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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY Greetings, Graduate Students! I’m delighted to welcome you to the first Graduate Career Guide developed by Career Services here at Syracuse University. Inside you will find tips and resources for masters students looking for internships and jobs, as well as doctoral students considering either faculty or nonacademic positions (or both!). I invite you to call Career Services at (315) 443-3616 to set up a strategy consultation on your job search. We can help you refine your career goals, improve your application materials, expand your network, locate resources and practice interviewing. We look forward to getting to know you! Best regards, Rosanne Ecker, Ph.D. Associate Director Counseling and Graduate Student Career Services
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The Big Picture..............3
Resumes......................5 Cover Letters...............11 Interviewing................13 OrangeLink.................15 Networking.................16 Academia Overview....................18 CV vs. Resume.............19
Career Services Suite 235, Schine Student Center Syracuse University careerservices.syr.edu phone (315) 443-3616 fax (315) 443-2805
CV Headings...............20 Academic Interviews.....22 Transferable Skills........23 Video Resources...........24
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and other sectors. Contact Career Services for more information about scheduling a workshop or customizing an existing workshop to fit your group’s interests. welcome! This guide has been customized specifically for you. organizational structure or culture that suits you? Figuring out where to direct your energies can help you make the most of the time you have available for career planning and networking. and the skills that you might want to develop during gradute school. unique capabilities and talents? It is helpful to understand what motivates you. Over the years. Graduate Student Workshops Workshops are offered during the academic year. You can make an appointment to meet with staff who consult to graduate students by calling (315) 443-3616. Knowing Your Work-Self What are your interests. be it in an academic or a non-academic setting. non-profits. explore your options. classes. work environment. However. Determining Your Career Direction How and where do you want to apply your education. or departments. help you prepare for interviews. and connect to useful resources. we can also help you choose among opportunities and negotiate a job offer. or simply offer you informed support through what may be a stressful process. passions. your desired work-life balance. or research (or all three!) and feel that you have little time to think about the future. In addition to sharing our extensive collection of web-based resources. Our counseling staff can review your resume or CV. A Range of Possibilities As you advance through your graduate program. whereas others will explore opportunities in industry. government. Career Services can assist you with strategies for locating a position that is the right fit for you. When Should I Visit Career Services? You are encouraged to come in for a consultation during any stage of your career exploration and job search process. 4 Syracuse University Career Services . Many graduate students will go on to academic positions. values. it is worth making the time. you may consider various career options. as well as by request to graduate student groups. on all of the topics presented on the pages that follow. Career Services staff can help you explore and refine your goals. Whether or not you are certain about your career direction. Making strategic decisions now can pay off significantly down the road. Graduate students. we can help you assess yourself. interests and skills? Where in the world is there an inviting city.The BIG Picture Making Time for Career Planning You may already be busy with your course work. and connect you with alumni in fields or jobs that interest you through the Mentor@SU program. we’ve found that many grad students benefit from exploring these topics as they advance through their programs and look ahead to their careers. At Career Services. Finding the Right Opportunity Once you are aware of your work-self and your goals. teaching.
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. jobs. Stand out from the pack! By asking yourself three key questions and then using just a few simple tricks. collaborated. Start each line with a verb (managed. coordinated. a resume is a persuasive document. 2. and job titles in a way that emphasizes your most relevant experience. you can create a resume that highlights exactly those experiences. 3. academic projects. find a description you like. What is the employer asking for? What skills and experience are important? Where does your experience overlap with what the employer wants? Ultimately. Descriptions: Write detailed descriptions explaining what you did in internships. internships. 6 Syracuse University Career Services . Don’t use a generic heading like “Experience” when you can use a more specific heading (“Communication Experience. Once you figure out which of your experiences and skills the employer is looking for. What does the employer want? Employers want candidates who will be a good fit. Your goal is to show the employer that your experience and skills fit their needs. skills. institutions. and put it closer to the top of the page. extracurricular activities. If you don’t have a specific job in mind. Read on for examples of resumes and explanations of each of the Five Easy Ways to Make Your Resume Better. Getting Started and Getting Noticed! Writing a resume is not easy.. Formatting: Make sure you’re using bold. you’re halfway there — because you know which experiences and skills you want to emphasize in your resume. and activities. Go through it and underline or highlight key points. Worked in a family business? Started your own business? Write down specifically what you did in these roles. Priorities: Give the most important and relevant information more space. But how can you figure out what an employer is looking for? Easy! Check the job description. Five Easy Ways to Make Your Resume Better: 1. the question is: how do you do it? The tips in the box to the right provide five solutions. You’ve got just a few seconds to catch your readers’ attention and show them why you’re a terrrific fit for their organization and the job or internship you’re applying for. where it will be noticed first.. When you know what you want to emphasize in your resume.). and making sure it stands out to an employer is even more challenging. Deal with Distractions: Consider removing information and experience that doesn’t relate to the job or internship you want.RESUMES What kinds of experience and skills do you have? Brainstorm about jobs that you’ve held.” “Administrative Experience”). italics.. and include quantitative results when possible. Headings: Make the most of your headings. 5. 4. especially one that relates to the job or internship you want. font size and spacing to consistently highlight employers. and qualities that make you a great candidate.
