By Michael A. Umaña |Staff Writer|
Have you ever put thought into building your college resume? If you are like most students, you probably have not. If so, the time is now to get the ball moving and create one.
Resumes are something all students need to create but many don’t pay much attention to.
“I know resumes are important to create, put time into and make sure it is as updated as possible, but I also know not too many students realize that and act upon it,” said student Jenn Bacca.
College resumes are not only essential for students who may be graduating and in search for a career but for students who are searching for internships as well.
According to Internship Coordinator, Christina Rodriguez in the Career Development Center (CDC) there are many things students should do when creating a powerful resume in search of a job or internship.
Rodriguez stated the best thing a student can do is “start early, ask questions and be involved.”
Start early? Too many students wait until the last minute.
When students wait until the last minute, it becomes one of the biggest self destructive things a student can do to themselves.
By waiting until the last minute, students face time crunches, stress and loss of opportunities that may have risen if the student would have started early.
Rodriguez says a key to build a strong, successful resume is to “ask questions and be involved.”
From my personal experience in networking and involving myself in the career field I wish to enter, faculty is the most accessible source of information available for students here on campus.
Faculty are constantly networking throughout the community and offer first hand insightful information that is beneficial to students.
The CDC is one of the resources available to students here on campus that offers assistance with building resumes and putting students on track to finding internships and careers.
They offer seminars on speed interviewing, career commitment, career information fairs, resumes, finding internships and much more.
Rodriguez urges students to ask them for help if they can’t figure it out on their own.
Staff in the CDC are constantly doing their best to assist students with obtaining what is most beneficial to each individual student they see.
“Our best efforts have been put in place to make sure we provide the opportunity for paid internships for students with the understanding that unpaid internships also provide beneficial experience,” said Rodriguez.
Key aspects that students should remember are involvement, understanding the requirements, asking questions, seeing advisors and being ahead of the game by building a good resume and opening the doors to a strong future.
The CDC states involvement is the key aspect students must remember, “you get what you put in.”
Students that would like help with building resumes, searching for careers or internships are urged to visit the CDC in UH, Room 329 Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at career.csusb.edu.