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............... 37 Power Verbs That Enhance Your Resume................................................................................... 51 Example of Pre-Health Resume......... 49 The Scannable Resume...... 24 Finding Job Leads....................... 13 A Four-Year Career Plan................................................45 Example of Teaching Resume........................... 46 Example of Functional Resume with Limited Paid Experience........................................... 48 The Technical Resume..........................................................................................................................................15 Career Course Education 150..................................... 6 Peer Advisors............ 5 Career Counseling Services.........................44 Example of Economics Major Resume................ 31 Company Information on the Internet.................................................................................................................13 Two Year Transfer Student Career Plan..Table of Contents Chapter 1 UCLA Career Center............................................................................................60 Example of Cover Letter.............................................. 17 Chapter 3 Career Exploration............................................................... 16 Getting to Know Careers............................................................ 43 Example of Business Resume.......................................18 Requesting an Informational Interview..............................................11 Chapter 2 Career Planning........ 24 Career Fairs........................ 6 Workshops and Events..................................6 Career Resources.............................................21 Chapter 4 Job Search Strategies & BruinViewTM........................................... 15 Getting to Know Yourself........................................................................... 58 The Cover Letter................. 26 Networking..................... 27 Identifying and Researching Employers........................................................................................................................... 7 International Opportunities.............................................. 19 Questions to Ask........................................ 14 Your Career Journey.................................... 58 Template of Cover Letter................ 10 Alumni Career Services and Resources....................................................................................................... 8 Career Fairs / Career Events 2010-2011..............................................................................................................................................................41 Example of Chronological Resume............................. 47 Example of Combination Resume for Substantial Experience in One Industry.....................................................40 Template of Chronological Resume.................... 8 Employment Opportunities..................... 52 Example of Pre-Law Resume........... 34 Guidelines to Crafting Your Resume...................... 61 Example of Internship Cover Letter.......................................... 37 Resume Formats. 32 Chapter 5 Resumes and Correspondence............................................... 49 Template of Technical Reverse Chronological Resume.......................................... 57 Career Correspondence..................... 8 Pre-Professional and Graduate School Services........... 34 Writing Your Resume............................................................. 18 The Informational Interview............. 56 Example of First Year Student Resume................... 5 Our Location.5 Facebook.............................. 29 Career Center Library / Lab Resources........................ 42 Example of Targeted Chronological Resume........................................... 62 ............... .............................................. 7 Internships.............. 9 PhD and Master’s Student Services.............................................55 Example of Science / Biotechnical Resume............................................................................ 39 Action Verbs By Functional Skill Area.........................30 Job Search on the Internet... 54 Example of Student Athlete Resume...............20 Getting On the Job Experience........... 50 Example of Technical Chronological Resume..............................................

.....91 Handling Salary Questions .... p4 .. 67 UCLA Pre-Professional Services Referral Sheet....... Inc... 66 The Personal Statement....................................................................................Chapter 6 Choosing & Applying to Professional or Graduate School..............................97 Tips For Your First Job: Finances.............. 95 Chapter 11 Surviving Your First Job...............................93 Chapter 10 Evaluating Job Offers.............. 84 Before the Interview............... 80 The Interview: What It’s All About. Business Management Directors Guild Producer Training Plan Yoga Works Disability Group...94 Decision Making Criteria......................76 The Academic Interview.................... 96 Succeeding in Your First Job............................................ 75 Credentials File Services............ 63 What is Graduate School?............................................................................................................................................................................. 92 The Art of Skillful Salary Negotiation......................................................... 73 Example of Academic Cover Letter........89 Following the Interview.................................82 Types of Interviews........................................ 63 Is Graduate School Right for You?.................82 Interview Settings ............... 92 Benefits..................................................... 95 Handling Multiple Offers and Offer Deadlines.................... Paralegal UCLA Extension..................... 90 We’d like to thank our advertisers for helping to support the work we do for our UCLA students and alumni: St................................................................. and Investing In Your Future.......80 Strategies for Handling Tough Questions........................................................................................................... 81 Interview Preparation............................................................................. 95 Additional Pointers.............. 80 Practice Your Responses............................................................................................................ 88 The Close of the Interview...... 66 Letter of Reference Services...................................................... 76 Example of Resume Converted from Curriculum Vitae................... The Arts UCLA Extension........................................ 71 Example of Curriculum Vitae.............96 What to Wear to Work.............................................................................. 63 Graduate School Timetable................. 96 Strategies for Success................................81 Typical Questions Employers Ask Candidates..69 Chapter 7 Services for PhD and Master’s Students.............................................................................................. Job Benefits..... 66 Need Help with Your Personal Statement?.......98 Our Advertisers Chapter 8 Successful Interviewing.....................................................................................78 Chapter 9 Negotiating a Compensation Package.................94 New Recruitment Policies......................... George’s University ViaSat Inc.......................................................................................... Luxe Hotel National University of Singapore UCLA Extension.......87 Day of the Interview.. 89 Example of Thank You Letter................................77 Example of Business / Industry / Consulting Resume...71 The Curriculum Vitae.............

206. Along every step toward earning your degree. If graduate or professional school is your Phone 310. and more. Our spacious and modern facility is fully equipped with up to date technologies and comfortable amenities to make your visit as pleasant and productive as possible.206. In When it is time to begin a full time Phone 310. and international organizations. we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Early on. For specific directions: career.2024 Our Location 501 Westwood Plaza (at Strathmore.UCLA Career Center The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate. If you’ve already picked your dream job. national. and gain “real world” experience through internships.ucla. the Career Center staff will help you make and re-evaluate career choices.3938 Business / Economics Career Information.ucla.206. job search strategies.Chapter 1 .edu Phone 310.1944 For Employers . No appointment necessary! Hours are announced each quarter at career.206. North Entrance e Av nu e Log into facebook®.6623 PhD and Master’s Student Career Counseling in the Graduate Student Resource Center. Drop-In Counseling & Career Library / Lab.ucla. This Career Guide. we can put you in touch with thousands of challenging entry level positions in a wide variety of regional. For Alumni . we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to Phone Phone 310. Second Floor Email kdavy@career. practice interviewing.1931 Check website for Drop-In locations and hours Internship & International Opportunities. will help you prepare for a great future and a great career. information sources. and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options. north entrance) Floors Two and Three Los Angeles. we’ll assist you with the program selection and application process. and join! p5 Charles E.ucla.1915 Fax 310. build networking and at gsrc. write resumes.5358 Fax Join UCLA Career Center’s Ackerman Student Union group today for the latest: • • • • • Career Center Events News / Updates FAQ’s Online Videos Related Links ay l ey Strathmore Place P8 Career Center Third Floor.Second Floor Email AlumService@career.794.Third Floor Email BruinView@career.206. B11 Student Activities Center Get quick answers about CVs/resumes. Young Drive South . Second Floor Email ccadmin@career. CA 90095-1573 We’re conveniently located south of Bruin Walk and southwest of Ackerman Student Union. the Career Center can introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities.ucla.1902 Fax 310. Second Floor Email internships@career. along with our friendly professional staff and a complete lineup of personal and web based services and resources. Search for the UCLA Career Center.

Topics include: Career Planning and Exploration. please visit career. These are offered through workshops and also available as part of the appointment counseling process. Mock Interviews. The first step is a “quick question and get acquainted” session. and career transitions. Job and Internship Search. To learn more about the Education 150 course and review the syllabus. Workshops and Events (reservations required) Enhance your career knowledge and job search efforts by attending one of the many targeted workshops offered throughout the year. Find out how your resume stacks up by getting it critiqued without leaving home. to confirm that scheduled drop-in counseling hours are in effect.ucla. first serve. Drop-in Counseling hours may change occasionally because of special events. for transfer students. These informal forums provide an overview of entry level positions. Through interactive p6 . this workshop will answer questions such as how to prepare for career ResumeCritique. explore career options. training programs.Career Counseling Services Experienced career counselors will help you clarify your career preferences. Information Sessions Employer presentations give you a chance to learn more about companies and career fields. Online Interview Workshop Learn how to prepare for an you might want to call the Career Center or check our website at students will learn strategies to anticipate and effectively deal with lifelong professional challenges such as work/life balance. please visit BruinView™. and personalized one-on-one assistance in our Career Library / Lab. lessons and course Peer Advisors In addition to our career counselors. you'll receive a personal email with constructive feedback and advice. Visit career. the different interview styles and types. provide information and advice including key principals of a resume. and career interests through assessments such as the MyersBriggs. and other resources that can help you succeed in this process. Study or Work Abroad. available on a first come.ucla. professional resume is the first step to getting an interview. This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to earn academic credit while learning the importance of making informed career decisions and understanding how cultural and family values play a role in the career development process. As fellow students. how to follow-up. Two Unit Course The UCLA Career Center is proud to announce a new collaborative effort with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies to offer Education 150: Student Development in Theory and Practice: Strategic Career Decision-Making. If you’re making a special trip.ucla. After an initial session. Graduate and Professional School Planning. New Class! Education 150. and investigate employment and graduate school opportunities. career. and specialty workshops (e. what questions to ask recruiters. SkillScan Card Sort. Online Resume Writing Workshop Create a stellar resume with this workshop offered exclusively through our website at career. PhD and Master’s students. and what to wear to the many UCLA Career Center career fairs. international students.. and Strong Interest Inventory. In five business days. This step-by-step guide will walk you through resume writing. and other company information. Career Assessments Learn more about your personal preferences. and student athletes). answers to “quick questions” while waiting for your drop-in counseling sessions. To view the complete workshop schedule and to register for workshops. Your resume will be thoroughly examined by a professional career counselor. drop-in basis. Personal Statement Critiques. skills.ucla. target and organize your job search. they can offer you a unique peer perspective. They will also critique your resume and cover letter. additional counseling appointments may be The Peer Advisors are currently enrolled UCLA students who have been trained to assist you with your career-related issues. the Career Center’s Peer Advisors are available to assist you with orientation to our services.ucla. and incorporate different elements and appropriate resume formats. Online Career Fair Preparation Workshop Another UCLA Career Center exclusive. career fulfillment. career paths. Online Resume Critique Service A polished. Submit your resume through our website at career.g.

directories. or experiential learning in another country. streamline employer contact us at ubc@career. graduate school programs. and fee information. and Pre-professional (pre-law and pre-med) internships. The Zone is divided into nine main sections: Business.ucla. Phi Gamma Nu. Monday through Friday. Beta Alpha Psi. International Internships & Volunteering – Explore opportunities with paid and unpaid internship placement programs. updated information on local. The Career Lab’s computer bank is a convenient place to tap into exclusive BruinView™ internship and job listings. you’ll find a wealth of resources to help you identify and research potential employers. When you’re ready to begin your job search. Groups include: Alpha Kappa Psi. International Scholarships & Fellowships – Get the funding you need to pursue study. Sports and Entertainment Business Network. Student Accounting Society. as early as Summer or Fall . p7 Short-Term Work and Teaching Abroad – Many possibilities exist for undergraduate/graduate students and recent graduates to live and work overseas. For more information. along with the Department of Economics. college majors and what to do with them. and international for a list of upcoming workshops. videos. internships. Black Business Students Association. Some of the programs* available include: • The State Department Internship Program • JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme • Peace Corps • Grants for Teaching Assistants in Spain • International Cooperative Education (ICE) • Westwood Rotary International Scholarship • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange *Deadlines vary. Student Groups Affiliated with the UCLA Career Center Joining one of the student group organizations is a great way to develop a network of friends who share similar career interests with you.000 books. and promote career-related programming on campus. Undergraduate Business Society. Maximize your use of the Career Center resources and services to jumpstart your job search and gain the winning edge! Visit career. has created a partnership with 17 businessrelated student organizations to form the UCLA Business Council (UBC). international volunteer programs and organizations. and Venture Capital and Private Equity Club. Math.A multimedia collection of more than 3. national. core job-search strategies offered in a fast-paced. interview questions and answers. registration. For more information. Bruin Finance. the Internship Zone offers extensive. research. Volunteering Abroad. and information on graduate education. UCLA Business Council The UCLA Career Center. Technology. and to access career planning and job search information on the Internet. occupational statistics.ucla.Job Search JumpStart Looking for high-impact. Science. Arts & Entertainment.ucla. Career Resources Career Library / Lab . Located in the far left corner of our Career Lab. The Career Library is a wonderful place to browse and get career ideas. Engineering. The Library is open 9am to 5pm.ucla. resume writing. Internship Zone The Internship Zone provides students with quick access to internship and fellowship information from a variety of industries. Bruin Business International Opportunities Experience and gain an understanding of the cultures and languages of countries all over the world! Develop foreign language skills. Public Service. Bruin Actuarial Society. Remember. B Green International Fellowships. three hour time slot? Then you need Job Search Jump Start! Receive expert instruction and guidance on your job search strategies. Washington DC and Sacramento Internship Programs. you can also reach all of our website resources from any personal computer with Internet access through career. employment and salary trends. You’ll discover information on careers and career exploration. The goal of this council is to collaborate on events. Teaching Abroad. periodicals. Delta Sigma Pi. Bruin Consulting. industries and employers. resume and correspondence. and build your resume through short-term work abroad and experiential learning job search strategies. contact us at ccadmin@career. make international contacts. and interviewing skills. Future Business Leaders of America.ucla. Check out our current list at career. Bruin Real Estate Association. and much more. and other materials makes the UCLA Career Center Library one of the largest and most comprehensive in the nation. and UCLA volunteer groups. Latino Business Students Association.

the Bay Area. go to career. electronics. UCLA interns often choose to work in Los Angeles. healthcare.Questions to Consider: • What are your goals for living/working abroad? • Where in the world do you want to go? • What are your financial & logistical needs? • What are the options? • What are your qualifications? • Is gaining hands-on international/global experience recommended for you to pursue future educational and career goals? International Opportunities Information Sessions – See schedule at career. the Career Center’s IIO office has offered the Washington DC Internship Program and Sacramento Internship Services to help Bruins find and fund ten-week work experiences in the national and state capitals.ucla. marketing.ucla. Whatever your career goal . public service. career fairs provide a wonderful opportunity to develop contacts with recruiters. These jobs can help finance your college education. but a host of geographic options are available. Career Center Business Internship Night Thursday. November 9. Held several times throughout the school year. Start by searching BruinViewTM to apply for internships. and updates. summer jobs. Many clients come to us with a specific internship in mind.ucla. We look forward to serving you! p8 Career Fairs / Career Events 2010-2011 Fall 2010 Jobs for Bruins Wednesday. Internship & Volunteer Opportunities. Ackerman Ballroom Engineering & Technical Night Tuesday.ieo. Career Center (pre-registration required) . When you visit our office. retail management. several hundred employers conduct interviews on campus with undergraduate and graduate students for entry level career opportunities. sales. government agencies. government. entertainment. and give your resume a boost with valuable on-the-job experience. high tech. and non-profit groups. Our for details. fellowship. Although most assignments will be in California. and other professions. easy. Log on to career. and internships. Work & Teaching Abroad. provides resources and advice for internships in a host of popular fields. and New York. Positions are available in accounting. summer jobs. For ALL information regarding UC and non-UC Study Abroad programs. and convenient.ieo. financial services. UCLA Study Abroad Fair 6:30-8:30pm.ucla. and research assignments specifically targeting UCLA candidates. 2010 11am-3pm Ackerman Ballroom www. and international cities. or go to www. explore new career options. law. and identify current full time positions. October 5. It’s fast. engineering. or the court system. your goal becomes our own. and school districts. government. and many other industries. This program offers financial and housing support to interns all four quarters with opportunities available even one quarter after graduation. add spending money to your budget.htm Undergrads. consulting. consulting. non-profits. please visit the International Education Office in Murphy Hall. For over 41 internship. For participating employers. BruinView™ Campus Interviews Year manufacturing. October 6. & Recent Grads: Meet representatives from more than 70 organizations and find information about International Scholarships. fellowships. aerospace and defense. others opt for internships with major media networks. Grads. or research assignment is the ideal way to network and build your resume. Employment Opportunities BruinView™ Listings Thousands of current full time career positions and internships available in Southern California and opportunities nationwide are advertised via the Internet exclusively for UCLA students and eligible alumni. utilizing the full resources of Career Center counselors and the Career Center Lab. Employers from throughout Greater Los Angeles and from UCLA academic and administrative departments also use BruinView™ to list hundreds of part time and seasonal employment opportunities each month. November 18. 11am-3pm. 11am-3pm. and internships. including advertising. 6:30-8:30pm. Career Fairs Our career fairs provide convenient one stop shopping for positions with Fortune 500 corporations. as well as small and mid size companies. BruinViewTM will also connect you to excellent opportunities in major U. think Internships The Career Center’s office of Internship & International Opportunities supports Bruins as they gain experience with a wide variety of companies. government October 12. You can tap into BruinView™ 24 hours a day. education. details. While many Bruins choose to work with elected officials. Ackerman Ballroom Engineering & Technical Fair Tuesday. while others want to learn about all the fields where their skills can be best applied. healthcare.

Ackerman Ballroom Marketing & Entertainment Internship Night Wednesday. and in Chapter Six. BruinViewTM Postings . For further information on eligibility. Ackerman Ballroom Networking Night Thursday. you will find information that will help you chart a four-year plan and a referral list of the many UCLA departments that offer assistance with your preprofessional planning.ucla. easy. research. UCLA Graduate and Professional School Fair In the fall quarter the Career Center hosts this annual fair which attracts representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities who showcase their university and programs. add spending money to your budget. and offer admission information. 11am-3pm. Career Center Spring 2011 Career Roundup Fair Wednesday. p9 . Student Activities Center or see gsrc. Most fellowships require that applicants have a B. and financial assistance.ucla. and convenient. including program selection. the personal statement (see page 66). upon your UCLA Graduate Division www. faculty recommendations. 6:30-8:30pm. and assistance in competing for awards to fund graduate study or for more information about this dynamic. After reading Chapter Six. Please visit career. please visit the Internship & International Opportunities office on the second floor. degree or are currently working on or have already secured a graduate or professional Pre-Professional and Graduate School Services Personal assistance and programs are offered for the graduate and professional school application es. Business Casual dress is required and admission is free to UCLA students who bring a copy of their resume and a valid BruinCard. 11am-3pm. admissions tests. 6:30-8:30pm.Thousands of current full time career positions and internships available in Southern California and opportunities nationwide are advertised via the Internet exclusively for UCLA students and eligible CareerFairs for more details. fellowships usually include a stipend or other benefits. check out the Career Center’s targeted web pages designed to help you with every aspect of your journey to graduate or professional school: career. and give your resume a boost with valuable on the job experience.gdnet.ucla. More Great Resources for UCLA Graduate Students Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) B11. or work related to one’s particular field of interest.asucla. May 4. These events are targeted towards specific industries and provide students with a unique opportunity to network with internship employers and learn more about their summer opportunities. 11am-3pm.ucla. web-based service. You can tap into BruinView™ 24 hours a day.ucla. Career Center (pre-registration required) Internship and Industry-Focused Career Events The UCLA Career Center hosts a variety of Internship Open House events throughout the year. May 19.S. application procedures. February 9. “Choosing and Applying to Graduate or Professional School” (page 63). January 19. Ranging in duration from six months to two years. or B.ucla. For more information. Please note that pre-registration is required for the Business Internship Night and Networking Night. Fellowships and Scholarships Fellowships provide the opportunity for study. These jobs can help finance your college education. Special guidance is offered to prehealth and pre-law candidates.Winter 2011 Internship and Summer Job Fair Wednesday. send them to the graduate and professional programs to which you are applying.A. It’s fast. please go to career. Employers from throughout Greater Los Angeles and from UCLA academic and administrative departments also use BruinView™ to list hundreds of part time and seasonal employment opportunities each January 25. Ackerman Ballroom Engineering & Technical Fair Tuesday. Visit career.ucla. Letters of Reference (LOR) Service The Career Center will accept and maintain your confidential reference letters Graduate Student Association gsa.

planned successful job talk/teaching sessions.PhD and Master’s Student Services We help you explore academic and nonacademic career options. • Special events. Career Fairs An excellent opportunity to meet representatives from skills assessment. find full time and part time employment. campus career fairs have become popular among employers recruiting master’s and PhD candidates. how they prepared for the social aspects of the interview. and interviews. directories. Attend a drop-in session to determine what level of assistance you need. and identifying careers that match their interests. Career counselors hold regularly scheduled drop-in hours at the Career Center and at the Graduate Student Resource Center (see page 4 for hours). and other reference materials are available. Learn how and where to find academic job listings. curriculum vitae. Learn how to present your skills and experience in a language that nonacademic employers understand. All currently enrolled UCLA graduate students are welcome to attend all Career Center workshops and events.Custom designed programs for PhD students introduce you to successful PhD graduates who are pursuing exciting careers both in academic and non-academic arenas. and job search strategies for both academic and nonacademic positions. and visit our website at career. Exclusive job listings put you in touch with current positions in business and industry. resume writing. the UCLA Career Center’s alliance with more than 40 other prestigious Research I institutions across the nation. The panelists discuss how they approached the academic interviewing process. draft effective cover letters. nonprofit TM organizations. and draw from their strengths. • Expanded Options is a series of workshops designed to assist PhD students in exploring non-academic careers. 24 hours a day. Career Planning and Job Search Assistance Career Counseling Professional career counselors will assist you through every stage of your career decision-making and job search activities. including Career Week 2010 . It’s especially valuable for graduate students seeking technical or management positions in non-academic settings. government agencies. networking. p10 • Transforming your CV into a Resume .ucla. • Mastering the Academic Interview: Science and Engineering or Humanities and Social Sciences These programs include discipline-specific panels of UCLA professors who address the academic interview from start to finish. Targeted bibliographies are available for many distinct graduate and PhD career paths. Credentials File Services UCLA graduate students and alumni seeking employment in higher education can store their confidential reference letters with the Career Center’s state-of-the-art web based system.000 books. The most effective job search is a diversified search. • Preparing for the Academic Job Market . Check our website or stop by the Career Center for a quarterly schedule. BruinViewTM BruinViewTM is an online career management system you can utilize for jobs. pursue internship and fellowship leads. For more information on our services for PhD and Master’s students. videos.Wondering how to get started? This series of workshops will help you take the first steps and offer clear guidance on how to write a CV. evaluate refer to Chapter Seven. Workshops and Events for Graduate Students Specialized workshops are offered each quarter with topics including career options. page 71. and nonprofit organizations. avoided common pitfalls. BruinView . and successfully negotiated academic job offers. consulting firms. school districts. government agencies. and nonprofits have in common? They all expect a resume from their applicants. government. periodicals. . internships. interviewing.What do publishing companies. and assemble a credentials file. provides our master’s and PhD students shared access to thousands of positions posted at all of these campuses. and stay abreast of emerging opportunities.ucla. and develop skills to achieve your career goals. Career Library/Lab A multimedia collection of 3. Letters are forwarded to colleges and universities upon your request (see career. understanding the value of a PhD outside of academia. and education.

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and volunteer activities to gain work experience and to learn more about your work preferences.Chapter 2 . Make a list of the ones which sound interesting. learn more about careers.Pursue internships. 5 . This information will help you choose a major so you can begin to explore the exciting world of career possibilities that await you! Are you asking these questions?: “Who am I? Where do I fit in? What do I do best? What major should I choose?” If so.Learn more about the job market by visiting the Career Center Lab. 3 .Study hard and keep your grades as high as possible. and timelines for and extracurricular activities. Are you asking these questions?: “I know my major. Sophomore Year: Expand Your Career Horizons. Are you satisfied with your early decisions? 2 . The best resources are people who work in the career fields that interest you.Talk about your career interests with parents.Research companies and work environments. Now’s the time to go back and once again ask the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” Do you find yourself asking these questions?: “I’m looking at several career options . First Year: A Time of Self Discovery As you begin your college education.ucla. . especially in your major. Read about different occupations. and other individuals who are already employed. 2 . and values.Narrow down your choices and discuss your career ideas with a career counselor.Attend the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair in October (career.Continue to gain career related work and leadership experience. This gives you plenty of time to get to know yourself and your interests before you make a career decision. and volunteer activities will provide first-hand insights. interests. then follow these five steps: 1 . professors.Begin to establish professional contacts to assist with your job search campaign. it’s perfectly okay not to know what you want to do later in life. p13 3 .bls. 5 . even if you’re a senior or graduate Take self-assessments to learn more about yourself. general education classes.Continue to expand your knowledge of career options. 2 .Start preparing for graduate school if your career choice requires an advanced degree. Pinpoint organizations with job titles that use your skills and for which you believe you are a good and other career related programs to increase your knowledge of the full range of jobs that people perform. Aim for outstanding academic performance. internships. Spend a day on the job with a professional. Summer jobs. 5 .Develop your interests and skills through student organizations. 6 .Career Planning A Four-Year Career Plan The career planning process begins as early as your first year at UCLA.Conduct informational interviews with people who work in career fields of interest to you. Take time now to learn as much as you can about your skills.Get acquainted with what’s available at the Career Center Lab. friends. lifestyle preferences.Attend UCLA career fairs (career. 3 . 4 . testing dates.Stop by the Career Center for Drop-In counseling. personality.which is the best for me? What do I need to do to prepare for this career? How have my interests changed since my freshman year and how will this influence my present action?” Then follow these five steps: 1 . but what can I do with it? What career options do I have with my major? What’s out there? What can I do with a liberal arts degree?” If so. Check admission requirements. and by researching materials available on the Internet.ucla. sports. Continue to explore and gather information about career fields. part time and summer jobs. But it’s never too late to get started. 4 . including the Occupational Outlook Handbook online at www. and develop a network of contacts. Junior Year: Narrow the Options Internships and summer employment will help you acquire new skills. Identify your skills and strengths. then follow these five steps: 1 . 4 .

