Apr 23

Some Tips about Interviewing

While working in the Interview Center, some of our interns have gleaned some helpful hints about things that make a difference in the interview but that students may not initially consider.

First, avoid expressing limitations or reluctance. Never tell an employer that you will not develop a skill. An interview is an opportunity to promote yourself and show all that you have to offer so stating something like “I want to do marketing because I don’t like data analytics” can immediately turn an employer off. This one line could end the interview before it even begins because after an interviewer develops an impression, they are looking for evidence to support or reject that initial identification. Although you may lack some skills, the interview is your opportunity to emphasize the skills you do have and emphasize your willingness to learn and acquire the ones you don’t have.

Second, all of your interactions are part of the interview. Those with the person behind the desk when you first walk in, the greeters outside the interview room and, of course, the interviewer are all important. As soon as you step inside, many greeters jot down a few notes about you. They are trying to capture your personality in a more casual setting and since the greeters tend to be recent graduates, this is a great opportunity to calm down, ask questions about the culture of the organization and present yourself in a relaxed, but still professional, manner. There is never a second chance to make a first impression!

Finally, most employers leave their business cards with the front desk, which are posted on the bulletin board on the wall facing the swipe-in kiosk. Always jot down the information of your interviewer and promptly follow-up with a sincere and personalized thank you note. Your thank you note is a great way to remind the interviewer about a special connection you share and talked about during the interview. Even if you do not get the position, you are still building a relationship and developing a favorable impression with people in the industry you wish to enter. The people at these companies may be your future employers, co-workers, or clients 10 years from now.

Of course, be yourself and have fun!

TCC Interns

Apr 03

About the Career Center/FTT Department Film and Television Career Trek Reflection

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LA Trek Group with Darren Seidel, SVP, International Finance, Warner Brothers, Home Entertainment Group and ND MBA ’92

To mix things up a bit, we have a guest author for this blog post! Blake Avery, a senior majoring in Film Production and Gender Studies, attended the Career Center/FTT Department Film and Television Career Trek in Los Angeles during Spring Break. This is one of the eight treks offered by the Career Center during Spring Break designed to be career exploration programs that allow students to gain insight into career fields of interest by shadowing professionals, observing day-to-day operations, and discussing specific jobs and careers in the field.

Here are his thoughts about how the Trek impacted his career planning and decisions:

The 2014 Spring Break Film and Television Career Trek was without a doubt one of the single most important opportunities I have received throughout my time as a film student at Notre Dame. The chance to meet, network and learn from working alumni in the industry is once in a lifetime.

The trek has provided me with an extremely strong contact base upon which I can grow and continue to nurture after graduation. I now feel confident that I can make a successful transition to the industry in Los Angeles with all the knowledge and experience gained from this externship.

Getting to know the industrial pathways various alumni have taken to get where they are has afforded me a compass by which to direct my plans after graduation. The trek helped me focus upon the sector of the industry that I wish to enter by exposing me to the daily routines of many different positions. In addition, the ability to actually speak with a wide array of diverse professionals during the externship has helped me to cultivate the essential networking skills required to obtain new opportunities and valuable connections.

With my time at Notre Dame coming to a close, this experience has vastly improved my future career prospects for the better – I can’t express how vital the career trek was to my post-graduation plans.

If I had a friend considering the trek next year, I would tell them that this once in a lifetime opportunity has changed the entire landscape of my future career plans, and without it the success of transitioning into the Los Angeles film industry would be near impossible.

Thanks, Blake! Good luck in the industry!

TCC Interns

Mar 27

How to Fund My Dream!

One of the most important milestones for a student’s career development process is securing an internship! For those lucky Juniors and very lucky Sophomores and First Years, summer internships are excellent opportunities to learn about and get a taste of the post-college working world.

Sometimes, though, the costs associated with an internship can be substantial. Many of them will most likely need to be paid for before even arriving for the first day of work (e.g. business professional wardrobe, housing, transportation, etc.). Then, there are the other costs that during the 8 or ten week opportunity, such as food and rent, that also need to be covered.

Here’s the good news: the Career Center can help you with funding!  Adjusted            pixel

Awesome, right?! During your time at the University, students have access up to $3,000 in grant money for unpaid internships and up to $1,000 for paid opportunities through the Career Center’s Funding Programs.

