Building A Career Panel

Building A Career in Today’s Job Market/EconomySally Anderson, GoogleNeysa Bennett, BennettBaker, Ltd.Jeff Ellman, Think ChicagoPaula Quinn, Google

Some tips for making a good resume:

  • Include study abroad experience, group work projects, course work, etc.
  • Limit it to one page; play around with the margins and font size if you have to.
  • Student organizations and any positions held or leadership roles.
  • Demonstrate cognitive skills: GPA, working part time, study abroad, etc.
  • Include team working projects or projects where you collaborated with faculty.
  • Dates should be accurate.
  • Employers want to see who you are; what do you do outside of school?
  • Spell out acronyms, dont assume employers know what they stand for.
  • The skills and activities section, is your space to be unique.


  • You want your networking list to “help you get your foot in the door.”
  • If you do not hear back from a potential employer after a month, move on.
  • Network with everyone and anyone!
  • Networking with alumni is a great place to start building your connections.
  • Join
  • Have a business card and include your name, major, date of graduation, phone, and email.
  • Facebook: If you have a Facebook account, clean it up! You never know who (potential employer) is going to see you profile. This applies to voice mail messages as well; have an appropriate, professional voice mail message.
  • When you are looking for a job it is OK to start at the bottom and work your way up, you will learn a lot.
  • “You are responsible for your own career path,” so be proactive in your job search.

The Interview

  • “Ask for the job,” It is important to close!
  • Come with questions to ask the recruiter about the job, the company, etc. For example:

Is there anything that you see that would keep me from being hired for this position?

  • When asked about past employment, don’t point fingers or blame others.
  • Have a good objective and know what you want.
  • Put numbers and percentages on your resume; employers like to see growth.
  • Do some research on the company and know what the company does before you go into the interview.
  • Wash your hands before the interview and don't wear to much perfume.

*Remember "Past performance is a predictor of future success"
*Share stories but dont ramble.

  • Be on time.


  • Make a list of all the people you know who might possibly be in a position to help
  • Always try for a face to face meeting with your network contact
  • Make your first network meeting with people you consider less than your best
  • Use the telephone to make contact
  • Call at a time when the contact will be able to take the call
  • When connected, succinctly tell the person the reason for your call
  • Work very hard to be positive
  • Remember, you are seeking advice from your networking contacts

The purpose of a network is to increase geometically the awareness of key people of your goals and accomplishments (What does this mean and what is geometically????)

  • Plan your agenda
  • Say thank you
  • Keep accurate records of all your contacts and have a follow up system
  • Don't hesitate to follow up in a few weeks/months but ask first
  • Try to get your networking interviews in person versus over the phone
  • Spread the good news
  • Strive to be positive!! It will pay off
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