For All Majors Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 10am-1pmUCLA Career Center, Third Floor, Conference Room
Career Center Overview Career Lab Overview Resume and Job Search Correspondence Break Job and Internship Strategies Introduction to Interviewing
Great Careers Begin at the UCLA Career Center
What does the Career Center offer? Same-Day Counseling Advanced Career counseling Workshops (Live/Online/Virtual) Internship and employment opportunities (nationwide and abroad) Graduate or professional school preparation Online services at career.ucla.edu
Same-day Counseling 30 minute sessions (Unlimited) (Monday-Thursday from 11am to 4pm and Friday from 11am to 3pm) Quick questions on job or internship search Resume/Cover Letter and Personal Statement critiques Graduate school planning
Advanced Career Counseling Can make appt up to 2 weeks in advance Focused on more in depth evaluation of skills, interests, values and personality in regards to career decision making process
Workshops career.ucla.edu/Workshops Assessment Workshops (Skills, Values, Personality and Interests) Graduate School, Pre-Professional Planning Preparing and Applying to Medical School, Law School Asking for Letters of Recommendation Writing the Personal Statement Interviewing for Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Schools One on One Workshops Mock Interviews Personal Statement Critique Sessions
Internship/EmploymentOpportunities BruinView jobs, internships, & on campus interviews Apply for full and part time jobs online Apply for internships online Register for On Campus Interviews online Recruiting for full time positions typically begin in the Fall and run throughout the year Recruiting for summer internships typically begin in the Winter and continues through Spring. TM
Internship & International Opportunities National Internships International Opportunities Opportunity Lists Survey Links: National: www.surveymonkey.com/s/inforequest Int’l: www.surveymonkey.com/s/intlrequest
Career Fairsat career.ucla.edu/CareerFairs Hundreds of employers seeking UCLA students and graduates for full time and part time jobs and internships. Attend a Career Fair prep workshop or visit the online workshop at career.ucla.edu, before you go to the career fair. Approximately six fairs per academic year
Academic and Non-Academic Job Search Assistance and Workshops Walk-in hours at the Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) and Career Center Credential File Services (used for academic position, fellowships, etc.) Versatile PhD – Link can be found from your BruinView home page Services for PhD andMasters Students
Employer Information Sessions Sign up online through BruinView under the ‘Info Sessions’ tab Employers conduct presentations on positions within their company, how to interview, and what their company or industry is like. TM
Graduate School andPre-Professional Services Workshops (Live/Online/Virtual) Library Resources Books about different graduate programs/admissions Test Prep Guides
Letters of Reference (LOR) Open an LOR account online at career.ucla.edu/LOR. Request letters to be sent to the Career Center and forwarded to the schools and programs of your choice.
Online Resources & Servicesat career.ucla.edu Online Resume Critique Service Career Fair Preparation Online Resume Writing and Interview Workshops
BruinView RegistrationRequired for: Counseling Appointments Mock Interviews Personal Statement Critiques All workshops
Alumni Services BruinView for Alumni UCLA Alumni Association Membership Required BruinWorks (formerly UCLA Career Network) Online Resume Critique LOR/Credentials File Service Selected Services Available for Purchase career.ucla.edu/AlumniServices
Getting Started… What is a resume? A marketing tool A one-page summary of your education, qualifications, and experience Who needs one? ANYONE and EVERYONE!
Choose a format Chronological Is most common for students and recent grads Lists education first, and work experience in reverse chronological order Emphasis on past experience and employment Functional Highlights education, skills and qualifications, rather than work experience Combination Heavy emphasis on accomplishments and skills, but also lists work experience
The Nuts and Bolts Heading (Contact Info) Objective (Optional) Education (Degree, GPA, Minor) Skills (Technical, computer, language) Experience (Paid, volunteer, internship) Activities/Honors
Heading Name Address Telephone Number Email address / URL Natasha Bruin 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 825-1234 email@example.com
Objective Objective is optional Be clear and concise Change objective for each position Use job title or closely related term to define what you are seeking The objective may help to route your resume to the appropriate office or personnel member A management trainee position in retail merchandising
Education Include specific degree (BA, MA, PhD) and expected graduation date Include GPA if 3.0 or higher May include study abroad experience May include list of relevant coursework May also include Dean’s List, Awards, Honors High School is generally NOT applicable Bachelor of Arts in English June 2008 University of California, Los Angeles GPA: 3.5
Skills List any computer applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Include any foreign language ability (Bilingual Spanish, Fluent in Portuguese, Conversational ability in Japanese)
Experience Include any relevant experience (paid, internship or volunteer) Most recent experience should be listed first, but you may want to categorize your experience in terms of its relevance List the position, employer, location, and dates of employment (address and phone numbers not required) Use bulleted format to highlight transferable skills and accomplishments Qualify and Quantify your experiences Use “Action Verbs” as well as “Keywords”
Keywords and Action Verbs? Keywords are used by resume scanning devices to sort, filter, or screen resumes Usually nouns Can be found in job descriptions Use exact keywords, not synonyms Action Verbs are words used in resumes to emphasize accomplishments Begin each bullet with an Action Verb Avoid simply listing duties, look for relevance and action Lists can be found in Career Center Library or in Career Guide
Let’s compare.. Organized all sorority philanthropic events. VS. Organized all sorority philanthropic events which resulted in contribution of over $4,000.
Let’s compare… Served food. VS. Developed tact and diplomacy in dealing with customers in a fast-paced environment.
Let’s compare… Responsible for typing and filing. VS. Commended for efficiency and accuracy in completing office duties.
Activities Include any professional organizations, clubs or memberships relevant to the position List leadership activities, including offices held (fraternity, sorority, student groups, etc.) Avoid any “personal” information – unless relevant *
Honors/Awards Academic honors and other notable recognitions For example: Dean’s List, Honor Societies, Scholarships, Awards, Etc.
Do’s and Don’ts Do: Use a concise and consistent format TAILOR your resume to each specific position Always send resume with cover letter Don’t: Use resume templates- they restrict your creativity!! Use the same generic resume for each position Use graphics or brightly colored paper
Practice Makes Perfect! Come to Same-day appointments at the Career Center for a Resume Critique! M-Th 11am-4pm, F 11am-3pm Or, submit your resume via email to our online critique specialists Accessible through the Career Center web site at career.ucla.edu
Goals of workshop Significance of job search correspondence A vehicle for sending personalized message to a targeted organization Presentation will cover: Cover Letters Thank you notes Letters of Acceptance
Purpose of Cover Letter Standard opening procedure First impressions count: first 60 seconds Differentiate yourself from the crowd Captivate the attention of the reader Communicate interest in the organization Convince the employer of your skills and accomplishments Final impressions count: strong closing
Rules of Cover Letters • 1. Customize, customize, customize • Review the criteria for the position before the writing process and incorporate employers’ “wish list” into your letter • 2. Assess the employer’s needs • Keep employer’s needs in mind and explain how you can contribute by focusing on your strengths
Rules… 3. Actively promote yourself Using a professional tone, mention all relevant accomplishments 4. Keep it simple Limit to 3-4 paragraphs, within one page
All Good Cover Letters Include Why you are specifically interested in the employer. Why the employer should be interested in you. Follow-up information (when and how you will be contacting the employer).
The Anatomy of A Cover Letter Paragraph One: Capture the reader’s attention Paragraph Two: Outline relevant qualifications Paragraph Three: Request a personal meeting
First Paragraph Tell why you are writing. Name of the position, field, or general vocation about which you are asking. How you heard of the opening/organization.