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

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

If you’ve already picked your dream job. North Entrance e Av nu e Log into facebook®. B11 Student Activities Center Get quick answers about CVs/resumes.5358 Fax 310.206. Drop-In Counseling & Career Library / Lab.1944 For Employers .3938 Business / Economics Career Information. we can put you in touch with thousands of challenging entry level positions in a wide variety of regional.ucla.206. along with our friendly professional staff and a complete lineup of personal and web based services and resources. will help you prepare for a great future and a great career.UCLA Career Center The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to Join UCLA Career Center’s Ackerman Student Union group today for the latest: • • • • • Career Center Events News / Updates FAQ’s Online Videos Related Links ay l ey Strathmore Place P8 Career Center Third Floor. the Career Center staff will help you make and re-evaluate career Phone 310. we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to Phone 310. write resumes.1902 Fax 310. Along every step toward earning your degree. national.206.1915 Fax 310.1931 Check website for Drop-In locations and hours Internship & International Opportunities. In fact. we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Early on.ucla. Young Drive South .6623 PhD and Master’s Student Career Counseling in the Graduate Student Resource Center.ucla. we’ll assist you with the program selection and application process. 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.ucla.206. information sources. practice interviewing.794.ucla. north entrance) Floors Two and Three Los Phone 310.ucla.Third Floor Email BruinView@career. job search Phone 310. build networking skills.Second Floor Email AlumService@career. CA 90095-1573 We’re conveniently located south of Bruin Walk and southwest of Ackerman Student Union. and join! p5 Charles E.206. This Career Guide. the Career Center can introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities. No appointment necessary! Hours are announced each quarter at and at gsrc. and international organizations. Search for the UCLA Career Center. and gain “real world” experience through internships.2024 Our Location 501 Westwood Plaza (at Strathmore.Chapter 1 . If graduate or professional school is your goal. When it is time to begin a full time career. and Phone 310.206. For Alumni . Second Floor Email kdavy@career.ucla.ucla. For specific directions: career. and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment Second Floor Email ccadmin@career. Second Floor Email internships@career.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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

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

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

S.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. Engineering. State.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. Companies • Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies • Plunkett’s Employers’ Internet Sites with Careers Information • Fortune’s America’s Most Admired Corporations • Standard & Poor’s 500 Guide: America’s Most Watched Companies Career Center Library / Lab Resources Many excellent materials are available in the Career Center Library / Lab to enhance your corporate research. and National Arts Organizations • Los Angeles County Social Services Resource Directory • NALP Directory of Legal Employers • Plunkett’s Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac • Plunkett’s Healthcare Industry Almanac • Plunkett’s Telecommunications Industry Almanac • Publishers Directory • Sports Market Place Directory • Vault Guide to the Top 50 Banking Employers • Vault Guide to the Top Media & Entertainment Employers Targeting Companies by Academic Interest • Government Research Directory • Job Choices for Business & Liberal Arts Students • Job Choices for Science.Targeting Companies by Location (U. Regional.) • 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. & 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 .

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

ca. direct contact. Non-Academic Job Search at career. Hoover’s Online Business Network (company and salary information) at www.aspx UCLA Career Center. Campus Career Center at cademicJobSearchLinks. the Internet is only one of many tools available to conduct a job search. Just log into your BruinView™ account from Career Resource Center at www.careerbuilder. you can focus your search by using a search engine.aspx Researching Companies Industry Guides and Employer Profiles. which provides direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources available.Keyword Searching Once you have an idea of what you want to look Visiting Employers on the Web (company profiles) at Yahoo! Finance Company & Fund Index (company financial profiles) at finance.hoovers. Below are just a few examples of the many additional sites that can assist in your research via the Internet. Academic Job Search at career. Principles of Internet Job Searching Public Register’s Annual Report Service (company financial information) at demicJobSearchLinks. Therefore.campuscareercenter. An excellent place to begin your job and company research is the Career Center website. The advantage (and disadvantage) of using search engines is that they have to search thousands of pages for Technology is no substitute for strategy. the more specific you are in your keyword search. resulting in a huge return on your p32 .com Career Builder (listings from major newspapers and career sites) at www. Don’t put all your faith in conducting a job search by only using this strategy. including BruinView™ career from major sites) at UCLA Career Center. There is no substitute for personal. The Internet can help you find contacts.annualreportservice. a Career Resource Site at UCLA Career Center’s BruinView™. 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).aspx UCLA Career Center at career.jobweb. but you have to take it from there.metamoney. 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 (top left corner) and check the My BruinView™ desktop (right side). The best kind of job search is highly selective and Web 100 (company rankings) at www. the more targeted and useful the resulting information will Company Information on the Internet The Internet makes it easy to visit company sites and explore hundreds of industries and professions. and Internet job searching is no Standard & Poor’s (company financial information) at www.ucla. Job Search Sites CalJobs (California EDD system) at www. salaries) www.edd.aspx The Riley Guide (Resources and listings) www. The appearance of a site on this list does not imply the endorsement of the (Please note that the Career Center is not responsible for the content of external Salary.labormarketinfo.) Benefactor and Partners of the UCLA Career Center p33 .com California Employment Development Department Princeton Review (Career profiles) (salary ranges and benefits information) Job Star Central (Resume.Researching Occupations and Careers Occupational Outlook Handbook/Bureau of Labor Statistics (career & salary info by occupation) www. career

