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  1. 1. Career Center Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Job Search Collection Index Job Search Strategy Example Accomplishment Statements STAR Method Transferable Skills Managing Your Reputation First Year Career Development Checklist
  2. 2. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Job Search Strategy Networking 50% of your time will involve networking. How will you spend the rest of your time?
  3. 3. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Job Search Strategy, cont. Action Steps In order to apply what I have learned in today’s workshop, I will: 1. 2. 3.
  4. 4. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Example Accomplishment Statements DukeEngage Intern, Austin Foundation, Seattle, WA Summer 2010 • Created and implemented new program to encourage females to focus on positive life behaviors • Developed and implemented curricula for 8-week fitness programs for underprivileged youth • Collaborated with community festivals to improve the Foundation’s visibility and outreach efforts. Energy Transfer Summer 2011 Intern: Management (CEO) • Participated in weekly management meetings discussing company logistics, including distribution issues, reservoir negotiations, and potential mergers and financial opportunities • Coordinated preliminary research & negotiations for a .9 MW solar plant in southwest Texas • Aided in the initial planning for a 40MW utility scale wind farm in Central America Unitarian Universalist Youth Conference, Star Island, NH, Women’s Group Leader Summer 2009 • Organized 100-member youth conference on an island 7 miles off the mainland • Strengthened staff-participant interaction through mentorship and outreach efforts Duke University, Division 1 NCAA Football July 2008-Present • Full Scholarship; 3 year letter winner; 3 year starter • Dedicated 30 hours/week including weight training, practice, conditioning, film study, & meetings • Frequently organize and set up extra player meetings and workouts • Participated in team building exercises Service Opportunities in Leadership, Hart Leadership Program Spring 2011 – Spring 2012 • Participated in 12-month program combining academics, service, and leadership training • Awarded $4,000 grant to conduct research on HIV/AIDS perception in Honduras • Taught HIV/AIDS education to classes of 30-40 children ages 8-20 to increase youth population knowledge to reduce region’s high infection rate Council for Children’s Rights, DukeEngage, Intern, Charlotte, NC June – August 2012 • Researched legislative and policy issues to find solutions to chronic problems facing local youth • Wrote policy briefs and performed research for projects revolving around school readiness, juvenile jurisdiction, and total amount of money spent on children annually in Mecklenburg County • Tracked legislation moving through the North Carolina General Assembly • Observed court hearings to better understand experiences of children in the criminal justice system Chi Psi Fraternity- Durham, NC, Co-Social Chair 2008-2010 • Organized 2010 Chi-Psi Annual Formal at the Hilton in Durham for 80 guests • Won Scholarship Award in 2009, given to one member of the fraternity who has excelled in and shown dedication to academics • Captained Chi Psi’s dodge ball, soccer, and softball intramural teams Teacher, Breakthrough Collaborative – New Orleans, LA Summer 2011 • Taught 40 high-potential middle school students from low-income areas of New Orleans • Designed courses in Science, Engineering, and Dance
  5. 5. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Example Accomplishment Statements, cont. Additional Accomplishment Statement Examples Editor of School Newspaper Instead of “edited school paper,” try: • Researched, wrote, and collected photographs for 20 stories per semester, including 10 pieces for online edition • Succeeded in meeting competing deadlines, which required high attention to detail • Located and edited inconsistencies before press release dates Office Assistant Instead of “answer phones, schedule appointments, fax papers,” try: • Interact with diverse array of clients, colleagues, and external partners to schedule meetings, organize logistics, and make travel arrangements • Communicate verbally and in writing with numerous stakeholders • Trained 2 additional interns regarding office policies and procedures Waiter/Waitress Instead of “waited tables at Italian restaurant,” try: • Prioritized and managed simultaneous responsibilities • Acted as a restaurant sales representative, selling add-ons to achieve one of the highest per-night sales averages • Built a loyal base of regular customers Research Assistant Instead of “Worked on a project titled, ‘Calcium influx in the innate immune response mediated by Toll-like receptors,’” try: • Collected data on 5 different biomarkers and evaluated their effectiveness • Managed and updated databases on a weekly basis • Collaborated with 4 team members to achieve project goals