She was hoping to get a summer internship in her new field of study. BEFORE AFTER Syracuse University Career Services 7 . She shortened the description of her old job significantly. detailed information about her old job. Headings are specific Josh eliminated “Experience” as a heading and divided his work under two new headings: Nonprofit Experience and Youth Experience. though. These five before-and-after case studies. she provided lengthy. She realized it looked like her priorities were still related to her old job and her old field. consider how the principle illustrated might relate to your own resume. On her resume. BEFORE AFTER Priorities are unclear Angela had worked in her old job for five years before coming to SU to earn her masters in an unrelated field.Resume Makeovers: Five Case Studies Headings are general Josh was applying for a position with a nonprofit that works on behalf of children. it was immediately apparent just from the headings that he brought relevant experience. drawn from a variety of disciplines. relevant coursework. Under “Experience. from his internships with a variety of nonprofits to his work as a camp counselor at a variety of camps.” Josh listed everything. She also moved it further down the page. When the employer skimmed his resume. Priorities match employer’s Angela took a step back and put herself in a potential employer’s shoes. illustrate key principles for formatiting and structuring your resume strategically. putting her new masters program. It started at the top of the page was clearly the focus of the resume. As you read through each one. and related course projects ahead of the old job.
This way. and headings were underlined. not less. She knew it would be of interest to a potential employer. adding to it every year or two since to keep it updated. This consistency made it easy to skim. From then on. She decided to emphasize what she had personally accomplished. The emphasis was now on her accomplishments and was engaging and appealing to the employer. BEFORE Descriptions are dynamic! Emma realized that there had to be a better way to describe the project. She wrote a long. AFTER BEFORE Distractions get in the way Renna had kept the same resume since college. Formatting helps clarify Alejandro decided that all of the formatting was actually making things more confusing. Renna came to the conclusion that she needed to make it easier -. AFTER Formatting is confusing Alejandro went through his resume and bolded the words that seemed important.for the most relevant information to stand out. managed. underlining. Renna went through the long version of her resume and deleted experience and information that didn’t relate. whenever she applied for a job. and analyzed. and its outcomes. detailed paragraph about the project: its goals. its components. AFTER BEFORE 8 Syracuse University Career Services . job titles were italicized. and so on.Descriptions are dull Emma had designed an elaborate project for a class that took most of the semester to complete. oversaw. She started each line with a bullet point and verbs like coordinated. Distractions are reduced After talking to some employers. she wasn’t distracting the reader’s attention away from her qualifications. He also used italics. It contained information about summer jobs from years ago. activities in college.not harder -. She had always thought that an employer could go through and find the relevant parts. It was hard to read and not very engaging. and several different fonts to draw attention to other things he hoped the employer would like. He decided to use formatting consistently to make his resume easy to read: organizations were bolded.
City. knowledge of Hebrew.9. Syracuse. waste stream reduction and productivity optimization • Manage a six-member team of graduate and undergraduate engineers including project delegation. Syracuse. NY 13244 • dstudent@syr. In the descriptions that follow the bullet points.edu E D U CAT I O N Master of Science in Engineering Management (20xx) Syracuse University. the student has quanitified experience where possible (“three groups per week. including thermal imaging. selected to highlight some key points and provide ideas for how you might format your own resume. Although it is not necessary to include a category like this. Syracuse. Member (November 200x to present) American Counseling Association. psychosocial rehabilitation and assistance with community reintegration • Co-facilitated or facilitated at least three groups per week and community groups • Covered a caseload of four veterans as primary intensive case manager Health Services. Photosho • Other: Secure Shell and WinSock (WS) File Transfer Protocol. May 20xx GPA: 4.Syracuse. a student with an engineering background was interested in emphasizing the management aspect of his experience as opposed to the technical aspects. so the employer can focus on the more relevant experience. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Dean’s list all semesters Adrian’s resume This student is applying for a position where both counseling and research experience are valued. Syracuse University.0 MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Center.S. Syracuse. NY M. coping and aggression in substance-dependent population Professional Memberships American Psychological Association.. FrontPage. Community Counseling. State Peer Educator (January 200x – May 200x) • Delivered presentations on topics related to students and personal health for groups of up to 50 students • Developed university-wide newsletter for the office Research Experience Syracuse VA Medical Center. NY Research Assistant (August 200x to present) • Run participants for health behaviors study • Input data into Excel spreadsheets from health behavior and demographic questionnaires • Research health behaviors topics • Develop poster project on reactivity. Adrian Student Education 111 Syracuse Ave. Visio.0 Regional University. NY Community Care Center Staff Member (January 200x – December 200x) • Provided supportive intensive case management services on a daily basis. City. NY Resident Advisor (Summer 200x and Summer 200x) • Oversaw the registration. eQuest. this student chose to include an interests section. Website Development ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE Syracuse University School Press Institute. May 200x GPA: 3. Syracuse. PowerPoint. INTERESTS • Travel: U. technical advising. L. training and overseeing Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Center compliance • Guide the purchase and use of data acquisition equipment. resulting in over $1 million of personally recommended savings from energy reduction. Syracuse University and private companies • Conduct in-depth facility-wide industrial assessments and report authorship. NY Lead Engineer (May 200x to Present). Member (November 200x to present) Chi Sigma Iota (January 200x to present) 100 Oak Street • Syracuse. In this case. your resume can evolve too. In addition. Syracuse. Maple. The main heading reflects this focus.C. which included strengths-oriented and supportive counseling. PTC Pro-Engineer. . Public Relations. and Israeli Citizenships. Outlook.111-111-1111 . trips to Africa. NY 13210 .C Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Excel.astudent@syr. safety and guidance for the duration of a week long summer workshop • Coordinated between 40 and 60 room assignments for workshop schedule DEVON STUDENT Devon’s resume As your interests evolve. MatLab. NY GPA: 3. RetScreen • Administrative: Word. in this it functions as a unique conversation-starter and contributes to the student’s goal of demonstrating experience in international travel to the employer.S. Syracuse. School of Education. and the headings are specific in order to catch the employer’s attention. State B. the Middle East and Europe • Dance: Compete in ballroom dance competitions (200x to Present) • Aviation: Piloted single-engine aircraft Syracuse University Career Services 9 .” “up to 50 students”). Engineer (200x to 200x) • Initiate and oversee projects under the aegis of the director of the Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Center. Access.S. NY GPA: 3. combustion analysis and data logging COMPUTER SKILLS • Engineering: Autodesk AutoCAD. Regional University.Resume Examples These four samples are excerpts from resumes. L.edu Syracuse University..9 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (200x) Syracuse University. In addition. MathCad. MathType. Counseling Experience Syracuse VA Medical Center. distractions have been removed: experience that does not relate at all has been left off the resume. in a rapid 60 day cycle.
