Business, FFA, Cosmetology work on interview skills

Published 8:05 am Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Ag and Food Science Technology and cosmetology students at Riverland Community College worked with Austin businesses to learn how to write a proper resume.

Businesses also conducted mock interviews with students.

Students were asked to find a job listing and prepare a cover letter and resume.

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Each employer provided constructive criticism and feedback.

“It was a great experience,” said club secretary Hayley Wedin. “I never had this type of training before. I hope to use the experience to receive an internship.”

Business people included United Way of Mower County, Hormel Foods Corp., Farmers State Bank of Hartland, Albert Lea and Freeborn, and the Mower County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Club adviser Nick Schiltz said he hopes to expand on the event next year.

“The Riverland Ag and Food Science Technology Club’s Mock Interview event provides value to not only our Agricultural and Food Science Technology students but students across the college as a whole.

“Each student, regardless of degree specialization, will need to have a resume crafted and scrutinized, as well as training on preparing cover letters.

“Very importantly, they will need to be able to speak with employers and sell themselves confidently on their background and the passion for the chosen career they are pursuing.”