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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

Hi, I'm trying to apply for some jobs but I find it difficult to write a reasonable resume considering that I have no prior work experience. I am currently in college and am 21 years old. I'm not a very active person and I spend most of my time studying at school or at home. I barely did any volunteering work when I was in high school, only did community service at the library and participated in a sort of internship program for a construction company. That's the closest thing I have that can be qualified as work experience. So what can I write down that could help make my resume look good for a first timer? And do anyone have any tips for making a good impression on my first resume?

The jobs I'm mostly looking at right now are mostly at my school and they are mainly office and administrative positions. I prefer working in those environments because I do not deal well with people as in customer service positions. I'm not too gregarious in nature so I would come off as cold to strangers when one needs to be warm and welcoming. Working on the computer and filing papers seems best fit for my personality. I'm pretty serious when it comes to things like working, I don't goof around alot. So what should I say about my personality or dedication? Should I say I'm not good around customers or should I just left that out? Please help, I don't know where to start...

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

leave out your negatives. enhance your strengths. NO need to alarm prospective employers, so you don't even get one foot in the door - ie to interview stage.

at least give yourself that opportunity. at that point, if interviewers like-hear what they see in you, how you come across (or fit into their work culture) and your skill-set ..... then at least you'd made it to base 2 (and possibly bases 3, 4)

inversely, some people pad way too much. better to have one page of truth and real assets/skills, than 4 pages of rubbish. for eg:
= like putting down Gr 5 piano. yes i have actually seen this in cvs. (wow, what an achievement!. Gr 5 is not any significant milestone in music, and it just makes the reader look harder at how pathetically little scanty the rest of the resume is). unless music knowledge will enhance the job in whatever way - no need.
= or listing individual Psych courses taken at 300, 400 level (3rd, 4th yr level).... it just draws attention to the fact the specialisation is not Psychology, or that the person possesses a general Arts degree when they're trying to do something very specialised requiring Psych (a job which may require a Masters).
= or make something commonplace sound like specialised rocket science.

Edited by nomad 822, 26 December 2012 - 08:49 PM.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:22 AM

= or make something commonplace sound like specialised rocket science.

Oh I hate that one ... sort of like how some people "would debate on gravity ... and then try to make it sound complex ... or only science education in school and books had all the answers ... if at all"

Absolute load of garbage ... total b*llsh*t ... and whether I could be "right or wrong on the absolute truth of gravity ... I don't care THAT MUCH. " For me to view certain things ... like gravity ... is more by my observation and experiences, and NOT
SIMPLY what other people say and claim ... because what if they're wrong and totally b*llsh*t?

I could care less who said what if it sounds and looks like total b*llsh*t in my experience ... no matter how "highly acclaimed they are or what status they have" or what source it came from

Honestly I think SOMETIMES college and university education is overrated and even sort of
"misleading" ... sad but sometimes true.

I don't stop people from going to college or university, but it's something to seriously think about

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:05 AM

I agree with everything nomad_822 has said.

COVER LETTER IS A MUST, whether they ask for it or not, include one. If they say no cover letter, you include one. If it's an online application and there is nowhere to include a cover letter, you save it as a PDF and send it to them. It's a must.

Figure out the name of the employer or whoever is handling the resumes and start the letter with dear (person's name). Research into the firm and job that you're applying to and make sure you write on your cover letter how you can meet the job requirements to effectively contribute to their success. If it's just part-time work, it's alright if you are lacking in work experience, doesn't matter.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:00 AM

Okay, thanks for the advice. I'm applying for a work study job, so I don't know if there is that much of a difference between that and regular part time jobs. I assume it is less competitive since only those who are eligible for work study is able to apply so I can only hope it is to my advantage. Anyway does anyone know when is the best time to send off resumes? I mean is the start of the week the best or should I wait abit later like during the middle of the week like Wednesday where it isn't as busy and send it? And is it a good idea to send resumes off during the holidays? I mean sure, Christmas is over but there's still New Years coming up... do you think that is a factor to consider? There's just so many risk and factors involved... please lend me abit more guidance.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

Middle of the wk ... if, like you said Wed isn't as busy.

In general:
= Friday I find people tend to be in wkend mode.
= Pre-Christmas is a waste of time if you're discussing anything serious. mindset = holiday mode, or already projecting clearing CURRENT workload, so they can go on that 1.5-2 wk holiday break.
= NY ... right AFTER people come back from their hols there may be a deluge of emails waiting ... and yours may be lost in the pile-up. And general catching up.

Wait a couple of days AFTER people start work, and settle.

And it really depends on the person whom you think will be reading your resume, and if you can more or less accurately profile her.
eg: a very diligent, planner colleague of mind is on Winter vacation from Dec 14 - Jan 4, but she had already cleared all her workload by Dec 10 ... and was already looking ahead and planning her FEB (!!) conference material on the last 3 days.
She is definitely not a 'go with the flow' type person, very serious and does not like rolling with the punches. So much so she often misses any forest for the trees. In her case, all the above generalisations don't apply. She will probably be reading everything intently the moment she gets back.

Let's just says the easy going slackers were quite spooked just listening to her. In her case, all the above generalisations don't apply. She will probably be reading everything intently the moment she gets back.