - Wood County District Public Library (Bowling Green, Ohio) LIS/CI
Rebecca Hill - Capital Area District Library (Lansing, Michigan) LIS
Heather Backman - Brookline Public Library (Brookline, Massachusetts) LIS

Friday, October 16, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SAA

Elizabeth Lombardo - UM History of Art Visual Resource Center (Ann Arbor, Michigan ) ARM
Emma Wolman - Smithsonian Institution Archives/Electronic Records Program (Washington, D.C.) ARM
Niki Calderone - UM Hatcher Graduate Library Public Services Department (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM
Brian Wilson - State of Michigan Records Management (Lansing, Michigan) ARM
Joseph S. Dresch - UM Computer and Video Game Archive (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS
Lori M Donovan - Internet Archive Web Group (San Francisco) ARM/PI

Wednesday, October 21, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SOCHI

Zhe Pu - Pitney Bowes (Shelton, Connecticut)HCI
Amanda Visconti - Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (College Park, Maryland) Tailored
Jessamyn Smallenburg - UM Life Sciences Institute / UM Health Sciences Scholars Program (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI
Manaswi Shukla - Vmware (San Francisco, California) HCI
Zhenan Hong - Officescape, Inc (West Lafayette, Indiana) HCI
Umanka Hebbar Karkada - DISH Network (Englewood, Colorado) HCI

Thursday, October 22, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY CIC

Kathleen Ludewig - OER Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) CIC/IEMP
Emily Puckett - UM International Institute (Ann Arbor, Michigan) CI/LIS
David Quick - Ann Arbor District Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS
Daniel Fehrenbach - American Planning Association / National Community Tax Coalition Center for Economic Progress (Chicago, Illinois) LIS
Rebecca Standal - Longview Public Library (Longview, Washington) LIS/CI
Molly Mooney - Ann Arbor District Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM/IPOL

Friday, October 23, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SOCHI

Katie McCurdy - VMware (San Francisco, California) HCI
Amy Kuo - TrendMicro (Cupertino, California) HCI
Yesook Im - LG Electronics Mobile (Seoul, South Korea) HCI
Rayoung Yang - OpenCongress (New York, New York) HCI
Neha Kumari - UM Life Sciences Institute / MarkUs (Ann Arbor, Michigan/Toronto, Canada) HCI
Rahan Khozein - NASA Ames Research Center (Mountain View, California) HCI

Monday, October 26, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SAA

Elizabeth Bedford - Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (Dublin, Ohio) PI
A Young Yoon - National Anthropological Archives (Washington, D.C.) ARM/PI
George Ishii - AMPAS Herrick Library Special Collection / Wende Museum / Grammy Museum (Los Angeles/Culver City, California) ARM/PI
Matt Grant - UM Rackham Graduate School: SharePoint (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM/ICD
Christine Carey - Keweenaw National Historical Park (Calumet, Michigan) ARM
Meaghan Fukunaga - UM Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM

Tuesday, October 27, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SAA

Anne-Louise Mittal - UM/NARA Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM/LIS
Jill Arnold - Archives of Michigan (Lansing, Michigan) ARM
Michael Shallcross -UM Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM/PI
Beth Noyes - UM Scholarly Publishing Office (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS/ARM
Emily Sanford - UM Bentley Historical Library / UM Library Government Documents Center (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM/LIS
Rebecca McNitt - UM/NARA Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS

Wednesday, October 28, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY YASL

Jennifer Trusty - Clinton-Macomb Public Library (Clinton Township, Michigan) LIS
Ann McWilliams - Piraino - Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma, Ohio) LIS
Kensey Wang - The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas) LIS
Caroline Poon - UM Law School Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IPOL

Thursday, October 29, 12:00pm - 311 WH
SPONSORED BY SAA

Ellen Wilson - National Archives and Records Administration (Washington, D.C.) ARM
Sanam Arab - National Baha'i Archives (Evanston, Illinois) ARM
Elizabeth Everson - Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) ARM
Beth Myerowitz - UM Bentley Historical Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ARM
Ashleigh Donaldson - UM Clements Library (Ann Arobr, Michigan) ARM
Megan Marion - Safe Sound Archive (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) PI/ARM

Friday, October 30, 12:00pm - 411 WH

Christopher Zbrozek - Office of Gov. Jennifer Granholm (Lansing, Michigan) Tailored
Karen Kennedy - Ann Arbor Observer/ USGS Great Lakes Science Center, John Van Oosten Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan) IPOL/CI
Meredith Raymond - Government Accountability Office (Washington, D.C.) IPOL/LIS
Annemarie Lock - MITRE Corporation (Bedford, Massachusetts) HCI
Kim Brady - U.S. Government Printing Office (Washington, D.C.) LIS
Adrienne Klum - Menlo Innovations (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI

Monday, November 2, 5:00pm - 411 WH
Dan Marano - Gale|Cengage (Farmington Hills, Michigan) SC/ICD
Tim Hull - U.S. EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality (Ann Arbor, Michigan) HCI
Sanghyuk Koh - Oregon Department of Transportation e-Government (Salem, Oregon) HCI
Simon Ng - Borders (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Tailored
Ashwin Kailasam - Franklin Templeton Investments (Chennai, India) ICD

