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Writing Beyond Your
Undergrad Experience:
Going Somewhere New
Kate Ringland
ICS 139w
April 28, 2015
Overview
Industry: Job Materials
Graduate School: Application Materials
Kate Ringland April 2015
My Experience
2013- attended Google.GetAJob() workshop in
Washington, D.C.
Had interviews with Amazon, Facebook, Jive, and...
Industry
Ultimately helps if you know someone
If you don’t- need to make your application the best it can
be
Kate Ringland...
Google.GetAJob()
Workshop
Gives practical hands-on information about
resumes, cover letters, and the coding interview
Kate...
Applying at Google
1. Apply for position you want
2. Submit resume
3. 1st interviews via phone – technical
4a. Fulltime jo...
Resume
Most important items should be front, top, and center
Can be more than a page, but don’t assume anyone will
read be...
Resume
Most important
• Education – school, degree, graduation date, and gpa
• Position seeking – internship or fulltime
•...
Resume
Relevant experience: one clean section for work/projects
Open Source!
At bottom: awards, honors, publications, pate...
Resume
Be honest
Make it clean, easy to skim in 30 seconds
Cut all excess language
Lists, not sentences
Kate Ringland Apri...
Cover Letter
Most industry jobs will not want one
Have one ready just in case you are asked for it
Kate Ringland April 2015
Cover Letter
Sell yourself using examples, stories, and background
“I have excellent communication and organizational skil...
Cover Letter
Sell yourself using examples, stories, and background
“I reorganized the inventory for Small Business I worke...
Technical Interview
Good luck!
More info from the
workshop:
http://kateringland.net/google
-getajob-2013/
Kate Ringland Ap...
Questions
Industry job application questions?
Kate Ringland April 2015
Graduate School
Masters vs PhD
Kate Ringland April 2015
Graduate School
Start early
Give letter writers plenty of time
Have everyone read your drafts
Kate Ringland April 2015
Graduate School
Materials:
Letters of Recommendation (min. 3, aim for 5)
Statement of Purpose
Personal Statement
C.V.
Tran...
Letters of
Recommendation
Be prepared to give each letter writer drafts of all your
application materials!
Kate Ringland A...
Statement of Purpose
What kind of research do you want to do?
Who do you want to work with?
Kate Ringland April 2015
Personal Statement
Your background
Obstacles you’ve overcome
Why did you pick graduate school?
Kate Ringland April 2015
C.V.
Like a resume… kind of
Education
Relevant Experience
Publications
Conferences
Volunteer Experience
Example: http://go...
Graduate School
More information at:
http://kateringland.net/on-getting-into-grad-school-part-1/
Kate Ringland April 2015
Questions
Graduate school application questions?
Kate Ringland April 2015
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Writing Beyond Your Undergrad Experience: Going Somewhere New

  1. 1. Writing Beyond Your Undergrad Experience: Going Somewhere New Kate Ringland ICS 139w April 28, 2015
  2. 2. Overview Industry: Job Materials Graduate School: Application Materials Kate Ringland April 2015
  3. 3. My Experience 2013- attended Google.GetAJob() workshop in Washington, D.C. Had interviews with Amazon, Facebook, Jive, and Google Applied to PhD programs in CS and Informatics Kate Ringland April 2015
  4. 4. Industry Ultimately helps if you know someone If you don’t- need to make your application the best it can be Kate Ringland April 2015
  5. 5. Google.GetAJob() Workshop Gives practical hands-on information about resumes, cover letters, and the coding interview Kate Ringland April 2015
  6. 6. Applying at Google 1. Apply for position you want 2. Submit resume 3. 1st interviews via phone – technical 4a. Fulltime job- 3-5 more interviews onsite 4b. Internship- host matching for placement 5. Hiring committee extends offer (hopefully) Kate Ringland April 2015
  7. 7. Resume Most important items should be front, top, and center Can be more than a page, but don’t assume anyone will read beyond page 1 Kate Ringland April 2015
  8. 8. Resume Most important • Education – school, degree, graduation date, and gpa • Position seeking – internship or fulltime • (Programming) Languages – include proficiency levels Kate Ringland April 2015
  9. 9. Resume Relevant experience: one clean section for work/projects Open Source! At bottom: awards, honors, publications, patents, conferences, presentations Kate Ringland April 2015
  10. 10. Resume Be honest Make it clean, easy to skim in 30 seconds Cut all excess language Lists, not sentences Kate Ringland April 2015
  11. 11. Cover Letter Most industry jobs will not want one Have one ready just in case you are asked for it Kate Ringland April 2015
  12. 12. Cover Letter Sell yourself using examples, stories, and background “I have excellent communication and organizational skills.” Kate Ringland April 2015
  13. 13. Cover Letter Sell yourself using examples, stories, and background “I reorganized the inventory for Small Business I worked for in 2014.” Kate Ringland April 2015
  14. 14. Technical Interview Good luck! More info from the workshop: http://kateringland.net/google -getajob-2013/ Kate Ringland April 2015
  15. 15. Questions Industry job application questions? Kate Ringland April 2015
  16. 16. Graduate School Masters vs PhD Kate Ringland April 2015
  17. 17. Graduate School Start early Give letter writers plenty of time Have everyone read your drafts Kate Ringland April 2015
  18. 18. Graduate School Materials: Letters of Recommendation (min. 3, aim for 5) Statement of Purpose Personal Statement C.V. Transcript GRE scores Kate Ringland April 2015
  19. 19. Letters of Recommendation Be prepared to give each letter writer drafts of all your application materials! Kate Ringland April 2015
  20. 20. Statement of Purpose What kind of research do you want to do? Who do you want to work with? Kate Ringland April 2015
  21. 21. Personal Statement Your background Obstacles you’ve overcome Why did you pick graduate school? Kate Ringland April 2015
  22. 22. C.V. Like a resume… kind of Education Relevant Experience Publications Conferences Volunteer Experience Example: http://goo.gl/3AWZnP Kate Ringland April 2015
  23. 23. Graduate School More information at: http://kateringland.net/on-getting-into-grad-school-part-1/ Kate Ringland April 2015
  24. 24. Questions Graduate school application questions? Kate Ringland April 2015

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