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

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

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. Drop-In Counseling & Career Library / Lab. write resumes.1902 Fax 310. national. and gain “real world” experience through internships. along with our friendly professional staff and a complete lineup of personal and web based services and resources.UCLA Career Center The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate. we’ll assist you with the program selection and application process. north entrance) Floors Two and Three Los Angeles.1931 Check website for Drop-In locations and hours Internship & International Opportunities. For specific directions: career.Second Floor Email AlumService@career. Search for the UCLA Career Center.ucla. Second Floor Email kdavy@career.206.ucla.206.2024 Our Location 501 Westwood Plaza (at 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. the Career Center can introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities. practice interviewing.Chapter 1 . If you’ve already picked your dream Phone Phone 310. we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Early on.794. information sources. Along every step toward earning your PhD and Master’s Student Career Counseling in the Graduate Student Resource Center. and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options. Second Floor Email internships@career.ucla.5358 Fax 310. and join! p5 Charles E. If graduate or professional school is your goal. No appointment necessary! Hours are announced each quarter at career.1915 Fax Phone 310. and international organizations.Third Floor Email BruinView@career. the Career Center staff will help you make and re-evaluate career choices.3938 Business / Economics Career Information. build networking and at gsrc. CA 90095-1573 We’re conveniently located south of Bruin Walk and southwest of Ackerman Student Union.206. B11 Student Activities Center Get quick answers about CVs/resumes.206.ucla. we can put you in touch with thousands of challenging entry level positions in a wide variety of regional. When it is time to begin a full time Phone 310. will help you prepare for a great future and a great career.ucla. and more. Young Drive South .edu Phone 310. North Entrance e Av nu e Log into facebook®.1944 For Employers .ucla. Second Floor Email ccadmin@career. we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go. In fact.206.ucla.ucla. job search strategies. This Career Guide. For Alumni .

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

international volunteer programs and organizations.ucla. The Career Lab’s computer bank is a convenient place to tap into exclusive BruinView™ internship and job listings. and other materials makes the UCLA Career Center Library one of the largest and most comprehensive in the nation. contact us at you’ll find a wealth of resources to help you identify and research potential employers. employment and salary trends. For more information. as early as Summer or Fall . The Zone is divided into nine main sections: Business. Bruin Business Review.A multimedia collection of more than 3.000 or experiential learning in another country. you can also reach all of our website resources from any personal computer with Internet access through career. Delta Sigma Pi. Located in the far left corner of our Career Lab. B Green Consulting. and to access career planning and job search information on the Internet. registration. Washington DC and Sacramento Internship Programs. updated information on local. Volunteering Abroad. Science. directories. When you’re ready to begin your job search. videos. Black Business Students Association. occupational statistics. contact us at ccadmin@career.Job Search JumpStart Looking for for a list of upcoming workshops. You’ll discover information on careers and career exploration. and international opportunities. Bruin Real Estate Association.ucla. national. resume writing.ucla. streamline employer contact. International Scholarships & Fellowships – Get the funding you need to pursue study. Remember. UCLA Business Council The UCLA Career Center. International Internships & Volunteering – Explore opportunities with paid and unpaid internship placement programs. Internship Zone The Internship Zone provides students with quick access to internship and fellowship information from a variety of industries. The Career Library is a wonderful place to browse and get career ideas. research. Engineering. Monday through Friday. resume and correspondence. Technology. internships. p7 Short-Term Work and Teaching Abroad – Many possibilities exist for undergraduate/graduate students and recent graduates to live and work overseas. Groups include: Alpha Kappa Psi. graduate school programs. Check out our current list at career. three hour time slot? Then you need Job Search Jump Start! Receive expert instruction and guidance on your job search strategies. Math. Student Groups Affiliated with the UCLA Career Center Joining one of the student group organizations is a great way to develop a network of friends who share similar career interests with you.ucla. Latino Business Students Association. For more information. and UCLA volunteer groups. Bruin Actuarial Society. Maximize your use of the Career Center resources and services to jumpstart your job search and gain the winning edge! Visit career. Sports and Entertainment Business Network. International Opportunities Experience and gain an understanding of the cultures and languages of countries all over the world! Develop foreign language skills. along with the Department of Economics. Student Accounting Society. and fee information. Arts & Entertainment. Public Service. job search strategies. and Venture Capital and Private Equity Club. Bruin Finance. make international contacts. Career Resources Career Library / Lab . Future Business Leaders of America. The goal of this council is to collaborate on events.ucla. and Pre-professional (pre-law and pre-med) internships. has created a partnership with 17 businessrelated student organizations to form the UCLA Business Council (UBC). Undergraduate Business Society. and interviewing skills. International Fellowships. and build your resume through short-term work abroad and experiential learning programs. Beta Alpha Psi. Teaching Bruin Consulting. The Library is open 9am to 5pm. and much more. Phi Gamma Nu. 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. interview questions and and information on graduate education. the Internship Zone offers extensive. and promote career-related programming on campus. industries and employers. core job-search strategies offered in a fast-paced. periodicals. college majors and what to do with them.

