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The Career Service Office provides you with the opportunity to: Meet with a career counselor on an individual basis, who will work with your academic adviser, if necessary, to help you with your career planning. Research potenal employers related to your major in our Career Resource area. Register and ulize the services of the all University GoldPass System. Ulize our on-line Interview-Stream Program. Review 20 or more on-line Webinars dealing with Career Services Topics. Visit with a career counselor in how to find an internship related to your field of interest. Create resumes, cover leers, and other career related correspondence that will help you secure employment. Aend UMC’s Job and Internship Fair, the All University Job and Internship Fair and local area job fairs. Parcipate in on-campus recruing program. Research graduate and professional school opportunies. Review our career services Web site to learn more about our programs and connect with career informaon and resources. In addion Career Services also offers: • An internship class each spring semester and workshops and seminars with informaon about majors, hiring trends, internships, the job search process and more. Each me you come into the career service office look around and see what is new. We are constantly upgrading and adding services and resources to beer serve your career needs. We are looking forward to meeng and work- ing with you this year as you plan for your future. We hope to see you in our office soon ( and oſten). Sincerely, Donald R. Cavalier Donald R. Cavalier M.S. Crookston Campus Career and Counseling Department 245C Sargeant Student Center 2900 University Avenue Crookston, MN 56716-5001 218-281-8586/218-281-8585 Fax: 218-281-8584 E-mail: [email protected] http://ccs.umcrookston.edu Dear UMC Student, Welcome to Career Services for all University of Minnesota, Crookston students. This Career Services and Academic Planning Guide is designed specifically with you in mind. Whether you are in the process of choosing a major or have decided on a major, are looking for an internship, or interviewing for your first professional job, we are pre- pared to help you, along with your academic adviser, every step of the way. Students are encouraged to visit the UMC Career Center, located in the Sargeant Student Center, Suite 245 , and to request on-the-spot assistance any me. We hope you will find this guide helpful and encourage you to take advantage of the wide variety of career ser- vices and academic advising services available to you.

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The Career Service Office provides you with the opportunity to:

• Meet with a career counselor on an individual basis, who will work with your academic adviser, if necessary, to help you with your career planning.

• Research potential employers related to your major in our Career Resource area.• Register and utilize the services of the all University GoldPass System.• Utilize our on-line Interview-Stream Program.• Review 20 or more on-line Webinars dealing with Career Services Topics.• Visit with a career counselor in how to find an internship related to your field of interest.• Create resumes, cover letters, and other career related correspondence that will help you secure employment.• Attend UMC’s Job and Internship Fair, the All University Job and Internship Fair and local area job fairs.• Participate in on-campus recruiting program.• Research graduate and professional school opportunities.• Review our career services Web site to learn more about our programs and connect with career information and

resources.

In addition Career Services also offers:

• An internship class each spring semester and workshops and seminars with information about majors, hiring trends, internships, the job search process and more.

Each time you come into the career service office look around and see what is new. We are constantly upgrading and adding services and resources to better serve your career needs. We are looking forward to meeting and work-ing with you this year as you plan for your future. We hope to see you in our office soon ( and often).

Sincerely,

Donald R. Cavalier

Donald R. Cavalier M.S.

Crookston Campus Career and Counseling Department 245C Sargeant Student Center 2900 University Avenue Crookston, MN 56716-5001

218-281-8586/218-281-8585 Fax: 218-281-8584 E-mail: [email protected] http://ccs.umcrookston.edu

Dear UMC Student,

Welcome to Career Services for all University of Minnesota, Crookston students. This Career Services and Academic Planning Guide is designed specifically with you in mind. Whether you are in the process of choosing a major or have decided on a major, are looking for an internship, or interviewing for your first professional job, we are pre-pared to help you, along with your academic adviser, every step of the way. Students are encouraged to visit the UMC Career Center, located in the Sargeant Student Center, Suite 245 , and to request on-the-spot assistance any time. We hope you will find this guide helpful and encourage you to take advantage of the wide variety of career ser-vices and academic advising services available to you.

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Career Services and Advising UMC On -Line Workshops-Career Events Calendar and all University Workshops

Career Events Calendar at: (http://www2.crk.umn.edu/ccs/calendar.htm)

All University Career Workshops (http://www.St.Paul/careers.umn.edu/workshops/)

CHECKLISTS FOR SUCCESS • FRESHMAN (1nd Year) EXPERIENCE – INQUIRY & AWARENESS

Decision Making and Goal Setting

“Find your Passion!”

Steps to explore your career options!

I’m not sure what I want to do…?

So What Can I do with a major in…?

How can I take a Career Inventory or Assessment…?

Introduction to Grad Planner (Next Page)

Introduction to Electronic Portfolio (ePortfolio) (Next Page)

Introduction to the U of M Gold Pass System (Next Page)

Career Assessments:

Keirsey Temperament Sorter

CPP Inventories

Campbell Interest & Skills Survey (CISS)

Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) & Strong Interest Inventory

Sargeant Student CenterOffice Suite: 245Phone: 218-281-8585 Career Services

Contents

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• SOPHOMORE (2nd Year) EXPERIENCE – ASSESSMENT, EXPLORATION,

AND IDENTIFICATION

“Planning for YOUR Future and setting Goals and Connect with Your Academic Adviser and Career Services Office.”

Identify Your Strengths:

Connect/Reconnect to Your Strengths

Volunteer for Service Learning Activities

Other Possibilities:

Informational Interviews

Utilize On-line Resources:

Interview Stream (http://umn.interviewstream.com/)

Review SOPH-LIST (www.sc.edu/fye/listservs/index.html)

Resume makeover and make sure it is on the GoldPASS System & Develop Cover Letters and References (See Appendix B)

• JUNIOR (3rd Year) EXPERIENCE – PREPARATION, INVESTIGATION,

AND TESTING CAREER DECISIONS

Looking Back/Looking Ahead: A Major Plan

Understanding Yourself!

There is only one you!

Job Shadowing/Dress for Success

Planning for Your Career/Job Fairs

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF CAREER - RELATED EXPERIENCES – Earn, Learn,

and Intern!

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• SENIOR (4th Year and Beyond) EXPERIENCE – ACTION, IMPLEMENTATION,

JOB SEARCH, AND GRADUATE SCHOOL

Job Search Strategies you will use forever

You’ve got an interview, now what…?

Your next big transition-Life after UMC!

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND THE JOB SEARCH

Appendix A ( Resume Worksheet; Sample Resumes 1,2,3,4,5,6,; Word List)

Appendix B (Sample Letters of Application, Follow-up Letters, Questions

Frequently Asked During Employment Interviews, Sample letter

for Internship)

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Career Services and Academic Advising can help at every stage of your planning for life after UMC. We focus on helping you connect your career, academic and co-curricular experience to life after college, whether your plans are employment or graduate study.

Career Services and Advising

l Getting Started: UMC has career counselors and academic advisers skilled in early stages of career planning and academic planning and development to help you get off on the right foot!

l The UMC Career Services Center provides career planning for all students interested in their career development.

l Your UMC Academic Department has advisers who specialize in career op-tions for majors in your field of study. Faculty can provide you with detailed information about jobs and job search strategies for specific careers.

l All Career counselors and Academic Advisers work with students though individual advising and group workshops. Contact your Academic Adviser to set up an individual advising appointment and information about ca-reer planning services.

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UMC Online WorkshopsCalendar (http://www2.crk.umn.edu/ccs/calendar.htm)

All University Workshops (http://www.stpaulcareers.umn.edu/workshops/)

Improve your job search skills in just 10 minutes by viewing one of our online workshops. Have more questions after view-ing our workshops? Call 218-281-8585 or 218-281-8586 to get your questions answered or to schedule an appointment!

