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Career & Professional

Development Manual

What’s Inside Resumes Cover Letters Interview Tips & Preparation Graduate School Preparation & Major Exploration


Table Of Contents dĂďůĞŽĨŽŶƚĞŶƚƐ ϭ͘ Introduction to National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Ϯ͘ NACE Competencies ϯ͘ NACE General and Toolbox Workshops ϰ͘ How to Write a Resume ϱ͘ Sample Resumes ϲ͘ How to Write a Curriculum Vitae (CV) ϳ͘ Sample Curriculum Vitae (CV) ϴ͘ How to Write ĂCover Letter ϵ͘ Sample Cover Letter ϭϬ͘ How to Write an Aspirational Resume ϭϭ͘ Sample Aspirational Resumes ϭϮ͘ Sample Behavioral Questions ϭϯ͘ Sample Interview Questions to Ask the Employer ϭϰ͘ Graduate School Timeline ϭϱ͘ Graduate School Preparation: Letters of Recommendation ϭϲ͘ tŚĂƚĐĂŶ/ĚŽǁŝƚŚƚŚŝƐŵĂũŽƌ͍

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Introduction to National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) developed and identified a set of competencies that they expect college graduates to demonstrate. NACE believes that college graduates are better prepared to enter the workforce successfully if they possess those 8 skills. The competencies include: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/ Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Digital Technology, Leadership, Professional/Work Ethic, Career Management, and Global/Intercultural Fluency. Knowing these competencies allows students to be aware of which competencies they need to develop. In addition, ĂǁĂƌĞŶĞƐƐ of these skills allows for students to learn how to articulate direct examples of the competencies to potential employers. Throughout their undergraduate experience students can develop these skills by being intentional in seeking out opportunities to enhance and develop the 8 competencies. The NACE competencies have been integrated into our workshops to support students career and professional development.

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Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of necessary competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.

Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

LEADERSHIP

Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

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Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

TEAMWORK/ COLLABORATION

Professionalism/Work Ethic:

Career Management:

GLOBAL/INTERCULTURAL FLUENCY

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

CAREER MANAGEMENT

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving :

ORAL / WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS

PROFESSIONALISM / WORK ETHIC

CRITICAL THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING

( National Association of College & Employers, 2017)

Teamwork/Collaboration Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.


How to Write a Resume Please remember to input all five or at least one of the following areas in your resume: ACTION: ALWAYS begin with a verb. Focus on one responsibility/task/skill per bullet point QUANTIFIERS͗;E.g. How often, how many customers you served, how many people you managed, average sales, what kind of data, etc.) ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Increased sales, generate repeat customers, recognitions received, promoted after two months of employment. RESULTS: tŚĂƚǁĂƐƚŚĞƌĞĂƐŽŶĂŶĚͬŽƌƌĞƐƵůƚŽĨƚŚĞĂĐƚŝŽŶƚŚĂƚLJŽƵƚŽŽŬ͘ MESSAGE/ SOFT SKILLS: INTANGIBLES – things that someone cannot tell by looking at you. These are things that demonstrate your personality and work ethic such as listening skills, ability to work in a fast paced environment, friendly, communication skills, following directions, multi-taskŝŶŐ, and workŝŶŐ in a fast paced environment, workŝŶŐ as a team, and workŝŶŐ with diverse populations, etc. These are never directly stated on a resume, but rather inferred based on your experience. Don’t tell an employer you can work in a fast paced environment, rather show them.

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My resume is clear, concise and makes a positive impression in 30 seconds or less. There are no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors. My resume is one page. My resume presents skills and accomplishments that match employer requirements. My resume accurately summarizes my qualifications. Statements of job accomplishments on my resume start with action verbs. My resume is organized, easy to read and has a balance between content and white space. The type font is Times New Roman, Arial, Century, Helvetica or Verdana. The font size on my resume is 10, 11 or 12 point. Do not put references on your resume or references upon request. Make sure your references are aware you are listing them.

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Sample Accounting Resume Sally Student

Carson, CA 90746 Ć’ 123-456-7890 Ć’ sallystudent@gmamail.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/sally-student/ EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, Business Administration - Accounting California State University Dominguez Hills, (CSUDH) Carson, CA

Graduation: May 2019 CPA Eligible: May 2019

Overall GPA: 3.3 & Major GPA: 3.6 Athletics Honor Roll: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 Outstanding Student Services Dward nominee: Spring 2016 EXPERIENCE Associated Students Inc. CSUDH Carson CA Sept. 2015-Present x Active board member, housing and athletic liaison position x Discuss issues surrounding the student population using a parliamentary system x Coordinate SURJUDPPLQJ of student activities to stimulate interest from the student body x Developed communication amongst students, administration and facultyto represent the bestinterests of the general student body x Learned the importance of collaboration by connecting Housing, Athletics and the other parts of the campus through campus events and SURJUDPPLQJ Residential Advisor (RA) CSUDH, University HousingCarson CA Sept. 2015-Present x Manage 96 residents to succeed in enhancing their professional and personal skills by hosting presentation and workshops with the career center and other university departments x Lead, communicate and collaborate with a team of RA’s to ensure goals and measurable outcomes are met. x Organize and conduct administrative duties on a weekly basis x Learned the value of teamwork and collaboration Wo ensure smooth running of the housingcomplex through response triage in emergency situations DQGWKHuse of trainedtechniquesIRUFXUUHQWVWXGHQWV PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, START Intern Los Angeles, CA x x x

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Engaged in work assignments within the Internal Firm Services Group, which included, but not limited to, Marketing and Sales, Human Resources, Learning and Development and US IT Gained exposure to Partners, Principals and other staff through shadow experiences, which also enabled me to familiarize myself with the firm’s lines of services Utilized problem solving, analytical, research and organizational skills to understand the business and assist teams in real life projects focused on knowledge management, serving our clients, and internal firmservices initiatives that support PwC’s business development

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE C68'+ Accounting Society0HPEHU ASI, Inc. Housing and Athletics Liaison &68'+ Men’s Soccer

Fall 2015-Present Fall 2015-Present Fall 2015-Present

SKILLS x x

Language: Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

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Sample Athletics Resume Bridget Walker Carson, CA 90747

Walkerb@gmail.com

213-555-1310

Education: Master of Arts, Sport Management University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA Bachelor of Arts, Physical EducationConcentration: Fitness Director California State University Dominguez Hills Carson, CA Associate of Arts, Health Education Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA

May 2018 May 2016 May 2014

Experience: Soccer Coach, Girls Got Goals, Jamestown Community Center San Francisco, CA Sept. 2017-Dec. 2017 x Instructed soccer fundamentals for girls ages 10-12 x Emphasized teamwork and collaboration amongst the players x Communicated with parents, team members, officials, and community on upcoming games and practices x Developed soccer techniques as well as character during twice a week practices Tutor, CSU'+ Athletics DepartmentCarson, CA Jan. 2017-May 2017 x Coordinated study sessions among athletes based on subject matter resulting in 5% increase in team GPA x Clarified subject specific information for 10-13 athletes per week during study hall x Recruited tutors for math and science athletes x Set individual SMART goals with athletes during study halOWRLncrease gradesDQGPRWLYDWLRQ Peer Mentor, Educational Opportunity Program, CSUDH Carson, CA Aug. 2014- Dec. 2016 x Served as a role model for three new students entering CSUDH x Provided resources and information to mentee for academic, professional, and social success x Coordinated biweekly meetings with mentee to revisit goals and accomplishments Youth Health and Wellness Intern, Boys and Girls Club of Irvine Irvine, CA Apr. 2013-May 2014 x Instructed and motivated middle school age students through physical education activities whichresulted in a 10% increase in after school attendance among students x Supervised practices and other recreational camp activities during designated times x Organized drills and recreational games for students participating in weekly summer camps Collegiate Athletics: University of San Francisco Division I Women’s Soccer TeamSan Francisco, CA x Coordinated on-campus NCAA Diversity Workshop x Contributed to newsletter for student-athletes

Jul. 201-Jan. 2017

CSUDH, Division II Women’s Soccer Team Carson, CA Jun. 2014- Feb 2016 x Served as Team Captain: June 2015- December 2015 x Participant in two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) soccer tournaments x Devoted an average of 25 hours per week to training, conditioning, practices, meetings, travel and games

