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Recruiter gives students tips on landing ‘The’ job

Robin Epps of the Medical Careers Institute shows MHS seniors Candice Owens and Seth Sheppard how a physical therapist assistant measures a patient’s range of motion. Epps spoke to seniors about careers in the medical profession. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Robin Epps, a recruiter with Medical Careers Institute (MCI) in Newport News, gave a presentation on interviewing skills and resumes to three classes of juniors and seniors on March 9 at Middlesex High School.

She gave the students valuable information on medical careers as well as other jobs available and corresponding courses in technology, some of which are offered through her two-year college.

Epps also spoke of her real-life experiences as an Army retiree. She offered students pertinent information that all should know as they will soon be headed to college, a trade school, or out into the work world. She emphasized that not all students are going to a four-year institution, and yet all need to know how to obtain “The” job, as she put it.

A perfect resume is essential, according to Epps. Proofread and do not have any spelling errors, she said. It is important to keep the resume formal and brief.  Have at least 10 copies in hand as you head to the interview. She reviewed the look of the professional resume that a student should present.

Interaction with the students occurred as Epps showed each group how to use one of the instruments required on the job as a physical therapy assistant. She noted that in that particular job one could earn up to $92,000. She said the courses are intense and run between 14-18 months, but the work is rewarding. Also, jobs in the medical field are available in our current economy and will be available as these students seek jobs in the next year or two.

Epps particularly stressed preparation and promptness as key to landing “The” job that one wants. She said to have at least three questions ready for the interviewer after he/she has asked questions. Research the company for which you want to work, and let them know you are serious about the job. Be ahead of time for an interview. “The 10-minute rule” is important, she noted, as one should not arrive at 9 a.m. for an interview at 9 a.m., but arrive at least 10 minutes ahead, as there will be paperwork to fill out beforehand, and “There are all kinds of spies out there,” she said.

Dress conservatively and appropriately for the interview, including suit and tie for men and dress, suit, or pants suit for ladies. “Wear a watch,” she said, as it is an indicator to your prospective employer that you are a person who cares and will be on time for work and appointments.

posted 04.08.2009

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