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Student Career Planning & Job Search Guide UC Career Champion’s Play Book Strategies to Accelerate You to the Finish Line

Career Development Center A Division of Student Affairs

Student Career Champion’s Play Book

Welcome Director’s Message

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou Dear UC Students: The Career Development Center Team is committed to providing encouragement and support for each student at the University of Cincinnati. We believe in a welcoming environment where you will gain confidence in your ability to identity, pursue and land the career that best suits your talents. Whether you are beginning the exploration through self-assessment and Individual Counseling Appointments (ICA’s) with our team or you have identified your career direction and want to be strategically prepared for the interview, we are right by your side with ideas and resources. Join us for the large Career Fairs in the Fall and Spring or participate in the Fall Part Time Job Fair, the Education Fair in the spring, the International Career Fair or for the many interview workshops during Internship Month. Sign up for our Career Decision Making class or the Career Development for Arts & Sciences class to broaden your understanding of the job market. Learn best practices for preparation for targeted cover letters and behavioral interview techniques. Stop by during Walk-In hours if you have a question, need a resume critique or tips for your interview. I want to personally welcome you to your Career Development Center! We are here to listen, coach and cheer for you. I hope that you feel welcomed and encouraged with each visit to the CDC! Here’s to your success!

Kathy Grant Kathy Grant, MEd, Career Development Center Director


Where You Are Going

Study The Plays… Be a Career Champion Table of Contents

SELF DISCOVERY 4 Career Assessments 4 Keys to Self-Discovery 5

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS 6 Career Decision-Making Course 6 Step By Step: Freshman Through Senior Year Checklist 7 4 Reasons to See a Career Coach 8 Career Resources@CDC 9

RELATE YOUR MAJOR 10 What Are Employability Skills & Why Do They Matter? 10 Top 10 Skills Rated Highest For Employment 11

PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTS 12 Resumes That Market Your Best Skills & Target Jobs 12-13 5 Ways to Improve Your Cover Letters - A Value Proposal 14-15 Curriculum Vita, Credentials & ePortfolios 16 Job Search Emails & Letters: Professional Etiquette in All Communication 17

BUILD YOUR NETWORK 18 Networking THE #1 Winning Strategy 18 ADVANCE, International Students & Alumni - Diversity Networking 19 Conducting Informational Interviews & Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Updated 20 Networking Email Samples 21

GET EXPERIENCE - BECOME JOB READY 22 Career Fairs Open Doors 22 What is Career Fair Etiquette? & Sample 2-Minute Commercial 23 Professional Development Courses 24 Career Coaching Accelerates You to the Finish Line / Career Coaching 25 Highlights - On-Campus Interviews 26 Making the Most of Employer Information Sessions 27

BE AN INTERVIEW STAR 28 How to Best Answer Behavioral Questions - The STAR Method 29 Sharpen Your Interview Skills - InterviewStream & REDI’Cat 30 Dressing for Success - More Than What You Are Wearing 31

TRANSITION INTO THE WORKFORCE 32 Job Search Strategies - Proactive, Assertive & Effective 32 Negotiating Salaries - Here’s the Secret 33

CDC AT A GLANCE 34 CDC Team 34 2015 - 2016 Career Events & Programs 35 Resume Sample - Job Search Documents 36-38



Career Assessments Find your right career path! Ask your Career Coach about taking any of these types of career assessments either online or at CDC.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator identifies your personality traits which can help you with deciding on a career. Knowing your MBTI® personality type may, for example, prove helpful in deciding what specific areas of law, medicine, education, or business a person prefers. A person with a preference for Introversion may find he or she is happier doing research, while a person who prefers Extraversion may favor a field with more interaction with people.

Career Decision Scale identifies levels of career indecision. The CDS assessment is used in the Career Decision-Making course to access the degree of certainty you feel about your decision regarding a college major or a career.

SIGI helps students create a career plan that's right for them. 3

Sigi3 also helps each user examine key motivators and matches work-related values, interests, personality, and skills to educational and career pathways. Individuals explore a range of options based on their personal choices.

Strong Interest Inventory heightens students’ self-awareness. The Strong Interest Inventory assessment helps students uncover their career interests and identify which areas of study are appropriate or required for a particular field. For students with some work experience, it provides a deeper understanding of individual strengths and blind spots, including work style and risk-taking orientation.

MyPlan helps students plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed education and career decisions. Whether you’re choosing a minor to enhance your major or, planning ahead for your first career, can help you explore options and bring clarity and insight into figuring out what’s right for you.

Self-Directed Search asks questions about your aspirations, activities, skills, and interests in different jobs. The SDS assessment helps you to find occupations and fields of study that match well with your personality, making discovering the majors, fields of study, and jobs that fit your personality best a whole lot easier. 4

Self-discovery, a career planning strategy… Can enhance overall performance.

Keys to Self-Discovery Students often find difficulty defining what kind of work they want to do or why a given field makes them comfortable or uncomfortable. Personality type is a practical tool for investigating what works for you.



One important key to self-discovery is looking for and recognizing work that satisfies your personal preferences. Assessment reveals many amazing things for you to consider when developing your career plan. Different work environments influence how comfortable you are at a job. An internshipmay help you discover how these differences may impact you. Awareness and understanding of values, skills and talents can help you discover and use your strengths to accomplish the required work, even when it may be challenging or tedious. When you can examine the results of your career skills, values and personality assessments, your journey to seek career options, just became a little easier.

“If there is one thing you need in order to help yourself on this journey to self discovering it's awareness. Awareness is the state of being conscious of something or a sense of knowing.” Diane Corriette, Personal Growth Coach


Explore Your Options Career Decision-Making Course CNSL 3001 Undecided and Exploratory students in your 1st or 2nd year will find this course to be an insightful way to learn a variety of career decision-making skills. This is an elective 3 semester credit course that will provide structure for your career direction and will help connect life experiences with career goals. You will receive guidance for exploring your interests, values and abilities via self-assessments. In addition to interactive exercises, such as budgeting, time management, goal setting, speaker panels, dress for success, and a 30- sec commercial, you will write a resume and create a career plan. Take your first steps on the right path in your career journey. (Offered Fall/Spring semesters)

4 Steps of Decision Making

STEAM Careers

Technology Science

"I have no idea what I want to do."


Arts Engineering

"Lots of interests - can’t pick one."

"I’m not so sure about my major.”


"I want to do X but everyone expects me to do Y."

Step By Step...Freshman Through Senior Year Checklist Freshmen & Sophomores

Juniors & Seniors

Schedule a time to meet your Career Coach.

Meet with your Career Coach, about next steps.

Enroll in Career Decision Making course.

Check out CDC’s website and resources.

Update your resume to include transferrable skills from previous employment or activities.

Create your resume including transferrable skills/experience you gained in your 1st year.

Get a resume critique at CDC. ⃣

Upload your resume and update your profile in ⃣

Practice interviewing on InterviewStream. ⃣

Enroll in Career Development for A&S

Consider a few majors and their requirements. ⃣

Join a student organization, meet new friends. ⃣

Become more aware of your skills, interests and values by taking career assessments. ⃣

Find part-time/summer jobs and internships in the jobs database.

