Today’s workshop to focus on applying for state jobs online

A human resource professional will be on campus the week of April 6 to help guide students through the always-evolving world of online job applications, said Debra Vaughn, Student Employment and Career Services director.

Herman Johnson, a representative of Oklahoma’s Office of Personnel Management, will lead a job workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in CU3.

Johnson also will be available until 2 p.m. after the presentation to speak with students one-on-one, Vaughn said.

She said the Office of Personnel Management is the entity for all state jobs in Oklahoma. During the hour-long session, Johnson will demonstrate how the unit’s web system works.

“I know that many jobs have that (online) process in place now, but each website has its unique challenges,” Vaughn said.

“The Office of Personnel Management employs thousands of people, and is probably the largest employer in Oklahoma.

“To come to this workshop and watch the process from a real human resource professional — wow, what an opportunity. Who knows, in the future, you may be utilizing that website.”

She said Johnson will make use of an overhead projector to pull up the website and click through all necessary steps, while advising students about the Office of Personnel Management’s different divisions and types of jobs.

Although Vaughn said Student Employment and Career Services frequently hosts workshops, having an Office of Personnel Management representative on campus is a first.

“We are very excited,” she said. “We hope students will attend.”

The event is free for all students to attend, Vaughn said. Although professional dress is not required, she said she highly recommends always looking your best.

“It’s always good practice to dress professionally,” Vaughn said. “With [Johnson] being from the human resources division, you could dress professionally and ask him, ‘Do you feel that I am appropriately dressed?’”

Vaughn said Johnson should be helpful in this area.

“If the student did put a professional interview outfit together, who better to critique (it) than someone from the state agency who has human resource credentials and is in the business of advising people of how to get the best jobs?” she said.

For more information about the workshop or other opportunities offered by Student Employment and Career Services, e-mail or call 405-682-7519.

The Student Employment and Career Services offices may be found on the first floor of the Main Building, right next to the Student Life office.


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