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The University of Iowa Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center. Presentation Outline. Who we are Overview of Services Resumes Job Search Strategies UI Employment Expo Mock Interviews ICE-Net Upcoming Events. Who We Are. The Pomerantz Career Center Established in 2001

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    1. The University of Iowa Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center

    2. Presentation Outline • Who we are • Overview of Services • Resumes • Job Search Strategies • UI Employment Expo • Mock Interviews • ICE-Net • Upcoming Events

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. Sample: Education Section EDUCATION The University of Iowa May 2008 M. A. Statistics Iowa City, IA GPA: 3.5/4.0 University of Northern Iowa December 2004 B.A. in Math, Minor in Business Cedar Falls, IA GPA: 3.8/4.0

    12. 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

    13. Sample: Experience Section RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Teaching Assistant, Elementary Statistics August 2005-present The University of Iowa Iowa 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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)

    17. 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

    18. 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.

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

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

    23. 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

    24. 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