Study a second language.

Learn advanced computer skills.

Join a Learning Community or major related student group. ⃣

Increase employability skills (see pages 10-11)

or, Professional Development for ENG.

Research careers and see how they fit your personality. Build employability skills- align with your career plan. Begin a job search and target companies.

Improve networking skills by actively exploring occupations, attending Employer Info Sessions, Career Fairs and Internship Month activities. ⃣

Seek internships, part-time or summer jobs.

Acquire work experience, develop new skills.

Look for research opportunities with faculty.

Seek undergraduate research, volunteering, study abroad and internships.

Study Abroad - this takes planning too!

Conduct informational interviews - Network!

Choose a major, confirm course requirements. ⃣

Grow your leadership and interpersonal skills.

Take challenging courses. Monitor your GPA. ⃣

Engage in campus or community activities.

Practice making presentations. ⃣

Create your profile in and upload your resume.

Become more culturally competent through campus diversity or international programs.

Test career interests through internships, co-ops, part-time or summer jobs. Try job shadowing and volunteer opportunities also.

Begin acquiring professional interview attire to wear to career fairs and interviews. ⃣

Research graduate or professional schools. ⃣

Start collecting recommendation letters and preparing for graduate entrance exams. ⃣

Attend pre-professional school info sessions. ⃣

Write a graduate school goal statement. ⃣

Attend career fairs - Launch your job search.

Create a LinkedIn profile with a photo (not a selfie!) of yourself in professional attire. ⃣

Attend Internship Month (FEB) activities. ⃣

Attend career fairs - Learn to network.


CDC Julia Montier-Ball 2015


Career Resources@CDC...Important Stop for All Majors Online Career Tools Conveniently access from 

InterviewStream - Practice your interviewing skills with a virtual recruiter online. Select from 7,000+ questions - by major, related industry or degree level.  Access 24/7 using a MAC, PC, Android or IOS mobile devices.  See and hear yourself online. After each question, review, rewind save or redo.  Note body language or nervous movements. Review your video with a career coach.

CareerSpots Videos - There are a multitude of instructional videos, tips and comments by recruiters, and actual demonstrations of students in job search situations.  Video Categories (3-8 different short videos under each category) - Watch them all!  Resumes & Cover Letters  Networking & Your Personal Brand  Internships  Interview - BEFORE, DURING & AFTER  Salary & Negotiation  Social Media & Job Search

Goinglobal - Thinking of working abroad? The Goinglobal database contains country-specific career and employment resources for more than 80 locations. Researched by in-country career experts and updated annually. Topic areas include:  Job search resources; Work permit/visa regulations; Interview and cultural advice  County-specific resume/CV guidelines and examples  Professional and social networking groups  H1B Plus database with a customized sort of all visa applications

OptimalResume - Major-related sample resumes in a variety of resume formatting styles.

Walk-in Resume Critiques Work on creating or updating your resume and cover letters with trained CDC staff.  No appointment needed. Check for daily scheduled times. 

Directories & Major-Specific Resources Career Exploration - Occupational Handbook; Major-specific books; Grad Schools Directory  Job Search - Chamber Business Journals, Company, government agency brochures  Special Handouts - Resumes for veterans, teachers, federal jobs; Interviewing skills guide 


Relate Your Major - Employability Skills Employability Skills What are Employability Skills and why do they matter? Employability skills are the job seeker skills and qualities that employers value most when recruiting from a talent pool of college graduates. Employers want to see in candidates the skills that are necessary to excel in the workplace and help the organization. These skills fall into three categories:

Employability Skills Framework: U.S. Department of Education Contract - Perkins Collaborative Resource Network

Applied Knowledge —The thoughtful integration of academic knowledge and technical skills, put to practical use in the workplace. Effective Relationships—The interpersonal skills and personal qualities that enable individuals to interact effectively with clients, coworkers, and supervisors. Workplace Skills—The analytical and organizational skills and understandings that employees need to successfully perform work tasks. Why They Matter—All majors are expected to graduate with a certain amount of academic skills and knowledge. But academics alone doesn’t typically translate into what makes a student a great hire for employers. Meet with a career coach to find out what the employability skills are for your specific major.


Top 10 Skills Rated Highest for Employment

Employer Rated Soft Skills & Qualities Continue building these essential 10 in college: 1. Ability to make decisions and solve problems. 2. Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside/outside an organization. 3. Ability to obtain and process information. 4. Ability to plan, organize/prioritize work. 5. Ability to analyze quantitative data. 6. Technical knowledge related to the job. 7. Proficiency with computer programs, especially Excel and Power Point. 8. Ability to create and edit written reports, emails and business communication. 9. Ability to sell or influence others. 10. Ability to work in a team structure. Source: NACE Job Outlook Employer Survey

How well can you apply what you know on the job? Can you relate well to others on all levels? Are you able to analyze, organize and perform efficiently?


Prepare Your Documents Resumes Market Your Best Skills You are competing against a large number of other candidates, who also have great experience and impressive skills and knowledge.

Recruiters spend 6 seconds looking at a resume before deciding if the person is worthy of an interview. Think Like a Recruiter…    

78% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address. 88% with a photo! 80% of their resume review spent on name, current/past companies, accomplishments. What is this person’s overall experience? Is it relevant? Does it show gaps in their career? Do they have a personal web presence? Is it appropriate? What’s unique?

...Write Like an Expert.    

Have I identified which of my skills are relevant to what the job description requires? Have I included key words from the job description? Are the outcomes of my experience/accomplishments clearly stated and quantified? Do my resume and LinkedIn profile online work together?

Resume Do’s


Resume Don’ts

Have an organized layout—VERY important. Be succinct, fit resume on one page.

Use complicated formatting (templates), graphics, fancy or colored fonts.

Use Keywords that you find in the actual job description, (this will rank your resume higher.)

Use present tense for past employment. Use text language or slang.

Triple check spelling and grammar! - Have your resume critiqued at CDC.

Be dishonest, exaggerate titles, GPA or responsibilities.

Put information in reverse chronological order.

Make ANY spelling mistakes that will disqualify you immediately.

Identify your achievements: your specific contribution and the results.

Use jargon without knowing what it means even if appears in the job description.

Show leadership, community engagement , campus activities, positions held.

Use large or uneven side margins - don’t put words/pictures in margins.

Quantify and qualify with numbers, adjectives, percentages, dollar amounts, timeframes.

Begin experience section without bullets and action verbs (achieved, created , etc.)

