Globe University-La Crosse Students Teach Salvation Army Clients Resume Writing
In today’s job market, a resume is an essential tool for success. However, not everyone has the ability to create a winning resume. Students in the Business Writing class at Globe University-La Crosse took the skills they learned in the classroom out in the community to support job seekers in need.
To build stability for themselves and their families, clients of the Salvation Army are encouraged to develop cover letters and resumes to use in their job search. Students in Globe University’s Business Writing class are taught these skills in the classroom. To enhance the classroom learning, and improve skill retention, the Business Writing students taught the clients of Salvation Army the basics of resume and cover letter writing and assisted them in the creation of these documents for themselves.
To develop a complete understanding of the client population of the Salvation Army and the challenges they face, students took a tour of the organization, met one-on-one with Salvation Army staff, and worked with clients individually in a computer lab to assist them craft their resumes and cover letters. By helping the clients create these necessary job seeking documents, clients are more likely to be noticed by future employers in their job search. This could generate a positive change in their job seeking experience.
This service learning project promoted student retention of the class objectives and it also supported our local community. DeAnn Perzel, Chair of the Business Program at Globe University-La Crosse shared that “Incorporating Service Learning into our business writing course reinforces the course objectives and allows our students an opportunity to use their knowledge to enhance our community.”