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Student job seekers get extra polish

May 06, 2011 12:00AM

Shawn Naccarato, director of planned giving, shows Ossai Ifeanyi, a senior from Nigeria, how to tie a necktie at Career Makeover.

PSU students got some extra polish May 5 for those important upcoming job interviews. The Office of Career Services hosted "Career Makeover: From Handshakes to Haircuts," where students learned everything from the art of the handshake to how to tie a necktie and the proper way to accessorize an outfit.

Mindy Cloninger, director of Career Services, said Career Makeover is designed to give students an opportunity to polish themselves as they begin their job searches.
"Competition can be stiff for some available jobs," Cloninger said, "so it is important that students prepare themselves well to make a good first, second and third impression."

In addition to the usual advice on resumes and cover letters, students at the event could sign up for a haircut, get their shoes shined and even practice their dining table etiquette. Breakout sessions Breakout sessions covered ethics, social networking, interviewing tips from an HR expert and public speaking. PSU alumna Linda Gottschalk, a child development specialist for Hallmark Cards, wrapped up the event with an address, "From Playground to Campus and Back Again."

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