“Hey mom! I gotta job!”

by   |  05.10.11  |  College Decisions, Current Students, Placement stories

Senior Finance major from Dimmitt, Texas, Kylah Riddle, is finishing up the last of her college final exams this week. She’ll walk in ACU’s Commencement ceremonies this Saturday afternoon. And Kylah already has landed a job with PFSweb, a leader in providing eCommerce solutions for some of the world’s biggest brands.

Soon to be ACU alum, Kylah Riddle has accepted a job with PFSweb

We recently sat down with Kylah to find out how she scored such an awesome job before she has even graduated!

What will you be doing for PFSweb?

The program I’ll be participating in is called the College Recruitment Program.  They chose 12 college graduates from different schools and we will all start this program on June 13th.  Through this program we will spend a week in each department of the business conducting research, doing projects and learning about that specific department and their particular duties.  The program is about six weeks long and after we’ve completed it, our managers will sit down with the recruits and will place us in the department we both feel will be our best fit.  This program is much more beneficial than being a direct hire for just one particular area because we will get to see and learn all aspects of the business as we move throughout the company, and find the best fit for our skill set and where we can make the most impact for PFSweb.

How’d you hear about the job opening?

I first heard about the job opening from Tim Johnston, Assistant Dean – Marketing Operations.  I knew about the company because Mike Willoughby, Senior Partner – President of PFSweb, helped teach a digital marketing class here in COBA.  When we learned there were openings in their college recruitment program, Mr. Johnston and Dr. Lytle (dean of COBA) both encouraged me to pursue the application and interview process.

How did the interview process work?

I posted my resume and a cover letter on the ACU CareerLink post where the job was advertised.  PFSweb chose several students to interview for the first round here on campus in the Hunter Welcome Center.  They came down and interviewed students all day.  A week later, they narrowed down their candidates and invited a smaller number to come back and interview in Plano at their U.S. headquarters. I drove to Plano and went through a whole day of interviews with several different employees and managers.  The following week they sent out offer letters.

What did you do before the interview to help you feel prepared? Mock interviews? Resume review?

Before the interview I had several meetings with Tim Johnston, Assistant Dean – Marketing Operations.  We went over my resume and highlighted what he called the “star” and applicable experiences.  He then conducted a mock interview and drilled me with questions.  I would definitely recommend to students who are searching for jobs to go through this process.  It was extremely helpful and it gave me a chance to really learn how to explain my strengths and the experiences I had while a student at ACU.

What’s one piece of advice you have for the underclassman here in COBA?

Learn and be involved in all you can while you are here. Take advantage of every opportunity to get to know your professors.  That is one thing I have truly cherished these past four years.  These professors mean more to me than just a teacher, I consider them my friends!