Career Services

 

As a student atLos Medanos College, you are working to develop strong communication skills and the ability to find information, conduct research, identify issues, and solve problems.

A job search is an opportunity for you to apply all of these skills.

As you begin your job search, widen your scope to widen your possibilities: explore potential employers online and at on-campus events. Talk with as many people as possible to share your job interests and grow your personal network.

We encourage you to visit Career Services for a walk-in consultation or to make an appointment so that we can help you organize and plan your job search.

Take advantage of these valuable job search resources and visit a Career Counselor/Career Adviser at LMC today!

A Winning Job Search Strategy

  • Contact Professional Organizations in Your Field. ...

  • Visit Company and Organization Web Sites. ...

  • Apply Directly to Organizations That Interest You. ...

  • Network, Network, Network. ...

  • Join Professional Associations. ...

  • Participate in Job Fairs. ...

  • Use a Placement Agency or Recruiter/Headhunter. ...

  • Consider Temping.

As you prepare your job search materials, remember that you don't want to restrict your focus to your resumé and cover letter. Make sure you have an excellent online presence, as well.

  • Resume

  • Interviewing

  • Networking

  • Dressing for Success

 

 

 

 NEED A RESUME?

 

Resume

 

WHAT IS A RESUME?
A resume is a short document used to summarize a job seeker’s experience and qualifications for a prospective employer. A resume includes the job seeker’s contact information, work experience, education, and relevant skills in support of a job application.

Your resume is arguably the most critical part of the modern job application process. Writing the best resume possible is more important than ever now that online job postings routinely attract hundreds if not thousands of applicants. A well-organized, tailored resume will increase your chances of landing an interview while a poorly written resume could get lost in the sea of applicants.

Transfer Career Services will be hosting resume labs for fall semester 2020!   Please give us a call if you have a question, or drop us a message if you would like to speak to a Career Counselor, and or a Career Adviser.  

 Sample Resumes
These samples will give you ideas on format and content. The 'title' of the resume is only used to represent experience levels. Any of these can be of help to almost any major, so please take a look at each type.  

Call 925-473-7444 to schedule an appointment with a career counselor/career adviserfor further assistance on how to tailor your resume to suit your needs.

Entry Level Resume

Social Science Sample Resume, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice

 Comunications Sample Resume

Education Sample Resume

Graphic Design Resume

 Resume Examples

Below are examples of links to resumes.  From a Chronological, to a Combination, each resume has examples of what you can use for employment and beyond!

Follow the link below for information about how to tailor your resume for the position you are seeking - without writing an entirely new resume every time! The resume bullet is an integral part of your resume - it is one of the key places an employer will look to find out about your work activity, skills, and knowledge. They want results - this document will help you craft your statements to highlight your activity and production.

  • Target Your Resume

  • Action Verbs 

  • What's a resume without action verbs? Use this list to help form action-oriented and result-oriented statements about your skills and abilities.


Resume and Cover Letter Guidelines Packet - This document provides information on resume and cover letter content and writing guidelines. It includes a list of action verbs, sample bullet points for a few common jobs, and examples.  Use in conjunction with the resume template above.
Resume Companion for LMC (recommended): Create your own account (free to students with an Insite email account), choose from many resume designs, and get pre-written job descriptions created by resume professionals. You can save multiple versions and export to email, PDF or Word. Also provides cover letter templates.
ResumeGuide - A helpful resource that provides over 250 free templates and in depth guides.
ResumeBuilder - A resource that makes it easy to build organized professional resumes.
Coverletters.com This site provides a wide variety of samples from entry level to executive careers.

Interview Preparation


How to Prepare

  • Know Yourself – Know your resume; Know the position; Know the organization

  • Research career fields usingresources on the Career Services and LMC Library websites www.losmedanos.edu/studentservices/career/; losmedanos.libguides.com/c.php?g=70718&p=2519114

  • Talk with personal contacts and your extended network.

  • Get the “insider scoop” on what the job is really like.


Prepare for Questions

  • Use the STAR(situation/task, action, and result) model to help craft your answers to “tell me about….” questions

  • Situation/Task - describe a task or project for which you had responsibility

  • Action - talk about the approach you took to deal with the situation

  • Result - discuss the outcome of your action, making sure to mention accomplishments or improvements resulting from your efforts

  • Don't assume that the interviewer has read your resume in depth – unless you say it, they may not know it


Sample Questions

  • Tell me about yourself?

  • Why are you interested in this job?

  • What are you professional goals now and in 5 years?

  • What are your strengths?

  • What is a weakness you are working on about yourself?

  • How would a past supervisor or teacher describe you?

  • What from your experiences or background would help you succeed in this role?