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Sample Business Resume Julia Martinez Los Angeles, CA 90007 310-243-3625 juliamartinez@yahoo.com

Education:

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May 2017

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)Carson, CA Associate RI Science, Business Management May 2014 El Camino College Torrance, CA Relevant Coursework: Financial Accounting, Management Theory, Employment Communications, Operations Management

Honors & Awards:

&68'+ Presidential Scholarship &68'+ Dean’s List

Fall 2017 Fall 2015

Experience:

Intern, Department of Human Resources- County of Los Angeles/RV$QJHOHV&$ x x x x

6HSW2016 – Present Assist HR department in design, build, and implementation of new County University program that trains all county employees in providing better customer care to constituents. Build relationships between colleges/universities and the LA County HR Dept. in order to inform students of internship opportunities Construct communication materials to market and inform employees about County University Program Conduct research and enter results in databases to be used as a resource bank for training materials

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Sandwich Artist, Subway Los Angeles, CA x Greeted customers and offered recommendations to meet their needs x Performed end of shift audit of transactions to ensure accurate cash drawer balances x Cleaned and sanitized food preparation areas in accordance with state health board regulations

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Skills: x x x x x

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Higher Education Resume Carson, CA 90747

Alyssa Jackson

Careercenter@csudh.edu

310-243-3625

EDUCATION California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Carson, CA Master of Science, School Counseling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; College Counseling Option

May 2017

California State University Long Beach (CSULB)Long Beach, CA Bachelor of Science, Business Administration-Marketing Concentration

May 2011

CSU Study Abroad â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Florence, Italy

Summer 2010

Honors & Awards: CSULB Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List Fall 2010 CSULB Center for International Education Study Abroad Scholarship COUNSELING EXPERIENCE Carson High School May 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Present College Access Mentor Carson, CA x Help high school students set personal and professional goals to increase their motivation and persistence efforts towards graduation and collegeattendance x Advise students on various admission procedures including college applications, financial aid, and SAT/ACT testing x Plan visits and WDNH students to local colleges to help them get a sense of the campus environment and connect to recruiters and counselors CSUDH, Career Center September 2015 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 2016 Career Counselor Intern Carson, CA x Advised students in areas such as major selection, job search process, interviewing, graduate school, and personal development x Assisted in planning and hosting career fairs and informational workshops x Evaluated and critiqued student resumes, cover letters, and personal statements, enhancing their level of professionalism CSULB Learning Assistance Center August 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 2011 Writing TutorLong Beach, CA x Met weekly with 20-25 students in 30 minute sessions helping with topics such as thesis, paper structure, and grammar x Participated in monthly staff trainings to enhance competencies in the aforementioned areas x Created and presented workshops designed to teach studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the basics of academic writing structure and various styles including MLA and APA format ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Southern Wine & Spirits Los Angeles, CA Chain Territory Manager x Managed a territory of 18 retail accounts ensuring accurately pricing and identifying upsell opportunities x Developed relationships with store managers to increase future sales x Collaborated with outside suppliers to support their sales goals and promotional offerings Chiliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Manhattan Beach CA Server x Managed a section of 5-8 tables with average nightly sales of $600 - $1,000 x Trained new team members on sequence of service and company standards x Performed general end of shift accounting duties to ensure accurate cash and credit card balances

June 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 2014

May 2008 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; February 2010

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Sample Computer Science Resume Martin Sharpe

Los Angeles, CA 90089 martinsharpe@gmail.com (310) 243- 3625 EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, Computer Science California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Carson, CA           

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Relevant Coursework: Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Programming Languages, World Wide Web Design & Management, Advanced Computer Graphics, Discrete Mathematics Technical Summary: Java, C++ Programming, Stata, MiniTab, Photoshop Languages: Fluent in Spanish RELATED EXPERIENCE Student Assistant, CSUDH Information Technology ServicesCarson, CA x Provide network support to students, faculty, and staff x Set up remote user workstations and connectivity x Install, upgrade, and configure computer hard drives Classroom Support Aid, CSUDH Information Technology, Carson, CA x Assist Iaculty in use of classroom technology x Partner with Hvent services to help classroom users with audio/ visual equipment x Replace bulbs for permanently installed projectors in labs and classrooms x Perform maintenance on all classroom equipment IT Intern, MTV Networks, Santa Monica, CA x Provided help desk and email support for in house and off site x Maintained network equipment including servers, routers, and switches x Documented problems and solutions in help desk ticketing system

Jun. 2017 – Present

Jan. 2017 – Present

May 2016 – Aug. 2016

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Sunday School Volunteer, St. Francis Parish, Los Angeles, CA Jul. 2015 – Present x Co instruct a class of 15 students ages 5-10 x Create weekly activities that align with scripture lessons x Design informational flyers highlighting the program to parents and outside community members Customer Service Representative, AT&T, Houston, TX Jul. 2013 – Aug. 2015 x Analyzed technological issues with devices and determined necessary repairs x Provided customers with extensive knowledge of company products and services including plan details, payment options, and upgrade policies x Translated company documents for Spanish speaking customers

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Sample Nursing Resume Carson, CA 90747

Lamar Caswell

careercenter@csudh.edu

310-243-3625

Education:

Master of Science, Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia (MSN) California State University Fullerton &68)  Fullerton, CA

May 2017

Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN) California State University Long Beach &68/% /RQJ%HDFKCA

May 2014

Associate of Science, Nursing (ADN) Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA

May 2012

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Kaiser Permanente, Brea, CA

May 2017-Present Conduct anesthetic evaluation of patients prior to surgical procedures in operating room and document according to hospital policy and procedures x Communicate with surgeons and patients about major anesthetic risks to ensure patients proper understanding of side effects x Develop care regime for patient, review the regime with supervising patient, and administer selected anesthesia x Monitor patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vital signs, blood pressure, and observe for significant physical changes Registered Nurse, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Lakewood, CA April 2014- January 2017 x Educated patients about experienced health conditions x Administered vaccines to patients for preventative health care x Provided emotional support for patients seeing the physician x Reported symptom changes in patients to primary physician Obstetrics Nurse Intern, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Long Beach, CA January 2012- May 2012 x Advised patients concerning diet, contraceptives, and hygiene x Explained after birth care of new babies to parents x Cared for babies immediately after birth for cleaning and hearing test x Conducted mammograms x Administered HPV vaccines Peer Educator, CSULB Student Health Center, Long Beach, CA October 2012- May 2014 x Taught workshops for CSULB students on sexual health, stress reduction, drugs, alcohol, misconduct, etc. x Implemented outreach events on campus to increase awareness about different health topics x Assisted health educators and supervisors with special projects x Managed the Student Health Center Vsocial media presence Program Assistant, United States Veterans Initiative, Inglewood, CA September 2010â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 2011 x Maintained confidential patient files for case managers x Assisted case managers in providing career related counseling to clients x Developed presentations and workshops for veteran professional development purposes x Maintained programming budget while planning for the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events x

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&RPSXWHU: MAC and PC Platforms; Microsoft2IILFH Suite; Adobe Suite; HTML /DQJXDJHV: Proficient in French

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Sample Student Involvement Resume Teresa Toro

Carson, CA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; teresatoro@gmail.com Âą(310) 243-3625 EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Minor, Behavioral Science California State University, Dominguez Hills, (CSUDH) Carson, CA EXPERIENCE Peer Mentor CSUDH Equal Opportunity Program Carson, CA x Guide cohort of 30 freshmen to help with their college transition x Mentor students in topics such as study habits, time management, and campus resources x Create flyers to market events to the campus community Membership Chair Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Gamma Chapter, CSUDH Carson, CA x Increase membership by 4% through the recruitment process x Develop programLQJ to welcome new initiates and to foster sisterhood bonds x Coordinate and lead community service projects for 150 member pledge class Program Assistant Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Glendale, CA x Assessed callersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mental conditions and determine emergency services as needed x Provided short term counseling support for callers x Participated in ongoing trainings regarding mental health and suicide prevention

