Watson
Career and Alumni
Connections
Watson Career and Alumni Connections
(Domestic/ International)
Agenda
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Mission of the department
Importance of Networking
Resumes
Interviews
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Watson Career Connections:
What’s our purpose?
Professional Skills
Networking &
Employment
Training
Engagement
Opportunities
Increase Placement
and
Career Success
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Professional Skills Training
• Seminars on Interviewing, Resumes & Cover letter prep, Promoting
Yourself, Networking
• Ready for Takeoff Class Offered – non credit class to provide students with
professional skills needed to land a job
• One-on-One resume / cover letter reviews
• Resources: Watson Career & Alumni Website, Biweekly newsletters, Social
Media, Checklist– what to do to launch your engineering careers
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Networking and Engagement
Opportunities
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Industry Tours: NYC and Local tours
EY Trajectory Program
Industry & Alumni Panels
Engineers Week 2014 - Kickoff event, Professional Seminar, Speed
Networking
• Alumni and Industry mentoring sessions
• Campus Career Fair & Metro Career Night
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Employment Opportunities
• Making connections with Industry, Alumni, Research
Partners
• PI Day to Recognize Graduating Students and build bridge to
Alumni Network
• Alumni Events – San Jose, Boston, Seattle, New York City to
make connections
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International Collaborations
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Programs: India Student Trip, Korea - Samsung 10 student internship
Visits: VIT, Anna University, VI, IIT Bombay, PES Institute of Technology (India);
Industry visits in Bangalore India, UEC in Tokyo
Alumni Events – Bangalore, India, August 2013; Taipei,
November 2013 Mumbai, India, January 2014
• Student Trips: India
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Freshman Year
Resumes / Cover Letters •Prepare Resumes & include high school experiences –
attend workshops / CDC
/ Interview Skills
Events
Networking
Get Involved!
Consider your major
•Put yourself out there!
•Initiate networks, reach out, attend career fair!
•Insight On-Site, Linked In, hireBING
•Join a club!
•Engineering Discipline / CS
Summer time
Internships
Summer jobs/
Volunteer work
Conferences
and seminars
Leadership
workshops
The Value of Networking
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Networking
 What percentage of individuals obtain jobs via
networking??
 When should you build your network??
 It’s one of the most important processes you will use to
obtain a job and need to become very comfortable at it
 It’s the process of building alliances and relationships
 Powerful tool both in the beginning of your career as well
as advancement – you never stop networking!
 You need to seek out and connect with individuals who
can support your career path
 The more you practice the skill, the easier and more
proficient you will become at it
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Ways to Develop Network
 Reach out to sources
• People you know – domestically and internationally
• Relatives
• Friends and Acquaintances
• Co-workers
• Neighbors
• Friends of Parents
• Parents of Friends
• Alumni
• Teacher/Professor/University Contacts/Watson Career and
Alumni Connections/CDC
• Peers
 Very difficult to find your way in via Human Resources
• Need to put a face behind the pile of resumes
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Ways to Develop Network
 Reach out to sources
• People you don’t know but can gain access to
- Online social networks such as LinkedIn
- Alumni Association Professional Network
- Thomas J Watson School of Engineering and Applied
Science Alumni
- Binghamton University Alumni Association Job Forum
• Professional Associations – Students groups
• Attend Conferences; they often have job fairs
• Job Fairs
• Volunteer Work – invest in your future career
• Internships – Domestically & Internationally
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Finding a position
• Utilize a Diverse Approach
• CDC – hireBING
• Any connections our office make for with industry, alumni,
research are posted via hireBING
• Visit corporate, research, educational and government website
• Some other online job resource websites include:
www.monster.com
www.indeed.com
http:engineering.careerbuilder.com
www.linkedin.com
www.engineeringjobs.com
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RESUME
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The Purpose:
To provide readers with a concise summary of your experiences,
skills, and qualifications using a consistent theme/brand
The Goal:
To convey your strengths, objectives, and message in a way that
creates interest from employers, ultimately leading to interviews
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Resume Basics
Pay attention to Content and Form
 Content
• Concise: phrases not sentences; choose words carefully
• Think in terms of the reader
• Gear your resume to the skills, experiences and qualities employers seek
• Action and results oriented
• Promote relevant background
• Factual: do not misrepresent
 Form
• Organize into categories that are easy to read and identify by employers
(visually appealing layout)
• Most relevant information first
• Consistent presentation
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The Components of a Bullet
What
How
Results
• What exactly did you do?
• Start off with a STRONG action verb
• NO “Responsible for” or “Worked with”
• What was your methodology or process?
• Did you use any relevant software programs?
• What technical or interpersonal skills did you
demonstrate?
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What was the purpose/outcome?
How did you contribute to the bigger picture?
Quantify results if possible.
How successful was this experience?
