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CAREER PLANS • RESUMES • COVER LETTERS • JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES • PORTFOLIOS • TIPS
2011 - 2012
The Career Center at the University of Washington
Table of Contents:
Career Services ..........................................................2 • Mission..............................................................2 • Key Services & Events ............................................2 • Job Listings & Campus Recruiting .............................2 • Letter of Evaluation Service ....................................2 Steps in Career Planning ...............................................3 • Humanities, Arts, Social Science Majors ......................3 Decision-Making .........................................................4 • The Career & Major Decision Matrix ...........................5 Information About Self .................................................6 • Explore Your Strengths ...........................................6 • Strengths Reality Test ............................................9
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Information About Options .......................................... 10 • Printed Resources in UWCC Library .......................... 10 • Informational Interview/Meeting ............................ 11 • Internships, Co-ops, Summer Jobs ........................... 12 • Researching Grad Schools ..................................... 12 Taking Action .......................................................... 16 • Job Search Strategies .......................................... 16 • Resume Preparation ............................................ 17 • Sample Resumes ................................................ 18 • Cover Letters .................................................... 24 • Curriculum Vitae Preparation ................................. 26 • Sample Curriculum Vitae ...................................... 27 • Preparing for the All-Important Interview .................. 28 • Career Portfolios ................................................ 31 Advertiser Index....................................................... 31
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Entire contents Copyright 2011 by The Career Center at the University of Washington and College Recruitment Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of this publication without written permission of the publishers is prohibited. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS To request disability accommodations, please contact The Career Center at 206-543-0535 (voice); or you may contact the Office of the ADA Coordinator at 206-543-6450 (voice); 206-543-6452 (TDD); 206-685-3885 (FAX); or firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail) at least ten days in advance of the event. The University of Washington ensures equal opportunity in education regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The Career Center operates under the policies and regulations of the University of Washington and the laws and regulations of the State of Washington and the Federal Government. The Career Center upholds and expects students, alumni, and employers to adhere to the principles of college recruiting of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which states that they will present themselves fairly and honestly.
You will find an up-to-date calendar on our website. Plus. • Learn how to articulate your strengths. coming to campus to interview for positions. we facilitate connections between employers and students for jobs. make connections with employers and help you build the skills needed to achieve your professional goals.CAREER SERVICES Our Mission The Career Center provides career and job search services to University of Washington students and alumni.washington. features listings for full. Topics include: • Applying to Graduate School • Finding Jobs and Internships • Federal Jobs: Find and Apply • Internships and Student Jobs • Job Search for International Students • Career Fair Success • Networking for Shy People • Resumes and Cover Letters • Successful Interviews • Job Offer and Salary Negotiations Letter of Evaluation Service (LEO) The Career Center offers a Letter of Evaluation online (LEO) file service to UW students and alumni who are applying for employment in an academic institution or to a graduate or professional school program. Our Services At The Career Center you will find a wide range of career services and events designed to help you explore career directions. we can direct you to valuable web resources. salary information and much more. The Career Center 2 http://careers. and more. Popular events include the Spring Career Fair. non-profit organizations. government agencies and more to campus. call 206-543-0535 or email ccsfiles@u. Diversity Career Fair. Hundreds of employers participate in our On-Campus Recruiting program.edu . Interview Preparation Be on top of your game by polishing your interviewing skills. Our mission is to help students in the development of career plans and job search skills. Looking for direction to get started or need a professional eye to review the one you have? Build your resume in HuskyJobs on our website. we have the resources to help you write a great resume! Grad Students: learn more about resumes at: http://careers. Our Center schedules numerous events throughout the year that bring employers from companies. strengths and values.edu for all the details and for up-to-date events calendars.edu.and parttime jobs as well as internships. and seek employment suited to your skills. HuskyJobs. • We help thousands of students and alumni with successful job searches each year. • We list hundreds of jobs and internships on our HuskyJobs website each year. our online job bank. Check our website for current schedules. find out what you really want. Files serve as a depository for confidential or non-confidential letters of recommendation from academic sources. Career Planning & Counseling Professional counselors. stop by for a walk-in appointment or attend our workshop. we help students and employers explore their options and make connections that create successful futures.edu/ GradStudents/beyond-academia The Career Center is a great resource for finding jobs and internships. workshops and resources provide career planning support. Please visit our website at http://careers. career and graduate school advice. invite employers to speak on the topic and offer one-on-one practice mock interviews to help you ace your next interview. Etiquette Dinners. including help with choosing a major. Together. Jobs & Internships Resume Resources A winning resume can make the difference in getting that all-important first interview. Career Fairs & Events Finding a job or an internship means making connections. Resume Cafés and Employer Conversations. For information.washington. dental and law. internships and volunteer opportunities. Through a host of services and events.washington.washington. including medical. Career Workshops We offer an ongoing series of drop-in workshops each month. Whatever your need. “Resumes and Cover Letters”. • Several companies and organizations visit us annually through the Campus Recruitment Program. resume guidance. Why Use The Career Center? • Hundreds of employers attend our career fairs every year. We offer workshops on how to interview.
A SPECIAL NOTE TO MAJORS IN THE HUMANITIES. MANY POSSIBILITIES Because the liberal arts disciplines are not narrowly focused on specific career paths like some other majors such as engineering or accounting. to view issues in context and from multiple perspectives. and Social Sciences are often referred to as “liberal arts” majors. Successful Interviewing. really) include (1) identifying your skills. and values required. It requires the ability to identify one’s skills. and values and to be able to articulate these clearly to potential employers. These majors strive to develop students’ abilities to think critically. strengths. to ask and address questions about ethical and societal implications. The Liberal Arts (the term has nothing to do with contemporary political perspectives) academic majors are intended to turn out well-educated citizens who have both depth and breadth of knowledge and skills.edu 3 The Career Center . strengths. Employer Conversations. Grad Schools) Interview Follow-up Investigate Matches Prepare for Action Adapted from UW Professional Organizational Development. How to Find a Job. etc. Etiquette Events. The Career Center is here to help you do just that.” Nothing could be further from the truth. liberal arts majors have honed these skill sets! The keys to a successful job search for liberal arts majors (and all majors. to engage their creativity. and more • Stop by during our walk-in hours • Attend career events (career fairs. and to communicate complex issues clearly.washington. In fact. the better (though it’s never too late)! Here are some suggestions: • Attend our workshops: Resumes and Cover Letters. Career Fair Success. Networking for Shy People (and Everyone). and interpersonal/teamwork skills. ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Students in the Humanities. it does require students to be more proactive in exploring and pursuing their career goals. and values. the top three skills identified by many employers as most critical are communication skills. reasoning and analytical skills. starting now! http://careers. While this kind of career flexibility is good news. READY FOR THE REAL WORLD Many students in the Humanities. Arts. students in liberal arts majors usually have a wider array of professional options.STEPS IN CAREER PLANNING Select Options Information about Options Interests Personality Research Jobs Occupations Career Education Weigh Taking Action Pros/Cons Match Choose Review Evaluate Resources Apply Characteristics Skills & Strengths Values Information about Self Fields Required Making Connections Decision Making (Jobs. Clearly. Susan Templeton. strengths. Social Sciences.) • Start doing informational interviews with people who are already in the work world • Consider internships and projects that will enhance your skill set (and your resume!) • Make an individual career counseling appointment • Use your Career Center. and Arts (and often their parents) are under the misconception that they are unprepared for jobs in the so-called “real world. Internships. and (3) clearly communicating to potential employers that you are a good match for them. (2) exploring careers and identifying the skills. and the sooner.
6. no related experience. 4.0 GPA in last 2 years of study • Strong letters of recommendation Program of Study • 8 core courses plus 1 project course (typically completed in two years) • Flexibility to design a program of study that meets your professional needs PROGR AM DELIVERED COMPLETELY ONLINE Tuition reimbursement is often an employment benefit The Career Center For more information please call (310) 825-6542 Please visit www. What will your next step be? Write it down! Then put it in your calendar or set a deadline to ensure that you will get it done. If this happens.edu http://careers. etc. Have back-up plans.” you’ve done it! Congratulations! You’ve made a sound decision. see how it can be done. and values) with what you know about your options. so try to focus on just one decision at a time. What are the pros and cons? Weigh the evidence. Based on further exposure or experience with the option you chose.)? How will your choice affect you and others? How much do you care about the things that might be gained or lost by each possible alternative? 5.ucla. choose the one that seems to work best. Evaluate your decision. Carefully consider each option using your head and your heart. This choice seems best! Choose among alternatives. Consider all the possibilities.DECISION MAKING Making decisions about your major and your career take time. Are you wondering where to begin? Following a planful process makes it easier to decide. Did I make a good decision? Review your decision and its consequences. What do I need to know? Gather Information. Do it! Taking action could involve enrolling in courses. other students majoring in your fields of interest. Following these seven steps will help you make good decisions: 1. 7. Read. but sometimes you have to make a choice and try it to find out that it’s not the best decision for you. Review again which alternatives might work better for you. List options. Not every decision works out. interests. Keep it simple. Are you trying to make too many decisions all at the same time? Trying to figure out which major to take and which career direction you’ll pursue after graduation? Thinking about attending graduate or professional school? Lumping two or three decisions into one makes it much more difficult to decide.g. The Career Center can help you with this. Put into words what the decision is that needs to be made now. Do not leave out an attractive possibility just because you do not. Compare and contrast what you know about yourself (your skills. faculty. does this still seem like the best one for you? If “yes. If “no” or “not sure.washington. What are the advantages/disadvantages? What are the costs? What steps do you need to take to get there? What might happen if you choose that option? What are the consequences? Are there barriers that might get in the way (e. search the internet. then you’ve gathered more information by trying it. 3.edu 4 . What am I trying to decide? Identify the decision to be made. Identify a “Plan B” and a “Plan C” in case your first choice doesn’t work out.. These experiences can confirm or cause you to question whether your choice was the best option for you. Take action. low GPA. Generate alternatives. talk to people.msol. A PLANFUL PROCESS Going straight to work with your engineering bachelor’s degree? M Earn your Master of Science in Engineering through the UCLA Engineering Online Masters Program! Designed for the working professional Areas of Study: • • • • • • • • Advanced Structural Materials Aerospace Engineering Computer Networking Electronic Materials Integrated Circuits Manufacturing and Design Mechanics of Structures Signal Processing and Communications • Systems Engineering E Admissions • BS degree in an engineering discipline or science • Minimum 3. Talk to academic advisers. 2. pursuing internships.” review and revisit steps 2 through 6 above. alumni and professionals working in jobs and careers you are considering. at the moment. Brainstorm. Prioritize your options. Once you’ve narrowed down your options to two or three that might work for you. get hands-on experience. Use your imagination. volunteering or taking a job that will provide you with knowledge and experience in your chosen field. in case your top choice turns out not to be the best option for you.
