Headshot of Career Services Coordinator Audrey Merritt.Serena Draper Hendershot

Serena Draper Hendershot

Coordinator, Career Services

Liaison to College of Applied Science and Technology

Office: Student Union, Room 211
Phone: 330-972-4843
Email: sld88@uakron.edu


Headshot of Career Services Coordinator Serena Draper.

"Career fairs are a great place to network with potential employers and also to be able to personally hand them your resume so that they are able to put a face to the name. It makes it easier to build long lasting connections."


Q: Can students simply drop by, or how would you prefer that they schedule time with you?

A: Students can drop by the office for walk-ins, or they can make an appointment through Handshake.

Q: Discuss the ways you can help students.

A: As coordinators for Career Services, we help students navigate the pathways to successful experiences and future careers, such as resume building, search for a job, internship or co-op, grad school; major/career exploration etc. Also, to gain more experiences, we encourage students to join student organizations by directing them to Student Life.

Q: Why should students use Handshake? Do you have a Handshake power tip? What are students surprised to learn that they can do in Handshake?

A: Handshake is our main resource in the office. Students can schedule appointments with us through there and create a profile that they are able to upload resume and cover letters to. Students can search for jobs and internships, and, when given permission, employers are able to check out their profiles.

Q: What's the best tip you have for those writing a resume or cover letter? How can you help students prepare both?

A: We remind students that a resume and cover letter are very different. When writing a resume, avoid long paragraphs and use concise phrases that include action verbs. While writing a cover letter, it is three to four brief paragraphs explaining why you submitted your resume describing a certain position. We help students build the tools that market their best qualities­  — defining who they so that they can stand out to employers.

Q: What is the best career advice you have received?

A: To obtain as many internship experiences as possible. In my time as an undergraduate, I utilized Career Services very frequently and after getting my third internship, I was asked to continue on full-time after graduating.

Q: What career services are you going to provide that students want to know about?

A: One of the services we want students to know about is Focus2, which is important for students to define their interests and skill sets when choosing a major or career. Also, when attending our events or coming by our offices, we are able to provide students with career planning checklists that go year by year to ensure they will be career ready in their future endeavors.

Q: Why should students attend the next career fair? What's your best advice for preparing? What's a good strategy the day of?

A: Career fairs are a great place to network with potential employers and also to be able to personally hand them your resume so that they are able to put a face to the name. It makes it easier to build long lasting connections even before a job search. Prepare for a career fair by having multiple copies of your resume on hand and having an elevator speech to give when networking.