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Detroit Outgrows Silicon Valley in Tech Jobs

SI graduates--particularly those in the technology-centric specializations, may not have to go far to find great, full-time technology positions. When many of the old tech strongholds are contracting, tech jobs in Detroit are growing. With competitive salaries, less competition, and a lower cost of living, looking for work in Detroit may be a smart move for SI grads. Read more at Bloomberg.

Posted by embow on March 28, 2011 at 02:25 PM | Comments (0)

This Week at SI-CDO - Monday, March 21, 2011

In This Edition:
Employers @Si
Workshops/Programs
On-Campus Recruiting @SI
RSVP for Upcoming Events
Other Events on Campus
Did You Know?
Walk-in Hours for the Week

Employers @SI
Blackbaud Information Session
Monday, March 28
5:00-6:00 p.m.
2185 North Quad

Cataphora Information Session
Monday, March 28
6:00-7:00 p.m.
2185 North Quad

Workshops/Programs
What Can You Do With a MSI?
Career Exploration Series: Information Management

Thursday, March 24
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

In this session, the Information Mangement specialization will be introduced, examined and information will be shared on the following to help you envision your career pathway and prepare for success: required skills and abilities, employment outlook, salaries, job outcomes, industry trends, testimonies and tips, and much more.

On the Road to Kenya: U-M Librarians Making a Difference
Friday, March 25
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

Come hear U of M librarians Charles Ransom and Loyd Mbabu share their experiences leading a Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU) program. Chuck and Loyd will be taking a dozen Michigan students to Kenya to teach Bishop Lawi Imathiu Secondary School faculty and students how to use the internet to aid in teaching and learning this summer. This is an excellent example of the non-traditional roles academic librarians are playing today.

Please RSVP to attend at http://bit.ly/kenyatalk.

On-Campus Recruiting @SI
Blackbaud Interviews (Candidates pre-selected)
Tuesday, March 29
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
3360 North Quad

Microsoft Interviews (Candidates pre-selected)
Tuesday, March 29
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
3360 North Quad

RSVP for Upcoming Events
Mar 28 Networking Fair / expoSItion
Mar 31 The Art of Negotiation
Apr 1 Internship Orientation

Other Events on Campus
Global Information Week 2011
Monday, March 21 - Friday, March 25

Global Information Week provides events and a venue for students to reflect on globalization and its effect on their lives. All are welcome!

Visit http://www.lib.umich.edu/events/global-information-week-2011 for details on all events!

Walk-in Hours for the Week
If you have general career development questions, need assistance with your part-time job search, or would like your resume reviewed, you can make an appointment with Emily Bowman by emailing her at embow@umich.edu. Students who schedule appointments will be given first priority but walk-ins are welcome.

Monday, March 21 from 3 to 5
Tuesday, March 22 from 1 to 2:30
Wednesday, March 23 from 2 to 5
Friday, March 25 from 1:30 to 4
3360 North Quad

Walk-in appointments are meant to answer your quick 10-minutes or less questions. If you need a longer counseling session, please make an appointment by emailing si.careers@umich.edu.

Posted by shamille on March 21, 2011 at 01:33 PM | Comments (0)

Creating an ePortfolio for your Job Search

While artists, designers, and architects are the traditional users of portfolios, just about any professional can (and should) have a portfolio. In our current age, this means developing an electronic portfolio; a website or page that showcases the skills and abilities you have gleaned from your past work. These sites are appropriate for all professionals, but are almost necessary for job seekers in the tech fields (HCI, SC, IEM, IAR).

Building Your ePortfolio

While there are plenty of options for the less tech-savvy--Carbonmade, Krop, Portfolios.com, and Coroflot are a few--those with some technical ability would be well-served to show off your prowess by building your own. Especially if web development is a marketable skill for your field, go the old-school route and built it from the bottom up. Using a content management system such as Wordpress, Drupal, or Joomla! might be a great option, too.


What to Include in Your ePortfolio

—Before working on the content or the design of your ePortfolio, spend some time researching your ideal job descriptions at your ideal employers. What kind of skills are they seeking in a new hire? What responsibilities are emphasized? Having an idea of what is most important to your ideal employer will help you in crafting the most appropriate site.

When planning for what to include in your ePortfolio, you must decide how you want to organize it. Will you organize your content by projects? Skill sets? Will you organize things chronologically? Put a little effort into the content mapping on the front end; it will make building your site much easier. Keep in mind, how you organize your site may be influenced greatly by your industry or desired career path.

