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

......................82 Types of Interviews.................. 66 The Personal Statement....................... 95 Handling Multiple Offers and Offer Deadlines......................................... Paralegal UCLA Extension..............71 The Curriculum Vitae....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 66 Letter of Reference Services. 63 Graduate School Timetable... 96 Succeeding in Your First Job......... 80 Practice Your Responses..........97 Tips For Your First Job: Finances.....81 Typical Questions Employers Ask Candidates.........................................89 Following the Interview............................... 76 Example of Resume Converted from Curriculum Vitae....... 92 Benefits...... 88 The Close of the Interview......... 66 Need Help with Your Personal Statement?............87 Day of the Interview................... 81 Interview Preparation.....91 Handling Salary Questions ...94 Decision Making Criteria.................80 Strategies for Handling Tough Questions.........94 New Recruitment Policies............... 89 Example of Thank You Letter....... 75 Credentials File Services............................................... 73 Example of Academic Cover Letter................... 71 Example of Curriculum Vitae....... Business Management Directors Guild Producer Training Plan Yoga Works Disability Group..96 What to Wear to Work..................................................... 90 We’d like to thank our advertisers for helping to support the work we do for our UCLA students and alumni: St........... 95 Additional Pointers..........................93 Chapter 10 Evaluating Job Offers......... 84 Before the Interview.......98 Our Advertisers Chapter 8 Successful Interviewing........................................................................................................76 The Academic Interview.............................................................................................. Job Benefits. 63 Is Graduate School Right for You?....... 67 UCLA Pre-Professional Services Referral Sheet...........69 Chapter 7 Services for PhD and Master’s Students........................................................................ George’s University ViaSat Inc....................... and Investing In Your Future................77 Example of Business / Industry / Consulting Resume........................................................................................................................................................................................... 92 The Art of Skillful Salary Negotiation........82 Interview Settings .............................. 80 The Interview: What It’s All About............................... Inc........................................... 63 What is Graduate School?..................................................................................78 Chapter 9 Negotiating a Compensation Package.......... p4 ........................................................................ 96 Strategies for Success........................................................Chapter 6 Choosing & Applying to Professional or Graduate School........................................................................................................... The Arts UCLA Extension................................................. Luxe Hotel National University of Singapore UCLA Extension........................... 95 Chapter 11 Surviving Your First Job.............................. Phone 310.Chapter 1 .794.206. build networking skills. we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! 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target and organize your job search. Online Career Fair Preparation Workshop Another UCLA Career Center PhD and Master’s students. the different interview styles and types. how to follow-up. what questions to ask recruiters. please visit career. international students. and student athletes). The first step is a “quick question and get acquainted” explore career options. career paths. Graduate and Professional School Planning. and other resources that can help you succeed in this process. and personalized one-on-one assistance in our Career Library / Lab.ucla. for transfer students.ucla. the Career Center’s Peer Advisors are available to assist you with orientation to our services. students will learn strategies to anticipate and effectively deal with lifelong professional challenges such as work/life balance. As fellow students. this workshop will answer questions such as how to prepare for career fairs.ucla. Career Assessments Learn more about your personal preferences. and incorporate different elements and appropriate resume formats. In five business days. additional counseling appointments may be scheduled.ucla. first serve. 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. you might want to call the Career Center or check our website at career. Find out how your resume stacks up by getting it critiqued without leaving home. Visit career. available on a first come. you'll receive a personal email with constructive feedback and advice. New Class! Education 150. Online Resume Critique Service A polished. Submit your resume through our website at career. If you’re making a special Online Interview Workshop Learn how to prepare for an interview. Mock Interviews. Through interactive p6 . This step-by-step guide will walk you through resume writing. Topics include: Career Planning and Exploration. and other company ResumeCritique. and what to wear to the many UCLA Career Center career Peer Advisors In addition to our career counselors. They will also critique your resume and cover letter. and investigate employment and graduate school opportunities.ucla. career fulfillment.ucla. professional resume is the first step to getting an interview. SkillScan Card Sort. lessons and course projects.g. Your resume will be thoroughly examined by a professional career counselor. Job and Internship Search. training programs.. to confirm that scheduled drop-in counseling hours are in effect. Study or Work Abroad. To learn more about the Education 150 course and review the syllabus. The Peer Advisors are currently enrolled UCLA students who have been trained to assist you with your career-related issues. Personal Statement Critiques. drop-in basis. career. please visit BruinView™. and specialty workshops (e. and career interests through assessments such as the MyersBriggs. they can offer you a unique peer perspective. answers to “quick questions” while waiting for your drop-in counseling sessions. Information Sessions Employer presentations give you a chance to learn more about companies and career fields. Drop-in Counseling hours may change occasionally because of special events. These informal forums provide an overview of entry level positions. To view the complete workshop schedule and to register for workshops. provide information and advice including key principals of a resume. 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 and Strong Interest Inventory. 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. Online Resume Writing Workshop Create a stellar resume with this workshop offered exclusively through our website at career. skills. These are offered through workshops and also available as part of the appointment counseling process. After an initial session. and career transitions.Career Counseling Services Experienced career counselors will help you clarify your career preferences.