Resume Checklist...Customizable Format Document samples are pages 36-38 __ Header: Your name (14pt - 16pt, bold), contact information, links to your website, ePortfolio, LinkedIn profile. (change your email address if not professional) __ Career Objective or Summary: Short intro stating position, setting and top 3-4 relevant skills. Tailor this to each job. __ Education: Degree, institution, city/state, date of expected graduation; GPA (3.0+); Relevant coursework (only job required or enhances degree, not entire list) __ Extras: Minor, Certificate programs, Study Abroad, institutions, city/state/ country, graduation dates; Language skills, certifications, special training, etc. __Employability Skills: “Ability to…”, “Capable of…” Here is where you tell how you can contribute as an employee using soft skills, functional experience as well as technical skills. __Work Experience - List most current position first. job title, company, city/state, work dates (month/year); Bullets & action verbs describe skills used in tasks/roles; Quantify & Qualify details (how many? how much? what percentage? how long?); Use Key words from a job description. Follow same format for Internships, co-op, freelance work, research, etc.

Why use Keywords? Include Keywords in the section on experience because when you submit online, the ATS (applicant tracking systems) picks up a key word that’s a “HIT”, so the more you have the higher your resume is ranked.




__Community Engagement & Leadership Activities: Title/affiliation, organization (no specific religious, political affiliation, use generic terms “church group”, “political campaign canvasser”, etc.) __Awards & Honors: Scholarships, competitions, academic honors, work recognition, etc.) __Margins: Equal left and right margins .7” min./1.25” max.; top and bottom margins .5” min. __Fonts: Times Roman, Arial, Verdana, Garamond; Use only one font style for entire resume; Font size is 10pt. - 12pt., keep it consistent in the body; Section headers are bold, not underlined; Name in header is 14pt. - 16pt. and bold. Use only standard acronyms (CPA, US, OH, PR, etc.). __Length: 1 page is most desirable, (unless you can fill a second page more than 1/2 full) __Describing work experience: Succinct phrases, no paragraphs; separate text with (/), (;) or commas, no periods required. __Dates: Dates are flush to right margin, Use consistent style text or numbers. __Line spacing: Single space text, double between sections; indent bullets (round/square).


5 Ways to Improve Your Cover Letters 1. Make it personal Avoid addressing letters to Sir/Madam/To Whom it May Concern, take the time to do your research and find out the hiring manager’s name. Find this information, on their website, in, Google search or through LinkedIn. If all fails, you can always give the office a call and someone there may be able to help you. 2. Tell them why you want to work there


Start by being specific about what role you are applying for as quite often, particularly in large companies, there will be multiple vacancies at one time and they may be receiving a high volume of applications. Next, tell why you chose to apply for the job and how you are genuinely interested in working for their company. Avoid buzzwords and clichés - use something significant and personal to their company that you admire. Lastly, closely review their website, follow their activity on social media and go to their information sessions - these will give you information about past projects they value.

3. Tell them why they should hire you Now it’s your turn to build yourself up. You need to convince them that you are the best person for the job. 4. Tell them what you can do for them Identify a list of your strengths that you want to emphasize. Then compare this with the skills and experience asked for in the job description. Point out relevant qualities you possess and how you can add value to the business with use of specific examples. 5. Show passion for this kind of work You need to be enthusiastic and show them that you really want the opportunity to contribute to their team. Be passionate about your career and demonstrate your ambition to advance at the company. 6. Be friendly, respectful and professional People want to work with individuals who are friendly and easy to get along with, so use examples to get across your personal attributes that are desirable for the job and the recruiter. You can do this by thanking them for their time to review your resume and consider you as a strong candidate.

 No contractions, slang or abbreviations  Excellent grammar - No typos or misspelled words  List the position you are applying for in the subject line


Cover Letter Checklist: A Value Proposal Document samples are on pages 36-38

Focus: Cover Letters emphasize what you can do for the employer, not what they can do for you. Want employers to notice you faster? Upload cover letters in Use Key words in cover letters also, it enhances your resume. Submit your customized-for-the-job cover letter in an email format (most popular), or attach as a PDF in standard business letter format. Email Subject Line: Marketing Associate Position / Your Name If the Subject Line is blank it's probably going to end up in a spam mailbox or being deleted. Letter Heading:

Mr./Ms./Dr. (employer full name, title) Department, Company Company address City, State Zip (single space) RE: Position title and #100100 (double space)

Greeting: (both)

Dear Mr./Ms./Dr., last name, (or title, only if name is confidential) (double space)

Paragraph #1: Intro & Statement of Interest - Really grab attention here - open with a brief quote on leadership, success, goals, etc., or a relatable fact, or a question and answer. __Express your level of interest: “I was so impressed with the (name the position) at (company) in the (division), that now I hope to become a member of your team!” __Make the connection: Clearly tell your reason for applying, related to what you know about the company; Mention who in your network referred you, with their permission, of course. Paragraph #2 and #3: Market Your Skills! __Use descriptive words - Don’t be shy about this! __Why are you right for the job? Make it believable __Explain how you will contribute on their team - Soft skills? __Cite examples of transferable skills - from school or work Paragraph #4: Call for Action __Ask to schedule a meeting or a site visit __Ask for an interview and state your availability __Show your enthusiasm and appreciation __State how/when you intend to follow-up

__Close strong and confident! You rock! __Signature - Name, degree, email, phone number, ePortfolio web site __Link to your LinkedIn profile - #1 Place employers go to check you out!


Curriculum Vita, Credentials & ePortfolios Creating a Vita:  Primarily for academic, education, scientific or research positions or fellowships or grants; used for accomplished artists, executive management, law, medicine and by other experienced professionals  More detailed, longer than a resume, a synopsis of your background and skills  Organize your background information into categories, include publications, presentations, exhibitions, patents, published works of music, etc. Credentials Credentials are required for students/alumni in the fields of education, medicine, law, information technology, cryptology, journalism, their reference writers and potential employers. They are typically kept on file with an institution, university or a credentialing organization. Get advice on what to include from academic departments. Academic Credentials - Working Abroad: Obtain from the registrar of the University an official true copy of the credentials bearing the university seal. The registrar will execute an affidavit attesting to the validity of the document before a notary public. Submit document to the clerk of court to obtain a notarial certificate suitable for use abroad. Journalistic Credentials: Some countries impose restrictions on who may work in a journalistic capacity, and require them to carry a government-issued credential. ePortfolios - A Collection of Artifacts (your work samples) An ePortfolio can be produced using simple tools (such as presentation software or blogs). ePortfolio applications allow you to share specific parts or views of your portfolio online, like in the example below.

My ePortfolio


Job Search Emails & Letters: Professional Etiquette in All Communication Inquiry Emails Before You Apply for a Job Set Up an Informational Interview Ask for 30 minutes to gain career insights. Find Out About Job Opportunities Explore unadvertised or upcoming positions. Ask for a Reference Include job details, points they should reference and your updated resume.

Job Search Etiquette EMAILS

Responding During Your Job Search

When you send an email cover letter, it's important to follow the employer's instructions on how to submit them. Keep emails brief and to the point, no bold/italics.

Accepting an Invitation to Interview Grateful, enthusiastic, confirmation of date/time.


Scheduling a Site Visit Offer a few dates and reasons for choosing them.

