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The great beyond

The Great Beyond

Jobs, Resumes, Vitae, and much much more!



Final exam

  • Multiple choice

    • 18 APA

    • 8 psychological science

    • 5 career

  • Short Answer

    • 5 psych science

  • Essay

    • 1 psych science

  • Total 37 questions, 52 points possible

Final Exam

Resumes c v s

  • Sells you and your skills.

  • Keep your resume up to date

    • If you change jobs, update

    • Receive a certification, update

    • Keep a record of jobs, dates, supervisors, and contact information to help you fill out applications

  • Bring copies to conferences or other events where networking can take place

  • Keep several versions (themes)

    • Different schools/jobs look for different skills and abilities being highlighted

Resumes / C.V.s

Resume vs curriculum vitae

  • Resume

    • Used in U.S. as default brief intro tool

    • Shorter, more succinct overview of relevant information

    • Geared toward work experience and skills

  • CV

    • Used in U.S. in academic/medical circles

    • Longer, more comprehensive overview of relevant (and maybe non-relevant) information

    • Geared toward academic experience and presentations / research

Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae


Content & Guidelines

Resume outline

  • Heading

  • Objective

  • Education

  • Experience

  • Skills

Resume Outline

Resumes content 1 of 3

  • Heading (your personal contact info)

  • Objective

    • Type of job you are looking for so the employer does not have to guess

    • Should focus on how the employer can benefit from you not how you can benefit from the employer

    • Can be a simple statement or a more detailed summary

    • Examples

  • Education

    • Reverse chronological order of academic training

    • Degree spelled out, major, institution, location, graduation month & year

    • May include: GPA (min. 3.0), scholarship, academic distinctions, etc.

    • No high school unless you attended a prestigious school

    • If you financed your education say so

Resumes – Content (1 of 3)

Resumes content 2 of 3

  • Experience (cont’d)

    • Job title, employer, city, state, month & year or just year of employment

    • Reverse chronological format or reordered chronological format

    • Focus descriptions on what you accomplished & how you made yourself valuable rather than your responsibilities

    • Quantitative & qualitative information

Resumes – Content (2 of 3)

Resumes content 3 of 3

  • Experience (cont’d)

    • Employers will want to interview you if you can show that you have done some of the following:

      • Made or saved $

      • Saved time

      • Made work easier

      • Solved a specific problem

      • Were more competitive

      • Helped to build image, expand business

      • Attracted new customers, retained existing customers

      • Were innovative or took initiative

      • Examples

  • Skills

    • Computer!!! Discuss the specific software packages and level of familiarity

  • Optional Categories

Resumes – Content (3 of 3)

Resumes content

  • Optional Categories

    • Activities/Interests

    • Honors

    • Course Projects

    • Language Skills

    • Publications, Research

    • Professional Affiliations, Certificates

    • Portfolio availability

    • Availability

    • References

    • Never include health, marital status, salary requirements

Resumes – Content

Resumes guidelines

  • Must be FREE from typos

  • Must be truthful

  • Must be no longer than one or two pages in most cases

  • Proofread, revise, revise, proofread, revise, revise, revise, then send.

Resumes - Guidelines

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum Vitae

Content and Guidelines

Curriculum vitae purpose

Curriculum Vitae - Purpose

Curriculum vitae outline

  • Contact Info research, etc.)

  • Education

  • Awards & Honors

  • Employment History

  • Teaching Experience

  • Publications

  • Presentations (Papers/Posters)

  • Professional Affiliations (optional)

  • Community Service

  • Order varies, depending on job and experiences

Curriculum Vitae - Outline

Cv content 1 of 2

  • Contact Info research, etc.)

  • Education: include degrees, thesis/dissertation topics, and dates awarded in reverse chronological order

  • Awards & Honors

    • Research Grants, Special recognitions, Patents, etc. (keep at top if many)

CV – Content (1 of 2)

Cv content 2 of 2

  • Employment History research, etc.)

    • Professional work locations and experiences

  • Teaching (Courses Taught)

    • Complete listing of courses taught in professional experience (often separated into undergraduate and graduate)

  • Publications

    • Complete listing

  • Presentations

    • Complete listing

  • Professional Associations (include positions held)

  • Community Service

CV – Content (2 of 2)

Ub career center

  • Located in the Student Center, 3 research, etc.)rd Floor

    • Career Advisors

    • Interview Training/tips

    • Mock Interviews

    • Career Fairs

    • Job Search

    • Resume/Cover Letter Tips and Reviews

    • Workshops/Skill Building


UB Career Center

Finding a job

  • Be aware of what a job/career requires. research, etc.)

