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

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

206.3938 Business / Economics Career Information. B11 Student Activities Center Get quick answers about CVs/resumes. Drop-In Counseling & Career Library / and at gsrc.206.206. This Career Guide. Second Floor Email kdavy@career. Young Drive South . When it is time to begin a full time career.ucla.1915 Fax Phone 310. Second Floor Email Phone 310. write resumes. practice interviewing.Second Floor Email AlumService@career.Chapter 1 . we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Early on. the Career Center staff will help you make and re-evaluate career choices. 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. north entrance) Floors Two and Three Los Angeles. and gain “real world” experience through internships. If graduate or professional school is your goal.1931 Check website for Drop-In locations and hours Internship & International Opportunities. we can put you in touch with thousands of challenging entry level positions in a wide variety of regional. Second Floor Email internships@career.Third Floor Email BruinView@career.206. and international organizations. CA 90095-1573 We’re conveniently located south of Bruin Walk and southwest of Ackerman Student Union.ucla.1902 Fax 310. will help you prepare for a great future and a great 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. and join! p5 Charles E. In fact. the Career Center can introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities.2024 Our Location 501 Westwood Plaza (at Strathmore.206.ucla.ucla. and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options. build networking skills. job search strategies.206. Search for the UCLA Career Phone Phone 310. Along every step toward earning your degree.ucla. For Alumni .1944 For Employers .edu.794. we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go. If you’ve already picked your dream job. North Entrance e Av nu e Log into facebook®.edu Phone 310. For specific directions: career.6623 PhD and Master’s Student Career Counseling in the Graduate Student Resource Center. and more.UCLA Career Center The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate.5358 Fax 310. No appointment necessary! Hours are announced each quarter at career.206. national. along with our friendly professional staff and a complete lineup of personal and web based services and resources. we’ll assist you with the program selection and application process. information sources.ucla.ucla.

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

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

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

May Pre-Professional and Graduate School Services Personal assistance and programs are offered for the graduate and professional school application process. Ackerman Ballroom Marketing & Entertainment Internship Night Wednesday. Please note that pre-registration is required for the Business Internship Night and Networking Night. send them to the graduate and professional programs to which you are applying. easy.ucla. Most fellowships require that applicants have a B. January please visit the Internship & International Opportunities office on the second floor.ucla. and assistance in competing for awards to fund graduate study or research. For more information. Fellowships and Scholarships Fellowships provide the opportunity for study. Ackerman Ballroom Networking Night CareerFairs for more details.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. including program selection. p9 . fellowships usually include a stipend or other benefits. February 9. and in Chapter Six. More Great Resources for UCLA Graduate Students Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) B11. These jobs can help finance your college education. Student Activities Center or see gsrc. the personal statement (see page 66). Career Center Spring 2011 Career Roundup Fair Wednesday.asucla.ucla. “Choosing and Applying to Graduate or Professional School” (page 63). faculty recommendations. You can tap into BruinView™ 24 hours a Graduate Student Association gsa. January 19. 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.ucla. or B. May 19. web-based service. 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. Ranging in duration from six months to two years.S. BruinViewTM Postings . Visit career. please go to career. admissions tests. and for more information about this dynamic. 6:30-8:30pm. add spending money to your budget.gdnet.Winter 2011 Internship and Summer Job Fair Wednesday. After reading Chapter Six. and financial assistance. upon your request. research.ucla.ucla. 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. es. 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. 11am-3pm. It’s fast. 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. and offer admission information. 6:30-8:30pm. Please visit UCLA Graduate Division www. or work related to one’s particular field of interest. 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.A. degree or are currently working on or have already secured a graduate or professional degree. For further information on eligibility. application procedures. Letters of Reference (LOR) Service The Career Center will accept and maintain your confidential reference letters and. Business Casual dress is required and admission is free to UCLA students who bring a copy of their resume and a valid BruinCard. Special guidance is offered to prehealth and pre-law candidates. and give your resume a boost with valuable on the job experience. Ackerman Ballroom Engineering & Technical Fair Tuesday.ucla.

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

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

Research companies/organizations and gain experience in your field of interest by applying for jobs. A Department of Student Affairs Two Year Transfer Student Career Plan Year One: Explore Career Options “I have a major. and interviews. • • Stop by the Career Center for drop-in counseling and to become familiar with different occupations by utilizing the Career Center Library. Check BruinView™ for jobs. Prepare for graduate school if your career choice requires an advanced degree by researching programs. attending graduate school information sessions and fairs. Network and use contacts to identify job opportunities and to get referrals. Continue to attend career fairs and employer presentations. leadership.1915 career.ucla. or take a year or more off to work or travel. Open a reference file with the Career Center while the details of your accomplishments are still fresh in your professor’s mind. attend informational sessions. and interviews will help you identify prospective employers and career positions. Soon you will be facing the transition from college to a career position or graduate school. Include your Community College experience. • • • • • 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. internships. Develop a relationship with faculty members and request letters of recommendation. • • • • • • • Discover the ABC’s of a successful job search by continuing to attend a variety of workshops offered through the Career Center. letters of reference.206. internships. internships. Delivered. and career related programs. This will help you learn more about your work preferences. Visit the Career Center to discover or research career options in a host of fields of study. Decide if you want to attend directly upon receiving your undergraduate degree. 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. p14 . and volunteer experience on your resume Explore all opportunities. Explore leadership opportunities with UCLA student groups. Finish applying to graduate and professional schools if your career plans require a graduate degree. Shadow a professional at their work place. career fairs. Conduct informational interviews with professionals who work in your career field of interest by networking wit alumni. it is imperative that you become familiar with the resources available to students on the UCLA campus. and any work. Consult with a career counselor to set timelines and establish goals to be accomplished before graduation. 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.Career Center 501 Westwood Plaza (Strathmore Building) M-F 9-5 310. If you are considering a graduate Excellence. it is important to plan ahead and set reasonable goals for yourself. Study hard and keep your grades as high as possible. and test scores must be submitted early. internships and volunteer opportunities. and volunteer activities. internship. and becoming familiar with admissions requirements and deadlines. graduate and professional school applications. BruinView™. You can further explore career opportunities and gain experience in your area of interest by applying for jobs. career fairs.

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

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

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

Informational interviews are appropriate for first year students through alumni. and the drawbacks and limitations of the career field. 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).) However. The Informational Interview allows you to: • Gather valuable information from industry professionals on career planning and job search strategies. If you are in the process of choosing an academic major. 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.” where you can talk with UCLA alumni who will work in your field of interest. The letter serves as a preliminary introduction to help communicate your intention for information only. a hospital. What Color Is Your Parachute? Bolles describes the process as “. or transitioning to a different career. As a result.trying on jobs to see if they fit you. • Gain referrals to other professionals in the same field for additional networking. consulting firm. they find themselves in careers not truly matched to their skills. investment bank. What are the benefits of conducting an Informational Interview? The concept of “informational interviewing” was conceived by Richard Nelson Bolles. This professional and respectful approach can have a more favorable response. etc. making career choices.. Ask friends. the challenges and opportunities. it can also be done by telephone. and abilities. • Receive specific suggestions on how and where to acquire the experience and knowledge required. 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. It is absolutely taboo to ask for a job during an informational interview. • Develop confidence in interviewing with professionals by discussing your interests and goals. the informational interview can be an excellent tool to explore your options and increase your career knowledge. p18 . interests. lifestyle. beginning a job search. • Evaluate whether a career is compatible with your skills. Are Informational Interviews only for students ready to graduate? Not at all.e. 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. colleagues. faculty members. • Discover the realities of a particular career field and what it is really like to work in a given industry. or on the Internet. How do I set up an Informational Interview? Many career counselors recommend a written request followed by a phone call. and goals. No one else can give you a better sense of the real life experiences.. • Expand your network of contacts in your field of interest for future opportunities. or non profit organization. the specifics and perhaps hidden demands.Chapter 3 . 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.Career Exploration The Informational Interview One of the best ways to find out what an industry. check out the UCLA Alumni Association’s “UCLA Career Network. company.. • Gain access to the hidden job market. and/or former employers for a referral to a candidate for an informational interview. Over 80% of quality jobs are secured through networking. or position is really like is to talk with people in careers you’re considering. Also. family members.” He notes that most people choose a career path without taking the time to speak with professionals in their field of interest. interests. email chat group. values. author of the best selling career handbook series.

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

would you choose the same career path? Is your career path typical? If not. Do you think you might be able to find some time for me? If you could start all over again. Joe Bruin suggested I call you because I am doing some research on careers in journalism. in a quiet space. Questions to Ask You should develop basic questions about the career field to fit your particular knowledge and experience level. company. . I could call back at a time when you might have 15 or 20 minutes to spare. and industry questions.What hours do you normally work? Is there much travel involved? Use a landline indoors. . Or. my name is ________________. I recently heard you speak at a Los Angeles Journalism Club meeting. moving around the company. Could I schedule 15 or 20 minutes with you at your convenience? I could meet you at your office. I’m a senior at UCLA and am interested in a journalism career. Depending on the interest and willingness of your contact to talk. you may have an opportunity to ask more specific personal. 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 . He thought you would be a good person to answer some questions I have about the profession. my name is ________________. . 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. 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”) . if it is more convenient. I could meet you for coffee or lunch one day. . but I’d really appreciate the opportunity to discuss some specific questions about this career field. I’m not looking for a specific job at this time. with your notes and pen in front of you. 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. alone.

hoping to attract the “best and brightest” before they graduate. creativity. numerous companies actively recruit UCLA students for internships and summer positions through BruinView™ listings and campus interviews. Internships are readily available in many career fields and industries in Southern California. across the nation. These programs generally offer invaluable on the job training. They rely heavily on internships and summer programs to assess the and qualifications of potential full time employees. Internship and summer programs provide prospective employers an opportunity to observe your intelligence. 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. p21 .ucla. An internship or summer job gives you a chance to explore and test your career interests on a temporary basis. 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.Getting On the Job Experience Internships. 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. and other personal attributes. skills. Internships Internships provide vital links to contacts within your future profession and a place to put your classroom training to the test. You’ll be able to get a realistic idea of what the career field is all about. 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. particularly in highly competitive career fields. • Demonstrate to future employers your interest ·in your chosen career field. Summer. • Prove yourself on a trial basis to a potential employer. What better way to gain practical experience for your resume. decide whether the job is one you enjoy. and around the globe. • Explore and test different career possibilities before making a long term commitment. initiative. and evaluate whether you “fit” into the company culture. Short-Term Decisions It’s important to give some thought to your goals for the internship or summer job. For more information: career. Each year. Many corporations and nonprofit organizations offer highly structured internship programs. The Inside Track to Your First Full Time Job More than ever. 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. values. interests. • Make contacts and develop important networking ·and mentoring relationships. abilities. which are a few of the intangible qualities that don’t come through on a resume and manifest themselves only briefly during an interview.

