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Career Guide 2010-2011

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

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

edu/HowToFindUs 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 help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options.794. and gain “real world” experience through internships.edu Phone 310.edu Phone 310.206.206.6623 PhD and Master’s Student Career Counseling in the Graduate Student Resource Center.ucla.edu Phone 310.ucla. Drop-In Counseling & Career Library / Lab. Young Drive South .ucla. and join! p5 Charles E. Second Floor Email internships@career. will help you prepare for a great future and a great career. No appointment necessary! Hours are announced each quarter at career.ucla. along with our friendly professional staff and a complete lineup of personal and web based services and resources. and international organizations. In fact.1931 Check website for Drop-In locations and hours Internship & International Opportunities. build networking skills. information sources. and more.206.ucla. Search for the UCLA Career Center. When it is time to begin a full time career. If graduate or professional school is your goal.ucla. north entrance) Floors Two and Three Los Angeles. job search strategies.206. we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go.edu Phone 310. North Entrance e Av nu e Log into facebook®. For specific directions: career.1915 Fax 310. the Career Center can introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities.Third Floor Email BruinView@career. Second Floor Email ccadmin@career.206. write resumes. Along every step toward earning your degree.edu.206.1902 Fax 310.edu/DropInCounseling and at gsrc.1944 For Employers . we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Early on.206.3938 Business / Economics Career Information. 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. Second Floor Email kdavy@career. CA 90095-1573 We’re conveniently located south of Bruin Walk and southwest of Ackerman Student Union.2024 Our Location 501 Westwood Plaza (at Strathmore. If you’ve already picked your dream job.UCLA Career Center The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate.ucla.edu Phone 310. national. B11 Student Activities Center Get quick answers about CVs/resumes. practice interviewing. This Career Guide.Second Floor Email AlumService@career. we can put you in touch with thousands of challenging entry level positions in a wide variety of regional.Chapter 1 .ucla.5358 Fax 310. we’ll assist you with the program selection and application process. For Alumni .

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

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

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

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

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

you may access select UCLA Career Center services and resources by purchasing: BruinView™ for Alumni subscription (exclusively for UC graduates who are UCLA Alumni Association members). periodicals. and Online Resume Critique. To meet fellow Bruins and other Alumni Association members through the UCLA Career Network. As a University of California graduate. or work related to one’s particular field of interest. For further information on eligibility. and fee information. International Opportunities. Credentials File Services are available for UCLA alumni.ucla. core job-search strategies offered in a fast-paced. UCLA degree holders with UCLA Alumni Association membership pay a nominal fee of $30. As a member of the UCLA Alumni Association. Bruin AlumLink™ package. BruinView™ for Alumni is a six month subscription for access to BruinView™ online job listings.uclalumni. visit: www. • Exclusive BruinView™ Listings.Internships. Many fellowships require that applicants have a BA or BS degree or are currently working on or have already secured a graduate or professional degree. Looking for high-impact.” These contacts are willing to share their knowledge and expertise about a variety of interesting career fields. and seasonal openings in Southern California and nationwide. or making a mid-career change. application procedures.edu/AlumniServices Network with UCLA Alumni The UCLA Alumni Association manages a database of thousands of alumni called the “UCLA Career Network.000 books. registration. p11 . the UCLA Career Center offers resources and specialized fee-based services for University of California graduates. videos. with thousands of current full time. three hour time slot? Then you need Job Search JumpStart! Receive expert instruction and guidance on your job search strategies. • Admission to exclusive Career Center career fairs. • Career Center Library/Lab access during regular business hours (Monday through Friday. • A multimedia collection of 3. and Fellowships These opportunities provide access to study. Alumni Career Services and Resources Whether you are beginning your career journey. you can select which contact information you would like to reveal. but your information will not be displayed without your permission. For updated details: career. and interviewing skills. Maximize your use of the Career Center resources and services to jumpstart your job search and gain the winning edge! Visit career. looking for new opportunities. 9am to 5pm). directories. research. part time. This is currently an exclusive service for eligible UC alumni. and assistance in competing for awards to fund graduate study or research. so this can be a rich and rewarding option for graduate students. please visit Internship and International Opportunities office on the second floor.ucla. available 24 hours a day on the web. resume and correspondence. They can range from six months to two years in duration and usually include a stipend or other benefits. Note: Alumni of other UC campuses who join the UCLA Alumni Association can purchase a six month subscription for $75. and other materials are available for your use in the Career Center Library.edu/JumpStart for a list of upcoming workshops.net/NetworkingCareers/UCLACareerN etwork.