Dec. 2018 GPA: 3.8

May 2016 - Present

Sept. 2015 - Present

Jan. 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jun. 2015

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Babysitter Smith Household Victorville, CA Jan. 2016 - Present x Established positive relationship with the children by designing creative games and activities x Maintained a healthy and safe environment for children to eat and play x Prepared healthy meals for lunch and dinner that the children enjoyed MentorTed Watkins Summer Day Camp Los Angeles, CA Jun. 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 2016 x Educated a group of  teenagers about the different types of local colleges available in Los Angeles x Taught teenagers how to build self-esteem and leadership skills x Chaperoned weekly field trips to amusement parks, zoos, and water parks as a fun reward for campers SKILLS & CERTIFICATIONS x &RPSXWHU: Microsoft â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, CRM Client Management Software x /DQJXDJHV: Conversational Spanish x &HUWLILFDWLRQV: CPR Certified (June 2017), Certificate in Behavioral Intervention & Autism (July 2016) HONORS & AFFILIATIONS x Member, Psi Chi Honor Society, CSUDH x CSUDH Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List

Fall 2016 - Present Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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Sample Study Abroad Resume Timothy Toro

Carson, CA - CareerCenter@csudh.edu - (310) 243-3625 EDUCATION California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH); , Carson Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Minor, Spanish Institute for International Education, Barcelona, Spain Study Abroad, Spanish Intensive Language Program

December 2017 GPA: 3.8 Summer 2016

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE CSUDH International Education Program; Carson, CA May 2016 - Present Global Sibling • Guide assigned group of 10 incoming international students to help with their college transition • Mentor students in topics such as study habits, time management, and campus resources • Create flyers to market events about international education to the campus community Institute for International Education; Barcelona, Spain May 2016 - August 2016 Independent Research Project • Used primary research methods to study college students’ perspective on Spanish education system • Combined research into comprehensive report and presented findings in a department-wide symposium Study Abroad • Learned to establish rapport quickly with individuals in an unfamiliar environment • Used communication and organization skills to navigate through new cities • Managed finances in varying currencies to develop a budget for the semester ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Organización Latina Estudiantil, CSUDH, Carson, CA September 2015 - Present Director of Operations • Record minutes from general assembly and executive board meetings and distribute them to all members • Develop newsletter to keep campus community informed regarding OLE’s events • Coordinate and lead community service projects for 150 members Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services; Glendale, CA January 2014 - June 2015 Program Assistant • Assessed callers’ mental conditions and determined emergency services as needed • Provided short term counseling support for callers • Participated in ongoing trainings regarding mental health and suicide prevention SKILLS • Computer: Microsoft – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, CRM Client Management Software • Languages: Fluent in Spanish, Basic French and Italian • International Travel: Spanish, Portugal, France, and Italy

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Sample Teacher Resume Gardena, C$

Jennifer S. Smith 310-243-3625

jennifersmith@gmail.com

Summary: x Four years of classroom experience working with diverse students; e.g., ELD, students with disabilities x Bilingual in English and Spanish x Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Suite Education: California State University, Dominguez Hills &68'+  Carson, CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with English Learner Authorization CSET I, II, III Feb. 2017 Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, History Option GPA 3.4

May 2018 May 2016

Related Experience: Spring 2018 Student Teacher, 5th Grade, XYZ School Los Angeles, CA x Assisted teacher in developing curriculum for directed differentiated small and large group instruction in writing x Worked with non-native English speakers on language development x Started after-school homework program to increase literacy for students who were performing far-below basic Fall 2017

Student Teacher, 2nd Grade, ABC School Los Angeles, CA x Helped teacher develop literature curriculum x Prepared new Science/Language Arts unit on life cycle of butterflies where students kept a daily log of what they observed and then wrote a report summarizing what they observed x Co-taught Path lessons on multiplication with Dual Immersion teacher

Jan-Aug 2017 x Jan-Dec 2016

Intake Coordinator, Gardena Parenting Center Gardena, CA Assessed problems of Spanish-speaking families for referral to social worker

College Aide, 1st Grade, QRS School Gardena, CA x Assisted culturally diverse classroom of students with learning addition/subtraction, both one-on-one and in small groups, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners

Additional Experience: Oct 2015-Aug 2016 Sales Representative, Macy’s Torrance, CA x Provided customer service in English/Spanish; trained new employees Honors and Affiliations: x x

Scholarship Recipient, California Teachers Association CSUDH Dean’s List

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How to Write a Curriculum Vitae (CV) Sample Steps to Developing a Curriculum Vitae: Contact Information: Full name, Mailing Address: Permanent, E-mail: Email address that will not expire, Phone number(s). Education: • Reverse chronological order (include current educational work) - PhD, Masters, Undergraduate • Only include diploma distinctions • List the school’s names correctly • Degrees/certifications are what’s important – not the time spent • Thesis/Dissertation titles listed Honors and Awards • Honors/Award Title: Date(s) received • Scholarships: Date(s) received Professional, Volunteer, and Extracurricular Experience: •Teaching, laboratory, and field experiences • Only include those items relevant to academic experiences • No descriptions • If listing research, include the lab and director/principle investigator • Presented in reverse chronological order • It’s better to have long-term items or very relevant items on a shorter list than everything listed • Student organizations go here Research Experience • List in reverse chronological order • Make sure you state your supervisors title, unless it truly was your lab ownership • Include any grant funds you were awarded Publications and Presentations • List publications & presentations in reverse chronological order • Always bold your name in authorship • You may include submitted and/or pending publications and/or presentations • Presentations may be small or large, but should be pertinent and relevant • Make sure you have copies of your publications and/or presentations Research Interests: • List 4 of them: Creativity counts/ be specific. Make sure they are concrete, and reflect youƌŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚƐ Added Qualifications should: x Include language fluency (add level- “fluent, conversational,”) CV CHECKLIST 9 My CV is clear, concise and complete, and up-to-date with current employment and educational

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information. There are no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors. My CV presents skills and accomplishments that match employer requirements. My CV accurately summarizes my qualifications. The type font is Times New Roman, Arial, Century, Courier, Helvetica or Verdana. The type size on my resume is 10, 11 or 12 point.

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Sample Curriculum Vitae Melissa Smith

Torrance, CA 310-555-5309 melsmith@gmail.com EDUCATION: Ph.D., Psychology, University of Texa Dissertation: Assessing Development of Implicit Intergroup Cognition in Relation to In-groups and Out-groups Dissertation Advisor: Nathan Walker, Ph.D.

December 20XX

Master of Arts, Counseling, Clinical, Mental Health, San Diego State University Research Focus: Attachment Theory, Close Relationships, Psychometrics

June 20XX

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Research Focus: Prospective Memory, Stereotyping, and attitudes RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Urban Community Research Center, San Diego State University Survey Administrator

May 20XX

September 20XX – May 20XX

Department of Psychology, CSUDH Summer Research Assistant

June 20XX – August 20XX

PRESENTATIONS: Smith, M. (20XX, March). Adolescent Development and Attachment Theory. Poster presented at the Spring Graduate Research Fair. San Diego State University; San Diego, CA PUBLISHED WORK: Advisor Williams, J., Graduate, Jones, T., & Smith, M., (February, 20XX). “Religious Perspectives on Teaching in the African American Community”. Journal of Applied Psychology, 23 (5), 80-92. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: American Psychological Association (APA) COMMITTEES: Member, San Diego State University (SDSU) Student Retention Committee Postdoctoral Representative on University of Texas Genetic Manipulation Safety Committee 2012-2013 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Teaching Assistant, University of Texas; Austin, Texas Course: Lifespan Development Course: Crisis Counseling, Prevention, and Intervention in Schools

June 20XX – Present

Resident Director, Housing and Residence Life Office, SDSU, San Diego, CA June 20XX - July 20XX  Supervised and maintained optimal on-campus living environment for approximately 75 residents  Provided social support to residents, demonstrating advanced skills in conflict resolution, mentoring, and counseling  Organized group events to foster positive peer relationships and promote successful college transition Psychology Tutor, CSUDH; Carson, CA July 20XX – September 20XX  Provided individual tutoring assistance to students in general psychology courses  Assisted with preparation for laboratory exercises for students in several psychology courses. Honors and Awards:  Janet T. Space Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University of Texas  Presidential Award for Outstanding Student, CSUDH  McNair Scholar, CSUDH  Dreamers Scholarship, CSUDH

Spring 20XX-Fall20XX Spring 20XX Fall 20XX Fall 20XX

PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Counseling Psychology, Teaching, Higher Education, Relationship Development

