2016 Career Guide - Official (2)

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Career Guide


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Budgeting/Finances

Career Plan

Cover Letters

Curriculum Vitae

Internship/Job Search

Interview Preparation

Networking

E-Portfolio

Grad School Prep

Résumés

CCN Guide: Learn to

use our job search and

résumé building site

Make Appointment

Connect Online

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PREPARE YOUR COVER LETTER

PURPOSE

A cover letter should always accompany your résumé. The purpose is to introduce you and your résumé

to potential employers. It is the first impression employers have of you. It should not simply repeat your

résumé content but provide specific examples and expand upon your experience.

CONTENT

Salutation

The salutation should be personalized if at all possible, for example Dear Ms. Jill Fortson. If you do not

know the name of the individual, research the company’s website, the employer contact information in

your College Central Network account, or call the company and politely ask for the name of the hiring

manager in charge of the position. If you are unable to locate a specific name it is recommended to use

Dear Hiring Manager rather than To Whom It May Concern.

Paragraph One

In the initial paragraph, state the specific position or type of work for which you are applying and

indicate where you learned of the opening (Career Center, etc.).

Paragraph Two

Explain why you are interested in the position and organization. Indicate that you understand their

needs and why you believe you are a good fit for the position. Use this opportunity to show that you

researched the organization. Bring out some information about the company that makes them interesting

to you.

Paragraph Three

State your request for an interview and how you can be reached. Thank them for the opportunity. We

encourage you to be proactive by adding a statement regarding your intention to reach out to them in a

few weeks to discuss the position further.

COMMON MISTAKES

Rehashing your résumé. Your cover letter should serve as an introduction to the résumé.

Too long. Keep your cover letter concise and down to one page.

Irrelevant Information. Be sure the information you share is pertinent to the job and the values of

the organization.

Assuming Gender. If you are unsure of the gender of the recruiter, do not use Ms. or Mr. Instead

address the letter to the full name of the recipient. For example, Dear Chris Jones, rather than Mr.

or Ms. Jones.

Cover Letter Example

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June 1, 2016

Susan B. Goode

Account Management

Big Media

123 Advertising Street

Big City, Texas 79248

Dear Ms. Goode,

I would like to express my interest in the Account Manager position with Big Idea Media.

Jill Fortson, ACU Career Center’s Director, brought this opportunity to my attention.

With the combination of my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and my internship

experience with Purple Cow Advertising. I feel I can immediately develop new client

relationships. My attached résumé highlights my education and experience that is a

strong match for your requirements.

Since my introduction to the advertising field, it has been my goal to work for a firm of

Big Idea Media’s reputation. Big Idea Media is well known for having one of the best

creative teams and a reputation for innovation within the industry. I am confident that

my drive and relationship management skills are an excellent fit for this position. While

interning with Purple Cow, I managed a $250,000 budget for Adidas Golf’s nontraditional

advertising strategies, resulting in a 36% sales growth for their products. As

an Assistant Account Manager, I progressed from having limited client contact to

developing an effective business relationship with Adidas Golf clientele.

I will be in touch with you in the next few weeks to arrange a convenient time to meet

and discuss how my qualifications are a great fit for your team. Thank you for your

consideration.

Sincerely,

Mary Smith

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PREPARE YOUR RÉSUMÉ

A résumé summarizes your education, experience, and credentials as they relate to your employment goals.

The résumé’s primary purpose is to convince an employer, in a very short period of time, of your relevant

qualifications and create a first impression that motivates the employer to contact you. Building an effective

résumé is an ongoing process. It usually takes a few reviews to catch format inconsistencies, typos, and

grammatical errors. Always have your résumé reviewed by a career coach before sending it to potential

employers.

REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Heading

Use your full name centered at the top. Under your name, center your contact information and URL to your

LinkedIn profile or your online portfolio. Please be sure that both your email address and voicemail

messages are professional and appropriate.

Education

Starting with the most recent, list the name(s) of the college(s) attended, location, degree or certificates

received, expected date of graduation (month and year only), and major(s). Do not include high school

information.

Work/Relevant Experience

This section shows how your experience relates to your target position. Include relevant experience from

any of the following: full-time, summer, part-time work; internships; field work; research projects;

volunteer work; or extracurricular activities. High school activities and achievements should be eliminated

unless they are directly relevant to the job. For each experience, indicate your job title, name of

organization, city, state, and dates of employment or service. See the “Writing Success Statement

Descriptions” page for assistance articulating your responsibilities for each position.

OPTIONAL ELEMENTS

Additional Experience/Activities

This section can add depth by reflecting highly desirable skills, commitment, and involvement outside

academic coursework and employment. Include leadership positions, memberships in clubs or

organizations, volunteer experience, professional development, and athletics. Include your position title,

organization name, city, state, and dates of involvement.

Related and Additional Skills

Use this section to emphasize skills applicable to your field of interest. Skills could include, but should not be

limited to, foreign language fluency, computer/technical applications, scientific/laboratory, and/or special

certifications.

Achievements, Awards, Publications, or Honors

List only those received while in college and that are of particular relevance to your field of interest.

Résumé Checklist

Sample Action Verbs

Sample Résumés

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Success Statements

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HINTS AND TIPS

E-Résumé Formatting

Most companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) for job applications. Your résumé must be formatted

to be easily scanned and read by the system. Include key words from the job description for which you are

applying to optimize your fit for the position. Keywords are nouns and phrases that describe your knowledge

and experience. The keyword summary can be the most important part of the résumé.

DO…







Put your name first, followed by your contact information.

Keep text aligned to the left (except your name and contact information)

Use a standard font such as Times New Roman, Arial or Helvetica in 12 pt. font size

Align dates to the right of the page using a right-aligned tab to preserve formatting

When printing your résumé, use standard résumé paper, not card stock

Customize your résumé for each opportunity

DON’T…






Be too lengthy. Keep your résumé to one page if at all possible.

Rely on spellcheck. Spellcheck does not catch all errors. For example, the word “lead” and the word

“led”, will both pass the Spellcheck test, but have very different meanings. Be sure to have your

résumé reviewed by others.

Use graphics or pictures, etc. Unless you are in a design field, steer clear of graphics. Keep your

résumé uncluttered and easy to read.

List references. References should be kept in a separate document and not included on the résumé.

Also do not add the line “References Available Upon Request” to your résumé.

Use personal pronouns. Do not use “I, we, or my” statements.

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TYPES OF RÉSUMÉS

Chronological (Recommended for College Students)

This type of résumé consists of a reverse chronological list of education, job experiences, and

accomplishments, typically condensed to one page only. Start with your current or most recent experience

and end with your earliest position. As the most common type of résumé, it is recommended for college

students, professionals staying in the same career field, and for those working in a field where traditional job

search methods are utilized.

Functional (Recommended for Experienced Professionals)

This type of résumé highlights the professional skills you have gained throughout your career. The content is

similar to a chronological résumé but presented around skill clusters. This format is recommended for

professionals with a variety of work experience, individuals interested in a career change who do not have

direct job experience in the new career area, those who have changed employers frequently and those who

have been absent from the job market or have gaps in employment. The functional résumé is typically 1-2

pages long.

Curriculum Vitae

This is a specialized résumé within the academic community to highlight work experience as well as research

interests and professional development within an academic setting. The format is recommended for graduate

students and those pursuing teaching or research positions in a college or university.

Infographic Résumé or Présumé (Recommended for Creative Fields)

An infographic résumé uses pictures, graphics, and sound for employers to click through to review your

qualifications. You can create an infographic résumé using tools such as wix.com, Prezi, Piktochart, or

Flipboard.

Chronological

Infographic

Functional

Présumé

Curriculum Vitae

E-Portfolio

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RÉSUMÉ CHECKLIST

Appearance and Organization

Visually pleasing and easy to read

Print on résumé paper

Limit to one page, if possible

Should not be too text heavy, nor have

too much white space

If more than one page, do NOT staple

Content

Use descriptive action verbs

Emphasize marketable skills

Stress achievements

Be honest

Minimize use of repetitive words

Current job is in present tense

Past jobs are in past tense

NO typos, grammatical or spelling errors

NO first person such as “I”, “me’, “my”

NO abbreviations except states and GPA

Update on a regular basis so it is current

Format/Layout

Font size should be between 10-12

Choose a font style such as Arial,

Helvetica or Times New Roman

Use bullet points to separate items

Print only one side of page

Use right-aligned tab setting for dates on

the right side of the page. DO NOT tab or

space over

Objective/Profile Statement (optional)

Objective: Describes type of work sought

Profile (Recommended): Uses descriptive

words to show strengths you bring

Education

School, city & state

Degree(s), major, minor,

concentration

Honors and awards (unless listed in

separate section)

Study abroad and/or thesis

Relevant certificate programs

Work/Relevant Experience

Any experience related to your field;

paid, volunteer, part-time, full-time,

internships, jobs

Your title, organization name, city

and state

Experiences are listed in reverse

chronological order

Dates of employment are

consistently formatted

Position description with bullet

points highlighting skills and

accomplishments, not just duties

Use action verbs to qualify

responsibilities where possible

Explain how your tasks contribute to

the organizational objective

Additional Section(s)

Sample categories: Community

Service, Volunteer Experience,

Leadership, Activities and Athletics,

etc…

Offices held (including title,

organization and dates)

Pertinent memberships and

affiliations

Certifications such as EMT, CPR,

etc….