Letter of Reference Services The Letter of Reference Services allows UCLA undergraduates. • Personalized. you only have one chance to make a first impression. psychology. and interests. powerful online tools. You verify your alumni status. nearly 50% less than the cost of these powerful tools and services through the commercial market.ucla. And you never have to leave your home or office. For more information: career. you will enjoy these services and benefits: • Online assessments that assist you in defining your skills. These letters are limited to those written to support PhD employment searches in the fields of higher education. logical way. We will not send letters to support applications to scholarships.ucla. Credentials File Services Credentials File Services allow UCLA students (and alumni who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference with our department. For more information: career. register your profile.edu/LOR. to assist you with your career decisions. The application process is completed via our secure website. Once registered for Bruin AlumLink™. and librarianship. and Skills Assessments. • Web based tools to assist you with specific aspects of your career and employment search.edu/CredentialsFileServices. we only accept nonspecifically addressed letters. Since the purpose of these services is to send letters to multiple graduate and professional schools. fellowships.Bruin AlumLink™ Virtual Career Counseling Services The UCLA Career Center provides UC eligible alumni with the convenience of confidential career counseling online. Purchase the Online Resume Critique Service for the $60 standard fee: career. and alumni (who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference for graduate and professional school programs with our department. available 24 hours a day via the web. It puts you in touch with thousands of current positions in Southern California and nationwide. Since the purpose of this service is to send letters to multiple institutions. and a systematic plan to help you reach your career goals in a strategic. or internships. you'll receive a personal email with constructive feedback and advice specifically geared to enhancing your resume for your targeted jobs. have it professionally scrutinized before you send it to prospective employers. Your resume will be thoroughly examined by a professional career counselor.ucla.ucla. counseling. • Interactive email access to your assigned counselor for one full year to answer your immediate questions. Interview Techniques. Register for Bruin AlumLink™ today: career. objective. To be confident that your resume represents you effectively. and pay with your credit card. The UCLA Career Center offers an exclusive and expert resume analysis for a reasonable fee (less than half the cost of the commercial marketplace).objectives. resume review. we will only send letters to admissions offices at universities and colleges. including Resume Writing. The fee for Bruin AlumLink™ is $475 for UC alumni. graduate students. p12 Are you a UC graduate? Our alumni services can be an asset as you develop your career! career. . and your personalized career action plan. networking strategies. we will ONLY send your letters to universities and colleges.edu/BruinAlumLink.ucla. • An interactive relationship with a National Certified Counselor who will devote four hours of research and preparation to your specific case. research. • One full-year access to UCLA’s exclusive BruinView™ Job Listings.edu/AlumniServices. Since these letters are solely for the purpose of supporting the application to graduate and professional school programs. scheduled at your convenience. Since these letters are solely for the purpose of supporting your application for faculty and research positions. we can only accept non-specifically addressed letters. • 120 minutes of telephone counseling. Job Search Strategies. Bruin AlumLink™ goes beyond traditional individualized career counseling by offering you the convenience of distance access.edu/AlumniOnlineResumeCritique. and confidential career Online Resume Critique Service For Alumni During these challenging and competitive times. In five days or less. • A five page written summary of your counseling sessions and resources. interviewing skills. and techniques for job searching.

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

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

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

edu/CareerCourse. Earn two units through this career course! Strategic Career Decision-Making Fall 2010 Sections Update: Fall 2010 sections are full. please visit career. first-served basis. visit career. Register today! To enroll. career fulfillment.com/s/Education150 Excellence. Through interactive lessons and course projects.ucla. Delivered. Room 200 To learn more about the Education 150 course and review the syllabus. A Department of Student Affairs Career Center . For the Winter and Spring schedules.surveymonkey. Room 200 Section 2: Wednesdays. Please note that enrollment is on a first-come. 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. Strategic Career Decision Making will provide students with strategies to anticipate and effectively deal with lifelong professional challenges such as work / life balance. Strathmore Building. Education 150: Strategic Career Decision Making. 10am-11:50am. 1-2:50pm.edu/CareerCourse Section 1: Tuesdays. please complete the brief information request online at: www. and career transitions.N W! E Career Course Education 150 The UCLA Career Center is proud to announce a new career development course.ucla.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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 career.ucla.edu /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 career.ucla.edu/CareerFairPreparation. 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 career.ucla.edu/CareerFairs 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 career.ucla.edu/CareerFairs 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 www.uclalumni.net/NetworkingCareers/UCLACareerN 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

