[ 2015–2016 GRADUATE STUDENT CAREER GUIDE ]
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PREPARE FOR YOUR CAREER SEARCH.
WHATâ€™S INSIDE GETTING STARTED 4
MAKING A POSITIVE IMPRESSION
R esume and Curriculum Vitae (CV)
12 Searching for Positions
13 Researching Employers
CLOSING THE DEAL
14 N etworking and Informational Interviewing
The Job Talk
Job Offer and Negotiating
THE JOB SEARCH 7
When and How to Start
10 I dentifying Transferable Skills
List of Resources
Additional Resume Samples
Additional CV Samples
WHAT’S AHEAD YOUR DREAM JOB IS OUT THERE. The question is, how will you find and get it? This graduate student career guide is the key. Within the next few pages, you’ll find advice and resources aimed at preparing you for your first professional or academic position— and beyond. And that’s just the start. Need to polish your resume or CV? Looking for networking opportunities? Want to research prospective employers? It’s all possible at UB Career Services. Schedule your career counseling appointment today. (716) 645-2231 buffalo.edu/career
259 Capen Hall, North Campus
Dear Professional and Graduate Student, Late nights at the library. Long days in the lab. Countless assignments. Youâ€™ve worked hard to obtain a quality education and an advanced degree that will position you for long-term success. Now, as your academic endeavors near an end, you hope to start your career on the right path. On behalf of both the Graduate School and Career Services, we are pleased to offer you this new resource. Through the Graduate Student Career Guide, you will be better prepared to seek your next professional opportunity. Of course, when additional or personalized guidance is needed, the experienced staff of the Career Services Office is always available. We wish you the very best in your job search. In addition, we envision that this resource will contribute to you landing that perfect opportunity that will enable you to utilize the skills and knowledge youâ€™ve acquired through your studies at UB. Best wishes to you for your career and life success. Sincerely,
Graham Hammill, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School
Arlene Kaukus Director of Career Services
UTILIZE UB CAREER SERVICES
NETWORK AND NURTURE RELATIONSHIPS Did you know approximately 80% of jobs and internships are obtained through networking? You never know who might help you throughout your career development, whether it’s through mentoring, a recommendation or more. Meet, get to know, and stay in touch with your faculty, fellow students, colleagues and organization members—both in person and through social networking tools such as LinkedIn.
No matter where you are in your career development, the Career Services office is here to help you identify and develop the skills, experiences, and connections needed for a successful transition from a graduate student to a working professional. Take advantage of our services and resources, including workshops, events, career fair and the online portal BullsEye.
SEEK OUT EXPERIENCE
PREPARE, PRACTICE AND PERFECT
In today’s world, an advanced degree isn’t always enough. Employers like to know that your academic background can translate to “real-world” skills and leadership. Start by reviewing job postings to see what qualifications and skills are required. Then find opportunities that allow you to gain relevant experience, such as internships, research projects, community service initiatives or professional organizations.
You can’t predict when a career opportunity may arise, but you can be prepared for it. Make sure your resume, curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter are polished and up to date. You should also hone your interviewing skills and develop an elevator speech to professionally articulate what you can offer to a company or organization.
WHEN AND HOW TO START YOUR JOB SEARCH FOR PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
It’s never too early to begin your job or internship search. While companies may look for talent at any time of the year, industries such as engineering and business recruit more heavily from September through December. As a UB student, you have the opportunity to connect with companies through on-campus job fairs, employer information sessions and job postings in BullsEye.
WHEN YOU WANT TO:
HOW | USE THESE RESOURCES:
Research prospective employers and job postings
BullsEye—a virtual tool to connect employers with UB students for jobs, internships and networking opportunities. Hoovers—an extensive database that provides directory listings and brief profiles for millions of public and private companies worldwide. GoinGlobal—The leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting, and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country to GoinGlobal’s 80,000-page database contains Country Career Guides, USA and Canadian City Career Guides, corporate profiles, worldwide job and internship openings, and a proprietary collection of H1B visa employer listings.
Create or update your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile
Express appointments with Career Services are available Monday–Friday. Make a 20-minute appointment by calling 716-645-2231 or stopping by 259 Capen Hall.
Discuss your career goals and plans with faculty, a career counselor, advisor and mentors for feedback
One-hour counseling appointment can be scheduled with an expert career counselor to discuss job search strategies.
Attend conferences, join professional associations and engage with other professionals in industry
UB Career Advice Group on LinkedIn—we allow you to connect professionally with over 2,000 students, alumni and colleagues across the world.
Prepare for interviews
A practice interview session can be scheduled with a member of Career Services by calling 716-645-2231.
Attend alumni networking events, job fairs, employer site visits, employer information sessions
Check the Career Services Events page to see what’s up and coming up.
ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH TIMELINE If you aspire to a career in academia, ideal planning should begin two years before completing your degree. The hiring cycle for academic positions is typically conducted between October and May, with slight variations by discipline. Be sure to utilize the experience and guidance of your faculty and mentors throughout the process.
C onduct a professional and academic inventory of all your accomplishments, experiences, publications and presentations.
Utilize online resources to examine employment prospects, such as: > The Chronicle of Higher Education > Higher Ed Job > Academic 360 > Professional associations.
xamine discipline E specific journal possibilities for publication.
Create or update your LinkedIn profile.
FROM DEGREE COMPLETION
Identify your preferred geographic locations.
Look for opportunities to present, network and assume leadership roles with national and regional organizations associated with your discipline.
Reach out to faculty and mentors for letters of recommendation.
evelop or D update your CV and begin drafting cover letters.
Begin to think about your career contingency plan.
Prepare and practice your academic job talk.
ollow up with faculty/ F mentors about letters of recommendation. Use Interfolio to store your recommendations.
xamine E Post-Doctoral options, collect information, and applications.
Continue to attend professional conferences for networking and presentation possibilities.
Continue to network through professional associations, conferences and LinkedIn.
Continue to utilize job posting websites.
BEFORE DEGREE COMPLETION
EVALUATE ANY OFFERS!
Determine if you need a portfolio and begin preparation. Discuss career options and job prospects with faculty and mentors.
Prepare for interviews.
Complete and customize a version of your CV and cover letter for each position.
Depending on discipline, begin preparing your teaching philosophy, research statement and other materials needed for your application.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS What skills do you bring to the table for employers? No matter your field of study, it’s important to speak their language and demonstrate how your academic experiences translate to workplace performance.
Good news—you’ve likely already started to develop important skills through your academic and extracurricular activities.
