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Area employers aid CDC with extra résumé reviews

By : Eric Coker

Craig Holbert of Lockheed Martin can relate to the students he has been helping at the Career Development Center.

Not only is he the staffing manager at Lockheed Martin, where he oversees hiring for the Owego facility, but he also received his MBA from Binghamton University in 2004.
“I personally remember being them,” Holbert said of the students bringing
résumés to the CDC.

For the first time, the CDC has brought in outside employers to review and critique résumés in preparation for the Job and Internship Fair that will be held from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Events Center. Representatives from companies such as Sanmina, Time Warner, Sherwin Williams, Target and Enterprise Rent-a-Car are volunteering their time for one-on-one sessions with students. The volunteers also include University officials.

Holbert, who said he was providing “real-time feedback” to students, was impressed with what he saw.

“They look professional,” he said of the résumés. “These students are taking advantage of the (CDC). There’s an attitude of perfection. They say it’s their third and fourth time back and it shows.”

Wren Fritsky, a CDC career counselor who coordinated the initiative, said student demand for résumé review in the weeks leading up to job fairs had surpassed the CDC’s capabilities.

“It was so crowded we just couldn’t serve all of the students,” she said.

The employer volunteers are spending about 35 hours in the CDC, Fritsky said, meaning up to an additional 140 students can receive résumé advice.

“Employers are really excited to meet students outside of the official job fair,” she said. “Employers want to come in and interact. It’s a win-win situation.”

Counselor-on-call sessions remaining before the job fair are: 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11; 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12; 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15; and 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The University holds a Job and Internship Fair each semester, drawing thousands of students from all majors. More than 100 companies have registered for this semester’s fair, said Eileen Bauer-Hagerbaumer, CDC assistant director for employer relations. The fair draws companies ranging from corporations such as Microsoft and Bloomberg to local companies such as BAE to smaller nonprofits such as Catholic Charities.

Another first for the CDC is the use of the Events Center as the home of the job fair. University Union construction has brought about the change.

“It’s a whole new world for us in how to set things up,” Bauer-Hagerbaumer said. “There’s no other place on campus that would hold the students as well as the organizations.”

To accommodate students who were used to visiting the fair at the Union between classes, CDC has worked with Off Campus College Transport to provide a shuttle bus that will take students from the Union to the Events Center and back on a 10-minute cycle.

Bauer-Hagerbaumer said employers have told CDC that they enjoy the organization of the fair and are pleased with the preparedness of the students.

“We want our students to keep being prepared and present themselves positively to keep employers wanting to come back and hire them,” she said.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08