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Preparing for the future Career Center assists students in creating résumés and online profiles

Bryan Ramos and Rick R. Ramirez

Résumés and job interviews are two things that will send chills down a college student’s spine. UTRGV is helping its students prepare.

The UTRGV Career Center hosted events in observance of National Student Employment Week at both campuses, aimed at helping students and student employees.

National Student Employment Week began at UTRGV on April 11 with a Résumé and Mock Interviews Seminar, giving students a chance to practice essential skills that will help prepare them to land their dream job when the opportunity arises.

Mauro Uriegas, a student employment coordinator at UTRGV in Edinburg, explained how the seminar is designed to help students.

“The importance of it is to highlight something the student might not think about right away. Students have a lot of worries about what organizations, what clubs and academics are going to be high priority. Some students are going to rush through all that just to get done,” Uriegas said. “The ultimate goal is, of course, to get a degree, but then it’s going to be to pursue a career. We’re highlighting what’s going to come afterwards once students finish their degree.”

The same day on the Brownsville campus, Jaime Villanueva, senior program coordinator for the UTRGV Career Center, gave a tutorial on how to create a LinkedIn profile and approach employers using an online platform.

“Always be professional,” Villanueva said. “Use a professional headline to grab an employer’s attention.”

LinkedIn is a popular website that companies use to communicate with potential employees. The website has become the equivalent of an online résumé and is a preferred method of recruiting by many employers.

The purpose of creating the online profile, Villanueva said, is to “better market yourself and create value for yourself.”

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