Transform your CV into a USA ready Resume

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever thought about doing a J1 in the US? Perhaps you’re looking for a job, internship, or to further your education in the States? If so, you’ll need to make some small changes to your CV before applying. First off it’s important to know that a CV  is called a resume in the US. Employers and universities will be reviewing your resume with a few different expectations in relation to format and content.

Follow these tips to transform your current CV into a US ready resume:

  • Do not go over 1 page. The rule of thumb is one page per degree, so if you have a masters you can fill 2 pages, doctorate 3+ pages. Exception: if you have 10+ years of full-time professional experience you can also use a second page.
  • Use Letter paper size (21.59 x 27.94 cm) when writing your resume so that it will fit appropriately when it’s printed in the US.
  • Do not put a picture on your resume. You will be screened out or your resume placed in the rubbish bin because pictures create potential for discrimination claims.
  • Do not include secondary school information. Only include pre-university activities if they are relevant to the job (in a Clubs and Organizations section).
  • Do not include an Interests and Hobbies section. In the US, employers do not expect to see social activities included on a resume. If an interest or hobby is related to the job, consider adding it in a Clubs & Organizations or Skills section or to your cover letter.
  • Do not write ‘references available upon request’. This is assumed and since space is limited it’s considered a waste to write what is already known.
  • Watch your words and convert spelling to American English when relevant, i.e. program/programme, organize/organise, centre/center.

Once you’ve assembled a resume, come visit us at the Career Development Centre. You can drop into a CV/Application workshop or schedule a 20 minute Quick Query meeting with a Career & Skills Consultant who can review the resume and/or application with you.

Becoming a teacher – the Professional Masters in Education

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If you are thinking about becoming a post-primary teacher now is the time to start putting your application together for the Professional Masters in Education (PME). This is a two-year Masters programme.

The majority of applications are made through PAC – the Postgraduate Applications Centre. This is where you can apply to the following universities:

The closing dates for these applications are 1st December 2014 with late applications accepted (at an additional fee) until 30th January 2015 to start in September 2015.

Hibernia College also offers the PME with closing dates of 28th November 2014 and  January 2015 for late applications. The starting date is March 2015.

You can find the subject requirements for entry on the Teaching Council website. There are additional points given to applicants who have relevant professional experience or hold additional qualifications. And there’s more information about getting into teaching on gradireland.com.

The Teaching Council has also provided answers to some commonly asked questions about applying to the PME.


Studying in UCD

The PME at UCD is a two-year full-time programme leading to the award of Professional Master of Education (PME) and qualifies graduates to teach two subjects at post-primary level (both junior and senior cycle). Take a look at their brochure for more information.

If accepted, each student will be required to arrange a suitable placement school for the duration of the programme. Schools are sourced once you have been accepted to the programme (April 2015). UCD does provide students with a list of suggested schools, however, students must still undergo a competitive interview process with any suggested school.


Come in and see us!

Why not meet with a career and skills consultant to discuss your application as well as prepare for your interview if your application is successful? The Career Development Centre can help you to prepare a high quality CV and give you the skills to perform effectively at interview.

 

InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme

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Each year the Inter TradeIreland Graduate Programme recruits up to 100 positions for Project Managers across the Ireland from within the engineering, technology, science, sales and marketing disciplines. You will receive a fast track career opportunity whilst receiving an attractive salary and obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma from a leading institute on the island.  Many of our graduates now hold key senior positions in the companies they have worked with.  To register your interest or apply for a position, go to:  www.footinthedoor.info.

Read Najesh’s story, who joined the 2014 Inter TradeIreland Programme:

Photo of NageshName: Nagesh Yadav
Position: DSP Research Engineer
University: UCD
Date of joining company: 2014

Where did you hear about The InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme?
I came across the Inter TradeIreland Graduate programme when I started my job search on gradireland. The challenge of working in a small to medium enterprise (SME) that often pursue novel ideas and aim to commercialize the idea really appealed to my ambitions.

Zinc Software was co-founded by its current CEO, Darran Hughes. The company has pioneered the effort in making the world’s first sensor for the mind and body. The flagship product “Lumafit” is to be released in autumn 2014.

I have been involved in core DSP research and algorithm development for motion tracking and assessment applications using the Lumafit sensor. The experience I have gained to date will no doubt benefit my future career progression. The most useful aspects have been the brainstorming sessions with colleagues thereby enabling a smooth transition from academic life to working on the company projects.

The academic support which forms part of the Inter TradeIreland Graduate Programme was very helpful in relation to the validation of the current product. The regular meetings between the company and academic supervisor results in a better understanding of the task at hand and provides me with a great support network.