So how do you get the money? Here are the fast facts:

1) You must first secure an internship opportunity which meets funding criteria. What is the criteria? Visit the Career Center Funding Programs Summer 2014 Guidelines page on the website for a complete list.

2) Once offered a position, schedule a 30 minute consultation in the Career Center to ensure that your opportunity does, in fact, satisfy all requirements and criteria, and also to go over the timeline and other important elements of the program. This is REQUIRED for funding.

3) After your meeting, apply online (notredame.myreviewroom.com) by Tuesday, April 15th at midnight. Even more good news: one application automatically considers you for all available funding.

Please visit the Career Center Funding Programs Summer 2014 Guidelines section of our website for complete criteria and to learn about specific fund requirements and timelines.

Secure an internship and apply for funding!

Good luck!

TCC Interns

Feb 19

How to Small Talk

 Small talk. You may like it. You may hate it. But either way, you’ll most likely need to do it at some point in your career search. That being said, you might as well master the art.

 

It can seem daunting to start a conversation with a stranger. Connecting with someone your age at an event can be challenging, not to mention striking a chord with someone your father’s age. However, have no fear! Here are some tips to help you engage in small talk:

 

1. Warm up with the weather. As cliche as it sounds, weather is actually a pretty good starting topic. You can easily move away from the weather to how the weather affected your plans for the weekend, what activities you like to do when the weather is a certain way, what you love about the current season, etc. It’s a safe introductory topic because everyone can comment on it (Yes, even people from California can talk about the weather. It’s always 60 and sunny … ).

 

2. Ask about the other person. Many people like talking about themselves and even if your conversation partner is such an introvert that he doesn’t like talking at all, at least he is the primary expert on himself. You can start with basic questions such as:

 

  • What college did you attend?

  • What was your major?

  • What activities did you participate in at  ____(the school)  ____ ?

  • What were your favorite memories?

  • How long have you been working at ____  (the company) ___ ?

  • What is your favorite part of your job?

  • What do you hope to accomplish in the next following years?

 

When the conversation gets rolling, you will be able to feed off of the previously mentioned information and ask follow-up questions about the person’s hobbies, interests, passions and goals. This will allow the conversation to be more relaxed and natural.

 

3. Avoid controversial topics! Generally, stay away from politics, religion, the economy, and other hot topic issues. Never assume anything about anyone. There are so many other safe conversation points that don’t put you at risk of offending someone. Granted, if you are applying for a position at an activist organization, by all means talk about your passion and interest in that!

 

4. Look (and be) interested. Body language is important. If you look disinterested, distracted, or bored, what you say doesn’t matter. In addition to asking the thought-provoking questions, maintain good eye contact and engaged posture. For those terrified of looking directly into the pupil of another being, focus on another part of the face near the eyes (between the eyebrows, just above the eyebrows, etc.). Uncross your arms, softly nod your head as is appropriate, and attend to them. You are present in that moment and want to convey that you are actively listening and engaging, not just passively sitting there while words float in one ear and out the other.

 

5. Know when to end the conversation. It comes with practice but as you hone your small talk skills, you will be able to identify when it’s time to wrap up the conversations. You don’t need to fill all awkward silences and want to end on a high note with a positive impression. Thank the other person for his or her time and acknowledge that you enjoyed speaking with him or her.

 Sept. 8, 2011; Career fair..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Small talk is about building rapport. Like many things, mastery comes with practice. As you engage in small talk more often, you’ll develop your confidence and before you know it, small talk will be totally natural.

 

Good luck and have fun!

Happy chatting!

TCC Interns

 

Feb 06

About Events the Career Center Hosts

It’s a new semester and the Career Center has been sending you several emails. So, what do they mean?

From working in the Career Center (and writing some of these emails), we have a backstage look at the contents! Before working in the Career Center, many of the terms were unfamiliar but after writing about, attending, and planning some of the events mentioned, we have a much better understanding and hope to shed a bit of light on them for you! Here’s a brief breakdown of the types of events:Sept. 8, 2011; Career fair..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

  • Preparation Workshops: These events are to help students get ready for whatever is on the horizon. Before every Career Fair, counselors host lecture-style events to help students prepare for the career fair, write their first resume or cover letter, and thrive in an interview. Open to everyone, these events start with a presentation of the basic information and then invite the audience to ask specific questions.