Resumes, CVs, & Cover LettersResume Writing

Resume Writing for Design Fields

Cover Letters & References

Curriculum Vitae Writing

Professional Portfolios

InterviewingEffective Interviewing

Phone Interviews

Job Search StrategiesJobs & Internship Searching

Networking

Networking for International Students

Applying for Federal Jobs

Marketing your Individualized Degree

GLBT Job Search Tips

Professional Associations

Career Services for Student Veterans and Service

Members

Job Fair PreparationJob Fair Success for Undergraduate Students

Job Fair Success for Graduate Students

Graduate/Professional SchoolGraduate School Planning

Pre-Law Workshop

Writing Effective Personal Statements

Job Offers and Salary NegotiationSalary Negotiation

Transition to EmploymentTransitioning from Student to Professional

Health Careers Center Short CoursesPlanning for Medical School

Personal Statements for a Health Program

Interviewing Skills for a Health Program

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CAREER ASSESSMENTSCareer Assessment allows you to assess and examine your interests, work values, personality, and beliefs about

yourworkskills.Youcantakepaperand/oron-lineassessmentswhichofferawealthofinformationabout

careers.Youcansearchforinformationoncareers,compareyourassessmentresultswiththeinformation

provided,createacareergoalplanandsaveitallinyourUniversityGradationPlanner:https://onestop2.umn.

edu/gradplanner/home.jsporOnlineePortfolo:https://portfolio.umn.edu/.

ThefollowingassessmentsareavailablethroughtheCareerServicesoffice.Werecommendyoumakean

appointmentwithourofficebycalling218-281-8586ordropbySuite245intheSargeantStudentCenter.

Keirsey Personality Inventory -Thisisafreeservice.Atestwhichisbasedonaseriesofquestionsandmultiple

questionanswers,calculatestheuser'spersonalitytemperament.

CPP Inventories-Thisservicedoescostmoney,butisasurewayofofknowingexactlywhatfieldsyouqualify

for.ContacttheCareerServicesofficetotakethistest.

CISS (Campbell Interest and Skills Survey)-TheCISStestincludesinterestscalesthathelpassessanindividual's

attractiontospecificoccupationalareasandprovidesacomparisontopeoplewhoarehappilyandsuccessfully

employedinthosefields.Inaddition,theCISSinstrumentgoesbeyondtraditionalinventoriesbyaddingparallel

skillscalesthatpresentanestimateoftheindividual'sconfidenceinhisorherabilitytoperformvariousoccupa-

tionalactivities.Together,thetwotypesofscalesprovidemorecomprehensive,richerdatathaninterestscores

alone.ThistestisavailablebyappointmentattheCareerServicesOffice.

Meyer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory are in depth assessments available

throughtheCareerServicesOfficeandrequiresaminimumoftwoadvisingsessions.TheMBTI helps you to as-

sesshowyourpersonalitypreferencesmightinfluenceyourcareerchoicesandhelpsyoutounderstandyourself

andyourinteractionswithothers(atworkorinyourpersonallife).TheStrong-Interest Inventory helps you to

clarifyandreflectonyourinterestssoyoucanbetterunderstandandexpandonpossiblecareerchoices.

TheseinventoriesareavailablebyappointmentattheCareerServicesoffice.

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About ePortfolio ePortfolioisyourUniversityofMinnesotaonlineaccountwhereyoumaymanageupto5gigabytesofinformation(elements)anduploadedfiles (materials) inasecurecomputingenvironment.YouhavethreeoptionsformanagingyourinformationinePortfolio:

Enterelements,uploadfiles,orjoinoneormorecommunitiesandusetheirtoolsthatprovideguidance toenterinfomation.AllinformationenteredbyyouisstoredinyoursecureePortfoliocollection.

ShareinformationinyourePortfoliocollectionwithothersinpublications,calledportfolios.Eachport-folioconsistsofoneormoreelementsand/orfilesthatissharedwithoneormoreindividuals.Com-munitytoolsprovideguidanceforbuildingportfolios.

Viewportfoliosthatothershavesharedwithyou.Theseportfoliosmayalsobecommentedon,andin specificcasesevaluated.

Getting Started SelectandjoinePortfolioCommunityandusethetoolsforenteringandsharinginformation.YouhaveanautomaticstartbecausetheUMhasenteredsysteminformationintoyourePortfolioCommunitycollectionguides.

What is ePortfolio?ePortfolioisasecurewebsiteattheUniversityofMinnesotaforindividualstoenter,save,organize,view,andselectivelyshareeducationalrecords,artifacts,andreflections.

Why create an ePortfolio?ePortfolioisaweb-basedinformationmanagementtool,whichallowsUofMandnon-UofMusers(guests)theopportunitytoaccessandshareePortfoliorecordsandotherdocuments.ePortfoliocanbethoughtofasanelectronicfilecabinetinwhichonecanstoreandeasilyfindtextanddocumentsofmultipletypesbyandaboutyourself,suchaswritingsamples,photographs,designsamples,videoclips,musicclips,resumes,internshipexperiencesormentors.Similartoaninvestmentportfolio,thebroadertherangeofdocumentsdemonstratingone’sproficienciesthatarestoredinePortfolio,thegreaterthereturntotheuser.CreatinganacademicandprofessionalePortfolioencouragesonetothinkcriticallyaboutanddocumentyourthoughtsandexperiencesrelatedtolife-longlearning.OncethisinformationisenteredwithinyourePortfolioaccount,theePortfolioownercanchosetoshareeitherpartorallofhisorherePortfoliowithotherindividuals.

Who can use ePortfolio?AllUofMenrolledstudentsandemployeesmaycreateandmanagepersonalPortfolioaccountsandtheymayviewotherpeople’sPortfolios(presentations)towhichtheyhavebeengrantedaccess.Non-UofMusersmayalsoviewPortfoliostowhichtheyhavebeengrantedviewingaccess.UofMgraduatesmaycontinueusingtheirePortfolioaccounts,providedthoseaccountsareactivelyusedatleasteverysix months. More

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Can portfolios (presentations) be shared with non-U of M users?PortfoliosmaybesharedwithindividualsoutsideoftheUofMsystem.Passwordsaresenttonon-UofMgueststoviewPrivatePortfolios.PublicPortfoliosmaybeviewedbyanyonewithInternetaccess.

How can I get help with ePortfolio?ThequickestwaytogetassistanceistosendanemailtotheePortfolioHelpDeskorcontactyourcampusHelpDesk.Theseresourcesprovidesupportfortroubleshootingerrorsandproblems([email protected]).

Bepreparedtoprovidethefollowinginformation:- the exact steps taken just before the problem occurred-theerrormessages(ifany)thatwerereceived-thetimetheproblemoccurred- the web browser and version you were usingUMC–CrookstonHelpDeskInformation-URLhttp://www.crk.umn.edu/technology/computerserv/helpdesk/index.htm-Phone:281-8374or281-8380-Hours:Monday–Friday:8:00a.m.–4:30p.m.

When can I access my ePortfolio account?ePortfolioaccountsmaybeaccessedanytimedayornightfromanywhereontheweb,exceptfor4:00to6:30A.M.CentralTimedailywhenePortfolioaccountsarebackedup.

How large is my ePortfolio account?EachUofMusermaystoreupto5GBintheirePortfolioaccount.

Which browsers are supported?MostmodernbrowsersaresupportedincludingFirefox2+,Safari3+,InternetExplorer7+,andGoogleChrome.UsingInternetExplorerversion6isnotrecommended.

How should I set up my browser to use ePortfolio?SetupyourbrowserthroughthepreferencestoacceptcookiesandtobeJavaScriptenabled.Adjustthefontsizeforoptimalviewing.

