Sample Documents and Resources
The handouts below are intended to help you in your career exploration and preparation.
Your résumé is an important marketing tool that can help you during your job search. It should be clear, concise, and comprehensive. Below are some tips:
- Résumés should be kept to one page in length. If absolutely necessary, a two-page résumé is acceptable.
- Use of action verbs and accomplishment statements to describe
responsibilitiesin each position.
Do not use long and wordy sentences. On the other hand, do not abbreviate everything in an effort to save space.
- It is not necessary to list every job you ever had.
- Stress accomplishments, awards, and honors that are relevant to the position you are applying to.
- Keep in mind that résumés can be reviewed by people or software programs. If you are uploading your resume to a database, include keywords used in your field.
Major specific resumes can be found on Job Mine.
Research the Employer
The first step in your interview preparation is to research the employer. Become aware of their products and services, what share of the market do they control, find out who their competitors are, read reports available online, review their website, and speak with any colleagues who may work there.
Students are often unsure or a bit afraid
Professional Business Attire
Your résumé may get you to the interview, but how well you perform in the interview will determine if you will get a job offer. When preparing for an interview it is important to pay attention to what you wear. We recommend that you always dress in professional business attire.
You can visit our Career Closet that UTEP students can use for their professional appointment.
Review the Dress for Success hand-out.
Canceling Your Interview Appointments
Our “No Show” Policy states that a student who fails to honor a scheduled interview appointment without sufficient notification of at least 24 hours prior to the interview is considered a “No Show”, and thereby forfeits interview privileges. The student and the student’s Department Chair are notified.
Procedure for Reinstatement: Interviewing privileges may be reinstated after the student writes a letter of apology to the employer and submits the letter to the University Career Center in an unsealed, addressed envelope with appropriate postage affixed for mailing. Company contacts and mailing addresses are available at the Career Center.
A Second No Show will result in denial of further interviewing privileges and the Department Chair and Dean will be notified. Students asking for reinstatement must appeal to the University Career Center Director.
Ethics of Accepting a Job Offer
If you accept a job offer, then you are ethically (and sometimes legally) bound to take the job, even if you receive a better offer at a later time.
Accepting an offer and continuing to interview with other companies is considered unprofessional and unethical.
To avoid such situations, follow these recommendations:
- Carefully review all your options before making a quick decision.
- Contact the company representative (before the deadline) if you need additional time to consider the offer.
- Once you have accepted the offer, notify the company of your acceptance in writing, and also inform the Career Center so that we may stop referring your résumé. You will also need to stop interviewing with other companies.
- Should you decline an offer, be sure to write the employer a note thanking them for their consideration.
We have also adopted guidelines that employers should follow with regards to exploding/pressure job offers that apply to UTEP students. Read the UTEP Student Job Offer Policy here.
If you need assistance in evaluating a job offer, visit with one of the Career Center staff.
Dining Etiquette Handbook
The Career Center in conjunction with the Student Engagement and Leadership Center host a dining etiquette experience called Miner Manners to prepare students for an interview over a meal. We invite you to register for this special event hosted during the spring semester. Dates available here.
Create Your LinkedIn Account:
- Watch our LinkedIn PowerPoint
- Go to LinkedIn.com
- Upload a professional photo (Take a headshot for FREE at the Career Center's LinkedIn Photo Lab)
- Join alumni and specialty groups
- Upload your revised résumé
- Showcase (photo or video) sample of your work
- Consider networking with UTEP alumni or professionals in your field of interest
Check out this video’s tips for an optimal LinkedIn account.
Setup your Job Mine Account
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