The fully funded Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Management from QUB is very well structured. The best aspect is the interactive nature of the classes that allows hands-on learning. Coming from a Computer Science background, I found the course very useful in understanding the day to day running of the company.

Any other thoughts or advice for other graduate job seekers?
Don’t give up – there are lots of options out there. Apply for the jobs that suit your skill set, interests and your studies, and keep working on your strong points.


InterTradeIreland will be at the UCD Science, Engineering & Technology Recruitment Fair on Wednesday 1st October, 11am-3pm in O’Reilly Hall. Register to attend the fair through Careers Connect, meet them on the day and find out more about their current job opportunities.

Register to attend

 

Corporate Finance & Consulting Careers Trip to London

Outside Canary Wharf

Each year UCD Career Development Centre, together with UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business, take a group of business students to London to visit a number of corporate finance and consulting companies. This is an ideal opportunity to get an insight into a large corporate company, find out what the work is really like, and network with potential future employers.

This year’s trip took place from 1st to 5th September 2014 and included visits to UBS Bank, Societe Generale, Deloitte, ICAP, Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting and Morgan Stanley.

A few comments from the students who participated in this year’s trip:

“I learnt so much about consulting and received top tips on application processes. I now have a much clearer idea of what goes on in these firms and all of the opportunities that are out there.”

“After this visit I realise with more conviction that a career in consulting will suit me, and set me up for any other career I would go on to do after that.”

“The activities were very good, especially with the employers who had interactive case studies and trading games. These helped us understand better how the businesses run, what thought processes they use in their jobs, and what approaches they take to solving problems.”

Have a look at our photo gallery to see some of what the students got up to:

 

 

Want to learn about life as a business consultant?

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The Boston Consulting Group

Here’s a chance to find out what consulting really involves. If you’ve just completed your first year in college you’ll be eligible to apply for Boston Consulting Group‘s Insight Programme: a two day residential course for a select number of talented students, set in a luxury boutique hotel in the English countryside – from 11-12 September 2014.

Through interactive workshops and business case studies you will gain insight into life as a consultant, learn how to approach and solve complex business challenges, and develop core skills that will aid you in your studies and the career you ultimately pursue. In addition, you will be joined by BCG team leaders and experts who will offer their insight on some of the hottest business topics of today.

To apply for a place, send your CV and a cover letter to LONInsightProgramme@bcg.com, stating your motivations for attending and outlining key academic and extra-curricular achievements. BCG will be looking for exceptional students who have demonstrated leadership, impact, team work and problem solving throughout school and university.

The Insight Programme is open to all students who have just completed their first year of an undergraduate degree in the UK and Ireland. BCG will cover the full cost of the Programme, plus travel within the UK and Ireland.

Application deadline is Sunday 13 July 2014

Identifying Your Strengths

Do what you love; love what you do

Do what you love; love what you doIn May 2014 we ran a workshop called ‘Identify Your Strengths’, as part of the CareerFest 2014 event.

The aim of this workshop was to build self-awareness through exploring your interests, values and personality preferences. Understanding yourself better can help you to evaluate career options more effectively and make choices that are right for you. You will also be better able to market your strengths in your CV and applications.

If you missed the workshop or you’d like a reminder of what was discussed, you can view the presentation. You may also like to take a look at the Psychometric tests provided by Profiling for Success, which are available for UCD students and graduates to use.

Building the future – careers event for students & grads with disabilities

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Building The Future is a unique careers event run by AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability), and aimed at students and graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties.

Students and graduates will have the opportunity to polish their job seeking skills and get important tips and advice on successfully adjusting to the world of work and building a fulfilling career.This annual event will once again take place in Citi Dublin, 1 North Wall Quay on Friday 6th June 2014 from 10am – 3.30pm.

Book your free place now.

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CareerFest – Thursday 15th May 2014

CareerFest - Thursday 15th May 2014

Kickstart your career this Summer with our interactive workshops designed to help you master the graduate recruitment process. From figuring out what makes you stand out from the crowd to learning how to deliver effective presentations and be successful at interview, taking part in CareerFest 2014 will help you on your road to success.

Workshop places are limited so book your place now through Careers Connect.

CareerFest - Thursday 15th May 2014

Session One: Identify your strengths!

10am-12pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

Are you trying to figure out what to do next? Are you unsure about what you have to offer a potential employer? This workshop helps you to build self-awareness through exploring your interests, values and personality preferences. Understanding yourself better can help you to evaluate career options more effectively and make choices that are right for you. You will also be better able to market your strengths in your CV and applications. Participants on this workshop will be asked to complete some psychometric tests in advance. These will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Details will be provided when you register.


