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  1. Preparing for YourExternship Application Susan Boettcher Winter 2016

  2. What to Prepare • A Resume: 1 to 2 pages • Reference Information • Cover letter • Transcript (for some placements)

  3. Resume Tips: sections Objective (Optional) Education Clinical Experience Relevant Experience Other Experience Awards (Optional) Skills

  4. OBJECTIVE Optional May include: Position, location, population, specializations EX: OBJECTIVE: Speech language pathology internship working with adults in an acute hospital.

  5. EDUCATION • Degree being earned, expected graduation date • University name • Program name • Academic Honors

  6. CLINICAL EXPERIENCE Format: Position Title, Location, City, State (Abbreviate) Dates • May include name of Supervisor and phone number here* • Bullet point statements: skills used, details • Begin statements with action verb • http://career.uoregon.edu/sites/default/files/files/action_verbs.pdf

  7. EXPERIENCE EX: EXPERIENCE Practicum, 4J School District, Eugene, OR - Fall 2013 Supervisor: Jody Walsh (541 422-5333) • Performed assessment of 10 children ages 5 – 8 with variety of communication disorders • Conferred with Speech Language Pathologist and schools • Provided supportive/educational parent counseling

  8. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Other experience working with desired population EX: RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Counselor, Camp Fun, Bend, OR Summer 2012 • Planned and organized activities for groups of 10 kids aged 5 – 7 • Provided individual counseling and support to children

  9. OTHER EXPERIENCE • List jobs in one-line entries to show work history • EX: • OTHER EXPERIENCE • Retail Clerk, Macy’s, Eugene, OR 2012-present • Barista, Starbucks, Portland, OR 2010-2011

  10. SKILLS • Include technical & language skills • EX: • Computer: MS Word, Excel, Boardmaker Plus Specialized Devices: Voice Output Communication Aids (Dynavox) Languages: Fluent in Spanish, English

  11. AWARDS EX: AWARDS Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leader Award 2012 Winner Student Ethics Essay, ASHA 2012

  12. Resume: General Tips • Margins: ¾” to 1” • Font size: • Name – 14 pt, bolded • Text – 10-12 pt • Section headers: all CAPS, bolded

  13. Cover Letters • Write in body of email • Type of externship sought • Preparedness level (EX: Seeking externship, graduating from UO June ’15; have completed __ practicum hours) • Desired population • Special experiences

  14. Cover Letters - Pinpoint service area of interest - Indicate interest in specialty EX: working with clients in need of AAC systems working with TBI

  15. Cover Letters: questions to answer Why them? (research the organization, comment on why you are interested in it) Why you? specific experiences and training desirable work attributes

  16. Cover Letters • 1st paragraph: What, Who • 2nd paragraph: Details, examples • 3rd paragraph: Why + closing

  17. Valuable Skills • Culturally competent • Understanding of socio-economic status • Experience with all age groups • Experience with various disabilities • Second language, especially Spanish

  18. Career Center Services • Resume Review • Cover Letter Review • Career Counseling • Call 346-3235 for appointment • http://career.uoregon.edu/

  19. Interviewing • Be sure to prepare. Know answers to commonly asked questions. • (How to Nail the Job Interview, ASHA Leader, May 2015. http://leader.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2290917) • Answers should be concise – do not ramble, be professional. • Ask for help before you go. • Read the website carefully. • Send a handwritten thank you note immediately.

  20. Observation • Show up on time. • Dress appropriately. • Ask questions at appropriate times and in the appropriate quantity. • Look interested throughout the day. • Know your place – do not offer information to a patient/family unless asked. • Make it easy to host you – look like a team member they would want to have.