    • Experience

    • Degrees/Certifications

    • General knowledge

  • Look for jobs of interest and see what employers are looking for in candidates.

    • Is there anything you can be doing now to prepare? (i.e. specific coursework)

  • Know how long the hiring process takes.

    • Government jobs that require clearances can take up to a year to complete the hiring process.

    • Can you apply with a company/organization before graduation so you are not scrambling later?

Finding a Job

Professional memberships

  • There are advantages to joining professional groups as a student.

    • Discounts on journals and free trade magazines

    • Discounts on conference registration

  • Some Professional Psychology Orgs to look at:

    • American Psychological Association

    • Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology

    • Eastern Psychological Association

    • Association for Psychological Sciences

Professional Memberships


  • Professional Psychology Conventions/Conferences: student.

    • APA = August 12-15, 2010; San Diego, CA

    • EPA = March 10-13, 2011; Cambridge, MA

    • SIOP = April 8-10, 2010; Atlanta, GA

    • APS = May 27-30, 2010; Boston, MA

  • Go to Psi Chi sponsored events

  • Go to UB sponsored events

  • Go to open events at other local universities (Speakers, career fairs, etc.)



  • Presentations of research and current issues student.

  • Workshop/Training opportunities

  • Speakers (typically experts in the field/key researchers)

  • Panel Discussions

  • Networking

  • Vendors/Publishers

  • Student Research/Presentations



  • Test the water before you dive in. student.

  • Many internships are unpaid; however:

    • You gain experience

    • You make connections in the working world

    • Sometimes there exists the opportunity for employment upon graduation

  • Utilize the Career Center, MonsterJobs, Career Builder, etc., to find internships.

  • Check with your advisor for credit possibilities.



  • Participate in departmental research as a research subject. student.


  • If you really want to do research, find a professor whose work you may be interested in.

    • There may be possibilities to assist on research projects.

  • PSYC 490 Senior Project in Psychology

    • Don’t wait until your senior semester to start thinking about your project.


Psi chi international honor society of psychology

  • Contacts/Officers: student.

    • Cindy Mason, President

    • Krissa Jackson, Vice President

    • Christian Gruhler, Secretary

    • Alex Mattern-Roggelin, Treasurer

    • Janet Yun, Ph.D., Advisor

  • Get involved!

    • If not in Psi Chi, join other student organizations or student government

Psi Chi – International Honor Society of Psychology

  • General vs. Subject Exam student.

    • Some schools only require the General exam, others require both exams.

  • General

    • Sections: Verbal Reasoning (800), Quantitative Reasoning(800), Analytical Writing (5x 2 essays)

  • Subject: Psychology

    • Sections: Experimental, Social, “Other”

  • Get a study guide (with a CD if possible)

    • Princeton, Kaplan, Barrons

  • Go to for more information

    • Testing sites, dates and times, online practice exams, prep classes, and more.


Applying to grad school

  • Review the admission requirements thoroughly. student.

    • Letters of recommendations

      • Provide with writers plenty of time and pertinent information to write their letters.

    • GREs

    • Transcripts

    • Essays

      • No two essays are the same, you may have to write several different essays for each school.

    • Resumes

Applying to Grad School

Applying to grad school1

  • Know who is doing research, at which university. student.

    • If you have a particular career/research interest look for schools with professors that have similar interests.

    • Familiarize yourself with their work, you may be asked how your research goals fit into their current research.

  • Figure out if the program fits you and your goals.

Applying to Grad School

Stay informed

  • Stay current with subjects of interest student.

    • Use student memberships to subscribe to journals in your area of interest

    • Conduct periodic literature searches

  • Follow the news

    • Distinguish between research hype and truth

    • Be aware of what the general public is being told about our discipline

    • Be aware of the issues relating to our government and mental health care

  • Keep-up with APA Manual changes

Stay Informed

Example objectives

  • A challenging position, utilizing abilities developed through my experience and education, with the opportunity for growth.

  • Bachelor’s degree candidate seeking to contribute to your organization in a communications related position.

  • Entry level position in writing or editing.


Example Objectives

Work history examples


  • Worked with staff and vendors to

    increase product turnover by 15% and

    sales by 23%. Trained 14 new

    employees, 5 of whom were rapidly



  • Honored with President’s Award,

    reserved for the top 5% of associates

    among 700 representatives

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Work History Examples

Example cvs

Example CVs

Class activity procedures, training of new employees, interfacing with subordinates and vendors.

Class Activity

Resume Evaluation and Critique