Headshot of Career Services Coordinator Audrey Merritt.Audrey Merritt

Audrey Merritt

Coordinator, Career Services

Liaison to College of Health Professions

Office: Polsky Building, Room 451
Phone: 330-972-7747 ext. 5568
Email: amerritt@uakron.edu


Headshot of Career Services Coordinator Audrey Merritt.

"I will be working mainly with students in the College of Health Professions. Students will have the opportunity to schedule appointments for major and/or career exploration, co-op/internship consultation, resume review, cover letter review and mock interviews. "


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

A: We will have walk-in hours, but we do encourage students to schedule appointments.

Q: Discuss the ways you can help students.

A: I will be working mainly with students in the College of Health Professions. Students will have the opportunity to schedule appointments for major and/or career exploration, co-op/internship consultation, resume review, cover letter review and mock interviews.

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 a tool that allows students to search for jobs, internships/co-ops, and to look up UA Career Service events. The tip I would recommend students for Handshake is to check Handshake often. There are new employers and new jobs posted daily. Students are surprised that there are jobs, internships and co-ops positions posted from all over the world on Handshake.

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

A: The best tip I have for a student is not using a template when writing a resume or cover letter. The templates make it difficult to format based on the template. Not using a template allows you to make changes along the way.

Q: What one interview question should students in your area be prepared for? What tips do you have for answering it? What's the best way to prepare for an interview? Do you conduct mock interviews with students?

A: An interview question that is important to be prepared for in an interview is; “Please tell me about yourself.” It is important to be prepared to describe your schooling, previous work experience and relevant experience. I always tell students to relate this question to an elevator speech. Also, I recommend the best way to prep for interviews is to make sure to review general interview questions and job relevant interview questions. This will allow you to be prepared during the interview process. We offer mock-interviews for students with questions tailored to their specific major. The mock-interviews allow the students to receive feedback in a practice setting.

Q: How can technology can make a search easier? How has it made searches more challenging? How do you overcome that?

A: Handshake can be accessed online or on their app. Accessing Handshake will allow students to search for jobs. However, it is key when searching to know key words that relate to the job position you are looking for. For example, students in the Social Work program can use the key word “social services” to help when searching for jobs.

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

A: I will be providing major and/or exploration appointments and co-op/internship consultation. I will also be providing cover letter reviews, resume reviews and mock interviews. We will have a satellite office in the Polsky Building where the students will be able to access career services.

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 opportunity for students to network with employers. Getting a chance to talk to employers and present yourself in person can be just the foot in the door some students need. You never know what kind of opportunities will pop up at the fair! The best advice for preparing is to start early. Have your resume reviewed at least a week before so you have time to make edits, do a mock interview to practice your answers and get the jitters out. The earlier and more thoroughly you prepare, the more confident you’ll feel come the day of the fair. A good strategy the day of the fair is to get plenty of sleep the night of, wake up early and eat breakfast.