  • Industry Specific Events: These events are excellent opportunities to start networking with people in specific industries and get more information about an industry you are exploring. You can find information about these events in the weekly Career Center emails and also posted on Go-Irish. Employers attend these events to talk too!

  • Information Sessions: If you are interested in a specific company, then you should definitely attend that company’s information session. An information session is usually a short presentation by a company about what they do, who they are, how to apply, and then time for interested students to ask questions. To find information sessions, look in the weekly Career Center email to students and on GoIrish under Events/Information Sessions.

  • Special events: From panel discussions to competitions to career treks to learn more about different jobs, these are cool events that give you an opportunity to learn more about specific companies or industries in a non-traditional manner. You can find more information about these events in the weekly email, the Career Center’s website and on posters around campus.

We have mentioned the weekly Career Center emails and the emails about specific industries in this blog. You control whether or not you receive these so, if you want to opt in, make sure that on your profile on GoIrish you have allowed emails to be sent and that you have identified an industry preference if you already have an area of interest.

We hope to see you at the next event!

TCC Interns

 

Dec 30

What To Do During Winter Break

When all of the craziness of the semester wraps up, it’s time to relax! Enjoy spending time with family and friends, sleeping in your cozy bed with sweet dreams of dancing sugar plum fairies, and celebrating the holidays!  You’ve earned the break!

 

But when you become a permanent fixture of the couch and the conversation about resolutions starts, you might feel inspired to do some career planning or peruse some of the Career Center’s online resources. You might not get there, but if you do, here are a few ideas to give you some direction. Bonus too: you can do most of these while still holding down the couch!

 

  1. Reflect! For those who applied and interviewed but didn’t get a position, think about what you can target to have more success in the spring. For those who haven’t started applying, think about what you want to do. Some personal reflection can help you develop a better action plan so that you can hit the ground running when you’re back in the Bend.

 

  1. Prepare for the Fair! The Career Fair comes twice a year and it’ll be back in town at the beginning of February! So, you can prepare over the break by using GoIrish to explore the list of companies coming to campus. Also, some cities have Career Fairs happening over break. These are a great way to build relationships with local companies. Check out the calendar on the Career Center’s website (careercenter.nd.edu) for more information about the date and registration for one near you!

 

Sept. 8, 2011; Career fair..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

  1. Re-vamp the resume! With another semester in the books, you probably have some updating to do. Remember all of those awesome experiences you had in your jobs, extracurricular activities, immersions, and classes? Describe them on your resume!

 

  1. Be the interviewer! Yes, you can turn the table over the break! Use mynotredame and LinkedIN to connect with alumni and then set up an informational interview or job shadow. An informational interview is a convenient way to pick the brain of an alum in your desired industry. Job shadowing is a great way to test drive a career.

 

  1. Surf productively! While you’re wrapped cozily on your couch, navigate to our online library (https://careercenter.nd.edu/for-undergrads/library/) and check out some of the great resources. The two highlighted for this post are Current Opportunities for Liberal Arts and Career Shift. The Current Opportunities for Liberal Arts offers many jobs, internships and information generally and in specific fields. On Career Shift, you can find many job listings and very specific information about contacts (you can even search for an ND alum!).

 

  1. Relax! Different industries have different recruiting schedules and different opportunities pop up for people at different times!  You have plenty of time to find something and YOU ARE ON VACATION!!! So, if you’ve done one of these things, it’s time to mix it up with something fun!

 

Have a great break!

TCC Interns

 

Dec 05

About the Resources the Career Center Offers

Christmas decorations are up, home games are over, and the library is seeing more traffic. This can only mean one thing: the semester is almost over. If you’re a senior with a job, a junior with an internship, or a sophomore with a leadership program, you can embrace the end of the semester without stressing about finding a position. But, for many still looking for an opportunity, the speedy progress of the academic year is a little less enjoyable.

Do not be dismayed if you fall into the latter category! This week’s edition of Irish I Knew provides you with simple steps to find a phenomenal experience.

1.      Take advantage of the spring recruiting bubble! For some industries, the fall semester is the prime-time to find post-graduate and summer opportunities and it can be stressful if you haven’t secured a position. But take a deep breath because for many industries there is no recruiting season; rather, it is “just in time” hiring, or recruiting does not start until second semester. In the spring semester, there is a flurry of activity with another recruiting bubble of the second career fair – this year on February 5th from 4-8 pm – for employers to find students to fill positions and program slots. Check Go IRISH regularly at the beginning of next semester to find detailed descriptions of these opportunities.

