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Career Guide 2010-2011

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

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

national.1902 Fax 310. the Career Center staff will help you make and re-evaluate career choices. and international organizations. and more.ucla.Third Floor Email BruinView@career. and join! p5 Charles E. we can put you in touch with thousands of challenging entry level positions in a wide variety of regional.Chapter 1 . No appointment necessary! Hours are announced each quarter at career. CA 90095-1573 We’re conveniently located south of Bruin Walk and southwest of Ackerman Student Union. If you’ve already picked your dream job. B11 Student Activities Center Get quick answers about CVs/resumes.ucla. and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options.206. Second Floor Email kdavy@career. In Phone 310. build networking skills. If graduate or professional school is your goal.ucla.ucla. we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go. Second Floor Email internships@career.ucla. we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Early on. Second Floor Email ccadmin@career.Second Floor Email AlumService@career.206.3938 Business / Economics Career Information. job search strategies.UCLA Career Center The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate. and gain “real world” experience through internships. practice interviewing. Young Drive South .edu Phone 310. we’ll assist you with the program selection and application process. along with our friendly professional staff and a complete lineup of personal and web based services and resources.206. When it is time to begin a full time career.5358 Fax 310. Our spacious and modern facility is fully equipped with up to date technologies and comfortable amenities to make your visit as pleasant and productive as and at gsrc.1915 Fax 310. Search for the UCLA Career Join UCLA Career Center’s Ackerman Student Union group today for the latest: • • • • • Career Center Events News / Updates FAQ’s Online Videos Related Links ay l ey Strathmore Place P8 Career Center Third Floor.206. Drop-In Counseling & Career Library / Lab. This Career Phone 310. the Career Center can introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities. information sources.ucla.2024 Our Location 501 Westwood Plaza (at Strathmore.1944 For Employers . For specific directions: career.206. Along every step toward earning your degree. will help you prepare for a great future and a great PhD and Master’s Student Career Counseling in the Graduate Student Resource Phone Phone 310. north entrance) Floors Two and Three Los Angeles.794.1931 Check website for Drop-In locations and hours Internship & International Opportunities. North Entrance e Av nu e Log into facebook®.ucla. For Alumni .ucla. write resumes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