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CREATING SUCCESS STATEMENTS

Success statements are NOT a list of duties or responsibilities. They are a bulleted list of statements

explaining your accomplishments achieved through the performance of the duties. Success statements are

results-oriented, providing measurable results, if possible.

Sample Success Statements

Use strong action verbs to describe specific facts regarding your responsibilities, and accomplishments,

instead of general verbs and adjectives. Doing so will strengthen your resume and make it stand out.

Below are some typical examples and ways to expand and strengthen them.

Poor: Customer Service

Better: Provide customer service for bank clients.

What were the bank services?

Were there policies/procedures?

What was the result?

Best: Resolved customers’ problems, explained bank services and policies, and communicated knowledge

of financial planning, resulting in greater customer satisfaction.

Poor: Made Policy decisions.

Better: Collaborated in making policy decisions.

How did you make policy decisions?

With whom did you collaborate?

Who was affected by the decision?

Best: Collaborated with other club members in evaluating and establishing policy indicatives brought to

the council by students, faults, and campus administrators.

Poor: Worked with children with special needs.

Better: Organized and initiated group activates for children with special needs.

What Duties?

What was the result?

How did they fit into working with special needs?

Best: Organized and initiated craft activities for groups of 8-12 children with special needs to enhance

peer interaction and develop motor skills.

Poor: Duties include research.

Better: Conducted research on issues pertaining to presidential administration.

What were you topics of research?

What was the purpose of your research?

Best: Conducted research on congressional, political, and economic issues that assisted Strategic

Initiatives staff policy recommendations to presidential administration.

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Sample Action Verbs for Success Statements

ACHIEVEMENT

ANALYSIS

COMMUNICATION

COORDINATION

CREATION

DEVELOPMENT

EFFICIENCY

GROWTH

LEADERSHIP

MANAGEMENT

ORGANIZATION

REDUCTION

SALES

SUPPORT

TRAINING

Achieved, Awarded, Earned, Elected, Maintained, Mastered, Performed,

Salvaged, Saved, Solved, Started, Succeeded, Utilized, Volunteered

Allocated, Analyzed, Appraised, Ascertained, Assessed, Calculated, Clarified,

Conducted, Determined, Discovered, Estimated, Evaluated, Forecasted, Identified,

Integrated, Interpreted, Investigated, Pinpointed, Planned, Probed, Projected,

Researched, Revised, Selected, Solved, Studied

Addressed, Argued, Authored, Clarified, Collaborated, Communicated,

Composed, Consulted, Corresponded, Counseled, Debated, Explained, Interacted,

Interpreted, Marketed, Moderated, Motivated, Negotiated, Persuaded, Petititoned,

Presented, Promoted, Published, Recommended, Reported, Synthesized,

Translated, Wrote

Activated, Arranged, Assembled, Controlled, Coordinated, Directed, Facilitated,

Harmonized, Maintained, Orchestrated, Presided, Scheduled, Shaped, Steered,

Systematized

Animated, Authored, Composed, Conceived, Conceptualized, Created, Defined,

Designed, Developed, Engineered, Fashioned, Formulated, Founded, Illustrated,

Initiated, Invented, Mapped, Originated, Pioneered, Reproduced, Visualized,

Wrote

Analyzed, Converted, Cultivated, Designed, Developed, Devised, Engineered,

Established, Evaluated, Examined, Explored, Improved, Improvised, Installed,

Planned, Refined, Researched, Updated, Upgraded

Combined, Converted, Eased, Expedited, Facilitated, Mobilized, Remodeled,

Reorganized, Repaired, Reshaped, Restored, Revitalized, Simplified, Streamlined

Accumulated, Advanced, Amplified, Augmented, Broadened, Concentrated,

Condensed, Consolidated, Doubled, Enhanced, Enlarged, Expanded, Gained,

Heightened, Increased, Intensified, Maximized, Reinforced, Saved, Strengthened

Administered, Advocated, Appointed, Arranged, Controlled, Directed,

Envisioned, Explained, Governed, Guided, Managed, Orchestrated, Presided,

Recruited, Scheduled, Stimulated, Supervised, Trained

Accomplished, Administered, Analyzed, Approved, Arranged, Consulted,

Contacted, Contributed, Coordinated, Determined, Directed, Discussed,

Established, Facilitated, Formulated, Fostered, Handled, Maintained, Marketed,

Organized, Planned, Prepared, Prescribed, Promoted, Recommended, Reviewed,

Supervised, Trained

Arranged, Catalogued, Classified, Collated, Collected, Indexed, Itemized,

Organized, Revised, Scheduled, Specified

Alleviated, Curbed, Decreased, Diminished, Divided, Lowered, Minimized,

Reduced, Simplified

Distributed, Energized, Generated, Marketed, Obtained, Penetrated, Promoted,

Recruited, Sold, Stimulated

Assisted, Augmented, Boosted, Participated, Provided, Relieved, Represented,

Strengthened

Advised, Briefed, Coached, Counseled, Educated, Enhanced, Enlightened,

Groomed, Guided, Instilled, Instructed, Motivated, Oriented, Stimulated, Taught,

Trained

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RÉSUMÉ SAMPLES BY MAJOR

Accounting

Agriculture

Art & Design

Business Management

Education

Electronic Media

Engineering

English

Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Information Systems

Journalism

Marketing

Math

Nursing

Nutrition

Psychology

Social Work

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ACCOUNTING MAJOR

General Information and Strategies

Earn good grades.

Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.

Develop leadership skills in student organizations.

Learn to work well with a team.

Demonstrate strong communication skills.

Accuracy and attention to detail are important.

Join and be active in the Student Accounting Organization.

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Public Accounting

Auditing/assurance

Services

Tax

Environmental Accounting

Forensic/Investigative

Accounting

International

Accounting

Personal Financial

Planning

Corporate Accounting

Financial

Management

Financial Reporting

Internal Auditing

Cost Accounting

Tax Planning

Budget Analysis

Government

Auditing

Financial Reporting

Financial

Management

Budget Analysis

Research

Education

Teaching

Researching

Consulting

Non-Profit

Accounting

Internal Audit

Financial Planning

Budgeting

Money Handling

Record Keeping

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AGRICULTURE MAJOR






General Information and Strategies

Obtain volunteer, part-time, summer, internship, or co-op experience in field of

study.

Develop excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Join a student club or student professional association to network

Groups related to agriculture include: Collegiate FFA, Collegiate 4-H, Alpha Zeta,

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural

Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS).

Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals who have jobs that

interest you.

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Education

Teaching

Research

Administration

Secondary schools

Colleges and universities

Vocational and technical

schools

23 Farmers Lane

Abilene, TX 79605

.

EDUCATION

John Deere

325-123-3456

jrd13a@acu.edu

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

Bachelor of Science May 2017

Major: Agribusiness

Minor: Public Service

GPA: 3.41/4.00

Study Abroad-Honduras, Agricultural Applications in a Developing Country

(Summer 2015)

Relevant Coursework: Marketing Research Methods, Marketing Planning, Global

Agricultural Marketing and Trade, Business Strategy Formulation

.

EXPERIENCE

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

Resident Assistant

January 2015 - Present

Serve as a primary contact for over 30 men in the residence hall to attend to

maintenance issues, roommate conflict, and coordination of move-in/move-out

procedures.

Develop and implement social and community events

.

CargillOmaha, NE

Risk Management Contract Specialist Intern May 2014 - August 2014

Assisted with training presentations and modules for CRM marketing solutions for

sales team

Worked with Farm Service Group to ensure sustainability and growth of sales and

risk management strategies

.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

ACU Chapter of Block and Bridle-attended national conference hosted by University

of Kentucky

.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Extension

Agricultural Extension

Family and Consumer

Science Education

4-H and Youth

Development Education

Economic and Community

Development

Agricultural Leadership










Sales

Management

Human Resources

Organizational Training

Management Consulting

Policy Development

Governmental Relations

Community Development

Informal Education

Agricultural Science &

Communication




Agricultural Communication

Agricultural Planning and

Assessment

Agricultural Promotion and

Consulting



International Travel: Honduras, Uruguay

Foreign Language: Spanish (conversational)

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ART & DESIGN MAJOR












General Information and Strategies

An art degree can and should be tailored to areas of specialization.

Save artwork for a strong portfolio - too much is better than too little.

Be prepared to relocate to the larger markets of metropolitan areas where more

opportunities exist.

Join art related professional and student organizations.

Volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts.

Gain valuable experience through volunteering, internships, part-time and summer

jobs, and apprenticeships.

Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more

about opportunities and strategies for these areas.

