Information to Include in Your Resume
- Boston College, Carroll School of Management, Bachelor of Science in Management expected May 20XX
- Concentration(s), include major, GPA (if it’s important or very good), major GPA (if higher), honors, relevant coursework
- If you are financing your own education
- Name of institution where you studied abroad
- Freshmen and sophomores can include high school and list significant high school experiences
- Juniors and seniors should omit high school information, in most cases
Other common sections:
- can be a good "catch all" section and include paid/unpaid work, internships, volunteer work, etc.
- Related Experience
- be specific not generic, it will help you stand out!
- languages can be included here, but never exaggerate your abilities; typical descriptions are: fluent, proficient, advanced, and conversant (two years of high school French is not worth mentioning)
- computer skills can be included here: programs, speciality software, programming laguages, statistical software, etc.
Here are some examples of resumes from recent Carroll School graduates who have given us permission to use their senior year resumes. Take a look at the format and structure as well as the wide range of activities and experiences that the students were involved in while at Boston College. Please remember to simply use these examples as a guide.
When is a cover letter appropriate?
As a rule of thumb: If you are not personally delivering a resume, then you should send a cover letter.
Exception to the rule: For On Campus Recruiting the rules are a bit different. On Eaglelink, make sure to read the application instructions carefully for each employer; this will indicate which documentation you need to apply. If a cover letter is not referenced and there is no link on the application page for the cover letter than you can just submit your resume. If you want to submit a cover letter and there is no place for it, simply save it with your resume as one document and upload it.
Overall, your goal is to get an interview and sometimes writing a persuasive letter is just the thing to tip the scale in your favor. This is especially true if you are applying for a job which requires strong communication/writing skills. On the other hand, nothing says “I don’t care” or “I’m just not that interested” more than a generic cover letter. Seasoned recruiters can spot them in a second.
Here are some basic rules:
- Customize the letter to the company.
- Research the company to figure out what the job entails and what the organization values in employees. If you can’t get details of the specific job, focus on attributes which match the company culture. Talk to current employees (track them down through LinkedIn or the BC alumni career network) and refer to this in your cover letter: it shows initiative.
- Use proper grammar and spelling.
- For email cover letters, be sure to list the job you are applying for in the subject line of your email message. Some people will email the cover letter and also send it as an attachment, which looks more formal.
- Have your cover letter reviewed by someone at the Career Center or Amy Donegan.
- Do not ramble. Get to the point.
- Do not just repeat your resume. Refer to things on your resume to make a point, if necessary.
- Do not talk about how great this opportunity will be for you. Focus on how great hiring you will be for them.
Use this cover letter format guide and these steps to create your cover letter:
- Start by making sure that you have the proper company name, address, and contact name included on the top of each letter you send. If the job posting did not give a contact name, try calling the company to get one. If the posting prohibits phone calls, use "Dear Hiring Manager" instead of the generic "To Whom it May Concern."
- The first paragraph is your introduction and should explain the reason why you are writing. The title of the job you are seeking along with the name of the publication in which you saw the job posting should appear. If you were referred by a common party, or spoke to an employee or met someone at a job fair, be sure to mention that as well. The last sentence of your introduction should express your interest in the job and confidence in your ability to do it.
- The body of your letter should be two short (no more than four sentences) paragraphs which explain your qualifications. Usually picking two of your greatest strengths which relate to the position and backing them up with examples is the simplest way to go. If the job posting indicated a need for someone who can work unsupervised, describe yourself as a self-starter with proven initiative. Provide an example of when you have done this. Do your best to relate the job requirements to your skills and experiences.
- Keep your conclusion short and simple. Express your interest once more and repeat your confidence in your ability to do the job. Finish by indicating that you will be in contact to determine the next step or, if it is through campus recruiting, indicate that you hope to have the chance to meet them when they are here on campus. Thank them for their consideration. End with a professional closure. "Sincerely" is the most common and normally the most appropriate.