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How to Write a Cover Letter Cover Letter Basics

Please note: Your cover letter is your introduction to your resume. The main point of a cover letter is to highlight your resume experience to the job description you are applying for. Look at the job description and be sure the phrases relate directly to those in your cover letter and resume. A Cover Letter Should Be: Concise, Clear, and Convincing. Do not try to create a generic letter, it should be personal and geared toward a specific position each time. Your Cover Letter should include: Contact Information: The employer’s full name, title, and complete address. Address them by Mr. or Ms. If you do not have this information, you can do your own research by looking through the company’s website or even calling and asking for the hiring manager’s name. Avoid using “to whom it may concern” when addressing or letter. Opening Paragraph (four - five sentences maximum): Introduce who you are, the position you are applying for, and how you heard about the position. Also͕ mention why you are interested in the position and company. Body paragraphs (one – two paragraphs maximum): The second paragraph should respond directly to the job description written by the hiring manager. Describe how your previous job experiences, skills, and abilities allow you to meet the company’s needs. Help the employer understand what you have to offer to their company. Conclusion (three – four sentences maximum): Called the “call to action” portion of your cover letter, inform ƚŚĞĞŵƉůŽLJĞƌ that you’d love to get interviewed. DĞŶƚŝŽŶ that you’ll be in contact with them͘Thank them for spending the time to consider you and read your letter.

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Sample Cover Letter Daniel Watson Carson, CA 90747 310-243-3625 'aniel.:atson@toromail.csudh.edu October 27, 2017 Ms. Karen Fields Communications Specialist The Office of University Public Relations and Communication, CSUDH 1000 E. Victoria Street Carson, CA Dear Ms. Fields: My name is Daniel Watson, a current undergraduate student majoring in &ommunications with an emphasis in Public Relations, at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m writing to you regarding the marketing internship position that opened up recently. I came across the job description on the CSUDH Handshake site and was delighted to find that my academic accomplishments meet all of the necessary requirements. I am seeking a challenging, but rewarding internship, which is why I was drawn to this exciting opportunity. As a CSUDH &ommunications major, I have acquired skills in advertising, marketing, PR, media crisis communication, company branding, and market research. Using my knowledge of the above, I designed a marketing campaign for a local pet grooming business that yielded the highest return on investment based on a limited budget. With that said the campaign was so well received that I was awarded third place in UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business plan competition. The internship listing describes a need for a student who will manage the university V social media, enjoys the work of the public relations field, and who will work hard. I believe my skills in the mentioned areas match your position V needs in which I can bring to the table I also offer a solid understanding of the different social media networks and NQRZ how to effectively use them in the public relations environment, a strong professional drive, and a passion for the public relations industry. I would be delighted to have an opportunity to interview with you. Feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience at 310-243-3625 or Daniel.:atson@toromail.csudh.edu. I appreciate your time and consideration. Sincerely, Daniel Watson CSUDHâ&#x20AC;˘ Welch Hall Room D360â&#x20AC;˘(310) 243-3625â&#x20AC;˘ careercenter@csudh.edu


How to Write an Aspirational Resume Special Note: Career aspirations help define ƚŚĞ career goals you have set out to achieve in your desired profession and clearly defines what you need to get there. Think about your career aspirations and set up a career road-map: o o o o

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? What are the work task you enjoy? What would you like be doing in three to five years from now? What would you like to achieve?

Six Steps to Developing an Aspirational Resume: ϭ͘ CONTACT INFORMATION: List your contact information at the top of your Aspiration Resume. It should include your name, city and zip code, phone number, and e-mail address. Ϯ͘ OBJECTIVE: Include the job title you are seeking. ϯ͘ EDUCATION: List your degrees in reverse chronological order with the most recent degree first as well as any study abroad experiences you may have. You may also include relevant coursework to highlight specific skills and knowledge. If your GPA is 3.0 or above, go ahead and list it in this section. ϰ͘ RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: List most recent experience first and do not overlook internships, lab research, and part-time employment. Use action verbs and write short phrases to highlight accomplishments and skills. ϱ͘ COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: List most recent experience first and do not overlook volunteer positions and mentor positions. Use action verbs and write short phrases to highlight accomplishment and skills. ϲ͘ HONORS & AFFILIATIONS: List most recent honor/award/scholarships first. Do not describe honor/award/scholarships, simply list them. Include participation in student organizations or clubs at your school in this section. RESUME CHECKLIST 9 My resume is clear and concise. 9 There are no spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors. 9 My resume is one page. 9 My resume presents skills and accomplishments that match my career goal. 9 My resume accurately summarizes my qualifications. 9 Statements of job accomplishments on my resume start with action verbs. 9 My resume is organized, easy to read and has a balance between content and white space. 9 The type font is Times New Roman, Arial, Century, Helvetica or Verdana. 9 The font size on my resume is 10, 11 or 12 point.

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Sample Human Resources Aspirational Resume Timothy Toro

&DUVRQ&$&DUHHU&HQWHU#FVXGKHGX Objective: To become a Human Resources Manager in Healthcare Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Concentration: Management and Human Resources California State University Dominguez Hills &68'+  Carson, CA

May 2019

Experience:

May 2016-Present Manager of Human Resources, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Carson, CA x Implement, administer and interpret corporate policies and procedures x Provide practical, consistent and proactive leadership to help thecompany achieve its objectives x Oversee all recruiting efforts in all areas and all external companybranding to attract top talent x Coach managers on handling difficult and complex issues x Diagnose problems and create appropriate solutions Administrative Intern I, City of Carson, Carson, CA May 2015-July 2015 x ResearchHG departmental concerns and analyze data to report to supervisor x Assisted in development and implementation of departmental policies and procedures x UpdateG databases, records, and documentation of employeeinformation and applications x Informed supervisor of policy and procedures being broken byemployees for investigation Student Assistant, Locker Student Union at CSUDH, Carson, CA Dec. 2014-June 2015 x Transitioned from student assistant to head student assistant after six months due to excellent work ethic x Arranged tables and chairs of university spaces according to diagram submitted by occupiers x Communicated with peers and supervisors daily to accomplish team tasks x Trained four new student assistantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over the course of three months on proper job procedures Human Resources Intern, Boys and Girls Club, Garden Grove, CA x ContactHG Boys and Girls club applicants to conduct and schedule interviews Aug. 2014-Dec. 2014 x AssistHG with background check process of new hires x CoordinateG placement for job opportunities in order to post accurate openings online x MaintainHG confidentiality of all applicant and employee personal and professional information x Ensured application process of potential new hires ZDV completedaccurately and in a timely manner Skills: /DQJXDJH: Fluent LQPortuguese &RPSXWHU: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, People Soft

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Sample Lawyer Aspirational Resume Selina Hernandez Lynwood, CA 90262 ¡ (310)243-3625 ¡ CareerCenter@csudh.edu

Objective: To become a Civil Rights Lawyer representing underserved populations. Education:

Juris Doctor, Concentration: Human Rights & Social Justice University of CaliforniaDavis Davis, CA Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Minor: Communications California State University Dominguez Hills &68'+  Carson, CA

May 2014 December 2017

Experience:

SumPer Intern, Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, CA Dept. of JusticeOakland, CA x x x x

May 2016-June 2016 Research innovative ways to combat discrimination in public accommodations Enforced civil rights laws alongside deputies in areas of hate crimes, human trafficking, immigrant rights, and equal education opportunities Sat on committee for the protection of Native American sacred and cultural sites Assisted with witness interviews by taking notes on witness statement to be used as evidence in court