Rescheduling an Interview State a personal emergency, illness or a conflict with your current job - in any other case, this is ill-advised and could jeopardize your ranking. Declining an Interview Only if you have accepted another job. Showing Appreciation After the Interview Thank You for the Interview Grateful, with discussion details, reaffirm interest. Send via email or business-style hand written card. Making Decisions After the Job Offer Make a Counter Offer Appreciate first offer, request flexibility to consider alternate preferences; Give value-added reasons. Conduct negotiations in meeting or via phone call. Accept a Job Offer Grateful acceptance, anxious to start contributing. Decline a Job Offer Polite, appreciative decision to seek other options.

It's important that all your verbal communications are professional, pleasant and sound organized.

FOLLOW-UP Give detailed information on who you are, when you last met, and why you are calling them. Include a question to ensure a meaningful reply.

NETWORKING Be positive, aware of your body language - it could overshadow your discussion. No jokes or trendy phrases; Focus on your career or current industry topics; Ask a few questions - Do more listening - Really get to know that person better. Questions? Call a Career Coach!

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Build Your Network Networking THE #1 Strategy of Successful Job Seekers How to Get Started - Use Your Resources. Research the companies and the industry trends - check  Practice your 2-Minute commercial - Polish up your act!  Do a F2F mock interview at CDC or online with InterviewStream.  Prepare a general resume with help at a CDC walk-in resume critique. 

Choose the Right Groups 

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Go to open meetings of professional organizations, graduate chapters of sororities or fraternities. Be a regular at YP networking events. Join a community board or go to town hall meetings to expand your base of support. Volunteer - check out board members of non-profit groups on LinkedIn. Check civic groups (Junior League, Rotary)

Developing a Strategy - Meet powerful people.

Take on a leadership role on a special fundraising event committee. Most will publish articles with pictures giving recognition to the event organizers.  Volunteer or intern for a local political person; ask them to nominate you for government commissions and career-related task forces.  Apply for chamber of commerce leadership classes or industry-related fellowships. 

People with Disabilities & Veterans Networking resources for students with disabilities and veterans to help prepare for a job search:  Careers & the disABLED Annual Career Expo For People With Disabilities - free admission, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies - find more information at  Entry Point! - recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying science, engineering, math, computer science, and some fields of business for outstanding internship and co-op opportunities.  Office of Personnel Management (OPM) - Federal Government actively recruits and hires persons with disabilities; offers a variety of jobs, competitive salaries with benefits and career advancement.  American Foundation for the Blind CareerConnect  Hire Disability Solutions - Employment Solutions, a division of HDS, provides comprehensive career services to people with disabilities and veterans.

Personal Branding Make sure your information is correct, professional and consistent on all your social media sites!  Seek to position yourself in a specific industry or professional social environment. 

Being Creative & Stay Flexible  Networking may require going out of your comfort zone or creating opportunities for yourself. Don’t be shy, If you don’t ask you don’t get.  Blog, write comments, publish an article on a familiar subject - get out there.


ADVANCE, International Students & Alumni Diversity Networking ADVANCE Leadership Development for Diverse Students Joining ADVANCE, a UC diverse student organization affiliated with CDC, is a great way to network with a diversity of young professionals from different majors - freshman through senior years. The ADVANCE Executive Board is set-up as a corporate structured leadership team. Contact Arthur Walton at (513) 556-3471 for information. ADVANCE is about:      

Leadership, communication and organizational skills development Networking with employers, professionalism and business etiquette Team building, planning events like the Annual Meeting FUNdraising projects and participating in community service Social media marketing, and recruiting new members Corporate Excursion to major US cities and meeting CEO’s

International Students The job search for International students studying in the US is challenging. Many international students may find interviews to be the most culturally different aspect of the job search CDC offers career coaching to discuss their career plans after graduation and job search strategies. Research jobs posted in that specify international work status (F1, J1, etc.) Jobs 4International Students is an annual job fair which features those companies that recruit, hire and sponsor Internationals to work in the US. Interviews are held the same day. It is a Worldfest Week (Spring) event. Join the LinkedIn International Students Career Forum and Networking - Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky group for helpful information and additional opportunities to connect with employers and International job seekers from five other colleges and universities. Check out the great articles on internships, cultural differences in interviewing and much more. Recent Grads & Alumni Letter of Reciprocity Service - Relocating to Another City to Job Search? CDC can help you receive assistance with your job search from a college or university career center near your new location. Email your letter of reciprocity request to Recent Grads - Looking to Land a Job After Graduation? Attend Jobs 4UC Grads, a mini-career fair held the week after spring commencement. Network with employers in the morning session. Impress them - get selected for an interview! Alumni - Changing Jobs? Set-up an appointment to meet with a Career Coach, attend resume critiques and career fairs. 19

Conducting an Informational Interview - Play of the Week Get in the Game! Interview people in careers that interest you most.  One of the best ways to gain a mentor  Get inside information on careers in a low-stress situation  Expose yourself to diverse jobs and people - build your network How to run the play: Conducting an Informational Interview 1. Set-up: Email or call for a 30 min. meeting.

2. Run drills: Prepare your questions ahead of time.

3. Post-up: Conduct the interview confidently.

YES! Had a copy of my resume Shared who referred me Told why I’m seeking advice Gained career insights & a mentor Made a great 1st impression Got invited back! Sent thank-you note Who should I interview next?

Slam Dunk! Was on time and Dressed to Impress!

4. Follow-thru: Send a thank you email or hand written card.

Keep your LinkedIn Profile Updated LinkedIn Sections

Present yourself professionally online. Sadly, one online mistake can show up in a search for your name for years. So, monitor your online presence often.

Keep these 95% complete Experience

6 Reasons to improve your LinkedIn Profile 1. Get noticed by employers - who will view it. 2. Promote achievements, increase credibility. 3.. Join career-related groups. 4.. Make 100’s of professional connections. 5.. Have an ePortfolio - work samples, videos. 6. Search and apply directly for jobs. 20




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Networking Email Examples Sample Email Cover Letters: Inquiring About Job Openings The entire document is left justified; Your name/contact information is under your signature. Subject Line of Networking Emails: Introduction - Your Name Dear Contact Name, For the past 3 years I have followed your career through news events, interviews and web research. Your dedication to the Enquirer and your understanding of the important role journalists play in today's fast-paced information highway, coupled with your belief in the power of the press is exemplary. I have had the privilege of honing my journalistic abilities on three widely different publications. While in college, I interned for the typical small town newspaper and learned all aspects of getting the paper to the people in a timely manner. Next I worked with a regional manager for a media corporation composed of small to mid-size newspapers in the Midwest. In my current position, I am a Social Media Correspondent for one of the largest media outlets in the Tri-State region. I would like an opportunity to visit with you to get your insight and suggestions on where my skills and abilities would be of the greatest value to the ABD Company, and to inquire about possible job openings with the company. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration. Your Name, Address Email Cell Phone URL or LinkedIn Profile link Attachment: Resume

