5 Quick Resume Tips

  1. typewriterMake it easy to read: Use a plain font in 10- to 12-point type.
  2. Focus on information that is relevant to the employer and the job.
  3. Keep your resume short: In general, a new grad’s resume should be one side of a single page, but can run longer if your experiences and skills are relevant to the job.
  4. Include keywords taken directly from the job description.
  5. Quantify your results, if possible.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Fall On-Campus Internships: Apply NOW

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Recognizing that Baylor is like a small city with services ranging from entertainment to student support and the many opportunities available to students, Baylor’s On-Campus Internship Program was launched.  The idea is to give students great work experience while they are taking classes and to give offices on our campus the much needed help.  It’s a great chance for students to be mentored by the people who care most for them, the faculty and staff at Baylor.

Benefits for the students are wide ranging and include:

  • Payment
  • Professional skill-set development
  • Networking with professionals
  • Training prior to the internship to ensure success
  • Support during the internship

We truly are here to help students and the hosting offices offer the best internship experience!  To get the application and learn more about the program, visit http://www.baylor.edu/cpd/index.php?id=867860. Hurry…the deadline for fall internships is SEPTEMBER 2nd!

-Heather Wheeler, Assistant Director of Internships

Welcome! 5 Things you need to know

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Welcome! The fall semester has begun! Before you become completely overwhelmed by all of the excitement on campus, we want to introduce you to 5 important things going on in the Office of Career and Professional Development.

  1. Our career advisors are now serving as liaisons to different academic areas! Each career advisor will be the designated “go-to” person for particular majors, including undecided! We are excited to offer this new, customized way of service for our students. Find out who your advisor is by using our handy search tool!
  2. We have a variety of resources and services available for students who are unsure about their major or career path. If you think you could benefit from this, check out our Career Exploration page and decide what will be most helpful for you!
  3. Events! We have 4 Career Fairs and 1 University-Wide Majors Fair scheduled for this year. We have some other fun things going on including our annual “Kick off Your Career” Event.
  4. Resume Walk-in hours for the Fall are now posted. Come see us before the Career Fairs sneak up on you!
  5. Our Fall On-Campus Internship opportunities are now listed online. Don’t miss your opportunity to intern on the Baylor campus. Application deadline is September 2nd!

Please make sure you log in to your HireABear account! All students already have an account. You will use this to schedule appointments with us, search for jobs and internships, and much more!

Ready or not, here it comes!

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The Spring Internship & Career Fair is one week away! The fair will be held on Thursday, February 12, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave.

*There will be round-trip shuttle service that will pick-up every 15 minutes behind Cashion Academic Center at 4th and Speight.

*A “LinkedIn” Photo Booth will be available for the first 400 students and alumni to have a professional profile picture taken for their LinkedIn profiles.

This fair will be our largest career fair to date with 156 organizations registered to attend with 375 total recruiters. The recruiters will share about entry-level career positions and internships. While some companies do seek specific majors, most companies are open to all majors.  We encourage you to prepare for the fair in the next week-here’s how:

 

Student “to do” list before the Spring Job & Internship Fair:

  • Research the attending companies (See who’s attending the Internship & Career Fair!)
  • Log in to your HireABear account and schedule a mock interview with college recruiters February 6 and 11.  A mock interview is one of the very best ways to prepare for an actual employment interview and it will help improve the way you present yourself. These 30-minute interviews are meant to be as realistic as possible. You will be asked interview questions that would be asked by actual employers.
  • Bring several copies of your résumé (have it reviewed by a Career & Professional Development staff member prior to the fair). Résumé walk-in hours
  • Practice your 30-second commercial. (See BearFacts pg. 23)
  • Bring your student ID to the fair
  • Dress for success (business casual dress required; professional dress recommended–no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, workout clothes)

Good luck in your internship and job search!

Post-baccalaureate Premedical Programs

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If you are thinking about medical school, you may have heard of post-baccalaureate premedical programs as a second chance option. If so, there are some things you should consider before fully accepting this as your back-up plan.

These programs are designed to help students transition from undergrad to a professional school, such as medical school. They are also helpful for those who are considering a career shift and need to complete the necessary science requirements. These programs can improve your chances of getting in to medical school, but only if you do well in the program. Even then, not all programs are created equally.

Some programs are well-known and have several affiliations with medical schools which may offer conditional acceptance into the medical school based on performance in the program. Programs can vary in length between 8 and 24 months. Some are degree-seeking, which grant a master’s degree, while others are non-degree-seeking that only grant certificates upon completion.  Most programs require at least a 3.0 GPA for acceptance. You can look up programs using AAMC’s free Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs database to learn more about the length, tuition, success rates for acceptance into medical school, and affiliations. Here are some other resources for more information about post-bacc programs:

https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/experience/357926/postbaccrightforme.html

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/2011/12/19/is-a-postbaccalaureate-medical-program-right-for-you

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2011/07/25/an-expensive-alternative-route-to-medical-school

Overwhelmed by Career Decisions? Here’s Where to Begin

IndependenceJust start somewhere.  That’s right.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of choosing a major, finding an internship, or getting a job after graduation, don’t let fear paralyze you.  Even Baylor University had to start somewhere (see picture above).

Take action, even if that means simply taking a quick look at job postings or listening to a podcast about a major that you are considering.  Each step you take will help you to learn more about an option or about your own preferences.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, either.  The staff of Career and Professional Development are happy to assist you.  Visit our website to learn about the different ways you can connect with us.

How to Use This Blog in Career Planning

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Photo by ebayink via Flickr

Are you a passive or active reader of this blog?  Of course, we sincerely appreciate our passive readers who eagerly anticipate the biweekly arrival of our posts in your inbox.  However, there are some ways to really make this blog work for you.  Here are three ideas for becoming an active reader and getting more out of your experience with us.

First, note the search box in the right-hand column.  Doing a keyword search for your major or a career that interests you could help you uncover posts with exactly the information that you need.  Second, you can use our category tags (also in the right-hand column) to quickly pull information on a career topic that you are researching.  Third, you can interact with us by commenting on posts or contacting us to suggest a topic for future posts.  We want this blog to be helpful to you, so let us know how we can best accomplish that.

International Career Opportunities

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Today, I want to bring your attention to one of the premium resources offered to you by Baylor Career and Professional Development.  The resource is called Goinglobal, and it offers information to students who are interested in international employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities.  Additionally, the site details cultural advice, work permit/visa information, and resume/interviewing tips for individual countries.

We also encourage you to check out our other premium resources, which you can view by clicking here.

Use Your Common Sense Day

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In honor of Use Your Common Sense Day, I thought I would take a few moments to discuss how common sense plays a critical role in career decision-making.  First, consider your academic performance in your major.  Are you making an A in most of your classes?  If not, what could you do to improve your performance?  If you spend an adequate amount of time studying and take advantage of academic support resources, yet you still aren’t making the grade, perhaps a change of major would yield better results.  A strong grade point average is important for keeping graduate/professional school and employment options open.

Next, consider if you are truly enjoying your major classes.  If not, what is your rationale for being in your major?  If you do not enjoy your major, there is a risk that you will not like your career, either.  People who enjoy their work often demonstrate more motivation and initiative.  Consequently, they may experience more success than their colleagues who do not enjoy their work.

Finally, do you have work experience related to your career goal?  If not, you might experience difficulty in your job search or graduate school application process.  Depending on your area of interest, internships, part-time employment, summer jobs, volunteer opportunities, and shadowing could be methods for opening up more opportunities in your future.

The staff of Career and Professional Development are happy to help you explore your options and find relevant experience.  Review the information on our website to determine which of our services could be most useful to you.