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Dordt offers new on-line resumé service

By Heather S. Riblet

Society has seen dramatic changes in the past decades. Advancing technology has crept into nearly every aspect of life, conquering everything from “snail mail” to film cameras. In keeping with this trend, Dordt’s Career Services office is packing away its envelopes and stamps. As of mid-September, the office has been collaborating with College Central Network to offer a student-managed on-line résumé program.

“The idea of self-managed files requires more responsibility on the part of the students,” says Director of Career Services Ron Rynders. “We see this as a good thing, teaching students life skills that they will need to know in years to come.”

College Central Network, founded in 1996, currently offers its on-line résumé services to nearly 350 small colleges across the country, making it the leading network of small college job seekers.

Dordt registered with the network this fall and will continue to employ its services for at least one year. Rynders believes the college, students, and alums—also welcome to register free of charge—will be satisfied with the on-line résumés. When Dordt’s Career Services office did its research on College Central Network, it sought the opinions of other small, Christian colleges. Every one of them, Rynders says, loved the network.

“It has turned out to be a very desirable thing. I think the chances of us ever going back to the old system are nil,” he says.

The Career Services office expects the self-managed résumés to become an effective tool at Dordt for teaching lifelong jobs skills, including basic responsibility. Especially geared toward incoming freshmen, students are expected to stay current with their résumés, updating their records when life experiences occur, such as serving on mission trips or acquiring a new job. When students take this responsibility seriously, they will have a comprehensive file once they begin applying for internships, jobs, or graduate school.

Self-managed résumés also reduce office paperwork.

Under the previous system, the Career Services and Placement offices maintained all student records, credential files and résumés. Every student and alum was required to ask for a copy of their records before sending it to future employers. Under the new system, prospective “employers can browse all registered students, accessing their resumes electronically, and contact the students accordingly,” Rynders says.

Once students register with College Central Network, their résumés are posted on a password-protected job board. All companies must request a password before viewing Dordt’s student résumés. The password is provided only after the Career Services office confirms the company’s legitimacy.

As a result of the push towards electronic operations, Career Services will begin destroying old credential files after Jan.1, 2008. “We will no longer have office-managed credential files,” says Rynders.