Advanced Database Management Systems. Anjali’s resume Anjali is applying for a variety of technical positions. C. PL/SQL. Computer Engineering. skills. XP. MS Visio. based on the positions. School of Information Studies. Source Code (Visual C#) and Design Document Directory Synchronizer Designed and implemented a GUI based directory synchronizer that works across a network using sockets. and then structure your own resume accordingly. protected page. Whitman School of Management. Inc. Applied Information Security. Deliverable: Source code developed in Visual C++ 8. Syracuse. and possibly leaving off ones that are not relevant at all). This student also determined that. Syracuse. Design of Operating Systems. Microsoft Office. summer internship. Linux. Ubuntu Information Security: Concepts and Best Practices 10 Syracuse University Career Services .edu EDUCATION M. Vista.. Adobe Photoshop. Depending on the exact position. NY 13244 (315) 555-1234 astudent@syr.. Rishi Student Street. followed by academic projects.58/4.85 University of Mumbai. Micro-Computer and Embedded System Design TECHNICAL SKILLS Programming Languages: C. ASP. the order of the courses. XHTML. HTML. professional experience was most relevant. Data Structures & Algorithms. It should include the type of position sought (i. May 200xx RELATED COURSEWORK Graduate: Software Modeling & Analysis. Advanced Computer Architecture. NY. C# Operating Systems: Win 98/NT/2000/XP. CSS. May 20xx to August 20xx • Updated a DOCSIS simulator written in C and designed to work on Linux/Unix • Acquired working knowledge of the cable system headend with a concentration on the DAC6000 PROJECTS Requirements Database Manager Created a database manager utility that maintains the mapping between the customer requirements and developer requirements. Each one starts with a verb. E-Commerce Technologies. NY 13244 Cell: 315-555-1234100 Oak E-Mail: rstudent@syr. product catalog. Intern. Syracuse.100 Oak Street. GPA: 3. India Bachelor of Engineering. Visual Basic.edu EDUCATION Syracuse University. Deliverable: SRS. and then technical skills. Oracle 10g. Anjali Student Each Resume Has a Goal What was the student hoping to accomplish with this particular version of his or her resume? It’s a good idea to finetune your resume to fit a particular job or internship description. etc. are especially effective. especially for career fairs. It is important to determine for yourself (and by consulting people who work in your field) which categories of experience are most important. Syracuse. NY (1/xx to present) ▪ Interact with clients to gather business and system requirements ▪ Analyze the business functionality and document the business process based on the clients’ requirements ▪ Perform business modeling. Unix Application Software: Visual Studio . An objective can also be added. City. 2000.C.NET Software: Microsoft Office Suite. UML. HTML. and the emphasis is on what the student did as opposed to the project itself. Rishi’s resume The bullet points in this resume. CCNA.net.e. administration page and shopping cart TECHNICAL SKILLS Languages: C++.00 Relevant Coursework: Project Management. The development environment was Visual Studio 2005 and the database server was SQL Server 2005. SQL Server Other: MS Access. University of Mumbai. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science M. full-time position.. India CONSULTING EXPERIENCE Business Technology Analyst. resource gathering and allocation ACADEMIC PROJECTS Database Management System (August 200x to December 200x) ▪ Designed and implemented a complete working database to manage manufacturing chain ▪ Documented working database to facilitate its maintenance ▪ Designed database using Oracle 10g and SQL plus E-Commerce Website (August 200x to December 200x) ▪ Developed a database-driven website using ASP. Principles of Network Security Undergraduate: Computer Programming. NT. C++. Object Oriented Design. XML. SQL WORK EXPERIENCE Motorola. New York L. SQL. MS Access.Net with functionalities such as a login page and e-mail page.) as well as a specific area within the field. State. and projects can be modified (including more relevant ones first. MS Project. which was designed for consulting positions related to information technology. 98. RSS. MS Visual Studio.S.NEt. Syracuse. Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Operating Systems: Windows 95. Visio. May 20xx GPA: 3. MS SQL. Strategic Management of Information Resources Bachelor in Engineering – Instrumentation (May 200x) Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology. JAVA. in Information Management (December 200x) Syracuse University.0 with XML messaging.S.
