How to Start Keep a running record of all your activities (service, shadowing, research/internship hours, jobs, etc.) Dates Number of hours (including times) Brief description of activity Prioritize your activities Considerations for building a resume Lifelong accomplishments Consistency in activities
General Resume Writing Tips Ask for help! Upperclassmen PreHealth Office Writing Center Career Services Keep different versions of your resume Type of Opportunity Business internships Medical internships Research
General Resume Writing Tips Continued Most important accomplishments at the top! Key words: Internship, Research, Shadowing, etc. Describe accomplishments rather than job descriptions “Research & Internship Chair for AMSA provides research for members” vs. “Provided research opportunities for members each semester” Quality vs. Quantity debate Go for depth and substantial experiences!
Resume Structure Overview Header Education Current education (Baylor University) and high school education Study abroad GPA (regular, science, etc.) Experiences, Activities, and Other Potential Sections Objective Work Experience Research Experience Community Service Shadowing Extracurricular Activities Leadership Awards & Accomplishments Skills
Resume Heading Heading should include: Name Font should be larger than the rest of heading Current Address Cell Phone Number Baylor Email Address
Resume Tips (Body Sections) Use powerful action verbs Formatting Font size: 10-12 pt. Margins: 0.5-1 in. Maintain consistency Resume Length: Stick to one page Aim for aesthetics and legibility This is your first impression! Avoid slang and abbreviations
Resume Tips Continued No complete sentences No pronouns Demonstrate your skills (communication, leadership, etc.) through your actions Avoid things that raise red flags No long-term commitments
Cover Letters Purpose: to state your intent for obtaining a research or internship opportunity Elements of a Cover Letter Information about yourself Name, major, future career aspirations, etc. Don’t restate what is on your resume! Talk about why you would be a good candidate for the position
Cover Letters Continued Discuss your credentials and qualifications Previous experience Skills Upper-level classes that could be useful Mention any attached documentation Resume Letters of Recommendation (if applicable) Refer to handout
Ten Rules of Interviewing 1. Keep your answers brief 2. Include concrete data 3. Repeat key strengths three times 4. Prepare 5+ success stories 5. Put yourself on their team 6. Image is as important as content 7. Ask questions 8. Maintain conversational flow 9. Research the interviewer/position you’re interviewing for 10. Keep an interview journal
Common Interview Questions Question TypeExamples Personal 1.Tell me about yourself. 2.What can you offer us? 3.Define success. Failure. 4.What is your greatest weakness. Education 1.Why did you choose your major? 2.In which campus activities did you participate? 3.If you had to start over, what would you change about your education? Experience 1.Give an example of when you had to work under a deadline pressure. 2.Have you done volunteer work? What kind? Career Goals 1.Would you be successful working with a team? 2.Do you prefer large or small organizations? 3.Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own? 4.Why do you want to go into medicine?
Common Questions to Ask 1. What skills are especially important for this opportunity? 2. What will be my day-to- day responsibilities? 3. What do you think is the most challenging aspect of this position?
AMSA Mock Interviews 1. Why do mock interviews? 2. The Process 1. Fill out Student Profile 2. You will receive an email from a Research & Internship committee members 3. Send out email to the assigned professor 4. Attend interview 5. You will receive your Evaluation Form from professor within a week
References Paul L. Foster Success Center Questions?