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Career Fundamentals

Before embarking on a job or internship search, make sure you've got the basics down: résumés and interviewing strategies.

Start by reading over the résumé suggestions below, and then check out sample Résumés for Mackay majors. Once your résumé gets you the interview, be sure you are ready by reviewing the interviewing strategies section and prepare with sample questions below.


The Purpose of a Résumé - To get you an interview!

The person whose qualifications most closely match those sought by the employer gets the interview. To maximize your chances of getting an interview use the same skill/key words in Résumé as those sought by the employer and provide specific examples. For more resume tips click here.

Even if you don't have any professional experience, you can include skills learned through coursework or club duties. Here are a few examples of this.

Sample Résumés

Mining Engineering   Physical Geography   Geology  (more to come soon)

Interview Strategies

Purpose of Interview - To get a second interview? To get the Job!

An interview is more than a résumé. At the interview you'll get to demonstrate value, persuade an employer, share your personality, and shine! In short, it is your chance to articulate why you are the best candidate for the job and seal the deal. The best way to do this is to prepare through information gathering and practice. Then you will be ready to perform! For more Interview Strategies, click here.

Sample Questions

To help get you started we have put together a series of possible interview questions.  Click here to check them out.

Advice from Recruiters

“Students need to attend an interview showing they thought about the interview a bit – know something about the company, extra care in attire and hygiene, have a question prepared to ask. Lastly, the importance to apply on-line. We interviewed some students on campus, wanted to move them to phone interviews with the hiring managers, but they did not apply.” - Sheri Snyder, Talent Acquisition Rep Senior for Newmont Mining

“When you come into the industry, most of your peers will also have very similar career goals. There are a lot of people that can help you, but it's your responsibility to be proactive in getting there.“ - Skylie Estep, Technical Recruiter for Barrick Gold

For more information contact:
Katia P. Albright, M.A., GCDF
Coordinator of Career Development

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