On July 10, I went to a career workshop with other BLIP 13 students. It was our second time to have a lecture with Dr. Jake Livengood; his lectures are always fun and engaging, and so many students didn’t want to miss it.
First we talked about the two main ways to find a job or internship which is Reactive and Proactive. Reactive is online postings
Step 1. Utilize job posting sites
www.indeed.com is one of the sites he recommended. It is a job hunting site, available in many countries including Japan.
Step 2. Create LinkedIn Account and use LinkedIn job board
www.linkedin.com LinkedIn is a main site where recruiters look for candidates. Jake’s advice was, use a professional picture and join to the groups that match your interest.
Proactive is networking which is a process of helping others and learning about people and opportunities. It was very interesting to hear that 70-80% of jobs are found through networking.
Step 1. Informational Interviews: Seek Advice, Information, and Referrals (AIR)
Let us learn more about career options by interviewing people about their work and career path. Even if you are not looking for a job yet, we can seek out advice, information, and referrals to additional contacts.
Step 2. Attend career fairs and career events.
※Boston Career Forum
November 7th (Fri.) – 9th (Sun.), 2014 at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)
How to develop your 30- second introduction
30-second self-introduction is a brief statement that usually contains your degree, experience and goals. It helps make you unique to a potential employer and stand out for employment.
And this is my example introduction:
Hello, my name is Stephanie Kobayashi, and I am a sophomore at Showa Women’s University majoring in English Communication. I have gained useful knowledge about communicating while learning at Showa Boston. I have the ability is to speak English, Japanese, Tagalog and I am also currently learning Spanish. Along with my education, I have worked at a hotel for a year where I gained valuable experience working with a variety of people. Recently I interned at Showa Institute Global Education Center where I observed office works, and improved my computer and English skills. I am currently seeking a position as a hotel general manager.
Job Search Website
CareerCross (Japanese, English)
CareerForum (CFN) (English, Japanese)
The lecture was very beneficial for meeting people from the companies where we are seeking employment. The introduction part was very interesting and very important for me. We can look very professional just having our own 30 seconds self-introduction. We are all looking forward to Dr. Livengoods’ lecture in the fall.