Some of the most common and appropriate content for professional portfolios fall inot the following categories: an introduction, contact, or “about me”, professional/educational projects or accomplishments, skills, work experience, extracurricular projects or accomplishments, relevant hobbies or personal interests, and a complete resume. Here are some of the things you may want to include in those sections:

—Professional/Educational Projects or Accomplishments

* Transcripts
* Scholarships
* Letters of recommendation from faculty members
* Course papers, projects, and presentations
* Conference presentations

—Skills

* Software you are proficient with
* Professional methods you know and can apply
* Languages you speak or understand

—Work Experience

* Samples of your work, positive evaluations, or accomplishments
* Recommendations from supervisors or project group members

—Extracurricular Projects or Accomplishments

* Flyers, programs, awards, letters of appreciation, certificates

—Relevant Hobbies or Personal Interests

* Awards, certificates, photos
* Travels
* Blog and/or work website

Be sure to include an introductory personal statement to demonstrate who you are, your values and philosophy, and a summary of the contents of your site on your home page. —For each section or page, write a brief summary of the contents and their relevancy to your role as a professional. Visual elements are also strongly encouraged. As you amass experience, take the time to gather photos, screenshots, and PDF’s of your work (in process as well as finished products) to add to your site.

Once you have a site built, take extra care in checking your work. You may want to enlist help from classmates, friends, or the staff at the SI Career Development Office. Just as with a resume, any misspellings or grammar errors may immediately disqualify you as a candidate. So, spend the time to make sure your ePortfolio is just right. Other things to review: functioning links, consistent labeling, and smart and usable site navigation.


Sharing Your ePortfolio

Once it’s finished, your ePortfolio URL should be on your resume, included in your cover letter, on your business cards, and in your email signature. You may even consider an increasingly popular way to share online links in the material world: a QR code. QR codes allow for users to connect with your site directly by snapping a picture of it with their mobile phones. They can be printed on the back of your business card, added to your resume, or printed on a wide variety of promotional materials. Of course, if you choose to include a QR code, make sure you also include the full URL as well. And be sure your site renders well in a mobile browser!


Ten Tips for a Great ePortfolio

1. —Limit your samples; do not include everything you have ever created – only what’s most relevant. —If you do have many examples, place your best designs toward the front/top of the ePortfolio.
2. —To make it easy for people to find you, be sure to include full contact information somewhere on your site in a searchable text format – and no contact forms!
3. —When developing your ePortfolio, be aware of download times – try everything out on several browsers.
4. Include a logo and a tagline – every major company has both, so why shouldn’t you?
5. Have an ePortfolio-only website – don’t mix your freelance site with your job-searching site
6. —Be sure that your code is simple, clean, semantically tagged, and accessible.
7. —For tech-oriented students, use more than HTML/CSS to develop your site.
8. —Include your ePortfolio as part of your LinkedIn Profile – or create one using the Creative Portfolio Display tool.
9. If you have the know how to increase the search engine optimization of your site, do so!
10. —Demonstrate your web presence (especially important for Social Computing students): Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Blogs, and other social networking tools/sites.


Other Online Resources and Tips

Looking for more tips and tricks for building an effective ePortfolio? Check out the following resources:
Build A Killer Online Portfolio
5 Tips for a Better Online Portfolio
Creating The Perfect Portfolio
10 Steps to the Perfect Portfolio Website

Posted by embow on March 14, 2011 at 03:19 PM | Comments (1)

This Week at SI-CDO - Monday, March 14, 2011

In this Edition
Workshops/Programs
Mock Interviews @SI
RSVP for Upcoming Events
Other Events on Campus
Did You Know?
Walk-in Hours for the Week

Workshops/Programs
PEP Rally: Practical Engagement Program Information Session
Thursday, March 17
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2255 North Quad

All first year students are REQUIRED to attend a Practical Engagement Program (PEP) information session if you intend on receiving academic credit for a Summer or Fall internship. Learn how to obtain your 8 PEP credits (required to graduate). Find out about the Practical Engagement Program requirements, registration process, including the CPT process for international students, in order to be eligible to receive academic credit for your upcoming internships.

Note: This is the last session of the term.

Mock Interviews @SI
Visteon
Friday, March 18
3360 North Quad
Schedule FULL

RSVP for Upcoming Events
What Can You Do With a MSI?
Career Exploration Series: Information Management

Thursday, March 24
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

In this session, the Information Management specialization will be introduced, examined and information will be shared on the following to help you envision your career pathway and prepare for success: required skills and abilities, employment outlook, salaries, job outcomes, industry trends, testimonies and tips, and much more.

Other Events on Campus
Global Grads Fair: Information for Travel, Internships, and Research Abroad
Friday, March 18
10:00am-3:00pm
Rackham Graduate School, 4th floor

If you are planning to travel for academic purposes, this event is meant for you! There will be sessions on what to do before you leave, being a positive U-M ambassador, and the ethics of research abroad. There will also be a multi-booth Information Fair, as well as regional travel panels where you can interact with peers and professionals who have traveled to specific areas and have advice and insights to share. This event is open to all graduate students.

On the Road to Kenya: U-M Librarians Making a Difference
Friday, March 25
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

Come hear U of M librarians Charles Ransom and Loyd Mbabu share their experiences leading a Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU) program. Chuck and Loyd will be taking a dozen Michigan students to Kenya to teach Bishop Lawi Imathiu Secondary School faculty and students how to use the internet to aid in teaching and learning this summer. This is an excellent example of the non-traditional roles academic librarians are playing today.

