Academics

Peer Consultants

Highly trained in skills like resume development, networking and interviewing, the peer consultants provide one-on-one assistance to their fellow classmates during convenient evening hours.

To help us deliver the right amount of personal attention, the CSO employs a staff of peer consultants who are trained on:

  • Resume development and critique
  • Cover letter/personal statement review
  • Job/internship search strategies
  • Effective networking and using LinkedIn.com
  • Mock interviews
  • Personal branding assistance

Peer consultants are available Monday through Thursday from 5-8 pm in the CSO.

You can schedule an appointment on  Handshake. (Need help? The friendly folks at the CSO welcome desk can walk you through the process.) Drop-ins are welcome, too!

Please come to your appointment with a draft resume or list of jobs, leadership positions, and activities in which you have participated. Not sure how to get started on a resume draft? Check out our resume development resources for information.

Peer Consultant Resume Development Process

To provide the greatest service to Alma College students, we take a comprehensive approach to resume development and critique. Many students have multiple appointments and/or communicate with us via email. Here’s what you can expect:

Stage One:

  • If you have a resume, we’ll provide a critique based on the CSO’s standards for resumes. If your document needs significant work, we’ll suggest another appointment to review the changes you make.
  • If you don’t have a resume, we’ll cover resume development and help you brainstorm content and determine format. We’ll suggest another appointment to provide a critique of your first draft.

Stage Two:

  • We’ll review your resume in its current state and provide additional suggestions. Depending on your progress, you may have additional appointments at this stage.
  • When your resume is ready we will pass it to the Career Development professional staff members, who will critique it and return the edits to us.

Stage Three:

  • We will arrange an appointment with you to review the professional staff’s edits. At the conclusion of this appointment, you should have a final resume that has the CSO’s approval. 

 Note: This entire process can take 2-3 weeks, depending on the amount of time you have to spend on your resume. It’s lengthy, but worth it to develop a polished resume!