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TAKE FLIGHT EAGLE CAREER GUIDE 2019-2020

CAREER DEVELOPMENT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-TEXARKANA

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CAREER FAIRS & EVENTS

FLIGHT PLAN

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TYPEFOCUS ASSESSMENT

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THE FOUR YEAR PLAN

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MAP OUT & EXPLORE

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JOB SEARCH

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CODE OF CONDUCT

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BRANDING YOURSELF

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ONLINE PRESENCE

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MARKETING MATERIALS

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WRITING ACCOMPLISHMENT STATEMENTS

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RESUME GUIDELINES

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COVER LETTER

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NETWORKING, REFERENCES, & THANK YOU LETTER

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ACING YOUR INTERVIEW

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS

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SOAR AHEAD

This guide is intended as a resource of best practices to provide recommendations, ideas, strategies, and examples for your career planning and job search endeavors. We look forward to working with you as you launch your career plan and take flight with your job search! OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (Summer: 7:30am-5:30pm M-TR, 8:00am 12:00pm Friday) PHONE: 903-334-6707 WEBSITE: www.hireaneagle.work LOCATION: University Center, 329 7101 University Avenue Texarkana, TX 75503 VISION We will strengthen our community by providing our students with skills and opportunities to be successful in the global workplace. MISSION To educate, prepare, and assist students and alumni for career success. Follow us @tamutcareerdev

JOB OFFERS

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NEGOTIATING SALARY

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ACCEPTING THE JOB

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FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB

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PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS

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ESSAYS & PERSONAL STATEMENTS

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ABOUT OUR NEST

OUR SERVICES

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CAREER ASSESSMENT

PROFESSIONAL MATERIALS

ACE THE INTERVIEW

BUILDING YOUR BRAND

Take the webbased assessment TypeFocus (located at www. hireaneagle.work), to assess your personality, values, and interests. Contact our office to schedule a career counseling appointment to interpret the assessment and discuss how these personal factors influence your decision making when selecting a major or exploring a career.

Resume/curriculum vita (cv)/cover letter/professional letter consultation is provided by appointment either face-to-face or via email. Once your resume, cv, and/ or cover letter is completed be sure to upload it to Hire an Eagle. www.hireaneagle.work

Practice your interviewing skills either face-toface, via phone, or virtually using Zoom. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.

LinkedIn consultation is provided to ensure your professional online presence is helpful and not hurtful to your job search and beyond. Make an appointment with our office for a consultation.

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HIRE AN EAGLE (job database)

www.hireaneagle.work Connect with employers and search and apply for full-time, part-time (both on and off campus) jobs, and internships on Hire an Eagle. Post your resume and receive job notices/alerts. Be sure to download the free app. Go to the app store and type in “Hire and Eagle.�


CAREER FAIRS & EVENTS CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIRS

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE LUNCH/DINNER

The fairs are held in the fall and spring and provide every student from freshman through graduate, as well as alumni, with the opportunity to network with employers and seek internships and full-time employment. For a list of employers attending the fairs, go to www.hireaneagle.work and click the “Career & Internship Fair” or “Teacher Career Fair” button.

If you are invited to an interview that includes a meal, your table manners will be observed. By attending etiquette events, you are preparing yourself for confidence in both business and social settings. There will be a Global Business Etiquette Dinner and an American Business Etiquette Lunch held in the fall. In the spring, there will be an American Business Etiquette Dinner. This is our only event that a fee is charged to attend.

NETWORKING EVENTS “Cross Paths” events are aimed at connecting students with employers and alumni as they practice networking skills and increase their network of professionals within their fields of interest.

ON-CAMPUS RECRUITING Employers will come on campus during the school year to conduct interviews. To participate, you will need to have your resume uploaded in Hire an Eagle. Employers may pre-screen the resumes to select qualified candidates. They may also participate in informational sessions such as class presentations or hosting a booth in the University Center, the Science and Technology Building, the Building for Academic and Student Services, or the Patterson Student Center.

EAGLE OUTFITTER CAREER CLOSET For assistance with your professional interview wardrobe, the career closet offers gently used men and women’s professional attire at no cost along with a minimal fee suit bank loan program for renting new suits. Contact Career Development for more information and closet hours.

EAGLE JOB SHADOW Job shadowing gives you the opportunity to meet and spend the day with professionals who work in your area of interest. This service is open year round. If you are interested, please contact Career Development to get started.

We also offer Professional Development and Job Search Workshops, Job Search Assistance, and Professional School Application/Personal Statement Assistance. VIEW OUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS: WWW.HIREANEAGLE.WORK

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FLIGHT PLAN

TypeFocus (located at www. hireaneagle.work), is a web-based assessment which assesses your personality, values, and interests.

TYPEFOCUS ASSESSMENT WWW.HIREANEAGLE.WORK PERSONALITY (MBTI) Introvert-gain energy from inner world, concentration Extrovert-gain energy from outer world, interaction Sensing-take in information via five senses and facts Intuitive-take in information via patterns, impressions and possibilities Thinking-decides with head, critical Feeling-decides with heart, empathetic Judging-structured, organized, stick to plan Perceiving-flexible, disorganized, change decisions midway

INTERESTS (Strong Inventory) Realistic-work outdoors, build/repair things, hands-on Conventional-dependable, well-defined tasks, self-control Artistic-creative, plan social events, theatre, music Enterprising-persuade others, public speaking, material wealth Social-concern for others, sociable, patient, helping, teaching Investigative-mathematical, science, problem solver, reading

VALUES (few examples) Relationships-work alongside coworkers and helping others Work Conditions-environment that has good conditions Achievement-work yields results Independence-working/making decisions on your own Recognition-receiving attention for your work Support-supportive management

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Test Preparation and Exams:

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Advanced workforce courses Professional certificates Work with individuals, businesses, and industry both locally and globally Partner with employers in the development and delivery of customized curriculum

The mission of EECD is to deliver the professional preparation required for workplace success.

