Don’t Miss the first Tri-College Recruiting Day – Philadelphia Career Connection on Jan. 30 @ HC

Posted on: January 22, 2015



You are invited to the 

Philadelphia Career Connection Recruiting Day

Tri-College Career Fair & Interviews

  •  January 30, 2015 at Haverford College

  •  Entry-level Jobs & Internships

  •  Students and recent Alumni Welcome

Morning Career Fair (9:30 – 11:30 am) 

  • Meet face-to-face with recruiters - all students and recent alumni are welcome!
  • Drop off your resume to be considered for open afternoon interview slots
  • Location:  Haverford College – Founders Great Hall

Afternoon Interviews (12: 15 – 5:30pm):  preselects and day-of selectees

Event Attire:  Business Professional (suit highly recommended)


Featured Opportunities:

Finance / Consulting / Business:  ENTRY LEVEL JOB

Analyst — Chatham Financial
Acceleration into Financial Professional Program (AFP) — Vanguard
College to Corporate Internship Program (C2C) — Vanguard
Fund Financial Associate — Vanguard
Systems Operations Analyst — Vanguard
Vanguard Accelerated Development Program (VADP) — Vanguard
Delivery Business & Quality Analyst — SEI
Internal Account Executive — SEI
Junior Developer — SEI
Associate Economist — Moody’s Analytics
Associate Economist, Credit Analytics — Moody’s Analytics
Research Associate – NERA Economic Consulting
Benefits Outreach Specialist – Benefits Data Trust
Research Associate – The Advisory Board
Financial Analyst – The PFM Group
Underwriting Specialist – Swift Capital
Business Funding Account Executive – Swift Capital

Finance / Consulting / Business:  INTERNSHIPS

Summer Intern Analyst — Chatham Financial
Summer Intern — Tortoise Investment Management
Summer Intern — The Glenmede Trust Company
LeadiD Intern – LeadiD ( All majors welcome)
Public Finance Intern – The PFM Group
Financial Services Professional – New York Life Insurance

Engineering / IT : ENTRY LEVEL JOB

Project Software Engineer, Innovation Leadership Program — Lutron Electronics
Entry Level Developer — Vanguard
College to Corporate, Technical Operations Internship — Vanguard
College to Corporate, App Development — Vanguard
Technology Leadership Program (TLP) — Vanguard
Software Developer — Suvoda
Software Test Engineer — Suvoda
Quality Assurance Analyst — Suvoda
IT Professional Development Analyst  - Exelon

Engineering / IT: INTERNSHIPS

IT Intern – Exelon
LeadiD Intern – LeadiD ( All majors welcome)
Software Engineering Intern – Lutron

For Profit:  Entry Level Job

Account Manager - EDSI
Business and Industry Specialist - EDSI
Career Pathway Consultant - EDSI
Case Manager - EDSI
Customer Service Representative - EDSI
Data Specialist – EDSI
Workforce Counselor – EDSI


Urban Teacher Corps — Urban Teacher Center
School and Community Engagement Associate — Y.A.L.E. School
Match Corps — Match Education
Match Teacher Residency and Sposato Graduate School of Education — Match Education
Teachers/Childcare Professionals — The New England Center for Children
Office Manager – Uncommon Schools
Relay Resident High School – Uncommon Schools
Special Projects Coordinator – Uncommon Schools
Summer Teaching Fellowship – Uncommon Schools
Apprentice Teacher – Uncommon Schools
College Possible  - College Possible Americorps and VISTA Positions
Corps Member – Teach for America
Teaching Assistant – Blue Engine


Campaign Organizer – PennEnvironment
Financial Analyst – Opportunity Finance Network
Portfolio Manager – Opportunity FInance Network


Internship Program – PennEnvironment
Education & Engagement Intern – Nephcure Kidney Foundation
Email Marketing/Social Media/Fundraising Intern – Nephcure Kidney Foundation
Marketing Intern - Nephcure Kidney Foundation
Operations & HR Intern - Nephcure Kidney Foundation
Strategic Communications Intern – Opportunity Finance Network
Development Intern – Opportunity Finance Network
Strategic Consulting Intern – Opportunity Finance Network

Other employers attending career fair:

Epic – Business and Technology

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Questions?  Contact the Haverford CCPA:

Never give up on your stupid, stupid dreams.

Posted on: January 12, 2015

Many thanks to Michigan Law Admissions Dean (and Bryn Mawr alum!) Sarah Zearfoss for allowing us to link her October 2014 blog “Never give up on your stupid, stupid stupidstupiddreamsdreams,” capturing great thoughts on taking advice, along with some other smart nuggets of information. A super article in general, whether you are interested in law school or not.

