Dear Experts, I am about to start sending out resumes for a new job, close to graduation in December. I have been working at my school's cafeteria for the past 3 years for the Room and Board program. It is great during school, because all my living expenses are paid for less than 20 hours a week. I have a question about my resume, because I can't really put that I've worked in a cafeteria for the last 3 years and nothing else. Should I get a quick internship, and then put only that on my resume? Or put nothing as past work experience and just put clubs and activities I am involved in? Here is how the T.A.P. experts answered on Twitter: @heatherhuhman Q#123 Agree w/other experts, but an internship isn't a bad idea. Can help determine if you like your field! @dawnbugni Q#123 Rez not about the job title, it's solid presentation of skills & benefits. Doesn't matter where learned. @resumesrevealed Q#123 Do put wkg ur way thru sch on ur resume; learned valuble CustSvc/Rel Mgmnt skills; own it; put postv spin on it. @louise_fletcher Q#123 Agree with everyone else - include work experience and talk about what makes you good at it! @kgrantcareers Q#123 List all experience and positions including clubs and memberships. Look @ job descriptions and customize res 4 jobs. @gradversity Q#123 Include all work experience & activities. It shows a lot about your character having worked through school. @juliaerickson Q#123 Ditto others; call it "Food Service Associate" - 3 yrs gd record; what skills lrnd? also inc activities. @keppiecareers Q#123 Focus on key skills and accomplishments in job. Think service, team, initiative, etc. Leverage on resume. @ValueIntoWords Q#123 DO include current job; think: how did my actions improve productivity/efficiencies? @DebraWheatman Q#123 Cafeteria experience leverages communication and organization. Add it! Additional internship can help too. @askamanager Q#123 When you have little experience, what you DO have matters. Cafeteria job stays, but get an internship too if you can. Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
May 14, 2009