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SAT Prep ACT Prep GRE Prep GMAT Prep LSAT Prep Six Sigma Green Belt Prep Course and Exam Six Sigma Yellow Belt Prep Course and Exam

Professional Certificates:

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Certified Occupational Safety Specialist Certified Occupational Safety Management Ophthalmic Assistant Training Medical Billing and Coding

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THE FOUR YEAR PLAN The four year plan outlined below will help you to explore your career options and plan your future career opportunities. YEAR ONE Meet with Career Development Activate Hire an Eagle Profile FALL • Freshmen Seminar • Join Clubs/Organizations • Take the TypeFocus (career assessment) • Attend career events SPRING • Volunteer (Big Event in April) • Student job SUMMER • Work • Update resume

YEAR TWO Be sure to meet with your academic advisor each semester FALL • Eagle Job Shadow • Student Job SPRING • Career and Internship Fairs • Create LinkedIn profile SUMMER • Work • Update resume

YEAR THREE Meet with Career Development FALL • Seek leadership opportunities in organizations/clubs • Career and Internship Fairs • Research grad schools SPRING • Seek internships • Mock Interview • Update resume • Informational networking SUMMER • Internship/work • Grad school testing

YEAR FOUR Participate in all Career Development events and services FALL • Apply to grad schools - Career Development can assist with personal statements • Job search SPRING • Update resume • Continue to job search • Graduation (alumni can still use our services free of charge) SUMMER • Join your Alumni Association • Report job offers to Career Development

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www.graphicpkg.com

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING STUDENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE:  FULL TIME  CO-OP  INTERNSHIPS

By educating tomorrow’s leaders, we make a world of difference and build a pipeline of talent that will help shape GPI’s workforce of the future. The Texarkana Mill offers full time, co-op, and internship opportunities for Electrical Engineering Students. For our full time hires, the Early Career Engineering (ECE) Program offers experiential learning opportunities to develop technical knowledge and leadership skills. Ask us about project assignments, mentors, and direct on-the-job experiences.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

Employers are seeking students who have experience. You can obtain much needed experience, in order to be more competitive, when seeking internships, grad school admission, fellowships, and jobs. Have you thought about…? • part-time jobs/internships ( hireaneagle.work) • service learning • undergraduate research • being a leader or member of an organization or club • volunteering with career development INTERNSHIPS An internship allows you to try out a career by participating in the daily work and observing the environment. You may participate in an academic internship in which you receive academic credit and your supervisor works with your internship advisor to provide a grade for your work and learning outcomes, or you may participate in a nonacademic internship in which you do not receive credit for your work. Career Development seeks to identify paid over non-paid internships.

When is the appropriate time to do an internship? Generally, it is during your junior and senior years, but some employers, like Disney, hire freshmen and sophomores. Some academic programs require an internship, so check with your academic department about timelines and to ensure you are registered in an internship class. If your department does not require an internship, seek one anyway for the opportunities it will provide to you and the experience you will gain.

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Where find an internship? You can find a listing of potential internship sites and search engines by clicking the “internship” button on Hire an Eagle. Employers in attendance at career events typically have internship opportunities available. If you are seeking an internship, speak with Career Development or your departmental faculty to get started.

TRISTON BROOKS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING MAJOR INTERNSHIP AT GRAPHIC PACKAGING

I was selected as a summer intern for Graphic Packaging for the summer of 2019. I would not have been able to achieve this without the help of our Career Development department. I was able to go in and personally work with them to get my resume looking professional. I also would highly recommend checking out the career fairs that

they put on. The career fair is where I was able to initially get contact with Graphic Packaging and opened the door for a huge opportunity to intern with them. Thanks to the career fair and the Career Development department I am getting a head start in my career and I am confident in my future in the industry.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT cont. EAGLES ABROAD

Do you like to travel or have you dreamed of learning about a culture and developing a new language? Study Abroad provides you with a global perspective and enhances your adaptability, self-confidence, problem solving, and communication skills. Many employers see value in the cross-cultural experience you gain when studying abroad. Options include group-faculty led programs and individual short-term programs in countries around the globe. Contact Dr. Jennifer Davis, Director of International Studies: jennifer.davis@tamut.edu 903.334.6752 | UC 414R

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

CONNECT 360 The Eagle Experience “...structured activities that increases authentic experiences of students.” p.18 A&M-Texarkana Quality Enhancement Plan Internships and class projects where you apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-world problems or situations are a part of experiential learning. You can learn how you bring value by contributing as part of a team, problem solving, communicating, and applying your skill sets through experiential learning. For more information and to register for classes with the EL designation, contact your faculty advisor.

ROBERT DENTON DIRECTOR OF FLEET OPERATIONS SRT SEBASTIAN AGUIRRE AND DANIEL DUENAS INTERNSHIP I am pleased to let you know about the great experience we had with our partnership with Texas A&M Texarkana. As you know, Sebastian Aguirre and Daniel Duenas were hired as interns in January this year and just completed their work with us on May 15th I can’t begin to express how delighted we were with their time here. Not only did they represent themselves and your program with the highest level of professionalism, their quality of work was

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outstanding. We were able to assign them to a variety of projects in our operations department, including data entry, setting pick-up and delivery appointments with customers, updating customer information in our dispatch software system, and notification of excessive transit time on loads. They were also able to fill in at a moment’s notice with data entry projects anywhere we needed it. The learning curve for new hires in the transportation industry is generally extremely steep, but both Sebastian and Daniel were able to learn new things quickly, needed minimal oversight, and really made a valuable impact for us in a very short period of time. We were so proud for them to be a part of our organization.


Leading Transportation for Over 30 Years Founded in 1986, Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc. has a history of excellence and success in the transportation industry. As a growing company in an ever-growing industry, SRT knows the value of developing partnerships with others and is excited to become a part of the continued growth and success of Texas A&M - Texarkana and its talented students. Paid internships are now available for students interested in the following careers: Sales, Customer Service, Safety, Maintenance, IT, Transportation/Logistics, & HR/Employee Development.

Internship opportunities are posted on the University website:

WWW.HIREANEAGLE.WORK Apply online or in person.

HR Department, 870.772.4581 x914. 8055 East Broad Street • Texarkana, AR 71854 www.southernref.com CAREER GUIDE

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MAP OUT & EXPLORE

JOB SEARCH

GET INVOLVED: Hone your leadership, time management, & team work skills by: •

taking a role of responsibility in a student organization or community project

seeking an internship or experiential learning opportunity (www.hireaneagle.work)

JOB SEARCH PREPARATION: Take advantage of every opportunity to connect with employers and career mentors by:

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scheduling informational interviews and identifying mentors

attending a business etiquette dinner (www. hireaneagle.work for the calendar of events)

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exploring career and internship options (www.hireaneagle.work)

creating a LinkedIn profile and engaging employers in conversations about your qualifications and employment options

attending Career Development events such as Career & Internship Fairs, Teacher Career Fair, and networking events

ensuring your resume is professional and formatted to highlight your qualifications by making an appointment with Career Development for a critique review


JOB SEARCH ETTIQUETTE From the National Association of Colleges and Employers Principles for Professional Conduct Committee: 1. Provide accurate information about your academic work and records. 2. Conduct your job search with honesty and integrity. Do not stretch the truth on your resume, applications, or during any part of the interview process. 3. Interview genuinely. Interview only with employers you’re sincerely interested in working for and whose eligibility requirements you meet. “Practice” interviewing is misleading to employers. 4. Adhere to schedules. Appear for all interviews, on campus and elsewhere, unless unforeseeable events prevent you from doing so. If you can’t make the interview because of an unforeseeable event, notify the employer at the earliest possible moment. 5. Don’t keep employers hanging. Communicate your acceptance or refusal of a job offer to employers as promptly as possible, so they can notify other candidates that they are still being considered or that the position is filled. 6. Accept a job offer in good faith. When you accept an offer, you should have every intention of honoring that commitment. Accepting an offer only as a precautionary measure is misleading to the employer and may restrict opportunities for others who are genuinely interested in that employer. 7. Withdraw from recruiting when your job search is completed. Let employers that are actively considering you for a job know that you are now out of the running. 8. Claim fair reimbursement. If an employer has agreed to reimburse you for expenses you incur in its recruitment process, your request should be only for reasonable and legitimate expenses. 9. Obtain the career information you need to make an informed choice about your future. It’s up to you to acquire the information about career opportunities, organizations, and any other information that might influence your decisions.