Advocacy and Policy Intern, American Civil Liberties UnionSacramento, CA Aug. 2015-May 2016 x Drafted legal memos, legislative amendments, and bill position letters x Researched and briefed advocates and legislative coordinator on issues including criminal justice, education, freedom of expression, immigrantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights, LGBTQIA rights, reproductive justice, and voting rights before meetings x Interviewed potential clients to assist the attorneys with assessing the merits of their cases Community Intern, LGBTQIA Resource Center, UC Davis Davis, CA Oct. 2015-April 2016 x Educated students about LGBTQIA issues on the UC Davis campus through tabling, presentations, and workshops x Assessed, addressHG, educateGand advocated for the issues and needs of underrepresented andXQGHU VHUYHG communities on campus trough keeping events calendar and website up to date x Implemented and delivered programs on various community issues and topics that support the mission and goals of the LGBTQIA Resource Center and promote retention of LGBTQIA students. x Created a welcoming space at the center by greeting visitors as they come in and updating artwork on bulletin boards in the center Jan 2014-May 2014 Student Assistant, The Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies Davis, CA x Coordinated presentations, panels, and discussions happening in the center to connect students, faculty, and community members x Managed overall calendar of the Aoki center to ensure no conflicts with spaces and staff x Conducted presentations based on research on issues involving race, gender, & LGBTQ issues

Honors and Affiliations:

Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys Scholarship Recipient Jamia O. Barnes Memorial Scholarship, CSUDH Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

May 2014 Aug. 2011- July 2015 Aug. 2014- Dec. 2014 Fall 2013

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Sample Physical Therapist Aspirational Resume Antoine Johnson

Torrance, CA 90501 ¡ (310)243-3625 ¡ careercenter@csudh.edu

Objective: To become a physical therapist for a professional sports team in California. Education:

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Chapman UniversityOrange, CA Master of Science in Athletic Training, Chapman University Orange, CA Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology, Option Pre-Physical Therapy California State University, Dominguez Hills &68'+ Carson, C$

2019 2017 2015

Related coursework: Medical Terminology, Motor Learning, Therapeutic Modalities Relevant Experience:

Athletic Trainer, Oakland Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oakland, CA 3UHVHQW x Provide medical care for major league players with the Weam physician x Coordinate and facilitate doctorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; appointments around team meetings and practices x Communicate with the Athletic Training Staff, Weam physicians, ConditioningCoaches and Fomplexstaff Summer Intern, The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Society San Diego, CA 05/2017-08/2017 x Assisted strength and conditioning coach with maintenance programs for all players x Performed various administrative duties as assigned x Used electronic medical records system to record medical conditions of players x Implemented pre-game and pre-practice player preparation designed to prevent injury Athletic Training Student, Fullerton College Fullerton, CA 08/2016-05/2017 x Developed injury prevention programs, injury treatment and rehabilitation, educational programs andcounseling for student-athletes x Coordinated and scheduleG physical examinations and medical referrals for studentathletes to determinetheir ability to practice and compete x Provided athletic training services for the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic department, including attendance atscheduled team practices and home and away competitions as necessary Volleyball Coach, Chapman High School Orange CA 01/2015-08/2016 x Taught volleyball fundamentals to boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior varsity team x Monitored the academic performance of team members to ensure that eligibility requirements were metand encouraged student athletes to maintain a high academic standard x Developed a regular practice schedule and organized practice time to provide both individual and teamdevelopment x Maintained eligibility forms, emergency data cards, insurance records, equipment inventory, and otherrelated records Server, Chiliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant CaUson, CA 01/2013-06/2014 x Managed a section of 5-8 tables with average nightly sales of $600-$1,000 x Trained new team members on sequence of service and company standards x Performed general end of shift accounting duties to ensure accurate cash and credit card balances

Skills:

/DQJXDJHV: Conversational Italian &RPSXWHU: Microsoft 2IILFH Adobe SuiteSportsware electronic medical records system

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Sample Research Assistant Aspirational Resume Avery Smith /RV$QJHOHV&$Ä   Ä FDUHHUFHQWHU#FVXGKHGX

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Sample Social Worker Aspirational Resume Melissa Smith

Torrance, CA 90501 · (310)243-3625· melsmith@gmail.com EDUCATION: Master of Social Work, Concentration: Children, Youth, & Families California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

May 2020

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles

May 2017

Related coursework: The Individual in Society, Methods of Sociology Research, Applied Research RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: September. 20XX- Present Social Work Intern II LA County Dept. of Children & Family Services, Los Angeles, CA x Assist families in accessing community resources to alleviate risk and concerns that led to the involvement of DCFS and/or Juvenile Dependency Court x Support and collaborate with families and children that have come to the attention of DCFS under the supervision of an assigned DCFS staff member x Advocate for the families and children to identify the most permanent and safe living arrangement of the children, including adoption and legal guardianship if children cannot be reunited with their legal caregivers Suicide Prevention Crisis Line June 20XX- September 20XX Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, Orange, CA x Responded to callers of the Crisis Line for four hours a week ever week with intervention and prevention strategies x Provided crisis counseling and referrals to clients, and record accurate and objective case notes/narratives x Referred clients to outside organizations, such as hospitals or mental health clinics, for ongoing mental health treatment or services Babysitter Smith Household, Victorville, CA April 20XX - June 20XX x Established positive relationship with the children by designing creative games and activities x Maintained a health and safe environment for children to eat and play x Prepared healthy meals for lunch and dinner that the children enjoyed Mentor September. 20XX - Present Ted Watkins Summer Day Camp, Los Angeles, CA x Educate a group of twelve teenagers about the different types of local colleges available in Los Angeles x Teach teenagers how to build self-esteem and develop leadership skills x Chaperone weekly field trips to amusement parks, zoos, and water parks as a fun reward for campers HONORS & AFFILIATIONS: x Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work x President, CSUDH Sociology Club, x Dean’s List x Awarded, Anne Peters’ Memorial Scholarship,

