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Title: The University of Iowa

  • The University of Iowa
  • Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz
  • Career Center

Presentation Outline
  • Who we are
  • Overview of Services
  • Resumes
  • Job Search Strategies
  • UI Employment Expo
  • Mock Interviews
  • ICE-Net
  • Upcoming Events

Who We Are
  • The Pomerantz Career Center
  • Established in 2001
  • Located Pomerantz Center, third floor
  • Hours 8 a.m. 5 p.m.,
  • Monday Friday, year round
  • Fourteen full-time staff and 16 peer advisors
    dedicated to helping you succeed

The Pomerantz Center
  • New building 2005
  • Located on Market Street, just north of
  • the Pappajohn Business Building
  • Home to
  • Admissions Visitors Center
  • Academic Advising Center
  • Pomerantz Career Center
  • MBA Career Services

Pomerantz Career Center
  • 14,000 square feet devoted to students and
  • More than 20 interview rooms
  • Comfortable student interview waiting and
    resource area
  • Pearson Library containing career material

Pomerantz Career Center Services
  • Career Exploration Assistance
  • Interest-Abilities-Values Assessments
  • Career Resource Library and Employer Information
  • Assistance in Choosing a Major
  • Resume Development Assistance
  • Cover Letter Development Assistance

Pomerantz Career Center Services
  • Mock Interviews
  • Job Internship Search Strategies
  • UI Employment Expo (job internship database)
  • Spring Fall Job Internship Fairs
  • Alumni Networks Services
  • Career Related Programs and Workshops
  • Streaming Videos
  • Resume/Cover Letter Basics
  • Successful Interviewing Skills
  • Summer/Fall Career Fair Tips
  • Job Internship Search
  • Researching Companies
  • Networking
  • Digital Dirt
  • Branding

Resume Development
Continuously Seek Opportunities to Build Expand
Your Resume
  • Volunteer opportunities on-campus and within the
  • Internships graduate assistantships related to
    your field of choice
  • Research within your field of interest
  • Professional memberships within your field hold
    an office
  • Conference attendance presentations

Resume Development Tailoring Your Resume
  • A tailored resume shines light on those
    qualifications a particular employer wants to see
  • Prioritize Information Identify the skills and
    qualifications the employer is seeking and place
    most relevant information first
  • Use Descriptive Headings Such as Relevant
    Experience, Professional Experience, Teaching
    Experience, Leadership Experience, Laboratory
    Skills, Product Management Experience
  • Use Industry Specific Language Use
    abbreviations that are well known
  • Organize Related Information Together Group
    related positions together and place in
    categories as mentioned above

Resume Format Options
  • Traditional Format
  • Contact Information
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Honors Activities
  • Language Proficiencies
  • Computer Skills
  • Optional Sections
  • Professional Membership
  • Publications/Presentations
  • Research Focus/Interest
  • License Certifications
  • International Experience
  • Special Projects
  • Volunteer Experience


Sample Education Section
EDUCATION The University of Iowa May 2008 M. A.
Statistics Iowa City, IA GPA
3.5/4.0 University of Northern Iowa December
2004 B.A. in Math, Minor in Business Cedar
Falls, IA GPA 3.8/4.0
Experience Section Tips
  • Place experiences in reverse chronological order
  • Always include dates of employment on the right
  • Place title of position before employer
  • Begin all bullet points with verbs
  • Include no less than 3 bullet points per position
  • Quantify when possible

Sample Experience Section
  • Teaching Assistant, Elementary Statistics August
  • The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
  • Prepared topics and led 3 weekly discussion
    sections of 75 undergraduate students
  • Held regular office hours to assist students with
    questions and concerns about course material
  • Wrote, facilitated, and graded weekly quizzes

Resume Activities/Honors
  • Secretary, Graduate Student Senate, 2006-2007
  • American Statistical Association member,
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars member,
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 2003

Job Search Preparation
  • Identify industry according to personal interests
  • Identify how you want to use your educational
    training within the industry of choice
  • Identify location of interest if any
  • Consider any limitations that must be applied to
    your search
  • Research the industry of choice
  • Have working knowledge of salary range according
    to industry, location, experience

Job Search Strategies
  • Professional Memberships
  • ASA (American Statistical Association)
  • AMS (American Mathematical Society)
  • MAA (Mathematical Association of America)
  • NCTM (National council of Teachers of

Job Search Strategies (Cont.)
  • Pomerantz Career Center Website
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Job Listings by City State
  • Job Listings by Discipline
  • Career Builder
  • Career Journal
  • Job Hunters Bible
  • The Riley Guide
  • Job Internship Fairs
  • Fall Job Internship Fair
  • Government, Non-Profit, Human Services Fair
    Fall 06
  • Iowa Technology Career Fair 10/26/06
  • Arts, Entertainment Media Fair 2/14/07
  • Health Science Biotech Mini Fair 2/21/07
  • Spring Job Internship Fair 2/27/07
  • Sales Retail Mini Fair 3/28/07
  • UI Employment Expo

UI Employment Expo
  • Search for full time jobs internships
  • Save common searches
  • Customize UI Employment Expo to email you when
    jobs/internships meeting your criteria are posted
  • Apply for full-time jobs and internships
  • Sign-up for on-campus interviews for jobs
  • Sign-up and participate in mock interviews with
    real employers
  • Research Employers that PCC has built connections
    and or relationships with
  • Identify upcoming events such as employer
    information sessions, career fairs, employer days
  • Store up to 14 resumes cover letters,
    transcripts writing samples.

Employers Recruiting U of I Statistics Students
  • Target Stores
  • The Gallup Organization
  • US Department of State
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Pohaku, Inc
  • GeoLearning
  • Ethos Group
  • Great America Leasing
  • Principal Financial Group
  • The Bradford Group
  • CitiFinancial

Mock Interviews
Purpose Provide you with an opportunity to
practice your interviewing skills in an
environment similar to an actual
interview Who Employers from surrounding
towns/cities volunteer their time to help
students develop interview skills How Sign-up
on UI Employment Expo (Database of Jobs,
Internships Mock Interviews) Where Pomerantz
Career Center, C310 PC When Tuesdays,
Wednesdays Thursdays Fall Spring
Semesters Cost Free, if using Expo only for
mock interviews
Iowa Career Exploration Network ICE-Net
  • Connects UI students to UI alumni in a related
    field or area of study across the world.
  • Provides students the opportunity to conduct
    informational interviews to seek guidance about a
    particular profession or field.
  • Provides the opportunity to network and build
    professional relationships
  • Searchable through UI Employment Expo
  • Available Spring 2007

UI Employment Expo Demonstration http//

Upcoming Events
Iowa Technology Career Fair 10/26/06 Arts,
Entertainment Media Fair 2/14/07 Health
Science Biotech Mini Fair 2/21/07 Spring Job
Internship Fair 2/27/07 Sales Retail Mini
Fair 3/28/07
Thank You
  • Sara Burden
  • Career Advisor
  • Pomerantz Career Center
  • 100 Pomerantz Center, Room C310
  • Iowa City, IA 52242
  • 319-335-1023