edu/LOR. Since these letters are solely for the purpose of supporting your application for faculty and research positions. Bruin AlumLink™ goes beyond traditional individualized career counseling by offering you the convenience of distance access. Letter of Reference Services The Letter of Reference Services allows UCLA undergraduates. The UCLA Career Center offers an exclusive and expert resume analysis for a reasonable fee (less than half the cost of the commercial marketplace).ucla.objectives. networking strategies. and pay with your credit card. • One full-year access to UCLA’s exclusive BruinView™ Job Listings. Credentials File Services Credentials File Services allow UCLA students (and alumni who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference with our department. Since the purpose of this service is to send letters to multiple institutions. have it professionally scrutinized before you send it to prospective employers. For more information: Once registered for Bruin AlumLink™.ucla.ucla. we will only send letters to admissions offices at universities and colleges.ucla. and alumni (who pay an annual activation fee) to store their letters of reference for graduate and professional school programs with our department. and techniques for job searching. Interview Techniques. Since the purpose of these services is to send letters to multiple graduate and professional schools. and Skills Assessments. • 120 minutes of telephone counseling. • Interactive email access to your assigned counselor for one full year to answer your immediate questions. Job Search Strategies. Register for Bruin AlumLink™ today: career. and confidential career Online Resume Critique Service For Alumni During these challenging and competitive times. and a systematic plan to help you reach your career goals in a strategic. or internships. In five days or less. to assist you with your career decisions. interviewing skills. • Personalized. counseling. Purchase the Online Resume Critique Service for the $60 standard fee: career. p12 Are you a UC graduate? Our alumni services can be an asset as you develop your career! career. powerful online tools. We will not send letters to support applications to scholarships. The fee for Bruin AlumLink™ is $475 for UC alumni. we can only accept non-specifically addressed letters. you'll receive a personal email with constructive feedback and advice specifically geared to enhancing your resume for your targeted jobs. These letters are limited to those written to support PhD employment searches in the fields of higher education. logical way. You verify your alumni status. we only accept nonspecifically addressed letters. For more information: career. nearly 50% less than the cost of these powerful tools and services through the commercial market. and interests.ucla. psychology. scheduled at your convenience. . And you never have to leave your home or office. It puts you in touch with thousands of current positions in Southern California and nationwide. • An interactive relationship with a National Certified Counselor who will devote four hours of research and preparation to your specific including Resume Writing. objective. • Web based tools to assist you with specific aspects of your career and employment search. Since these letters are solely for the purpose of supporting the application to graduate and professional school programs. available 24 hours a day via the web.Bruin AlumLink™ Virtual Career Counseling Services The UCLA Career Center provides UC eligible alumni with the convenience of confidential career counseling online. you only have one chance to make a first impression. and your personalized career action plan. • A five page written summary of your counseling sessions and resources. we will ONLY send your letters to universities and colleges. fellowships. The application process is completed via our secure website. graduate students. register your profile. To be confident that your resume represents you and librarianship. resume review. Your resume will be thoroughly examined by a professional career counselor. you will enjoy these services and benefits: • Online assessments that assist you in defining your skills.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Prove yourself on a trial basis to a potential employer. The Inside Track to Your First Full Time Job More than ever.Getting On the Job Experience Internships. For more information: career.ucla. Internships Internships provide vital links to contacts within your future profession and a place to put your classroom training to the test. and qualifications of potential full time employees. You’ll be able to get a realistic idea of what the career field is all about. p21 . initiative. and evaluate whether you “fit” into the company culture. They rely heavily on internships and summer programs to assess the skills. decide whether the job is one you enjoy. Here are questions to consider: • What is the primary reason you’re looking for an internship or summer job? To earn money? Test out career alternatives? Gain experience to add to your resume? Develop career related skills? • What are you interested in doing? Where? With whom? In what type of organization? • What skills can you bring to the job? Why should you be hired instead of any other college student? • Is money an issue? How much money do you need to make? What is the bare minimum? • Can you afford to do volunteer work or an unpaid internship that might relate more directly to your career objective? • Will you need to relocate? What impact will this have on your bank account? • Will you get class credit? • Will the position provide an entrée into your dream career? • Is it important for your summer work experience or internship to tie in with your academic pursuits and career goals? Remember: There does not have to be a direct connection. abilities. particularly in highly competitive career fields. • Explore and test different career possibilities before making a long term commitment. Short-Term Decisions It’s important to give some thought to your goals for the internship or summer job. • Demonstrate to future employers your interest ·in your chosen career field. employers today look at an entry level job candidate’s track record of “real world” experiences and accomplishments before extending an offer for a permanent position. These programs generally offer invaluable on the job training. Internships are readily available in many career fields and industries in Southern California. skills. What better way to gain practical experience for your resume. values. numerous companies actively recruit UCLA students for internships and summer positions through BruinView™ listings and campus interviews. and other personal attributes. and Part Time Programs Two questions employers frequently ask themselves when evaluating potential employees are “How will this person fit into our organization?” and “What can this person contribute to our bottom line?” Students who successfully perform in an internship or summer program have a definite advantage when it comes to landing full time career positions. Internship and summer programs provide prospective employers an opportunity to observe your intelligence. You may feel a real need to take a break from your studies and do work that doesn’t relate at all to your major. It’s definitely a two-way street! Benefits of Working As an Intern or Summer Employee • Gain valuable real world experience and learn new skills. Summer. across the nation. interests. Many corporations and nonprofit organizations offer highly structured internship programs. creativity. • Make contacts and develop important networking ·and mentoring relationships. and around the globe. Each year. hoping to attract the “best and brightest” before they graduate. which are a few of the intangible qualities that don’t come through on a resume and manifest themselves only briefly during an interview. An internship or summer job gives you a chance to explore and test your career interests on a temporary

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

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

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



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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