Consult with a career counselor to set timelines and establish goals to be accomplished before graduation.Career Center 501 Westwood Plaza (Strathmore Building) M-F 9-5 310. You can further explore career opportunities and gain experience in your area of interest by applying for jobs. • • • • • • • Discover the ABC’s of a successful job search by continuing to attend a variety of workshops offered through the Career Center. and interviews will help you identify prospective employers and career positions. internships.1915 career. career fairs. Continue to attend career fairs and employer presentations. but what options do I have?” “What are the resources available to me as a transfer student?” “What do I need to do to prepare for my future career?” As you begin your UCLA education as a transfer student. Finish applying to graduate and professional schools if your career plans require a graduate degree. career fairs. or take a year or more off to work or travel. BruinView™. it is imperative that you become familiar with the resources available to students on the UCLA campus. Decide if you want to attend directly upon receiving your undergraduate degree. and interviews. and career related programs. and becoming familiar with admissions requirements and deadlines. Develop a relationship with faculty members and request letters of recommendation. Include your Community College experience. and volunteer experience on your resume Explore all opportunities.ucla.206. letters of reference. Prepare for graduate school if your career choice requires an advanced degree by researching Excellence. Visit the Career Center to discover or research career options in a host of fields of study. Research companies/organizations and gain experience in your field of interest by applying for jobs. and volunteer activities. Check BruinView™ for jobs. internship. p14 . internships. Study hard and keep your grades as high as possible. • • • • • Year Two: Make a Career Decision “What types of jobs are available?” “How do I find a job that’s right for me?” “Should I go to graduate school now or later?” As a transfer student with limited time at UCLA. Soon you will be facing the transition from college to a career position or graduate school. internships and volunteer opportunities. Explore leadership opportunities with UCLA student groups. and any work. it is important to plan ahead and set reasonable goals for yourself. This will help you learn more about your work preferences. attending graduate school information sessions and fairs. and test scores must be submitted early. graduate and professional school applications. If you are considering a graduate program. Open a reference file with the Career Center while the details of your accomplishments are still fresh in your professor’s mind. A Department of Student Affairs Two Year Transfer Student Career Plan Year One: Explore Career Options “I have a major. attend informational sessions. internships. Delivered. Conduct informational interviews with professionals who work in your career field of interest by networking wit alumni. Shadow a professional at their work place. Network and use contacts to identify job opportunities and to get referrals. • • Stop by the Career Center for drop-in counseling and to become familiar with different occupations by utilizing the Career Center Library. leadership. Confirm your degree requirements to graduate at the beginning of the year with your academic advisor so there are no “surprises” when it comes time to graduate.

Even if you have a good idea of what you want to do. It is one of the most challenging pieces of the career puzzle. Join the UCLA Alumni Association to make new contacts for now and in your future. Part 1: Self-Assessment Obtaining Information About Yourself: • I am aware of the interests that I possess and can name five activities that I enjoy. • I am aware of the personality characteristics that I possess and can name five characteristics to describe myself. self examination is essential before writing your resume and accepting a job interview.Prepare for your first job. When you are focused and know your strengths and interests. Keep in and skills. This will help you to get to know yourself. Graduate school applications. Getting to Know Yourself There’s a big difference between getting a job and having a career where you love what you do. Your immediate goal should be to make the best career choices possible at this point in your life. • I am aware of the skills that I possess and can identify my five most developed skills.ucla. Are you asking these questions?: “What types of jobs are available? How do I find the job that’s right for me? Should I go to graduate school now or later?” If so. values. Attend career fairs and employer presentations. Your Career Journey Follow Your Dreams & Pursue Your Passions .Confirm your remaining degree requirements at the beginning of the year so there are no surprises when it comes time to graduate. Find out more about it at www. Talk with UCLA alumni about their first year on the job and some of the challenges you can expect. Career Quiz This six-part quiz can help you determine where you are in the career planning cycle. it’s only natural that your dreams and aspirations may change over time. • I can identify five career resource publications that provide information about my career options. 4 . 2 . • I know what I value in a career and can list five work values that meet my career expectations. organizations. personality characteristics. evaluate your odds of entry and success. Explore the Options Familiarity with different career fields. Know the Job Market The more you know about industry and occupational trends. Register for BruinView™ campus interviews at career. BruinView™ campus interviews and job p15 . combined with the rapidly evolving nature of the world of work.Are you headed along the right path to your dream career? Like any adventure. Circle each statement that applies to you and then read your answers out loud. The first step in this quest is one that you will repeat many times in your life. and work personal style. and knowing the responsibilities and skills required for different jobs.ucla. 3 . 5 . Discover the Real You Self-assessment requires a hard look at yourself and an honest evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses. and test scores must be submitted early. skills.Use your contacts to identify job opportunities and get referrals. then follow these five steps: 1 . By now you are facing a transition from college to graduate school or a career position. Part 2: Career Exploration Increasing Knowledge of Career Options: • I can identify ten careers that integrate my interests. values. and positions that best match your talents and personality. and skills.uclalumni. Changing interests and personal circumstances. the better you can assess what skills and qualifications employers are seeking. will help you determine options which are compatible with your interests. will require you to make numerous career-related decisions throughout your lifetime. This section on self examination gives you some tools to take an honest look at yourself and suggests ways to transition into successful career planning and job searching goals. letters of reference. and learn how to market yourself.Explore all opportunities. but also one of the most important. Make an inventory of your interests. • I can list the names and titles of five people to interview for information about my career options. your career journey is certain to be much more exciting and satisfying if you have a destination in mind. you can target the industries.Senior Year: Make a Career Decision Plan ahead and set reasonable career goals for yourself. and career fairs will help you identify prospective employers and career positions.Discover the ABC’s of a successful job search by attending workshops at the Career Center and consulting with a career counselor. then check BruinView™ job listings by logging in at career.

surveymonkey. please complete the brief information request online at: www. Room 200 Section 2: Wednesdays. Delivered. Strategic Career Decision Making will provide students with strategies to anticipate and effectively deal with lifelong professional challenges such as work / life balance. For the Winter and Spring schedules. Education 150: Strategic Career Decision Making. Through interactive lessons and course Excellence. and career transitions. career fulfillment. please visit career. Strathmore Building. This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to earn academic credit while learning the importance of making informed career decisions and understanding how cultural and family values play a role in the career development process. Strathmore Building. Room 200 To learn more about the Education 150 course and review the syllabus. Earn two units through this career course! Strategic Career Decision-Making Fall 2010 Sections Update: Fall 2010 sections are full.ucla. 10am-11:50am.N W! E Career Course Education 150 The UCLA Career Center is proud to announce a new career development course. Please note that enrollment is on a first-come. Register today! To enroll. A Department of Student Affairs Career Center Section 1: Tuesdays. first-served basis. visit career.

Part 3: Career Decision Making Selecting a Primary Career Goal: • I have researched information on five career choices. UCLA Business Council The UCLA Business Council (UBC) is a collaborative effort of 17 student organizations along with the UCLA Career Center and UCLA Department of Economics.. finance. Part 4: Preparation Creating a Career Goal Action Plan: • I can identify five work qualifications that are necessary in my career choice. • I have made a career decision and can describe that choice in detail (i. salary information.ucla. For more information. or a start-up company? Or would you prefer a government. you’re ready to move on to the next question: “What kind of work do I want to do and where do I want to do it?” A Checklist of Things to Do: • Find out where people work who have your skills. major. and needs. sports. • I am familiar with five different strategies for job seeking. Is a graduate degree required? • Think about job titles with characteristics that match your self assessment. duties. You can get ideas from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and the Occupational Outlook Handbook (available in the Career Center Library). consulting. • Pinpoint what types of industries and companies are looking for someone with your skills and capabilities. interests. • I can describe organization. private equity. accounting. internship. This will enable you to make firsthand comparisons of careers and work environments. entertainment. and career path). minor. Do you prefer an urban. real estate. green careers. actuarial science. work environments. • I have accepted an offer of career employment. job trends. • Research geographic areas where you would like to live and work. • I can name ten companies or industries that are potential employers. suburban. values. methods of advancing in my • I can describe my next career goal. • I have developed effective interviewing skills. and qualifications. and graduate schools). • I can name five student or professional organizations that are related to my career choice. contact ubc@career. You can also join one of the student groups affiliated with the UCLA Career Center.ucla. • I know how to initiate a career change when it is necessary. • I can list the titles or locations of five volunteer. and make connections with professionals from the world of work. Envision new and previously unimaginable career possibilities. For more ideas: www. p17 .edu /StudentGroups. • I am familiar with one decision making method and can describe that process. Getting to Know Careers Now that you know yourself. salary. title. you can meet other students with common interests. Learn About Careers Through Student Organizations By joining career related student organizations. or rural setting? • Become a frequent visitor to the Career Center Lab.. Part 6: Career Management Advancing in Your Career: • I can describe and rank by preference the positions I have been offered. qualifications.e. Read about careers.e. venture capital. nonprofit organization.ucla. For a current list: career. small business. Consider attending a UBC event to learn more about fields including: investment banking. • Keep an open or educational institution? • Conduct informational interviews with people who are already working in career fields you’re and more. Do you prefer a large corporation. • Consider your ideal work environment.studentgroups. Part 5: Job Search Job Seeking and Career Employment: • I have developed an effective resume and cover letter. • I can identify academic programs and courses relevant to my career choice (i. This council promotes career related programming on campus for a variety of business-related industries. personality. • Get on-the-job experience through internships and summer jobs. or work experience opportunities relevant to my career choice.

Informational interviews are appropriate for first year students through alumni. consulting firm.” He notes that most people choose a career path without taking the time to speak with professionals in their field of interest. interests. What exactly is an Informational Interview? An informational interview is a highly focused information gathering session with a networking contact designed to help you choose or refine your career path by giving you an insider point of view. What Color Is Your Parachute? Bolles describes the process as “. family members. company. The Informational Interview allows you to: • Gather valuable information from industry professionals on career planning and job search strategies. check out the UCLA Alumni Association’s “UCLA Career Network. and abilities. • Expand your network of contacts in your field of interest for future opportunities. What are the benefits of conducting an Informational Interview? The concept of “informational interviewing” was conceived by Richard Nelson Bolles. Also. colleagues. and/or former employers for a referral to a candidate for an informational interview.. faculty members. it can also be done by telephone. Ask friends. • Gain referrals to other professionals in the same field for additional networking. The letter serves as a preliminary introduction to help communicate your intention for information only. values. • Develop confidence in interviewing with professionals by discussing your interests and goals. • Evaluate whether a career is compatible with your skills. email chat group. etc.. or non profit organization. or on the Internet. the challenges and opportunities. If you are in the process of choosing an academic major. lifestyle. How does the Informational Interview work? The informational interview works best if it is done in person in the setting that you are interested in working (i. or transitioning to a different career. they find themselves in careers not truly matched to their skills. making career choices.e. the specifics and perhaps hidden demands. This professional and respectful approach can have a more favorable response. How do I set up an Informational Interview? Many career counselors recommend a written request followed by a phone call. How do I find the contacts for the Informational Interview? Usually you will talk with a person you don’t know personally but who has been referred to you. As a result. • Discover the realities of a particular career field and what it is really like to work in a given industry. and the drawbacks and limitations of the career field.trying on jobs to see if they fit you. a hospital. interests. Over 80% of quality jobs are secured through networking. beginning a job search. and goals. It is absolutely taboo to ask for a job during an informational interview. The informational interview is not a scheme or trick to get you into the door to talk to a potential employer about a job (although it can open doors to specific job opportunities down the road). • Receive specific suggestions on how and where to acquire the experience and knowledge required.. Are Informational Interviews only for students ready to graduate? Not at all.” where you can talk with UCLA alumni who will work in your field of interest.) However. or position is really like is to talk with people in careers you’re considering. the informational interview can be an excellent tool to explore your options and increase your career knowledge.Career Exploration The Informational Interview One of the best ways to find out what an industry. p18 .Chapter 3 . What are some typical subjects discussed about the industry or organization during the Informational Interview? • • • • • • • • Work Environment Industry Trends Lifestyle Ideal Skill Set/Qualifications Challenges/Rewards Career Path of Interviewee Typical Compensation Career Ladder of Field Challenges/Rewards Can I ask for a job during an Informational Interview? Never. author of the best selling career handbook series. • Gain access to the hidden job market. investment bank. No one else can give you a better sense of the real life experiences.

How can I best prepare for the Informational Interview? • Read about the career area and organization in which the person you are interviewing is affiliated. but am interested in learning as much as I can about journalism as a career field. Joe Bruin suggested that you might be willing to share your work experiences and offer advice on how I might better prepare to break into the field. • Continue to maintain contact with the person you interviewed. • Prepare and rehearse an opening statement that gives a brief profile of who you are and your interest in the field. • Mention a personal referral or mutual interest to stimulate conversation. You want to give a good first impression and look like someone who could be an asset to the profession. skills. I am not looking for a job. This is not only common courtesy. • Preparation is the key to success. and how they relate to the career field represented by the person you are interviewing. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Sincerely. • Make it clear you are not asking for a job. you may wish to send out a “feeler” letter along with your progress report by stating something like. it helps keep others interested and involved in your career plans and job search. • Ask for a brief meeting at a time that’s convenient for that person. A nice touch is to share with them the results of any project or suggestion discussed during the interview and inform them what steps you have taken to apply the advice you received. and values. even though you’re just gathering information that day. This will decrease your anxiety and increase your chances of getting the results you want. • Develop a number of thoughtful. • Later on. • Know your own interests. you should prepare as you would for a traditional interview. I would greatly appreciate a few minutes of your time to get your perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in journalism. Rehearsing in front of the mirror. In advance of the meeting. I will contact you next week to try and arrange a time that would be convenient for you to meet. and/or with a friend could prove to be very useful as well. dress appropriately in interview attire. • Report back to anyone who gave you a lead. develop an outline or script of what you are going to say. Follow these Basic Guidelines to Set Up an Informational Interview: • Say who you are and why you want to get together. Be sure to rehearse your lines out loud after you plan the kinds of things you will communicate. if you decide to pursue the career field. • Review materials in the Career Library for background information on the industry or career field. Example of Letter Dear__________: I am a communications major at UCLA and am interested in a journalism career. • Check the company or organization’s website. Your Name p19 .” Requesting an Informational Interview Develop an Outline or Script Before you attempt to schedule an informational interview. Keep in touch by sending an occasional article on a business related topic that you think would be of interest or a quick note updating them on your current activities. with a tape recorder. At this time. I am enclosing my resume and would appreciate hearing from you. “If you hear of any job possibilities. What happens after the Informational Interview? • Be sure to send a formal thank you letter to the person you interviewed. open ended questions to stimulate a meaningful discussion. • If you meet face-to-face.

Could I schedule 15 or 20 minutes with you at your convenience? I could meet you at your office. I could meet you for coffee or lunch one day. I recently heard you speak at a Los Angeles Journalism Club meeting. what might a beginner expect today? What are the entry level jobs in this field or organization? What career paths are generally available? What are the major responsibilities of these positions? What skills and education are needed to enter this field? What kind of an entry level job or internship do you think is a good training ground? What are the newest developments in this field? What trends and developments do you see affecting career opportunities? What is the corporate culture of your company? Is it informal or formal? Do people work autonomously or in teams? Can you share advice with me on how to transition into this field? Have you been active in any professional organizations? Are students encouraged to participate in these organizations? Hello. if it is more convenient. Here are some examples of the information you may wish to obtain: What do you do as a _____________? How do you spend a typical day or week? Do you spend most of your time at your desk. but I’d really appreciate the opportunity to discuss some specific questions about this career field. Joe Bruin suggested I call you because I am doing some research on careers in journalism. in a quiet space. my name is ________________. I’m a senior at UCLA and am interested in a journalism career.What hours do you normally work? Is there much travel involved? Use a landline indoors. company. and industry questions. Or. Questions to Ask You should develop basic questions about the career field to fit your particular knowledge and experience level. He thought you would be a good person to answer some questions I have about the profession. Do you think you might be able to find some time for me? If you could start all over again. I’m not looking for a specific job at this time. would you choose the same career path? Is your career path typical? If not. . you may have an opportunity to ask more specific personal. or out in the field? What kinds of problems do you deal with? What kinds of decisions do you make? What are your major responsibilities? p20 Informational Interviewing Resources Available at the Career Center Library / Lab • Information Interviewing: How to Tap Your Hidden Job Market • The Everything Job Interview Book (See chapter on “Informational Interviews”) • Your First Interview (See “Chapter 4: How to Create Your Network: Interviewing for Information”) . . my name is ________________. . . alone. Depending on the interest and willingness of your contact to talk. moving around the company. I could call back at a time when you might have 15 or 20 minutes to spare. with your notes and pen in front of you. What is the job title of the person you report to? What are the titles of people who report to you? What do you find most satisfying about your job? What are the positive or challenging aspects of working in this field? Example of Telephone Scripts Hello .

and around the globe.ucla. You’ll be able to get a realistic idea of what the career field is all about. Here are questions to consider: • What is the primary reason you’re looking for an internship or summer job? To earn money? Test out career alternatives? Gain experience to add to your resume? Develop career related skills? • What are you interested in doing? Where? With whom? In what type of organization? • What skills can you bring to the job? Why should you be hired instead of any other college student? • Is money an issue? How much money do you need to make? What is the bare minimum? • Can you afford to do volunteer work or an unpaid internship that might relate more directly to your career objective? • Will you need to relocate? What impact will this have on your bank account? • Will you get class credit? • Will the position provide an entrée into your dream career? • Is it important for your summer work experience or internship to tie in with your academic pursuits and career goals? Remember: There does not have to be a direct connection. decide whether the job is one you enjoy. Internships are readily available in many career fields and industries in Southern • Demonstrate to future employers your interest ·in your chosen career field. • Make contacts and develop important networking ·and mentoring relationships. p21 . employers today look at an entry level job candidate’s track record of “real world” experiences and accomplishments before extending an offer for a permanent position. Each year. What better way to gain practical experience for your resume. • Prove yourself on a trial basis to a potential employer. numerous companies actively recruit UCLA students for internships and summer positions through BruinView™ listings and campus interviews. Short-Term Decisions It’s important to give some thought to your goals for the internship or summer job. They rely heavily on internships and summer programs to assess the skills. Summer. Internship and summer programs provide prospective employers an opportunity to observe your intelligence. hoping to attract the “best and brightest” before they graduate. which are a few of the intangible qualities that don’t come through on a resume and manifest themselves only briefly during an interview. skills. abilities. These programs generally offer invaluable on the job training. and evaluate whether you “fit” into the company culture. An internship or summer job gives you a chance to explore and test your career interests on a temporary basis. values. interests. and qualifications of potential full time employees. and Part Time Programs Two questions employers frequently ask themselves when evaluating potential employees are “How will this person fit into our organization?” and “What can this person contribute to our bottom line?” Students who successfully perform in an internship or summer program have a definite advantage when it comes to landing full time career positions. For more information: career. The Inside Track to Your First Full Time Job More than ever. across the nation. It’s definitely a two-way street! Benefits of Working As an Intern or Summer Employee • Gain valuable real world experience and learn new skills. creativity. initiative. and other personal attributes. Many corporations and nonprofit organizations offer highly structured internship programs. You may feel a real need to take a break from your studies and do work that doesn’t relate at all to your major. • Explore and test different career possibilities before making a long term commitment.Getting On the Job Experience Internships. Internships Internships provide vital links to contacts within your future profession and a place to put your classroom training to the test. particularly in highly competitive career fields.

Undergraduates. Winter. Technology. country clubs. political. Find more information on all these options in the Internship Zone and online at career. and it should be a vital component in any job search strategy. international non-profit groups. the Career Center supports up to 40 Bruins as they pursue internships with elected officials. Personal contacts are essential in these industries. Math. For updated program information. Bruins seeking advice on how to apply may meet with any Career Counselor or Peer Advisor during regularly schedule Drop-In advising hours.ucla. who arrange their own housing. nonprofit groups. national. Many Bruins also choose the option of independent study units during their internship. Public service assignments include the Governors’ Office and Cabinet Agencies. provides students with quick access to local. Volunteering Abroad. Science. Public Service. In addition. Summer and Part Time Jobs Summer and part time work (especially if it is relevant to your career goal) can lead to great opportunities. located on the second floor of the Career Center. For more information. the Career Center encourages Bruins to consider the outstanding academic-year internship program in DC offered through Internship Zone The Internship Zone. or Spring quarters. and a variety of other businesses with peak summer or holiday hiring needs.By the time they receive their UCLA degree. summer theaters. In highly competitive fields and those with few traditional avenues of entrance such as entertainment and advertising. Most often these positions can be found through employment service firms and include a diversity of professional and technical opportunities. Many organizations add seasonal staff to handle special projects or fill in for vacationing employees. and international internship and fellowship information from a variety of industries. grad students. Temporary Employment Opportunities range from one day assignments to longer term commitments. International Fellowships. The Career Center also supports students and new grads who prefer to pursue paid internship assignments with federal government agencies. A wide range of federal internship programs welcome applications from current Bruins or new grads. and Pre-professional (pre-law and pre-med) internships. private sector companies. in order to maintain degree progress or qualify for a financial aid supplement. Arts & Entertainment. Students in the DC internship program stay in shared apartments at the UC Washington Center conveniently located five blocks from the White House. the State Senate and Assembly. construction companies. Engineering. religious. earn excellent wages. grad students. Because interns remain fulltime students. summer and part time work experience accelerate your efforts to find a career position. Interns who qualify based on financial aid status can earn helpful stipends or scholarships to cover some living expenses. amusement parks and tourist attractions. Many of these programs put students in a strong position for entry-level employment after graduation. Many employers are impressed with a person who has had to work his or her way through school and has still managed to maintain a good academic record and excel in extracurricular DC employers. Sacramento Internship Services The Career Center also provides resources for Bruins seeking a summer public service internship in Sacramento. and public service organizations can add valuable experience and leadership responsibilities to your resume. What are your interests? What issues and causes do you strongly support? Volunteer your services and get involved. cultural.ucla. and educational institutions. and a host of other Summer and part time opportunities run the gamut from simple clerical work to formal corporate training programs where technical and business related skills are often essential to positions strictly seasonal in nature. Teaching Abroad. resorts. Visit one of our nine industry areas to learn more about opportunities in: Business. Students are in high demand at camps.ucla. Community Service and Volunteer Work Involvement in social. please visit career. the Center for American Politics and Public Policy (cappp. many students will have completed several internships or summer programs to gain experience and get a competitive advantage in the job market. and spring grads from all majors are eligible to apply during Fall quarter through BruinView™. Some large corporations begin recruiting for summer programs in the preceding fall. Undergrads. all financial aid and scholarships can be applied during the CAPPP program. city parks. p22 . Washington DC Internship Programs Each summer. and Spring grads who receive federal or state financial aid are eligible to earn a small program stipend or scholarship. performing arts. CAPPP students live at UC Washington Center and intern during Fall. please visit while pursuing a full-time academic program. and do not receive other UCLA financial support.ucla. Washington DC and Sacramento Internship Programs. and your work experience will give you wonderful access to the prospective employers you need to know.

and convenient. Delivered. It’s fast. Art. Library / Lab Resources – Job Experience • The Back-Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures • The Internship Advantage • The Internship Bible • Internships in International Affairs • Los Angeles County Social Services Resource Directory • The Music and Entertainment Internship Guide • National Directory of Arts Internships • Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study in History. pre-med) Come to the Internship Zone today! Excellence. A Department of Student Affairs Career Center Strathmore Building Career Center Second Floor p23 . national. and international internship and fellowship information from a variety of industries. • Public Service • Science / Engineering / Technology / Math • Teaching Abroad • Volunteering Abroad • International Fellowships • Washington DC and Sacramento • Pre-professional (pre-law. located on the second floor of the Career Center. Employers from throughout Greater Los Angeles and from UCLA academic and administrative departments also use BruinView™ to list hundreds of part time and seasonal employment opportunities each month. Visit one of our nine industry areas to learn more about opportunities in: • Business • Arts & Entertainment BruinViewTM Postings Thousands of current full time career positions and internships available in Southern California and opportunities nationwide are advertised via the Internet exclusively for UCLA students and eligible alumni. Log on today! Go to career. and Science • The Undergraduate’s Guide to Corporate Leadership Development Programs • Vault Guide to Top Internships • Volunteer America: A Comprehensive National Guide to Opportunities for Service. and give your resume a boost with valuable on the job experience. easy. add spending money to your budget. provides students with quick access to local. You can tap into BruinView™ 24 hours a day. and Work Experience • Green Careers Journal • Work Your Way Around the World NEW ! Internship Zone The Internship Zone.ucla. These jobs can help finance your college education.

Directories and reference materials at the Career Center Laboratory will assist in this phase of your job but they may be interviewing for different positions during each visit. Students who violate our policies are required to meet with Career Center staff. etc.ucla. investment banking. How to Find Job Openings Industries and organizations with more applicants than positions (e. Online step-bystep directions will guide you through the process. and school systems recruit UCLA students from every major through the BruinView™ Campus Interview system. and many extend offers by December. and sign up for interviews entirely online. BruinView™ Campus Interviews Participation in the free web based BruinView™ system is easy and convenient.. With this in mind. Once resumes are submitted by students. and juniors who wish to explore options and gain valuable on-the-job experience. You can browse job descriptions. you should begin signing up for BruinView™ campus interviews during Fall quarter.Job Search Strategies & BruinViewTM Finding Job Leads Job opportunities arise in many ways and from many sources. and post positions on the Internet. run ads in major newspapers or trade publications. nor should they attach incentives involving diminishing bonuses. plus career related summer jobs and internships for freshmen. select candidates that best meet the position p24 qualifications. New Recruitment Policies The UCLA Career Center believes that students should have sufficient time to make important career and internship decisions.There’s something for everyone. each case is considered individually. • How does the BruinView™ system work?. and invite those students to sign up for an If you have any questions about our not by waiting for the perfect job to appear in a newspaper or on an Internet posting. entertainment industry) don’t need to advertise job openings. you should be aware of the guidelines set forth for employers who recruit on-campus at UCLA. • Opportunities . For internship positions. By using a number of job search methods. particularly if your goal is a position in management consulting. As a student. . you will increase your chances of identifying career opportunities that are compatible with your career and life goals. nonprofits. • Convenience .Chapter 4 .Fortune 100 to get started. students should be given three weeks to make a decision.g. The Career Center also offers many workshops that will teach you ways to tap into the hidden job market. • When should I start using the BruinView™ system? Start early! If you are a senior with a March or June graduation date. Employers in these fields will frequently list current openings with BruinView™. most employers screen resumes.BruinView™ is primarily an online pre-select system.ucla. students should be given two weeks to make their final decision. Simply log on to the Career Center website at career. Consequences range in scope and can include forfeiture of all campus recruiting privileges. Take advantage of Job Search JumpStart! (career. high technology and business services) actively recruit and advertise to generate a large pool of candidates. sophomores. create and submit your resume. Please review our employer timeline and recruitment policies online at career. More than 50% of all BruinView™ employers conduct interviews for full time positions during Fall quarter. Although Fall quarter is the busiest recruiting season. small and mid size companies. or accounting.Our web based system makes it easy to get information about employers who will conduct campus interviews. You’ll find positions in these career fields through resourcefulness and networking. we have implemented specific Employer Recruitment Policies to guide on-campus recruiting activities.ucla. We have established expectations for employers to ensure students’ ability to comply with our second-round policy. For full-time positions. The Career Center does not permit students to cancel first-round interviews to attend second-round interviews.. all qualified candidates are eligible to select an interview time slot on a first come basis. please contact our Employer Relations team at bruinview@career.ucla. participate in the campus interviews and career fairs. Employers should not make offers or pressure students to accept “early” offers include those requiring a quick response time. Growth industries (e. determine if you meet the qualifications. If the company has chosen an open sign up schedule. numerous employers visit the campus during Winter and Spring quarters to fill a myriad of interesting and challenging career positions and internships. Many BruinView™ employers visit campus several times each year. BruinView™ features full time career positions for seniors and graduate students ready to enter the workplace. reduced options for location preferences. • Diversity .



