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Human resources information and student hiring event set for Nov. 3

The Human Resources Certificate Program within the Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership in the College of Business will be hosting a Human Resources Informational and Student Hiring Event on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4-6 p.m. at the third floor Atrium of Baker University Center.

This event is designed to connect students to campus jobs, give students immediate feedback on their resume or LinkedIn profile, connect students and advisors to Human Resources faculty, and provide information about the Human Resources (HR) certificate program as well Ohio University’s HR student group (SHRM). 

During the event, students can engage with HR faculty, staff, current HR students, and favorite campus partners. In addition, student career coaches from the Career and Student Success Center in the College of Business will be providing one-minute resume and LinkedIn reviews. They will also be sharing information about their peer coaches and employer relation positions. Also, Culinary Services will be holding one-minute interviews with students interested in working in cafes and dining halls as well as HR positions such as hiring coordinators. Residence Life will also be recruiting for their resident assistant positions closing mid-November. Wellness and Recreation will be hiring wellness coaches, fitness instructors, and recreation assistants 

“I am ecstatic to bring together students, faculty, and staff to connect through HR functions such as employee recruitment, selection, development, and engagement during our event.” Shawnee Meek, associate professor of instruction and director, Human Resources Certificate Program.

“Human Resources Management can be about recruiting, hiring, developing, managing, and separating employees, but at its best, it's about inspiring better workplaces,” Meek said. “It's about transforming the workplace into an incredible employee experience, so employees are happy to come to work Monday morning. The Human Resources Certificate Program's mission is to develop HR student leaders to inspire better workplaces.”

About the Human Resources Certificate program and the student group

The Human Resources certificate provides students with numerous skills to succeed. It focuses on developing applied skills and readiness for entry-level human resources professional employment. Students embark on hands-on experiences, focusing on consulting and recruiting for live clients. Those who partake will be better equipped and qualified for student jobs, internships, and full-time jobs. Students will gain the advantage of engaging with real-life HR professionals through networking opportunities. The program also includes a formal mentorship program that is Individualized, providing support. Assessments, workshops, conferences, and competitions allow students to tune into learning more deeply. The certificate assures students a professional headshot to help them succeed. There is also alumni and executive engagement, providing students with the opportunities to engage with fellow bobcats. 

Experiential learning in classrooms is implemented in MGT 3300. Students receive firsthand experiential learning by working with a live client. In the course, students recruit and onboard for open positions. Students also attend orientation, are led by executives, and participate in facility tours to understand the benefits and policies. Students present their outcomes and learnings to the top executives at the end of the semester. They also advise them on strategies to focus on in the future. You can read more about students participating in this experiential learning program in this OHIO News article.

Certificate graduates will know HR competencies that lead to success in all careers. They will become proficient in consultation, relationship management, communication, leadership and navigation, global and cultural effectiveness, critical evaluation, business acumen, HR expertise, and ethical practice. If you want to leverage human capital, inspire better workplaces, or get behind a recruiter's mind, the program is here to help you manifest your dreams and make them happen. Certificate graduates will understand business strategy, be equipped to determine appropriate human resource management strategies and practices to deliver results, and be capable of improving organizational health and longevity. Human resources provide opportunities to succeed in various careers: talent acquisition, employee relations, talent management, labor relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, human resources management, and more. 

Students must take four courses, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Employment Law, Strategic Talent Management, and one HR-related elective. Students attend one workshop each semester and help with one recruiting event. This is a selective program that has a rolling cycle for recruitment. Students must have a 3.2 GPA and apply online.

Students who are interested in HR but don't want to study it formally also have an opportunity. The SHRM offers insight into how to positively impact the workplace, increase knowledge in HR insight and understand their rights as an employee. Students meet bi-weekly on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Copeland 118. The SHRM is open to all majors and colleges; the next meeting is Nov. 7. For more information, contact

To keep up-to-date with HR student programs, you can follow on Instagram: @OHIOhrprograms and LinkedIn.

October 27, 2022
Staff reports