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2013

International Students' Job Search Success Stories

Are you an international student looking to secure an internship or full - time employment in the US? International students face certain challenges and restrictions throughout the job hunt. Maximize your chances of securing industry experience by taking advantage of networking opportunities that allow you to gain helpful advice and suggestions. 

Hear from a panel of international, engineering students who successfully found internships and career employment in the US at companies such as IBM, Goldman Sachs, and Cummins Inc. Join us on Monday, November 4th at 7:30PM in 014 University Hall to learn about panelists’ experiences and tips for finding a position!

Various topics will be discussed that are aimed towards improving your job search success:

  • Understanding the basics of successfully applying and interviewing for positions in the US
  • Developing applicable skills that employers seek
  • Building a network of contacts
  • Utilizing effective job search resources

The event … 

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How to answer the "weakness question"

We’re still in the midst of on-campus interview season! Be sure you are well prepared for what is commonly known as “behavioral-based interview questions.” There are some questions that aren’t so bad, like “Tell me about yourself”, or “Why are you interested in our company?” Then, there are the trickier ones: “So, tell me, what is your greatest weakness?”

It is assumed that practice makes perfect. But in some cases, you must first be aware of the “do’s” and “don’ts.” Here are a few tips on how to answer the “weakness question”:

Don’t be overly broad:  Make sure to be specific when explaining your weakness. For example, saying “I am not good at communicating in a large group of people” can sound extremely different in comparison to “Sometimes I have trouble giving presentations to a big audience.”

DO show how you are improving this weakness: If your … 

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Know Your Interviewing Rights!

After graduating from college, I was a supervisor at a coffee shop for a couple years. One of my favorite aspects of that position was interviewing potential new hires. Whether you are looking for a position as a barista or a software engineer, the purpose of an interview is pretty similar across the board: gather information from the candidate and assess whether they fit the position or not. However, while conducting an interview, an employer needs to avoid asking questions or making comments that might infringe upon a candidate’s rights. Be sure you know yours before you step foot in the interview!  This week’s blog post sheds light on what questions employers are—and are not—allowed to ask you, including the following:

Race – As a general rule, an employer may not discuss or ask questions pertaining to an applicant’s race. This can include inquiries into physical characteristics (skin, hair, or … 

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Requesting recommendations via LinkedIn

An important part of your professional identity is a solid LinkedIn profile. Take your profile from mediocre to above average by including recommendations! Recommendations help showcase your experiences and illustrate your strengths to others in the professional realm. Since potential employers will often go to LinkedIn to scope out a candidate, it's a great idea to have positive comments on your page. It's easy for us to talk about ourselves, but the opinion of others can carry much more weight. LinkedIn provides an easy way to ask for recommendations from your connections, but you want to make sure you do it in a way that is most likely to yield results! Here are a few steps to follow to be successful in requesting recommendations:

1.      Decide whom you’d like to ask – recommendations should come from someone who knows your work. This can be a supervisor, co-worker, or supervisee … 

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Using Pinterest during your job search

Pinterest is known primarily as a place to share the latest recipes, fashion, and DIY crafts. But how about as a place for job searching? Pinterest is now evolving into a unique tool for job seekers. With over 100 million visits a month, Pinterest is becoming a leading force in social media. Consider using the platform to showcase your work, learn helpful job search tips, and find career inspiration all while increasing your (positive) online presence. Here are some ways to use Pinterest during your job search:

Learn about companies you’d like to work for–
You can learn a lot about a company by viewing their pinboards and who they follow on Pinterest. These pinboards will give you an overview of what services the company offers and what topics they find useful and worth sharing. This is a great way to get a feel for the company culture and work … 

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