The Career Center held its annual Resumaniac on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Students were able to receive resume coaching from industry professionals.
“Usually about 40 to 50 recruiters come to these events,” said Tom Munnerlyn, the Career Center director. Recruiters were available in the main area of the Career Center and a room next to the Cave computer lab to advise students on their resumes.
“We usually start emailing companies in the beginning of June to let them know of the date of the event and if they are willing to participate,” Munnerlyn said. “The companies are usually nonprofits and organizations.”
Although there were many recruiters who were from the surrounding areas, there were also recruiters like Kevin Chirino, HR Specialist at Ross stores, who flew out to Pomona from the San Francisco area to recruit students from Cal Poly Pomona.
“I attend every year, or every recruiting event Cal Poly Pomona has, looking for diverse talent, and to see what someone can do with their degree,” Chirino said.
Chirino also stressed the importance of making sure there are no spelling or grammar errors on any resume that would be given to an employer because it shows lack of professionalism.
With the increasing number of college graduates, job opportunities are becoming competitive, so having an outstanding resume is key.
“Work experience is very important to me, but I also understand if students did not get a chance to work while in school. But the student has to be ready to explain what else did they did while going to school such as if they were a part of any clubs, volunteer groups, or projects.”
Chirino also said he would not hire someone who did not do any activities throughout his or her college career, because he thinks they do not have experience being in a leadership role or in a team environment.”
Fourth-year management and human resources student Kimirah Scurlock said, “This event helped me make corrections to my resume that will hopefully help me land a job or internship that correlates with my major.”
“Events like these are so beneficial because we are basically telling students the answers on how to get hired by our company,” Chirino said. “It is a good way to see what these companies are looking for and a great opportunity to represent yourself.”
Each student got about 15 minutes with the recruiter of their choice, but wait times to meet with recruiters still climbed to about an hour to an hour and a half.
Even though this event was not meant for interviews, a lot of students came dressed professionally.
Resumaniac was a great way to prepare students for the upcoming Fall Career Fair, which will be held this Thursday in the University Quad from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
As this event goes on, drop-in advising will be available for students who just want their resume looked at without waiting.
For more information on events or advising hours at the Career Center you can go to the website or visit the center Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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