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    The Resumé 5

    The Cover Letter 15

    Networking 17

    The Job Interview 22

    Thank You Note 28


    The Mindset Change 31

    Teamwork/Communication Styles 34

    Initiative 37

    Time Management 39

    Business Etiquette 43

    Summary 52

    About the Author 53

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    Let’s be honest, nobody really likes looking for a job. But the fact of the matter is, you’re going to have to do it – unless you happen to win the lottery. For the most part, it can be a pretty painful process, but if you work hard and smart, it can be a lot easier.

    The purpose of this guide is to help you work through that not-so-del- icate transition from college life to the real world - from finding a job to excelling while on the job. It’s not the “be all, end all,” but it will be a great way to get you into the process.

    This guide has two sections.

    1. Getting a job 2. Excelling on the job

    SECTION ONE: • Resumés • Networking • Interviewing • Cover letters • Thank you notes

    SECTION TWO: • How to thrive in the real world once you get a job

    Both sections are informative and witty - and make for delightful reading!

    Please note: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any other infor- mation storage and retrieval system, without the express written permission of the author.

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    At some point after you graduate, there will be a company that will pay you tens of thousands of dollars a year to do something for them. Crazy, but true! The purpose of this section is to make sure you find one of those companies.

    The tricky part is that there are often hundreds, and sometimes thou- sands, of people applying for the same jobs you are. That’s not to say it’s impossible to land one, but it does require some work.

    It’s NOT like applying to college, where even if you don’t get in to your first choice there will always be a “safety school.” In many instances, the job equivalent of a safety school is flipping burgers at the fast food restaurant.

    There’s no magic formula to when you should start looking for a job or internship, but like most other things in life, the earlier the better.

    Here’s one way to think about it. If you want a good job upon grad- uation, it certainly helps to have some internships. In order to land most internships, you need a resume and you need to interview.

    Some companies begin hiring for internships as much as six to eight months in advance of the summer. The same is true for full-time jobs. If you want to be prepared, you should start putting together your resume in the fall of the school year. You don’t HAVE to, but it helps to be ready just in case you meet someone who wants a copy of your resumé.

    This section covers five key areas of the job search process:


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    Ah, the resume – a simple 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper that, for better or for worse, is the key to your future. You’ve sunk an incredible amount of time, money and effort into school, and you enter the bat- tle for a job with just this one piece of paper as the primary weapon in your arsenal.

    It better be as good as it can be!

    WHEN TO START The resume is typically the first step in the job search process. Some people have resumes coming out of high school; others graduate with- out one at all. Your goal should be to land somewhere in between!

    As mentioned earlier, you want to begin putting together your resume together in the fall of the year in which you will be applying for an internship or full-time job. It just makes it easier to jump into the job search process. Don’t freak out if you don’t have one by Christmas, or even spring break, but your chances of landing that dream job are just better the sooner your resume is complete.

    HOW TO THINK ABOUT A RESUMÉ Quite simply, a resume is an advertisement for you. Much like an ad you’d see in a magazine, you have one sheet of paper to tell your story. Just like an ad, you have to know your target and know exact- ly what you want to say to them.


    Your target is the Recruiting Director or Hiring Manager for the job for which you are applying - plain and simple. It’s not your friends, or your parents, or your fraternity brothers, or anyone else. As a result, everything on your resume needs to be relevant, compelling and easy to read for that particular Recruiting Director.

    Here’s the scary part. Recruiting Directors are flooded with resumes. As a result, they’re going to spend a whopping fifteen seconds max looking at your resumé. Yes, your entire life merits a grand total of fif- teen seconds of a Recruiting Director’s time!

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    But that’s okay. As long as you know what the playing field is, you can better understand how to win the game.

    What’s going to impress someone reading your resume is not a cool font or a florescent paper color, but rather great content, elegantly told.

    Let’s get into it.

    THE SECTIONS There are three sections on every student resume: Education, Experience, and Activities/Interests. Some resumes may include an Objective.


    Sometimes you need one, sometimes you don’t.

    For the most part, objectives can be wasted space. An objective like, “to obtain a position that utilizes my strong analytical, teamwork and leadership skills” is quite frankly bogus. Of course according to you, you are analytical and a team player with good leadership skills. But let’s be honest, anyone can write that if they want.

    If you are applying for a specific job, then you don’t need an objec- tive. Recruiting Directors assume your objective is to get that job.

    Often, objectives just become big typos. People put “to obtain a financial analyst position at a major accounting firm” on resumes they send to consulting firms. Oops, that one goes right into the garbage.

    The only time you need an objective is when you are applying to a large company that does not have a specific job opening. In that case, it’s helpful for the Recruiting Director to know which depart- ment interests you.

    For situations like these, the objective should be simply, “To obtain a position in the finance department of Pepsi.” It’s short and sweet.

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    This is always the first section on your resume until you’ve had your first “real” job.

    You should list your school, your degree, your major/minor and your graduation year. You should include your GPA if it’s above a 3.2. You can include your major GPA as well, especially if it’s better than your overall. Don’t forget to include any study abroad programs.

    You also can include any relevant academic scholarships or awards, as well as Dean’s List and the like.

    Don’t simply list your scholarships, though. For instance, many stu- dents write an entry like:

    Arthur R. Priest Scholarship Award

    And that’s it. Unfortunately the reader has no idea what this scholar- ship is. For all they know, it was given to you by your uncle to fund your enormous pizza habit On the other hand, this award could have been given to one outstanding member of a Phi Delta Theta chapter to recognize individual efforts of excellence and leadership. Don’t for- get to let the reader know.

    Here’s how a typical Education entry looks:

    EDUCATION University of Texas – Austin, May 2010 Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Major GPA: 3.6, Overall GPA: 3.4 Arthur R. Priest Award,

    Nationwide award based on exemplary leadership, community service and scholarship

    Dean’s List - Fall ‘07-Present

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    This is officially known as the “meat” of the resume. The experience section is what will likely make or break your resume.

    First, let’s discuss what goes into this section. The obvious answer is all your relevant jobs and internships. The not-so-obvious answer is other great extra-curricular or volunteer activities you’ve done.

    Luckily, as a member of Phi Delta Theta, you are part of an organiza- tion that offers numerous leadership opportunities where you can build skills that you can transfer in the real