Some large corporations begin recruiting for summer programs in the preceding fall. and international internship and fellowship information from a variety of industries. and public service organizations can add valuable experience and leadership responsibilities to your resume. CAPPP students live at UC Washington Center and intern during Fall. Public Service. cultural. 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 activities. earn excellent wages. and your work experience will give you wonderful access to the prospective employers you need to know. DC employers. Washington DC Internship Programs Each summer. or Spring quarters.ucla. the Career Center encourages Bruins to consider the outstanding academic-year internship program in DC offered through CAPPP. and a variety of other businesses with peak summer or holiday hiring needs. religious. 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. A wide range of federal internship programs welcome applications from current Bruins or new grads. Washington DC and Sacramento Internship Programs. grad students. Because interns remain fulltime students. Many Bruins also choose the option of independent study units during their internship. many students will have completed several internships or summer programs to gain experience and get a competitive advantage in the job market. Most often these positions can be found through employment service firms and include a diversity of professional and technical opportunities. Summer and Part Time Jobs Summer and part time work (especially if it is relevant to your career goal) can lead to great opportunities. summer theaters. Engineering. and it should be a vital component in any job search strategy. the Center for American Politics and Public Policy (cappp. Math. resorts. and Pre-professional (pre-law and pre-med) internships. p22 . In highly competitive fields and those with few traditional avenues of entrance such as entertainment and advertising. Students in the DC internship program stay in shared apartments at the UC Washington Center conveniently located five blocks from the White House. International Fellowships. For updated program information. please visit career. country clubs.ucla. Visit one of our nine industry areas to learn more about opportunities in: Business. Undergraduates. who arrange their own housing. located on the second floor of the Career Center. Bruins seeking advice on how to apply may meet with any Career Counselor or Peer Advisor during regularly schedule Drop-In advising the State Senate and Assembly.ucla. please visit career. Many of these programs put students in a strong position for entry-level employment after graduation. construction companies. In addition. and educational institutions. Volunteering Abroad. What are your interests? What issues and causes do you strongly support? Volunteer your services and get involved. city parks.By the time they receive their UCLA degree. Sacramento Internship Services The Career Center also provides resources for Bruins seeking a summer public service internship in Sacramento. all financial aid and scholarships can be applied during the CAPPP program. performing arts. international non-profit groups. political. the Career Center supports up to 40 Bruins as they pursue internships with elected officials. Community Service and Volunteer Work Involvement in social. and Spring grads who receive federal or state financial aid are eligible to earn a small program stipend or scholarship. Temporary Employment Opportunities range from one day assignments to longer term commitments. and a host of other Washington. Teaching Abroad. Winter. The Career Center also supports students and new grads who prefer to pursue paid internship assignments with federal government agencies. and do not receive other UCLA financial support. amusement parks and tourist attractions. Students are in high demand at camps. while pursuing a full-time academic program. and spring grads from all majors are eligible to apply during Fall quarter through BruinView™. summer and part time work experience accelerate your efforts to find a career position. private sector companies. Public service assignments include the Governors’ Office and Cabinet Agencies. For more information. provides students with quick access to local. Arts & Science. nonprofit groups. Find more information on all these options in the Internship Zone and online at career. 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students should be given three weeks to make a decision. We have established expectations for employers to ensure students’ ability to comply with our second-round policy.Chapter 4 . but they may be interviewing for different positions during each visit. BruinView™ features full time career positions for seniors and graduate students ready to enter the workplace. and many extend offers by December. and school systems recruit UCLA students from every major through the BruinView™ Campus Interview system. • Diversity . You can browse job descriptions. and invite those students to sign up for an interview. and juniors who wish to explore options and gain valuable on-the-job experience. students should be given two weeks to make their final decision. BruinView™ Campus Interviews Participation in the free web based BruinView™ system is easy and convenient. run ads in major newspapers or trade publications. The Career Center also offers many workshops that will teach you ways to tap into the hidden job market.g.Our web based system makes it easy to get information about employers who will conduct campus interviews. How to Find Job Openings Industries and organizations with more applicants than positions (e. Online step-bystep directions will guide you through the to get started. sophomores.Fortune 100 corporations. New Recruitment Policies The UCLA Career Center believes that students should have sufficient time to make important career and internship decisions.ucla.. Growth industries ( If you have any questions about our policies. and post positions on the Internet. particularly if your goal is a position in management consulting. plus career related summer jobs and internships for freshmen.g. all qualified candidates are eligible to select an interview time slot on a first come basis.Job Search Strategies & BruinViewTM Finding Job Leads Job opportunities arise in many ways and from many sources. you should begin signing up for BruinView™ campus interviews during Fall quarter. Employers in these fields will frequently list current openings with BruinView™. entertainment industry) don’t need to advertise job openings. Simply log on to the Career Center website at career. please contact our Employer Relations team at bruinview@career. high technology and business services) actively recruit and advertise to generate a large pool of candidates. reduced options for location preferences. Students who violate our policies are required to meet with Career Center staff. nor should they attach incentives involving diminishing bonuses. • How does the BruinView™ system work?. create and submit your resume. For full-time positions.ucla. As a student. participate in the campus interviews and career fairs. not by waiting for the perfect job to appear in a newspaper or on an Internet posting. Once resumes are submitted by students.There’s something for everyone. Employers should not make offers or pressure students to accept “early” offers include those requiring a quick response time. Many BruinView™ employers visit campus several times each year. each case is considered individually. If the company has chosen an open sign up schedule. you should be aware of the guidelines set forth for employers who recruit on-campus at UCLA. Please review our employer timeline and recruitment policies online at career. numerous employers visit the campus during Winter and Spring quarters to fill a myriad of interesting and challenging career positions and internships. you will increase your chances of identifying career opportunities that are compatible with your career and life goals. and sign up for interviews entirely online. • Opportunities . Directories and reference materials at the Career Center Laboratory will assist in this phase of your job search. The Career Center does not permit students to cancel first-round interviews to attend second-round interviews. select candidates that best meet the position p24 qualifications. • When should I start using the BruinView™ system? Start early! If you are a senior with a March or June graduation date. nonprofits.BruinView™ is primarily an online pre-select system. or accounting. most employers screen resumes. investment banking. For internship positions. determine if you meet the qualifications. With this in mind. By using a number of job search methods. Consequences range in scope and can include forfeiture of all campus recruiting privileges. More than 50% of all BruinView™ employers conduct interviews for full time positions during Fall quarter. Although Fall quarter is the busiest recruiting season. You’ll find positions in these career fields through resourcefulness and networking. small and mid size companies. • Convenience . Take advantage of Job Search JumpStart! (career. we have implemented specific Employer Recruitment Policies to guide on-campus recruiting activities.



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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

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

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

Regional. 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. & 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 .Targeting Companies by Location (U.S. 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. Engineering.] 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. State.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.