MY SKILLS.DECISION MAKING THE CAREER. narrow your options. MAJOR & JOB DECISION MATRIX Comparing what you know about yourself with what is needed to succeed allows you to identify advantages and disadvantages. The Career Center OPTION 2: OPTION 3: OPTION 4: . & VALUES DISADVANTAGES ADVANTAGES NEXT STEPS CAREER. UW Undergraduate Advising. and identify next steps.washington. INTERESTS.edu OPTION 1: 5 Adapted from the Major Decision Matrix developed by Kay Balston. MAJOR. OR JOB OPTIONS RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIREMENTS EXAMPLE: Finance Communication Analysis Baseball Student leadership Relationship with partner Travel Free season tickets Free merchandise Hang out with fun people Look good on resume Learn a lot Make good connections for the future Internship with the Mariners Work nights/weekends Work 25 hours per week Make $0 Survey fans at games Survey fans over the phone Attend town hall meetings Research other arenas Work more hours than planned Make no money and have no time for p/t job No time or money for travel Leaves little time for partner Not directly related to major See if they will let me work 15 hours instead of 25 Research other positions with the Mariners Look for other internships in HuskyJobs Talk to partner http://careers. 2001.
the more you will understand how to adapt to the changing demands of the workforce. 2.edu . They are the reliable elements of your special excellence. 4. build your career. What is the "good experience" that first comes to your mind? Describe it briefly in the following space and list your age at the time it took place. project. This pattern of strengths provides clues to the kinds of career activities that are likely to be part of your future achievements regardless of your job titles or job descriptions. activity. and you are proud of what you did. Recognize that the elements of your excellence have been demonstrated from time to time throughout your life. volunteer work. 3.washington. The more you know about your strengths. In your formal schooling. These elements have most likely been demonstrated in experiences you identify as achievements: good experiences in which you did things well. Focus on using this pattern of skills and talents or strengths. Significant strengths are motivated skills that are used repeatedly in experiences you have done well and enjoyed doing. 2. By using your strengths you will be able to improve interpersonal relationships. you enjoyed doing them. Four Ways to Identify Ten Top Good Experiences… 1. 4. which parts of it did you do best and enjoy most? Give two or more examples. Give two or more examples. What activities give you the most enjoyment when you are not at work? These could include hobbies. and reduce stress on the job. Four Basic Steps to Exploring Your Strengths… 1. you will find the pattern of skills and talents you have repeatedly used to make those experiences happen. Believe that by carefully identifying and studying your good experiences. projects with the family. or anything else.INFORMATION ABOUT SELF Explore Your Strengths Recognizing your strengths is the first step to discovering a career fit that maximizes your opportunities for success and satisfaction. In your latest assignment. ventures. or work. Accept yourself as having a unique kind of excellence that is always growing within you. 3. which two or three subjects did/will you continue to study and enjoy most? The Career Center 6 http://careers. increase your job satisfaction.
One of the accredited schools in Mexico seemed to have what I wanted: language. I wrote to several schools in Mexico and Spain for more information and signed up for work-study jobs on campus. Then I asked professors and other students and checked all the bulletin boards near all the language. culture and international studies departments. For 4 . Finally. Cover all parts of your life from childhood to the present. 8. I worked and played hard and the whole experience exceeded my expectations and raised my confidence. 3) Are proud of. the actions you took and the outcomes you felt good about. personal relationships. So I looked for transportation to Mexico and discovered a cheap bus tour package that would get me there and back (and it turned out to be a wonderful adventure.INFORMATION ABOUT SELF List 10-15 or more of your good experiences. etc.washington. but rather what you did to make the good experiences happen and whether there were outcomes that you felt good about. employment. I went to the registrar to find out what I would have to do to get credit and discovered that the school had to be accredited and that the credits could fulfill some of my general education requirements. when I returned to school the following year. First. I also took a job during Winter break to save money for my trip. devoting a few words to each. 10. While there. These experiences can come from any part of your life: school. Remember the definition of a Good Experience: 1) Something you did well. and I learned more than I ever anticipated about life in another very different culture. culture and history courses in Spanish and a home stay experience. 2. I had earned eight general education credits toward my Bachelors in Latin American Studies. 7. 3. 5. the tasks you completed. 7 The Career Center .5 of your top 10 experiences write one or two paragraphs describing the situation." EXAMPLE OF GOOD EXPERIENCE Inventing a Study Abroad Experience The problem I had to solve was that I couldn’t afford any of the study abroad programs offered by my school. See STAR method on page 29 to help you construct your "story. and place the ranking (1 for the top) in the boxes to the left of the achievement. which led to several other adventures. http://careers. 9. 2) Enjoyed doing and.edu 6. My language skills improved enough that I also was able to travel independently by bus to Mexico City. LIST YOUR TOP 10 GOOD EXPERIENCES 1. It doesn't matter when they occurred. but I felt strongly that experiencing another culture was necessary to the education I wanted—so I decided to go find one I could afford. sports. 5 EXAMPLE: Inventing a Study Abroad Experience 2 EXAMPLE: Business Management Group Project 1 EXAMPLE: Annual Backpacking Trip 4 EXAMPLE: Helped Plan Friend's Wedding 3 EXAMPLE: SAE Formula Competition Which good experiences stand out as the best? Rank order the top ten experiences. too). 4.
How could you use these skills in your ideal job? Are there ways you could combine some of the skills to create opportunities? The completion of these activities begins a process of identifying significant strengths and finding meaningful work where you can be at your best and utilize more of your potential. Go down the columns scanning each of the 52 skills.INFORMATION ABOUT SELF STRENGTHS EXPLORATION CHART This chart enables you to re-examine your Good Experiences and identify possible strengths. The blank spaces at the end of the chart are for skills. A significant strength is inner-motivated—one that you almost can't help using whenever the opportunity comes up. Examine those skills that have the highest totals and think about the many situations in which you have used them. CENTER FOR DEPENDABLE STRENGTHS. Significant strengths will be those skills or talents that have shown themselves repeatedly in your top ten Good Experiences. talents or strengths you feel should be on the chart but are not there.org The Career Center 8 http://careers. ds@highline. Instructions for using the chart: The first column is for exploration of your top Good Experience. Do the same with the other Top 10 Good Experiences you described. Fabric) Training/Teaching Troubleshooting Writing/Words 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Implications: Items with the highest totals could be significant strengths.washington. Bernard Haldane. talents or strengths in the chart and put a check mark beside the ones that have been strongly applied in that experience.edu. You may want to consider meeting with a career counselor in The Career Center to discuss the process of uncovering your strengths and ways of creating new opportunities that provide career satisfaction. www. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Analysis Artistic Budgeting Communicating Coordinating Creative Critical Thinking Design Details Energy/Drive Economical/Frugal Figures/Math Follow-Through Foresight Human Relations Imagination Independent Initiating Inventing Leadership Liaison/Go-Between Managing Mechanical Multi-Tasking Negotiating Observing Organizing Outdoors/Travel Ownership/Accountable People/Interpersonal Perspective Persevering Persuading Planning Policy Making Practical Problem Solving Producing Programs/Development Promoting Research Sales Service Showmanship/Performing Speaking Supervising Systems/Procedures Teamwork Things (Tools.dependablestrengths. Used with permission from Dr.edu .