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

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

C. Regional.S. State.] 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. 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. & 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 . Companies • Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies • Plunkett’s Employers’ Internet Sites with Careers Information • Fortune’s America’s Most Admired Corporations • Standard & Poor’s 500 Guide: America’s Most Watched Companies Career Center Library / Lab Resources Many excellent materials are available in the Career Center Library / Lab to enhance your corporate research. Engineering.Targeting Companies by Location (U.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. 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.

instead of spending hours. making it easier for you to concentrate on looking at certain fields. • Conduct your job search research anytime that fits your schedule. These websites have been categorized by topic. Internet 101: The Basics The Internet is a dazzling information resource providing access to individuals. companies. professional associations. • Search for newspapers. • Submit online resumes and participate in electronic interviews. Although the Internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search arsenal. a great place to focus on your career planning and research. You can: • Collect data online in a relatively short amount of time.com. and work values in the beginning of this book. skills. • Tour cities you may be considering for relocation. The speed and immediacy of the Internet can be really useful for you. Job Search on the Internet The Internet has fast become a professional necessity. career. Popular online directories include about. preferences. • Find job leads and send your resume electronically before most people even know there’s an opening. in addition to recruiting through online employment services. or positions. or weeks in the library gathering bits and pieces of information from many sources. • Get the latest stock market reports and financial information. capability to learn new tools of the trade. Career Information on the Web With a few easy clicks of your computer mouse.ucla. long after libraries and the Career Center Library / Lab are closed for the night. Online Directories Online directories can help you focus your search on a specific area. and initiative to keep your technology skills current.ucla. a winning resume. Beginning the Search Before you begin searching. For example.edu An excellent place to begin your job search research is the UCLA Career Center website at career. days. The Internet remains open 24 hours a day.ucla. you’ll discover avenues to literally thousands of newly posted job opportunities on the West Coast. trade publications. by typing in “management consulting” the results will display a list of subcategories such as employers in this industry. • Research hundreds of industries and professions. company research. The multi-station Career Lab is here for your job searching convenience. even if it’s two o’clock in the morning. don’t forget to register for BruinView™ at career.Things to Do on the Internet • Visit company web sites. Not only can the ability to conduct an online job search put you in touch with thousands of career opportunities. and around the world. across the continent. and thorough interview preparation. More and more companies now include employment opportunities as part of their website. • Network with potential employers and other job seekers. and articles. refer back to the assessment of your interests. and organizations from around the world. personality. 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. • Reap the benefits today and use one of our computers in the Career Lab. and has wireless connection. roomy. Based on these results.edu. While you’re there. .com and yahoo.edu. it can showcase to employers your adaptability to change. don’t neglect traditional strategies such as networking. The powerful and dynamic technology of the Internet can enhance your job search activities in many ways. books. industries. 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. There are thousands of career and job search sites on the web. It’s comfortable. and different positions within this field. including BruinView™ job and internship listings and links to our corporate partners’ websites.

edu (top left corner) and check the My BruinView™ desktop (right side).com Company Information on the Internet The Internet makes it easy to visit company sites and explore hundreds of industries and professions.ucla.yahoo.org Public Register’s Annual Report Service (company financial information) at www. Principles of Internet Job Searching Remember.hoovers.ucla.aspx UCLA Career Center.com Career Builder (listings from major newspapers and career sites) at www. Hoover’s Online Business Network (company and salary information) at www. including BruinView™ career opportunities. Technology is no substitute for strategy. The best kind of job search is highly selective and focused. the more specific you are in your keyword search.com from major sites) at UCLA Career Center. resulting in a huge return on your search. Job Search Sites CalJobs (California EDD system) at www.jobbankUSA. Academic Job Search at career.ca. which provides direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources available. Below are just a few examples of the many additional sites that can assist in your research via the Internet.com Visiting Employers on the Web (company profiles) at www.annualreportservice.com Career Resource Center at www. and Internet job searching is no exception.metamoney. There is no substitute for personal.careerbuilder. The advantage (and disadvantage) of using search engines is that they have to search thousands of pages for information.Keyword Searching Once you have an idea of what you want to look for. the more targeted and useful the resulting information will be. An excellent place to begin your job and company research is the Career Center website.jobweb. a Career Resource Site at UCLA Career Center’s BruinView™.edu.com p32 .edu/Students/PhDMastersCareerSvcs/NonA cademicJobSearchLinks. Just log into your BruinView™ account from career.caljobs. direct contact.aspx Researching Companies Industry Guides and Employer Profiles. you can focus your search by using a search engine. the Internet is only one of many tools available to conduct a job search.campuscareercenter. Non-Academic Job Search at career. 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 www.careers. The Internet can help you find contacts.ucla.gov Campus Career Center at www.com Yahoo! Finance Company & Fund Index (company financial profiles) at finance. career.edu/Students/JobSearchWebsites. 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).edu/Students/PhDMastersCareerSvcs/Aca demicJobSearchLinks.ucla. Therefore.ucla.com Standard & Poor’s (company financial information) at www.standardandpoors. but you have to take it from there. Don’t put all your faith in conducting a job search by only using this strategy.aspx UCLA Career Center at career.com Web 100 (company rankings) at www.

