LIFE program offers resume critiques

By Jessica Wegelin
February 19, 2009

“All I want is a job,” senior finance major Matthew Stawecki said. Those six words flowed regularly out of student’s mouths on Feb. 5 at the Resume Clinic. Fifteen students gathered around a table at 3:30 p.m. in the Iadarola Center to critique their resumes and understand the importance of the different workshops offered throughout this spring semester.

The Resume Clinic was the first out of nine LIFE Series workshops set up for Cabrini students to try and develop their resume and understand the LIFE program, which means “Learning, Involving, Focusing and Evolving.”

The LIFE program is basically a series of discussions focused on preparing students for a job search and transitioning from on-campus life to off-campus life.

“The main purpose of this Resume Clinic was to enhance and help student’s start thinking about life after college and to prepare for their future,” Director of Student Activities Anne Filippone said.

The resume workshop gave students the opportunity to learn about a brief overview on the basics of writing a resume and develop an understanding of the three components of a resume which include: content, format and appearance.

Each student was given a binder in which they were able to take notes on the different slide shows during the presentation. The program focused on the content guidelines where students were asked to think about the qualities, skills and experiences they want their audience to know about, along with making their resume as unique as the individual.

“I went to the clinic to enhance my writing skills and to improve the content on my current resume. It really helped me and made me understand the importance of a good, solid resume,” senior finance major Bob Morgan said.

The clinic also gave suggestions to students on ways to layout their objective, education, experience, skills and other pertinent information that a person might want to include.

The type of format and when to use certain formats were other topics that were discussed during the clinic. The last page included in the binder was a list of nine ways to target your resume to what an employer or graduate school is looking for.

“Going into the clinic I thought it was going to be another boring class to sit through but by the end I realized it was a big help and will get me on the right path for getting a job and being successful.

There were a lot of helpful pointers that I will be sure to use,” junior finance major Kate Schmid said.

There are eight other clinics offered through the LIFE program, which include, interactive cover letter, job search strategies, interviewing techniques vs. business casual, transition to off-campus life, financial responsibility, health care and dining for success program.

All of these programs are set up for one purpose and that is to show students that as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “intelligence plus character? that is the goal of true education.”

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