Placement & Career Services Hosts CV Writing Workshop

By Lisa J. Laiser

On March 10, 2022, the Placement and Career Service (PACS) office hosted a CV writing workshop facilitated by Mrs. Diana Kolek Olwangu, a business coach and strategy consultant.

Over 70 students from various undergraduate and graduate programs attended the workshop, where they were taught how to create a CV that serves as an effective marketing tool and impresses potential employers. Mrs. Olwangu emphasized the importance of using strong action verbs, writing the CV from the employer's point of view, and tailoring the CV to each application.

Students learned how to package their skills and experience in an increasingly competitive job market during the session. Students were encouraged to participate in a variety of campus activities that hone their soft skills, which are highly valued by most employers. Mrs. Olwangu also stressed the significance of networking when looking for an internship or a job. The session also covered important CV writing do's and don'ts that many applicants overlook during the application process.

Ms. Patricia Gichuki, a Career & Placement Officer at PACS, emphasized the importance of quantifying achievements, identifying one's unique value proposition (UVP), and actively building a strong brand that is consistent not only on LinkedIn and on the CV, but also offline and on other social media platforms. She also encouraged students to start developing their portfolios and engaging with employers in their desired industry.

Students who attended the workshop gave positive feedback, describing it as engaging and informative.

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