Event builds networking and communication skills

Jake Volk, Co-News Editor

 On Nov. 7, Career Services partnered with Dayton Freight Lines Inc. for a two-part event catered to students for professional development. During the first part of the event, students were instructed by members of Dayton Freight, a local transportation service, on how to network for potential jobs or internships.

The presenters offered advice for designing resumes and the best approaches when interviewing. When building content for a resume, the presenters discussed the importance of action verbs followed by concise phrases. Another important note was that resumes are not universal; they should be personalized for the individual company or institution.

To personalize the resume, the presenters instructed participants to research each company. Specifically, job seekers should look at the mission statement of the company, which will increase their marketability.

Aside from an excellent resume, the participants were reminded of the power of a good handshake. It is important to remember to offer a firm handshake that is neither too rough nor too limp. Following these and other considerations, participants gained a better understanding of how to professionally approach a potential employer.

The next step in the job application process is to attend an interview. This is traditionally conducted in person but can be online via webcam. Regardless of the setting, employer and job, all participants should dress professionally. One poignant comment is to not wear pajama pants during webcam interviews.

“You never know if you might have to stand up to get something or turn off a light,” said one Dayton Freight presenter. “So always dress professionally.”

Moreover, during an interview, job seekers should be cognizant of the STAR model for responding to questions. The STAR model is used to give concise responses by describing a situation, the task of the participant, any action taken and the final result of the situation.

Once Dayton Freight concluded, participants moved to the Flight Deck where 30 prospective employers were waiting to offer internships. In this second part, students experienced first-hand how to approach an employer, present a resume and conduct a short interview.

This style of event started during the fall 2016 semester in response to alumni who wanted students to gain a better understanding of what it means to network. “We coupled that with students’ reservations or misconceptions about what it takes to network effectively with employers,” stated Laura Paley, assistant director of career services. “It’s a little uncomfortable for some students here to get familiar with networking.”

Career services intends to increase the scope of this event in the future by offering more opportunities for additional majors and disciplines.