On Friday, Nov. 17, the Twardowski Career Development Center hosted a resume-building event in Sykes Ballroom. The event, “Brewing Up a Good Resume,” was part of the Women Leading Up series presented by The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement and sponsored by Enterprise Holdings.
The hour-and-half long event consisted of an informational presentation lead by several Enterprise employees, a breakout session for one-on-one interaction with the leaders and door prizes. Coffee, which was the theme of the event, and light refreshments were also served.
The Women Leading Up series seeks to provide the female students of WCU with leadership and networking skills to help as they transition from college to the workforce.
The events are open to all academic years and majors, and are held throughout the fall and spring semesters. They range from discussion panels to interactive yoga sessions.
“Brewing Up a Good Resume” was sponsored by Enterprise Holdings, a car rental service. According to its website, Enterprise Holdings devotes much effort to its management training program and employee development. Enterprise Holdings is headed by a female CEO, Pamela Nicholson.
With recruiting headquarters located in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Enterprise Holdings seeks to introduce young professionals in the Philadelphia area to its employment and educational opportunities.
Friday’s session was attended by approximately ten students representing all academic years and with majors ranging from political science to nursing. Recruiter and presenter Megan Krause said, “The main goal is to get in touch with female leaders and give them business resources.”
Krause also said that the presentations were mandatory for some sororities until recently and that the timing of the event—Friday at 3 p.m.—may have contributed to the low attendance.
However, friends and seniors Zaharaa Davood and Emily Brady were eager to attend the resume workshop. “Brewing Up a Good Resume” was the first Women Leading Up event either of them have attended, but Davood, a public health promotion major, said she often uses the Twardowski Career Development Center.
“I thought it would be good to get tips on my resume,” said Davood. Brady agreed and said she “figured it’d be good to have a good resume on hand.”
The presentation began with a pop quiz on resume content and format. It then moved to the main topic of what recruiters look for in resumes and what applicants can do to improve their chances of being selected for an interview.
A breakout session with the recruiters and several Twardowski Career Development Center employees allowed attendees and their resumes to receive individual attention and advice. Finally, names were drawn for several prizes, including coffee mugs and Starbucks gift cards. The presenters, Krause and Amanda Johnson, took turns sharing the information and fielding questions from the audience.
“A resume is like a black cup of coffee, with different creamers and sugars you can add in,” Johnson said.
The next session in the Women Leading Up series will be a fashion-themed workshop during the spring semester.
Olivia Bortner is a third-year student majoring in marketing. She can be reached at OB876952@wcupa.edu and on Twitter @OliviaBortner.