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Jon Sakurai-Horita, University of Hawaii at Hilo’s career adviser, leads a
resume-writing workshop in late February.
‘What is the next step?’
UH-Hilo works to keep students on
right track during and after college
Can your resume “market
you” in 20 seconds?
According to Jon Sakurai-
Horita, the answer should be
yes. That’s how long employers
spend scanning a resume
at first glance, he says.
“When an employer initially
looks at a resume, they are just
skimming through it to get some
general information about the candidate,”
Sakurai-Horita said. “That
first skimming takes about 20 seconds.
If they are still interested in the
candidate, they will read the resume
in more detail. If they are not interested,
they move on to the next.”
Sakurai-Horita is the University
of Hawaii at Hilo’s new on-site
career adviser. He helps students
hone their resumes, prepare graduate
school applications, search
for jobs and practice interviews.
He also leads group workshops
and presentations on campus and
helps students explore options to
determine their best-fit career.
Sakurai-Horita is part of an effort
underway at UH-Hilo to bolster
its career services and help students
succeed after graduation.
“Students are coming here to
UH-Hilo, and they are looking at,
‘What is the next step?’” Sakurai-
Horita said. “Some people come to
college just for the education but not
many. Most come to college as a steppingstone
for whatever career they
are looking for. So career services
works with them not only as students
but also after they graduate. We help
them get to where they want to be.”
Sakurai-Horita is a Hilo native with
more than 40 years of career-advising
By KIRSTEN JOHNSON
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