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

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

Second Floor Email AlumService@career. and gain “real world” experience through internships. and international organizations. If graduate or professional school is your goal.ucla. we’ll assist you with the program selection and application process. Drop-In Counseling & Career Library / Lab. This Career Guide. For Alumni . we can put you in touch with thousands of challenging entry level positions in a wide variety of Phone 310.5358 Fax 310. north entrance) Floors Two and Three Los Angeles. and join! p5 Charles E. and more. No appointment necessary! Hours are announced each quarter at PhD and Master’s Student Career Counseling in the Graduate Student Resource Center.Chapter 1 . practice interviewing. 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 Phone 310. Search for the UCLA Career Center.UCLA Career Center The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate. Along every step toward earning your degree. Second Floor Email kdavy@career.1902 Fax 310. along with our friendly professional staff and a complete lineup of personal and web based services and Join UCLA Career Center’s Ackerman Student Union group today for the latest: • • • • • Career Center Events News / Updates FAQ’s Online Videos Related Links ay l ey Strathmore Place P8 Career Center Third Floor. the Career Center can introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities. If you’ve already picked your dream job.3938 Business / Economics Career Information. When it is time to begin a full time career. CA 90095-1573 We’re conveniently located south of Bruin Walk and southwest of Ackerman Student and at gsrc.206.ucla. job search Phone 310.2024 Our Location 501 Westwood Plaza (at Strathmore.206. Young Drive South . build networking skills. information sources. the Career Center staff will help you make and re-evaluate career choices. national.1931 Check website for Drop-In locations and hours Internship & International Opportunities.794.1944 For Employers .ucla.ucla. For specific directions: career. we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go. write resumes. we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Early on. B11 Student Activities Center Get quick answers about CVs/resumes.Third Floor Email BruinView@career. Second Floor Email Phone 310.1915 Fax 310.206. Second Floor Email ccadmin@career.ucla.206. North Entrance e Av nu e Log into facebook®.edu Phone 310. and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options.ucla. In fact.ucla.206.206. will help you prepare for a great future and a great career.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

edu/CareerCourse. Please note that enrollment is on a first-come. visit career. Room 200 Section 2: Wednesdays. Education 150: Strategic Career Decision Making. This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to earn academic credit while learning the importance of making informed career decisions and understanding how cultural and family values play a role in the career development process.surveymonkey. and career transitions. Strathmore Building.ucla. 1-2:50pm. please complete the brief information request online at: www. first-served basis. Register today! To Excellence. 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. Delivered. A Department of Student Affairs Career Center . Through interactive lessons and course projects. Earn two units through this career course! Strategic Career Decision-Making Fall 2010 Sections Update: Fall 2010 sections are full. career fulfillment.ucla. Room 200 To learn more about the Education 150 course and review the syllabus. Strathmore Building. For the Winter and Spring schedules. 10am-11:50am. please visit career.N W! E Career Course Education 150 The UCLA Career Center is proud to announce a new career development course.

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

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

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

my name is ________________. He thought you would be a good person to answer some questions I have about the profession. or out in the field? What kinds of problems do you deal with? What kinds of decisions do you make? What are your major responsibilities? p20 Informational Interviewing Resources Available at the Career Center Library / Lab • Information Interviewing: How to Tap Your Hidden Job Market • The Everything Job Interview Book (See chapter on “Informational Interviews”) • Your First Interview (See “Chapter 4: How to Create Your Network: Interviewing for Information”) . I could call back at a time when you might have 15 or 20 minutes to spare. Depending on the interest and willingness of your contact to talk. but I’d really appreciate the opportunity to discuss some specific questions about this career field. Or. with your notes and pen in front of you. 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. What is the job title of the person you report to? What are the titles of people who report to you? What do you find most satisfying about your job? What are the positive or challenging aspects of working in this field? Example of Telephone Scripts Hello . would you choose the same career path? Is your career path typical? If not. Do you think you might be able to find some time for me? If you could start all over again. . Questions to Ask You should develop basic questions about the career field to fit your particular knowledge and experience level. alone. in a quiet space. and industry questions. my name is ________________. Could I schedule 15 or 20 minutes with you at your convenience? I could meet you at your office. 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. company. I’m a senior at UCLA and am interested in a journalism career. .What hours do you normally work? Is there much travel involved? Use a landline indoors. I could meet you for coffee or lunch one day. Joe Bruin suggested I call you because I am doing some research on careers in journalism. I recently heard you speak at a Los Angeles Journalism Club meeting. I’m not looking for a specific job at this time. . if it is more convenient.

