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Career Center Job Search Resources

Activity is Heating Up
Career and Employment Prospects for Grad Students & PhDs: Visit the Biotech and Masters & PhD Career Fairs October 3-4
Career Center Myths & Facts
Career Fairs: Myths & Strategies
Getting Ready - Careers without Borders for All Majors
Getting the Most Out of CalJobs
Getting the Most Out of OCR
How to Get the Most Out of Your Career Counseling Session
I Need a Job Before Graduation - Making the Most of Your Remaining Time at Cal
Job Search Ethics: Doing the Right Thing
Job Search Tool: Company Info Sessions
Job Searching Through Your Years at Cal
Just in Time Job Fair: Plan for Success!
New to Cal and Looking for Work?
Spring Ahead into the Job Search
Tips & Resources for International Students
Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Career Center
Top Ten Underutilized Services/Resources in the Career Center
We are Open for Business & Ready for Students
What Can the Career Center Do For You? Seniors
What is CareerMail?
Who are Peer Advisors?
Your Career Center

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Cover Letters & Resumes

Boring Cover Letters
Common Resume Pitfalls
Cover Letters That Will Get You Noticed
Getting Your Resume Ready for Today's Recruiting Realities
Job Hunting Skills in a Post-Bubble Economy: Part I Resumes
Making the First Cut
Recruiters' Resume Critiques and Suggestions

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Internships

Didn't Get That Dream Internship?
Engineers: Six-Month Internships
Finding & Preparing for a Successful Internship
How Did You Spend Your Summer?
In Search of the Elusive I-Bank Internship
Informational Interviewing While in Pursuit of an Internship at the Speaker's District Office
International Internships
Internships in Nonprofits: Tips from Employers
Interning in Washington, DC
Internships Lead to Jobs
Introduction to Intelligence Through Internships
Making the Most of Your Internship Experience
Making the Most of Your Winter Break: Internship Searching
Making the Transition from Student to Intern
Paid Internships Throughout the Country!
PR Internship in NYC
Students with Disabilities: Get an Internship!
Summer Internship Under Your Belt - Now What?
Summer Internships Abroad
The California JusticeCorps Launches New Initiative at Cal
The Pros and Cons of Unpaid Internships
Top Five Reasons to Intern
Wanted: International Internship/Job
What Can I Learn from a Summer Internship/Job?

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Interviews

Behavioral Interviews
Demystifying Career Portfolios
Don't Be So Nervous
Engineers: Prep for Technical Interview Questions
Engineers: Getting Ready for Recruiting Interviews
Interview Advice from Employers: Part I
Interview Advice from Employers: Part II
Interview Impressions
Interviewing: What Not To Do
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over!
Job Hunting Skills in a Post-Bubble Economy: Part II - Interviews
Preparing for Phone Interviews
Recruiter Feedback on Cal Students' Interviewing Skills
Successful Interviewing - What it Takes
The Inside Story: The Benefits of Informational Interviewing
The Interview Season is about to Begin - Are You Ready?
The Secrets of Informational Interviews from the Other Side
Tips for the Second Interview
Translating Your Study Abroad Experience to the Job/Fellowship Interview
Using Mental Rehearsal to Prepare for Interviews

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Networking

@cal Career Network
A Lesson from Sociology: Networking and the Job Search
It's Not Who You Know, But Who You Get to Know
Make the Most of Summer Socializing
Networking Tips: How to Work a Room
Networking Online
Opportunity Knocks...When You Least Expect It
Taking Another Look at Networking in a Tight Job Market - Cal Alumni

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Strategies & Employer Advice