SKILL SETS EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR
HOW TO DEVELOP SKILLS
ANALYSIS & PROBLEM SOLVING
> Interpreting data through an experiment or survey > Identifying inconsistencies in presented arguments > Performing textual analysis > Learning a computer programming language
INTERPERSONAL & LEADERSHIP
> Teaching as a TA, instructor, tutor, trainer, or facilitator > Leading a research project team > Volunteering in student governance and professional associations > Collaborating with different groups
PROJECT MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATION
> Managing the workload of several courses > Meeting deadlines > Designing and executing surveys > Leading and structuring research projects > Supervising undergraduate and first-year graduate students
RESEARCH & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
> Conceptualizing models from open literature > Preparing a literature review > Conducting archival research > Organizing, interpreting, distributing, archiving, and publishing research findings
> Organizing and prioritizing study schedule > Balancing academic and personal responsibilities
SELF-MANAGEMENT & WORK HABITS
> Writing research papers, reports, grants, and proposals > Presenting at local, regional, and national venues (e.g. poster or conference sessions)
WRITTEN & ORAL COMMUNICATION
Prepare for interviews by planning out how youâ€™ll discuss these experiences, and what they mean for your potential employer.
HOW TO DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE
LEARN HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR TRANSFERABLE SKILLS! Visit UB Career Services in Capen Hall to work with a career expert.
> Define a problem and identify possible causes > Design an experiment, plan or model that defines a problem, tests potential resolutions and implements a solution
> Synthesize large amounts of information
> Facilitate group discussions or conduct meetings
> Respond appropriately to positive or negative feedback
> Effectively mentor subordinates and/or peers
> Teach skills or concepts to others
> Motivate others to complete projects (group or individual)
> Navigate complex bureaucratic environments
> Form and defend independent conclusions
> Collaborate on projects
> Manage a project or projects from beginning to end
> Prioritize tasks while anticipating potential problems
> Identify goals/tasks and create a realistic timeline for completion
> Maintain flexibility in the face of changing circumstances
> Identify sources of information applicable to a given problem
> Design and analyze surveys > Develop organizing principles to effectively sort and evaluate data
> Understand and synthesize large quantities of data
> Work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines
> Work effectively with limited supervision
> Learn or comprehend new material and subject matter quickly
> Explain complex or difficult concepts in basic terms and language
> Prepare concise and logically written materials
> Write effective grant proposals
> Organize and communicate ideas effectively in presentations to small and large groups
> Debate issues in a collegial manner and participate in group discussions
> Use logical argument to persuade others
SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT POSITION Before conducting your search, you need to have a strategy. Align your interests, values and skills with a career field. Then start researching potential employers. Be sure to prepare your 30-60 second elevator speech which describes who you are, what you’re looking for and what you can offer.
SIX WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SEARCH SMARTER:
1. RESEARCH THE INDUSTRY FIELD Make a list of preferred employers to target and research. Consider conducting informational interviews with alumni and professionals in the industry.
2. LOG INTO BULLSEYE BullsEye is a virtual tool to connect employers with UB students for jobs, internships and networking opportunities. Key features include job and internship postings, career fairs and the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) e-Bulletin.
3. CHECK JOB POSTING WEBSITES Develop a list of relevant keywords that relate to your interest area and industry focus. View recommend websites
4. CONNECT WITH PROFESSIONALS Reaching out and building relationships with established professionals is a proven method in job searching. Tap into the UB alumni network by joining the UB Career Advice Group on LinkedIn.
5. TARGET EMPLOYERS Initiate an introduction to show determination and enthusiasm to potential employers. You may even create an opportunity to obtain a position before it’s officially posted and advertised to your peers.
6. JOIN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS As a member of a professional association, you can stay informed on industry trends, build your professional network and obtain leads on potential job openings. View directories of professional organizations
HOW TO RESEARCH EMPLOYERS It’s important to do your homework on prospective employers to help narrow down career options, find job opportunities and sound knowledgeable in a job interview.
INFORMATION TO LOOK FOR: > Size of organization
> Geographic locations
> Relocation policies
> Style of management
> Location of corporate headquarters
> Typical career path in your field
> Potential growth > Annual sales growth, long-term and short-term > Product lines or services, and potential new products or services > Relative age of top management and their career backgrounds
> Number of plants, stores, and outlets > Organizational structure > Type of training programs available > Promotional path > Recent developments reported in news stories
> History of organization > Funding (for non-profit organizations) > Customers and/or clients > Attitudes toward employees > Competition within industry > Stated values and mission of organization
WHERE TO DIG: Start by reviewing the organization’s website, annual reports and marketing literature related to recruitment. Keep in mind that any information prepared by the organization will include predominately positive information. As with any good research endeavor, rely on multiple sources to try to get an accurate picture of the employer. TOP RESOURCES:
Provides directory listings and brief profiles for millions of public and private companies worldwide
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NETWORKING 101 Become an expert networker to get inside information and gain a competitive edge in your job search. Most people find jobs through contacts they build through internship experiences, family, friends and involvement in their field. > JOIN A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION IN YOUR FIELD. See Weddle’s Association Directory, American Society of Association Executives and a list of international professional associations to explore associations aligned with your career and interests. > CREATE A LINKEDIN ACCOUNT. The social network allows you to see the profiles of current professionals and graduate students in your career field—perfect for networking. Also look to join LinkedIn groups that are tied to professional associations in your career field of interest. > JOIN THE UB MENTOR PROGRAM on LinkedIn to connect with career professionals in your field who can help you with the career exploration process. Our Career Mentors can also help you with:
>> Job/Internship search
>> Resumes/CV and cover letters
>> Interviewing tips and networking strategies
>> R elocation tips as you prepare to relocate to a new city/state/company
>> Tour of their companies/organizations
> ASK FOR BUSINESS CARDS and look to connect with them through LinkedIn. > USE YOUR RESEARCH AND PROJECTS as a means to present at national/regional conferences affording you the opportunity to engage with members of professional organizations. > PERFECT YOUR 30-60 SECOND INTRODUCTION, and use it whenever you meet a potential new networking contact. > LEARN HOW TO MAKE SMALL TALK TO BROKER NEW CONNECTIONS. Visit Career Services or attend a workshop to get more information on the art of a networking conversation. > ASK IF YOUR CONTACTS CAN KEEP YOU POSTED regarding any professional openings.
REMEMBER: Everyone you meet could potentially
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TIPS FOR NETWORKING AT EVENTS At UB, on- and off-campus events are organized throughout the year to bring together current graduate students, alumni professionals and employer recruits. Take advantage of these great opportunities to build your network, learn about an organization and explore career fields. NETWORKING EVENTS WITH UB ALUMNI AND EMPLOYERS Career Conversations and Road Trip events are student-alumni career networking events designed for UB graduate level students and recent graduates who are interested in launching their careers, finding internships, or connecting with mentors in the Buffalo, Rochester, New York City and Washington DC areas. Visit Career Services Events to find out when Career Conversations and On the Road Experiences events are scheduled to take place. JOB FAIRS AND EMPLOYER SITE VISITS Meet with employers promoting their organizations and open positions. Job fairs come in all shapes and sizes, from small community sponsored events to large regional expositions held at major convention centers. Research the employers who are attending the fair. If it is a UB job fair on campus, a listing of employers can be on BullsEye.