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Sample Behavioral Based Interview Questions Asked by Employers ϭ͘ dĞůůŵĞĂůŝƚƚůĞĂďŽƵƚLJŽƵƌƐĞůĨ͍ Ϯ͘ ,ŽǁĚŝĚLJŽƵŚĞĂƌĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞƉŽƐŝƚŝŽŶ͍ ϯ͘ tŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵŬŶŽǁĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞĐŽŵƉĂŶLJ͍ ϰ͘ tŚLJĚŽLJŽƵǁĂŶƚƚŚŝƐũŽď͍ ϱ͘ tŚLJĚŝĚLJŽƵĐŚŽŽƐĞƚŽŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁǁŝƚŚŽƵƌŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƚŝŽŶ͍ ϲ͘ tŚLJƐŚŽƵůĚǁĞŚŝƌĞLJŽƵ͍ ϳ͘ tŚĂƚƋƵĂůŝĨŝĐĂƚŝŽŶƐĚŽLJŽƵŚĂǀĞƚŚĂƚŵĂŬĞLJŽƵďĞůŝĞǀĞLJŽƵǁŝůůďĞƐƵĐĐĞƐƐĨƵůŝŶƚŚŝƐƉŽƐŝƚŝŽŶ͍ ϴ͘ tŚĂƚĂƌĞLJŽƵƌŐƌĞĂƚĞƐƚƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŝŽŶĂůƐƚƌĞŶŐƚŚƐ͍ ϵ͘ tŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌƚŽďĞLJŽƵƌǁĞĂŬŶĞƐƐĞƐ͍ ϭϬ͘ tŚĂƚŝƐLJŽƵƌŐƌĞĂƚĞƐƚƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŝŽŶĂůĂĐŚŝĞǀĞŵĞŶƚ͍ ϭϭ͘ ,ĂǀĞLJŽƵĞǀĞƌŚĂĚĂŶLJĨĂŝůƵƌĞƐ͍tŚĂƚĚŝĚLJŽƵůĞĂƌŶĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŵ͍ ϭϮ͘ dĞůůŵĞĂďŽƵƚĂĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞŽƌĐŽŶĨůŝĐƚLJŽƵΖǀĞĨĂĐĞĚĂƚǁŽƌŬ͕ĂŶĚŚŽǁLJŽƵĚĞĂůƚǁŝƚŚŝƚ͘ ϭϯ͘ tŚĞƌĞĚŽLJŽƵƐĞĞLJŽƵƌƐĞůĨŝŶĨŝǀĞLJĞĂƌƐ͍ ϭϰ͘ tŚĂƚĂƌĞLJŽƵƌĐĂƌĞĞƌŐŽĂůƐĨŽƌƚŚĞŶĞdžƚϱ͕ϭϬ͕ŽƌϭϱLJĞĂƌƐ͍ ϭϱ͘ tŚĂƚΖƐLJŽƵƌĚƌĞĂŵũŽď͍ ϭϲ͘ tŚĂƚŽƚŚĞƌĐŽŵƉĂŶŝĞƐĂƌĞLJŽƵŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁŝŶŐǁŝƚŚ͍ ϭϳ͘ tŚLJĂƌĞLJŽƵůĞĂǀŝŶŐLJŽƵƌĐƵƌƌĞŶƚũŽď͍ ϭϴ͘ tŚLJǁĞƌĞLJŽƵĨŝƌĞĚ͍ ϭϵ͘ tŚĂƚĂƌĞLJŽƵůŽŽŬŝŶŐĨŽƌŝŶĂŶĞǁƉŽƐŝƚŝŽŶ͍ ϮϬ͘ tŚĂƚƚLJƉĞŽĨǁŽƌŬĞŶǀŝƌŽŶŵĞŶƚĚŽLJŽƵƉƌĞĨĞƌ͍ Ϯϭ͘ ƌĞLJŽƵĂďůĞƚŽǁŽƌŬŽŶƐĞǀĞƌĂůĂƐƐŝŐŶŵĞŶƚƐĂƚŽŶĐĞ͍ ϮϮ͘ tŚĂƚΖƐLJŽƵƌŵĂŶĂŐĞŵĞŶƚƐƚLJůĞ͍ Ϯϯ͘ dĞůůŵĞĂďŽƵƚĂƚŝŵĞLJŽƵĞdžĞƌĐŝƐĞĚůĞĂĚĞƌƐŚŝƉ͍ Ϯϰ͘ ĞƐĐƌŝďĞĂƐŝƚƵĂƚŝŽŶƚŚĂƚĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞĚLJŽƵƌĐŽŵŵƵŶŝĐĂƚŝŽŶƐŬŝůůƐ Ϯϱ͘ ŽLJŽƵƚŚŝŶŬLJŽƵƌŐƌĂĚĞƐĂĐĐƵƌĂƚĞůLJƌĞĨůĞĐƚLJŽƵƌĂďŝůŝƚLJ͍tŚLJ͍tŚLJŶŽƚ͍ Ϯϲ͘ dĞůůŵĞĂďŽƵƚĂƚŝŵĞLJŽƵĚŝƐĂŐƌĞĞĚǁŝƚŚĂĚĞĐŝƐŝŽŶƚŚĂƚǁĂƐŵĂĚĞĂƚǁŽƌŬ͍ Ϯϳ͘ ,ŽǁǁŽƵůĚLJŽƵƌďŽƐƐĂŶĚĐŽͲǁŽƌŬĞƌƐĚĞƐĐƌŝďĞLJŽƵƌǁŽƌŬĂŶĚĂƚƚŝƚƵĚĞ͍ Ϯϴ͘ tŚLJǁĂƐƚŚĞƌĞĂŐĂƉŝŶLJŽƵƌĞŵƉůŽLJŵĞŶƚ͍ Ϯϵ͘ ĂŶLJŽƵĞdžƉůĂŝŶǁŚLJLJŽƵĐŚĂŶŐĞĚĐĂƌĞĞƌƉĂƚŚƐ͍ ϯϬ͘ ,ŽǁĚŽLJŽƵĚĞĂůǁŝƚŚƉƌĞƐƐƵƌĞŽƌƐƚƌĞƐƐĨƵůƐŝƚƵĂƚŝŽŶƐ͍ ϯϭ͘ tŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚLJŽƵƌĨŝƌƐƚϯϬ͕ϲϬ͕ŽƌϵϬĚĂLJƐůŽŽŬůŝŬĞŝŶƚŚŝƐƌŽůĞ͍ ϯϮ͘ tŚĂƚĂƌĞLJŽƵƌƐĂůĂƌLJƌĞƋƵŝƌĞŵĞŶƚƐ͍ ϯϯ͘ ,ŽǁĚŽLJŽƵĨĞĞůĂďŽƵƚƚƌĂǀĞůͬƌĞůŽĐĂƚŝŽŶ͍ ϯϰ͘ 'ŝǀĞĂŶĞdžĂŵƉůĞŽĨĂƚŝŵĞǁŚĞƌĞǁŽƌŬŝŶŐǁŝƚŚĂƚĞĂŵůĞĂĚƚŽƐƵĐĐĞƐƐ͘ ϯϱ͘ tŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵůŝŬĞƚŽĚŽŽƵƚƐŝĚĞŽĨǁŽƌŬ͍ ϯϲ͘ /ĨLJŽƵǁĞƌĞĂŶĂŶŝŵĂů͕ǁŚŝĐŚŽŶĞǁŽƵůĚLJŽƵǁĂŶƚƚŽďĞ͍ ϯϳ͘ tŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵƚŚŝŶŬǁĞĐŽƵůĚĚŽďĞƚƚĞƌŽƌĚŝĨĨĞƌĞŶƚůLJ͍ ϯϴ͘ ŽLJŽƵŚĂǀĞĂŶLJƋƵĞƐƚŝŽŶƐĨŽƌƵƐ͍

CSUDH• Welch Hall Room D360•(310) 243-3625• careercenter@csudh.edu


Sample Questions to Ask Employers

([DPSOHVRI4XHVWLRQV<RX6KRXOG $VNLQ$Q,QWHUYLHZ At the end of the interview you will almost always hear â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you have any questions for us?â&#x20AC;?1(9(5 say no. The whole point of asking questions is for you to learn more about the company/position and also demonstrate your interest.     

What does your training process entail? How would you describe the culture of your team? What do you think would be the greatest challenge for someone coming into this position? You mentioned_____________. Can you tell me a little bit more about what that looks like? What are your goals for this position?

 What do you look for in an ideal candidate?  What does a typical day look like?  What do you like best about working here?  Why is this position open?  What is your managerial style? (if the person interviewing you will be your supervisor)  How does your company define and measure success? . What is the top priority of the person who will be in this position?  What are the next steps in the interview process?

Questions to avoid: Anything that puts the recruiter in an uncomfortable/pressure filled position or anything that relates to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fringeâ&#x20AC;? benefits. Do not ask questions regarding: x x x x x x

Salary Vacation/Sick time When you will hear back â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a way to gain some clarification on the process withoutputting pressure would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;What are the next steps in the interview process?â&#x20AC;? Benefits How soon can I get promoted? 5HIHUHQFLQJVKRUWWHUPFRPPLWPHQW

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Graduate School Timeline 'ƌĂĚƵĂƚĞ^ĐŚŽŽůdŝŵĞůŝŶĞ

