Flash Talks

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Hello Bobcats,

A quick reminder that Flash Talks is happening tomorrow!

Don’t miss out this critical event.

This is a great opportunity for you to meets with LEVEL 5 executives:

1. The CFO at Joseph Gallo Farms
2. President and Owner, BEMA Electronics – San Jose, CA
3. Campus Board of Trustee Member
4. President of the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce
5. Alumnus working for Scholle Corporation

Food & beverages will be provided:
Brie en Croute, Crudites, Hummus, Tapenade, Antipasto, Chicken Dumplings, and Lemonade

Come and support your fellow Bobcats as they present their success story.

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Applying to graduate school? Looking for a full time job or other opportunity?

The Center for Career & Professional Advancement will be available to review your job application materials or personal statement, assist you to learn how to navigate through CATlink to streamline your job search process, or explore your options post-graduation.

The 2014 Commencement is coming soon. Create a strategy to take yourself to the next level!

Etiquette Dinner & Career Fair

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Hello Bobcats,
Spring Break is in less than 4 days. Are you excited?

In addition, don’t forget we have many great events coming up this week such as the Networking & Etiquette Dinner tomorrow (3/19) and Career Fair on Thursday (3/20)!!!

Networking (3/19) from 5:15pm – 6:00pm
– Everyone is welcome to come. Formal attire is recommended

Etiquette Dinner (3/19) from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Career Fair (3/20) from 11:00am – 2:00pm
– Don’t forget to bring your resume & dress to impress.
– 40+ employers will be on campus this Thursday and they are excited to see you!

Resume Madness : 5 Steps to Improve Your Resume

Written by: Gillian Lopez, Management Career Consultant

Edited by: Dalton Rogers, Student Assistant

Posted by: Serena Nguyen, Media Assistant

March is resume madness month. If you haven’t updated or edited your resume yet, now is the time to do so before our annual Career and Internship Fair at UC Merced. According to a Ladder’s Research Study, it only takes six seconds for a hiring manager to asses a resume. As shocking as this may seem, hiring managers do not have all day to go through a stack of resumes. They want to find gold as quickly as possible and good first impressions from your resume are the key to moving on to the call-back pile rather than the recycling bin.

Within the first six seconds, hiring managers glance at formatting, education, companies, position titles, locations, and dates. If they like what they see, your resume will move on to the next round, which includes further interpretation of your skills and experiences. At this stage it is critical to make your resume stand out amongst your competitors. So how do you accomplish this? Apply these five resume tips and see if your resume will advance to the interview round.

1. DITCH THE OBJECTIVE

An objective is a statement that expresses your interest or goal of securing a future position. Employers already know that you want this job because your resume is in their hands. If you choose to include a personal introduction in your resume, utilize a personal branding statement instead. Keep in mind that a resume for undergraduates should only be one page. Space is valuable in a resume, so let your experiences and skills demonstrate the value you offer to the employer.

2. CUT THE FLUFF

Are you thinking about including a skills or expertise section that includes “fuzzy concepts” like team player, hard worker, excellent communicator, etc.? Think again! It is better to incorporate your skills into your actual experiences rather than to simply state that you have them. Employers want to see what you can potentially do for them, and your skills become more credible just by integrating them into your experience section.

3. HIGHLIGHT ACCOMPLISHMENTS TOWARDS THE TOP

Take a look at the job description and identify some of the company or position goals.

Do you have any proud accomplishments from previous work experiences that correlate with the position responsibilities? If so, you want to place that important information towards the top of your resume or as the first bullet point in your experiences. Market your achievements and sell to employers why they need you to fulfill this position.

4. USE C-A-R TO BE IMPACTFUL

Bullet points that only share basic job responsibilities don’t stand out to an employer. Instead, use achievement-oriented language in your resume by using the CAR method– Challenge, Action, Result. Share with employers a challenge you had to work with, what you did to address it, and what the results of your efforts were. This makes your resume more impactful and memorable with an employer.

5. QUANTIFY AND BE FACTUAL

Anyone can say, “worked with customers and improved sales,” but putting a tangible number to that statement will give an employer something to remember you by. Don’t just say you improved sales; state a percentage or dollar amount. Define your successes with metrics and show employers the accomplishments you have to offer them.

A resume is a quick snapshot of who you are as a professional. Take your resume to the next level by implementing these five steps. Finding a job can be competitive, exhausting, and a full-time job on its own, but taking the time to compose a stand-out resume will increase your chances of getting a call back for an interview. Come share your resume and network with employers at our Career and Internship Fair on March 20thfrom 11am to 2pm in the Gym. Bring a few copies of your resume, dress in business professional attire, and see what opportunities lay ahead!

 

Job Hunting for First-Timers

Written by: Johanna Lopez, CCPA Media Assistant

Edited by: Dalton Rogers, CCPA Student Assistant

Posted by: Serena Nguyen, CCPA Media Assistant

My first time job hunting was not a success. I was not prepared for the competitive task of job finding. I didn’t have valuable work experience, an attractive resume, a well-written cover letter, or professional references. This led me to applying to jobs that didn’t require any of those things. As you may have guessed, I didn’t land any jobs. This year, with help from a knowledgeable friend, I was able to apply for jobs that suited my skills and experiences. I crafted a resume and cover letter, and discovered that I did have important references. The job-hunting process may seem long and tedious, but if it is done correctly and with effort, success won’t be far out of reach.

Here are some tips to help you in your job hunt:

1. Build a resume that will stand out.

Resume writing can be tricky when you have either too few skills or experiences, or when you have a lot of them. What helped me build my resume was to first list every volunteer, work, and leadership experience I have ever had, along with all of my notable skills, such as second language fluency and computer skills. Once I had my list, I narrowed it down to those that would stand out the most to a potential employer.

Although I was worried at first that I did not have enough work experience, I realized that I had gained many skills through my volunteer and leadership experiences. If you don’t have much work experience, make sure to highlight the relevant skills you’ve acquired in extracurricular activities. These can be just as meaningful as professional experiences.

2. Take advantage of the cover letter.

Before applying to on campus jobs last semester, I had never heard of a cover letter. I didn’t know what it was or what it was for. This discouraged me to apply to jobs my first year in college. Don’t let this happen to you! Cover letters can help give you the boost you need to be hired. With my cover letter, I was able to tell the employer more about myself and why I was a great candidate for the position. In your cover letter, you should explain your interest in the position and what it is that you have to offer them. An organized, well-written cover letter can make you stand out from the rest of the applicants.

3. Ace the interview.

Getting called for an interview is the next big step to being hired. The interview process can be nerve wracking. I recommend that you use the interview prep resource found on the Career Center website at hire.ucmerced.edu to perfect your interview skills. This resource will help you get an idea of what an interviewer will be asking you. Another prep idea is to have a friend or a career consultant give you a mock interview. Overall, the most important thing to remember for an interview is to be yourself and to let your professional persona show!

These were the steps that I followed during my job-hunting experience the second time around and I was able to secure a good job on campus. For extra help or for additional perspectives on the job-hunt, you can attend the many workshops hosted by the Career Center on campus, in addition to meeting with our career consultants. Come see us today to land that job!

Happy hunting!