JOB FAIR PREPARATION Before heading to a job fair, you should know: > WHAT TO EXPECT — Most job fairs feature booths or tables with organization representatives. Employers set up displays and offer brochures, business cards, and giveaways. At some fairs, initial screening interviews occur on the spot. Other times, the fair is used to pre-screen applicants for interviews to be conducted later. Some employers will not accept resumes at their tables. You may be referred to their website to formally apply. If so, use this opportunity to learn more about the organization, make contacts and get tips on how to make yourself stand out in an online application. > WHAT TO TAKE — Make multiple copies of your resume on high-quality resume paper. Take a professional folder to hold your resumes and a notepad and pen. Leave your backpack and coat at home if possible. If you must bring a cell phone, be sure it is not visible, and do not use it during the networking event. > HOW TO ACT—Try to get your resume into a person’s hands and say a few words. If the employer is too busy, make a note on your resume indicating your interest in the organization. Look around the display for the recruiter’s business card (or write down his or her name) and get some literature with the organization’s address. Afterward, send a follow-up note with another copy of your resume. > WHAT TO SAY—Create a brief “commercial” to sell yourself to an employer. In 60 seconds or less, introduce yourself, demonstrate your knowledge of the organization or career field, express enthusiasm and interest and relate your background to the organization’s needs.
INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS WHATâ€™S AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW? Different than a job interview, an informational interview is a conversation with a career professional to collect information about a job, career field, industry or company. It gives you the chance to build your network, expand your knowledge of the job market and learn about potential career paths. Make the most of this opportunity by asking your interviewer any of the following questions. PERSONAL CAREER STORY
> What is your educational background? How did you decide to go into this field?
> Is there travel involved with your job? > How much flexibility do you have in terms of dress, work hours, vacation, etc.?
> What do you wish you would have known prior to entering this field?
> What hours do individuals in this job usually work?
> What is a typical career path for individuals in your position?
> How would you describe your work environment? > What obligation does your work place upon you, outside of the ordinary workday/work week?
A DAY IN THE LIFE > What are your major duties and responsibilities? > What do you do during a typical workday and week?
TIPS AND ADVICE
> What do you find most rewarding about your job?
> What kinds of skills should a job seeker highlight in resumes and interviews?
> What were the positions that you had that led to this one? > What do you like most and least about your job?
> What advice do you have for me as I break into this field?
ABOUT THE EMPLOYER
> How do you see technology changing/ influencing this field? > What specific aspects of my background should I highlight or sell the most when applying for positions?
> What is the size of your company/organization? > Where do you have offices? > What are the challenges facing this industry today?
> Do I have to develop some skills or gain some experiences to make myself more competitive?
> What sets your company/organization apart from similar ones in this industry?
WHATâ€™S NEXT? > Do you know other people in the field with whom I can talk?
WORKPLACE CULTURE > What are your biggest challenges or problems?
> May I mention your name when I contact them?
> Do you work primarily alone or in collaboration with others?
> If I have any questions can I stay in contact with you?
> Who evaluates your performance? How is this done?
> What is a typical entry-level salary in this field? > Are there any professional groups in this field you recommend I join?
> What kind of on-the-job training is provided? > What is the on-boarding process like for a new employee?
MAKING YOUR RESUME STAND OUT A resume is a one- to two-page document that outlines your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience. Its purpose is to help you capture the attention of an employer so you can get an interview. Note: Longer resumes are more common for Master’s or Ph.D. students. Research your desired industry area resume standards. An employer spends an average of 15 to 20 seconds reviewing a resume. Create unique resume categories that highlight your relevant skills and experience. Typical sections include:
> Objective —Specifically states what type of job or internship you are looking for
> Education — Lists your degrees and other relevant training
> Experience —Any employment, internships, significant campus leadership offices, volunteer work, and class/research projects
Emphasize activities outside of academic and employment experience:
> Volunteer Experience
> Study Abroad
> Campus Activities & Involvement
> Certifications & Licenses
> Language Proficiency
> Relevant Coursework
> Technical/Computer Skills
> Professional Affiliations
Write descriptive “action word” statements for each experience adding results or accomplishments. Use key words throughout your resume that show your skills to an employer. Pick a format and stick to it. Use consistent spacing, font, and format and convert to a PDF. Be error-free! That means no spelling or grammatical mistakes. INTERNATIONAL RESUMES Many countries use the words resume and CV interchangeably, so make sure you understand what documents you are required to submit. > Review International Resumes and CV Guides by Country > Login to BullsEye to access GoinGlobal where you can view resume and CV samples by country.
RESUME EXAMPLE—HEALTHCARE FIELD
Judith C. Smith
(xxx) xxx-xxxx email@example.com; www.linkedin.com/in/judithcsmith
EDUCATION University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, May 2015 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science, May 2015 Minor in Health and Wellness GPA: 3.9/4.0 Dean’s List OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RELATED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE Level II Fieldwork
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York
May 2014-August 2014
• Conducted and documented detailed evaluations and administered assessments.
• Developed, implemented, and modified appropriate intervention plans.
• Educated patients and families on the use of adaptive equipment and home modifications.
•C ollaborated with physicians, nurses, physical therapists, speech pathologists, and social workers to provide holistic and comprehensive patient care.
• Created and presented three, 60 minute in-service presentations to 12+ staff members.
• Utilized evidence based practice to design and construct a mirror box for treatment with patients post-stroke. School of the Holy Childhood, Rochester, New York
January 2014-March 2014
• Developed, implemented, and modified appropriate intervention plans for students.
• Administered standardized assessments and completed re-evaluation and annual review documentation.
• Utilized evidence based practice to design a Response to Intervention program based on student sensory needs.
• Collaborated with special education teachers, speech pathologists, and occupational therapy assistants to create interventions that catered to each students specific needs. Level I Fieldwork Physical Disabilities: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York Adult Developmental Disabilities: Suburban Adult Services Inc. (SASI), Elma, New York Pediatrics: Mary Cariola Children’s Center, Rochester New York
LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE University at Buffalo Student Occupational Therapy Association, Social Convener, 2012–2015
• Organized more than 10 events, demonstrating good organizational and time management skills. Occupational Therapy Student Mentor, 2014–2015 Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, Volunteer, 2012–2013
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Active member of Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy National Honor Society- Tau Chapter University at Buffalo Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA)
CURRICULUM VITAE A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a brief biography of your educational and work background used to obtain an interview in the higher education job search, usually consisting of three or more pages.
A CV WILL HELP YOU: > Establish your professional image. > Apply for postdoctoral fellowships in the academic or related fields. > Promote yourself for employment opportunities, particularly in academic settings. > Inform employers about your achievements and activities for annual or tenure review. > Describe your areas of expertise when applying for independent consulting. > Support your applications for fellowships, grants or other contract funding proposals. > Provide information related to professional activities. (e.g. application for professional memberships, leadership roles/awards) > Introduce yourself when making presentations at professional conferences. > Establish credibility when submitting a manuscript proposal to an academic journal or press.
