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The University of Iowa

Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz

Career Center


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Presentation Outline

  • Who we are

  • Overview of Services

  • Resumes

  • Job Search Strategies

  • UI Employment Expo

  • Mock Interviews

  • ICE-Net

  • Upcoming Events


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Who We Are

  • The Pomerantz Career Center

    • Established in 2001

    • Located: Pomerantz Center, third floor

    • Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.,

      Monday – Friday, year round

    • Fourteen full-time staff and 16 peer advisors dedicated to helping you succeed


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The Pomerantz Center

  • New building 2005

  • Located on Market Street, just north of

    the Pappajohn Business Building

  • Home to:

    • Admissions Visitors Center

    • Academic Advising Center

    • Pomerantz Career Center

    • MBA Career Services


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Pomerantz Career Center

  • 14,000 square feet devoted to students and employers

  • More than 20 interview rooms

  • Comfortable student interview waiting and resource area

  • Pearson Library – containing career material


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Pomerantz Career Center Services

  • Career Exploration Assistance

  • Interest-Abilities-Values Assessments

  • Career Resource Library and Employer Information

  • Assistance in Choosing a Major

  • Resume Development Assistance

  • Cover Letter Development Assistance


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Pomerantz Career Center Services

  • Mock Interviews

  • Job & Internship Search Strategies

  • UI Employment Expo (job & internship database)

  • Spring & Fall Job & Internship Fairs

  • Alumni Networks & Services

  • Career Related Programs and Workshops

    • Streaming Videos

      • Resume/Cover Letter Basics

      • Successful Interviewing Skills

      • Summer/Fall Career Fair Tips

      • Job & Internship Search

      • Researching Companies

      • Networking

      • Digital Dirt

      • Branding


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Resume Development

Continuously Seek Opportunities to Build & Expand Your Resume

  • Volunteer opportunities on-campus and within the community

  • Internships & graduate assistantships related to your field of choice

  • Research within your field of interest

  • Professional memberships within your field – hold an office

  • Conference attendance & presentations


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Resume Development: Tailoring Your Resume

  • A tailored resume shines light on those qualifications a particular employer wants to see

    • Prioritize Information – Identify the skills and qualifications the employer is seeking and place most relevant information first

    • Use Descriptive Headings– Such as Relevant Experience, Professional Experience, Teaching Experience, Leadership Experience, Laboratory Skills, Product Management Experience

    • Use Industry Specific Language– Use abbreviations that are well known

    • Organize Related Information Together – Group related positions together and place in categories as mentioned above


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  • Traditional Format:

  • Contact Information

  • Education

  • Experience

  • Honors & Activities

  • Language Proficiencies

  • Computer Skills

  • Optional Sections:

  • Professional Membership

  • Publications/Presentations

  • Research Focus/Interest

  • License & Certifications

  • International Experience

  • Special Projects

  • Volunteer Experience

Resume Format Options


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Sample: Education Section

EDUCATION

The University of IowaMay 2008

M. A. StatisticsIowa City, IA

GPA: 3.5/4.0

University of Northern IowaDecember 2004

B.A. in Math, Minor in BusinessCedar Falls, IA

GPA: 3.8/4.0


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Experience Section: Tips

  • Place experiences in reverse chronological order

  • Always include dates of employment on the right

  • Place title of position before employer

  • Begin all bullet points with verbs

  • Include no less than 3 bullet points per position

  • Quantify when possible


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Sample: Experience Section

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant, Elementary StatisticsAugust 2005-present

The University of IowaIowa City, IA

  • Prepared topics and led 3 weekly discussion sections of 75 undergraduate students

  • Held regular office hours to assist students with questions and concerns about course material

  • Wrote, facilitated, and graded weekly quizzes


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Resume: Activities/Honors

ACTIVITIES/HONORS

Secretary, Graduate Student Senate, 2006-2007

American Statistical Association member, 2005-2007

National Society of Collegiate Scholars member, 2004-2006

Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 2003


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Job Search Preparation

  • Identify industry according to personal interests & values

  • Identify how you want to use your educational training within the industry of choice

  • Identify location of interest if any

  • Consider any limitations that must be applied to your search

  • Research the industry of choice

  • Have working knowledge of salary range according to industry, location, & experience


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Job Search Strategies

Professional Memberships

  • ASA (American Statistical Association)

  • AMS (American Mathematical Society)

  • MAA (Mathematical Association of America)

  • NCTM (National council of Teachers of Mathematics)


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Job Search Strategies (Cont.)

Pomerantz Career Center Website

  • Full-Time Employment

    • Job Listings by City & State

    • Job Listings by Discipline

    • Career Builder

    • Career Journal

    • Job Hunter’s Bible

    • The Riley Guide

  • Job & Internship Fairs

    • Fall Job & Internship Fair

    • Government, Non-Profit, Human Services Fair – Fall 06

    • Iowa Technology Career Fair – 10/26/06

    • Arts, Entertainment & Media Fair – 2/14/07

    • Health Science & Biotech Mini Fair – 2/21/07

    • Spring Job & Internship Fair – 2/27/07

    • Sales & Retail Mini Fair – 3/28/07

  • UI Employment Expo

    • Database of Job & Internship Listings for Students & Alumni

  • Relocating

  • Chamber of Commerce


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UI Employment Expo

  • Search for full time jobs & internships

    • Save common searches

    • Customize UI Employment Expo to email you when jobs/internships meeting your criteria are posted

  • Apply for full-time jobs and internships

  • Sign-up for on-campus interviews for jobs & internships

  • Sign-up and participate in mock interviews with real employers

  • Research Employers that PCC has built connections and or relationships with

  • Identify upcoming events such as employer information sessions, career fairs, employer days

  • Store up to 14 resumes & cover letters, transcripts & writing samples.


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Employers Recruiting U of I Statistics Students

  • Target Stores

  • The Gallup Organization

  • US Department of State

  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

  • Pohaku, Inc

  • GeoLearning

  • Ethos Group

  • CareerBuilder.com

  • Great America Leasing

  • Principal Financial Group

  • The Bradford Group

  • CitiFinancial


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Mock Interviews

Purpose: Provide you with an opportunity to practice your interviewing skills in an environment similar to an actual interview

Who:Employers from surrounding towns/cities volunteer their time to help students develop interview skills

How:Sign-up on UI Employment Expo (Database of Jobs, Internships & Mock Interviews)

Where:Pomerantz Career Center, C310 PC

When:Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays Fall & Spring Semesters

Cost:Free, if using Expo only for mock interviews


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Iowa Career Exploration Network: ICE-Net

  • Connects UI students to UI alumni in a related field or area of study across the world.

  • Provides students the opportunity to conduct informational interviews to seek guidance about a particular profession or field.

  • Provides the opportunity to network and build professional relationships

  • Searchable through UI Employment Expo

  • Available Spring 2007


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UI Employment Expo Demonstrationhttp://www.careers.uiowa.edu/emplexpo.html


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Upcoming Events

  • Iowa Technology Career Fair – 10/26/06

  • Arts, Entertainment & Media Fair – 2/14/07

  • Health Science & Biotech Mini Fair – 2/21/07

  • Spring Job & Internship Fair – 2/27/07

  • Sales & Retail Mini Fair – 3/28/07


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Thank You

Sara Burden

Career Advisor

Pomerantz Career Center

100 Pomerantz Center, Room C310

Iowa City, IA 52242

319-335-1023

www.careers.uiowa.edu


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