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Career Center to discover or research career options in a host of fields of study. If you are considering a graduate program. BruinView™. You can further explore career opportunities and gain experience in your area of interest by applying for jobs. Continue to attend career fairs and employer presentations. it is important to plan ahead and set reasonable goals for yourself. and career related programs. career fairs. and volunteer activities. Conduct informational interviews with professionals who work in your career field of interest by networking wit alumni. Soon you will be facing the transition from college to a career position or graduate school. it is imperative that you become familiar with the resources available to students on the UCLA campus. and volunteer experience on your resume Explore all opportunities. Develop a relationship with faculty members and request letters of recommendation. Prepare for graduate school if your career choice requires an advanced degree by researching programs. Consult with a career counselor to set timelines and establish goals to be accomplished before graduation.ucla. but what options do I have?” “What are the resources available to me as a transfer student?” “What do I need to do to prepare for my future career?” As you begin your UCLA education as a transfer student. Finish applying to graduate and professional schools if your career plans require a graduate degree. A Department of Student Affairs Two Year Transfer Student Career Plan Year One: Explore Career Options “I have a major. • • • • • • • Discover the ABC’s of a successful job search by continuing to attend a variety of workshops offered through the Career Center. internship. Include your Community College experience. This will help you learn more about your work preferences. attending graduate school information sessions and fairs. letters of reference. Research companies/organizations and gain experience in your field of interest by applying for jobs. and any work. Decide if you want to attend directly upon receiving your undergraduate degree. Shadow a professional at their work place. graduate and professional school applications. p14 . Network and use contacts to identify job opportunities and to get referrals. or take a year or more off to work or travel. attend informational sessions. • • • • • Year Two: Make a Career Decision “What types of jobs are available?” “How do I find a job that’s right for me?” “Should I go to graduate school now or later?” As a transfer student with limited time at UCLA. internships. 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. and test scores must be submitted early. and interviews. internships. Check BruinView™ for jobs. Open a reference file with the Career Center while the details of your accomplishments are still fresh in your professor’s mind. Explore leadership opportunities with UCLA student groups. • • Stop by the Career Center for drop-in counseling and to become familiar with different occupations by utilizing the Career Center Library. career fairs. internships.Career Center 501 Westwood Plaza (Strathmore Building) M-F 9-5 310.1915 career.206. Study hard and keep your grades as high as possible. and interviews will help you identify prospective employers and career positions. internships and volunteer opportunities. and becoming familiar with admissions requirements and deadlines. Excellence. leadership.

