Members of Penn State Altoona’s Enactus student organization helped local veterans prepare for a recent job fair by sponsoring a variety of workshops at the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence on March 30, 2013. The workshops were part of the organization’s New Beginnings Project.
The workshops focused on resume preparation, interview techniques and tips, dressing for success, and effective networking. At the conclusion of the workshops, all veterans had the opportunity to print copies of their resume and download a version onto a flash drive.
Enactus represents a diverse network of students, academic professionals, and industry leaders who committed to creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. By contributing their talents to projects that improve the lives of others around the world, Enactus participants are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.
“Our team views working with the veterans as a privilege,” said Cynthia A. Wood, director of the Penn State Altoona Enactus program and senior instructor of business administration. “Our workshops were well-received, and the veterans and family members who attended were really excited to leave with a polished resume and a confidence about not only what to expect at the fair, but how they can effectively ‘work’ the fair.”
The workshops were a prelude to the Hiring Our Heroes job fair sponsored by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce in early April. Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide effort designed to assist all active and non-active military personnel and their spouses in finding meaningful employment. The hiring fair, held at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona, was free for all job seekers and employers. All employers at the fair were interviewing for valid job openings. Enactus sponsored a booth at the fair where veterans had the opportunity to rehearse their responses to anticipated questions from prospective employers.
“The opportunity to get updated information about what employers want to see in resumes and interviews will be valuable as I complete my business degree and begin looking for a new career,” said Richard P. Weber, a junior from Altoona who served nearly nineteen years in the Army and National Guard.
Through research and networking with business and community leaders, the Penn State Altoona Enactus team identifies needs in the community and forms partnerships to address them. The Enactus New Beginnings Project team currently offers similar workshops to individuals who are participants in programs affiliated with the Blair County Drug and DUI courts, Adult Probation and Parole Office, and Emergency Shelter of Blair County.
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