One quick sneak peak highlight? Simple but very real mistakes:

  • Mistake One: not asking for advice
  • Mistake Two: asking the wrong people for advice
  • Mistake Three: not taking good advice

But don’t take it from me. Read for yourself, and thank you Dean Zearfoss for allowing the re-post!


Starting Your Search For Summer Experiences

Posted on: December 21, 2014

By Joseph Leroux

Thank you to CCPA Intern Joseph Leroux for his blog on past experiences in landing a summer internship, and what YOU can do over winter break to help prepare for next summer.


Winter break is a great time to figure out your plans for next summer! Here’s a brief overview of what I did last summer, and a Unknownrecap of what the CCPA suggests as a timeline.

I’ll start with my personal experience, which I hope will be helpful—especially for freshmen.

Who am I?

I’m a sophomore from York, Maine (yes, it’s cold there, and no, I don’t have a pet moose) interested in studying Economics, Politics, and Philosophy. While I don’t know what field I want to go into, I’m currently interested in venture philanthropy, microfinance, and education.

What was my internship?

Last summer, I was funded by the CPGC to live and work in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for 10 weeks. The trip was broken down into three parts: I took an intensive Bahasa Indonesia language course, did an internship with IDEA, and conducted my own ethnographic research using anthropological methods.

How did I find it?

I heard about the CPGC internships from a friend, who had a great experience, so I looked on the CPGC’s website. It’s really easy to navigate, and they have a ton of internship opportunities. If you can’t find one that’s a perfect fit, but you want to do something related to social justice, you can design your own and apply for a grant from them.

Wondering how to apply?

Go to the CPGC’s application system, and fill out the information and questions, then ask a professor for a recommendation. When your application is started, and you have an idea of why you want to go to a specific program, meet with your respective CPGC representative (currently Chloe Tucker for international programs and Janice Lion for domestic)to discuss your project. Then submit your application and wait for an email with the decision—mine came out before spring break.

Did I apply to other opportunities / How did I decide on this one?

Most application deadlines are before spring break, so I applied for multiple opportunities. My internship through the CPGC was a really great introductory internship because I got a crash course in three things: international non-profit work, field research, and intensive language learning and immersion. That, coupled with my interest in social justice, was the reason I chose the CPGC internship.

CCPA Timeline

1.     Explore your options (see our Exploring & Planning page for resources)
2.     Develop a “wish list” of prospective employers and/or industries based on your exploration research. Research industries, employers and job/intern search sites that interest you using the Websites and Online Subscription Sites links on the CCPA’s Internship page. Be sure to review the College Sponsored Internships too.
3.     Talk, talk, talk to people who work in your field(s) of interest and for those wish list employers to learn more about the industry and best practices for finding an internship.  Our networking page has links to the Fords alumni directory, the Haverford Career Connections group in Linkedin, the Haverford Internship Network (a peer-to-peer network) and important tips for informational interviews.
4.     Update your resume and cover letters so they’ll be ready to go when it’s time to apply.
5.     Mark your calendar for workshops, panels, alumni speakers, career fairs, and information sessions when you hear about them. NFP Philadelphia: A Not-For-Profit and Public Service Career Fair will be held at BMC on 2/27/15. Philadelphia Career Connection (PCC): A career fair will be in the morning of January 30th, 2015, followed by pre-select interviews. Apply on the tri-college recruiting website.

Best of luck and have a restful break!

How to Ace a Technical Interview

Posted on: December 8, 2014

Thank you to Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sorelle Friedler
for the second of several posts on aspects of life after Haverford!

Getting an interview:

  1. Apply everywhere – they can’t say yes if you don’t.sorelle
  2. If you know people (e.g., alums) working somewhere you want to work, send them your resume and ask them to submit it.  Tell them specifically what job you’re looking for (e.g., software engineering internship).  This is not necessarily an inconvenience for them!  Many companies pay employees who referred you (a lot) if you’re hired!
  3. If you want a full-time job, it’s VERY helpful if you’ve done an internship.  Try to do one!


  1. Read “Programming Interviews Exposed” (available in the Science Library) or some similar book and work through every single example.
  2. Know your basics: Take CS 106 and CS 340 and / or go back and practice what you learned there, paying special attention to linked lists, hash tables, dynamic programming, and big-Oh notation.  (Some interviewers’ favorites.)
  3. Know the company: look at what they’re working on.  Think about what you would do differently.
  4. Whiteboard coding: practice writing code on a whiteboard and talking through a solution out loud to a friend.  It’s harder than it looks to make it neat and understandable!


  1. Don’t be a jerk.  No one wants to work with you if you are.
  2. Think out loud: a large part of what they’re testing is your thought process.  If you come up with solutions and discard them, say that!  Say why!
  3. Pay attention to the details: they want to know if you see the corner cases.
  4. Ask for help: the interviewer may have purposefully given you a vague question to see if you can determine how to ask the right questions to make it less vague!  If you’re really stuck, say specifically and narrowly what you’re stuck on.  Maybe they can give you a small clue that will help you out.


  1. Send a follow-up thank you email.  It’s not required, but it’s nice.
  2. If you’re given the job: Negotiate! Make sure you know what the going rate is (ask your classmates).
  3. If you’re not given the job: Don’t give up!  You could apply again to that same company in (usually) 6 months.  And there are many other companies!  The interview process is designed to have many false negatives, so don’t despair.



Sorelle Friedler has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College since 2014 and was visiting at Haverford starting in 2012. Her research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, computational geometry, data mining and machine learning, and the application of such algorithms to interdisciplinary data. She is the recent recipient, along with chemistry professors Josh Schrier and Alex Norquist, of an NSF grant to apply data mining techniques to materials chemistry data to speed up materials discovery.

Before Haverford, Sorelle was a software engineer at Google, where she worked in the Google X lab and in search infrastructure. She received a Ph.D. in computer science in 2010 and an M.S. in computer science in 2007, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a 2004 graduate of Swarthmore College.

Success! “Fords on Friday” Career Chat Series

Posted on: December 4, 2014

This year the CCPA introduced our “Fords on Friday” career chats, bringing to the office – both in person and through technology – alumni to have intimate conversations with current Haverford students about their career paths, to offer advice, and to have a candid conversation about industry trends and what to expect after Haverford.  We are so happy with it’s success! Thank you to Fritz Kaegi ’93, Dana Eiselen ’11, and Suzy Grossier ’86 who have already contributed to these career chats and helped us to jump start such a successful way for students and alumni to connect.

Tomorrow we welcome Thien Le for our final Fords on Friday Career Chat of the semester. Thien is Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Capital Markets Group. She oversees a portfolio of fixed income projects to enhance the trading platforms, drive business growth, and provide efficiency on the trading desks. She acts as a liaison between business and various internal groups as well as a relationship manager for all external trading counterparties and brokers/dealers for the Wealth Management Capital Markets Group.

In addition, we are excited to announce the following alumni who will be participating in our Fords on Friday series in the Spring Semester:

JANUARY 23, 2015: John Saroff

John SaroffJohn Saroff is Chief Business Officer of Chartbeat, the leading real-time data science and analytics firm. In this role, he is responsible for leading Chartbeat’s operations including corporate development, finance, legal and human resources. John has worked at the cutting-edge of media and technology for over 15 years, working in the operations and business development functions of companies as diverse as Google, NBC-Universal and vente-privee. Earlier in his career he was a corporate attorney at the New York firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore.

In 2011, John was named one of the forty most influential media executives under the age of 40 by industry publication Multichannel News. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School, the Board of Directors of Career Gear and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. John obtained a joint degree in Law and Business from Columbia University where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor society. He is a very proud graduate of Haverford College.

FEBRUARY 6, 2015: Benjamin Weber

Benjamin Weber is preparing to assume duties as Information Officer and Spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Past assignments have included staff positions in the bureaus of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and African Affairs, and overseas positions in greater China and Russia and the former Soviet Union. He served as Senior Watch Officer in the U.S. Nuclear Risk Reduction Center from 2011-2012, and as State Department Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council 2012-2013. Mr. Weber speaks Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese. Mr. Weber graduated from Haverford College with High Honors in Political Science in May 1992, and was sworn in as a Foreign Service Officer in March 1993.

FEBRUARY 20, 2015: David Wertheimer

David M. Wertheimer, has worked in a variety of capacities in the non-profit, government, educational and philanthropic sectors for david-wertheimerthree decades. He has been employed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle since 2006, and currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Pacific Northwest initiative. He carries lead responsibilities for oversight of the foundation’s programs addressing family stability and homelessness, as well as measurement, learning and evaluation activities for the Northwest team. He also serves as the national Board Chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness and on the Board of Directors of Partners for Our Children.

Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Mr. Wertheimer served as Principal at Kelly Point Partners (KP2), an independent consulting firm he established in 2000 to promote integration of human service systems targeting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addictions, criminal justice system involvement and HIV/AIDS. Between 1990 and 2000, Mr. Wertheimer served in King County (Washington) government as the Systems Integration Administrator for the Department of Community and Human Services, developing, mobilizing and managing programs and services for persons with chronic and severe mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.

A native of New York City, Mr. Wertheimer worked in the non-profit sector as Executive Director of the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (1985-1990) and served as a New York City Human Rights Commissioner (1988-1990). He has been a member of the adjunct faculties in graduate studies programs at Yale University (1984-1986) and Antioch University (1991-2000).

Mr. Wertheimer is a graduate of Haverford College, Yale University Divinity School and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

APRIL 10, 2015: Shruti Shibulal

A wonderful profile of Shruti, detailing “The restauranteur on her Shruti Shibulal. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
dream of creating employment opportunities, and how entrepreneurship came easily to her.”


Photo credit: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint

Writing a Professional Bio

Posted on: November 25, 2014

By Kari Cooke, CCPA Graduate Assistant

ink-and-feather-quill-clipartCrafting a professional bio can be intimidating for students and alumni who are not familiar with the process. It can be overwhelming to figure out the balance between being professional as well as showcasing nuances of your personality. It can be difficult to determine how much information is too much, and when a bio can be too brief. However, there is immense value in developing a professional bio. The bio is a tool that can summarize past activities, but also summarize your passion, and your goals for the future. For alumni who are exploring career transitions, the bio is the perfect place to do so. For students who are still exploring their future, the bio is the perfect place to note how the activities they have been involved with inform their decision-making process for a future career path. In spite of the importance and benefits of producing a professional bio, little is discussed about how to develop one; here are some tips and suggestions:


Basics: No matter what style and variation of a professional bio you develop, it should include Who, Where, Why, and How.

Who – Introduce yourself at the start of the bio, and note your area of interests and/or specialization.

Jayanti Doshi is a junior at Haverford College majoring in Urban Studies with an interest in policy and government relations.

Where – Relay a general idea of what you do, and what agencies/institutions with which you are involved.

Juan Diego focuses on intersectionality in social systems, and collaborated with The Women’s Center, the Human Rights Campaign, and New Leader’s Council – Philadelphia Chapter.

Why – Describe why you are passionate about the work you do, or why you are interested in transitioning into another field.

Jung-Su Do has worked for the Flander-Klein Graphic Design Company for 5 years and is going back to school for a degree in philosophy, reflecting his passion for the analyzing the role of beauty in truth and honesty.

How – Let people know upfront how to contact you for the work that you are interested in collaborating with in the future.

Jada Downs can be reached via email at for more information or follow her on Twitter at @HaverfordStudent to chat about her activities.

What Next?: The style of the bio is dependent on how it will be used, formatting should reflect how the bio will be used.

LinkedIn – The LinkedIn bio has the most flexibility, and can be as long and detailed as desired. Keep in mind that people typically do not spend more than 15 seconds on a LinkedIn profile they are glancing at, so if the bio is lengthy they may only read the first few sentences. It can be written in the third person or the first person; however, the third person usage is a good fit for bios that showcase humor and personality, as it can make an otherwise informal bio come across as more professional.

Speaker/Panelist –Bios for presentations should be of moderate size, and can include any awards/community recognitions, board memberships, or volunteer activities. These should be in the third person as it is most likely to be read by others who will introduce you.

Academic Presentations – These bios should be written in the third person, and should include area of research and any publications or forthcoming publishing.

Elevator Pitch – An elevator pitch is unique in that it is meant to be quick and brief. Be sure to use first person, and highlight what is unique about you/your brand, or the item you are pitching.

Fords on Friday: Jeremy Golan ’09

Posted on: November 21, 2014

How to answer “Why should we hire you?”

The CCPA welcomes guest blogger Jeremy Golan, Haverford College class of 2009. Jeremy is a strategy and research analyst at One Acre Fund in Kenya. headshot

Interviewer: “So why do you want to be a management consultant? You seem to have no business experience at all. Maybe you’d be better off being a teacher.”

Me: “You couldn’t be more wrong! I developed analytical skills as an economics major at Haverford. And in the Peace Corps, I used the same soft skills you use every day: quickly understanding the context of my clients (Cambodian school teachers included), building relationships, and developing actionable solutions to problems. So, working in consulting is a natural next step.”

The first quote was verbatim from an interviewer. My response in real life was more polite and articulate (hopefully), since I was interviewing for management consulting jobs, following my two-year Peace Corps service.

However, you should make the same broad points when interviewers ask why your experience is relevant.

When an interviewer asks “Why should we hire you,” you should communicate the following:

  1. My experience is relevant to what you do
  2. This is a linear career move
  3. I’ll quickly learn the other skills I need

Let’s look at these in more detail.

  1. My experience is relevant to what you do

It’s rare that a candidate fits the job description perfectly. You’re always going to have to help the recruiter connect some of your skills to the job description. But, you are probably more prepared than you think. The key is to explain why the experience you have relates to what they do, even if not directly. Gently stress the connection, since the interviewer may have missed it; what you did was called something else, but the work itself was very similar.

For example, maybe a job requires fundraising experience. You haven’t fundraised, but you’ve written multiple successful grants for Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) to fund your research. So, explain that your grant-writing skills demonstrate that you know how to communicate value to donors.

  1. This is a linear career move

When you say that your career went in the wrong direction and you’re switching paths, an interviewer may perceive you as a poor decision-maker. However, if you present your next move as a natural next step, it seems more considered and planned for. And this reflects on you as having good judgment.

There are many ways to do this, but always focus on the positive. It could be highlighting an aspect you liked at your last job and saying you want to do more of that. For example, “I learned a lot during my summer internship doing pricing analysis, but I realized my favorite part was looking at the strategic implications of these price shifts. Working for you will enable me to do more of that kind of strategy work.”

  1. I’ll quickly learn the other skills I need

Especially early in your career, even when you explain why the job is a natural next step and that many of your skills apply, you will still likely come across something in the job description that you just haven’t done before.

To reconcile this gap in technical skills, you should broadly illustrate that you’re smart and a quick learner. “I may not have used your proprietary statistical program, but I used advanced econometrics in STATA for my senior thesis. I learned to do complex statistical analysis in a matter of weeks. I’m a quick learner and very comfortable learning new technology.”

In addition to technology, you may need to demonstrate to recruiters that you can communicate, work in teams, solve problems, and think quantitatively.

OK. So how do you prepare to make these points under the pressure of an interview?

Throughout your career, you’ll always need to explain what you accomplished, whether it’s for a job interview or your annual performance review. I recommend putting aside 5 minutes every Friday to list out your accomplishments for the week. It will make finding experiences to draw from a lot easier.

When you do this, try to use action verbs (just like for a resume) and focus on numbers and results. So for a week at Haverford, you could write:

-          Led 4-person team in writing group psychology paper, where we validated our hypotheses on decision-making through surveying 100 students

-          Conducted statistical analysis to complete econometrics homework

-          Organized 15 students to volunteer at local soup kitchen

When you’re preparing for an interview, scan your list for useful points you can pull from. Then, think about how you want to weave the points together to illustrate that you would do well in the new position.

In addition, have informational interviews with people in the field to understand what these jobs actually entail and if you would enjoy it. You’ll also learn the types of questions people in the field will ask about your background and you can prepare your responses accordingly.

Eventually, your background will be perfectly suited for the positions you want

There is a light at the end of a tunnel. As you gain more work experience, you’ll be able to make more and more direct connections between your current job and your next one. It just takes more time at the beginning.

For me, after a few years in consulting, I started thinking about what’s next. I was fortunate to find the strategy and research analyst position at One Acre Fund, which happens to look for management consultants and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Explaining how my skills matched up was rather direct. But, I still looked at my list of weekly accomplishments to brainstorm the perfect responses to:“Why should we hire you?”

Healthcare Consulting: Preparing Graduates for the Future of Healthcare

Posted on: November 17, 2014

By Arman Terzian, HC ’14
Analyst, Research and Insights Division
The Advisory Board Company

So – you’re pre-med. Maybe just public health-minded. ArmanPerhaps you have a love for business and healthcare. It’s entirely possible you have a love for business, treating patients, and public health. Regardless of where you hope to take your career in healthcare, many-premeds, and healthcare-minded folks, take a few years off school after graduation, to gain some hands-on work experience. The little bit of time helps make anyone’s application all the more competitive in this tough grad school admission landscape. As it turns out, healthcare consulting isn’t a bad way to spend a few years before heading off to a role where you provide patients care more directly.

You might be wondering how in the world healthcare consulting will help you. You’re pre-med and want to do hands-on working either treating patients or researching deadly diseases. Maybe you want to do social work and help connect patients with social resources they need desperately, but lack terribly. That reaction is totally understandable. Traditionally, many students go on to do research or humanitarian work for 1-2 years before they apply to medical or public health school. Research and humanitarian work demonstrate a genuine interest in solving medical problems and working closely with patients on an individual basis. It’s incredibly easy to see why many students with an interest in pursuing careers in healthcare choose these post-grad opportunities before graduate school.

However, the current healthcare landscape defines quality patient care as much more than just having the capacity to perform high quality medical research and making an accurate patient diagnosis. Now, physicians must understand a patient’s care across an entire health system, and help them navigate the many different sites of care they will likely visit before treatment ends. Physicians of the very near future must concern themselves not just with what happens to a patient inside their office, but in the grocery store, a nursing home, a hospital wing. In other words, physicians will need to take responsibility for a patient’s well-being across multiple sites of care. This system-wide perspective, however, might be a little more difficult to glean from doing research alone. Healthcare consulting, though, demands that people interested in solving health care’s most rigorous care delivery and quality problems develop an understanding of a patient’s care throughout a hospital and health system. The hospital executives you’ll work with don’t want to change the quality of a single patient encounter, but want to improve treatment outcomes and the patient experience across an entire system of care.

You may, now, be considering the importance of a system-wide, not just, patient-centered approach to care. Yet, how does thinking about the health system actually help you provide better care for each individual patient? A primary care physician working with a heart failure patient needs to ensure the patient receives proper education about his or her disease, sees a cardiologist, potentially gets any mental health counseling they need to cope with anxiety, makes an appointment with a nutritionist to adjust their diet, and much more. The final outcome of a patient’s treatment depends not just on what happens in the physician’s office, but on a patient’s ability to access a wide array of high quality services that will treat each aspect of their condition holistically. If physicians don’t know how to navigate a health system for a patient, the work done in an individual doctor’s office might have little effect on the overall outcome. Healthcare consulting, thus, provides doctors and public health professionals to-be the opportunity to develop a system-wide perspective that will help make the individual patient care a physician provides his or her patient even more effective and long-lasting.


Fords on Friday: Tips for Writing a Software Engineering Resume

Posted on: November 14, 2014

Thank you to Haverford College Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sorelle Friedler
for the first of several posts on aspects of life after Haverford!

  1. Follow all of the usual steps for writing a good resume.  (See CCPA.)sorelle
  2. Ignore the advice from #1 that your resume needs to fit on one page, but only if you really have things to say that will allow you to take it onto a second page.
  3. Make sure you have a clear objective at the top that especially says what type of job you’re looking for and if it’s an internship or full-time job, and gives a flavor of what type of work you’re especially interested in.  E.g.:
    Objective: Obtain a full-time job as a software engineer working to use social networks for advertising.
  4. Make sure your last section is called “Skills” and lists the programming languages you know.  Your resume may be read by a computer, so you need to make sure it has all the right keywords.  If you know frameworks (e.g., Django), you should also list those.  So the section might look like:
    Programming Languages: Python, Java, HTML, Javascript
    Frameworks: Django, CSS, Ajax
  5. If you have awards, these should be in their own section and should have clear descriptive language that explains the size / prestige of the award and what it’s for.  This makes clear just how selective the award is.  For example:
    Pretend Computer Science Department Award: a monetary award given to the graduating senior at Haverford College who shows “the most promise in software engineering.”
    Awesome National Award: a full scholarship given to 3 “outstanding undergraduate computer scientists” chosen from a national pool.
  6. You have learned things in class that may not be otherwise apparent from your resume (e.g., if you haven’t had an internship yet).  Include a “Projects” section that explains what big projects you’ve worked on in your classes (e.g., your 106 final project) and includes clear technical details about what you did.
  7. This should be on the general resume guidelines, but in case not: if your GPA is good enough (>= 3.0), include it clearly in the education section at the top of your resume.  If your GPA in your major only is better, include that instead or in addition (e.g.: “GPA in major: 3.5”).


Sorelle has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College since 2014 and was visiting at Haverford starting in 2012. Her research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, computational geometry, data mining and machine learning, and the application of such algorithms to interdisciplinary data. She is the recent recipient, along with chemistry professors Josh Schrier and Alex Norquist, of an NSF grant to apply data mining techniques to materials chemistry data to speed up materials discovery.

Before Haverford, Sorelle was a software engineer at Google, where she worked in the Google X lab and in search infrastructure. She received a Ph.D. in computer science in 2010 and an M.S. in computer science in 2007, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a 2004 graduate of Swarthmore College.