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

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

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

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

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

Could I schedule 15 or 20 minutes with you at your convenience? I could meet you at your office. . I could call back at a time when you might have 15 or 20 minutes to spare. I’m not looking for a specific job at this time. with your notes and pen in front of you. what might a beginner expect today? What are the entry level jobs in this field or organization? What career paths are generally available? What are the major responsibilities of these positions? What skills and education are needed to enter this field? What kind of an entry level job or internship do you think is a good training ground? What are the newest developments in this field? What trends and developments do you see affecting career opportunities? What is the corporate culture of your company? Is it informal or formal? Do people work autonomously or in teams? Can you share advice with me on how to transition into this field? Have you been active in any professional organizations? Are students encouraged to participate in these organizations? Hello. would you choose the same career path? Is your career path typical? If not. Joe Bruin suggested I call you because I am doing some research on careers in journalism. I could meet you for coffee or lunch one day. 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 . 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”) . and industry questions. in a quiet space. I recently heard you speak at a Los Angeles Journalism Club meeting. . moving around the company. but I’d really appreciate the opportunity to discuss some specific questions about this career field. 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. I’m a senior at UCLA and am interested in a journalism career. . my name is ________________. Questions to Ask You should develop basic questions about the career field to fit your particular knowledge and experience level. Or. He thought you would be a good person to answer some questions I have about the profession. . alone. Depending on the interest and willingness of your contact to talk. Do you think you might be able to find some time for me? If you could start all over again. if it is more convenient. you may have an opportunity to ask more specific personal.What hours do you normally work? Is there much travel involved? Use a landline indoors. my name is ________________. company.

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

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

easy. and convenient. located on the second floor of the Career Center. Art.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 Log on today! Go to career. pre-med) Come to the Internship Zone today! Excellence. It’s fast. Training. and international internship and fellowship information from a variety of industries. Delivered.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. and give your resume a boost with valuable on the job experience. • Public Service • Science / Engineering / Technology / Math • Teaching Abroad • Volunteering Abroad • International Fellowships • Washington DC and Sacramento • Pre-professional (pre-law. A Department of Student Affairs Career Center Strathmore Building Career Center Second Floor p23 . You can tap into BruinView™ 24 hours a day. These jobs can help finance your college education. provides students with quick access to local. 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. national. 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. add spending money to your budget. and Work Experience • Green Careers Journal • Work Your Way Around the World NEW ! Internship Zone The Internship Zone.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Research hundreds of industries and professions. you’ll discover avenues to literally thousands of newly posted job opportunities on the West Coast. It’s comfortable. in addition to recruiting through online employment services. Popular online directories include about. Here you’ll find direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources available. Beginning the Search Before you begin searching. Career Information on the Web With a few easy clicks of your computer mouse. long after libraries and the Career Center Library / Lab are closed for the night. including BruinView™ job and internship listings and links to our corporate partners’ websites. across the continent. The speed and immediacy of the Internet can be really useful for you. • Submit online resumes and participate in electronic interviews. More and more companies now include employment opportunities as part of their skills. even if it’s two o’clock in the morning. Not only can the ability to conduct an online job search put you in touch with thousands of career opportunities. personality. . or positions. and has wireless connection. • Network with potential employers and other job seekers. a winning resume. don’t neglect traditional strategies such as networking. by typing in “management consulting” the results will display a list of subcategories such as employers in this industry. and different positions within this field.ucla. and initiative to keep your technology skills current. For example. trade publications. There are thousands of career and job search sites on the web.ucla. Although the Internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search arsenal. • Search for newspapers. • Tour cities you may be considering for relocation. These websites have been categorized by topic. career. industries. it can showcase to employers your adaptability to • Find job leads and send your resume electronically before most people even know there’s an opening. and around the world. and articles. • Conduct your job search research anytime that fits your schedule. Job Search on the Internet The Internet has fast become a professional necessity. Based on these results. refer back to the assessment of your An excellent place to begin your job search research is the UCLA Career Center website at career.Things to Do on the Internet • Visit company web sites. You can: • Collect data online in a relatively short amount of and thorough interview preparation. • Reap the benefits today and use one of our computers in the Career and yahoo. Online Directories Online directories can help you focus your search on a specific area. and work values in the beginning of this book. Internet 101: The Basics The Internet is a dazzling information resource providing access to individuals. and organizations from around the world. companies. a great place to focus on your career planning and research. don’t forget to register for BruinView™ at career. professional associations. or weeks in the library gathering bits and pieces of information from many sources. The Internet remains open 24 hours a day. • Get the latest stock market reports and financial information. instead of spending hours. The powerful and dynamic technology of the Internet can enhance your job search activities in many ways. books. days. p31 • Obtain salary surveys and read about job market projections. 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. making it easier for you to concentrate on looking at certain fields. roomy. The multi-station Career Lab is here for your job searching convenience. capability to learn new tools of the trade. While you’re there. company research. preferences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(310) 825-4321 Mbruin@ucla. • Expanded program to include five additional elementary schools. Expected June 2011 2006 .Present 2006 . • Composed a wide variety of business correspondence. rapidly promoted to assistant manager. educational. and Blogging. California • Joined firm as sales associate.. Web Design. SKILLS: Proficient in Microsoft Word. CA 90024.46 Independent Research Project: Wrote a 40 page report on Latino influences on mainstream popular American culture. UCLA • Compiled and edited a 20 page training manual for volunteers. Los Angeles. Adobe Photoshop. • Researched community issues and interviewed prominent community leaders. Sherman Oaks. Conversational Japanese. WRITING EXPERIENCE: Contributing Writer PACIFIC TIES. LOS ANGELES GPA: 3. RELATED EXPERIENCE: Assistant Manager SANDS FURNITURE. • Recruited and trained volunteers to work with at-risk elementary school children. Office Assistant THOMAS TEMPORARIES. Program Coordinator/Editor ASIAN EDUCATION CAREER OBJECTIVE: An entry-level position on a newspaper editorial staff.2008 2006 . economic and social issues. Santa Monica. Bilingual Spanish/English (oral and written translation).Example of Targeted Chronological Resume MASAKO BRUIN 405 Hilgard Avenue. • Received four offers for permanent employment based on excellent performance.2008 2009 . California • Enhanced administrative skills and became proficient in the use of computers. EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in English UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. • Created ad copy and developed other promotional materials. INC.2008 p43 . Powerpoint. Researched current periodicals covering cultural. UCLA • Authored articles targeting Asian American issues for special interest newspaper.

