Friday, February 13, 2009

You Were Working As A Waitress In A Cocktail Bar...

Who doesn't love 80's music?

Lots of students work as a waiter or in a bar. It's pretty good money for a college job. But how do you turn those jobs into something that you can really put on your resume? Does slinging drinks at night really help at all?

The simple answer is yes. Obviously it isn't quite that easy though.

If you are comfortable with it, you should definitely include this sort of position on your resume. It shows you are active while in school, rather than just going to class and studying all the time. Having past experience also can provide for good references too.

So how do you market this? Waiting tables is great, but is a big multinational company going to be looking for that?

Maybe not.

But what you can do is focus on the skills you pick up in your college jobs. Focus on things like inter-personal communication and leadership that can translate across all industries. These are the sorts of things that you can take away from college jobs and turn into assets for your internship or job search. Remember that you're trying to get that next job, and just focus in on the skills that will help you get there from the jobs you already had.

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