Michigan Works employment services facilitator Joe Genest leads a résumé writing workshop for Roseville High School students Jan. 18 at Kment Elementary.

Michigan Works employment services facilitator Joe Genest leads a résumé writing workshop for Roseville High School students Jan. 18 at Kment Elementary.

Photo by Sean Work


Michigan Works holds resume writing workshop for RHS students

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 19, 2018

 Genest shows a graphic designer résumé example to Roseville High School students during a résumé writing workshop at Kment Elementary.

Genest shows a graphic designer résumé example to Roseville High School students during a résumé writing workshop at Kment Elementary.

Photo by Sean Work

ROSEVILLE — Joe Genest, of Michigan Works, facilitated a résumé-writing workshop for Roseville High School students at Kment Elementary Jan. 18 to learn the basics of a résumé and how to write a cover letter and a thank-you letter. 

During Genest’s PowerPoint presentation, students were able to ask questions and view examples of résumés. 

Genest told the students that their résumés should stand out when submitted to employers. 

“The biggest thing about your résumé is to be creative with it. All of you have the potential of being a creative individual. Make your résumé stand out,” said Genest. 

An applicant’s résumé should have the same branding if it continues to a second page, in case it gets separated from the first page.

When describing a graphic designer’s résumé, Genest said that “color is in.” 

“This is a colorized world — open it up,” he said. 

Genest went in-depth, explaining how to make résumés more eye-catching for employers.

“Years and years and years ago, they told you to keep your résumé short and sweet and right to the point. Today, short and sweet doesn’t cut it anymore. You have to use keywords and get creative,” said Genest.  

Along with getting creative, Genest suggested adding college and previous employers’ logos to résumés. 

Transitioning from résumés to social media, Genest wanted the students to know that companies use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to their advantage. 

“Something that you’re going to want to consider as you get older is getting a LinkedIn; that’s a professional account,” said Genest. 

Using keywords such as “transferable skills” and avoiding the use of “I” was something that Genest said an employer would see while reading cover letters. 

Cover letters allow applicants to “introduce themselves” to an employer before they get a chance to do so, according to Genest, which is why he stressed the point of editing and proofreading all documents before submitting them. 

Roseville High School senior Jordyn Cusmano — who plans to become a registered nurse — asked multiple questions during the workshop and told the Eastsider what she learned from Genest. 

“I learned ways to make my résumé stand out and not make things short. I need to be open and descriptive,” said Cusmano. 

The Michigan Works Association provides services and support to Michigan’s workforce development system, according to its website. Cusmano said she wasn’t “100 percent sure,” but she would think about joining a Michigan Works program after having experienced the résumé workshop.

For more information on Michigan Works! visit www.michiganworks.org.