CA Fall 2009 Investment Banking Workshop Participant • Selected to participated in a 6-week intensive workshop series on valuation techniques. Conversational Farsi • Interests: Classical piano. Room #C5-315 ∙ Los Angeles. A.90. Inc. camping in the Sierras. 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. and maturity • Prepared marketing materials and PowerPoint presentation for prospective corporate account Beacon Economics | Los Angeles. scuba diving. 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. SAT: 2310 • Relevant Coursework: Finance.Example of Business Resume BENJAMIN BRUIN 3330 De Neve Dr. Business Economics Expected June 2011 • Accounting Minor. Major GPA: 3. Adobe InDesign. International Trade • National Champion – DECA Business Plan Competition (2008) UCLA Travel Study | London. PowerPoint. Statistics.000 in sales within the first three months of employment • Collaborated with a team of 10 representatives to exceed Student Media’s annual revenue goal of $900. CA 90024 (310) 555-5555 ∙ bbruin@ucla.000 LEADERSHIP AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT UCLA Bruin Consulting| Los Angeles. CA Account Executive March 2007. Sudoku p44 . Managerial Accounting. basic C++ • Language : Intermediate Fluency in Spanish. merger & acquisition models. | Century City. Word. Computer Science.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.96. 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. coupon rate. England • Studied International Business Law & Taxation within the European Union Summer 2008 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jefferies & Company. CA B. EDUCATION University of California Los Angeles | Los Angeles. Specialization in Computing • Cumulative GPA: 3.December 2008 • Implemented innovative marketing strategies to develop stronger partnerships with potential clients • Generated 20 new clients and over $15.