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2.      Utilize the Website! Our website has a ton of great resources! As part of your tuition dollars, the Career Center on campus subscribes to a wide variety of online career-advancement platforms to enable you to succeed. In the Online Library, which can be found by going to the “Career Center Online Library” link under

3.      Apply for opportunities outside of Go IRISH! If there is a company you’re interested in, go to their website and do some digging. Although for many students the go-to resource for finding summer and post-graduate opportunities is Go IRISH, lots of companies have postings on their own corporate websites. Even at organizations that don’t recruit on campus, the Notre Dame name and brand carries significant weight. Just because it isn’t on Go IRISH doesn’t mean your dream job doesn’t exist!the “For Undergraduates” tab on the left side of the screen, there are many databases of internships, information, and full time position postings. You can also find numerous databases in the “Internships” and then “Internships in the Following Fields” within the section for undergraduates. Many people also tap into the Notre Dame network by using LinkedIN and myNotreDame, two great resources for connecting with alumni. We know you’re busy, but these services can be very helpful!

4.      Come talk to us! As Notre Dame students, we put significant pressure on ourselves to succeed independently. But, sometimes, you need some outside support which is why we’re here. Our office has counselors with many tricks up their sleeves and student interns to give you peer-to-peer assistance. You can make an appointment for a mock interview, personal assessments or to discuss specific companies or job/internship opportunities. We also have walk-in hours every day that are great for a quick resume review or a crash course about our services and resources. Check the “About Us” tab on careercenter.nd.edu for specific hours.

 

Good luck!

TCC Interns

Nov 25

About the Objective, Relevant Coursework and Interests Sections on the Resume

As a professional resume-reviewer (getting paid to do something automatically makes someone a professional so I suppose I am also a professional lawn-mower and a professional dog-walker), I have seen a wide variety of resumes – from those of seniors who are searching for a full time job to blank sheets of freshmen who are writing their first resume, and everything in between. There are some required items – Education, Experience, and Activities (probably your name too) – and then other sections, such as Honors, Volunteer/Service, and Skills, that should be included if you have relevant information for them (and no, beating Halo 3 in one night does not count as a relevant skill, although congrats because that’s downright impressive). Many people also have even more sections for an Objective, their Relevant Coursework, and Interests. These sections always inspire questions so here are some reflections about each one. Keep in mind, though, that specific industries have nuanced expectations so you should meet with a counselor to address your individual case.

Here’s my general spiel (who knew that’s how you spelled spiel? I always assumed that it would have an “H” in it somewhere) about the Objective section. When applying for a job, presumably, your objective is to get the job. You wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) apply for a job if you didn’t want it. So, your objective is clear since you hit the submit button. While some say the Objective section gives you an opportunity to show exactly what skills you would bring to the table for that specific job or industry, I would much rather see those skills described in your experiences and activities – it’s the classic “show, don’t tell.” If you are applying to a specific posting, instead of wasting a line listing that your objective is to “use your excellent problem solving skills in Industry X,” you can use specific examples in the body of your resume to highlight those problem-solving skills. Then, you can use that valuable line for something else, or add some much needed space to your resume (if there is one thing that I really enjoy in a resume, it is appropriate use of white space)! However, if you are applying to a company without a cover letter or entering an industry that is different from your experience, the objective line might become one of the most important ones on your resume! Some industries even really like to see an objective statement so you if you’re unsure about the conventions of resumes in your industry, stop by the Career Center.

Dome and Clouds sharp versionNow, regarding the Relevant Coursework section, there are few things to keep in mind. First, it’s great when people include this section on their resumes to point out their advanced classes. If you are a Chemical Engineer and proud that you just rocked Molecular Transposition, a (made-up) course perfect for your dream job, by all means put it on your resume. To make the cut, though, the classes listed need to be: 1) relevant to the job for which you are applying (“Theology of Marriage” is not relevant to an Audit position at one of the Big 4 Accounting firms) 2) upper-level and differentiating.

Consistent with the first point, if you are an A&L major but took a number of business and/or quantitative classes, you should mention these to show that you gained knowledge in classes that wouldn’t be assumed based on your major. Even if the courses don’t relate to the exact job posting, these courses are still relevant because they demonstrate academic training and knowledge.

