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1 SBES General &Professional Meeting #2 October 30 th, 2013

2 SBES Society of Black Engineers and Scientists Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Whose House!?

3 “ To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.” SBES Society of Black Engineers and Scientists Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

4 “ To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.” SBES Society of Black Engineers and Scientists Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

5 Tiffani Teachey Former: Region 2 Alumni Ex Chair, Current: PG&E Diablo Canyon Engineer SBES Society of Black Engineers and Scientists Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

6 6 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo by Tiffani Teachey Region II NSBE Professionals Chair Emeritus October 30, 2013 Society of Black Engineers & Scientists

7 Overview Workplace Success –Dressing for Work –Top 6 Rules for Using Cell Phones at Work – Etiquette –Top 9 Ways to Make a Good Impression at Work Resume Critique Question Good/Bad Resume Example

8 Dressing for Work Clothes Make the Man (or Woman) –Clothes should be neat and clean –Keep your shoes in good condition. –Your hair should be neatly styled. –For women: makeup should be subtle. –Nails should be clean & neat and of reasonable length. –Dress for the job you want. If you aspire to be a manager, dress like managers in your company do. Rules for Casual Dress at Work –Casual doesn't mean sloppy. Your clothing should still be neat and clean. –You can't go wrong with khakis & a sport shirt or a nice sweater. –If you are going to a meeting or making a presentation, professional attire may be in order. Reference:

9 Dressing for Work Dressing for a Job Interview –Adhere to the employer's dress code Formal (suit and tie) or Casual –Dress slightly better than you would if you were an employee. –Cover up tattoos and remove body jewelry until you know whether they are acceptable

10 Top 6 Rules for Using Cell Phones at Work 1.Turn Your Cell Phone Ringer Off 2.Use Your Cell Phone Only for Important Calls 3.Let Your Cell Phone Calls Go to Voice Mail 4.Find a Private Place to Make Cell Phone Calls 5.Don't Bring Your Cell Phone Into the Restroom... Ever 6.Don't Bring Your Cell Phone to Meetings Reference:

11 Etiquette: Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Hit Send What does my address say about me? Are the name and address in the "TO:" field correct? Have I properly addressed the recipient? Have I used the appropriate tone? Is my too wordy (or is it not wordy enough)? Have I attached unsolicited attachments? Have I proof-read my message? Reference:

12 9 Ways to Make a Good Impression at Work 1.Use Proper Office Etiquette 2.Face Up To Your Mistakes 3.Know When To Call In Sick To Work 4.Come Through In Crisis 5.Know What Topics To Avoid Discussing 6.Manage Your Time Effectively 7.Dress Appropriately 8.Avoid Offending Co-workers 9.Represent Your Company Well At Business Meetings Reference:

13 Resume Critique  Switch your resume with a partner and get something to mark with  Write down one word in the top left that describes your first impression of this resume  Write down one word on the top right that describes your first impression of this person based on their resume  As we go through the questions, write down the coinciding score on the back and we will add up in the end  BE HONEST! 13

14 Resume Critique VISUAL APPEAL:  Pages: 1 page is good for most, 2 is fine for more experienced professionals/many publications (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Paper: Is it fairly wrinkle-free, unscented, and pleasing to the touch? (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  White space: too little, just enough or too much? (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Margins, headers, & bullet alignment: all words, bullet spacing, section header alignment are uniform and organized and the document is easy to follow? (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Font: Is it legible, appropriate size? (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Bold words: Do the bolded words highlight information that is pertinent? (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Bullet Punctuation: Is there any punctuation after the bullets? There should NOT be any punctuation after a bullet i.e. a period – cross those off (No punctuation after bullets = 3, All bullets with punctuation = 2, A few bullets with and a few without punctuation = 1) 14

15 Resume Critique CONTENT: Read the resume  Leading Headers: Does the resume order begin with appropriate sections that align with the person’s stage of professional life (i.e. recent grads lead with education vs. experienced who lead with job qualifications)? (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Keywords: Do you see any keywords that would appeal to an employer hiring for this person’s skill-set i.e. six sigma, customer service, client, teamwork, CAD, design, analysis, forecasting (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Action Words: Does each bullet in the work experience section begin with a powerful action verb? Is it in past tense for completed work and present tense for ongoing work? Are the bullets concise and unique? (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Accomplishments vs. Duties: Does the candidate highlight what their accomplishments are/were and what value they brought to a company, teammates, customers or merely the job description/responsibilities? (i.e. Responsible to manage a team of 3 OR Recruited, hired, trained and supervised a diverse team of 3 Senior Engineers) (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Extracurriculars: Does the person do anything other than work, work, work? Are extracurricular activities, volunteer, professional organizations listed? (Excellent = 3, Good = 2, Needs Improvement = 1)  Any Typos at all, not even one??? (None at all = 5, I found at least one = minus 5)  Is SBES/NSBE on the resume? :O (Yes = +5, No = minus 5)  Would you hire this person? (Yes = +5, Maybe = +3, No = +1) 15

16 Resume Building  Your resume is your MARKETING tool  Make sure you include an OBJECTIVE  Highlight your ACCOMPLISHMENTS, not responsibilities  What VALUE do you bring to the company, employees, customers?  Include keywords in your content for employer keyword searches i.e. six sigma  $$$ stand out  Lead with your STRENGTHS  Recent grads – education, projects, volunteer experience  Short term jobs? – list Spring 2006 instead of 2/06 thru 5/06  More experienced – work accomplishments  Same employer for 20 years? List different roles in that company 16

17 Resume Building cont.  Max 1 page for less experienced, max 2 pages for more experienced  Make bullets concise, recruiters don’t want to read paragraphs  No punctuation after bullets/fragments  Begin each bullet with action verb (past tense for completed work, present tense for current work)  Ensure resume is able/scanable 17

18 18 Questions

19 19 Resume Example  Good Example  Appropriate detail, easy to read, nice layout Source:

20 20 Resume Example  Bad Example  Not enough detail, too much white space that can be levearged Source:

21  Cal Poly Black Alumni Association BBQ: November 9th at 3PM  University of California Riverside, GEM Grad Lab on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Bourns College of Engineering  November 14: (TH) Southern CA 6:00pm in Bonderson (Bldg 197), Room 104. “What you should be doing NOW to be a top candidate for great companies” Food will be provided ! SBES Society of Black Engineers and Scientists Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

22  Habit Fundraiser When: November 6 th Time: 4-9pm Come join us for delicious food, fun and games

23  Join DCAB(SBES, SHPE, SWE) as they host the Around the World Potluck on Nov the ATL Bring a dish and come have a swell time!!! SBES Society of Black Engineers and Scientists Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo


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