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Resume and Interviewing Skills For Engineering

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Resumes...
Provide an overview of your experience and skills
Establish qualifications, accomplishments, and credentials
Highlight specific, relevant background
Must be dynamic, changeable documents
Should be updated on a regular basis Get you an interview! Create a winning first impression with your resume! 1. Take inventory of your experience:
Relevant experience, paid or unpaid? High school
experience? Clubs, projects, leadership, etc.? 2. Include standard resume ingredients,
follow consistent and professional format,
and produce an error free document. 3. Know your audience and tailor resume
to the position, using the job description
or industry language. Main Ingredients and Resume Format General Format Minimum Margin – Top: 0.8” - 1”; Sides and Bottom: 0.5” - 1” Order – Heading, Objective (if included), and Education are listed first in that order Length – Undergraduate level - 1 page; Graduate - 1- 2 pages Font Size and Style – 10-12; easy-to-read fonts (i.e., Calibri, Georgia, Arial, Cambria, Times New Roman) Balance – White space and text space So, what does a resume generally include? Resume and Interviewing Skills The Career Center at UCR
careers.ucr.edu
951.827.3631 Resume Pop Quiz What is the purpose of a resume? Resume Basics How much time do you think the average employer spends looking at a resume? 10 minutes 1 minute 30 seconds 5 minutes Resume Pop Quiz Format tips, resources, Cover letters Consistent content and format 1 inch 1/2 inch Paid or unpaid
Presentations or public speaking
SERVICE in student organizations
Formal or informal faculty research
Volunteering and internships
Class projects, labs, MAJOR assignments What "Counts" as Experience? Resume Pop Quiz What is the best way to talk about experience on a resume? B. Write short action statements using bullet points

C. Describe all job duties or task using personal pronouns A. Focus on skills and accomplishments Consider other applicable skills...

Language Skills
Language: Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Transferable Skills
Presentations: Demonstrated experience developing and executing professional presentations to groups of up to 25.

Specific Skills
Marketing: Expert ability to develop customized marketing materials and strategies. Situation/Task---Action---Result Margins A and B B and C All of the above Let's Get Started! No Personal Pronouns! Thank you!!! URL Industry Terminology Job Description Keywords Consider other applicable skills...

Language Skills
Language: Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Transferable Skills
Presentations: Demonstrated experience developing and executing professional presentations to groups of up to 25.

Specific Skills
Marketing: Expert ability to develop customized marketing materials and strategies. LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Vice President, Delta Upsilon Fraternity, UC Riverside September 2009-June 2011
Established a mentor program in which members partner to provide tutoring and offer personal support.
Developed online server to upload and share notes and readings from all classes taken by members.
Member, TOMS Club, UC Riverside December 2009-June 2010
•Fundraised and created awareness to support projects and companies that help those less fortunate.
Volunteered time, money and resources to help manage events and programs. What if I don't have work experience???? Interviewing Time Type Interviewer(s) Location BEFORE: Interview Logistics First impressions: It takes about 90 seconds for your interviewer
to make an overall assessment of you. Dark or muted colors are more professional
Women wear stockings, men dark socks
Avoid heavy perfume or cologne
Clean hands, nails, and have brushed teeth
Conservative hair style (and facial hair)
Have you checked your virtual presence lately? GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS So why do you want to work for us?

Focus your company research on the following areas: company background/history, products/services, size, location, and latest news/events.
Minimally, explore the organization’s web page. Examine magazine and newspaper articles.
Your research should allow you to ask engaging questions and answer questions about what you know about the company. BEFORE: Employer Research Question: Tell me about a time when you were on a team and a member was not pulling his or her weight.

Theme: Teamwork

Answer: Situation, Task, Action, Result
Situation- I had been assigned to a team to build a canoe out of concrete. One of our team members was not showing up for our lab sessions or doing his assignments.

Task- I wanted to maintain a good relationship with him to work to his potential, so I met with him in private.

Action-I explained to him the frustration of the rest of the team, and I ask there was anything else I could to help. He told me he was preoccupied with another class he was not passing.

Result-He not only was able to spend more time on our project, he was also grateful to me for hearing him out. We finished our project on time, and received high scores. BEFORE: Behavioral Type Questions Question: Why do you want to work here?

Theme: Measure of knowledge of company and
interest in it.

Sample Answer: I have researched the leading companies in this industry, and yours seems to be
the one that does the best job in terms of customer relations, encouraging risk-taking, and setting challenging goals. These qualities appeal to me. BEFORE: Traditional Type Questions Selling Your Strengths You can’t give a great response to the question if you don’t know what your strengths are.
Take the time to think through and write down your successes and your abilities.
Ask current or previous co-workers and others what they think your accomplishments, strengths, and weaknesses are.
Take assessment tests to better understand your personality and talents (TypeFocus, StrengthsQuest). KNOW YOURSELF To not sound boastful you can use feedback you’ve gotten from others, whether from survey’s you’ve done when preparing for this interview, comments or kudos you’ve received in your previous position, or from previous performance reviews.

Example
In preparing for my job search, I went back to previous co-workers, managers, and professors asking them what they thought my strengths in my position were. Some of the comments I received were….. USE TESTIMONIALS It’s one thing to say that…
“Effective time management” is one of your strengths and another to say “I’ve learned to fully use my calendar and task list to keep myself on track and focused throughout the day, and it’s made me more productive.”
The first statement is a vague opinion
The second statement gives a specific example of what kind of time management you’re referring to and how you do it.
Examples that show your strengths in practice and what the advantage is (i.e. “made me more productive), are much more convincing then self-descriptive words. USE EXAMPLES! For each interview you go to, you should make a point to know what the most important requirements are and then tailor your responses to best address their concerns.

Example: Accounting position
You say, “I have strong communication skills.”
Effective answer: “Previous co-workers have told me I’m very effective at making complex concepts simple to understand, which is useful when communicating with other areas of the company, like IT, when trying to explain functional requirements for new systems.”
Second statement uses a testimonial, a specific statement, and a benefit directly tailored for the position. TAILOR IT! Your time to ask questions
Why do you like working for this company/organization?
What are some of the challenges you think a new person in this position would face?
What are your department goals for the next two to three years? What are the long-term goals?
Ask about the next step (if not already mentioned)
Ask for business cards if not offered
Shake everyone’s hand, call them by name if possible and thank them for their time CLOSING THE INTERVIEW Exception: If the employer stated to not contact them, do not contact them DO send a thank you note (email, card)
DO follow-up if the date that they said they would get back to you has passed
How often depends on the industry
Always be professional AFTER THE INTERVIEW Visit our photo booth at the fair to take a professional picture for your LinkedIn profile UCR Career Center LinkedIn Photo Booth or (Blogs, FB, Linkedin, Glassdoor) Know Yourself Use Testimonials Use Examples Tailor it! The mini-interview takes place at the table and lasts only 5-10 minutes.
In advance, prepare a 30-60 second commercial about yourself.
Know your resume! The Mini-Interview Convince them you are a good fit with the company’s needs (this is why you do research prior to the fair).
Ask for a business card after the interview.
Ask about next steps in the hiring process and take notes about recruiter comment and/or instructions.
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