Students network with SBU alumni at a Bonnies4Bonnies event.

St. Bonaventure University

Competitive Edge Certificate

The Competitive Edge Certificate (The EDGE) is a program that provides participating juniors and seniors the opportunity to develop professional skills sought by employers and graduate schools.

Two students with EDGE certificatesStudents have a year to complete a resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and elevator pitch. In addition to establishing these credentials, students will attend two seminars on topics including interviewing skills and professionalism and meet with a career counselor to discuss career goals and the participant’s progress through the program.

Program participants get a step ahead of the competition for intern and job opportunities by developing confidence in their ability to communicate and to present themselves in professional settings. Those who complete the program earn a certificate that is a prestigious addition to any resume and a St. Bonaventure University padfolio.

Benjamin Allen, '23

EDGE helped me create a LinkedIn profile that grabs attention and projects my career path to future employers, write an effective cover letter, and develop a well-prepared elevator pitch. I highly recommend it to all students.

EDGE program requirements

  • Interested juniors and seniors must register to participate. Registration runs for about a two-week period at the start of the fall semester. Space in the program is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged.
  • All program requirements must be completed by April of the spring semester. Students who complete all program requirements will receive a certificate and be recognized at a reception.

EDGE program recognition

Students at Etiquette Dinner
  • An EDGE with Distinction certificate and a letter of achievement from the university president await those who complete EDGE requirements, participate in three experiences, and answer reflection questions. Examples of the experiences include:
  • Etiquette Dinner (photo at right)
  • Employer information session
  • Bonnies4Bonnies networking program
  • Service opportunities
  • Other experiences approved by the program coordinator

2021-22 EDGE program participants

These 2021-2022 juniors and seniors worked individually with a career counselor to develop their credentials and skills sought by employers and graduate schools.