Students and Alumni Seeking Employment
Prepping for Job Search
Create a Symplicity Account
If you don’t already have a Symplicity account, you should create one now at this link:
Benefits of having a Simplicity account:
- Receive job blasts and notifications when new jobs are posted
- Apply to job via simplicity or obtain website to apply directly to the company
- Receive information on career events, info sessions, co-op seminar (for co-op students)
Writing A Resume:
- Resumes and Templates
- Details of writing resume
What is a cover letter?
A cover letter, typically no more than a page, explains the interest you have in a specific company, sort of as an introduction to your resume. It is company specific, and a good tool to explain why you want to work for that company and what you can contribute to them as an employee.
When do I need a cover letter?
Plan to provide a cover letter unless the otherwise instructed by the hiring company’s website. Email applications must always contain a cover letter.
What should I include in a cover letter?
- Tells the employer the type of position you’re seeking — and your credentials.
- Highlights your experience most relevant to the position.
- A place to display your skills, talents, and experience for the position.
- Space to elaborate on your experiences.
- Affords you the opportunity to show your writing skills and enthusiasm.
- It should be short just one page, 3-4 short paragraphs.
Tips for prepping for an interview
- Review Interview questions
- Research the Company
- Dress to impress
- Arrive Early
- Professional Behavior
- Ask Questions
Info Sessions and Workshops
- Only 10% to 20% of all job openings are advertised (Job-Hunt.org)
- Contact (maybe to just ask for help)
- Former (co-op) employers and associates
- Former (co-op) employer competitors
- Related expos and trade shows
- Friends and relatives
- ALWAYS PROVIDE A RÉSUMÉ
Linked In (add in description and url)
Professional Associations – (add in updated list with urls)
Online Job Search Resources
Different companies label their sites with various names such as: “Careers”, “Employment”, “University”, “University Relations”, or “College Relations”
For internships or co-op type in the job search box, type in “co-op” or “internship”
Common Job Search Sites:
It is not intended nor recommended that you register with any of the agencies listed, use for obtaining company names.
Tips on how to Research A Company
Employers expect you to know these things about their company:
- Products or Services
- General history
- Performance (financial – how big, EPS, stock price…)
- Leaders of our company
- Philosophy of our company
CHECKLIST – TARGET COMPANY
|Company Mission||Financial Performance|
|Products – how do they make $||How big is it$ (Sales$)|
|History – when, how did they start?||Profit (EPS)|
|Company leader(s) – CEO, chief technical officer||Stock Price: $/share|
|Locations – headquarters||Price/earnings ration (P/E)|
|Company philosophy||V% (How much has it changed in 12 months)|
Online Resources for Checking out a Company
www.manta.com – for small companies
http://www.thomasnet.com/ – for all companies – especially larger companies
International Job Tips/Sources
PhD Student Opportunities