These websites have been categorized by topic. Internet 101: The Basics The Internet is a dazzling information resource providing access to individuals. • Conduct your job search research anytime that fits your schedule.ucla. refer back to the assessment of your interests.ucla. or positions. • Search for newspapers. and initiative to keep your technology skills current. making it easier for you to concentrate on looking at certain fields. roomy. Beginning the Search Before you begin searching. Job Search on the Internet The Internet has fast become a professional necessity. . preferences. across the continent. • Get the latest stock market reports and financial information. The powerful and dynamic technology of the Internet can enhance your job search activities in many ways. instead of spending hours. capability to learn new tools of the trade. and different positions within this field. The speed and immediacy of the Internet can be really useful for you. books. long after libraries and the Career Center Library / Lab are closed for the night. don’t forget to register for BruinView™ at career. Career Information on the Web With a few easy clicks of your computer mouse. career. or weeks in the library gathering bits and pieces of information from many sources. skills. a great place to focus on your career planning and research. a winning resume. Although the Internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search arsenal. Popular online directories include about. and has wireless connection. and thorough interview While you’re there. by typing in “management consulting” the results will display a list of subcategories such as employers in this industry. in addition to recruiting through online employment services. There are thousands of career and job search sites on the web. companies. and around the world. Based on these results. • Network with potential employers and other job seekers. don’t neglect traditional strategies such as An excellent place to begin your job search research is the UCLA Career Center website at career. including BruinView™ job and internship listings and links to our corporate partners’ websites. It’s comfortable. You can: • Collect data online in a relatively short amount of time. For example.Things to Do on the Internet • Visit company web and yahoo. More and more companies now include employment opportunities as part of their website. personality. • Submit online resumes and participate in electronic interviews. you’ll discover avenues to literally thousands of newly posted job opportunities on the West Coast. and articles. company research. • Research hundreds of industries and professions. trade publications. • Reap the benefits today and use one of our computers in the Career Lab. The multi-station Career Lab is here for your job searching convenience. • Tour cities you may be considering for relocation. professional industries. days. p31 • Obtain salary surveys and read about job market projections. Here you’ll find direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources available. and organizations from around the world.ucla. and work values in the beginning of this book. Online Directories Online directories can help you focus your search on a specific area. even if it’s two o’clock in the morning. The Internet remains open 24 hours a day. Not only can the ability to conduct an online job search put you in touch with thousands of career opportunities. it can showcase to employers your adaptability to change. 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. • Find job leads and send your resume electronically before most people even know there’s an opening. (top left corner) and check the My BruinView™ desktop (right side).ucla. and Internet job searching is no p32 . which provides direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources Standard & Poor’s (company financial information) at www. resulting in a huge return on your search. the more specific you are in your keyword search.caljobs.ucla. direct Visiting Employers on the Web (company profiles) at www. An excellent place to begin your job and company research is the Career Center Campus Career Center at Yahoo! Finance Company & Fund Index (company financial profiles) at finance.aspx Researching Companies Industry Guides and Employer Profiles.standardandpoors. a Career Resource Site at UCLA Career Center’s BruinView™. The Internet can help you find contacts.aspx UCLA Career Center.annualreportservice.ucla. Hoover’s Online Business Network (company and salary information) at demicJobSearchLinks.ucla. including BruinView™ career opportunities. Job Search Sites CalJobs (California EDD system) 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 from major sites) at UCLA Career Center. There is no substitute for personal. Don’t put all your faith in conducting a job search by only using this strategy. The advantage (and disadvantage) of using search engines is that they have to search thousands of pages for information. Principles of Internet Job Searching but you have to take it from there. you can focus your search by using a search engine. the Internet is only one of many tools available to conduct a job search. Non-Academic Job Search at career. Below are just a few examples of the many additional sites that can assist in your research via the Internet. Academic Job Search at Just log into your BruinView™ account from Career Resource Center at Web 100 (company rankings) at www. 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. Technology is no substitute for Career Builder (listings from major newspapers and career sites) at Public Register’s Annual Report Service (company financial information) at www.jobbankUSA.Keyword Searching Once you have an idea of what you want to look for. Therefore. 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).hoovers. UCLA Career Center at career. the more targeted and useful the resulting information will be. career (salary ranges and benefits information) Job Star Central (Resume.aspx The Riley Guide (Resources and listings) Princeton Review (Career profiles) www.) Benefactor and Partners of the UCLA Career Center p33 .Researching Occupations and Careers Occupational Outlook Handbook/Bureau of Labor Statistics (career & salary info by occupation) www.princetonreview.edd.salary. 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concise. customer service. better. personality. spreadsheet and database management. 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. and the accomplishments of which you are most proud. personal attributes. Include work experience. and accomplishments. and style. programming languages. and quickly demonstrate how you meet their needs. experience. place. leadership. or situation. Prioritize your skills and experience. Employers typically view a resume for no more than 15 to 30 seconds. There is no right or wrong way to write your resume. product. What are my special. It’s an important part of your total package. research projects. 3. or cheaper? • Did you increase membership. The following exercises can help you thoroughly assess your professional abilities. Four Steps to a Power Packed Resume 1. Write down your personal attributes. Take stock of what you have to offer. and on-the-job experiences. analytical. word processing. It summarizes your skills. and must be clear. and informative. volunteer activities. relevance to job performance. 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. time management. etc. clubs and organizations. internships. and communication skills. • Did you do something faster. Put it on paper. Identify at least three accomplishments for each example or situation you listed in the preceding exercise. 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. technical. and demonstrates how your qualifications match the employer’s needs. concise.Resumes and Correspondence Writing Your Resume Your resume is a powerful marketing tool to land an interview. technical skills. 4. . Take Stock Before you touch your fingers to the computer keyboard. Your objective is to communicate what makes you stand out as a stellar job candidate. appealing. education. 2. Resumes should be customized or tailored to a specific job description. such as organizational. your resume must be clear. 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. or procedures? • Did you suggest a new service. activities. Your answers to these questions may help you to identify challenges or problems you faced. or field specific skills? Highlight qualities that will respond to employers’ needs.Chapter 5 . Think of specific examples of where and how each skill or attribute led to a tangible result or achievement. cash handling. take an inventory of what you can offer an employer. In that time. sports. Pull it all together. Generate a list of your accomplishments Prospective employers want to know what you have achieved and how your performance made a difference. clerical. and sales. participation. your solutions. such as skills in bilingual communication. 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. It should reflect your unique experience. systems.

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

This may include such things as licenses. honor societies. Before you send it Writing and receive feedback from a career counselor.Experience Your experience is not limited to paid positions. internships. and scholarships). or publications. easy to read manner where the employer should not have to “work” at finding what they need to on your resume.. targeted. professional associations and committees. attention getting. Some “skills” categories might be: • Leadership • Teamwork • Research/Analytical • Communication • Computers and Technology • Interpersonal Skills. 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 . simple. community involvement or the use of special skills may be listed under “Leadership. easy to read. make sure your resume is persuasive. if your research indicates that some element of personal information may increase your chances of getting an interview. However.g. Personal Data Under most circumstances. • Categorized by skills and major areas of accomplishment. Interviews. then by all means use it. professional. indicating any offices held. credentials. • Ask one or more managerial-level individuals from your target industry to critique your resume before sending it off to a prospective employer. initiative. Instead type them on a separate sheet of paper and take them along to the interview. sports interests. research. You may include all part time jobs.ucla.” • Organize the information to highlight your greatest skills and achievements. You may list honors separately or as a subheading under “Education. and hobbies.” Other Information You may want to highlight other achievements or skills that are not easily incorporated into the other sections. • Recent graduates and continuing students also should include academic honors (Dean’s List. 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. Or you may create special sections (e. Simply create an appropriate heading and insert it in your resume so that it gets the attention it merits. The Final Draft Congratulations! You’ve completed your resume draft. 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. References You do not generally list your references on your resume. Cover Letters. You may choose from different ways to portray your experience: • Reverse chronological order. religion. Your overall objective will be to present yourself. Marketing Experience and Related Experience). and other work experience in one section. Also include non paid and volunteer work. Activities and Honors • List student organizations. age. marital status. and arrange the positions in reverse chronological order within each section. 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 should be presented in a clean. it is not appropriate to include your ethnicity. and memorable: • Put yourself in the shoes of the person you hope will hire you. • University activities that show evidence of leadership. skills and accomplishments in the best possible light and catch the reader’s attention in about 30 seconds. certifications. and focused on your accomplishments and results.

Length Strive to be brief and concise. For example. listing one task or accomplishment per line. The Combination Format As the name implies. You will probably think of points to add once you begin composing your resume. Use bold type to emphasize key points. It is best suited when you want to deemphasize your employment record. Chronological Format Chronological resumes are the easiest to prepare and read. The functional format is often used by job seekers who are making a drastic career change and want to emphasize their transferable skills. Proofread Check and double check to make sure your finished draft contains no mistakes in spelling. Appearance Choose a standard. Paper Use high quality 8 1/2 x 11 bond in white or ivory. functional. Please check the schedule for daily changes prior to stopping by. If you have a stable employment record. If possible. on one side only. Use a “bullet” format. fonts. p37 There are three basic formats for resume preparation: chronological. and the most commonly used. student groups. Unless you are working in a very technical field and have many years of experience. buy envelopes and letterhead paper to match or complement your resume. The best advice is to choose a format that best portrays your skills and experience at a glance. employers. yet provide pertinent information. 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. It will also determine your need for further counseling. organized look. but use it sparingly. and dates. easy-to-read font (such as Helvetica or Times) in a 10-12 point size.” Layout Leave some white space to create an uncluttered. The main advantage is that it shows the potential employer where and when you gained the skills you are highlighting. capitalization. You might choose this format if you have no work experience. punctuation. Be consistent in your use of indentations. Information about your current or most recent position is listed first and then previous positions follow in reverse chronological order. There is no magic or prescribed formula. and spacing. Dozens of books are available at the Career Center Lab and bookstores to give you additional ideas. The “Resume Formats” section of this guide offers advantages of different and extra curricular activities. such as work experience. This counseling session can address many of your needs. including a resume or cover letter critique.ucla. 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 combination. you do not have to use your precise payroll title. “Accounting Clerk Intern” is much more descriptive than “Intern. relevant course work. Speaking of position titles. A word of caution: Many large companies and organizations use computer based resume scanning systems to make the initial cut. the combination format merges elements of both the functional and chronological resume.Format Choose the format that best represents you and your career objective. Resume Formats Guidelines to Crafting Your Resume Content Emphasize accomplishments and results most likely to increase your appeal as a job candidate. each has its own advantages. have significant gaps in your employment record. and grammar. 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. or have held several positions in which you have exercised the same skills. special projects. have a pattern of short term jobs (subsequent to graduation from college). This format puts emphasis on past experience and employment. active phrases convey energy and enthusiasm. limit your resume length to one page – two at the most. community service. What you did to make a difference is important to a prospective employer. Remember that a prospective employer will spend less than a minute evaluating your resume. Minimize job descriptions and listings of responsibilities. . Style Brisk. Use titles that are descriptive of your responsibilities. but adds positions. Go to career. laser printed.

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

Conversational Japanese. and Access. Research Methods. • Wrote. EXPERIENCE: Assistant Manager SANDS FURNITURE. Program Coordinator ASIAN EDUCATION PROJECT. Santa Monica. UCLA • Began as volunteer. HONORS & ACTIVITIES: Deans List Program Director. UCLA Business Investment Society Contributing Writer. Economic Principals. CA 90024.46 Coursework includes: Elementary Accounting. • Enhanced administrative skills and became proficient in the use of computers. INC. • Increased sales volume by 25% in six months time. Office Assistant THOMAS TEMPORARIES. Fluent in Spanish. and an independent research project. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in English GPA: 3. Excel. California • Joined firm as sales associate. SKILLS: Proficient in Microsoft Word. Familiar with Mac systems. selected for promotion to Program Coordinator.2008 p42 .2008 2006 .net Expected June 2011 2008 .. UCLA” (student special interest newspaper) Mbruin@ucla. • Expanded the program to include five additional elementary schools. Statistics. Business Law. Los Angeles. California • Provided clerical support for several large corporate offices and law firms. • Trained 15 new volunteers to work with at-risk elementary school children. rapidly promoted to Assistant Manager. • Received several offers for permanent employment based on excellent performance.Present 2006 . • Scheduled and supervised a staff of seven employees. (310) 825-4321 OBJECTIVE: A management trainee position in retail merchandising. Business Writing. compiled and edited a twenty page manual for training volunteers. Sherman Oaks. Powerpoint. “Pacific Ties. Outlook.Example of Chronological Resume MASAKO BRUIN 405 Hilgard Avenue. EDUCATION: University of California.