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conversational Farsi • Interests: Classical piano.90. coupon rate. Specialization in Computing • Cumulative GPA: 3. Adobe InDesign.Example of Business Resume BENJAMIN BRUIN 3330 De Neve Dr. 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.96. PowerPoint. Sudoku p44 . Computer Science. Inc. Managerial Accounting. England • Studied International Business Law & Taxation within the European Union Summer 2008 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jefferies & Company. Room #C5-315 ∙ Los Angeles. International Trade • National Champion – DECA Business Plan Competition (2008) UCLA Travel Study | London. SAT: 2310 • Relevant Coursework: Finance. A. CA 90024 (310) 555-5555 ∙ bbruin@ucla. CA Fall 2009 Investment Banking Workshop Participant • Selected to participated in a 6-week intensive workshop series on valuation techniques. | Century City. scuba diving. CA B. merger & acquisition models.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. basic C++ • Language : Intermediate Fluency in Spanish. Statistics. 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.000 LEADERSHIP AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT UCLA Bruin Consulting| Los Angeles.Present Finance and Outreach Director • Collaborate with a 9-person board to implement over 7 quarterly professional events for 450+ members • Planned and hosted UCLA’s largest annual Consulting Fair with 20+ firms and 250+ attendees • Developed innovative marketing campaign that increased event attendance by 70% UCLA Undergraduate Business Society | Los Angeles. CA Account Executive March 2007. camping in the Sierras. EDUCATION University of California Los Angeles | 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. Business Economics Expected June 2011 • Accounting Minor. Photoshop. CA January 2010 . Major GPA: 3.December 2008 • Implemented innovative marketing strategies to develop stronger partnerships with potential clients • Generated 20 new clients and over $15. and maturity • Prepared marketing materials and PowerPoint presentation for prospective corporate account Beacon Economics | Los Angeles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

consult your My. UCLA CAREER CENTER What: Pre-Professional Drop-In • Pre-law related questions: Pre-Professional Workshops (Navigating the Application Process/Writing the Personal Statement) Pre-Health/Pre-Law Career information and timeline information Pre-Health/Pre-Law internship information Mock interviews for medical/professional school – register through BruinView™ at career. 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. Where: Second floor Covel Commons p69 Continued on back page .edu/GraduateSchoolPreProfessionalServices Where: Strathmore Building. Applying to Medical and Law School.ucla.). etc.UCLA page to sign up – my.ucla. 10am-4pm (see SERVICES Referral Sheet Pre-Professional program planning services are offered by the Career Center and Academic Counseling offices. and substitutions Where: Check www.htm for location and contact information regarding specific departments ACADEMICS IN THE COMMONS What: Workshops (e.ucla. GRE Application information for AMCAS. 2nd Floor.ucla. career. M-F. LSAT. transfer for exceptions) Test information for Pre-Health student groups affiliated with the UCLA Career Center can be found at career.g.registrar. Email questions: Questions will be answered by the next school day • Pre-health related questions: prehealth@college. LSDAS. AADSAS Assistance with personal statements (Development and Review) Letters of Reference Service. OAT.ucla. alternatives to Medical School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Concierge services Note: Please keep in mind that during these challenging economic times. “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. is that what you were expecting?” Tell the interviewer that it does come near your expectations. They come with the job and are not subject to negotiation. an increasing number of companies offer flexible benefit packages which give employees a variety of choices and “perks. including UCLA Career Center counselors. 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. available to provide assistance in preparing for this part of your job search process.” Most entry level employees can expect a basic benefit package consisting of: • Health. • Paid vacation. This keeps you within their price range but shows you are interested in somewhat more compensation. Explain that you are confident you will be able to reach a mutual agreement if there is a good match between your qualifications and the company’s needs. dental. disability.000 to $60. and holidays. “I was thinking in terms of $50. and life insurance.g.Handling Salary Questions There are many books and other resources. many of these benefits may not be available. and then offer a range that places the top of the employer’s range into the bottom of your range (e.. However. p92 . sick leave.000 to $50. Other benefits may be worth at least one third of your compensation. Many employee benefits are considered standard.000”).” Another approach: summarize the requirements of the position as you understand them.00035.. Be sure that the range you were thinking about is consistent with what you learned about the market rate for that position... Here are just a few tips on how to respond to salary questions: “What are your salary requirements?” One appropriate response might be: “I understand the current market rate in Los Angeles for this job is $30. 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.000 . and then ask the interviewer what the company’s normal salary range is for that type of position.g.000. “The salary range for this position is $40.

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

such as a health club membership. 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. multi-national conglomerate or is it a small start up company where you know everyone. A nice starting salary is great. company car.Evaluating Job Offers Decision Making Criteria At least half of your waking day will be spent at work performing your new job. no amount of money is worth it. 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.Chapter 10 . ethnic. 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. or is it a slow and calm environment? • Is it a structured organization providing stability and security or unstructured environment where you are given complete responsibility and power to make decisions? • Do you have an office? A cubicle? A desk in a bullpen? • How many hours are you expected to put in? • What time do people in your position get to work? When do they leave? Co-workers • Who will you work closely with? Are they congenial? Can you spend eight hours or more a day with them? • Do you think you’ll be comfortable with the people you’ll be dealing with? • Is the staff diverse? Potential for advancement • Is the position compatible with your career plans? • Are you able to move cross functionally? • What is the upward mobility? • Is transfer or relocation necessary or desirable for advancement in the company? • Is training available? Compensation and benefits • Is the base salary competitive? • Does the salary start high and peak or begin lower with potential for significant increases? • What is the quality of the medical and dental coverage? • Does the company provide relocation expenses or allowances? • What “perks” can you expect. and personal growth. but if you don’t get up in the morning looking forward to going to work. The Position • What will you be doing on a day-to-day basis? • Will you have the opportunity to use your background and experience in a meaningful way? • What skills are required? What are the prospects for learning new skills? • How much responsibility will you have. enjoyment. Evaluate how the position fits into your short and long term lifestyle and career goals and how it will provide opportunities for job satisfaction. or 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 .

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

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

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

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

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