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

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

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

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



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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

basic C++ • Language : Intermediate Fluency in Spanish. scuba EDUCATION University of California Los Angeles | Los Angeles. Statistics.Example of Business Resume BENJAMIN BRUIN 3330 De Neve Dr. CA 90024 (310) 555-5555 ∙ bbruin@ucla. Major GPA: 3. Sudoku p44 . CA Account Executive March 2007.December 2008 • Implemented innovative marketing strategies to develop stronger partnerships with potential clients • Generated 20 new clients and over $15. Photoshop. Managerial Accounting. Word.90. CA B.000 LEADERSHIP AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT UCLA Bruin Consulting| 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. England • Studied International Business Law & Taxation within the European Union Summer 2008 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jefferies & Company. | Century City. Specialization in Computing • Cumulative GPA: 3. Adobe InDesign. CA Wealth Management Intern Summer 2009 • Assisted Managing Director in creating performance reports and asset allocation proposals • Identified new opportunities to realize capital gains and maintain credit quality. camping in the Sierras. International Trade • National Champion – DECA Business Plan Competition (2008) UCLA Travel Study | London. and maturity • Prepared marketing materials and PowerPoint presentation for prospective corporate account Beacon Economics | Los Angeles. Computer Science. SAT: 2310 • Relevant Coursework: Finance. Business Economics Expected June 2011 • Accounting Minor. coupon rate. 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. PowerPoint. A.Present Finance and Outreach Director • Collaborate with a 9-person board to implement over 7 quarterly professional events for 450+ members • Planned and hosted UCLA’s largest annual Consulting Fair with 20+ firms and 250+ attendees • Developed innovative marketing campaign that increased event attendance by 70% UCLA Undergraduate Business Society | Los Angeles. Inc.000 in sales within the first three months of employment • Collaborated with a team of 10 representatives to exceed Student Media’s annual revenue goal of $900. CA January 2010 .96. CA Fall 2009 Investment Banking Workshop Participant • Selected to participated in a 6-week intensive workshop series on valuation techniques. Conversational Farsi • Interests: Classical piano. Room #C5-315 ∙ Los Angeles. merger & acquisition models.