Office Assistant THOMAS TEMPORARIES. Program Coordinator/Editor ASIAN EDUCATION CAREER OBJECTIVE: An entry-level position on a newspaper editorial staff. Adobe Photoshop. EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in English UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Los Angeles. California • Enhanced administrative skills and became proficient in the use of computers.Example of Targeted Chronological Resume MASAKO BRUIN 405 Hilgard Avenue. Expected June 2011 2006 . • Researched community issues and interviewed prominent community leaders. economic and social issues. CA 90024. • Created ad copy and developed other promotional materials. Researched current periodicals covering cultural. (310) 825-4321 Mbruin@ucla. UCLA • Authored articles targeting Asian American issues for special interest newspaper. RELATED EXPERIENCE: Assistant Manager SANDS FURNITURE. Conversational Japanese. Santa Monica.46 Independent Research Project: Wrote a 40 page report on Latino influences on mainstream popular American culture. educational. • Received four offers for permanent employment based on excellent performance. LOS ANGELES GPA: 3.Present 2006 . Sherman Oaks. UCLA • Compiled and edited a 20 page training manual for volunteers. • Expanded program to include five additional elementary schools. • Composed a wide variety of business correspondence.2008 2009 . rapidly promoted to assistant manager. • Recruited and trained volunteers to work with at-risk elementary school children.2008 2006 . WRITING EXPERIENCE: Contributing Writer PACIFIC TIES.. SKILLS: Proficient in Microsoft Word. Powerpoint.2008 p43 . Bilingual Spanish/English (oral and written translation). INC. California • Joined firm as sales associate. and Blogging. Web Design.

Conversational Farsi • Interests: Classical piano. PowerPoint.000 LEADERSHIP AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT UCLA Bruin Consulting| Los Angeles. CA January 2010 . Sudoku p44 . Photoshop. CA 90024 (310) 555-5555 ∙ bbruin@ucla. A.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. | Century City. Major GPA: 3. 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.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. Inc.Example of Business Resume BENJAMIN BRUIN 3330 De Neve Dr. International Trade • National Champion – DECA Business Plan Competition (2008) UCLA Travel Study | London. merger & acquisition models. SAT: 2310 • Relevant Coursework: Finance. Business Economics Expected June 2011 • Accounting Minor. 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. Computer Science. CA Account Executive March 2007. 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. and maturity • Prepared marketing materials and PowerPoint presentation for prospective corporate account Beacon Economics | Los Angeles.96. England • Studied International Business Law & Taxation within the European Union Summer 2008 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jefferies & Company. coupon rate. CA Fall 2009 Investment Banking Workshop Participant • Selected to participated in a 6-week intensive workshop series on valuation techniques. Specialization in Computing • Cumulative GPA: EDUCATION University of California Los Angeles | Los Angeles. Word. CA B. scuba diving. Room #C5-315 ∙ Los Angeles. Statistics. camping in the Sierras.December 2008 • Implemented innovative marketing strategies to develop stronger partnerships with potential clients • Generated 20 new clients and over $15.90. Managerial Accounting. Adobe InDesign. basic C++ • Language : Intermediate Fluency in Spanish.

recorded activities. Microeconomic Theory. CA Bachelor of EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.76 • Relevant Coursework: Macroeconomic Theory.Present p45 . and Adobe Photoshop • Language: Fluent in conversational Mandarin Los Angeles. Business Economics Expected June 2012 Minor in Accounting • Cumulative GPA: 3.Spring 2010 • Compiled and created Annual Business Report and submitted final copy to the National Chapter • Managed financial statements. Los Angeles.Example of Economics Major Resume JESSICA BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. Delta Sigma Pi. 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. CA Vice President Fall 2009. and contacted employers to support organization’s efforts PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS CASE COMPETITION Los Angeles. Intermediate Accounting.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. 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. 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. 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. 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. LOS ANGELES Los Angeles. CA Fall 2009 . Principles of Economics • Honors: 2010 William Sharpe Fellow. Tax Principles and Policy. Management Accounting. UCLA Los Angeles. Principles of Accounting. California 90095 (310) 206-1931 jjbruin@ucla. PowerPoint. UCLA Dean’s List • Activities: Undergraduate Business Society. Excel.

Understanding Gifted Students. and engage the student in the learning process • Consult with teachers and parents regarding student progress and attendance Sept.Example of Teaching Resume JAMES BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. personal growth.” and “Study Skills” • Utilized technology to engage students through visual and interactive learning Swim Instructor/Lifeguard Summer of 2007. on topics including: “Preparing for Law School. 90095 • 310-555-5555 • bruin@ucla. UCLA Sept. p46 . 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. 2008-June 2009 • Trained to provide educational workshops to fellow undergraduates • Presented 4 workshops per quarter. community health. Los Angeles. and Academic Success in your Undergraduate Experience TEACHING EXPERIENCE Project Literacy. ranging from 2 years old to adults • Presented safety workshops to educate the students on issues including: pool safety. • 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. EDUCATION University of California. to tutor a 4th grade student in Watts • Assist the student in developing personal learning strategies • Review homework. 2008 • Taught 30-minute swim lessons to students. Sociology Expected June 2011 • GPA: 3.” “Transfer Adjustment. Social Psychology of Higher Education. 2008-present Undergraduate Section Leader. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts. create flashcards. 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. four hours per week.3 • Awarded the Chancellor’s Service Award Relevant Coursework: Child Development. and handling emergency situations • Evaluated mastery of techniques for advancement to the next skill level LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE Resident Assistant. UCLA • Travel once per week. 2009-Dec 2009 • Led section of 15-students through discussion of course material and review for midterm. UCLA Sept.

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

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

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

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

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

analyzed data.e. surgery. Ayacucho Regional Hospital • Assisted physicians from the United Stated and Peru in healthcare facilities (i. County-USC Medical Center June-July 2009 March 2009-May 2010 • Collected and analyzed heart dimension measurements. 90019 (310) 851-XXXX EDUCATION: University of California. x-rays). • Retrieved. Introduction to Molecular Biology. three manuscripts in preparation). performed photo imaging.Example of Pre-Health Resume DAVID E. Emergency Room.. and Biodiversity. emergency and family medicine. Clinical Research Assistant. UCLA Medical Center • Performed a review study of minimally invasive versus conventional heart valve surgery. • Consented patients. Cardiac Surgery. Genetics. Immunology. Los Angeles. bandaging. • Honors Thesis Presentation. Pathology. Ayacucho. Research Assistant. BRUIN 100 Violet Avenue. April 2008: "Effect of a Proteasome Inhibitor on Reperfusion Injury of the Myocardium Using a Pig Myocardial Infarction Model" (publication). collected samples. stained tissues. analyzed proteasome. Sierra Madre.56/Science GPA 3. Advanced Molecular Genetics RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Clinical Research Assistant. • Collected and analyzed data of troponin measurements for clinical study on myocardial infraction patients. CA. Los Angeles Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. rural mountainside house calls). and myocyte activity. Cardiac Laboratory. observed procedures and consults..A. December 2008 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE: CARE Corps Volunteer. Molecular Parasitology. • Observed healthcare professions give disease prevention presentations to high school students • Administered fluoride treatment to grade school students. CA • Shadowed and assisted physician and staff (i. pediatrics. studied. UCLA Medical Center June 2008-April 2010 • Worked on clinical study correlating link between mast cells and coronary artery disease (one publication. Peru June 2008-July 2009 Health Mission Volunteer.e. Peruvian American Medical Society. transcription factor. L. MD. Family Practice of Robert D. Ecology. Clinical Assistant. & Molecular Genetics Overall GPA: 3.64 Expected June 2011 RELEVANT COURSEWORK: Evolution. Kashman. UCLA Medical Center • Shadowed emergency room physicians. administered flu shots. General and Organic Chemistry Laboratory. and evaluated patient charts for left anterior descending coronary artery endarterectomy clinical outcome study and performed patient follow ups. April 2008 p52 . Clinical Research Assistant.

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

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

interpersonal. 2008. students. UCLA Volleyball Camps Summers. 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.Example of Student Athlete Resume Terry Bruin 12345 Hilgard Avenue. CA June-August 2006 • Provided excellent. Sacramento. Los Angeles. CA 90095 tbruin@ucla. 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 .net (310) 555-5555 SUMMARY OF SKILLS: • Exceptional time management. Chili’s Bar and Grill. friendly. 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. and Outlook EDUCATION: University of California. and other coaches • Promoted additional UCLA-sponsored clinics resulting in improved attendance and revenue for the UCLA Athletic Department Server. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in History Expected June 2011 EXPERIENCE: Team Member. PowerPoint. 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 Word.

CA September 2007-present .75 Coursework includes: Biochemistry. 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 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 May 2009 – June 2010 Los Angeles. EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Cellular. CA August 2008 – May 2009 Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES Bachelor of Science. Molecular. Organic / Inorganic Chemistry LAB TECHNIQUES / SKILLS: • Assays • Protein purification • PCR • Autoclave • Gel electrophoresis • Spectroscopy RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: AMGEN Supply Quality Management. Developmental Biology Overall GPA: 3. 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. 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.present Los Angeles.6. CA June 2010 . LOS ANGELES Chemistry Department Lab Assistant / Clerk • Cleaned toxic spills (mercury) and disposed waste (organic solvents. Major GPA: 3.Example of Science / Biotechnology Resume Lindsay Bruin 100 Veteran Avenue Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES Department of Molecular. CA 90095 818-222-5555 bruin_lindsay@ucla. CA Expected June 2011 Thousand Oaks.

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

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

Register online: career. Gap Year • is available exclusively for currently registered UCLA students. 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. the Job Search JumpStart series is not open to the public -. and interviewing skills).” • Don’t forget to sign your letter. its and relevant issues. Print your letter using a laser printer for better quality. don’t repeat it. • Relate your skills and experience to a specific position in a specific organization.ucla. and accomplishments can benefit the employer. • Beat the competition with these crucial tips.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. resume tips. Rules for Cover Letters • Target your message. Engineering. 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. and interviewing skills.ucla. you may use “To Whom it May Concern” or “Good Morning. • Ideally. the letter should be addressed to the person who is likely to make employment decisions. Look for a list of general and “targeted” sessions this year. Send your letter to a specific for the updated schedule and online registration process. • Incorporate information that reflects your knowledge of the company. Spotlight your accomplishments and measurable results. • Use the same font and paper that you used for your resume. 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. Expand on the information in your resume. • Follow standard business protocol. • If you cannot find the name of the person the letter is addressed to. Advertising • Medicine Go to career. And remember. • Show how your credentials match the requirements of the job. The Thank You Letter Information regarding the thank you letter and a sample can be found in Chapter 8: Successful Interviewing. • Editorialize the accomplishments cited in your resume. 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. • Make sure you have the correct spelling of their name and title before mailing. resume and correspondence. p59 . Focus on what you have to offer. • Make the most out of the little time you have. It may take some resourcefulness on your part to identify this person. expertise. Only $20 per session charged to your BAR account. including: • Law (Session Full) • Consulting • Corporate Leadership • Technology. PR. • Describe how your skills. Consulting • Nursing • Pharmacy • Public Health • MBA • Prep for Fall Recruiting • Econ / Finance / Accounting • Internship Search • Entertainment • Dentistry • Optometry • Post Bac. but the letter will probably be better received. and check your letter for spelling and grammar. • Write clearly and concisely. Professional advice from our career experts is waiting just for you.

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

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

as I am responsible for scheduling appointments and interfacing with prominent alumni and professionals. For the past two years I have worked as a student assistant for the UCLA Anderson School of Management. effective communication. This position requires organization. California 90095 (310) 206-1931 jjbruin@ucla. Los Angeles. and management has provided the strong quantitative and analytical skills mentioned in your internship posting. This internship program provides a great opportunity for me to apply my communication. Los Angeles. school. 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.Example of Internship Cover Letter JESSICA BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. I believe that I will provide an immediate benefit to the Accounting team at Disney because I am a dedicated and determined individual. and quantitative skills in a collaborative and interactive environment. I am currently a junior and majoring in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting at the University of California. 2010 Internship Program Walt Disney Studios 500 South Buena Vista Street January 06. 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. Sincerely. Jessica Bruin p62 . and technical skills. Having such an important role. 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 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. My academic integrity and work experience have given me the essential skills to excel as a member of your team. Thank you for your time and consideration. organizational. My coursework in accounting. and leadership commitments. creative. finance.

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

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

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. Current UCLA identification required. 2010 Open to UCLA students. Sponsored by the UCLA Career Center. & staff.ucla. Ackerman Ballroom Graduate & Professional School Fair Meet representatives from over 150 schools. p65 Career Center A Department of Student Affairs .Wednesday. October 27. faculty. Excellence. Delivered.

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 .edu/GradSchool.ucla. academically. service to others. 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. Pre-Professional Resume Examples Be sure to review the pre-health and pre-law resume examples on pages 52 through 54. • Send thank you notes to the writers of your recommendation letters and inform them of your graduate school plans. go to career. They will be seeking depth and substance. . and give concrete evidence of your competence and motivation in the field of your choice. The essay is an opportunity for you to: • Convey your long and short term career goals. Departmental Counseling. You can also download this document from our website at career. or values of this particular program? How do my interests. strengths. A better approach is to describe what is important to you. • Present yourself as an individual with desirable personal abilities.ucla. letters of recommendations. such as creativity. intellectual curiosity and achievement.Senior Year – Spring • Check with all graduate schools before deadlines to verify that your application. • Mail a deposit to the graduate school you decide to attend. and Academics in the Commons (Pre-Health Peer Counseling and Workshops).For the most current listing of workshops." which starts on page 69. 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. and multicultural experiences. 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. Essay requirements will vary depending upon each institution’s criteria for evaluating applicants. and transcripts have been received. unique talents. approaches. persistence. College Counseling. recognition for exceptional performance. Online registration required through BruinView™.ucla. In general. Log in at career. • Account for any conspicuous weaknesses in your record. More details and a four year pre-professional plan are available on the "UCLA PreProfessional Services Referral Sheet. • Select a school from those that have accepted ability to overcome initiative and motivation. You should not attempt to address all of these factors. background. why it is important. interests. and plans. • Demonstrate your writing ability and communication skills. 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. Personal Statement Critique Sessions New schedules are posted at the Career Center each quarter. • Describe the nature and significance of your relevant experiences. Notify other graduate schools that have accepted you of your decision to attend another program. and how you have demonstrated that importance in your life. experiences. the admissions committee hopes to learn about your personal characteristics. • Explain your special interest in this particular graduate program. ambitions. leadership. values. along with a true passion and commitment to your field of study.

or Berkeley's Career Center has created a well thought out step-by-step process on writing the personal statement. and interviewing skills. www. www. et al. . Essays That Will Get you Into Law School. et al. we can only accept non-specifically addressed letters. PR.ucla. And remember. Engineering. (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: Consulting • Nursing • Pharmacy • Public Health • MBA • Prep for Fall Recruiting • Econ / Finance / Accounting • Internship Search • Entertainment • Dentistry • Optometry • Post Bac. go to www. and Graduate School Programs. (Available in the Career Center Library) p67 Letter of Reference Services The Letter of Reference Services allows UCLA undergraduates. There are sample essays of personal statements for all of the major areas .net/essays.Medical. Professional advice from our career experts is waiting just for you. including: • Law (Session Full) • Consulting • Corporate Leadership • Technology. Look for a list of general and “targeted” sessions this year. for the updated schedule and online registration process. Only $20 per session charged to your BAR account. we will only send letters to admissions offices at universities and colleges. For more information: 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. students should not anticipate intensive grammatical. Looking for high-impact.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 medical. Given the time constraints for these resume and correspondence. 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.accepted. the Job Search JumpStart series is not open to the public is a site full of tips and outlines for the graduate application process. Essays That Will Get You Into Medical School. by Daniel Kaufman. Since these letters are solely for the purpose of supporting the application to graduate and professional school programs. http://career. spelling. Since the purpose of these services is to send letters to multiple graduate and professional is available exclusively for currently registered UCLA students. • Beat the competition with these crucial tips. Advertising • Medicine Go to career.studentdoctor. 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. graduate.berkeley. Business. General From Northwestern University Careers Services comes this Graduate and Professional School guide that contains a to-the-point section on the Personal Statement.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. Law. 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.html Accepted. Gap Year • Marketing. We will not send letters to support applications to scholarships.html /grad_prof_school.northwestern. • Make the most out of the little time you have. law. and alumni (who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference for graduate and professional school programs with our and syntax revisions to take place during these meetings. by Daniel Kaufman.ucla.

UCLA School of Public Affairs. Princeton. Geneva) Harvard University – John F. “Entering the Field of International Affairs. Ford School of Public Policy University of Minnesota – Hubert SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS Career Center Excellence. UCSD.apsia. UCLA Alumni Association. Michigan and USC APSIA Graduate School Fair. October 28 UCLA Career Center. Student Alumni Association (SAA).2010 International Affairs Graduate School Fair APSIA – Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs Thursday.ucla. Jackson School of International Studies Yale University – MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Presented by the UCLA Career Center. A Department of Student Affairs p68 . Strathmore Building Panel Discussion. Kennedy School of Government Johns Hopkins University – Paul H.Walsh School of Foreign Service Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies – (The Graduate Institute. Delivered. 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. 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 M. 5:30-7:30pm List of Participating APSIA Universities – Programs From Previous Years Check the website for updates at career. and APSIA (www.” 5-5:30pm With admissions officers from: 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.

ucla.UCLA page to sign up – my.ucla. GMAT. 10am-4pm (see for exceptions) Test information for Email questions: Questions will be answered by the next school day • Pre-health related questions: prehealth@college. Applying to Medical and Law School. career. and substitutions Where: Check www. UCLA CAREER CENTER What: Pre-Professional Drop-In Counseling. Where: Second floor Covel Commons p69 Continued on back page . LSDAS. 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. 2nd Floor.ucla. DAT.ucla. consult your My.PRE-PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Referral Sheet Pre-Professional program planning services are offered by the Career Center and Academic Counseling offices. GRE Application information for AMCAS. Where: Strathmore • Pre-law related questions: 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. M-F.). AADSAS Assistance with personal statements (Development and Review) Letters of Reference Pre-Health student groups affiliated with the UCLA Career Center can be found at career.registrar. alternatives to Medical School. transfer evaluations.ucla.ucla.

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

The Career Center provides a full range of services including individual career counseling. interests. portfolio samples. research proposals. letters of reference. writing.)? p71 . • 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 programs for PhDs to address non-academic employment options. We recommend that you review the additional sections of the career guide as there is great information on such services as internships. leadership. Whether you choose an academic or non-academic career path.ucla. pursue internships. We invite you to visit us to learn how we may assist you in the transition from graduate student to professional. the CV is a comprehensive biographical statement that may be three to ten pages in length.ucla.Chapter 7 . employers. 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. During the fall quarter. and international experience. collaboration. thoroughness.. applying to further graduate study. and other speakers that can specifically address the needs of UCLA’s graduate students. experience. We are proud of our collaborations and outreach efforts to various graduate departments and student services. Over the course of your UCLA graduate education you will develop advanced skills in teaching. career resources. which is restricted in length. 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.. expertise. These include the academic cover letter. Our career counselors are trained to assist you through every stage of your career decision-making and job search activities. and personal issues that impact your career. we offer the Academic Job Search Series of workshops designed to prepare PhDs for the academic market (see career. 24 lb. or research. and personal style. publishing.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. values. and preparation for the non-academic market that will be useful to you. job listings. and professional image. preparing for an interview. 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. accomplishments. and develop job search skills to achieve your career goals. “Why am I crafting this CV?” Your answer will determine content and emphasis. or seeking a career position in higher education. When building a CV. the most important question to ask yourself is. to name a few. workshops. and reference file services. These transferable skills are attractive to academic and non-academic employers. During winter and spring quarter we present the Expanded Options Series and Career Week (see career. The visual impact of the CV sends a message to the readers about your attention to detail. teachingevaluations. transcripts. Appearance Counts Search committees will see your CV long before they see you. and special professional qualities. We also utilize career assessments that will help you to factor in skills. research. and other paper credentials. We deal with graduate student issues such as creating a Curriculum Vitae or resume. Unlike the the UCLA Career Center will work with you to explore options. We strive to select panelists. Doctors. understanding of the position requirements. government. or 28 lb. The CV is a record of your education. The CV often accompanies the additional pieces of the academic application. interviewing tips and questions.

Presentation.List all courses you are prepared to teach.. etc. Do not include marital status. Etc. committees.Include all you speak. • Education . • Reference or Placement file . List minors or fields of emphasis. conferences. List degrees. and dates in reverse chronological order. practice. conclusions. institutions. Then. advisor and readers (if they add breadth.Title and brief description of work. List all in reverse chronological order. number of children. • Elaborate rather than eliminate when it comes to selecting categories. email. email address. etc. phone. address. Participation.Include university-wide groups. Search committees have varying agendas.e. industry. If you are qualified to teach in several fields. and Scholarships Recognition by university or field is very important to acknowledge prominently. List leadership positions assumed on each. i. when you apply for positions. • Publications. • Teaching & Research Interests . theoretical framework.Begin with the most recent degree or expected degree. 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 . • Identifying Information . or write. If you have two or more entries. Indicate those in which you are fluent. or fax). address.. You can subdivide publications into journal publications. • Professional Experience . List honors awarded upon graduation. teaching. and fax. The kinds of headings you use and the order in which they are presented will vary depending on your experience.ucla. List membership in honorary societies here if not in the education section.You may list references’ contact information (i. posters. Basic Categories of the Curriculum Vitae The following is a list of sample headings that you may incorporate into your CV. phone. on which you have worked. Exhibits. give each a section.List in reverse chronological order. Fellowships. task forces. majors. Honors.Name.This section will have several sub-categories. academic field. Papers. fieldwork. depth.Attendance. and list topics of present and future research interest. If still in the program. it is appropriate to list both home and school contact information. postdoctoral work. research experience. training. name. • Dissertation or Thesis . read. . • Awards.. select relevant information to develop each document. Clarity of presentation is important. • Languages . so you need to give them a complete picture. 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 . and the type of position for which you are applying. • Professional Affiliations . add a list of graduate courses taken as an appendix and refer to it.e. Indicate leadership of special projects. or new perspectives). • You might want to craft a Master CV – a document that you can continue to amend as your experience grows.Guidelines for Preparing a Curriculum Vitae • Choose your vocabulary carefully and make every phrase powerful. position. or other personal characteristics. etc. 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.List all professional groups and offices held. • Academic Service .

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

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

literature. 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 look forward to hearing from you soon. which included texts intended to represent a number of critical methods-deconstruction. “The Character of Commerce: Writing and Credit in Eighteenth-Century Britain. To use the period’s own idiom. Sincerely. 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.” and the “sublime” emerged to become privileged concepts that helped transform Britain into a commercial society.G. psychoanalysis. and economics. Eliza Haywood’s Memoirs of a Certain Island Adjacent to the Kingdom of Utopia (1725). Department of English Enclosures p75 . I historicize how terms like “credit.” I was a member of a five-person staff of faculty and graduate students who designed and taught the course.” like the political-economic system in general.” so that a social order legislated by the “invisible hand” becomes naturalized. I have also attached a copy of my CV for your perusal.” “exchange. law.” 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. Michel Foucault. the problematic I trace can be imagined as the relationship between “character” and “credit. historicism. Thank you for reviewing my application for the position. its fictionality forgotten. 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.” demonstrates how the discourses of philosophy.Example of Academic Cover Letter October 30. The story my dissertation tells is how individual “character.A.” Each chapter situates a text from eighteenth-century Britain--John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690). and aesthetics ordered the domain of authority and value that we now call the “economy. I was awarded a teaching fellowship with the English department for a position as an instructor for a course called “Methods Textual Studies. contemporary (Morrison’s Beloved). property. My advisor. Pocock. 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. My dissertation. I plan on attending the MLA conference in December and would welcome the opportunity to meet with you at that time.” both of which are key words unlocking contemporary discourses addressing personality. Drawing on the work of theorists such as Jean-Joseph Goux. Daniel Defoe’s Colonel Jack (1722) and The Fortunate Mistress (1724). writing. 2010 Professor Gerald Jones Search Committee Chair Department of English University Name Street Address City. was increasingly imagined as depending on “credit. Last year. and representation more generally. Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Professor ___________ informed me about this position. Los Angeles. and various popular works that stretch the limits of the definition of “text. David Bruin Doctoral Candidate University Name. I expect to receive my PhD in June 2011 from the department of English at the University of California.

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

programming. Access. Youth. June 2008 University of Pennsylvania BA. teachers. EDUCATION University of California. CA 90002. Her research skills are presented as tools for communication. OBJECTIVE The Objective section should contain a clear and concise statement identifying your desired position or targeted industry. 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. For example. Sally’s statistical knowledge is presented as a tool for generating funding. Typically this statement is tailored toward the specific position or employer you are targeting. adolescents. You can preface this heading with a title that identifies a particular professional area of expertise (i. Excel PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE The Program Evaluator. supervisory. and strategic planning. Long Beach. Developmental Psychology. parents. expected September 2013 MA. Developmental Psychology. and mothers for diagnosis and treatment • Coordinated treatment planning meetings with families. and accessibility of after-school programs • Interview participating students to assess program effectiveness • Facilitate communication between program administrators. Child. 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. 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. and staff • Prepared written reports for treatment and insurance providers August 2006 . Psychology. Los Angeles June 2009 – Present Program Evaluator • Evaluate content. it is recommended that you identify a personal contact address on your resume.. and clinical experience sections of the CV respectively. Note the changes in emphasis from an academic to an applied context. Project Coordinator/Supervisor. 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. University of California. Family Services Division p77 . and Psychological Evaluator positions were drawn from the dissertation research. Seeking a position as a program coordinator for a private foundation specializing in adolescent education and development. Program Management Skills).Example of Resume Converted from Curriculum Vitae (Refer to CV Sally Bruin. Santa Monica. CA Psychological Evaluator • Assessed While the CV often includes academic contact information.July 2007 PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES • Awarded three grants for child and adolescent development research • Member: American Psychological Association. page 66) SALLY BRUIN 1234 Rose Avenue. (562) 555-1234 sbruin@ucla. Los Angeles PhD.e. program development.

MI Team Leader: Removed a bottleneck to allowing doubling of a plant’s capacity $10 million capital saving. Macroeconomics. Los Angeles Master of Science in Material Science & Engineering University of California. CA 90095. Irvine Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Chemical Engineering June 2011 June 2006 June 2003 INDUSTRY INTERNSHIPS Merck Pharmaceuticals West Point. Dept.Example of Business/Industry/Consulting Resume (Page 1 of 2) Patricia Bruin 31 ABC Avenue. This allowed a higher storage temperature for the vaccines. • Improved reliability of flowrate measurement devices in oil pipelines to allow clients to better monitor throughputs. Summer 2000 Please note: This example was adapted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Achievements: Incorporated new algorithms into pipeline simulation modules and achieved tenfold increase in speed. 310-555-5555.9/4. GPA: 3. Entrepreneurship. Management and Policy in the International Economy. International Management. • Pursuing unique integrated approach to develop new molecular models better suited to designing optimal industrial processes. sbruin@ucla. Investment Banking. p78 . Washington.0 Business Courses: Management of Innovation and Technology. DC • Worked for fluid mechanics groups on technical consulting projects for the petroleum industry. Wrote software for simulating complex distillation processes that was adopted throughout Dow Chemicals. Westwood. Marketing. Dow – Corning. Generated $5 million annual saving in refrigeration costs. Microeconomics. Summer 2002 Summer 2001 UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY EDUCATION University of California. Eng. 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. Midland. * All courses taken throughout the entire college career University of California. PA Team Leader: Found systematic method to raise glass transition temperature of vaccines. Operations Research. Options and Derivatives. Finance Theory. • Developed strategies to reduce pipeline erosion. all with grade A. • Frequently delivered presentations to clients. Office of Career Services.

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

academic accomplishments. • 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. On that day. action. I do my detailed final inspection of my product. To compensate. and the position for which you’re interviewing. and practice for a great interview.Chapter 8 .” “What are your weaknesses?” Another challenging question. Here’s how it works: • Tell the Context in which you exercised a desired skill or strength. you will be invited back for the next round of interviews. prepare.Successful Interviewing Don’t underestimate the importance of the job interview. and explain how you have learned to compensate. Formulate a non-defensive response such as: “I managed to maintain a 2.4 GPA while working 24 hours a week. I believe I have learned to achieve a practical balance between perfection and administrative excellence. 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. knowledge. and capabilities match the qualities and skills the organization is seeking. The pointers in this chapter will help you plan. • Explain the Action you took. Effective communication skills will have a strong influence on the outcome of your interviews. I have developed the habit of assigning myself an artificial deadline. 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. The best way to handle this question is to relate your weakness to one of your strengths. In the past. Anticipate what may be a tough question for you to answer. the interview also provides an opportunity to ask pivotal questions about the organization and the position. and being active in two student groups. Employer’s Role The interviewer will determine whether you have the skills. and why you should be hired for the position instead of another candidate. • Describe the Results you achieved. It may create apprehension if you have a 2. Here are a couple of examples for you to think about ahead of time. and results to the employer’s business.You may find it helpful to remember the acronym CARR in composing a concise and thoughtful response to the interviewer’s question. • Relate your skills. Thus. • Convince the interviewer of your enthusiasm for his/her company. Equally important.” and that you will contribute to the needs of the organization and the position. career goals. this trait sometimes caused me to come close to missing deadlines. It is the single most important part of an employer’s selection process. If you are concerned about how an employer may view your GPA. you should approach every interview with the attitude. if one of your major strengths is meticulous attention to detail. two days before the project is due. But there’s no need to get butterflies or sweaty palms if you’re prepared to effectively package and present your skills and abilities.4 GPA. knowledge. that you will “fit in. put it in the past tense. what you can do to contribute to the organization’s needs. It’s a chance to get to know each other and explore a mutually rewarding working relationship. work and volunteer experiences. this may be a routine question. p80 A question that can throw you into a tail spin may not even phase your best friend. spend some time thinking about what compensating experience you may have. . and career interests. “I want to work here!” This means leaving a clear and convincing impression of who you are. The purpose of an interview is to determine whether you are right for the job – and whether the job is right for you. If the interviewer predicts a probable fit between your qualifications and the organization’s needs. This will help you decide if there is a good match between your qualifications. The Purpose of the Interview Your Role First and foremost. You will reduce your anxiety level if you’re ready to field the types of questions most likely to cause you to lose sleep. and abilities needed to be an effective member of the organization. For example.7 or higher GPA.” The “CARR” Approach . Your Interviewing Goals • Demonstrate how your experience.

