UALR’s College of Business has launched a series of student workshops aimed at sharpening job hunting skills for students itching to launch or expand a career.
Wednesday’s Resume Writing session was the first in this semester’s Professional Edge Series directed by Dr. Steve Edison, associate professor in marketing and advertising. Students wanting more information can contact Edison via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other professionalism seminars coming up include:
Preparing for the Interview
12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, Room 103. Reynolds Center – Room 103
This seminar addresses what could be the most important few minutes of a career – how to survive and thrive in a job interview. This seminar will give you insights into what to say and how to say it. Participants learn the most frequent questions the interviewers ask and how to answer them effectively.
Can You Hear Me Now?
12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, Room 103, Reynolds Center – Room 103
This seminar provides an orientation on how to improve presentation skills.
Dressing for Success
Noon Wednesday, Oct. 31, Room 103, Reynolds Center
In this seminar, experts will present the guidelines for dressing appropriately for a job interview. They will provide tips and examples of how to best present oneself to a potential employer in a manner that reflects a highly polished and professional image. A faculty “fashion show” is included.
6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Room 103, Reynolds Center
Representatives of up to 40 firms with the responsibility for hiring college graduates will be attending. Participants will be interviewed by prospective employers and have the opportunity to apply the techniques learned from the seminars.
About 150 students of various majors participated in a resume clinic Wednesday coordinated by the College of Business and the Cooperative Education Program in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business and Economic Development.
Federated Insurance sponsored the interactive session with a panel of employers including Clint Aymond and Jeremy West with Entergy Services and Jerry Wild with Alltel who answered questions about what they look for and what they do not want to see on a resume. Students asked advice on how to explain employment gaps, how to seek a professional job without professional experience, and how to use volunteer work to enhance a resume.
Students also had the opportunity to have their current resume critiqued by College of Business professors, employers, and staff from the Cooperative Education Program and UALR’s Counseling and Career Services. More than $200 in door prizes included gift certificates, resumé paper, and flash drives. Federated Insurance provided lunch to participants.
Edison launched the professionalism series last semester, and he said Wednesday’s event drew, “the best turnout so far.”
Phillip Snell, representing Federated Insurance expressed the business community’s support for the series by presenting a $5,000 check to support UALR’s new Center for Professional Sales in the College of Business.