Gain Experience

Experience Opportunities

There are so many ways to get involved here at UVM to gain skills, experiences, and network. Check out some ways below:

  • Student Organizations:  Check out CEMS Student Organizations
  • Research Opportunities: Opportunities to research with CEMS faculty are available! Check out this resource guide to get started.
  • Internships: Internships are a great way to build your resume and network with professionals in the field. Make sure you have an account on HANDSHAKE to view positions that are hiring, and check out this internship guide.
  • Work Study/Part Time Jobs: On or off campus jobs are a great way to earn money AND gain transferrable skills to build your resume and build connections to make sure you have references for future positions. Check Handshake or JobX for positions.
  • Catcoders: Paid opportunities to complete a real-world CS Project for CEMS employers. Register as a CatCoder here.
  • And More! There are so many more ways to gain experiencer such as community service, job shadowing, micro-internships, studying abroad, fellowship, etc.

Want to learn more ways to get involved? Sign up for an appointment with the Career Readiness Coordinator by emailing holly.fosher@uvm.edu and check out this guide.

Networking

Your Guide to Networking

Networking is an essential part of professional development and growth. It can help you gain industry knowledge, deepen your understanding of what positions you are interested in, and gain connections with professionals that could be used to get future internships or jobs.

Ways to Network Include:

  1. UVM ConnectConnect with CEMS alums working all over the country to ask for job shadowing, advice, or to share industry expertise.
  2. LinkedIn - Alumni Insights ToolSearch through 75,000+ UVM alums on this platform by industry, region, and keyword. If you are just getting started on LinkedIn, joining UVM groups on LinkedIn will help you to grow your UVM network.
  3. Informational Interviewing: An informational interview is a structured process of networking where you reach out to professionals to learn about career field and gain insights into your job search. You identify people in fields of interest, ask if they’d be willing to talk or meet with you, and arrange a time in which you interview them about their career. You should develop and ask most of the questions.
  4. Attend CEMS Events: Many employers will be invited to campus to table, speak on panels, and attend career fairs. Come to these events and introduce yourself to the employers before and/or after the programs!

For an in-depth description on how to network, head to Your Guide to Networking.

Resume Resources

Formatting

Formatting Guidelines

ResThe purpose of the resume is to communicate your skills, technical skills, and qualifications with a variety of individuals, including and not limited to, on and off-campus jobs, graduate school, involvement opportunities on campus, and ultimately with industry employers. Follow the formatting guide below and check out our downloadable template and examples below.

  • Formatting: Your resume should be 1-page and a minimum of 11-point font. Font should be easy to read like Times, Arial, Cambria, and Calibri. Create your   resume using Microsoft Word, that you will later convert to a PDF when sending to employers.
  • Consistency is Key: Formatting should remain the same throughout the entire document.
  • Section Headers: Common headers include- Education, Relevant Experience, Work Experience, Leadership Activities, Technical/Lab Skills, Additional Experience, Related Projects, Research and Publications, Community Service, Memberships/Affiliations, Certifications, etc.
  • The Best Goes First: Your resume should be in reverse chronological order by date, but most important and relatable content should be towards the top of your resume. If your current/most recent position is not what you want to highlight first, move it to a lower section. Additionally, the more important the position, the more bullet points (3-4) and the less relatable ones can have less (1-2).

Bullets

  • Be Clear: Make sure that job activity descriptions give a very clear idea of what you did and what population you served (e.g., develop peer tutoring program for undergraduates at the University of Vermont majoring in computer science)
  • Quantify: Use data and numbers to quantify work accomplishments whenever possible (e.g., inventoried 1,000 culverts).
  • Verbs: Start out every bullet point with a strong verb. See our verb list below under the resources tab. The verb tense should also match when the position was (past tense for previously held jobs, present tense for positions you are still in). Make sure you are not using personal pronouns before verbs (I, me, my, we).
  • Technical Skills: Ensure you are highlighting the technical skills and programming languages you’ve gained from classroom experiences, ei. Java, C++, MATLAB, Python, etc.

References & Resources

References

References should be separate from your resume and given upon request and/or at the interview. Ensure you have at least 3+ references by the time of graduation. These can include: supervisors, coworkers, professors, coaches, and professional staff members you have a relationship with. Friends and family do not count!

Resources

BEGINNER CEMS RESUME TEMPLATE: DOWNLOAD HERE

CEMS RESUME EXAMPLES: DOWNLOAD HERE

VERB LIST: DOWNLOAD HERE

Cover Letter

Formatting & Guide

The purpose behind the cover letter is not to re-iterate everything on your resume, but to highlight and expand upon your skills and qualifications to prove why you are a great match and fit for the position. Check out the examples and tips below.

Formatting:

  • 1st Paragraph: State the position you are applying to, introduce yourself and the degree you are studying, and why you are interested and a good fit for the role.
  • 2nd Paragraph: Elaborate on why you are the ideal candidate. Explain specific, relevant experiences and skills and how they are relevant and will be utilized for the job you are applying for.
  • 3rd Paragraph: Re-express interest and excitement for the role, thank you employer for their time, and indicate how you can be contacted/how you will contact them.

COVER LETTER GUIDE & EXAMPLES: DOWNLOAD HERE

Interviewing

Interviewing Guide

Check out the Career Center’s Guide to Interviewing here.

Technical Interviews

Technical interviews are common within the professional fields of CEMS. Technical interviews are when a company asked you to problem solve and demonstrate your knowledge and skills through solving problems on the spot. For more information on how to nail a technical interview, check out this article here.

Thank You Notes

Thank you notes should be sent within 24-48 hours of an interview via email or written letter. It is a chance to thank the employer, express your continued interest in the position, and highlight any skills you would like to mention after the interview. See example(s) below.

THANK YOU NOTE EXAMPLE: DOWNLOAD HERE

Want Practice?

Sign up for a meeting with the Career Readiness Coordinator for a Mock Interview! Link to Navigate.