Learn to network.

Be prepared to begin career in entry-level positions.

Pair an art degree with other career interests to increase opportunities and provide

supplemental income.

Develop skills in business management, computers, marketing, and other related areas

to increase marketability.

Profile

Jane Sample

LinkedIn Profile URL | Online Portfolio URL

Creative, conceptual, team player able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced

environment. Experienced in photo editing, web and graphic deign. Seeking a

position that demands high-quality design to further business goals and

professional image.

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Art Museums/Galleries

Education

Administration

Curatorial

Conservation

Registrar

Collections Management

Sales

Publications

Development

Public Relations

Exhibit Design/Preparation

Archivist

Tour Guides/Docent

Fine Art

Commercial Art

Graphic Art

Computer Graphics

Illustration

Advertising

Education

Studio Art

Fine Arts

Art History

Art Therapy

Education

Experience

Honors and

Awards

Skills

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY | ABILENE, TX

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Overall GPA: 3.89

ACU CREATIVE SERVICES | ABILENE, TX

Production Assistant

May, 20xx

June, 20xx - Present

Assist in the production of numerous print documents used throughout the

university’s campus. Tasks include working directly with clients, creating and

editing.

DESIGN AGENCY | DALLAS, TX

Graphic Design Intern

June, 20xx – August, 20xx

Created logo designs and promotional materials, such as posters, signage, 5tshirts

and print ads for various clients.

ART

Brownwood Stars of Texas Art Show

Award Winner | 20xx, Exhibited | 20xx

Annual ACU Student Competition

Exhibited | 20xx

ACADEMIC

Dean’s Honor Roll | 20xx-20xx

Alpha Chi, National Honor Society

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Dreamweaver

Flash

Microsoft Office Suite

Quark Express

Media

Design

Video

Production

Editing

Art Journalism

Illustration

Art Criticism

Animation/Cartoons

Photography

Fashion, Textile, Interior Design

Art Sales

1234 Campus Court, Abilene, TX 79601 | 325-123-1234 | acu11z@acu.edu | student.acu.edu/~acu11z@acu.edu

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT









General Information and Strategies

Management is a broad business degree that can lead to many career

opportunities. Students should clearly define their career goals and seek related

experiences to reach those goals.

Gaining experience through part-time and summer jobs or internships is critical.

Many desirable skills can be developed through participation in and leadership of

student organizations.

Learn to work well on a team and effectively with a wide variety of people.

Strong communication skills, including public speaking, are important to achieving

success in this field.

Join related professional organizations and pursue certifications in your respective

area of interest.

Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find an

experienced mentor.

Consider earning an MBA after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels

of business management.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Julie Henderson

123 West 57th Street

555-555-5555

Anytown, MO 10010

jth12a@acu.edu

.

EDUCATION

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

Bachelor of Business Administration, Management June 2009

.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Marquette Equipment Finance

Midcity, MO

Relationship Manager September 2008 - May 2009

.

Blinds To Go

Eatontown, MO

Assistant Manager/Sales Representative

June 2008 - Present

.

EXPERIENCE

Operations

• Assisted new location manager with day-to-day store operations including inside and outside sales,

reporting, inventory management, and sales associate training.

• Implemented a new process for maintaining commercial credit accounts and collection follow-up

procedures resulting in an increase in one-time payment of 25%.

• Coordinated in-store hiring process; facilitated interview process through efficient scheduling and

pre-interview preparation.

.

Retail

• Identified and qualified prospective customers through various methods including in-store, referrals and

personal contacts.

• Presented the benefits of company products and services to prospective customers; increased in-home sales

20% quarter over quarter.

• Worked with Assistant and District Managers for continued learning and development through meetings,

joint presentations, teleconferences and webinars.

.

Accounting

• Created new work flow processes to better track cash management and cash receipts.

• Prepared preliminary financial reports for home office audit procedures.

• Assisted company accountants with preparation of payroll and quarterly tax filings.

.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

• Social Networking: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

• Advanced knowledge of HTML and CSS programming

.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Fluent in written and spoken Spanish and German

Accomplished ASL (American Sign Language) speaker

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Management

Human Resource Management

Recruiting/Staffing

Compensation

Benefits

Training

Safety

Employee Relations

Industrial Relations

Organizational Development

Equal Employment Opportunity

Employment Law

Consulting

Operations Mgmt.

Operations Research Analysis:

o Business strategy

o Facilities layout

o Inventory control

o Personnel scheduling

Production Management:

o Line supervision

o Manufacturing

management

o Production planning

o Quality assurance

Materials Management:

o Purchasing/buying

o Traffic management

o Inventory management

Sales

Industrial Sales

Consumer Product Sales

Financial Services Sales

Services Sales

Advertising Sales

E-commerce

Customer Service

Sales Management:

o District, Regional, and

Higher

Insurance

Claims

Underwriting

Risk Management

Sales

Loss Control

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EDUCATION MAJOR

General Information and Strategies

INDUSTRY TARGETS









Develop excellent communication skills, verbal and written.

Develop good computer skills.

Demonstrate enthusiasm and energy for the field.

Need desire to work with and help people.

Obtain part-time, summer, internship, or volunteer experience with the age group you

intend to work with

Participate in co-curricular activities and related organizations to broaden skills,

interests, and opportunities.

Advanced degree required for specialists, education administration, college teaching

and other professional positions.

Maintain current knowledge of state and national legislation regarding teacher

licensure.

EDUCATION SAMPLE

Ed U Kate

ACU Box 24040

Abilene, TX 79699

123-456-7890 euk@acu.edu

___________

QUALIFICATIONS TExES Generalist EC-6 Certification

TExES Special Education EC-12 Certification

.

EDUCATION Abilene Christian University May 2015

Bachelor of Science

Abilene, TX

Major: Early Childhood Education

GPA: 3.56/4.00

.

EXPERIENCE James Taylor Elementary School January 2015 - May 2015

Student Observer

Abilene, TX

.

.

HONORS/

ACTIVITIES

.



Shadowed third grade teacher and special education teacher for

50 hours throughout the semester

Assisted in lesson plan preparation and classroom activity

facilitation

The Starpoint School May 2014 - August 2014

Student Volunteer

Fort Worth, TX



Collaborated with faculty to create and implement

individualized lesson plans for special needs students at all

levels

Supported students in completion of classroom activities and

assignment

Ko Jo Kai

ACU Dean's List, 8 semesters

Office Worker of the Year, ACU Recreation Center, Fall 2014

ACU Foundations, Spring 2013

Global Leadership, Fall 2013

Leaps, Fall 2012

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K - 12


Teaching

o Pre-school

o Elementary

o Middle

o Secondary

Administration

Special Services

o Reading

o Title 1

o Library/Informatio

n Services

o Special Education

o English as a

Second

Language

o Curriculum

Supervision

o Subject Area

Supervision

Higher Education








Teaching

Research

Administration

Student Affairs

Information/Library

Services

Adult and Continuing

Education

Inservice Education

Staff Development

Professional

Development

Leisure-oriented

Education

GED Preparation

Literacy Development

English as a Second

Language

Consulting

Business and Industry

Corporate Training

Human Resources

Curriculum

Development

Government







Administration

Planning

Evaluation

Management

Research and Writing

Teaching

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ELECTRONIC MEDIA MAJOR










General Information and Strategies

Internships are crucial for breaking into the field of electronic media and

broadcasting. Complete several internships if possible.

Develop excellent technical and computer skills, especially internet proficiency and

knowledge.

Seek opportunities for experience in any performance situation such as drama,

debate, public speaking, music or athletics in order to demonstrate talent as well as

ability to handle pressure.

Demonstrate curiosity, confidence, assertiveness, creativity, initiative, organizational

skills, competitive spirit, enthusiasm, persistence, and diplomacy.

Display appropriate talents for public performance and appearance such as sense of

humor, verbal and written communication skills, imagination, showmanship, and an

outgoing personality.

Consider shadowing or informational interviewing as a means through which to gain

information, develop contacts, build mentoring relationships, and gain entry into a

competitive field.

Be willing to start at the bottom doing entry level tasks before moving up to larger

markets or organizations.

Understand that geographic flexibility and a willingness to relocate are important in

finding job opportunities.

Study all aspects of the industry and stay up-to-date through continuing education or

training.

ELECTRONIC MEDIA

Phone Number

.

RELEVANT

COURSES

Joe Sample

Mailing Address

Abilene, TX 79601

Media Issues

Intro to Visual Media

Interactive Media

Student Media Lab

Creating Media Messaged

Television Studio Productions

Television Field Production

Photography

student@acu.edu

.

EDUCATION Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

Bachelor of Science May 2016

Major: Electronic Media

GPA: 3.20/4.00

.

PROFESSIONAL Morris & Mitchell Agency February 2015 - Present

EXPERIENCE Account Executive Abilene, TX

.