and we invite you to use suggestions from this list to reflect back on your experiences at internships. jobs. and volunteering – then choose your favorites or add your own verbs to bring your resume to life.Verbs That Work The staff of Career Services brainstormed our favorite resume verbs. accomplished acted adapted administered advised advocated analyzed answered assembled assessed assisted authored built calculated cataloged challenged clarified coached coded collaborated communicated compiled completed composed conceived conceptualized connected consolidated constructed consulted contributed conveyed coordinated counseled created critiqued decreased defined delegated delivered demonstrated designed developed devised diagnosed directed distributed diversified drafted edited educated eliminated emphasized encouraged energized engaged engineered enhanced enlisted ensured entered established evaluated examined exceeded expanded expedited explored facilitated filed fixed formalized formulated gathered generated greeted guided headed hired hosted identified illustrated implemented improved improvised incorporated increased influenced informed initiated innovated inspired instituted instructed integrated interviewed introduced invented investigated judged launched led leveraged maintained managed marketed marshaled masterminded measured mediated mentored modified monitored motivated navigated negotiated observed obtained officiated operated orchestrated organized oversaw participated partnered patented perfected performed persuated piloted pioneered planned prepared presented presided processed programmed promoted proposed publicized qualified reached realigned rebuilt received recognized recommended reconciled recorded recruited redesigned reduced regulated rehabilitated reorganized reported repositioned represented researched resolved responded restored restructured retrieved reviewed revised revitalized saved scheduled secured selected served simplified solidified solved sorted standardized stimulated streamlined structured strategized strengthened succeeded summarized supervised supported surveyed systematized targeted taught trained transformed transitioned translated troubleshoot tutored unified united updated upgraded utilized verbalized verified welcomed worked wrote Syracuse University Career Services 11 .
12 Syracuse University Career Services . For similar positions. Show your sense of purpose. Will the person reading my letter review it carefully? A. More than likely. Q. The staff of both the Writing Center and Career Services are happy to assist you with your cover letters. Short answer: to get an interview. confidence. You can go in-depth or tell a story or give an example that illustrates something on your resume – it’s okay. the first time someone reads your letter. look for ways to divide it into two or more paragraphs. each letter should be customized specifically for the position and the organization. Your letter should make the reader want to take a closer look at your resume. read the job or internship description very carefully. It depends. but a copy of the internship or job description with you as well. Yes! It’s important that you share your experiences. If a paragraph looks like too much text for someone to read comfortably. How do I know which skills and experiences to emphasize in my cover letter? A.Cover Letter FAQs This section was developed in collaboration with Emily Dressing of SU’s Writing Center Q. Am I allowed to repeat things from my resume? A. Emphasize the skills and experiences you have to offer. you can likely use similar letters.” Q. volunteer work. Q. even necessary. Should I focus on what I want to get out of the position? A. How long should the letter be? How long should a paragraph be? A. they will skim it quickly to see if you’re a good fit for the position. Maybe. What’s the purpose of a cover letter? A. consider printing out a copy and highlighting or underlining what the employer is looking for. internships. Does this mean I’ll have to write a new cover letter for each job I apply to? A. and enthusiasm. Next. However. extracurricular activities. Think of the letter as a way to elaborate on the highlights of your resume. Long answer: to demonstrate a terrific fit between what the organization needs and what you can offer. think about the skills you’ve utilized in past jobs. A better idea is to focus on what you have to contribute to the organization. and class projects. Keep the letter to one page. If it’s online. to “repeat. First. Q. explaining how you can help the employer meet their needs and goals. It’s especially helpful when you come in to bring not only a draft of your letter. Tailor your letter to address the specifics of the position and the employer. just not to copy and paste. Q. Q. It’s especially helpful to be able to illustrate the outcomes and results of your efforts. Make it easy for the reader to see why you’re qualified.
You may want to express willingness to provide additional information. 3rd Paragraph: Reiterate your message and offer thanks Remind the employer why you are a good match for the position.). NY 10012 Dear Ms. 100 Campus Road Syracuse. most people want to know one thing: how do I set up my letter? The following is a general format that will serve most candidates well for most positions. 2nd Paragraph: Persuade the reader and include specifics Sell yourself – describe highlights from your background that would be of interest. with strong concrete examples. go for it! And remember – you can always bring a draft of your letter to Career Services for a second opinion. Consider adding why this employer appeals to you (e. thank the recipient for his or her time and consideration. 355 Success Blvd. personal. You may also give a hint of what’s to follow (i. Inc. New York. their successes. Dear Sir or Madam. mission.Writing a Cover Letter After reading the Cover Letter FAQs. and include your e-mail and phone number. etc. products.. Ask for the opportunity to interview or discuss the position in more detail. This second paragraph can be divided into two or more paragraphs if necessary.try to find the name of the recruiter or hiring agent so you can personalize your letter If you don’t know the employer’s name. Be specific.. Employer: Your address (but not your name) goes here …and the date follows If you have the name and title of the person. Closing Sincerely. and experiences that you can contribute. NY 13244 January 1. if you have a more dynamic. Firstname Lastname Hiring Manager Future Enterprises. To Whom It May Concern.e. 2010 Ms. or something similar will also work 1st Paragraph: Get the reader’s attention and establish credibility Why are you writing? What should the employer know about you immediately? Include the position you are applying for and the employer. and tell a story rather than just listing your skills. And. Focus on skills.g. Your Name Syracuse University Career Services 13 . of course. Expand on what you included on your resume. they go here -. or attention-getting way to express yourself in a cover letter and it is appropriate for the industry and the employer. activities. briefly mention the experiences and skills you would hope to contribute). On the other hand.