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

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

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

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

but your information will not be displayed without your permission. visit: www. UCLA degree holders with UCLA Alumni Association membership pay a nominal fee of $30. To meet fellow Bruins and other Alumni Association members through the UCLA Career Network. core job-search strategies offered in a fast-paced. available 24 hours a day on the etwork. • Career Center Library/Lab access during regular business hours (Monday through Friday. They can range from six months to two years in duration and usually include a stipend or other benefits. • Exclusive BruinView™ Listings. with thousands of current full time. the UCLA Career Center offers resources and specialized fee-based services for University of California graduates. resume and correspondence. 9am to 5pm). and seasonal openings in Southern California and nationwide.Internships. and fee information. • Admission to exclusive Career Center career fairs. This is currently an exclusive service for eligible UC alumni. p11 . For further information on eligibility.ucla. directories. BruinView™ for Alumni is a six month subscription for access to BruinView™ online job listings. so this can be a rich and rewarding option for graduate students. Bruin AlumLink™ package. or work related to one’s particular field of interest.” These contacts are willing to share their knowledge and expertise about a variety of interesting career fields. • A multimedia collection of 3. Alumni Career Services and Resources Whether you are beginning your career journey. periodicals. Many fellowships require that applicants have a BA or BS degree or are currently working on or have already secured a graduate or professional degree. and interviewing skills. and Fellowships These opportunities provide access to study. International Opportunities. Maximize your use of the Career Center resources and services to jumpstart your job search and gain the winning edge! Visit career.uclalumni. looking for new opportunities. registration. Note: Alumni of other UC campuses who join the UCLA Alumni Association can purchase a six month subscription for $75. Looking for Network with UCLA Alumni The UCLA Alumni Association manages a database of thousands of alumni called the “UCLA Career Network. As a University of California graduate. Credentials File Services are available for UCLA alumni. you can select which contact information you would like to reveal. and assistance in competing for awards to fund graduate study or research. three hour time slot? Then you need Job Search JumpStart! Receive expert instruction and guidance on your job search strategies. or making a mid-career change. please visit Internship and International Opportunities office on the second floor. and other materials are available for your use in the Career Center Library. As a member of the UCLA Alumni Association. application procedures. part time. videos. For updated details: career. you may access select UCLA Career Center services and resources by purchasing: BruinView™ for Alumni subscription (exclusively for UC graduates who are UCLA Alumni Association members).edu/JumpStart for a list of upcoming workshops. and Online Resume Critique. research.ucla.000 books. Your resume will be thoroughly examined by a professional career counselor. we will ONLY send your letters to universities and colleges. and your personalized career action plan. graduate students.ucla. • A five page written summary of your counseling sessions and resources. • Interactive email access to your assigned counselor for one full year to answer your immediate questions.ucla.ucla. available 24 hours a day via the web. • Web based tools to assist you with specific aspects of your career and employment search. including Resume Writing. In five days or less. you only have one chance to make a first impression. we will only send letters to admissions offices at universities and colleges. you'll receive a personal email with constructive feedback and advice specifically geared to enhancing your resume for your targeted jobs. The application process is completed via our secure website. For more information: career. and librarianship. It puts you in touch with thousands of current positions in Southern California and nationwide. nearly 50% less than the cost of these powerful tools and services through the commercial market.ucla. And you never have to leave your home or office. and alumni (who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference for graduate and professional school programs with our department. have it professionally scrutinized before you send it to prospective employers. counseling. 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Our alumni services can be an asset as you develop your career! career. and Skills The UCLA Career Center offers an exclusive and expert resume analysis for a reasonable fee (less than half the cost of the commercial marketplace). • 120 minutes of telephone counseling. We will not send letters to support applications to scholarships. Once registered for Bruin AlumLink™. register your profile.Bruin AlumLink™ Virtual Career Counseling Services The UCLA Career Center provides UC eligible alumni with the convenience of confidential career counseling online. and interests. Job Search Strategies. Register for Bruin AlumLink™ today: career. scheduled at your convenience. • One full-year access to UCLA’s exclusive BruinView™ Job Listings. psychology. we can only accept non-specifically addressed letters. To be confident that your resume represents you effectively. and techniques for job searching. 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Now’s the time to go back and once again ask the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” Do you find yourself asking these questions?: “I’m looking at several career options .Narrow down your choices and discuss your career ideas with a career counselor. 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. professors.Develop your interests and skills through student organizations. Check admission requirements. Read about different sports. and values.Research companies and work environments. lifestyle preferences. . This gives you plenty of time to get to know yourself and your interests before you make a career decision. testing dates.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 . Summer jobs. Make a list of the ones which sound interesting. and volunteer activities will provide first-hand insights. 5 .bls. and timelines for applications.Career Planning A Four-Year Career Plan The career planning process begins as early as your first year at UCLA. especially in your major.ucla.ucla. Continue to explore and gather information about career fields. 5 . interests. including the Occupational Outlook Handbook online at www.Conduct informational interviews with people who work in career fields of interest to you. 4 .Learn more about the job market by visiting the Career Center Lab. 5 .Continue to gain career related work and leadership and other career related programs to increase your knowledge of the full range of jobs that people perform. Aim for outstanding academic performance. and other individuals who are already employed. and develop a network of 2 .Stop by the Career Center for Drop-In counseling. personality. 3 . First Year: A Time of Self Discovery As you begin your college education. Take self-assessments to learn more about yourself. Identify your skills and strengths.Get acquainted with what’s available at the Career Center Lab. and by researching materials available on the Internet. 6 .Continue to expand your knowledge of career options. 3 . Pinpoint organizations with job titles that use your skills and for which you believe you are a good match. and volunteer activities to gain work experience and to learn more about your work preferences. 4 . 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. general education classes. Are you satisfied with your early decisions? 2 . and extracurricular activities.Attend UCLA career fairs (career.Pursue internships.Study hard and keep your grades as high as possible. even if you’re a senior or graduate student. But it’s never too late to get started. learn more about careers. p13 3 . friends. then follow these five steps: 1 . Sophomore Year: Expand Your Career Horizons. Take time now to learn as much as you can about your skills.Attend the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair in October (career. part time and summer jobs.Chapter 2 . 2 . it’s perfectly okay not to know what you want to do later in life. The best resources are people who work in the career fields that interest you.Talk about your career interests with parents. then follow these five steps: 1 . Spend a day on the job with a professional.Begin to establish professional contacts to assist with your job search campaign. Junior Year: Narrow the Options Internships and summer employment will help you acquire new skills. internships.Start preparing for graduate school if your career choice requires an advanced degree. Are you asking these questions?: “I know my major. 4 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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