dŚĞƚŝŵĞůŝŶĞǁŝůůǀĂƌLJďLJƉƌŽŐƌĂŵďƵƚďĞŐŝŶƉůĂŶŶŝŶŐĂŶĚƉƌĞƉĂƌŝŶŐĨŽƌƚŚĞŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞƐĐŚŽŽůƉƌŽĐĞƐƐĞĂƌůLJ͘ :hE/KZzZ;dǁŽzĞĂƌƐďĞĨŽƌĞŶƚĞƌŝŶŐ'ƌĂĚƵĂƚĞ^ĐŚŽŽůͿ  ƚƚĞŶĚƚŚĞ'ƌĂĚƵĂƚĞ&ĂŝƌdžƉŽŝŶƚŚĞ&Ăůů  ƚƚĞŶĚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƚŝŽŶƐĞƐƐŝŽŶƐĨŽƌǀĂƌŝŽƵƐƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƐLJŽƵŚĂǀĞĂŶŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚŝŶ  ĞƚĞƌŵŝŶĞǁŚŝĐŚƚLJƉĞŽĨŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞƉƌŽŐƌĂŵďĞƐƚĂůŝŐŶƐǁŝƚŚLJŽƵƌĐĂƌĞĞƌŐŽĂů  /ŶǀĞƐƚŝŐĂƚĞƚĞƐƚƉƌĞƉĂƌĂƚŝŽŶƌĞƐŽƵƌĐĞƐĨŽƌƚŚĞƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚĞdžĂŵ  ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌĞŶƚƌĂŶĐĞĞdžĂŵŝŶĂƚŝŽŶƐ;ZĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚͿ  ^ƚƵĚLJĨŽƌĞŶƚƌĂŶĐĞĞdžĂŵŝŶĂƚŝŽŶƐ;ƐŝŐŶƵƉĨŽƌƉƌĞƉĂƌĂƚŝŽŶƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƐͿ  dĂůŬƚŽƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŽƌƐĂďŽƵƚLJŽƵƌŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚŝŶŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞƐĐŚŽŽů ^hDDZ&KZ^E/KZzZ͗  ŝƐĐƵƐƐŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞƐĐŚŽŽůŽƉƚŝŽŶƐǁŝƚŚĂƌĞĞƌŽĂĐŚ  ŽŵƉŝůĞĂůŝƐƚŽĨŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƐŽĨŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚĂŶĚŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĞďLJĚĞĂĚůŝŶĞ  sŝƐŝƚĐĂŵƉƵƐĞƐŝĨƉŽƐƐŝďůĞ  ĞŐŝŶŐĂƚŚĞƌŝŶŐŵĂƚĞƌŝĂůƐLJŽƵǁŝůůďĞƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚƚŽƐƵďŵŝƚĂƐƉĂƌƚŽĨLJŽƵƌĂƉƉůŝĐĂƚŝŽŶ ;ƚƌĂŶƐĐƌŝƉƚƐ͕ǁƌŝƚŝŶŐƐĂŵƉůĞ͕ĞƚĐ͘Ϳ ŽŶƚŝŶƵĞĞŶƚƌĂŶĐĞĞdžĂŵŝŶĂƚŝŽŶƉƌĞƉĂƌĂƚŝŽŶĂŶĚƌĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚĞdžĂŵƐtƌŝƚĞ   ĂĚƌĂĨƚŽĨLJŽƵƌƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚͬƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚŽĨƉƵƌƉŽƐĞ KƌŐĂŶŝnjĞĂƉƉůŝĐĂƚŝŽŶƐďĂƐĞĚŽŶƉƌŽŐƌĂŵĚĞĂĚůŝŶĞ  ^E/KZzZ͗;ŽŶĞLJĞĂƌďĞĨŽƌĞĞŶƚĞƌŝŶŐŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞƐĐŚŽŽůͿ ^ĞƉƚĞŵďĞƌ͗  ŽŶƚŝŶƵĞƌĞǀŝƐŝŶŐƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚͬƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚŽĨƉƵƌƉŽƐĞ o DĂŬĞĂŶĂƉƉŽŝŶƚŵĞŶƚǁŝƚŚĂĂƌĞĞƌŽĂĐŚƚŽŐĞƚĨĞĞĚďĂĐŬŽŶƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚͬ ƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚŽĨƉƵƌƉŽƐĞ o ^ĞĞŬĨĞĞĚďĂĐŬĨƌŽŵƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŽƌƐƌĞŐĂƌĚŝŶŐLJŽƵƌƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚͬƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚŽĨƉƵƌƉŽƐĞ  DĞĞƚǁŝƚŚƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŽƌƐĂŶĚƌĞƋƵĞƐƚůĞƚƚĞƌƐŽĨƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĂƚŝŽŶ KĐƚŽďĞƌ͗  ZĞǀŝƐĞĂŶĚĨŝŶŝƐŚƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚŽĨƉƵƌƉŽƐĞͬƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚ  ^ƵďŵŝƚĨŝŶĂŶĐŝĂůĂŝĚĂƉƉůŝĐĂƚŝŽŶĂŶĚƐĞĂƌĐŚĨŽƌĨĞůůŽǁƐŚŝƉƐĂŶĚͬŽƌƐĐŚŽůĂƌƐŚŝƉƐ͘DĂŶLJŽĨƚŚĞ ĚĞĂĚůŝŶĞƐĨŽƌĨĞůůŽǁƐŚŝƉƐŽƌƐĐŚŽůĂƌƐŚŝƉƐĂƌĞƚŚĞƐĂŵĞŽƌĞĂƌůŝĞƌƚŚĂŶĂĚŵŝƐƐŝŽŶƐĂƉƉůŝĐĂƚŝŽŶƐ  dĂŬĞĞŶƚƌĂŶĐĞĞdžĂŵŝŶĂƚŝŽŶƚĞƐƚƐ EŽǀĞŵďĞƌ͗  &ŽůůŽǁƵƉǁŝƚŚƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞƌƐƚŽĞŶƐƵƌĞƚŚĂƚůĞƚƚĞƌƐǁŝůůďĞƐĞŶƚďLJƚŚĞĚĞĂĚůŝŶĞ  >ĂƐƚĐŚĂŶĐĞƚŽƚĂŬĞƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚĞŶƚƌĂŶĐĞĞdžĂŵƐĨŽƌĨĂůůĂĚŵŝƐƐŝŽŶƐ  ZĞƋƵĞƐƚƚƌĂŶƐĐƌŝƉƚƐƚŽďĞƐĞŶƚƚŽƐĐŚŽŽůƐďĞĨŽƌĞƚŚĞĂƉƉůŝĐĂƚŝŽŶĚĞĂĚůŝŶĞ ĞĐĞŵďĞƌ͗  ŽŵƉůĞƚĞĂŶĚƐƵďŵŝƚŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞƐĐŚŽŽůĂƉƉůŝĐĂƚŝŽŶƐ͘^ŽŵĞŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞƐĐŚŽŽůƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƐŚĂǀĞ ĚĞĂĚůŝŶĞƐƚŚŝƐŵŽŶƚŚ;/ŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂůĚĞĂĚůŝŶĞƐŵĂLJǀĂƌLJͿ  WŽůŝƐŚƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚŽĨƉƵƌƉŽƐĞĂŶĚͬŽƌǁƌŝƚŝŶŐƐĂŵƉůĞĂŶĚĐŽůůĞĐƚůĞƚƚĞƌƐŽĨƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĂƚŝŽŶ o o

DĂŝůĂƉƉůŝĐĂƚŝŽŶƐ DĞĞƚǁŝƚŚƉŽƚĞŶƚŝĂůƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞƌƐĂŶĚƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƚŚĞŵǁŝƚŚůĞƚƚĞƌŽĨƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĂƚŝŽŶĨŽƌŵƐ;ŝĨĂŶLJͿ ŽƌƐƚĂŵƉĞĚĞŶǀĞůŽƉĞƐ;ŝĨLJŽƵŚĂĚŶ͛ƚƉƌĞǀŝŽƵƐůLJĚŽŶĞƐŽͿ

:ĂŶƵĂƌLJ͗  ŽŶĨŝƌŵǁŝƚŚĞĂĐŚƵŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJƚŽĞŶƐƵƌĞƚŚĂƚĂůůŽĨLJŽƵƌŵĂƚĞƌŝĂůƐǁĞƌĞƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĚ &ĞďƌƵĂƌLJ͗  ƚƚĞŶĚǁĞůĐŽŵĞĞǀĞŶƚƐƚŽďĞŐŝŶŵĂŬŝŶŐĂĚĞĐŝƐŝŽŶŽĨǁŚŝĐŚƉƌŽŐƌĂŵLJŽƵǁŝůůĂƚƚĞŶĚ DĂƌĐŚͲƉƌŝů͗  DĂŬĞĂĚĞĐŝƐŝŽŶŽĨǁŚŝĐŚƉƌŽŐƌĂŵLJŽƵǁŝůůĂƚƚĞŶĚ

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Graduate School Preparation-LOR Graduate School Preparation: Letters of Recommendation Purpose: x Allows admissions readers to get a professional opinion on your ability for graduate school from someone who knows you academically or professionally x Complements the rest of your application materials Steps: ϭͿ ϮͿ ϯͿ ϰͿ ϱͿ ϲͿ ϳͿ

Think about potential recommenders (Professors or Supervisors) Contact potential recommenders (in person or email) Ask recommenders about their willingness to write a letter for you Compile a letter of recommendation packet (see example below) Follow-up with recommenders Retrieve and submit letters Send a thank-you note to recommenders and let them know about the outcome of LJour applications

