Alumnae Stress the Value of Clean Resume, Professional Online Presence

IMG_1816The Public Relations Student Society of America’s fourth annual “What’s Next?” seminar featured five panelists, including alumnae Mary Jo Godnick ’14, brand strategist for Tera­keet in Syracuse, N.Y.; Traci Legonelli ’12, an associate public relations manager for Tipping Point Communications in Rochester, N.Y.; and Meghan Wells ’11, event manager for the OnCenter in Syracuse.

The panelists provided students with advice on finding jobs, the importance of networking and a glimpse of the professional world.

“Having an error-free resume is absolutely essential when applying for jobs,” Legonelli said. “I was the only applicant to send in a spotless resume, and I believe that’s what got me the interview.”

Wells used Oswego’s Career Services Office to aid in the creation of a clean resume to attract more attention from employers.

Gary Morris ’88 over at Career Services helped me out with creating resumes and cover letters,” Wells said. “He even got me connected with LinkedIn, enabling me to build a network with other Oswego alumni.”

Moderator Anja Godlewski-Dykes ’15, a public relations major who attended the session all four years, said interacting with alumni and learning from their experiences prove to be vital for any student, regardless of the major.

“As a new graduate, it was interesting to hear how the panelists landed their first job and how they adjusted to post-grad life,” Godlewski-Dykes said.

—Ryan Haas ’15

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