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UCLA has enjoyed a long standing reputation for world class research, teaching, and public service. The University has attracted the best international and domestic students by offering some of the country’s most innovative and dynamic academic programs. The UCLA Career Center offers an innovative lineup of programs, resources, and professional services to help you navigate a world of career choices.

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please send an email to Albert E. we thank our Benefactor and Partners for their significant contributions to the UCLA Career Center. Macy’s Blizzard Entertainment Bank of America For information on how your company may become a Benefactor or or call 310.ucla.206. Inc.1935.With sincere appreciation. Benefactor Target Corporation Executive Partners Neiman Marcus Wal-Mart Cisco Systems. Senior Partners Kaplan Enterprise Rent-A-Car Target Stores Goldman Sachs Lilly Towers Perrin Amgen Vector Marketing Partners Lockheed Martin Northrop Grumman Raytheon The Princeton Review Deloitte & Touche KPMG PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Broadcom General Motors FTI Consulting Southwestern Company Shimmick Construction Teledyne Scientific and Imaging ViaSat. Inc. Gifts from these corporations play crucial roles in sustaining and building career development and employment services for UCLA students. . Aubin at aaubin@career.

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

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

Second Floor Email kdavy@career. When it is time to begin a full time career. Search for the UCLA Career Center. Young Drive South . north entrance) Floors Two and Three Los Angeles. and international organizations. Second Floor Email internships@career. job search strategies. North Entrance e Av nu e Log into facebook® Phone 310. we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go. the Career Center can introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities. write resumes.2024 Our Location 501 Westwood Plaza (at Strathmore.206.1944 For Employers .edu Phone 310.1915 Fax 310.ucla. we can put you in touch with thousands of challenging entry level positions in a wide variety of regional. CA 90095-1573 We’re conveniently located south of Bruin Walk and southwest of Ackerman Student Union. we’ll assist you with the program selection and application process. For specific directions: career.206. and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options.794.UCLA Career Center The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate. the Career Center staff will help you make and re-evaluate career 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. For Alumni . B11 Student Activities Center Get quick answers about CVs/resumes. and gain “real world” experience through and at gsrc.1902 Fax 310.ucla.206.5358 Fax 310.1931 Check website for Drop-In locations and hours Internship & International Opportunities. build networking skills.6623 PhD and Master’s Student Career Counseling in the Graduate Student Resource Center. practice interviewing. will help you prepare for a great future and a great Phone Phone 310. we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Early on. This Career Guide.206.Second Floor Email AlumService@career. No appointment necessary! Hours are announced each quarter at career. and join! p5 Charles Phone 310.206.3938 Business / Economics Career Information. information sources. In fact.Third Floor Email Along every step toward earning your degree. along with our friendly professional staff and a complete lineup of personal and web based services and resources.ucla. Drop-In Counseling & Career Library / Lab. national. Second Floor Email ccadmin@career.206. If you’ve already picked your dream job. If graduate or professional school is your goal.ucla. and more. Our spacious and modern facility is fully equipped with up to date technologies and comfortable amenities to make your visit as pleasant and productive as possible.Chapter 1 .206.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

located on the second floor of the Career easy.ucla. These jobs can help finance your college education. 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. Art. and give your resume a boost with valuable on the job experience. and international internship and fellowship information from a variety of industries. A Department of Student Affairs Career Center Strathmore Building Career Center Second Floor p23 . Visit one of our nine industry areas to learn more about opportunities in: • Business • Arts & Entertainment BruinViewTM Postings Thousands of current full time career positions and internships available in Southern California and opportunities nationwide are advertised via the Internet exclusively for UCLA students and eligible alumni. pre-med) Come to the Internship Zone today! Excellence. and Work Experience • Green Careers Journal • Work Your Way Around the World NEW ! Internship Zone The Internship Zone. Training. Log on today! Go to career. You can tap into BruinView™ 24 hours a day. 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. Delivered. add spending money to your budget.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. provides students with quick access to local. national. It’s fast. • Public Service • Science / Engineering / Technology / Math • Teaching Abroad • Volunteering Abroad • International Fellowships • Washington DC and Sacramento • Pre-professional (pre-law. and convenient.

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



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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.96.90. International Trade • National Champion – DECA Business Plan Competition (2008) UCLA Travel Study | EDUCATION University of California Los Angeles | Los Angeles.000 LEADERSHIP AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT UCLA Bruin Consulting| Los Angeles. A. England • Studied International Business Law & Taxation within the European Union Summer 2008 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jefferies & Company. Statistics. coupon rate. basic C++ • Language : Intermediate Fluency in Spanish.December 2008 • Implemented innovative marketing strategies to develop stronger partnerships with potential clients • Generated 20 new clients and over $15. CA 90024 (310) 555-5555 ∙ bbruin@ucla. merger & acquisition models. Sudoku p44 .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. Adobe InDesign. 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. Computer Science. SAT: 2310 • Relevant Coursework: Finance. CA Intern Spring 2009 • Conducted literature reviews and gathered data analyzing shortage of future Allied Healthcare workers • Created written reports and presentations to assist in gaining media coverage of recent research findings UCLA Daily Bruin | Los Angeles. CA Account Executive March 2007. Word. Specialization in Computing • Cumulative GPA: 3. camping in the Sierras. Inc. | Century City. CA B. CA January 2010 . Photoshop.Example of Business Resume BENJAMIN BRUIN 3330 De Neve Dr. Room #C5-315 ∙ Los Angeles. Business Economics Expected June 2011 • Accounting Minor. and maturity • Prepared marketing materials and PowerPoint presentation for prospective corporate account Beacon Economics | Los Angeles. 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. scuba diving. Managerial Accounting. PowerPoint.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. Major GPA: 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