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

leadership. research projects. and communication skills. Pull it all together. Think of specific examples of where and how each skill or attribute led to a tangible result or achievement. spreadsheet and database management. Write down your personal attributes. and accomplishments. participation. . or procedures? • Did you suggest a new service. education.Resumes and Correspondence Writing Your Resume Your resume is a powerful marketing tool to land an interview. personal attributes. place. or situation. clerical. Generate a list of your accomplishments Prospective employers want to know what you have achieved and how your performance made a difference. your solutions. The following exercises can help you thoroughly assess your professional abilities. 2. It’s an important part of your total package. Four Steps to a Power Packed Resume 1. and must be clear. Identify at least three accomplishments for each example or situation you listed in the preceding exercise. Include work experience. 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. Prioritize your skills and experience. and demonstrates how your qualifications match the employer’s needs. Employers typically view a resume for no more than 15 to 30 seconds. activities. concise. programming languages. Take stock of what you have to offer. • Did you do something faster. In that time. and sales. It summarizes your skills. your resume must be clear. What are my special. concise.Chapter 5 . sports. better. and style. 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. 3. or sales? • Did you save your organization any money or eliminate waste? • Did you identify and/or help solve any problems? • Did you institute any new methods. and quickly demonstrate how you meet their needs. such as organizational. appealing. 4. take an inventory of what you can offer an employer. analytical. experience. relevance to job performance. product. word processing. systems. and the accomplishments of which you are most proud. or cheaper? • Did you increase membership. 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. Resumes should be customized or tailored to a specific job description. technical. such as skills in bilingual communication. volunteer activities. Your objective is to communicate what makes you stand out as a stellar job candidate. customer service. cash handling. Your answers to these questions may help you to identify challenges or problems you faced. 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. or field specific skills? Highlight qualities that will respond to employers’ needs. Take Stock Before you touch your fingers to the computer keyboard. personality. clubs and organizations. technical skills. There is no right or wrong way to write your resume. etc. internships. time management. and on-the-job experiences. and informative. Put it on paper. It should reflect your unique experience.

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

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

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

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

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

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

96.Example of Business Resume BENJAMIN BRUIN 3330 De Neve Dr.net EDUCATION University of California Los Angeles | Los Angeles.December 2008 • Implemented innovative marketing strategies to develop stronger partnerships with potential clients • Generated 20 new clients and over $15.000 LEADERSHIP AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT UCLA Bruin Consulting| Los Angeles.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. Specialization in Computing • Cumulative GPA: 3. A. Word.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. Business Economics Expected June 2011 • Accounting Minor. PowerPoint. CA January 2010 . 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. 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. 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. Adobe InDesign. CA Account Executive March 2007. Managerial Accounting. Computer Science. International Trade • National Champion – DECA Business Plan Competition (2008) UCLA Travel Study | London. Inc. | Century City. basic C++ • Language : Intermediate Fluency in Spanish. Major GPA: 3. camping in the Sierras. and maturity • Prepared marketing materials and PowerPoint presentation for prospective corporate account Beacon Economics | Los Angeles. Conversational Farsi • Interests: Classical piano. merger & acquisition models. SAT: 2310 • Relevant Coursework: Finance. England • Studied International Business Law & Taxation within the European Union Summer 2008 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jefferies & Company. Sudoku p44 . Photoshop.90. Room #C5-315 ∙ Los Angeles. Statistics. CA 90024 (310) 555-5555 ∙ bbruin@ucla. coupon rate. CA Fall 2009 Investment Banking Workshop Participant • Selected to participated in a 6-week intensive workshop series on valuation techniques. CA B. scuba diving.