5 Ways to Prepare Now for a Career Working for an International Nonprofit
A 3-Dimensional Look at Skills - Why It's Good to Know Your Skills, Anytime, Anywhere
Alternative Routes to Business Careers
Cal Alumni: If I Only Knew Then...
California State's Staff Services Analyst Exam to be Held on Berkeley Campus March 8, 2007
Career Cinematherapy
Career Development via Planned Happenstance
Disclosure!
Diversity in the Workplace: 10 Ways to Research an Employer and Their Commitment to Diversity
Do You Fit the Profile?
Dress to Impress for Recruiting Success
Employer Advice for Liberal Arts Majors
Engineer to Engineer: Pep Talk for Job Hunters
Escaping the Black Hole
Fear Factor: Start Networking with the Contacts Near to You
Feeling Stressed? Try These Strategies
Five Things I'd Forgotten about the Job Search Process
From Career Fair Angst to Career Satisfaction
From Classroom to the Workplace with a Non-Visible Disability
Funding Your International Experience through the Rotary International Foundation
How to Leave Your Job with Dignity and a Positive Reference
Insurance? Taxes? Benefits? Oh My! - After You Get the Job - Part 1
Interviewing: What Not To Do
It's Not Too Late
Job Offer Etiquette
Job Offers: Evaluating & Negotiating - Part I
Job Offers: Evaluating & Negotiating - Part II
Job Search Survival Tips 101
Job Search Survival Tips for Seniors
Job Search Tips for a Tough Job Market
Launching Your Film Career in the Bay Area
Lessons Learned from The Apprentice: Interview Strategies
Looking for a Job in Finance as an Alum?
Looking for a Research Job with Just a BA/BS
Make It Happen(stance)!
Making the Job You Have the Job You Love
Managing Your Job Search
Manners Matter
Moving On From a Myth
Partying Hard at Work
Post-BA Fellowships for Seniors & Recent Grads
Returning to Work with a Non-Visible, Recently Acquired Disability
Serendipity and the Job Search
Sex, Politics and Religion; Dealing with Potential Job Search Landmines
Starting Your Own Business Without a Business Degree
Student Groups Can Improve Your Cal Career
The Employer Outlook at Cal
The Gold Mine of Employer Information Sessions at Cal
The Power of Professional Associations
The Present and Future Benefits of Planning for Your Retirement Now
Think of Yourself as a Customer Service Agent
Ultimately It's Up To You
Uncovering Job Opportunities in Challenging Times: Part I
Uncovering Job Opportunities in Challenging Times: Part II
What If You Want to Relocate? Conducting a Long-Distance Job Search
What Recruiters Recommend: Part I
What Recruiters Recommend: Part II
What They Wish They Had Known
Working Alumni with Non-Visible Disabilities Share Insights
Writing Matters: Writing Well May Be the Key to Getting a Job or a Promotion

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Trends

Bioengineering: Tips on Being Successful
Do What You Love and Satisfaction Will Follow
Employer Plans Are Encouraging for UC Berkeley Students
Employment Opportunities Looking Up for Berkeley Graduates
Employment Trends in California
Family Friendly Employers
Getting Your Resume Ready for Today's Recruiting Realities
International Business Career or International Career in Business?
Job Hunting Skills in a Non-Bubble Economy: Part I - Resumes
Job Offer Etiquette
Launching a Career in International Relations
Looking for a Research Job with Just a BA/BS
Looking for More than Retailers, Consulting, and Hi-tech, Oh My!
Public Relations, Advertising & Marketing - What's the Difference?
Senior Career Trends and Interests Remain Consistent in Challenging Economic Times
Working for Uncle Sam
Worried about the Job Market?

