Employees stress the importance of résumé etiquette
By Ty-Eshia Johnson
Free résumé workshops will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and Sept. 23, followed by practice interviews with an employer from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 30 in Room 220 Student Commons Opportunity Mall at Northeast Lakeview College.
The workshop will provide anyone with helpful tips on how to create an outstanding résumé and understand the importance of an effective résumé. Workshops will focus on résumés for admissions, scholarships, internships and employment applications. Workshops are open to everyone wishing to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their résumé for review and a hard drive as they will be working on them in computer labs. Those without hard drives will be given one to save their résumés on.
According to Senior Advisor Gilbert Palomo, who manages job placements and transfer services, the Opportunity Mall is where career services are normally held. Palomo has been working as a senior advisor for 10 years, three years at NLC and over six years at Palo Alto College.
“We’re real heavy on community involvement and community partnerships,” Palomo said, adding he participates in various chambers of commerce, such as Schertz, Tri-County and Northside when there’s a job fair.
“There’s a lot of companies moving to this side of town and they come to us to help them find students that will be a good fit into their business, he said, adding, “we get different employers that volunteer to do the interviews.” Afterwards, the employers will also speak with guests, providing insight on strengths and weaknesses for improvement.
“I do everything from a financial standpoint. I want every student to be at their highest earning potential and have the least amount of debt when they leave here,” Palomo said. He also said students graduate with college debt and minimal earning potential.
“So what’s happening is that they’re having four year degrees and they can’t find jobs because they focused solely on academics and not other skill sets,” he added.
He stressed that having a degree alone is not enough for employment and a lot happens during interviews, stating students must be able to correctly communicate with employers and dress appropriately.
Palomo said résumé workshops are held every semester and that the college has its own job bank for students seeking employment. Students can walk in for job placement advising, but appointments are preferred to teach students to not only make appointments but keep them as well.
“Finding a student that’s had a job for longer than a year are the ones that will get any job they want because turnover is a killer, Palomo said. He also explained that employers want to see longevity and job loyalty.
For further information and to register, call 210-486-5612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.