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From Backpack to Briefcase

Tuesday, November 8th
Alumnae Hall, HCC, CSB


This professional development workshop for student employees included a panel discussion and information about effective ways to describe student employment on a resume and in an interview. The panel members included alums: Jenny Lieser, Greg Roering and Amy Tschida and senior, Matt Neisen. The panel described their student employment experiences (and other experiences during their college years) and shared how these experiences were instrumental in helping them develop skills they use in their careers. Some of their tips included:

  • Take initiative
  • Ask your supervisor if you can take on additional responsibility (once you have shown that you can handle the current duties)
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Network
  • Take your student employment position seriously – this is the "real world!"
  • Set goals; e.g. if you want to develop your leadership skills, discuss this with your supervisor to determine ways that your student employment might help you.

Mary Harlander-Locke from CSB Career Services shared tips for effective ways to describe student employment and other experiences on a resume as well as how to give specific examples in an interview. Some of the tips included:

  • Use phrases beginning with action verbs to describe your skills
  • Be specific (e.g. give specific examples in an interview or when describing a particular task on a resume)
  • Do your research about the company/organization and position you’re applying for and prepare possible responses
  • Customize your resume and correspondence to the position you’re applying for
  • Have your resume critiqued by a career counselor
  • Do a "practice" interview with a career counselor
  • Contact the staff in Career Services for additional assistance.