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Did you know your service work is also valuable professional experience? Learn how to identify, convey and leverage your experience to help you bridge the gap from college to career. This session will offer tips for identifying and conveying your unique skills to employers through your application and in interviews. Also included is how to leverage those opportunities you secure through tools like informational interviews, so that you can build upon your experiences and continue to expand your professional network.

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  2. 2. If you had to have a theme song play every time you walked into a room, what would it be and why?
  3. 3. OVERVIEW
  4. 4. Overview Stand out when applying for your first job: Gain experience employers are looking for Present yourself strongly through your resume Nail the interview Get the most out of an internship Use your networks
  6. 6. Value of Community Service 1 in 5 hiring managers said they hired someone because of their community service experience Volunteers have 27% higher odds of finding employment than non-volunteers 44% of employers say “soft skills” are the most important in hiring
  7. 7. What Skills Have You Developed? Problem solving Team work/Collaboration Creativity Responsibility Communication
  8. 8. RESUME
  9. 9. Resume & Cover Letter Purpose: secure an interview Resume v. Cover Letter Resume shows you are qualified based on skills & experience Cover letters tells your story – why do you want this job? Tips Tailor to each job Offer a snapshot - be specific & concise Emphasize long term leadership and involvement
  10. 10. Resume Layout Resume paper, good printer 1 page Simple, consistent font Use a logical, consistent organization (i.e. headers, bullets) Use white space strategically Proofread Save in a common format: Word, PDF, Adobe, etc.
  11. 11. Resume Content Contact information: full name, professional email, phone number, address Sections: Education – degree, honor societies, scholarships Professional Experience – internships, part-time jobs, service Leadership and Involvement – clubs, Greek life Awards and Honors Order: chronological typically works best for students Avoid first person; use action verbs Avoid acronyms (unless they are universally know, like YMCA)
  12. 12. Community Service on Your Resume Give yourself a title Outline your responsibilities through your title (“Call Center Coordinator”, “Youth Program Mentor”) Comment on frequency of participation Frequent volunteering shows commitment and time management Employ “power phrases” Be specific & offer tangibles (“Packaged1,000 meals”, “Trained16 students in leadership development”) STAR – situation, task, action & result
  13. 13. LinkedIn Professional headshot Headline – snapshot of who you are Summary– what motivates you, what you’re skilled at & plans for future Recommendations – lends credibility Follow organizations & join groups Consult LinkedIn for Students for more resources
  14. 14. INTERVIEWING 101
  15. 15. Pursuit of Happyness Interview Interviewing 101
  16. 16. Interview Tips Dress the part Highlight unique strengths Use humor when appropriate Allow enough time to arrive early (not too early) Ask questions Dress casually Rely on generic strengths/abilities Use too much or inappropriate humor Arrive late Argue with the interviewer Do Don’t
  17. 17. Dress the part Quiet, secluded area Find ways to show your personality Practice on the phone with a friend Don’t feel like you have to over talk Allow extra time Phone Interview Tips
  19. 19. Try your hardest Watch and learn (office etiquette) Look for learning opportunities Build lasting connections Ask for feedback Leverage Your Internship Experiences
  20. 20. Why? To gain knowledge of a field or position To network with a professional in your area of interest How? Request meetings with coworkers in various departments Ask supervisors and mentors for contacts in the field What to ask? How did you get started in this field, and what is a typical day? What previous jobs and experiences led you to this position? Do you have any suggestions for students looking to enter this field? Informational Interviews
  21. 21. Think long and hard about who to ask Approach is very important Allow plenty of time Provide helpful templates and information Keep in touch with the recommender throughout the process Be sure to express gratitude Letter of Recommendation
  22. 22. NETWORKING
  23. 23. Personal Network Professional contacts Family and friends University contacts Community contacts
  24. 24. Tips & Etiquette When job hunting: Be proactive; reach out to any and all contacts People want to see you succeed 80% of jobs are found through connections and word of mouth At special meetings and events: RSVP, and arrive in a timely manner Dress appropriately, and drink sensibly Mix and mingle Ask for business cards, and follow up with new acquaintances
  25. 25. ABOUT US
  26. 26. About us Summer Programs: International Affairs and Economics Journalism and Communications Public Policy and Economics Business and Government Affairs Philanthropy and Voluntary Service Semester Programs: Public Policy Political Journalism