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

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

Targeting Companies by Location (U. State. Regional. Engineering.C. Researching Industries • Career Guide to America’s Top Industries • Encyclopedia of American Industries • Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries • Encyclopedia of Global Industries • Industries and Careers for Undergrads Targeting Companies by Industry • Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory • Directory of Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms • Field Directory: A Resource Guide of Local.] Book of Lists Targeting Companies by Location (International) • Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries • Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the United States • Fortune Global 500 • Hoover’s Handbook of World Business • How to Get a Job in Europe • International Research Centers Directory • International Career Employment Weekly • Jobs and Careers Abroad • Living and Working in the Far East • Working and Living in Canada Researching Corporations (Process) • Keys to Reading an Annual Report • 101 Mission Statements From Top Companies • The Skeptical Business Searcher • Job Choices for Students Researching Corporations • Almanac of American Employers • Fortune 500 • Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For • Fortune’s Cool Companies • Hoover’s Handbook of American Business: Profiles of 750 Major U. and National Arts Organizations • Los Angeles County Social Services Resource Directory • NALP Directory of Legal Employers • Plunkett’s Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac • Plunkett’s Healthcare Industry Almanac • Plunkett’s Telecommunications Industry Almanac • Publishers Directory • Sports Market Place Directory • Vault Guide to the Top 50 Banking Employers • Vault Guide to the Top Media & Entertainment Employers Targeting Companies by Academic Interest • Government Research Directory • Job Choices for Business & Liberal Arts Students • Job Choices for Science.) • Hawaii Business: The Top 250 • The Metropolitan New York Job Bank • Nevada in Your Future • The Phoenix Job Bank • The Texas 500 • The Atlanta Book of Lists • The Boston Book of Lists • The New Mexico Book of Lists • The Portland Book of Lists • The Washington [D.S. & 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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Example of Teaching Resume JAMES BRUIN 501 Westwood Plaza. Understanding Gifted Students. create flashcards. Sociology Expected June 2011 • GPA: 3. on topics including: “Preparing for Law School. p46 . 2008-June 2009 • Trained to provide educational workshops to fellow undergraduates • Presented 4 workshops per quarter. UCLA Sept. and handling emergency situations • Evaluated mastery of techniques for advancement to the next skill level LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE Resident Assistant. and Academic Success in your Undergraduate Experience TEACHING EXPERIENCE Project Literacy. ranging from 2 years old to adults • Presented safety workshops to educate the students on issues including: pool safety. 90095 • 310-555-5555 • bruin@ucla. 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. community health. Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts. 2009-Dec 2009 • Led section of 15-students through discussion of course material and review for midterm. four hours per week. UCLA • Travel once per week. and engage the student in the learning process • Consult with teachers and parents regarding student progress and attendance Sept. EDUCATION University of California.3 • Awarded the Chancellor’s Service Award Relevant Coursework: Child Development. citizenship and community development • Awarded Hall of Fame programming award for canned food drive • Served as part of a rotating duty team enforcing on-campus housing policy.” and “Study Skills” • Utilized technology to engage students through visual and interactive learning Swim Instructor/Lifeguard Summer of 2007.” “Transfer Adjustment. 2008-present Undergraduate Section Leader. 2008 • Taught 30-minute swim lessons to students. Los Angeles. to tutor a 4th grade student in Watts • Assist the student in developing personal learning strategies • Review homework. UCLA Sept. • Utilized learning theories to create interactive lessons and student-run discussion • Assisted students in selecting and writing a 20-page research paper • Oversaw the development of a training manual for future section leaders “Academics in the Commons” Workshop Leader. Social Psychology of Higher Education. personal growth.

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

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

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

CAUTION: These become fair game for interview discussions. quantify your accomplishments and tasks. software. City. (Area) Phone Number Email Address OBJECTIVE Concise statement of position and desired status (Internship. Major Field of Study UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. EXPERIENCE: Position Title (Most recent first) FIRM/AGENCY. etc. Include institution. TECHNICAL SKILLS List programming languages. and hardware.) EDUCATION MA/MS. prioritize by listing the most relevant first. field of study. and experience. You may include course titles relevant to your career objective. Prioritize based on your proficiency. entry level position. Whenever possible. State • Accomplishment Bullets (See the “Generate an Accomplishments List” exercise). List applicable paid and unpaid work experience in reverse chronological order. Remember to use “buzz words” that would catch the eye of the employer or scanning software. GPA should be listed if it is 3. • Try to generate three or more bullets for each position in this section. and functions. PROJECTS: List and describe class or personal projects that emphasize your technical skills.0 or above. Zip Code. degree. City. OTHER SECTIONS You may want to include one or more of the following: Skills or Qualifications Summary Leadership Activities Awards/Honors Publications Community Service Citizenship or Security Clearance (usually included only if required for position) Dates p50 . LOS ANGELES Dates Dates List education and certificate programs completed post high school. operating systems. and graduation date. • Avoid simply listing duties and tasks – describe how you made a difference. • You may also include bulleted statements about your responsibilities. so include them only if you are knowledgeable or experienced with it… avoid filler content. Major Field of Study BA/BS.Template of Technical Reverse Chronological Resume FIRST NAME MI LAST NAME Mailing Address. State. knowledge. platforms. full time.

