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Advice on Full-Time Applications

A current student shared some information about a recent job application via the si.student listserv. We wanted to share this testimony with you (with permission).

This was a big debate between my own roommates and I when we graduated from graduate school... do you apply for a job that has a degree requirement that you will have by the time you start but don't currently have now? My opinion was yes, go for it. The policy for applicants and their degree status will vary by institution. However, the closer you get to graduation, the less this will matter. If you are applying to positions, especially ones that are single-position hires (like a specific reference librarian or a interaction designer at a small firm) that need to be filled sooner than later, you will most likely get passed over because you don't have a completed degree. The closer to graduation you get though, the more inclined the organization will be to wait a little bit for you and the degree requirement will be more flexible. Some organizations will actually write in the requirements that the degree needs to be completed by the start date but that degree candidates can apply.

It never hurts to ask prior applying if the degree completion at the time of application is required. Most HR departments have phone numbers or email addresses that you can use and if you call, you can ask anonymously and get an answer quickly.


Hope exams finished well. I wanted to share a very eye-opening tidbit from one of my recent rejection experiences. The library I applied to (the health sciences unit at a large public university in the West) informed me I was rejected for not meeting minimum requirements, which really puzzled me. I pressed for clarification in a (very diplomatically worded) follow up email. Turns out this particular institution is basically prohibited by HR from considering candidates who have not yet officially finished the MLS -- otherwise, the search committee contact reassured me, I would have been a strong candidate had I finished in May or August 2009.

I thought this was important to share for a couple reasons:
1) For academic library applicants -- this is a crucial thing to ask about before taking the time to apply for a position. Don't waste your time applying til you know for sure their policies about this particular issue.
2) If you are rejected, it really can be helpful to inquire why, especially if you are nice to the person who informed you. Not only did she respond quickly and frankly, but she reassured me about my qualifications for the position and gave me encouragement. When you are getting rejection after rejection, this kind of feedback can really give you the knowledge and the optimism to keep trying.

Good luck to everybody and enjoy your break.

Posted by kkowatch on December 23, 2009 at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

Translating from the CV to the Resume

From the Chronicle of Higher Education.... a great article on the difference between Curriculum Vitaes and Resumes and how to transfer information back and forth. You can also view examples of CVs and resumes before and after!

The CV Doctor Is Back
By Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong

The first CV Doctor column was published 10 years ago in the fall of 1999. Over the years we have tried to look critically at the vitae submitted by readers and point out ways to make the documents more effective. This year, because state budget cuts have made this hiring season even more difficult than usual for Ph.D.'s, we decided to take a different approach to the CV Doctor.

Many of the doctoral students and postdocs we've talked with say they are pursuing dual job searches this year, looking for both academic and nonacademic positions. With that in mind, we decided to help two candidates prepare both strong academic CV's and résumés for nonacademic positions. We evaluated their documents and asked them to make changes.

CV's and résumés are very different documents. However, a good CV or résumé always has the following:

• It is tailored to the type of job you are applying for. For example, if you are focusing your search on liberal-arts colleges, you would not want your teaching experience to appear on the third page.

• It has consistent formatting, and its wording is clear and concise, with no spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.

When turning a CV into a résumé, you should should be sensitive to a few things:

• Length: A CV often lists all or most of your academic achievements. A résumé geared to a nonacademic audience will generally not include long lists of honors and awards, or a lengthy education section.

• Language: Résumés are best written using bullet points, active verbs, and language that demonstrates your achievements.

• Numbers: Quantifying your achievements often helps in writing a strong résumé — "Raised $1,000 in funds for student group" or "Developed a procedure that increased lab efficiency by 15 percent."

• Translation: A good résumé will help translate your academic experience to a nonacademic audience. Some people in the "real world" will not understand what it means to be a teaching assistant, a postdoc, or a research assistant. Show them. Rather than write, "taught history," write "taught undergraduate courses on topics ranging from U.S. History to Europe in the 20th Century." And avoid using jargon that is specific to your field.

• Audience: Who is the audience for your nonacademic résumé? The answer to that question should guide you as you describe the work that you've done. You wouldn't want to use highly technical terms to describe your work if your audience is unlikely to understand them.

Both résumés and CV's are documents that constantly evolve. The final versions we show here are the result of a dialogue between us and the two readers. They listened to our advice and suggestions, incorporated them into their revised documents, and made the final decisions as to what they felt highlighted their qualifications most effectively. We hope that readers find these documents, and our comments, helpful in preparing their own materials.

Julie Miller Vick is senior associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jennifer S. Furlong is associate director of graduate-student career development at Columbia University's Center for Career Education. They are authors of "The Academic Job Search Handbook" (University of Pennsylvania Press).

