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Career Center for Science and Engineering

Announcements from October 2011

CCSE is in 390 Shepherd Labs

October 31, 2011

The CCSE is temporarily housed in 390 Shepherd Labs. Students can still schedule appointments by calling 612-624-4090 or emailing us at The resource library will also be available for students.

Temporary Address: 390 Shepherd Labs, 100 Union St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: (612) - 624-4090


We encourage all to stop by and visit! Have an enjoyable summer!

Job Outlook: The Candidate Skills/Qualities Employers Want

October 26, 2011

From the National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) October 26, 2011 Spotlight newsletter:

When it comes to the importance of candidate skills/qualities, employers are looking for team players and candidates who have strong verbal communication skills, according to respondents to NACE's Job Outlook 2012 survey.

Survey participants rated "ability to work in a team structure" and "ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization" as the two most important candidate skills/qualities. These are followed by candidates' "ability to make decisions and solve problems," "ability to obtain and process information," and "ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work."

The least important candidate skills/qualities on the list are the "ability to create and/or edit written reports" and the "ability to sell or influence others."

To view the 10 skills/qualities listed, click here.

Source: Job Outlook 2012, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Average Time From Interview to Offer Falls

October 21, 2011

From the National Association of Colleges and Employers' October 21, 2011 Spotlight newletter:

Employers report extending an offer an average of 22.5 days following the interview, according to results from NACE's 2011 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey.

That's down from an average of 23.5 days reported in the 2010 survey and 25 days in 2009, suggesting that increased competition for candidates fueled the drop.

However, a regional breakdown of the data show that the level of competition--and thus the need to move more quickly--varied: Organizations in the Southeast (29.8 days), Great Lakes (25 days), and Far West (24.1 days) regions took longer than average to provide an offer, while respondents in the Mid-Atlantic region (19.6 days) and Plains states (19.3 days) beat the average.

The 2011 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey was conducted from June 20, 2011, to August 20, 2011; 268 NACE-member organizations, or 31 percent, took part. A report based on results of the survey will be available later this month.

The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters

October 17, 2011

(A recent article from, part of the Wall Street Journal's Digital Network.)

If you're in your final year of college, be warned: the rumors about landing a job in this economy are true. You should be taking steps today, not next semester, to prepare yourself.

An April 2011 survey conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Adecco Staffing U.S. found that 71% of 500 recent four-year college graduates would have done something differently to prepare for the job market. While companies will hire 9.5% more graduates from the class of 2012 than they did from the 2011 graduating class, according to another poll, employers are still looking for the pick of the litter.

"When you're not familiar with the job market or job seeking, you really don't know how much effort it will take," said Kathy Kane, senior vice president of talent management for Adecco NA.

To find out what students can do to better prepare for the current job market, we spoke with career coaches, recruiters and recent graduates.

Click here for the rest entire article.

Visit GoldPASS online for internships, jobs and more

October 14, 2011

Check out GoldPASS today!

Many employers actively recruit interns and full-time employees by posting their open positions for science and engineering students on GoldPASS.

Visit and log into your GoldPASS account to apply for opportunities that meet your career goals.

In addition to applying for internships and jobs, you can set up automatic email notifications of jobs that meet your interests, make your resume viewable to employers, register for career events, and more!

Stop by the Career Center for Science and Engineering in Shepherd Labs (temporary location) if you have questions about GoldPASS. The front desk is located in Shepherd Labs, Room 390.

Upcoming Employer Recruiting Events

October 13, 2011

Recruiters from many companies will be on campus this fall to share information about their companies and interview College of Science and Engineering students for jobs and internships that start in 2012.

For a complete list of companies, positions, and application deadlines, log in to GoldPASS ( and click the "On-Campus Interviews" tab for application information. Check the 'Career Events' tab in GoldPASS for the most up-to-date information on employer events.