  6. 6. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 The STAR Method STAR is formula for creating your best response to behavioral-based questions. Interviewers expect you to present your thoughts and experience in this manner. Don’t worry, however. You’ll see that the STAR method is no different than the basics of any story composition. “Last semester I took a psychology course that required a group project to examine motivation. The professor assigned each student to a 4-person group. My group decided to look at what motivates college students to participate in community service activities.” Question:Tell me about a time when you had to provide difficult feedback to a team member? “As a group, we developed a plan to distribute the work between us. However, after the first few weeks, it became apparent that one of our team members was not completing her part of the project and she missed one of our group meetings. The rest of the team decided that we needed to reengage her.” “I took the initiative to set up a meeting with her where we discussed our interest in the project as well as the other academic responsibilities. After talking with her, it was clear that if we changed her contributions to tasks that better fit her skills and interests, she would most likely contribute at a higher level.” “It turned out that the team could redistribute tasks without compromising so every member got to work on the pieces of the project that were of most interest to them. In the end, we completed the project and received positive feedback from our professor.” S T A R Situation Set the scenario for your example. Task Describe the specific challenge or task that relates to the question. Action Talk about the actions that you took to accomplish the task. Result Present the results that followed because of the chosen action. • A strong STAR response will last one to two minutes. • Be brief in your set-up. Give just enough background or contextual information for your story to make sense. • The result is critical. Everything in your example builds towards this component. • Use the structure of the acronym for direction if you forget what you were saying. If all else fails, skil to the R, result. A few important tips:
  7. 7. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 STAR Method, cont. Organizing Your Experience Skill, Experience or Characteristic Name of Story Situation Task Action Result Leadership Ability to Work in Teams Analytical Skills Adaptability Apply the STAR Method by using this chart to recall specific experiences that will better support your responses in an interview.
  8. 8. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Transferable Skills As you begin your job search or consider careers that would be right for you, it is important to know what you are good at and what you enjoy doing. Over the years you have developed many skills from coursework, extracurricular activities, internships, jobs and your total life experiences. If you’ve researched, written, edited and presented papers for classes, you’ve used skills that are not limited to any one academic discipline or knowledge area but are transferable to many occupations. What Skills and Qualities Are Important to Employers? According to the 2012 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook Survey, the top 10 qualities/skills employers seek are transferable skills. 1. Verbal communication skills 6. Problem-solving skills 2. Strong work ethic 7. Written communication skills 3. Teamwork skills (works well with others) 8. Interpersonal skills (relates well to others) 4. Analytical skills 9. Computer skills 5. Initiative 10. Flexibility/adaptability Your Ten Most Preferred Skills Brief Example of How You’ve Used Each Skill 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  9. 9. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Transferable Skills,cont. Communication Exchange, transmission and expression of knowledge and ideas ¨¨ speaking effectively ¨¨ writing ¨¨ listening attentively ¨¨ expressing ideas ¨¨ facilitating discussion ¨¨ providing appropriate feedback ¨¨ negotiating ¨¨ perceiving nonverbal messages ¨¨ persuading ¨¨ describing feelings ¨¨ interviewing ¨¨ editing ¨¨ summarizing ¨¨ promoting ¨¨ working in a team ¨¨ making presentations ¨¨ thinking on one’s feet ¨¨ dealing with public Organization, Management Direct and guide a group in completing tasks and attaining goals ¨¨ initiating new ideas ¨¨ making decisions ¨¨ leading ¨¨ solving problems ¨¨ meeting deadlines ¨¨ supervising ¨¨ motivating ¨¨ coordinating tasks ¨¨ assuming responsibility ¨¨ setting priorities ¨¨ teaching ¨¨ interpreting policy ¨¨ mediating ¨¨ recruiting ¨¨ resolving conflict ¨¨ organizing ¨¨ determining policy ¨¨ giving directions Research & Planning The search for specific knowledge ¨¨ setting goals ¨¨ analyzing ideas ¨¨ analyzing data ¨¨ defining needs ¨¨ investigating ¨¨ extracting important information ¨¨ gathering information ¨¨ formulating hypotheses ¨¨ calculating and comparing ¨¨ developing theory ¨¨ observing ¨¨ identifying resources ¨¨ outlining ¨¨ critical thinking ¨¨ predicting and forecasting ¨¨ conceptualizing Human Relations Attend to the social, physical or mental needs of people ¨¨ counseling ¨¨ advocating ¨¨ coaching ¨¨ providing care ¨¨ conveying feelings ¨¨ empathizing ¨¨ interpersonal skills ¨¨ facilitating group process ¨¨ active listening ¨¨ motivating ¨¨ developing rapport ¨¨ persuading others ¨¨ being patient Design & Problem Solving Imagine the future, develop a process for creating it ¨¨ anticipating problems ¨¨ creating images ¨¨ designing programs ¨¨ displaying ¨¨ brainstorming new ideas ¨¨ improvising ¨¨ composing ¨¨ thinking visually ¨¨ anticipating consequences of action ¨¨ conceptualizing ¨¨ creating innovative solutions ¨¨ defining problems ¨¨ identifying possible causes ¨¨ multitasking Take Stock of Your Transferable Skills Review the lists in the following 5 categories and mark all the skills you have. Then go back and circle the 10 underlined skills you would enjoy using most. Write these top 10 skills in the spaces provided under “Ten Most Preferred Skills” and write a brief example of how you have demonstrated each skill in a job, class, internship, or extracurricular activity. This will help as you consider career options and as you prepare for a job search and interviews.