How do I start my ePortfolio account?ePortfolioaccountsareautomaticallyavailabletoallUofMstudentsandemployees.Newandongo-ingePortfolioaccountsareaccessedbyloggingintothesecureePortfolioWebsite(https://portfolio.umn.edu) using your U of M system username.

What information is in my ePortfolio account?YourePortfolio is linkedtotheUofMsystemdatabaseinsuchawaythatsysteminformation,suchasdemographicandtranscriptinformation,isautomaticallydisplayed(andautomaticallyupdated)inyourePortfolio.Thisinformationisidentifiedassuch,andisalwaysascurrentastheinformationstoredin theUofMsystemdatabase.Allother information,suchasself-reportedelementsanduploadedmaterials,andcollections(purposefulcollectionsofelementsandmaterials)mustbeenteredbytheePortfoliouser.

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How do I change information provided by the U of M Administrative System?TochangeNameofRecord,DemographicInformation,contactyourcampusRegistrar’sOffice.-Crookston:9HillHall,218-281-8548

TochangeAccessofRecord,PhoneNumberofRecord(includingcurrentphoneandcellphone),EmergencyContacts,youmaydosoonline.Forupdatingorsuppressingyourpersonal information:https://onestop2.umn.edu/personaldemographics/viewGeneralInfo.do?institution=UMNCR

To change Adviser, and College and Major, see your college adviser.

TochangeyourUCardPhoto,seeyourcampusUCardOffice.

May I download the U of M ePortfolio software?Yes, ePortfolio isopen source. TheUofMePortfoliowasmoved toopen source in2003.TheUofMopensourceePortfoliocodeiscalledOpenSourceElectronicPortfolio(OSeP).ItisbeingmanagedthroughUMD’sKnowledgeManagementCenter(http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/portfolio.html).

What is the key vocabulary necessary for using ePortfolio?ePortfoliohasthreeprimaryfunctions:Enter,Share,andView.

EnterThisisthesectionforenteringinformationintoyourePortfolio.Informationmaybeenteredinanyoneof the following ways:- Elements are entered by the U of M system or by the user;- Elements are entered by the user through element templates;-Collections(elementsanduploadedmaterials)areenteredbytheuserfollowingthepromptsprovidedwithintheCollectionGuides;-Materialsareuploadedbytheuser,includingfilesofanytypeandweblinks(URLs);-TheDataTreeisadisplayofallcategoriesandelementscontainedintheePortfolioapplication.Infor-mationmaybeself-reportedinanyoneoftheelementsdistributedthroughoutthesixcategories,oritmaybeautomaticallydisplayedinyourePortfoliofromthedefaultinformationusedtocreateyouraccount.

ShareThroughtheSharefunction,ausermaycreateoneormoreePortfolios(presentations).EachePortfoliomaycontainoneormoreelementsandViewingprivilegesmaybegrantedtooneormoreUofMand/ornon-UofMindividuals,ortothegeneralpublic.TheindividualcreatingthePortfoliotosharemayallowviewerstheoptiontodownloadaPDFfileofthesharedPortfolio.Thedownloadedfileiscom-pressedusingaZIPfileformat.

ViewItispossibletoviewPortfoliostowhichyouhavebeengrantedaccessthroughtheViewfunction.AllUofMePortfoliousershaveaccesstotheirownUofMProfiles(UofMsysteminformationdisplayedinPortfolio)throughtheViewfunction.

CommunityCommunitiesareeducationallypurposefulareaswithinePortfoliowheremembersaredirectedtocol-lectitemsthatreflectlearningarounddesiredprogramareaobjectives(learningoutcomes).Communi-tiesmaybedesignedtosupportformativeand/orsummativeassessmentandreporting. More

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Collection GuidesCollectionGuidesareselectiveguidestoenterinformationintohis/herePortfolioaccountforagivenprogramand/orpurpose.RatherthantryingtoselectfromthelonglistofelementsinDataTree,eachCollectionGuidecontainsaselectedlistofelementsspecifictoadesignatedpurpose,suchasacademicprogram requirements.

Upload MaterialsUploadMaterials is a functionofePortfoliowhereusers canuploadfilesandweb links (URLs). It ispossibletoupload,delete,attach,anddetachthesematerialsthroughtheUploadMaterialsfunction.EventhoughmaterialsmaybestoredinePortfolio,theymaybeattachedtoanelementinordertobeshared.

Portfolio TemplatesThePortfolioTemplatesareguidesforcreatingPortfolios(presentations).TherearetwotypesofPort-folioTemplates:theCustomPortfolioTemplate,whichallowsforsharinganynumberofelementsandmaterials,andCollectionTemplates,whichprovideguides,purposefulcollectionofmaterialstoputinoneormorePortfolios.

Guest LoginNon-UofMusersmaylogintoePortfolioifandonlyifUofMePortfoliousershavesharedportfolio(s)withthemasaguest.Whenaportfoliohasbeensharedwithanon-UofMuser,anemailnotificationmessageissenttotheguest,providingdirectionsandweblinks(URLs)forviewingthePortfolio,andapasswordusedtoenterthePortfoliowebsite.

Data PrivacyFederalandstatelawregulatethereleaseofanynonpublicinformation(i.e.,grades,courses,testscores,etc.).SeetheUofMPrivacyStatementformoreinformation.

How secure is ePortfolio?AnadvantageofusingyourePortfolioaccountisthehighlevelofsecurity.TheePortfolioserverusesSSL(securesocketlayer)encryption;thisensuresthatallePortfolioinformationisencryptedandcannotbereadastheinformationtravelsovertheInternet.

How long is my ePortfolio account active?YourePortfolioaccountisactiveaslongasyouhaveanactiveUofMuseraccountandpassword.Fol-lowinggraduation,ePortfolioaccountsremainactiveuntiltheinwhichtheuserdoesnotaccesstheaccount at least once every six months.

How can I get more information?IfyouhavequestionsaboutePortfolioorsuggestionsforfuturefunctionality,pleasecontacttheHelpDesk at [email protected],orvisitthePortfoliosupportwebsite(www.umcrookston.edu/pfolio).

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JUNIO

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Preparation, Investigation, andTesting Career Decision

Meet with your adviser and confirm that you have an acceptable plan to com-plete all requirements in your majors and minors for graduation. Update Grad-Planner at https://onestop2.umn.edu/gradplanner and e-Portfolio at

https://portfolio.umn.edu/portfolio.

Speak with faculty about specializations and current trends in areas of interest.

Visit the Career Services Office. Review information resources to identify careers fields that you may wish to consider.

Make contacts with professionals in an area of interest. Expand your information and professional network. Investigate graduate and professional schools if you plan on furthering your education.

Get to know faculty, counselors, administrators, and career advisers.

If you are still undecided, continue to seek advisement. Contact Career Services, Suite 245 Student Center, to discuss your academic options.

Choose your courses carefully! Enroll in the courses that you will need to gradu-ate. Enroll in electives that will enhance your major.

Consider enrolling in Internship Seminar Class 1981, Spring Semester.

Participate in a credit internship, research, or volunteer opportunity.

Consider the Study Abroad Program.

Start your job search 6-9 months prior to graduation. Be sure you are registered for the UMC GoldPASS System at www.goldpass.umn.edu and download

résumé, cover letters and other documents.

Utilize the career resource library in Career Services and the UMC Library. http://library.umcrookston.edu/resumes.htm

Assume responsibility for making a decision for your life’s work and on continu-ing education (Graduate school). www.gradschool.com

Review internship and full-time career opportunities using GoldPASS. www.goldpass.umn.edu

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Checklist for Success

Continued . . .

Network! Network! Network!

Preparation, Investigation, andTesting Career Decision

Work with adviser to plan and apply for your internship. www.umcrookston.edu/ccs/career/internship.htm

Research industries, companies, and internships. www.umcrookston.edu/ccs

Combine reality testing with values and skills assessment.

Get involved in a professional organization related to your career field. Inexpensive student memberships are often available.

Take a course in career development, attend Career Services seminars, work-shops, and job fairs.

Check Career Services to do a mock-up interview. Practice and refine interview-ing skills using Interview Stream at:

http://practice.interviewstream.com

Apply for graduation, check with the Registrar and your graduating department office. These requests should be made two or three semesters prior to your planned graduation date.

Prepare and schedule national graduate school entrance exams (GRE, LSAT, MCAT).

Develop a network of contacts in the field of your choice through continued in-formational interviewing, and involvement in professional organizations.

Gather letters of recommendations written on your behalf from previous em-ployers, current employers, professors, and any professional who can vouch for your skills and abilities.

Open a credentials file at Career Services for education majors at 236 Sargeant Student Center.

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Preparation, Investigation, and Testing Career Decisions

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UMC Third Year (Junior) Experience Program

What will the junior year hold in store for you? You can research information on the Career Services Web site, talk to seniors and use the summer after your sophomore year to investigate more about your direction(s). De-pending on how your sophomore year went, you might even have an internship, study abroad, or overseas term already planned.

Looking back: • You are halfway to graduation, and the time will go even faster now.

• The most uncertain part of the journey is behind you.

• You should have a fair idea of your direction, and it will be easier to focus on your goal.

• You have sharpened your academic skills and are better prepared for classes in your major.

Looking ahead : A Major plan • You may have declared a major by the end of the sophomore year, hopefully before.

• The (often loose) connection between major, field of study and potential careers should be more clear.

• Some major classes have been completed, and next year you will make great progress.

• You may want to talk to seniors in your major to see what choices they made.

• Your flexible four-year plan will have many facets to enhance in your junior year:

o The required classes within your major, with terms and times

o Overseas study if required by your major

o A plan for a potential minor, if there is inclination/room/time

o Some spring terms options, or plans to gain unique experiences

o Summer plans as they develop (classes, internships, career-related employment)

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Understanding Yourself!By understanding your values, strengths and talents,

motivation and drive, you will:

There’s only one you!Your junior year is the perfect place to continue your unique journey, and it’s often packed with many opportuni-ties. Seek these out and add them to your wish list now. It’s not just what you have learned, but what you plan to do with it, that helps keeps you focused on the path toward graduation.

THINK AHEAD!!

l Have a better sense of yourself and what you are capable of achieving

l Create a target for career satisfaction

Researching potential careers will continue into the junior-senior year, since:

l Many potential careers could meet your needs

l There are opportunities and jobs you have never heard of still out there for you to find

You’ll continue to work on things like informational interviews and job shadowing to:

l Gain a knowledge of what careers and jobs are really like

l Connect with UMC alumni through the UMC Alumni Association

l See the wide variety of paths others have taken toward their goals

l Learn how others have positioned themselves, and acquired unique experiences

l Help focus on and prepare for a possible internship in your junior year

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Job ShadowingUMC Third Year (Junior) Experience Program

BENEFITS OF JOB SHADOWING • Gain important information and advice to assist you in making informed academic and career decisions. • Make valuable new networking contact in the “real” world. • Link your skill development, courses, and academic planning to your future success on the job.

During a typical job shadowing visit you “shadow” an employee at work for a couple of hours, sometimes even a full day. The visit provides you an up-close look at workplaces and the “real job” from an employee’s view. You have a chance to observe daily activities, ask questions, and consider the potential pros and cons of a particular profession or industry. You will also discover what workplace skills and career-related experiences are essential to being successful in your chosen field.

PREPARING FOR A JOB SHADOWING VISIT • Research the employer and/or the industry you will be observing. • Choose 10-15 questions to ask the employee you shadow. • Confirm the time/date and plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early. Be sure to have dependable transportation to the site.

AFTER THE VISIT • Send a thank-you note. • Take time to evaluate what you have learned about the skills and work experiences needed to pursue your career interests.

Additional ways to get career-related experience• Working on or off campus

• Volunteer work and service learning

• Try setting up and undergraduate research experience with a professor, staff person or employer

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Dress for Success!You know that thing about never getting a second chance to make a first impression? Well, it’s true. It’s just as true about a blind date as it is about meeting professional contact for the first time. Regardless of the circumstances, you want to make the best impression you can the first time around ---or you might not get a second chance!

Dress Essentials for Everyone • Hair should be clean, well groomed and away from the eyes. Simple, classic styles are best. • No visible tattoos or body piercings unless you are interviewing at a tattoo shop for a job. • Remove extraneous earrings. • Avoid strong mints, perfumes, or aftershaves. • Clothing should work for you, not against you. Fit and comfort are important considerations in projecting yourself at your best. • Trendy Clothes – like short skirts, low necklines, extreme prints or colors – generally do not project an image appropriate for a professional meeting. • Crisp, clean, well-pressed clothing is a must.

Who Wears What? • For TRADITIONAL CAREERS – like banking, accounting, finance, engineering, law, and corporate positions – you’ll

need a conservative look that conveys competence and authority. Suites should have a classic cut or style and be dark in color (navy, dark grey, black, etc.) Shirts and blouses should be a neutral color, like white, ivory, light grey, etc. Ties and scarves should be subtle with a little color.

• For those pursuing TECHNICAL CAREERS – in areas like information technology, sciences, etc. – a clean look that conveys knowledge, innovation, and approachability is important. Suits should be conservative in subtle dark colors. Blouses and shirts should be a subtle color.

• PEOPLE – FOCUSED CAREERS – counseling, teaching, sales, and social work, for example – require an image that projects expertise but approachability. Suits should be conservative in subtle dark colors, coordinate separates can work too. Blouses and shirts should be subtle color.

• The most opportunity for expression of personal style can be found in CREATIVE CAREERS – like art advertising, design and entertainment. In these fields you’ll need a contemporary image that conveys creativity, innovation, and competence. Suits vary in cut, style, and color. Blouses and shirts should accent your total look.

For more information on dress go to: http://umconnect.umn.edu/jobfairsuccess

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Planning for Career/Job FairsBEFORE THE FAIRKnow who will be attending. Before the fair begins, know which companies and organizations will attend. Get this information through the Career Services Calendar at: http://www2.crk.umn.edu/ccs/calendar.htm/ Make a list of employers that are of interest to you.

RESEARCH EMPLOYERS OF INTERESTIf you want to stand apart, be able to talk to the recruiter about what the company does and how your skill set fits. At a minimum, go to their Web site, learn about the products, services, or clients, and read annual report, if available. Check out more research tips available at: www.stpaulcareers.umn.edu/interviews.html. Scroll down to Job Fair Preparation.

PREPARE YOUR RESUME(S)Make sure your resume effectively reflects your knowledge, skills, and abilities. You can have a general resume to hand out, but if you really want to make a great impression, make different versions of your resume that tar-get the specific business, industry, or job that interests you. Make sure you give the right resume to the right organization. Check out more resume tips at: www.stpaulcareers.umn.edu/resumes. Scroll down to Resumes.

PREPARE A JOB INFORMATION AND SEEKING TRAINING CARD (JIST)You only have about 30 seconds to make an impression with a recruiter, so you will need to be able to quickly introduce yourself and let them know your interests and qualifications. Make-up a JIST card that you can present easily while still sounding natural. Include the following information:

• Your name

• Your UMC program/major

• Graduation date

• What you’re looking for (more information, full-time employment, and internship and etc.)