TECHNICAL

SKILLS





ACU student-run Ad/PR Agency

Local Abilene clients include the Grace Museum, Red Thread

Movement, Eternal Threads, and Christian Village Retirement

Home

Manage and evaluate team performance utilizing project

management skills

Assist with bid proposal, bid defense, and other client

presentations



.

ACTIVITIES ACU Ad/PR Club, Fall 2014-Present

.

Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, iMovie

Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Television

Programming

Producing

Promotion

News Reporting

News Producing

News Videography

Sportscasting

Weather Forecasting

Anchoring

Editing

Directing

Casting

Research

Management

Public Relations

Radio

News

Programming

Production

Promotion

Management

Announcing

Research

Internet

Webcasting

Podcasting

Web Design/Development

Website Maintenance

Management

Administration

Sales and Marketing

Video Production

Directing

Management

Production

Writing

Post-Production/Editing

Videography

Education

Broadcast Management

Production

Journalism

Script Writing

Mass Communications

Media Arts

Digital Communication

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ENGINEERING MAJOR












General Information and Strategies

Related work experience obtained through internships, part-time or summer

jobs, or regular employment is extremely beneficial.

Develop computer expertise within field.

Engineers need to think in scientific and mathematical terms, have ability to

study data, sort out important facts, solve problems, and be logical thinkers.

Creativity is useful.

Other helpful traits include intellectual curiosity, technical aptitude,

perseverance, ability to communicate and work well with others, a

commitment to teamwork, and a basic understanding of the economic and

environmental context in which engineering is practiced.

Develop excellent verbal and written communications skills including

presentation and technical report writing.

All states and the District of Columbia require registration of engineers whose

work may affect the life, health, or safety of the public.

Professional or technical societies confer certification in some areas.

Join related professional organizations.

Most fields offer overseas opportunities with businesses or government

agencies.

Because of rapid changes in most engineering fields, both continued

education and keeping abreast of new developments are very important.

Most states require an EIT (Engineer-In-Training) test before taking a state

examination to become a Professional Engineer (PE).

ENGINEERING

Allen Wrench

ACU Box 24040

Abilene, TX 79699

123-456-7890 amw@acu.edu

.

SUMMARY OF

SKILLS

.



Programming Languages: Matlab, Simulink, Labview, Pyhton, Java,

Rachet, Scheme, Prolong, JFlap

Software: Comsol, SolidWorks, Origin, Verilong, Rapid Protyping

EDUCATION Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

.

EXPERIENCE

.

.

Bachelor of Science May 2015

Major: Engineering

GPA: 3.56/4.00

Related Courses: Optimization Techniques, Systems Simulation,

Advanced Systems Engineering, Experimental Engineering, Dynamics of

Rigid Bodies, Structural Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Digital Electronics,

Circuits

National Institute of Standards and

Technology

Intern

May 2014 - August 2014

Dallas, TX

Investigating the 3-dimensional morphology of microbands in

plastically deformed crystalline metals

Reconstructing and segmenting large 3-dimensional data sets using

MATLAB

Optimizing the run time and memory usage of a Fast Multiscale

Clustering algorithm tenfold

Developing a MATLAB script to visualize the orientation and other

features of microbands

Department of Engineering, ACU May 2013 - August 2013

Engineering Intern

Abilene, TX

Investigating the magnetic properties of Germanium doping in alloys

for SRAM application

Developed an adaptable multi-use Labview program for controlling

6+ laboratory devices allowing rapid reconfiguration of experiments

and automated data collected

Conducted experiments to verify resistivity of microscope samples of

various parameters

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Any Engineering Discipline

Production

Sales and Marketing

Management

Consulting

Research and Development

Teaching

Law

Aerospace

Propulsion

Fluid Mechanics

Thermodynamics

Structures

Celestial Mechanics

Acoustics

Guidance and Control

Biosystems Engineering

Natural Resources

International Consulting

Environmental Control

Agricultural Structures

Power and Machinery

Electronic Systems

Food Engineering

Genetic Engineering

Engineering Technology

Biomedical

Bioengineering

Medical Engineering

Rehabilitation Engineering

Bio-environmental Engineering

Chemical

Administration

Operations/Production

Environmental and Waste Management

Civil










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Structural

Urban and Community Planning

Construction

Environmental

Water Resources

Transportation and Pipeline

Geotechnical

Photogrammetry, Surveying and

Mapping

Materials

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ENGLISH MAJOR

General Information and Strategies








ENGLISH

Phone Number

.

Because English can lead to many different career paths, it is important to

identify an area of interest and be planful about gaining the right skills,

experience, and credentials to enter that field.

Be prepared to be proactive, determined, assertive, and confident in order to

secure freelance writing opportunities. Save samples of written work to be

used for a portfolio.

Obtain additional areas of expertise such as journalism, broadcasting,

technical writing, or politics for specialized positions.

For careers in advertising or public relations be prepared to begin in an entrylevel

position.

Appropriate teacher certification is required for public school teaching. A

graduate degree is required for teaching at the college or university level.

Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals in careers of

interest to learn more about their jobs.

Join relevant professional associations. Attend their conferences and read

their journals.

Your Name

Mailing Address

Abilene, TX 79601

student@acu.edu

EDUCATION Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

.

RELEVANT

COURSES

.

PROFESSIONAL

EXPERIENCE

.

.

SKILLS

.

ACTIVITIES

.

Bachelor of Arts May 2016

Major: English

Minor: Psychology

GPA: 3.70/4.00

• American Literature

• Topics in American Literature

• Major British Writers

• Fiction Writing Workshop

Guided Study: American Literature

• American Novel

• British Literature

• Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

ACU Writing Center

Writing Tutor

August 2013 - Present

Abilene, TX

• Assist students with the writing process through idea/topic brainstorming sessions,

creating/developing outlines, assisting with writing clear and organized themes

The Shinnery Review, ACU English

Department

Staffer

August 2014 - December 2014

• Developed editing and desktop publishing in production of literary magazine

• Proposed marketing plan to increase writer submissions from student population

• Clear and concise writing, strong editing ability, attention to detail

• Familiar with commonly used formatting styles- AP, MLA, APA

• Proficient in Macintosh, MS Office

• Well-developed customer service and interpersonal skills

• Sigma Tau Delta, ACU student chapter for International English Honor Society

• Member of Gamma Sigma Phi Men's Fraternity

• Fraternity Event Coordinator

Abilene, TX

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Writing/Editing

Creative Writing

Journalism

Technical Writing

Freelance Writing

Education

Teaching

Administration

Student Affairs

Academic Advising

Information/Library Science

Non-classroom Teaching

Tutoring

English as a Second

Language (ESL)

Publishing

Editing

Advertising

Sales

Circulation

Production

Publicity

Marketing

Promotion

Administration

Advertising

Creative Services

Account Management

Media

Account Planning

Production

Public Relations

Account Coordination

Writing/Editing

Media Relations

Account Management

Law










Law Assistance

Prosecution

Defense

Contractual

Corporate

Nonprofit or Public Interest

Government

Mediation

Lobbying

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MAJOR









General Information and Strategies

Combine liberal arts skills with analytical skills to increase employability.

Formally, obtain a double major or minor in one of these areas. Informally,

obtain these skills through internships, co-ops, volunteer work, summer jobs, or

independent research projects

Become familiar with current environmental laws and regulations. Stay up-todate

with changing environmental legislation.

Join related professional associations; read related literature and journals to

keep up with new developments.

Attend seminars, conferences and workshops sponsored by professional

associations or public interest groups.

Network and get to know people who are working in area of interest.

Research agencies/organizations of interest before applying for a position.

Learn local, state and federal government job application procedures.

Obtain graduate degree for job security/advancement.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Phone Number

.

Your Name

Mailing Address

Abilene, TX 79601

student@acu.edu

EDUCATION Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

.

PROFESSIONAL

EXPERIENCE

.

.

HONORS &

ACTIVITIES

.

RESEARCH

EXPERIENCE

.

Bachelor of Science May 2016

Major: Environmental Science: Wildlife & Natural Resource

GPA: 3.55/4.00

Abilene Christian University August 2015 - December 2015

Teaching Assistant

• Assisted professor with development and delivery of laboratory

assignments to 35 freshman and transfer students

• Graded laboratory assignments

Abilene, TX

USDA-NRCS May 2015 - August 2015

Intern

Meridian, TX

• Assisted with baseline assessment of invasive species on selected

ranches in Bosque County

• Assisted Rangeland Management Specialist with watershed management

plans for six clients

• Worked with District Conservationist on special USDA EQIP project

• Justice Scholar- undergraduate research stipend and missions focus

• Study Abroad- Honduras: Agricultural Applications in a Developing

Country

• Alpha Epsilon Sigma (AES Club), 2014-Present

• Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists- Loreum ipsum dolor

• Spring 2015- Orlando, FL

• A. Student and B. Faculty. 2010. Choice of foreign legumes for dairy

production in a semi and region of Honduras. SAAS Proceedings. 45.

