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USciences Hosts Community Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on August 1, 2018

Gracie ClaudeOne hour each week for a month this spring, Gracie Claude and a few other members of the West Philadelphia community came to USciences campus for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a crash course in resume and cover letter writing, networking, and interview skills led by Michael Clark, USciences Director of Career Services and Professional Development. 

Learning what employers are looking for and how to explain the breadth of her job experience in a succinct and clear way, Claude said this workshop would be helpful for everyone from high school students looking for their first jobs to seniors applying for volunteer positions.

“A lot of people are not comfortable writing their resume and cover letter,” said Claude, a partially retired former respiratory therapist who does work as a graphic designer and proofreader. “I did learn a lot. When you are presenting your resume and your cover letter, you are literally presenting yourself, so you want to take the time and effort to make it the best presentation that you can.”

Each student in the course left with a completed resume and cover letter template, so that they would be ready to apply for their next job or volunteer position. Participants were also coached in job interview skills during the workshop, which was coordinated with the Office of Government and Community Affairs and Vice President David Forde. Participants were honored with a certificate of completion for participation and fulfillment of the workshop.

“This is part of a larger initiative to continue doing outreach and community support,” said Clark. “It is something we need to do for our neighbors and bring us together and find some areas where we can help.”

The University hopes to offer another resume and cover letter workshop, among other activities for the community, in the coming academic year, said Forde.

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