• Your skills and qualities that relate to the job

• Your strengths

• Positive personal qualities

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THEY’RE WATCHING YOUKeep in mind that the moment you enter the fair, recruiters are watching you. They take note of how you dress, how you behave, how you interact with your friends and with other recruiters. Check out this Web site for more information how you should dress and proper etiquette: http://umconnect.umn.edu/jobfairsuccessAPPROACH AN ORGANIZATIONIt can be intimidating to approach and introduce yourself to a recruiter. Students often say introductions at career fairs are forced, weird, unnatural, or uncomfortable. It helps if your remember the recruiter is here to meet you, so don’t be shy! Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and don’t be afraid to let your enthusi-asm show. Being truly passionate about the employer and the opportunities they have to offer can make all the difference.

GATHER INFORMATION AND BE RESPECTFUL OF THE RECRUITER’S TIMERemember, career fairs are all about networking, and recruiters love to see 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students at fairs asking questions. It shows that the student is thinking about and making connections for the future! But if you’re at the fair to try and land a job, recruiters need to know that you’ve done your research and are ready to go. While speaking with recruiters, be courteous to them and your fellow students by keeping your conversa-tions short and purposeful.

AT THE FAIRPick up a map showing where the company booths are located. You may also want to take a quick walk through the space to get the feel for the layout of the fair. Then what?

Depending on the time and crowds, you might want to consider approaching an employer towards the bottom of you list to start off. This gives you an opportunity to actually use your prepared introduction with a real recruiter and work out any last-minute nervousness before you visit the employers you’re most interested in, where you can least afford to be nervous.

FINALLY, MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET THE NAMES OF THE RECRUITERS YOU TALK TO, AND IF POSSIBLE, GET THEIR CARD. SOME STUDENTS ALSO HAVE THEIR OWN CARDS TO GIVE TO THE RECRUITERS.

AFTER THE FAIR

Follow-upIf, during your conversation with a recruiter, you promised to follow up with more information (Web site link, portfolio, writing sample, etc.) then make sure you get the information out right away.

SEND THANK YOU NOTES

Send a thank-you note within 24 hours to everyone you spoke with. This is a little thing that really makes a differ-ence. Almost everyone has the intention, but very few actually get around to it. Don’t know what to write? See information on thank-you letters at: www.stpaulcareers.umn.edu/afterinterviews.html and enter in this guide. It doesn’t have to be fancy; the point is to remind them of who you are and let them know you’re serious about your job search.

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WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?An “Internship” has lots of different meanings. For our purposes, it is defined as “work experience (paid (pre-ferred) or unpaid) in your chosen field of study.” Internships can take place during the summer months or during a semester, and may be full-time or part-time and is supervised by your academic department. You can receive pay and academic credit for such an experience.

EVERY MAJOR CAN FIND WORK EXPERIENCE WHILE IN COLLEGEWhatever your major or field of study, there are opportunities to obtain related work experience. Most majors at UMC require some kind of internship in order to graduate. Check with your academic adviser or your Univer-sity department internship coordinator to see what the internship requirements are for your department.

Most UMC departments require that students complete an internship before graduation, but there are excep-tions to this policy and you should check with your adviser and department head to answer your questions about internship policies.

FINDING INTERNSHIPS IS EASY • Make use of the Career Services Internship Web site at: www.umcrookston.edu/ccs/career/internship.htm

www.umcrookston.edu/ccs/career/joblink.htm

• Talk to faculty, advisers, family, friends and utilize the Career Services office

• Identify employers of interest and contact them directly

Getting the Most out of Career-Related ExperiencesEARN, LEARN AND INTERN

Internships

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BECOME A STAR HIRE THAT ALL EMPLOYERS HOPE TO FIND:

• SET GOALS. Before you begin to look for an internship sit down with the internship superviser and establish several

realistic goals for your learning experience. Ask, “What results should I be working toward?” Use these goals to evaluate yourself throughout your experience.

• BE COOPERATIVE, RESPECTFUL, AND COMMUNICATE OPENLY. You will be working with professionals who have years of experience in the field. Remember to be

open to a new learning experience and you do not have to know all the answers. Communicate re-spectfully to all employees…those with college degrees and those who do not. At the same time, don’t be afraid to share your ideas. Sometimes a new approach and perspective is just what your employer needs.

• FIND A MENTOR. If your employer does not provide you with someone who will coach you and answer your questions,

seek out employees who will agree to serve in that role.

• BE A PRO-ACTIVE PROBLEM SOLVER. Some experiences are well defined with specific outcomes provided, others are not. In either case,

don’t sit back and wait. Your employer will be impressed when you see a problem and address it. Also be honest and take responsibility for your actions. Taking ownership in your work will be a rewarding experience and you’ll find it more rewarding.

• HAVE FUN Remember to exhibit a strong work ethic throughout your experience, and you will be respected by

those you work with. Keep in constant contact with your college internship supervisor.

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Resume WorksheetResume Worksheet

Use this as a guide to assist you in developing ideas

______________________________________________First Name, Middle Initial*, Last Name

______________________________________________Street Address, Apartment #, City, Sate, Zip Code

______________________________________________Area Code, Telephone Number

Career Objective* (Summary of Qualifications/Profile) ___________________________________________________________________________ Brief statement that indicates the position you are seeking

Education ___________________________________________ ____________________________ Degree Earned Graduation Date (month/year)

___________________________________________ Major, Minor, Emphasis

___________________________________________ School Name, City, State

___________________________________________ GPA*, Education Honors*, Hours Worked*

Professional/Special Skills* ___________________________________________________________________________ Indicate information describing special abilities you possess that are associated with your major (e.g. Job related skills, computer knowledge, foreign languages, special talents)

Related Work Experience (if no related experience, label as Work Experience) ___________________________________________ ____________________________ Title or Position Starting and Ending Dates

___________________________________________ Name of Business or Organization, City, State

________________________________________________________________________ Indicate a brief job description — start statement with an action verb!

________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

Repeat Procedure (may include volunteer experience, internships) ___________________________________________ ____________________________ ___________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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Work Experience ___________________________________________ ____________________________ Title or Position Starting and Ending Dates

___________________________________________ Name of Business or Organization, City, State

________________________________________________________________________ Indicate a brief job description — start statement with an action verb!

________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

Repeat Procedure ___________________________________________ ____________________________ ___________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

Professional: Organizations/Clubs/Certifications* ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

Awards/Honors/Scholarships* ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

Military History* ___________________________________________________________________________ Rank, Branch of Service, Dates Enlisted-Separated, Assignment, Awards, Special Talents, etc.

Activities/Interests/Hobbies* ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

References Available upon request or they may be listed

Hints: Organize information in reverse chronological order Use short, punchy statements that start with action

verbs Stay away from using pronouns, abbreviations, or

acronyms Put most important items first Attempt to keep your resume to 1 page (under-

grads) and 2 pages (graduate students) Don’t dwell on high school accomplishments

Community Involvement

Computer Skills

Research

Publications

Course Work

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Resume OutlinesPOSSIBLE RESUME OUTLINES

A resume uses an outline form. Most resumes have six to nine major sections. The number and type of headings used depends upon the person’s background, career interests, and personal preference. Below are listed four commonly used resume outlines which can vary according to the person using the outline.

Resume #2

Identification (name)Permanent Address Temporary AddressTelephone Number Telephone Number

GoalPersonalEducationExperienceMilitary ExperienceSpecial Skills, Clubs, and OrganizationsHonors, Awards, ScholarshipsLanguagesReferences

FunctionalResume #3

Identification (name)

Permanent AddressTemporary AddressTelephone NumberObjectiveEducationRelated ClassesExperience or Related ExperienceAdditional InformationReferences

Resume #4

Identification (name) Address Telephone Number

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Personal DataProfessional ObjectiveQualificationsEducationMilitaryExtracurricular ActivitiesInterests and HobbiesReferences

ChronologicalResume #1

Identification (name, address, and telephone numbers)

Career Objective Education Work Experience (dates) Professional/Civic Activities Extracurricular Activities Publication/Research Honors and Activities References

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Sample Layout Format 1 Chronological ResumeSample Layout

PO Box 1234College Town, US 12675

(102) 834-8223

JOB OBJECTIVE: A growth position in Public Relations leading to project management.