(refereed abstract)

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Soil Science

Soil and Water Conservation

Land Use Planning

Waste Disposal

Environmental Compliance

Reclamation of Contaminated

Lands

Solid Waste Management

Chemistry

Engineering

Hydrology

Logistics

Planning

Hazardous Waste Management

Hydrogeology

Quality Control

Risk Assessment

Environmental Engineering

Public and Environmental Health

Air Quality Management

Engineering

Planning

Analytical Chemistry

Environmental Quality Analysis

Meteorology

Water Quality Management

Aquatic Ecology

Aquatic Toxicology

Biology

Civil/Environmental Engineering

Hydrogeology and Hydrology

Land and Water Conservation

Biology

Ecology

Planning

Law

Geographic Information Systems

Fishery and Wildlife Management

Aquaculture

Botany

Data Management

Biology

Hatchery Management

Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Administration and Management

Law Enforcement

Recreation Planning

Natural Resource Management

Research

Forestry

Consulting

Entomology

Hydrology

Natural Resource Management

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GRAPHIC DESIGN MAJOR










General Information and Strategies

Freelance designers must develop strong abilities in networking, sales and

persuasion.

Some graphic designers choose to specialize their work while others complete a

variety of projects.

Some graphic design areas cross in multiple media such as educational design,

identity design, information design and systems design.

Graphic designers are typically artistically skilled, imaginative, and effective problemsolvers.

Subscribe to and read graphic design materials such as Print, Eye, Communication

Arts, Step into Graphics, Griphis, Computer Graphics and Applications, and others

relevant to your interests.

Student design magazines such as, CMYK and Creative Convocation, solicit student

work and have regular competitions. Try to get your work published.

Join major design organizations and societies, e.g. The American Institute of

Graphic Arts, The Society of Publication Designers, University and College Design

Association, New York Directors Club, Society of Illustrators, or the Graphic Arts

Technical Foundation.

Become familiar with as many computer graphics and design software packages

such as Quark, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Successful graphic designers are well-read and in-touch with changing consumer

preferences and can react to new trends

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Print Design

Type Design

Magazine Design

Newspaper Design

Book Publishing

Publication Design

Brochure/Newsletter Design

Label Design

Publicity Pieces

Advertising Layout

Photo Editing/Photoshop Art

Illustration

Identity Design

Branding

Three Dimensional Design

Signage

Signage Systems

Packaging

Exhibition Design

Environmental Design

Promotional Display Design

Electronic Media/4D Design

Digital

Multimedia

Film Title

Television Graphics

Video Games

Computer Graphics

Motion Graphics

Animation

Website Design

Interactive Media

Advertising

Creative Services

Art Direction

Production

Copywriting

Corporate Identity Design

Branding

Logo Design

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS MAJOR










General Information and Strategies

Professionals in this industry are excellent communicators who manage time

efficiently. They are detail- and big picture-oriented.

Expect to work extended and/or irregular hours at times and to be "on call."

Prepare to learn new information on a regular basis through online discussions,

classes, conferences, periodicals and update your skills accordingly.

Certifications may be necessary for some technical careers.

Gain as much diverse technical experience as possible.

Investigate technology in additional areas such as audio/visual or

telecommunications.

Specialize in a specific area of business or industry and become familiar with the

applicable software and hardware.

Plan to earn a Master's degree such as an MBA with a technology component for

increased management opportunities.

NOTE: The Management Information Systems major is closely related to other

majors such as Computer Information Systems, Information System, Information

Sciences and Information Technology. While each may be slightly different, all are

focused on the application of technology in various environments. In contrast,

Computer Science focuses on the theory of mathematical foundations required for

the development of systems software such as operating systems and language

translators.

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Network Administration

Intranet

Hardware and Software Design

Database Administration

Development

Installation

Testing

Maintenance/Support

Archiving/Security

Upgrading

Systems Integration

Management

Web Administration




Website

System Administration

Analysis

Systems Development







Planning/Analysis

Design

Building/Coding

Integration/Testing

Operations/Maintenance

Project Management

Technical Support







Hardware, Software, Systems

Support

System Oversight/Evaluation

Training

Technical Writing

Marketing

Sales

Education/Training

Consulting

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JOURNALISM MAJOR











General Information and Strategies

Internships are crucial in obtaining experience, building relationships, and reality

testing career choices.

Develop a portfolio of creative materials related to career goals.

Demonstrate enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, team work, integrity, good judgment,

and intelligence.

Experience with campus publications is a must.

Develop excellent writing and grammar skills.

Read extensively in areas of interest.

Be prepared to begin a journalism career in a small market, performing entry-level

tasks, before moving to larger markets and positions with more creative freedom and

responsibility.

As the industry is tightening, applicants who have experience in a niche market, e.g.

religious publishing, or outstanding technical skills, will be more competitive.

Minoring in business administration, political science, technical communication,

natural or social sciences, sport management, cinema studies, or art media may

provide greater job opportunities and complement the major.

Journalism is good preparation for graduate programs in communication, law,

political science, and other fields that require strong writing skills.

JOURNALISM

John Carter

ACU Box 24040

Abilene, TX 79699

123-456-7890 jmc@acu.edu

.

SUMMARY OF

SKILLS

.




MS Office, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Final

CutPro, iMovie, Dreamweaver

Instagram, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, Weebly, Tweetdeck,

Google+

AP Style, EGUMPP, certification for online grammar and usage

EDUCATION Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

Bachelor of Arts May 2015

Major: Journalism

GPA: 3.56/4.00

.

EXPERIENCE ACU Optimist May 2015 - August 2015

Features Editor

Abilene, TX

.

.

HONORS &

ACTIVITIES

.





Created content and compiled a budget of 25 stories for the features

section

Collaborated with 3 editors, 2 reporters, and 2 designers to create a

quality publication

Used Adobe InDesign and Photoshop for publication layout

Wrote, edited, and delegated story assignments among 5 staff

members

Star-Telegram and Affiliates June 2014 - August 2014

Photographer

Fort Worth, TX





Correspond as freelance photographer for the Fort Worth Star-

Telegram and 7 regional papers

Shoot pictures, interviews photo subjects, and write cut lines for

publication\Understand the importance of working under pressure to

meet photography deadlines

Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society

Society of Professional Journalists- Secretary

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INDUSTRY TARGETS

Newspaper Publishing

Reporting

Editorial/Column Writing

Feature Writing

Investigative Journalism

Sports

Online Journalism

Photojournalism

Magazine/Newsletter Publishing

Writing

Editing

Advertising/Sales

Promotion

Circulation

Design, Art, and Production

Book Publishing

Editing

Sales

Promotion

Publicity

Production

Subsidiary Rights

Writing

Technical Writing

Science and Medical Writing

Freelance Writing

Creative Writing

Electronic Media

Television

Radio Programming/Production

Electronic Publishing

Video Production

Education

Secondary

Post-Secondary

Publication Advising

Business

Advertising

Public Relations

Special Events

Media Relations

Fundraising

Law

Prosecution

Defense

Litigation

Contractual

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MARKETING MAJOR








General Information and Strategies

Most entry-level positions for marketing majors reside in sales. After gaining more

experience, professionals can move into marketing management positions.

Marketing is good preparation for graduate study in business. An MBA can open

greater opportunities, particularly in areas of brand management and market

research.

Many marketing majors seek positions in advertising, public relations, sport

management, and entertainment. Such positions are often difficult to obtain and

require breaking in at the bottom level. Seek internships or other relevant

experiences in these fields, even if unpaid.

Gain as much relevant experience as possible through internships or summer and

part-time jobs.

Join the American Marketing Association student chapter and seek leadership roles.

Develop excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others.

Engage in personal networking to increase job possibilities.

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Brand/Product Management

Market Research

Data Collection

Field Service

Data Analysis

Management

Retail

Buying/Merchandising

Store Management

Sales Management

MARKETING SAMPLE

123-456-7890

bib@acu.edu

.

Bill Bord

ACU Box 24040

Abilene, TX 79699

Purchasing/Procurement

Purchasing

Buying

Management

Banking

PROFILE

Innovative marketing expert with demonstrated initiative, creativity and success. Proven

track record of increasing revenues, streamlining workflow and creating a team

environment to increase productivity. Reliable and dependable individual seeking a

position that demands strong communication skills.

SUMMARY OF SKILLS

• Marketing: Strategy and market planning, marketing communications

• Computer: MS Access, Excel, Word, Powerpoint

• Language: Fluent in Spanish

.

EDUCATION

May 2015 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

Bachelor of Business Administration

Major: Marketing

GPA: 3.44/4.00

Related Courses: Marketing Research, Business

Marketing, Electronic Marketing

.

EXPERIENCE

May 2013 -

Advertize America

Abilene, TX

August 2013

Marketing Intern

Helped design a survey to determine members' needs

Compiled data using Access database and ran reports

for organizational board

Designed tri-fold flyer to attract students to join

organization

Coordinated distribution of flyer city-wide at sic

campuses reaching over 1,000 students

Commercial Banking

Retail/Consumer Banking

Credit Analysis

Lending

Trust Services

Mortgage Loans

Branch Management

Operations

Insurance

Claims

Underwriting

Risk Management

Sales

Loss Control

Real Estate

Residential Brokerage

Commercial Sales

Appraisals

Property Management

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MATH MAJOR












General Information and Strategies

Math majors develop transferable skills including critical thinking, problem diagnosis

and solving, computer skills, and quantitative skills.