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles.Present p45 . and Adobe Photoshop • Language: Fluent in conversational Mandarin Los Angeles. Intermediate Accounting. Principles of Economics • Honors: 2010 William Sharpe Fellow. and contacted employers to support organization’s efforts PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS CASE COMPETITION Los Angeles.Example of Economics Major Resume JESSICA BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. Tax Principles and Policy. face to face consultative sales skills • Conducted case study as an account executive selling sponsorships to corporate partners LEADERSHIP DELTA SIGMA PI. 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. CA Bachelor of Arts. Excel. Los Angeles. Beta Alpha Psi EXPERIENCE MORGAN STANLEY Los Angeles. Business Economics Expected June 2012 Minor in Accounting • Cumulative GPA: 3. UCLA Dean’s List • Activities: Undergraduate Business Society. Principles of Accounting. 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 1.76 • Relevant Coursework: Macroeconomic Theory. recorded activities.240 books for a library in Botswana • Developed curriculum about Botswana and Africa and taught the material to elementary school students COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT UCLA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Income Tax Preparer • Volunteer with low-income residents to help them meet federal and state tax regulations • Assist in filling out 1040 Individual Tax forms and answering client questions regarding tax forms SKILLS • Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Word. CA 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. Management EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. UCLA Los Angeles. CA Vice President Fall 2009. CA Fall 2009 . Delta Sigma Pi. Microeconomic Theory.Spring 2010 • Compiled and created Annual Business Report and submitted final copy to the National Chapter • Managed financial statements. California 90095 (310) 206-1931 jjbruin@ucla. CA Sales Trainee Fall 2009 • Selected to participate in two day sales training course held by Accelerate Performance Sales Consulting • Received certification for completion of intensive training in telephone. PowerPoint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and Outlook EDUCATION: University of California.Example of Student Athlete Resume Terry Bruin 12345 Hilgard Avenue. 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 . and team-building skills enhanced through four years of Division One Volleyball Competitions • Maintained a solid academic record while honoring rigorous practice schedules and delivering community service • Conversational ability: French • Proficient in Microsoft (310) 555-5555 SUMMARY OF SKILLS: • Exceptional time management. Sacramento. 2008. 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. Excel. 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. CA 90095 tbruin@ucla. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in History Expected June 2011 EXPERIENCE: Team Member. Los Angeles. friendly. CA June-August 2006 • Provided excellent. and other coaches • Promoted additional UCLA-sponsored clinics resulting in improved attendance and revenue for the UCLA Athletic Department Server. interpersonal. UCLA Volleyball Camps Summers. Chili’s Bar and Grill. PowerPoint. students.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer 2000 Please note: This example was adapted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Washington. Finance Theory. Investment Banking. • Developed strategies to reduce pipeline erosion. International Management. sbruin@ucla. • Improved reliability of flowrate measurement devices in oil pipelines to allow clients to better monitor throughputs. • Pursuing unique integrated approach to develop new molecular models better suited to designing optimal industrial processes. * All courses taken throughout the entire college career University of California. all with grade A. CA 90095.9/4. 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. Westwood. EDUCATION University of California. Los Angeles Master of Science in Material Science & Engineering University of California. Summer 2002 Summer 2001 UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY. GPA: 3. Wrote software for simulating complex distillation processes that was adopted throughout Dow Chemicals. Achievements: Incorporated new algorithms into pipeline simulation modules and achieved tenfold increase in speed. 310-555-5555. Irvine Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Chemical Engineering June 2011 June 2006 June 2003 INDUSTRY INTERNSHIPS Merck Pharmaceuticals West Point. MI Team Leader: Removed a bottleneck to allowing doubling of a plant’s capacity $10 million capital saving. Operations Research. Dow – Corning. Dept.0 Business Courses: Management of Innovation and Technology. DC • Worked for fluid mechanics groups on technical consulting projects for the petroleum industry. PA Team Leader: Found systematic method to raise glass transition temperature of vaccines. Macroeconomics. Entrepreneurship. Management and Policy in the International Economy. • Frequently delivered presentations to clients. Eng.Example of Business/Industry/Consulting Resume (Page 1 of 2) Patricia Bruin 31 ABC Avenue. This allowed a higher storage temperature for the vaccines. Microeconomics. Generated $5 million annual saving in refrigeration costs. Office of Career Services. Options and Derivatives. Midland. p78 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