RELEVANT STATE UNIVERSITYEDUCATION: COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES9/2000 - Present College Town, US English Major/Minor in Journalism - GPA 3.5 Bachelor Degree expected in May 2004 Major courses include: Public Relations Graphics Presentation Speech I, II, III Media Management Journalism I, II Microcomputer Applications English Composition Statistical Presentation

9/99 - 5/2000 YORTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES Yortown, US Media Technology Major - GPA 4.0 President of Student Tribunal Member, Public Relations Student Association Member, National Association of Female Executives Sigma Sigma Sigma

RELEVANT CORPORATE COMPUTER SERVICES, INC.EXPERIENCE: TECHNICAL SUPPORT6/2001 - 12/2001 Corporate, US Technical Writer - College Internship Aided in writing and revising user manuals for software programs and sales

support. Revised three published and marketed users’ manuals. Evaluation stated, “most promising we’ve seen.” Asked to return on a part-time basis.

OTHER STATE UNIVERSITYEXPERIENCE: COMPUTER SERVICES9/2000 - 5/2001 College Town, US Student Technician - Part-time Responded to on-campus needs for additional computer hardware. Processed

requests for warranty work and support contracts. Utilizing Macintosh computer, helped to revise forms used in contract process.

HOBBIES AND Help to write political speeches and have enjoyed campaigning with my father inINTERESTS: State political races.

REFERENCES: Excellent references available upon request.

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Sample Layout Format 2 Chronological ResumeClaudia Loren

88 Ohio Street, Townhouse 31Fertile, Minnesota 56540

218.555.1489 (W) 218.555.1998 (H)

OBJECTIVEPosition as director of a private nonprofit corporation dedicated to the development of communities.

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENTNovember, 2000 PRINCIPAL, LOREN & ASSOCIATES. Currently operating Loren & Associates,to present a consulting firm specializing in project management for public agencies.

September, 1998 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, WINMARK ENTERPRISES. Worked with the majorto October, 2000 lenders in the Whatcity area to incorporate energy into the underwriting process.

Also administered three federal grants.

August, 1994 MANAGER, WHATCITY TOWN DEVELOPMENT DIVISION. Supervised anto August, 1998 administrative budget and a staff of 35 full-time employees. Programs run by the office included: Community Development Block Grant, 312 Loan Program, Uni-

fied Weatherization.

January, 1990 PLANNER III, WHATCITY TOWN DEVELOPMENT DIVISION. Head of theto August, 1994 Planning and Strategy Unit. Coordinated community development plans and the

county’s housing program.

October, 1987 DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, WHATCITY COLLEGE. Coordinated housingto December, 1990 arrangements for 3,000 students. Supervised a staff of 11. Succeeded in

changing a 78-year old policy against having pets in dormitories. Set up the successful “Host Cat” and “Host Dog” programs in which each dormitory adopted a friendly animal to greet residents.

EDUCATION2000 to 2004 University of Minnesota, Crookston, 2900 University Avenue, Crookston, MN, B.S. Agricultural Management

1998 to 2000 Northland Community College, Thief River Falls, MN, A.A.S., Economics

ORGANIZATIONS2003 City Council Member, Fertile, MN

2000 to present Board Member, Park Maintenance Fund, Fertile, MN

REFERENCES Available upon request

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Sample Layout Format 3 Functional ResumeRichard Gillespie

12 Timberidge Drive, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202Home (701) 777-4003

Email: [email protected] accounting and finance professional with 2 years experience in the financial services and leasing industry, including global and domestic exposure and specialization in business planning, joint venture accounting, and reporting & analysis.

Areas of Expertise

Business Planning l Managed entire financial function business plans, including end-of-lease projections, and present to senior management nationally and internationally. l Improved accuracy and efficiency of plan preparation within 3 months. l Gathered financial data for competitive analogs and company IPO. l Participated in due diligence and financial analysis for mergers and acquisitions, asset securitization, and the redesign of 2 divisions.

Joint Venture Accounting l Managed entire financial function of JVs, including reporting & analysis, business planning, pricing, portfolio accounting, cash operations, and sales compensation. l Proactively made recommendations to the president & COO. l Developed and improved relationships with JV partners, monitored compliance, negotiated changes to contractual operating agreements, and resolved partnership disputes. l Selected to manage a large vendor relationship with over $90,000 in new business volumes. l Significantly improved the accuracy and integrity of financial statements within one month. l Coordinated systems conversions, external audits and assets securitization.

Reporting & Analysis l Oversaw timely and accurate reporting to the board of directors and senior management. l Prepared monthly corporate reporting packages, including portfolio performance statistics such as delinquency of owned and securitized assets, no-accruals, repossessed assets, and the adequacy of bad debt and specific reserves. l Reported risk management information such as end of lease performance, asset concentrations, and residual exposure.

Employment HistoryMetLife, Bridgewater, minnesota May, 2002-PresentDirector of Accounting Department

AT&T, Basking Ridge, MinnesotaController, November, 2000-May, 2002Director, Joint Ventures, January, 1999-November, 2000EducationUniversity of Minnesota, CrookstonB.S., Accounting, May, 2006 GPA 3.4

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Sample Layout Format 4 Functional ResumePO BOX 1234

COLLEGE TOWN, US 12675(102) 834-8223

OBJECTIVE A Retail Management position with a progressive merchandising organization.

EDUCATION

RETAIL MANAGEMENT MAJOR — Bachelor Degree Received June, 2004

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS — AUSTIN, TEXAS — GPA 3.3Major Coursework Includes:Marketing I, II & III; Advertising, Accounting I & II; Labor Relations; Economics; Business Law; Statistics; Microcomputer Applications; Problems in Business Management; Finance; along with English, Math & History general requirements.

Extracurricular Involvement Includes: President of Future Business Leaders of America Club College of Business Honor Society Alpha Alpha Alpha Basketball Cheerleader — 2002 & 2004

EXPERIENCE

RETAIL CLERK — Part-time and Summers — 1999 to PresentBlazers — Austin, TexasMajor Responsibilities Include:Sell women’s sportswear in a speciality shop atmosphere. Maintain database of customers, special order merchandise, receive and mark merchandise, create specialty displays of sales merchandise and aid in opening and closing the store.Accomplishments Include: Helped to open the store. It is now one of the major profit centers of this 2.4 Million Dollar in

sales chain. Designed advertising for two major sales in which budgeted gross was exceeded by 10.3% and

9.8%. Considered a “Lead Sales Person.” Have planned manpower requirements and supervised the

work of others.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTESAccustomed to accepting responsibility, delegating authority and working with people at all levels. Able to plan, organize, develop and supervise day to day activity and special projects. Have good sense of humor. Dedicated to producing timely results.

REFERENCESAvailable upon request

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Sample Layout Format 5 Combination ResumePO BOX 1234

COLLEGE TOWN, US 12675(102) 834-8223

OBJECTIVEA computerized technical support position, utilizing network, hardware and software interface technology.

HARDWAREUtilized IBM and compatible hardware; Compaq; Display Writer System; NEC Personal Computer; Facet Potter; Epson, Hewlett Packard and Cannon printers on a daily basis both in multiple internships and in the college lab. Established network hookups with Ethernet and token-ring systems. Intimate experience with MODEM, electronic FAX and voice boards. Coursework in X Windows Programming.

SOFTWAREStudies Unix network programming and “C” with control flow. I/0 functions, arrays, pointers, structures and unions. Developed computer labs in two internships utilizing PC operating systems, batch files, configuring DOS and Windows, memory management. Utilizing BASIC, DOS, Database IV, Lotus 1-2-3, and Microsoft Works.