I might be wondering whether her disability would interfere with her ability to travel to different cities to meet with clients. 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. • Pay close attention to any mannerisms or slang expressions that may detract from your overall presentation.The Question Not Asked If. tell me about yourself. • 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 . Ask for constructive feedback on the quality of your answers. for example. Typical Questions Employers Ask Candidates • What can you tell me about our company. With a well constructed opening statement. • Get together with a friend or family member to practice your responses. Let me tell you about my study abroad experience and my extensive travel experience. Here’s how: • Think of your response as a 60 second commercial about yourself. • Include a thumbnail sketch of your work experience. Bring the issue out in the open in a non-defensive. you will feel and appear more confident. Following this one-on-one practice session. (a 60-second sound bite) it’s not difficult to turn these types of questions into your advantage in nearly any situation. you have an obvious physical limitation. and facial expressions are communicating. our products. However. or other discrimination concerns. non-accusatory manner and cite an example that will allay the employer’s unspoken concerns. Practice If you know what you will say and how you will respond to typical interview questions. the question of whether you can do the job could be lingering in the employer’s mind. the interviewer is unlikely to bring up the subject for fear of offending you or provoking a law suit. gestures. • 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. • Practice in front of a mirror or with a tape recorder. a career counselor will critique your performance and offer suggestions on ways to improve your presentation and communication skills: career. Practice Your Responses The 60 Second Sound Bite “So.ucla. and to the behavioral interviews. • Conclude your statement with a brief mention of personal or volunteer activities or hobbies to support your interests and track record of success. marital status. Review and practice your responses to the questions below. Practice. and what you hope to achieve in the position. to the specific questions for the resume based case. It should be a quick summary of your major qualifications for the position and your reasons for being interested in the organization. Practice. tone of voice. a few key accomplishments. and focused. You might say something like: “If I were interviewing a person who uses a wheel chair. Be aware of what your posture.” The same principle applies for persons who are concerned about age. The best way to deal with this possibility is for you to introduce the discussion.” “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. • Sign up for a mock interview at the Career Center. gender. Here are additional suggestions: • Prepare written answers to questions the interviewer is likely to ask.

The standard on . what would he or she say? • Do you have anything else you’d like to tell me? Know the Industry. It also helps you get to know the competition. 2. p82 Position research provides valuable clues to the kinds of questions you’ll be asked at the interview. • Who are your role models? • How do you handle stressful situations? Give me an example. Five Steps to Selling Yourself 1.” you must be able to offer convincing proof that you are the person best qualified for the position. 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. • If one of your professors was to evaluate you. and reputation of different companies in the field. in depth self assessment. Careful preparation is critical to conveying a polished image. interests. Company research will help you prepare appropriate points to emphasize and questions to ask. 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. pages 13-15) of this guide can help identify your most marketable skills and attributes. 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). Organization.• 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. strengths. Clearly defined self knowledge will help you answer the interviewer’s questions about your career goals and where you see yourself within the organization. and weaknesses. 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. Before your “sales call. Know Yourself Think of yourself as the marketing representative for a very unique product. Interview Preparation The interview is your chance to really shine. relate your accomplishments to the requirements of the position. 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. identify appropriate level positions. 5. and gather information about salaries and working conditions in your field of interest. Visit the Career Center and ask a counselor for advice and assistance if you have difficulty identifying and articulating your key attributes. Participate in a Skills Asessment workshop at the Career Center or utilize a computerized selfassessment program to identify your competencies. 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. 4. The Career Quiz in the Career Planning section (Chapter Two. rank. Then. Employers want to know your track record. sophomores. 3. Industry research helps you understand typical career paths. Write down specific examples of how you’ve used your skills to achieve tangible and measurable results. Things you should know before the interview include: • The company’s mission • Products & services • Divisions & affiliations • Sales • Locations • Plans for expansion. and juniors for summer jobs and internships). Conduct a thorough. and why? • Describe your most rewarding college experience. Employers will be impressed when you give specific examples of how your skills and achievements are right for the job at hand.

and you may be interviewed by a “professional interviewer” who will ask pre-determined questions. Type 2 . you may be invited to a company’s branch office or to a facility with a less sophisticated set up. Don’t take other calls during the interview. Be prepared to present your best background and qualifications. • Prepare a written script or jot down on index cards key points to make. If things are going well. the caller will jump right into the interview without giving you advance notice. 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. It may also be used for localized searches. be where you say you will be at the appointed hour. 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. make sure the battery is charged and you’re in an area with clear reception. 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. The facilities and technology can be rather elaborate. a face-toface interview will follow. Do not schedule more than two initial interviews in one day – one in the morning and one in the mid afternoon. and experience the work environment and its employees. or by an employee who works in the same type of position for which you are being considered.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. it may last several hours. and be ready to answer your phone. The campus interview may be conducted by a human resources representative. Your initial on site interview will generally last 45 minutes to one hour. Practice so your delivery sounds natural and conversational.campus session is conducted in one of the Career Center’s interview rooms and lasts from 30 minutes to one hour. An important point to keep in mind is scheduling. or it may be the final step in the selection process. Don’t drive during the interview or engage in any other distractions. Do not take the telephone interview lightly. On Site Interviews The on site visit may be your first contact with the prospective employer.In other circumstances. In either case. interact with staff at all levels. p83 . Type 1 . 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. and a microphone. Keep in mind it is just as important to prepare thoroughly for a campus interview as any other interview. • Pick a quiet location where you can speak openly and without interruption. you will usually be interviewed by someone in the company’s human resources department or another staff member. ignore it. The on site interview gives you a chance to tour the facility. Keep it professional. Sometimes the recruiter will call ahead and schedule the telephone interview for a specific time in the future. If the interviewer decides there is a fit worth pursuing. 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. • If you’re using a cell phone. Other times. the campus interview is essentially a screening interview. It is not uncommon for follow up interviews for entry level jobs to consume an entire day. • Keep your resume and cover letter (and job ad if you responded to a particular opening) nearby for reference. When you receive an invitation to a follow up interview. Your performance will determine whether you will continue in the selection process. If you have call waiting. A video recording of your interview is then turned over to the organization that is interested in your qualifications. In this setting. you will be invited to a follow up interview which usually takes place at the company’s local or home office. video conference interviewing contains the challenges of the telephone interview without any of its advantages. a slow scan camera. by a department or division manager. learn more about the organization’s products and services. The video conference equipment may consist of a PC. The video conference interview falls into two types. If you pass the first round of the selection process. You need to make a special effort to ensure that your enthusiasm and your warmth are projected to the interviewers. Like any other first interview.

There are no non-verbal cues. if you sense that you haven’t communicated a reply clearly. and what do you know about us? • What are your short term and long range career goals. • Ask questions to make your interview an interactive experience. By looking into the mirror and smiling throughout the interview. Solution . It’s not unusual for an interviewer to “mix and match” various combinations of these techniques during the course of your interview. and the behavioral based interview. try again until you are sure that your message has been received correctly. • Be sure to interview the interviewer. the case interview. Challenge #2 . Currently.It can be difficult sometimes to communicate professionalism.If you’re in doubt about the meaning or intent of any question. and think out your responses clearly before you answer. 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.It may help to dress in business attire for your telephone interview just as you would for an in person session. view this as a presentation of its skills and background. p84 .Overcoming Challenges of the Telephone Interview Challenge #1 . you’ll have formulated the organization’s “resume” in your mind. • If you’ve done your research. Don’t forget: the interview is a two way exchange of information. • 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. you stand a better chance of communicating your “smile” and your enthusiasm over the telephone. such as nodding or smiling. 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. to help guide your responses or to help the interviewer at the other end of the line interpret your responses. ask for clarification. Some job seekers have achieved good results from placing a large mirror on their desk near the telephone. this is the most widely used method of interviewing by most companies and organizations. Preparation Tips • Write out and rehearse the details surrounding each item on your resume. On the other hand. • 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. 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. Solution . • If you have a copy of the company’s annual report or access to their website. warmth. • Always go into an interview with about four or five questions already mapped out. and enthusiasm.

• Ask one or two clarifying questions. such as: “What were you thinking at that point?” “Tell me more about your meeting with that person. skill. the behavioral interview is much more structured and probing. Case Interview Tips • Listen to and read the introduction and case description carefully.” . You will be asked to formulate a solution to the problem under tight time constraints.The Case Interview The interviewer will present you with a complex problem involving issues or situations that are not likely to be familiar. or attribute that the company looks for in its employees and will ask you to describe a specific time that you demonstrated that characteristic. In either extreme. hypothesis-driven approach. pursue if viable. Then practice using this technique until it becomes second nature. • The interviewer may interrupt or follow up with questions that probe for depth and detail. • Logical thought process and analytical rigor. 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. • Ability to synthesize information and draw analogies. 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. • Creativity accompanied by common sense and good business instinct. • Pick one sub topic to probe. Compared to a traditional interview.” A person well trained in this interviewing technique will not let you get away with a general or vague answer. and comfort with ambiguity are your primary goals in case interviewing. Remember. the interviewer will be looking for these qualities: • Demonstrated enthusiasm for solving complex problems. Develop the hypothesis. • Identify potential issues and related sub topics..?” 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. • The interview will focus on areas that are important to the employer. • Keep note taking to a minimum and concentrate on remembering key facts. 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. A typical line of questioning might be: “Tell me about a time when you. Always save the last five minutes to pull everything together. rather than allowing you to bring up points that you may want to emphasize. • Pick a second branch to pursue as above. • Budget your time. The interviewer will cite an experience.” “Lead me through your decision making process. Its focus is on “real life” experiences and actions. • Demonstrating enthusiasm.. • Use of a structured. there is seldom a single right answer. “It sounds like a cash flow problem”). • Structure the problem by stating a hypothesis (e. 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. Visit the library Monday-Friday 9am-5pm to review the “Vault Guide to Case Interviews” or “Case in Point ” books. logical and analytical thought processes.g. summarize your conclusions. The key word is “specific. p85 Case Interview Resources The UCLA Career Center Career Library has a number of resources available to help students prepare for case interviews. Check the appropriateness through dialog with the interviewer. and make a recommendation or identify a plan of action.. • Comfort with drawing conclusions in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty. Discard if the topicappears not to be relevant.