STRUCTURE AND CONTENT Your CV should include the following categories and information: > IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION: Name, address (campus/temporary and permanent/home), email, phone numbers > CAREER OBJECTIVE (optional) > EDUCATION: Title of academic degree, name of college/university, location (city/state), date of completion, GPA (optional), areas of specialization, title of thesis/dissertation > RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE: Title/position, department, institution/organization/company, location (city/state), description of duties > PUBLICATIONS: Authors’ names, date of publication, title of article, journal name > SPECIAL AWARDS AND HONORS > PRESENTATIONS: Presenters’ names, title of presentation, name of conference, date and location > RECENT AND CURRENT RESEARCH: Short description of research including type and purpose of research > GRANTS RECEIVED: Name of grant, granting agency, date received, title/purpose of project > PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS: Current memberships only, in alphabetical order > OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION > PROFESSIONAL SERVICE: Title of leadership positions held, names of association, dates held, responsibilities > COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Brief description of responsibilities, name of organization, dates > OTHER COMPETENCIES: Language competencies, computer skills, international experiences, etc. > CURRENT INTERESTS: Teaching/research interests, service to profession/department/college/community, etc. > REFERENCES: Include names, title/department, organization/institution, contact information
CV SAMPLE—BASIC SCIENCES CURRICULUM VITAE
Department • University at Buffalo, SUNY • Address • City, ST 12345 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Phone: (555)-555-1234
EDUCATION University at Buffalo, SUNY (Buffalo, New York)
May 20XX (Expected)
(Expected) Doctor of Philosophy in XXX Thesis: “Insert Title of Thesis Here” North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Bachelor of Science in XXX Bachelor of Science in XXX Minor in XXX RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Dec. 20XX–Present UB SUNY, Name and location of research lab
• Provide description of your job function and responsibilities, as well as the focus area of research. • Elaborate on your achievements and what you contributed to your role in conducting this research. • Use qualitative examples where possible. May 20XX–August 20XX Name of Organization, Position
• Provide description of your job function and responsibilities, as well as the focus area of research. • Elaborate on your achievements and what you contributed to your role in conducting this research. • Use qualitative examples where possible. PUBLICATIONS 1st Author Publications: # of publications Citations: # of citations H-index: # of H-indexes I10-index: # of 110-indexes Research papers: 1st Author Publications: In preparation/Submitted: 1. Your Name, Chen.T, Gollakota A, Kamal-Ahmadi M, Reddinger R. Hakansson AP, Pfeifar BA. Improved Escherichia coli bactofection and cytotoxicity by expression of lysis gene E. (In preparation) Published: Your Name, Chen M, Ravikrishnan A, Reddinger R, Zhang G, Hakansson AP, Pfeifer BA. Mannosylated poly(beta amino esters) for targeted antigen presenting cell immune modulation. Biomaterials-(Accepted) Abstracts: 7. Your Name, Ravikrishnan A Cf-Jen C-K, Patt E, Pfeifer- BA. Synthesis of Hybrid Biomaterial-Bacterial Gene Delivery Vectors. University at Buffalo SUNY, 16th Annual CBE Graduate Research Symposium. October 2013
Secondary Author Publications: In preparation/Submitted: Chen C-K, Wang, Your Name, Law W-C, Yu Y, Prasad PN, Pfeifer BA, Cheng C. Degradable and pH-responsive chitosan nanocapsules as drug carriers for doxorubicin delivery in MCF-7 cells. Langmuir. 2013; 30(14). 4111-4119 (In preparation) Abstracts: Chen M, Ravikrishnan A, Reddinger R, Your Name, Zhang G, Hakansson AP, Pfeifer BA. Mannosylated poly (beta amino esters) for targeted antigen presenting cell immune modulation. Biomaterials-(Accepted) PRESENTATIONS 1. Your Name, McCarty G. On-Chip Electrophoresis using Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry End-Point Detection for Complex Biological Samples. North Carolina State University Undergraduate Symposium. May 2011 TALKS/SPEECHES 1. Student Keynote Speaker, University at Buffalo SUNY, 17’h Annual CBE Graduate Research Symposium. October 2014 AWARDS & HONORS
• Graduate School Ambassador Award
March 20XX, 20XX
• List all other awards and honors awarded during Graduate school
TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP & TEACHING Lecturer/Adjunct Professor Name of University/College SMBS Post-Baccalaureate Program-Medical Microbiology-Summer 20XX Teaching Assistantships Name of University/College
• MA131-Business Calculus- Fall 20XX
• MA141-Engineering Calculus 1- Fall 2008, Spring 20XX, Fall 20XX
• MA241-Engineering Calculus 2- Spring 20XX
Guest Lectures University at Buffalo SUNY CE327-Chemical Engineering Lab I-Spring 2012 (Instructor Name)
• Bi-weekly lab sessions
• Two class lectures
Volunteer Work July 20XX–Present People Inc.
• Provide description of your responsibilities
• Elaborate on your achievements and what you contributed to your role in conducting this research.
• Use qualitative examples where possible.
CLICK TO VIEW ADDITIONAL CV SAMPLES IN APPENDIX 23
CONVERTING YOUR CV TO A RESUME If you already have a CV, you may need to consolidate the information to fit a resume format for a job search outside of academia.
TRANSFORM YOUR CV TO A RESUME IN A FEW SIMPLE STEPS:
1. Identify a resume format by looking through resume books in the Brent D. Arcangel Career Resource Library (259 Capen Hall) or online through the “Library Thingy” and the resume tip sheet.
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5. Use action-oriented verbs that describe your skills and experiences in a way that will make sense to a prospective employer.
2. R esearch and identify skills and qualifications sought by prospective employers and particular job postings.
6. Streamline your document by removing extraneous information and by using clear and concise formatting.
3. G enerate a list of your transferable skills and relevant experience.
7. M eet with a Career Services counselor to receive feedback and suggestions for revisions.
4. O rganize your information to highlight experience and skills that are relevant to the job you are seeking.
8. R evise your resume, proofread carefully and print the final copy on good quality resume paper.
> Be concise—ideally a resume should be one page; two pages only if you have extensive experience.
> Including references—names and contact information should be provided separately, if requested.
> Focus on work experience and transferable skills rather than coursework and research.
> Listing all your course work—only include classes relevant to the job you’re seeking.
> Follow a traditional format including headings such as Objective Education, Experience, Activities, and Skills.
> Including publications unless on a separate page or under their own section called “Selected Publications”.
Source: Columbia University Center for Career Education
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COVER LETTER In a one-page letter that that accompanies your resume or CV, make a good first impression that piques the interest of a potential employer.
COVER LETTER TIPS
CUSTOMIZE your cover letter for each organization and for each position.
HIGHLIGHT SPECIFIC EXAMPLES from your experience that demonstrate why you are a match for the position and the employer.
BE CLEAR AND GET TO THE POINT.
PROOFREAD! No spelling or grammatical mistakes.