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMSDeveloped graphic communications systems appropriate to printed documents, including typography and photography. Aided in the design and development of computer information system and programs using hardware and software for sound, still-image video, full-motion video and interactive applications. Senior Design project involved audio mixing software – awarded “A” in the project.

EDUCATIONUNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, CROOKSTON, Crookston, MN. 2000 – PresentInformation Technology Management MajorBachelor Degree Expected in May, 2004

SAVOY COLLEGE, St. Albans, NY. 1998 – 2000Media Design Technology Major Associate Degree Received in August, 2000

INTERNSHIPSBIEDERMAN LABORATORIES, St. Albans, NY. Summer, 2003WOLCOTT ENGINEERING, Fransisco, NY. Summer, 2002Computer Installation Technician

WILLING TO TRAVEL AND/ OR RELOCATE

References/ Portfolio/ CD Available

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Sample Layout Format 6 Combination ResumeMOLLEY RACHEL KANTRELL

567 Gold Hill RoadCrookston, MN 56716

(218) 281-8585E-mail: [email protected]

OBJECTIVEA growth-oriented Executive Sale/Marketing position

Skills

EDUCATIONBS Degree, Applied Management, May, 2004

University of Minnesota, Crookston

HONORS AND EXPERIENCE President/Vice President, Student Forum, 2000-2002 Outstanding Senior Award, Student Forum, June, 2001 Sales Associate, Crookston Camera Shop, Crookston, MN, 2000 Grants & Public Relations Intern, Crookston Museum of Art, 2000 Public Relations Intern, Crookston County Chapter, American Heart Association, 1999

ORGANIZATION Delegated jobs to work committees, planned and managed all activities, and set standard for the smooth running of student senate as the president.

Composed press releases, assembled press kits and collected data for an advertising campaign for the Crookston Museum of Art.

Implemented programs designed to promote scholastic achievement within college club; resulted in presentation of Scholastic Excellence Award by the Pan-Hellenic Council.

Scheduled and assisted in fund-raising events, assembled press clippings and wrote press releases for the Heart Association as an intern.

COMMUNICATION Acted as a liaison between active and alumni members and promoted international club activities both within the chapter and in various other settings through public speaking events as an executive officer.

Worked with customers assisting them with their cameras and photographs, and informed the public about upcoming sales and new merchandise as a camera shop sales associate.

Implemented new public relations programs, working closely with the Crookston Museum of Art Public Relations/Development Department.

Operated communication systems between office volunteers and staff of the Heart Association as an intern.

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Action Verbs That Describe Your Functional SkillsActed Communicated Empathized Handled LoggedAdapted Compared Enforced Headed MadeAddressed Completed Established Helped MaintainedAdministered Computed Estimated Identified ManagedAdvised conceived Evaluated Illustrated ManipulatedAllocated Coordinated Examined Imagined MediatedAnalyzed Copied Expanded Implemented MemorizedApproved Counseled Experimented Improved MentoredArranged Created Extracted Improvised MetAscertained Dealt Facilitated Increased ModeledAssisted Decided Filed Indexed ObservedAttained Defined Financed Initiated ObtainedAudited Delegated Fixed Inspected OfferedBrought Delivered Followed Interpreted OperatedBudgeted Designed Formulated Investigated OrderedBuilt Detected Founded JudgedCalculated Directed Gathered KeptChartered Documented Gave LearnedChecked Drove Generated LecturedClassified Dug Got LedCoached Edited Governed LiftedCollected Eliminated Guided Listened

Adaptive Skill Words That Describe Your Personal TraitsActive Diplomatic Form Outgoing Sense of HumorAdaptable Disciplined Honest Participate SensitiveAdept Discreet Innovative Personable SincereBroad-minded Efficient Instrumental Pleasant SuccessfulCompetent Energetic Logical Positive TactfulConscientious Enterprising Loyal ProductiveCreative Experienced Mature ReliableDependable Fair Methodical ResourcefulDetermined Forceful Objective Self-reliant

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Guidelines for Letter of Application221 Poplar StreetCrookston, MN 56716May 18, 2003

Mr. John P. Johnson, Vice PresidentAjax Accounting Company555 Tamarack DriveBillings, MT 59801

Dear Mr. Johnson:

First Paragraph. In your initial paragraph, state the reason for the letter, name the specific position or type of work for which you are applying, and indicate from which resource (career center, news media, friend, employment service) you learned of the opening.

Second Paragraph. Indicate why you are interested in the position, the company, its products or services—above all, what you can do for the employer. If you are a recent graduate, explain how your academic background makes you a qualified candidate for the position. If you have some practical work experience, point out your specific achievements or unique qualifications. Try not to repeat the same information the reader will find in the resume.

Third Paragraph. Refer the reader to the enclosed resume or application blank, which summarizes your qualifications, training, and experiences, or whatever media you may be utilizing to present yourself.

Final Paragraph. In the closing paragraph, indicate your desire for a personal interview and your flexibility as to the time and place. Repeat your phone number in the letter and offer any assistance to help in a speedy response. Finally, close your letter with a statement or question which will encourage a response. For example, state that you will be in the city where the company is located on a certain date and would like to set up an interview. Or, ask if the company will be recruiting in your area, or if it desires additional information or references.

Sincerely yours,

/s/ Thomas L. Smith

Thomas L. Smith

Enclosure

Heading:

Inside Address:

Salutation:

Complimentary Close:Signature: Be sure to sign the letter.

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Sample Letter of Application1053 Christopher StreetCrookston, MN 56716January 23, 2003

Mr. Joseph C. SmithOffice ManagerAmerican Equipment Sales Corp.1288 Great Lakes Blvd.Minneapolis, MN 55453

Dear Mr. Smith:

This is a letter of application for employment with your company.

As indicated on the attached resume, I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and am interested in relocating to Minneapolis. Your company was recommended as a possibility for employment through my acquaintance with one of your employees, Miss Brenda Farr.

I would like the opportunity to complete an application and have a personal interview, which can be arranged at your convenience.

Sincerely,

/s/ Joan Smith

(Miss) Joan Smith

Enclosure

Heading: Your address and date of letter.

Inside Address: Name and address of person or firm whom you are writing.

Salutation: Use Gentlemen unless writing to a specific person.

Indicate your reason for writing and name the position for which you are applying.

Describe your qualifications and state why you are interested in the job or company.

Request an interview or other type of follow-through.

Complimentary Close:

Signature: Be sure to sign the letter.

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Sample Letter for InternshipJanuary 1, 2008

Ann SpinAssistant ManagerAgriculture Management IncorporatedP.O. Box 152Downtown, MN 56398

Dear Ms. Spin,

As a student at the University of Minnesota, Crookston pursuing a career in _________________________________, I am very interested in interning at ____________________. I have chosen a career in _________________________ because of the opportunities for continuing exploration and the power to effect change that it affords ____________. I believe an internship with your _________________ will only further my experiences and knowledge in the field.

I am looking for an internship that will allow me to build on my experience in ____________________________. John Carter and Lisa Lee, two former interns, have highly recommended your program to me.

I’ve been to (city or town) and spent a lot of time in that area of the state; I would relish the chance to get to know your area. I also hear that your program teaches its interns a lot about hands-on experiences, and gives them the opportunity to ___________. The program sounds exciting, and I’d love to take part in it. I think _______________ is really one of the most ambitious companies I’ve seen.

After graduation, I hope to find employment in the _________________ industry, and go from there. Ideally, I would like to end up making a career in ______________, somewhere for a major corporation/company like yours.

I would very much like to work for you as an intern. Please find enclosed my resume for your review. If this proves satisfactory, you can reach me at _____________________, telephone number 1-218-281-0000. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Jean R. Fisher

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User Guide

1) Access your career center’s InterviewStream portal by visiting your career center’s

website.