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

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

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

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

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

net OBJECTIVE: Seeking an entry level Manufacturing Associate or Quality Associate position in order to develop a foundation for an opportunity in project management or regulatory affairs. CA September 2007-present .75 Coursework includes: Biochemistry. Developmental Biology Overall GPA: 3. 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. Cellular. LOS ANGELES Department of Molecular. CA May 2009 – June 2010 Los Angeles.6. Organic / Inorganic Chemistry LAB TECHNIQUES / SKILLS: • Assays • Protein purification • PCR • Autoclave • Gel electrophoresis • Spectroscopy RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: AMGEN Supply Quality Management.Example of Science / Biotechnology Resume Lindsay Bruin 100 Veteran Avenue Los Angeles. Molecular. CA 90095 818-222-5555 bruin_lindsay@ucla. CA June 2010 . LOS ANGELES Chemistry Department Lab Assistant / Clerk • Cleaned toxic spills (mercury) and disposed waste (organic solvents. acids and bases) and maintained equipment • Prepared stock solutions and prepared labs for use • Stocked commonly used chemicals • Maintained NMR functionality ACTIVITIES: UCLA Rock Wall Climbing Instructor • Supervise climbers’ safety in gym and teach belaying technique courses for new climbers p56 Los Angeles. Corporate Quality Quality Assurance Intern • Responsible for non-compliance issues with suppliers • Changed material specifications within a defined change control system • Assessed material changes • Updated company supplier database UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Major GPA: 3. CA Expected June 2011 Thousand Oaks. EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. CA August 2008 – May 2009 Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES Bachelor of Science.present Los Angeles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

contemporary (Morrison’s Beloved).” so that a social order legislated by the “invisible hand” becomes naturalized. the problematic I trace can be imagined as the relationship between “character” and “credit.” The goal of the course as we designed it was not simply to introduce a number of critical methods but to use such methods to help make students more conscious that reading literary and other texts is a conscious and critical activity. I historicize how terms like “credit. To use the period’s own idiom. was increasingly imagined as depending on “credit. Thank you for reviewing my application for the position.Example of Academic Cover Letter October 30. law. property. I plan on attending the MLA conference in December and would welcome the opportunity to meet with you at that time. 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. historicism. I have also attached a copy of my CV for your perusal. My dissertation. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Pocock. Attached is a list of the references that are being sent under separate cover. I expect to receive my PhD in June 2011 from the department of English at the University of California. and J. writing. My advisor. literature.G. Professor ___________ informed me about this position. formalism--as well as literary texts--canonical (Hawthorne’s short stories. and economics. I am interested in the position because I am committed to contributing my time and career work to an academic department that has a established history of scholarly research that coincides with my general field of interest. Eliza Haywood’s Memoirs of a Certain Island Adjacent to the Kingdom of Utopia (1725).” both of which are key words unlocking contemporary discourses addressing personality. which included texts intended to represent a number of critical methods-deconstruction. psychoanalysis.A. “The Character of Commerce: Writing and Credit in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Los Angeles. Drawing on the work of theorists such as Jean-Joseph Goux.” Each chapter situates a text from eighteenth-century Britain--John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690). and various popular works that stretch the limits of the definition of “text.” demonstrates how the discourses of philosophy.” and the “sublime” emerged to become privileged concepts that helped transform Britain into a commercial society. its fictionality forgotten. Last year. Sincerely. and aesthetics ordered the domain of authority and value that we now call the “economy. David Bruin Doctoral Candidate University Name. Michel Foucault. Daniel Defoe’s Colonel Jack (1722) and The Fortunate Mistress (1724). and representation more generally.” “exchange. Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Department of English Enclosures p75 . 2010 Professor Gerald Jones Search Committee Chair Department of English University Name Street Address City.” like the political-economic system in general. The story my dissertation tells is how individual “character. I was awarded a teaching fellowship with the English department for a position as an instructor for a course called “Methods Textual Studies. 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.” I was a member of a five-person staff of faculty and graduate students who designed and taught the course.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your initial on site interview will generally last 45 minutes to one hour. • Keep your resume and cover letter (and job ad if you responded to a particular opening) nearby for reference. you will usually be interviewed by someone in the company’s human resources department or another staff member. If you pass the first round of the selection process. Other times. Be prepared to present your best background and qualifications. Telephone Interview The telephone interview is a pre-screening technique often used by employers who neither have the time nor budget to meet face-to-face with each candidate during the preliminary stages of the selection process. Sometimes the recruiter will call ahead and schedule the telephone interview for a specific time in the future. or by an employee who works in the same type of position for which you are being considered. In either case. Keep in mind it is just as important to prepare thoroughly for a campus interview as any other interview. Type 2 . or it may be the final step in the selection process. a face-toface interview will follow. video conference interviewing contains the challenges of the telephone interview without any of its advantages. try to clear your schedule for the entire day so that you do not have to cut short your opportunity to present your qualifications and obtain a job offer. The on site interview gives you a chance to tour the facility. If you have call waiting. Your performance will determine whether you will continue in the selection process. Don’t drive during the interview or engage in any other distractions. In this setting. you may be invited to a company’s branch office or to a facility with a less sophisticated set up. • Pick a quiet location where you can speak openly and without interruption. An important point to keep in mind is scheduling. Keep it professional. learn more about the organization’s products and services. it may last several hours. Do not schedule more than two initial interviews in one day – one in the morning and one in the mid afternoon. 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. Do not take the telephone interview lightly. a slow scan camera. Don’t take other calls during the interview. and be ready to answer your phone. and experience the work environment and its employees. 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. It is not uncommon for follow up interviews for entry level jobs to consume an entire day. When you receive an invitation to a follow up interview. p83 . The facilities and technology can be rather elaborate. be where you say you will be at the appointed hour.campus session is conducted in one of the Career Center’s interview rooms and lasts from 30 minutes to one hour. Like any other first interview. you will be invited to a follow up interview which usually takes place at the company’s local or home office. by a department or division manager. ignore it. interact with staff at all levels. The video conference interview falls into two types. On Site Interviews The on site visit may be your first contact with the prospective employer. If things are going well.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. Type 1 . Video Conference Interviews This pre-screening technique is used primarily to interview cross country candidates by organizations who are looking for cost effective ways to recruit. and a microphone. Practice so your delivery sounds natural and conversational. and you may be interviewed by a “professional interviewer” who will ask pre-determined questions. The campus interview may be conducted by a human resources representative. If the interviewer decides there is a fit worth pursuing. • If you’re using a cell phone. A video recording of your interview is then turned over to the organization that is interested in your qualifications.In other circumstances. the caller will jump right into the interview without giving you advance notice. make sure the battery is charged and you’re in an area with clear reception. You need to make a special effort to ensure that your enthusiasm and your warmth are projected to the interviewers. The video conference equipment may consist of a PC. the campus interview is essentially a screening interview. • Prepare a written script or jot down on index cards key points to make. It may also be used for localized searches.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

