Archive for February, 2009

Resume Critique

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

One of the many services offered by the CACD is a free resume critique. To better prepare for my job search I attended a critique. I thought my resume didn’t need much critiquing, but I was wrong! The career counselor gave me very valuable insight about my resume. She gave me the following tips:

-Keep your resume in the proper tense.
-Use power words
-Use a design that sells
-Sell the benefits of your skills
-Prioritize your content

While some of these tips may seem obvious, mistakes are easily made when building a resume. My previous resume was too wordy, so I used bullet points to highlight my accomplishments. I also omitted the WSU logo, changed my font and separated my internship experience from my work experience.

I encourage all students to attend a resume critique before graduation. With the poor economy and difficult job market, a good resume gives you a competitive edge over other job applicants.

To have your resume critiqued, come to Lighty 180 between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM or call (509) 335-6000 to set up an appointment.

*Click to see a PDF copy of my resume. Bess Resume

Dance Class

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

In my spare time, I teach dance at a local studio. I love it! After ACL surgery I was unable to dance for a few months. My doctor recently cleared me to dance again. As you can tell, I am pushing it. In one month, I went from zero flexibility to my splits all three ways. There are many dance moves I still can’t do, such as C-pops, leaps and toe touches, but I am just happy to dance again. There is no feeling like leaping through the air. My college jazz class is dancing at the WSU men’s basketball game on February 28, 2009. I’ll post the video after our performance.

♥ BB

Etiquette Dinner Coverage

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Last night I attended the CACD etiquette dinner in the CUB Senior Ballroom. I arrived around 5:00 PM to help set up information for the CACD offices as well as the check-in table. I couldn’t believe the CUB’s decor, it looked very professional. At 6:00 PM, students began to show up for check-in. I signed in students, gave them name tags and their table assignment.

Students networked with various table hosts and potential employers while drinking punch. Companies such as Automatic Data Processing, Eli Lilly and Company and JC Penny hosted tables, as well as various WSU departments and resident halls.

At 6:30 PM students took their seats. Students met their table hosts and other dinner guests. I knew three people at my table, making me feel more comfortable. CACD Events Coordinator Katie Boyle and Associate VP of the Office of Student Affairs Susan Poch welcomed us to the Etiquette Dinner. Our guest speaker Christa Stream, worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Christa graduated from WSU six years ago, and now oversees the recruiting operations for Enterprise for Eastern Washington and Alaska.

While Christa spoke, servers brought out our starter, a wedge salad with romaine lettuce hearts, crumbled blue cheese and almonds. We also ate assorted artisan breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

For an entree we ate Mediterranean chicken, a semi-boneless chicken breast roasted with herbs, garlic and olive oil. We also had orzo pasta and fresh asparagus. The chicken tasted delicious and very moist, unlike other catered meals I’ve eaten. For a vegetarian option, you could order Tofu Napoleon, char-broiled herbed tofu stacked with grilled Portobello mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and and haystack onions.

For desert we ate Valrhona chocolate-dipped won tons layered with creme patisserie, assorted fresh berries with powdered sugar, whipped cream and raspberry sauce. Delicious, I’m hungry just thinking about it!

I enjoyed my time at the Etiquette Dinner. I met great people and networked with many employers. I strongly encourage students to attend next year. The dinner may cost $15, but the experience is priceless.

CACD Open House

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

The Center for Advising and Career Development recently traded offices with the Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity Office. Join us in celebrating our move at the CACD Open House. Stop by Lighty 180 and Lighty 260 on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. We will have free appetizers, desert and informational materials on career planning. You can also have your resume critiqued to prepare for the upcoming Career Fair. Students of all ages and grade levels are encouraged to attend. This is one event you don’t want to miss!

Career Week

Monday, February 9th, 2009

The Center for Advising and Career Development will host the Spring 2009 Career Expo on February 18, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Beasley Coliseum. Students will have the opportunity to network with employers from top companies and graduate schools across the nation. Some employers will also stay for next day interviews.

CACD interns will be in the CUB all week with more information regarding the Career Expo and additional Career Week activities such as mock interviews and resume critiques.

Students from all majors and grade levels are encouraged to attend. Don’t wait any longer to start looking for a summer job, internship or career. The economy is going through a tough time so take advantage of this once-a-semester networking opportunity.

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