CODE OF CONDUCT In order to protect you and employers, the following policies and procedures are provided to ensure the ethical conduct of your professional development and job search. The very reputations of Career Development and Texas A&M University-Texarkana are at stake with employers when a student or alum displays unprofessional behavior, which can result in the loss of recruiting opportunities for future Eagles.

NO-SHOW CANCELLATION POLICY When you schedule an appointment with Career Development or an employer, you are making a professional commitment and are expected to either show up or cancel within the time frames outlined below. We understand true emergencies do happen - just remember to communicate your situation as soon as possible. •

ON/OFF CAMPUS INTERVIEW If you fail to appear or do not cancel before 12 p.m. (noon) the day before an interview date, you will be considered a no-show. You will be required to submit a letter or email of apology to the company recruiter within two business days of the missed interview and submit a copy to the Director. Contact Career Development to obtain the employer’s information if necessary.

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE DINNER Failure to appear or cancel before 12 p.m. (noon) five business days prior to the dinner will result in forfeiture of the reservation fee.

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CODE OF CONDUCT cont. •

ACCURATE REPRESENTATION POLICY You must follow professional ethical protocol and provide accurate information on your resume and job applications. Remember: when in doubt, leave it out.

EAGLE JOB SHADOW If you fail to appear or cancel 24 hours prior to the assigned date, you will be considered a no-show. You will be required to submit a letter or email of apology to your job shadow mentor within two business days of the missed date and submit a copy to the Director. Contact Career Development to obtain the employer’s information if needed.

RESUME/COVER LETTER ASSISTANCE, CAREER COUNSELING, AND JOB SEARCH CONSULTATION If you fail to appear or do not cancel before 12 p.m. (noon) the day before your appointment, you will be considered a no-show. You will be asked to write a letter or email of apology within two business days of the missed date to the Career Development staff member with whom you were scheduled to meet.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT CODE OF CONDUCT APPEALS For any questions, comments, or concerns about the Code of Conduct, or if you wish to make an appeal, please contact: Career Development Director, at 903-223-1366.

Seeking Professionals in: Early Childhood Development Special Education Social Services Nursing Job Coaches Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Speech Therapy

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The mission of Opportunities, Inc. is to provide developmental and support services which empower individuals in attaining a full life in the community.


80% BRANDING YOURSELF TAP INTO THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET

At least 80% of all jobs are found through networking rather than traditional job searching. They are filled by referrals of someone who is trusted by the hiring manager, or by career fairs and networking! Be sure to attend Career Development’s networking events; visit Hireaneagle.work for the calendar of events.

ELEVATOR/NETWORKING PITCH Think of this as the interview question “Tell me something about yourself.” You may want to practice this so that it comes across as conversational and not stiff and formal. Focus on these three things: 1. Who are you? 2. What do you currently do? 3. What do you want to do? Hi, my name is Ace Student and I will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from A&M-Texarkana. I recently completed an internship at BioBeauty as a lab assistant. Through this experience, I’ve learned that research and development in the health and beauty industry is the right fit for me. I am ready for the next step in my career and I appreciate this opportunity to talk with you.

NETWORKING WITH EMPLOYERS AT UNIVERSITY EVENTS Whether you are at the career and internship fair or in an employer class presentation, here is an example of an introduction aimed at making a network connection.

REACH OUT TO: • • • •

College Alumni LinkedIn Connections Informational Interviewers Family/Friends

“Hi, Mr. Employer, I’m Ace Student. Thank you for taking the time to come to our campus (or class). I am very interested in learning more about your company’s internships posted on Hire an Eagle. Is there a specific person I need to talk with? (If so, then may I say that you referred me?) Thank you again for taking your time to be here today.”

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ONLINE PRESENCE LINKEDIN CONTENT BELOW ADAPTED FROM: university.linkedin.com

PHOTO: Use a cell phone camera to snap a picture of yourself but be sure you present yourself as a professional and dress accordingly. Your face should take up 60% of the frame. Don’t forget to SMILE!

HEADLINE: Tell people what you’re excited about now and the cool things you want to do in the future.

SUMMARY: Describe what motivates you, what you’re skilled at, and what’s next.

EXPERIENCE: List the jobs you held, even if they were part-time, along with what you accomplished at each. Even include photos and videos from your work.

ORGANIZATIONS: Have you joined any clubs at school or outside? Be sure to describe what you did with each organizatIon.

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VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE & CAUSES: Even if you weren’t paid for a job, be sure to list it. Admissions officers and employers often see volunteer experience just as valuable as paid work.

SKILLS & EXPERTISE: Add at least five key skills and then your connections can endorse you for your best skills.

HONORS & AWARDS: If you earned a prize in or out of school, don’t be shy. Let the world know about it!

COURSES: List the classes that show off the skills and interests you’re most excited about.

PROJECTS: Whether you led a team assignment in school or built an app on your own, talk about what you did and how you did it.

Always make sure your LinkedIn profile is professional and matches your resume such as employment dates, titles, certificates, etc. Use LinkedIn to research potential hiring managers and learn more about them, such as career history, major accomplishments, and education.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Ask managers, professors, or classmates who’ve worked with you closely to write a recommendation. This gives extra credibility to your strengths and skills. CAREER GUIDE

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MARKETING MATERIALS

Personal marketing materials can vary based on the career path, job seeker, and employer, however examples of some of the most common tools used today are provided.

BUSINESS ‘NETWORKING’ CARDS As a job seeker, you may not always have a resume on you when a networking opportunity presents itself. However, you can always have business networking cards, especially as a student job seeker. There are a variety of formats to choose from - just be sure it looks professional and is on quality card stock.

WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE ON THE CARD? FRONT • Name • Phone, Email • Graduation Date • Degree, Major, Minor • LinkedIn URL (your online resume) BACK • Interest area(s) or skills (relevant) • Languages (specify skill level) • Certifications or Licensures (relevant) • You are willing to relocate or travel

ACE EAGLE Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Bachelor of Business Administration, May 2020 903.223.1234 Ace.Eagle@ace.tamut.edu www.linkedin.com/in/aceeagle

Human Resources Customer Service Leadership Sales Proficient in Spanish and English Willing to relocate

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WRITING ACCOMPLISHMENT STATEMENTS Action Verb + Project + Result = Accomplishment ACTION VERB: Coordinated

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PROJECT: two fundraising events for local animal shelter

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When writing your resume, use statements that describe what you have actually done. Remember to quantify your work if possible. Here is an example of a generic, vague statement vs. a strong, descriptive statement.

RESULT: raised over $6,000 (25% over goal), generated over 28 pet adoptions and heightened community awareness

COMMUNICATION

Advertised Authored Collaborated Communicated Consulted Developed Drafted Edited Expressed

ACCOMPLISHMENT: Coordinated two fundraising events for local animal shelter that raised over $6,000 (25% over goal), generated over 28 pet adoptions and heightened community awareness

GENERIC, VAGUE STATEMENT:

Event Coordinator, July 2017-Present Texarkana Paws, Texarkana, TX • Planned charity events STRONG, DESCRIPTIVE, QUANTIFIED STATEMENT:

Event Coordinator, July 2017-Present Texarkana Paws, Texarkana, TX • Coordinated two fundraising events for local animal shelter which raised over $6,000 (25% over goal), generated over 28 pet adoptions and heightened community awareness

ACTION VERBS Formulated Influenced Interacted Marketed Observed Outlined Participated Presented Promoted Proposed Recruited Reported Resolved Suggested Summarized Wrote

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ORGANIZATION

Approved Assigned Chaired Contracted

Controlled Coordinated Developed Enforced Executed Headed Hosted Increased Led Managed

Motivated Organized Oversaw Planned Produced Recommended Restored Reviewed Scheduled Supervised

Arranged Categorized Charted Classified Coded Compiled Filed Generated

Logged Maintained Obtained Prepared Processed Recorded Registered Reserved

Scheduled Submitted Supplied Updated Validated Verified

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Keep resume to one page, (two pages are acceptable if individuals have RELEVANT information and/or more than 10 years of relevant experience).

Stay CONSISTENT throughout the resume including alignment, bolding, and how the dates are listed. Either spell out the state or abbreviate it, just do not do both in the same resume.

Do not use a resume template. Use a blank Word document to create your resume. You have more flexibility to format the document.

Omit the objective; a professional summary or professional profile can be used instead.

Font size should be no larger than 14 or smaller than 10. Your name is a 2 point size font larger than the rest of the words on the resume.

Avoid italics, graphics, and headshot. One color (other than black) may be used for your name and contact information.

Use bullets for your accomplishment statements.

Omit pronouns such as “I,” “me,” “us,” “we,” and “our” from the resume, as well as omit “a,” “an,” “the,” and all periods.

Use action verbs to reflect what you actually accomplished. Be sure to quantify your accomplishments by showing numbers, percentages, or dollar amounts when possible.

Use proper action verb tense; if the job is current then use present tense. If not, use past tense.

Experience is listed in reverse chronological order (most recent to less recent).

Tailor each resume to show relevance to the job in which you are applying. In short, one size does not fit all.

Read the job description in order to create the resume according to relevance. Most large companies use an applicant tracking system to scan resumes for relecvancy. Check out JobScan.com before you apply.

Spellcheck and proofread to ensure there are no grammatical errors and have a Career Development professional critique your resume.

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List these or include other relevant subtitles

Degree is written as it will appear on your diploma; check your transcript to confirm accurate wording

Replaces the objective; however, it needs to be a strong statement of your skills relevant to the job or omit it completely

Name, email address (professional), LinkedIn URL, (your physical address, city & state are optional)

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RESUME EXAMPLES FRESHMAN RESUME

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Highlights your skills, volunteer experience, acheivements, and organizations Typically used by job seekers who have little or no previous job experience

ACE EAGLE

7101 University Avenue Texarkana, TX 12345 123-123-1234 ace.eagle@gmail.com Linkedin.com/aceeagle PROFESSIONAL PROFILE • • • •

Effective leadership and teamwork abilities Proficient in MS Word & Excel, Photoshop and social media Fluent in Spanish Highly organized, responsible, and self-motivated

EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Expected May 2023 Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texarkana, TX Diploma, May 2019 Texas High School, Texarkana, TX EXPERIENCE Owner/Operator, 2016-Present Eagle Lawn Service, Texarkana, TX • Sale lawn care services door-to-door and through customer referrals • Supervise three summer employees in mowing and caring for 15-28 customer lawns • Collect payments and maintain financial records for tax purposes Pet Sitter, 2014-16 Smith Family, Texarkana, TX • Provided daily care for three dogs to include walking, feeding, and grooming • Fed dogs specific diets per owners instructions VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Little League Baseball Coach, City of Texarkana Race for a Cure, Susan G Komen Foundation ACHIEVEMENTS National Honor Society Academic Honor Roll ORGANIZATIONS Catcher, Texas High School Softball Team

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CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME • Highlights work history • • •

Especially good for job seekers who wish to stay in the same line of work Use reverse chronological order when listing items within categories Use when the job you are applying for is relevant to your experience

ACE EAGLE 123-123-1234 ace.eagle@gmail.com Linkedin.com/in/aceeagle PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY • • • •

Over 6 years’ teaching experience Bilingual English and Spanish both written and verbal Exceptional administrative, communication, and problem solving skills Punctual, self-motivated, and detail-oriented professional

EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, 4-8, Expected, May 2020 A&M-Texarkana, Texarkana, Texas Associate of Science, May 2018 Texarkana College, Texarkana, Texas WORK EXPERIENCE Clinical Teaching, Jan 2020-Present Avinger ISD, Avinger, Texas • Teach seventh and eighth grade science • Develop lesson plans, introduce material, and assess for learning outcomes • Provide structured classroom environment that facilitates participatory learning • Attend parent-teacher conferences and meet with mentor teacher daily Teacher, August 2018-December 2019 Children’s Learning Center, A&M-Texarkana, Texarkana, Texas • Managed classroom, supplies, toys, and curriculum in an organized manner • Instructed and planned daily schedule and lessons for 5-7 children Teacher’s Aide, January 2017-May 2018 Texas Middle School, Texarkana, Texas • Assisted teacher with developing activities for history class • Worked with 25 middle school students and helped develop necessary skills needed to progress to next grade level Assistant Director, June 2013-December 2017 Small Town Learning Center, Texarkana, Texas • Interacted with 20-30 parents per shift to ensure quality customer service and resolve any issues and concerns • Supervised and trained 7 employees resulting in effective and efficient work environment • Purchased food, equipment, and services for facility HONORS/AWARDS Member, Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, January 2017-Present