Contact Name Company Address City, State, Zip Dear Contact Name, Your name was given to me by Jane Smith, Communications Director for the XYZ Group in Dayton, Ohio. Jane shared that she had worked with you several years ago and that you are very knowledgeable about media advertising. She suggested that you might be able to assist me as I make a career decision and begin my job search. In December 20xx, I will be graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Last summer, I interned with a major newspaper and sold advertising space, which gave me excellent training. I especially enjoyed the challenges and the personal rewards of “closing the deal.� Presently, I am thinking about being a radio or TV Account Executive in advertising or media sales as career options. However, I still have some questions about opportunities, job outlook, and related areas of specialization that are of concern to me. I would like to schedule an appointment to talk with you about a career in media advertising. Next week, I will call you to determine if you are available to meet with me. My resume is attached and my contact information is listed below if you wish to reach me. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to talk with you. Your Name, Address Email, URL Cell Phone Attachment: Resume


Get Experience - Become Job Ready Career Fairs Open Doors

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Part-Time Job Fair September 3, 2015 10:00AM - 2:00PM (Career fair),1:00PM - 4:00PM (Interviews by appointment) TUC, Great Hall Local Off-Campus Jobs & On-Campus Jobs

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Spring 2016

February 10th &11th (Career fair days), 12th (Interview day by appointment) 9:00AM - 3:00PM Recreation Center Grad Schools, Internships/Co-op & Full-Time Jobs seeking a variety of majors

Jobs 4International Students March 9, 2016 12:00PM - 2:00PM TUC, Great Hall Employers that offer Off-Campus Jobs and sponsorship to work in the US

Education Career Fair


April 12, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM (Career fair) & 1:00PM - 5:00PM (Interviews by appointment) Xavier University Cintas Center Private, Public, Charter & University Jobs for a variety of subjects

Jobs 4UC Grads May 3, 2016 10:00AM - 12:00PM (Career fair) & 1:00PM - 3PM (Interviews by appointment) TUC, Great Hall Full-Time Jobs for Recent Grads and Alumni Questions? Call a CDC:



What is Career Fair Etiquette? Before the Fair 

Come prepared with several copies of your resume on nice white or ivory paper.

Create business cards with your degree, a title “Emerging Chemical Engineer”, “Aspiring Creative Director”, “Innovative Researcher” and current contact information.

Clarify your goals for the job fair. Expect to meet recruiters, ASK about jobs of interest.

Review the list of attending companies - highlight and research those you plan to talk with

Prepare at least four questions for each company - Informed questions are impressive!

Rehearse your 2-minute commercial to introduce yourself - practice, practice, practice!

2-Minute Commercial example: “Good afternoon, I’m Joe Smith. I will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and I am interested in pursuing a career in Corporate Event Planning on a national scale. I know your company has offices in 15 states and 2 new international locations. I am on the Dean’s List and as a student leader I have planned several major events. What special skills are you looking for in a candidate? Could you contact me for an interview soon?”

During the Fair 

Smile, make eye contact, shake hands and then confidently present your two-minute commercial - don’t rush through it, but keep in mind that recruiters are there to see as many people as possible.

Show great interest and enthusiasm in their company – not in their free giveaways!

Demonstrate your knowledge of the company.

It will be noisy, so speak a little louder than usual, but listen carefully to them.

Ask for them to sign you up for an interview and jot down notes on their business card.

After the Fair 


Hand write or email a thank you note about your experience meeting them at the career fair.

Add your interest in learning more about their company and jobs.

Mention something you may have discussed so they will remember you.


CDC Professional Development Courses

Career Development for A&S teaches students how to find a job and transition from college to career. This course is focused on preparing juniors and seniors to pursue internships, employment or graduate school. It is designed to be flexible and adaptable regardless of your major. All students receive individual Career Coaching to begin career planning and implementation. Three important course components are 1) assessment of skills, 2) researching real job descriptions to begin writing targeted resumes and cover letters - that will get you noticed by employers - and 3) developing a unique career plan. We will discuss strategies to achieve the goals in your plan and how to fill in the gaps in your experience. Open to all majors, this interactive course includes assignments especially designed for A&S students to build employability skills specific to their field of interest. It will increase your awareness of numerous online resources, CDC programs and services and job search strategies. To Enroll: Course# MLTI2050 (1 semester credit course)

Professional Development II helps engineering students improve their job search skills with advanced techniques. Beyond co-op, engineering students are faced with a very competitive global job market in which to find full-time employment. This course covers advanced resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and networking skills. PDII is only for engineering students for whom it is a required course. To Enroll: Course# PD4001 (1 semester credit course)

Both Courses are taught by experienced career development educators. They are offered Fall & Spring semesters and are essential for juniors and seniors prior to graduation to become proficient in the following areas:


Knowledge of Transferable Skills & Personal Branding

On-Campus Recruiting & CDC Services

Professional Resume & Cover Letter Preparation

Interviewing, Preparation & Skills Articulation

Informational Interviews & 2-Minute Commercial Introductions

Job Search Strategies, Networking & LinkedIn Profiles

Accepting Job Offers & Salary/Benefits Negotiation

Business Etiquette, Ethics & Professional Interview Attire

Diversity in the Workplace & Work/Life Balance

Questions? Call us today!


Career Coaching...Accelerates You to the Finish Line Career Coaching - All Majors Internships Get Experience Need some help finding internships?


CDC posts a variety of paid internships and great summer jobs in Meet with the CDC Internship Coordinator to look for an opportunity to gain valuable experience relevant to the skills you would like acquire. All majors can take advantage of these local and national opportunities.


Part-Time Jobs Get Experience


Would a part-time job help you stay in school?

A resume, if you have one, is a good way to get the ball rolling. It’s OK to come without one too.

The CDC provides all majors and class levels the access to paid employment opportunities, where many have flexible schedules and are in close proximity to campus and public transportation. In addition to the pay, you can learn professional skills out-of-the-classroom, establish new contacts that could lead to full-time employment. You may even gain "hands on experience” in your field of interest many valuable workplace insights. Search for part-time jobs in Non-Profits Get Experience Interested in rewarding work? Paid or unpaid, working in non-profit organizations is a great way to increase your knowledge of the community and provide meaningful service. Learn more about how they function and are sustained. Be a paid volunteer in the Peace Corps, Public Allies, AmeriCorps or Teach for America. These and many other non-profit jobs are in

Call 513--556-3471 to talk to a Career Coach M-F, 9AM-4PM.

CHECK-IN You will be asked to swipe your Bearcat ID by our friendly front desk receptionist, with a smile.

COACHING You may discuss issues with your major, ask questions on related careers, tell us about that one “dream job“ - or just get better acquainted. We may suggest an assessment first or dive right in to the job search. Coaching Tip: Give yourself a title on your LinkedIn profile while you are still looking for a job. One example: “Achievement-driven Graduate”

25 Highlights What is The 24/7 Job Source for UC Students. To participate in HireUC, students need to complete a profile and upload a resume. What can students find there? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Search for Full-time, Part-time Jobs and Internships Sign up for On-Campus Interviews - employers pre-screen applicants in HireUC Create Job Agent Emails for New Job Posting Alerts View and Register for Career Fairs and Events View and Register for Information Sessions When you land a JOB - fill-in Report-a-Hire!