  • What one characteristic/skills and qualities do you possess that would make you stand out from other candidates?

  • What accomplishment are you most proud of?

  • Describe a time you worked on a successful team project. What was your role? What was the outcome?

  • Tell me about a mistake you made. What did you learn from it?

  • Describe a frustrating experience you've encountered and tell me how you dealt with it.

  • Tell me about a time you had to persuade a person or group.

  • Do you have any questions for me (us – if group interview)?


Practice Interviewing

Set up an appointment with a Career Counselor - call the Transfer & Career Services Front Desk, 925-473-7444
Have a friend play the part of the interviewer to enable you to practice your responses; ask for constructive criticism


Helpful Hints

  • Arrive early - Ten to fifteen minutes can provide you with a cushion should some unforeseen problem occur

  • Bring along extra copies of your resume

  • Maintain eye contact  - Unwillingness to look someone in the eye is often taken as evasiveness

  • Stalling when you’re stumped - Ask for clarification; Repeat the question out loud; Pause and think about it (letting the interviewer know you’re doing so)

  • Ask questions at the end if possible! Shows enthusiasm for the job.

After the Interview

Write down as much as you can remember (questions, how you answered, who you talked to, etc.)
Send a thank you note! Can be emailed.
Phone Interview Tips

Phone interviews are typically "screening" tools in which organizations interview a large selection of candidates, checking to see who possesses the necessary skills and qualities. Upon completion of the phone interview, a smaller number of candidates will be invited to participate in in-person interviews. 

Do…

  • Be prepared for employers to call at anytime (ie. early morning)

  • Can reschedule for another time, if initial call is bad timing (ie. going to class, meeting, etc.)

  • Have a list of employers to whom you have applied in an easily accessible location

  • Have your resume and any other helpful notes/accomplishments in front of you during the interview

  • Use your voice to show enthusiasm (and any other emotion you might express through non-verbals). Smile, it actually changes the tone of your voice!

  • Project your voice clearly and enunciate.  Stand if you feel it would be helpful for voice projection or nerves

  • Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if you did not hear it or if you need clarification

  • Remember to use the STAR method when answering questions so your responses will be detailed and effective without monopolizing the conversation

  • Make sure that your environment is quiet and free of distractions

  • Disable or ignore call waiting

  • Establish how to reconnect if using a cell phone and the call is dropped

  • Dress up if that helps with your mental preparation

  • Have a pen and paper handy for note taking

  • Keep a glass of water handy, in case your mouth becomes dry

Don’t…

  • Read your resume or other information verbatim

  • Eat, drink, or chew gum

  • Yawn into the phone

  • Walk around the room with the phone

  • Put the employer on hold, unless it’s an emergency

Technical Interview Preparation

Python Coding Interviews

https://www.codementor.io/sheena/essential-python-interview-questions-du107ozr6
http://career.guru99.com/top-25-python-interview-questions/

Networking

LinkedIn Online networking site that can help you be more effective in your daily work and open doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have. LinkedIn is an online network of more than 16 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. Need help building your profile? Use this LinkedIn Profile Checklist and feel free to set up an appointment with a Career Counselor to review your profile.

Job/Internship Search Websites

Handshake targeted on-campus and off-campus job listings for LMC students!!. Current LMC students and alumni may create an account and search campus and off-site job openings. Students and employers must create an account, which is then approved by Employment Services.

General Job Boards:

Indeed

Non-profit/Government

Idealist: Non-profit, internships and volunteer

USAJobs: Jobs with the federal government-Pathways Program for students!

CalOpps.org: CA government employment

Art Jobs Sites

ArtJobs: Jobs in the arts

Bay Area Video Coalition: Video Production

America's Job Center of California: Access to the states employment related services


Business/Communication Jobs

mediabistro: Marketing, sales, and creative jobs

Publishing Professionals Network: Job openings in all areas of publishing

Jobs In Sports: Positions related to sports
 
Environmental Jobs

ECOjobs: Environmental career opportunities
Science/Engineering

BioSpace: Life sciences jobs

Architecture-Landscape, and Architect

NCARB: Becoming an architect

Healthcare

RIT: Science jobs at RIT

AUPHA Jobs for healthcare

AACN: Career planning for nurses

Allnurses.com  Career planning for nurses

 

EFFECTIVE EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWING

Step 1: Know the organization
If you want employers to take interest in you, show interest in them by demonstrating a knowledge of:
The position you're interviewing for
The prospective employer
The employer's industry
A few places to find this information:
Employer websites
Professional associations
Annual reports
Current employees
Friends and family
Magazines and newspapers 


Step 2: Know yourself
What are your top skills and strengths? You may want to emphasize 3 or 4 of these points when responding to interview questions.