Session Two: Developing CVs that stand out

1-3pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

In this interactive workshop you will get to experience the graduate selection process from the perspective of a graduate recruiter. You will review graduate CVs and decide which candidate is the best fit for a role. This gives a unique insight into what graduate recruiters are looking for in an applicant’s CV. You will learn how to present your skills, knowledge and experience to best effect in your CV and avoid common CV pitfalls.


Design, Develop and Deliver Compelling Presentations

3-5pm, Building 71 (old student bar)

It is becoming more common for employers to ask candidates to create a presentation as part of the graduate recruitment process. Delivering presentations to colleagues, managers and customers is also a feature of many graduate jobs. This workshop will cover the development and delivery of professional presentations, including how to make a positive impact through verbal and non-verbal communication, in addition to highlighting the effective techniques that the world’s best presenters employ.


Ace Your Interview: A Strategy for Success

3-5pm, A109 Newman Building

In this interactive workshop we take you through what you should do before, during and after your interview to maximise your chance of success and help you to become more confident in your own capabilities. You will also get the chance to put what you have learned into action with practice interview scenarios.


All CareerFest sessions can be booked through Careers Connect. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kickstart your career this summer

Skills for Working Life: Projecting a Professional Image

The importance of being able to showcase yourself and ‘your brand’ can not be underestimated when it comes to the recruitment process. Employers seek to recruit students who will make a difference in their workplace, who are competent and able to progress into management positions-who can be future leaders of industry, education and commerce.

Check out Clyde & Co’s presentation in week 7 of Skills for Working Life on how to successfully project your image professionally.

Clyde & Co

 

Skills for Working Life: ‘Finding Work Through Social Media’

Social media iconsEnterprise Rent-A-Car gave a presentation in UCD on ‘Social Media and your Career Search’ in week three of the ‘Skills for Working Life’ course.

If you utilise social media effectively, it can give you the platform you need to start your career. The importance of looking after ‘your own personal brand’ is the clear message being given by employers to students. How you manage and use social media in pursuit of work and career development is different to how you use social media in your private life. However, not everyone understands how the professional and personal sides of social media can be managed well and it is important to realise that social media can be both a friend and foe in job search.

Click here to view the slides if you missed the session or would like to view the presentation again.

Interested in a Career in Digital Geography?

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Build your skills and grow your Career with Esri Ireland.

Esri Ireland is recruiting and they’d like to invite you to their informal “meet and greet” session at the Guinness Storehouse on Wednesday 26th March from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.

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Come along with your CV and meet with some of our GIS Consultants and Software Development Team members in a relaxed informal environment.

We’ll be available to chat to you about your career plans; answer any questions you have about what it’s like working as part of the Esri Ireland team and provide details about our Recruitment Plan for 2014.

If you like learning in a fast paced, hi-tech, dynamic and fun environment we’d love to talk with you.

• Hilton Hotel Belfast Floor 1, Lagan Foyer, 20th March Belfast from 2.30pm-4.00pm
• Guinness Storehouse, Arrol Suite, 26th March Dublin from 2.30pm-4.00pm

If you would like to come along or have any questions please let us know by emailing careers@esri-ireland.ie.

Skills for Working Life: Using PowerPoint in Effective Presentations

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Accenture presentation - cover imageAccenture were on campus last week to deliver a skills session on using PowerPoint. Presentations are common in college, job interviews and in the workplace, and mastering these technical skills now means you’ll have more time to concentrate on your content and delivery.

This session was part of the Certificate in Skills for Working Life, an 8 week course for UCD students on employability skills. If you missed the session or you’d like a reminder, the slides are available for you to look through.

Maximise your social media use for job prospects!

‘Digital Moves Training’ is provided by JCI Dublin. The training aims to give people an overview of how to use social media to maximise their professional connections. It will focus on 3 main tools: LinkedIn, Facebook Marketing and Google Adwords.

Who can avail of this training? Any young professional or if you are newly graduated and seeking a job. Check out the link to see if this opportunity might benefit you and to sign up for the training.

JCI

www.jcidublin.org/digitalmoves

The training is available to graduates across all disciplines. It takes place on 8th March 2014 at 10am in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Dublin.

CIMA Global Business Challenge 2014

CIMA

The CIMA Global Business Challenge 2014 is an undergraduate competition aimed at developing the business leaders of the future. You could develop valuable business skills and gain a competitive advantage over your peers in the workplace.

Last year’s winning Irish team was GBC Consulting from University College, Cork. They then went on to compete in the global final – this year it could be you!

By taking part, you stand the chance of winning some great prizes, including a trip to Mumbai, India to represent your country or region at the 2014 global final. Prizes will also be awarded at the Ireland final for winners and runners up.

