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Applying for an on campus job, resume help!

MicaylawMicaylaw Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited July 2013 in College Life
I'm applying for an on-campus job at my college and I've never made a resume before. This job is incredibly important to me because I will need a job if I attend this school and an on-campus job that is close is ideal. I want my resume to be as perfect as it can so I'm asking for help on writing it/proofreading it. The resume architect that my school gave me is JobSpice.com so it seems relatively simple, I just want to make sure that I'm putting what I can...

Okay, so for
-Coursework - do I put EVERY class I took in high school?
-Education - I'm an incoming freshman and classes start in the fall; should I put my College, major, and dates?
- Address - Which address do I put? The school's, my dorms (if it's accessible), or home?
- Objective - I'll be applying for many jobs, do I use the same objective? For example, the job I primary want is a barista position at my school's Starbucks.

Sorry for all of the questions, thank you!
Post edited by Micaylaw on

Replies to: Applying for an on campus job, resume help!

  • fluteloopfluteloop Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    Coursework -You might want to check, but for my school, this is the times you are currently in class so they will never schedule you while you should be in class.
    Education - Put your high school and your graduation date and then your current major and expected graduation date.
    Address - This might be where your paycheck is sent, so put your dorm.
    Objective - I'm not really sure about this one.
  • baktraxbaktrax Registered User Posts: 2,563 Senior Member
    Try to check with your career services center (or their website, if you're not on campus). They will likely have resources for preparing a resume (or a quick google search will probably come up with something similar). Colleges may also have tips for resumes for freshmen who do not have very much work experience, as this is fairly common.

    I wouldn't put any coursework (and definitely DO NOT list every course you took in high school), unless you are applying for a position that has direct relevance to a class you took (i.e. you are applying for a lab tech position and you've taken a laboratory course). If you're applying for a barista position, you're coursework will likely be irrelevant.

    For education, you can put your college and perhaps your expected graduation date--that way they know you are a student and what year you are.

    For the address, sometimes what I do is put a permanent address (my home address) and my local or current address, since I moved around a lot. It shouldn't matter too much. If you're hired, you'll probably fill out paperwork where you'll put an address you want them to contact you through or how you want to get your check.

    If you're applying to many jobs, you should change the objective for every job. In general, you should tailor your resume to every job you apply to, but if you don't have very much experience, there likely won't be very much to change so you don't have to worry about that too much.

    Don't worry too much about your resume being perfect--especially if you're a freshman applying for an on campus job. They won't be expecting anything amazing, just something simple that shows you're responsible, maybe have some experience, or have enough respect not to turn in something riddled with typos. If you're applying for a barista position, I would imagine they would be most concerned with your class schedule (or what times you are available to work) and if you have any relevant experience.
  • AmicaMomAmicaMom Registered User Posts: 175 Junior Member
    Unless you are putting the specific job you are applying for under objective, leave the objective off completely. Generic objectives - "A challenging position where I can contribute.... blah blah blah" are totally out-of-fashion and hiring manager/HR person eye-roll inducing as they are usually a bunch of BS.

    If you've ever had a volunteer or paid position that is related to the job you're applying for, customize your resume so that portion is prominent.
  • MicaylawMicaylaw Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Thank you guys! I only have 2 interviews so far, but your advice really helped.
  • NorthernbadgerNorthernbadger Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Address: Put both addresses, list the dates showing when the addresses are in effect. This is important if your resume sits around for awhile and the employer wants to contact you in the fall. Actually, your cell number is how you'll be contacted.

    Course work: Completely irrelevant for the types of job you're looking at now. If you clog your resume with too much stuff, it will just be annoying. I'd keep your list of past educational accomplishments very brief (ie you graduated from high school). If you got some honors, that is worth mentioning. That shows that you are a hard worker.

    What employers are looking for is this: reliability--you will show up on time and do a good job every day. Your resume should stress how responsible you are. Have you stuck with a job for a long period in the past?

    In your interview, you may find a way to indicate that you will value this job and that holding onto a job is important to you.

    Dressing for interview: look nice, but not over the top. Obviously (except it isn't obvious to some) don't go for hotness.

    If you've held jobs in the past, assuming you're certain of good references--use them for references.

    Your school probably has on- campus jobs listed on its website. My daughter wasn't eligible for work-study, but she still got a campus job. It involves a lot of down time, so she can study at work. That is a sweet deal.

    Good luck!
  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,659 Senior Member
    Both addresses if available. Also a phone number and email address (make sure it's professional sounding, e.g. your name @ whatever.com not partyanimal @ whatever.com)

    Leave the courses out. If you've declared a major, you could include that under education.

    If you don't have a lot of previous work experience, think about the kinds of skills you've developed doing volunteer work or extracurriculars - fundraising? managing people? public speaking?
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