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After you see your results,
digitize job you can instant message one
of the Career Center coun-
arch from start selors listed in the website's
screen name directory. For
to finish example, CareerAmy coor-
dinates internship services
and has advice for pre-law
By JESSICA students.
VOSGERCHIAN So now that you've settled
Daily StaffReporter on a potential career, get
yourself a job by perusing the
very day you wake up and website's lists of employers
sh your teeth. You pour seeking interns and full-time
rself a bowl of Special K hires. You'll want to keep
you are nowhere nearer track of your progress on the
nowing what you want to website's job search checklist
ifter graduation. to hunt most efficiently. For
ut with the power of the some inspiration, read the
rnet you could point and alumni profiles for accounts
k your way to an immedi- of how others scored your
y brighter future before dream position in the past.
even change out of your Onceyou find a job posting
mas. you like, you should be able
'he University's Career to apply online, but first you
ter website, www.career- need to compose something
ter.umich.edu, hosts an to send them. This means
y of online tools that help creating a resume, that all
dents find job opportuni- encompassing document that
hone their professional is your paper representative
sona and manage their out in the job market. Boiling
k records. your professional self-worth
f you're starting at square down to bullet points can
,a good first step is taking be daunting, but the Career
areer compatibility test. Center provides a program
Career Center offers that guides resume writing
Myers-Brigg Type Indi- line by line. Optimal Resume
r, a survey based on the even has a list of effective
ories of psychologist Carl "action words" to use when
gthatidentifies aperson's describing your accomplish-
sonality type and career ments like "streamlined" and
ential based on his or her "safeguarded."
wers. The Career Center Besides a resume, you'll
rges a $15 fee to assess need cover letters personal-
he test, but you can find ized for each employer and
r free through a Google a bank of glowing letters of

referral from professors and
mentors. The Career Center
has you covered there, too.
No matter your message,
you can find a cover letter
example in the website's
library that-except for a few
cut-and-pasted names and
titles-already says it per-
fectly.
As for flattering recom-
mendation letters from
distinguished figures, the
Career Center doesn't sup-
ply them, but they do provide
a convenient way to file and
send referrals once you get
people to write them. The
service allows you to block
the contents of the letter
from yourself, in which case
it will inform employers that
the testimony of your char-
acter was written confiden-
tially.
When you put all these
elements together into a tidy
package, it's time to send
your application whisking
off to an employer's com-
puter screen. But a good job
seeker isn't done yet. You'll
still need to impress at an
interview before you can call
yourself employed. For that
purpose,thewebsiteincludes
the virtual interviewing tool,
Optimal Resume, which
lets you watch recordings of
yourself fielding tough ques-
tions. By the time you have
the real interview, you have
perfected the thoughtful
expression you'll want to don
when explaining how what-
ever club activity taught you
how to be ateam player.

How to profit
at a non-profit

Social work
careers don't have
to pay less
By JAKE HOLMES
Daily StaffReporter
Money makes life easier. That's
why recent graduates gravitate
toward careers known for high sal-
aries. It's also why many students
are afraid to pursue humanitarian
interests when selecting a career
path.
There's a notion that people who
go into social work or civic service
are charitable paupers, dedicated to
feeding the poor but making barely
enough to feed themselves.
But social work isn't the debtsen-
tence people make it out to be, said
Jennifer Niggemeier, director of
graduate career services at the Ford
School of Public Policy.
Niggemeier said she works to dis-
suade students about that myth.
"People think jobs in the non-
profit (sector) or in government
don'tpay alivingwage," Niggemeier
said, "That's absolutely not true."
A list of post-graduate plans
for the Ford School's class of 2006
shows students heading into a wide
range of positions. Some students
worked for the state government,
while another planned to work
with the Fair Trade Commission of
Japan.
There are three key ways that

graduates can work in the pub-
lic policy field, Niggemeier said.
Working for state, local or federal
governments is one way, but others
are pursuing work with research % ,. n
groups like The Urban Institute or
in the growing field of corporate mm '
philanthropy.
Over the past few years, a new
interest has developed in corpo-
rate philanthropy, Niggemeier said. .-
Many large corporations have cre-
ated philanthropic divisions, like
Google's Google.org,to putaportion
of their revenue toward humanitar-
ian causes.
Salaries are on the rise for people
pursuing social work through jobs ALLISON GHAMAN/ aily
in corporate philanthropy. Average The growing feld of corporate philanthropy opens up more opportunities for people who want to feed the needy and themselves.
salaries for those in corporations'
non-profit arms rose 4.6 percent in
2006, according to the Chronicle of
Philanthropy.
Even if startingsalaries are on the
lower side, the prospect of getting a
raise is good in certain civic service
positions. According to a salary table
for employees of the federal govern-
ment, an entry-level employee with a k
bachelor's degree can expect to earn
$37,640 a year but to receive up to a
$11,000 pay increase without even
being promoted. , *
Some students come to the
career center simply looking for
career paths with the big pay-
checks, but Terri LaMarco, direc-
tor of the University's Career
Center, said those students could
be disappointed by what entry-
level salaries really are.
See NON-PROFIT, Page 7C

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Biotech field in bloom

By ARIKIA MILLIKAN
Daily StaffReporter
For every human ailment that
could possibly be imagined, some-
one somewhere is in the process
of developing a cure - or at least a
temporary solution.
The cornucopia of health com-
plains plaguing the country at least
means robust health in one area:
the biotech industry.
With advancements in health
care hinging on the development
of new technologies, the biotech
field is growing larger, said Lynne
Sebille-White, assistant director of
the University's Career Center.
"Any kind of industry that deals
with health care and serving the
needs of the aging will continue to
grow," she said. This is even more
true as the baby boomers genera-
tion approaches retirement.
Along with concentrators in
physics, chemistry, engineering

and computer technology, bio-
tech firms are also creating'new
positions in business, human
resources, public relations, sales,
marketing and advertising, Sebille-
White said.
In Michigan, many hope bio-
medical research will play an
important role in diversifying the
state economy by weaning its focus
away from the sinking automotive
industry.
But success is more of a gamble
than a sure thing for some biotech
industries. Sebille-White said that
while there are areas where the
pharmaceutical industry is push-
ing the growth of biotechnology,
many companies have been forced
to downsize because of lawsuits.
"Just look at Pfizer," she said.
Pfizer, the world's largest phar-
maceutical company, cut 2,100 jobs
in January when it shut down its
research center inAnnArbor.
Many biotechnology compa-

nies are also hampered by long
waiting periods for drug patents
acquired through the Food and
Drug Administration.
"If something goes awry on the
final stages, it can really impact a
company," Sebille-White said.
Butlife is agamble, and forthose
who know what they're doing, the
benefits of involvement in the bio-
tech industry outweigh the costs.
"The scientists who work in
those fields are really established
and are taking calculated risks,"
Sebille-White said. "Yet you can't
predict what's going to happen in
the lab."
A quality biotech companies
like in applicants' resumes is
hands-on research experience.
Sebille-White said the University's
Undergraduate Research Oppor-
tunity Program is a place to start,
but graduate school is the path
for people aspiring to upper-level
research positions.

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