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Newspaper Advertisements (Print and Online) By analyzing ads, you can unearth valuable information relating to today’s job market. You can learn of current salaries, pick up buzz words to use in cover letters and at interviews, and find out which skills, qualifications, degrees, and work experiences to emphasize in your resume and cover letter. Most newspapers provide web pages where they include jobs which were advertised in recent editions. Attend a Job Search JumpStart Conference Register for Job Search JumpStart as early as possible. You'll receive expert instruction and guidance on job search strategies, resume and correspondence, and interviewing skills -- all in a high impact, three-hour time slot! Check out what students are saying about Job Search JumpStart and register now at /JumpStart. Make the Most of Job Listings • Focus your cover letter specifically to the ad. If the employer’s identity is revealed, find out something about the company and personalize your cover letter. • Read the ad carefully. Fit your profile to the position. If an employer lists skills, degree, or level of experience, be sure you communicate that you possess each of the traits they’re looking for. • Turn negatives into positives. What if your qualifications are not a perfect match? For example, if your internship job title differs from the advertised opening, but the responsibilities of the positions are very similar, communicate this in your cover letter. • Show how your major and the one preferred by the employer are compatible or of equal value. Professional and Trade Publications There are thousands of magazines, journals, and newsletters with information about specific fields or industries which may contain job listings. The Career Library / Lab collection includes many professional and trade publications to help you identify current openings such as: • • • • • • • • American Translators Association Chronicle Graduating Engineer and Computer Careers Current Jobs in Performing Arts Green Careers Journal Nonprofit Directions: Southern California Current Jobs in Art Current Jobs in Writing, Editing, and Communications International Career Employment Weekly

they send your resume. Most employment service companies have websites where you can view current opportunities. Some operate their business exclusively on the Internet. Private Employment Services Commonly known as placement firms, employment agencies, or third party recruiters, these firms function as matchmakers. Their goal is to bring job seekers and employers together. Once an employer-employee match is satisfactorily made, they are entitled to a fee, either from the candidate (applicant paid fees) or from the employer (employer paid fees), which is most common and most desirable to job seekers. Investigate thoroughly those who charge fees to the applicant to ensure you will get value for your money. Read the contract carefully before making any commitment. Contingency Search Firms Often referred to as “headhunters,” these firms usually deal with mid level professional and technical recruitment. They are paid by the hiring company only for successful placements. Because of their compensation arrangement, they tend to seek out resumes and may put forth considerable effort on the job seeker’s behalf. While there are many fine contingency firms, you should be cautious about those who intend to float your resume in hopes of earning a fast commission. Executive Search Firms These firms typically conduct nationwide searches for individuals to fill mid to top level positions, generally in the six figure salary range. They contract with client companies to find candidates with significant experience and who meet highly specialized criteria. They are paid in advance for their services, whether or not the candidates they recommend are actually hired.

Career Fairs
If you are looking for career ideas or actively pursuing a full time job, it is definitely worth your while to attend career fairs. The relaxed and friendly “open house” format make it easy to ask questions, explore career options, develop a network of professional contacts, identify job openings, and sometimes even land an interview...all in one location. Prepare for the Fair Attending a career fair can be an effective tool in your job search, if you are prepared. To assist you, the Career Center hosts many career fair preparation workshops and offers an online career fair preparation workshop at Topics covered in the workshops are what to expect, what questions to ask recruiters, what you might be asked, and more. Be in the Know The UCLA Career Center website at provides a list of participating employers and their websites prior to the fair. Of this list, select a few companies that you would like to target and learn about their mission, culture, and industry. Look to the Career Center Library / Lab or Internet for supplementary information. p26

Employment Services Employment service firms can be a source of jobs not found elsewhere, and should not be overlooked in your job search campaign. Keep in mind there are good ones and bad ones. Check out their reputation to see if you feel comfortable with having them represent you. Discuss their procedures so there is no overlap where you and

Zooming In Prepare several targeted resumes. Cover the basics like work experience, internships, skills and accomplishments, educational credentials, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, awards, and honors. Remember to keep track and write notes of which resume you give to each employer. Advertising Yourself Consider your interaction at the career fair as the first round of a job interview. Be ready with a thumbnail sketch of skills and talents that set you apart from the other students who are competing for the same job. Rehearsing your pitch to friends, family, or even a mirror will make you feel and appear more confident, organized, and focused. Looking the Part Looking and acting professional when interacting with a recruiter demonstrates your professionalism as an employee. Greet recruiters with confidence and enthusiasm as you offer a firm, friendly handshake and make eye contact to establish rapport. You should try to dress professionally for the fair. If you have work or school before the fair and can’t change clothing, you should still attend. The opportunity to meet and interact with recruiters is most important. Look for these events during the year. Visit our website at and watch for our UCLA Daily Bruin ads for participating employers, additional information, or updates.

UCLA Career Network You may want to check out the UCLA Alumni Association’s UCLA Career Network where opportunities to meet thousands of alumni are plentiful. It’s a positive way to learn about careers. More details at etwork Build the Foundation It is important to start meeting and talking to professionals early in your college years, even if you are uncertain about the exact type of position you are seeking. However, to be the most effective at networking, it helps to be clear about the kind of job you want and your qualifications for that job. Try to have fun with your networking activities and don’t discuss work all of the time. Get to know what your professional acquaintances like to do in their spare time. Do they have a special interest? Do they volunteer for a cause? Ask questions, listen carefully, and become well versed in their areas of interest and expertise. Nurturing & Maintaining Your Networks • Always respect your contacts’ names. Get an “OK” before you use a person’s name as a referral to meet someone else. • Remember the “little” things. Send contacts copies of newsletters, newspaper and magazine articles, reports, and program materials that you think will interest them. Include a short, handwritten note than can be as simple as “FYI.” If the article relates to your mutual career interests, this will raise your professional credibility because it shows that you keep abreast of industry happenings. • Think of creative ways to keep in touch. Send cards at holiday time. Extend an invitation to lunch for no particular reason. Send a congratulatory note to someone who has recently received a promotion or an advanced degree. • Keep an eye on the clock. Respect other people’s busy schedules and make sure you call at appropriate times that are convenient for your contacts. • Don’t overlook the common courtesies. Thank everyone who helps you or provides you with ideas or leads. It’s wise to thank people for leads even if their suggestions don’t pan out. Your contacts will appreciate the follow up.

The world revolves around relationships. Studies indicate that up to 80 percent of all positions (the “hidden job market”) are obtained through networking and connections. Networking is a skill that will not only be critical to your job search, but will prove valuable for the rest of your career. What is Networking? The concept of networking is simple: it’s letting people know that you’re in the job market, describing your interests and the kind of work you prefer, and asking for advice and assistance in achieving your career goals. Start Making Contacts Now Everyone you know and everyone you meet is a contact and a potential source of career advice and referrals to other individuals. Make a list of who you know. Include the names of roommates, friends, friends of friends, parents and relatives, classmates, teaching assistants, and professors. Add bosses and co-workers (past and present) and people you’ve met at the health club, while traveling, or doing volunteer work. Expand your list with people from social, political, or religious organizations. Include your physician and dentist. All of a sudden, your list of connections has grown by leaps and bounds! p27

career field.. take the opportunity to get acquainted. • Be prepared for small talk. or special interest imaginable. be sure to fulfill your commitments and promises. Refocus your preoccupation with your own anxieties by thinking about the other attendees. • Find kindred spirits. Seek out people who are by themselves. national. Have at least three “small talk” questions in mind that will serve as conversation openers. Some are targeted or based upon: • Broad professional disciplines (e. • Psyche yourself up. National Black MBA Association) • Sexual orientation (e. • Initiate conversations.” • Don’t give up! Networking is a long term process.g. Do not approach a round table where eight people are seated and only one or two seats are left. Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association) Membership services include meetings and networking opportunities. jot down the date of the meeting. find out as much as you can about the organization and its members. • Pay attention to your body language. and what you talked about. American Film Marketing Association) • Gender (e. But if you approach a table where few people are seated.How to Make Connections in a Room Full of Strangers The “I don’t know anyone here” jitters can bring on a real anxiety attack.g. Instead of going up to a group of people. The group will already be engaged in conversation and may not notice your arrival. Financial Women International) • Ethnicity (e. and future contacts. scan the reception area for eye contact and friendly smiles. If you notice other attendees in the parking lot or elevator. When you are seeking out people to talk with. past . • Take on projects and serve on committees.g.g. • Develop your own public relations list and let people know about your accomplishments. Pretend you are about to host a party and concentrate on helping others have a good time. Don’t wait until you get to the meeting site to strike up a conversation. then turn their answers into a two way conversation. trade shows.. This way you will have forged a connection and will have a friendly face to look for when you arrive. If you’re seen as approachable. Make eye contact and look interested. and employment referrals. professional development. Before arriving at a meeting. • Practice good etiquette by always thanking people who help you or give you leads. Volunteering for high-profile assignments and committees is an excellent way to get noticed. • Join groups and organizations to make social and business contacts. state. and local organizations geared to virtually every type of industry. It’s often a good idea to contact the program or membership chair to ask a question about the speaker or the program agenda. • Break the ice by learning the art of “small talk. where you met. You can always learn something new when you communicate with someone. American Marketing Association) • Industry-specific (e. • Set yourself up for a positive experience. • Target your contacts. • Seat yourself strategically. find someone on equal footing who may also be standing alone. “Don’t Give Up. p28 .” and Other Networking Tips • Take stock of who you know by listing current. such as “How did you find out about tonight’s meeting?” or “What do you know about tonight’s speaker?” Ask open ended questions to draw people out. publications. you’ll find it easier to meet new people. internships. seminars.g.. If you volunteer. but the following tips can help you get past those first few dreaded minutes... Who can open the door for you? • Organize the business cards you collect and on each one. you’ll find them eager (and grateful) to welcome you. Career Library / Lab Resources • How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Savvy Socializing in Person and Online • Networking for Job Search and Career Success • Power Networking: 59 Secrets for Personal and Professional Success • Vault Reports Guide to Schmoozing: Insider Advice on Making Contacts and Building Rapport to Boost Your Career • Seven Days to Online Networking Join and Participate in Professional Associations You’ll find international.

Specialized • California Directory Healthcare Association Membership • Government Affairs Yellow Book • Los Angeles County Social Service Resource Directory • Sports Market Place Directory • Hollywood Creative Directory • The Performing Arts Directory • The Environmental Resource Handbook • Plunkett’s Engineering and Research Industry Almanac Tips on Researching Public and Private Companies • Use the Internet to locate corporate websites. The more you know about employers in your field of interest. targeting potential companies. which in turn makes networking easier. and hiring and promotion policies. the Rosenfeld Library at The Anderson School. • Talk to company representatives at career fairs and professional association meetings. and 3) Prepare for an interview. and professional journals. and typical career paths. • Nonprofit Sector Yellow Book • State and Regional Associations of the U. traditional values. you can find considerable information about many industries. views and operating styles that characterize the organization.Make an Impression The easiest way to meet other members in the organization is to get involved! Volunteering gives you a role or function at an event. and The Almanac of American Employers. Some activities include: • • • • Joining a committee Volunteering to help with a project Running for an office Offering to help with meeting logistics or registration • Performance and Personnel: Size and number of employees. such as Hoover’s Handbook of American Business. particularly if the company you’re interested in is small or privately owned. to get you started. p29 Identifying & Researching Employers The competitive advantage in the job market goes to candidates who do their homework. • Plans for the Future: Expansion and restructuring plans. major competitors. • Search periodical indexes for articles in newspapers.S. financial performance. goals and objectives. • With your BruinView™ account. and recruiting literature. sales brochures. the stronger and more focused your job search. international operations. location of plants and facilities. and new market ventures and downsizing activities. sales. research and development activities. training and development programs. 2) Find out about different career paths available if you are hired. You must register with BruinView™ to access the schedule. operating divisions and subsidiaries. beliefs. new projects.S. The Internet has become a valuable tool for researching companies. and the impact of private or family ownership on possible advancement potential. Hoover’s Handbook of Emerging Companies. and succeeding on the interview. These and other reference books are available at the Career Center Library. • Consult directories. • Attend Employer Information Sessions at the Career Center.S. • Contact the local Chamber of Commerce for information. Look to the Career Center’s website. business publications. Where to Find Information With a bit of resourcefulness and elbow grease. The Wall Street Journal provides a quick and insightful overview of the business world and global economy. • Call. Here is the type of information you should look for: • The Basics: Products and services. write. projected financial growth. or visit the company to request an Annual Report to Stockholders. employers and career opportunities. career. • Philosophy and Culture: Mission statement.General • Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations • Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U. Career Library / Lab Resources . and other university and public libraries. accomplishments.ucla. • National Trade and Professional Associations of the U. employee access Insider Industry Guides and Employer Profiles. Career Library / Lab Resources . You’ll be ahead in identifying career fields that meet your needs. . organizational structure. What You Need to Know Employer research will help you: 1) Decide if you are interested in working for a particular company or organization.

Companies • Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies • Plunkett’s Employers’ Internet Sites with Careers Information • Fortune’s America’s Most Admired Corporations • Standard & Poor’s 500 Guide: America’s Most Watched Companies Career Center Library / Lab Resources Many excellent materials are available in the Career Center Library / Lab to enhance your corporate research. Engineering. State. and National Arts Organizations • Los Angeles County Social Services Resource Directory • NALP Directory of Legal Employers • Plunkett’s Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac • Plunkett’s Healthcare Industry Almanac • Plunkett’s Telecommunications Industry Almanac • Publishers Directory • Sports Market Place Directory • Vault Guide to the Top 50 Banking Employers • Vault Guide to the Top Media & Entertainment Employers Targeting Companies by Academic Interest • Government Research Directory • Job Choices for Business & Liberal Arts Students • Job Choices for Science. Researching Industries • Career Guide to America’s Top Industries • Encyclopedia of American Industries • Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries • Encyclopedia of Global Industries • Industries and Careers for Undergrads Targeting Companies by Industry • Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory • Directory of Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms • Field Directory: A Resource Guide of Local. Regional.S.) • Hawaii Business: The Top 250 • The Metropolitan New York Job Bank • Nevada in Your Future • The Phoenix Job Bank • The Texas 500 • The Atlanta Book of Lists • The Boston Book of Lists • The New Mexico Book of Lists • The Portland Book of Lists • The Washington [D.Targeting Companies by Location (U.S. & Technology Students • Research Centers Directory (nonprofit companies) • Research Services Directory (for-profit companies) Targeting Companies by Location (California) • Hoover’s MasterList: California Edition • The Los Angeles Book of Lists • Orange County Business Directory • The Sacramento Book of Lists • San Diego County Commerce and Industry Directory • The San Francisco Job Bank • The San Jose/Silicon Valley Book of Lists • The Southern California Business Directory p30 .] Book of Lists Targeting Companies by Location (International) • Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries • Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the United States • Fortune Global 500 • Hoover’s Handbook of World Business • How to Get a Job in Europe • International Research Centers Directory • International Career Employment Weekly • Jobs and Careers Abroad • Living and Working in the Far East • Working and Living in Canada Researching Corporations (Process) • Keys to Reading an Annual Report • 101 Mission Statements From Top Companies • The Skeptical Business Searcher • Job Choices for Students Researching Corporations • Almanac of American Employers • Fortune 500 • Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For • Fortune’s Cool Companies • Hoover’s Handbook of American Business: Profiles of 750 Major U.C.

it can showcase to employers your adaptability to change. The powerful and dynamic technology of the Internet can enhance your job search activities in many and initiative to keep your technology skills current. including BruinView™ job and internship listings and links to our corporate partners’ websites. The multi-station Career Lab is here for your job searching convenience. Online Directories Online directories can help you focus your search on a specific area. roomy. and has wireless connection. and around the world. Based on these results. days. and articles. Not only can the ability to conduct an online job search put you in touch with thousands of career opportunities. career. and work values in the beginning of this book. Internet 101: The Basics The Internet is a dazzling information resource providing access to individuals. Popular online directories include about. • Network with potential employers and other job seekers. by typing in “management consulting” the results will display a list of subcategories such as employers in this industry. Career Information on the Web With a few easy clicks of your computer mouse. p31 • Obtain salary surveys and read about job market projections. You can: • Collect data online in a relatively short amount of time. or weeks in the library gathering bits and pieces of information from many sources. • Research hundreds of industries and The Internet remains open 24 hours a day. you’ll discover avenues to literally thousands of newly posted job opportunities on the West Coast. don’t neglect traditional strategies such as networking. a winning • Submit online resumes and participate in electronic interviews. company research. don’t forget to register for BruinView™ at career. instead of spending An excellent place to begin your job search research is the UCLA Career Center website at career. skills. and different positions within this field. • Conduct your job search research anytime that fits your schedule. While you’re there. or positions. Beginning the Search Before you begin searching. • Find job leads and send your resume electronically before most people even know there’s an opening. Although the Internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search and yahoo. capability to learn new tools of the trade. . a great place to focus on your career planning and research. industries.Things to Do on the Internet • Visit company web sites. These websites have been categorized by topic.ucla. and thorough interview preparation. More and more companies now include employment opportunities as part of their website. and organizations from around the world. It’s comfortable. • Search for newspapers. Job Search on the Internet The Internet has fast become a professional necessity. • Get the latest stock market reports and financial information.ucla. making it easier for you to concentrate on looking at certain fields. you may want to target your search based upon: • A field or industry • Type of position or employers • Geographical location • Or a combination of the above three. Here you’ll find direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources available. personality. For example. trade publications. across the continent. books. companies. • Tour cities you may be considering for relocation. long after libraries and the Career Center Library / Lab are closed for the night. even if it’s two o’clock in the morning. refer back to the assessment of your interests. The speed and immediacy of the Internet can be really useful for you. preferences. There are thousands of career and job search sites on the web. professional associations. • Reap the benefits today and use one of our computers in the Career Lab. in addition to recruiting through online employment services. the Internet is only one of many tools available to conduct a job search. you can focus your search by using a search engine.caljobs. The Internet can help you find contacts.aspx UCLA Career Center. Hoover’s Online Business Network (company and salary information) at Standard & Poor’s (company financial information) at www. a Career Resource Site at UCLA Career Center’s BruinView™.aspx UCLA Career Center at career. Non-Academic Job Search at career.campuscareercenter. Principles of Internet Job Searching demicJobSearchLinks.ucla. More is not always better (Internet listings are a lot like classified ads – not the best place to put your energy and likely to overwhelm you with the sheer quantity of information).com Web 100 (company rankings) at www. and Internet job searching is no exception. the more specific you are in your keyword from major sites) at UCLA Career Center. the more targeted and useful the resulting information will Technology is no substitute for strategy.aspx Researching Companies Industry Guides and Employer Profiles.Keyword Searching Once you have an idea of what you want to look for. Below are just a few examples of the many additional sites that can assist in your research via the Internet. but you have to take it from there. There is no substitute for personal. Public Register’s Annual Report Service (company financial information) at p32 . Job Search Sites CalJobs (California EDD system) at www.jobweb.hoovers. Don’t put all your faith in conducting a job search by only using this strategy. including BruinView™ career Yahoo! Finance Company & Fund Index (company financial profiles) at Campus Career Center at www. direct contact. The advantage (and disadvantage) of using search engines is that they have to search thousands of pages for Visiting Employers on the Web (company profiles) at www. Internet Job Search Resources • The Guide to Internet Job Searching • Recent Graduate Web Sites • Best Career and Education Web Sites • Job-Hunting Online • Weddle’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet Job Bank (compiles list The best kind of job search is highly selective and Company Information on the Internet The Internet makes it easy to visit company sites and explore hundreds of industries and professions. Academic Job Search at Career Resource Center at www.ucla. Just log into your BruinView™ account from resulting in a huge return on your search. career. which provides direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources (top left corner) and check the My BruinView™ desktop (right side) Career Builder (listings from major newspapers and career sites) at www. An excellent place to begin your job and company research is the Career Center website.ucla.metamoney.

gov/oco Princeton Review (Career profiles) www. salaries) California Employment Development Department www.edd. The appearance of a site on this list does not imply the endorsement of the site.princetonreview.aspx The Riley Guide (Resources and listings) (Please note that the Career Center is not responsible for the content of external Occupations and Careers Occupational Outlook Handbook/Bureau of Labor Statistics (career & salary info by occupation) (salary ranges and benefits information) Job Star Central (Resume.bls.salary.) Benefactor and Partners of the UCLA Career Center p33 . career

Employers will be looking for examples of: • • • • Your ability to deal with high pressure situations Willingness to assume responsibility A high energy level Strong interpersonal skills and initiative. and informative. analytical. concise. or sales? • Did you save your organization any money or eliminate waste? • Did you identify and/or help solve any problems? • Did you institute any new methods. and quickly demonstrate how you meet their needs. Include work experience. time management. Think of specific examples of where and how each skill or attribute led to a tangible result or achievement. clubs and organizations. volunteer activities. programming languages. Employers typically view a resume for no more than 15 to 30 seconds. or procedures? • Did you suggest a new service. 3. such as skills in bilingual communication. participation. The following exercises can help you thoroughly assess your professional abilities.Resumes and Correspondence Writing Your Resume Your resume is a powerful marketing tool to land an interview. Generate a list of your accomplishments Prospective employers want to know what you have achieved and how your performance made a difference. or cheaper? • Did you increase membership. and sales. take an inventory of what you can offer an employer. better. . relevance to job performance. Four Steps to a Power Packed Resume 1. and must be clear. word processing. Your objective is to communicate what makes you stand out as a stellar job candidate. your solutions. customer service. Prioritize your skills and experience.Chapter 5 . your resume must be clear. personal attributes. It should reflect your unique experience. Resumes should be customized or tailored to a specific job description. What are my major skills and abilities? Look for relevant “life skills” that are transferable and can be used in a variety of different work settings. or project? • Did you re-organize or improve an existing system? • Did you refine the nature of an existing task? • Did you maintain a consistently high level of performance? • Did you demonstrate leadership skills and exhibit good team player skills? • Did you reach out for more work or more responsibility? • Did you achieve results with little or no supervision? • Did you motivate others? • Did you coordinate any event or project? • Did you train another person? What were the results? • Did you tutor anyone? Did their grades improve? • Did you acquire industry-specific knowledge? p34 Why Create a Resume? Looking good on paper is often the first step to an interview. such as organizational. and on-the-job experiences. sports. and accomplishments. and style. cash handling. experience. activities. It’s an important part of your total package. appealing. or field specific skills? Highlight qualities that will respond to employers’ needs. clerical. personality. Identify at least three accomplishments for each example or situation you listed in the preceding exercise. 2. In that time. Take Stock Before you touch your fingers to the computer keyboard. or situation. Your answers to these questions may help you to identify challenges or problems you faced. Write down your personal attributes. 4. etc. There is no right or wrong way to write your resume. research projects. and demonstrates how your qualifications match the employer’s needs. Put it on paper. It summarizes your skills. technical skills. place. systems. Pull it all together. and the accomplishments of which you are most proud. technical. education. spreadsheet and database management. Take stock of what you have to offer. and communication skills. leadership. product. What are some of my more important personal attributes? How do they relate to the world of work? Where have I successfully used these abilities? Make a list of special qualities that set you apart from other applicants. concise. What are my special. internships. • Did you do something faster.

this sentence. .” The key word is “summary. For general use.” Qualifications Summary Most recent graduates probably will not use this section or may title it “Special Skills. If your major is not career related. Objective Whether to include an objective section is optional. Numbers speak volumes to people who make hiring decisions. you can prepare several versions. Or you can mention your objective in your cover letter and omit it from your standard or “master” resume. each resume you produce will be tailored to fit the specific job for which you are applying. Make sure a responsible person is there to take a message for you or invest in a reliable answering machine or voice mail service. and “Experience” first when it is your greatest asset.Emphasize the Results Quantifying your accomplishments gives prospective employers a sense of how you went about an assignment or project and the bottom-line results of your performance. and a daytime telephone or cell phone number where you can be reached or a message can be left. Pull it All Together Regardless of the format you have chosen. Education This may be the first section of the resume for many students and recent graduates.” The statement. such as for distribution at career fairs. graduating from UCLA is your strength so list University of California. Otherwise. such as “A challenging and rewarding assignment in a dynamic company that will use my exceptional managerial skills. This principle of leading with your strengths should be used in deciding on the order of major sections and for prioritizing information within sections. address. Ideally. attributes. List “Education” before “Experience” when education is your strength. For example. When precise tailoring is not possible. state your objective clearly and succinctly. Los Angeles second. meaningless statements. . we recommend that you create a version without an objective statement so that your resume does not “screen you out. p35 . “Relevant courses: . “Commended for efficiency and accuracy in completing office duties” gives you more mileage than. Keep your outgoing message businesslike. it may be helpful to enroll in the Career Center’s Skills Assessment or “How to Discover Your Dream Job” workshops and to consult with a career counselor. and experience desired by employers in this field. “Organized all sorority philanthropic events which resulted in contributions of over $4000” is much more impressive than “Organized all sorority philanthropic events. Heading At the top of the page.” Prioritize Your Skills and Experience Identifying your primary career objective will help you decide which skills and experiences to emphasize and which ones to omit when creating your resume.” If you have more than one career interest. If your degree is directly related to the type of work you are pursuing. each tailored to a different objective. the following information should be included in your resume.” You do not need to provide details or tell where you gained the special skill. but some of your coursework is relevant.” Here’s another example of how quantifying your accomplishments can be quite powerful. be sure to check regularly for incoming messages. Avoid lengthy. This information will be included in your “Experience” section. “Responsible for typing and filing. If you haven’t yet made a career decision. If you decide to use one. If you include your email address. Consider how much more impressive it is to show measurable results to an employer. list your degree first and University of California. Think about your primary career objective and write down your principal abilities. Los Angeles first. you may want to include a subsection that begins. skills.” Only people who have several years of experience and/or technical skills they want to bring to the attention of prospective employers generally use a “Summary of Qualifications. list your name. construct your resume so that it is targeted towards your primary career or job objective. You can then use your cover letter to emphasize or add job specific skills.” Include your Grade Point Average if it is high and you are a continuing student or recent graduate. “Developed tact and diplomacy in dealing with customers in a fast paced environment” is more effective than “Served food.

easy to read. It should be presented in a clean. • Ask one or more managerial-level individuals from your target industry to critique your resume before sending it off to a prospective employer. and focused on your accomplishments and results. Marketing Experience and Related Experience). Your overall objective will be to present yourself. sports interests. if your research indicates that some element of personal information may increase your chances of getting an interview. professional associations and committees. targeted. credentials. However. Career Library / Lab Resources • The Adams Resume Almanac • Encyclopedia Of Job-Winning Resumes • The Job Hunter’s Word Finder: The Complete Guide to Key Words and Phrases for Resumes. easy to read manner where the employer should not have to “work” at finding what they need to on your resume. Instead type them on a separate sheet of paper and take them along to the interview.. • Recent graduates and continuing students also should include academic honors (Dean’s List. You may list honors separately or as a subheading under “Education. The Final Draft Congratulations! You’ve completed your resume draft. make sure your resume is persuasive. research. Some “skills” categories might be: • Leadership • Teamwork • Research/Analytical • Communication • Computers and Technology • Interpersonal Skills. community involvement or the use of special skills may be listed under “ Writing and receive feedback from a career counselor. attention getting. Activities and Honors • List student organizations. You may choose from different ways to portray your experience: • Reverse chronological order. initiative. Or you may create special sections (e. skills and accomplishments in the best possible light and catch the reader’s attention in about 30 seconds. and Job Descriptions • Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads • Designing Creative Resumes • From College to Career: Entry-Level Resumes for Any Major • Perfect Phrases for Resumes p36 .g. Put It On Paper The next step is to put all the information in front of you together in a layout that is graphically pleasing. it is not appropriate to include your ethnicity. then by all means use it. Interviews. • University activities that show evidence of leadership. You may include all part time jobs. marital status. religion. Also include non paid and volunteer work. simple. professional. age. Personal Data Under most circumstances. or publications. and other work experience in one section. References You do not generally list your references on your resume. indicating any offices held. • Categorized by skills and major areas of accomplishment. Simply create an appropriate heading and insert it in your resume so that it gets the attention it merits. Is your resume visually appealing? Does it make you look impressive? Does it sell your skills and abilities? Does it make you stand out in the crowd of applicants? • Bring your resume to the career center or submit your finished draft online through career.ucla. Cover Letters. certifications. honor societies. and arrange the positions in reverse chronological order within each section.” Other Information You may want to highlight other achievements or skills that are not easily incorporated into the other sections. and memorable: • Put yourself in the shoes of the person you hope will hire you. and hobbies. Before you send it out. and scholarships). internships. This may include such things as licenses.” • Organize the information to highlight your greatest skills and achievements.Experience Your experience is not limited to paid positions.

yet provide pertinent information. the combination format merges elements of both the functional and chronological resume. Remember that a prospective employer will spend less than a minute evaluating your resume. and dates. It will also determine your need for further counseling. The best advice is to choose a format that best portrays your skills and experience at a glance. and spacing. laser printed. you do not have to use your precise payroll title. For example. employers. The “Resume Formats” section of this guide offers advantages of different styles. Appearance Choose a standard. community service. This format puts emphasis on past experience and employment. Use bold type to emphasize key points. functional. Use a “bullet” format. Length Strive to be brief and concise. You might choose this format if you have no work experience. It is best suited when you want to deemphasize your employment record. Go to career. organized look. and the most commonly used. it is important to include a job history to help remove some of the suspicions that often rise in the minds of employers reading functional resumes. punctuation. You will probably think of points to add once you begin composing your resume. listing one task or accomplishment per line. buy envelopes and letterhead paper to match or complement your resume. limit your resume length to one page – two at the most. Minimize job descriptions and listings of responsibilities. student groups. Functional Format The functional format enables you to focus on skills and qualities that can be applied to a number of work situations. Some of these programs have difficulty “reading” bold and italicized fonts and flashy graphics. and grammar. Drop-In Counseling Drop-In Counseling is a great opportunity to meet one-onone with a career counselor for fifteen minutes without a prior appointment and is the first step in the counseling process. It stresses skills and capabilities. including a resume or cover letter critique. special projects.ucla. Proofread Check and double check to make sure your finished draft contains no mistakes in spelling. The functional format is often used by job seekers who are making a drastic career change and want to emphasize their transferable skills. Style Brisk. The main advantage is that it shows the potential employer where and when you gained the skills you are highlighting.Format Choose the format that best represents you and your career objective. but use it sparingly. or have held several positions in which you have exercised the same skills. each has its own advantages. This counseling session can address many of your needs. Dozens of books are available at the Career Center Lab and bookstores to give you additional easy-to-read font (such as Helvetica or Times) in a 10-12 point size. Be consistent in your use of indentations. The Combination Format As the name implies.” Layout Leave some white space to create an uncluttered. and combination. Use titles that are descriptive of your responsibilities. have significant gaps in your employment record. Paper Use high quality 8 1/2 x 11 bond in white or ivory. Chronological Format Chronological resumes are the easiest to prepare and read. Please check the schedule for daily changes prior to stopping by. Information about your current or most recent position is listed first and then previous positions follow in reverse chronological order. active phrases convey energy and enthusiasm. Resume Formats Guidelines to Crafting Your Resume Content Emphasize accomplishments and results most likely to increase your appeal as a job candidate. Speaking of position titles. fonts. “Accounting Clerk Intern” is much more descriptive than “Intern. If possible. If you have a stable employment record. p37 There are three basic formats for resume preparation: chronological. capitalization. relevant course work. . There is no magic or prescribed formula. have a pattern of short term jobs (subsequent to graduation from college). but adds positions. on one side only. and extra curricular activities. A word of caution: Many large companies and organizations use computer based resume scanning systems to make the initial cut. Unless you are working in a very technical field and have many years of experience. such as work experience. What you did to make a difference is important to a prospective employer.

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EDUCATION: University of California. language. technical. Include amplifying remarks that may strengthen your competitiveness. Major Field of Study Expected June 201X GPA: (list if 3. LAST NAME Mailing Address. City. State. significant work commitments.” Position Title (Most recent first) FIRM/AGENCY. { * } SKILLS: * Preface your skills title with an industry specific title such as “MARKETING SKILLS. community activities. you may simply want to list the position title. Los Angeles and bold it (in that case do not bold UCLA). State • Accomplishment Bullets. or appointed describe it as if it were a job. City. If you lack space or accomplishment bullets. Create bullet points that demonstrate your skills through results and accomplishments.” p41 Email Address Dates Dates . and organizational activities that were not substantive enough to be listed under “Leadership Experience. and dates. state the type of job and the industry you prefer. • Try to generate three or more bullets for each position in this section. LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Position Title (Most recent first) CLUB/AGENCY. • Avoid literal descriptions of duties and tasks. or transferable skills that you possess. Create bullet points that demonstrate your skills through results and accomplishments. Employers come to UCLA to recruit the future leaders of their company. • Avoid literal descriptions of duties and tasks. City. If you have any leadership experience whether elected. etc. firm or agency. scholarship. place that above University of California. You may mention courses. State • Accomplishment Bullets. Zip Code (Area) Phone Number OBJECTIVE: Briefly and succinctly. { * } EXPERIENCE: * Preface your experience title with an industry-specific title such as “SALES EXPERIENCE. Los Angeles* BA/BS.0 or above) * If your Major Field of Study is closely related to your objective. communication. ACTIVITIES AND HONORS: List any academic or other honors that you have earned. RELATED EXPERIENCE: If you have room and have substantive accomplishment bullets.” Summarize any industry-related experience. Give yourself an appropriate title and follow the format suggested above. you may list as indicated above. • Try to generate three or more bullets for each position in this section. independent studies.Template of Chronological Resume FIRST NAME MI.

2008 p42 .46 Coursework includes: Elementary Accounting. and an independent research project. Research Methods. Conversational Japanese. • Enhanced administrative skills and became proficient in the use of computers. (310) 825-4321 OBJECTIVE: A management trainee position in retail merchandising. Office Assistant THOMAS TEMPORARIES. Program Coordinator ASIAN EDUCATION PROJECT.2008 2006 . Sherman Oaks. Outlook. EXPERIENCE: Assistant Manager SANDS FURNITURE. California • Provided clerical support for several large corporate offices and law firms. Excel. compiled and edited a twenty page manual for training volunteers. rapidly promoted to Assistant Manager. • Scheduled and supervised a staff of seven employees. and Access. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in English GPA: 3. Los Angeles.Example of Chronological Resume MASAKO BRUIN 405 Hilgard Avenue. INC.. • Received several offers for permanent employment based on excellent performance. • Increased sales volume by 25% in six months time. Business Law. “Pacific Ties. California • Joined firm as sales associate. SKILLS: Proficient in Microsoft Word. Familiar with Mac systems. Fluent in Spanish. Santa Monica.Present 2006 . Statistics. CA 90024. HONORS & ACTIVITIES: Deans List Program Director. • Expanded the program to include five additional elementary schools. Business Writing. UCLA” (student special interest newspaper) Mbruin@ucla. Economic Expected June 2011 2008 . • Trained 15 new volunteers to work with at-risk elementary school children. Powerpoint. UCLA • Began as volunteer. EDUCATION: University of California. selected for promotion to Program Coordinator. • Wrote. UCLA Business Investment Society Contributing Writer.

Bilingual Spanish/English (oral and written translation). Researched current periodicals covering cultural. Program Coordinator/Editor ASIAN EDUCATION PROJECT. Web Design.Present 2006 . Los Angeles. rapidly promoted to assistant manager. SKILLS: Proficient in Microsoft Word.. LOS ANGELES GPA: 3. UCLA • Compiled and edited a 20 page training manual for volunteers. • Researched community issues and interviewed prominent community leaders. (310) 825-4321 Mbruin@ucla. California • Joined firm as sales associate. Expected June 2011 2006 .2008 p43 .2008 2009 .46 Independent Research Project: Wrote a 40 page report on Latino influences on mainstream popular American culture. and Blogging. WRITING EXPERIENCE: Contributing Writer PACIFIC TIES. • Received four offers for permanent employment based on excellent performance. Powerpoint. UCLA • Authored articles targeting Asian American issues for special interest newspaper. • Expanded program to include five additional elementary schools. CA CAREER OBJECTIVE: An entry-level position on a newspaper editorial staff. • Composed a wide variety of business correspondence. Conversational Japanese. Adobe Photoshop. educational. EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in English UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. RELATED EXPERIENCE: Assistant Manager SANDS FURNITURE. • Recruited and trained volunteers to work with at-risk elementary school children.2008 2006 . California • Enhanced administrative skills and became proficient in the use of computers. economic and social issues. Sherman Oaks.Example of Targeted Chronological Resume MASAKO BRUIN 405 Hilgard Avenue. Office Assistant THOMAS TEMPORARIES. • Created ad copy and developed other promotional materials. Santa Monica. INC.

December 2008 • Implemented innovative marketing strategies to develop stronger partnerships with potential clients • Generated 20 new clients and over $15. Business Economics Expected June 2011 • Accounting Minor. Word. Managerial Accounting.90.000 LEADERSHIP AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT UCLA Bruin Consulting| Los Angeles. merger & acquisition models. CA Intern Spring 2009 • Conducted literature reviews and gathered data analyzing shortage of future Allied Healthcare workers • Created written reports and presentations to assist in gaining media coverage of recent research findings UCLA Daily Bruin | Los Angeles. scuba diving.Present Finance and Outreach Director • Collaborate with a 9-person board to implement over 7 quarterly professional events for 450+ members • Planned and hosted UCLA’s largest annual Consulting Fair with 20+ firms and 250+ attendees • Developed innovative marketing campaign that increased event attendance by 70% UCLA Undergraduate Business Society | Los Angeles. Photoshop. CA Account Executive March 2007. Adobe InDesign. basic C++ • Language : Intermediate Fluency in Spanish. Room #C5-315 ∙ Los Angeles. Major GPA: 3. | Century City. CA 90024 (310) 555-5555 ∙ bbruin@ucla. A. Conversational Farsi • Interests: Classical piano. CA Fall 2009 Investment Banking Workshop Participant • Selected to participated in a 6-week intensive workshop series on valuation techniques. International Trade • National Champion – DECA Business Plan Competition (2008) UCLA Travel Study | London. and maturity • Prepared marketing materials and PowerPoint presentation for prospective corporate account Beacon Economics | Los Angeles. CA January 2010 . PowerPoint. Specialization in Computing • Cumulative GPA: 3. CA B. England • Studied International Business Law & Taxation within the European Union Summer 2008 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jefferies & Company. restructuring and market/industry trends led by top investment banking firms Strategy & Operations Healthcare Case Competition April 2009 • Led a team of 4 to develop strategic and operational recommendations for new market entry • Created strategic plan for partnership with a major pharmaceutical corporation to gain advanced sales and marketing workforce HIGHLIGHTS • Computer: Experienced in Excel. Statistics. camping in the Sierras. Computer Science.Example of Business Resume BENJAMIN BRUIN 3330 De Neve Dr. SAT: 2310 • Relevant Coursework: Finance. coupon rate.000 in sales within the first three months of employment • Collaborated with a team of 10 representatives to exceed Student Media’s annual revenue goal of $900. CA Wealth Management Intern Summer 2009 • Assisted Managing Director in creating performance reports and asset allocation proposals • Identified new opportunities to realize capital gains and maintain credit quality.96. Sudoku p44 .net EDUCATION University of California Los Angeles | Los Angeles. Inc.

California 90095 (310) 206-1931 jjbruin@ucla. CA Sales Trainee Fall 2009 • Selected to participate in two day sales training course held by Accelerate Performance Sales Consulting • Received certification for completion of intensive training in telephone. Delta Sigma Pi. and contacted employers to support organization’s efforts PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS CASE COMPETITION Los Angeles.240 books for a library in Botswana • Developed curriculum about Botswana and Africa and taught the material to elementary school students COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT UCLA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Income Tax Preparer • Volunteer with low-income residents to help them meet federal and state tax regulations • Assist in filling out 1040 Individual Tax forms and answering client questions regarding tax forms SKILLS • Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Word. Principles of Economics • Honors: 2010 William Sharpe Fellow.Present p45 . CA Wealth Management Intern Summer 2010 • Generated 20+ leads for a private wealth management group with over $250 million in client assets • Investigated new prospects and created comprehensive call lists of real estate prospects • Developed a strong professional network while perfecting effective communication skills HIGHER SALES TRAINING COURSE Los Angeles. UCLA Los Angeles.76 • Relevant Coursework: Macroeconomic Theory. CA Fall 2009 .net EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. CA Vice President Fall 2009. recorded activities. Los Angeles.Spring 2010 • Compiled and created Annual Business Report and submitted final copy to the National Chapter • Managed financial statements. Tax Principles and Policy. UCLA Dean’s List • Activities: Undergraduate Business Society. CA Bachelor of Arts. face to face consultative sales skills • Conducted case study as an account executive selling sponsorships to corporate partners LEADERSHIP DELTA SIGMA PI. Beta Alpha Psi EXPERIENCE MORGAN STANLEY Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES Los Angeles. Excel. and Adobe Photoshop • Language: Fluent in conversational Mandarin Los Angeles. PowerPoint. Business Economics Expected June 2012 Minor in Accounting • Cumulative GPA: 3. CA Tax Project November 2009 • Developed an effective healthcare reform proposal and presentation for a small fictitious company • Collaborated with a team of 5 to brainstorming ideas. Microeconomic Theory.Example of Economics Major Resume JESSICA BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. adjusting ideas to make ideas more concise and relevant GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA Gold Award Recipient April 2007 • Dedicated over 100 hours to plan and execute a community-wide book drive generating 1. Principles of Accounting. Management Accounting. Intermediate Accounting.

UCLA Sept. personal growth. and engage the student in the learning process • Consult with teachers and parents regarding student progress and attendance Sept. ranging from 2 years old to adults • Presented safety workshops to educate the students on issues including: pool safety. community health. 2008 • Taught 30-minute swim lessons to students.Example of Teaching Resume JAMES BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. UCLA • Travel once per week.” “Transfer Adjustment. 2008-June 2009 • Trained to provide educational workshops to fellow undergraduates • Presented 4 workshops per quarter. • Utilized learning theories to create interactive lessons and student-run discussion • Assisted students in selecting and writing a 20-page research paper • Oversaw the development of a training manual for future section leaders “Academics in the Commons” Workshop Leader. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts. create flashcards.3 • Awarded the Chancellor’s Service Award Relevant Coursework: Child Development. 90095 • 310-555-5555 • EDUCATION University of California. CA. UCLA Sept. to tutor a 4th grade student in Watts • Assist the student in developing personal learning strategies • Review homework.” and “Study Skills” • Utilized technology to engage students through visual and interactive learning Swim Instructor/Lifeguard Summer of 2007. and Academic Success in your Undergraduate Experience TEACHING EXPERIENCE Project Literacy. Sociology Expected June 2011 • GPA: 3. Understanding Gifted Students. Social Psychology of Higher Education. four hours per week. Los Angeles. p46 . 2008-present Undergraduate Section Leader. on topics including: “Preparing for Law School. 2009-Dec 2009 • Led section of 15-students through discussion of course material and review for midterm. UCLA Sept 2007-present • Assisted with the high school to college transition for 90 first-year students • Facilitated roommate contracts and effectively handled counseling situations • Created 7 active and passive programs per quarter on academics. citizenship and community development • Awarded Hall of Fame programming award for canned food drive • Served as part of a rotating duty team enforcing on-campus housing policy. and handling emergency situations • Evaluated mastery of techniques for advancement to the next skill level LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE Resident Assistant.

UCLA National Association of Collegiate Scholars (NACS). and related mathematics courses. Adobe Acrobat 9. Research • Participated in research project involving heuristic search algorithms. EDUCATION Computing specialization. Economics University of California. Visual FoxPro Operating Systems & Environments: Windows 7. Java. CA 90095 (310) 825-4321 abruin@ucla. PowerPoint. Bachelor of Arts. Programming Languages. ASP. C++. OBJECTIVE A cooperative education position or internship in the computer industry. COMPUTER SKILLS Technical Programming Languages: HTML. Los Angeles Mathematics. Associate of Science Fresno City College Coursework includes: Systems Programming. UCLA p47 . Los Angeles. Dreamweaver. Stock Photos.0 Professional Programming: • Designed purchasing system for a Novell Network using FoxPro language. • Designed own homepage using HTML. UCLA Webmasters Student Group. Artificial Intelligence. Fireworks.Example of Functional Resume with Limited Paid Experience ANDY BRUIN 405 Hilgard Avenue. Java. Solaris. UNIX Application Software: Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003 (Word. Flash Professional. • Prepared written reports of research projects. Algorithms & Complexity. Network Fundamentals. XML. Operating Systems. Device Central). Excel. Outlook). Expected December 2010 June 2009 ACTIVITIES/HONORS Computer Science Students Association. Compiler Construction. Version Cue. Illustrator. UCLA UC Regents Scholars. Access. Windows XP. Computer Architecture. Visual Basic. PHP. Linux. • Produced computerized chess game using artificial intelligence problem solving. Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium (Photoshop. Bridge. Modeling. Windows Server 2008. UCLA Transfer Student Association. JavaScript.

Recommended a new product line that resulted in $3. Management: • Recruited.2007 2003 .2005 2008 p48 . and supervised local and regional sales staff. and supervised achievement of goals. UCLA EDUCATION University of California. CA Assistant Sales Manager True Gear Clothing ACCOMPLISHMENTS Designated “Sales Person of the Year” three years in a row. established quotas. California. Montebello. Los Angeles. Information Technology. Illustrator. recommended product design. • Represented company at trade association meetings to promote products and services. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts. CA Account Executive Weber-Ubick Engineering Company. Los Angeles Latino Business Student Association.5 million dollar increase in business. Windows Bilingual Spanish/English Computer: Language: RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Director of Marketing & Sales ImageNet USA Communications. Los Angeles. radio. Founder. • Created newspaper. Ceres. Political Science 2007 . CA PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Latino Business Association. • Assigned territories.Present 2005 . • Developed and implemented sales training and development programs. Quark XPress. Market Research: • Organized and directed market research projects to determine customer needs. and television advertising campaigns for new product lines. 90095 • (310) 825-4321 • jamie@ucla. Achieved a 57% increase in sales volume within first year as manager. ADDITIONAL SKILLS MS Word. Chairperson. • Prepared sales forecasts. Indesign.Example of Combination Resume for Substantial Experience in One Industry JAIME BRUIN 200 Oso Drive. trained. Excel. • • • • MARKETING SKILLS Sales Promotion: • Prepared and supervised sales promotion projects for major business organizations. • Composed detailed reports of survey results for corporate management team. pricing and distribution. Photoshop. LINUX. Alumnus. Designed system for inventory control that resulted in 30% reduction in merchandise loss.

.” or “Relevant Coursework. • Do not be modest. Some subsections that may be viable are “Technical Skills. Use all caps for major headings. Scannable Resume Tips • Choose a simple font such as Arial. etc. • Keep it simple. If your resume has more than one page. • Quantify your experience whenever possible. Print on white or very light color paper. available at the Career Center Library / Lab and most bookstores. e. traditional fonts and avoid heavy use of italics and underlining. or hobbies that relate to the industry that you are targeting. and specific computer software you’re proficient in using. • Get noun ideas by reading job descriptions. or upper division coursework. hardware platforms. percentages of efficiency improvement. try to use as many keywords as possible from the job description. also include accomplishments achieved in coursework. databases.0. Note nouns used by firms on your prospect list. etc. or combination).g. student activities. • List relevant coursework or projects that emphasize your technical skills. Morrow. TQM (Total Quality Management).g.0 or higher. • Use simple. refer to Electronic Resume Revolution by Joyce Lain Kennedy and Thomas J. The Scannable Resume Many companies today use software that scans resumes looking for specific keywords or phrases that match the job opening. do not misrepresent your skills by including skills with which you are not familiar.” • Include all paid and unpaid experiences. • If responding to a specific job opening.The Technical Resume Although the technical resume uses one of the traditional formats (chronological. Keywords and Nouns You can improve your odds of winning an interview by filling your electronic resume with keywords (most keywords are nouns). Cite numerical figures. lines of code written or debugged. there are some nuances in the content and presentation. By using this method. numbers of machines supported. functional.” Include terminology from your profession or industry. engineering.ucla. environments. Remember to use “buzz” words that would catch the eye of the employer or scanning programs. • Forget the admonition about not using jargon and “buzz words. • Include operating systems. of which you are knowledgeable. • Try not to bend. sales • • • • for you at Resume Writing Resume Critique Service Career Fair Preparation Interview Workshop .. Individuals targeting positions in information technology. p49 Online Workshops are available career. or fold your resume. and experience. etc. You can list your overall. projects. a bulleted format) and prioritize them by your proficiency using them. Spanish. • For more information. graphics and shading. Times New Roman. If appropriate. and avoid overusing bold. italics. List coursework by title. knowledge. Many technical companies assume that if your GPA is not listed.” “Projects. major. the company can quickly match qualified job seekers with positions. communication protocols. skills or responsibilities. competitive analysis. Usually. This is the time to “market” yourself in an honest way. or underlining. your name and page number should be on all successive pages. programming languages. Avoid complicated layouts. Make sure you are highlighting your strengths and qualifications. a one page resume is adequate for an undergraduate level of accomplishment.. • Include your GPA if it’s 3. • Summarize your technical skills and knowledge in an itemized fashion (e. “Logic Design” rather than by course number. Scanners are not good at reading dot-matrix text. or Helvetica in size 10 to 12 points. • Use a laser printer or high quality inkjet. such as marketing. or consulting should consider using this approach. • Always include a cover letter to supplement your resume. software applications. However. • Use nouns that state specific job functions. Mail it flat in a large envelope. staple. it is below 3.

etc. State. quantify your accomplishments and tasks. Remember to use “buzz words” that would catch the eye of the employer or scanning software. Include institution. entry level position. full time. City. EXPERIENCE: Position Title (Most recent first) FIRM/AGENCY. Zip Code. Major Field of Study UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. TECHNICAL SKILLS List programming languages. GPA should be listed if it is 3. Prioritize based on your proficiency. LOS ANGELES Dates Dates List education and certificate programs completed post high school. List applicable paid and unpaid work experience in reverse chronological order. platforms. software. and experience. You may include course titles relevant to your career objective. • Avoid simply listing duties and tasks – describe how you made a difference. PROJECTS: List and describe class or personal projects that emphasize your technical skills. City. • You may also include bulleted statements about your responsibilities. prioritize by listing the most relevant first.0 or above. operating systems. and functions. (Area) Phone Number Email Address OBJECTIVE Concise statement of position and desired status (Internship.) EDUCATION MA/MS. so include them only if you are knowledgeable or experienced with it… avoid filler content. Major Field of Study BA/BS. • Try to generate three or more bullets for each position in this section. field of study. OTHER SECTIONS You may want to include one or more of the following: Skills or Qualifications Summary Leadership Activities Awards/Honors Publications Community Service Citizenship or Security Clearance (usually included only if required for position) Dates p50 . degree. State • Accomplishment Bullets (See the “Generate an Accomplishments List” exercise). Whenever possible. and hardware. and graduation date. knowledge.Template of Technical Reverse Chronological Resume FIRST NAME MI LAST NAME Mailing Address. CAUTION: These become fair game for interview discussions.

