Students encouraged to submit resumes before Career and Intern Expo

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    Having a good resume can help students get a callback from an employer at the university's Career and Intern Expo. 

    The spring Career and Intern Expo will wrap up Career Survival Week, which began Feb. 4. Students were able to attend a workshop panel and a webinar hosted by Joshua Waldman, the Careerenlightenment.com founder.

    There will be 112 potential employers at the Career and Intern Expo Wednesday. The employers range from American Airlines, AT&T, Dillard’s, the Dallas Police Department, Bell Helicopter and more.

    Rikki Salvage, a Dillard's company representative who has attended the university's expo in the past, said she called seven students for interviews after they gave her their resumes the last time she attended the expo.

    “TCU has a great turnout of students. I have always found they have been very professional,” Salvage said. “They are very well trained and practiced. I have always had success with the TCU career fair.” 

    According to both Career Adviser Mary Beth Grayson and Executive Director of Career Services John Thompson, students can set their resumes apart by avoiding common mistakes.
     

    “Typos are a biggie. Sometimes they put stuff on there that doesn’t say what their accomplishments have been. They tend to write job descriptions instead of job performance – things that employers are looking for,” Thompson said. “Sometimes they forget facts, and that’s important because when employers start doing checks on you, they will try to verify the things you try to put in your resume.”

    Formatting errors are common. Employers will look at a resume for about 15 seconds, so the most important information should be properly organized, Grayson said.

    Students can submit their resumes to university career advisers to be reviewed, according to the TCU Career Services website.

    The Career and Intern Expo will be at the University Recreation Center gym from 4 to 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 13.