network with professionals in that field if possible – whatever will help you understand the employer’s needs and preferences and how they intend to utilize the person who occupies this position. The more you know. Practice. How can you increase your chances of winning? Read on to find out… Bull’s eye! The center of the target is THE JOB ITSELF. and job description. An employer will probably not take you seriously if you can’t speak about their business. and SCORE! Chuck Reutlinger. and a well-prepared candidate can learn to use these stages to influence an interviewer’s evaluations.” we are here to help. The more you know about the company and their culture. to aim them accurately at the target – is the key to further consideration. EXPERIENCES and KNOWLEDGE are the darts. SKILLS. Your ability to assess and assertively articulate your strengths and experiences as they relate to the employer’s profile of needs and preferences – in other words. TRAITS. you’ll know how the game is played. Anticipating employers’ goals. The darts: Your INTERESTS. Our offices are equipped with digital video cameras and we can record your interview and review it together. Outer rings: The rest of the target is THE EMPLOYER. the more you increase your competitive edge! Have an Interview Coming Up Soon? Whether you are in search of the best way to explain a complicated project to a potential employer or simply trying to come up with an answer to that most difficult of questions. Knowing the rules of the game: If you understand the INTERVIEW PROCESS. the better — so learn about the employer before you apply. Before the mock interview. cover letter. Interviewing for a job or an internship is a lot like playing darts. “Tell me about yourself. Firmly believing that most people can interview much better than they currently do. Do research on the position. They also need to see that you understand their culture and can adapt to their unique work style.Winning at Interviewing: Prepare. WORK STYLE. and ultimately an offer. 14 Syracuse University Career Services . a former recruiter and outplacement consultant and current Associate Director in Career Services. Read and re-read the job description – you have to know what you’re aiming for. Interviews have predictable stages. you send us your resume. Call (315) 443-3616 to schedule a mock interview. has conducted hundreds of real and simulated interviews. he offers a framework for preparing to interview effectively. their likely interviewing styles and the questions and cues they will use to conduct their candidate assessment is critical to interviewing success. Strengthen your interviewing skills by scheduling a mock interview.
and end from your work. a middle. work. and to tailor your answer specifically for each employer. I work on teams a lot. I’m a yourself. Tell me a great story with a beginning.” Are you interested in this position and curious to learn more? Syracuse University Career Services . Talk about the Actions you took. what kind of fruit would you be. and why? “Because you’re prestigious.” or “Because I like this field. Be sure to practice this in advance.” Tell me about “Well.” a time when you worked with a team. a class or extracurricular experience.” “What does that have to do with anything?” Take a minute to think if you need it. an internship. or approach. teamwork) of the job or our environment. and I’m from ________. Try the CCAR formula. 15 Do you have any questions for me? “Nope. _______ major. and then share the Results – how did it all work out? Talk about the company’s culture. ask for more information about an interesting topic that came up during the interview — and don’t be afraid to jot down notes. So I’d be a grape – they come in bunches!” Write down questions before the interview. Be specific! Tell me about “My name is _____. What do you and our company have in common? Where do your values and the company’s culture overlap? Are you flexible and imaginative? Do you have a sense of humor? And can you use this question to remind me about a quality that makes you a good fit for this position? Why do you want to work for us? If you were a fruit. and then explain the Context. If they’ve all been answered. Then connect the question to something relevant: “This job would require me to work with others.What They’re Really Asking: Strategies for Common Interview Questions QUESTION What NOT to say Because they’re REALLY saying Tell me what you want me to know about you – and why you’re a great fit for this position. It should address an element (in this case. as well as the Challenge you faced. Think of a specific example. Your strategy Talk about your passion for the field or key experiences.
in Suite 235 of the Schine Student Center. you can do this under the Privacy Tab in your profile.syr. or e-mail careers@syr. Questions or problems? Call 443-9093 to speak with the Recruiting Help Desk. scholarships and summer jobs Upload resumes and cover letters to apply for opportunities Find an SU alumni mentor in the Mentor@SU program Register an internship that you’re taking for credit Register for career events and workshops View the list of employers attending SU’s Career Fairs Publish your resume in online resume books viewable by employers Tips for Making the Most of OrangeLink Having trouble logging in? Make sure you’re using your complete email address including the @syr. give us a call at (315) 443-9093 or e-mail careers@syr. The link is available through our home page at careerservices. fellowships. internships.edu.OrangeLink: Getting Started Linking You to Career Opportunities. Attend an OrangeLink Orientation. or you can just bookmark https://syr-csm. Use OrangeLink to… • • • • • • • Browse full-time jobs. apartment. academic and privacy tabs. Log in often to check out upcoming events and important deadlines.symplicity. Don’t forget to update your profile every year! Can’t turn up the job or internship you’re looking for? Try a variety of different searches. or computer lab on SU’s career database. remember to change your password. stop by and see us at the Career Services Recruiting Help Desk. and More Find thousands of employers looking for Syracuse University and ESF students from the comfort of your own dorm room.edu. You need an account to access OrangeLink.edu (or the second half of whatever e-mail address you used when you registered). OrangeLink. including the personal. If you don’t have one yet. Internships. Find dates. so that OrangeLink will allow you to search for jobs. To keep your account secure. times and locations on the Career Services website calendar! Complete your entire profile.com/students.edu. internships and mentors. 16 Syracuse University Career Services .