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Career Exploration

Bioengineering: Tips on Being Successful
Breaking the News to Mom and Dad: I Want to Major In...
Business Careers for L&S Majors: Insurance, It's Not What You Think
Can't Choose Just One Career Path? Consider a "Portfolio Career!"
Career Assessments: Panacea or Snake Oil?
Careers in Forensic Science
Jobs in Labor Unions
Careers in the Fashion Industry
Careers on Campus - Undergraduate Student Advising
Choosing a Career: When You and Your Parents Don't Agree
Creating a Plan B
Do What You Love and Satisfaction Will Follow
Don't Let Your Major Define You
Externships from the Inside
Family Friendly Employers
French Major + Spanish Minor = UN Translator
From American Idol to Career Idol
Frosh/Soph Externship: Make the Most of Your Summer
How to Get a Job in Politics
In Search of Global Leaders
In Search of the Elusive I-Bank Internship
Inside Investment Banking
Interested in Working for International Humanitarian Aid Organizations?
International Business Career or International Career in Business?
Introduction to Intelligence Through Internships
J-School?
Major Decisions
Mom...Dad...I want to be a Rodeo Clown
Most Frequently Asked Questions
My Roommate Wants to Be a ??? ... I Think I'll Do That Too!
New Public Health Major
Nonprofits 101
Not All Science Undergrads Want an MD, MS, or PhD
On-Campus Research Opportunities
Podiatry - Another Option in Healthcare
Puzzled About What Comes After College?
Research Opportunities Outside of Academia: A Summer at Rand
So, What Are You Going to Do with a Degree in...
So, You Want to Be a Diplomat?
Serendipity and the Job Search
Taking the Scenic Route to Career Success
The Capital Fellows Program: A Report from the Trenches
The Insurance Industry...Not Just for Business Majors
The Pursuit of Career Happiness
The Values Factor
Top 10 Career Myths
What Does an Auditor Do?
What Makes a Good MBA Candidate?
What To Do With a Major in Sociology?
What's a Postdoc and Why Do I Need One?
What's it Really Like to Work in a Nonprofit?
Women's Studies
Working with Animals
Working for Uncle Sam

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Real Life Stories

Alumni Profile: From Legal Studies To California Courts Systems Analyst
Building a Nonprofit from the Ground Up
Cal Grads in the Public Eye
Cal Undergrad at a US Embassy Internship Abroad
Careers After College Radio
Careers in Forensic Science
Careers in Museums & Visual Arts
Careers on Campus
Careers on Campus - Writing & Editing
Data Analysis in the Public Interest - From Business BA to Research Assistant in an Education Policy Nonprofit
Diving into Working and Living Abroad
Don't Let Your Major Define You
Environmental Sciences + Internship = Policy and Nonprofits
Environmental Sciences Internship: Experience of a Lifetime
ES + IB = California Air Resources Board
ES/Music + Internship + Persistence = Environmental Protection Specialist
Ethnic Studies + After School Coordinator = Harvard MPP
Ethnic Studies + Internships + Commitment = EOP Advisor
Ever Thought about Spending a Year in Germany?
Ever Wanted to Run Your Own Multi-Million Dollar Business?
Ever Wondered What It Would Be Like to Work for the FBI?
Extending Your "Education" with a Fulbright Grant
Extracurricular Leadership Leads to Management Position
Film Studies + Computer Science = Video Editing Software at Apple
French Major + Spanish Minor = UN Translator
From a Fulbright Fellow in Russia
From Academic to Editor - Or, Even a "Bad" Internship Can Work for You
From Asian Studies and PEIS To Museum Curator
From BAs in Women's Studies & Political Science to Fulbright Scholar in Bangladesh
From CNR to Environmental Internship in Baja
From Cognitive Science to IT Security Associate
From Conservation Resource Studies to Recycling Coordinator
From Econ & Stats to Actuary
From English Lit to Advertising Exec
From English to Computer Applications
From English to Local Government Public Policy
From English to Public Affairs
From High Tech Marketing to Private Investigation
From History Major to Auditor (aka Super Bean-Counter)
From History PhD to Grant Writing
From History PhD to Innovative Work at the US Dept of Health & Human Services
From History PhD to Software Marketing
From IB and Art to the Business of Advertising
From MCB to Public Sector Consultant via Alumni Advantage
From PEIS to Commercial Real Estate - The Value of an Interdisciplinary Major
From Psychology to Nonprofits Consulting
From Social Welfare to Non-Profit Grants Administrator
Getting the Most Out of CalJobs
History of Medicine PhD Moves to Health Policy
History/PEIS + Internships + Spanish = Monarch Butterfly Conservationist
How Did You Spend Your Summer?
How Does One Wind Up Working in Human Resources?
In Search of Global Leaders
Inside Business Law
Inside Investment Banking
Job Satisfaction: Follow Your Heart and You Will Do What is Right for You!
Just In Time Success Story (or, From Spanish to Biotech)
Migrating from the Private to the Nonprofit Sector or How to Get a Job that was Never Posted
Not Your Typical Business School Grad
Persistence + Career Center Help Pays Off
Psychology Alum Advises, "Keep Your Mind Open"
Realistic Expectations: A Cal Alum Talks about Making a Living while Pursuing the Arts
Research Opportunities: A Personal Perspective
Rock the Boat - Careers in Social Justice: Part I
Rock the Boat - Careers in Social Justice: Part II
Sophomore Success Story: Persistence + Networking = Internship
Teach For America
Teach for America - A View from Inside
Teaching - It's a Lot More than Just a Job
Teaching in Asia & Learning to Be a Manager
The Direct Route is Not Always the Most Effective or Rewarding
The Hidden Job Market: Using Temp Jobs to Get Inside
Undergrad Lands International Internship
Volunteer Work: Filling the Gaps in Your Education
Volunteer Work Impresses Private & Public Sector Employers
Waiting for the Epiphany...
What Does an Auditor Do?
What's a Communications Manager?
What's a Film Distributor?
What's a Student Regent?
What's a Talent Agent?
What's Film Development?
Working in a Biotech Company with a Bachelors Degree

