FAQ and Feedback
The iSchool Career Services team is dedicated to communicating and working thoughtfully with every student who seeks our support. Over time, we have found some questions are frequently asked, often related to the ongoing pandemic and the services we provide. Below you will find a list of common student questions categorized by topic.
For your convenience, please check for your question prior to reaching out to Career Services. If you do not see your question, we invite you to email iCareers@uw.edu or submit an Anonymous Feedback Form.
This FAQ was last updated on April 21, 2021.
COVID-19 and Virtual Recruitment
How will this situation impact my job or internship offer?
As you can imagine, employers are dealing with a lot of uncertainties themselves, but they will contact you as there are updates. A national survey of employers with 350 responses in May 2020 indicated that 64% of employers intend to move forward with their hiring offers as planned.
Anecdotally, we’ve heard that local employers have a range of plans – some are moving their new interns and employees to remote work, some are postponing start dates, and some are canceling internships and revoking job offers. The UW Career and Internship Center has a comprehensive COVID-19 & Career Student FAQ page, and we recommend reading through it to find answers to many of your questions.
If you have additional questions or concerns, schedule a 30 minute 1:1 appointment with the Career Services team via iCareers or come to a virtual drop-in (view our drop-in hours), or attend one of our upcoming small group sessions or workshops.
What support is Career Services offering in response to these current events?
Career Services will be offering weekly online small group career coaching sessions and workshops to address questions such as how to network while social distancing, how to stay focused on the job search in uncertain times, and how to prepare for online interviews. Log in to iCareers to view the full calendar of small group coaching sessions and workshops, to make a 1:1 career advising appointment, and to access Zoom links for the virtual drop-ins. To view past workshops, visit our Workshop Recordings page. Starting with the Class of 2020 onward, all iSchool students will have access to Career Services for one year after graduation.
Who is still hiring?
Despite all the changes in the job market as a result of the pandemic, there are still companies hiring right now. These job boards and hiring tracker sites will help you find opportunities and determine which companies are still hiring.
- Career Services’ List of Job Boards
- 500 Companies Hiring Students on Handshake Right Now
- Candor Who’s Hiring
- 50 Tech Companies Hiring During Coronavirus
- Seattle Start-Up Hiring Tracker
- LinkedIn Who’s Hiring Right Now
- Schools & Colleges Who's Hiring Google Doc
I have concerns about the job search process; who can I talk to?
All current Informatics, MSIM, MLIS, and iSchool Ph.D. students are invited to make an appointment to talk to a career advisor about the job search process. You can schedule an appointment with Caitlin Goldbaum (Assistant Director for Career Services) or Julie Loh (Career Advisor) through iCareers.
Law Librarianship students can also schedule an appointment with Carla Wale (Senior Lecturer; Director, MLIS Law Librarianship Specialization) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.685.4980.
Supporting International Students
How do I obtain CPT or OPT work authorization?
If you are a student with an F-1 visa, you may wish to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) in order to gain credit through an internship as a continuing student, or you may be seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization to be hired in a full-time role after graduation. You must meet certain requirements before you can apply to gain CPT/OPT. Read more about CPT eligibility and OPT eligibility on the International Student Services website. While our office is not involved in CPT/OPT forms or decisions, we are more than happy to support you to seek and apply to positions that hire international students.
What employers sponsor H1-B visas?
Due to COVID-19’s impact on the labor market, many employers are no longer able to provide sponsorship. However, we advise you not to become discouraged. As a first stop, please explore the UW Career Center’s Going Global resource, which contains a directory of many employers currently open to hiring international students and providing sponsorship for H1-B work visas.
What are the career outcomes for iSchool students?
Should I use a template for my resume? Do I need multiple versions of my resume?
While templates can be good starting points for building a resume, it is essential to tailor your resume specific to your strengths, which often requires reexamining the sections and organization of your resume. For every job position, you should tailor your resume to highlight key phrases and experiences specific to the role you’re applying for.
Do I need a portfolio? How can I get help with my portfolio?
It depends. Portfolios are primarily needed for those entering UX or design fields. However, students entering other fields may also find it beneficial to use portfolios to showcase projects and skills to potential employers. For additional help, we have provided a few helpful links on the Job Documents page or schedule an appointment with us. Our office also offers portfolio review feedback — just email iCareers@uw.edu with your portfolio.
Can you give me feedback on my resume or cover letter?
Yes! To receive feedback on your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn or supplemental job documents (such as diversity statements), email your document to iCareers@uw.edu as a PDF. You may submit your resume up to 2 times per quarter. Job document review is available to current students as well as alumni for up to 1 year following graduation.
I’m not an iSchool student. Can I make an appointment with Career Services?
The iSchool’s career services, including making appointments, are only available to current iSchool students and alumni (up to one year after graduation starting with Class of 2020 onward) from any of our following degree programs: Informatics (INFO), Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM), Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Law Librarianship, and Doctorate of Information Science (PhD). INFO minors and all other UW students and alumni can schedule an appointment with the UW Career & Internship Center.
I’m an incoming iSchool student. Can I make an appointment with Career Services before I start?
All new or incoming iSchool students beginning Fall quarter will be able to schedule appointments with Career Services in iCareers during mid-September. For incoming iSchool students for other quarters, they will be able to schedule appointments in iCareers during the first week of their first quarter of enrollment.
I’m an iSchool alum. For how long am I still allowed to make an appointment with Career Services?
Starting with the Class of 2020 onward, all iSchool students will have access to Career Services for one year after graduation. This includes scheduling 1:1 appointments, attending online drop-ins, and participating in iSchool career workshops and events. You may use your iCareers alumni account or email iCareers@uw.edu to schedule an appointment.