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A student and a career counselor talk together.Noon

The rain abates and the skies clear by lunch time.

By then, 21 students have dropped by Resume Riot, a day-long opportunity offered by the Office of Career Services for students to sit with a Gateway counselor for a quick, one-on-one critique of documents used for all facets of career development.

At the moment, counselors are helping students with their resumes needed to apply for the January externship program. Recently, career services offered a resume drop-off, where students’ resumes were critiqued and picked up later that day or early the next day.

Racks on the wall of the career services office on the second floor of Hogg Hall hold sample resumes for each class year and in specific fields, as well as lists of action verbs, cover letter samples, interviewing handouts, grad school timelines, and many more.

Among the most common mistakes in resume creation? “The order,” Haney says. “You start with present first” then work backward. Verb tenses are another frequent difficulty, where consistency is key.

“There’s no way to say when it’s busiest,” says Kathy Haney, a part-time office assistant. At one moment, when the rain was roaring outside, the line was five deep for the Resume Riot. Now only a handful of students are seated at circular tables with Gateway counselors.

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