Who can write your letters? 1) Professors who you have developed a relationship with through classes, research, internships, etc. 2) Professors who are in the area of study you are applying into and who have taught classes where you have earned an A or B. (and actively participated in the class) 3) Employers and Supervisors (including internship supervisors) if they are in a field relevant to what you are pursuing for graduate or professional school 4) Academic Advisors who you have developed a relationship with and can attest to your growth as a student 5) Do not get letters from family or personal friends Do’s: 1) Contact potential recommenders as soon as possible. You should make that connection with them no later than two months before your earliest deadline 2) Send an email with a letter of recommendation and request and/or email potential recommender requesting to meet with them to ask for the letter of recommendation Don’ts: x Do not request a letter if you know they are not the right person x Do not request letter from someone if they are not willing to write a STRONG letter in support of you x Do not wait until last minute to ask x Do not have bad timing. Keep in mind professors may be writing letters for other students x Do not provide messy and unorganized documents x DoŶŽƚ forget to follow up with professors regarding the status of your application Letter of Recommendation Packet: ϭͿ Your name ϮͿ Supplementary documentƐ with program nameƐ and deadlines ϯͿ Instructions for how they can submit your letter;ĞůĞĐƚƌŽŶŝĐŽƌ ŵĂŝůͿ ϰͿ Letter of recommendation forms (if provided by your program) ϱͿ Addressed /stamped envelopes ϲͿ Statement of purpose or personal statement ϳͿ Resume ϴͿ Transcripts ϵͿ Relevant course materials The purpose of the packet is to ensure that your professor/supervisor can write a strong letter in support of you. These documents will allow your recommenders to get a holistic perspective of you as a student and professional. The documents you select to share with them should give them more insight on how you are a strong candidate for the program you are applying to.

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What Can I Do With this Major? -History

A bachelor’s degree in History is key to understanding the world and preparing for your future. History as an academic and professional discipline continually looks for the best ways to help us understand the timeline of events, people, and places very different from our own.

Common Job Search Terms: Titles:

Key Words:

Educator Researcher Analyst Writer Lawyer Corporate Historian Journalist FBI/CIA Agent Lecturer Curator Archivist Museum Director Public Historian

Public Policy Regional Planning Legislative, Executive or Judicial Services Program Administration General Services Law Enforcement Campaign Management Special Interest Advocacy Political Advising Lobbying

Career Options in Education: Teaching

Administrative: Information/library services, student support services, admissions, financial aid, advising, development, student affairs, alumni affairs

Graduate Degrees: Ph.D. in History:

Political history, social and cultural history, diplomatic history, history of gender and sexuality, comparative history, history of imperialism and post-colonialism, intellectual history, history of medicine, African American culture and history, ethnic history, and public history.

Master of Science or Master of Arts in History: Research Methodologies for Historians, Historiography, Social Theory, Archival Methods, Quantitative Methods, Editing for Historical Writing, Teaching Methodology.

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What Can I Do With this Major? -Criminal Justice Administration

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration provides a solid foundation for employment with nonprofit organizations, utility companies, private firms, and hospitals. The degree also offers strong pre-law preparation for students interested in law school and careers in law.

Common Job Search Terms: Key Words:

Titles:

Parole Program Development Outreach Mentoring Case Work Grant Writing Court Reporting/Transcription Legal Assistance Investigating Loss Prevention Forensics Private Security Consulting Staffing and Training Teaching

Parking Enforcement Worker Police Officer Private Investigator Probation Officer Mental Health Counselor Air Marshal CIA Analyst Court Reporter Crime Lab Analyst Forensic Psychologist Paralegal Victims Advocate Youth Correctional Counselor State Trooper Secret Service Agent

Graduate Degrees: Ph.D. in Criminal Justice:

People who pursue degrees at this level are interested in expanding understanding of criminal behavior and how to deal with it. Prevention, intervention, effective consequences, and public policy development are all areas of importance. Graduates with this degree often achieve high-level academic positions or work in research, expert consulting firms, or public policy groups.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement: Rehabilitation, Criminology, Corrections, Social Work, Paralegal, Research Methods, Law, Psychology, and Information Technology

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What Can I Do With this Major? -English

A bachelor’s degree in English is very broad and is sufficient for entry level positions in business and industry, as well as in areas such as entertainment, radio and television commentary, and communication. An English degree can lead to many different career paths such as English, law, political science/government, public administration, communications, and religious studies (e.g. seminary).

Common Job Search Terms: Key Words:

Titles:

Creative Writing Journalism Freelance Writing Grant and Proposal Writing Editing Advertising Higher Education Administration Research Tutoring Web Page Design Media Production Insurance

Editor Screen Writer Copy Writer Television Reporter Public Relations Assistant Research Analyst K-12 Teacher Librarian Program Administrator Records Manager Financial Aid Counselor Agent

Graduate Degrees: Doctorate in English: Literature & Criticism Ph.D. or a Doctorate in English and Comparative Literature.

Master of Arts in English:

Literature, Teaching English as a Second Language, Creative Writing, Education, Academic Research, Public Administration, Governance, Defense & Security, Publishing Activities Creative Arts & Entertainment Activities.

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What Can I Do With this Major? -Political Science A bachelor’s degree in political science examines political institutions, the social and economic forces that shape them, the cultural context within which they operate, and human behavior in political matters. As a political science major, you will refine your analytical and problem-solving abilities and improve your communication skills. This degree can qualify graduates for jobs in budget analysis, public relations, or political research. While in school, students may have opportunities to complete internships and volunteer research assistantships offered through government agencies and non-profit groups.

Common Job Search Terms: Key Words:

Titles:

Urban Planning City or Town Management Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services Program Administration General Services Community Affairs Social Services Law Enforcement

Research Assistant Budget Analyst Public Relations Fund Raising Managers Political Scientist Foreign Service Law Assistance Staff Administration

Graduate Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science: An academic career of research and teaching.

Master of Arts in Political Science

American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Models and Methods, Political Economy, Security Studies, Political Philosophy, Peace and Conflict Studies, Diplomacy, Law.

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What Can I Do With this Major? -Psychology A bachelor’s degree in psychology provides a broad liberal arts background in areas related to human behavior, communication, and understanding how to interact and relate with diverse populations. Psychology is a highly transferable major as it provides a strong foundation for teamwork, motivation, and understanding workplace culture. Common entry level opportunities include positions related to human services, human resources and business.

Common Job Search Terms: Key Words:

Titles:

Community Outreach Community Engagement Customer Service Development Education Engagement Family Services Health/Human/Social Services Human Resources Intake Marketing Project Sales Recruitment Training

Advisor Administrator Advocate Assistant Behavioral Aid/Behaviorist Caretaker Case Manager Coach Coordinator Correctional Officer Counselor Educator Mentor/Tutor Manager Recruiter Therapist

Graduate Degrees: Education Based:

Medically Based:

Master Teaching and/or Credential, Master Education/Educational Counseling/Post-Secondary Administration/Student Affairs/Higher Education/Educational Psychology

An academic career of research and teaching.

Clinical Counseling Based:

Master Marriage Family Therapy, Master of Social Work (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), Rehabilitation Counseling, Doctor of Psychology - Psy.D., Ph.D.

Policy and Administration Based: Master of Psychology, Master of Social Work

*The amount of direct client contact is limited for those who only 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 earning potential and ability to work in positions related to direct patient care.

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What Can I Do With this Major -Sociology

A bachelor’s degree in Sociology provides a broad liberal arts background in areas related to sociology, law, counseling, psychology, social work, medicine, education, college student personnel, higher education administration, planning, and other related fields. Sociology offers the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of social processes and structures, so as to be able to live and work in our diverse global society and to apply the tools of social analysis in the global economy.

Common Job Search Terms: Key Words:

Titles:

Prevention Education Advocacy Programming Community Relations Development/Fund Raising Grant Writing Non-profit Management Volunteer Coordination Testing/Assessment Behavioral Analysis Rehabilitation Services Crisis Work Case Manager Mental Health Services Counseling

Case manager Caseworker/aide Child care worker Community aide Community organizer Environmental organizer Family planning worker Fund raising assistant/director Group home worker Homeless/housing worker Hospital administrator Housing coordinator Medical records worker Occupational/career counselor Public administration assistant

Graduate Degrees: Research and Analysis Based: Ph. D. – Research

Master of Social Work:

Supervisor and Medical Based, Community and Clinical, Education, Law and Society, Criminology and Deviance

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