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COMBINATION RESUME

• • •

Highlights your abilities, such as computer skills, customer service or tutoring Typically used by job seekers who have little experience or are changing careers Use when you have some relevant skills for the job you are applying and also have additional work history

ACE EAGLE (123)123-1234 ace.eagle@tamut.edu LinkdIn.com/in/aceeagle PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: • • • •

Over 2 years experience working with traditional college students and adults Proficient in MS Office, Photoshop, Adobe, and Banner Exceptional leadership, communication, and problem solving skills Highly creative, punctual, self-motivated, and detail-oriented professional

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Expected December 2020 A&M Texarkana, Texarkana, Texas Associate of Arts, May 2018 Texarkana College, Texarkana, Texas RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Student Worker, August 2018 - Present Career Development, A&M-Texarkana, Texarkana, Texas • Assisted with development of university wide student worker handbook • Market events and services through social media and information tables • Created marketing ideas for fall 2018 calendar of events Peer Mentor/Tutor, August 2017 - December 2018 Student Success Center, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texarkana, Texas • Tutored 15 students in English composition resulting in 100% pass rate • Prepared and customized course material information to assist students • Contacted and collaborated with instructors to obtain course syllabi, materials, and curriculum WORK HISTORY: Sales Associate, Target, Texarkana, Texas Jun 2016 – Dec 2017 HONORS/AWARDS: Member, Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, January 2017-Present Dean’s List, Fall 2016-Spring 2017

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RESUME EXAMPLES cont. MILITARY TRANSITION RESUME

Highlights relevance between military and civilian experience

ACE EAGLE 123-123-1234 ace.eagle@gmail.com Linkedin.com/in/aceeagle SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS: • • •

Network systems professional with 4 years of experience in computer installation, configuration, troubleshooting, desktop support, and network management Network maintenance manager with excellent customer service ratings Currently possess a DoD secret security clearance

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Installation & Configuration Troubleshooting Customer Service

End-User Support Systems Upgrades Administrative Systems

Information Security Property Accountability Leadership

EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, May 2020 Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texarkana, TX Associate of Arts in General Studies, Dec 2017 Central Texas College, Killeen, TX Network Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer Course, Sep 2015 United States Army, Fort Hood, TX PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer, Jun 2018 – Jan 2020 United States Army, Fort Drum, NY • Managed team of 8 personnel conducting field level maintenance on electronic nodal assemblages, combat net radios, and ancillary communications equipment • Conducted technical inspections, supervised troubleshooting and test diagnostics procedures • Ensured all systems were operational with 99% readiness status Networking Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer, Aug 2014 – May 2018 United States Army, Fort Hood, TX • Maintained security of $125M of accountable equipment; resulted in zero losses • Created database for equipment accountability, decreased purchasing costs by 20% and increased equipment turnaround times by 30% • Conducted IT training for over 80 employees; resulted in 20% decrease in trouble tickets

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RESUME EXAMPLES cont. CURRICULUM VITAE

A curriculum vitae, or CV, is generally used in academia and certain scientific fields. A CV is an expanded resume with additional sections such as Publications, Conferences, Presentations, Research Experience, and Teaching Experience

ROBERT SMITH, Ed.D. 123.123.1234 rsmith@um.edu www.linkedin.com/in/robertsmith PROFESSIONAL PROFILE • • • •

Accomplished career demonstrating consistent success as an administrator and educator at the secondary and higher education levels Seasoned in conceiving and building programs from the ground up through proven competencies in grant writing and administration, project and program management, and staff development and empowerment Extensive background developing and implementing special programs for at-risk and special needs students, racially and ethnically diverse populations, and second-language learners Effective communicator with excellent planning, organizational, and negotiation strengths as well as the ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and attain results

EDUCATION Ed.D., Education Leadership, May 2020 University of Maryland, College Park, MD DISSERTATION: An Analysis of the Program Cost and Intensity of Service of Public and Nonpublic Special Education in Maryland M.Ed., Educational Management and Supervision, Aug 2005 Loyola College, School of Management and Administration, Baltimore, MD B.S., Elementary and Special Education, May 1997 Towson State University, Towson, MD ACADEMIC/TEACHING EXPERIENCE Adjunct Instructor, Jan 2016 - Present University of Maryland, College Park, MD • Taught Current Trends in Education, Learning Theory and Human Development to undergraduate students in class sizes averaging 20 students Lecturer, Jul 2014 –Dec 2015 Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD • Taught course on Nature and Needs of Exceptional Children to classes of 25 to 30 undergraduate students

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CURRICULUM VITAE CONT.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Principal, May 2010 – Jul 2015 Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Bethesda, MD • Directed all aspects of school operations, including instructional leadership, grant writing and management, program planning and implementation, staff selection and evaluation, student placement and discipline, school finance, and plant supervision for 1,200-student high school serving grades 9-12 • Procured and administered $200,000 grant for Classrooms for the Future, and $300,000 grant for Project 720 (high school reform initiative) over 4-year period through Virginia Department of Education • Developed and implemented JROTC program resulting in statewide recognition Assistant Principal, Aug 2005 – May 2010 Walt Whitman High School, Baltimore, MD • Oversaw student discipline, attendance, instructional supervision, and staff evaluation for 2,000student high school serving grades 9-12 • Administered $400,000 annual operating budget and supervised 120 professional and classified staff members • Enhanced success of students through creation of alternative education program Learning Problems Resource Teacher, Aug 1997 – Jul 2005 Chesapeake High School, Baltimore, MD • Collaborated with and coached assigned teachers in planning for specific student learning outcomes based on needs and skill levels • Developed, obtained, maintained, and provided student data related to content area(s) • Ensured student safety and appropriate attention to each student’s readiness to learn to include guidance, discipline, and welfare PRESENTATIONS Woods, Daniel, A. (2012), “Staff Development for Mid-Career Faculty.” Presented at the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals and Assistant Principals annual conference, Columbia, MD. Woods, Daniel, A. (2007). “Youth Suicide Prevention”. Presented to Carroll County Public School Specialist Education Teachers in-service day, New Windsor, MD PROFESSIONAL DEVLOPMENT Certifications Maryland Letter of Eligibility for Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director, Assistant Director, Principal, Assistant Principal, 2005 CAREER GUIDE

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COVER LETTER TIPS

Do I need a cover letter? It depends, if you are introducing yourself in person then no. However, if you are not present to introduce yourself then the cover letter will be your introduction.