Please RSVP to attend at http://bit.ly/kenyatalk.

Did You Know?
Did you know that the exposition is only 2 weeks away? We still have a few spots available so don’t miss out on your chance to win big cash prizes! The deadline to register your project is 3/21. Register online at http://www.si.umich.edu/stulife/expo-register.htm!

Walk-in Hours for the Week
If you have general career development questions, need assistance with your part-time job search, or would like your resume reviewed, you can make an appointment with Emily Bowman by emailing her at embow@umich.edu. Students who schedule appointments will be given first priority but walk-ins are welcome.

Monday, March 14 from 12:30 to 5
Wednesday, March 16 from 2 to 5
Friday, March 18 from 2 to 5
3360 North Quad

Walk-in appointments are meant to answer your quick 10-minutes or less questions. If you need a longer counseling session, please make an appointment by emailing si.careers@umich.edu.

Posted by shamille on March 14, 2011 at 09:18 AM | Comments (0)

This Week at SI-CDO - Monday, March 7, 2011

In this Edition
Mock Interviews @SI
ASB Events
RSVP for Upcoming Events
Did You Know

Mock Interviews
Visteon
Friday, March 18
9:00-3:00 p.m.
3360 North Quad
Schedule FULL

Practice and hone your interview skills by participating in a mock interview at SI. This is a valuable opportunity to practice with a real employer who is volunteering their time to support SI students in the professional development. Sign up for an interview in iTrack by March 16!

YOU MUST HAVE AN APPROVED RESUME in iTrack to be able to schedule an interview.

ASB Events
SI Post-ASB Reflection Session
All 2011 ASB participants are invited to share about their experiences at this post-reflective session. Come learn about what everyone else did while they were on ASB or share your own story!

Tuesday, March 8
12:00-1:00 p.m.
3100 North Quad

Wednesday, March 9
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2255 North Quad

RSVP in iTrack to attend!

RSVP for Upcoming Events
PEP Rally: Practical Engagement Program Information Session
Thursday, March 17
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2255 North Quad

All first year students are REQUIRED to attend a Practical Engagement Program (PEP) information session if you intend on receiving academic credit for a Summer or Fall internship. Learn how to obtain your 8 PEP credits (required to graduate). Find out about the Practical Engagement Program requirements, registration process, including the CPT process for international students, in order to be eligible to receive academic credit for your upcoming internships.

RSVP for all workshops in iTrack to attend!

Did You Know
Did you know that SI hosts a Networking Fair to connect with you employers? Stop by the event to start networking for your job or internship search!

Monday, March 28th
9:00am-11:00am
Michigan League Ballroom

Registered Employers: Ann Arbor District Library, Biggs|Gillmore, BlackBaud, Cengage Learning, EMU Libraries, Enlighten, Ford Motor Company, ForeSee Results, HathaiTrust, ITHAKA/JSTOR, Kane Koval Associates, M Library LIT/Library Systems, Media Genesis, Menlo Innovations, MSU Libraries, Open.Michigan, ProQuest, Quicken Loans, Systems in Motion, UM Kresge Business Administration Library, UM Law Library, UM Libraries Human Resources, UM Library MPublishing, UM Museum of Art, UM Special Collections Library, UM Taubman Health Sciences Library, Washtenaw Community Health Organization and more!

RSVP in iTrack to attend!

Posted by shamille on March 07, 2011 at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

LiveWorkDetroit! - Friday, March 25, 2011

Thinking about where you want to be after graduation? Meet Detroit. Home to high-tech startups, cutting-edge medical researchers, fashion trendsetters, unrivaled restaurants, world-renown museums, and affordable places to live.

Where are the up and comers going? We want to show you.

Join us for a full day tour of the best places to live, work and play in Detroit. Along the way, you’ll meet several entrepreneurs and professionals who call the city home.

The day will conclude with a career networking reception with Detroit employers, community leaders and young professionals.

We invite you to be a part of the exciting buzz that is re-charging Detroit.

Students should sign up early since enrollment is limited and we anticipate a big response! Deadline to register is Friday, March 18.

• LiveWorkDetroit! webpage: http://www.MichiganAdvantage.org/LWD
• LiveWorkDetroit! registration: http://www.regonline.com/liveworkdetroit

TENTATIVE AGENDA
10 a.m. Kick off for LiveWorkDetroit!
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Experience Midtown and Eastern Market Tour (highlights: Willy’s Overland Lofts, Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes, Tech Town)
12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Lunch and tour at the Detroit Institute of Arts
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Experience Downtown and Corktown Tour (highlights: Guardian Building, Lofts at Merchant Row, Campus Martius, Slow’s BBQ)
5 p.m.-8 p.m. Career Networking Reception in Downtown (Compuware Building/Hard Rock Café)

Contact Stefanie Ridenour: ridenours@michigan.org

Posted by shamille on March 02, 2011 at 04:41 PM | Comments (0)