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Strong Content
Strong
action verbs
convey and
support
your brand
NO
“laundry
lists”
Quantify
where
feasible
Search the
job
description
for clues
Stronger , more compelling, and
consistent content increases the
chance for an interview
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Typical Categories
• Identifying Information
• Objective
• Education
• Technical Skills/Courses
• Relevant Experience
• Lab/Research Experience
• Engineering Projects
• Leadership Experience
Dependent on Experience/
Job Description
• Activities/Other Experiences
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Identifying Information
INCLUDE
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Name
Permanent Address (local for Study Abroad Students)
Phone Number
Email Address
• Example:
Dia Rigong
1234 Resume Lane, Engineer NY, 123456
(111) 111-1111 | [email protected]
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Objective
 A brief statement providing focus and direction to your
resume indicating what position you seek and what you
offer
 The rest of the resume should provide evidence of
your qualifications for the position you seek
• optional
• focus on employer’s needs
• communicates a sense of direction
• influences how resume is organized
• brief -- one or two lines
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Objective
Samples
 A position as a computer systems analyst at Lockheed
Martin
 An HVAC Intern position at BAE Systems
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Education
 Should Include:
 institution name
 degree, major, date expected
 GPA (overall)
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minor or concentration
GPA (major)
Honors
Honor societies
Dean’s list
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Education
Samples
EDUCATION
Binghamton University, State University of New York - Watson School of Engineering
Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering
3.X/4.0 GPA, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Honors Society
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Technical Skills / Courses
• For example: Software Packages, Languages, Operating
Systems
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Relevant/Professional Experiences
 Which Experiences Do I Write About?
• Create a list of all positions and activities in
which you have been involved (paid/unpaid)
• Review the list to identify those that relate
most to your objective
• These are the positions that you will focus on in
the Experience section
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Experience
 NOT limited to paid employment
 Consider what relates:
• Internships
• Volunteer work
• Campus involvement
• Employment
• Independent study
• Special projects
• Field work
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For Each Entry…
Include:
• Organization name, city and state
• Dates of activity (month/year to month/year) – right
justified
• Position held
• Bullets – what, how & why/results
BE CONSISTENT!
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Relevant Experiences
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Project / Lab Experience
• Projects
• For example: Senior Project, Junior Project,
Environmental Issues Project, Reverse Engineering
Project
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Leadership Experience / Activities
• Involvement shows another dimension of you as a candidate
• Campus activities, volunteer positions, committees,
athletics
• Include position, organization name, location, and dates of
involvement (month/year – month/year)
• Include descriptive statements to highlight skills developed or
accomplishments
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Leadership Examples
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Logistics of a Resume
Type in word,
send as PDF to
retain formatting
Set all margins to
.5”
Point size: name
at 14 – 16, text at
10 – 12
Font type: Times
New Roman or
Arial
Keep it to ONE
page!
Objectives should
be specific to
company,
otherwise left out
List position,
organization,
location, and
dates
Match verb tense
to dates
Stay consistent
and 100% error
free!
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Quick Resume Tips
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FClWySJ6Sxs
• Talk show – the severity of typos!
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Resume Review
First stop…for resume review - CDC
Watson Career and Alumni Connections
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00am-3:00pm
C-POD of the Engineering Building
Send your resume/cover letter to:
[email protected]
Reference guides available on our website:
http://www.binghamton.edu/watson/student-services/career/index.html
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Interview Tips
Interviews
 Why an interview?
• Getting to know you and if you’re a “fit”
 What kind?
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Phone
Virtual
Face-to-face
Panel
Group
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1st Step - Prep
 Research the firm/organization
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What are they “known” for?
Who are their clients/constituents(profile)?
What is the “culture”?
Is there a “lingo” to the dept you’re applying to?
Why is this important?
Glassdoor can be a useful tool!
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Still Prepping……
 Review your resume/application
• Make sure you can “talk” about everything
• What did you get out of each experience
• What do you want to highlight to the interviewer
• Have a copy with you during interview
 Write it down!!!
• Your highlights or details
• Questions
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Still prepping
• Interview
• Why you? Why This? Why us?
• Know typical general interview behavioral questions and
practice them
• Tell me about yourself
• Why have you chosen this major
• What is your greatest accomplishment
• What is your greatest challenge
• Describe a problem you encountered and how you
succeeded
• Talk about a group project
• Know typical technical interview questions and practice them
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Still prepping
 Technical interview questions are to gauge problem solving skills when put
on the spot
 Dependent on the job requirements, experiences/skills
 Example Questions:
• Software Engineer
• What is the difference between Calloc and Malloc?
• Explain what are data structures
• Electrical Engineer
• What are voltage dividers used for
• How are analog signals converted to digital signals
• Mechanical Engineer
• What are the laws of Thermodynamics
• Interpret a stress vs. strain curve
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More Prep work….
 Practice, Practice, Practice!!
 Attend Mock Interviews at CDC
 Talk to people!
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Have your friends interviewed before?
How did it go?
What questions did they ask?
What does he wish he would have done differently?
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The Time is Now!
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Get enough sleep
Eat something
Sit up straight
Take a deep breath
Smile
Eye Contact
Dress for success
Remember….You are interviewing the firm as much as they are
interviewing you!
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Dress for success
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Professional, Business Casual, Casual
For interview and as you begin a new job, dress professional
Once you are in the job, culture will determine dress code!
Better to be overdressed
If you’d wear it to a club or on a date……..don’t wear it to
work
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Dress for success
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Dress for success
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Dress for success
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Dress for success
Appearance and Grooming
 Try to find out culture of the company and if you don’t know
start off being conservative
• It’s critical to be clean/neat from head to toe
• Conservative jewelry/accessories
• Don’t overdo cologne or perfume
• No food or gum
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What to Have on Hand
• Resume/supporting documents
• The person’s name and title
• Use formal address unless they ask otherwise
• Padfolio / briefcase
• Pen and paper
• Notes / Questions you have for the firm
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Answering Questions
 You need to be clear and concise
• Speak slowly and enunciate
 Watch your language/grammar
• Easy to fall into slang when on a roll
 Are you telling them what you want them to know?
• Refer to your notes & resume
 Ensure to ask questions at the end of the interview
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Summary
GOOD LUCK AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, PREPARE!
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