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Job Search, Resume writing, and Interview skills. Agenda:. Introduction (Informal Session) Job Search Skills and Resources Writing Good Resumes Preparing For Interview The Interview process Interview Follow Up Open Q&A (Focus of this session)             .

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  • Introduction (Informal Session)
  • Job Search Skills and Resources
  • Writing Good Resumes
  • Preparing For Interview
  • The Interview process
  • Interview Follow Up
  • Open Q&A (Focus of this session)             
job search skills and resources
Job Search Skills and Resources:
  • Web search
  • Networking (personal contacts)
  • Local news papers
  • Specific company web sites
  • Industry flyers posted on campus
  • Attend university organized visits to companies (e.g. Sabre, Lockheed Martin)
  • Head hunters
  • Be very persistent in your search
writing good resumes
Writing Good Resumes:
  • Be brief, precise and objective (Avoid being a Jack-of-all-trades)
  • Update your resume per specific job, emphasis points, avoid generic resumes
  • Managers usually spend a very short time on initial review of resumes due to volume, give them reason to select yours
  • Ensure that key items are on the first page
writing good resumes continued
Writing Good Resumes: (Continued)
  • Avoid lengthy paragraphs and detailed description (save for interview)
  • Do not include unrelated job experiences (e.g. delivering news paper)
  • List affiliations and memberships, highlight your relevant interest areas
  • Pay attention to format, avoid gaps in dates (avoid conflicting information)
resume format
Resume Format
  • Personal Information
  • Objective
  • Education
  • Skill summary
  • Work Experience
  • Teaching/Teaching Assistance
  • Publication
  • Activities and Memberships
  • Other Supporting Information
sample resume
Sample Resume


4800 Harbor Dr.

Dallas, TX. 75022

(817) 272-5407 or (972) 691-0000

E-mail: [email protected]


To pursue a web development position …. {Short: max 1 to 2 sentences with focus on the specific job your applying for}


Ph.D. Computer Science, X University, Dallas, Texas, 2003

Dissertation Title: A Methodology for Data…Advisor: X

M.S. Computer Science, Y University, Dallas, Texas, 1997

Thesis Title: A Structured Approach ... Advisor: Y

B.S. Computer Science, University of Z, Waterloo, Canada, 1995

sample resume cont d
Sample Resume – Cont’d


  • Languages:C/C++, JAVA, XML, HTML, ASP
  • Operating Systems: Windows, Web Servers (IIS/Apache), Unix, Linux
  • Hardware: Intel-Based PCs, SUN SPARC, RS/6000, AIX
  • Network Protocols: TCP/IP, Ethernet, Serial comm.(E3270, RUMBA)
  • Distributed Protocols: CORBA, RPC, SOAP, Open/SQL servers
  • Database: SYBASE, ORACLE
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Sample Resume – Cont’d


Senior Software Engineer, October 2000 to Present

Company X, Dallas Texas

Participated in design, development, testing and integration of a number of real-time embedded systems at X. ….



Software Engineer, August 1998 to October 2000

Company Y, Dallas, Texas

Software Engineer with the primary responsibility for converting a large-scale legacy-based software system to a client-server distributed system. The project was completed successfully in approximately 10 months and it was enhanced by an addition of a data acquisition system. Highlights included:

  • Implemented a system ….
  • Designed and Developed   …..

List all jobs …

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Sample Resume – Cont’d


  • List relevant courses: Include Title and date

PUBLICATIONS {significant, if any}

  • Paper/workshop/other: Include title and date published
  • Journal/trade magazine articles

ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS { significant, if any}

  • Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)
  • IEEE Computer Society

Include Personal and other relevant Information: {Optional: e.g. work status, visa status. Include this information only if it strengthens your resume}

preparing for the interview
Preparing for the Interview:
  • Learn as much as you can about the company and the job you are applying for
  • Learn about the company’s product line; specifically in the area for which you have applied
  • Develop your thoughts on how you are qualified for this job
  • Write out a list of what you have to offer this employer in this job
  • Relax, get some rest… go into the interview well-rested, at the “top of your game”
the interview process
The Interview process:
  • Be on time
  • Dress in an appropriate manner
  • Don’t try to oversell yourself!
  • Remember that, often, the selection is based mostly on how a person will “fit” into a team/company
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The Interview process: (Cont’d)
  • Ask questions, be involved in the process
  • Be honest about your technical skills, but share your ability and willingness to learn
  • Try to get a commitment from the hiring manager on when a decision will be made and when you can expect to hear from him/her
interview follow up
Interview Follow up:
  • Don’t be a pest!
  • Follow-up only after the expected feedback/decision date
  • If not selected, try (respectfully!) to get information on why