CA Sales Trainee Fall 2009 • Selected to participate in two day sales training course held by Accelerate Performance Sales Consulting • Received certification for completion of intensive training in telephone. California 90095 (310) 206-1931 jjbruin@ucla. Excel.76 • Relevant Coursework: Macroeconomic Theory. Business Economics Expected June 2012 Minor in Accounting • Cumulative GPA: 3. UCLA Dean’s List • Activities: Undergraduate Business Society. and contacted employers to support organization’s efforts PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS CASE COMPETITION Los Angeles.Example of Economics Major Resume JESSICA BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. Los Angeles. adjusting ideas to make ideas more concise and relevant GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA Gold Award Recipient April 2007 • Dedicated over 100 hours to plan and execute a community-wide book drive generating 1. Beta Alpha Psi EXPERIENCE MORGAN STANLEY Los Angeles.240 books for a library in Botswana • Developed curriculum about Botswana and Africa and taught the material to elementary school students COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT UCLA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Income Tax Preparer • Volunteer with low-income residents to help them meet federal and state tax regulations • Assist in filling out 1040 Individual Tax forms and answering client questions regarding tax forms SKILLS • Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Word. CA Fall 2009 . Microeconomic Theory. PowerPoint. CA Bachelor of Arts.Spring 2010 • Compiled and created Annual Business Report and submitted final copy to the National Chapter • Managed financial statements. CA Vice President Fall 2009. Principles of Accounting. Intermediate Accounting. and Adobe Photoshop • Language: Fluent in conversational Mandarin Los Angeles. recorded activities. face to face consultative sales skills • Conducted case study as an account executive selling sponsorships to corporate partners LEADERSHIP DELTA SIGMA PI. LOS ANGELES Los Angeles. Tax Principles and Policy. CA Tax Project November 2009 • Developed an effective healthcare reform proposal and presentation for a small fictitious company • Collaborated with a team of 5 to brainstorming ideas. CA 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. Principles of Economics • Honors: 2010 William Sharpe Fellow. Management Accounting. Delta Sigma Pi. UCLA Los EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.Present p45 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. rapidly promoted to Lead Coordinator.59 Coursework includes: Principles of Thinking and Philosophy. LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: UCLA Pre-Law Society: President and Treasurer • Plan and supervise all Society events. • Create an alumni network that will aid Society members in choosing law schools and finding employment. • Collaborate with law school counselors to schedule information panels with various law schools. • Drafted and administered the addition of a mentorship and internship program to UCS. Education Abroad Program UNIVERSITY OF CHIANG MAI. Grassroots Organizing. • Prepare presentations for supervisor on legal aspects of Internet privacy and intellectual property. p54 . Macro Economics. 90019 (323) 851-XXXX AmandaBruin@ucla. an LSAT preparation course forum. sales. completed a 15-page independent research report on Thai student civic involvement. Business Law.Example of Pre-Law Resume AMANDA E. Community Development. BRUIN 1029 South Landmark Ave. which have included presentations by area attorneys. LEGAL RELATED EXPERIENCE: Reebok International Ltd. CA Legal Intern • Conduct extensive web-based and conventional legal research for athletic apparel corporation. • Develop concise legal advertising guidelines for marketing department on use of certain descriptive terms. CA. Labor Policy. • Areas of legal research also included employment. Comparative and American Politics.. and contracts. including community service and voting behaviors. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE: American Red Cross. • Directed continual expansion of youth involvement in Red Cross health and disaster preparedness programs. • Supervised and actively involved over 100 youth volunteers in programs and EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. THAILAND As part of the Program. Long Beach. Los Angeles. and Calculus. Ethnic Studies. Los Angeles.46 Overall GPA: 3. and informal discussions with UCLA Law School students. Expected June 2011 Summer 2010 September 2009-Present Summer 2008 September 2008-Present United Cambodian Students of UCLA: President September 2008-June 2009 • Revitalized the morale of the organization by stressing individual needs and re-assessing the importance of members. CA Summer Youth Services Coordinator • Joined organization as youth services staff. Statistics. • Supervised a leadership board consisting of eight personnel and a membership comprised of 30 members. International. LOS ANGELES Major GPA: 3.

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. and Outlook EDUCATION: University of California. Chili’s Bar and Grill. students. and other coaches • Promoted additional UCLA-sponsored clinics resulting in improved attendance and revenue for the UCLA Athletic Department Server. PowerPoint. Excel. 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 (310) 555-5555 SUMMARY OF SKILLS: • Exceptional time management. CA 90095 tbruin@ucla. 2008.Example of Student Athlete Resume Terry Bruin 12345 Hilgard Avenue. interpersonal. Sacramento. Los Angeles. friendly. UCLA Volleyball Camps Summers. UCLA Women’s Volleyball Team August 2006-Present • Competed at the Division One level in one of the nation’s most recognized conferences • Practiced up to 25 hours per week and traveled while handling a full course load and other related commitments • Worked directly with coaches and team captain on strategy/team building exercises • Served as a mentor to recruits and each freshman class Volleyball Instructor. 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 . CA June-August 2006 • Provided excellent. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in History Expected June 2011 EXPERIENCE: Team Member.

6. LOS ANGELES Bachelor of Science. CA May 2009 – June 2010 Los Angeles. Major GPA: 3.75 Coursework includes: Biochemistry. CA August 2008 – May 2009 Los Angeles.Example of Science / Biotechnology Resume Lindsay Bruin 100 Veteran Avenue Los Angeles. 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. EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. CA Expected June 2011 Thousand Oaks. Cellular & Developmental Biology Lab Assistant • Generated lab strains for projects (Bordetella strain with Tetracycline resistance) • Assisted with lab projects under Post Docs (competition assays) • Mini-prepped plasmid samples with micro centrifuge protocol using micro columns or phenol/chloroform precipitation • Disposed biological and hazardous waste • Cleaned and sterilized equipment / stock solutions • Maintained sterile supplies in lab UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. LOS ANGELES Department of Molecular. LOS ANGELES Chemistry Department Lab Assistant / Clerk • Cleaned toxic spills (mercury) and disposed waste (organic solvents. Corporate Quality Quality Assurance Intern • Responsible for non-compliance issues with suppliers • Changed material specifications within a defined change control system • Assessed material changes • Updated company supplier database UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. 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. Developmental Biology Overall GPA: 3. CA 90095 818-222-5555 bruin_lindsay@ucla. Cellular. CA June 2010 . CA September 2007-present . Organic / Inorganic Chemistry LAB TECHNIQUES / SKILLS: • Assays • Protein purification • PCR • Autoclave • Gel electrophoresis • Spectroscopy RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: AMGEN Supply Quality Management.present Los Angeles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

