Name Country Program and Graduation Date What you hope to gain from today? Current state of job search •Resume Writing •Networking • Effective Interviewing •Additional Resources • The purpose of the resume and cover letter is to get you an interview. • When it comes to resumes, think “personal marketing tool.” • If you were given one minute of your prospective employer’s time, what would you want to tell that person? Highlighting your Attributes • Your resume provides the first impression of your skills and accomplishments. • It should read like an executive summary highlighting your relevant skills and accomplishments. • Qualities of a Good Resume: • Concise • Well Written • Quantifies Accomplishments • Easy to read and understand • Spell check • Contact Information • name, address, phone number, email address • Education • reverse chronological order, GPA included if above 3.0 • Experience • reverse chronological order, describe duties and achievements in quantifiable terms, action verbs • Additional Information/Other Sections • activities, languages, community service etc. Tips: • Microsoft Word: • Times New Roman, 10-12 point range • Limit bold, italics, CAPITAL LETTERS and underling to delineating organizations, titles etc. • Balance use of blank space and text. • Do not simply rely on spell-check, revise manually as well. Trimming Techniques: • Modify Margins • Limit to one page (suggested) • Standard Font type (11 point suggested) • Neutral colored résumé paper • Remove Articles (a, an, the) • Be selective and reduce duplicative information What to Avoid: • Personal pronouns (I, you, we); • Cluttered resumes; • Listing references on the resume; • Too much information (personal opinions and data); • Using abbreviations, jargon and slang; and • Incorrect verb tense Practice of gathering contacts • Meeting and talking to people about your interests • Contacting people to find out more information Building a database of people • Developing a professional connection Benefits: • Connect you to internships and full-time opportunities • Sharing of knowledge and resources Seek out contacts • Faculty • Alumni • SPPD Alumni LinkedIn Group Join professional and SPPD organizations Attend networking events 1. Set your goals • What do you have to offer? • What do you want to get? 2. Do your homework 3. Arrive on time and dress appropriately 4. Handshake 5. Introduce yourself 6. Prepare conversation starters 7. Act like a host 8. Keep it short 9. Business card exchange 10. Graceful exits 11. Follow up 12. Reciprocal relationship Develop a system to maintain contacts Use software programs • ACT! • Microsoft Access or Excel • Microsoft Outlook Do some initial research Plan open ended questions Develop a short overview of yourself Be sure to confirm your appointment Dress appropriately Create rapport with your interviewer Allow interviewer to guide discussion Listen carefully to interview questions Be concise with your responses Respect the interviewer’s time Sample Traditional Interview Questions An interview in which the interviewer … • Focuses on skills and traits that are critical to success on the job • Focuses on how the candidate has demonstrated these skills in the past • Past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior A candidate is asked to describe … • An Overview of the Situation • Details of a Specific Situation or Event • Outcome of a Situation • Builds Relationships • Communication • Team Commitment • Initiative • Problem Solving • Adaptability • Client Service • What did you do? • What did you say? • What was your role? • What was going through your mind? • Can you give me an example Situation •A Project, Event or Situation Tasks •What Led to it Actions •What actions were taken Result •What the actions led to • Formulate answers to elicit examples of the skills, abilities, and characteristics being evaluated • Incorporate the elements of a complete response • Be aware that the interviewer may probe for additional information Summarize notes from the interview Send a thank you note Follow up (7-10 day rule of thumb) Keep in touch Weekly Career Services Newsletter Advising Appointments SPPD Job, Internship, and Fellowship Database • www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/careers/jobs/index.html • User ID: sppd • Password: career Career Workshops Networking Nights SPPD Business Cards Programming • Mentor Program • Externship Program Location USC Student Union 300 Phone: (213) 740-2666 Fax: (213) 740-5194 http://usc.edu/ois Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm Wednesday: 10:00am - 4:30pm Call to make an appointment with an immigration advisor or counselor ConnectSC Mock Interviews Workshops • Job Search Strategies for International Students • [email protected] On Campus Recruiting Career Fairs Internship Week Podcasts Career Interest Inventories http://ceo.lacounty.gov/pdf/LosAngelesConsularCor psRoster.pdf Consists of 99 consulates Career consular officers are appointed by their Head of State or Foreign Minister Full-time servants of their government Contacts for your home country consulars to pursue interests in government opportunities QUESTIONS?