From polishing up resumes to tweaking interview skills, CAFNR students have multiple opportunities to improve job-search readiness

Based on recent events, CAFNR could change its name to the College of Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources … and Professional Development.

In preparation for the CAFNR Internship and Career Fair, held on Sept. 26, CAFNR Career Services hosted a variety of events to improve students resumes and interview skills so that they can land their dream jobs.

Forty-one students attended the Resume Writing Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The students learned how to write a good resume. They edited example resumes and also received feedback from their peers. Rachel Bagnell, an agricultural education and leadership student, said she was given useful examples, free resume paper and, most importantly, free pizza.

Jill Moreland, MU agribusiness instructor, stressed the importance of having a resume that will secure an internship position.

Most students are securing two or three internship experiences during their college career, so it’s critical each student has a resume ready,” Moreland said.

Matt Arri, coordinator of CAFNR Career Services, said the event was designed specifically to prepare students’ resumes for the upcoming Career and Internship Fair. Arri explained that in his two years as coordinator of CAFNR Career Services, he has worked to elevate the curriculum provided at these events. He stressed the importance of students perfecting their resumes because they could present them to potentially 147 employers at the career fair, a record number for CAFNR.

Arri believes that as an individual you can have a fantastic resume, but without interview skills you might not be able to land a job. For this reason, CAFNR Career Services also hosted an Interviewing Workshop on Monday, Sept. 10. Students that attended this workshop received handouts that provided information on types of interviews, possible interview questions and how to prepare effective answers.

“These events demonstrate our commitment to helping our students,” Arri explained.

Students can find a multitude of additional professional development events at the Career Services office in the Agriculture Building or on the CAFNR Career Services website. Some of the other events held in September were the Conquering the Career Fair Workshop, Budgeting and Financial Planning Workshop, Mock Interviews with Employers, Mad Dash Resume Reviews with Employers, and the How to Evaluate an Employer Workshop.

These workshops allowed students to be in contact with employers related to their major. This opportunity highlights Arri’s main goal of, “connecting people.”

Claire Shipp

About the Author Claire Shipp

Hey y'all! My name is Claire Shipp. I am a freshman at the University of Missouri majoring in agricultural education and leadership with a minor in science and agricultural communications. While I am new to the University, I am excited to be a part of Mizzou Greek Life and the Honors College. I hope to become involved in Mizzou Alternative Breaks, Student Government and other service or professional development organizations. My hometown, Chillicothe, Missouri, is known as the “Home of Sliced Bread.” My hometown is also the main factor in my involvement in the agriculture industry. Even though I was raised in a predominantly agriculture-based community, my family had no connection to agriculture. However, at a young age I became involved in 4-H and the National FFA Organization. While journalism and Corner Post are new to me, I am excited to grow in my communication and research skills this semester. I hope to learn more about Missouri agriculture, CAFNR, and the University of Missouri. In addition, I am eager to develop my voice as a writer, and begin sharing my passion with all of you!