By Samantha Iniguez
Tori Saruwatari, a career and job service representative, went over the importance of a resume at a workshop. The workshop is to help students who plan on attending the future Hire a Husky event(s).
She said a resume is an introduction to employers and evaluators of your skills, abilities, accomplishments, educational training and work history.
She advised attendees when they are constructing their resume, it is always better to keep it short and avoid long paragraphs because when people are going over a lot of applications its easier on the eyes to see well-detailed bullet points as opposed to lengthy paragraphs.
She said that when someone has a lot of applicants to consider the easier it is to understand who you are the better your chances of being hired are.
Although it is best to stay short, the key to a strong resume is giving the necessary information needed to give the reader a clear view of who the applicant is and what they do.
For example, instead of writing “Collaborated with community agencies and nonprofit organizations” applicants should quantify things to paint a better picture.
Applicants should say something like ‘Collaborated with other community agencies and nonprofit organizations to locate available resources for parents in need of social services.”
Saruwatari said before attending the job fair, attendees should take a moment to consider what it is they are looking for in a job or internship.
Attendees should consider what they want to accomplish, what industries interest them, what career pathways they want to learn more about, and most importantly, they should have a strategy and make a list of organizations they want to speak to.
Saruwatari said some employers attending the job fair will be conducting same-day interviews so she advises attendees to go dressed semi-casual and have a couple resumes at hand.
She said some good pre-job-fair activities attendees should consider is to take 10-15 minutes to identify their top employers.
She also said they should also consider talking with other employers first so they can be warmed up and prepared when talking with their first choices.
Ashley Soledad, a student at East Los Angeles College, said she was attending the event as a Counseling 20 student and between the class and events, like the preparation workshop, she has grown confident in her elevator speech and interviewing process in general, opening a lot of doors for her.
Another thing prospective attendees should consider is constructing their perfect elevator pitch.
An elevator pitch should include who you are, what you do and what you’re looking for in this opportunity.
She said when applicants have a good idea of what they want to let possible employers know it results in a smoother first impression.
Saruwatari said if applicants get shy, they can always make the ice breaker about the interviewer by asking a question that revolves around them like “Hello my name is … I am interested in your company. What were some of the things you did to get to where you are today?”
She also advised attendees to ask questions to show to the companies that they are interested.
Questions like: What is the application process? What area(s) are you looking to hire? How soon are you looking to fill these positions?
Saruwatari said if companies allow applying on a later date applicant should include a cover letter with their resumes explaining a little more on why they have an interest in the company.
The career and job service department is open Monday- Thursday 10 a.m. -7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.. If students need help strengthening their resumes, they can make an appointment to meet with a counselor at the career and job services department at 323-415-4126.
The Hire a Husky Job Fair is going to be today from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the South Gate campus and on Wednesday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at ELAC’s main campus.
Saruwatari said there will be on-site interviews, internships, volunteering opportunities, job openings and networking opportunities and about 50 different companies.