How can I log on? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Report A Hire in CDC asks students to provide salary information each time they get a firm offer / are hired.

Go to, Click Student Login Enter your UC username and password Update your Profile - Employers prescreen it Click on My Documents to upload a resume Click Search - and begin your job search!

All information is confidential. Data is included in the Annual UC Destination Report on UC student employment.

When does On-Campus Recruiting & Interviews begin? Fall Semester:

Spring Semester:

Begins: September 21, 2015

Begins: January 11, 2016

Ends: November 25, 2015

Ends: April 15, 2016

On-Campus Recruiting Policies & Terms Alternate Interview Status is the equivalent of being on a waiting list for an interview. Some companies may interview alternates. The purpose of alternates is to ensure that students receive as many great opportunities as possible. In the Case of Emergencies: In the event of serious illness, injury, or family emergency that occurs less than 48 hours before a scheduled interview, you must notify CDC at 513-556-3471. Interview Cancellation & No-Show Policy is stated in the Student Resource Library in

University of Cincinnati Career Development Center


Making the Most of Employer Info Sessions Get recruited. Network. Step-up Your Game.

Information sessions are an important part of the recruiting process. Learn key facts about the firm, its work, its culture, and its people. These sessions give students a chance to hear about the benefits of working for them, make an impression, and establish opportunities for additional follow-up. Network strategically to obtain useful details. Eventually, it will shift into a networking session where you will have an opportunity to introduce yourself, hand them a resume and ask questions. So, have your resume in tip-top shape and your 2-minute commercial ready! Conversations with recruiters will allow you to customize your resume to target specific positions mentioned. For example, you may want to add a work experience related to a firm's current project. They may also give you great talking points for a cover letter. Get the recruiter's attention. A. Listen closely for information that is not on the slide presentation. B. During the Q&A, ask a strong question - a great way to shine! C. Write out questions, to beat the rush to the front of the room. Ask for a business card, write “notes to self” on the back, offer yours, and follow-up with them shortly after.

Common questions good places to start a conversation: “What differentiates your firm from others?” “How many offices do you have? Where are they located?” “Do you work on projects locally?” “What key attributes do you look for in hew hires?”

The day after the session, craft a short “Enjoyed meeting you” e-mail requesting more time to chat. Invite them for coffee, this type of strategy will go a long way towards giving you critical exposure.

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Be An Interview STAR

Interview Prep - Score High With Recruiters How to Prepare for your Job Interview       

Research the company and the industry trends - check Practice your 2-Minute commercial. Do a F2F mock interview or online with InterviewStream. Prepare questions you will ask the interviewer. Print extra copies of your resume, have a pad portfolio and a nice pen or a tablet. Layout what you are going to wear - if unsure, run it by a CDC Career Coach . Get a good night’s sleep, eat breakfast, check weather report.

On-Campus Interviews - Never miss a scheduled interview! Go for the practice even if you are undecided about the company.  Call ahead immediately for any time conflicts.  Arrive at CDC 10-15 minutes early, swipe your UC/ID, check-in with company greeter. 

The Behavioral Interview - “Past behavior predicts future behavior” In a behavioral interview, questions are asked to determine your behavior as it relates to a particular position in a specific work environment. Types of Interviews

Recruiters say: 74% Video interviews make their jobs easier 88% Online interviews save them money 90% Video interviewing reduces hiring time

Phone, Skype or Video Interviews  Formal - Face to face on campus at CDC or at the company site  Panel - Up to 5-10 interviewers, make eye contact with person asking question  Informal - Over a meal, in a social setting or an employer info session 

Interview Etiquette - No excuse for a lack of professionalism Arrive 15 minutes early in bad weather, so you can find a mirror.  Don’t bring large purses or bulging briefcases, keep it simple.  Always greet the receptionist politely with a smile, and a thank you upon leaving.  Call ahead to get the proper pronunciation of your interviewer’s name. 

96% of HR managers reported that a job seeker’s professionalism affects the likelihood of being hired. 28

How Best to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions…Tell Your Story Using the STAR Method If an organization hires you, they expect that you will handle situations and effectively demonstrate your competencies on the job. Therefore, employers will ask questions to collect detailed information about you in a behavioral type interview.

STAR Method

Students often find it challenging to articulate their skills, experience and accomplishments in an orderly fashion when being interviewed for a job. The best way to answer is to repeat the question, then give your answer as if you were telling a story. Here are some popular questions:

Describe a situation, without exaggeration. Be truthful.

Q. “Tell me about a time when you …”  Handled a stressful situation.  Persuaded others to do things your way.  Prioritized a complex project.  Had to address an unsatisfied customer.  Were creative in solving a problem.

A. “A time when I worked effectively was…” Q. “Describe a time when …”  Your work or idea was criticized. How did you react?  You faced your biggest challenge on last job, what

was it and how did you handle things?  Your organizational skills saved the day.

SITUATION TASK Relate what your role and specific responsibilities were in this case.

ACTION Describe the steps or actions you took to address these concerns.

RESULT Tell the outcome, how you felt about your performance and if you received recognition.

 Things didn’t turn out as planned. What was the final


A. “A time when my idea was criticized was…”

What’s Next? Before you leave ask for timeframes of the hiring process. Turn-around time may be longer than you expect.


Sharpen Your Interviewing Skills

InterviewStream helps you practice and critique your mock interviews online and provides tips. InterviewStream is very convenient and can be done in just 30 minutes by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Use a MAC, PC Android or IOS devise.

To Get Started: Students can select from standard interview questions to specific questions related to their field of study from a total of over 7,000 questions. Graduate program and medical school interview practices are available as well. Find great tips and how-to videos. Use InterviewStream for Pre-Recorded Video Interviews to share with employers. Here are a few tips for creating a video-friendly environment: Position your webcam at eye-level in front of a wall with neutral colors  Eliminate all possible distractions and interruptions  Practice eye contact and voice tone – before you even turn your on webcam 

REDI’Cat helps students improve their interviewing skills through an intensive 4-step mock interview program. Get “REDI” for a Job Interview by doing pre and post face-to-face practice interviews: Step 1 – In-Person Pre-Mock Interview  Step 2 - Online Training Videos on Blackboard  Step 3 – In-Person Post-Mock Interview  Step 4 - Complete Evaluation 

To Get Scheduled: In your email, send 3 optional times you can to come for the pre-mock interview, held in CDC (1st floor, University Pavilion). REDI’Cat is required for both CDC Professional Development courses, but can also be a great experience for students not enrolled in those classes. Why would you want to practice with REDI’Cat or InterviewStream? Having trouble articulating your skills using the STAR method?  Anxious about an upcoming job interview? Preparing for grad school interviews?  Would you like to receive immediate feedback on your interview performance?  Unsure about what your body language is saying? 

Questions? Call us today!