Next. if the strength you are testing is truly a significant strength.org http://careers. think of other experiences that are good examples of using that strength. Feature the strengths you have tested above on your resume in a Background Summary (see the resume example on page 19). Meet with a career counselor at The Career Center to explore further how your strengths can be used in your job search. 2. identify three distinct examples of experiences in which you strongly applied that strength. Strength: Examples: Strength: Examples: 1. www. 2. Implications: When seeking employment the best opportunities will be those where there is a match between the skills needed to do the job and your significant strengths. 2. 1.INFORMATION ABOUT SELF STRENGTHS REALITY TEST To identify your significant strengths. Strength: Examples: Strength: Examples: 1. 3. 3. Bernard Haldane. 2. 2. Used with permission from Dr. CENTER FOR DEPENDABLE STRENGTHS.washington. 2.dependablestrengths. 3. 1. 1. Strength: Examples: Strength: Examples: 1.edu. For each strength. 3. First. perform the following reality test (Try to test 6-12 strengths): Write the strengths you wish to test in the boxes below.edu 9 The Career Center . Incorporate examples of how you have demonstrated these strengths in your answers to interview questions (see “How to Answer the Real Question Behind Most Interview Questions” on page 30). review the good experiences used to complete the Exploration Chart on the previous page for ideas. ds@highline. 3. It should be relatively easy to come up with three examples. 3.
washington.com craigslist. and U.lsac. Health and Human Services in Washington State.com GRE .net careers. The Wall Street Journal. The Environmental Careers Organization • Event Resource Guide.org internships.com petersons.com wetfeet.com PCAT .wsj. trade journals. Vault's Career Insider UW Reference collections in the Suzzallo. • Career Materials Collection on second floor of Odegaard for career/occupational information.about.org LSAT . Informational Meetings: Seattle Networking Guide.wois. national and international).pcatweb. The Seattle Times.org (Note: Student access to WOIS off campus: sitekey .com nsee. and Engineering libraries. salaries.org GMAT .org PRINTED RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN UWCC LOBBY • The Wet Feet Insider Guide to Industries & Careers • Student's Federal Career Guide • Alternatives to the Peace Corps.com twc.edu volunteermatch.) The Career Center 10 http://careers. Media Inc.gre.mba. Regina Pontow • Winning Cover Letters. Harvard Business Review.info ScholarshipCoach. • Magazines: Fortune.. company clippings.edu . and directories (local. • Use the Internet: for employer homepages and much more! The Career Center Homepage: http://careers. Forbes. Review stock reports. News and World Report. indexes. and educational programs in Washington State and is accessible from computers at the UW and public libraries with site licenses. Crisis Clinic • Writers Market.INFORMATION ABOUT OPTIONS Internships Graduate Schools graduateguide.aamc.washington.org rsinternships.edu Majors & Jobs: Google> What can I do with a Major in.com graduatingengineer.org DAT . Odegaard.ada.org inroads.org MCAT . magazines.com job-interview. Holm & Lucyszyn • Fortune • Transitions Abroad • Vault's College Career Bible • Vault Guide to Schmoozing • The BIG GUIDE to Living & Working Overseas • The Advice of a Headhunter.Master Lists • Proven Resumes. • Local and national newspapers: Puget Sound Business Journal.S.com quintcareers.utf268 WOIS has the most current info on jobs. Don Hite The University of Washington Library System has an extensive collection of resources. Newsweek. Marion Clifton • Management Consulting: A Complete Guide to the Industry • Media Inc. Robin Ryan • Washington Manufacturers Register • Community Resources Online.com jobhuntersbible.com internshipprograms. Joan Powell • Law School Buzz Book (Vault) • Business School Buzz Book (Vault) • Kaplan's Graduate School Guides • Peterson's Series on Grad Schools • Puget Sound Business Journal Book of Lists • College Majors and Careers. Husky Career Network Washington Occupational Information System: www. and The New York Times. Money.org/seattle/ idealist. Business Administration.com vault..com careerbuilder. Time.com Job Search collegegrad.com gradschools.com monstertrak. Seattle Weekly. Business Week. .com spherion. state.com websites cityyear. periodicals. Paul Phifer • International Business & Trade Directories • Environmental Careers in 21st Century. annual reports. Business World.. Barron’s.com gradschool.
I am exploring career paths. What do you like most about this position? …least? Describe what you find most challenging about this field/job? • What skills.washington. preferably where you will be able to observe a typical work setting for that profession. but I want to get a clearer sense of direction. or call an organization and ask for the name of the person in charge of the activity in which your are interested. former employers. To increase your knowledge about a career field and develop valuable contacts..INFORMATION ABOUT OPTIONS INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW/MEETING WHAT: A conversation with a professional in a career field you are considering. WHEN: WHO: Any time you are trying to make a career decision. career fairs. and _______. • Identify a few academic majors or career fields that seem to match your interests and abilities. It is important not to ask them to call: YOU must take the initiative. teachers. addresses. alumni associations. Fine • Get names. • You may want to precede your call with a letter or email message. and telephone numbers through contacts.g. courses. e. HOW: Sincerely.) • State the reason for your request clearly: “I am interested in obtaining more information and advice…” Make it clear that you are not asking to be considered for a job.)? • Are there typical educational credentials required for entry into this field? • Is any on-the-job training provided? What are the opportunities for continued learning and growth? • How does your job fit into the overall operation of this organization? • My strengths include the following: ________. referrals. prepare a list of questions. The biotech field sounds interesting to me at this point. Suggested Questions to Ask During an Information Meeting • In general. newspaper/magazine articles. Michael C. INFORMATION INTERVIEW REQUEST LETTER WHY: Dear Ms. what is your work like as a (name of occupation)? • How did you get into this field? • Describe a typical day or week on your job. Howard: I have been doing research at the University of Washington Career Center regarding the biotechnology industry. (See sample letter above. directories. speakers you have heard. Thank you for considering my request. employers. • ALWAYS follow up with a thank-you note! Thank the person for their time and ask permission to keep in touch. (See “Information About Options. • Take notes and keep contact information. family members. As a biology student. Read about the academic field or occupation. professional organizations. Having discovered your company and your name in the Washington Manufacturers Register. _________. etc. aspiring to a career in your field (academic major. I would like to get your advice on the long-term career possibilities of this field as well as a better handle on the day-to-day activities of what people do in the biotech field. I thought that you would be an excellent person to assist me with career information. Contact people in the career field you are investigating. abilities and personal qualities are most important to succeed in your work? • What advice would you give to someone still in college. WHERE: At a mutually convenient place.” page 10). • How would you advise someone to begin seeking a job in this field? • Can you suggest other people I might talk with regarding this field? May I mention that you were the person who referred me to them? http://careers. I will call you next week to see if we can arrange a brief meeting (15 . To make the meeting more useful and leave a good impression. friends. To develop self-confidence about your own abilities and your “fit” with a particular field.30 minutes) at your convenience.) HOW TO PREPARE: • Do some preliminary research. related work. • Ask the person to suggest names of others whom you might interview. How might they match with positions in this field? I have a resume if you would like to see it (no objective on resume).edu 11 The Career Center . a technique for gathering occupational information. (Ask for 15-30 minutes of their time. classmates.
com .com US News .washington. Review job descriptions and learning objectives.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/rankindex_brief.washington. volunteer role. or working a summer job you gain the related experience employers seek in prospective candidates. What are your learning goals and objectives? Meet with an adviser.http://www. professor. Visit the Experiential Learning Center website: http://depts. Another way to research grad schools is through Informational Interviewing (see page 11) with current and past students in the program and visiting the school and talking directly with department faculty and staff. Attend and participate in workshops and events at The Career Center: • Internship and Summer Jobs Workshop • Resume Workshop or Walk-in appointments • Successful Interviews Workshop • Mock Interviews with a career counselor or peer advisor • Career Fairs • Employer Conversations Keep track of what you are learning and communicate with your supervisors so that you can get the most out of the experience.http://www.php Petersons. publications and courses taught.com . What skills do you need to gain more experience using? Which organizations. and industries interest you? Does the experience have to be paid or can it be unpaid? Consider paid. unpaid. Identifying the ones that match you best and communicating that to admission committees will increase your chances of being accepted. Would you like to earn academic credit? Check with the Carlson Center and/or your department for information about earning credit. GradSchools.edu RESEARCHING GRAD SCHOOLS Why Should I Research Grad Schools? As with employers.edu . Look for opportunities using a variety of resources: Visit The Career Center website for internship info and links: http://careers. How Do I Research Graduate and Professional Schools? Visit the grad school websites that interest you. and academic credit opportunities as equally beneficial.com About. Attend career fairs and ask about internships.edu/coop/ Go to academic departments and visit their websites. it is important to know which graduate program might be the best fit for you. Are there educational tracks from which you would choose your concentration? Are there any special projects or programs that you could participate in or contribute to? What graduate exams are required for entry? Knowing about each graduate program will help you target your personal statement to better show how you would fit and contribute as a graduate student at their school.http://gradschool. Check departmental eligibility qualifications for earning academic credit. Especially check the faculty listings which usually show a picture of the professors and include a narrative of their research projects.about. co-op. CO-OPS AND SUMMER JOBS Expand your potential and increase your marketability.edu/exp/ Visit the Engineering Co-op Program website: http://www. decide what kind of experience you want: Think about the type of work activities you want to learn more about.usnews.washington. Graduate programs that seem related may have different philosophies and educational emphases. Visit company and organization websites for current internship opportunities. It is important to learn who the professors are and their research or teaching areas. co-ops and student employment.engr.com . First. Prepare yourself. By participating in an internship. Steps in the process: Determine which opportunities match your interests and goals. mentor or a career counselor at The Career Center for ideas. volunteer.washington. companies.http://www.INFORMATION ABOUT OPTIONS INTERNSHIPS.edu Use the HuskyJobs database to identify open positions and employers: http://huskyjobs. Consider creating your own internship.washington.gradschools.petersons.com The Career Center 12 http://careers.