Tuesday, November 3, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY SOCHI

Jordan Washburn - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Office of Transportation and Air Quality - Compliance and Innovative Strategies Division (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Tailored
Eric Garcia - Phonagle LLC (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Tailored

Thursday, November 5, 12:00pm - 411 WH
SPONSORED BY CIC

Andy Hickner - UM Health Sciences Libraries/School of Nursing (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Tailored
Xiaoli Ma - Metropolitan Museum of Art / Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, New York) ARM
Sally Vermaaten - OCLC Research/PREMIS Editorial Committee (Dublin, Ohio) PI/ARM
Jonathan Shiffner - Category Lab (Cleveland, Ohio) IPOL
Amy Stilgenbauer - UM Government Documents Center /The Eating Disorders Recovery and Support Network / ANAD (Ann arbor, Michigan) ARM/CI
Lidiya Prorochuk - UM Law Library Cataloging Unit (Ann Arbor, Michigan) LIS/ IPOL

Posted by kkowatch on September 30, 2009 at 11:14 AM | Comments (0)

Upcoming International Career Pathway Events

Here’s the overview of international events next week—please scroll down for details:

*Tuesday, 9/29, 12 noon to 1 PM, Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room—ICP: Funding for Internships & Research Abroad

*Wednesday, 9/30, 12 noon to 1 PM, Room 1230 in Weill Hall (Ford School)—ICP: Graduate Employment Opportunities for US Citizens in International Organizations

*Wednesday, 9/30, 2 to 6 PM, Michigan Union—Career Center’s Fall Career Expo

Deadlines for Engineering International Programs
As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions, or would like an advising appointment: icoverseas@umich.edu

Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, U-M International Center, tel. 647-2299, http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt
International Career Pathways, http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP

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ICP: Funding for Internships and Research Abroad
Tuesday Sept. 29, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM, Michigan Union Kuenzel Room
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Representatives of U-M offices that offer funding for internships and research abroad will provide information on grant opportunities and give tips for successful applications. Most of the funding opportunities that will be presented are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

See speaker list and handout at: http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP/series/index.html

This program is a UM International Career Pathways event. http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP

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ICP: Graduate Employment Opportunities for US Citizens in International Organizations
Wednesday Sept. 30, 12 noon – 1:00 PM, Room 1230 Weill Hall, Ford School of Public Policy
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Interested in job opportunities with the UN? The US State Department offers information and assistance to US citizens with graduate degrees seeking employment within the UN and other international organizations. Attend this session to hear from State Department staff about UN employment opportunities.
Session sponsor: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
This program is a UM International Career Pathways event. http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP

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Career Center’s Career Expo
Wednesday Sept. 30, 2:00 to 6:00 PM, Michigan Union
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The Career Center’s Fall Career Expo is a great way to start networking with organizations and kick-off your job and internship search! We expect 70+ organizations and 1000+ students to participate in the event.

Note from BN: Most of the organizations offer US-based positions, but search using “international” will bring up some that offer positions abroad. (If that’s your goal, don’t miss the International Opportunities Fair on Oct. 22).

Career Expo, Sept. 30—
http://www.careercenter.umich.edu/events/fairsevents/fallcareerexpo.html

International Opportunities Fair, Oct. 22—
http://www.careercenter.umich.edu/events/fairsevents/intlfair.html



Any questions? Let us hear from you!

Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson
Tel. 734-647-2299, E-mail icoverseas@umich.edu
U-M International Center
Education Abroad & Peace Corps Offices
603 E. Madison (next to the Michigan Union)
http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt

Posted by kkowatch on September 28, 2009 at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

MLA Conference Presentation Opportunity

A former SI student contacted SI to make students aware of an opportunity to present at the upcoming Michigan Library Association Conference in Lansing.

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The Associate director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library , Juliane Morian, recently emailed asking if of the names of any ambitious, project-oriented SI students who would be interested in presenting at the Tomorrow’s Professionals session of this year’s MLA conference.

Here’s a description of the session of the conference schedule: “Attend this program to learn about library student projects from tomorrow’s professionals and tap into their talents today. MLA is delighted to welcome students from local library science programs to offer presentations on a noteworthy project or internship completed while pursuing their graduate degree. In this annual program, student and recent grads have showcased digitization projects, grand-writing initiatives, website redesigns, and service projects. Harness the energy of these students in your library today.”

The session will be in Lansing on Wednesday, 11/4 at 3:45. Presentations will be approximately 15-20 minutes, with about five minutes afterward for questions. There is space available for two SI presentations, either by individuals or groups.

Interested students should get in touch with Juliane at jmorian@cmpl.org.

Posted by kkowatch on September 24, 2009 at 11:59 AM | Comments (0)

Preparing for Career Fairs

This week, the College of Engineering is hosting the annual career fair:

The SWE/TBP Fall Engineering Career Fair, sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Tau Beta Pi (TBP), the National Engineering Honor Society, has been offering corporate recruiters and Michigan engineering students the chance to meet and discuss professional opportunities for over 24 years. Come celebrate our 25th anniversary this fall!

The 25th Annual Career Fair will be held on:
Monday, September 21, 2009 and Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

But, how to best prepare for a career fair? Below, you will find a collection of tips and information on how to prepare for this fair and for others this year.