See the following link for more information:

http://www.cimaglobal.com/Events-and-cpd-courses/globalbusinesschallenge/gbc-ireland/

Registration deadline is Friday 21st March 2014.

Exciting opportunity with Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Calling first year students!

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EmployAbility are offering a fantastic ‘Summer Insight Programme’ with one of the world’s leading investment banks.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is offering disabled/dyslexic first year students with the opportunity to spend a week in their London office.

Students will get a chance to do the following: gain exposure to their key lines of business, experience the thrill of the trading floor, increase their knowledge of the financial markets and spend time talking to senior leaders in the business.

Please click on the link below for more information and to apply for this exciting opportunity:

http://www.employ-ability.org.uk/internships/bank-of-america-merrill-lynch-employability-spring-first-year-insight-programme-2014/259/

Deadline for all applications is March 2nd 2014.

 

National Student Media Awards 2014

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The National Student Media Awards 2014 are being held on Wednesday 9th April 2014 in Ballsbridge Hotel.

The awards will celebrate and honour the work produced in student publications, websites, radio, television and film. The Smedias (as they are known on campus) are the biggest night of the Irish student calendar and the most respected student event in Ireland.

The awards are open to all students nationwide and are greatly respected by media industry leaders. There are 34 categories available to enter, ranging from journalist, to short film, to radio DJ, to short story.

Please see oxygen.ie for all the information you will need to apply.

Don’t forget, an award or even a nomination means an improved career path for you as a student.

Do you have fluency in more than one language?

GRADchances Language Fair

GRADchances Language FairThe GRADchances Language Fair is on Wednesday 26th February from 12-4pm in the RDS.

This is the first ‘Careers with Languages’ Fair to be held in Ireland and will be attended by some of the most significant graduate employers in the country.

Many companies are looking to recruit graduates with strong language skills across a wide range of disciplines. The rise in FDI and the influx of MNCs (multi-national companies) using Ireland as their gateway to Europe, the Middle East and Asia (and beyond), combined with the requirement for indigenous Irish companies to succeed in an international business environment has put a focus on language skills like never before. There are a massive range of career paths open for graduates of all disciplines who have fluency in one or more languages – both English-speakers with a strong second (or more) language, and non-nationals with fluency in English.

This event will bring students, graduates and employers together to explore the wide range of career opportunities that are available for multi-linguists. These include internships, graduate schemes and immediate roles, so if you are a student or recent graduate interested in finding out how your language skills can open up fabulous careers for you both in Ireland and abroad, make sure you don’t miss the GRADchances Languages Fair.

This event is open to students from all disciplines, and is attended by employers looking to recruit from all degree subjects.

What to expect at the fair

  • gradireland jobs wall with live graduate jobs
  • A range of FREE careers seminars
  • Network with leading graduate employers and find out about the types of roles they are actively recruiting for
  • Careers include employers looking for engineers, marketing roles, technicians, project managers, business developers, technologists, consultants and future business leaders…

Register now for FREE entry.

‘How to get hired!’

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gradireland.comA practical guide for job-hunting graduates.

AIB and gradireland have come together to produce a practical guide for job-hunting graduates entitled ‘How to get hired’. The guide is designed to offer support and advice to job-seeking gradautes with information to help you on the road to your chosen career.

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How to get hired‘ offers expert advice from gradireland and research into the graduate market. It also includes:

  • Prospects for graduates in the current environment
  • What skills employers are looking for
  • Using Social Media in your job hunt
  • CV, cover letter and interview skills
  • Money management and budgeting tips and advice.

Download your copy now.

Are you a PhD student or scholar graduating in 2014-2016?

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company are inviting all interested PhD students, Post-Docs and Scholars graduating in 2014, 2015 or 2016 to apply to attend a 3-day programme in Austria from 24 – 26 April 2014.

If you have a proven record of outstanding leadership, personal initiative and achievement and are interested in working in a project based, consulting environment, this is a great opportunity to find out more.

About McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is a place where you can serve leading clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas. It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs and public leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people.

As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms. Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare. We currently have over 100 offices operating in over 60+ countries.

The Insight Programme
The Insight programme offers a unique opportunity to learn about different techniques for solving problems and an insight into the day-to-day life of a consultant. The 3-day programme offers you the chance to meet consultants with diverse backgrounds from McKinsey’s world-wide offices and work together in teams to solve a typical McKinsey case. You also have the opportunity to ask all your questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere and to evaluate whether this is a career option for you.

To find out more and apply
The application deadline is Sunday 16 February 2014. You will need to complete a short online form and attach a CV. We will be inviting short-listed applicants to take an online assessment during the week of 24 February and will be in touch on Monday 17 March to let you know whether you have been successful in securing a place on the programme. Please visit our Insight Programme website for further information and to apply.