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

net EDUCATION University of California. Los Angeles. 2009-Dec 2009 • Led section of 15-students through discussion of course material and review for midterm.Example of Teaching Resume JAMES BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. on topics including: “Preparing for Law School. CA. ranging from 2 years old to adults • Presented safety workshops to educate the students on issues including: pool safety. and handling emergency situations • Evaluated mastery of techniques for advancement to the next skill level LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE Resident Assistant. • 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. UCLA Sept. 2008-present Undergraduate Section Leader. create flashcards. personal growth. 2008-June 2009 • Trained to provide educational workshops to fellow undergraduates • Presented 4 workshops per quarter. and Academic Success in your Undergraduate Experience TEACHING EXPERIENCE Project Literacy. Sociology Expected June 2011 • GPA: 3. community health. 90095 • 310-555-5555 • bruin@ucla. 2008 • Taught 30-minute swim lessons to students. UCLA Sept. Understanding Gifted Students. 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.” and “Study Skills” • Utilized technology to engage students through visual and interactive learning Swim Instructor/Lifeguard Summer of 2007.3 • Awarded the Chancellor’s Service Award Relevant Coursework: Child Development. four hours per week. to tutor a 4th grade student in Watts • Assist the student in developing personal learning strategies • Review homework. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts. and engage the student in the learning process • Consult with teachers and parents regarding student progress and attendance Sept. UCLA • Travel once per week.” “Transfer Adjustment. Social Psychology of Higher Education. p46 . 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.

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

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

Note nouns used by firms on your prospect list.” • Include all paid and unpaid experiences. and experience. • If responding to a specific job opening. • Include operating systems.0. If your resume has more than one page. of which you are knowledgeable. also include accomplishments achieved in coursework. the company can quickly match qualified job seekers with positions. staple.. By using this method. or Helvetica in size 10 to 12 points. percentages of efficiency improvement. environments. student activities. If appropriate. try to use as many keywords as possible from the job description. communication protocols. Usually.edu/OnlineWorkshops • • • • for you at Resume Writing Resume Critique Service Career Fair Preparation Interview Workshop . or consulting should consider using this approach. projects. TQM (Total Quality Management). Morrow. • Use a laser printer or high quality inkjet. hardware platforms. major. Cite numerical figures. etc. Avoid complicated layouts. • Include your GPA if it’s 3.0 or higher. • Quantify your experience whenever possible. knowledge. • Forget the admonition about not using jargon and “buzz words.g. engineering. “Logic Design” rather than by course number. You can list your overall. Make sure you are highlighting your strengths and qualifications. etc. lines of code written or debugged. databases. The Scannable Resume Many companies today use software that scans resumes looking for specific keywords or phrases that match the job opening. • Do not be modest. • Use simple. • Use nouns that state specific job functions. Scannable Resume Tips • Choose a simple font such as Arial. or hobbies that relate to the industry that you are targeting. • Always include a cover letter to supplement your resume. do not misrepresent your skills by including skills with which you are not familiar. • List relevant coursework or projects that emphasize your technical skills. software applications. graphics and shading. Individuals targeting positions in information technology. Spanish.” “Projects.. Use all caps for major headings. programming languages. • Try not to bend. • Summarize your technical skills and knowledge in an itemized fashion (e. sales quota. Some subsections that may be viable are “Technical Skills. your name and page number should be on all successive pages. List coursework by title. traditional fonts and avoid heavy use of italics and underlining. functional. skills or responsibilities. Keywords and Nouns You can improve your odds of winning an interview by filling your electronic resume with keywords (most keywords are nouns). refer to Electronic Resume Revolution by Joyce Lain Kennedy and Thomas J. and specific computer software you’re proficient in using. or fold your resume. • For more information. and avoid overusing bold. This is the time to “market” yourself in an honest way. there are some nuances in the content and presentation. e. numbers of machines supported. Scanners are not good at reading dot-matrix text. Mail it flat in a large envelope. it is below 3.” or “Relevant Coursework. • Get noun ideas by reading job descriptions. • Keep it simple.g. available at the Career Center Library / Lab and most bookstores. Print on white or very light color paper. competitive analysis. a bulleted format) and prioritize them by your proficiency using them. or upper division coursework. or underlining. However. such as marketing. etc. Remember to use “buzz” words that would catch the eye of the employer or scanning programs.. Times New Roman.ucla.” Include terminology from your profession or industry. Many technical companies assume that if your GPA is not listed. a one page resume is adequate for an undergraduate level of accomplishment. p49 Online Workshops are available career. or combination). italics.The Technical Resume Although the technical resume uses one of the traditional formats (chronological.