The key thing to know is that when a career fair isn't sponsored by the School of Information, you need to be prepared to sell not just you, but also to make the bridge between our school and what you are learning and what the organization gets out of hiring you. Its actually pretty easy, but the recruiters at the career fair aren't going to be attuned to the sort of jobs that you are interested, so you need to educate them. Be prepared to sell SI!

Read on for more general tips on how to maximize your time at a career fair.

Making the Most of a Job Fair
(Source: The Employment Guide)

Job fairs are a great way for you to explore potential employment opportunities and learn more about companies who are actively hiring in your neighborhood. Many people see it as something as serious as a first interview, while others view it as an opportunity to gather information about potential employers. Regardless of what reason you have for attending, there are a few important things to keep in mind before, during, and after the job fair to make it successful for you.

Before the Job Fair:
* Find out what businesses will be there. The more information you can gather beforehand, the more successful the job fair is going to be for you. Find out what businesses are going to be at the job fair, and spend some time doing some research about them. What types of jobs do they have open? What kind of people are they looking for? What kinds of skills do these people need to have?

* Develop some questions you'd like to ask employers. Narrow down your list of businesses to include those who have positions you are interested in, or are businesses you think you might like to work for. Then list some questions you would like to ask the company representative at the job fair.

* Proofread your resume - at least twice. If you don't already have one, it is a good idea to put a resume together for a job fair. It gives employers a blueprint of your skills and something tangible to remember you by. Be sure to proofread your resume before the job fair to find any spelling or grammatical mistakes. Even if you think there are no errors, have someone else look it over too. Don't let errors overshadow your qualifications for a job!

* Be sure your resume contains your updated contact information. You'll want employers to be able to reach you if necessary. Double check that your address, phone number, and e-mail address is current.

At the Job Fair:

* Dress the part. As with a job interview, first impressions at a job fair are important. How you represent yourself sends an immediate message to employers about how serious you are in your job search. It isn't always necessary to wear a suit to a job fair - unless you are looking for a job that would require you to dress professionally at work. However, you should leave the jeans and t-shirts at home. "Business Casual" is usually the most appropriate at a job fair - nice slacks and a collared shirt for men and nice slacks or a skirt and a blouse for women are appropriate. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry or clothing that is too short or revealing.

* Take time to talk to employers. Don't just drop off a resume and move to the next booth. Take time to get additional information and make an impression. The point is not to see how many resumes you can give to employers in the least amount of time - it is to establish some solid job prospects. Also, try to avoid approaching employers when they are crowded by a large group of jobseekers. Approaching a crowded booth makes it difficult for employers to answer your individual questions, and they are less likely to remember you when they return to their offices.

* Use your research to appear confident and knowledgeable. If you have done research before the job fair, you won't have to ask the question, "What does your company do?" If you have to ask, you are wasting valuable time. Instead, you could be asking questions about the position or department you are interested in. It works to your advantage if you can tell employers how your skills match what they are looking for. Employers want to hire people who are genuinely interested in their company. Do your homework!

* Have a firm handshake and maintain eye contact. Let employers know how serious you are. Greet the employer with a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact throughout your conversation. Showing interest and good manners is important, regardless of the type of job you are looking for. Every employer appreciates someone who is dedicated, conscientious, and attentive.

After the Job Fair:

* Follow up with a thank you note. Experts agree that follow-up is an important part of attending a job fair. If you picked up a business card, or the name of the company's job fair representative, send a thank you note a day or two after the job fair. This is not only polite, but will let the representative know you paid attention, are serious about the job, and that you are the right person for it.

Other resources to prep for a career fair:

Navigating a Career Fair by Graduating Engineer
Career Fair Checklist for Career Fair Success by Quint Careers
And... the UM Career Center has a great article: Simple things you can do now to assist you in your future job/internship search

Posted by kkowatch on September 21, 2009 at 04:46 PM | Comments (0)

Presidential Management Fellows Program Information Session

SI will host its own PMF Info session on Monday, September 28 in 405a, but if you can't make it and are interested (and anyone interested in a career with the fedearl government should be), be sure to attend the session hosted by the UM Career Center.

Presidential Management Fellows Program Information Session

Are you interested in a career with the Federal government? If so, you may want to consider the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. PMF is a leadership development program designed to attract to Federal service outstanding graduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines at both the master’s and doctoral levels. PMF seeks students who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. This rigorous two-year program includes 80 hours of training each year, challenging job rotations, accelerated promotions, and opportunities to network between Federal agencies.

Students are eligible to apply for the PMF class of 2010 if they meet the degree requirements for a graduate degree (master’s, law or doctorate) between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010. Students may apply online beginning October 1 through October 15, 2009. Applicants must also connect with your school’s nominating coordinator to compete for your school’s nomination in the progam. For more information on PMF, visit the PMF website at http://www.pmf.opm.gov or contact Tom Lehker at The Career Center via e-mail (tlehker@umich.edu) or at 734-764-7460.

If you’re interested in learning more about the PMF program, plan to attend:

Presidential Management Fellows Program
Information Session
Tuesday, September 22
12:00–1:30 p.m.
The Career Center
3200 Student Activities Building

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Tom Lehker
Senior Assistant Director,
The Career Center
3200 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
734-764-7460
tlehker@umich.edu

Posted by kkowatch on September 18, 2009 at 03:47 PM | Comments (0)

What Makes an Effective User Experience Professional and Team: The UX Management Perspectives (Event)

For all of our non-current student readers....