EXPERIENCE: Engineering Intern Raytheon. Industrial Secret Clearance. HTML. UCLA 2009 2008 Summer 2009 2007 2007 . • Designed layout and performance analysis of D-FF using MNOS and CMO. Electrical Engineering Honor Society. El Segundo. UCLA National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). ACTIVITIES: Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Digital Circuit Design Electrical Engineering Department. S. CA 90095 (310) 825-4321 OBJECTIVE: Full time electrical engineering position focused on integrated circuit design EDUCATION: BS. LOS ANGELES Major GPA 3. • Increased member base by 50% during recruitment campaign. • Obtained U. implemented. UCLA • Designed. Information System Coordinator Eta Kappa Nu.ucla. • Programmed in AHDL in conjunction with the Altera 610 EPLD. Electrical Engineering UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. • Tested integrated circuits. UCLA • Initiated pc-board electronics projects for members using a computer program to design pc-board layout and fabrication. Student Chapter. • Tutored members in C++.Present p51 . and JAVA. CA • Assisted with design of man-machine interface for system planning device. Project Manager Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). UCLA • Worked on eight-bit ADC using successive approximation method in Expected June 2011 Analog Circuits Laser Laboratory Integrated Circuit Components ENGINEERING PROJECTS: Circuit Analysis Electrical Engineering Department.11 Coursework: Circuit Analysis Digital Design Semiconductor Device Design jenbruin@seas. • Designed and conducted SPICE analysis of dual stage operational amplifiers.Example of Technical Chronological Resume JENNIFER BRUIN 405 Hilgard Avenue. Los Angeles. UCLA • Maintained organization’s website. XML. and debugged digital logic circuits.

collected samples. transcription factor. Emergency Room. Ayacucho. General and Organic Chemistry Laboratory. CA • Shadowed and assisted physician and staff (i. UCLA Medical Center June 2008-April 2010 • Worked on clinical study correlating link between mast cells and coronary artery disease (one publication. x-rays). rural mountainside house calls). Clinical Research Assistant.64 Expected June 2011 RELEVANT COURSEWORK: Evolution. analyzed data. April 2008 p52 . Cardiac Surgery. Pathology. analyzed proteasome. Sierra Madre. L. Cardiac Laboratory.. • Retrieved. Peruvian American Medical Society. studied. • Observed healthcare professions give disease prevention presentations to high school students • Administered fluoride treatment to grade school students.e. • Consented patients. Family Practice of Robert D. Ayacucho Regional Hospital • Assisted physicians from the United Stated and Peru in healthcare facilities (i. Immunology. 90019 (310) 851-XXXX DavidBruin@ucla. pediatrics. Genetics. Clinical Assistant. observed procedures and consults. EDUCATION: University of California. emergency and family medicine. County-USC Medical Center June-July 2009 March 2009-May 2010 • Collected and analyzed heart dimension measurements.. MD. and evaluated patient charts for left anterior descending coronary artery endarterectomy clinical outcome study and performed patient follow ups. bandaging. administered flu shots. UCLA Medical Center • Performed a review study of minimally invasive versus conventional heart valve surgery. December 2008 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE: CARE Corps Volunteer. Ecology. & Molecular Genetics Overall GPA: 3. Research Assistant. Los Angeles.A. stained tissues. April 2008: "Effect of a Proteasome Inhibitor on Reperfusion Injury of the Myocardium Using a Pig Myocardial Infarction Model" (publication). three manuscripts in preparation). and myocyte activity. Kashman. Introduction to Molecular Biology. • Collected and analyzed data of troponin measurements for clinical study on myocardial infraction patients. performed photo imaging. and Biodiversity. UCLA Medical Center • Shadowed emergency room physicians. Peru June 2008-July 2009 Health Mission Volunteer. Molecular Parasitology. • Honors Thesis Presentation.56/Science GPA 3. Los Angeles Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. BRUIN 100 Violet Avenue. Advanced Molecular Genetics RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Clinical Research Assistant. Clinical Research Assistant.Example of Pre-Health Resume DAVID E. CA.

Deliargyris. Boucher. Elizabeth Merricks. Albert S. Christine Pien. J. Peter J. Nichols. Theoharides. Julian Adams. Bruin. TX "Mast Cell Tryptase Measurements during Cardiac Catheterization and the Effect of Heparin Administration. J Heart Fail 2006. G. Kontos. Analytical.PRESENTATIONS: "Coronary Artery Disease and the Inflammatory Process.L. Baldwin. November 7. 2006. W. Bellinger. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol.Bilingual p53 .N. Chapel Hill." Appalachian State University. Arlene McCain. HONORS AND AWARDS: • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society • Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North American Academic Scholarship • UCLA Undergraduate Research Support Award • American Heart Association Student Research Award • Dean's List Recognition April 2010 April 2010 October 2009 April 2010 RELEVANT TRAINING: • AIDS: Principles & Policies • Problems in Health Education (Independent Project) • Human Anatomy & Physiology • UCLA Mini-Medical School: Health & Research Seminar • Physical." December 2009 7th World Zoroastrian Congress. T. Elliott." American Heart Association Poster Session. Houston. Fischer. and Timothy C. E. Developmental. Proteasome Inhibition Ablates Activation of NF-kB Induced During Myocardial Reperfusion and Reduces Reperfusion Injury. D. Dehmer. David Bruin. Mast Cell Tryptase is Not Elevated in Patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction.C. Cellular. J." Pathology 134 Poster "Uniqueness of Zarathushtra's Vision and Its Impact. Boone. Upadhya. Thomas H. • Joseph Pye. Organic.J. Pye. & Molecular Biology • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic LANGUAGES: English & French . 7(1): 72. Dwight D. NC "Factors that Control the Habitats of May Flies in Western North Carolina. & Bio-Chemistry • Statistics & Data Analysis • Complementary & Alternative Medicine: Principles & Policies • Clinical Lab Science-Medical Topics • Genetics. NC August 2008 August 2010 July 2008 PUBLICATIONS: • B.

including community service and voting behaviors. completed a 15-page independent research report on Thai student civic involvement. • Prepare presentations for supervisor on legal aspects of Internet privacy and intellectual property. CA. and informal discussions with UCLA Law School students. Comparative and American Politics. • Directed continual expansion of youth involvement in Red Cross health and disaster preparedness programs. BRUIN 1029 South Landmark Ave. an LSAT preparation course forum. Community Development. CA Summer Youth Services Coordinator • Joined organization as youth services staff. Education Abroad Program UNIVERSITY OF CHIANG MAI. Los Angeles. and contracts.46 Overall GPA: 3. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE: American Red Cross. Macro Economics. CA Legal Intern • Conduct extensive web-based and conventional legal research for athletic apparel corporation. • Areas of legal research also included employment. and Calculus. • Supervised and actively involved over 100 youth volunteers in programs and services. • Create an alumni network that will aid Society members in choosing law schools and finding employment. Ethnic Studies.59 Coursework includes: Principles of Thinking and Philosophy. LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: UCLA Pre-Law Society: President and Treasurer • Plan and supervise all Society events. • Collaborate with law school counselors to schedule information panels with various law schools. sales. LEGAL RELATED EXPERIENCE: Reebok International Ltd. LOS ANGELES Major GPA: 3. THAILAND As part of the Program. • Supervised a leadership board consisting of eight personnel and a membership comprised of 30 members.. • Develop concise legal advertising guidelines for marketing department on use of certain descriptive terms.. Expected June 2011 Summer 2010 September 2009-Present Summer 2008 September 2008-Present United Cambodian Students of UCLA: President September 2008-June 2009 • Revitalized the morale of the organization by stressing individual needs and re-assessing the importance of members. • Drafted and administered the addition of a mentorship and internship program to UCS. which have included presentations by area attorneys. p54 .Example of Pre-Law Resume AMANDA E. Business Law. Los Angeles. International. rapidly promoted to Lead Coordinator. 90019 (323) 851-XXXX AmandaBruin@ucla. Grassroots Organizing. Labor Policy. Statistics. Long EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.

and other coaches • Promoted additional UCLA-sponsored clinics resulting in improved attendance and revenue for the UCLA Athletic Department Server. and Outlook EDUCATION: University of California. CA June-August 2006 • Provided excellent. Chili’s Bar and Grill. UCLA Volleyball Camps Summers.Example of Student Athlete Resume Terry Bruin 12345 Hilgard Avenue. UCLA Women’s Volleyball Team August 2006-Present • Competed at the Division One level in one of the nation’s most recognized conferences • Practiced up to 25 hours per week and traveled while handling a full course load and other related commitments • Worked directly with coaches and team captain on strategy/team building exercises • Served as a mentor to recruits and each freshman class Volleyball Instructor. students. 2008. customer service as noted in the positive evaluations from patrons • Quickly learned complex order-entry system and trained new servers on the system • Polished interpersonal skills and assisted with scheduling duties HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: • Two-time recipient of the “Third Team All Pac 10” award • “Most Improved Freshman Player” Award • Community Service Participant in the ABC Orphanage of Los Angeles p55 . friendly. 2009 • Taught communication and teamwork skills to children ages five through fourteen • Developed weekly lesson plans and goals customized to various skill and learning levels • Communicated with parents. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in History Expected June 2011 EXPERIENCE: Team Member. CA 90095 tbruin@ucla. Excel. and team-building skills enhanced through four years of Division One Volleyball Competitions • Maintained a solid academic record while honoring rigorous practice schedules and delivering community service • Conversational ability: French • Proficient in Microsoft (310) 555-5555 SUMMARY OF SKILLS: • Exceptional time management. PowerPoint. interpersonal. Sacramento. Los Angeles.

CA June 2010 . LOS ANGELES Chemistry Department Lab Assistant / Clerk • Cleaned toxic spills (mercury) and disposed waste (organic solvents. LOS ANGELES Bachelor of Science.75 Coursework includes: Biochemistry. Cellular. Molecular. Organic / Inorganic Chemistry LAB TECHNIQUES / SKILLS: • Assays • Protein purification • PCR • Autoclave • Gel electrophoresis • Spectroscopy RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: AMGEN Supply Quality Management. acids and bases) and maintained equipment • Prepared stock solutions and prepared labs for use • Stocked commonly used chemicals • Maintained NMR functionality ACTIVITIES: UCLA Rock Wall Climbing Instructor • Supervise climbers’ safety in gym and teach belaying technique courses for new climbers p56 Los Angeles. CA Expected June 2011 Thousand OBJECTIVE: Seeking an entry level Manufacturing Associate or Quality Associate position in order to develop a foundation for an opportunity in project management or regulatory affairs. CA August 2008 – May 2009 Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES Department of Molecular.present Los Angeles. CA September 2007-present . Major GPA: 3. Developmental Biology Overall GPA: 3. CA May 2009 – June 2010 Los Angeles. EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. CA 90095 818-222-5555 bruin_lindsay@ucla.6. Corporate Quality Quality Assurance Intern • Responsible for non-compliance issues with suppliers • Changed material specifications within a defined change control system • Assessed material changes • Updated company supplier database UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Cellular & Developmental Biology Lab Assistant • Generated lab strains for projects (Bordetella strain with Tetracycline resistance) • Assisted with lab projects under Post Docs (competition assays) • Mini-prepped plasmid samples with micro centrifuge protocol using micro columns or phenol/chloroform precipitation • Disposed biological and hazardous waste • Cleaned and sterilized equipment / stock solutions • Maintained sterile supplies in lab UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.Example of Science / Biotechnology Resume Lindsay Bruin 100 Veteran Avenue Los Angeles.

• Collaborated with serving staff and participated in team-building trainings. CA June 2009-September 2009 • Provided quality customer service in a fast-paced. • Researched news stories and organized weekly meetings. COMMUNITY OUTREACH EXPERIENCE: Volunteer Rosemary Meadows Senior Center. CA • Led 25 residents in weekly creative art projects. • Kept detailed records of attendance for Gold Star Program. Assignment Editor Thomas Jefferson High School Warrior Press. Richmond.Example of First Year Student Resume Fletcher Bruin Fletcher Bruin 501 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles. • Collaborate with a four-member leadership team and participate in bi-weekly meetings. • Recognized by management team for promptness and perfect attendance. Type over 70 EDUCATION: University of California. Los Angeles Bachelors Degree in Progress Expected June 2014 LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Assistant Social Chair Third Floor-Sproul Residential Hall. CA September 2010-Present • Coordinate team-building activities for residential community of 50 students. September 2009-June 2010 CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE: Hostess Steve Fisher’s Steak and Eggs. CA 90095 310-555-5555 fbruin@ucla. Berkeley. • Assigned topics and reviewed content and submissions. • Develop promotional campaigns resulting in 25% increase in fall quarter program attendance. January 2009-June 2009 MEMBERSHIP: UCLA Undergraduate Business Society September 2010-Present SKILLS: Proficient in Microsoft Office. Oakland. high-volume establishment. Los Angeles. p57 . • Resolved customer complaints and polished multi-tasking capabilities. Experience with Photoshop and Dreamweaver. • Brainstorm creative ideas and execute implementation of those ideas. CA • Oversaw staff of six for award-winning student newspaper.

• The “closeness” of your relationship with the contact. select the cover letter or the letter of inquiry. • Always act and sound professional. Sometimes the choice is obvious. while the cover letter is sent in response to an actual posted opening or opportunity. On the other hand. Goals of the Cover Letter • To quickly and clearly point out your skills. Please keep in mind that the way your application looks on your computer might not be the way the employer views it. Here are some situations to consider: • A job listing may state. ask for a specific time to call back. For more information: career. knowledge. and track record. if you are asked to apply online. many prefer that candidates apply through their online application process. • It is always a great idea to draft a tentative outline of what you would like to cover in your conversation. Here’s an example: Dear ________. You may also want to follow up with a hard copy by mail to ensure that your resume reaches the potential employer in the correct format. Email has become a way of life in many corporations. a cover letter should accompany each resume and/or application. The main difference between the two is that a letter of inquiry is a request to obtain information about possible openings or career paths within a company. • The culture or nature of the industry. other times it’s not so clear cut. . I am extremely interested in the health care consulting field and read that your company is one of the fastest growing in the industry. a letter may be more appropriate when corresponding with someone in a conservative business environment. You may decide to email a recruiter that you “hit it off with” at a career fair and send formal cover letters to the rest. The Telephone A phone call may be a good choice once you’ve established contact with the individual or organization. • To explain how these credentials can make a tangible contribution to a prospective employer. If not.Career Correspondence Should you write a letter. or send an email? There’s no single. As important as it is. please. the letter of inquiry. It lets you go in depth to support what you mentioned in your resume. Types of Correspondence The Letter of Inquiry The purpose of the letter of inquiry is very similar to that of the cover letter. A letter of inquiry usually begins with expressing your interest in the company. The body of the letter of inquiry follows the cover letter goals and rules as outlined on the following pages. correct answer.Personalized cover letter critiques by a career counselor are available on a drop-in basis Monday through Friday at the Career Center. p58 To help assure your communication arrives at its destination in the same format that you sent it. or lazy. Sources for Additional Assistance . and email. • Have specific questions or topics in mind just in case the conversation “takes off” so you appear motivated and organized. “No phone calls. “What’s most appropriate?” you probably won’t go wrong with your decision. you may insert your resume as an attachment and copy and paste your resume into the body of your email message. but in that short amount of time. How you get in touch and what you decide to say depends on the circumstances. If there is ever any doubt as to which method would be most appropriate. The Cover Letter In most cases. Current and popular ways to correspond with potential employers include the cover letter. the telephone. Each has distinct advantages. If you ask yourself. it must achieve certain goals. Or you may feel comfortable picking up the phone to follow up with an individual you recently met. • Get to the point a cover letter has a life expectancy of only about eight seconds. Email Message While some employers accept resumes by email. If you doubt the potential success of sending career correspondence via email. Make sure you don’t appear indifferent. • Begin by asking if this is a good time to talk. • To persuade the reader to continue on to your resume with positive expectations. I read your company’s description in Forbes magazine and would like to inquire about employment opportunities in your consultant training program. overconfident. choose another method. Be cautious: many busy prospective employers are turned off by unsolicited phone calls. • Introduce yourself.” which immediately narrows your choices. call.

resume tips. Consulting • Nursing • Pharmacy • Public Health • MBA • Prep for Fall Recruiting • Econ / Finance / Accounting • Internship Search • Entertainment • Dentistry • Optometry • Post Bac. Expand on the information in your resume. • Use the same font and paper that you used for your resume. Focus on what you have to offer. the Job Search JumpStart series is not open to the public -. the letter should be addressed to the person who is likely to make employment decisions. and check your letter for spelling and grammar. It may take some resourcefulness on your part to identify this person. Engineering. • Show how your credentials match the requirements of the job. expertise. • Relate your skills and experience to a specific position in a specific organization. Look for a list of general and “targeted” sessions this year. • Beat the competition with these crucial tips. Rules for Cover Letters • Target your message. • Ideally. • Describe how your skills. Maximize your use of the Career Center resources and services to Jump Start your job search and gain the winning edge! • Get all the job advice you need in one place at one time. its industry. • If you cannot find the name of the person the letter is addressed to.ucla. The Thank You Letter Information regarding the thank you letter and a sample can be found in Chapter 8: Successful Interviewing. • Make the most out of the little time you have. and interviewing skills. including: • Law (Session Full) • Consulting • Corporate Leadership • Technology. Register online: for the updated schedule and online registration process. PR. Invest in yourself by registering for one of these powerful "Job Search JumpStart" sessions and you will reap great dividends as a prepared and informed job is available exclusively for currently registered UCLA students. don’t repeat it.ucla. but the letter will probably be better received.The Career Center offers Job Search JumpStart sessions for currently enrolled UCLA students where correspondence guidelines are discussed (as well as expert instruction and guidance on job search strategies. Send your letter to a specific individual. Professional advice from our career experts is waiting just for you. • Make sure you have the correct spelling of their name and title before mailing. Advertising • Medicine Go to career. Print your letter using a laser printer for better quality. • Follow standard business protocol. Career Center Library / Lab Resources • The Adams Cover Letter Almanac • Cover Letters That Knock ‘Em Dead • The Perfect Cover Letter • Gallery of Best Cover Letters • Perfect Phrases for Cover Letters past Looking for high-impact. and interviewing skills). and accomplishments can benefit the employer. resume and correspondence. and relevant issues. you may use “To Whom it May Concern” or “Good Morning. core job search strategies offered in a fast-paced three-hour time slot? Then you need Job Search JumpStart! Receive expert instruction and guidance on your job search strategies. Spotlight your accomplishments and measurable results. Only $20 per session charged to your BAR account. • Incorporate information that reflects your knowledge of the company. Gap Year • Marketing.” • Don’t forget to sign your letter. And remember. • Editorialize the accomplishments cited in your resume. • Write clearly and p59 .

Briefly (in one or two sentences) introduce yourself and explain your interest in the job and something about the company that attracts you (will show your ambition. Zip Code Phone number. follow through. INTRODUCTION: State the position or type of work for which you are applying. SELL YOURSELF: Expand on why you’re qualified for the position. passion and interest). Your name typed Enclosure: Resume p60 .Template of Cover Letter Your Name Address. City. creativity. and problem solving capabilities. UCLA Career Center or through a business contact/referral). State Zip Code Dear ________________. State. Email Date Name of Contact Title Name of Organization Address City.. Sign your name here. Identify how you heard of the position (e. Research the company and industry beforehand. This section can be either one or two paragraphs. communication skills. Sincerely. politely thank the employer for their time. ASK FOR AN INTERVIEW: Reemphasize your interest. Highlight two or three major accomplishments that demonstrate your initiative.g. and request an interview. Be sure to draw a connection between the needs of the current job opening and the skills you can bring to the job.

Additionally. combined with my computer proficiency (in Windows. Sincerely. and dedication to everyone in regards to healthcare is something that is very important to me and I’m excited about the prospect of working for California Medical Group who espouses those same values. HR Human Resources Manager California Medical Group 8800 Wilshire Boulevard. and speaking to audiences of over 75 people. and Access) allow me to be extremely innovative and efficient. CA 90210 Dear Mr. Los Angeles. 2010 Mr. 10th Floor Beverly Hills. CA 91108 (413) 737-2079. Through my internship in the Human Resources department at Interprint. Please contact me at your earliest convenience so I may provide you with more information. I acquired an excellent understanding of the responsibilities and expectations associated with working in this field. Excel. HR. Kahrear Scentor Kahrear Scentor Enclosure: Resume p61 . I developed strong written and verbal communication skills through human resources activities such as drafting job postings. Kahrear@ucla. I can be reached at (413) 737-2079 or I believe that I could be a valuable asset to the California Medical May 27. integrity. The values of commitment. This knowledge. I will graduate in June with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California. evaluations.Example of Cover Letter Kahrear Scentor 406 Belmont Avenue #106 Springfield. I am applying for the Human Resources Representative position advertised in the May issue of the Human Resources Career Bulletin.

This position requires organization. Jessica Bruin p62 . finance. 2010 Internship Program Walt Disney Studios 500 South Buena Vista Street Burbank. and quantitative skills in a collaborative and interactive environment.Example of Internship Cover Letter JESSICA BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. I am currently a junior and majoring in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting at the University of California. California 90095 (310) 206-1931 jjbruin@ucla. I have truly learned how to effectively manage my time to balance my work. I look forward to scheduling an interview where I can talk more about my interests and qualifications. school. This internship program provides a great opportunity for me to apply my communication. Sincerely. This position has provided me with an opportunity to develop strong communication and computer skills from using programs like Excel and PowerPoint in addition to learning how to prioritize tasks to ensure all projects are completed in a timely manner. and leadership commitments. Having such an important role. My coursework in accounting. My academic integrity and work experience have given me the essential skills to excel as a member of your team. CA 91521 Dear Internship Coordinator: I would like to be considered for the Walt Disney accounting internship program posted on UCLA’s BruinView™ website. I believe that I will provide an immediate benefit to the Accounting team at Disney because I am a dedicated and determined individual. For the past two years I have worked as a student assistant for the UCLA Anderson School of Management. creative. organizational. and technical skills. effective January 06. Los Angeles. My interests in accounting first started last year when I had the opportunity to volunteer with low income residents and help them with their federal and state income tax returns. as I am responsible for scheduling appointments and interfacing with prominent alumni and professionals. Thank you for your time and consideration. Los Angeles. and management has provided the strong quantitative and analytical skills mentioned in your internship posting.

the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Education (EdD). Common professional master’s programs are a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). After passing the exams. community colleges. A professional master’s may be required for certain positions. It also may be required to meet national and state licensing requirements in professional fields. practicum. and to positions with government agencies where the skill to analyze large amounts of complex data is essential. government. Like the master’s program. counseling. It is a huge time and financial commitment. a PhD can lead to research and development positions in companies where state-of-the-art products are a priority. The graduate degree you decide to pursue depends on your personal and professional career interests and goals. Master’s in Arts (MA). or field work. industry. you will then be permitted to move on to independent research and begin work on a doctoral dissertation. Although many PhDs pursue careers in an academic environment. Is Graduate School Right for You? The decision to attend graduate school is not one to be taken lightly. and education. • You have a love for scholarly pursuits and don’t mind that you’ll be studying and doing research for several years. JD for law. such as teaching or counseling. It may be a springboard into a PhD program. and PsyD for Psychology. • You are a career changer whose new interests have little connection to your undergraduate major. administration. Professional Doctorate The most common degrees required for professional practice are the MD for medicine. Doctoral Programs The doctoral degree usually requires a minimum of four to six years of full time study. so ask yourself what your motivations are for attending graduate school. a graduate curriculum involves concentrated research and course work in a specialized area. and generally requires a thesis. p63 . social work. Master’s in Science (MS). Professional Master’s This program is designed to give you a set of practical skills needed to practice in a particular field. and often involves an internship. A graduate degree could add to your marketability in the job market. Research Master’s A Research Master’s program provides experience in research and scholarship. Master’s Programs A master’s degree usually takes one or two years to complete and can be a stepping stone to a doctorate program or required for certain positions. Being honest with yourself is the best way to establish if graduate school is right for you. It can also be an entry point for new and better job opportunities in business. there are different types of doctorate degrees. For example. numerous career options are also available in corporate and government settings. The first year or two will be spent on course work. For example.Chapter 6 . It is typically a final or “terminal” degree. such as psychology. and therapy. The Right Reasons to Attend Graduate School • You have a clear sense of the career you want to pursue and an advanced degree will boost you in that field. it can open doors to teaching. often in association with college or university teaching. Master’s of Marriage Family Therapy (MFT). Research Doctorate Requirements for this degree usually involve course work and an independent research project. followed by “qualifying” examinations to demonstrate factual and theoretical knowledge of your field.Choosing & Applying to Professional or Graduate School What is Graduate School? Unlike undergraduate programs which provide a broad education in a wide range of subjects. and other institutions of higher learning. The degrees awarded. are designed as preparation for creative activity and sometimes original research. and staff positions in elementary and secondary schools. or it may be a terminal degree. and Master’s of Divinity (MDiv).

assistantships.the earlier. • Mail your completed applications .The Wrong Reasons to Attend Graduate School • You haven’t decided what kind of career you want to pursue and would rather go back to school to “find yourself” or to postpone the “real world. loans. course work. Most deadlines for the Fall’s entering class are between January and March of your senior year. the better. Open an LOR file: career. so be sure to check with your prospective program for specific deadlines and adhere to them carefully. . • Visit graduate schools that interest you the most. friends. Don’t buy into this myth. • Research fellowships. Senior Year – Fall • Take the required admissions test. Obtain and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). vocational school. teamwork. online services. • Request letters of recommendation. You will discover that your problem solving. Junior Year • Review your career goals before considering enrollment in a graduate program. Deadlines are important so check dates carefully. • Write your personal essay. UCLA has equipped you with many skills that employers seek when hiring entry level job candidates. • Write for catalogue and application materials to individual schools. Graduate School Timetable The guidelines in this timetable are general recommendations to follow when planning for graduate or professional school. and communications skills are highly valuable in the job market. faculty. and current graduate students. • Evaluate the programs and narrow down your choices. • Attend UCLA’s Graduate & Professional School Day in the Fall (usually in October) and other on campus events and resources. and discussions with your advisor. Some schools follow a different time schedule. Attend graduate school if you are working toward a community college. Don’t use graduate school as an excuse to postpone making a career decision or to avoid looking for a job. or professors. • You think graduate school is a last resort because you won’t be able to get a job. and major paper demands of another academic program? • Would continuing education alternatives.” • You’re getting pressure from your parents. and work study options. • Order official transcripts from the Registrar’s Office.ucla. such as University Extension. for appropriate graduate Summer between Junior & Senior Year Questions to Ask Yourself • What do I want to accomplish in my lifetime? • What are my long term and short term professional goals? • Is graduate school necessary for me to achieve these goals? • Am I simply postponing my career planning and decision making? • Will the amount of time and money spent on a program ultimately translate into greater career mobility and financial possibilities? • Am I willing to meet the extensive research. Don’t jeopardize your application by mailing it late or incomplete. critical thinking. • Research graduate schools and specific programs in your field through books. These programs are offered at all ten UC campuses between the junior and senior year. • Check the application deadlines and rolling admissions policies. • Register and prepare admission tests. or professional seminars and workshops assist in achieving my goals? p64 • Participate in a summer research internship.

