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Building a Resume for Future

Career Center Corner


Are you worried about the strength of your resume? Do you have a working resume? Whatever your answer to those questions, you are welcome to come to the Career Center to work on your resume while learning about strengthening it all at once.


A core foundational document that you will need in college and certainly post-college is a resume. Think of a resume as a document to put your best foot forward and show the world what makes you the best fit for the given position. For almost all jobs and/or internships you will find that a resume is needed or at least wanted. Typically, most employers will spend just a couple minutes or even seconds looking over your resume before deciding whether to move on or contact you further.


The Career Center hosts resume-building workshops in person and via Zoom. By joining these workshops, you will have the ability to gather information from a skilled professional and you will be able to follow along while editing and writing your resume, which will give you inside information to create your best resume.


With that in mind you must keep your resume organized, short and to the point. Think of your resume as showcasing yourself in a piece to market oneself: informing the employer about your skills, experiences, and accolades. To learn more about the Dos and Don’ts of resume building, look out for an email from the Center and join the workshop.


Last semester, a Zoom workshop was hosted along with a follow-up event of Resume Review with alumni. This event was in-person on campus from 1 to 4 p.m. If you are interested in attending such events, you must sign up on Handshake and register for the event to be able to attend. Upon registration, more details are provided to students.


At the event last fall, there were several alumni with experience from various industries, such as government and politics, federal contracting, accounting, software engineering, academia and librarianship.


With alumni from sundry fields, coming to this event, it gives you, Mount students of all ages, a foot in the door with their employer and exposure to many different industries within your field of study and from outside your field of study.


With this exposure, you are granted access to pick the minds of successful Mount graduates and take away how you yourself will be able to make it into their shoes one day. Not only are you able to talk with alumni, but you have the opportunity to get your resume reviewed and get insider tips on what an employer is looking for on your resume.


So do not waste any more time, start planning for your future today. Mark your calendars, check out the Career Center calendar and make time for events that will pay off, like the resume workshop and the resume review, and always make sure to keep checking your Mount email. It is never too early to begin building your resume and networking for tomorrow.


If you would like more information, please contact Matthew Pouss by email at pouss@msmary.edu or Jillian Bradley by email at j.m.bradley@msmary.edu.


Next Steps After Graduation

Molly Dustin


The next steps in life can seem daunting and out of reach. Graduation is coming in May, and unfortunately, we cannot stop or slow down the flow of time. My name is Molly Dustin, and I am beginning to feel the stress of the question: “Where to Next?”


So, who am I exactly? I am currently a Sunior (a junior but graduating early so kind of a senior) here at the Mount and I will be walking across the stage with some of you this spring. At the Mount, I step into many roles, one being an undergraduate student, and a member of the softball team and I was the Career Center’s Writing Intern for the fall semester. I am here today to help Mount students alleviate the stress that comes with the future and never-ending change.

The Career Center is one resource that all Mount students can use and will benefit from using. I urge most of you seniors if you are feeling the slightest bit stressed to reach out and see what the Career Center has to offer to you and your journey of living a life of significance.


This resource is one that you will have for the rest of your time at the Mount and a resource that is available to all alumni which means you will have it for the rest of your life as well. You are able to utilize this resource by going online to our website (https://msmary.edu/career), making an appointment on Handshake (https://msmary.joinhandshake.com) or by even walking into our doors, located on campus in Upper McGowan.


The Career Center has many people that are ready by appointment to help you create an attainable future. Matthew Pouss, the director, and Jillian Bradley, assistant director, are two trained career counselors who can help students with various career items. Not only does the

Career Center offer one-on-one appointments, but they also hold events like job and internship fairs, resume writing workshops, LinkedIn workshops and many others.


Personally, I have been able to discuss with Jillian about my goals for graduate school after this spring. This discussion has included and is not limited to where I will be going, what I will be studying and how I will get into the program. The Career Center is also able to link you with recruiters and employers as well as other universities.


If you are the independent type and would rather explore an online resource before coming to the Career Center then I urge you to look at our online system, Handshake. Handshake is full of employers looking to utilize the skills you have mastered through your work and schooling at the Mount.


This system is user-friendly, and you will be able to upload a resume and cover letter to be able to submit and reach out to as many employers and organizations as desired. You will also be able to find that with the tools at the top of the screen you can narrow your search down with filters such as location of the job, the time of the job and by the type of your major.


With this new wealth of information, I urge you to log in to your Handshake account, upload your documents and get in touch with your very own Career

Center. I challenge you to reach out and to begin creating a real achievable career plan for the year, and especially for those planning to cross that stage in the winter or spring.

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