What Makes an Effective User Experience Professional and Team: The UX Management Perspectives
September 22, 2009, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM West Hall, Room 411 (aka “Ehrlicher Room”), University of Michigan

The Michigan chapters of UPA and CHI (currently in formation), in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Information Career Development Office and Student CHI Chapter, invite you to a very special evening networking and panel session. Four industry UX managers and executives will give short position presentations on the individuals and skills that make a successful team. This will be followed by panel and audience Q&A discussion. Come to network, learn, and position/reposition yourself for success in this exciting field.

Where:
West Hall, Room 411 (aka “Ehrlicher Room”), University of Michigan
1085 South University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
Map

If you cannot find street parking, continue East on South University and turn right at Forest Street, and park in the Forest Street Parking Structure (650 S. Forest, on the right hand side of the street). Bring your ticket with you to the event to be validated.

Lost en route? Call 734-223-0499

Cost:
FREE for Full-time Students (ID must be presented)
$10 for MIUPA and MOCHI members
$15 All others

RSVP:
You must RSVP at Upcoming.org
to ensure entrance to this event.

Schedule:
6:00 PM Registration, snacks and networking
6:45 PM Announcements
7:00 PM Program

Panelists:

James M. Anderson
Vice President - Electronic Services, Michigan First Credit Union

Barbara Hernandez

User Experience Manager, Techsmith Corporation (makers of Snag-It, Camtasia, Morae, and more)

Keith Instone
Information Architecture Lead, ibm.com User Experience Design Team, CIO’s Office, IBM Corporation

Laurie Kantner
Vice President of Client Services, Tec-Ed, Inc.

Moderator
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus
(aka ‘the Jerry Springer of panel moderators’ and a staunch supporter of the ‘Brawls for Better Brains Society’)


Hope to see you there!,
John
--
John C. Rivard
President, Michigan Chapter Usability Professionals Association
http://www.miupa.org

Posted by kkowatch on September 17, 2009 at 10:24 AM | Comments (0)

Applying to Law School: Q & A for Graduate and Non-traditional Students

Considering law school? Plan to attend…

Applying to Law School: Q & A for
Graduate and Non-traditional Students

Monday, September 21
12:00–1:00 p.m.
The Career Center
3200 Student Activities Building

Maximize your chances for success by familiarizing yourself with the mechanics and timelines of the law school application process. Gather tips on how to avoid common mistakes made by career changers, and learn about the resources offered by The Career Center to support you through your application efforts.

You may also want to attend Law Day on September 23, our annual fair that connects you with a large number of schools right here on campus. Typically more than 100 schools attend the fair. Law Day is a chance to learn about specific programs, collect application and financial aid information, and get tips on personal statements, application procedures, and letters of reference. Learn more about Law Day from The Career Center’s Web site.


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Tom Lehker
Senior Assistant Director,
The Career Center
3200 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
734-764-7460
tlehker@umich.edu

Posted by kkowatch on September 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM | Comments (0)

Ten More Job Search Tips

About a week ago I posted an entry on some job search tips relating to LinkedIn and other resources (See Double Entry: LinkedIn Groups and 10 Job Seach Tips)

The author of the job search tips that I referred to recently created another list of tips entitled 10 MORE quick job-search tips -- I bet you're still missing one...

Read on to learn what these tips are...

Everyone knows how to apply for a job; a week ago, i listed ten common sense "little good ideas" and I made a bet that you'd be missing at least three of them. Here are ten more, quick-fixers, and I'll bet you're missing one or two of these, as well. These are little things. which you can change quickly and they're EASY. They might help you in your job search. Or, they might at least help your attitude about a job search. Or both.

If you missed the last article, it's here: PART I

Here are the next ten tips....

1. Put you picture on your LinkedIN profile. There are conflicting reports about the effectiveness of this, but most surveys show that your profile is more apt to be overlooked if it has no picture.

2. If you have a cute greeting on your home telephone line, please change it until you get a job. If a hiring manager happens to call your home number and he gets the message where you're coaxing your three-year-old to do the greeting, he may hang up. Or, if you make the funny message of "we aren't here now; probably out drinking -- leave a message and we'll call you back when we sober up," you might get skipped. They may be cute to you, but...

3. Be gracious in rejection. There is a lot of rejection out there, and if you fight with the decision that you are not number ONE, you may not be a backup, in case number ONE falls through, or has a cute greeting on his home phone. Always thank people for their consideration of your qualifications, and ask for a follow up if another opportunity arises. It can pay dividends. I have a terrific example, but it's too long for here, so it may show up in a future article.

4. In an interview, don't be afraid of a pause in the conversation. If you feel you need to fill that pause, you could fill it with information that won't help your cause. If you don't have anything more to say, don't say anything. If the interviewer seems at a loss, then ask him a question, but don't just fill the pause because it's uncomfortable.

5. Still in the interview, if you are offered a drink of water, take it. If offered a chance to use the rest room, take it. There is no trick here. It does not make you look weak to accept a glass of water, but if you refuse, and 15 minutes later your throat is dry and you're now thinking about your thirst instead of the current question, you'll wish you had a drink. The same thought applies to the rest room; if offered, and you need it, don't feel it's a weakness to accept. It's better than the alternative.

