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Will My College Job Reflect Poorly On Me?

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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.

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