If you have questions for the Career Talk columnists, send them to careertalk@chronicle.com.

Posted by kkowatch on December 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM | Comments (0)

International Internships and Funding Information

From....Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, University of Michigan International Center, http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt

Note that we will be out of the office from Wednesday, December 23 until Monday, January 4th, but will respond to e-mails during break—feel free to e-mail us at icoverseas@umich.edu.

You should have your internship arrangements in place by the time you apply for funding, in order to be competitive…here are a few of the major funding sources through UM units, with deadlines. For some ideas for internship opportunities, please scroll down further!

Friday, Jan. 8—1:00-2:30 PM, Maize & Blue Room in SAB
A panel in January will feature some internship-abroad programs with upcoming deadlines. Will also include both student & post-grad opportunities), sponsored by the International Center and Career Center

See our overview article with tips for writing funding proposals at: http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/internfunding.html

See the International Institute’s page for graduate student funding: http://www.ii.umich.edu/ii/funding/gradstud

Thursday, Jan. 28—NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowships (scroll down): http://www.ii.umich.edu/ii/funding/gradstud

Monday, Feb. 1, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (scroll down): http://www.ii.umich.edu/ii/funding/gradstud

Monday, Feb. 15, International Internship Individual Fellowships (for all continuing students), http://www.ii.umich.edu/ii/funding

Monday, Feb. 22, Ginsberg Center’s Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship, http://ginsberg.umich.edu/resources/for_students.html#fellowships

Friday, March 6, Ginsberg Center Fellowships, http://ginsberg.umich.edu/resources/fellowshiprequirements.html

Monday, March 15, Center for European Studies, http://www.ii.umich.edu/ces-euc/academics/opportunity

Monday, March 15, Center for Russian & East European Studies, http://www.ii.umich.edu/crees/academics/studentfund

IAESTE Engineering & Science Internships (for undergraduate & graduate students)
Monday, Jan. 11 deadline--Applications are now being accepted for IAESTE United States' 2010 internship placement program. Each year, IAESTE United States connects students in technical fields of study to paid internship opportunities in over 40 countries on six continents. Internships are usually 8 to 12 weeks in length during the summer, but programs can be extended for up to 1 year.

To be eligible to apply for an IAESTE internship, students must be enrolled in a technical field of study (engineering, science, technology, mathematics, architecture, etc.) at a U.S. university, be between the ages of 19 and 30, have at least sophomore level standing, and be a member of IAESTE United States (students can join as part of the application process). Graduate students and non-US citizens are also eligible to apply.

The deadline for students to apply is January 11, 2010.

Apply online: http://iaestemichigan.com/wiki/index.php?n=Resources.ApplyingForInternships

Contact U-M’s IAESTE Local Chapter for more information—see: http://iaestemichigan.com/wiki/

For more information about the national IAESTE organization, see http://www.iaesteunitedstates.org
(Peggy Wunderwald-Jensen, UM Germanic Languages Dept.)
(Find out more at the Jan. 8 Summer Jobs & Internships Abroad panel, above).
Jan. 15: CDS Schott Summer Internships (paid), http://www.cdsintl.org/internshipsabroad/schott.php

FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS: CDS offers unpaid summer internships in Argentina and Spain. Deadlines are in January.
Jan. 15: CDS Argentina Internships: http://www.cdsintl.org/internshipsabroad/argentina.php
Jan. 15: CDS Spain Internships: http://www.cdsintl.org/internshipsabroad/spain.php
For more info on CDS, see: http://www.cdsintl.org/internshipsabroad/index.php
...and contact Peggy Wunderwald-Jensen, U-M's CDS representative, at pwjensen@umich.edu.

AIESEC-UM INTERNSHIP & WORK ABROAD PROGRAMS (for both continuing and graduating students)
(Find out more at the Jan. 8 Summer Jobs & Internships Abroad panel, above).
Jan. 24 is the deadline for these internships offered worldwide. Most are paid.
AIESEC will hold information meetings in January.

BUNAC & IAESTE WORK ABROAD PROGRAMS (for both continuing and graduating students)
In case you are arranging your own internship and need a work permit, the BUNAC program offers work permits for Ireland, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and an Internship in Britain option. Some programs (Ireland & Canada) have a deadline based on student status, i.e. graduates in summer 2010 have only until the end of the year to participate. Eligibility for the Australia and New Zealand programs is based on age.