6. Don't get cute on your cover letter. This is a fine line, because I do believe that if you can say something in your cover letter that makes it stand out, that's a positive. But, if you print it on pink stationary, or place poetry in your text, that may be overdoing it. You might try using a P.S., as recommended in the previous article on this topic.

7. Smile--that's it. Smile at networking events, smile at interviews, smile when you meet new people, just smile. Don't be goofy and bare your teeth like you're growling at someone, but practice being genuinely pleased to be involved in whatever you're involved in. When you smile, you put people at ease, you are perceived more positively, and you feel better. It's much easier to smile than to frown, and how bad can you feel when you're smiling?

8. Now that you're out of work, make the decision to improve something about you. Or pick a couple of things. Start going for a walk each evening, or volunteer for a charity, or lose weight or join a new club, play a sport, read more, or, or, or. If you improve something about yourself, you'll feel better, you'll be more positive, you'll smile more, and you'll have more of a transition statement for your next interview. It's a good time to do something that makes you feel good about YOU, and you now have the time to do it.

9. Renew old acquaintances. If you haven't kept in touch, do it now. Don't ask for a job referral on that first re-connect, but with re-opened communications lines, something good can happen. At the least, you've re-connected with a friend. At best, you've re-connected, and they have an idea or a reference that can help you land a job. There aren't many downsides.

10. Implement keywords into your resume. Many resumes get scanned, and you have to hit some key words in order to get noticed. Some of those industry specific keywords are: account manager, accounts payable, account executive, sales manager, human resources manager, executive trainer. You can get more of those on line (there are several sites -- here's one: http://www.resume-help.org/resume_action_words.htm). One keyword that won't count is "good with people." You get my drift.

11. OK, I did 11 last time, so here's one more. Be nice to everyone. I know, everyone thinks they are being nice to everyone, but were you really that nice to the receptionist when you interviewed? Did you say thank you to the waitress when she served you lunch with the hiring manager? Get in the habit of "please" and "thank you." Many of us have gotten out of that habit, and like many of these points, it cannot hurt you, but could help you. And, it's polite.

None of these "little good ideas" take long, or require much effort, but each can have a positive impact. There are a hundred things that can hurt you in the job application process. You might be fixing one, or two, or eleven more here.

Good luck to all of us in our job searches.

Posted by kkowatch on September 15, 2009 at 09:52 AM | Comments (0)

Fall International Career Pathyways Events

Every fall, the various UM Career Services Office collaborate to put on a series of workshops and a career fair focusing on international internship and job opportunities. See below for the full listing of events that I highly suggest you attend!

Full online listing: http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP/series/index.html

International Careers Panel Discussions

We are pleased to host a series that brings students and professionals together to discuss international career options, work/internship abroad opportunities and graduate programs. These discussions will take place in September and October, 2009.

Discussion panels list | Panel Session Descriptions | Student registration
Discussion Panels

Wednesday, September 16, 7:00-8:30 PM - International Employment Myths and Opportunities
Tuesday, September 22, 7:00-8:30 PM - Graduate Student Strategies for Finding International Internships
Tuesday, September 29, Noon-1:00 PM - Funding for Internships and Research Abroad
Wednesday, September 30, Noon-1:00 PM - Graduate Employment Opportunities for U.S. Citizens in International Organizations
Tuesday, October 6, 7:00-8:30 PM - Career Opportunities for Foreign Language Students
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00-8:00 PM - Getting Beyond “Awesome”: Marketing Your International Experience to Employers
Thursday, October 15, 6:00-7:30 PM - Careers & Internships in U.S. Government Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, October 21, 1:00-2:30 PM - International Careers in Climate Change
Wednesday, October 21, 5:00-6:30 PM - Careers in Global Health
Wednesday October 21, 6:00-8:00 PM - Global Careers in Engineering and Technology
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00-8:00 PM - Teaching & Volunteering Abroad
Thursday, October 22, 2:00-6:00 PM - INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR
Thursday, October 22, 7:00-8:30 PM - Peace Corps and Your International Career

Panels Session Descriptions

International Employment Myths & Opportunities
Wednesday September 16, 7:00-8:30 PM
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League

Are you interested in working, interning, volunteering or teaching abroad? Do you want to explore international careers? This session will introduce the International Career Pathways series, how to research options and timing of applications – note that some deadlines are in the fall!
Session sponsors: Career Center and International Center

Graduate Student Strategies for Finding International Internships
Tuesday September 22, 7:00-8:30 PM
Hussey Room, Michigan League

Hear reports from U-M graduate/professional school students about their successful strategies for finding and applying to internships, either through formal programs or through creating one’s own internship.
Session sponsors: Career Center and International Center

Funding for Internships and Research Abroad
Tuesday September 29, Noon-1:00 PM
Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union

This panel will cover funding options for overseas internships and research opportunities, for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Representatives of several U-M funding offices will provide information, and you will be able to meet with them individually.
Session sponsors: Center for Global Health, International Center and International Institute

Graduate Employment Opportunities for U.S. Citizens in International Organizations
Wednesday, September 30, Noon-1:00 PM
Room 1230, Weill Hall (Ford School)

Interested in job opportunities with the UN? The US State Department offers information and assistance to US citizens with graduate degrees seeking employment within the UN and other international organizations. Attend this session to hear from State Department staff about UN employment opportunities.
Session sponsor: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Career Opportunities for Foreign Language Students
Tuesday, October 6, 7:00-8:30 PM
Modern Languages Bldg, Lecture Room 1