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the). WA Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Expected March 2012 • GPA in major: 3. Robotics Club. http://careers. Motorola 68HC11 microcontroller. The Career Center RELATED EXPERIENCE For early undergrads okay to include high school education. Member. Roosevelt High School. Inc. • Supported 75% of college costs.present Key Bank. Micro Encoder.June 2010 University of Washington. Roosevelt High School. weight) or photo. Planned motivational activities for students. Gove and Associates. WA 98105 Indicating hours worked during school shows qualities employers look for: energy level. Roosevelt High School. Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). Include names of specific computer programs used. Seattle.3 • Worked 20-40 hours a week while attending college full-time. and responsibility. 9/06 . Mentor/Tutor.edu OBJECTIVE Internship in the Human Resources field.. Seattle. June 2007 – September 2009 Safeway Stores.edu Courtesy Clerk. EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. September 2009 . They could also be listed under a separate "Volunteer Experience" heading. • Conducted research and tests on next generation linear encoder scales. REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME Write in a concise style. Describe associations and awards if not commonly known. Train new staff members. • Fabricated mechanical and electrical components for repair and creation of test equipment. Hall Government Committee. September 2011 . to process home equity loans. expected June 2013 University of Washington. 2008 University of Washington Career Center Seattle. Home Loan Center. electrical. Most common format preferred by employers. and environmental engineers. WA 98195 206-543-1212 Don't include personal information (marital status. • Wrote computer code using Assembly computer language. Kirkland. Omit personal pronouns and articles (a. WA ACTIVITIES Charles A. WA Completed 12 credits in Human Resources Supplement experience by including descriptions of related class projects. Seattle. Seattle. . • Assisted with website upgrade. Inc. and LCD screen. Seattle. GPA: 3.June 2011 Early Scholars Outreach Program. 18 EXPERIENCE Customer Service Representative. • Researched human factors for required torque load of stepper motor.washington. EDUCATION 206-555-5555 jtran@uw. health..6/09 Member. WA Lead educational seminars for first-time home buyers. WA Peer Advisor Sept 2009 – June 2010 • Provided career services information to student groups up to 135.) OTHER EXPERIENCE Diploma. December 2010 .4. Winter 2012 • Designed motion control system using stepper motor. Designed and led workshops for parents of students. • Updated Spill Prevention and Containment Countermeasure plans as specified by federal law. Newsletter/ Yearbook Editor.Most recent education/experience first by heading. Special Projects: Automated SwingAway Batting Tee. Active Member.7/07 HONORS/AWARDS Dean’s List. THOMAS DAVIDSON John Tran 401 Haggett Hall University of Washington Seattle. Collaborated with administration to ensure quality of services. Seattle. Assist managers in organizing employee orientation. UW – 3 quarters UW Alumni Student Leadership Award. 9/08 . projects and experience (DECA. WA Planned activities designed to enhance students’ university experience.edu 555 North Pine Street Seattle. WA. Trained and supervised student staff. WA Computer Aided Drafter Summer 2010 • Drafted plans and details using AutoCAD for mechanical. tds@uw. 2010 Golden Acorn/Award (for outstanding community service). Speech and Debate team. June 2009 University of Washington Seattle. Volunteer positions can be listed under experience. time management. Seattle. WA Monitored school performance of students from inner-city schools. Electro-Mech Design 302. WA Test Engineering Intern June 2011 – present • Designed test system using servo-mechanical components. • Documented test system including details and schematics using AutoCAD.
HTML. American Society for Training and Development and World Affairs Council. CompUSA. Information Systems Analysis and Design.0. web design (http://students. Spring 2008 – Winter 2009 One-year exchange program.edu 2733 NE 95th Street Seattle. expected June 2013 B. Tokyo. kept detailed written documents which promoted continuity and cohesion in the service List work experience in reverse chronological order. used in training educators ♦ Conceived and conducted study abroad workshop and individual counseling to prepare participants for logistical arrangements and cultural adjustments overseas RELATED EXPERIENCE: The Career Center Computer Lab Assistant. • Saved school $10. National Society of Collegiate Scholars. program coordination. University of Washington – Seattle. and psychology.. writing. . Headings are strengths desired in your industry. Work History Big Sisters of King County. Seattle. • LAN installation and maintenance using Microsoft NT. 2009 – present ASUW Crime Prevention Committee. East Japan Conference Champions. Member: SIETAR International. Include experiences from school and work that demonstrate skills. WA Japan-America Society. Japan. Crescent. Excel) and basic database management (SPSS. and customer service. 2006 – 2008 Varsity Football Team. University of Washington. • Demonstrated customer service experience in various settings • Work well independently and in team projects • Japanese: fluent reading and listening. 2008 Valedictorian. January 2009 to present • Provide instructional assistance in an ultra-modern computer lab. Less preferred by employers. WA. basic conversational skills • Computer Skills: Proficient in C/C++.QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY—REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME Good format for career changers and when informational interviewing. WA 9/09 1/09 9/08 1/05 6/05 Present 8/09 12/08 6/07 9/05 Customer Service Specialist.edu Use quantities. Native fluency in Japanese. Computer Networks.edu/ggute) Education Team player with 3 years experience in cross-cultural training. Crescent High School. Program Coordination ♦ Effectively managed program participants of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds ♦ Designed and edited monthly program newsletter. "Managed budget of $10.washington. Caseworker Program Coordinator Program Coordinator/Interpreter ESL Teacher’s Assistant Counselor/Administrative Asst. improved internal communication ♦ Accelerated program application process by more than 50% after complete revision of program information packet and forms Computer Network Volunteer.edu Background Summary Highlight strengths related to your target. Seattle. http://careers." It is possible to show that you have held multiple jobs without having to describe each of them.” the skills SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS: and experiences you list here should be related • 3 years experience in computer lab and network administration to your job target. resided with host-family Experience Cross-Cultural Training ♦ Designed and conducted workshops on Japanese patterns of communication ♦ Researched and assembled cultural diversity information packet. Database Management.washington. Access). WA American Red Cross. Video Update. WA 98105 RUMI TSUCHIHASHI 3240 West Boston Street Seattle. Most recent first. amounts. Microsoft Office. WA. UW. WA 98195 206-233-0000 rumit@uw. Japan-America Society. 19 Related Coursework: study of information systems and technology with a human-centered approach: Informatics Fundamentals. EDUCATION: One way to list your education if you are still a student. Seattle.000. Seattle. Computer skills include Microsoft (Word. and dollar values where they enhance the description.5/4. Summer 2005 ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS: Member. WA ECC Foreign Language Institute. Information Retrieval. FUNCTIONAL/SKILLS RESUME Gary Gutenburg (206) 555-1212 ggute@uw. Everett. WA. WA. GPA: 3. Research in Informatics. Distributed Applications Study Abroad: Keio University. LAN. XML. Bellevue. problem solving and organizational skills. January 2003-June 2005 • Worked with administration to help design and maintain school’s computer network. WA. interpersonal. Family Kitchen. Cum Laude. Intercultural Communications. May 2006 . Bothell. Used when targeting a job description—highlights match between job requirements and applicant’s qualifications. OTHER EXPERIENCE: Customer Service ♦ Served as liaison between volunteers and clients by exercising active listening skills ♦ Successfully mediated interpersonal conflicts and problems of miscommunication ♦ Maintained regular phone and written contacts with clients. WA Bellevue Cherry Crest School. Keio University. • Aided teachers and students on proper use of computers. June 2012. Outstanding writing. OBJECTIVE: Information technology internship contributing my computer systems and programming skills With or without an “Objective. University of Washington. Summer 2009 Shift Leader.A. Coursework in organizational and interpersonal communication. Crescent High School. 2006 Other Facts Permanent resident status. WA BS in Informatics.000 and increased teacher/student use by over 50%. Seattle. MAC OS. Seattle.June 2007 Waiter. Emphasis on skills. University of Washington.
washington. Research Methods. Seattle.edu . may be listed in a "Leadership" section instead. willing to learn • Performs well under pressure and deadlines • Able to work independently in changing situations • Very organized with an eye for detail • Excellent at written and oral communication Chris Wong Chris Wong Enclosure 206-555-5555 chris. Northwest Non-Profit Foundation. The AEJ team provides college students with the knowledge and guidance to help them build support for green issues on their campuses. SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS • 15 months experience in leadership and training of environmental volunteers • Commitment to and enthusiasm for environmvental politics and activism • Strong background in fund-raising and event planning • Resourceful and creative in optimizing available resources. Environmental Economics. Ecology. uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. politics and media • Intelligent. Thank you for considering my application. student meetings Qualifications • An undergraduate or graduate student • Passionate about the environment. WA. and. University of Washington. NNPF membership grew by 27% during my internship there. WA 98105 September 1. September 2010 – Present Membership Chair.000. September 2009 – Present Server/Cashier. Relevant Projects: "Reductions of Pesticide Use on University of Washington Recreational Fields. organization and communication skills. Parsons Community Director Association for Environmental Justice 16259 Quentin Blvd. fund-raising. NE Seattle. June 2009 – August 2010 • Assisted in organizing major annual fund-raising events • Organized and coordinated volunteers for Seattle community events • Gathered data. and Politics. Politics and Law of International Human Rights "Relevant Projects" may be a major heading if desired. Sincerely. wrote petitions.com. Key Responsibilities • Leading the Regional Advocates Team • Gathering media summaries/analyses • Organizing news clippings and other printed media • Political media research. Financial Aid Office. I look forward to talking with you soon.wong@aol. Anthropology Minor: Law. and policy development.C. Richard E. 3) passion for your mission. Ecology.org) ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Administrative Assistant. Please see my enclosed resume for more details.LIBERAL ARTS COVER LETTER AND RESUME TARGETED TO JOB DESCRIPTION 4523 Brooklyn Ave. Chris Wong 4523 Brooklyn Avenue NE Seattle. Parsons: I would like to apply for the Evironmental Advocate position with the Association for Environmental Justice. In addition to my membership-building and fund-raising activities as a leader in the Students for Social and Environmental Justice organization. and wrote reports regarding events • Participated as a member of Foundation's policy development committee • Revised and maintained organization's web pages (www. Association for Environmental Justice (AEJ) The Association for Environmental Justice is a leading green group with programs around the world focusing on strong science. I am very interested in the Evironmental Advocate position because I believe that my skills and experience provide an excellent match for this position. 20202 Dear Mr. and Justice Seattle. Environmental Anthropology. Culture. Columbia Bread and Bakery Shop. and led letter-writing drives. UW. Your commitment to sustaining justice and environmental balance for the welfare of all represents the values to which I am personally and professionally committed. D. manages steep learning curves • Effective manager and communicator with ability to motivate others orally and in writing • Excellent computer and web design skills EDUCATION University of Washington Bachelor of Arts. 2) leadership. Seattle." Final paper for ANTH 499: Culture. Coursework: Ecological Anthropology. adaptable. I engaged in extensive coalition-building. I will be graduating from the University of Washington in June and I believe I am an excellent candidate because I have: 1) a lifelong interest in and commitment to environmental justice issues. interviewed stakeholders. RELATED EXPERIENCE Vice-President. In this position.nwnpf. Spring 2011 • Project submitted as a proposal to the UW Health and Safety Committee in August 2011. I can be reached by phone at 206-555-5555 and email at chris. writing “Letters to Editor” • Online messaging and social networking • Updating the AEJ website • Attending planning sessions. Last year I worked as the Community Outreach Intern specializing in environmental issues for the Northwest Non-Profit Foundation (NNPF). 2011 Mr. May 2007 – June 2009 AWARDS AND ACTIVITIES Rotary Club Scholarship (2009) Employee-of-the-Year Award (Columbia Bread/Bakery. • The committee chair accepted the proposal for consideration and it is currently under review. September 2009 – August 2010 • Co-founded campus environmental and human rights group • Contributed to creating and revising organization's constitution and policies • Developed and implemented marketing and fund-raising plans • Coordinated development of environmental justice internship program Community Outreach Intern. The Career Center 20 http://careers. WA 98105 Environmental Advocacy Coordinator. 2008) PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Anthropology Association (Anthropology and the Environment Section). and I passionately believe in the Association's mission and values. Student Member Society for Applied Anthropology (Environmental Anthropology Division).com OBJECTIVE: Environmental Justice position contributing my outreach and coordination skills. WA. and Politics. Student Member Definitely include student organization experience. Society. coordinated our events for two years. and our fund-raising efforts exceeded our goals by over $100. Washington. Students for Social and Environmental Justice. I was thrilled to see on your website that you are currently seeking applicants for this position. WA Anticipated – June 2013 Your "Summary of Qualifications" should include skills and strengths that are listed in the job description.wong@aol. Advocacy regarding the environment is exactly the type of career that I am seeking. I engaged in outreach.
