Viterbi Career Services Presented By: M. Lilian Barajas Workshop Overview Career Services Overview Career Conference Resume Writing / First Step to Interviewing Resume Checklist Getting to Viterbi Career Services 2nd Floor of Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) RTH 218 VCS Resources Viterbi Career Services (VCS) connectSC: Career Toolbox: On-Campus Interviews / Job Postings via connectSC Job Search / Event Information viterbicareertoolbox .usc.edu/ Walk-In Hours: T/Th 2:00 – 4:00 in RTH 218 Career Advising by Appointment : Email [email protected] VCS Events Viterbi Career Services (VCS) • Career Conference • • Viterbi Industry Networking Event (VINE) • • Wednesday, October 5th 2011 Career Expo (fall and spring) • • • • Saturday, September 24th 2011 Thursday, October 6th 2011 10:00 – 3:00 at Engineering Quad Thursday, February 2nd 2012 10:00 – 3:00 at Engineering Quad Engineering Industry Information Sessions VCS Workshops • Preparing for the Career Conference September 13th & 15th Career Conference Workshops/Panels Resume Reviews Career Conference Networking Luncheon Raffle Prizes and Goodie Bag! Career Conference How to Sign Up •Complete Registration Form by 9/16 •Return to Viterbi Career Services – RTH 218 •Bring a refundable $20 deposit What is a Resume? A brief, customized summary of your skills, interests and abilities A method of marketing and advertising your most valuable skills A tool to help you secure an interview or meeting with a potential employer Purpose of a Resume Resume Sections Heading • Your name and contact information Objective/Profile • Specific and positive statement of the type of opportunity you are seeking and its fit to your skill-set Education • List of your education background (degrees, institution, date or expected date of graduation) • Relevant coursework Skills • List of technical skills according to skill type (programming languages, lab equipment, etc.) • List of language fluency Purpose of a Resume Resume Sections Academic Projects •Highlighted list of academic project experience as relevant to the available opportunity Work Experience •Summarized list of tasks and projects completed during a work opportunity •Focus on leadership, results and achievements Affiliations/ Leadership •Activities or organizational participation outside of the classroom that demonstrate transferable skills Interests •Relevant activities that are unique and interesting Resume Basics Header Includes Name, Address, Phone Number and Email Tommy Trojan 555 Omaha Lane, Apt. B Los Angeles, CA 90089 213-740-1111 [email protected] Jane Bovard 3650 McClintock Ave Los Angeles, CA 90089 213-555-5555 [email protected] Josephine Bruin 3550 Hilgard Ave ◦ Los Angeles, CA 90095 ◦ 213-555-5555 ◦ [email protected] Objective/ Profile What types of positions are you seeking? Seeking a challenging position at a growth-oriented organization. Seeking a summer internship in biomedical engineering. Seeking a summer internship in technical support to apply my interpersonal skills and two years professional experience in customer service. Education Example: BS in Electrical Engineering University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Relevant Coursework: Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design Optical Fiber Communications Systems GPA: 3.5 (as applicable) Expected 5/2015 Linear Control Systems Principles of Radar Skills Highlight tools and languages unique to your skill set! • Technical Skills • Programming Languages, Software Applications, Lab Equipment • Language Proficiency (verbal) Work Experience Office Assistant USC Engineering Student Affairs •Data Entry •General Office Tasks Sept 2011 – Present Office Assistant Sept 2011 – Present USC Engineering Student Affairs • Update and maintain Access database of student records • Schedule appointments for 8 advisors • Respond to phone and in-person inquiries Academic Projects Cargo Plane Completion Fall 2011 Team Member •Designed, built and tested prototype aluminum wheels •Helped build carbon fiber fuselage and foam tail glass with fiberglass skin Ozone Flight Sampler Fall 2011 Team Leader • Collaborated with a team on the thermal design of reciprocating engine and rocket propulsions • Optimized properties in order to reach upper stratosphere Exercise Writing an Accomplishment Statement Activities What organizations and activities utilize your time? • Professional engineering organizations a must! • Campus & community involvement • Stress leadership roles in organized activities • Interests should be UNIQUE & INTERESTING Resume Checklist Proofread for grammar and spelling! Make sure your resume is easy to scan by the human eye and online bots Font size between 11 to 12 point Use bullet points to identify accomplishment statements Consistency in formatting One page resume Adjust margins between .5 to 1 inches Use white or off white resume paper – very positive and professional Avoid templates (MS Word resume templates) Resume Checklist Do not exaggerate and BE HONEST Delete unnecessary information – keep it relevant! Watch tenses and utilize action verbs Do not use the same examples for academic projects and work experience. Variety will maintain interest! By the way… PROOFREAD!!! Questions?