One-Stop Shopping for Career Help

Check out the careers section of the IEEE website for a variety of resources

8 June 2009

prodIEEE CAREER SITE
http://www.ieee.org/web/careers/home

Finding IEEE services that can help you land a job or improve your skills just got a little easier. The Careers section of the IEEE Web site now lists 29 employment-related resources, including job listings, career advice, continuing-education programs, and networking opportunities.

“Our career and employment assistance services are probably IEEE’s best-kept secrets, and most of them are free,” says Senior Member Jean Eason, chair of the ad hoc IEEE Career Services Committee. Although many of the services have been set up by IEEE-USA, they’re all available to every member.

You don’t have to go through the entire list to find what you need. Two filters help narrow the resources into categories. The Life Cycle Filter sorts according to what stage you are in your career—a recent graduate, say, or in the late stages. The Benefits Category Filter zeroes in on services for career enhancement, education, employment, or networking.

Here’s a sample of what 
is available.

JOB HUNTING

IEEE Job Site.Matches your skills with online job listings. Create a personal profile, and the site will e-mail you when a job listing matches your criteria.

IEEE Student Job Site. Leads college students and recent grads to entry-level jobs, internships, and other opportunities. View help-wanted listings, job fairs, and other announcements posted by employers, IEEE student branches, and the AfterCollege job network, which collects openings from its own national listings and from the IEEE Job Site.

Employment Navigator. Collects roughly 5 million leads from some 100 000 Web sites with job openings, and puts them in a searchable database. The information comes from corporate Web sites and job boards, as well as from job sites dealing with a particular industry, occupation, or geographic area.

Salary Service. Compares what you’re earning, or what you’re being offered, to what others are getting in similar circumstances.

CAREER ADVICE

Career Navigator. A career and job-search tool set for managing job transitions throughout one’s career. It can manage network relationships and the complexities of a job search, as well as organize key career information such as résumés and reference letters.

Career Webinars. Offer advice for finding your next job, negotiating a salary, and understanding workplace ethics, as well as other helpful strategies.

Career Alert. Weekly e-mail newsletter publishes articles on jobs, education, management, and the engineering 
workplace culled from various news sources and compiled by IEEE Spectrum editors.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

IEEE Expert Now. Offers interactive courses based on tutorials and workshops presented at IEEE conferences around the world. Courses have been developed by experts in a wide range of engineering technologies, including computer engineering, power systems, biometrics, and vehicular technology.

Career Enhancement Courses. Teaches the soft skills needed for success in today’s workplace. Topics include Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback, Managing Your Priorities, and Proactive Listening.

Education Partners Program. Offers online degree programs, certifications, and courses at up to a 10 percent discount from universities and educational organizations including Drexel University, Purdue University, and Inquestra Learning.

NETWORKING 
OPPORTUNITIES

Employment & Career Strategies Community.Enables members to network and collaborate with one another on employment and career strategies.

IEEE Consultants’ Network. An alliance of groups in Canada, India, Mexico, Pakistan, and the United States offers opportunities for members who are consultants to meet and learn from each other while promoting their availability to local businesses. The popular Consultants Database matches consultants with prospective clients.

IEEE-USA Entrepreneurs Village.Discussion forum brings together entrepreneurs and those thinking about starting a business. Topics deal with issues that arise from running and growing a small business, including best practices concerning organizational 
and legal issues, finance, 
venture capital, marketing, 
and human resources.

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