A bachelor's degree is often sufficient for entry-level positions, but an advanced

degree may open the door to more upper-level opportunities. Pair a strong

background in mathematics with another technical discipline such as computer

science or engineering.

Gain experience through volunteering, internships, and part-time or summer jobs.

Develop competencies in a specific area of interest.

Supplement curriculum with courses in business, economics, computers, or statistics

for increased job opportunities.

Maintain a high grade point average. Demonstrate attention to detail and

commitment to accuracy.

Build relationships with faculty for career information, contacts, and letters of

recommendation.

Join related student professional associations and seek leadership positions.

Develop the ability to work well in teams.

Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to enhance

knowledge and make contacts.

Stay informed of new developments and current trends in the field.

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Industry

Research

Development

Design

Data Processing

Testing

Operations

Quality Control

Statistical Processing Control

Environmental Analysis

Consulting

Government

Research

Administration

Market Research

Data Collection

Information Analysis

Name

Mailing Address

Phone Number~E-Mail Address~LinkedIn Profile URL~Online Portfolio URL

OBJECTIVE

Seeking acceptance to a PhD granting program in Mathematics

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Math

Abilene Christian University, Abilene TX

Overall GPA: 3.5

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant

ACU Mathematics Department




Assist professors in non-science majors, lower-level math classes

Grade papers and answer student questions in class

Teach class when professor is not available

Software Engineer Internship

Hawkes Learning Systems



Anticipated Graduation, May 20xx

Fall 20xx - Present

Abilene, TX

Summer 20xx

Charleston, SC

Gained experience with Classic ASP, ASP.NET, AJAX, MS SQL, and other server technologies

Assisted customers in the role of technical support analyst by phone and email

SKILLS



C/C++ and Maple programming language proficiency

Advanced MS Office Application skills

HONORS & ACTIVITIES







Mu Sigma member, ACU Mathematics Society, Fall 20xx – present

Mathematical Association of America undergraduate member since 20xx

Dean’s Honor Roll, 6 semesters

ACU Mathematics Department Endowed Scholarship, Fall 20xx

ACU Honors Program, Fall 20xx – present

ACU Trustee Scholar, Fall 20xx – present

Computers

Programming

Systems Analysis

Data Processing

Information Systems

Software Development

Networking

Hardware

Training

Insurance

Actuarial

Underwriting

Claims

Risk Management

Sales

Securities

Sales

Research

Operations

Banking

Branch Management

Credit Lending

Operations

Systems

Trusts

Education

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NURSING MAJOR

General Information and Strategies

INDUSTRY TARGETS









Nursing is the largest healthcare field. Three out of five nurses work in hospitals.

Many nurses work part-time.

Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. One

must enjoy helping people of all types and backgrounds.

Nursing requires both physical stamina and emotional stability. Nurses must be

able to follow orders and direct others.

Other qualities important to the field include orientation to detail, sympathy and

concern, responsibility, and the ability to handle stress and emergency

situations.

There are multiple educational paths to acquire the Bachelor of Science Nursing

(BSN) degree and the Registered Nurse (RN) designation. Research

alternatives such as accelerated BSN programs or Master's Entry programs.

All states regulate nursing by requiring licensure. Investigate individual state

requirements if planning to relocate.

Earn a master's degree to prepare for advanced practice nursing including:

clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist,

and administration. Earn a doctoral degree for research or teaching at a

university.

Many opportunities outside of traditional nursing exist for RN's who want to work

in non-clinical roles. Research the skills, experiences, and degrees necessary to

attain these positions.

Staff Nursing

Specialties by:

Work Setting or Type of

Treatment

Specific Health Conditions

Organ or Body Systems

Well-defined Populations

Advanced Practice Nursing

Nurse Practitioner

Community and Public Health

Home Health

Rural Nursing

Health Education and

Promotion

Independent Practice





Temporary Staffing

Travel Nursing

Personal Services Contracting

Private Duty

Government Service

Staff Nursing

Administration

Policy Development

Research

Telehealth

Provide care and advice

through electronic

communications media

(phone, Internet)

Nursing Research

Education

Teaching

Educational Administration

International Health

Clinical Nursing

Emergency Relief

Policy Development

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NUTRITION MAJOR

General Information and Strategies











Most positions require the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. Become an RD

through an accredited bachelor's or master's program followed by an approved,

supervised internship. RD's must also pass the Registration Examination for

Dietitians.

Research individual state requirements for licensure or certification to practice

dietetics.

Scientific aptitude is required to successfully earn a degree in nutrition. Basic

sciences play a large role in this discipline.

One should enjoy helping people, working with healthcare professionals, and have

an interest in good health, nutrition, and fitness. Get involved in campus wellness

or peer health educator programs to gain experience.

Volunteer in hospitals or nursing care centers to test interests.

The ability to work independently and as part of a team is important in this field.

Clients may be seen individually or in groups. Learn the fundamentals of human

relations and group dynamics.

Strong communication skills are necessary to interact effectively with patients and

healthcare professionals. Develop good interviewing and counseling techniques.

Over half of dietitians and nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing homes, or

physicians' offices.

Research, public health, and advanced clinical positions require a graduate

degree.

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Clinical Nutrition

Practice Includes:

o Assessment

o Planning and

Implementation of

o

o

Nutrition Programs

Evaluation and

Reporting

Consultation with

Healthcare

Professionals

Community and Public Health

Nutrition

Health Promotion

Education

Program Planning and

Implementation

Administration

Counseling

Consultation

Food Service Management

Menu Planning

Budgeting

Purchasing

Food Preparation

Personnel Management

Food Safety Management

Federal Government

Clinical Dietetics

Nutrition Education and

Teaching

Administration

Program Management

Research

Consulting

Nutrition Consulting

Menu Development

Food Preparation and

Safety

Nutrition Counseling

Weight Management:

Adult and Pediatric

Teaching

Health Promotion and

Programming

Industry Writing

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Research

Product Development

Sensory Evaluation

Quality Assurance

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PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR

General Information and Strategies

Psychology provides a broad, liberal arts background.

Some students may choose to study psychology because they enjoy the subject but

wish to pursue careers requiring "any major." In this scenario, it is critical to develop

desirable skills through internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer

experiences. Some skills valued most by employers include: communication,

interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, and computer skills.

Other students may major in psychology because they want to work in a related

field. Many entry-level helping positions are available, however the amount of direct

client contact is limited for those who have a bachelor's degree. Students may wish

to pursue graduate education in psychology, social work, counseling, college student

personnel, or other related fields to increase opportunities and earning potential.

Research career fields to learn what type of degree (master's or doctoral) and

subject area are most appropriate.






The ability to work independently and as part of a team is important in this field.

Clients may be seen individually or in groups. Learn the fundamentals of human

relations and group dynamics.

Strong communication skills are necessary Name to interact effectively with patients and

healthcare professionals. Develop Mailing good Address interviewing and counseling techniques.

Phone Number~E-Mail Address~LinkedIn Profile URL~Online Portfolio URL

Over half of dietitians and nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing homes, or

physicians' offices.

Research, OBJECTIVE public health, and advanced clinical positions require a graduate degree.

To secure a Child and Family Services Case Manager position with a community social service provider

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Art

Abilene Christian University, Abilene TX

RELEVANT COURSES

Developmental Psychology

Mental Health

Social Psychology

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Volunteer

Treadaway Kids



Physiological Psychology

Stress and Its Management

Emotionally Disturbed Child

Provide tutoring for children in reading

Participate in afterschool activities two days per week

Volunteer

International Rescue Committee



May 20xx

Spring 20xx – Present

Abilene, TX

Fall 20xx – Fall 20xx

Abilene, TX

Worked with eight families to help them transition into community and settle into employment opportunities

and school

Provided childcare assistance during parent training sessions

Volunteer

Taylor County Child Protective Services



Shadowed Case Workers investigating and processing abuse cases

Assisted with report completion and court document preparation

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Desk Manager

Abilene Christian University Residence Life



Monitored student check-in/check-out; greeted and assisted guests visiting residents

Ensured hall security and maintained cleanliness of lobby visitor area for two residence halls

Hostess

Johnny Carino’s Italian Grill

Student Employee/Caterer

Abilene Christian University Dining Services/ Aramark Catering

SKILLS

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, FrontPage and Adobe Photoshop

Fall 20xx – Spring 20xx

Abilene, TX

Fall 20xx – Spring 20xx

Abilene, TX

Summer 20xx – Winter 20xx (Seasonal)

Dallas, TX

Spring 20xx – Fall 20xx

Abilene, TX

INDUSTRY TARGETS

Human Services

Direct Care:

o Counseling

o Psychotherapy

o Case Management

o Mental Health

Services

o Physical Health

and Wellness

o Crisis Work

o Art Therapy

o Music Therapy

Administration:

o Advocacy

o Programming

o Community

Relations

o Management

o Development/Fund

Raising

o Grant Writing

Human Resources

Employment and

Recruitment

Labor Relations

Compensation and

Benefits

Organizational

Development

Training

Research

Social Research

Market Research

Data Analysis

Education

Teaching

Student Affairs

Administration

Training

Adult Learning

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SOCIAL WORK MAJOR

General Information and Strategies









Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares individuals for entry-level direct practice.