g.00035. available to provide assistance in preparing for this part of your job search process. Other benefits may be worth at least one third of your compensation. This keeps you within their price range but shows you are interested in somewhat more compensation. 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.Handling Salary Questions There are many books and other resources. p92 ... is that what you were expecting?” Tell the interviewer that it does come near your expectations. dental. sick leave. disability. Here are just a few tips on how to respond to salary questions: “What are your salary requirements?” One appropriate response might be: “I understand the current market rate in Los Angeles for this job is $30. computers) • Stock and equity options • Supplementary pay plans • Telecommuting • Termination agreement (severance pay) • Unpaid leave time Benefits Part of the Compensation Package It’s important to keep in mind that your total compensation is more than the money in your paycheck. • Concierge services Note: Please keep in mind that during these challenging economic times. and life insurance.” Another approach: summarize the requirements of the position as you understand them.000 to $60. Many employee benefits are considered standard. “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 to $50.000”). many of these benefits may not be available. • Paid vacation.000 . and then ask the interviewer what the company’s normal salary range is for that type of position. and holidays.. “The salary range for this position is $40.” Most entry level employees can expect a basic benefit package consisting of: • Health..g.000. However. and then offer a range that places the top of the employer’s range into the bottom of your range (e. including UCLA Career Center counselors. 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. “I was thinking in terms of $50. Be sure that the range you were thinking about is consistent with what you learned about the market rate for that position. an increasing number of companies offer flexible benefit packages which give employees a variety of choices and “perks. They come with the job and are not subject to negotiation.

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

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. ethnic. but if you don’t get up in the morning looking forward to going to work. 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 . 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. 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. Evaluate how the position fits into your short and long term lifestyle and career goals and how it will provide opportunities for job satisfaction. company car. no amount of money is worth it. including the president? • What is the company’s reputation? Its size and sales? Its growth potential and position in the market? • Is the management style hierarchical or consensus oriented? • Does the company welcome and value people of differing cultural. multi-national conglomerate or is it a small start up company where you know everyone. A nice starting salary is great. such as a health club membership. and personal growth. 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.Evaluating Job Offers Decision Making Criteria At least half of your waking day will be spent at work performing your new job.Chapter 10 . enjoyment.

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

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

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

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

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