Career Services offered students a chance to have their resumes looked at during a resume clinic in the Rotunda on Jan. 26.
Assistant Director of Career Services Elizabeth Hubble-Radosa said the event was intended to help students feel more confident as job-seeking opportunities approach this semester.
“This event is an informal resume workshop for students to ask questions about resumes and/or have their existing ones reviewed,” she said. “Our hope with these workshops is that students will take the 10-20 minutes to visit us and polish their resume up without feeling nervous or that it is taking time away from their classes and studies.”
Hubble-Radosa highlighted the importance of having a polished resume:
“We hear from many employers at our job fairs that students did not seem prepared and in a big way it is with their resumes,” she said. “Either not being in the correct format, misspellings or missing vital information related to the jobs they are speaking to employers about.”
Resumes have a bigger impact on the hiring and interviewing process than students may think.
“Another thing students don’t always realize with their resume is that it should be tailored to the job position you are applying for,” Hubble-Radosa said. “So, when you’re crafting your bullet statements you should also be trying to match your skills and experiences to the keywords and duties listed in the job description. This will help your resume score higher with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), which all resumes go through if you are applying for a job online.”
She added that lower scores on the ATS may indicate that a resume has never been seen by a human reviewer.
Aside from this clinic, Career Services are available in multiple ways to assist in the resume process. Students are welcome to email their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, schedule a resume/cover letter coaching session or attend a career services event.
A second resume clinic will be hosted on Jan. 30in Wickes 209. Students are encouraged to attend as the Spring Employment Fair is fast approaching.
“The Spring Employment Fair [is] on Feb. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Ryder Center. This fair is open to all students in all majors,” Hubble-Radosa said. “With over 100 employers to speak with, this is a great networking opportunity even if you are not currently looking for a job. Any students who are wanting a summer internship should attend this fair as that is what many employers will be looking to hire for.”
In addition, students can look forward to a couple other career services events this semester. The Stay in the Great Lakes Bay event will be held on Feb. 10as well as the Spring Education Fair on March 17.
Students can visit Career Services website to learn more about the upcoming opportunities: https://www.svsu.edu/careerservices/
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