FAU students prep for job interviews through workshops

'It's a comprehensive review to get them as prepared as possible'
Posted at 10:05 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 23:58:31-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  — With graduation months away, college seniors like Felipe Rodriguez are preparing to enter the workforce.

"I'm expected to graduate in May. And I am majoring in marketing. My main focus is on the consumer behavior side of things," he said

Rodriquez said he and many other seniors have turned to the career center at Florida Atlantic University for training workshops. They get everything from guidance on their resumes, to the right attire to wear for interviews that will more than likely be virtual.

"Essentially, it's a comprehensive review to get them as prepared as possible as we can before they are in front of these employers," Montalvo said.

Montalvo is the senior director at FAU's career center. He said over the course of the year his department is holding eight job fairs. The next one is their Career Expo on September 30.

"This is one that spans across all majors. So, in terms of employers, you're going to have them from the financial district, tech, and really everything in between," he said.

Montalvo said success to him is helping prospective candidates make connections that help them find meaningful careers.

Rodriguez said the COVID-19 pandemic has made looking for a job that much harder.

"That's probably one concern is not being able to find the large number of opportunities that I would have prior to the coronavirus. But I also feel like I'm optimistic," he said.

Montalvo said there are a few questions, anyone, looking for a job should as themselves before doing an interview. First, are you looking for full-time or part-time employment? Are you willing to relocate? And the job you're looking for, does it require special certifications?