7101 University Avenue Texarkana, TX 75503 April 10, 2020 Ms. Janet Owens Marketing Director B&P Promotions 1004 Ryan Avenue Tyler, TX 75701 Dear Ms. Owens: I am submitting my resume for the Graphic Design position advertised on the A&M-Texarkana Career Development’s Hire an Eagle. I will graduate from A&M-Texarkana this May with a BBA in Marketing. I actually met you on campus in March at the Spring Career and Internship Fair and was excited when I saw that your position was posted. I participated in a marketing internship this spring, in which I worked exclusively in graphic design. This experience helped me to discover my talents for creative marketing in the area of promotional items. I feel my experiences and skills could be of value to B&P Promotions. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration. If I have not heard from you by May 1, I will contact you to ensure you have received my application and resume. You may reach me at (123) 123-1234 or by e-mail at aceeagle@gmail.com. Sincerely, Signature Ace Eagle Enclosure

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KEEP IT SIMPLE

3 short paragraphs will be sufficient

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introduce yourself, tell the reader why you are writing, how you heard about the position/opportunity, and a little about yourself

THIRD PARAGRAPH

thank them and provide contact info

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SECOND PARAGRAPH

sell yourself, tell the reader why you are a good fit for the position. You DON’T want to tell the reader what they are going to read in the resume. Use this space wisely

SIGNATURE

Sincerely, Cordially, Respectfully are all fine; skip 4 spaces then sign your name (hardcopy only) followed by Enclosure meaning there is something following the cover letter for example, your resume and any supporting documents requested


NETWORKING LETTER REFERENCES, & THANK YOU SAMPLE NETWORKING/INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW REQUEST 7101 University Avenue Texarkana, TX 75503

LISTING REFERENCES ACE EAGLE 123-123-1234 ace.eagle@gmail.com Linkedin.com/in/aceeagle

April 10, 2020

REFERENCES

Ms. Kaitlin Ammon Sam Bell Maxey House 812 S. Church Street Paris, TX 75460 Dear Ms. Ammon: My name is Ace Eagle. I am a freshman at Texas A&M University-Texarkana considering a major in history or communications. I am currently exploring these options and the types of careers that are available for my interests. I am a member of the Texas History LinkedIn group and found you through your LinkedIn profile. As the Director of the Sam Bell Maxey House, you are doing work that combines history and communications and interests me greatly. If you could spare 30 minutes of your time, to visit with me, either in person or via phone conversation, about how you got started in your career I would be grateful. Please let me know if this is possible. I appreciate your time and consideration.

Dr. Anita Job Professor of Psychology University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (423) 425-8888 Ivanapew@utc.edu Mr. Will Nice Director of Employer Relations Northwest Airlines (612) 555-5555 willbnice@nwa.com Ms. Ima Goodwin District Manager Best Buy Corporation (423) 425-5555 Imagoodwin@bestbuy.com

Sincerely, Ace Eagle

SAMPLE THANK YOU LETTER 7101 University Avenue Texarkana, TX 75503 April 10, 2019 Ms. Janet Owens Marketing Director B&P Promotions 1004 Ryan Avenue Tyler, TX 75701

Dear Ms. Owens: It was a pleasure meeting and interviewing with you today. I am very excited about your vision for B&P Promotions and the graphic design position. As we discussed, my experiences and skills sets are a good fit and will allow for a seamless transition into your department. Again, thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, signature Ace Eagle CAREER GUIDE

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ACING YOUR INTERVIEW

1.

RESEARCH THE COMPANY VISIT THEIR WEBSITE TO DETERMINE • • • • •

What do they do and how well are they doing it Company background and mission statement What products or services they provide Who are their main customers and competitors Questions based on your research

2.

TYPES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Resume-Based & Traditional Questions • “Tell me about yourself…” • fact-checking - elaborate and support the information from your resume • knowledge of the company Behavioral Questions • describe situations from the past to gain insight on how the interviewee will handle future situations • “Tell me about a time…?” answer by telling a story with an introduction, middle, and end • “Describe an experience…”

INTERVIEW ETIQUETTE • • •

running late – call right away and explain why you are running late arrive 10-15 minutes early waiting area – turn off cell phone and review your notes

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Case Questions • information is provided about a real business issue or problem and the interviewee is asked to come up with a solution on the spot • determine analytical and problem solving abilities • thinking out loud to show logical processes


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TYPES OF INTERVIEWS Methods and Process PHONE INTERVIEWS

Plan ahead and make sure you are in a quiet area, listen carefully and don’t interrupt • • •

Preliminary screening to determine if you will be invited for an in person interview Questions to fact check your resume information Determine skills, career goals, and sometimes salary expectations

VIDEO INTERVIEWS

May be held at any phase of the interview process, eliminates travel expenses • • •

Go over the technology to minimize any technical problems that might arise beforehand Maintain eye contact and speak directly into the camera Eliminate background noise and check your background area

IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS

Held in various locations and there may be more than one interviewer present • •

4.

Prepare by asking if there is an overall agenda for the interview Whom will you be interviewing with and if there are materials you need to bring

INTERVIEW TIMELINE Typical 30 Minute

First 2-3 minutes • making a connection – “How are you today?”

SABRINA MELTON FRESHMAN, ACCOUNTING MAJOR I initially addressed the Career Development team to assist me in building a resume for a position on campus. After visiting with them, not only did I have a well-structured and updated resume, I was also invited to their Career Fair. At this event, I met and spoke with many successful local business, and one of them has hired me. Career Development responded to my needs with knowledge and kindness, guiding me to success. I look forward to consulting with them when I reach for bigger dreams.

Next 10-15 minutes • questions for you, these could be any of the types of resume questions • don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for clarification Last 5-10 minutes • questions for them, this is where your research and listening skills come in play • you may refer to your list of prepared questions Wrap up • thank the interviewer(s) and ask for business card(s) • ask about the next steps in the process if they have not already been covered

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GENTLEMEN

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

BUSINESS CASUAL FOR MEN •

Ties are generally not necessary for business casual, but if in doubt, you can wear a tie;

Facial hair, if worn, should be well-groomed;

If you choose to wear jewelry, be conservative;

Removing earrings is safest. Observe other men in your industry to see what is acceptable.

