Gaining Experience for the Job Search

Here’s a scenario: You just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. You walk into your first job interview and up to this point, you’ve done everything right. You’re dressed professionally, followed up before the interview and have everything you need for the interviewer.

You sit down and the employer looks you in the eye and asks, “What kind of experience can you bring to this position and company/organization?”

How are you going to answer this question? 

Acquiring experience for your resume and speaking about it in interviews is crucial to landing the job you want.

While gaining this experience proves to be difficult in certain circumstance, UW-Whitewater offers various opportunities to fill your resume with valuable skills.

Not every job seeker is given the chance to intern in a professional environment, so it is crucial for students to be aware of the resources and possible employment opportunities available to be successful in the job search.

The Student Involvement Office in the James R. Connor University Center helps students find campus jobs, clubs and organizations to join and volunteer opportunities on campus and within the region.

From interning for departments on campus to working in student-ran offices, the Student Involvement Office will help any student find their place to develop professional skills on campus.

Another resource for finding internship or employment opportunities on campus is through the Career Counselors that work in Career & Leadership Development.

These professionals are dedicated to helping students find ways to fill their resume with content that will impress any employer. Appointments with one of the Career Counselors can be made by calling (262) 472-5539.

While interning on campus is one of the easiest ways to gain experience for your resume, not everyone is exactly interested in working in an office.

Just ask Ron Swanson.

Participating in community service opportunities is another great way to fill your resume with meaningful experiences.

From joining a service organization to participating in events like Make -A-Difference Day, gaining volunteer and community service experience is a great strategy in gaining content for your resume.

More information on community service opportunities can be found here.

Now that you have a better idea of what to put on your resume, you’ll be able to answer the question posed by the employer.

You’ll be more confident about your chances of getting hired. You’ll be able to talk about all of the great things you’ve accomplished during your time at UW-Whitewater. Finally, you’ll be successful in finding your dream job.