GV Resume Workshops Offer Feedback From Industry Professionals – Grand Valley Lanthorn

GVL / Meghan Landgren

On January 31, students met with local industry professionals to receive feedback on their resume formatting, content, and translation at the Grand Valley State University Career Center Resume Review Workshop. The workshop takes place monthly.

Although the companies represented at the workshop vary from month to month, the students were able to meet a wide variety of companies.

Companies in attendance were Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc., JR Automation, Northwestern Mutual of West Michigan, Peace Corps, Samaritas, and the YMCA of Grand Rapids.

The students and companies represented were able to benefit from the workshop. The students who participated received constructive feedback on their first impressions from future employers, while the companies who participated reached out to potential future employees.

It also allowed companies to promote their employment and training opportunities to the students with whom they were in contact.

A GVSU career counselor, Kristie Scanlon, said there are many benefits to attending these workshops.

“Part of engaging potential employers on this is to make it less scary (for students),” Scanlon said. “Naturally there’s a kind of anxiety when you go to an interview, and the practice makes everyone feel better and the process less daunting.”

The Career Center organized the event around the students’ busy schedules.

Although the event lasted approximately four hours, it was divided into time slots to accommodate other student responsibilities.

Those who wished to attend could register for as many 10-minute slots with industry representatives as they wished.

Scanlon said the speed at which students received feedback was one of the main benefits of the event.

“Any time you practice interviewing or someone reviews your resume, you get immediate feedback,” Scanlon said. “But I think what students benefit from is the confidence boost and the ability to say, ‘Hey, I just did that practice interview with an employer and they gave me really positive feedback.’ “

The Career Center will host another Resume Review Workshop on February 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

At this workshop there will be representatives from DA Blodgett, Deksia, Deloitte, FWF, Herman-Miller, Penske Truck Leasing, Sherwin-Williams and Specialty Tooling Systems.

Some employers will promote full-time jobs and internships within the company.

There will also be a workshop on March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for those unable to attend the February event.

As this workshop is being held close to spring graduation, this may be one of the last chances many students have to receive feedback before applying for post-graduate jobs.

In addition to these workshops, the Career Center offers resume, cover letter and personal statement reviews with career counselors by appointment throughout the year.

Career counselors also offer mock interview and application review services for jobs and graduate schools.

Students interested in peer feedback can visit the Career Lab for guidance.

Students can visit the link for more information on Career Center opportunities or resume review workshops.

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