October 13. Accounting 3. From: Matt Suzuki To: Jeff Sasaki Sent: Thursday. No tabs. WA 98125 (206) 525-8330 msuzuki@uw.Business Administration. Dear Mr. MATT SUZUKI 3619 NE 88th Street Seattle. and to a friend in another e-mail system. WA (9/08-6/09) * Developed document locator application for Corporate Tax Office * Designed and coded application using MS-Visual Basic and Access * Trained 30 staff in use of program and maintaining database COMPUTER LAB CONSULTANT — University of Washington (9/08-3/09) * Assisted students and faculty in use of personal computers * Responded to questions regarding use of computer applications * Performed basic hardware and software repairs LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Vice President — UW Business Information Technology Society (BITS) Researcher — UW Business School’s World Wide Web Development Team Organizer — UW Business Student Orientation Committee Mentor and Volunteer — UW DO-IT Program AWARDS: Outstanding Student Award. I have performed well in leadership positions throughout my college studies. Sincerely. of Accounting. Sasaki. UW (2006-2008) “I Make a Difference” Award. HTML EXPERIENCE: FINANCIAL SYSTEMS INTERN — QWEST.Resume: Financial Systems Specialist Attachment: Matt Suzuki Resume and Cover Letter. Use full left margin. Information Systems and Accounting. 2011 4:15 PM Subject: Matt Suzuki . Any line longer than that will be cut off and dropped down to the next line.E-MAIL COVER LETTER AND RESUME A cover letter shows your writing ability and allows you to make a case for why you are a match for the job. And include your resume in the e-mail message.edu OBJECTIVE: A career in Information Systems and Accounting with Wells Fargo. March 2012 GPA: Overall 3. Word. http://careers. I learned of the Financial Systems Specialist position with Wells Fargo Bank through the UW HuskyJobs and I am very interested in applying for this position. QWEST (June 2008) Limit each line to 64 . Information Systems 3.45 COMPUTER SKILLS: Operating Systems: Windows.70 characters. Access Basic.35. My resume is included below and attached in Word for your review. Matt Suzuki **************************************************************** To create an e-mail resume. Seattle. Dept.34. MS-Access.doc (19. Excel. WA. Unix (Working knowledge) Applications: AutoCAD. 90 credits. Seattle.edu 21 The Career Center . OK to use asteriks instead of bullets. I look forward to discussing further with you how my qualifications might fit with your company. Macintosh. Publisher Languages: Visual Basic. Seattle. Copy it into the body of your e-mail message. I have experience as a financial systems intern and as a computer lab consultant. Test your resume format by sending it to yourself first. GPA: Overall 3. Keep it brief—one compter screen in length. WA BA .washington. save it as a text file in a word processing program or use a text editor such as Microsoft's Notepad or Apple's Simple Text.5KB) Submit your resume as an attachment. I am very excited about utilizing this background and my knowledge of information systems and accounting at Wells Fargo.15 North Seattle Community College. 9/05-8/07 Pre-Business Emphasis. EDUCATION: University of Washington. Most e-mail programs wrap text around at about 72 characters.
Civil Engineering Technician. Seattle. Moffatt. water quality monitoring using Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) instrument. completed daily reports recording any exceedances. Protein synthesis-purification The Career Center Related Experience Familiar with: Enzyme assaying. Lyon. Nichol and Bonney Consultants. University of Washington. December 2010 Bachelor of Science. PCR. Everett. SALOME GREEN 5342 Woodlawn Avenue. University of Washington President. August 2012 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. 2004-2007 HONORS AND AWARDS Henry L. MS Office. EDUCATION Masters of Science. Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA). Western blot. Tacoma. September 2010-present Vice-President. reviewing angiograms. Inc. Bridge Inspection and Design. Sanders and Associates. Drainage Studies. coordinated with the EPA and the Port of Tacoma and analyzed acquired data.washington. French Fluency: Lyon.edu Leadership Experience Vietnamese Student Association. Acid-base titration Research Assistant. interpreted specifications. Cell cultivation and counting. of Transportation. Civil Engineering. September 2009-June 2010 Treasurer. August 2012 Okay to use acronyms if commonly used in the field. June 2009 to October 2009. WA Summers 2006. Nichol and Bonney. Portland OR. IR. University of Washington January 2009-present • Tutor Educational Opportunity Program students • Train new tutors in teaching concepts of chemistry • Develop skills in working with a diverse population of students Medical Research Assistant. Spring-Summer 2006 • Assisted design team with taxiway improvements at Portland Airport. • Extensive analysis of water quality regulations and permit requirements. Inc. WA.. Environmental Legislation: Local and federal environmental regulations including King County Sensitive Areas Ordinance and NPDES permitting procedures. and specifications. Department of Chemistry. development of a stormwater monitoring plan and compilation and analysis of baseline data. Sitcum Waterway Remediation Project. 9/06-6/07 Lab Skills University of Washington. City of Bellevue and the University of Washington-Seattle. Environmental Engineer. University of Washington. Summer 2007 • Inspected bridges. EXPERIENCE Research Assistant. Spectrophotometric and potentiometric analyses. Instructional Center. Good for highlighting projects and transferable experiences. Spring 2008 • Performed water quality monitoring. Inc. MODFLOW groundwater flow and solute transport model and other modeling applications. May 2008 l’Institut National des Sciences Appliqués. MS.edu 206-555-1212 sgreen@uw. Summer 2006. MRIs. SKILLS Water Quality Monitoring: Manual and automatic flow monitoring. 2004-2007 Dean of Engineering Honorary Scholar. Washington University. Conducted drainage studies. NMR. WA January 2009-present • Teach English to Southeast Asian refugee women Electronics Assembler. USDA Forest Service.SCIENCE RESUME Versatile format that combines advantages of functional and chronological resumes. University of Washington January 2010-March 2011 • Entered data in computer from photoelectric experiment • Related data to excitation of electrons of different metals REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS Urban Stormwater Runoff Monitoring and Policy Analysis. technical reports. City of Bellevue Dept. October 2009 to present. 2007 • Operated a robot in parts assembly line • Tested voltmeter for quality control . Louis. Proficient with: DNA cloning. 2009-2010 Society of Women Engineers Scholar. Reagent preparation. University of Washington Medical Center January 2007-June 2009 • Assisted neurosurgery resident in clinical neurosurgical research by conducting literature research. Washington University. Southern blot. September 2008-June 2009 Other Experiences English Teacher. Research and Thesis Focus. France. John Fluke Company. Water Quality Monitoring. Environmental Engineering. Summer 2007. WA 98103 206-670-1000 nanguyen@uw... and CT scans to determine presence of aneurysms in epileptic patients http://careers. Civil Engineering Intern. National Forest Service. Computer Experience: SPSS programming. completed civil engineering classes in French. Washington University. Seattle. Writing Skills: Project proposals. WA 98037 Objective Education Research Assistant/Lab Technician position using my strong understanding of the scientific method and great attention to detail. Winter-Spring 2010 • Water quality oversight for the Lakemont Boulevard construction project in Bellevue. MO. Moffatt. Seattle.edu COMBINATION RESUME Ngoc-Anh Nguyen 4000 888th Street SW Lynnwood. Gray Fellowship. France. St. 2004-2007 AFFILIATIONS American Academy of Environmental Engineers American Society of Professional Wetland Engineers 22 Chemistry Tutor. WA. WA Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. sample collection QAQC procedures. Commencement Bay. assisted with the design of a concrete bridge and inspected Contractor’s work on construction of concrete bridge in Packwood.