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL FOR MEN •

A two-piece suit will work in almost all cases. Be sure it is dry cleaned;

A shirt should be a solid long-sleeved 60/40 cotton blend and pressed. White works in almost all cases;

A simple pattern tie with a minimal amount of red is best for interviews (larger men can use a double Windsor knot to minimize bulkiness);

No cologne (for the interview), good personal grooming includes clean shaven or trimmed facial hair, haircut, and manicured nails. Cover visible tattoos;

Slack and sock color should match;

Polished shoes (good heels and soles) and belt should match in color;

A short trousers break (the point where the pants touch the shoe), makes a shorter man appear taller and a full break makes a taller men look more proportional.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR YOUR INTERVIEW ATTIRE: • •

Hair should be clean, well groomed, and away from the eyes (this includes all facial hair, even in November); If possible, tattoos and/or body piercings should not be visible;

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Strong smells, including mints, perfumes, or aftershaves, should be avoided in excess; A portfolio should be carried to take notes and store documents; Clothing should fit properly. Belts should be worn and low necklines, short skirts, and heels higher than two inches should be avoided; Clothes should be clean and well pressed.


LADIES

BUSINESS CASUAL FOR WOMEN •

In addition to tailored shirts or blouses, tailored knit sweaters and sweater sets are appropriate business casual choices;

For the most conservative look, toes should be covered. Sandals which are neither extremely dressy nor extremely casual might be appropriate. Chunky heels and platforms are not appropriate;

Panty hose are not essential for business casual, but can still be appropriate in certain situations.

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL FOR WOMEN

WHAT NOT TO WEAR • • • • • •

Ripped jeans Flip-flops T-shirts Wrinkled khakis Short shorts and dresses Ball caps

Keep jewelry and accessories simple and not distracting. Remove facial rings and only wear one earring per ear;

Hair should be cut/trimmed, styled and of an appropriate color for the workplace. Manicured nails with a neutral polish;

Makeup should be fresh and natural looking for daytime wear; cover visible tattoos;

A two-piece matching suit with a skirt (at or just above the knee length) or tailored pant with appropriate hem length (trouser break);

Blouse color and pattern is optional depending on the outfit, and fabric should be of a good professional weight that fits well. Avoid low cut blouses or tops;

Wear pantyhose (stockings) with a skirt;

Shoes should be polished and in a color that compliments the outfit. Closed toed and closed heeled, no more than 2 inch high heels, are appropriate;

No cologne/perfumed or fragranced body lotions or powders (for the interview). Use good personal hygiene.

Serious job candidates know the importance of first impressions in their job search. They know that the first impression they make on the interviewer is, almost always, going to be the lasting impression.

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SOAR AHEAD

JOB OFFERS Once the job has been offered is generally the time salary will be discussed. However, there are times it is discussed in the interview. You may be asked, what salary are you expecting or what is the minimum salary you would accept? When this happens, provide a salary range and not an actual dollar amount. If you are offered a salary lower than your expectations, you can say it is less than you expected and be prepared to state why based on your research. If salary is non-negotiable, you may be able to negotiate other things for example: bonuses, health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, pension plans, tuition reimbursement, company car, expense account, paid parking, relocation expenses etc. You may ask for 1-2 days to evaluate the final compensation package (salary, benefits, incentives, etc.). Ask for the offer in writing then send an acceptance letter outlining your understanding of the offer, your appreciation and excitement for working with the company. If you choose not to accept, send a letter declining the offer.

BUDGETING To determine your take home pay consider the following: Salary $_______________ 35% tax/social security

-$_______________

Insurance

-$_______________

Retirement/life insurance

-$_______________

Deductibles -$_______________ **Take Home Pay

$_______________

Now, create your budget and begin an emergency savings account (at least one month’s salary). The goal is to have an emergency savings account that equals three months’ salary should anything go wrong. If you can’t afford to save, then get a second job. Once your emergency savings account is in place, begin saving for retirement. 38

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do negotiate NEGOTIATING YOUR SALARY FIRST OF ALL – DO NEGOTIATE!

It can add up to higher earnings over the course of your career. Make sure you know a typical salary and benefits range for the position before the negotiation. Citation www.payscale.com/salary-negotiation-guide/the-art-ofnegotiating-your-first-job-offer

BE ENTHUSIASTIC

Even if the offer is lower than you expected, an offer is an offer. If pushed to accept, ask to review the offer in writing, then weigh your options and do some research on how the offer stacks up. Don’t take too much time; they have a job they need to fill.

IF YOU’RE GOING TO ASK FOR MORE MONEY, DON’T ASSUME THAT SAYING THEIR OFFER IS LOWER THAN THE AVERAGE WILL WORK Compliment your salary research with an explanation of what you want and why.

BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU ASK

Be ambitious, but realistic about what you ask for, and always back up your request with data about the company, the job title and the role’s responsibilities.

USE THE OFFER CALL

Call or email to ask about benefits in addition to salary. A full-time but hourly job might not come with benefits, whereas some companies provide benefits that end up being worth 50% of your salary. Consider your entire benefits package. SPEAKING OF THE BENEFITS PACKAGE

Look at vacation time, moving allowance, and signing bonus. It’s not typical for entry-level employees to be offered all of these, but it’s important to know if any are not included, as you may be able to negotiate these into your offer. BE PROMPT Once you’ve researched, respond quickly. Lead the negotiation with enthusiasm. You’re still interested in the job and want to make it work. IF YOU’RE GOING TO ASK FOR SOMETHING, BE PREPARED TO EXPLAIN WHAT YOU WANT, WHY YOU WANT IT, AND HOW IT WILL BENEFIT THE COMPANY Example: “I’d like to start on September 1st instead of August 1st as I would benefit from some extra moving time and then be able to start with all of my energy focused on learning the job.”

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH HELP (PATH) PROGRAM The PATH Program is a mentorship program for African-American males and is designed to encourage and support students through guidance and engagement to enhance academic and personal success.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS PROGRAM! PROGRAM BENEFITS: • Annual scholarship worth $1,000 • Intensive mentorship • Career development and networking education • Financial literacy skills training • Leadership and communication development

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: • Currently making satisfactory academic progress = 2.0 GPA • Must attend weekly meetings with PATH Program staff and mentors • Complete required trainings as assigned • Must attend required campus and community events

For more information, please contact: Doneyne Smith at PATH@tamut.edu or 903-334-6753

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ACCEPTING THE JOB OFFER 7101 University Avenue Texarkana, Texas 75503 May 25, 2020 Mr. Joseph Harris Associate Director Smithfield & Associates 222 West 29th Avenue Tyler, TX 75701 Dear Mr. Harris: It is my pleasure to accept the offer to join Smithfield & Associates as an accountant. I look forward to working with you. Per our telephone conversation on May 2, 2020, I understand the monthly salary will be $__________ with benefits to include medical, dental and vision. I also understand the company will pay my relocation and moving expenses up to $7,000. My start date is June 15, 2020. Thank you for sending the employment paperwork. I will complete it and bring it with me on June 15th. Sincerely, Ace Eagle

DECLINING THE JOB OFFER Texarkana, Texas 75503 May 25, 2020 Mr. Joseph Harris Associate Director Smithfield & Associates 222 West 29th Avenue Tyler, TX 75701 Dear Mr. Harris: Thank you for the Accountant position with Smithfield & Associates offer. After much consideration, I have decided to accept a similar offer with another firm. I believe this position is a better fit for my future goals. I want to thank you again for your time and consideration. I appreciate your interest in me, and wish you all the best. Sincerely, Ace Eagle

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FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB TIPS FOR SUCCESS ON THE FIRST YEAR OF YOUR JOB Make the most of your first job and it will more than likely lead the way to future success. •

Arrive early and stay late to prove you are ready to work hard.

