Success Story: Christina Griffin
Electrical and Computer Engineering
1. What services did you use with CPD?
I had my résumé reviewed at the CPD office and scheduled a mock interview early in the semester to prepare myself for my job search. I also attended the Spring HireABear Career Fair.
2. How were those services helpful to you?
The résumé review services helped me beef up my résumé so that it featured the skills and achievements that potential employers would be most interested in. The mock interview was very beneficial in preparing me for real interviews because my interviewer pointed out what I did well and what I could improve on for any real job interviews in the future. At the career fair, I was able to practice networking with potential employers and get my résumé out to some companies I was interested in working for.
3. What did you do in your internship or job search that worked well for you?
I made sure to keep in contact with employers after the career fair. Most companies will have business cards available at their table at the career fair. For each company that I gave a résumé to, I made sure to pick up a business card and email the employer a couple of weeks after the fair to thank them for taking the time to speak with me and to ask about the status of my application.
4. What do you wish you had done differently in your search?
I should have researched the employers at the job fair ahead of time instead of waiting until I got there to get to know some of the companies. Preparation really shows at a job fair and it could’ve put me a step ahead of other students.
5. What advice would you give fellow students about their internship or job search?
It’s never too early to start looking for jobs or internships. Start sharpening your résumé and looking for employment now and take advantage of everything Career & Professional Development has to offer.
6. What are your overall thoughts about Career & Professional Development?
Career & Professional development really helped me kick start my job search and gave me the tools I needed to make my job hunt a successful one.