No fixed deadlines, but apply two months before your desired date of departure: BUNAC USA, http://www.bunac.org/USA/

IAESTE offers work permits in many more countries for students who have found their own internships; citizens of all countries are eligible in most cases:

Teaching English positions are some of the most-available opportunities. Here’s our overview:



PEACE CORPS (27-month commitment--apply ASAP to start by end of 2010)—
Jan. 15 --France Teaching Assistant Program of the French Embassy

Jan. 15—Fulbright Teach in Austria program, http://www.fulbright.at/us_citizens/teaching_intro.php

Jan. 15—CIEE Teach in Thailand (for May departure), http://www.ciee.org/teach/thailand/index.html
Feb. 25—CIEE Volunteach in Chile (for May departure), http://www.ciee.org/teach/volunteach-chile/

Feb. 28--Chilean Ministry of Education/English Opens Doors Program (http://www.centrodevoluntarios.cl/) - Various deadlines depending on the duration of the program for which you are applying, but the first deadline is February 28th (for the 8-month program)

Feb. 28—IFESH International Fellows Program (in Africa), http://www.ifesh.org/what-we-do/international-educators-for-africa-program/international-fellows-program/

March 15—CIEE Teach in Spain, http://www.ciee.org/teach/spain/index.html

March 30--Spanish Government's Teaching Assistant Program

Beginning April 1 --EPIK, English Program of the South Korean Government (for September departure) http://epik.go.kr/

There are many options for internships with a volunteer-service focus abroad, especially in Africa, Asia, Latin America and some other regions. In fact, there are so many we recommend asking us for advice! Deadlines typically are February-March.

See our "Quick Reference" list of the 62 organizations that came to the International Opportunities Fair for more opportunities:

Happy holidays!
Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, U-M International Center, http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt, E-mail icoverseas@umich.edu

Posted by kkowatch on December 22, 2009 at 09:41 AM | Comments (0)

Make the Most of Your Holiday Break!

From Joanna Kroll, Senior Associate Director of the SI Career Development Office....

The break between semesters is a time to relax, rejuvenate, and have some holiday fun. It is also an excellent time to implement aspects of your job/internship search that you were unable to focus on or accomplish during the Fall semester. In fact, the break may give you the spare time you need to prepare your materials, research, and apply for promising employment opportunities.

The Career Development Team wanted to provide you with a few suggested action items for using the break to get ahead on your search:

1. Spend time on iTrack
• Update your profile and resume—if you haven’t already
• Browse job and internship postings
• Create Search Agents to match your geographic preference, industry or area of interest so that you receive an automatic email notification of relevant postings

2. Create a Job/Internship Search Toolkit
• Update your resume or create several versions if you are targeting different industries
• Draft cover letters
• Create your “pitch” and prepare to deliver it to those who ask about your job search
• Create or update your online portfolio to illustrate your most relevant work/project samples
• Ask friends or family to review and give you feedback on your portfolio

3. Network
• Talk about your search and career interests to both personal and professional contacts—you’d be surprised how many leads you can get by just opening your mouth and talking about your interests at parties and family gatherings
• Make a list of all the people you know including former colleagues, classmates, friends, employers, friends, alumni, faculty, etc.
• Now is the time to connect with your summer internship mentors to give them an update on your job search and interests, ask them to connect you with other professionals in the field
• Map out a plan to contact them about your interests and job search
• Make connections through LinkedIn

4. Create an Action Plan
• Map out a plan and timeline for your job search during the winter term
• Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound) goals
• Make your plan flexible—as obstacles out of your control may impact your progress
• Plan for solutions to any obstacles you may encounter along the way

5. Check out all of the great resources our office has online to help you through all of these steps http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/resources.htm

• Five-Minute How-To Presentations
o How to Create an Effective Networking Pitch
o How to Get a Job or Internship
o How to Get a Part-Time Job
o How to Write a Resume -- In 5 Minutes Flat
• Career Development Timeline
• Sample Resumes and Cover Letters Guide
• Job and Internship Search Guide
• Professional Skills Workshops & Presentations
o ePortfolio Series: What's an ePortfolio and Why Do I Need One? (PPT)
o expoSItion and Employment Fair Preparation Workshop (PDF)
o Starting the Job Search (PDF)
o Effective Networking (includes informational interview tips and strategies) (PDF)
o Mastering the Behavioral Interview (PDF)
o The U.S. Job Search for International Students (PDF)
o Starting the Internship Search (PDF)
o The Art of Negotiation (PDF)
o Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan (PPT)
o Dining Etiquette (PPT)

We are planning many workshops and programs to continue to support you in your job search progress during the winter semester. Watch for those events when you return!

We look forward to hearing about your job and internship search updates after the break. Remember, we are here through Christmas Eve if you would like to meet for an appointment.

Happy holidays from the Career Development Team!