Master of Social Work (MSW) is necessary to provide therapy and for

advancement to supervisory or administrative positions.

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) or Ph.D. usually required for positions in teaching,

research, and administration. Advanced degrees are desirable for some

clinical positions and private practice.

Complete a degree from a college or university program accredited by the Council

on Social Work Education. Programs include practical field experience.

Most states require licensure, certification, or registration. Contact the state board

directly or the American Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB) for

information.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers many specialized

credentials that Social Workers can earn. Research these options after choosing a

specialty area.

Sample Student

3110 Delaware

Abilene, TX 79606

325-555-5555 email@acu.edu

.

SUMMARY OF

SKILLS

.

MSW candidate with a strong background in counseling at-risk juveniles and

families as well as direct practice experience with children and families in an

intensive pediatric hospital environment. Excellent client evaluation skills and the

ability to locate and promote appropriate community services for clients. Proven

ability to quickly establish excellent working relationships relationships with

clients. Recognized by colleagues for creative problem-solving skills and astute

contributions to team meetings.

EDUCATION Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

Master of Social Work May 2018

Emphasis: Children and youth, health, and mental health care

.

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

Bachelor of Science May 2016

Major: Social Work

EXPERIENCE Hendrick Children's Hospital January 2016 - Present

Medical Social Work Intern

Abilene, TX

.

.

VOLUNTEER

EXPERIENCE

.





Provide services on the neonatal and pediatric and intensive care units

Handle back-up services for all units, including the emergency room

Complete assessments and discharge planning; deal with crises

Provide emotional support to families; lead weekly parent support groups

Children's Center Day Treatment Program January 2015 - June 2015

Graduate School Work Intern

Abilene, TX







Assessed needs of emotionally challenged youth with severe behavior and

learning problems

Provided individual, group, and family therapy

Expanded knowledge of community resources; make referrals

Worked with the recreation program tutored pre-teens

Volunteer Coordinator, Noah Project, Abilene, TX

Hotline Volunteer, Crisis Intervention Center, Abilene, TX

INDUSTRY TARGETS

PUBLIC WELFARE Administration

and Planning

Case Management

Program Evaluation

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK

Counseling

Case Management

Pupil Personnel Services

CRIMINAL

JUSTICE/CORRECTIONS

Counseling/Therapy

Rehabilitation

Probation

CLINICAL

Counseling/Therapy: Individual, Group,

Couples, Family

Assessment Case Management

ADMINISTRATION

Management

Policy Development

Planning

OCCUPATIONAL

Counseling

Education

Wellness Promotion

HEALTHCARE

Case Management

Prevention and Education

Child Life Specialists

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

Program and Community Development

Advocacy

Politics

GERONTOLOGY

Advocacy/Intervention

Case Management

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Case Management

Program Planning and Evaluation

INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WORK

Humanitarian Services

Advocacy Education

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PREPARING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL

WRITING THE PERSONAL STATEMENT

Most graduate school application processes require a personal statement or statement of purpose.

Individual schools determine the format. Some require the applicant to address specific information while

others give the applicant freedom to address a chosen topic. Your statement should include the following

information:






Your eligibility and preparedness for graduate study

Your purpose for graduate study

How you plan to use your graduate study

Your research interests

Previous experience and academic work

TIPS FOR SUCCESS







Follow the format determined by the school

Begin with an outline to help with flow

Provide good transitions between paragraphs

Research the university and provide examples of your knowledge of the program

Narrow your focus to one or two ideas or experiences

Visit the ACU Writing Center for proofreading and writing assistance

COMMON MISTAKES






Spelling and grammatical errors

Telling too much of your life story (Focus on your interests and goals)

Discussing finances as motivation

Dwelling on negative situations or giving excuses

Using an unprofessional format

Sample Statements at

Purdue OWL

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FUNCTIONAL FORMAT

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Name

[Street Address][City], [State] [Postal Code]

Phone: [Your Phone] Fax: [Your Fax] E-Mail:

Education

B.A. or B.S., Major Field, Year Received or Expected, University, City, State

M.A. or M.S., Field, Year Received or Expected, University, City, State

Ph.D., Field, Year Received or Expected, University, City, State

Professional Experience

• Beginning with your college years, list all work you have

done that is relevant to the program or position you are

applying to. Include research positions with project titles

and supervisors, and, optionally, a brief description of the

duties you performed. This is also a good place to list any

consulting, manuscript reviewing, or editorial experience

you have (or, if you have had extensive experience in one

of these areas, you can form a separate category for

"Research Experience," "Consulting Activities," "Ad Hoc

Reviewing," or "Editorial Experience").

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nisi.

[Insert Dates]

[Insert Dates]

Publications/Presentations

• If you are a young professional, this is the heart of your

vita. List references in APA format according to date

(including unpublished manuscripts or papers in press).

Be careful, though, not to list any papers you are

unprepared to make available if requested.

• Etiam cursus suscipit enim. Nulla facilisi.

[Insert Dates]

[Insert Dates]

Research Experience

• Describe your current research in one or two paragraphs.

This will often be an overview of your thesis work. If you

are working in more than one area, summarize each

project in a separate paragraph. Conclude with a brief

statement describing your future program of research for

[Insert Dates]

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Name

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the next five years or so.

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nisi.

[Insert Dates]

Teaching Experience

List any courses you have taught, co-taught, or assisted

with as a TA. If you received strong teaching evaluations,

consider attaching a separate sheet with a statistical

summary and 5-10 examples of the most positive praise

you have received. Also, faculty job candidates should list

4-6 courses that they are prepared to teach if hired (from

the most general courses to advanced courses and

specialized seminars). For example, a prospective assistant

professor of social psychology might include the following

statement:

[Insert Dates]

I am prepared to teach the following courses:

• Introductory Psychology

• Social Psychology

• Introduction to Statistics

• Research Methods in Social Psychology

• Seminar on the Psychology of Prejudice and

Discrimination

Professional Presentations

• List the titles of talks given to professional audiences, the

sponsoring organizations, the places, and the dates.

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nisi.

[Insert Dates]

[Insert Dates]

Affiliations/Memberships

In this section, list all memberships in:

[Insert Dates]

• Psychology associations such as APA and APS (click

here for a listing of groups)

• APA divisions (e.g., Society for the Psychological Study of

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Name

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Social Issues)

• International groups (e.g., International Society of Political

Psychology)

• Honors societies (e.g., Psi Chi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma

Chi, Phi Kappa Phi)

• Science groups (e.g., American Association for the

Advancement of Science)

• Other professional organizations that link you with an

interest or area of specialization

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nisi.

[Insert Dates]

Honors and Awards

This is the place to list academic honors, graduation prizes, fellowships, scholarships,

writing prizes, and so forth. List each award, the granting institution, and the date

awarded (Note: If all your awards are graduation honors, then omit this category and

subsume the information under "Education").

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BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE NETWORK






Networking is the lifelong process of making connections, securing information, and building

bridges of mutual assistance.

Networking does not mean asking someone for a job, but it can be extremely helpful in obtaining

referrals, advice, and inside information on a company, position, or industry – all vital to

succeeding in the hidden job market.

Networking is a two-way, ongoing relationship

Networking begins with creating an inventory of who you know.

Organize your contacts in “tiers” of relevance to your target industry.

Types of Networking

In Person

Join your local ACU Alumni Chapter

Participate in student and professional organizations and become familiar with

faces and issues in the industry

Check out your local Chamber of Commerce and attend their events

If you are moving to a new city, tell the people you know that you are moving and

ask who they know in that location

Try to get involved in organizations that interest you or find places to volunteer.

Community service or outreach projects are a great way to meet people

Don’t be afraid to ask if a contact knows anyone else you should talk to.

Informational Interviews

Ask open-ended questions eliciting broad and comprehensive responses

Try to keep the interview focused on your informational needs and not strictly on

their job or particular organization

Keep an open mind and objectively evaluate your sources in considering the

information you have obtained

At the end, always ask for a referral to one or two other people in the field so you

may gather further information

Send thank you notes and continue to follow up and let them know what you end

up doing

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professionally oriented social media platform that allows you to post your

career information (experience, skills, interests, work samples), connects with other

professionals, search for jobs, connect with ACU alumni or employees of specific

organizations, and more. It is often the first place a recruiter or hiring manager will go to

check you out. LinkedIn functions to explore include:

Alumni search functions by location, graduation year, employer, etc.