  10. 10. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Managing Your Online Reputation Your online reputation is part of your story used in your job/internship search and should be consistent with everything else the employer sees. You know that employers use the Internet to research potential job candidates. Thus, a necessary part of any job or internship search is to create and maintain a positive online reputation. Use the following steps to take proactive ownership of your online first impression. Increase Your Awareness. Be sure you know what information is or could be available about yourself online, where it is, and what impression it may create. • Search your name (and different versions of it) on the major search engines, on different social networks, and sites where you comment. A few not-so-obvious sites to check: Tumblr, Netflix, Flickr, Match, Pinterest, Amazon, Yelp. • Set GoogleAlerts to monitor when your name is part of searches • Know the privacy agreement and settings for the various online communities of which you are a member. • Request feedback from peers and professionals on impressions based on your online presence alone. What story does it tell? Would they hire you? • Familiarize yourself with the sites where your potential colleagues or supervisors gather and participate online (post articles, join conversations through comments, etc.) Protect Your Image. Ensure potential employers only see information that conveys a positive image. You do not want them to question your professionalism, judgment, or ability to represent their organization. Additionally you do not want them to question the consistency of your story. • Adjust the privacy settings for all online accounts. • Remove content and tags that could negatively influence a potential employers first impression. • Hide or delete old accounts that do not best represent you • Request that information about you posted by others be removed if you are opposed to it. Build a Professional Presence. Present your name, accomplishments, and aspirations in ways that can be accessible to others. • Use social networks to create and maintain a public profile that represents your accomplishments and a sense of the professional you are becoming and you are comfortable with the public seeing. • Display a copy of your resume and a portfolio of your accomplishments online. • Promote your profiles and/or website, e.g. add a link to your email signature. • Contribute to conversations relevant to your fields of interest through media like blogs, LinkedIn groups, and/or Twitter. Own Your Presence. Assert greater control of your online identity by owning it yourself. • Create a personal website that serves as a professional resume and portfolio. Update this regularly with new content. • Continue your activities online and watch your name and professional identity become more prominent in search engines.
  11. 11. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 Career Development Checklist for First-Year Students _____ Work hard in your classes while getting to know Duke. Your academic record will be an important piece of internship, job and graduate school application screenings, so be sure to give proper energy and focus to your classroom responsibilities. Remember, a high GPA is easier to maintain than a low one is to raise. _____ Find an organization, team or club to get involved in on campus. Begin discovering passions, meeting friends and exploring groups and causes you would like to contribute to during your time at Duke. _____ Explore the Duke Career Center’s website. Counselors have developed useful content including Career Options Guides, Resume and Cover Letter guides and the Event Calendar. You will be able to have more purposeful and productive conversations with an advisor after exploring this interesting content. _____ Get to know at least one faculty or staff member each semester. Attend office hours and campus programs; ask questions and show interest. These individuals can serve as important sources of information, events/workshops, encouragement and future recommendations. _____ Practice good stress and time management. The skills you develop through balancing commitments to various organizations, courses, relationships and tasks will serve you throughout your professional life after Duke. The ability to successfully manage your responsibilities, relationships and general health is desired by most employers. _____ Develop your Board of Directors. You are the chair of the board so foster good relationships with your Academic Advisor, FAC, RA, Residential Coordinator, professor, etc. These people likely know a lot about getting the most out of your time at Duke and have assumed their respective roles because they WANT to help first-year students. Take advantage! _____ Acquire experience during your winter, spring and/or summer vacations. This can include volunteering, shadowing, part-time work, internships or research. Consider all the possibilities as you explore and define your interests and skills. _____ Reach out to a Duke alum, personal contact or interesting professional. This could be initiated via email, through the DukeConnect alumni database, over the phone or in person. Conducting informational interviews is a low-pressure, high-curiosity activity to help you learn more about career options as well as meet people to add to your network. Get started by scheduling a short appointment or a meal with someone who has a job you think is cool. Ask them how they got where they are today, what the rewards and challenges are of their day-to-day work are and what advice they have for you moving forward. _____ Get your resume up to speed. Whether this is your first time creating a professional resume, or you simply want to update the one you used during high school, the Career Center has resources to help with this process. See samples on our website, come to drop-in hours to get your resume reviewed and remember to update it with each new relevant experience. _____ Engage with the Duke Career Center. There are a number of ways for first-year students to take advantage of Career Center resources, whether you are looking for individual advising or bigger programs and workshops. Turn this page over to learn more!
