Boys & Girls Club members getting job tips from pro

Quinn Kumfer (standing), marketing manager at Specialty Entrance Technologies, gives a lesson on how to create a resume to members of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Keystone Club on July 31. Listening are (from left) Adin Ivey, Kristina Parker, Gabby Minick, Corbin Bolding and Braxton Craft. The group will continue with classes on Aug. 14 and 21.
Quinn Kumfer (standing), marketing manager at Specialty Entrance Technologies, gives a lesson on how to create a resume to members of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Keystone Club on July 31. Listening are (from left) Adin Ivey, Kristina Parker, Gabby Minick, Corbin Bolding and Braxton Craft. The group will continue with classes on Aug. 14 and 21. Photo provided.

Members of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County are getting tips on how to make themselves stand out from the crowd when looking for the job they want.

The teens – members of the Keystone Club – have been through one class in which they learned the proper techniques for creating a resume. Quinn Kumfer, marketing manager at Urbana-based Specialty Entrance Tech- nologies, says the partnership with the Boys & Girls Club is aimed at giving the youth a leg-up over their competition in the job market.

“This workshop shows kids ages 15 to 18 the proper techniques for creating a resume for today’s world,” Kumfer states. “Putting emphasis on community outreach and volunteer experience, considering relevant job experience doesn’t apply to people their age.”

The Keystone members came to the workshop with a resume they currently have to use as a starting point. The next class on Aug. 14 will show them how to strip out the “filler” and load their resumes with real accomplishments, which will “put them ahead of their cohorts when it comes time to secure their first serious position,” Kumfer says.

A third class, on Aug. 21, will focus on how to leverage the social media platform LinkedIn to help secure meaningful job opportunities. Included are writing blogs, making connections, messaging human resources directors for follow-ups, recording messages with their phones and other methods to help them get ahead of the pack.