disability. Other benefits may be worth at least one third of your compensation.g.. • Concierge services Note: Please keep in mind that during these challenging economic times.000 . Be sure that the range you were thinking about is consistent with what you learned about the market rate for that position.00035.000 to $50. dental.. Many employee benefits are considered standard. “The salary range for this position is $40.g. However.. and then ask the interviewer what the company’s normal salary range is for that type of position.” Most entry level employees can expect a basic benefit package consisting of: • Health. This keeps you within their price range but shows you are interested in somewhat more 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. an increasing number of companies offer flexible benefit packages which give employees a variety of choices and “perks.000 to $60. and then offer a range that places the top of the employer’s range into the bottom of your range (e. and life insurance. 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. They come with the job and are not subject to negotiation.Handling Salary Questions There are many books and other resources. 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. “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.” Another approach: summarize the requirements of the position as you understand them. including UCLA Career Center counselors. many of these benefits may not be available. available to provide assistance in preparing for this part of your job search process. sick leave. • Paid vacation. p92 .000.000”). is that what you were expecting?” Tell the interviewer that it does come near your expectations. “I was thinking in terms of $50. and holidays. 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..

or more responsibility.. If the employer comes close to what you’re after. may be obtained at public and university libraries. a salary IQ test. point out how the company will benefit by the experience and contributions you will make. Emphasize your skills and abilities.a realistic amount you think you have a good chance of getting.S. calm and collected Salary negotiation should not be an adversarial process. Stay cool. and salary negotiating strategies. Take a hard look at your salary requirements Construct a basic budget by listing your expected monthly expenses. Ditto for other perks. Be ready to compromise A heavy-handed “pay me what I’m worth or else” ultimatum is not recommended. open dialogue. you’ll have to decide whether to settle on this figure. 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. • Your goal . Keep things in the proper perspective Remember that your salary has nothing to do with your value as a human being. • Your bottom line – the lowest figure you’d settle for.g. When the discussion isn’t going your way. 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 . Seek creative alternatives If the salary you have in mind is out of the question. such as taking a job related course or starting a graduate program. Your actual paycheck will reflect income tax and other deductions. Numerous references. It’s strictly an economic issue. Compensation is a high priority for nearly everyone. This means knowing three important figures: • Your “dream” salary – the most you can ask for without fear of alienating your prospective employer. pay off your student loans or buy a new car). Instead. but rather a friendly. Where to Get Salary Information A general search on the Internet will provide links to numerous general and profession-specific salary surveys. such as the following. bookstores.The Art of Skillfull Salary Negotiation Have an amount in mind Decide what you want and what you’ll accept. and newsstands. Consider negotiating for non monetary awards. • General periodicals such as U. a better office space. don’t become angry and lose control. perhaps a bonus could be justified. such as flexible hours.

multi-national conglomerate or is it a small start up company where you know everyone. or expense account? Performance evaluation • Is a formal appraisal system in place? • Will performance goals be set and measured? • Are salary increases and bonuses tied to performance? •Does individual performance affect your annual bonus or profit sharing potential? p94 . Evaluate how the position fits into your short and long term lifestyle and career goals and how it will provide opportunities for job satisfaction. ethnic. no amount of money is worth it. A nice starting salary is great. 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. 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. 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. 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. but if you don’t get up in the morning looking forward to going to work. company car.Evaluating Job Offers Decision Making Criteria At least half of your waking day will be spent at work performing your new job.Chapter 10 . 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.

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

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

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

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

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