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

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

) • Hawaii Business: The Top 250 • The Metropolitan New York Job Bank • Nevada in Your Future • The Phoenix Job Bank • The Texas 500 • The Atlanta Book of Lists • The Boston Book of Lists • The New Mexico Book of Lists • The Portland Book of Lists • The Washington [D. and National Arts Organizations • Los Angeles County Social Services Resource Directory • NALP Directory of Legal Employers • Plunkett’s Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac • Plunkett’s Healthcare Industry Almanac • Plunkett’s Telecommunications Industry Almanac • Publishers Directory • Sports Market Place Directory • Vault Guide to the Top 50 Banking Employers • Vault Guide to the Top Media & Entertainment Employers Targeting Companies by Academic Interest • Government Research Directory • Job Choices for Business & Liberal Arts Students • Job Choices for Science. State.C. Regional.] Book of Lists Targeting Companies by Location (International) • Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries • Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the United States • Fortune Global 500 • Hoover’s Handbook of World Business • How to Get a Job in Europe • International Research Centers Directory • International Career Employment Weekly • Jobs and Careers Abroad • Living and Working in the Far East • Working and Living in Canada Researching Corporations (Process) • Keys to Reading an Annual Report • 101 Mission Statements From Top Companies • The Skeptical Business Searcher • Job Choices for Students Researching Corporations • Almanac of American Employers • Fortune 500 • Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For • Fortune’s Cool Companies • Hoover’s Handbook of American Business: Profiles of 750 Major U. Companies • Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies • Plunkett’s Employers’ Internet Sites with Careers Information • Fortune’s America’s Most Admired Corporations • Standard & Poor’s 500 Guide: America’s Most Watched Companies Career Center Library / Lab Resources Many excellent materials are available in the Career Center Library / Lab to enhance your corporate research.Targeting Companies by Location (U. & Technology Students • Research Centers Directory (nonprofit companies) • Research Services Directory (for-profit companies) Targeting Companies by Location (California) • Hoover’s MasterList: California Edition • The Los Angeles Book of Lists • Orange County Business Directory • The Sacramento Book of Lists • San Diego County Commerce and Industry Directory • The San Francisco Job Bank • The San Jose/Silicon Valley Book of Lists • The Southern California Business Directory p30 .S.S. Engineering. 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.

days. Internet 101: The Basics The Internet is a dazzling information resource providing access to individuals. don’t neglect traditional strategies such as networking. you’ll discover avenues to literally thousands of newly posted job opportunities on the West Coast. It’s comfortable. The Internet remains open 24 hours a day. Although the Internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search arsenal. • Conduct your job search research anytime that fits your schedule. skills. • Tour cities you may be considering for 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. • Submit online resumes and participate in electronic interviews. • Get the latest stock market reports and financial information. and work values in the beginning of this book. While you’re there. companies. • Find job leads and send your resume electronically before most people even know there’s an opening. making it easier for you to concentrate on looking at certain fields. industries. don’t forget to register for BruinView™ at career. Job Search on the Internet The Internet has fast become a professional necessity. .com. There are thousands of career and job search sites on the web. including BruinView™ job and internship listings and links to our corporate partners’ websites. preferences. company research. Based on these results. long after libraries and the Career Center Library / Lab are closed for the or positions. These websites have been categorized by topic. p31 • Obtain salary surveys and read about job market projections. trade publications. refer back to the assessment of your interests. and around the world. and thorough interview preparation. across the continent. and articles. You can: • Collect data online in a relatively short amount of time. a winning resume. Not only can the ability to conduct an online job search put you in touch with thousands of career opportunities. • Search for newspapers. in addition to recruiting through online employment services.ucla. it can showcase to employers your adaptability to change. Here you’ll find direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources available. roomy. The speed and immediacy of the Internet can be really useful for you. books. a great place to focus on your career planning and research. professional associations. you may want to target your search based upon: • A field or industry • Type of position or employers • Geographical location • Or a combination of the above three. by typing in “management consulting” the results will display a list of subcategories such as employers in this industry. • Research hundreds of industries and professions. Beginning the Search Before you begin searching. Online Directories Online directories can help you focus your search on a specific and yahoo.ucla. personality.ucla. and initiative to keep your technology skills current.Things to Do on the Internet • Visit company web sites. More and more companies now include employment opportunities as part of their website. or weeks in the library gathering bits and pieces of information from many sources. Popular online directories include about. • Network with potential employers and other job and different positions within this field. capability to learn new tools of the trade. career. For example. even if it’s two o’clock in the morning. • Reap the benefits today and use one of our computers in the Career Lab. The multi-station Career Lab is here for your job searching convenience. instead of spending hours. and organizations from around the world. The powerful and dynamic technology of the Internet can enhance your job search activities in many ways. and has wireless connection. Standard & Poor’s (company financial information) at Yahoo! Finance Company & Fund Index (company financial profiles) at finance. 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).jobweb.jobbankUSA.ucla. Principles of Internet Job Searching Visiting Employers on the Web (company profiles) at www. The best kind of job search is highly selective and from major sites) at UCLA Career (top left corner) and check the My BruinView™ desktop (right side). and Internet job searching is no exception.aspx UCLA Career Center.metamoney. but you have to take it from there. the Internet is only one of many tools available to conduct a job search. Therefore.careerbuilder. An excellent place to begin your job and company research is the Career Center Web 100 (company rankings) at Career Builder (listings from major newspapers and career sites) at www. including BruinView™ career opportunities.Keyword Searching Once you have an idea of what you want to look Career Resource Center at www. direct contact. Academic Job Search at Public Register’s Annual Report Service (company financial information) at www. 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. Hoover’s Online Business Network (company and salary information) at www. Don’t put all your faith in conducting a job search by only using this strategy.campuscareercenter. The advantage (and disadvantage) of using search engines is that they have to search thousands of pages for information. The Internet can help you find Job Search Sites CalJobs (California EDD system) at you can focus your search by using a search demicJobSearchLinks.aspx UCLA Career Center at career. Below are just a few examples of the many additional sites that can assist in your research via the Company Information on the Internet The Internet makes it easy to visit company sites and explore hundreds of industries and professions. resulting in a huge return on your search. p32 . a Career Resource Site at UCLA Career Center’s BruinView™. which provides direct links to some of the best and most comprehensive job search resources available.ucla.ucla. the more targeted and useful the resulting information will be. Technology is no substitute for strategy. Just log into your BruinView™ account from Campus Career Center at www. There is no substitute for personal.aspx Researching Companies Industry Guides and Employer Profiles. Non-Academic Job Search at career. the more specific you are in your keyword search.

