It’s about that time again, where students gather their resumes to be improved by career services in hopes for a job/career opportunity.

At the March 26 career fair students got to make connections and talk to employers about  job opportunities. More than 50 employers attended the career fair, introducing jobs for various majors.

Many students believe the resume clinic is advertised around the time of the career fair, but the service which includes resume critiques are provided year round for all students interested in job opportunities. Robyn Bone, director of career services, said the resume workshop has been provided to the students each semester for seven years.

“We assist students by critiquing their resumes and provide do’s and dont’s using information from what our employers are requesting on a resume,” Bone said.

Bone said more than 1,000 employers in the career service database are required to take a survey before they are allowed to post jobs on the site. Bone said a template is given to each student to follow and make corrections to their resume or create an entirely new resume.

“Our resume clinic workshop is based on walk-ins; no appointments are necessary,” Bone said. “Our resume critique workshops are offered as ASE [Academic Success] classes and to all students throughout the semester.”

Bone said Career Services has received a lot of good feedback on students and their resumes from employers.

“[Employers] comment on the content, clear formatting and keywords on resumes,” Bone said. “Students have also called back to report they have received an interview the same week or some even the same day after critiquing their resume.”

Bone said career services has gotten so much feedback and request that they offer more of these workshops and have decided to try something new called “Resume Critiques on the Mall.” Bone said with the new opportunity would be able to get a quick resume critique between classes on the mall, the project ideas is still underway.

Elena Hernandez, senior political science major and student assistant at career services, said she believes these workshops are extremely beneficial to those pursuing a job.

“Some people come in because they want to find a job position or they don’t know how to look, and the career counselors help them find those jobs,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said working in the career services center has helped her a lot with job opportunities and just being knowledgeable.

Jacob Lyons, senior exercise science major, said the resume workshop and the help of Robyn Bone has prepared him  for the job searching process.

“Robyn helps you with finding out what type of jobs are out there for you as well as preparing your resume to be sent out,” Lyons said. “[The resume workshop] helps you because Robyn shows you what a great resume should look like and what you need and don’t need in your resume.”

Lyons said his resume is much different from the resume he started out with. With suggestions to put in more references and a new order, it is a major improvement, he said.

rdwest@txwes.edu