Hello! My name is Natalia Alfaro and I am a Senior Public Health major here at UMBC. I am also a Career Peer at the UMBC Career Center. Did you ever wonder what we Career Peers do? I would love to tell you!
As a Career Peer, I am a source of advice for career resources guidance and a conversational guide for those with no experience with resume writing. One of my main responsibilities is to provide feedback to students on their resumes and cover letters during our daily drop-in hours. I advise students on professional document formatting, efficiently communicating their accomplishments, and understanding the technical aspects of resume and cover letter writing.
I also present Career Center workshops. This means collaborating with various student organizations and classes to provide students the opportunity to learn about the resources provided by the Career Center and details about the job search process. Workshop topics can range from learning how to pick a major to job search tips to learning how to navigate networking platforms like Retrievers Connect and Linkedin, and more.
Being a Career Peer is a very enriching experience. I have learned a great deal about professional resume writing and career development via interacting with students and direct training from the Career Center staff. I have also been able to learn how to better my own career goals by using the various resources available from the Career Center and attending networking events. Before becoming a Career Peer, I would not necessarily have accessed as many Career Center resources; however, this opportunity has empowered me to feel confident in my abilities and has given me skills to network and begin my path to achieve my career goals.
I highly encourage students to go to the UMBCCareer Center website to learn more about resources on major tools, networking and more! For help or if you have any curiosity in seeking resume review support there are a few options:
Express Drop-in services hours are anytime Monday-Friday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm (last student seen at 3:45pm) in the Career Center, Math/Psychology building, 201.
Schedule a resume review with the Internship & Employment or Career Specialist teams.
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