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

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

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

Appearance Choose a standard. Use bold type to emphasize key points. If possible. yet provide pertinent information. active phrases convey energy and enthusiasm. Chronological Format Chronological resumes are the easiest to prepare and read. capitalization. Functional Format The functional format enables you to focus on skills and qualities that can be applied to a number of work situations. Unless you are working in a very technical field and have many years of experience. You will probably think of points to add once you begin composing your resume. and combination. The Combination Format As the name implies. Remember that a prospective employer will spend less than a minute evaluating your resume. fonts. Use a “bullet” format. and extra curricular activities. It is best suited when you want to deemphasize your employment record. The functional format is often used by job seekers who are making a drastic career change and want to emphasize their transferable skills. special projects. limit your resume length to one page – two at the most. Minimize job descriptions and listings of responsibilities. you do not have to use your precise payroll title. employers. Style Brisk. student groups. or have held several positions in which you have exercised the same skills. The “Resume Formats” section of this guide offers advantages of different styles. Some of these programs have difficulty “reading” bold and italicized fonts and flashy graphics. Dozens of books are available at the Career Center Lab and bookstores to give you additional ideas. A word of caution: Many large companies and organizations use computer based resume scanning systems to make the initial cut. “Accounting Clerk Intern” is much more descriptive than “ It stresses skills and capabilities. It will also determine your need for further counseling. organized look. and dates. and the most commonly used. buy envelopes and letterhead paper to match or complement your resume. functional. Proofread Check and double check to make sure your finished draft contains no mistakes in spelling. The main advantage is that it shows the potential employer where and when you gained the skills you are highlighting. the combination format merges elements of both the functional and chronological resume.” Layout Leave some white space to create an uncluttered. and grammar. have significant gaps in your employment record. Information about your current or most recent position is listed first and then previous positions follow in reverse chronological order. Resume Formats Guidelines to Crafting Your Resume Content Emphasize accomplishments and results most likely to increase your appeal as a job candidate. listing one task or accomplishment per line. Use titles that are descriptive of your responsibilities. but use it sparingly. 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. Please check the schedule for daily changes prior to stopping by. but adds positions. have a pattern of short term jobs (subsequent to graduation from college). relevant course work. including a resume or cover letter critique. The best advice is to choose a format that best portrays your skills and experience at a glance. such as work experience. laser printed. Paper Use high quality 8 1/2 x 11 bond in white or ivory. 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. This format puts emphasis on past experience and employment. . Be consistent in your use of indentations. p37 There are three basic formats for resume preparation: chronological. on one side only. For example.ucla. Go to career. easy-to-read font (such as Helvetica or Times) in a 10-12 point size. Speaking of position titles. each has its own advantages.Format Choose the format that best represents you and your career objective. Length Strive to be brief and concise. There is no magic or prescribed formula. punctuation. and spacing. This counseling session can address many of your needs. What you did to make a difference is important to a prospective employer. You might choose this format if you have no work experience. community service. If you have a stable employment record. Fall 2010 Thursday. 4-8pm Law (Session Full) Career Center. 4-7pm Post Bac / Gap Year Career Center. Conf. and interviewing skills. 4-7pm Consulting Career Center. Tuesday. Wednesday. 4-7pm Corporate Leadership Career Center. January 11. Rm. Conf. 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community activities. EDUCATION: University of California. You may mention courses. City. or transferable skills that you possess. or appointed describe it as if it were a job. Employers come to UCLA to recruit the future leaders of their company. Include amplifying remarks that may strengthen your competitiveness. you may simply want to list the position title. Create bullet points that demonstrate your skills through results and accomplishments. • Try to generate three or more bullets for each position in this section.Template of Chronological Resume FIRST NAME MI. independent studies. language.” Position Title (Most recent first) FIRM/AGENCY. technical. scholarship. and organizational activities that were not substantive enough to be listed under “Leadership Experience. significant work commitments. State. communication. ACTIVITIES AND HONORS: List any academic or other honors that you have earned. Major Field of Study Expected June 201X GPA: (list if 3. etc. LAST NAME Mailing Address. you may list as indicated above. • Avoid literal descriptions of duties and tasks.0 or above) * If your Major Field of Study is closely related to your objective.” p41 Email Address Dates Dates . Give yourself an appropriate title and follow the format suggested above. { * } EXPERIENCE: * Preface your experience title with an industry-specific title such as “SALES EXPERIENCE. LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Position Title (Most recent first) CLUB/AGENCY. Los Angeles and bold it (in that case do not bold UCLA). and dates. Los Angeles* BA/BS. City.” Summarize any industry-related experience. • Avoid literal descriptions of duties and tasks. State • Accomplishment Bullets. Create bullet points that demonstrate your skills through results and accomplishments. { * } SKILLS: * Preface your skills title with an industry specific title such as “MARKETING SKILLS. state the type of job and the industry you prefer. Zip Code (Area) Phone Number OBJECTIVE: Briefly and succinctly. place that above University of California. • Try to generate three or more bullets for each position in this section. State • Accomplishment Bullets. firm or agency. If you lack space or accomplishment bullets. City. If you have any leadership experience whether elected. RELATED EXPERIENCE: If you have room and have substantive accomplishment bullets.

