The Truth about Career Preparation

Posted by on February 19, 2013

Career preparation

Students attend a resume workshop with Melissa Faue, Career Services Director.

We’ve heard time and time again how competitive the job market is, and students at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee understand the importance of standing out to potential employers. The week of February 11-15 was deemed Career Preparation Week on campus and featured a variety of activities, hosted by Career Services, which taught students how they can set themselves apart from other job seekers.

“Part of the benefit of attending Minnesota School of Business is having a Career Services department that works with students from the beginning of their enrollment and throughout their career, said Melissa Faue, Career Services Director at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee. “Career Services strives to present as many opportunities as possible for students to prepare for their job search and explore their career options at every stage of their life.”

The truth is, every candidate has their own distinct brand, and in order to sell their brand it is necessary to have a strong overall presence. Throughout Career Preparation Week, students strengthened their skills by participating in the following activities:

  • Resume Workshop
    Melissa assisted students in creating a strong resume that consists of the relevant information employers are looking for. In most cases, a resume is the first impression a recruiter has of a candidate; therefore it is important to catch their eye. Melissa walked students through the layout of a resume and the most important content to include.
  • Resume Critique Session
    Employees from Atlas Staffing volunteered their time to work with the students on critiques, offering real-world insight into what recruiters are looking for when reviewing resumes. Students with existing resumes were able to discuss ways in which they can strengthen the content to better stand out to potential employers. This session also gave students an opportunity to network with the volunteers, further building necessary skills.
  • Mock Interview Session
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    Students attend a professional dress fashion show on campus.

    Job interviews can be intimidating, but similar to an upcoming exam or presentation at school, preparation often relieves a majority of the anxiety. To assist students, the mock interview session allowed students to do a run-through of the process and receive immediate feedback on ways in which to improve.
  • Professional Dress Fashion Show
    It is easy to get caught up in the resume and interview preparation process and forget about the importance of professional dress and appearance. During the professional dress fashion show, students were introduced to inexpensive ways to “look the part” when interviewing for a position. Volunteers modeled a variety of good and bad clothing options, ensuring students knew what is and isn’t appropriate for a job interview.

Career Services at Minnesota School of Business offers all students and graduates lifetime placement assistance. Those who are interested in participating in any of the activities above or have questions regarding further career preparation are encouraged to contact Melissa Faue at 952-516-7024 or

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