Job postings and search functions

Student job and internship postings

Professional groups and discussion boards with employers and experts in your field

of interest

Informational and tips sheets for using LinkedIn effectively.

Social Media

Your social media presence is a permanent and valuable part of your personal brand and

emerging professional identity. The availability of social media allows you to use and

leverage your digital reach and influence in your job search. Many companies check social

media pages to see if information matches applications and interviews, and to determine a

fit with their company. Many employers embrace social media as a recruiting tool. They

may post job openings on Facebook, ask for personal pitches on Twitter or implement a

contest on Instagram. Rather than feeling afraid of what might be revealed when an

employer accesses your social media, be smart and strategic about what you are doing and

posting online. Some tips include:

Conduct an audit of your accounts and profiles. Complete privacy is never possible,

so be smart about your posts and tags.

Think about your personal brand. What do current posts and pictures say about you?

Follow companies and organizations you admire. Interact with their pages and posts

to increase your credibility.

Post information and pictures connected to your field. Become an advocate, an

expert, or show your awareness of the world around you as it relates to your

industry.

Important Networking Tips






Be courteous to your contacts, listen to their advice and thank them for their

suggestions.

Prepare an elevator pitch so when you’re given the opportunity to sell yourself you

are ready. Visit the Career Center to learn more about how to craft an effective

speech.

Establish a detailed system to keep track of your contacts and follow-up.

Always ask permission to use someone’s name in making a contact.

Write thank you notes to acknowledge their kindness and help.

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INTERVIEW PREPARATION

In interviews, employers ask questions to uncover information about your skills in a particular area to

determine if you are a good fit for the position they are trying to fill. They will look for examples of your

behavior in previous employment situations or student activities. Because of this, your responses require

preparation. Preparing requires you to reflect on your experiences (professional, educational, and

personal) and to develop brief stories that highlight your accomplishments.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Conduct research to learn more about the organization in general, financial information, the

organization’s mission and search the Internet for recent news and press releases.

Sample Interview Questions








Tell me about yourself. (Use your “elevator pitch”)

Describe a situation where you had to deal with a difficult person. What happened and how did

you handle that person? (Teamwork/Interpersonal skills)

What are your career goals in the next five years and what have you done to accomplish them?

(Self-management)

At one time or another, we have all had a difficult time getting our point across. Give me an

example of when this happened to you and what you did to resolve it. (Innovation and Creativity)

Describe a time where you were experiencing conflicting work demands. What were the conflicts?

How did you respond? (Influence/Leadership)

Tell me about a recent meeting you attended. What role did you play in that meeting?

(Communication)

Tell me about a time you had to work in a fast-paced environment. (Motivational Fit)

Concluding with Questions

This is the only part of the interview that you can control. Take time to prepare your questions. Informed

questions can make a great, lasting impression! Ask questions to clarify or follow up on information

provided by the interviewer.

Sample questions to ask:

What are some methods by which trainees are evaluated?

What do you like about your job?

What are some accomplishments your team has made that you are most proud of?

When can I expect to hear back from you?

Want to practice your interview skills more?

Practice online with:

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TYPE OF INTERVIEWS

PANEL INTERVIEWS

This is a group interview. Each panel member will typically take turns asking questions relevant to their

needs. This type of interview is often more formal and organized and may have a standard set of

questions that will be asked of all candidates. Still prepare as you would a one-on-one interview. Make

eye contact with the person asking the question and then also look at the other members. Address panel

members by name when answering their question. As the interview closes out, make sure you thank each

panelist by name as you shake their hand. Follow up with a personal thank you card written to each

member of the panel.

PHONE INTERVIEWS

Often you are given the opportunity for a phone interview. Typically employers will use this method as

the first step in the screening process for applicants. Following are a few tips to make your interview more

successful:






Schedule the call for a time when you are available and can focus completely.

Find a quiet location and use a landline, rather than a cell phone, if possible. (Contact the Career

Center to reserve an interview space during office hours as an option).

Have research and documentation at your fingertips.

Smile while speaking on the phone. You will sound more upbeat and engaged.

Focus on your language and voice. Stay positive and speak clearly.

SKYPE INTERVIEWS

A Skype interview can be provided if a physical face-to-face meeting is not an option. Skype interviews

can give both parties the opportunity to see each other during the interview and gain a better rapport than

during a phone interview by viewing body language and facial expressions. Following are a few tips to

help your Skype interview go smoothly:









Make sure your username is professional in nature.

Prepare for possible technological glitches by practicing with another Skype user ahead of time.

Find a quiet location with no visible distractions in the background (Contact the Career Center to

reserve an interview space during office hours as an option).

Dress professionally to be taken seriously.

Maintain eye contact by looking at the webcam, not the screen. (This can be hard to do, so

practice!)

Speak clearly and pause between answers to allow for any echoes or delays in sound.

If there are any technical glitches, handle them with grace and professionalism and offer to contact

them via phone as a back-up plan.

Make sure to silence your phone, turn off any notifications on your computer, or social media to

make sure there are no interruptions.

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Tips for Day of the Interview







Be on time, which means 10-15 minutes early.

Dress professional. Determine what the regular attire is for the organization and plan accordingly.

When being introduced, stand up, smile, make eye contact, and shake hands firmly.

Realize that everyone you meet is interviewing you, so treat everyone, especially the receptionist,

with respect.

Ask the interviewer questions. Avoid salary and benefits issues on the first interview unless asked.

Then be prepared.

Ask the interviewer for a business card and learn everyone’s name.

After the Interview





If you were given a date to expect to hear back from the employer, and that date has passed, wait a

day. Then, make a call to the interviewer asking about the time frame or if any additional

informational is needed in order for you to continue in the process.

If you were not given a date, wait for a minimum of one week before making a call.

Remember to always be professional and polite in your correspondence.

Write a brief hand written formal thank you note expressing your interest and thanking the

interviewer for his or her time. The card should be mailed within 24 hours.

THANK YOU NOTE SAMPLE

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INTERNSHIP AND JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

Let’s discuss strategies for how to find an internship and ultimately your full-time job after graduation.

BRAINSTORM

What career fields or position types are you pursuing?

What is your preferred location?

PREPARE TO SEARCH

Have you completed your College Central Network account registration? This is where you will find

information about job postings that are sent directly to the ACU Career Center. This is the “hub” of our

Career Center postings, events, résumé builder program and much more.








Complete your profile on LinkedIn and send connection requests to the contacts you already have.

Join various ACU groups. Lastly seek out companies that you are interested in and follow them,

often they post jobs on their pages.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Begin telling everyone you know that you’re conducting a job search and specifically what you

need from them in order to be successful in your search. This will include your 30-second elevator

speech (who you are, what you’re looking for and when/where).

Join professional associations connected with the career you are pursuing.

Participate in local networking groups.

Start volunteering with an organization that can expose you to additional networking contacts in

your career area.

Create a job search strategy following these tips.

CCN

Registration

Instructions

CCN

On-Campus

Interview

Instructions

CCN

Job and Internship

Search

Instructions

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OTHER GENERAL RESOURCES FOR FOR JOB JOB SEARCH SEARCH

Work in Texas

About Jobs

All Hospitals

America's Job Bank

ACU's Available

Positions

Best Jobs USA

Camp Staff

Career Builder

Career Bliss

Career.com

Careers360

Career Mag

Career Net

Career Rookie

College Grad Hunter

Computersciencemajor.org

Cool Works

Creative Circle

Flip Dog

Future Step

Hound

IM Diversity

Job.com

Job Bank USA

JobHuntersBible.com

Job Source

Nation Job

Neuvoo

O*Net Online

Overseas Jobs

Quintessential Careers

The Riley Guide

Simply Hired

State Job Listings

Wet Feet

RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Going Global

Asia Jobs

ELT News-Jobs in Japan

English Teaching Jobs in Japan

European Jobs

H1B-Visa Information/Jobs

International Staffing

Consultants

International Jobs

Jobs in Japan

Latin America Professional

Network

Overseas Jobs

Taiwan Job Listings

UK Jobs

JobiJoba UK

My Visa Jobs

(ACU Career Center Disclaimer: ACU does not specifically endorse or support all

opportunities posted on other website links. We encourage job and internship seekers to

research all opportunities and companies thoroughly before applying.)

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STAYING ON TRACK

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AFTER GRADUATION

Need help relocating for your new job or grad school after graduation?

The ACU Career Center has partnered with Homebase Relocation Service to provide a Wildcat-friendly

service that finds available housing in MINUTES that fits your move-in date and budget…up to 6 months in

advance of your career start date in your new city.

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Create a Budget

Create a budget to help you stay on track with your finances while paying back your student loans. Use

this sample budget spreadsheet to help get you started. For further ideas on how to handle your finances,

utilize the free service, $ALT provided by ACU.

Other Tips to Navigate Your New Career



Salary Negotiation Tips – Read helpful tips when negotiating salary and other advice on

aftercollege.com to help you navigate your new career.

Letter of Resignation – View a sample letter of resignation and tips for changing jobs as you move

further into your career.


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