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

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

camping in the Sierras. 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. scuba diving. Conversational Farsi • Interests: Classical piano. Computer Science.90. PowerPoint. Photoshop. merger & acquisition models.Example of Business Resume BENJAMIN BRUIN 3330 De Neve Dr. basic C++ • Language : Intermediate Fluency in Spanish.000 LEADERSHIP AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT UCLA Bruin Consulting| Los Angeles. Room #C5-315 ∙ Los Angeles. Adobe InDesign. CA 90024 (310) 555-5555 ∙ bbruin@ucla. coupon rate. 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. Specialization in Computing • Cumulative GPA: 3. Business Economics Expected June 2011 • Accounting Minor. SAT: 2310 • Relevant Coursework: Finance.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. Statistics. International Trade • National Champion – DECA Business Plan Competition (2008) UCLA Travel Study | London. Sudoku p44 . England • Studied International Business Law & Taxation within the European Union Summer 2008 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Jefferies & Company.December 2008 • Implemented innovative marketing strategies to develop stronger partnerships with potential clients • Generated 20 new clients and over $15.000 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 $ EDUCATION University of California Los Angeles | Los Angeles. Inc. CA B. CA January 2010 . Managerial Accounting. A.96. and maturity • Prepared marketing materials and PowerPoint presentation for prospective corporate account Beacon Economics | Los Angeles. Major GPA: 3. CA Fall 2009 Investment Banking Workshop Participant • Selected to participated in a 6-week intensive workshop series on valuation techniques. 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. | Century City. CA Account Executive March 2007. Word.

CA Wealth Management Intern Summer 2010 • Generated 20+ leads for a private wealth management group with over $250 million in client assets • Investigated new prospects and created comprehensive call lists of real estate prospects • Developed a strong professional network while perfecting effective communication skills HIGHER SALES TRAINING COURSE Los Angeles. face to face consultative sales skills • Conducted case study as an account executive selling sponsorships to corporate partners LEADERSHIP DELTA SIGMA PI.240 books for a library in Botswana • Developed curriculum about Botswana and Africa and taught the material to elementary school students COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT UCLA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Income Tax Preparer • Volunteer with low-income residents to help them meet federal and state tax regulations • Assist in filling out 1040 Individual Tax forms and answering client questions regarding tax forms SKILLS • Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Word. Intermediate Accounting. LOS ANGELES Los Angeles. Microeconomic Theory. and Adobe Photoshop • Language: Fluent in conversational Mandarin Los EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. and contacted employers to support organization’s efforts PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS CASE COMPETITION Los Angeles.Spring 2010 • Compiled and created Annual Business Report and submitted final copy to the National Chapter • Managed financial statements. 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.76 • Relevant Coursework: Macroeconomic Theory. PowerPoint. adjusting ideas to make ideas more concise and relevant GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA Gold Award Recipient April 2007 • Dedicated over 100 hours to plan and execute a community-wide book drive generating 1. Excel. Los Angeles. CA Bachelor of Arts. Beta Alpha Psi EXPERIENCE MORGAN STANLEY Los Angeles. Principles of Economics • Honors: 2010 William Sharpe Fellow. Management Accounting. CA Fall 2009 .Present p45 . recorded activities. Principles of Accounting. CA Vice President Fall 2009. UCLA Dean’s List • Activities: Undergraduate Business Society. Delta Sigma Pi. 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. Business Economics Expected June 2012 Minor in Accounting • Cumulative GPA: 3. UCLA Los Angeles.Example of Economics Major Resume JESSICA BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. California 90095 (310) 206-1931 jjbruin@ucla.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