To explain the second point, here I will explain a few examples. If every Economics major takes Principles of Microeconomics, then this course does not communicate the rigor of your course load. Think of Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles: “when every course is relevant, no course is” (not exactly the line, but pretty close). It would be a good idea to include relevant coursework if, for instance, you are a marketing major applying for a position at a non-profit. If you took a “Non-profit marketing” class (convenient how my made-up courses nicely fit into my hypothetical scenarios, isn’t it?), then you should mention it! In this scenario, you might also want to include high level marketing analytics classes that would be useful for the tasks of the job too.

Now, for the grand reveal of what I think is the hidden gem of resumes. Drumroll please… It’s the “Interests” section. But, hold your horses because before we begin, you have to reign yourself in a bit because the industry determines if this lovely line gets to make an appearance or not. The interests section is highly encouraged for finance (it’s almost like they are begging you to show that you’re more than the competitive I-Banker who has been breathing the markets since you left the womb) and consulting but not as embraced in more creative industries. Thus, I encourage you to speak with a Counselor to find out if your industry of interest (yes, I did that on purpose) has any special formats or sections that should/should not be included and if you can throw in my favorite section.

The interests section, when done right, can add so much to a resume and be an amazing factor in interviews, and it’s only one line on your resume! Notice, however, that I said “when done right.” If your interests are not interesting (once again, throwing in an “interest” pun), leave them off. For example, here is a typical Notre Dame student’s interest section that is not useful:

Interests: Notre Dame sports, Chicago sports, Basketball, Chicago, Football, Living in Chicago

There are several reasons why this would not be a good interest section, and only a few of them have to do with the crazy obsession with the city of Chicago. For an interests section to be useful, you want to engage many and alienate none. Your interviewer may not have the same interests as you, and if they don’t like sports or Chicago, your line is useless and certainly not paying enough for the valuable real estate it consumes. So, here is an example of an effective “Interests” section:

Interests: Baseball, Film and Television, Jeopardy, Mobile Technology, Distance Running, Board Games

In case you were wondering, yes, that is the interests section from my resume. Beyond my personal identification with it, I think it is effective because it shows a variety of interests – athletic (baseball, distance running), academic (Jeopardy – maybe a bit of a stretch but let’s roll with it, mobile technology) and entertainment (Film/Television, Board games) – and includes things specific and relatable to many people (who doesn’t like Jeopardy or Board games?).

The interests section is a great way to connect during an interview. Let’s be honest, no one gets super fired up from the standard behavioral questions (“Tell me about a time when…”). If you could avoid answering those questions, wouldn’t you? Just this fall, I had an interview with an Accounting firm that went amazingly because of my interests section. We talked for 20 minutes about the board game Settlers of Catan (drop everything and go buy this game … I’ll wait …). It might sound nerdy or corny to talk about board games in an interview, but I was able to make a personal connection with the recruiter and convey my personality in a way that might not have been possible through the standard interview questions. When you connect and form a bond, you drastically increase your odds of getting another interview or a job offer. And that’s the whole point of all of this! But, to reiterate, before you immediately add your zany and heartwarming interests, consider your industry.

So, to sum up this incredibly witty and informative (I’m humble, I know) blog post: the Objective, Relevant Coursework and Interests sections need to be done right to be effective and are included or excluded depending on the industry. Interns and counselors are in the Career Center in Flanner if you want to chat about how you can utilize these sections effectively and position yourself for success.

Happy Thanksgiving!

TCC Interns

Nov 12

About Informational Interviewing

Now that you’ve got a sparkling new resume thanks to our last blog post (and hopefully a visit or two to the Career Center – people say we are actually really helpful and we love to chat about your life so you should definitely come visit!), it’s time for the admittedly scarier part of the job search process: the actual searching for a job. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there – late night scouring of GoIrish, the Vault or Monster.com begging and praying (because, hey, this is Notre Dame after all) for a job that pays us the perfect salary in our dream location and offers an unlimited access to pizza (ok, maybe that last criteria is just for me). This seems like it shouldn’t be too difficult, that is, until you hit the plateau. Information overload!  All positions and companies look the same and you want to throw up your arms in defeat because you have no idea what you want to do.

