Norman Career Services offers Tech students several opportunities each semester to attend Build-A-Resume workshops, which provide hands-on support and give students the knowledge they need to create a resume from scratch or update an existing resume they may already have.
The resume workshops are led by graduate assistant Autumn Jones from Sheridan, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education. Jones guides students through a series of power points that cover a variety of topics that include personal information, experience and education.
During the workshop, students use Dell tablets, which were donated by the Norman family, to build or update their resume. When students are finished, they download their resume onto a flash drive and take with them so they can add or make changes to it later or print copies when needed.
“Whether they are seniors about to step out into the workforce or a freshman just getting started, the workshops provide a step-by-step explanation of what sections to include, what content to include and how to format resumes,” Jones said.
During the workshop, Jones talks about “marketing oneself” and what the majority of potential employers are looking for when it comes to resumes.
“Students need to market themselves to get employers to notice them,” Jones said. “By knowing how to market yourself and list skills, courses, college organizations and experiences you’ve had, employers will be more likely to call you for an interview.”
Students are also provided with a list of positive modifiers and action verbs they can use in their resume to attract the right potential employer, which can lead to interviews and job offers.
“Some ways students can stand-out in a sea of other resumes is to keep it organized, have strong content, list details, use industry-specific-key-words, keep it to one page if possible and list any experiences or involvement that can relate to the job the student is seeking,” Jones said.
Career Services will hold three more Build-A-Resume workshops this semester in Doc Bryan 180. The first will be held on Monday, the second will be held Oct. 20 and the third will be held Oct. 27.
All three workshops will be held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. To attend any of the above workshops, students must pre-register by visiting www.atu.edu/career.