This means doing more than sending out generic invitations to “connect. and oversees the Mentor@SU database. get in touch and ask if they might be able to spare 20 minutes to chat. She works with Syracuse University alumni who are seeking advice on their own job search. the goal should always be to connect by phone or in person. an e-mail. and the sooner you do it. focus on creating an actual connection with someone you want to communicate with – send a customized message. she shares her advice for networking both in person and online. Collecting Business Cards Isn’t Enough At career fairs and professional events. Take some time to think about what you want to say to them. Networking can be a bit nerve-racking at first. Syracuse University Career Services 17 . Is this because you want more information on their company? Their career path? Are you looking for regional or industry-specific information? Make sure you have something to say and questions to ask — don’t expect the person you connect with to take the lead. and almost every one — including my current position — has been facilitated by a personal connection. your cousin’s roommate’s neighbor…brainstorm a list of people who work in fields that interest you. call our office at (315) 443-3616. be sure to follow up with a thank-you note. Connecting in Person: Why It’s the Best While the internet affords great opportunities to make large numbers of connections. make a brief note on the back to remind yourself who they are and what you talked about. Once relationships are established.500 alumni mentors who have volunteered to provide advice to SU students. And after you talk. Connecting with alumni or others within companies that interest you is a great way to start a conversation – but you need to know why you are connecting. Here. coordinates the “SUccess In The City” events every summer for recent SU grads in cities around the United States. To set up a time to talk about your particular situation and networking needs with a member of the Career Services staff. but this alone does not make you an effective networker. you can become a world-class collector of business cards. Connecting Online: What to Keep in Mind Social networking sites like LinkedIn (linkedin. A neighbor. After you’ve put together your list of questions. if possible. or a phone call. Reach Out Through Your Own Networks Think about who you know. a friend of a friend. A telephone conversation or face-to-face meeting can advance the networking relationship by leaps and bounds. with more than 1. a faculty member. Asking “Do you know of any jobs?” or saying “I’ll take anything” does not work as well as coming up with a thoughtful list of questions about their experiences and advice. and remember that you’re writing to a real person.Make the Connection: Effective Networking Kelly Lux is the Alumni Services Coordinator at Career Services. the more likely you will be to land that job or internship you really want. And always find out if there is something you can do for them in return. The experiences of the students and alumni I have worked with bear this out over and over again: The more you build up your professional network with strong contacts.com) can be very useful networking tools – if you use them effectively.” Instead. When someone gives you a business card. The effective networker then follows up on every business card they collect with a personalized handwritten note. good networkers connect again and again. I’ve had a lot of different jobs over the years.
Goal is to build relationships 5. Be yourself 2. whether it’s a cold call or someone you meet in a social setting. Focus on the person you are talking to. early and often. PC SEND A THANK-YOU NOTE. the easier it will get. But the more you talk to people. thank-you note. Be truly interested in the people you are meeting 3. it’s a surefire icebreaker and a natural lead-in to get them to inquire about what your own goals and aspirations are. is essential in growing your own professional network.” In other words. network. learn of open positions. they should start now. Development & Production Executive The Ladd Company If students have not already built a profile online. LinkedIn is a great resource to make connections. A written. Have fun Managing Partner General Counsel. visit the Career Services website or contact the office at (315) 443-3616 to meet with a staff member. Here. Senior Recruiter. For more on this topic.Networking Advice from SU Alumni Your alumni network is one of the most valuable assets you will have as a grad student at Syracuse University – and as an alum. remember that “the people you meet on the way up are the people you need on the way down. Independent Capital Markets Professional Most of all. snail-mailed. you’ll need to stay in frequent touch with those contacts. Ask them what they do and how did they end up in that field. Eastern US Starbucks Coffee Company Networking may seem intimidating at first. Not a thank-you e-mail. One more thing: because people switch jobs so often. Not a thank you Facebook message. etc. Getting connected and staying connected. And remember: you’ll have plenty of opportunities to pay it forward down the road! Marketing Coordinator Syracuse University 18 Syracuse University Career Services . Not a thank-you text. Principal Anders Advertising 1. get business cards and be kind to everyone. including their relevant work/internship experience and recommendations from folks to include in their profile. Don’t simply try to sell yourself 4. SU alumni offer tips to help you get started.
Where Will I Find the Best Fit?” Keeping Your Options Open You may also be holding open the option of applying your skills outside of academia. you are likely to be developing teaching and research skills. On the pages that follow. writing for publication. Syracuse University Career Services 19 . from India (Environmental Engineering). and even negotiating an academic job offer (hint: it’s not just about the salary!). and we encourage you to seek discipline-specific advice from your department. including links to online videos of faculty panels that address topics including “Large or Small. From left. from South Korea (Child and Family Studies). panels and programs for PhD students offer helpful perspectives and advice. you will want your application materials to best showcase all that you have accomplished. too. reviewing your CV or helping you practice some typical questions that could come up in your academic interview. just call Career Services at (315) 443-3616. We want to help you make your dream job a reality! To set up an appointment.The Academic Job Search: About This Section of the Guide Greetings. moderator Yan Wang. Satoshi Hirabayashi. from China (Child and Family Studies) and panelists Soohyun Kim. if that is of interest to you. and Kun Cheng. This guide includes a list of transferable skills to get you thinking about how you can use the skills you’re developing in your graduate program in positions in fields other than academia.” in October 2008. from China (Chemistry). Your faculty members are a wonderful resource in this process. Career Services is here to help. getting ready for interviews. Throughout the year. participating in conferences in your field. One popular panel was “Surviving and Thriving in a Doctoral Program: Advice from International Graduate Students. Taking a Strategic Approach During your master’s or doctoral program. Making Challenging Choices Your search for a faculty position may involve a number of difficult decisions. The materials in this section of the guide were developed as a supplement to your faculty’s assistance. from Japan (Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering). and getting involved in the campus community. Ph. Public or Private. and master’s students preparing for the academic job search! It can take a lot of time and effort to craft an effective application for a faculty position. Where do you want to live? Would you rather focus on research or teaching? Should you do a postdoc before going on the academic job market? This section includes resources to help you make the best decisions for you. By the time you’re ready to pursue a faculty position. Ankit Balaria. Utilizing Career Services The staff of Career Services would be delighted to offer you assistance in crafting your teaching and research statements.D. you will find strategies and resources for preparing your CV and academic cover letters.
