Radford University's College of Business and Economics (COBE) held its fifth annual Experience Business Casually career development event Friday, giving students a unique opportunity to network with business professionals who in turn provided tips for succeeding in the job and internship market.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Career Services and Community Engagement and open to all RU students, Experience Business Casually brought to campus alumni, business executives and friends in the COBE Building on Friday, Sept. 20.
Representatives from more than 30 businesses and organizations offered students expertise regarding resumes, interviews, applying for jobs, presenting a professional image, handshakes and dining etiquette. Representatives also coached students on getting into graduate school and finding passion.
Mason Whitehurst, a senior from Virginia Beach majoring in business marketing, went to Experience Business Casually to prepare himself for the months ahead when he begins applying for a job.
"I need to make sure I have everything put together," said Whitehurst, who had his resume critiqued by three different business professionals and received dining etiquette tips from Barbara Griffiths of RU Dining Services. "I'm just trying to learn to be as professional as I can for when I graduate."
Haley Schweitzer is scheduled to graduate in May and went to Experience Business Casually to "get my resume critiqued and learn more about internships because I need an internship for the summer." Schweitzer is majoring in tourism and special events with a minor in business.