Do you love studying languages and cultures, but are you worried what you'll "do with it" after graduation? Attend the "Career Opportunities for Language Students" panel for ideas about how you can put your interest in language to work.
Session sponsor: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center

Getting Beyond “Awesome”: Marketing Your International Experience to Employers
Wednesday October 7, 6:00-8:00 PM
Room 1303, EECS (North Campus)

Maximize your international experience! Develop strategies and techniques in this interactive workshop to help you successfully market your study, work, internship or volunteer abroad skills and experience to employers.
Session sponsors: Career Center, Center for International Business Education and International Programs in Engineering

Careers & Internships in U.S. Government Foreign Affairs
Thursday, October 15, 6:00-7:30 PM
Room 1120, Weill Hall (Ford School)

Interested in a career formulating, representing, or implementing US foreign policy? This panel featuring UM’s Diplomat-in-Residence, student interns and returned Peace Corps volunteers will talk about the foreign and civil service opportunities within the State Department and other federal agencies. Please note that US government agencies require U.S. citizenship. The deadline for summer internships is November 1.
Session sponsor: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

International Careers in Climate Change
Wednesday October 21, 1:00-2:30 PM, followed by informal networking with the panelists
Room 1040, Dana (School of Natural Resources and the Environment)

A panel of environmental professionals working to address critical global climate change issues will discuss career opportunities in this emerging field. Learn how their careers developed, what skills and experiences are critical to work in this field, get advice on pursuing similar careers, and ask questions of the panelists. After the panel event, students will have the opportunity (from 2:30-3:30 pm) to chat one on one and to network with panelists.
Session sponsor: School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Careers in Global Health
Wednesday October 21, 5:00-6:30 PM
Michigan Union

Staff members from organizations and U-M faculty members involved in various aspects of international health and humanitarian relief will share the paths they took to reach their current positions, as well as discuss the key elements to preparing for a successful career in international health.
Session sponsors: Center for Global Health, School of Public Health and School of Social Work

Global Careers in Engineering & Technology
Wednesday October 21, 6:00-8:00 PM
Chrysler Commons Lobby (North Campus)

Join us as employers and alumni discuss their international experiences in engineering and technology at a fireside chat. Speakers will provide insight into careers in engineering and technology in an informal setting and discuss ways for students to prepare for international opportunities within these fields.
Session sponsors: Engineering Career Resource Center and International Programs in Engineering

Teaching and Volunteering Abroad
Wednesday Oct. 21, 7:00-8:00 PM
Michigan Union

Programs for teaching and volunteering abroad offer a vast range of opportunities in fields such as health, social work, natural resources and teaching English. Positions are available for undergraduate and graduate/professional students, as well as for those about to graduate. Find out about some well-established programs and follow up with their representatives (and others) at the International Opportunities Fair the following day.
Session sponsors: Career Center and International Center

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INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR
THURSDAY OCTOBER 22, 2:00-6:00 PM
MICHIGAN UNION

Meet with representatives of 50+ organizations to explore options for work, internships, volunteering and teaching abroad, as well as opportunities for international careers.

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Peace Corps and Your International Career
Thursday Oct. 22rd, 7:00-8:30 PM
Michigan Union

Find out from returned Peace Corps volunteers how Peace Corps can help prepare you for careers in international development, health or diplomacy.
Session sponsors: International Center and Peace Corps Office

Student Registration

UM-Ann Arbor Students
o Registration will be on-site at each program
o There is no registration fee
o Bring your student ID

Non-UM-Ann Arbor Students
o This event is for UM-Ann Arbor students and alumni/ae
o There is no registration fee for the International Program Series
o Interviews scheduled to be conducted at The Career Center are for UM-Ann Arbor students only

Posted by kkowatch on September 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM | Comments (0)

Annoucements from the International Center

This is our first International Center Abroad announcement of the new academic year--filled with opportunities to work, intern, volunteer or study abroad, and ways to build experience towards an international career.

Monday evening, find out about Peace Corps. Wednesday, there's the first event in the International Career Pathways series--many of the sessions in this series are relevant to graduate students, covering topics such as funding for international internships and research, and discipline-specific sessions.

If you studied, worked, interned, or volunteered abroad and would like to help advise fellow U-M students who are considering going abroad, send an e-mail to Kelly Nelson at kellynel@umich.edu.

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PEACE CORPS informational meeting Monday, Sept. 14, 7 PM in the International Center
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Find out about post-graduate opportunities with Peace Corps by attending a general information meeting--there will be two this month:
• Monday, Sept. 14 at 7 PM in the International Center, Room 9
• Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 12 noon, School of Natural Resources & Environment--Dana Bldg, Room 2024
Peace Corps needs the skills of those with Masters degrees in fields that include Public Health, Kinesiology, Nursing, Public Policy, Social Work, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources and the Environment, Urban Planning, and Information Systems--contact our Peace Corps advisors for details.