COVER LETTER SAMPLE Your Present Address City, State Zip Code Date of Writing Mr. / Ms. / Dr. Last Name of Person Title of Person Organization Name Street Address City, State Zip Code
Dear Mr. / Ms. / Dr. Last Name: Why are you writing this letter? If you are responding to a job posting, include the position, field, or area to which you’re applying and tell how you learned of the opening. If you are “prospecting” to determine if the organization has unpublished opportunities, or acting on a referral from one of your contacts, indicate how you learned about the organization. Who, if anyone, referred you? Include a brief statement about what is unique about your skills or experiences that would make you a good fit in the organization and the field. Also, offer a brief statement demonstrating specific knowledge of the company to which you are applying. Tailor this to each employer to demonstrate your interest and that you’ve done your homework. Use this paragraph to demonstrate to the employer how your interests, education, and experience fit the requirements described in the position postings. Use specific examples that illustrate your related skills and experience. If you are prospecting, how do you see yourself fitting with this organization? Describe the qualifications that you think are most relevant. If you have related experience or specialized training, briefly mention it here. Think about all the transferable skills you have gained in various jobs, volunteer experiences, campus activities, projects, and research. Briefly summarize how those experiences are relevant to the position or the organization. Refer the employer to your resume for further details about your experiences and qualifications. Reiterate why you want to work at that specific organization. Offer your contact information and thank the employer for time and consideration. If you are addressing your letter to a specific person, indicate when and how you plan on following up on the submission of your cover letter.
Your Signature Name Enc. (Include this notation only if you send the letter by mail and your resume is enclosed.)
THANK YOU LETTER Sending a thank you letter after an interview isnâ€™t just polite, it shows professionalism. In your letter, express sincere appreciation for the opportunity, and remind the prospective employer that you are interested in the position. This small gesture can help you stand out among applicants and possibly increase your chances of landing the job. For assistance writing your thank you letter, visit UB Career Services.
THANK YOU LETTER SAMPLE Your Present Address City, State Zip Code Date of Writing Name of Interviewer Title of Interviewer Name of Organization Street Address City, State, ZIP Code
Dear Name of Interviewer: Paragraph 1: Thank the interviewer and express your appreciation for the courtesy and consideration extended to you. Mention the position for which you interviewed, the date and the place of the interview and include some reference to your conversation which will help the employer remember you. Paragraph 2: Reaffirm your interest in the position. Mention anything you have done since the interview that shows your interest in the position. You could also comment on something specific about the position which came up during the interview. Paragraph 3: Express your willingness to provide additional information. Include here, or enclose with the letter, any information requested at the interview. Paragraph 4: End with a simple, positive closing.
Your Signature Type your name here Enc. (If you enclose a resume or other materials)
INTRODUCTION TO LINKEDIN LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site, with more than 300 million members. It’s a virtual “resume” of sorts that includes details of your education, professional interests, skills, and previous experiences.
WHY USE LINKEDIN? It allows you to manage your professional online identity and build your professional network. By allowing you to see the profiles of current professionals and students, you can explore career options and find job/ internship opportunities.
ULTIMATE LINKEDIN CHECKLIST 1. CREATE A PROFILE C reate an exciting headline such as “Econometrics and Financial Analyst.” U pload a picture. It doesn’t have to be too fancy but should be crisp and appropriate. Customize your LinkedIn URL like this: www.linkedin.com/in/(your first and last name, no spaces). Write your summary focusing on what you’re good at, what’s happening in your career and what’s next for you. Build your profile to look like your resume with sections such as education, experience and skills. 2. JOIN LINKEDIN GROUPS University at Buffalo Career Advice: join this group to network with UB alumni and employers. C lick “Members.” S earch for Mentors using keywords such as major, field, company and position title. Click “Send Message” link to send an email about connecting and/or setting up an informational interview. U niversity at Buffalo Alumni Association: beginning in January of the year of your degree completion, you can join the official UB Alumni Association LinkedIn group to network with UB alumni and search for jobs. ther LinkedIn Groups: search by keyword and join groups related to your career, field of interest and skills. O TIP: The best way to contact a LinkedIn Group member you don’t already know is to send a LinkedIn email message through LinkedIn. Remember—you don’t have to be “connected” with them to send a LinkedIn email message.
3. MAKE CONNECTIONS Search for people on LinkedIn who have job titles, skills, industries, majors, belong to groups and work at companies that interest you. View their profiles to learn about their career path. Find professionals in your field who also went to UB by clicking the “Network” tab and then “Find Alumni.” Research Graduate/Professional schools by viewing the profiles of alumni of any school by clicking “Switch Schools.” Once your profile is finished, start “connecting” with people that you know:
> Family members
> Current or previous work colleagues
TIP: Change the years attended to “1980–2014” and click “include people with no dates.” You’ll see “Where they live”, “Where they work”, and “What do they do”. To see, “What they Studied”, “Skills and Expertise,” click on the >.
TIP: You should only connect with people you know. When sending an invitation to connect, always personalize your invitation. Indicate why you want to connect with this person or refer to the last conversation you had with him/her.
4. SEARCH FOR A JOB AND INTERNSHIP Type the company name in the “company search” field. You can see people in your network who work at that company, job postings and “insights” about people who work there. ind out where others are doing internships related to your field by doing an “Advanced” search F using related keywords and the job title “intern”. earch for jobs and internships posted on LinkedIn using the “Advanced” search to sort job openings S by keyword, function, industry, location or level of experience. To get ready for an interview, use LinkedIn to research the company and even the professionals who will be interviewing.
PHOTO: Appropriate and crisp
HEADLINE: Exciting and descriptive
SUMMARY: Motivations, skills and intentions
EXPERIENCE: All experience, even if part-time, with supporting accomplishments and visual examples
ORGANIZATIONS: professional associations, in-school or outside, and your involvement
Add Steven N. Gineer as a connection on your LinkedIn account!
CRAFTING YOUR RESEARCH STATEMENT When applying for an academic position, you may be asked to summarize your research achievements and create a proposal for upcoming research. Your research statement should include current focus, interests and future plans. Aim for one to three pages in length, although longer statements are sometimes applicable.
TIPS FOR WRITING
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
> Discuss your long-term research goals.
> Why are you interested in this research?
> If you have done several projects, convey the connection among them.
> What was the burning question that you set out to answer?
> Discuss your interest in the relevant academic field.
> What challenges did you encounter along the way, and how did you overcome these challenges?
> Outline contributions you plan to make to the field.
> How can your research be applied? And why is your research important within your field?
> Describe your contributions as a member of a research team.
> What direction will your research take you in next, and what new questions do you have?
> Explain a few research concepts on a focus area of interest.
> What is your potential to secure grant funding?
> Discuss how a recent piece of work paved a pathway for the research you plan to do.
> What is the compatibility with the university and the department?
> Consider detailing how you will involve students in your research and how your research relates to your teaching. > Discuss funding history and potential. > Indicate how your research goals align with departmental goals. > Strive to convince a committee you will succeed.
REASONS A RESEARCH PROPOSAL IS TURNED DOWN BY THE RESEARCH COMMITTEE
ONE “Lacks clarity and focus as it only relates to a limited area and does not address the mainstream issues of its field.”
“The research statement is overly ambitious.”
“Does not fully grasp the complexity of the research.”
WHAT’S YOUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY? A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. It is a way to discuss how you put your beliefs into practice by including concrete examples of what you do or anticipate doing in the classroom. Typically, the philosophies are between one and four pages double-spaced.
