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Resumé help offered again

Career Services cannot offer you a job, but it is here to help you get one.

The office teaches students and alumni how to market themselves to potential employers.  

Due to popularity and success, Career Services has decided once again to host resume walk-ins. This service aids students through the challenging process of developing a resume.

The resume acts as the prospective employee’s key to success. The document is a clear and precise advertisement of one’s skills and aspirations.

“The resume is the first introduction the employer receives of the candidate,” Crystal Goode, career counselor, said. “The stronger more tailored a resume is, the more effective it is at elevating the candidate to the next level.” 

A career counselor works one-on-one with the student during the resume critique. The counselor then distinguishes the weak areas of the resume and instructs the student on proper revisions.

The session allows the student to reform and evaluate themselves and their achievements. Emphasis is placed on structure and content. Students learn to include powerful descriptions of former experience, and maintain recent and relevant information.

 Interested students can participate on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m.

Career Services is devoted to developing and preparing students for the future. The tentative staff focuses on the importance of preparation when striving to find and receive job offers.

Students are encouraged to know what type of job they are searching for prior to visiting the office; yet, the well-trained staff provides counseling to assist students with decision making and to help students decide on a major or assess their interests.

The department offers career development seminars, job listings, resume critiques and online mock interviews using InterviewStream to prep students and immerse them into the professional environment.

 “Job searching is more than simply responding to ads,” Kevin Taylor, associate director, said. “Here at career services, we prepare students for the interview, setting career goals and creating back-up plans.”

The tragic state of the economy discourages the new generation of career-bound individuals. While jobs are becoming increasingly difficult to find, employers are adamantly searching for an ideal workforce.

 “Jobs exist, even if you do not directly see listings,” Taylor, said.

A little effort and some determination assist students, who utilize the resources at their disposal, to reach great heights.

“The person most qualified, is not always the one to receive the job,” Goode, said.

Information and updates are accessible through the department and from their twitter page (@VSUCareerHelp).

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