TWC Alumni Lead Resume Workshop & Career Tips Panel

TWC Alumni Lead Resume Workshop & Career Tips Panel

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Jacki Banks
March 19, 2014

Students from the spring 2014 Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) Program participated in a career tips panel and resume “speed dating” workshop, where students learned how they can stand out in the increasingly competitive job market after graduation. This workshop was led by the following TWC alums:

 

  • Megan Carpenter (‘05) is the human resources manager at N Street Village in Washington, D.C. As the first HR staff member in N Street Village’s 40-year history, Megan has developed and implemented an entire HR department, with a focus on establishing an effective performance management system and robust on-boarding program.
  • James Miceli (’08) is the management analyst in the special initiatives group at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Human Resources. At NIH, James works on special projects for the director of Human Resources, including an agency wide HR clinic, information security, executive recruiting, and social media.
  • Kristina Niedermayer (’12) is the associate market programmer at LivingSocial. After her TWC internship, Kristina landed a marketing internship at the DC-based startup HelloWallet before working in the production department at LivingSocial. Kristina oversees 14 Florida markets and runs LivingSocial’s email campaigns.

During the career tips panel and resume “speed dating” workshop, these TWC alums gave students insight into the application process from the perspective of HR specialists and generalists. Niedermayer discussed how she assesses “cultural fit” during her portion of the interview process while Carpenter provided popular behavioral interviewing examples students were likely to encounter during a job interview.  Following the career tips panel, the alumni reviewed student resumes and provided feedback on visual appeal, syntax, and quantifiable accomplishments. Alicia Jonah, a current PPD program intern this semester, “found the resume workshop very useful because there was a cross section of private and government sector speakers represented. USAJobs is a mystery to me so it was nice to talk to someone about how to make my resume stand out on the site.”

 

Reflecting back on the afternoon, Miceli observed that "it's always impressive to see the great qualifications of TWC students, especially those in the international community who come from far away to intern in D.C. TWC interns have a leg up in the ever more competitive job market by preparing resumes and networking during their internships."  The PPD program would like to thank the TWC alumni who came out and spent the afternoon offering their professional advice and personal experiences in the workforce.

 

The Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) Program helps recent graduates develop the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century workplace. Programming focuses on professional training in cover letter and resume writing, networking, interviewing, leadership development, and cross-cultural business communication.



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