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Resumes for Veterans

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Jennifer Williams

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Not every cover letter gets read

Interview before the interview

Additional information


Enthusiasm What is a Cover Letter? Strategically order the resume sections to best suit your qualifications

Each person has a unique set of life experiences and education
What is unique about you?

Why should the employer interview you? Resume Order Your intro… What to Say
Have your Intro Speech Ready!
Education, Skills, Abilities, Experience
Mention your military experience - huge plus!
How your interests align with the companies.
Why you are a good fit.
Be Prepared for the GPA Question Be Prepared to Network Good hygiene / well groomed
Clean, well-groomed nails
Fragrance free (no perfume or cologne)

Conservative business attire
(Pressed not Wrinkled)

Leather portfolios are your friends
Make sure they are organized and neat Be prepared – Dress for success! What to Know Before You Go.
What companies are in your field?
What do they do?
Major accomplishments?
What types of opportunities?
Do you meet their requirements?
Who are your target companies?
Review LinkedIn connections Career Fairs: Do Your Research Career Connection
Thursday, October 11, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Campus Center, 4th Floor

Building Construction Management Fair
Friday, September 28, 2012
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Purdue - West Lafayette

Visit: www.etcareers.iupui.edu Upcoming Career Fairs Office of Career Services
Resume Reviews
Resume samples and templates
Optimal Resume
www.etcareers.iupui.edu Resume Writing Resources Lead with your strengths
Tailor headings to market your strengths
Experience does not have to be paid – it can be unpaid internships, volunteer work, class projects, etc.
Be consistent in formatting
PROOFREAD Resume Considerations Objective or Qualifications Summary (optional)
Experience (work, research, volunteer, etc.)
Key Accomplishments
Different for Each Career Field/ Job
Leadership Roles and Activities
Honors and Awards
No Unrelated Interests Basic Resume Format Sales or Marketing Tool
Step One of the Job Search
Meant for One Thing
Career Connection
Thursday, October 11, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Campus Center, 4th Floor

Visit: www.etcareers.iupui.edu Upcoming Career Fairs First impressions are crucial
When meeting a new contact, be direct. Introduce yourself with a smile and a firm handshake.
Your goal is to get an interview. Let them know that you’re interested.
If they don’t ask for it, leave your resume with the employer before leaving the booth.
Always get a business card from the employer.
Be mindful of nonverbal cues. The First 30 Seconds The Conversation Continues
“What skills and characteristics are you looking for in your systems engineer?”
Once the employer answers the question, follow up by using that information to sell yourself.
“As you can see from my experience, I have…”
Have a list of 3-4 questions that you can ask every employer.
Have at least one of those questions be specific to that employer.
Examples: projects, products, qualifications they are looking for, typical day Handling Dialogue Career Fair Game Plan
Give Yourself as Much Time as Possible
Large Companies may have Large Lines
Know Your Target Companies
Know Where They are Located
Hit Large Companies Early in the Morning
Don’t Wait too Late/ They may Leave Early Plan of Attack Place to Gather Basic Information
Services Provided

Place to collect cool, free “stuff” What a Career Fair is NOT…
Networking Event

Means to Market Your:

Primary Goal is to Gain an Interview What is a Career Fair? Name
Year in School
Have you done an internship, if so where?
Career goals?
Something interesting or quirky… Get to know each other… Office of Career Services & Professional Development
E&T Careers
CCO Express
Resume Review
Mock Interviewing
Phone Mock Interviews
Internship & Cooperative Education Program
Career Search Assistance
Career Fairs Career Services @ IUPUI Robert Jackson
2222 SW 22nd Street - Indianapolis, IN 46222
317-555-2222 rljackson@gmail.com


Robert Stair, Architect
Stair Architecture
111 Main Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Dr. Thomas Bradburn, Professor – CEMT Program
Purdue School of Engineering & Technology
799 W. Michigan Street, ET 201
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Dale Allen, Formerly Project Manager
Sunset Home Construction
555 N. State Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
dale@allenhomeconstruction.com References 3-4 paragraphs

What position you are applying for and where you found it

How your background uniquely qualifies you for the position or makes you a good fit for the organization

Request for an interview Basic Cover Letter Format Every Employer has an Opinion

Well Planned/ Has Focus
Reverse Chronological Order
Spelling/ Grammatically Correct

1 to 2 Pages (typically)
Summarizing the highlights (not entire job descriptions) What Does an Employer Want?
A brief account of one's

professional or work experience

& qualifications, often submitted

with an employment application. Dictionary Definition: What is a Resume? Industrial Round Table

Computer Round Table

Technology Career Fair

Building Construction Management Career Fair

Purdue Engineering Student Council Expo

Purdue Graduate Student Spring Career Fair

Just in Time Job Fair Career Fairs – West Lafayette What to Bring.
Resume (Lots of Copies)
Pen and Paper