Meet our new Peace Corps advisors, Alex Pompe (Namibia, '06-'08) and Mahima Mahadevan (Krygyz Republic, '04-'06)--
http://www.internationalcenter.umich.edu/peace/location.html

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER PATHWAYS series starts Wednesday, Sept. 16
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Are you interested in working, interning, volunteering abroad, or in an international career?
Check out our series of panel discussions in September & October and the International Opportunities Fair!
http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP/index.html

Our first session will be Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7-8:30 PM, in the Michigan League, Vandenberg Room, on "International Employment Myths & Opportunities". You’ll learn about some key organizations that offer opportunities for internships and careers which you can pursue while you’re a student or after you graduate.

If you have any questions about the ICP series – or any question about going abroad, feel free to contact us:
Tel. 734-647-2299 or e-mail icoverseas@umich.edu. Or stop by the International Center, located next to the Michigan Union.


We hope to hear from you!

Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson
Tel. 734-647-2299, E-mail icoverseas@umich.edu
U-M International Center
Education Abroad & Peace Corps Offices
603 E. Madison (next to the Michigan Union)
http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt

Posted by kkowatch on September 14, 2009 at 09:11 AM | Comments (0)

This Month at The UM Career Center

The UM Career Center Center returns for another year to highlight events and information of special interest to graduate students. As always, September is a busy month with many things happening to kick off the academic year.

Visit This Month to learn about the Presidential Management Fellows Program, our Fall Career Expo, law school application issues for graduate students, and more. This Month is available at: http://careercenter.umich.edu/students/gradservices/thismonth/index.html.

Posted by kkowatch on September 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)

McKINSEY & COMPANY PRESENTATION AT MICHIGAN

McKINSEY & COMPANY PRESENTATION AT MICHIGAN

For Ph.D. students, Post-docs, M.D. students, Interns, Residents, Fellows and Master’s students (non-MBA)*

*Please note that Masters students should have completed their undergraduate degree before July 1, 2006. If you completed your undergraduate degree after this date, visit www.mckinsey.com/usschools to learn more about our Business Analyst opportunities.

Thursday, September 24, 2009
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Palmer Commons’ Forum Hall (100 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, MI 48113)

Presentation Agenda:
6:00pm – 6:45pm Introduction to McKinsey and our work, overview of recruiting steps
6:45pm – 7:00pm Group Q&A
7:00pm – 8:00pm Reception, McKinsey consultants available for small group and individual discussions (refreshments served)

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Application deadline for permanent positions in offices worldwide: October 4, 2009.
Please visit our website for more information and to apply: www.apd.mckinsey.com

If you will be finished with your studies in 2010 you should apply for a permanent position by the deadline above. Medical interns, residents and fellows finishing in 2011 may also apply now, for a permanent position, to receive an early decision. Those finishing studies in 2011 may apply for an internship by December 6, 2009. All others finishing their program at a later date are welcome to attend and learn more for the future. If you will not be applying now, you may register at the same website; registrants will receive e-mails about upcoming events and opportunities.

A CAREER WITH McKINSEY & COMPANY
McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that advises senior management of the world's leading organizations on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations. We are always on the lookout for high caliber individuals to help us fulfill our mission: 1) to help our clients make positive, lasting and substantial improvements to their performance, and 2) to build a great firm that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people.

People join us from a wide range of disciplines, and you'll find that we're more interested in the quality of your achievements than your particular area of studies. What is most important to us is evidence of success in your chosen field. Working with us, you will gain exposure to a diverse range of industry sectors and business issues that will not only enhance your career options, but also accelerate the pace of your personal development. In addition, you'll be a member of a core team working directly with senior client executives to address the defining business issues of our time.

So, if you like the idea of a career alternative that will stimulate and challenge the very brightest minds together with the opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a supportive, team-based environment, please join us for our presentation.

Also, please visit our website at www.apd.mckinsey.com to learn more about McKinsey & Company. The website features profiles of consultants with backgrounds similar to your own, information about selection criteria, application tips, and the on-line application form.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to graduate students who might be interested in learning about career opportunities with McKinsey & Company.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

Women at McKinsey - WebEx presentations
Learn more about what makes the experience of women at McKinsey unique. Presenters will discuss the support they receive in their personal and professional growth, the network of exceptional women professionals of which they are a part, and share personal stories about their McKinsey experience. You'll have a chance to ask questions and understand why other women with backgrounds like yours explored McKinsey as a career option. All sessions will cover similar information. While not required, we recommend attending our general recruiting presentation on Campus or via WebEx in advance of a Women's WebEx. The general recruiting presentations are the primary source for general information about McKinsey and our Advanced Professional Degree (APD) Recruiting efforts.

Please RSVP through this website: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=VBdWnMlQaAZ5rer90nehUQ_3d_3d

Date: Time:
Friday, September 11 12:00-1:00pm ET
Thursday, September 17 6:00-7:00pm ET
Friday, September 25 3:00-4:00pm ET

Please contact your recruiter should you have questions:
Kristin Altenburg, Recruiter
McKinsey & Company
kristin_altenburg@mckinsey.com
www.apd.mckinsey.com
Check us out on facebook and Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/McKinseyHealthcare and http://twitter.com/McKinseyAPD

Posted by kkowatch on September 10, 2009 at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)

Double Entry: LinkedIn Groups and 10 Job Seach Tips

Did you know that there is a School of Information LinkedIn Group? There are over 900 people in this group; these are great contacts for you to connect with, ask pertinent job search questions to and get the in-side scoop from. In fact, I just had a second year student in my office who was asking about UX-Research jobs at EBay, and on LinkedIn we found not one, but three SI alums in the group that she can link to to ask questions to. Very cool, very close!

