Women in Search of Excellence (WISE) participated in a career readiness workshop in April. The WISE program originally started at the Woodbridge Campus and initiated its first class this academic year. The group’s mission is to “empower women through professional and academic enrichment while improving self-esteem and self-advocacy”.
The WISE program pairs female students with a college or community mentor. In addition to individual mentoring, participants meet twice monthly and take part in a variety of workshops aimed at setting academic, personal and career goals, identifying resources, building relationships on campus and in the community and team building.
During their last session, Student Engagement Coordinator with the Business Engagement division of NOVA Workforce Erika Coddington and Professor Cathleen Cogdill presented tips on creating professional resumes. Participants were given examples of real resumes and asked to critique and chose the better of the two. Little did they know that on average, employers only spend six seconds looking at a resume and that is how long they had to choose the better resume. Participants also learned about the College Central Network and the resources it provides. In addition, students were given tips and strategies for incorporating transferable skills into their resume, articulating their skills and accomplishments to improve their marketability to employers, and specific tips for each section of their resume.
The College Central Network (CCN) is NOVA’s career services database. Students and alumni can use it to search for job and internship opportunities related to all majors and disciplines. In addition, students and alumni can develop their career portfolio, view career development podcasts and videos and receive notifications regarding campus and community-based job fairs, hiring events and workshops. Employers registered with CCN are actively recruiting NOVA students from all disciplines including in-demand industries such as IT and Healthcare.