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The Civilian Mentoring Program offered civilians the chance to discuss and improve their resumes with one-on-one sessions with senior civilian leaders during "Speed Mentoring" sessions at the Sheppard Air Force Base Solid Rock Cafe on Oct. 16.
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Civilian Mentoring hosts first ever "speed mentoring" session

Posted 10/17/2012   Updated 10/17/2012 Email story   Print story


by Kimberly Parker
82d Training Wing Public Affairs

10/17/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- On Oct. 16, the Civilian Mentoring Program offered civilians a chance to improve their resumes through a "speed mentoring" session held at the Solid Rock Café. 

Participants were broken into groups and spent five minutes with six senior civilian leaders (listed below) to receive feedback and advice on how to make their resumes stronger.

"This was a great opportunity for me to get hard core, constructive and free feedback from leaders," said Sandra Taylor, President of Civilian Mentoring and participant in the sessions.

The objectives of the speed mentoring session are to help individuals highlight their key skills and to grow professionally.

"This event is a great opportunity to get quality assistance and also to network and gain exposure," said Jeff Pittman, 361 Training Squadron Instructor Supervisor and Civilian Mentoring Program Vice President. "We have another one in the works for 2013."

About three weeks prior to the session, civilian leaders were given the participants resumes to look through and make notes and adjustments, making the session well worth the participants time with advice catered specifically to them.

"When looking through a resume, I am looking for the individual to articulate his or her skills, what sets you apart," said James Angell, 782 Training Group Director of Training & Education.

"The leaders helped me communicate what my end goal is and helped layout what I need to do to get there," said Taylor.

Each civilian leader had his or her own take on what items are most important in a resume, but overall each expressed that conveying the results or impact of one's skills are what will help make a resume stand out.

"We do not just want to see the job description, we want to see the results of what you did in your position," said Gary Stevenson, 361 Training Squadron Chief of Training.

Other important tips on resume writing offered by the civilian leaders are:

· Do your research and know your audience - be knowledgeable on the company and position you are applying for
· Appearance is key - be consistent with formatting and make sure you spell check
· Tell why you are different - what sets you apart from other candidates
· Do not be afraid to seek feedback - if you do not get chosen for a position ask the hiring manager why and then make adjustments for future opportunities
· A handout on "soft skills" was provided by Mrs. Klein and is available here
· Mr. Angell gave out, "8 Career Killing Habits" from Government Executive, which can be viewed here

Civilian Mentoring is a peer group currently made up of individuals from the three training groups and is overseen by Risa Hillard, 82 Training Group Director of Training & Education. The program offers quarterly development opportunities that include; skill path training, motivational speakers and events like speed mentoring that will help civilian employees reach their full potential.

If you are interested in serving on the Civilian Mentoring Board or want to become part of the organization, email

Senior Civilian Leaders who participated in the speed mentoring session
James Angell, 782 Training Group Director of Training & Education
Susan Awtry, 982 Training Group Director of Training & Education
Risa Hillard, 82 Training Group Director of Training & Education
Patsy Klein, 82 Training Wing Director of Training Operations
Pat Leard, 82 Force Support Squadron Chief of Manpower & Personnel
Gary Stevenson, 361 Training Squadron Chief of Training

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