National Community Public Health Association. • Managed retail sales revenue. 6/2010-6/2011 • Supervised student assistants. OTHER EXPERIENCE & ACTIVITIES: Member. Seattle. safer injection supplies and community referrals to participants in rural syringe exchange program. WA. Cuenca. 1/2011-8/2011 • Developed and taught physical activity group curriculum for pregnant women. • Raised more than $46.washington. • Created relationships and provided referrals and basic necessities. facilitated staff and community meetings. • Provided referrals and informal counseling to participating high school students. and interventions • Proven researcher – in field. Seattle. trained and supervised front desk volunteers. • Practicum. Clinic.GRAD STUDENT PUBLIC HEALTH RESUME Jane Doe. events. • Promoted program with national media coverage on CBS Evening News. summer 2006 • Technos Japan Exchange Program Scholarship. • Participated in outreach to local communities of homeless youth. constructed budget. Seattle. http://careers. MN. 23 Carleton College. • Implemented evaluation component for pilot program. pg 2 of 2 Jane Doe jdoe@uw. Seattle. served as interpreter and educator for Spanish-speaking individuals • Critical-thinking. 1/2007-present Board Member. reported to funders. 9/2011-Present • Interview homeless youth and young adults in three Seattle drop-in centers. • Supervised and trained volunteers and staff on confidentiality. Ecuador Augustana College Summer Spanish Program in the Andes. Seattle. • Developed and conducted program evaluation. RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: University of Washington. Expected 6/2012 • Capstone Final Project. • Co-manage data collection coordination. and on Internet • Fluent Spanish.edu SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS: • Over two years program development experience in diverse community organizations • Skilled in coordinating patients.Managed and developed participatory theater project to educate Latinos about diabetes. • Provide consultation to Housing First project—a collaboration between the Downtown Emergency Service Center and the University of Washington Addictive Behaviors Research Center to measure impact of providing housing to chronic public inebriates. Seattle. managed grants. 11/2002-11/2003 • Supervised volunteers and employees for non-profit woodshop producing toys for children in need. ensured participatory communication process. COORDINATION EXPERIENCE: Roosevelt Teen Health Center. team-member and individual contributor AmeriCorps*VISTA (sited at The Giving Tree). and operating procedures.edu 206-555-5555 1234 Main Street Seattle. WA Intern – WIC/Maternity Support Services Programs. 10/2009-7/2010 Spanish Language Assistant. 5/2007 • Advanced Study Certificate of Foreign Language and Literature in Spanish • Independent Research Fellowship to Chile.Conducted quantitative and content analysis of REACH diabetes intervention program activities. Seattle. WA Patient Care Coordinator. NY Harm Reduction Coordinator. • Coordinated and conducted community outreach and education presentations. 11/2008-3/2009 • Assisted in developing health education materials for use in this mentoring program for Gypsy youth in the neighborhood of Almanjayar. safety. persistent. Carleton College. • Created marketing materials for participant recruitment. King County Oral Health Coalition. Northfield. • Interviewed. library. WA Research Assistant. passionate. Measurement and Assessment of Risk on the Street (MARS). Ithaca. • Prepared charts and completed data entry. 6/2007-8/2008 • Provided harm reduction information. summer 2005 The Career Center Center for Inter-American Studies (CEDEI). Friends of Almanjayar. 5/2009-5/2010 • Scheduled over 60 volunteers each month. WA MPH in Community Health Practice. MN BA in Latin American Studies. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. . 6/2006-8/2006 • Took 9 credits of classes taught in Spanish Southern Tier AIDS Program. 45th St. volunteers. WA Volunteer Coordinator / Outreach Worker. Spain Volunteer Program Developer. • Completed survey of WIC/MSS clientele’s needs and interests in physical activity. EDUCATION: University of Washington. Granada. Wrote grants. Northfield. • Answered phones and scheduled appointments.000 through foundation and corporation grants. • Designed plan for distribution of materials. WA 98103 OBJECTIVE: Program development position in community health agency serving Spanish-speaking families. WA Program Developer. • Secured funding by writing grant proposals. Implemented REACH coalition key informant interviews. 9/2006-5/2007 PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE: Public Health Seattle & King County. lab. organized board meetings and coordinated community event to teach children about homelessness.
Reynolds General Manager Four Seasons Olympic Hotel 411 University St. I helped increase membership by 25% and planned six events that reached a total of 850 students. and project management. During my internship with Singapore Airlines. Working together. Reynolds: While researching the hospitality industry in the Puget Sound region. I learned of the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel. As a bilingual receptionist at the Tokyo International Airport. Jessica Stevens Director of Talent Sourcing The Asia Pacific Group 67 Benton Street. State Zip Code Date Name of Individual Job Title of Individual Company or Organization Name Street Address or P.O. Signed in ink if sent through the postal service. experience. Write in conversational short sentences. As a senior in Business Administration. #03-01 Singapore 189655 Dear Ms. State your top 2 . I look forward to talking with you. cross cultural communication. I am familiar with a wide range of cultures and adapt quickly to new environments. Highlight your job related skills. Sincerely. experiences and activities. 5006 Wallingford Ave. Sincerely. course work. and significant accomplishments.washington. Centered on the page with one inch margins. I have experience as a bilingual receptionist assisting clients from Japan and many other countries. in a marketing class during spring quarter. • Written in your own words in a conversational style with short sentences. As vice-president of an international student organization. indicate your willingness to negotiate within the "going rate" for someone with your background and experience. related to the position you are seeking. Please feel free to contact me by phone at 206-555-5555 or by email at kerikatanabe@ uw. WA 98105 October 6. Box Number City. It will also demonstrate your interest in and qualifications for the position. The training and support your organization provides to its employees is impressive and the mission of supporting business development in the Pacific Rim is exciting to me.. including correct title. NE Seattle. and tell how you learned of the position. COVER LETTER SAMPLE Use "Hiring Manager" or "Recruiter" if no name is given.4 selling points/provide proof of your top selling points (education. • Addressed to an individual by name. Indicate resume is attached/enclosed. The letter is an opportunity to sell yourself for the particular job you are seeking. 2011 Ms. Keri Katanabe Cover letters should be: • Individually tailored (never a form letter). Always thank the employer for consideration of your application. skills). COVER LETTER SAMPLE COVER LETTER CONTENT & FORMAT Your Present Address City. • Closed with a request for action and “Thank You” for consideration.TAKING ACTION COVER LETTERS The cover letter should be mailed or emailed to an employer with your resume. Thank you for considering my application. Thank you for considering my application. I am very comfortable interacting with people and have strong oral communication skills./Dr. #1 Seattle. Apt. Seattle.edu. Important: If salary history or expectations are requested by the employer. 2011 Mr.edu . Include information such as your telephone number and email. and the business owner is currently implementing two of our three recommendations. I created goals and timelines. I served as the manager of a project for an assignment that called for groups of four students to spend five weeks analyzing the marketing needs of a local business. I believe the executive track position is a very good match for my skills in leadership. The middle paragraphs should present additional information about your experience or personal characteristics in some detail.not necessary if sending by email or uploading on company website) Full name typed Enclosure: Resume 4561 11th Ave. A carefully constructed and concisely written letter will convey your ability to communicate effectively in writing. researched and gave the final presentation of our project.________________: The first paragraph should state the position you are seeking. State. collected status reports. WA 98101 Dear Mr. Please feel free to contact me by the phone number or email listed on my resume. I am eager to apply my strengths and background to team projects at The Asia Pacific Group. specialized training. (your signature in blue or black ink . Zip Code Dear Mr. My leadership skills would be an asset to your organization. it contains stories or examples from your education. Instead. Emphasize what you offer to the employer (not what the employer can do for you)./Ms. I am very interested in exploring internship opportunities in international business where my bilingual Japanese and English skills will be an asset in a full service hotel with an international clientele and staff. Identify your experience and education that is most directly related to that job. it is best not to give specific figures. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to further discuss how my qualifications might match with the Emerging Leaders Program. class projects. Finally. I assumed multiple responsibilities. company name and address. The last paragraph should have a summary statement of your qualifications and interest and why you want to work for the particular employer. employees from both locations developed three new strategies for increasing and enhancing air traffic between the two countries. Stevens: I saw the executive track position in The Asia Pacific Group’s Emerging Leaders Program while viewing the University of Washington’s HuskyJobs online system. our professor gave us high marks. Sincerely. Because of my earlier work experiences and extensive travel to English speaking countries. Peter G. You might provide specific examples of demonstrated skills and related experience. indicate why you are writing. We finished our assignment several days prior to the deadline. Ryan Anderson Ryan Anderson Enclosure: Resume The Career Center 24 http://careers. The purpose of the letter is to present your skills and experience in future-oriented terms which highlight what you offer to the employer. I used my Mandarin Chinese and English skills to help foster partnerships among employees in the United States and Singapore. In other words. I am currently a student at the University of Washington majoring in English. WA 98105 October 2.