  12. 12. Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708 LAUNCH Career Development Series (Fall for Sophomores and Spring for First-Years) Offered exclusively to first-years and sophomores, this six-week series focuses on exploration of personal and professional strengths, values, and opportunities. Students come out of this experience with a better understanding of who they are, what skills they offer, how to make the most of their time in college, and how to take advantage of resources available at Duke. Each session involves activities, discussions, and real-world applications. Student who complete all six sessions will receive a Career Development Certificate. Drop-in Advising No appointment necessary! Bring quick questions or printed application documents (resumes, cover letters) to be reviewed by a career counselor or CAT (Career Ambassador Team member). Though there are some special drop-ins at satellite locations during different times of the year (ex: First-Year Fridays on East in the spring), drop-in advising is available EVERY weekday that classes are in session at the Career Center from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in our Resource Room. Career Counseling Appointments Our goal is to support you as you explore career options and locate experiential and employment opportunities. We look forward to meeting you! Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday- Friday. Call to schedule an appointment several days in advance, (919) 660-1050. Mock Interviews Think your interview skills could use some brushing up as you head towards applying for internships, jobs, and/ or campus leadership roles? Just want some practice and honest feedback when it come to presenting yourself professionally and answering questions out loud? Never had to participate in a formal interview, and find the idea totally overwhelming or awkward? The Career Center is here to help! Schedule early. We also offer a CAT-Hosted Mock Interview Day for First- Years & Sophomores each spring. Fannie Mitchell Expert-in-Residence Program Gain information and inspiration from Duke alumni and other experts. The Fannie Mitchell Expert-in-Residence series features accomplished professionals who come to Duke to share specialized knowledge and provide individual career advice to students. The program’s purpose is to stimulate new ideas and provide advising for students who are searching for career directions. Internship Search Resources Duke CareerConnections View and apply for thousands of opportunities available around the world. You can filter to see those offered especially for Duke students. Duke University On- Campus Recruiting interviews are managed through CareerConnections as well. You should always keep an eye on CareerConnections for opportunities and use the additional tools listed below to connect to more internships throughout the U.S. and beyond. Internship Series Online Use this national internship database compiled by Career Education Institutes with opportunities listed in 14 work sectors and links to internships on many employer sites.. iNet Internship Database This database gives you access to a full range of internship opportunities in all industries. The iNet Internship Network is an internship posting database shared by Georgetown, MIT, Northwestern, Rice, Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Yale and Duke. UCAN Internship Database The UCAN Internship Exchange is an internship posting database shared by 21 selective colleges and universities across the United States. This dynamic database provides thousands of summer jobs, internships, fellowships and other short-term opportunities. It is searchable by area of interest, geographic location, semester, educational level, salary or company name. Opportunities to Connect with the Duke Career Center
  13. 13. Additional Documents Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae Internships Interviewing Job Search Networking Resume Additional Resources Career Center Skills Guides Cover Letter Skills Guide Curriculum Vitae Skills Guide Internships Skills Guide Interviewing Skills Guide Networking Skills Guide Resume Skills Guide Strategic Search Skills Guide Duke Career Center • • 919-660-1050 • Bay 5, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90950, Durham, NC 27708