customer service as noted in the positive evaluations from patrons • Quickly learned complex order-entry system and trained new servers on the system • Polished interpersonal skills and assisted with scheduling duties HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: • Two-time recipient of the “Third Team All Pac 10” award • “Most Improved Freshman Player” Award • Community Service Participant in the ABC Orphanage of Los Angeles p55 . and team-building skills enhanced through four years of Division One Volleyball Competitions • Maintained a solid academic record while honoring rigorous practice schedules and delivering community service • Conversational ability: French • Proficient in Microsoft Word. and Outlook EDUCATION: University of (310) 555-5555 SUMMARY OF SKILLS: • Exceptional time management. 2008. interpersonal. students. UCLA Women’s Volleyball Team August 2006-Present • Competed at the Division One level in one of the nation’s most recognized conferences • Practiced up to 25 hours per week and traveled while handling a full course load and other related commitments • Worked directly with coaches and team captain on strategy/team building exercises • Served as a mentor to recruits and each freshman class Volleyball Instructor. Chili’s Bar and Grill. and other coaches • Promoted additional UCLA-sponsored clinics resulting in improved attendance and revenue for the UCLA Athletic Department Server. CA June-August 2006 • Provided excellent. Los Angeles. PowerPoint. Excel. UCLA Volleyball Camps Summers. friendly. CA 90095 tbruin@ucla.Example of Student Athlete Resume Terry Bruin 12345 Hilgard Avenue. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in History Expected June 2011 EXPERIENCE: Team Member. 2009 • Taught communication and teamwork skills to children ages five through fourteen • Developed weekly lesson plans and goals customized to various skill and learning levels • Communicated with parents. Sacramento.