Which brings me to this interesting article that I wanted to share -- that I received from one of my other LinkedIn Groups (yes, its my alma mater, Michigan State University, a LinkedIn group of over 13,000!) Someone referred to this article -- 10 Quick Job Search Tips: I Bet You Are Missing At Least 3 -- and I pulled it to share with you. Click on the link to read and enjoy and implement -- and note that the author, Curt MacRae, makes many references to the use of LinkedIn in the job search as a valuable tool.

10 Quick Job-Search Tips -- I Bet You're Missing at Least 3

Posted by kkowatch on September 08, 2009 at 12:13 PM | Comments (0)

A call for Detroit, MI-based designers

From the IxDA listserv...

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Hi all,

Thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Tunstall, organizer of the US National Design Policy Initiative, for bringing to our attention a Detroit-area opportunity. Interaction designers have an opportunity to be involved with an initiative out of the US Department of Commerce, aimed to help American businesses.

The project: The Dept. of Commerce is piloting in Detroit a cross-governmental department "...one-stop shop that will provide a single point of contact for every Commerce program available to business owners. This initiative will work with state and local agencies, academia, labor and other key stakeholders to provide a unified, integrated resource to grow and sustain jobs." (Quoting Secretary Locke)

There are three components which the US National Design Policy Initiative would like to provide expertise, and three organizations (including IxDA) that have offered to help facilitate:

1. The environmental design of the location, including signage, branding,etc. How can we help businesses navigate the new space? How can we orient it around the right process (wayfinding not just the space but the processes of using the services in the space)? How do we ensure that it is ADA compliant, etc.?

SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design) will lead the assessment of the space, provide recommendations on how to improve it, and work to facilitate those changes.

2. Service design, which is the more holistic mapping of the people's experiences of the services that Commerce provides in the location,what can be improved, what new services can emerge, and how should they be strategically implemented. AIGA is leading in this area.

3. Web/interaction design. What are the right digital approaches to bring the various websites and their information together for businesses? IxDA is who should be leading in this area.

So, are you an interaction designer in and around Detroit? If not, do you know anyone who is? Please forward, and email me directly by Friday of this week (Sept 11) if this project sounds of interest to you.

Many thanks,

Janna

Janna DeVylder
President, Interaction Design Association (IxDA)

Posted by kkowatch on September 08, 2009 at 12:05 PM | Comments (0)

Job Opportunity in Hong Kong - Red Bricks Media

Although we usually don't use the blog for posting jobs, an SI alumnus asked me to spread the word about this unique opportunity.

Job Title: SALES ASSOCIATE, SENIOR SALES ASSOCIATE
Reports to: CEO

Be a part of Web 2.0!

Red Bricks Asia Hong Kong Limited is a full-service integrated marketing agency specializing in search engine marketing, interactive media planning, email marketing and emerging forms of media including buzz and mobile marketing. We take a performance-driven approach to marketing and measure our success by our clients' successes. Red Bricks Media is an independent agency headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong, creating world-class marketing programs for top brands like Sony, Microsoft and LA Times. Most recently, the company made the Inc. 500's list of fastest-growing private companies in America. Visit www.redbricksmedia.com to find out what makes Red Bricks Media special.

Summary of position:
This role is responsible for successfully growing sales for the Hong Kong office across the globe. This includes pitching top global brands to roll out Asian digital marketing programs. Your job will be to develop leads and then skillfully managing them through to a successful sale. This is a very consultative sales role whereby the sales associate needs to firmly understand the prospect’s business models and then customizes programs to their needs. We have a great product, an impeccable reputation in the industry, and a stellar close ratio. When our sales associates understand our products/services and know how to map them into prospect’s needs, they are unstoppable. We handsomely reward top sales producers and do not believe in commission caps.

This is a full time position based in our Hong Kong office located at Kowloon Bay.

Specific Responsibilities
• Generate leads through existing rolodex or outbound prospecting
• Develop customized presentations, proposals and marketing programs
• Skillfully and consultatively present Red Bricks Media capabilities via teleconference or in person meetings
• Document all activity in Salesforce automation software
• Assist in the presentation of client specific proposals for additional program sales
• Prepare weekly sales reports and attend weekly sales meetings

Skills and Aptitude Required
• 3+ years of success exceeding sales goals,
• Experience selling to large, complex accounts at the C-level
• Excellent consultative selling skills
• Self-starter with a solid work ethic, self-discipline, and persistence
• Excellent written communications skills
• Excellent verbal/presentation skills
• Mandarin or Cantonese knowledge necessary and fluency is a plus
• Interpersonal skills - ability to build relationships
• Strong professional, confidence-inspiring presence and business style
• Training in a strategic selling methodology such as Strategic Selling, Target Account Selling, SPIN, or Solution Selling, a plus.
• Strong and proven marketing acumen; Direct marketing experience beneficial
• Technical knowledge beneficial
• Experience in a service-oriented business a plus
• Strong understanding of website development and technology
• Unwavering personal integrity

5 days work, double pay and comprehensive medical benefit with competitive remuneration package (base salary + commission) will be offered to the successful candidates.

Login to iTrack for information and to apply.

Posted by kkowatch on September 03, 2009 at 12:09 PM | Comments (0)