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On-campus interviewing process to undergo change

By Mark Hunter, Career Services

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 27 - April 11, 1996

Career Services plans significant changes to Virginia Tech's on-campus interviewing program beginning next fall.

A new computer system, called Resume Expert Plus, will enable Career Services to enhance and streamline on-campus interviewing for both students and employers.

By being more responsive to employers, Career Services expects to offer more interview opportunities to students.

The new Resume Expert Plus (RE+) system will also be used to support Career Services' Cooperative Education and Candidate Referral programs.

The RE+ Student Module enables each student to create professional-quality resumes. The software prompts the user for the resume information, then automatically formats it. The user can choose from several resume styles and can change many of the formatting options. As many as four versions of each student's resume, along with registration information, will be stored in Career Services' candidate database. Through the Candidate Referral Service, the Career Services staff can quickly transmit appropriate resumes to employers seeking candidates for Co-Op, internships, summer jobs, and permanent employment following graduation.

Employers will also be able to review students' resumes through the World-Wide Web and on-line databases.

This winter, Career Services tested use of the RE+ Student Module with students seeking co-op positions.

Students found the software easy to use and were pleased with the high quality of the resumes it produced.

Career Services will continue to offer assistance to RE+ users through regular help sessions and through a "Frequently Asked Questions List" available on the World-Wide Web.

As additional components of the Resume Expert Plus system are introduced, students will be able to identify on-campus interviewing opportunities, request that their resumes be forwarded from Career Services' database, and schedule interviews electronically without a visit to Career Services' offices in Henderson Hall.

Details of the new on-campus interviewing process will be completed during the next few months.

Students who wish to participate in on-campus interviewing will learn how the new process works at a required orientation program to be offered next fall.

However, students who plan to seek permanent employment next year should get started now with the RE+ Student Module, so they can take advantage of early interview and referral opportunities next fall.

The RE+ Student Module is available for $28, much less than the cost of most resume software. The RE+ package is designed for one person's use, and will be a valuable resource even after graduation.

To get started with RE+, students should go to the University Bookstore returns desk (just inside the main entrance, to the left) or to the front cashier's counter at the Volume Two Bookstore. Ask to pay for the Resume Expert Plus software.

Bring the receipt to Career Services' office in Henderson Hall to obtain a copy of the software and additional instructions.

For additional information, call Mark Hunter at 1-8092 or e-mail mark.hunter@vt.edu.