I'm planning to apply for an RA position here at my school for this fall, and I have to write a resume. Since I will just be starting my sophomore year, I will probably have to make a really good impression to get the job. However, I've never really had to write a resume before, and I could use some advice.
I did have one steady job for about a year and a half, but the experience there probably doesn't apply to being an RA. I suppose I should play up the Girl Scout/good behavior stuff?
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Skip the objective. They're all the same. "Looking for a position that will utilize my skills, experience, etc." Blah. Blah. Blah.
Put your best asset up first. If it's education, that goes up top. If it's work experience that goes. And yes, include the work experience even it it wasn't the same as what you're applying for - it still shows an ability to hold down a job and be responsible.
No gaps. If your work experience ends in May 2000, then you need to put something that starts in June 2000, even if it's "Full-time student, XXY college"
Do not go over one page. Do include a separate cover letter and that is where you talk about what you're looking for and why you think you should have the position. The cover letter is in many cases more important than the resume, my mom the HR guru never looks at resumes if the cover letter is bad. Her reasoning is that there are tons of resume help programs and places that will help you write one but most people write their cover letter themselves, so it tells her more about the person. If you can't write a grammatically correct, coherent letter then she doesn't want you.
This sounds stupid, but don't forget your contact information and be sure the numbers you put there have voice mail or an answering machine, even if you have to put down your parents number. My mom will also refuse to hire people she can't get in touch with. I've seen her throw away a resume after trying to call someone and not getting an answer and saying "If they wanted a job they'd have voice mail." Of course, Mom can be tough.
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Look at samples of good resumes from someone you know who hires people. When I wrote my first resume, my dad brought home about a dozen from work that the HR person told him were good ones.
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My job is kind of tricky to describe. I worked retail at a gaming store, and I was usually the only one working. I did everything from cleaning the bathroom to supervising crowds of people for events. Sometimes all I did was just hang out and chat with customers. So...how does this sound?
quote:Regularly supervised events and gatherings of as many as 30 people, assisted customers and answered questions, attended the register and phone, straightened merchandise and kept the store clean, balanced multiple tasks and responsibilities.