Being a senior comes with a lot more responsibility, whether you like it or not. All of a sudden you find yourself swamped with school work along with trying to get your resume together, getting your profile on LinkedIn looking professional, contacting old connections and alumni all while searching for jobs. It all happens faster than you think.
There will always be people who are “behind the ball” or “on the ball” in life. During senior year you see a lot of that. Back in October, the Career Services held a career fair in College of Business and Economics building for all Radford University students. Some students had their resume critiqued and ready to go when asked on the spot, while others found themselves a little behind. Many more students probably did not even attend, thinking they would get another chance to go in the spring. Getting ahead of the game is always best, but luckily there is still time if you have not.
For those of you who do not know, Career Services is located in Walker 275. The Career Services office is available to students for many reasons. If you still do not know which major you want to pursue, they are the people who can help you. As a senior, you gain much more appreciation for them as your time here at RU starts dwindling down.
Career Services is extremely committed to helping the students here at RU. They send out countless weekly emails informing the students about any on-campus events, such as resume critics, career fairs, alumni relation functions and much more. Walk-ins are encouraged, but they also have a lot of helpful information on their website. Services is not the only resource for students to use when trying to improve their resume or get advice. The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences held a networking event with RU alumni the Friday of Homecoming/Alumni weekend. Some students were informed about the event when graduate students came to speak in their classes. The requirements for the networking event included a mandatory training session about two weeks prior to the actual event.
Lisa Coty, the president of Coty Connections Inc., a company that specializes in Social Media Marketing, was the guest speaker for the training session. Coty shared her opinion of the most important rules to consider when networking. Then she discussed how to give a proper “elevator speech,” which is the 30 second pitch you give to a company about yourself. In this speech, you share what you studied, your plan for after school and what you would personally bring to that particular company. Coty made each student rotate with one another to practice their elevator speech for a timed 30 seconds. For many of the students it was their first time giving any sort of speech and by the end of the session everyone felt a little bit more confident about their speech.
The COBE also held a resume critiquing session a couple weeks ago with complimentary food and drinks as an incentive for students to attend. The turnout was not as good as they were anticipating, which was easy to sense when I went to get mine critiqued. They kept offering me food and saying, “Please, are you hungry? Take some food.” The graduate assistant also informed me that not as many students showed up as they were expecting.
Many students do not take advantage of these wonderful resources the university has to offer. A unique aspect about RU we all can agree on is the compassion the faculty members show for their students. They have a lot of concern for the success of their students and this is a prime example of it.