Eberly College’s Resumania was enjoyed by all during the week-long program aimed at educating students about proper resume formatting.
Resumania was a blast during the
week of September 8–12 for students looking to create and refine their resumes in
the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology-hosted event.
With hundreds of students signed up to
participate, there was never a dull moment. Faculty, administrators, and business
professionals teamed up during the week-long educational extravaganza to help
students create organized and professional resumes as they prepare for the
upcoming recruitment season.
“We are committed to doing whatever we can to help prepare our students
to make a good impression on employers,” said Cyndy Strittmatter, assistant
dean for administration, who oversaw this event.
Eberly has many professional development activities each year to assist students.
However, it was decided to hold Resumania at the start of the term to focus
solely on helping students with resumes. The event had a lot of buzz throughout
the week, and students were eager to learn new strategies for formatting and
Resumania was comprised of two parts. During part one, students attended
one of five workshop sessions that focused on the importance of a good resume
and the components that should be included. Students saw examples of what they
might include in sections pertaining to education, work history, honors, and
activities. Over 300 students participated in these workshops, which were
cosponsored by the Eberly College of Business and IT and the Career and Professional Development
Melissa Gaskill, a graduate student
working for the CPDC, presented one of the workshops. She brought attention to
details students often overlook while creating their resume. Gaskill gave the
example of a student listing their achievements in a random order instead of by
importance. The most impressive detail should be at the top, as employers will
statistically spend only a few seconds looking at an applicant’s resume. She
also reminded students that employers are looking for what students have
accomplished during college, so leave high school accomplishments and
activities off of the resume.
The second part of Resumania
included one-on-one meetings in which students met with professionals from IUP
faculty, CDPC, IUP Human Resources and Social Equity offices, Indiana County
Society for Human Resource Management, and the business community. Over 200
meetings were held during the three-day period.
Human resources representatives assisted from PLS Logistics, S&T Bank,
Fastenal, Quintech, IRMC, First Commonwealth, LifeSteps, the U.S. Navy, and Arin
IU #28. Jim Struzzi, president of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce,
also participated as a reviewer.
“The workshop was really helpful,” said Miranda Olsavsky, an accounting
and MIS senior. “Although I already had a resume, it made me realize that I
could make improvements in my format and content that might help an employer
notice my resume among the many that they receive.”
The participating employers were able to offer unique insight on the
resumes by explaining what they look for during the hiring process. They
advised students on what to remove or add to their resumes and how to order the
Garrett Burba, operations senior, had one-on-one resume assistance from
representatives from PLS Logistics. “It
was really great to get to speak directly with HR professionals in my
field. They not only gave me tips on
formatting, but they talked to me about my professional goals. I am glad that the Eberly College helps to
make connections for students with prospective employers.”
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