interpersonal. friendly. 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 . 2009 • Taught communication and teamwork skills to children ages five through fourteen • Developed weekly lesson plans and goals customized to various skill and learning levels • Communicated with parents. Los Angeles. CA June-August 2006 • Provided excellent. UCLA Volleyball Camps Summers. CA 90095 tbruin@ucla. UCLA Women’s Volleyball Team August 2006-Present • Competed at the Division One level in one of the nation’s most recognized conferences • Practiced up to 25 hours per week and traveled while handling a full course load and other related commitments • Worked directly with coaches and team captain on strategy/team building exercises • Served as a mentor to recruits and each freshman class Volleyball Instructor. students. and Outlook EDUCATION: University of California. and team-building skills enhanced through four years of Division One Volleyball Competitions • Maintained a solid academic record while honoring rigorous practice schedules and delivering community service • Conversational ability: French • Proficient in Microsoft Word. Excel. and other coaches • Promoted additional UCLA-sponsored clinics resulting in improved attendance and revenue for the UCLA Athletic Department Server. Chili’s Bar and Grill. PowerPoint.Example of Student Athlete Resume Terry Bruin 12345 Hilgard Avenue. Sacramento. 2008. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in History Expected June 2011 EXPERIENCE: Team (310) 555-5555 SUMMARY OF SKILLS: • Exceptional time management.

LOS ANGELES Bachelor of Science. EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Organic / Inorganic Chemistry LAB TECHNIQUES / SKILLS: • Assays • Protein purification • PCR • Autoclave • Gel electrophoresis • Spectroscopy RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: AMGEN Supply Quality Management. Developmental Biology Overall GPA: 3. CA June 2010 . Cellular & Developmental Biology Lab Assistant • Generated lab strains for projects (Bordetella strain with Tetracycline resistance) • Assisted with lab projects under Post Docs (competition assays) • Mini-prepped plasmid samples with micro centrifuge protocol using micro columns or phenol/chloroform precipitation • Disposed biological and hazardous waste • Cleaned and sterilized equipment / stock solutions • Maintained sterile supplies in lab UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. LOS ANGELES Department of Molecular. CA Expected June 2011 Thousand Oaks.Example of Science / Biotechnology Resume Lindsay Bruin 100 Veteran Avenue Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES Chemistry Department Lab Assistant / Clerk • Cleaned toxic spills (mercury) and disposed waste (organic OBJECTIVE: Seeking an entry level Manufacturing Associate or Quality Associate position in order to develop a foundation for an opportunity in project management or regulatory affairs. CA September 2007-present . Molecular. CA August 2008 – May 2009 Los Angeles. Major GPA: 3.75 Coursework includes: Biochemistry.6. CA May 2009 – June 2010 Los Angeles. CA 90095 818-222-5555 bruin_lindsay@ucla.present 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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wrote software for simulating complex distillation processes that was adopted throughout Dow Chemicals. Generated $5 million annual saving in refrigeration costs. PA Team Leader: Found systematic method to raise glass transition temperature of vaccines. • Improved reliability of flowrate measurement devices in oil pipelines to allow clients to better monitor throughputs. MI Team Leader: Removed a bottleneck to allowing doubling of a plant’s capacity $10 million capital saving. Los Angeles Master of Science in Material Science & Engineering University of California. • Pursuing unique integrated approach to develop new molecular models better suited to designing optimal industrial processes. CA 90095. Marketing. Irvine Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Chemical Engineering June 2011 June 2006 June 2003 INDUSTRY INTERNSHIPS Merck Pharmaceuticals West Point. p78 . Investment Banking. sbruin@ucla.9/4.Example of Business/Industry/Consulting Resume (Page 1 of 2) Patricia Bruin 31 ABC Avenue. • Frequently delivered presentations to clients. Summer 2002 Summer 2001 UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY. Westwood. Office of Career Services. EDUCATION University of California. GPA: 3.0 Business Courses: Management of Innovation and Technology. 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. Dept. Dow – Corning. Management and Policy in the International Economy. 310-555-5555. This allowed a higher storage temperature for the vaccines. Macroeconomics. Finance Theory. Options and Derivatives. Summer 2000 Please note: This example was adapted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. • Developed strategies to reduce pipeline erosion. Operations Research. Midland. DC • Worked for fluid mechanics groups on technical consulting projects for the petroleum industry. Achievements: Incorporated new algorithms into pipeline simulation modules and achieved tenfold increase in speed. International Management. Washington. Eng. * All courses taken throughout the entire college career University of California. all with grade A. Entrepreneurship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evaluating Job Offers Decision Making Criteria At least half of your waking day will be spent at work performing your new job. or racial backgrounds? Supervision • Who do you report to? What is that person’s management style? How much day-to-day supervision will you have? • Who gives you assignments? Who approves them? • How much independence and decision making go with the position? Work environment • What is the “corporate culture?” Is it a fast paced atmosphere with deadlines. Evaluate how the position fits into your short and long term lifestyle and career goals and how it will provide opportunities for job satisfaction. 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. but if you don’t get up in the morning looking forward to going to work. and personal growth. A nice starting salary is great. ethnic. multi-national conglomerate or is it a small start up company where you know everyone. 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. 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. enjoyment. such as a health club membership. no amount of money is worth it. 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. 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 .Chapter 10 . company car.

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

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

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

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

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