She also advised the class to include a list of references with the resume, forgoing the oft-observed “references available upon request” footer. She also warned students to be mindful regarding pictures and other information published to social media websites like Facebook. Employers, she said, routinely check such sites to gain a better understanding of character and other work-related attributes.
Other tips Cooper offered, included using descriptive, action verbs to describe job duties and keeping the resume – not including references – to one page.
Cooper ended by inviting the students to email her a copy of their resumes for help in getting them application ready. At least one of Tuesday’s students, 18-year-old SDHS Senior Andrea Applegate vowed to take advantage of Cooper’s offer.
Applegate started her first job in May at a local clothing store and intends to study Radiology Nursing at Ivy Tech after graduation. “I’m going to start classes in the summer,” she said. “The sooner I can get started, the sooner I can get finished and get a job.”
Applegate found Cooper’s presentation extremely helpful. “I’ve never had this explained to me,” she said. “And this gives me a much better idea about what employers are looking for.”
That type of understanding is exactly what Honeycutt hopes for. The DCCS teacher has been an educator for 36 years.
“It’s my job to prepare them [students] for continuing training after high school,” the veteran, 36-year educator said. “Be it in college or technical school, on-the-job training or just going out into the workforce after graduation, it’s my job to prepare them and teach them what it will take to at least get an interview.”
For Honeycutt then, a successful job search – a successful career – starts with an effective resume. “I want to see them go out into the world and be successful,” he said, adding that Cooper and Hoffman offered extremely helpful information. If the kids at Tuesday’s presentation decide they want to shoot for a job at Honda, he added, Cooper laid out a blueprint for getting their foot in the door.
Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011