ANSWER THESE FOUR QUESTIONS 1. WHAT ARE YOUR OBJECTIVES? > Your role in orienting students to a discipline. > Specific ways you want to improve the education of students in your field. > Area you will you focus on developing most in your students (e.g. critical thinking, life-long learning skills, problem-solving strategies). > Define the boundaries between your responsibilities and the students’ responsibilities.
2. HOW WILL YOU ACCOMPLISH YOUR OBJECTIVES? > Readings to use in your curriculum. > Whether you will use collaborative or individual projects. > Whether you will use active learning or student-centered learning principles and why.
3. HOW WILL YOU BE EFFECTIVE? > Measures of success. > Method of feedback. > Be creative.
4. WHY TEACHING? > Your greatest rewards of teaching. > Why teaching is important to you. > How you want to make the world better. > How you will inspire students. > How you will make a difference in your students’ lives.
INTERVIEWING TIPS PREPPING FOR THE BIG DAY
Practice makes perfect. Schedule a practice interview appointment with Career Services. We will record your responses on video and review your performance together to make improvements. Or, you can record and upload a practice interview video through InterviewStream, our online virtual interview preparation tool on BullsEye. Research the organization again. Look through websites and written materials, or talk with customers/ clients to familiarize yourself with the organization. Be sure to incorporate your new learning into your interview responses and questions. Read about how to research employers. Create your talking points. Think of the reasons why you are the best candidate for the position, and work them into your responses. If you are struggling to talk about your strengths, consider taking StrengthsQuestâ„˘.
AT THE INTERVIEW
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEWER. Adjust to the interviewer’s style and think about why particular questions are being asked. Respond completely to all aspects of a question.
DON’T MONOPOLIZE THE CONVERSATION. While interviewers usually want more than a simple “Yes” or “No” answer, avoid long responses. Make your answers accurate, brief and as interesting as possible.
BE POSITIVE. This is not the place to criticize your school, past employers or professors. An optimist is more useful in an organization than a pessimist. If you can be enthusiastic about past experiences, you are likely to be positive about future employers.
PEOPLE HIRE, NOT ORGANIZATIONS. Remember, people make the hiring decisions. Your goal is to make effective contact with the interviewer.
ASK QUESTIONS. Reflect your interest and enthusiasm by asking questions about the organization and the job. This is another place to demonstrate that you have researched the organization.
EXPRESS INTEREST. Take time near the end of the interview to reiterate excitement about the employer and the position.
LEARN WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. It is always acceptable to ask about the next stages in the employment process and when they might occur.
EXPRESS THANKS. Thank the interviewer for his or her time and interest in you. Thank the receptionist and anyone else who helped you.
Source: Career Opportunities News, Garrett Park Press, Garrett Park, MD
COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS Stay one step ahead of the interviewer by preparing answers for these popular questions.
• Tell me about yourself.
• Why are you interested in this position?
• What are your greatest strengths?
• Why did you choose to your academic program/discipline?
• What is one of your weaknesses? • Define success. Define failure. • Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them? • What motivates you most about this position? • What can you offer us? • Describe your ideal position. • Why did you choose to interview with our company/organization?
• How has your advanced degree prepared you for a position with our organization? • Tell me about your leadership/campus involvement? • Do your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why or why not? • How do you think a professor who knows you well would describe you? • Why are you interested in this position?
• Why should we hire you?
CAREER GOALS EXPERIENCE • What skills relevant to this position have you developed? • In what type of work environment do you thrive? • Tell me about how your experiences would help you in this position. • Describe a major problem you encountered and how you dealt with it. • Give an example of a time when you worked under a deadline. • Give an example of a time when you worked on a team to accomplish something.
• Do you prefer to work under supervision or independently? • What kind of supervisor/chair/leadership do you prefer? • Do you prefer large or small organizations? Why? • How do you feel about working in a structured environment? • Can you work on several assignments at once? • How do you feel about the possibility of relocating?
• What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least? • How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work?
QUESTIONS YOU MAY ASK Employers will typically ask if you have any questions about the position or the organization. Don’t pass up this opportunity to gather more information to show your interest and help decide if you want the job.
TO A PROSPECTIVE COWORKER: • What do you like best about working for this department/organization? •W hat do you find most challenging about working for this department/organization? • Can you describe a typical workday in the department? • What are the possibilities for professional growth and promotion? •D o you have much of an opportunity to work independently, or with supervisors, colleagues or customers? • How did you get to where you are in this organization and in your career?
TO YOUR PROSPECTIVE SUPERVISOR: • What would be my primary responsibilities? •W hat would I be expected to accomplish in the first six months on the job? In the first year? •W hat are some of the department’s ongoing and anticipated special projects? • Can you describe a typical day in the life of this position?
TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVE: •A re employees encouraged and given the opportunity to express their ideas and concerns? • What do employees seem to like best and least about the company? • What is the rate of employee turnover? Why is this position open? • How large is the department where the opening exists? • What type of orientation or training do new employees receive? • How often are performance reviews conducted?
BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWING In a behavioral interview, a potential employer will ask you focus on a past situation as a way to predict your future performance. Interviewers will be looking for you to describe what happened, what you did in the situation and the outcome.
TOP 10 BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWING QUESTIONS 1. Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the actions of others. 2. Describe how you developed a project teamâ€™s goals and the project plan? 3. What have you done in order to be effective with your organization and planning? 4. Describe a team experience you found rewarding. 5. P lease give your best example of working cooperatively as a team member to accomplish an important goal. 6. Tell us about a time that you successfully adapted to a culturally different environment. 7. Tell us about a situation in which you had to adjust to changes over which you had no control. How did you handle it? 8. Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem. 9. Describe a situation where you felt you had not communicated well. How did you correct the situation? 10. Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.
BE A STAR
S ITUATION OR TASK
Briefly outline the parameters of the situation/problem: > Who were the key players? > What was the objective or assignment?
Focus on your role/part in the situation and specifically what action steps you took: > Logically recount what you did and why.
> Why did the problem exist?
Results of the situation are arguably the most important though most commonly omitted part of the response. Discuss what your actions led to: > Did you accomplish goals/objectives? > Were you successful or not? > Were you efficient and productive? > What did you learn?
THE JOB TALK During the interview process, potential employers may request an on-campus job talk. The purpose of this presentation is for them to learn more about you and your research. It’s also an opportunity to demonstrate your enthusiasm, problem-solving skills and communication style.
TIP: One talk does not fit all—tailor your presentation to the organization and the position.
JOB TALK CHECKLIST sk your faculty mentors and others in your field about their job talks A and interviewing processes. atch job talks on your campus. W pend time and effort preparing—they are spending time and effort S bringing you to them. ut some thought into possible contradictions in your research. P
I dentify themes in your research that best display your qualifications. hink of keywords from your profession. T upport your information with facts, authoritative sources, quotes, S narratives and even humor. ake a final determination on what part of your research you want to discuss. M resent your talk in front of diverse groups of people—record the talk on video P and have friends ask challenging questions. emember the FIVE P’s (Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance) R o not go over the time allotted for the talk. If you are told you have an hour D for your talk, prepare the talk for 50 minutes.
HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR PRESENTATION
PURPOSE AND EXAMPLE
Grab attention! “The number of Americans living in poverty jumped to 35.9 million last year.”
“My name is Grady Student, and I have been researching this issue for the past two years.”
“My Research affects everyone in the room today because…. e.g. poverty infiltrates all areas….”
Tell them what’s coming: “Today I will discuss the part of my research which revolves around the economic impact of poverty in the rural United States….”
a). Rationale b). Methods
c). Results d). Implications
e). Future Directions
“To summarize, the results of my work show that the economic impact of poverty…”
Answer succinctly and thank interviewer for the question.
JOB OFFERS AND NEGOTIATING Congratulations—you received a job offer! Now what? Make sure you thoroughly understand the offer, and don’t hesitate to politely ask the following questions for clarification.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
WHAT IS MY EXACT TITLE?
TO WHOM WILL I REPORT?
CAN WE MAKE MY START DATE EARLIER OR LATER?
WHAT IS THE BASE RATE? IS IT PAYABLE MONTHLY OR BI-WEEKLY?
WHAT BENEFITS WILL I HAVE? HEALTH INSURANCE, DENTAL, OR VISION? IF SO, WHAT WILL BE MY CONTRIBUTION?
HOW MANY VACATION DAYS WILL I RECEIVE? ANY FLEXIBILITY IN PROVIDING MORE? DOES IT INCREASE? IF YES, WHEN?
HOW MANY? WHAT HOLIDAYS? CAN ANY BE FLEXED?
DO I GET ANY SICK OR PERSONAL TIME? IF SO, HOW MUCH? ANY RESTRICTIONS?
IS THERE PAID OVERTIME?
WHAT INCREASES SHOULD I EXPECT FOR THE FIRST 2–3 YEARS?
WHAT EXPENSES ARE COVERED? IS THERE A CAP?
BEYOND This isn’t the end of your journey— it’s just the beginning. As you prepare for your career, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to do it alone. In addition to this guide, UB Career Services is ready to provide guidance and resources every step of the way. You bring the ambition. We’ll help make it possible. (716) 645-2231 buffalo.edu/career
259 Capen Hall, North Campus
APPENDIX: LIST OF RESOURCES
Weddle’s Association Directory >
LexisNexis Academic >
American Society of Association Executives >
Going Global > Worldwide industry profiles, located in the Resource Library in BullsEye
Wikipedia list of international professional associations >
RESUMES AND CVS
H-1b Databases > Located in the Resource Library in BullsEye
Basalla, Susan and Maggie Debelius. So What Are You Going To Do With That?: A Guide for M.A.’s and Ph.D.’s Seeking Careers Outside the Academy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2001 (rev. ed 2007) >
Brent D. Arcangel Career Resource Library Visit 259 Capen Hall to look through hundreds of books, including business directories, magazines and newspapers.
Furlong, Jennifer S. and Julia Miller Vick. The Academic Job Search Handbook. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992 (rev. ed. 2008). >
Employer Info Sessions on Campus View Career Services Events page
The Chronicle of Higher Education >
Acing the Academic Job Talk: Marincovich Gives Pointers > Diane Manuel, Stanford Report Online
Higher Ed Jobs > Academic 360 >
Academic Scientists at Work: The Job Talk > Jeremy M. Boss, Susan H. Eckert, Science Careers Forum
JOB POSTING WEBSITES Beyond Academe: >
Giving a Job Talk in the Sciences > Richard M. Reis, The Chronicle of Higher Education Chronicle Careers
Columbia University’s Non-Academic Career Options >
Perfecting the Job Talk > Notes from Professor John Eadie, University of California - Davies
myIDP > primarily careers Postdocjobs > sciencecareers.org >
Preparing for Interviews >
Vitae > America’s Job bank > Vault Reports Job Board >
APPENDIX: RESUME & CV SAMPLES
SAMPLE STUDENT RESUME 1
E: email@example.com | M: (123)-‐456-‐7891 | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sstudent
PRODUCTIVITY ANALYSIS & OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENT
A meticulous Industrial Engineer who undertakes complex productivity analysis assignments, meets tight deadlines, and delivers optimal performance. Possesses practical knowledge in manufacturing, warehousing and business operations. Applies strong industrial engineering skills to make recommendations to senior management on key trends & metrics that affect business and achieves productivity improvement by application of production planning, lean and six sigma methodologies. Operates with a strong sense of attention to detail, and thrives in a fast paced setting. Fluent in English & French. Core competencies include – Production Planning & Control ● Six Sigma ● Lean Manufacturing ● Quality Assurance ● Continuous Improvement ● Facilities Design ● Supply Chain Management ● Logistics & Global Distribution Management ● Purchasing & Supply Management
INGRAM MICRO ● Williamsville, NY ● Oct 20xx to Present Delivering global technology and supply chain services to support cloud aggregation, data center management logistics, technology distribution. Helping businesses realize the promise of technology. Data Specialist Perform analysis of business trends for Ingram Micro’s Global Shared Services Department. Support the development of productivity & utilization reports for executives and ad-‐hoc teams. Formulate quarterly productivity goals and track actual trends by regular team meetings with engineering leads and managers. • • •
Generated a forecasted cost-‐savings opportunity of $1M by designing a productivity framework that streamlined the cost-‐to-‐ serve for the Shared Services Center in Europe. Achieved a 67% improvement in team revenues by providing scheduled analysis reports for 4 different teams. Created a learning curve model to support senior management with accurate calculation of employee ramp-‐up time.
SPEAR LOGISTICS PRIVATE LIMITED ● Pune, Maharashtra, India ● May 20xx to Aug 20xx & Dec 20xx to May 20xx India’s premier contract logistics firm offering warehousing operations and solutions nationwide. Industrial Engineering Intern Optimized warehousing operations for distribution centers of Siemens Inc. and Honeywell Turbo Technologies Ltd. Provided optimal workforce planning solutions using aggregate planning, forecasting, and scheduling tools. • •
Reduced the overall time for the material to be stored by 0.5 shift by implementing a bar-‐code scanning system to expedite the material receiving process. Reduced the manpower in a warehouse by 5 per day, achieving an annual savings by identifying fixed & variable manpower in each warehousing operation using time & method study principles.
GABRIEL INDIA LIMITED ● Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA ● Jan 20xx to Jun 20xx Leading automotive component manufacturer which provides the widest range of ride control products in India. Industrial Engineering Intern Conducted time studies for all the processes in the plant from material receiving processes, through assembly, to dispatch. Developed a value stream map showing the current state of the firm and envisioned its future based on time study calculations and future production and supply requirements. • • •
Reduced the number of operators by 2 per shift using a line balance chart, standardized work chart and kaizen methods. Increased output by 100 products per shift by modifying assembly line layouts, time & motion study and production capacity analysis. Reduced the inventory carrying cost by 25% by implementing an Excel-‐based inventory model.
