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STUDENT NEWSLETTER OF THE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY IT Connection Volume XXIII, Issue 9 www.itdean.umn.edu/itbp 7 February 2003 Non-Profit Career Fair Join the Staff of the Preparing for Medical Minnesota School Visit more than 50 organizations in Technnolog! one day! Explore career and internship Information sessions for pre-med opportunities! -be part of an award-winning team students Attend free workshops and career -learn valuable publication skills -discussion of what medical school panels! -work with the newest publication is like technologies -admission requirements When: Tuesday, February 11, from -meet interesting new people -application process 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. -learn more about your favorite science -how you can be a strong applicant Where: McNamara Alumni Center, and technology issues 200 Oak Street SE, Mpls. Campus -make connections in the IT All Sessions will be held in 2-580 Cost: The entire fair, including the community Moos Tower career panels and workshops, are free -attend brainstorming meetings, of charge to students complete with free pizza Choose one of the following How to register: online at http:// sessions: www.idealist.org Ask not what the Technolog can do for you, but what you can do for the Thursday Feb 13 4:00 p.m. How to dress: Professionally Technolog. Tuesday Feb 18 12:15 p.m. What to bring: Copies of your resume Friday March 7 10:10 a.m. Who will be there: Resume & Cover Letter Friday March 28 3:00 p.m. -United Way Thursday April 10 4:00 p.m. -Habitat for Humanity Critique -Boys and Girls Clubs of America Tuesday April 15 4:00 p.m. -American Refugee Committee Need a quick critique? Plus many more... Need advice on formats, headings, IT’s 2003 Science and cotent? Career Panels and Workshops: Mondays, 3:35 -4:25 p.m. Technology Banquet 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:10 -11:00 a.m. “International Nonprofit Careers” Thursdays, 2:30 -3:20 p.m. “Working in the Non-Profit Sector” Held in 135 Johnston Hall Mark your calendar! Held Wednesday, April 23 2003 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Register in advance at Richard Gross, corporate VP for R&D “How to be a Successful www.cclc.umn.edu at Dow Chemical will headline the Candidate” Institute of Technology’s annual “Career in Fundraising and Grant of Techn networking and fundraising gala. The ute Writing” ollo event will take place from 5:30-8:30 it oo Inst gy ITBP pm at the Minneapolis Hyatt, 1300 y Sponsered by the University of Nicollet Mall. For more information s Bo B on ard Minnesota Career and Develop- ati of Public go to www.it.umn.edu/banquet ment Network and Idealist.org. “Polished” Students Find Success in Interviews In an interviewing situation, what’s the difference between those that “get the offers” for jobs and those that are left sitting by the phone? What makes a successful interview? Employers tell us that the best way for students to do well in an interview is to be “polished”. Polished interviewers are the ones that get the second interviews, the invitations to visit companies, and eventually the job offers. But what does “polished” mean? What does it take? Below are a few suggestions on how you can improve the success of your interviewing strategies. If you want to be “polished” in your interviewing endeavors, follow these tips: Be prepared. You must research the company and the position before you interview. Know the company structure, products or services, and key people. Also, know what the expectations are for the position. What will you be asked to do? What experience, skills, and characteristics will the employer be seeking? Know the needs of the employer and how you can meet those needs. Lastly, but most importantly, be able to articulate this to the employer! Know What Questions Will be Asked. There are several questions that are typical of interviews. A list a questions is available in the Career & Job Search Guide in the IT Career Services office (for free). Think through these questions and prepare your responses. Successful interviewers do not memorize responses, but they do think through how they might answer questions; this preparation leads to a smooth answer…polished. Be Prepared for Behavioral Interview Questions. These questions are based on the premise that past behavior will determine future behavior. Employers will ask you to talk about specific situations and how you handled those situations. Use examples that demonstrate your skills and strengths. While you need to be brief, you also need to be descriptive. Describe the situation, what you did, and the outcome. Describe the outcome in a positive way, even if things did not turn out the way you had hoped. What did you learn? What skills did you display? How does that relate to the position for which you are applying? Be prepared to answer follow up questions and never answer a question by saying “I can’t think of any examples”. Know Thyself. Be prepared to answer questions about your goals, strengths, weaknesses, and skills. Think of your transferable skills-those skills that you have learned through part-time jobs, internships, and coursework. Think of where you would like to be in five years and what type of position you are seeking. Polished interviewers have a good understanding of what they have to offer and what they hope to achieve. Join the Conversation. Recruiters do not like short, quick answers. You need to be descriptive and clear in your answers. Follow the direction of the recruiter; answer the questions that are asked rather than those that you prepared. While remaining profes- sional, get comfortable in your conversation because this will show confidence. Relax, make eye contact, and ask questions. Sell Yourself. No one will just give you a job; you have to convince an employer that you are able to provide the skills and experience that they are looking for. You must sell yourself. Show confidence in your abilities. You have skills and training to be proud of; let the employer know about them. Your education, internships, course projects, and transferable skills are all great marketing tools. Polished interviewers are able to show what skills they have, how those skills will benefit the employer, and articulate their skills to the employer. Dress the Part Business casual will NOT suffice in an interview. You must dress your best. This includes a business suit, a light-colored shirt, and a conservative