Sponsored by the UCLA Career Center. Delivered. Current UCLA identification required. Excellence. covering a wide range of programs: Art and Design Architecture Biological / Biomedical Sciences Business Management Chiropractic Communications Dentistry Economics Education Engineering Environmental Finance Health Humanities Human Resource Development International Relations Information Studies Information Technology Journalism Law Marketing / Communications Mathematical Sciences Medical Nursing Schools Nutrition Optometry Other Health Pharmacy Physical Sciences Political Science Psychology Public Policy Seminary / Religion Social Work Sports Management Teaching For a complete list of participants: career. & staff.ucla. Ackerman Ballroom Graduate & Professional School Fair Meet representatives from over 150 schools. p65 Career Center A Department of Student Affairs . 2010 11am-3pm. faculty. October Open to UCLA students.Wednesday.

Graduate School Resources (located in the Library / Lab) • Negotiating Graduate School • Playing the Game: The Streetsmart Guide to Graduate School • Get Into Graduate School • Graduate School Companion p66 The Personal Statement Your essay will be read by an Admissions Committee composed of members of your future profession or academic discipline. along with a true passion and commitment to your field of study. • Account for any conspicuous weaknesses in your record. Notify other graduate schools that have accepted you of your decision to attend another program. and professionally? What experiences demonstrate my competence in this field? Need Help With Your Personal Statement? The UCLA Career Center has resources to assist you! Career Center Workshops on How to Write Winning Personal Statements .For the most current listing of workshops. recognition for exceptional performance. and multicultural experiences. Things to consider before you start writing • Why do I want to pursue a graduate or professional school degree? Can I trace my interest and motivation to a specific experience or influence? • What are the special features. Pre-Professional Resume Examples Be sure to review the pre-health and pre-law resume examples on pages 52 through 54.ucla. A better approach is to describe what is important to you. leadership. They will be seeking depth and substance. . and transcripts have been received. values. Log in at career. You can also download this document from our website at career. Essay requirements will vary depending upon each institution’s criteria for evaluating applicants. • Present yourself as an individual with desirable personal abilities. In general.Senior Year – Spring • Check with all graduate schools before deadlines to verify that your application. academically. and plans. • Mail a deposit to the graduate school you decide to attend. • Describe the nature and significance of your relevant experiences. background. • Explain your special interest in this particular graduate program. why it is important. Online registration required through BruinView™. unique talents. The essay is an opportunity for you to: • Convey your long and short term career goals. such as creativity. Departmental Counseling. and plans relate to what this program offers? • Why do I want to be part of this program? Why would this program want me? • What are my strengths related to this field personally. • Schedule interviews and other campus visits. and Academics in the Commons (Pre-Health Peer Counseling and Workshops). • Demonstrate your writing ability and communication skills. go to career. College Counseling." which starts on page 69. and how you have demonstrated that importance in your life. interests. service to others. You should not attempt to address all of these factors.ucla. • Select a school from those that have accepted you. initiative and motivation. approaches. • Send thank you notes to the writers of your recommendation letters and inform them of your graduate school plans. More details and a four year pre-professional plan are available on the "UCLA PreProfessional Services Referral ability to overcome hardships. intellectual curiosity and achievement. letters of recommendations. UCLA Pre-Professional Services Referral Sheet (also known as the “Green Sheet”) There are many offices on campus ready to assist you with your pre-professional planning: The UCLA Career Center. Personal Statement Critique Sessions New schedules are posted at the Career Center each quarter. and give concrete evidence of your competence and motivation in the field of your choice. strengths. or values of this particular program? How do my interests. persistence. the admissions committee hopes to learn about your personal characteristics.

Medical. Only $20 per session charged to your BAR account. Business.ucla. Advertising • Medicine Go to career. Essays That Will Get you Into Law School. and alumni (who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference for graduate and professional school programs with our department. resume and correspondence. Since the purpose of these services is to send letters to multiple graduate and professional schools. (Available in the Career Center Library) p67 Letter of Reference Services The Letter of Reference Services allows UCLA undergraduates. spelling. including: • Law (Session Full) • Consulting • Corporate Leadership • Technology. Looking for high-impact. http://career.northwestern. fellowships.html Accepted. we can only accept non-specifically addressed letters. law. General From Northwestern University Careers Services comes this Graduate and Professional School guide that contains a to-the-point section on the Personal Statement. the Job Search JumpStart series is not open to the public -. students should not anticipate intensive Berkeley's Career Center has created a well thought out step-by-step process on writing the personal statement. For more information: career.umaryland.berkeley. Consulting • Nursing • Pharmacy • Public Health • MBA • Prep for Fall Recruiting • Econ / Finance / Accounting • Internship Search • Entertainment • Dentistry • Optometry • Post Bac. Given the time constraints for these sessions.stm Comments from Admissions Officials Ever wonder what admission officials are really looking for? Perfect Personal Statements by Mark Alan Stewart (available in the Career Center Library / Lab) contains comments about the personal statement directly from admissions officials from top /grad_prof_school. And remember.html Professional advice from our career experts is waiting just for you. Maximize your use of the Career Center resources and services to Jump Start your job search and gain the winning edge! • Get all the job advice you need in one place at one Law. Invest in yourself by registering for one of these powerful "Job Search JumpStart" sessions and you will reap great dividends as a prepared and informed job seeker.accepted. www. . and interviewing skills. Since these letters are solely for the purpose of supporting the application to graduate and professional school programs. There are sample essays of personal statements for all of the major areas .ucla. PR. Gap Year • is available exclusively for currently registered UCLA for the updated schedule and online registration process. core job search strategies offered in a fast-paced three-hour time slot? Then you need Job Search JumpStart! Receive expert instruction and guidance on your job search strategies. Essays That Will Get You Into Medical School.Personal Statement Resources for Graduate and Professional Programs (located in the Career Center Library / Lab): • Graduate Admission Essays • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School • Perfect Personal Statements • Real Essays for College and Grad School Personal Statement Disclaimer The personal statement critique sessions provided by the UCLA Career Center focus exclusively on content and thematic issues. by Daniel Kaufman. or internships. by Daniel Kaufman. • Make the most out of the little time you have. (Available in the Career Center Library / Lab) Specifically for Law School The University of Maryland provides an explanation of what they look for in the personal statement: www. and business programs! Specifically for Medical School For a very useful six step process to writing the personal statement and for sample essays utilizing various techniques and angles. and Graduate School is a site full of tips and outlines for the graduate application process. • Beat the competition with these crucial tips. Engineering. and syntax revisions to take place during these meetings. we will only send letters to admissions offices at universities and colleges. et al. We will not send letters to support applications to scholarships. Look for a list of general and “targeted” sessions this year. www. et al. go to www.

Jackson School of International Studies Yale University – MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Presented by the UCLA Career Center.2010 International Affairs Graduate School Fair APSIA – Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs Thursday. UCLA School of Public Affairs. Strathmore Building Panel Discussion.apsia. A Department of Student Affairs p68 . UCSD. Delivered.Walsh School of Foreign Service Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies – (The Graduate Institute. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs University of Pittsburgh – Graduate School of Public and International Affairs University of Southern California – Annenberg School for Communication University of Washington – Henry SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS Career Center Excellence. and APSIA (www.” 5-5:30pm With admissions officers from: Georgetown. 5:30-7:30pm List of Participating APSIA Universities – Programs From Previous Years Check the website for updates at career.ucla. “Entering the Field of International Affairs. October 28 UCLA Career Center. Student Alumni Association (SAA). Michigan and USC APSIA Graduate School American University – School of International Service Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs Duke University – Sanford School of Public Policy George Washington University – Elliott School of International Affairs Georgetown University – Edmund A. Kennedy School of Government Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Princeton. Ford School of Public Policy University of Minnesota – Hubert H. San Diego – Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies University of Denver – Josef Korbel School of International Studies University of Maryland – School of Public Policy University of Michigan – Gerald R. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies National University of Singapore – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Affairs Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Sciences Po – Paris School of International Affairs Syracuse University – The Maxwell School International Relations Program Tufts University – The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy University of California. Geneva) Harvard University – John F. UCLA Alumni Association.

alternatives to Medical Pre-Health student groups affiliated with the UCLA Career Center can be found at Email questions: Questions will be answered by the next school day • Pre-health related questions: prehealth@college. consult your My. etc.registrar.PRE-PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Referral Sheet Pre-Professional program planning services are offered by the Career Center and Academic Counseling offices. Where: Strathmore Building. UCLA CAREER CENTER What: Pre-Professional Drop-In Counseling. 501 Westwood Plaza ACADEMIC AND COURSE ENROLLMENT QUESTIONS ARE HANDLED BY ACADEMIC COUNSELING STAFF COLLEGE COUNSELING What: Course planning for first and second year students Where: AAP Students: 1209 Campbell Hall College Honors Students: A311 Murphy Hall Athletes: Morgan Center All other L&S Students: A316 Murphy Hall DEPARTMENTAL COUNSELING What: Course planning for third and fourth year students Recommended academic plans for application and entrance exam preparation Major and transfer requirements Articulation.ucla. 10am-4pm (see career.ucla.g.ucla. for exceptions) Test information for MCAT.ucla. transfer Pre-Professional Workshops (Navigating the Application Process/Writing the Personal Statement) Pre-Health/Pre-Law Career information and timeline information Pre-Health/Pre-Law internship information Mock interviews for medical/professional school – register through BruinView™ at career..htm for location and contact information regarding specific departments ACADEMICS IN THE COMMONS What: Workshops (e. and substitutions Where: Check www. LSDAS.ucla. DAT. 2nd Where: Second floor Covel Commons p69 Continued on back page . AADSAS Assistance with personal statements (Development and Review) Letters of Reference • Pre-law related questions: prelaw@college.). Applying to Medical and Law School.ucla. GRE Application information for AMCAS.UCLA page to sign up – my. career. OAT.ucla.

1202 Campbell Hall 310.ugeducation. Develop a pre-professional course of and Third Year Study and register for your entrance exam . apply for research scholarships (visit the URC-Humanities and Social Sciences or the URC-Science.ucla. www. Sign up for a mock interview at the Career Center (go to BruinView™ at career.ucla.ucla. Complete a practice AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service). talk to current students. etc. Attend workshops on pre-professional for Visit the Center for Community Learning (A265 Murphy Hall) for information on service learning courses.ucla. Make sure you sign up for access to BruinView™ at career.ucla.ucla. Start thinking about taking the appropriate entrance exams (MCAT. and open an LOR file in the Career Center at career.First Year Attend pre-professional workshops in Covel Commons and at the UCLA Career Center.ucla. Check your My. Begin extracurricular activities and participate in pre-professional student to get internship credit-bearing internship through the Center for Community Learning. Enroll in an academic.) Request letters of recommendation.ucla. Apply for upper-division research scholarships. Develop your personal statement. Meet with a career counselor to explore all options. Meet with college and major advisors to review graduation requirements.UCLA homepage at my.schedule courses carefully to work with the interview Email: Prepare proposal for Honors Thesis or Departmental Honors research experience. community-based research. Continue to request letters of Second Year Continue with extracurricular activities. Obtain transcripts to take care of any pending changes or for details. the Civic Engagement Minor. GMAT. Visit Internship and International Opportunities (2nd Floor) in the Career Center for information on preprofessional internships. www. including Fourth Year Maintain strong GPA .ucla.794. Explore entry-level research opportunities. Meet with your college counselor or counseling assistant for program planning and course selection. Send in acceptance offers or keep track of waiting list results. Start applications this summer. Research your graduate programs of choice . Consider summer internship. and AmeriCorps scholarship programs Request letters of recommendation.4186 www. p70 Fine-tune your college schedule.consider taking a preparation course. Apply for special summer pre-professional or research programs. (Register with BruinView™ at career. work.check websites. LSAT. Visit the AAP Mentoring Office. look for special programs. or volunteer experience. Check the UCLA Career Center homepage career. and visit early. Meet with a career counselor to review timeline to apply.). Meet with your major advisor and college counselors to fine-tune the academic plan. Maintain a strong GPA. Engineering and Math/Center for Academic and Research Excellence). Complete appropriate secondary/supplemental applications.

Over the course of your UCLA graduate education you will develop advanced skills in teaching.Chapter 7 . and other speakers that can specifically address the needs of UCLA’s graduate students.ucla. the most important question to ask yourself is. the UCLA Career Center will work with you to explore options. We strive to select panelists. expertise. We invite you to visit us to learn how we may assist you in the transition from graduate student to professional. We recommend that you review the additional sections of the career guide as there is great information on such services as internships. preparing for an interview. publishing. or research. and personal style. values. accomplishments. Unlike the resume.. and reference file services. These include the academic cover letter. We also utilize career assessments that will help you to factor in skills. When building a CV. employers. The Career Center provides a full range of services including individual career counseling. and special professional qualities. thoroughness. The visual impact of the CV sends a message to the readers about your attention to detail. “Why am I crafting this CV?” Your answer will determine content and emphasis. During winter and spring quarter we present the Expanded Options Series and Career Week (see career. and Lawyers • What Else You Can Do With a PhD: A Career Guide for Scholars • Research Services Directory: Commercial and Corporate Research Centers • Alternative Careers in Science The Curriculum Vitae The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is commonly used when you are applying for a fellowship or grant. and develop job search skills to achieve your career goals. These transferable skills are attractive to academic and non-academic employers. experience. government. 24 lb. interviewing tips and questions. understanding of the position requirements. teachingevaluations. and professional image.)? p71 . research proposals. Resources for Non-Academic Careers for PhD and Master’s Students (available in the Career Center Library / Lab) • Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write • So What Are You Going to Do With That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia • The WetFeet Insider Guide to Consulting for PhDs. or 28 letters of reference. pursue internships. job listings. workshops. portfolio samples. career resources. the CV is a comprehensive biographical statement that may be three to ten pages in length. • Is your CV attractive and well designed? • Are the categories clearly labeled? • Have you proofread it several times to check for errors? • Is it printed on bond or writing paper (20 lb. We deal with graduate student issues such as creating a Curriculum Vitae or resume. to name a few. Whether you choose an academic or non-academic career path. Are you crafting the CV for a teaching position? A research position? A combined position? A postdoctoral position? A grant or fellowship? The kinds of experiences you need to highlight will vary with your career objectives. which is restricted in length. or seeking a career position in higher education.ucla.Services for PhD and Master’s Students The UCLA Career Center has a long history of providing career services and programs that specifically address Master’s and PhD students’ career needs. Doctors. and preparation for the non-academic market that will be useful to you. programs for PhDs to address non-academic employment options. transcripts. and international experience. interests. collaboration. and personal issues that impact your career. applying to further graduate study. and other paper credentials. research. We are proud of our collaborations and outreach efforts to various graduate departments and student services. we offer the Academic Job Search Series of workshops designed to prepare PhDs for the academic market (see career. Our career counselors are trained to assist you through every stage of your career decision-making and job search activities. The CV often accompanies the additional pieces of the academic application. During the fall quarter. Appearance Counts Search committees will see your CV long before they see you. leadership. The CV is a record of your education.

• Awards. Then. and the type of position for which you are applying.List all professional groups and offices held. • Reference or Placement file .Include all you speak.e.You may list references’ contact information (i. List minors or fields of emphasis. If you are qualified to teach in several fields.. Participation. or Leadership • Workshops and Training • Presentations • Book Reviews • Certification or Licensures • Major Committees • Professional Summary • Consulting Experience • Technical Papers • Editorial Appointments • Activities and Distinctions • Travel or Study Abroad p72 Look for these helpful links at career. • Professional Experience . . consulting. etc. • Professional Affiliations . List honors awarded upon graduation.. and list topics of present and future research interest. academic field. Exhibits. give each a section. You can subdivide publications into journal publications. Indicate those in which you are fluent. name. etc. number of children. • Education . or fax). read.Attendance. Do not include marital status. • Elaborate rather than eliminate when it comes to selecting categories. • Publications. Basic Categories of the Curriculum Vitae The following is a list of sample headings that you may incorporate into your CV. Etc. Clarity of presentation is important.List all courses you are prepared to teach. List leadership positions assumed on each. industry. Fellowships. Honors. it is appropriate to list both home and school contact information. depth. theoretical framework. The kinds of headings you use and the order in which they are presented will vary depending on your experience. postdoctoral work.Guidelines for Preparing a Curriculum Vitae • Choose your vocabulary carefully and make every phrase powerful.Title and brief description of work. • Dissertation or Thesis . Selected Career Library / Lab Resources • The Academic Job Search Handbook • The Career Portfolio Workbook • Curriculum Vitae Handbook • How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae • The Perfect Digital Portfolio • Tomorrow’s Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering Other Example Headings Include: • Professional Service • Professional Development • Abstracts • Conference . fieldwork. and Scholarships Recognition by university or field is very important to acknowledge prominently. and dates in reverse chronological order. training. when you apply for positions. task forces. Papers.. • Identifying Information . List membership in honorary societies here if not in the education section. majors. select relevant information to develop each document. email. advisor and readers (if they add breadth. Indicate leadership of special projects. phone. If you have two or more entries. • Academic Service . conferences.Name. • Teaching & Research Interests . or new perspectives). address. posters. Search committees have varying agendas. research experience. PhD and Master’s Workshops Credentials File Services Preparing for the Academic Job Market Academic Job Search Listings Non-Academic Job Search Listings Academic Interviewing . conclusions.This section will have several sub-categories. or write. phone. Presentation.Begin with the most recent degree or expected degree.List in reverse chronological order. i.ucla. add a list of graduate courses taken as an appendix and refer to it. address. List degrees. on which you have worked. institutions. teaching. or other personal characteristics.e. List all in reverse chronological order. position. email address. If still in the program. • You might want to craft a Master CV – a document that you can continue to amend as your experience grows. and fax. committees. so you need to give them a complete picture.Include university-wide groups. etc. • Languages .

CA 90002 (562) 555-1234 Email: Sbruin@ucla. Gender. (APA Accredited) University of California. Duties included curriculum EDUCATION University of California.Example of Curriculum Vitae (Page 1 of 2) CURRICULUM VITAE SALLY BRUIN Home 1234 Rose Ave. Los Angeles 701 UNEX Building. test design. June 2007 University of Pennsylvania BA. This study investigates the content. race. expected September 2012. attrition. The existing programs will be evaluated based on enrollment. behavioral. Los Angeles MA. and ethnic diversity into an overview of the biological. RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Principal Investigator University of California. and evaluation of student progress. Long Beach. Developmental Psychology. Los Angeles June 2009 – present Dissertation: Methods for Increasing Cultural Diversity in After-School Programs. Los Angeles PhD. Psychology.” Course integrated issues of behavioral. CA 92001-2200 (310) 555-4321 LANGUAGES Fluent in conversational Spanish TEACHING EXPERIENCE Instructor – Undergraduate Psychology Course. Developmental Psychology. Los Angeles April 2009 – June 2009 (Spring Quarter) Taught upper-division psychology course entitled “Human Sexuality. programming and accessibility of after-school programs developed for adolescents in three urban public schools. December 2001 Work University of California. and psychological aspects of human sexuality. cultural. Chair: Victoria Barnett. PhD p73 . Human Sexuality University of California. and age differences will be examined. 215672 Los Angeles. lecture planning and implementation. and measured impact on participating students.

Journal of Adolescent Health. and oppositional defiant disorder. In search of processes to explain gender differences in adolescent onset obsessive compulsive disorders. Stapleton. 199-215. B.. (2009). and evaluating schoolbased interventions. conducting. WA. Page 2 of 2 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE Psychological Evaluation Trainee Santa Monica Child Guidance Center. PhD PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS Doyle. Lamonta.E. S. teachers. B. Doyle. Lamonta. Bruin. Thurman.E. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents: A Review. Supervisor: Bob Lamonta. W. PhD SUPERVISION EXPERIENCE Supervisor – Undergraduate Research Team University of California. scoring and report writing. Journal of Social Issues. 85 (4). Bruin.S. Santa Monica. 39 (2)... Prevention across all levels for the culturally diverse urban center. W... PUBLICATIONS Doyle. (2008). adolescents and mothers... Lankman.P. clinical depression. Duties included: Consultation with parents. CA August 2006 . High-Risk Behavior and Rates of HIV Infection Among Low-Income Urban Adolescents. and therapists. Thurman. Sum. S. A. E. Bruin. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. Seattle. S. Bruin. (April 2009). Davis. F. Blinkman (Chair). S.. Multidisciplinary training as an educational experience for emerging school-based interventions. 69-78. In B. Toronto. Supervisor: Delongpre Dannon. Attended weekly assessment training seminars. Presenting issues included ruling out learning disabilities.. and individual supervision. E. Los Angeles August 2007 – July 2008 Supervised and trained a group of undergraduate researchers in developing. A... Invited presenter at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. p74 . Sally. W. Shrapshire. Accompanied on site interventions. ADHD. B. Battery administration.P... M.Bruin. (2007).July 2007 Conducted assessments of children.P. Shrapshire. Smith. L. Provided feedback and assistance in carrying out projects.

I expect to receive my PhD in June 2011 from the department of English at the University of California. Michel Foucault. which included texts intended to represent a number of critical methods-deconstruction. David Bruin Doctoral Candidate University Name.” I was a member of a five-person staff of faculty and graduate students who designed and taught the course. To use the period’s own idiom. Shakespeare’s Macbeth).” and the “sublime” emerged to become privileged concepts that helped transform Britain into a commercial society. Sincerely. Los Angeles. its fictionality forgotten. writing.” The goal of the course as we designed it was not simply to introduce a number of critical methods but to use such methods to help make students more conscious that reading literary and other texts is a conscious and critical activity. and aesthetics ordered the domain of authority and value that we now call the “economy.” demonstrates how the discourses of philosophy. contemporary (Morrison’s Beloved). law. Department of English Enclosures p75 .Example of Academic Cover Letter October 30. Last year. Drawing on the work of theorists such as Jean-Joseph Goux.A. My dissertation. I look forward to hearing from you soon. property. literature. “The Character of Commerce: Writing and Credit in Eighteenth-Century Britain. was increasingly imagined as depending on “credit. I plan on attending the MLA conference in December and would welcome the opportunity to meet with you at that time. Thank you for reviewing my application for the position. Pocock. Eliza Haywood’s Memoirs of a Certain Island Adjacent to the Kingdom of Utopia (1725). 2010 Professor Gerald Jones Search Committee Chair Department of English University Name Street Address City. the problematic I trace can be imagined as the relationship between “character” and “credit.” like the political-economic system in general. I am interested in the position because I am committed to contributing my time and career work to an academic department that has a established history of scholarly research that coincides with my general field of interest. historicism. and economics. Daniel Defoe’s Colonel Jack (1722) and The Fortunate Mistress (1724). psychoanalysis. State Zip Dear Professor Jones: I am writing to apply for the position of Assistant Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature advertised by your department in the October MLA Job Information List. and J. I have also attached a copy of my CV for your perusal. The story my dissertation tells is how individual “character. and Edmund Burke’s A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of the Idea of the Sublime and the Beautiful (1757)--in relation to historical developments in money.G. I was awarded a teaching fellowship with the English department for a position as an instructor for a course called “Methods Textual Studies. I historicize how terms like “credit.” “exchange.” both of which are key words unlocking contemporary discourses addressing personality.” so that a social order legislated by the “invisible hand” becomes naturalized. Professor ___________ informed me about this position. and various popular works that stretch the limits of the definition of “text. formalism--as well as literary texts--canonical (Hawthorne’s short stories. Attached is a list of the references that are being sent under separate cover. and representation more generally.” Each chapter situates a text from eighteenth-century Britain--John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690). My advisor.

” The Academic Interview The academic interview is a process. Since these letters are solely for the purpose of supporting your application for faculty and research positions.ed u/DropInCounseling). Usually they are 60 minutes in length and provide the committee an opportunity to evaluate your presentation style and general professional demeanor while learning about your research. telephone. students. • Learn about strategies for handling campus. Most campus interviews are one to two days in length.the description for faculty position will differ. Here are some general questions to consider. Remember. we will ONLY send your letters to universities and colleges. we can only accept nonspecifically addressed letters. What are potential funding sources? • What contributions are you prepared to make to our department? • Describe a challenging situation with a professor. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for this experience. the future trends of the department. Possible questions may address curriculum. and administrators. Share more about yourself than what is written in your application materials. however. These letters are limited to those written to support PhD employment endeavors in the fields of higher education. promotion and tenure. • Wear clothing that is comfortable and professional in appearance. and librarianship. How did you address it? • What questions do you have for us? This is important to prepare. • Please discuss your dissertation research with the committee. other campus departments. Bring a couple of outfits as you may be invited to dinner or a cultural experience later in the day. Be prepared to also explain how your research fits in with the rest of the department and how you conceive of it in the years to come. or community college . It is both challenging and rewarding and different than interviewing for nonacademic jobs. conference.ucla. pedagogical issues.Credentials File Services The Credentials File Services allows UCLA students and alumni (who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference with the Career Center. job duties. The day will consist of several interviews with search committee members. or student. • Depending on the type of institution – research university. • Tell us about yourself. • Prepare for interviews most institutions wish to appoint candidates whose research they see as “tenure-worthy. philosophy. and / or theory would you utilize? • What are your professional goals? Short-term? Longterm? • Describe your research plan. Usually you will be reimbursed for your travel expenses.ucla. • Ask about travel expenses in advance. colleague. A research institution will focus more questions on the nature of your research and future plans for research. research. • Attend the Academic Job Search Series during the Fall quarter led by the UCLA Career Center (see career. a teaching position will focus more questions about your teaching experience. For instance. etc. You may encounter several of these for one position. You will also give an academic job talk presentation. It is the hallmark of the academic interviewing process in most fields. dine with the search committee. liberal arts college. Since the purpose of this service is to send letters to multiple institutions. • How would you teach an undergraduate or graduate course on XYZ topic? What texts.ucla. Schedule a mock academic job interview with your departmental faculty and/or UCLA graduate career counselor (see career. Be brief. and video-conference interviews. pedagogical approach. p76 . General Academic Interview Questions We strongly recommend that you consult with faculty to learn what types of field-specific questions and dissertation issues you may encounter during the interview. For more information: career. • Prepare to handle direct questions about your work as well as controversial or competing issues. • Attend all departmental programs on the academic job search. faculty. research. • Practice your academic job talk. and have a campus and residential tour.

