Bethany Dickie presented about the value of volunteerism and gave tips on adding community and social service to a resume. Students were taught about how community involvement communicates adaptability, willingness to try new things, and personal initiative – all extremely valuable characteristics to employers! In addition to learning the importance of involvement, students were given a contact list of +40 fun, relevant organizations that would be worthwhile time investments. Lastly, Ms. Dickie provided examples of how to professionally format volunteer experience for a resume. Drawings were held for padfolios and business card holders and refreshments were provided.
The Business Career Center invited Carl Daugherty (Partner/AERS with Deloitte), Eugene Gibson (Talent Acquisition Consultant with Direct TV), Robert Reins (Executive Vice President with BancFirst), and Kelly Comeau (Tulsa Store Manager with Nordstrom) and her team to be our guest employers in presenting what employers look for in a candidate. This workshop was a great opportunity for students to learn firsthand what are seeking in potential hires. Each employer was asked a series of questions about their recruitment processes, use of social media in decision making, and preferences on cover letters and “Thank You” notes. When asked what Deloitte considered the most desirable skills an interviewee can have Carl Daugherty responded that a desire to learn, ability to lead, effective communication skills, and a positive attitude were key. All other panelist agreed that these transferable skills are the critical and standard “must haves” across any industry. Drawings were held for three padfolios and three business card holders.