tie. Limit the amount of makeup, perfume, and jewelry you wear and have a clean, controlled haircut. Dress conservative and professionally. First impressions are lasting impressions and khakis, polo shirts, or sweatshirts do NOT make a good first impression. “Polished” interviewers know what to expect, have prepared, and know how to sell their skills. Successful interviewers dress professionally, leave a lasting impression, and create a positive conversation. This makes all the difference in the success of your interviews. Intership/Scholarship Opportunity From Honeywell International Service and Travel Center's 30th Annual -Paid Honeywell Internship for Summer of 2003 -$2000 Academic scholarship for Fall of 2003, possibly International Opportunities Fair renewable for an additional year & Photo Contest Qualifications: February 19th, 10 AM - 2 PM -Upper division student Willey Hall, Upper Corridor -Female or minority -U.S. citizen or permanent resident Find a way to travel abroad! Check out international volun- -Majoring in one of the following: teer, work,travel, intern Aerospace Engineering and study programs from organizations offering opportunities Computer Engineering all over the WORLD! Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Register to win prizes, including a 15-day Eurail Pass from Rail Software/Computer Science Europe, and a $500 Travel Voucher from STA Travel! Applications are available from University of Minnesota Enter your favorite travel photo in the International Career Services, ITCS 50 Lind Hall or send an email Photo Contest by February 14th to win great prizes! request to Linda.S.Troester@honeywell.com For more information, contact Laura at (612) 625-0161 or Lynsi at (612) 625-1894 3M Technical Aide or stop by ISTC in 94 Blegen Hall! Position See you at the Fair! In Commercial Care Division Start Date: April/May 2003 For students of academic level: freshman or sophomore Prefered majors: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science, Leadership Workshop Polymer Science, Biology Spring Semester 2003 Contact Susan Yarmey 651-736-6605 firstname.lastname@example.org Open to all students but designed for leaders of student organizations, these workshops are FREE and approximately one hour in length. For more information, please contact the Choosing the Major That’s Right Student Actvites Office at 612-626-6919 for YOU! Planning a Retreat for your Organization This Program will teach you strategies for: January 28, Noon & January, 4 p.m. Student Activities Office Conference Room, -Investingating majors Coffman Memorial Union -Evaluating your interests, abilites and values -Determining which major fits your characteristics and needs A retreat can be a great opportunity to pull your organization together and get to know each other. Learn team building Wednesday February 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. exercises and goal setting strategies at this informative work- Tuesday March 4, 11:30-12:30 p.m. shop. in 51 Johnston Hall Please call 612-626-7707 for more information or to request accomodations Happy Valentine’s Day from the kissing fish!!! UPCOMING SEMINARS AND COLLOQUIA Title TBA University of Minnesota Mathematics Department of Geology and Geophysics Friday, January 24 February 13 Seminars presented on Thursdays at 3:30p.m. in 110 Pillsbury Hall followed by refreshments Harvey Thorleifson, Geological Survey of Canada IMA/MCIM Industrial Problems Seminar: Dr. Lawrence Cowsar from Lucent Technologies will speak February 13 Title TBA on “TBA” Harvey Thorleifson, Geological Survey of Canada , Title 10:10 a.m. VinH 570 TBA February 18 - AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Probability: 4:00 p.m., room TBA Professor Ofer Zeitouni will speak on “An introduction to Dr. John B. Anderson, Rice University random walks in random enviornments: homogenization, Funded by the AAPG Foundation through the Haas-Pratt hitting times, and regeneration” Endowment 2:30 p.m. VinH 206 Department of Chemistry Combinatorics: Seminars held in Smith 331 Professor Hugh Thomas from Fields Institute, Toronto will \ at 4:15 speak on “The higher Stasheff-Tamari posets and the higher Bruhat orders” February 10 3:35 p.m. VinH 207 Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado “Radicals, Reactive Intermediates and Transition States: Title TBA Automorphic Forms and L-Functions: Spectroscopy Along the Reaction Coordinate” Professor Paul Garrett will speak on “Einstein series made from tails” February 14 February 13 2:30 p.m. VinH 313 Professor Tom Hoye, University of Minnesota Harvey Thorleifson, Geological Survey of Canada University of Minnesota History of “Powerful Yet Practical 1H NMR Methods for Interrogating Reactions and Deducing Structure” Science and Technology Title TBA Lectures held on Fridays at 3:35p.m. in room 131 Tate Lab of Physics IT CONNECTION February 7 “Integrating Mind and Brain: Warren S. McCulloch and The IT Connection is an informal, bi-weekly newsletter published by the IT Board of Publications for the Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota faculty Cerebral Localization, 1930-1943.” Tara Abraham, Max and students. It is funded through student service fees with partial funding through Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. the IT Alumni Society. Opinions in the IT Connection are those of its contributors, and do not portray those of the University of Minnesota, its faculty and students, nor the IT Board of Publications. February 14 No Colloquium If you are interested in working on the staff, feel free to come in and talk to the editors. Please email the editors to set up an appointment. The Office is located in 5 Lind Hall. Phone: 612-624-9816. February 21 If you wish to submit an article or announcement, you must do so at least two “Promising Genomics, Speculating on Iceland.” Michael weeks in advance. Submissions may be dropped off in the IT Connection mailbox Fortun, Department of Science and Technology Studies, in 106 Lind Hall or emailed to email@example.com. The weekly deadline Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. for article submissions is Friday at noon. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. (Noon at Carlson School of Management 2-215) Editor- Jen Idziorek (firstname.lastname@example.org) “From Bhopal to an Informated Environmentalism.” Kim Advisors - Sharon Kurtt and Paul Sorenson Fortun, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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