Career services offer resume appraisals

Washburn senior Scott Moser talks with the accounting firm State Street at the career and graduate fair on September 13, 2011.

Matt Kelly / Washburn Review

For those planning to attend the Spring Career Fair in Lee Arena on Feb 15, the Resumé Roadshow will be held in the lobby of Memorial Union for students needing feedback on their resumés beforehand.

As usual, the Resumé Roadshow will be hosted on the Monday directly prior to career fair by Washburn’s career services department, the biyearly co-sponsors of the fair. This semester, it will be held on Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Resumé appraisals will be kept to about 10 minutes, so if a student’s resumé requires a complete overhaul, it would be best to schedule an appointment with career services.

“You can absolutely stop by our office, and we’d be more than happy to meet with you or help you with your resumé,” said James Barraclough, career services specialist, as he informed a mass media class about the upcoming fair. “My boss, Kent, has a saying: ‘career services is as easy as one two three,’ because our office number is 123 in Morgan Hall.”

For students who are still working on their resumés, Kent McAnally, director of Career Service said a good résumé shouldn’t just list off awards and accolades; it should include details on how the applicant has performed at anything from an internship to a part-time job.

“The thing we hear from employers is: ‘can you show us that you’ve accomplished some things?'” said McAnally. “That includes your work history. Can you show that what you did in your work made a difference? Can you quantify it? Can you show results? That’s critical as students present their information on a resumé.”

For some students, the ability to “show off” comes naturally, which can be helpful in writing a good resumé. On the other hand, some students struggle with finding things to “brag” about, despite having strengths of their own. Unfortunately, no matter how much help a student receives on a resume, it will always be his or her responsibility to decide which accomplishments are worth mentioning.

“Obviously, when we work with a student on a resumé, we don’t know everything about that student’s history, so about all we can do is prompt them to find what those accomplishments are,” said McAnally. “Professional resumé writers are no different in that respect. If you’re paying someone to write your resumé, you’re going to have to tell them everything to write, so why not do it yourself?”

There will be three members of the career services department at the roadshow. Appraisals will be “first come first serve,” so be prepared to wait a few minutes if necessary.

For more information about the Resumé Roadshow or the Spring Career Fair, visit washburn.edu/services/career