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. 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. Teamwork • Describe a time when other members of your work team disagreed with your ideas.Preparation Tips • Thoroughly research your field or industry and the firms with which you intend to interview. • Recall a time from your work experience when your manager or supervisor was unavailable and a problem arose. • Tell about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get across an important point. • 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. define key issues. if you have participated in a team project. p86 . and environments. describe how you can adapt to a wide variety of people. Adaptability • Describe a problem you faced in making the transition from college to work. • Describe a time on any job that you held in which you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills. The following are examples of questions the interviewer may ask to evaluate your potential for successful job performance. Generally speaking. Who. • Tell about a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision. Communication • Tell of a time when your active listening skills really paid off for you. Decision Making • Give an example of a time when you had to make a difficult decision. and determine the steps to take to get desired results. good communication. situations. • Have you ever made a presentation to a large group? Describe that experience. Specifically. 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. attributes and experiences highly valued by the industry. • Be prepared to discuss several examples from your list of accomplishments for each of those desired qualities. • Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgement and logic in making a decision. and leadership. • Tell of a situation when you worked with a colleague who was not completing his share of the project. What did you do? • Give an example of when you had to arrive at a compromise or guide others to a compromise. such as initiative. Your main objective during that research should be to identify the skills. behavioral based questions will evaluate your skills and expertise in specific areas. be ready with stories or specific examples to describe your actions that were integral to the group’s success. • Describe a situation when you had to defend a position or decision. if anyone. For example. • Have your listening and speaking skills ever helped you better understand a person or a situation? Describe. • Summarize a situation where you had to seek out relevant information. consensus building. How did you handle that situation? • Give an example of a time when you were assigned to a complex project. What was the impact of the change on you? • By providing examples. • Describe a situation in which you had to adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control.

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

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

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

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

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

Other benefits may be worth at least one third of your compensation. This keeps you within their price range but shows you are interested in somewhat more compensation.. “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. sick leave.” Most entry level employees can expect a basic benefit package consisting of: • Health. They come with the job and are not subject to negotiation.g..00035. and holidays. Many employee benefits are considered standard.Handling Salary Questions There are many books and other resources.000. is that what you were expecting?” Tell the interviewer that it does come near your expectations. 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.000 to $60.. 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. and then offer a range that places the top of the employer’s range into the bottom of your range (e.000 to $50. and then ask the interviewer what the company’s normal salary range is for that type of position. disability.000 . “I was thinking in terms of $50. 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.g. • Paid vacation. • Concierge services Note: Please keep in mind that during these challenging economic times. many of these benefits may not be available.000”).. However. dental.” Another approach: summarize the requirements of the position as you understand them. an increasing number of companies offer flexible benefit packages which give employees a variety of choices and “perks. p92 . 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. Be sure that the range you were thinking about is consistent with what you learned about the market rate for that position. and life insurance. available to provide assistance in preparing for this part of your job search process. “The salary range for this position is $40. including UCLA Career Center counselors.

such as the following. don’t become angry and lose control. It’s strictly an economic issue.The Art of Skillfull Salary Negotiation Have an amount in mind Decide what you want and what you’ll accept. Stay cool. 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. Seek creative alternatives If the salary you have in mind is out of the question. If the employer comes close to what you’re after. Numerous references.S. Be ready to compromise A heavy-handed “pay me what I’m worth or else” ultimatum is not recommended. may be obtained at public and university libraries. Emphasize your skills and abilities. but it should never be the sole factor in deciding whether to accept a job offer. 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 . such as flexible hours. bookstores. Consider negotiating for non monetary awards. calm and collected Salary negotiation should not be an adversarial process. Compensation is a high priority for nearly everyone.. such as taking a job related course or starting a graduate program. not your needs Don’t present your request in terms of how you will benefit (e. Where to Get Salary Information A general search on the Internet will provide links to numerous general and profession-specific salary surveys. perhaps a bonus could be justified. Instead. Keep things in the proper perspective Remember that your salary has nothing to do with your value as a human being. and salary negotiating strategies. you’ll have to decide whether to settle on this figure. point out how the company will benefit by the experience and contributions you will make. but rather a friendly. • Your goal . pay off your student loans or buy a new car). Your actual paycheck will reflect income tax and other deductions. or more responsibility.g. open dialogue. and newsstands. a better office space. Take a hard look at your salary requirements Construct a basic budget by listing your expected monthly expenses. a salary IQ test. • Your bottom line – the lowest figure you’d settle for. • General periodicals such as U.a realistic amount you think you have a good chance of getting. When the discussion isn’t going your way.

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 . Evaluate how the position fits into your short and long term lifestyle and career goals and how it will provide opportunities for job satisfaction.Chapter 10 . company car. 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. 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. ethnic. 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. 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. and personal growth. no amount of money is worth it. A nice starting salary is great. but if you don’t get up in the morning looking forward to going to work. such as a health club membership. 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.Evaluating Job Offers Decision Making Criteria At least half of your waking day will be spent at work performing your new job. enjoyment. multi-national conglomerate or is it a small start up company where you know everyone.

reduced options for location preferences.ucla. should you withdraw or decline. Consequences range in scope and can include forfeiture of all campus recruiting privileges.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. • Once you have accepted an offer. With this in mind. • 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. this is a complex issue and unfortunately there are no clear rules for every situation. combined with your unique needs and schedule. Given the variability of employers’ hiring practices and time frames. Do not stretch their patience too much. You’ve successfully secured one offer – you can do it again. • If you are waiting on a preferred employer. etc. each case is considered For internship positions. Ask for the offer in writing so there won’t be any misunderstandings later. especially if you explain that you want to complete the interviewing cycle in which you are currently engaged. please contact our Employer Relations team at bruinview@career. often months before they will start work. The first is.ucla. dilemmas you may face are what to do if you receive multiple employment offers. 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. but have an interview scheduled in two weeks with the Y Corporation. though – they deserve to know your decision within a reasonable amount of time so they can offer the position to someone else. there are some important things to keep in mind and steps you should take. where employers are eager to secure students. Maintain regular contact between you and the employer from the time the offer is received. position title. If p95 Additional Pointers • Be sure to give yourself time to reflect on any offer extended to you. you might ask yourself whether you want to work for an organization which is pressuring you to make a hasty choice. Students who violate our policies are required to meet with Career Center If you have any questions about our policies. • Do not accept an offer that you are not comfortable with. And how can the Career Center help you? Again. or to “hedge your bets” in case your preferred offer doesn’t come through. you are given a week to accept an offer by the X Corporation. For full-time positions. The Career Center does not permit students to cancel first-round interviews to attend second-round interviews. COME SEE A CAREER COUNSELOR! Handling Multiple Offers and Offer Deadlines In the generally fast-paced employment market. nor should they attach incentives involving diminishing bonuses. if needed. you are more likely to make good long-term employment decisions. we have implemented specific Employer Recruitment Policies to guide on-campus recruiting activities. • If you decide the job offer meets your criteria. in order to make the most informed decision. write a polite and tactful letter declining other offers you may have received. If the employer does insist on your making a decision quickly. who you are potentially more interested in. . students should be given two weeks to make their final decision. and benefits. and how to handle offer deadlines given by employers when you have not finished talking to all the organizations you are interested in. you are given sufficient time to attend career fairs. and/or complete the interviewing in which you are currently engaged. • As it is unrealistic to enforce a specific time frame regarding offer and acceptance of employment. You can review our employer timeline and recruitment policies online at career. As a student you should be aware of the guidelines set forth for employers who recruit oncampus at UCLA. contact them and ask how far they have proceeded with your application and when you are likely to hear of their decision. • Contact the employer who has made you the offer and ask if they are prepared and willing to extend the offer acceptance deadline. • Never accept a verbal offer. • The onus is on employers to not improperly influence and affect your job acceptance. For example. We have established expectations for employers to ensure students’ ability to comply with our second-round policy. such as starting date. Employers should not make offers or pressure students to accept “early” offers include those requiring a quick response time. 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. That being said. call the employer to accept and follow with a letter. • COMMUNICATION IS KEY. salary. if possible. This is a common practice and does not automatically imply that their offer is second best. participate in on-campus interviews. Restate your understanding of the agreed upon terms. the decisions are ultimately between you and the employer.

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

dress. 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 . Certain dress is accepted in different organizations and in different parts of the country.” take your queue from your supervisor. and very casual in others. • If you want the promotion. 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. Rules on Professional Appearance • If you want the job. How do they talk. Dress to fit in. • If you want respect. • If your organization has “Casual Fridays.Learn your organization’s culture and personality Watch your colleagues carefully. and conduct their business? How do they deal with customers. act. What to Wear to Work Your professional appearance matters. dress as well or better than the industry standard. bosses. Find out how you can improve your job performance. Dressing for work is hardly different than dressing to go out with friends. Set goals for your progress Record your accomplishments as they occur. Dress can be very conservative in some professions or companies. look promotable. when you go to employer information meetings or visit the work setting on an interview. You may have heard the saying that if you want to move up. Just like different industries use different professional jargon. they may also dress differently. 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. Take advantage of the regular performance reviews to carefully note your strengths and weaknesses as the company sees them. Lean toward a more conservative look. to be on the safe side. look the part. Control Freak. 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 like the person two levels ahead of you. Observe Men and Women at Work As a student. look at what the employees wear.

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

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