Students learn to ‘Rock’ resumes

By Nazia Querashi

The Career Center sponsored a resume workshop last Thursday
entitled “Rock Your Resume” to help students jump start their
careers.

Students interested in learning how to create or revise their
resumes attended, hoping to better understand layouts, techniques
and how to effectively sell one’s self to employers.

The workshop focused mostly on teaching students how to display
their skills in an impressive manner. Utilizing strong verbs to
describe skills helps employers visualize experience.

Although few students attended the workshop, they were able to
bolster their knowledge of resumes, cover letters and
interviews.

Kacie Gauthier, a third-year hospitality student, initially felt
unsure about her resume.

“I am about to start looking for a job, and I felt like I
[didn’t have] much experience to fill up a resume,” said Gauthier.
“I was happy to hear in the workshop that I can also focus on
putting my school experiences in my resume, so that helped me a
lot.”

Patricia Duran, lead career counselor, gave a PowerPoint
presentation emphasizing the most important aspects to remember
when writing a resume.

Duran told students the main reason to have an organized resume
is to schedule an interview.

Students were taught the importance of having a reader friendly
layout.

“A good resume should be one page and highlights your skills in
a way that stands out,” said Duran.

Some of the tips Duran gave students who attended the workshop
include clearly stating the position desired at the top in the
objective section of the resume. The faster you get to the point,
the more effective it is.

Duran also said students should start searching for jobs now,
even if graduation is a year away.

“There has been an increase in students that come asking for
help and are more precautious now in choosing majors because of how
hard it is to get a job nowadays,” said Duran.

After attending the workshop, Lawrence Pasco, a second-year
civil engineering student, plans on practicing his interviewing
skills more often.

“I am glad I attended the workshop because I didn’t know you
could make an appointment in the Career Center to do mock
interviews and ask for help to get a job,” said Pasco.

Other suggestions that Duran mentioned in the workshop
include:

Make sure to list only educational information that is relevant
to the job.

Focus more on the skills part of the resume and do not waste
space unless a degree was earned at a community college that
directly applies to the position.

Make sure everything written relates to skills that can be
applied to the prospective job being applied for. If past work
experience does not relate to the position, write about academic
projects to highlight education.

Stay consistent with headings and fonts and make sure to
proofread. The average employer takes 15 to 20 seconds to read a
resume and will not keep reading if it is full of errors.

Do not overcrowd. Make sure to avoid making handwritten changes
to your resume.

For more information on resumes, go to the Career Center and ask
for the Cal Poly Pomona Career Guide or log onto BroncoConnection
for additional career advice.

Students learn to

Anthony Mendez / The Poly Post

Students learn to ‘Rock’ resumes

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