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ● SUNY ● June 20xx
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: advanced Excel ▪ Word ▪ Power Point ▪ Outlook, Minitab, Magellan, SQL, LOGWARE, Precision Tree ®, AutoCAD, CATIA V5 49
SAMPLE STUDENT RESUME 2
259 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260. Phone: (123) 456 -7891. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Linkedin.com/in/sstudent EDUCATION University at Buffalo, SUNY • Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Overall GPA: 3.96/4.0 • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Overall GPA: 3.52/4.0
Feb 20xx Feb 20xx
EXPERIENCE Research Assistant, University at Buffalo, New York Feb 20xx-Feb 20xx Thesis: CFD Analysis, Optimization and Fluid-Structure-Interaction Simulations (FSI) of an Axial Gas Turbine • Used Solidworks to model an existing turbine blade with optimized 2D & 3D grid (mes) to facilitate transient and steady state fluid analysis of turbine • Implemented & interpreted 3D CFD simulation & heat transfer to study the flow field (fluid) of an axial gas turbine • Re-engineered turbine design to maximize efficiency, resulting in 5.68% improvement in performance. Validated outcome using Goal Design Optimization • Conducted structural analysis (FEA) to obtain stress distribution on blades and determined the critical condition Jun 20xx-Aug 20xx Engineering Intern, TUBA (Hydraulic Iranian Turbines), Iran • Created hydraulic design & optimized the head loss of draft tube of a 250 MW hydro power plant using ANSYS • Provided the hydrostatic test documentation required for the volute (spiral case) of the hydraulic turbine Engineering Intern, National Oil Institute, Iran Jan 20xx-Apr 20xx Pipeline Corrosion Division Jan 20xx-Feb 20xx • Investigated the reasons for separation of three layer coating on the gas pipeline • Served on the team that provided the problem solution, which involved a calibrated reduction of pressure in hydrostatic test and increase of coating thickness • Creating the opportunity for new amendment to the Iranian Gas Standard Pipeline Maintenance Division • • •
Feb 20xx-Apr 20xx
Analyzed the maintenance process of 240 km of a 30 inch pipeline with specified corroded locations Optimized method of maintenance by substituting water with oil in the corroded part by separation pig Achieved desired goal of 450,000 gal/day of crude oil and increased safety procedures
TECHNICAL SKILLS • • • •
Proficient in CFX (Pre-Processing, Solving, Post Processing), Fluent, ANSYS (Workbench, Structural Simulation (Mechanical Model), Design Optimization, (LS DYNA), TurboGrid, BladeGen, ANSYS (APDL) Proficient in SolidWorks, Pro–E, Creo, AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop Proficient in with MATLAB, Maple, Microsoft Excel Knowledge of reading P&ID, GD&T(Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing)
HONORS • • •
Dean’s scholarship, Spring 20xx, Fall 20xx Greiner scholarship, Fall 20xx, Spring 20xx Dean’s list, Fall 20xx,Spring 20xx, Fall 20xx
HEALTHCARE RESUME SAMPLE 1
HEALTHCARE RESUME EXAMPLE Sample C. Smith (xxx) xxx-xxxx email@example.com; www.linkedin.com/in/smith
EDUCATION University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, May 20xx Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science, May 20xx Minor in Health and Wellness GPA: 3.9/4.0 Dean’s List OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RELATED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE Level II Fieldwork University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York May 20xx–August 20xx • Conducted and documented detailed evaluations and administered assessments. • Developed, implemented, and modified appropriate intervention plans. • Educated patients and families on the use of adaptive equipment and home modifications. • Collaborated with physicians, nurses, physical therapists, speech pathologists, and social workers to provide holistic and comprehensive patient care. • Created and presented three, 60 minute in-service presentations to 12+ staff members. • Utilized evidence based practice to design and construct a mirror box for treatment with patients post-stroke. School of the Holy Childhood, Rochester, New York January 20xx–March 20xx • Developed, implemented, and modified appropriate intervention plans for students. • Administered standardized assessments and completed re-‐evaluation and annual review documentation. • Utilized evidence based practice to design a Response to Intervention program based on student sensory needs. • Collaborated with special education teachers, speech pathologists, and occupational therapy assistants to create interventions that catered to each students specific needs. Level I Fieldwork Physical Disabilities: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York Adult Developmental Disabilities: Suburban Adult Services Inc. (SASI), Elma, New York Pediatrics: Mary Cariola Children’s Center, Rochester New York LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE University at Buffalo Student Occupational Therapy Association, Social Convener, 20xx–20xx • Organized more than 10 events, demonstrating good organizational and time management skills. Occupational Therapy Student Mentor, 20xx–20xx Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, Volunteer, 20xx–20xx PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Active member of Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy National Honor Society-‐ Tau Chapter University at Buffalo Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA)
HEALTHCARE RESUME SAMPLE 2
HEALTHCARE RESUME EXAMPLE #2 Sample Smith (716) xxx-xxxx
firstname.lastname@example.org; www.linkedin.com/in/samplesmith __________________________________________________________________________________________________ EDUCATION University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 20XX CLINICAL EXPERIENCE Athleticare, Orchard Park, NY 5/20XX-8/20XX Outpatient Rehabilitation: land based and aquatic therapy • Evaluated and treated adults, pediatrics, and athletes with various orthopedic and neuromuscular dysfunctions. • Treated variety of conditions including rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, extremity tendonitis and bursitis, arthritis, DJD spinal dysfunction, spinal stenosis, and BPPV. • Caseload also included patients seen after surgical debridement and repair. Absolute Care at Aurora Park, East Aurora, NY 12/20XX-2/20XX Sub Acute Care: adult and geriatric rehabilitation • Evaluated, treated and conducted discharge planning for patients receiving rehabilitative care. • Designed treatment plans for adults and geriatrics in specialized dementia unit. • Participated in wound care treatment involving light therapy to accelerate pressure ulcer healing. Nemeth Hospital & Medical Center, Las Vegas, NV 5/20XX-7/20XX Acute Care and Wound Care • Performed initial evaluations, discharge summaries, and treatment protocol for diverse in-patient cases. • Participated in wound care treatments including selective/nonselective debridement and wound V.A.C® therapy. • Presented in-service to acute rehabilitation department on pulmonary rehabilitation. • Volunteered at an affiliated balance center specializing in vestibular rehabilitation.
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE Personal Trainer & Fitness Coordinator- Southtowns Fitness Center, West Seneca, NY 20XX-20XX Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor- YMCA Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY 20XX-20XX Growing Up Fit Instructor & Coordinator- YMCA Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY 20XX-20XX SilverSneakers® Fitness Instructor- YMCA Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY 20XX-20XX VOLUNTEER WORK United Day of Caring, Buffalo, NY Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Stacey Scott Lung Cancer Registry, Buffalo, NY Special Olympics New York, Buffalo, NY American Stroke Association, Buffalo, NY Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Buffalo, NY PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Physical Therapy Association, proud member since 20XX. CERTIFICATIONS AND DESIGNATIONS Certified Personal Trainer. American Council on Exercise. Certified Group Fitness Instructor. American Council on Exercise. Certified SilverSneakers® Fitness Instructor. HealthCare Dimensions. CPR/AED Certified as BLS Healthcare Professional. American Heart Association. First Aid Certified. American Red Cross. REFERENCES AND PORTFOLIO Available Upon Request 52
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