Most career opportunities are found through networking. Additionally, when we surveyed our seniors who found jobs through OCR, 86% of them indicated that networking with alumni at those organizations was crucial to their success in securing the interviews and preparing well enough to succeed. There are thousands of Boston College alumni out there who would love to help you by providing information, contacts, introductions, interview and resume advice, and mentor you with your job search. All you have to do is ask.
LinkedIn, a social networking site for professionals, is also the most effective and updated way to find BC alumni. After you create a strong profile on LinkedIn, be sure to join the Boston College Career Community group and utilize the Boston College Alumni section of the site to help you find BC alums. Through utilizing the advanced search feature, you can search for alumni by industry, location, current company, and more. You can even utilize this tool to contact alumni for informational interviews. If you remain professional and use the tool appropriately, the possibilities are endless!
It seems scary, but with the proper preparation, you can succeed in securing a great job or internship!
Interview Prep Packet:
Use this comprehensive collection of information and forms to get you prepared.
Every year, Amy Donegan, compiles a list of seniors who have jobs by industry, company who are willing to provide advice and conduct mock interviews with other juniors and seniors in the Carroll School. You can pick up the list in Fulton 315 in September.
From the Author of the bestselling interview resource Case in Point Marc Cosentino, we have now subscribed to a great new resource to help you prep for Case Interviews.
Case Questions Interactive (CQI) provides you with the skill exercises you’ll need to perform well in the interview under pressure. It is chock full of math questions, the type of math you’re most likely to get such as percentages, weighted averages, break evens, and net present values, plus multiplication with lots of zeros.
It has market-sizing questions, eight case starts, twelve full cases that you can work through plus lots more information. It is used at 37 of the top business schools.
Practice with Interview Stream:
Interview Stream is a great product offered through the Career Center that allows you to conduct videotaped practice interviews and watch afterwards. There are all types of interviews available including financial technical.
Employers do not interview candidates they do not feel are qualified, therefore once you have made it past the initial screening, it is your opportunity to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job. It is often all about “fit”. With fewer jobs out there, the interview process can be long and fiercely competitive, so you must prepare accordingly.
- Clarify the skills and abilities you have to offer an employer. Think of a concrete example for each skill you have.
- Know your resume. For everything listed on your resume, you should be able to explain what you learned and what you contributed.
- Develop a list of your five to seven strongest skills for a particular position.
- Focus on a simple message about what you can do for them and what you do better than anyone else they are going to see that day. Be convincing and compelling and have a story behind it.
Research the Organization:
- Conduct thorough research on the organization beyond visiting the website. Find what has been written about the company from outside sources. Use Boston College Libraries Resources.
- Set up google alert for the company you are interviewing with and follow them on Twitter.
- Use Glassdoor for company research and interview prep.
Research the Position/Field:
- Talk with personal contacts and alumni. This will show initiative and impress the employer that you are serious.
Prepare for Questions:
- The University of Pennsylvania has great interviewing resources on their website!
- Utilize Interview Stream (a video practice interview service) You can find this on Eaglelink and then schedule an appointment at the Career Center to go over your interview
- Schedule a mock interview with one of our Carroll School Peer Advisors
- Contact one of our senior volunteers for a mock interview by industry/company (pick up list in Fulton 315)
Dress for Success:
Types of Interviews:
- Open-Ended Interview: Tips from speedupcareer
- Behavioral Interview: Tips from the Boston College Career Center
- Phone Interview: Tips from job-hunt
- Case Interview: Tips from Ace the Case
- Skype Interview: Helpful video from TIME
For jobs in Investment Banking, Sales &Trading, Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Fund Management you will get technical questions.
- WetFeet has a very helpful article on handling technical questions on the Investment Banking interviews.
Second Round/Site Interviews:
- CollegeGrad has a helpful article covering lots of interview details and information.
The summer after junior year is the crucial summer and entry level for many employers, especially in accounting and finance.
Many students will find their internships through on-campus recruiting, (eagelink) or many of the recruiting events such as the Internship Fair, Career Fair, Marketing Career Night etc. Also many students have success through their own networking efforst, especially if it is an industry that doesn't typically utilize any type of on campus recruiting. Below are some helpful resources.
- Internship Resources: A list of databases on the Career Center website where you can find most internships listings.
- Going Abroad instructions for finding an international internship
- Back up for a banking internship: Now what?
- Making most of you summer internship
- Housing resources for summer internships
- Stipends available for unpaid internships
- How to finish your summer internship strong.
About 60% of the class of 2011 indicated that they did internships in their sophomore year. Since many of the larger firms exclude their summer programs to just juniors, this requires sophomore to be more resourceful in their search not limiting their internship search to just campus recruiting but coming all of the resources and listing on EagleLink, UCAN and many other resources listed on the internship page.
Sophomore Summer Leadership Program and Diversity Internship Programs:
Sophomore Leadership Programs are designed by firms to identify strong candidates early by hosting them for a two or three day conference often resulting in an offer for an internship the following summer. Hosted by the big accounting firms and large banks. Some have actual ten week summer internship programs, such as Citi and DB.
Places Sophomores Have Worked in the Past:
This list was comprised from data that previous graduates provided as to where they did their sophomore internships.
Sophomore Should Network:
In addition most of our sophomores have the most success through networking, either with friends and family or through alumni. It is important to utilize networking for introduction and information about internships, but no one expects your contact to find you an internship.
If You Are Unable to Find a Summer Internship:
Make the most of a summer job, do volunteer work, or look for ways to gain leadership experience. Employers are interested in seeing how you choose to spend your time, they aren’t making judgments about what is good or bad experience, you need to talk about your experiences with enthusiasm.
Please note: Having an internship that requires transportation by car does not entitle you to on-campus parking. Please keep this in mind when considering the locations of internships during the academic year.
Deciding whether to decline an employment offer can cause considerable anxiety. It is important that you do not feel pressured to make a hasty and ill-considered decision. Please feel free to talk it over with Amy Donegan or a counselor at the Career Center.
Should I accept my summer offer or keep interviewing?
If you had a good summer experience and are happy with the offer, you should accept. Often students hold off on accepting, continue to interview only to end up accepting their summer offer. Collecting multiple offers takes opportunities away from classmates who do not yet have offers. This reflects poorly on BC from both the student and employer perspective.
If you are looking to change industries, then you should decline your offer and create a strategy for your job search. Do not take an offer that you are not excited about just because it’s an offer. Just be prepared to work at your job search and get help with your search, expand your resources beyond campus recruiting, networking with alumni will be an invaluable resource to use for this process.
Waiting on another offer?
If you have already been offered a job, yet you are waiting to hear back from another potential employer, look at these tips as to how you should handle this sensitive situation.
Reneging an offer:
If you accept your job offer either verbally or in writing you have entered into an agreement with that employer. Do not consider accepting the offer and continuing to interview. This reflects badly on you and on Boston College. Employers talk with one another. If you have accepted an offer and continue to interview, your on campus recruiting privileges will be revoked and you will lose access to Eaglelink. You are better off asking for an extension. It is perfectly reasonable to ask, some employers will honor this and some will not but it does not hurt to ask.
Freshman, sophomores, juniors who accept an offer from an OCR employer, and then renege on their acceptance, lose the eligibility to participate in On-campus Recruiting.
It is a violation of BC On-Campus Recruiting policy for an employer to give you an exploding offer, defined as: “Any offer that does not afford a candidate the appropriate time as stated in our policy to either accept or decline and/or that has special incentives attached, e.g. diminishing bonuses and location preferences, for the purposes of inducing early acceptances, including language that asks a candidate if they will accept an offer on the same day it is extended.”
BC’s policy is that the employer must give you 30 days from the date you receive the written offer. This only applies to employers that use on campus recruiting.
The following two articles are helpful guidelines in making this decision:
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