or creating a CV from scratch? Call Career Services for an appointment. 20 Syracuse University Career Services . jobs you’ve held (listing company. as long as the material is well organized What should I probably not include? Activities unrelated to academic pursuits Should I list references? Yes — list three references (after you’ve asked them!). phone. the organization will contact you to request them later. other categories as warranted. Teaching and Research Experience. Some common categories include Education (including dissertation topic and advisor). you will probably want to convert your CV to a resume. and e-mail Resumes What is the goal of a resume? To provide a concise and targeted snapshot of your relevant skills. experiences. maybe more if you have over three years of relevant work experience What should I probably not include? Publications. typically you will be asked to submit your CV. and accomplishments from both paid and volunteer work What should I include? Education. The Resume One of the most frequently asked questions we’ve encountered from graduate students over the years at Career Services is “What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?” The chart that follows contains general guidelines intended to highlight the differences between the two. Publications. If you are a finalist. position title and dates of employment) often with a bulleted description of your duties at each). (or ABD) and are looking at teaching positions.The CV vs. awards and service. with their title. presentations and classes you have taught unless they are related to the position you are applying for Should I list references? Not on your resume. Send them separately if requested. If you are a Ph. including teaching and research. affiliation. Honors. computer and language skills. Need some assistance converting your CV to a resume. We’re happy to help! CVs What is the goal of a CV? To clearly present your comprehensive academic achievements and scholarly potential What should I include? Your full academic history. and Grants How long is a CV? As many pages as needed. How long is a resume? Generally one page.D. Presentations. If you are expanding your job search beyond academia.
You may have only a few minutes to show them that you’re a good candidate for the position. if the university you are applying to values research first. follow your education and your dissertation title with research experience. Headings help convey information almost instantly to the reader. Of course. The order of your headings may vary on different versions of your CV. feel free to construct new headings for your CV so that you most accurately portray.Choosing headings for sections of Imagine the members of your search committee. Syracuse University Career Services 21 . you should list your teaching experience before your research experience. summarize. after a long day of teaching and research. this list is just a starting point and not intended to be all-inclusive. Each group contains headings which communicate slightly different shades of meaning. Alternatively. Look for headings that highlight and summarize your experience best. Consult your department’s faculty for discipline-specific conventions and for the format for listing your publications and presentations. Below you will find groups of headings for your CV. If you are applying to community colleges or small liberal arts colleges where teaching is highly valued. or highlight your experience. Education Educational Background Academic Preparation Academic Training Educational Highlights Academic Interests Dissertation Thesis Dissertation Abstract Dissertation Title Dissertation Summary Career Highlights Summary Areas of Expertise Areas of Concentration Professional Background Experience Highlights Accomplishments Professional Experience Teaching Experience Teaching Competencies Courses Taught Trainings Teaching Interests Informal Teaching Activities Distance Teaching Course Development Instructional Design and Media Professional Competencies Commonly used headings are bolded for your convenience. sitting down to a tall stack of CVs. and should be chosen with care. Want another set of eyes on your CV? Call Career Services at (315) 443-3616 to set up a CV review.
and highlights as needed. 1984 22 Syracuse University Career Services .your CV is a strategic decision! Conference Presentations Conference Leadership Conference Participation Scholarly Presentations Research Experience Research Interests Research Invited Reviews Selected Abstracts Selected Seminars Research Projects Research Interests and Activities Grants Publications Presentations Review Articles Refereed Publications Professional Papers Professional Presentations Programs and Workshops Conference Leadership Invited Reviews Invited Lectures Papers Presented Invited Panelist Workshop Presentations Selected Abstracts Encyclopedia Entries Language Proficiency Language Competency Writing/Directing Highlights Film Production Design Experience Creative Work Exhibits/Exhibitions Arrangements/Scores Editorial Experience Honors and Awards Awards Distinctions Awards and Fellowships Honors and Distinctions Fellowships Scholarships Academic Awards Career Highlights Professional Achievements Fieldwork Industry Experience Licensure Professional Certifications Professional Credentials Licenses Clinical Experience Supervision Experience Administration Leadership Experience Laboratory Experience Instrumentation Experience Instrument Experience Scientific Skills International Study Study Abroad Travel International Experience University Service Service to the Profession Professional Service Departmental Service Committee Leadership University Involvement Administrative Experience Academic Service Consultation Consulting Experience Professional Affiliations Scholarly Societies Association Memberships Professional Memberships Affiliations and Boards References Recommendations TIP: Add words like selected. Princeton. Anthony & G. recent. R. NJ: Peterson’s Guides. Adapted from Finding a Job in Your Field: A Handbook for PhD’s and Mas. Roe.