Finding a job or industry can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be.  When you’re in the moment of panic, allow yourself to calm down, take a deep breath, open your color-coded and alphabetized Excel spreadsheet and really dig in to the places that had caught your eye before. Guys and gals, this is a moment to truly milk our tuition money for all it’s worth. As Notre Dame students, we have an amazing number of resources at our disposal when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of the career search – and not just in the physical office of 248 Flanner Hall. Our website<careercenter.nd.edu> has a fantastic online library<https://careercenter.nd.edu/for-undergrads/library/> with TONS of resources that we as Notre Dame students get to use (and we should!).

For learning about new career paths, we have a resource, Candid Careers, which features informational interviews with people giving insights and overviews of their careers and industries.  It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re trying to find your perfect industry! After identifying your ideal industry, turn back to that oh-so Notre Dame Excel spreadsheet and look at it through newly informed eyes.blog.jpg

Now, it’s time for the really cool part of the job information search – networking. Use LinkedIn<https://www.linkedin.com/> or the Notre Dame Alumni Association<http://mynotredame.nd.edu/s/1210/start.aspx> to find Notre Dame alumni (who are super helpful and usually very eager to talk to current students) and contact them! Send an email with a subject like “ND Student Seeking Informational Interview” and ask them if they have some free time to talk to you for 30 minutes about their job. You both need to be aware that this is an informational interview; you’re not trying to get a job, you just want to learn more about this person and his or her career field (with the added benefit of making a new contact or friend that might help you in the future – the icing on the cake).

When it comes to the call, be prepared. We have an informational interviewing guide on our website with questions to ask to help you out.<http://careercenter.nd.edu/assets/488/informational_interviewing_guide_8.16.pdf> Write down some questions ahead of time and make sure you’re in a quiet location with a good signal. Then, just chat! Since you’re not looking for a job, there’s no need to feel pressure or have expectations: just enjoy the conversation and learn something!  Ask questions about the alum’s career path, experience in the industry, regrets, lessons learned, information he or she wishes she had when he or she was your age, and even maybe about a favorite ND experience. This is your opportunity to learn from someone you selected who is living the life you might want to lead one day too – not just a recruiter trying to hook you or someone pushing you to go into a field – so take advantage of it!

After the conversation, don’t forget to send a thank you note (the guide we linked you to earlier has a great template for the thank you note – start with that and personalize it). Everyone likes to feel appreciated and the fact that this person took some time to talk to you is pretty awesome, so say thanks!

It can be scary or intimidating to reach out to people, but it is always worthwhile. The worst case scenario is that they are too busy to talk. Scarier still might be the best case: they do get back to you and set up a phone or email conversation! The first time is always the hardest, but after that you’ll become a networking pro in no time. Your communication skills will dramatically improve after taking that leap of faith (and your future you will thank you when you land that clutch job).

Remember, if you have any questions about anything, we’re here for you at the Career Center. Call, email, drop in, or all of the above – we’re here and happy to help.

Happy searching!

TCC Interns

Nov 01

About Resumes

It’s one sheet of paper but also a piece of art intended to get the creator an interview.  We’re talking about the resume.

The primary purpose of a resume is to start the conversation, and give a first impression that will lead to an offer for an interview. Thus, this document balances the career mission of advertising your skills and experiences and also the artistic task of sharing who you are through your personal style. So, in this blog, we will consider a few of the frequently repeated tips to make a resume sing!

1. It’s a living document! This means that it constantly needs to be updated and revised. Recent experiences need to be highlighted and the high school activities may not be relevant anymore. The real estate on the page is expensive and if the experience from 5 years ago isn’t adding something dramatically different or relevant, it might need to move out.

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2. Paint a word picture! A strong description in each bullet point can tell a story to help the reader develop a better idea of what you did and how it impacted you.

3. Think Problem – Action – Impact! For each bullet point of an experience, try to describe the situation, what you specifically did and how the outcome impacted you and the organization. With this orientation, you will start including quantifications, active descriptions and the skills you developed.

4. Resumes are not snuggies! There is not one set way to organize or format your resume. Rather, the structure you choose needs to be effective to communicate your skills and your story. After thoroughly describing your experiences, try to group them and determine how they relate. You can manipulate the format and create your masterpiece by using these groupings to organize and showcase your skills.

5. Run with it! Once you have decided upon a style, be consistent in your approach. Treat dates, titles, and bullet points the same way.

These tips are like the resume – starting the conversation! So, if you would like to have a conversation tailored to YOUR piece of art, stop by the Career Center during walk-in hours or call to make an appointment!

Happy creating!

TCC Interns

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