Public Service Career Launch - Spring 2011
Academic Advising and Career Center
Presented by Ashley Lewis
firstname.lastname@example.org | 916.278.5089
1 Preparing for the
2. Networking in General
3 Introduction to LinkedIn
Career Fairs in General
Who has attended
a Career Fair?
What was your
What would have
Preparing for the Government Mixer
Look at the list of agencies who will
attend and identify targets:
Do your research
for S ccess
Dress f r Success
During the Government Mixer
Make eye contact with the recruiter,
shake their hand and introduce
Sincerity always wins. Try not to
over exaggerate or undersell your
i d i k h i li
If interested, pick up their literature,
ask for a business card, and if
possible leave your resume
During the Government Mixer
Be familiar with government terminology and use it
to your advantage:
◦ Ask federal agencies if they have used the Federal Career Intern
program in the past and if they have a replacement yet
◦ Ask what exams are open; and what kind of exams do they use
(oral, written, continuous, etc)
◦ Are they filing exemptions for certain positions
◦ What is a good “entry level” opportunity
◦ What classification and level (GS or I, II, III) do they suggest based
on your experience
More Sample Questions
1. What types of career opportunities do you offer?
2 Can you describe the qualifications and skills you look for
in an applicant?
3. What types of projects might I expect to work on in my
first year with the agency?
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4. What is a typical career path with your agency?
5. What is a typical day like?
6 What makes someone successful with your agency?
7. What advice would you give someone seeking work within
8. entry level
What type of entry-level positions or training programs
exist within your organization?
9. Where does your agency primarily post jobs?
May I have yyour business card for future contact?
After the Government Mixer
Stay in contact with the representatives!
◦ Send a thank you letter/email, mentioning
something you talked about to jog their memory
◦ Also attached a copy of your resume
◦ Follow-up on questions you have about the
◦ Let them know when
you have followed
their advice or
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What is networking?
What is your experience with
What worked; what didn’t?
Elevator speech activity
Networking with Government
What it will not do for you: help you go around
the competitive hiring process
What it will do for you: give you the inside scoop
◦ Jobs that might be upcoming
◦ Provide advice for applying
◦ Make a difference in the final stage of the hiring process
Ways to Make Contact
Attend a career fair, mixer, employer lecture, or
employer lead workshop and talk with a recruiter.
Ask him/her for a business card.
Check out professional associations where agency
reps may be members
Look in Career Connection
Call them up! Find contact info on vacancy
t j b ti j t ll the
announcements, job postings, exams, or just call th
main number listed on google maps
Find people on LinkedIn!
Who knows what LinkedIn is?
Has anyone found it to be useful?
Professional Networking Online
LinkedIn Has Plenty of Potential
◦ Over 75 mil professionals from 150+
◦ R hl one new sign-up/second
Roughly i / d
◦ Over 37,000 college & university
◦ Profile, recommendations,
introductions, search engines, groups,
job boards, company pages
The Importance of a Profile
“LinkedIn is the New Resume”
– Talent Acquisition Team,Vanir Construction Management
A Good Profile Gives You
Who to Connect With
“LION”s Trusted Connections
Linked In Open People you have
Networker (LION) worked and/or
Bridge networks studied with
otherwise closed Importing Contacts
to you Searching
Find them by University or
searching groups Family and Friends
Who to Connect With
◦ Decision makers
◦ Advice givers
Talent Acquisition Professionals
◦ Info Collectors
How to Connect with People
Beware of “IDK”
Use your maiden name in parenthesis
ALWAYS write a personal message. Let them
know the context and reason for the invitation
I came across your profile and was very impressed with the work you
do. I have been working in/studying (IT, marketing, operations, etc.) and
am currently considering agencies where I might be a good fit. I would
appreciate the opportunity to link with you to gain insight and advice
about potential jobs in (IT, marketing, operations, etc) at your
organization or other organizations where you have LinkedIn
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connections. Also, I am actively meeting people who might be a strong
addition to your network. I would be happy to make introductions and
offer support to you in any way I can. If you choose not to accept my
invitation please click on “Archive” instead of “I Don’t Know.”
Best Regards,Y N
B tR d Your Name
Invitation to link…example adapted from www.networldingblog.com
Your Ticket to a Better Network!
Once you are in, find out
who is: iin your area, movers
and shakers, interested in
networking, at companies or
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in the type of job y are
Invite to connect or
Respond to discussion posts
Review job postings to the group
Join Career Center associated groups!
◦ Sac State Clean and Green, Sac State ECS, and Pathways Link
LinkedIn Learning Center: http://learn.linkedin.com/
PWC Personal Brand Week:
15 Second Pitch (online builder)
The Quintessential Guide to Job Search 2.0: Advancing Your
Career Through Online Social Media:
htt :// intcareers c m/Q intessential Careers Press/J b Search/
Social Media Expert, Raz Chorev’s blog: http://www.razchorev.com/
The Undercover Recruiter Blog: www theundercoverrecruiter com
Student Guidelines, Johns Hopkins University: