Career Planning Advice: Tips from “The Godfather”

by Maxine Mitchell, CAS Graduate Assistant

The-Godfather-the-godfather-trilogy-27739859-1920-12001. “I want you to use all your powers, and all your skills.” (Vito Corleone)

Your resume and cover letter are great opportunities for you to display your varied experiences and the skills you’ve gained thus far. Our advice: try not to cram all of them into each document. Using action words and specific accomplishments, create a strong picture of each role you’ve completed. Pick and choose the skills you’d like to highlight, and remember: quality over quantity. The resume and cover letter represent pieces of you that you’d like to potential employers to see – only you can be the sum of all your powers and all your skills.

2. “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” (Michael Corleone)

In this case, not an offer, but a presentation. A strong resume, an informative cover letter and an articulate, polished verbal expression of your experiences and interests establish you as a strong candidate for potential employers. Dust off that resume, and proofread it multiple times to ensure that there are no errors. Create a cover letter that genuinely connects the skills you’ve gained to the responsibilities that your role(s) of interest are looking for. Develop and practice your answers to tricky interview questions. Be proactive in your job/internship search, and present the strongest and most confident version of who you are.

3. “Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me.” (Vito Corleone)

The Career Services Office is here when you need us! Drop in for resume & cover letter critiques, career planning advice, or more targeted questions and feedback regarding internships and full-time opportunities. Career counselors are available for walk-ins and scheduled appointments. Visit our website for helpful resources, and information on upcoming workshops and fairs.

Author: Maxine Mitchell

Maxine Mitchell is a student in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Graduate Assistant for the college team in Career Services.