Fourth Edition by Julie Vick and Jennifer Furlong. funny and useful. Office of Career Services. now an associate professor in the Department of American Studies of the University of Maryland. strategic advice on how to present your qualifications when you apply for a faculty position. Academic Cover Letters by Liz Thelen http://owl.edu/owl/resource/639/01 Solid.edu/~sies/jobquess.purdue.html Another site with a range of helpful information about academic interviews: http://gradschool. Her commentary is insightful. University of Pennsylvania Press. Ph. There is also a section on the interview process in Cracking the Academia Nut: A Guide to Preparing for Your Academic Career by Margaret L. Newhouse. compiled a list of questions when she was applying for college or university positions. making this site an essential stop on the internet for anyone applying for an academic positions: http://www.umd. The Academic Cover Letter Recommended Website The Owl At Purdue. If you want more practice. Harvard University. “Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham Syracuse University Career Services 23 . make an appointment with Career Services and we will help you prepare for your upcoming phone interview or campus visit. Includes a sample academic cover letter.D. Real-Life Practice Check with your department and see if your faculty will do a Mock Academic Interview to help prepare you for your upcoming interviews. 1997 (don’t be put off by the publication date! It’s still very useful). College Park.com/od/academicinterviews/ Interviewing_for_Academic_Positions.Preparing for Your Academic Interview: Selected Resources Online Resources Mary Corbin Sies.english..D.htm Books A great resource on the entire academic job search (with three chapters on academic interviews) is The Academic Job Search Handbook.about. 2008.otal. Ph.
volunteer and life experience.g. negoti tion within your department • Consensus-building skills (with your depar ment/committee) • The ability to handle complaints (e.Applying Your Academic Skills Outside the Ivory Tower Marketing yourself outside the academic setting requires valuing the skills you have acquired during graduate school. e.g. Then call (315) 443-3616 to set up an appointment at Career Services for assistance. e. with students over grades) Entrepreneurial Skills You may know how to: • Work independently • Acquire funding (e. graded exams or papers • Monitored or oversaw the work of others in a lab or classroom Interpersonal Skills You may have developed: • Leadership skills (in a lab or a classroom) • Diplomacy (a survival skill in graduate school!) • The ability to accept criticism • The ability to cope with and manage different personalities • The ability to navigate complex environments • Persuasion skills.g. 24 Syracuse University Career Services . from abstracts to book-length manuscripts • Edit and proofread • Speak before large groups • Convey complex information to non-expert audiences Skills Needed to Advance to Candidacy and Complete Your Dissertation • Intellectual strength • The ability to perform under pressure • The ability to meet deadlines • The ability to meet high expectations • Focus. Research and Analytic Skills It is likely that you can: • Locate and assimilate new information rapidly • Understand complex information and synthesize it • Reach independent conclusions and defend them • Analyze and solve problems • See the big picture while still paying attention to details Communication Skills It is also likely that you can: • Write clearly at different levels. panels) • Motivate others to participate Intellectual Qualities You are likely to be: • Intellectually curious • Intellectually mature Need help converting your CV to a skills-based resume? Flip back to the beginning of this guide to review resume strategies and samples. tenacity. stamina and discipline • The ability to see a task to completion Supervision Skills You may have: • Evaluated others’ performance. grant proposals. Which of these skills have you developed during your graduate education? Also make note of skills that you have acquired in your work.g. write grant proposals) • Manage a budget Organization and Management You can: • Manage a project (your dissertation!) • Maintain records • Organize and plan events (programs.
Grant Writing Series for Graduate Students: A Four-Part Series Trish Lowney. What Can You Do with a PhD at a University Besides Teach? Panelists – all of whom have doctorates -. Harvard. Dartmouth. Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Stanford University and Research Director of the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate. A must see! How to Get a Post-Doc and Make the Most of It Three SU first-year faculty and two postdocs describe their experiences searching for – and productively using – their postdoc opportunities in both the humanities and the sciences at Yale. Golde. addressing how changes in tenure and in the student population will affect your future as a professor.. Development and Academic Integrity. the director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Syracuse University.s and Ph.D. The Academic Job Search: Negotiating an Academic Job Offer Syracuse University faculty from Political Science. Adjusting to Your First Year as Faculty Gina-Lee Glauser.D. is the author of the groundbreaking book for doctoral students looking beyond academia. provides an overview of higher education in the United States. Le Moyne College. Career Services is delighted to be able to share videos of panels and presentations for graduate students at Syracuse University who are seeking careers in academia. Visit our website at careerservices. The Changing Landscape of Higher Education Chris M. specific and practical advice for setting yourself up for success when you begin your first year as faculty. Three of the four programs – Managing Expectations.D. Ph.edu (check under PhD Resources). So What Are You Going to do With That? In this presentation. offers frank.A.speak about how they got their non-faculty positions at Syracuse University in such areas as Multicultural Affairs. she offers real-life examples and practical advice for M.. Religion. Practical Strategies.D. Watch this video before you accept an offer! Video Resources for PhDs The Academic Job Search: Large or Small. The Expanded (Non-Academic) Job Search for PhDs Susan Basalla. Ph. Public or Private – Where Would I Find the Best Fit? A panel of faculty from Hamilton College. and sheds light on identifying funding sources as well as understanding the review process. and enjoy them from the comfort of your own computer! Syracuse University Career Services 25 .syr.. and Syracuse University. Biology and Engineering who have been on the other side of the negotiating table share pragmatic negotiation advice. Graduate Enrollment Management. Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College address the effect of their context on their personal and professional lives. clarifies the grant application process.s seeking fulfilling work outside of the academy. Ph. Resources for Finding Funding and Mechanics of Applying – are accompanied by downloadable PowerPoint slides. They also share steps doctoral students can take to make themselves marketable for staff roles in higher education. SU’s Vice President of Research.
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