November 9, 2021
A NOTE FROM THE UCS DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, KORI RENN
I work with students on the daily during one of the most stressful aspects of their academic journey, the job search. This time each year, the world comes crashing down as the companies who come to campus to recruit extend offers, make decisions and students, at an institution like the IU Kelley School, get their first no’s in their academic careers. For someone deeply embedded in the process, it’s easy to say, “It’s not over, don’t worry. There are additional opportunities out there.” I have the benefit of context and experience. However, many of you who are juniors and seniors don’t have the benefit of that context. If you are a student feeling at the end of your rope, take the words of Franklin Roosevelt in stride, “Tie a knot and hang on.” You’re not at the end.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to reset and move forward.
- On Campus recruiting: This is only a small portion of the active job market for entry level talent.
- Timing is hugely important: Employers need talent when they have an open role. If you’re not available to start now or within a few weeks, you’re not in the mix for an actively recruited role but that doesn’t mean you’re not on the radar.
- Keep connecting: The more you know about an organization and the more they know about you, the better.
- Don’t fret the losses: OK, so you didn’t get your 1st choice. On average, employees stay in their first role less than 24 months. If you really want that first choice, keep getting after it. Make sure the roles you pursue add skillsets that would make you a more attractive candidate for when you’re looking for your 2nd job. Further, do some reflection. Perhaps the firm you didn’t get isn’t the dreamboat you thought it was. The recruitment process isn’t always perfect but in its imperfection, the process often creates opportunities for self-awareness and growth.
- Remember, you’ve set yourself up to win: You’re on track to secure a degree from one of the top business institutions in the country. In the 4 walls of Hodge Hall, you may not feel like the top candidate but once you get into the open marketplace I assure you, your skill sets will stand out.
- Put on your earmuffs: Don’t listen to the noise and LinkedIn posts of success. Remember, students only post their wins. They don’t post every no they got and the students who are seeking, certainly don’t post their struggles. Focus on you, what you’re trying to accomplish, your unique timeline and search and do your best to block out the noise from others.
- Available resources: There are resources available to help including friends, family, your career services office, alumni. You have a host of resources at your fingertips, but you have to engage them. If you need advice on how to do that, come see me or one of the other coaches at the UCS. We’re here to help!
DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS NATIONAL VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR – TODAY, NOV. 9
This virtual career fair focuses on the opportunity for employers and students of diverse backgrounds to network and learn about each other. We encourage you to ask questions about company culture and how the respective companies are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Hear about companies’ diverse roles and programs as well as their summer internships, full-time roles post-graduation, or immediate hire roles. Click here for more information and to register to participate.
LANDING AN INTERNATIONAL JOB WITHOUT GETTING OFF THE COUCH
Have you thought about working or living in another country but didn’t know where to start? Now that virtual recruitment has become more embedded in the job search process, it’s never been more important – or easier — to build relationships to navigate your global career plans. Whether you are a domestic or international student interested in a global career, this workshop taking place this Friday, Nov. 12 can help you make connections and develop strategies to launch that international career all from the comfort of your own couch!
During this International Education Week virtual event, meet global experts and alumni and learn about our IU Global Gateways to discover how others have launched their international careers and identify resources and strategies to build your worldwide connections. Click here for more information, a list of guest speakers, and a detailed agenda.
UCS RESUME BOOKS – HELP US PROMOTE YOU TO COMPANIES STILL HIRING
A resume book is a digital compilation of students’ resumes, by major and graduation year, that the UCS makes available for hiring employers at their request. This helps us promote you to companies! However, uploading your resume to Handshake does not automatically include you in the resume book – you have to follow these steps. Employers request resumes of students who are in the job market, so if this is you, upload your resume as soon as possible to help maximize your visibility to companies.
SHARE YOUR GRATITUDE
As we enter into this season of giving thanks, the UCS invites you to write a brief 1-2 line shout-out to someone here at Kelley – a fellow student, staff member or faculty – who may have helped or supported you with something or who you are grateful for their presence in your life. Fill out the following survey to share your gratitude – Share Your GRATITUDE survey – and the UCS will publish these Expressions of Gratitude in the remainder of the UCS newsletters this month. See below for this week’s gratitude messages.
- Professor Ball | I have had an amazing semester learning ops from Professor Ball! He does a great job sharing his experiences with the class and always makes sure we feel supported. I look forward to his class every week and will miss seeing him next semester. ~Anonymous
- Marina Cabrel | Marina is always willing to help out another peer coach and is so fun to be around! ~Everdina de Koning
- Professor Jie Li | I am thankful for Professor Li because of her overall support of me during my time at Kelley. She has supported me in my pursuit of study abroad and of being involved on campus, and so I am very thankful for her! ~Bryce Dixon
- Jill Storm, my UCS colleague | I love her initiative and can-do attitude and her positivity is contagious! ~Eunice Donovan, UCS Career Coach
- How to Find the Jobs You Want on Handshake
- How to Get the Best Job Recommendations on Handshake
- Informational Interview Guide
1st Year Students
- K2C First-Year Fast Track: Mini-Resume Workshop & Finding Meaningful Experiences – THIS WEEK, Friday, Nov. 12