Joanna Kroll
Sr. Associate Director of Career Development
University of Michigan School of Information
ph 734-615-8294 fax 734-615-3587

Students/Alumni: Search for jobs on iTrack http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/students.htm
Employers: Post jobs on iTrack http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/itrack.htm
Practical Engagement Program FAQ: http://www.si.umich.edu/outreach/pep-faq.htm

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~Thoreau

Posted by kkowatch on December 16, 2009 at 02:53 PM | Comments (0)

Funding for Domestic OR International Community-Oriented Internships

I recently came across some opportunities for funding from the UM Ginsberg Center. See below... with the right community-oriented project, funding is available for both local and international internships/organizations!

Ginsberg Fellowship
The Ginsberg Student Fellowships provide University of Michigan students with an opportunity to make a significant contribution to a community in partnership with a community-based organization. Fellowships up to $1000 cover either Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter. The application process takes place in January and February. Please click on the links below for eligibility requirements and to view last year's application.
Read our Eligibility Requirements for Student Fellowships

Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship
The Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship for students who take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world, in the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg’s experience and contributions. Several fellowships will be made for summer 2010, each in the amount of up to $5000 to cover transportation, room and board, and local excursions made in connection with the project. One fellowship will be the Isabel Bagramian Summer Travel Award, given by Linda Bennett and Robert Bagramian in honor of Isabel Bagramian. At least one fellowship will go to an undergraduate student and at least one to a graduate student. The application process takes place in January and February. Please click on the link below for eligibility requirements and to view last year's application.
Download Eligibility Requirements and Application

Go the Ginsberg Center's Resource Page for other information.

For more information: Contact Ginsberg Center, 647-7402.

Posted by kkowatch on December 15, 2009 at 04:08 PM | Comments (0)

Wanted: NPOS Who Want Free Online Marketing Campaigns (Winter 2010)

Interested organizations should contact Professor Paul Resnick at presnick@umich.edu

Please help recruit local non-profit organizations that student teams (from SI529: eCommunities) could run online marketing campaigns for this winter semester. Ten to twelve organizations are being sought for this opportunity.

The organization would have to apply ASAP for a Google Grant, which would provide, for free, a pretty substantial budget to buy online ads that would link to the organization's website. Details and application at http://www.google.com/grants/details.html

If accepted into the Google Grants program, the organization would then be considered for the AdWords in the Curriculum program. If selected for that, they might get our student team running their adwords campaign for 6-8 weeks (e.g., figuring out what search words to buy ads for and how much to bid) and tracking its success. If selected for an SI student team, our team would also help the organization to do online marketing other than with AdWords (monitoring the blogosphere for mentions of the org and responding; using blogs and twitter) and tracking of that.

Please feel free to pass this message on to any organization that you think might be interested. Interested organizations that have applied for and been accepted in the Google Grants program should send Paul Resnick an email if they are interested in having a student team from the class assist them.

Posted by kkowatch on December 15, 2009 at 03:16 PM | Comments (0)

List of Social Media Sites - Your Next Potential Employer?

One of the listservs that I subscribe to just collected a list of social media sites. I thought that for your benefit (and my own too), I would post these sites. If you are a social computing specialization here at SI, or just interested in this realm, you may want to check these out. Most I am pretty familiar with, but some are new ones that I've never heard of. If you have other sites that you frequently use that are social media sites or e-communities, please share them in the comments.


Posted by kkowatch on December 04, 2009 at 01:30 PM | Comments (0)

Boren Graduate Fellowship Event & Announcements

Boren Graduate Fellowship
Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 10:45-11:30 AM, MLB Room 2008

The Boren Fellowship provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests -- including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) The fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies.

Boren Fellows are awarded up to $30,000 for up to two academic years. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study, as well as application procedures can be found at http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship.

An informational webinar for graduate students will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM. To register, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/442689961.

Representatives from the Boren Washington, D.C. office will be on campus on Thursday, December 3 from 10:45-11:30 AM in the Modern Language Building, room 2008.

The application deadline is Thursday, January 28, 2010.

Direct questions to campus contact Amy Kehoe akehoe@umich.edu.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Presentation
Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 10:00-10:45 AM, MLB Room 2008

On Thursday, December 3rd from 10am-10:45am a representative from the Institute of International Education will be speaking with interested students about the David L. Boren Scholarships in room 2008 of the Modern Languages Building.

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study and application procedures can be found at www.borenawards.org.

The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars (undergraduates) are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year.

For more information please contact Linda Popovic at lpopovic@umich.edu, or contact Boren Awards at 1 800 618 NSEP or boren@iie.org.

Posted by kkowatch on December 02, 2009 at 03:05 PM | Comments (0)