Santa Monica.Example of Resume Converted from Curriculum Vitae (Refer to CV Sally Bruin. adolescents. Family Services Division p77 . EDUCATION University of California. Youth. Sally’s statistical knowledge is presented as a tool for generating funding. Child. Seeking a position as a program coordinator for a private foundation specializing in adolescent education and development. and staff • Prepared written reports for treatment and insurance providers August 2006 . For example. Project Coordinator/Supervisor. CA Psychological Evaluator • Assessed children. programming. Psychology. page 66) SALLY BRUIN 1234 Rose Avenue. University of California. CA 90002. (562) 555-1234 sbruin@ucla.e. expected September 2013 MA. Typically this statement is tailored toward the specific position or employer you are targeting. and clinical experience sections of the CV respectively. Excel PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE The Program Evaluator. Project Design and Development Fellowship and Grant Writing Data Tracking and Statistics Assessment and Evaluation Coordination of Child Services Conversational Spanish Project Supervision Diversity Awareness Word.. Note the changes in emphasis from an academic to an applied context. teachers. Long Beach. OBJECTIVE The Objective section should contain a clear and concise statement identifying your desired position or targeted industry. Her research skills are presented as tools for communication. and Psychological Evaluator positions were drawn from the dissertation research. Los Angeles June 2009 – Present Program Evaluator • Evaluate content. and strategic planning. parents. program development. and students • Initiated a data tracking system that increased funding opportunities for programs • Devise solutions for increasing program accessibility for diverse student populations • Present findings and recommendations for strategic planning and development University of California. and mothers for diagnosis and treatment • Coordinated treatment planning meetings with families.July 2007 PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES • Awarded three grants for child and adolescent development research • Member: American Psychological Association. and accessibility of after-school programs • Interview participating students to assess program effectiveness • Facilitate communication between program administrators. December 2002 SPECIAL SKILLS The Skills section of a resume allows you to highlight the specific transferable skills you possess that are most relevant to the job you are targeting. June 2008 University of Pennsylvania BA. supervisory. Program Management Skills). Developmental While the CV often includes academic contact information. Developmental Psychology. Los Angeles August 2007 – July 2008 Project Coordinator/Supervisor • Consulted with area high school students and staff to identify needs • Oversaw the development of school-based programming for urban adolescents • Supervised and trained a group of undergraduate students in program implementation Santa Monica Child Guidance Center. Access. You can preface this heading with a title that identifies a particular professional area of expertise (i. it is recommended that you identify a personal contact address on your resume. Los Angeles PhD.

• Improved reliability of flowrate measurement devices in oil pipelines to allow clients to better monitor throughputs. Washington. Midland. Westwood. Summer 2002 Summer 2001 UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY. Operations Research. MI Team Leader: Removed a bottleneck to allowing doubling of a plant’s capacity $10 million capital saving. International Management. DC • Worked for fluid mechanics groups on technical consulting projects for the petroleum industry. CA 90095. Summer 2000 Please note: This example was adapted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Entrepreneurship. Dow – Corning. Wrote software for simulating complex distillation processes that was adopted throughout Dow Chemicals. sbruin@ucla. Generated $5 million annual saving in refrigeration costs. all with grade A. Macroeconomics. This allowed a higher storage temperature for the vaccines. Achievements: Incorporated new algorithms into pipeline simulation modules and achieved tenfold increase in speed. p78 . * All courses taken throughout the entire college career University of California. Microeconomics.0 Business Courses: Management of Innovation and Technology. Options and Derivatives. Management and Policy in the International Economy. PA Team Leader: Found systematic method to raise glass transition temperature of vaccines. • Frequently delivered presentations to clients. GPA: EDUCATION University of California. Office of Career Services. Los Angeles Candidate for PhD degree in Material Science & Engineering • Used stochastic simulation techniques to gain new insights into polymer structure • Established collaboration with experimental group in the Mech.9/4. Los Angeles Master of Science in Material Science & Engineering University of California. 310-555-5555. • Pursuing unique integrated approach to develop new molecular models better suited to designing optimal industrial processes. Dept. Eng. Finance Theory. Marketing.Example of Business/Industry/Consulting Resume (Page 1 of 2) Patricia Bruin 31 ABC Avenue. Irvine Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Chemical Engineering June 2011 June 2006 June 2003 INDUSTRY INTERNSHIPS Merck Pharmaceuticals West Point. Investment Banking. • Developed strategies to reduce pipeline erosion.

Office of Career Services. Please note: This example was adapted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. • Co-facilitated “networking nite with industry” with other department student leaders. University of California.Bruin. Page 2 of 2 LEADERSHIP Student Leadership Council of Material Scientists. UCLA Teaching Assistant • Organized tutorials to clarify course material. ACTIVITIES Dancing (UCLA Salsa Club). Senior Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance. Mobil Prize for Best Performance in Chemical Engineering. UCLA Toastmasters. p79 . Fall 2007 AWARDS & HONORS Winner of National Science Foundation Poster Competition (2009). Patricia. • Investigating ways to promote science and technology in secondary schools and the community. 2005 .Present Department of Material Science and Engineering. 2006 . • Class scored 7% higher in final than any of the professor’s former classes. • Planning summer retreat to further student collaboration. Sigma Xi Engineering Research Honors Society (2003). Irvine (2002). UC Irvine (2001). UCLA President • Leader in this group of 200 students that promotes collaboration between five major research universities.Present UCLA Material Science & Engineering Student Affairs Committee Student Representative • Led student/faculty discussion on ways to enhance student/advisor interaction. Classical Guitar. • Organized videoconferences to allow students to share research ideas. • Wrote instruction manual to help students use math software. • Served as spokesperson for graduate student concerns and issues.

• Explain the Action you took. what you can do to contribute to the organization’s needs. and results to the employer’s business. Anticipate what may be a tough question for you to answer. For example. I do my detailed final inspection of my product.” “What are your weaknesses?” Another challenging question. On that day. Your Interviewing Goals • Demonstrate how your experience. knowledge. It is the single most important part of an employer’s selection process. To compensate. You will reduce your anxiety level if you’re ready to field the types of questions most likely to cause you to lose sleep. you will be invited back for the next round of interviews. • Convince the interviewer of your enthusiasm for his/her company.” and that you will contribute to the needs of the organization and the position. action. The purpose of an interview is to determine whether you are right for the job – and whether the job is right for you. I believe I have learned to achieve a practical balance between perfection and administrative excellence. put it in the past tense. In the past. you might formulate this type of response: “I mentioned that one of my strengths is paying meticulous attention to detail when working with written documents. • Describe the Results you achieved.4 GPA while working 24 hours a week.7 or higher GPA. this trait sometimes caused me to come close to missing deadlines. career goals. Thus.Successful Interviewing Don’t underestimate the importance of the job interview. Here’s how it works: • Tell the Context in which you exercised a desired skill or strength.” The “CARR” Approach . p80 A question that can throw you into a tail spin may not even phase your best friend. the interview also provides an opportunity to ask pivotal questions about the organization and the position. . Equally important. and career interests. Strategies for Handling Tough Questions The Interview: What It’s All About The job interview is a two way exchange of information between you and a prospective employer. “What is your GPA?” If you have a 3. this may be a routine question. that you will “fit in. Formulate a non-defensive response such as: “I managed to maintain a 2. and capabilities match the qualities and skills the organization is seeking. “I want to work here!” This means leaving a clear and convincing impression of who you are. It may create apprehension if you have a 2. and explain how you have learned to compensate. and being active in two student groups. Here are a couple of examples for you to think about ahead of time. and abilities needed to be an effective member of the organization. It’s a chance to get to know each other and explore a mutually rewarding working relationship. and the position for which you’re interviewing. knowledge. If the interviewer predicts a probable fit between your qualifications and the organization’s needs. you should approach every interview with the attitude.You may find it helpful to remember the acronym CARR in composing a concise and thoughtful response to the interviewer’s question. The best way to handle this question is to relate your weakness to one of your strengths. • Relate your skills. The pointers in this chapter will help you plan. If you are concerned about how an employer may view your GPA. and practice for a great interview. Employer’s Role The interviewer will determine whether you have the skills. • Gather information that will help you decide whether you can be successful in the position and whether the company will give you the opportunity for growth and development. and why you should be hired for the position instead of another candidate. two days before the project is due. The Purpose of the Interview Your Role First and foremost. academic accomplishments.4 GPA. I have developed the habit of assigning myself an artificial deadline.Chapter 8 . But there’s no need to get butterflies or sweaty palms if you’re prepared to effectively package and present your skills and abilities. work and volunteer experiences. Effective communication skills will have a strong influence on the outcome of your interviews. This will help you decide if there is a good match between your qualifications. spend some time thinking about what compensating experience you may have. if one of your major strengths is meticulous attention to detail. prepare.

• In what significant ways do you think you can contribute to our organization? Career Library / Lab Resources • 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions • Adams Job Interview Almanac • Information Interviewing • Job Interviewing for College Students • Perfect Phrases for the Perfect Interview • Your First Interview: For Students and Anyone Preparing to Enter Today’s Tough Job Market • Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? • I Can’t Believe They Asked Me That!: 110 Tips and Techniques to Quickly Prepare for a Tough Job Interview • 101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview p81 . Bring the issue out in the open in a non-defensive. However. (a 60-second sound bite) it’s not difficult to turn these types of questions into your advantage in nearly any situation. Be aware of what your posture. You might say something like: “If I were interviewing a person who uses a wheel chair. Review and practice your responses to the questions below. Let me tell you about my study abroad experience and my extensive travel experience.The Question Not Asked If. • What would you do if members of your team weren’t doing their share of the work? • Describe how you would go about making a decision. you have an obvious physical limitation. The best way to deal with this possibility is for you to introduce the discussion. • Pay close attention to any mannerisms or slang expressions that may detract from your overall presentation. and what you hope to achieve in the position. a career counselor will critique your performance and offer suggestions on ways to improve your presentation and communication skills: career. • Include a thumbnail sketch of your work experience.” The same principle applies for persons who are concerned about age. Typical Questions Employers Ask Candidates • What can you tell me about our company. to the specific questions for the resume based case.” “Why do you want to work for this company?” “Why should we hire you?” These are favorites of recruiters (often early in the interview) and killer questions if you’re not ready for them. and to the behavioral interviews. Ask for constructive feedback on the quality of your answers. Practice. organized. marital status. • Practice in front of a mirror or with a tape recorder. • Conclude your statement with a brief mention of personal or volunteer activities or hobbies to support your interests and track record of success. I might be wondering whether her disability would interfere with her ability to travel to different cities to meet with clients.ucla. Practice. Practice Your Responses The 60 Second Sound Bite “So. or other discrimination concerns. you will feel and appear more confident. our products. the question of whether you can do the job could be lingering in the employer’s mind. Practice If you know what you will say and how you will respond to typical interview questions. • Sign up for a mock interview at the Career Center. and our mission statement? • What do you know about the position I’m interviewing you for? • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Your weaknesses? • Describe what you would consider to be the ideal job. the interviewer is unlikely to bring up the subject for fear of offending you or provoking a law suit. With a well constructed opening statement. It should be a quick summary of your major qualifications for the position and your reasons for being interested in the organization. • Get together with a friend or family member to practice your responses. tone of voice. Here are additional suggestions: • Prepare written answers to questions the interviewer is likely to ask. and facial expressions are communicating. for a few key accomplishments. non-accusatory manner and cite an example that will allay the employer’s unspoken concerns. Following this one-on-one practice session. Here’s how: • Think of your response as a 60 second commercial about yourself. gender. and focused. tell me about yourself. gestures.

Organization. and why? • Describe your most rewarding college experience. the better you will be able to communicate your interest in the job and evaluate its impact on your immediate and long term career goals. Participate in a Skills Asessment workshop at the Career Center or utilize a computerized selfassessment program to identify your competencies. and weaknesses. strengths. Five Steps to Selling Yourself 1. Interview Settings BruinView™ Campus Interviews Recruiters from hundreds of companies and organizations conduct campus interviews for entry level career positions with UCLA graduating seniors and graduate students through the BruinView™ system (some companies also visit the campus to interview freshman. The better you understand the position. sophomores. Before your “sales call.” you must be able to offer convincing proof that you are the person best qualified for the position. interests. Know Yourself Think of yourself as the marketing representative for a very unique product.• What kind of boss do you prefer? • Do you prefer a large or small organization? Why? • How do you feel about working in an unstructured environment? • Why should we hire you instead of another candidate? • Which accomplishment are you most proud of. Review and rehearse the results of your self assessment so that you can communicate your skills and relate your experience to the specific position with ease and confidence. Industry research helps you understand typical career paths. p82 Position research provides valuable clues to the kinds of questions you’ll be asked at the interview. and reputation of different companies in the field. and gather information about salaries and working conditions in your field of interest. in depth self assessment. The Career Quiz in the Career Planning section (Chapter Two. You’ll stand out if you take the time before the interview to obtain as much information as you can about the organization and the job. Things you should know before the interview include: • The company’s mission • Products & services • Divisions & affiliations • Sales • Locations • Plans for expansion. and Position Candidates who know the employer’s business and the requirements of the position are the ones most likely to make it to the next round of interviews. Employers want to know your track record. Conduct a thorough. Write down specific examples of how you’ve used your skills to achieve tangible and measurable results. relate your accomplishments to the requirements of the position. 3. and juniors for summer jobs and internships). It will also give you a head start in responding to such interview questions as: • “What do you know about our company?” • “Why are you interested in working for this company?” Learning about the company’s financial status can help you evaluate the stability of the company (an important consideration when evaluating job offers). 2. Visit the Career Center and ask a counselor for advice and assistance if you have difficulty identifying and articulating your key attributes. Employers will be impressed when you give specific examples of how your skills and achievements are right for the job at hand. Company research will help you prepare appropriate points to emphasize and questions to ask. identify appropriate level positions. • If one of your professors was to evaluate you. rank. • Who are your role models? • How do you handle stressful situations? Give me an example. Then. pages 13-15) of this guide can help identify your most marketable skills and attributes. Clearly defined self knowledge will help you answer the interviewer’s questions about your career goals and where you see yourself within the organization. It also helps you get to know the competition. Interview Preparation The interview is your chance to really shine. 4. what would he or she say? • Do you have anything else you’d like to tell me? Know the Industry. The standard on . Careful preparation is critical to conveying a polished image. 5.

interact with staff at all levels. On Site Interviews The on site visit may be your first contact with the prospective employer. In either case. and you may be interviewed by a “professional interviewer” who will ask pre-determined questions. The on site interview gives you a chance to tour the facility. the campus interview is essentially a screening interview. Your performance will determine whether you will continue in the selection process. it may last several hours. p83 . Do not take the telephone interview lightly. It is not uncommon for companies to send a recent UCLA graduate who is working for their firm to conduct all or part of the interview. and be ready to answer your phone. • Keep your resume and cover letter (and job ad if you responded to a particular opening) nearby for reference. a face-toface interview will follow. • Pick a quiet location where you can speak openly and without interruption. An important point to keep in mind is scheduling. Like any other first interview. The video conference interview falls into two types. by a department or division manager. It is not uncommon for follow up interviews for entry level jobs to consume an entire day. If you have call waiting. A video recording of your interview is then turned over to the organization that is interested in your qualifications. Other times. The video conference equipment may consist of a PC.campus session is conducted in one of the Career Center’s interview rooms and lasts from 30 minutes to one hour. • If you’re using a cell phone. Type 1 . If you pass the first round of the selection process. and experience the work environment and its employees.In other circumstances. make sure the battery is charged and you’re in an area with clear reception. Do not schedule more than two initial interviews in one day – one in the morning and one in the mid afternoon. It may also be used for localized searches. Keep in mind it is just as important to prepare thoroughly for a campus interview as any other interview. Sometimes the recruiter will call ahead and schedule the telephone interview for a specific time in the future. In this setting. video conference interviewing contains the challenges of the telephone interview without any of its advantages. Your initial on site interview will generally last 45 minutes to one hour. learn more about the organization’s products and services. Be prepared to present your best background and qualifications. Keep it professional. or it may be the final step in the selection process. The campus interview may be conducted by a human resources representative. ignore it. and a microphone. Tips for the Telephone Interview Here are some tips that can help you progress to the next step in the employer’s selection process: • If your phone interview is arranged in advance. you will usually be interviewed by someone in the company’s human resources department or another staff member. try to clear your schedule for the entire day so that you do not have to cut short your opportunity to present your qualifications and obtain a job offer. If things are going well. be where you say you will be at the appointed hour. or by an employee who works in the same type of position for which you are being considered. You need to make a special effort to ensure that your enthusiasm and your warmth are projected to the interviewers. Type 2 . Telephone Interview The telephone interview is a pre-screening technique often used by employers who neither have the time nor budget to meet face-to-face with each candidate during the preliminary stages of the selection process.You will be asked to report to the office of an independent vendor that specializes in contracting out its video conference facilities to corporate customers. If the interviewer decides there is a fit worth pursuing. When you receive an invitation to a follow up interview. Video Conference Interviews This pre-screening technique is used primarily to interview cross country candidates by organizations who are looking for cost effective ways to recruit. a slow scan camera. The facilities and technology can be rather elaborate. Don’t drive during the interview or engage in any other distractions. Practice so your delivery sounds natural and conversational. Don’t take other calls during the interview. the caller will jump right into the interview without giving you advance notice. • Prepare a written script or jot down on index cards key points to make. you may be invited to a company’s branch office or to a facility with a less sophisticated set up. you will be invited to a follow up interview which usually takes place at the company’s local or home office.

Solution . and the behavioral based interview. The Resume Based Interview The interviewer using this “question-and-answer” technique will seek to confirm your qualifications by asking you to describe in greater detail the experiences summarized on your resume. you stand a better chance of communicating your “smile” and your enthusiasm over the telephone. and think out your responses clearly before you answer. such as nodding or smiling. Solution . By looking into the mirror and smiling throughout the interview. • Be sure to interview the interviewer. p84 . On the other hand. warmth. Preparation Tips • Write out and rehearse the details surrounding each item on your resume. you’ll have formulated the organization’s “resume” in your mind. • Always go into an interview with about four or five questions already mapped out. this is the most widely used method of interviewing by most companies and organizations.There are no non-verbal cues. • If you have a copy of the company’s annual report or access to their website. if you sense that you haven’t communicated a reply clearly. Typical Resume Based Interview Questions • What motivated you to choose your major and career field? • What internships have you completed? What did you learn? • Did you work while going to school? In what positions? • Have you done any volunteer work? What kind? • Do you have any leadership experience? Please tell me about it. Challenge #2 . • If you’ve done your research. • Be prepared to describe in detail how a particular accomplishment or experience translates to a benefit to the employer’s organization and the position you have applied for.It can be difficult sometimes to communicate professionalism. and how do you see a position with this company fitting into your plans? Types of Interviews There are three main types of interviews: the resume based interview. and enthusiasm. • How has your education at UCLA prepared you for your career? • What college subjects did you like the most? The least? Why? • What skills or qualifications do you have that would make you successful in this position? • What are some things in your past jobs that you feel you have done particularly well? • What do you feel needs improvement? • What did you enjoy the most about your last job? What did you enjoy the least? • Why did you leave your last job? • Why did you decide to seek a position with this company. view this as a presentation of its skills and background. It’s not unusual for an interviewer to “mix and match” various combinations of these techniques during the course of your interview.Overcoming Challenges of the Telephone Interview Challenge #1 . Some job seekers have achieved good results from placing a large mirror on their desk near the telephone. ask for clarification. • Ask questions to make your interview an interactive experience.If you’re in doubt about the meaning or intent of any question. try again until you are sure that your message has been received correctly. the case interview. Don’t forget: the interview is a two way exchange of information. to help guide your responses or to help the interviewer at the other end of the line interpret your responses. and what do you know about us? • What are your short term and long range career goals.It may help to dress in business attire for your telephone interview just as you would for an in person session. Currently.

• Budget your time. Then practice using this technique until it becomes second nature. • Creativity accompanied by common sense and good business instinct.?” You will be expected to frame your response in a three step process by describing in detail: 1) The situation 2) The action you took 3) The result or outcome. • Pick one sub topic to probe. Its focus is on “real life” experiences and actions.” “Lead me through your decision making process. Case Interview Tips • Listen to and read the introduction and case description carefully. rather than allowing you to bring up points that you may want to emphasize. • Logical thought process and analytical rigor. • Demonstrating enthusiasm. • Ability to synthesize information and draw analogies. or attribute that the company looks for in its employees and will ask you to describe a specific time that you demonstrated that characteristic. The Behavioral Interview Behavior based interviewing is currently popular with a growing number of employers and builds upon the basic premise that future performance is best predicted by past behavior. “It sounds like a cash flow problem”). the behavioral interview is much more structured and probing. A typical line of questioning might be: “Tell me about a time when you.. • Ask one or two clarifying questions. Check the appropriateness through dialog with the interviewer. skill. You will be asked to formulate a solution to the problem under tight time constraints. • Pick a second branch to pursue as above. • The interviewer may interrupt or follow up with questions that probe for depth and detail. Methods of presenting the case study can range from formal written documents containing considerable information to brief oral descriptions of the problem accompanied by little guidance or information. Visit the library Monday-Friday 9am-5pm to review the “Vault Guide to Case Interviews” or “Case in Point ” books. p85 Case Interview Resources The UCLA Career Center Career Library has a number of resources available to help students prepare for case interviews. pursue if viable.. In either extreme. • Use of a structured. and make a recommendation or identify a plan of action. such as: “What were you thinking at that point?” “Tell me more about your meeting with that person. Compared to a traditional interview. hypothesis-driven approach.” .The Case Interview The interviewer will present you with a complex problem involving issues or situations that are not likely to be familiar. and comfort with ambiguity are your primary goals in case interviewing. There are other differences you may expect in a behavioral interview: • The interviewer will ask open ended questions to assess whether you have the skills and traits considered essential for job success. The key word is “specific. the interviewer will be looking for these qualities: • Demonstrated enthusiasm for solving complex problems. • Comfort with drawing conclusions in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty. • The interview will focus on areas that are important to the employer. • Identify potential issues and related sub topics. logical and analytical thought processes.g. • Keep note taking to a minimum and concentrate on remembering key facts. The interviewer will cite an experience. Internet Job Search Resources • Ace Your Case!: Consulting Interviews • Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation • Vault Guide to the Case Interview Preparation Tips • Figure out in advance what approach works best for you in analyzing ambiguous and complex issues. summarize your conclusions. • Structure the problem by stating a hypothesis (e..” A person well trained in this interviewing technique will not let you get away with a general or vague answer. Discard if the topicappears not to be relevant. Remember. Always save the last five minutes to pull everything together. there is seldom a single right answer. Develop the hypothesis.

• Tell about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get across an important point. be ready with stories or specific examples to describe your actions that were integral to the group’s success. What did you do? • Give an example of when you had to arrive at a compromise or guide others to a compromise. behavioral based questions will evaluate your skills and expertise in specific areas. How did you handle that situation? • Give an example of a time when you were assigned to a complex project. define key issues. describe how you can adapt to a wide variety of people. such as initiative. What was the impact of the change on you? • By providing examples. Your main objective during that research should be to identify the skills.Preparation Tips • Thoroughly research your field or industry and the firms with which you intend to interview. • Tell of a situation when you worked with a colleague who was not completing his share of the project. • Describe a situation when you had to defend a position or decision. • Recall a time from your work experience when your manager or supervisor was unavailable and a problem arose. • Have your listening and speaking skills ever helped you better understand a person or a situation? Describe. The following are examples of questions the interviewer may ask to evaluate your potential for successful job performance. Communication • Tell of a time when your active listening skills really paid off for you. if you have participated in a team project. if anyone. Strategies for Success in a Behavioral Interview You’ll be at a distinct advantage if you’re prepared with hard evidence to demonstrate specific skills and capabilities. • Describe a time on any job that you held in which you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills. Decision Making • Give an example of a time when you had to make a difficult decision. • Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgement and logic in making a decision. • Describe a situation in which you had to adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control. • What has been your most successful experience in speech making? • Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way. • Have you ever made a presentation to a large group? Describe that experience. Who. Specifically. • Tell about a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision. attributes and experiences highly valued by the industry. situations. p86 . consensus building. good communication. and leadership. For example. • Summarize a situation where you had to seek out relevant information. did you tell or talk to about it? Did the manager take any steps to correct your colleague? Did you agree or disagree with the manager’s actions and why? Analysis or Problem Solving • Give an example of how you identified a small problem and fixed it before it became major. and environments. Adaptability • Describe a problem you faced in making the transition from college to work. • Be prepared to discuss several examples from your list of accomplishments for each of those desired qualities. and determine the steps to take to get desired results. Generally speaking. what steps did you take to prepare for and finish the project? Were you happy with the outcome? What steps would you have done differently if given a second chance? • Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet to disengage yourself from a difficult situation. Teamwork • Describe a time when other members of your work team disagreed with your ideas.

You don’t need the stress of a missing belt or unpolished shoes at the last minute.g. • Describe a time on the job when you had any projects or assignments due at the same time. colognes. If so. Tell about your success in reaching it. • Remember. • Make sure your chosen outfit is ready to step into the day of your interview. As a general rule of thumb. Know Where to Park Find out where to park on your test drive. Unless they specify that you should dress casually for the interview. • Tell about a time you had to resolve a conflict or a sensitive or personal nature. primarily because of your efforts. after shaves) and pay attention to fresh hygiene and good grooming. drive to the interview site (or take whatever public transportation you will use on the interview day). • Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. contact the company in advance to find out whether they validate parking for persons interviewing with the firm. allow plenty of extra time so that you arrive at your destination ten to fifteen minutes early. In the case of fee based parking. p87 . take your test commute at about the same time of day you would be traveling on the day of the interview and note the time it takes to get there. Planning and Organizing • How do you determine priorities in scheduling your time? Give an example. Work Standards or Ethics • Describe a time when you were not very satisfied or pleased with your performance. be sure you have an adequate supply of change for the meter. Why was this person difficult? How did you handle the situation? • Give an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when the individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa). and hair are important final touches to your polished and professional image. An increasing number of campus recruiters are dressing in casual clothing. How did you handle it? What was the result? Supervision • In a supervisory or group leadership role. What to Wear What to wear depends somewhat on the type of industry and area of the country. have you ever had to discipline or counsel an employee or group member? What was the nature of the discipline? How did you feel? • Have you ever given feedback to someone? What did you do? • Tell about a time when you had to fire someone. Clean nails. your work potential may be judged by the kind of attention you give your appearance. • Describe a situation that required a number of things to be done at the same time. get specific instructions on where to park and procedures to follow. What did you do about it? • How have you differed from your boss in evaluating your performance? How did you handle the situation? • Have you ever disagreed with a rule or procedure? What did you do? Initiative • Give an example where you pushed yourself to do more than the minimum. you can’t go wrong “dressing up” for the occasion in business attire.Sensitivity or Interpersonal Skills • Tell about a time when you had to be assertive. • Have you ever had to motivate someone to do something? Describe. • Tell about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done. you should minimize fragrances (e. breath. perfumes. What steps did you take to get them all done? • Give an example of an important goal which you set in the past. Describe how you felt. your interview attire should be equivalent to that worn by senior managers when they meet with their best clients. If possible. • No matter your gender. If you will be parking on the street.. Before the Interview Take a Test Drive to Increase Your Comfort Zone Before your interview. • Describe a project or idea that was implemented or carried out successfully. On the day of the interview.

