USM Career Services introduces new student workshops

Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) – Southern Miss Career Services is kicking off the spring semester by introducing "Backpack to Briefcase," a series of new workshops to help students in the transition from college to the workplace.

The series will consist of three events, each focusing on a different aspect of the job search, such as how to network or dress professionally. Each workshop will feature speakers from outside of the university to give more of a "real-world" perspective.

"It's important that students start preparing for the job search early on, rather than a month or two before graduation," said Career Services director Rusty Anderson. "These workshops will help students of all majors and classifications begin that transition, so when the time comes they'll be more confident and prepared to approach employers."

Career Services will begin the series on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. with a workshop, titled "Facebooking Your Future," in Union Room B. The one-hour event will show the importance of using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to make a great first impression with professionals.

Samantha McCain of the American Red Cross and Thomas Broadus of Mississippi Public Broadcasting will serve as speakers for the first event. Both are USM alumni and social media experts.

The workshops will occur once every month during the spring semester and are open to students of all majors and classifications.

For more information, please visit or call 601.266.4253.

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