Jeffries: WITHDRAWAL LETTER 3537 Michigan Avenue Seattle. I will be graduating in June from the University of Washington with a BA degree in Communications and English. March 2nd. As you may recall. Teresa Jeffries Meier & Frank 501 Fifth Avenue Portland. On June 23rd. like to withdraw from further consideration. 2011 Ms. Your interview was most thorough and informative. Always keep a copy for your records. Based on my proven performance through this experience. Last summer's internship at Richmond Public Relations provided me the opportunity to refine my writing skills in a variety of stylistic modes. I am looking forward to hearing from you next week regarding your decision. Larsen: I would like to thank you for the time you spent with me on Monday. my skills would be an asset to Safeco now and in the future. I would like to express my appreciation for this opportunity and look forward to being part of the Meier & Frank team. Robert Montana 1030 West 15th Avenue Seattle. Georgia Singleton FOLLOW UP LETTERS ACCEPTANCE LETTER May 27. Seattle. Mallika Jamison I am pleased to confirm my acceptance of the position as Management Trainee at Meier & Frank. Thank you very much for your consideration. business letters. THANK-YOU LETTER FOLLOW-UP LETTER 301 Brooklyn Ave. I appreciated having the opportunity to meet with you today to discuss the employment opportunities at Safeco. Close with a suggestion for continued contact or a request for the next interview. and interest would allow me to be an effective contributor to your organization. and I look forward to meeting with you soon. feature-length articles and assisted with speeches. WA 98915 April 25. Seth Harmon http://careers. My educational background. My responsibilities also brought me into direct client contact with the accounts of Chateau St. Bellevue. therefore. 2011 Mr.edu 25 The Career Center . my internship taught me the importance of developing a broad understanding of each product or service and collaborating creatively with the graphic designers. photographers. Thank-you letters are one or two very short paragraphs. I will report to work at the Lloyd Center store. Frank Nelson EvansGroup Public Relations 190 Queen Anne Ave. After careful consideration.washington. I look forward to making a strong contribution and helping Meier & Frank maintain a competitive edge.edu. Again. I would. Nelson: At the recent University of Washington Spring Fair. Sarah Larsen AccessLine Technologies 11201 SE Eighth St. Again. 2011 Ms. I have five years of experience working with computer systems similar to yours. WA 98111 January 15. and printers. N. John Niserati encouraged me to contact you regarding a position as a public relations assistant. Mr. Thank-you letters should be individually prepared and sent to the person with whom you met within 24 to 48 hours of the interview. WA 98185 Dear Ms. Seattle. Lori Kato Safeco Corporation 115 Pike Street Seattle. WA 98004 Dear Ms. Among many other things. Kato. If you interviewed with more than one person. I am even more convinced that I could do an outstanding job and be an asset to your organization. Michelle and Puget Sound Energy. Sincerely. 2011 Ms. Sincerely yours. Based on our discussion. I developed press releases. WA 98115 March 15. I was quite impressed with the scope of operations and training utilized.TAKING ACTION A thank-you letter should be sent after every interview to express your appreciation for the interview and demonstrate your understanding of professional business etiquette. Send the signed original. I will call on April 30 to inquire about the possibility of setting up an appointment. You may contact me at 206-522-1000 or by email at gsingle@uw. Sincerely. thank you for your interest in considering me for the position. A letter also demonstrates your writing skills and allows you the opportunity to restate your interest and qualifications for the position.” If you are able to get all interviewers' names. experience. I have concluded that AccessLine Technologies does not closely match my particular career interests at this time. OR 98355 Dear Ms. Be sincere and positive. you may send each a thank you note. During my visit. WA 98109 Dear Mr. Sincerely. you may send one letter to the person who appears to be “most in charge” of hiring and say you appreciated meeting with “you and your staff.
Tell them the kinds of things you would appreciate them including in their reference.washington. References Seek responsible people who know your work well and who like you. give them a summary of what you have been doing. sometimes two in length • Will be scanned quickly • Used as a marketing tool See sample CV on page 27 For more information on writing a Curriculum Vitae visit the Grad Student resources page: careers. your accomplishments.edu Department Manager National Marine Fisheries Service 1234 56th Street San Diego. CVs are more comprehensive documents than resumes. Be sure to thank them! Sales Manager Office Depot 4515 Roosevelt Way Seattle. work habits and skills. grants • Summary of all your educational and professional background • Includes full list of publications • Space is not a premium. you might decide not to include them on your list.TAKING ACTION CHOOSING YOUR BEST REFERENCES References are important resources in your job search. and your ambitions.edu/GradStudents/beyond-academia and click on Resumes The Career Center 26 http://careers. whereas resumes are the preferred documents in business and industry. may be several pages in length • Will be thoroughly read by search committee versus Resume • Used everywhere a CV is not specifically requested • Summary of related experience and education • Space is at a premium. WA 98195 206-555-0000 bobroberts@uw. and professionals of any type with whom you have worked on prior jobs. go to: careers. ask them if they have any reservations about giving you a good reference. Dr. Curriculum Vitae • Used when applying for positions in academia.johnson@officedepot. Not only can recommenders attest to the quality of your work. Bob Roberts Professor of Biology University of Washington Box 350000 Seattle. research. Some examples of people on campus are professors. Recommenders often take a personal interest in your search. If they are at all hesitant. one page. It is not a good idea to list friends or relatives. Off-campus recommenders might include your immediate supervisor from a current or past job.edu/GradStudents/academic-careers For more Grad Student resume samples. internship supervisor.edu Susan Jones Give your recommenders your resume and some details about the position for which you are applying. Jennifer Scott Ask for permission from your recommenders before you use their name. since employers won’t expect them to be objective and will probably not contact them.washington. WA 98115 206-123-4567 jim. CA 11111 708-000-0000 email@example.com . university staff members. they also can help you identify possible new employers—especially if you are looking for leads in their field. Because it is too important to your future to assume that these people will write a positive recommendation. If it has been a while since you worked with someone. and coaches.washington. managers of organizations for which you do volunteer work. They are most often used for academic or research positions.org Jim Johnson CURRICULUM VITAE The curriculum vitae (CV) is a document that details your academic and professional accomplishments.
Research.Assisted with DNA preparations for DNA fingerprinting including isolating DNA and gel electrophoresis . B.present American Society for Microbiology.edu PUBLICATIONS ABSTRACTS HONORS/AFFILIATIONS Laboratory Instructor. Adviser B.. 2006. Microbiology. 17: 23-52. ZymoGenetics. and S. Adviser. Seattle.Undergraduate biology and microbiology courses including microbiology.S. the Scientific Research Society. June 2004 . genetics. Department of Biology. Am. Graduate. W.July 2008 Doctor. Chem. September 2005 . Biology. Meriden. Department of Biology.Graduate microbiology courses Doctor. T. Doctor Research Assistant. 2007. Purification and characterization of the repressor for the sn-gycerol 3-phosphate regulon of Escherichia coli K-12.present .Designed and conducted experiments for purification and characterization of the repressor for the sn-glycerol 3-phosphate regulon of Escherichia coli K-12 . W. G.washington. 2007.Analyzed data Biology Research Technician.edu/GradStudents/Academic-Careers CURRICULUM VITAE GRACE B. NH.D. Structures of the promoter and operator of the glpD gene encoding aerobic sn-glycerol 3. WA TEACHING EXPERIENCE . Bacteriol. Adviser. (in preparation). WA. and A. M. G.Identified structure of the glp repressor and determined DNA binding domains Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow. and microbiological genetics . photographed gels. B. J. 2002 . J. August 2005 .edu EDUCATION Ph. WA. Department of Biochemistry. visit www. National Institutes of Health Poolesville.. developed autoradiographs http://careers.June 2007 . 2003 . Anaheim. G. June 2004 University of Puget Sound. . Minor: Chemistry. W.Taught two laboratory sections for undergraduate Introductory Microbiology course Teaching Assistant. W. B. G.August 2004 Page 2 1100 NE Campus Parkway Seattle. Doctor. DOCTOR Grace B.June 2007 . September 2004 . Department of Biology. A. Tandem operators control sn-glycerol 3-phosphate glp gene expression in Escherichia coli. September 2006 . Colleague.careers.Prepared buffers. Gordon Res.phosphate dehydrogenase of Escherichia coli K-12.Digested genomic DNA with restriction enzymes .Separated digested DNA fragments by electrophoresis through agarose gels and transferred by Southern blotting technique .Synthesized and purified hundreds of oligonucleotides . University of Washington Seattle. August 2007 .Constructed a cosmid library from human blood DNA . Society for Microbial. WA. T. MD. Inc.washington.Participated in DNA fingerprinting project . WA.present Sigma Xi.Regulations of aerobic gene expression .June 2005 . Adviser. University of Washington Seattle. Biol. A. Expected June 2012 University of Washington. Con. G. WA 98105 206-633-2000 (H) 206-543-1000 (C) gbdoctor@uw. 45: 87-98. Adviser. and T. W.. Adviser..Sequenced DNA .DNA sequencing and determination of DNA binding domains TEACHING INTERESTS The Career Center . University of Washington Seattle. 2005. WA Dissertation: Regulation of aerobic gene expression in Escherichia coli Adviser: Thomas W. and T.. Doctor.. Doctor.D.Advised undergraduate biochemistry students during office hours . S. B. and T. CA. RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Ph. University of Washington Seattle.present 27 RESEARCH INTERESTS . Colleague.Graded quizzes and assignments Phi Beta Kappa National Institutes of Health Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Colleague.For more samples. Nucleotide sequence of the glpR gene encoding the repressor of Escherichia coli K-12. Colleague. B. Structure of the glp repressor and the determination of DNA binding domains.Performed protein bioassays and prepared tissue cultures . WA August 2007 . Tacoma. Seattle.