Developmental Biology Overall GPA: 3. LOS ANGELES Bachelor of OBJECTIVE: Seeking an entry level Manufacturing Associate or Quality Associate position in order to develop a foundation for an opportunity in project management or regulatory affairs. Major GPA: 3. Molecular. 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. 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. CA 90095 818-222-5555 bruin_lindsay@ucla. Organic / Inorganic Chemistry LAB TECHNIQUES / SKILLS: • Assays • Protein purification • PCR • Autoclave • Gel electrophoresis • Spectroscopy RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: AMGEN Supply Quality Management. Cellular. CA June 2010 . EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.present Los Angeles.75 Coursework includes: Biochemistry. CA August 2008 – May 2009 Los Angeles. CA September 2007-present .6. LOS ANGELES Department of Molecular. Corporate Quality Quality Assurance Intern • Responsible for non-compliance issues with suppliers • Changed material specifications within a defined change control system • Assessed material changes • Updated company supplier database UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.Example of Science / Biotechnology Resume Lindsay Bruin 100 Veteran Avenue Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES Chemistry Department Lab Assistant / Clerk • Cleaned toxic spills (mercury) and disposed waste (organic solvents. CA May 2009 – June 2010 Los Angeles. CA Expected June 2011 Thousand Oaks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay requirements will vary depending upon each institution’s criteria for evaluating applicants. UCLA Pre-Professional Services Referral Sheet (also known as the “Green Sheet”) There are many offices on campus ready to assist you with your pre-professional planning: The UCLA Career Center. and transcripts have been received. Log in at career. intellectual curiosity and achievement. strengths. leadership. background. Personal Statement Critique Sessions New schedules are posted at the Career Center each quarter. Pre-Professional Resume Examples Be sure to review the pre-health and pre-law resume examples on pages 52 through 54. persistence. and give concrete evidence of your competence and motivation in the field of your choice. • Present yourself as an individual with desirable personal abilities. • Mail a deposit to the graduate school you decide to attend. You can also download this document from our website at career. • Account for any conspicuous weaknesses in your record. academically. • Schedule interviews and other campus visits. • Send thank you notes to the writers of your recommendation letters and inform them of your graduate school plans. the admissions committee hopes to learn about your personal characteristics. A better approach is to describe what is important to Graduate School Resources (located in the Library / Lab) • Negotiating Graduate School • Playing the Game: The Streetsmart Guide to Graduate School • Get Into Graduate School • Graduate School Companion p66 The Personal Statement Your essay will be read by an Admissions Committee composed of members of your future profession or academic discipline. and professionally? What experiences demonstrate my competence in this field? Need Help With Your Personal Statement? The UCLA Career Center has resources to assist you! Career Center Workshops on How to Write Winning Personal Statements .ucla.ucla. along with a true passion and commitment to your field of study.Senior Year – Spring • Check with all graduate schools before deadlines to verify that your application. • Select a school from those that have accepted you. Departmental • Describe the nature and significance of your relevant experiences. interests. In general. experiences. why it is important. and multicultural experiences. • Demonstrate your writing ability and communication skills. Notify other graduate schools that have accepted you of your decision to attend another program. • Explain your special interest in this particular graduate program. More details and a four year pre-professional plan are available on the "UCLA PreProfessional Services Referral Sheet.ucla. and Academics in the Commons (Pre-Health Peer Counseling and Workshops). Online registration required through BruinView™. service to others. approaches. . ability to overcome hardships. The essay is an opportunity for you to: • Convey your long and short term career goals. recognition for exceptional performance. values. They will be seeking depth and substance. and plans. 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. unique talents. go to career. and how you have demonstrated that importance in your life. letters of recommendations. You should not attempt to address all of these factors. or values of this particular program? How do my interests.For the most current listing of workshops. such as creativity. initiative and motivation. 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." which starts on page 69. College Counseling. including: • Law (Session Full) • Consulting • Corporate Leadership • Technology. PR. or is available exclusively for currently registered UCLA Gap Year • Marketing. Only $20 per session charged to your BAR account.Medical.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. Essays That Will Get You Into Medical School. and interviewing skills. (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: is a site full of tips and outlines for the graduate application process. We will not send letters to support applications to scholarships. www.ucla. Look for a list of general and “targeted” sessions this year. students should not anticipate intensive grammatical. For more information: for the updated schedule and online registration process. the Job Search JumpStart series is not open to the public -. Looking for high-impact. spelling.ucla. . Since the purpose of these services is to send letters to multiple graduate and professional /grad_prof_school. Since these letters are solely for the purpose of supporting the application to graduate and professional school programs. fellowships. • Beat the competition with these crucial tips. and syntax revisions to take place during these meetings. And remember. go to www. resume and correspondence. Consulting • Nursing • Pharmacy • Public Health • MBA • Prep for Fall Recruiting • Econ / Finance / Accounting • Internship Search • Entertainment • Dentistry • Optometry • Post Bac. by Daniel Kaufman. www. and Graduate School Programs.accepted. et al. Law. Essays That Will Get you Into Law School. Given the time constraints for these sessions. 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. et al.Personal Statement Resources for Graduate and Professional Programs (located in the Career Center Library / Lab): • Graduate Admission Essays • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School • Perfect Personal Statements • Real Essays for College and Grad School Personal Statement Disclaimer The personal statement critique sessions provided by the UCLA Career Center focus exclusively on content and thematic issues. we can only accept non-specifically addressed letters.html Advertising • Medicine Go to career. graduate. 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.studentdoctor.berkeley. 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. http://career. and alumni (who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference for graduate and professional school programs with our we will only send letters to admissions offices at universities and colleges. 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.html #statement. law. • Make the most out of the little time you have. There are sample essays of personal statements for all of the major areas .com Berkeley's Career Center has created a well thought out step-by-step process on writing the personal statement. General From Northwestern University Careers Services comes this Graduate and Professional School guide that contains a to-the-point section on the Personal Statement. (Available in the Career Center Library) p67 Letter of Reference Services The Letter of Reference Services allows UCLA undergraduates. by Daniel Kaufman.umaryland.northwestern.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To compensate. I do my detailed final inspection of my product. 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 career interests. career goals. and the position for which you’re interviewing. spend some time thinking about what compensating experience you may have.” “What are your weaknesses?” Another challenging question. and explain how you have learned to compensate. This will help you decide if there is a good match between your qualifications. I believe I have learned to achieve a practical balance between perfection and administrative excellence. you should approach every interview with the attitude.7 or higher GPA. • Relate your skills. Here are a couple of examples for you to think about ahead of time. you will be invited back for the next round of interviews. • Convince the interviewer of your enthusiasm for his/her company. and being active in two student groups.You may find it helpful to remember the acronym CARR in composing a concise and thoughtful response to the interviewer’s question. Employer’s Role The interviewer will determine whether you have the skills. “I want to work here!” This means leaving a clear and convincing impression of who you are. Effective communication skills will have a strong influence on the outcome of your interviews. what you can do to contribute to the organization’s needs. if one of your major strengths is meticulous attention to detail. and practice for a great interview. It is the single most important part of an employer’s selection process. academic accomplishments. 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. prepare. • Explain the Action you took. p80 A question that can throw you into a tail spin may not even phase your best friend. this trait sometimes caused me to come close to missing deadlines. If you are concerned about how an employer may view your GPA. and why you should be hired for the position instead of another candidate. work and volunteer experiences. Thus. • Describe the Results you achieved. The best way to handle this question is to relate your weakness to one of your strengths. two days before the project is due. Equally important. the interview also provides an opportunity to ask pivotal questions about the organization and the position. you might formulate this type of response: “I mentioned that one of my strengths is paying meticulous attention to detail when working with written documents. I have developed the habit of assigning myself an artificial deadline. “What is your GPA?” If you have a 3.4 GPA.” The “CARR” Approach . The purpose of an interview is to determine whether you are right for the job – and whether the job is right for you.Chapter 8 .” and that you will contribute to the needs of the organization and the position. On that day. Formulate a non-defensive response such as: “I managed to maintain a 2. The pointers in this chapter will help you plan. knowledge.Successful Interviewing Don’t underestimate the importance of the job interview. It’s a chance to get to know each other and explore a mutually rewarding working relationship. put it in the past tense. The Purpose of the Interview Your Role First and foremost. In the past. But there’s no need to get butterflies or sweaty palms if you’re prepared to effectively package and present your skills and abilities. this may be a routine question. that you will “fit in. If the interviewer predicts a probable fit between your qualifications and the organization’s needs. and results to the employer’s business.4 GPA while working 24 hours a week. It may create apprehension if you have a 2. Anticipate what may be a tough question for you to answer. For example. . action. and capabilities match the qualities and skills the organization is seeking. Your Interviewing Goals • Demonstrate how your experience. Here’s how it works: • Tell the Context in which you exercised a desired skill or strength. 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 abilities needed to be an effective member of the organization.

