How To Be Future-Ready: High School Students Get Career Readiness Tips

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Two students review good and bad resume examples during the career and college readiness preview day.

As a high school student, why should I be concerned about building a resume before I even start college? How does my Facebook account affect my job search?  Beyond my resume, what are the benefits to volunteering?

Students from Belleville, Dodgeville, Middleton and Baraboo discovered answers to these questions and more as they attended Globe University-Madison West’s first ever career readiness seminar on campus.

More than 120 high school students participated in this preview day which focused on career and college readiness. Local professionals shared numerous tips and best practices in social media, resume writing, interviewing and volunteering.

Melissa Simon, director of career services at Globe University-Madison West, explained the event’s purpose. “In today’s job world, it is essential that students start early in building a solid resume. We wanted to share our knowledge in what students can do now that will benefit them when they graduate.”

The high school students attended four career readiness sessions:

  • Interviewing 101: Jason Leabman, recruiting manager from Robert Half International, led students through interview dos and don’ts and provided great statistics on the current job market. He also gave tips on preparing for an interview and what you need to do to get ahead.
  • Starting Your Resume: Mary Kauffman, human resources assistant, and Jennifer Marcott, client service specialist, from Spherion shared effective resume tips for high school students. They also discussed how to prepare yourself and your modes of communication. For example, having a song as your ring back or an unprofessional voice mail set up can make the difference in getting a call back or not.

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    Mary Kauffman and Jen Marcott from Spherion Staffing talk to students about how to start building their resumes during the career and college readiness preview day at Globe University-Madison West.

  • Social Media: Globe University Career Service Coordinator, Natalie Busse, shared real-life examples on how using your social media can hurt your career. She shared who is looking at your social media accounts and what you write or like says to potential employers. Natalie also explained LinkedIn and how that can help in the job search.
  • Community Involvement: Guy Gryphan, community relations specialist at American Cancer Society, discussed the importance of getting involved in the community through volunteer work. He shared various benefits outside of it being a great resume item, how it can personally help you grow your soft skills, and what the global impact volunteering plays in our world today.

Students shared their thoughts on what they learned and enjoyed the most during the visit.

“I’m not afraid to apply for a job now because I know what to do resume- and interview-wise,” shared Kayla, a senior at Belleville High School.

Cassie, a junior at Dodgeville High School, said, “I learned a lot more now than I did before. For example, I learned how to write a resume and what I post on my Facebook can affect my job search. I also plan to change the way I interview.”

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Guy Gryphan, community relations specialist at American Cancer Society, talked with students about the invaluable benefits of volunteering.

Julie Jensen, instructor at Baraboo High School, said, “I thought the day went really well. I liked the information that was presented. I thought it was extremely valuable for the students to hear that because a lot of them haven’t heard of stuff like that before. My kids are juniors and seniors, some of them have jobs and some don’t, so I think a lot of this is brand new to them.  I think it just gave them a nice heads up on what they need to start looking at and start preparing them for the world of work.”

Molly Siegel, college representative at Globe University-Madison West, reflected on the day saying, “It was awesome to see the students in their professional dress and watch them take in such useful information about their future and how to successfully get a career!”

Globe University-Madison West’s next high school preview day is scheduled for April 12. This event will focus on the business administration and information technology programs offered at Globe University.