Writing a Student Resume
If you’re still in college, chances are you haven’t had the opportunity to hold down many impressive jobs in between late-night studying and late-night socializing. So if you’re putting together a resume for a potential employer, you may wonder how in the world you can create something that will get you hired for that coveted internship or even a part-time job at your favorite music store. The key is to play up your strengths and include items that make the most of your background, education, work experience, and interests. The following tips will help you craft a student resume that will make you stand out from the crowd.
• Put your education front and center. Assuming that your work experience is pretty limited (two summers of waitressing doesn’t qualify as extensive work experience—unless you’re applying to be a waitress), you need to place the education section of your resume at the top. If you have a great overall GPA, make sure that’s in big, bold letters. If your major GPA is far superior, include that number instead. Lacking much real-world experience, potential bosses have to go by how well you applied yourself to your studies to try to predict how well you would apply yourself to their position.
• Point out honors and awards. These may not matter 10 years down the road when your career is in full swing, but right now they may hold some sway—kind of like a stellar GPA. If you’ve received any awards or honors (Dean’s List, Sophomore Journalism Award, French Student of the Year, etc.) make sure you compile that list in an “Honors” section.
• Highlight experience gained through classes. Say you want to nail down an internship at a publishing house. List classes that have prepared you for this opportunity and the skills you’ve gained through outstanding class work. If you took a PR course and learned to write killer press releases, put that fact in your resume. If a Professional Writing course taught you how to compose professional acceptance and rejection letters (for all of those manuscripts at the publishing house), list that proficiency.
• Include your part-time jobs. Logging 15 hours a week at your local coffeehouse isn’t typically a ladder to an accounting job, but your can put a positive spin on experience that may not seem relevant. Think about what your responsibilities were, and list those instead of a cold, hard job description. For example, did you help train a fellow barista? Were you in charge of totaling receipts from the day’s sales? Did you develop a new menu that better highlighted the coffee products? These responsibilities include elements of HR, accounting, and marketing. Think creatively, but make sure it can all be verified by your previous employer.
• Sort through your hobbies and volunteer work. Hopefully by now you’ve been involved with at least some volunteer work. Whether that means conducting a fundraiser for your fraternity or sorority or finding time to tutor kids in your favorite subject. Whatever your experience, turn it into something potential employers can use. If you coordinated a bake sale for your sorority, translate your results into numbers that demonstrate a job-related ability. For example: “Under my leadership, this endeavor raised profits by 50% over last year’s totals.” And if you haven’t spent time on volunteer work, make sure you put that at the top of your to-do list—soon!
• Emphasize your skills. This includes both “hard” and “soft” skills. By the time they get to college, most students have a thorough understanding of a variety of computer hardware and software, which is critically important in any workplace today. Describe your familiarity with technical applications—especially those that relate directly to the job for which you’re applying. Just as important today are “soft” skills such as interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills, and teamwork skills. You can list these alone, but it’s more effective to include a one-line account as well. Under teamwork, you may say, “Worked effectively as part of a four-member team to write a proposal to bring a soccer program to campus.”
• Make sure employers are able to reach you. If you have a temporary address on campus, as well as a permanent address, add them both to the top of your resume, along with both phone numbers, your cell number, and your e-mail address. You want potential employers to be able to get in touch with you whether you’re home for the weekend or on campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to do well at a waitress job-remembering menu, duties?
I am thinking of applying for a server job at a local steak house. I have trouble with remembering and I was wondering if this job is for me?
Is it okay to write things down that I have to say-like specials on the menu or things I need to help me remember when talking to the guests?
How do you remember everything, for those that are waitresses now?
I want to apply since they have been looking for people for a year to apply there.
It seems like a busy not too fancy but nice place. I almost went there to dinner but they were too busy.
Let me know.
yes, write everything down. you will always have tons of things in your mind that you might even forget a water. also many people tend to make substitutions to their meals. last thing you would want would be to forget that the lady wanted steamed veggies instead of french fries. you will learn the menu as you go. before you know it you will know the entire menu like the back of your hand.
you have noticed that the restaurant you are thinking of applying is always busy. that is the first sign telling you to apply. the busier the place, the bigger the tips$
what are the job responsibilities for a head waitress?
I have been promoted to head waitress/dining room manager and I am set to meet with them to discuss my job duties and pay.
As dining room manager, you may be responsible for staff in the front end, including hiring new bartenders, hostesses and wait staff, coordinating policies with supervisors, and making scheduals. You may also need to place orders and maintain stock for the bar.
what duties are performed as a waitress?
I am writing my resume & I always have trouble with the description of the job part. What all does being a waitress entitle, other than the obvious…serving people.
i had the same problem too. hope this helps a little:
* Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
* Collect payments from customers.
* Write patrons’ food orders on order slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for
transmittal to kitchen staff.
* Take orders from patrons for food or beverages.
* Check patrons’ identification to ensure that they meet minimum age requirements for consumption of alcoholic beverages.
* Serve food or beverages to patrons, and prepare or serve specialty dishes at tables as required.
* Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request.
* Clean tables or counters after patrons have finished dining.
* Prepare hot, cold, and mixed drinks for patrons, and chill bottles of wine.