2) Click Create Account to create a free account or login with your email and password

in the upper right corner of the page.

3) Enter your Name, Username or Email, create a password and then click Sign Up.

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User Guide

I have a webcam:

1) Click Conduct Interview if you have a webcam and are ready to pick your interview

questions and get started.

2) If you don’t have a webcam, click Schedule Interview and choose a date or time this

semester to visit your career center’s interview station.

3) Watch an 8 module, on-demand webinar of career expert Rob Sullivan walking you

through the entire interview process.

4) View the InterviewSuite where you will see video tips on how to approach common

interview questions from career experts Vicky Oliver and Rob Sullivan.

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1) Select from a pre-built interview and click Choose This Interview.

2) Or, click Customize Your Own Interview to access our Drag n’ Drop interview

creator where you can choose from 1500+ interview questions.

3) Click each folder to open that category. Then click the question and drag it to the

My Interview column on the right. When finished scroll down and click BEGIN.

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MAC USERS: Use Safari and if your MAC built-in webcam is not working, change the Flash settings

Press Ctrl and Click Your Mouse

Pick USB Video Class Video

After clicking begin interview:

1) Select your webcam

2) Select your microphone

3) Click TEST and check that everything

is working

4) Speak in the microphone normally and

drag the bar up to make sure you pass

yellow levels

5) As soon as you hit the target levels, the

Continue button will light up

6) If there is NO microphone activity, click

Change Settings and pick another

microphone

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1) The time bar will slide across giving you 2

minutes to respond to each question.

2) The RECORDING sign will light up green

indicating your webcam is on.

3) Click the mouse anywhere when you’re done

and your webcam will stop recording.

After a brief video introduction:

The interviewer will ask you the 1st question.

The timer will count down 3..2..1.. before your

webcam starts automatically recording your

response.

1) Review – you will watch your response to the

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2) Retry – this will erase your previous response

and you will be asked the same question again

by the interviewer.

3) Continue –your response will be saved and you

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User Guide

Users are automatically routed back to their user dashboard and sent an email with their interview link after

their interview is complete.

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Non-Verbal Communication Excellent Good Needs Improvement N/A Rate Yourself On: Direct Eye Contact Appropriate Appearance/Attire Upright Posture Friendly Demeanor/Smile Conveyed self confidence Verbal Communication Did You…? Avoid saying Umm, like, I mean, you know Use proper grammar/avoids slang terms Articulate relevant skills and accomplishments Communicate well defined career goals Express ideas clearly Convey decision making ability Emphasize your strong points Other Questions to Consider: Did you answer the questions/stick to the subject? How well did you focus on your ability to learn quickly, communication skills, analytical abilities and other strengths? Were you prepared to answer tough questions? Could you comfortably discuss any aspect of your resume? How well did you describe past experience? Did you criticize a former employer, friend, colleague or were you able to remain positive? Evaluate your grammar. Did you stumble? Counselor Comments/Recommended Next Steps: (In-Person Meeting)

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Questions Frequently Asked During Employment Interviews

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The following questions are intended to provide examples of things you may be asked to discuss during employment interviews. You may find it helpful to ask a friend to participate with you in a practice session in which you take turns as employer and candidate in asking and answering these questions. By assuming both roles, you not only gain some experience in presenting yourself, but also get a feel for the employer’s perspective. What kinds of things do you react to either positively or negatively in your friend’s responses?

1. What are your long and short range goals and objectives, when and why did you establish these goals, and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?

2. What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next ten years?

3. What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now? 4. What do you really want to do in life? 5. What are your career goals? 6. How do you plan to achieve your career goals? 7. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career? 8. What do you expect to be earning in five years? 9. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?10. Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?11. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?12. How would you describe yourself?13. How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?14. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?15. How has your college experience prepared you for a career?16. Why should I/we hire you?17. What qualifications do you have that make you think that you will be successful in your chosen field?18. How do you determine or evaluate success?19. What do you think it takes to be successful in an organization like ours?20. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?21. What qualities should a successful manager possess?22. Describe your most rewarding college experience.25. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?26. Why did you select your college or university?27. What led you to choose your field of major study?28. What college subjects did you like best? Why?29. What college subjects did you like least? Why?30. If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?31. What changes would you make in your college or university? Why?32. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?33. Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievements?34. What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?35. In what kind of a work environment are you most comfortable?36. How do you work under pressure?37. In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?38. How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?39. Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization?40. What do you know about our organization/company?

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43. What criteria are you using to evaluate the organization for which you hope to work?44. Do you have any geographical preference? Why?45. Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?46. Are you willing to travel?47. Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?48. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our organization is located?49. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?50. What have you learned from your mistakes?51. How do you spend your spare time? What are your hobbies?52. What percentage of your college expenses did you earn? How?53. How did you spend your vacations while you were in school?54. Can you take instructions without feeling upset?55. What men and women have influenced your life most and why?56. What do you mean by “social problem solving,” “working with people,” (and other similar phrases that you have used verbally,

on resumes, etc.)?57. Tell me a story.58. How did you decide to go to college?59. Are you an indoor or outdoor type person?60. What are three things you would like to accomplish in your lifetime?

The following questions provide information that is usually irrelevant and could lead to discrimination in hiring. They do not help the employer assess whether the applicant can do the job. An applicant who is asked these questions by an employer may likely have the basis to file a complaint under civil rights legislation.u What is your age or date of birth?u Have you been arrested or convicted of a crime? (An employer probably has the right to exclude persons who have been

convicted of certain offenses from consideration for certain jobs. The best practice is to obtain conviction information through local police departments rather than from applicants. The existence of a criminal record should not constitute an automatic bar to employment.)

u Are you available for Saturday or Sunday work? (An employed must be able to show such work is essential to the business, since the question discriminates against applicants of religions that prohibit Saturday or Sunday work.)

u How many children do you have? What are their ages? Have you made child care arrangements? (This question insinuates absenteeism and tardiness and discriminates against women, often expected to be responsible for child rearing.)

u What is your national origin?u What is your credit record? Do you own your own home, furniture, car?u What is your eye and hair color?u Has a fidelity bond ever been refused to you? (In the past an applicant might have been denied a bond for discriminatory

reasons).u What is your garnishment record?u What is your maiden name?u What is your marital status? Circle one: Mr., Mrs., Missu What is your prior married name?u What is your sex?u What is your spouse’s name or work?u Are you widowed, divorced, or separated?u Can you provide a photograph of yourself?u If you entertain, how often?u Have you had any serious illness or injury?u Do you live with your parents?u Have you saved any money?u Do you have any debts?u What are your parents’ occupations?u Do you date anyone regularly? Is it serious?u How do you feel about your family?u How much do you weigh?

These question are discriminatory:

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Follow-up LetterJanuary 1, 2005

Mr. Richard D. McCormick, PresidentU S West Corporation7800 East Orchard AvenueCrookston, MN 56716

Dear Mr. McCormick:

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed our conversation on Monday afternoon. The Financial Planning position which you described sounded both interesting and challenging.

As I mentioned to you, my previous experience in the area ofFinancial Planning includes work for both A.T. & T. and the GeneralElectric Company.

While at General Electric, I was the primary force behind thedevelopment of the corporation’s latest five-year financial plan. Ifeither you or Mr. Wilson are interested, I would be glad to sketch outin more detail the exact accomplishments which I made in this area,and the systems we used.

I will be out of town next week, Mr. McCormick. After that, I certainly hope we can explore things further at your convenience. Aspreviously stated, I am very confident regarding my potentialcontribution to U S West.

Thank you again for your time.

Sincerely,

Marsha Randall

For followingup aninterview . . .

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