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Dressing For Success...More Than What You are Wearing

Desirable Interview + Communication Non-verbal Good posture - look engaged Positive attitude, rested, calm Listening, focused Open (arms, fingers uncrossed legs) Smiling, content, motivated Walk-in confidently, strong handshake Verbal Desirable Assertive voice tone Clarity in delivery of 2-minute commercial/answers Good grammar, proper tense - no trendy words Use industry jargon when relevant Speak at a moderate pace Get to the point, articulate, no side stories Pitfalls Interview + Communication Non-verbal Poor eye contact, tense facial expressions Entitled, arrogant attitude Un-assertive, apathetic, tired Nervous, intimidated Excessive body movement (hand gestures) Verbal Unprepared, uh-uh-uh‌ Too low/too high voice tonality (not enunciating) Speaking at a fast pace, or run-on & on‌ Repeats same answer, forgets questions Lack of details, vague, disorganized presentation

“You only have one chance to make a first impression...Invest the time to get it right the first time.


Transition to the Workforce Job Search Strategies...Proactive, Assertive & Effective Be Proactive The biggest mistake students make before they even launch their job search is not taking action, early enough. Get control of your job search - don’t wait for others to respond. The competitive job market is growing fast. A lack of action, an unprofessional or ‘skinny’ online presence and a lack of networking or career research, can make you look and feel unprepared. So, get motivated and realize that a job search IS like a full-time job - you must get started early and work at it diligently. What’s your motivation? Paychecks and benefits! Be Assertive You must have a working strategy that identifies the 20-30 companies which interest you. First, to guard against missing out on chances to find those companies, at the beginning of each semester, find these dates on and mark them on your calendar:  On-Campus Recruiting (starts and ends)  Employer information sessions and networking events  Internship Month, Career Fairs, Prepare for the Fair resume critiques Second, take the stress out of job searching by taking the initiative to reach out to company reps for reasons other that asking for a job:  To plan a site visit and tour of their company to check out the culture of the organization  To send him/her a copy of your resume with a note about a recent accomplishment  To schedule an informational interview and build rapport - send a thank you note! Third, go beyond just researching the company website to review products and services, look at their News and Press Releases sections and leverage your network:  Send a comment on their latest LinkedIn profile, request they connect with you!  Follow them on Twitter or read their blog  Review other’s reviews of the company on Glassdoor Be Effective Go to LinkedIn’s Company Search capability and enter the name of the company of interest to you and see how many people in your network are employed there. What group have they joined? If you join that group you can communicate with them for free without upgrading. Participating in a group will promote your expertise quickly and effectively to those in your network and keep you motivated and sharp as you work your strategy from 1-6 months. Refresh your strategy and meet with a Career Coach for help.

Stay healthy. Stay focused. Stay positive. READY, SET, GO! 32

Negotiating $alaries Here's a secret: Employers rarely make their best offer first, and entry-level job candidates who do negotiate generally earn much more than those who don't. A well-thought-out negotiation makes you look like a stronger candidate -- and employee. Learn about a company's salary ranges by talking to employers at career fairs and information sessions. Check current industry salary ranges at any of the sites listed below.

Answering the Money Question Don't: Talk salary too early until you believe they are ready to make the offer. Do: Tell them of your value-added qualities and skills. Don’t: Lowball your salary range so as not to risk being taken out of the talent pool. Do: Tell them you don’t have enough information and would prefer to wait until they make an offer.

Don’t: Be pressured into giving specific numbers. Do: Be able to talk in terms of industry standard ranges.

Don’t: Wait to hear a specific salary when an offer is presented. Do: Be first to start negotiations at the top of your range.

Don't: Say yes too quickly even if their offer is in your range, Do: Be confident that your first number is always negotiable.

Negotiable options:  Flexible work hours and location, education and training, professional memberships  Attendance at conferences, professional certifications and assistance in getting another degree  A signing bonus, your first salary review in 6 months (not 12), or year-end bonus.  Moving expenses, a 30 day hotel stay until you find a place to live (and get your first paycheck). A trick question: “How much money do you think you deserve?“ Look at comparable companies and salaries on Glassdoor for similar positions, then add 10% more. What’$ your bottom line? if the company’s “ceiling” is much lower than your bottom line, (amount you need to pay bills), this offer might not be a good fit. 33

CDC At a Glance

CDC Team Kathleen Grant, MEd

Velta Kelly-Foster, EdD


Associate Director Career Coach Associate Professor Professional Development II Course ENG

Julia Montier-Ball, MEd

Theresa Aberle, MEd

Assistant Director/MKTG Communications Career Coach Adjunct Instructor Career Development for A&S Course

Program Coordinator Career Coach Adjunct Instructor Career Decision-Making Course

Ellie Bridges

Robin Broadnax

Program Coordinator Career Coach

Program Coordinator Assessment

Melanie Buford, MEd

Ashley Novogroski

Program Coordinator Career Coach Adjunct Instructor Career Decision-Making Course

Program Coordinator HireUC/On-Campus Recruiting Career Fairs

Arthur Walton

Deborha Edwards

Student Employment & Internship Coordinator Career Coach ADVANCE Advisor

Michael Barnes Public Information Officer

Financial Administrator 1

Find the Career Coach for your major:

Open: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Daily Walk-in Resume Critiques For more information and appointments: Call: 513-556-3471 or Email: 34

2015-2016 Calendar of Events Fall Semester 2015

Spring Semester 2016

AUG 24: Fall Semester Classes Begin

JAN 11: Spring Semester Classes Begin

SEPT 3: Part-Time Job Fair -- 10am-2pm 3rd Floor, TUC Great Hall

JAN 11: On-Campus Recruiting begins

Seek part-time job and internship opportunities with on and off campus employers.

SEPT 8, 9 & 10: Prepare for the Fair 12pm-3pm - CDC 140 University Pavilion Resume Critiques by CDC Career Coaches

SEPT 15: ADVANCE Networking Reception 6pm-9pm – Alumni Center

FEB 1-26: Internship Month 1st Floor University Pavilion Includes Internship Interviews, Employer Panels, Mock Interviews, Resume Critiques, a Diversity Session and tips for students See for schedule.

FEB 2, 3 & 4: Prepare for the Fair 12pm-3pm - CDC Resume Critiques by CDC Career Coaches

SEPT 16, 17 & 18: UC Fall Career Week 9am-3pm - UC Recreation Center

FEB 10, 11 & 12: UC Spring Career Fair Week -

 Day One: Professional, Creative, Sciences, Health  Day Two: Engineering & Technical  Day Three: Job Interviews

The 3-day 2016 UC Spring Career Week features 300+ employers, recruiting for full time, internship and co-op.

SEPT 21: On-Campus Recruiting begins

9am-3pm - Rec. Center

MAR 9: Jobs 4International Students 12noon-2pm - TUC Great Hall Network and interview with local/national employers that are interested in hiring International students.

MAR 21-27 ADVANCE Corporate Excursion Contact Arthur Walton for details.

APR 12: SO/NK Education Career Fair 9am-5pm - Cintas Center, Xavier University NOV 25: On-Campus Recruiting Ends DEC 12: Fall Classes Ends See page 4 for details on using these helpful career development tools:

Going Global Optimal Resume CareerSpots Videos InterviewStream MyPlan available at

Includes public, private and national charter schools. Contact Theresa Aberle for details.

