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Auburn University students Danielle Kessler and Schavion Graham were named top young professionals at the Auburn University Career Center's "Dress for Success" Fashion Show and Top Young Professional Event, or TYPE.
Forty-two students uploaded their resumes to Tiger Recruiting Link, a service offered by the Career Center, where students can create a profile, post a resume, search for jobs and internships and sign up for interviews, to compete for the title of top young professional. They received feedback and critiques on their resumes, then participated in mock interviews with staff, recruiters and fellow students.
Those competing were judged on opening and first impression, resume and the interview itself. The pool was narrowed down to 25 for the event where one male and one female student were named Auburn's top young professionals.
"I think the competition is important because it helps you sharpen your job searching skills," said Jeremiah James II, a first-year graduate student in the College of Business. "Anytime you can do a mock interview or get assistance with your resume, it always helps – the more feedback, the better."
The fashion show portion of the event was presented courtesy of Dillard's through the coordination of the Auburn University Modeling Board. Tiffany Farrell, communications director for Dillard's Southeast division hosted the show, where students modeled what to wear, and what not to wear, to a job interview.
"We want to teach students what is proper attire for a professional job interview, what is considered business casual and what is not appropriate," said Melvin Smith, special events coordinator for the Auburn University Career Center.
The prize for Auburn's top young professionals was a $500 professional wardrobe from Dillard's for each student.
The Auburn University Career Center offers a number of services to assist students in determining a major, searching for jobs and internships, writing resumes and cover letters and developing interview skills. For more information on services and special events offered by the center, go to www.auburn.edu/career.
Last Updated: Sept. 6, 2011