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOS ANGELES Department of Molecular.net 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. 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. Developmental Biology Overall GPA: 3. Organic / Inorganic Chemistry LAB TECHNIQUES / SKILLS: • Assays • Protein purification • PCR • Autoclave • Gel electrophoresis • Spectroscopy RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: AMGEN Supply Quality Management.6. LOS ANGELES Bachelor of Science. EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. LOS ANGELES Chemistry Department Lab Assistant / Clerk • Cleaned toxic spills (mercury) and disposed waste (organic solvents. 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. Major GPA: 3. Cellular. Cellular & Developmental Biology Lab Assistant • Generated lab strains for projects (Bordetella strain with Tetracycline resistance) • Assisted with lab projects under Post Docs (competition assays) • Mini-prepped plasmid samples with micro centrifuge protocol using micro columns or phenol/chloroform precipitation • Disposed biological and hazardous waste • Cleaned and sterilized equipment / stock solutions • Maintained sterile supplies in lab UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. CA August 2008 – May 2009 Los Angeles. CA Expected June 2011 Thousand Oaks. Molecular. CA June 2010 .present Los Angeles.75 Coursework includes: Biochemistry. CA 90095 818-222-5555 bruin_lindsay@ucla. CA May 2009 – June 2010 Los Angeles.Example of Science / Biotechnology Resume Lindsay Bruin 100 Veteran Avenue Los Angeles. CA September 2007-present .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.Wednesday. Ackerman Ballroom Graduate & Professional School Fair Meet representatives from over 150 schools.edu/GradSchoolFair2010 Open to UCLA students. p65 Career Center A Department of Student Affairs . October 27. & staff. Sponsored by the UCLA Career Center. Excellence. Current UCLA identification required.ucla. faculty. Delivered. 2010 11am-3pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

all with grade A. Options and Derivatives. Eng. Investment Banking. DC • Worked for fluid mechanics groups on technical consulting projects for the petroleum industry. Westwood. Summer 2002 Summer 2001 UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY. 310-555-5555. 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.0 Business Courses: Management of Innovation and Technology. This allowed a higher storage temperature for the vaccines. Microeconomics. International Management. Achievements: Incorporated new algorithms into pipeline simulation modules and achieved tenfold increase in speed. Irvine Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Chemical Engineering June 2011 June 2006 June 2003 INDUSTRY INTERNSHIPS Merck Pharmaceuticals West Point. Management and Policy in the International Economy. Generated $5 million annual saving in refrigeration costs. Finance Theory. p78 . Dow – Corning.9/4. • Frequently delivered presentations to clients. * All courses taken throughout the entire college career University of California. sbruin@ucla. • Developed strategies to reduce pipeline erosion. Operations Research. Wrote software for simulating complex distillation processes that was adopted throughout Dow Chemicals. GPA: 3. Washington. MI Team Leader: Removed a bottleneck to allowing doubling of a plant’s capacity $10 million capital saving. • Pursuing unique integrated approach to develop new molecular models better suited to designing optimal industrial processes. Macroeconomics. Entrepreneurship. Midland. Summer 2000 Please note: This example was adapted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. CA 90095. PA Team Leader: Found systematic method to raise glass transition temperature of vaccines. Los Angeles Master of Science in Material Science & Engineering University of California. • Improved reliability of flowrate measurement devices in oil pipelines to allow clients to better monitor throughputs. Marketing.net EDUCATION University of California.Example of Business/Industry/Consulting Resume (Page 1 of 2) Patricia Bruin 31 ABC Avenue. Office of Career Services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 10 .Evaluating Job Offers Decision Making Criteria At least half of your waking day will be spent at work performing your new job. no amount of money is worth it. company car. A nice starting salary is great. or expense account? Performance evaluation • Is a formal appraisal system in place? • Will performance goals be set and measured? • Are salary increases and bonuses tied to performance? •Does individual performance affect your annual bonus or profit sharing potential? p94 . enjoyment. 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. multi-national conglomerate or is it a small start up company where you know everyone. ethnic. Evaluate how the position fits into your short and long term lifestyle and career goals and how it will provide opportunities for job satisfaction. 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 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. and personal growth. 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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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