including aptitude. It is wise not to drink any alcohol. make sure that you ask about the next step in the process if the employer does not tell you. • Prepare a professional-looking folder or portfolio and bring it to the interview. Be sure you have: a pen. and send a thank you note within 24-48 hours. etc. The screening interview is most often conducted by a human resources representative or a technical manager from the company to determine the candidates who seem to best match the employer’s hiring needs. company brochures and other literature. This interview may be conducted over the phone. Concentrate your questions on the nature of the work. role-playing situations. transcripts. and the company. Go to The Career Center Web Resources at http://careers. A portfolio may contain a few samples of projects you developed or other documentation that provides evidence of your accomplishments and strengths. however. peruse trade journals. Attend the Center's Job Offer & Salary Negotiations workshop. you need to continue putting the same care into the interview process. interests. or by practicing in front of a mirror or with friends. the typical duties and responsibilities you will be required to perform. • Your appearance influences the interviewer’s first impression of you. Make sure that you thank the interviewer for their time. at any meal during your second interview process. where employers see many students on campus to select a few candidates for second interviews. You may be asked some behavior-based questions during this interview. and your social graces are being evaluated. Wait for the interviewer to bring up salary questions. Continue to “sell” what you have to offer the employer and research the employer thoroughly. The invitation to a second interview indicates that the employer is quite interested in you. which may last 30-60 minutes. experience. Just as you would prepare for a test or project in your coursework. The most common format is for you to interview with one individual at a time for very in-depth interviews. a list of your references. Dress appropriately to match the professional standards of the workplace for the position you are seeking.edu/Resources/Web-Resources and click on Company/Industry Research for more links. Expect detailed questions about yourself and your career goals during the second interview. but be prepared to respond if an interviewer asks you what salary you have in mind (see the NACE Salary Survey in the Center). and interests. The campus interview is a good example of a screening interview. skills. Be aware that the meal is still part of the interview. and receptions. or a minimal amount.TAKING ACTION PREPARING FOR THE ALL-IMPORTANT INTERVIEW The importance of the interview in the job search process cannot be stressed enough. background. How Do I Research Employers to Prepare for Interviews? Start at the company website and also use other resources. Prepare a detailed list of questions to ask during the second interview. make sure that you ask the interviewer the time frame in which you must make a decision. there is no guarantee of a job offer yet. Professional dress on your part demonstrates respect. and any forms which were required prior to your interview (applications. Second Interviews (or site interviews) are typically held at the site where you would be working if hired. Technical questions and additional behavioral questions will be asked. Employer tips for preparation include: • Practice interviews at The Career Center with video recorded mock interviews. Prepare for anticipated questions. You may meet many people during the day. conduct a media search for articles about a company of interest. and thorough preparation is key to a good interview. The site visit will typically begin in Human Resources. The Career Center 28 http://careers. (see page 31) Interview Formats Screening Interviews with a potential employer are the initial interview sessions.).washington. paper. If you are offered a job during the interview. Read annual reports. Other formats may include panel interviews. check library references (Moody’s Industrial Manual. Dunn & Bradstreet. office or plant tours. As the interview draws to a close.edu . A meal may also be included during the interview process. covering education. or personality tests. It is critical to display a positive and enthusiastic attitude and to make sure the interviewer knows you have done your homework in researching their organization and knowing your own strengths. ask for a business card.washington. by attending an employer interview panel. extra copies of your resume. Some employers include a test phase in the interview process. It tends to be fairly broad. Thomas Register…) and perform Informational Interviews to gain deeper insights (see page 11). including your potential supervisor and co-workers. • Always be on time for the interview—arrive 15 minutes early. Ask questions at the end of the interview…but not about salary or benefits.
Tom Washington The Case Interview. Interviewing Books Knock ‘Em Dead. • Show up on time for the interview. • • • • • • Have a poor personal appearance. Jeffrey Allen Interview Survival Kit. so always put your best foot forward and demonstrate a professional attitude. Think of telling a story using STAR: S ituation T ask A ction R esult – – – – the context of what happened what you were supposed to do what you did to accomplish your task what you accomplished Ethics and Professional Behavior Being prepared is the first step in the interview process. “Describe a time when you persuaded someone to accept your recommendations to make a policy change. This is especially important with site interviews.edu DO NOT 29 The Career Center . • Describe a time when you were under pressure and did not meet a deadline. What did you do about the situation? What else could you have done? • Describe a time when you directed others to accomplish a task.” • Renege on a job offer once you have accepted it. as there is usually a lot of planning and expense to facilitate them. These are questions in which you are asked to describe specific situations when you have demonstrated a skill critical for success in the position you are seeking. instead of asking.” Other examples may include questions such as the following: • What did you do in your last job to contribute toward a teamwork environment? Be specific. descriptive example of your demonstrated skills. • Describe a project you led. John D. which tested your coping skills. • Be a “no-show. Use the STAR method to help you respond thoroughly to behavioral interview questions. order items that are easy to eat and follow the lead of your host. • Convey enthusiasm and interest. • Describe a time you initiated and completed a project with minimal supervision. • At meals. This method also provides the interviewer with a relevant concrete. • Cease other interviewing activity once you have formally accepted a job offer. Be so passive that you ask no questions at the interview.washington. Martin Yate Interview Power. What did you do to keep it on track? • Give an example of one of your weaknesses and where it hindered you in making a decision.TAKING ACTION Behavior-Based Interviews Several types of questions may be asked by interviewers to assist the employer in evaluating your strengths and “fit” within the organization. Anthony H. What was your role? • Describe a work-related situation in which you were faced with problems or stresses. Your reputation will follow you. Be overbearing or show a “know-it-all” attitude. The real question behind all other questions is. Medley Interview for Success. “How valuable can you be to me and this organization?” Identifying key words in the position description may provide hints to the types of questions you will be asked in the interview. Emphasize money. The way you conduct yourself professionally is vitally important. Ivy Advising http://careers. Burton Jay Nadler Job Interviewing for College Students. Cancel your interviews at the last minute. • Dress the part of a job seeker. Here are some general guidelines for the interview process. * Keep in mind that the world of employment can actually be a small circle of recruiters. What did you do to prevent that from happening in the future? • Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a co-worker. For example. • Be truthful. but candidates are being evaluated on many other factors as well.com Naked At The Interview: Tips and quizzes to prepare you for your first real job. • Tell me about a time when you were disappointed with your performance. Bad mouth your past employer. • Describe a time when you juggled several things at the same time. DO Ending with results brings your response to a natural close. Krannich and Krannich The Complete Q & A Interview Book. • Follow up after the interview with a thank-you note. Do not drink alcohol. Try to keep your responses under two minutes. Vault. Behavioral questions can be expected in an interview. Shingleton Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed. • Tell me about a time when you performed well in a crisis. “Do you have communication skills?” an interviewer might ask. What did you do? • Tell me about a time you successfully analyzed a situation and made recommendations regarding a solution.
TAKING ACTION Ways to Answer Interview Questions Be prepared to answer questions about your education. professionalism and effective communication skills in your business environment. or shall I go on to another strength?” That’s it! You’re talking about your strengths and you’re giving evidence of those strengths. work experience. Need help identifying or clarifying your strengths? You can start exploring your strengths by completing the Information About Self exercise in this Career Guide.") Would you like another example of this strength. • Create a portfolio of accomplishments and continuously add to it through out your professional life. Don’t bluff. even if it is in a different department. Examples of these types of questions may include: • Tell me about yourself. The Career Center 30 http://careers. most people cannot pay attention for much longer than that • Then ask. If you do not know the answer. and getting people to cooperate. activities. Your whole education has prepared you for this. In summary. speak about your strengths and how they relate to those specifications. Questions You Might Ask At the End of an Interview • Is there anything else you would like to know about me in terms of my strengths and how I can make a contribution? • What results do you expect to get from the person in this position? • What do new hires typically enjoy most about working here? • Are there opportunities for growth and advancement? • What do you see as the biggest challenge with this position in the first six months? • When may I expect to hear from you? How to Answer the Real Question Behind Most Interview Questions The key to a good interview is the ability to articulate your strengths. choose three of your strengths that seem called for in the description. achievements. skills. “Is this the kind of information that you want? (Wait for the "yes. • Be aware of your organization's environment and dress to fit in. strengths. specific career goals. as well as your analytical ability. Your ability to convey this information demonstrates the effectiveness of your communication skills. visibility. • Consider that promotions are obtained with capability. weaknesses and interest in the organization. availability and luck.” Keeping in mind the job description. • Master business conduct guidelines such as adhering to confidentiality and time-off policies. the recruiter probably knows the proper answer. found on pages 6 through 9.edu . ability to work on teams. you need to: 1) know your strengths 2) be able to talk about your strengths 3) give proof that you really have those strengths Here’s how: • Suppose the interviewer says “Tell me about your yourself. and suggest either modification or opportunities in the future that might make better use of your strengths. Follow the STAR method to be sure that the example you give is both short and clear. Counselors in The Career Center can assist you with this process as well. • Fight the urges to suggest improvements in your first position. employers expect you to listen and learn during the beginning months.and long-range goals? Do you have any plans for future education? • What would be the ideal job for you? • How do you plan to achieve your career goals? • What do you think about relocation? Travel on the job? Working over 40 hours a week? • Why should I hire you? • Any questions you would like to ask? Technical questions may be asked during the interview as well. The only REAL question behind most interview questions is: How can you be of value to me and this organization? To answer this. Equally important is the need to provide evidence for those strengths. Those are among the most important things you can do in the interview. the job interview is the time when you should ask about the job specifications. • Then say. • Volunteer for projects of interest to you. • Acknowledge team members' accomplishments. Name the strength and give the best example of when you demonstrated that strength. problem solving. Technical questions are designed to test your problem solving and critical thinking skills. • Implement the "platinum rule" of doing unto others as they would like to be treated. • Why are you qualified for this job? • Why do you want to work for this company? What do you know about us? • How has your college experience prepared you for a career in this field? • What are your short. • Give a brief description of your related education and experience. strong work ethic. • Incorporate a positive attitude. which one of these would you prefer that I start with?” • The employer will either pick one or have you choose.washington. Speak no more than two minutes. Key Points to Manage Your First Year On the Job • Consider that entry-level positions typically last 18 months. so it is probably not useful to spend time preparing for them. point out where you might go to find the information if you had to solve a similar problem on the job. “And my strengths include speaking in public.
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