APR 15: On-Campus Recruiting Ends APR 28: Spring Classes End Summer Semester 2016 MAY 3: Jobs 4UC Grads - Career Fair for Recent Grads & Alumni 10am-2pm - TUC Great Hall JUN-AUG: Summer Orientation Parent Sessions -- 10-10:30am - CDC Univ. Pavilion Student Spotlight -- 3pm-5pm - TUC Atrium 3rd Floor


Chronological Resume Sample Maria I. Needajob 331 Stellar Blvd. | Cincinnati, OH 45221 | (513)109-8765 |

Objective Assistant Content Editor position in Public Relations, with expertise in verbal and written communication and managing priorities with great attention to detail.

Education University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH Bachelor of Science, Communication GPA: 3.3/4.0 - Dean’s list: Fall & Spring semesters - 2 years

Expected May 20XX

Summary     

Managed time well - worked 30 hrs/wk while a full-time student Excellent organizational skills - can handle multiple priorities Critical thinker, meets deadlines Fluency in English and Spanish in translating and writing skills Effective interpersonal and teamwork skills

Computer Skills  Web design, content management: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop CS6  Windows 2010; MS Office (incl. Excel, PPT and Publisher);  Social media marketing skills (Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook)

Work Experience: Star Public Relations Firm, Cincinnati, OH Copy-writing Intern Summers 20XX, 20XX & 20XX  Managed time well - worked 30 hrs/wk while a full-time student  Organized Excel spreadsheet while handling multiple priorities from 3 different projects  Met deadlines using critical thinking to prioritize work  Communicated well with collaborative partners; edited articles for English grammar  Wrote weekly newsletters with internal communicators employing teamwork University of Cincinnati, Bookstore/ Follett, Cincinnati OH Cashier / Customer Service Representative September 20XX- Present  Promoted to Lead CSR position  Received Excellent Customer Service Recognition at regional meeting  Used Fluency in Spanish to increase customer satisfaction  Led a team of 3-4 employees; prioritized assignments  Handled transactions with great attention to details

Community Involvement  Volunteer, Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati OH  Spanish Tutor, Taft Elementary School, Cincinnati OH

20XX-Present April, 20XX

Awards & Honors  Cincinnatus Scholarship, University of Cincinnati



Keywords: (from job description)

Action Verbs: (insert right after bullets)

Managed time Multiple priorities Deadlines Teamwork Assignments

Managed Organized Met Communicated Handled

Details Team Edit Social Media Writing

Received Used Led Promoted Edited

Samples... Job Search Documents Sample Email Cover Letter With Resume Attached Subject Line of Email Message: Communications Director Position - Your Name Dear Hiring Manager, I read your job posting for a Communications Director with interest. As a Copy-writing intern for Star Public Relations Firm, I wrote articles for the company website, managed guest author submissions, and wrote and sent a weekly email newsletter to subscribers. While Assistant Communications Director for Assemblyperson Susan Smith, I researched, drafted and amended legislation, wrote press releases, and was responsible for office communications and correspondence. I also have extensive experience writing on a freelance basis on labor issues, which, I believe, would be an ideal match for this position. Articles are available for your review at: URL my resume are attached. If I can provide you with any further information on my background and qualifications, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration. Maria I. Needajob Address Email URL Phone

Sample Standard Cover Letter Robert McMillan, Quality Manager Hoding Truck Engineering City, State/Zip code Re: Position title and/or position# January 1, 20XX Dear Mr. McMillan: I am interested in the Quality Engineer position, which was advertised in the January 18 Cincinnati Enquirer website. Growing up on a farm, I learned from an early age to respect the quality of Hoding Truck products. By the time I entered college, I had diagnosed, repaired, and/or rebuilt all of our tractors and other machinery needed to operate a 200-acre farm. In my spare time, my fascination for cars inspired me to buy cars from the junkyard, rebuild their engines and sell them. This enabled me to totally finance my first two years of college. I will be graduating from the University of Cincinnati in May with a Bachelor of Science, in Mechanical Engineering and a 3.4/4.0 GPA. I have two years of co-op experience with General Motors in several departments. As campus Vice President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers, I have developed excellent communication, organizational, and leadership skills. As an astute listener I will interact well with all staff. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my qualifications at your earliest convenience. During the week of February 9, I will make a follow-up call to your office. If you have questions or need additional information, I may be reached at 513.555.xxxx or by e-mail at Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Daniel Z. O’Conner Daniel Z. O’Conner Address City, State, Zip Attachment: Resume


Curriculum Vita Sample

Aaron McNulty Curriculum Vita 713217 Reed Lake Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45220 (513) 555-1212

Summary: Inspired multi-media artist whose compositions reflect the illusive and spiritual aspects of the natural world. Education Masters of Fine Arts, Studio Art - Concentration in Electronic Art, University of Cincinnati, 20XX (expected) Bachelor of Art, Studio Art, 20XX, Minors in French and Sociology, Worthington College (summa cum laude) Areas of specialization: Computer Art (2D/3D), Drawing, Rapid Prototyping Study Abroad, Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, Paris France (20XX-20XX) Teaching Experience University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) School of Art - Electronic Art Teaching Assistant (20XX-20XX); Instructor - Digital Foundations (Autumn, Winter 20XX-20XX) Relevant Academic Experience University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio Prototyping Lab; Intake Specialist (20XX-20XX); Graduate Assistant (20XX-20XX); Independent Research (20XX-20XX)  Created computer-generated models for prototyping, advising and instructing students with preparing models,  Operated prototyping machines, developing web-based video tutorials, implementing web-based intake pipeline  Collaborative research developing a workflow for creating realistic renders of 3D models, with Ben Meyer Worthington College, Worthington, Michigan Communications Department; Independent Research; Website Development (20XX-20XX)  Self-directed project animating humanoid models using Maya, Brush, BodyPaint, and MotionBuilder  Developed graphics and layouts for college website, worked independently with direction from web manager Honors, Awards, Fellowships University of Cincinnati Wolfstein Travel Fellowship, New Zealand, 20XX Honorable Mention, “Untitled (Man in Coil),” in the Michigan Small Colleges Art Show, 20XX Exhibitions and Screenings 1:1, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH, 20XX. “Josie/Annole,” video, 20XX. Lose Me, Southgate House Gallery, Newport, KY, 20XX “Five Stars Fading,” video, 20XX Videoscape, Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, Worthington, MI, 20XX Collections H. Gene Cline Collection, photograph, 20XX Worthington College Yearbook Collection, digital print, 20XX Publications Elizabeth Smith, “Exploring the Juncture Where Material and Concept Meet,” Manifest, Vol. 15, November, 20XX The Worthington Review: National Undergraduate Literary Magazine, photograph, 20XX “Irenaeus: Musical,” Honors Thesis, Worthington College, 20XX Conferences and Symposia Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium, 20XX, Worthington, MI, “Cosos: The Process of Writing an Original Musical.” International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) , 20XX, Vancouver, BC, Canada “Intermix: The Creation of Uniqueness in Electronic Art.”


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