New resume program created for campus freshmen

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A resume critique program for freshmen has been implemented at the Center for Career Development.  File Photo / The Daily Campus.

A resume critique program for freshmen has been implemented at the Center for Career Development. File Photo / The Daily Campus.

The University of Connecticut’s Center for Career Development has begun a resume critique program for freshmen, which will be a guiding force in helping them with their future careers.

Rita Tonleu, a resume critic, said the program is beneficial to students.

“This will help freshmen in the long run to possibly get jobs in their futures,” Tonleu said. “This will give them access to future internships and jobs.” 

Tonleu said in the program, students participate in workshops to help with building resumes. It is part of the resume writing assignment for freshmen UNIV classes.

According to the Center for Career Development (CCD) website, the 20-minute critique sessions are offered daily. 

Tonleu said the program helps students create effective resumes. 

“We try and guide students to use any and all the resources available,” Tonleu said. 

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This will help freshmen in the long run to possibly get jobs in their futures.
— Rita Tonleu, Resume critic

According to Tonleu, after workshops, there are presentations which are part of the first year experience. This step is where marks are made with suggestions on their resumes.

The Center for Career Development critiques over 175 students’ resumes per week, Tonleu said.

Additionally, students can make appointments at the CCD and search for potential internships, co-ops and jobs through UConn’s partnership with Handshake, Tonleu said.

Ana Clara Blesso, Associate Director of Career Coaching and Experiential Learning at the Center for Career Development, said this program is popular among students. 

“It is a popular service and it’s a great way to engage with our office,” Blesso said. “Slots are consistently full.” 

Blesso said these critiques benefit students who are looking to make their resumes stronger.  

“It is always good to have another experienced set of eyes looking at the students’ resumes,” Blesso said.  

Blesso said the program is free of any personal opinions regarding the students’ resumes. 

“This is a judgement-free environment,” Blesso said. “We want to have an inclusive one.” 

Resume critiquers get hired through internships, according to Blesso. They get trained for several weeks by several staff writers and can apply in February. 

Blesso said the career center has seen many students come back for appointments. 

“We see students come back regularly,” Blesso said. “This shows how much students benefit from the program.”

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the resume critique program is facilitated by UConn’s Writing Center and stated inaccurately the number of students who use the program and the purpose of Handshake. The article has been corrected with the accurate information.


Anthony Zepperi is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at anthony.zepperi@uconn.edu.

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