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Graduate School

Consider Grad School at Cal
Got an Academic Advisor?
Graduate Admission Advice Straight from the Source
Is Film School for You?
Letters of Recommendation from A to Z
Letter Service Online
Many Roads Lead to a Harvard MBA
On Being Rejected!
On-Campus Research Opportunities - Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
Passion Prepares Future Grad Students
The Gap Year: Between Graduation and Graduate School
Thinking About Grad School?
What Makes a Good MBA Candidate?
What Makes a Good Statement of Purpose for Graduate School? Part I
What Makes a Good Statement of Purpose for Graduate School? Part II
What's a Postdoc and Why Do I Need One?

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Law School

Addressing Weaknesses in Your Law School Application
Gain a New Perspective on Law School Admissions
Inside Business Law
Law School
Letters of Recommendation from A to Z
Letter Service Online
Life After Law School
LSAT Changes Coming in June
Should I Retake the LSAT?
Surviving the First Year of Harvard Law School
The Dean's Letter & Your Law School Application
Thought About What Comes After Law School?
Uncovering Evidence: Law Schools and Facebook
Waitlisted for Law School
Working in Law without a JD: The Paralegal Option
Writing the Personal Statement for Law School

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Medical School

A Different Route to Medical School
A Pre-Med Art Major Speaks Out!
Are You a Pre-Med New Admit to Cal?
From MCB to International Teaching to Medical School
From "Professional Transfer Student" to Medical School Admit
Getting Started for Med School
Handling Your Spot on the Wait List: Considering Reapplication for Medical School
How to Ace Pre-Med Classes with Academic Tutoring
How to Get Clinical Experience
Insights into the Post-Baccalaureate Track
Letters of Recommendation from A to Z
Letter Service Online
Med School Interviews - Making Your Strongest Case
Medical School Interviews
Need a Letter of Recommendation?
Now in Medical School and Full of Advice
On-Campus Research Opportunities - Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
Osteopathic Medicine...What Exactly Is It?
Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs
Pre-Med Internships
Recent Grads Offer Tips for Health Career School Interviews
Resident Expert: One Doctor Shares Her Experience
Ten Tips For Pre-Med Academic Success or What I Wish I Had Known as a Freshman
Top Seven Attributes Found In Strong Medical School Applications
Understanding the Medical School Application Process
Validating Your Interest in a Health-Related Career
What Exactly is a Pre-Med "Post Bac"?
What is it Really Like to Be a (Successful) Pre-Med at Cal?
Why Do Medical Schools Interview & What Are They Looking For?

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Other Health Careers

Being a Veterinarian
Diving into Dental School
From MCB To Public Health
From Pre-Med To Health Policy Analyst
From Pre-Med to Optometry
From Psych to Public Health Research
How to Get Clinical Experience
Interesting Health Careers You Probably Didn't Know About
Mixing Academic Smarts & Hands-On Experience in Pursuit of Public Health
Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant - What's the Difference?
Plug Yourself into Public Health Graduate School
Pondering Public Health
Pre-Pharmacy Student Makes it into Top Choice School
Recent Grads Offer Tips for Health Career School Interviews
So You Want to Be a Doctor? How About a Foot Doctor?
Venture Your Way into Veterinary Medical School

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