and focused. Let me tell you about my study abroad experience and my extensive travel experience. you will feel and appear more confident.The Question Not Asked If. • 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. for example.” The same principle applies for persons who are concerned about age. or other discrimination concerns. tell me about yourself. Practice. Practice. However. • Practice in front of a mirror or with a tape recorder. It should be a quick summary of your major qualifications for the position and your reasons for being interested in the organization. and what you hope to achieve in the position. marital status. You might say something like: “If I were interviewing a person who uses a wheel chair. a few key accomplishments. Review and practice your responses to the questions below. The best way to deal with this possibility is for you to introduce the discussion. and our mission statement? • What do you know about the position I’m interviewing you for? • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Your weaknesses? • Describe what you would consider to be the ideal job. and facial expressions are communicating. non-accusatory manner and cite an example that will allay the employer’s unspoken concerns. Typical Questions Employers Ask Candidates • What can you tell me about our company. Practice Your Responses The 60 Second Sound Bite “So.” “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. Here’s how: • Think of your response as a 60 second commercial about yourself. the interviewer is unlikely to bring up the subject for fear of offending you or provoking a law suit. you have an obvious physical limitation. gender. • Sign up for a mock interview at the Career Center. I might be wondering whether her disability would interfere with her ability to travel to different cities to meet with clients. organized. • Pay close attention to any mannerisms or slang expressions that may detract from your overall presentation. Practice If you know what you will say and how you will respond to typical interview questions. tone of voice. With a well constructed opening statement. Bring the issue out in the open in a • In what significant ways do you think you can contribute to our organization? Career Library / Lab Resources • 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions • Adams Job Interview Almanac • Information Interviewing • Job Interviewing for College Students • Perfect Phrases for the Perfect Interview • Your First Interview: For Students and Anyone Preparing to Enter Today’s Tough Job Market • Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? • I Can’t Believe They Asked Me That!: 110 Tips and Techniques to Quickly Prepare for a Tough Job Interview • 101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview p81 . and to the behavioral interviews. (a 60-second sound bite) it’s not difficult to turn these types of questions into your advantage in nearly any situation. Here are additional suggestions: • Prepare written answers to questions the interviewer is likely to ask. a career counselor will critique your performance and offer suggestions on ways to improve your presentation and communication skills: career. Be aware of what your posture. Following this one-on-one practice session. the question of whether you can do the job could be lingering in the employer’s mind. • Conclude your statement with a brief mention of personal or volunteer activities or hobbies to support your interests and track record of success. Ask for constructive feedback on the quality of your answers. to the specific questions for the resume based case. • Get together with a friend or family member to practice your responses.ucla. our products. gestures. • Include a thumbnail sketch of your work experience.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. However.” Another approach: summarize the requirements of the position as you understand them. This keeps you within their price range but shows you are interested in somewhat more compensation. and life insurance. and then offer a range that places the top of the employer’s range into the bottom of your range (e. sick leave.. Be sure that the range you were thinking about is consistent with what you learned about the market rate for that position. “I was thinking in terms of $50.” Most entry level employees can expect a basic benefit package consisting of: • Health. p92 . 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. 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.000 to $50. including UCLA Career Center counselors. and holidays. They come with the job and are not subject to negotiation.000..Handling Salary Questions There are many books and other resources. “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.000 . disability. “The salary range for this position is $40.00035. and then ask the interviewer what the company’s normal salary range is for that type of position. 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.g.000”).. many of these benefits may not be available. • Concierge services Note: Please keep in mind that during these challenging economic times.g.000 to $60. 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. • Paid vacation. Many employee benefits are considered standard. dental. is that what you were expecting?” Tell the interviewer that it does come near your expectations.

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

and how soon? • Is the work routine or project based? • How big is your work group and what is your role in it? • Does anyone report to you? • What percentage of time will you travel? The Company • Is it a large. multi-national conglomerate or is it a small start up company where you know everyone. but if you don’t get up in the morning looking forward to going to work. enjoyment. A nice starting salary is great. company car. Evaluate how the position fits into your short and long term lifestyle and career goals and how it will provide opportunities for job satisfaction. or expense account? Performance evaluation • Is a formal appraisal system in place? • Will performance goals be set and measured? • Are salary increases and bonuses tied to performance? •Does individual performance affect your annual bonus or profit sharing potential? p94 . no amount of money is worth it. or racial backgrounds? Supervision • Who do you report to? What is that person’s management style? How much day-to-day supervision will you have? • Who gives you assignments? Who approves them? • How much independence and decision making go with the position? Work environment • What is the “corporate culture?” Is it a fast paced atmosphere with deadlines. such as a health club membership. The Position • What will you be doing on a day-to-day basis? • Will you have the opportunity to use your background and experience in a meaningful way? • What skills are required? What are the prospects for learning new skills? • How much responsibility will you have.Evaluating Job Offers Decision Making Criteria At least half of your waking day will be spent at work performing your new job. ethnic.Chapter 10 . including the president? • What is the company’s reputation? Its size and sales? Its growth potential and position in the market? • Is the management style hierarchical or consensus oriented? • Does the company welcome and value people of differing cultural. or is it a slow and calm environment? • Is it a structured organization providing stability and security or unstructured environment where you are given complete responsibility and power to make decisions? • Do you have an office? A cubicle? A desk in a bullpen? • How many hours are you expected to put in? • What time do people in your position get to work? When do they leave? Co-workers • Who will you work closely with? Are they congenial? Can you spend eight hours or more a day with them? • Do you think you’ll be comfortable with the people you’ll be dealing with? • Is the staff diverse? Potential for advancement • Is the position compatible with your career plans? • Are you able to move cross functionally? • What is the upward mobility? • Is transfer or relocation necessary or desirable for advancement in the company? • Is training available? Compensation and benefits • Is the base salary competitive? • Does the salary start high and peak or begin lower with potential for significant increases? • What is the quality of the medical and dental coverage? • Does the company provide relocation expenses or allowances? • What “perks” can you expect. and personal growth.

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

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

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

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

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