• Help you prepare for your follow up interviews. Interviews most often begin with small talk about the weather. and check your appearance. enter a restroom. • Check in with the receptionist. the interviewer will ask you to fill in details. and other benefits. Do not hesitate to volunteer information or ask for clarification. • Show a genuine interest in the company. usually as the interview draws to a close. • Shoes: polished pumps in a dark or neutral color. Questions for the Interviewer • How does this position fit into the overall organizational structure? • What percentage of time would be devoted to each of the responsibilities of the position? • What challenges or opportunities are associated with the position? • What is the nature of the training program and supervision provided to new employees? • How does the company measure performance? When are evaluations scheduled? Just for Mr. • Shoes: polished dress shoes in a dark color. If a follow up interview takes place. Bruin • Suit or tailored dress: conservative style and color. p88 . • Accessories: minimal jewelry. Bruin • Suit: two-piece suit of medium blue or darker color. If you opt for blue. • While you are waiting. vacation. • Shirt: long-sleeved shirt in solid white or blue. The questions you ask an employer should: • Give you a better understanding of the duties and tasks of the job. yet not be so basic that they lead the interviewer to believe you have not researched the company. Maintain good eye contact and demonstrate your enthusiasm and self confidence throughout the interview. there will be ample time to discuss these issues. • Socks: choose a solid dark color that either matches or complements your suit trousers. • About 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Be friendly and polite to everyone you meet. relax by looking at company literature or magazines. the conversation will shift to a more serious vein and you will be asked an open ended icebreaker. such as “Why are you interested in our company?” As your interview continues. At some point during the interview. Soon. You don’t always know who may be involved in your evaluation.Just for Ms. wait in your car. Day of the Interview When You Arrive If you arrive more than 15 minutes early. Be sure you do! Having questions that have been well thought out in advance will impress the interviewer. • Greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake. • Tie: a conservative pattern and of a contrasting color that is darker than your shirt. or some recent public event. It is not appropriate at a first interview to ask questions that deal with salary. • Accessories: keep to a minimum. go into the building. A leather portfolio for carrying your resume and other papers is appropriate. Add a leather portfolio for carrying your resume and other important papers. traffic. Use the extra time to review your resume and organize your thoughts. the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Now you’re ready for your appointment. keep its shade much lighter than your suit jacket.

Be sure to get a business card from the interviewer so you can send a thank you note the next day. The Close of the Interview After you have finished your questions. and ultimately a job offer that truly meets your expectations. and make sure you have the interviewer’s name and title correct. After your job interviews. Sample Closing Here’s a sample script to get you started on your own personalized closing: “This sounds likes an exciting opportunity – just the kind I am looking for.” Thank You Letter Always send a thank you letter following an interview. more interviews. Maintain Contact • Give the interviewer about one week to get your letter. Even if you don’t get a job offer. continue to maintain contact on a monthly basis. and abilities you can bring to the job. Ask if you can provide additional information to assist in the decision making process. substitute: “I am looking forward to the next step in your selection process. they may invite you to an interview for another position. strengths. that should be all for today. and appreciation for the opportunity to interview. the relationships you establish can lead to further referrals. p89 .• What are the backgrounds of other employees I would be working with in this position? • What is the management style and corporate culture? • What are the characteristics of your most outstanding employees in a similar position? Following the Interview It pays to be proactive in your follow up activities. to-the-point letter can still be effective and can sometimes be the difference between getting the job or not. I believe my (insert your most relevant strengths and experience here) make me an ideal candidate for this position. then make a quick phone call to express your continuing interest in the company. • Keep in touch with the interviewer on a regular basis (we suggest once a week) until you have been offered the position or have been told that someone else has been chosen. The letter doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. I look forward to becoming a member of your team. keep in touch with the interviewers. • Hang in there! If someone else is selected and you felt that you had good rapport with the interviewer. if you don’t have anything else. • Express your interest in the position. • Thank the interviewer for his or her time and interest in meeting with you and explaining the position. Will the interviewer contact you? Will you make the next move? It is appropriate for you to take the initiative to set a time frame for getting a response. A brief. If the employer knows you are still interested. you will probably hear a comment similar to. Check the letter carefully for grammar and spelling. Thanks for coming. “Well. Before leaving the interview. If the last sentence seems too aggressive for your style. • Emphasize the skills.” This is an opportune time to make a strong close by summarizing your qualifications and expressing your interest in the position. be certain you understand the next step. “No” might simply mean they found another candidate who they believe is a better match for that particular position. It is a professional courtesy and demonstrates your consideration. enthusiasm.

Joanna Lastname Human Resources Wealth Management Fictious Name 12345 Wilshire Blvd. Please feel free to contact me at (555) 555-5555 or by email to Kahrear@ucla. Los Angeles... CA 99999. My enthusiasm for the position and interest for working for Wealth Management Fictious Name were greatly strengthened as a result of our if you would like me to provide you with any additional information. (555) 555-5555 Kahrear@ucla. I enjoyed speaking with you and learning more about Wealth Management Fictious Name and your department. Sixteenth Floor Century City. Kahrear Scentor Kahrear Scentor p90 . 2011 Mrs. CA 99999 Dear Mrs. Thank you again for the interview and your consideration. I am confident that my academic background and work experience provide a good fit with your requirements of the job. #106. Lastname: I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the financial analyst position. Sincerely.Example of Thank You Letter Kahrear Scentor 321 Belmont May 27.

“How valuable and important am I to the company?” Know your skills and what they are worth to the employer. Salary Comparison Application for UCLA Job Seekers The UCLA Salary Comparison program can be used to augment your career planning efforts. On occasion. Determine the going rate Salary surveys are fairly easy to come by and will provide an industry wide perspective. or rural area. Don’t be the first to mention salary during the interview. town. but rarely exceed it unless you are an exceptional candidate. Don’t worry about what your friends are making. Never lie about your salary history. Before relying on salary data. it will show that you’ve done your homework and know your value and the “market rate” of the position. Most state and federal government jobs have rigid. What is your bargaining power? Employers will negotiate within a range. background. an employer may be willing to come up with more money or additional benefits to accommodate your particular skills and abilities. Go to career. take into account differences in the cost of living which may be significantly higher in a large metropolitan area than in a smaller city. • The salary range the employer has in mind. Before You Begin Negotiating Preparation is the key to success. p91 . Employers expect you to negotiate your salary and often ask about your expectations on application forms or during the interview. If you’re ready with facts and figures and state your salary goal in the right way. you are in an excellent position to negotiate an attractive compensation package. • Mid level positions typically have a negotiation range of between 10 and 20 percent.Negotiating a Compensation Package When it comes to negotiating salary and benefits. Under these circumstances. Check with professional organizations. Whether you get what you think you deserve will depend on two major things: • How well you lay the groundwork and deliver your request.ucla. The employer certainly isn’t. Evaluate your worth Ask for more details.Chapter 9 . In general: • Entry level base salaries are usually subject to no more than 10 percent of the original salary offered. Most employers know what they are willing to pay for a particular position. Additional tips Be realistic. Research the job market Scan newspapers and trade publications for classified ads or browse Internet job listings to get an idea of what similar positions pay for a person with your education. Be sure to clearly communicate your strengths and capabilities during the interview. The following offer a few simple clues to help you present a winning case. You can anonymously enter your academic credentials and work experience into the program in order to receive compensation guidance. Call employment agencies or search firms. Be Ready to Answer That Inevitable Question: “What salary are you looking for?” Advance preparation will not only maximize the potential for a better compensation package. Ask friends and networking contacts. most job seekers would rather move on to less painful tasks. you will be in a considerably better position to negotiate. The Reality of Salaries The salary for most jobs is usually flexible within a predetermined range. non-negotiable salary scales based on education and experience. • Higher level management and executive positions offer the greatest opportunities for negotiation. and experience. you need to check whether it is current and know if it is from a reputable source. Once you get the information.

and life insurance. and then offer a range that places the top of the employer’s range into the bottom of your range (e. an increasing number of companies offer flexible benefit packages which give employees a variety of choices and “perks. Many employee benefits are considered standard.000.” Another approach: summarize the requirements of the position as you understand them. • Paid vacation. “I was thinking in terms of $50. • Concierge services Note: Please keep in mind that during these challenging economic times. They come with the job and are not subject to negotiation. Explain that you are confident you will be able to reach a mutual agreement if there is a good match between your qualifications and the company’s needs..000”).” Most entry level employees can expect a basic benefit package consisting of: • Health.g.. “How much did you earn in your last job?” Tell the interviewer that you would prefer to learn more about the current position before you discuss compensation. This keeps you within their price range but shows you are interested in somewhat more compensation. However. Be sure that the range you were thinking about is consistent with what you learned about the market rate for that position. sick leave. A More Comprehensive Benefits Package Might Include: • Cell phone and/or pager • Child and daycare services • Company car • Computer equipment • Cost of living adjustments • Desirable office and furnishings • Education and training programs • Expense accounts • Flexible work schedule • Maternity or parental leave • Preferred parking • Professional membership dues • Profit sharing and savings plans • Relocation expenses • Retirement and 401K plans • Special equipment (e. and holidays.00035.000 to $50. available to provide assistance in preparing for this part of your job search process.g.. including UCLA Career Center counselors.Handling Salary Questions There are many books and other resources.. Here are just a few tips on how to respond to salary questions: “What are your salary requirements?” One appropriate response might be: “I understand the current market rate in Los Angeles for this job is $30. is that what you were expecting?” Tell the interviewer that it does come near your expectations.000 . dental. “The salary range for this position is $40. Other benefits may be worth at least one third of your compensation. disability. and then ask the interviewer what the company’s normal salary range is for that type of position. p92 . computers) • Stock and equity options • Supplementary pay plans • Telecommuting • Termination agreement (severance pay) • Unpaid leave time Benefits Part of the Compensation Package It’s important to keep in mind that your total compensation is more than the money in your paycheck. many of these benefits may not be available.000 to $60.

not your needs Don’t present your request in terms of how you will benefit (e. bookstores. Emphasize your skills and abilities. Compensation is a high priority for nearly everyone.The Art of Skillfull Salary Negotiation Have an amount in mind Decide what you want and what you’ll accept. Your actual paycheck will reflect income tax and other deductions. a salary IQ test. but rather a friendly. • Your goal . such as the following. Stay cool. Where to Get Salary Information A general search on the Internet will provide links to numerous general and profession-specific salary surveys.a realistic amount you think you have a good chance of getting..S. perhaps a bonus could be justified. a better office space. and newsstands. Consider negotiating for non monetary awards. • General periodicals such as U. Seek creative alternatives If the salary you have in mind is out of the question. may be obtained at public and university libraries. don’t become angry and lose control. such as flexible hours. Numerous references. If the employer comes close to what you’re after. Be ready to compromise A heavy-handed “pay me what I’m worth or else” ultimatum is not recommended. When the discussion isn’t going your way. calm and collected Salary negotiation should not be an adversarial process. you’ll have to decide whether to settle on this figure. and salary negotiating strategies. Instead. or more responsibility. but it should never be the sole factor in deciding whether to accept a job offer. Ditto for other perks. This means knowing three important figures: • Your “dream” salary – the most you can ask for without fear of alienating your prospective employer.g. pay off your student loans or buy a new car). • Your bottom line – the lowest figure you’d settle for. open dialogue. Take a hard look at your salary requirements Construct a basic budget by listing your expected monthly expenses. News and World Report or Working Woman • Major newspapers • Trade journals Career Library / Lab Resources on the World of Work • Job Offer!: A How-To Negotiation Guide • Negotiating Salary and Perks • Negotiating Your Salary • Occupational Outlook Handbook (Check under the “Earnings” section of each profession profiled) • Salary Survey of the National Association of Colleges and Employers • Salary Facts Handbook: The Definitive Source of Pay Information on 800 Jobs p93 . It’s strictly an economic issue. point out how the company will benefit by the experience and contributions you will make. such as taking a job related course or starting a graduate program. Keep things in the proper perspective Remember that your salary has nothing to do with your value as a human being.

A nice starting salary is great. or expense account? Performance evaluation • Is a formal appraisal system in place? • Will performance goals be set and measured? • Are salary increases and bonuses tied to performance? •Does individual performance affect your annual bonus or profit sharing potential? p94 . and personal growth. multi-national conglomerate or is it a small start up company where you know everyone. or racial backgrounds? Supervision • Who do you report to? What is that person’s management style? How much day-to-day supervision will you have? • Who gives you assignments? Who approves them? • How much independence and decision making go with the position? Work environment • What is the “corporate culture?” Is it a fast paced atmosphere with deadlines. Evaluate how the position fits into your short and long term lifestyle and career goals and how it will provide opportunities for job satisfaction. but if you don’t get up in the morning looking forward to going to work.Evaluating Job Offers Decision Making Criteria At least half of your waking day will be spent at work performing your new job. no amount of money is worth it. enjoyment. including the president? • What is the company’s reputation? Its size and sales? Its growth potential and position in the market? • Is the management style hierarchical or consensus oriented? • Does the company welcome and value people of differing cultural.Chapter 10 . ethnic. such as a health club membership. or is it a slow and calm environment? • Is it a structured organization providing stability and security or unstructured environment where you are given complete responsibility and power to make decisions? • Do you have an office? A cubicle? A desk in a bullpen? • How many hours are you expected to put in? • What time do people in your position get to work? When do they leave? Co-workers • Who will you work closely with? Are they congenial? Can you spend eight hours or more a day with them? • Do you think you’ll be comfortable with the people you’ll be dealing with? • Is the staff diverse? Potential for advancement • Is the position compatible with your career plans? • Are you able to move cross functionally? • What is the upward mobility? • Is transfer or relocation necessary or desirable for advancement in the company? • Is training available? Compensation and benefits • Is the base salary competitive? • Does the salary start high and peak or begin lower with potential for significant increases? • What is the quality of the medical and dental coverage? • Does the company provide relocation expenses or allowances? • What “perks” can you expect. and how soon? • Is the work routine or project based? • How big is your work group and what is your role in it? • Does anyone report to you? • What percentage of time will you travel? The Company • Is it a large. The Position • What will you be doing on a day-to-day basis? • Will you have the opportunity to use your background and experience in a meaningful way? • What skills are required? What are the prospects for learning new skills? • How much responsibility will you have. company car.

etc. Restate your understanding of the agreed upon terms. Students who violate our policies are required to meet with Career Center staff. especially if you explain that you want to complete the interviewing cycle in which you are currently engaged. • The onus is on you to do as much self assessment and employer research as possible to be in the best position to make informed decisions. the decisions are ultimately between you and the employer. often months before they will start work. we have implemented specific Employer Recruitment Policies to guide on-campus recruiting activities. Maintain regular contact between you and the employer from the time the offer is received. or to “hedge your bets” in case your preferred offer doesn’t come through. in order to make the most informed decision. With this in mind. As a student you should be aware of the guidelines set forth for employers who recruit oncampus at UCLA. but have an interview scheduled in two weeks with the Y The first is. And how can the Career Center help you? Again. reduced options for location preferences. each case is considered individually. • Contact the employer who has made you the offer and ask if they are prepared and willing to extend the offer acceptance deadline. call the employer to accept and follow with a letter. That being said. • As it is unrealistic to enforce a specific time frame regarding offer and acceptance of employment. For internship positions. COME SEE A CAREER COUNSELOR! Handling Multiple Offers and Offer Deadlines In the generally fast-paced employment market. there are some important things to keep in mind and steps you should take. and/or complete the interviewing in which you are currently engaged. nor should they attach incentives involving diminishing bonuses. you are more likely to make good long-term employment decisions. If p95 Additional Pointers • Be sure to give yourself time to reflect on any offer extended to you. • Do not accept an offer that you are not comfortable with. For full-time positions. write a polite and tactful letter declining other offers you may have received. You’ve successfully secured one offer – you can do it again. please contact our Employer Relations team at If you have any questions about our policies. you might ask yourself whether you want to work for an organization which is pressuring you to make a hasty choice. such as starting date. Employers should not make offers or pressure students to accept “early” offers include those requiring a quick response time. If the employer does insist on your making a decision quickly. • Once you have accepted an offer. Consequences range in scope and can include forfeiture of all campus recruiting privileges. • The onus is on employers to not improperly influence and affect your job acceptance. and how to handle offer deadlines given by employers when you have not finished talking to all the organizations you are interested in. • If you are waiting on a preferred employer. if possible. For example. where employers are eager to secure students.New Recruitment Policies The Career Center believes that students should have sufficient time to make important career and internship decisions. students should be given three weeks to make a decision. this is a complex issue and unfortunately there are no clear rules for every situation. We have established expectations for employers to ensure students’ ability to comply with our second-round policy. Ask for the offer in writing so there won’t be any misunderstandings later. and benefits. The Career Center does not permit students to cancel first-round interviews to attend second-round interviews. you are given a week to accept an offer by the X Corporation. Here are some other valuable suggestions and guidelines for handling multiple offers and offer deadlines: • Experience shows that the best employment decisions for both you and employers are those made without pressure and with the greatest amount of information. though – they deserve to know your decision within a reasonable amount of time so they can offer the position to someone else. • If you decide the job offer meets your criteria. combined with your unique needs and schedule. students should be given two weeks to make their final decision. You can review our employer timeline and recruitment policies online at career. Do not stretch their patience too much. This is a common practice and does not automatically imply that their offer is second best. CONSULT WITH A UCLA CAREER COUNSELOR! Come to the Career Center for a Drop-In counseling session where we can help you assess the situation and examine your options. if needed. should you withdraw or decline.ucla. . who you are potentially more interested in. you are given sufficient time to attend career fairs. position title. • Never accept a verbal offer. Given the variability of employers’ hiring practices and time frames. dilemmas you may face are what to do if you receive multiple employment offers. salary. participate in on-campus interviews. • COMMUNICATION IS KEY.ucla. contact them and ask how far they have proceeded with your application and when you are likely to hear of their decision.

Some you will enjoy.Chapter 11 . Come early. customers. Strategies for Success Monitor your expectations When beginning your new job. you can increase your chances for survival. There are new people to meet and new things to do. it will serve you well to become acquainted with the organizational culture. others not. Take the initiative Go beyond the job description. and see projects through to completion. help others. And you will learn how to give input and make contributions without stepping on toes. you may not have enough information to determine the relevance or importance of a project to the big picture. no matter how unimportant. Show that you are capable of handling more than one job effectively By positioning yourself for new responsibilities. be ready to take risks. As a new employee. As a new employee. You will begin to develop an understanding of how and why things are done. Succeeding in Your First Job Plan and organize your time Get in the habit of making a “things to do” list each day and follow it. Those who can anticipate workplace problems and opportunities and plan their activities accordingly will be the most successful. Keep the lines of communication open. But be patient. boring. Take time to get to know more about the company and the people in it. Focus on being a great new professional. and your boss. others not. it is in your best interest to take advantage of the opportunities as they arise and do the best you can. or trivial you may think it is. Once you earn the respect and confidence of your boss and co-workers. Too many new hires look past their position and spend so much time trying to get promoted that they neglect the job at hand. stay late Cheerfully putting in extra time shows your commitment. Therefore. Keep your boss informed Initiate formal and informal discussions to update your boss on what you’re working on and how you’re doing. then find out who is. and analytical skills will come in handy.” This is the time when all of your observational. And don’t hesitate to remind a busy or forgetful manager when it’s time for your performance review. p96 . Establish a reputation as being a cooperative team player No one wins by being out for himself. Don’t use or manipulate people for your personal gain. If you are not the expert in an area. The things you do first on a new job build a foundation and send important messages to colleagues. you’ll be eager to showcase what you learned as a college student. Your new employer hired you because of your potential to be successful in the organization. You will be evaluated on your ability to “catch on” and “fit in. Learn Your Boss’s Style of Interaction Does he or she mind frequent interruptions? Or is a scheduled meeting to discuss your questions more preferable? Daily briefings? Written reports? A good relationship with your boss requires sensitivity to different working styles. and don’t get ahead of yourself Learn your job well and do a great job at it. even if your present slot is eliminated in downsizing or restructuring.Surviving Your First Job Transitioning from college to a new career is one of the most exciting times of your life. Set priorities The 80/20 rule applies here: Eighty percent of the benefit to the organization (and thus to your career) will be derived from about 20 percent of the tasks in front of you. Some you will be able to do with ease. Use networking to multiply your productivity Joining a professional association is another effective way to increase your networking opportunities. Set a meeting or offer lunch so you can learn what they know. Instead treat everyone at every level with respect and dignity. Pay your dues You will be approached with many projects. you can expect to have more flexibility to work on projects that interest you most. investigative.

when you go to employer information meetings or visit the work setting on an interview. What to Wear to Work Your professional appearance matters. • If you want the promotion.Learn your organization’s culture and personality Watch your colleagues carefully. look promotable. Dressing for work is hardly different than dressing to go out with friends. look at what the employees wear. or Just Plain Nuts • Welcome to the Real Working World: What Every Employee MUST Know to Succeed • Your Rights in the Workplace • 101 Tips for Graduates: A Code of Conduct for Success and Happiness in Your Professional Life • When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know • Your First 90 Days in a New Job (How to Make an Impact) p97 . How do they talk. • If your organization has “Casual Fridays. dress. act. bosses. they may also dress differently. Rules on Professional Appearance • If you want the job. Certain dress is accepted in different organizations and in different parts of the country. dress like the person two levels ahead of you. Just like different industries use different professional jargon. to be on the safe side. look the part. Is it a dark blue suit or faded blue jeans? Politely ask if this is the usual attire just in case it is a casual dress day at work. You may have heard the saying that if you want to move up. Observe Men and Women at Work As a student. Control Freak. and subordinates? What is the language of the organization? Look for common denominators so that you will know if you are violating the organization’s norms and values.” take your queue from your supervisor. • If you want respect. and conduct their business? How do they deal with customers. Dress can be very conservative in some professions or companies. dress as well or better than the industry standard. Lean toward a more conservative look. Take advantage of the regular performance reviews to carefully note your strengths and weaknesses as the company sees them. Set goals for your progress Record your accomplishments as they occur. Find out how you can improve your job performance. and very casual in others. Career Library / Lab Resources on the World of Work • Beyond Business Casual: What to Wear to Work If You Want to Get Ahead • First-Job Survival Guide • I Hate My Boss: How to Survive and Get Ahead When Your Boss is a Tyrant. Dress to fit in.

• Many employers also offer retirement savings plans such as 401(k) or 403(b) plans.g. reputable books for beginners. but make sure you consider having disability insurance and health insurance too. emergency funds for six to twelve months. consider purchasing temporary health insurance. which can help to decrease your current taxable income and save for the future. bonds (e. Carefully check this out before making any decisions. Paying attention to this type of advice will help you find long term financial success and security. Set Aside Emergency Cash As soon as possible. your main source of protection from financial risk will probably be insurance. • Start setting savings goals (e. and mutual funds are common types of investments you may want to consider. Job Benefits. government agencies and other sources. your retirement account can grow very quickly. If you do not have dependents that need your financial help. new clothes for work. If you are in between jobs. p98 Our Advertisers We’d like to thank our advertisers for helping to support the work we do for our UCLA students and alumni. Often there is a short sign-up period once you start your new job. Go to the library and check out well-known. financial affairs. stocks. Preparing for Short-Term Financial Responsibilities Learn how to develop and stick to a budget. or needs. Business Management Directors Guild Producer Training Plan Yoga Works Disability Group. and should not to be relied upon as a substitute for professional financial advice. discover options and set-up a plan that works for you. and paying off student loans. retirement) and focus on ways to reach your goals. and Investing In Your Future Typically. This could be a wonderful benefit for you but find out the pros and cons before you make any decisions. That can be like free money. Luxe Hotel National University of Singapore UCLA Extension. Be proactive. which expenses are necessary. a car for basic transportation. Planning your budget (and sticking to it) will keep stress levels down so you can focus on excellent performance in your first job after college. • Many employers will match a portion of your savings. • Start saving early. Save for the Future • Become knowledgeable on the basics of finance and investing. and contact your lender’s representatives or visit their website to discover a host of various options. St. including eating out and leisure activities. Check all of your options carefully in the beginning. Learn to live with less. treasury or corporate notes). Through compounding.. George’s University ViaSat Inc. Paralegal UCLA Extension. begin to build up a six to twelve month savings account at a well-known and reputable bank or credit union.g. Seek information from a financial aid officer. and do searches on the Internet so you can grasp this important information as soon as possible. and salary based payments. investment and retirement funds.. is not intended to be specific advice. watch financial television shows. interest only payments. a family. a recent graduate’s goals include getting an apartment. including full payment schedules. Protect Yourself from Financial Risk When you first start out. This generalized information does not take into account your individual objectives.g. You may already be familiar with car insurance requirements in California. real estate). If you have student loans. you may be out of luck. So plan ahead to protect yourself. . deferments.. If you miss the cut off date.Disclaimer About Financial Information The following financial information is of a general nature. and how much you should designate for optional expenses. The Arts UCLA Extension. it is more important than ever to control your spending and to not live beyond your means. Make sure you consult with reputable financial experts and think it through before making any decisions. consider taking it. The following are some tips for you to consider. That unexpected illness may pop up when you are not covered and wipe out all other savings and more. Tips For Your First Job: Finances. • Employers often provide savings plans or access to savings and investments where your contributions are deducted directly from your paycheck. but if your employer offers it. life insurance may not be as important. Don’t forget to focus on saving money for emergencies and your future. Obtain more than one opinion to make sure you enhance your options. Inc. your first home. In this challenging economy. • Equities (e. You should talk to your financial advisor before making any decisions about your particular situation.

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