Examples:
I have strong sales experience
I am self-motivated
I work well in teams

Illustrate each of your key points with a clear, relevant example. Also, be prepared to answer common interview questions, such as:                       

Tell me about yourself
Why did you choose to major in X?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What are your career ambitions?
What motivates you?
Why should we hire you? 


Questions like these help interviewers assess your "fit" for the job and the organization. The content of your responses shows how well you know yourself.


Step 3: Convey professionalism
Behaving professionally communicates that you're a serious applicant.

Dress professionally and conservatively
Arrive about 10 minutes early for an interview
Be confident and approachable
Smile, make eye contact, and use a firm handshake
Be positive when describing your experiences

The S/TAR Method

A. The S/TAR method
Interviewers want to hear about specific experiences you have had. Structure your responses using the S/TAR method.

  • S/T = Situation / Task (Briefly describe the context in which the behavior or action took place)

  • A = Action  (Specifically explain the action you took to handle the situation)

  • R = Result (Most importantly, describe the result or impact of your action)

For example:

Interviewer: "Tell me about a time when you demonstrated initiative."

Job candidate: "Last spring, I decided I wanted a summer internship, and I knew it was up to me to make it happen (Situation / Task). So I contacted a hiring manager I had met earlier in the year, and I told him how I might contribute to the organization through an internship. We came up with an arrangement that worked for both of us (Action).

By the end of the summer, I had created a comprehensive procedures manual, which is now used by the entire organization.

My supervisor said my work should save his department several hundred hours per year (Result).

 

 

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NETWORKING

Networking is about developing professional contacts to tap for informational interviews and job leads.

Utilize Your School's Career Services
Your first stop should be your college's career services office. Don't end your college career without taking advantage of the assistance you can get through your school - from resume help to alumni networking, your campus career services is a great way to jump-start your job search, from the first year to the last. Your career office is there to help, and best of all, the services available through it are all already paid for by your tuition. 

Actively Engage in Your Classes
When it comes to classes relevant to your major, don't just sit in the back with your eyes half-closed and only one ear open. Make yourself known to the professor: sit up front, ask questions, and attend the professor's office hours. Not only will this likely help your grade, but it will also lead to establishing a positive relationship. Professors often have tons of connections, from colleagues in the field to former students, making them a valuable resource during your job search later on. Plus, you'll be grateful for the relationship if you have to ask a professor for a reference letter.

Use LinkedIn
 Once you've made those connections, keep them. LinkedIn is a great way to stay in touch with professional contacts, so ensure you make an active effort to keep your profile updated. Setting up a ​personal website is another good addition to your online presence.

Talk to Recent Graduates
Although professors and professionals are valuable resources for advice, people who are a few years out of school are helpful, too. After all, job searching has changed a lot even in the past decade, so talking to people who are fresh in the work world can bring a whole new perspective to your job search. In addition, LinkedIn has a tool which users can use to access employment information for alumni from their college.
 
Take Advantage of Networking Events
If your college offers alumni networking events, make an effort to attend - and be serious about it. Dress the part, and carry a few resumes with you too, because you never know who you might encounter. Keep your eye out for profession-specific events or job fairs in your area, too. Here's how to make the most out of college alumni networking events, and how to start a conversation with the people you meet. Attend as many other professional networking events as you have time for.
 
Do an Internship
An internship gets your foot in the door—and even if it doesn't end in a job at that specific company, it can connect you with other opportunities, as well as serving as a reference source in the future. So, even if you are unpaid, don't just treat your internship as a resume filler. Take it seriously, do your best, and you'll thank yourself after graduation.
 
Ask for an Informational Interview
Want to connect with someone at your internship, a professor, or even someone in your field that you admire? Request an informational interview to find out about what they do and how they got there. This can even take place via email or on the phone. Either way, establishing contacts - and maintaining them - creates valuable connections when it comes time to launch your career.
 
Connect with Your Company of Choice on Social Media
Do you dream of working for a specific company? Make a point to follow them on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest. Not only does this imply your interest in a future opportunity, but it's a good way to keep track of job openings. For example, some employers have a specific Twitter account for job opportunities, and many companies—small and large—post about when they're hiring on their social media pages.

 Did you know that networking is the best way to find a job?   Up to 60% of job seekers list networking as the primary method of finding their current position. 

Many students have heard the term "networking" but are unclear about what it really is. Simply put, "networking" is connecting with other people to develop professional relationships. The good news is that your network is already started! Your network includes your friends, family, student organization members, college alumni, Career Center staff, employers, neighbors and just about anyone with whom you can have a conversation with.  Meet with your network and begin learning about what you can do for a career!