Starting the Job Search

Are you starting the job search? Check out some of the adivce and articles from the Chronical of Higher Education. Topics varify from academia to professional searches.

Strategies from the Career Center’s “Working the Room” workshop

For those of you who couldn’t make it, we wanted to share some strategies from the Career Center’s “Working the Room” workshop: 

 Personal Introduction

  • Before any networking event, you should practice a personal introduction (aka the personal script, spiel, infomercial, and elevator speech) so you can comfortably and professionally introduce yourself to others. Your introduction will obviously vary based on the type of event you’re attending, the level of familiarity you have with others at the event, and your career goals.
  • You also need to be prepared to talk about your research at different levels of detail. You should prepare three versions of your research interests: a 10-second description, 60-second description, and 5-minute description.

 Business Cards

  • Have an ample supply of business cards with you.
  • If you don’t have business cards, you can order some from the UW.
  • You can also just buy business card sheets at an office supply store and create your own.
  • Use two easily accessible pockets (or two business card  holders) for business cards – one for your own cards and one for the cards given to you by others.
  • Ask for the other person’s card before offering yours.
  • When receiving a card, jot down a note to remind you what the follow-up action should be.

For more “Working the Room” tips, along with information on a number of career-related topics, see all of the UW Career Center’s list of online resources.

Social Media: (find) jobs & (explore) careers

Accelerate your job search or expand your career exploration through social media. This online workshop to learn how to best use Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn to begin or advance your career. Tips & how-to videos & success-stories will be shared in this workshop. All students & alumni are welcome! View Workshop – Social Media: Find Jobs & Explore careers

This online resources is provided by the Career Center at the University of Washington. Additionaly online workshops can be found here: