As a VIU alumni, one of the best memories I have is of the Career Center. Ms. Taylor helped me to improve my résumé and cover letter. As an international student, coming to this country made me realize that the format and information in the résumé is very different from my country, Venezuela. Where I am from, résumés require a picture of the applicant, personal information, civil status, religion, and age. This is not what an employer needs to know in the US. After meeting with Ms. Taylor, I learned that each cover letter has to be different. It is important for you to be able to identify the needs of the employer and communicate them in your cover letter and résumé.
I also learned the importance of using suitable keywords to get the best results during my career search. Without using the keywords it makes it difficult for employers to notice your résumé, for you to get an interview, and for you to get your next career opportunity. Thanks to the Career Center, I have a better understanding.
Furthermore, I never thought that answering simple questions while being interviewed could be complicated. As a future alumni, you have to learn how to prepare for an interview, build your confidence, and use the right words to communicate your skills. During an interview, you have to be clear in your responses to every question that an employer may ask you. Again, the Career Center was there to be of assistance.
My reasons why you should go to the Career Center:
- If you want to work in the US (CPT-OPT)
- If you want to volunteer outside VIU (you will have to provide your résumé)
- If you want to work on-campus
- If you want your cover letter and résumé to shine
- If you want to learn how to properly answer interview questions
Thanks to the Career Center, my cover letter and résumé were attractive enough to get calls from employers for interviews. I am now employed full-time in the US.
I am pleased to have an opportunity to be one of the students to participate in “Getting the Word Out” for the Career Center. Within the past three months, I have attended five events hosted by Robyn Taylor and the Career Center team:
- Volunteer Information Session
- Career Center Open House
- Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
- CPT Information Session
- “Marketing Yourself” Résumé Workshop
With each event, I have been able to gain professional and personal development skills.
One of the most helpful events that the Career Center organized was the résumé workshop. As a student, I was able to receive a better understanding of what I need to include in my own cover letter and résumé. I would suggest that if you need help in writing your résumé go by the Career Center for assistance.
Another highlight for me was the opportunity to attend the Volunteer Luncheon. I really appreciated the luncheon because I was able to talk with other students who share my interest in helping others. Added bonus: we all received a certificate!
My advice to all students is to visit the Career Center. They give great advice and are very nice. Make sure to sign up to participate in their events. You don’t want to miss anything!