Employer panel stresses professionalism, networking for job seekers

From left to right, Aaron Wendel (Wholesale Internet), Andy Cole (DST Systems), Reno Moreno (Integrity Staffing), Mark Thomas (Copaken Brooks) and Amber Steel (Henke Manufacturing).
From left to right, Aaron Wendel (Wholesale Internet), Andy Cole (DST Systems), Reno Moreno (Integrity Staffing), Mark Thomas (Copaken Brooks) and Amber Steel (Henke Manufacturing).

“Don’t send me a resume with an email like ‘bigsexyman’ in your email address.”

That was one of many pieces of advice from Reno Moreno and four other panelists Wednesday during an employer panel luncheon at Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology.

“When I look at a resume, I’m looking to see if it’s professional, because that tells me what kind of employee you’re going to be,” said Moreno, managing partner at Integrity Staffing. “Presentation is important. Have a clean, neat resume, be honest and show up prepared, if you get an interview.”

More than 20 students attended the luncheon to pick up tips on resumes and interviewing.
More than 20 students attended the luncheon to pick up tips on resumes and interviewing.

More than 20 students attended the luncheon organized by Tatia Shelton, career services coordinator at MCC-BT. Joining Moreno as panelists were Amber Steel (Henke Manufacturing), Mark Thomas (Copaken Brooks), Andy Cole (DST Systems) and Aaron Wendel (Wholesale Internet).

The panel discussed several topics during the luncheon, including characteristics they look for when reviewing applications and interviewing potential employees. Among the traits they noted were motivation, preparation, confidence, professionalism, troubleshooting ability and having a sense of community.

The employers also stressed the importance of building a network.

“One of the biggest things in finding a job is networking,” Wendel said. “A lot of the people I hire are people who know people already working for me. If I hired them, I trust their judgment, and that can go a long way.”

Shelton asked the panel what they looked for on a resume. Items the group listed included education, a professional-looking resume, your objective and the length of tenure of previous jobs.

All five said showcasing your skillset is important.

“Above all, I want to know what skills you have and how that applies to the job you’re applying for,” Steel said. “Also, if you list those in paragraph form, I’m probably not going to look at it. Use bullets, which make it easier to read. I’m probably only going to spend 15 seconds looking at your resume, so bullets help.”

Students from several programs, including Cisco, welding and HVAC, attended the luncheon, which consisted of walking tacos provided by campus life and leadership.

TIPS FOR YOUR INTERVIEW

  • Be punctual
  • Be prepared
  • Show ambition
  • Be honest
  • Be professional
  • Do not talk to your interviewer like he or she is a friend
  • Watch what you’re posting on social media
  • Dress professionally

CAREER CENTRAL

Check out Career Central for tips on finding a job and building a resume, as well as information about openings.

CAREER SERVICES

For more information about career services at MCC-BT, contact Tatia Shelton at 816.604.5226 or via email.