CCACH recently hosted a Resumé Writing Workshop for high school, college and university students. Grenada-born Christopher Cyrus from ResumeAID volunteered his time to lead the session for the students to show them how to best present their skills and experience to prospective employers.
For students will little work experience, Cyrus pointed out that their school activities are important to highlight and must be presented in a certain way. “Leaders in school are very often involved in sports, or active in the community,” he said. “It’s important to highlight those skills with activities done at school. In a resumé, you’re basically marketing yourself.”
Summer is just a few weeks away and many students are looking for part- or full-time work over the two month period. A search for “student jobs in Edmonton” on Workopolis listed more than 1,000 employment opportunities. Gone are the days when students could simply pound the pavement; as such, technology plays an important part in the job search.
One of the participants, Darnel, age 15, said, “I learned a few things, especially when it comes to highlighting specific skills and explaining them on paper. I didn’t think I needed to be so specific, so this was a good exercise.”
“The resumé is changing,” said Cyrus. “It changes from the skills you want to highlight for each job, and changes based on what the employer is looking for. It’s a fluid document.”
As our commitment to education, both in the classroom and out, CCACH was proud to offer this workshop to students with the help of a reputable career advisor in the community. We wish all students a great summer and good luck with their job search!