Send work emails early and/or late in the day to show you are present and productive.

Provide your boss with updates on the status of your projects and ask for help when you need it, but try to figure it out on your own first.

Do not miss work time unless you absolutely need to, but then work from home or put in extra hours to catch up when you return.

Avoid continual checks of your cell phone and social media at work. If necessary, do so in private.

Continue to build your professional network on LinkedIn.

Introduce yourself to as many co-workers as possible and learn about the role they play and the work done by their department.

Offer to help others out during crunch time, but only after consulting with your supervisor.

Seek out mentors who can coach you towards success.

Surround yourself with positive people and don’t ever gripe or complain to co-workers.

Be a team player and treat others positively at your own level (or below).

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PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS

1.

THINKING ABOUT MEDICAL SCHOOL?

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES SOUGHT IN POTENTIAL MEDICAL STUDENTS: • • • • • •

Lifelong learner Resilient and adaptable Integrity and ethics Reliability and dependability Service orientation Interpersonal and Teamwork

THESE ARE THE FACTORS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION: • • • • • •

Choice of major and GPA Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores; visit www.aamc.org/students/mcat Shadowing, volunteering, and work experiences in the medical environment Leadership, community service, and research activities Letters of recommendation Personal essay – describing your motivation for a career in this field

TAMUT PRE-MED SOCIETY For more information on joining, contact Dr. Ben Neuman, professor of biology, at Bneuman@tamut.edu

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2.

THINKING ABOUT LAW SCHOOL? • •

Are you good at analytical reasoning, research, communication and critical analysis of written works? Have you researched what lawyers really do and the multiple practice areas available to choose from? Does it interest you?

THESE ARE THE FACTORS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION: • GPA • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores – offered each year in Feb/Jun/Sept/Oct and Dec. The best time to take the test is in June preceding your application. Visit www.lsac.org • The application packet – recommendation letters, personal statement, community service, leadership and extracurricular experiences Preparation • Choose a major that interests you, law schools appreciate mastery of the subject more than the subject alone • Choose courses that focus on writing and analytical skills, both are important in the legal field • Join the pre-law student organization and participate in Eagle job Shadow TAMUT PHI DELTA PI For more information on joining, contact Dr. Gary Bugh, professor of political science, at Gary.Bugh@tamut.edu.

ABBY HEATH, POLITICAL SCIENCE Through the Career Development office and online job database, Hire an Eagle, I found my internship at White & Marks Law Firm. I am a student worker in Career Development and while managing the database I came across an internship from a local Law Firm. I contacted them and set up an interview the same week. I wouldn’t have found this amazing opportunity without Career Development and Hire an Eagle. This is an important resource for students to use while attending TAMUT.

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ESSAYS & PERSONAL STATEMENTS WHEN APPLYING FOR GRAD SCHOOL Basically, tell your story, provide an introduction that peaks your reader’s interest, paragraphs with main points and details with a strong persuasive conclusion. You want to engage and persuade your reader to pick you for their program. Create an outline include three–four main areas from your background and emphasis your skills and accomplishments that make you a viable candidate.

THINK ABOUT • • • •

How has your education prepared your for graduate study? (Include specific classes and research projects) How has your work (paid/non-paid) prepared you for graduate study? Why are you interested in this program? What motivates you to complete a graduate program?

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS • • •

Be sure to write about the topics or questions required Stay within the length required Ensure the font style and pt. size required

BE CONCISE •

Give relevant examples when possible – tell what motivated you to apply

EDIT • • •

Be prepared to edit your statement a few times Career Development can assist you with editing and fine tuning your statement Proofread your final draft for errors

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CBET Master’s Degrees

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• Supply Chain Management Electrical Engineering Computer Science Concentrations in: • Cyber Security • Software Engineering Mathematics


TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-TEXARKANA UNIVERSITY POLICE • 7 licensed, commissioned Police Officers • Happy to walk you to your car, to class, or to Starbucks • 1,224,353 steps (that’s 612 miles!) taken this year patroling buildings • R.A.D. Training available (Rape Aggression Defense training, a women’s selfdefense class)

COFFEE WITH A COP

Enjoy FREE coffee and pastries while you get to know your UPD officers at Coffee with a Cop.

EMERGENCY BLUE BOY PHONES

TAMUT has eight emergency Blue Boy phones on campus. In an emergency, simply push the call button and you will be connected to an officer..

UPD CONTACT : 903.334.6611

UPD SERVICES

We can provide a jump-start, help change your tire, help fill your tire with air, or if you accidentaly lock yourself out of your car, we can help. CAREER GUIDE

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TO OUR 2019-2020 EAGLE CAREER PARTNERS!

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ALUMNI Eagle for Life

You’ve heard in your college career that “networking” is your best source for advancing your chosen career after college. But what does this mean? There are many ways to network: attend college and career fairs, use career services counseling and attend events, and Internet searches. But one of the most valuable resources is right here at A&M-Texarkana. It’s the TAMUT Alumni!

Attend Alumni Events

Whether on campus or in the community, attending events will provide opportunities to meet former students and local business owners that hire A&M-Texarkana graduates.

A&M-TEXARKANA ALUMNI AND YOUR CAREER CONNECTIONS

Schedule Meetings with Connections

After attending events and networking, schedule meetings with your connections and ask to visit their company, shadow them in their job (or employee jobs), and interview them to find out more about their company. Send an email request that says “I really enjoyed meeting you at the gallery reception. Your work in marketing sounded quite exciting. Might it be possible for us to meet for an informational consultation so I can gain a more complete understanding of what it takes to build a career in the field?”

Use LinkedIn and Social Media

Be sure you join the LinkedIn group for Texas A&M-Texarkana. Reach out to alumni and send messages emphasizing that you are a student with an interest in their field. Develop your own profile and make sure it is fully developed. Social media can also provide an excellent opportunities to connect with alumni. Message your friends who might be good prospects or post a status update like “I’m exploring career options in [insert field]. Do you have any contacts working in this field for an informational meeting.”

www.TAMUT.edu/alumni Networking provides the direction for your goals!

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