Orange County Branch Newsletter

March 2014

Younger Member Forum

Student Resume and Interview Workshop

By Gyan Shina

On Saturday February 8th, 2014 at California State University, Fullerton the Orange County Younger Member Forum hosted its annual Resume and Interviewing Skills Workshop for students from Cal State Fullerton (CSUF), Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), and University of California, Irvine (UCI). The event was well attended by close to twenty students and nine professionals.

The workshop consisted of different activities. To kick off the event lunch was provided to students and professionals during the first hour while they got to network. During the networking hour resumes that were previously revised by professionals were handed back to the students. Students agreed that it was convenient to get written comments that will help them rewrite their resumes.

After the social hour two presentations were given by Penny Lew the ASCE Orange County Branch President and Gary Gilbert. Penny’s presentation included what happens during an interview and proper etiquette. Gary’s presentation focused on what and what not to write on a resume for a potential employer. Between each presentation students asked questions, and other professionals added insight on resume and interviewing techniques. Professionals also shared helpful stories and experiences about the interviewing process. This form of open sharing was very helpful because it made students more comfortable to ask questions and interact with the professionals.  

After the presentations, professionals did mock interviews with the students. These were done in a one on one way. Professionals all gave a brief summary of their current work so that students who held similar interests could choose whom to meet with. Students socialized and prepared themselves for the interviews while waiting in line to meet with the chosen professional. 

Overall the event was a complete success. It was a good opportunity for professional to help the young civil engineers. Students were able to leave the event with improved resumes and interviewing skills. As a bonus students from the different OC schools were able to get to know each other more.