p65 Career Center A Department of Student Affairs . October 27. Excellence. & staff. covering a wide range of programs: Art and Design Architecture Biological / Biomedical Sciences Business Management Chiropractic Communications Dentistry Economics Education Engineering Environmental Finance Health Humanities Human Resource Development International Relations Information Studies Information Technology Journalism Law Marketing / Communications Mathematical Sciences Medical Nursing Schools Nutrition Optometry Other Health Pharmacy Physical Sciences Political Science Psychology Public Policy Seminary / Religion Social Work Sports Management Teaching For a complete list of participants: career.ucla.Wednesday. faculty. Delivered. Sponsored by the UCLA Career Open to UCLA students. Ackerman Ballroom Graduate & Professional School Fair Meet representatives from over 150 schools. 2010 11am-3pm. Current UCLA identification required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be sure that the range you were thinking about is consistent with what you learned about the market rate for that position.” Another approach: summarize the requirements of the position as you understand them. • Concierge services Note: Please keep in mind that during these challenging economic times.00035. disability.g. 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. and holidays. sick leave. “How much did you earn in your last job?” Tell the interviewer that you would prefer to learn more about the current position before you discuss compensation... and then ask the interviewer what the company’s normal salary range is for that type of position. Here are just a few tips on how to respond to salary questions: “What are your salary requirements?” One appropriate response might be: “I understand the current market rate in Los Angeles for this job is $30.000”).” Most entry level employees can expect a basic benefit package consisting of: • Health. and then offer a range that places the top of the employer’s range into the bottom of your range (e.000 . is that what you were expecting?” Tell the interviewer that it does come near your expectations. dental. • Paid vacation. Many employee benefits are considered standard. including UCLA Career Center counselors. many of these benefits may not be available. “I was thinking in terms of $50.000. This keeps you within their price range but shows you are interested in somewhat more compensation.Handling Salary Questions There are many books and other resources.000 to $50. and life insurance.g. 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 to $60. However. “The salary range for this position is $40... available to provide assistance in preparing for this part of your job search process. 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. an increasing number of companies offer flexible benefit packages which give employees a variety of choices and “perks. Other benefits may be worth at least one third of your compensation. They come with the job and are not subject to negotiation. p92 .

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

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

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

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

Set goals for your progress Record your accomplishments as they occur. You may have heard the saying that if you want to move up. to be on the safe side. Is it a dark blue suit or faded blue jeans? Politely ask if this is the usual attire just in case it is a casual dress day at work.” take your queue from your supervisor. when you go to employer information meetings or visit the work setting on an interview. look promotable. • If your organization has “Casual Fridays. and very casual in others. • If you want the promotion. dress. Observe Men and Women at Work As a student. Find out how you can improve your job performance. 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. bosses. Dress to fit in. Lean toward a more conservative look. How do they talk. Dressing for work is hardly different than dressing to go out with friends. they may also dress differently. What to Wear to Work Your professional appearance matters. dress like the person two levels ahead of you. look at what the employees wear. Dress can be very conservative in some professions or companies. act. Just like different industries use different professional jargon.Learn your organization’s culture and personality Watch your colleagues carefully. dress as well or better than the industry standard. Rules on Professional Appearance • If you want the job. • If you want respect. 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. and conduct their business? How do they deal with customers. Take advantage of the regular performance reviews to carefully note your strengths and weaknesses as the company sees them. Control Freak. Certain dress is accepted in different organizations and in different parts of the country. look the part. or Just Plain Nuts • Welcome to the Real Working World: What Every Employee MUST Know to Succeed • Your Rights in the Workplace • 101 Tips for Graduates: A Code of Conduct for Success and Happiness in Your Professional Life • When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know • Your First 90 Days in a New Job (How to Make an Impact) p97 .

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

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