Be prepared to NETWORK…. Be Prepared Women:
Dress Pants
Dress Shoes

Dress Shirt
Dress Shoes Be Prepared: What to Wear What Does an Employer Want? Professional
Only Relevant Information
Not an Autobiography

Tailor Your Resume to the Position
Highlight Experience/ Education that fits the Position
Use Target Words Office of Career Services
& Professional Development
etcareer@iupui.edu | 317-278-1000
www.etcareers.iupui.edu We are here to help! (sign here) Sincerely,

Jonathan Jaguar Interactive Intelligence prides itself on a culture of integrity, efficiency, and customer service, which are values that I have demonstrated through school and in my work. I am confident that I have the attitude and the skills to step in and quickly become a valued member of your organization. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you in further detail about the Software Engineer position and answer any questions you may have. I can be contacted at jaguar@iupui.edu or 317-222-2222. Thank you for your time and consideration. I will graduate in May from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering. While working my way through school, I have been an active member of Tau Beta Pi, a business honors society and student group. My varied work experience, most recently as a software engineering Intern with Software Engineering Professionals, has provided me the opportunity to demonstrate the skills essential for success as Software Engineer. As a Customer Service Representative with Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, I not only enhanced my communication skills and developed positive relationships with my customers, I increased customer satisfaction rates by 10%. In my present position at SEP, I have been exposed to all aspects of software development including experience with C++. I have earned exceptional reviews and have been invited to continue for an additional semester to train new interns. Dear Ms. Cleaver: June Cleaver
Human Resources Director
Interactive Intelligence
7601 Interactive Way
Indianapolis, IN 46278 September 15, 2012 Jonathan Jaguar
123 Jaguar Way, Indianapolis, IN 46202 | 317-222-2222 | jaguar@iupui.edu Please accept my attached resume for the position of Software Engineer with Interactive Intelligence. Jane Skills and I spoke about this position at the recent Career Connection event at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, and she encouraged me to apply. After our conversation and reading through the Interactive Intelligence website, I am very interested in the position and feel that my combination of academic performance and work experience sets me apart as a candidate. Cover Letters Treasurer, ASME, Fall 2010 – present
Vice-President, E&T Student Council Fall 2010- present
Member, SWE, 2010 - present Activities ABC Engineering, Indianapolis, IN
Engineering Intern, Summer 2011
Revised CAD drawings
Conducted time studies
Performed failure analysis
Completed Six Sigma Training August 2011

U.S. Army, Fort Riley, KS
Cost Estimator, 2008 - 2010
Consulted with vendors and personnel to discuss and formulate estimates
Analyzed blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
Prepared estimates for use in selecting vendors or subcontractors. Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, IUPUI
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, expected May 2013
Cumulative GPA: 3.3/4.0
Dean’s List: Fall 2010, Spring 2011 Education Seeking a mechanical engineering internship position to further my experience while utilizing my leadership and communication skills. Objective 555 Lake Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-555-5555 | jobseeker@iupui.edu Jody Jobseeker Resumes Welcome Career Fairs Conclusion The Tools Proper titles used for University degree and organizations Descriptive bullets using action verbs Good use of white space Formatting is used to highlight Consistent formatting throughout Paragraph 1
Position title
How you heard about it
What about the job/company is
interesting to you? Paragraph 2 (& 3?)
Match your skills to the job
Expand on points of interest from your resume Last Paragraph
Thank the reader
Discuss follow-up
Be enthusiastic! Who Former/current supervisors
People who know you as a professional Knowledgeable Can speak on your skills
Knows the kinds of jobs you are looking for
Have given their permission Present Yourself Professionally Facebook
Email Address
Google HIRED! Apply for a position (resume/cover letter)

First Interview and/or Screening Interview
(can be in person or over the phone)

Second Interview (if applicable)


(NOT during an interview!) The Job/Internship Search Process Source Open Positions Upcoming Career Development Programs Resumes that Land Interviews
9/27/2012 from 5:00 - 6:00
SL 165

10/2/2012 from 10:00 - 2:00
10/3/2012 from 4:00 - 6:00
ET Lobby

How to Work a Career Fair
10/4/2012 from 4:00 - 5:00
SL 165

Engineering and Technology Intern Panel
10/8/2012 from 1:30 - 2:30
CE 309

E & T Alumni Panel
10/10/2012 from 1:30 - 2:30
CE 309

VSET - Interviewing for Veterans
Tuesday, 11/13/2012 at 4:30
SL 165 Recap Resume and cover letters are marketing tools designed to get you an interview.
Translate your experience keeping your audience in mind.
Be sure to review and proofread your documents.
Prepare to succeed at Career Fairs!
Utilize Career Services for resume assistance! Engineering Experience Translating Military Experience to Civilian Terms Watch military terms and phrases
Do not list "grade" levels (E-4; O-2; etc.)
Feel free to use rank titles but also be descriptive
Utilize online resources to help you:
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