How can i improve my resume to get a normal every day job (such as a barista, cashier, team member, etc.) with a short-term job experience (3 months)?
I'm a sophomore in college this year and I have a lot of wiggle room to get a job, however many employers haven't responded to many of my applications, and it's probably due to my resume, how can I improve it?
Note: this question was asked anonymously by a student
For example, many companies like Starbucks or Jimmy Johns make their hiring and firing decisions by location. This means you do not need to apply online where there are probably thousands of other candidates applying. Instead, you can go into the store and make a personal connection, even if there is not a job open at the moment they will have your information on file, and if they felt a connection to you will reach out in the future.
In my personal experience, many of these companies often hire friends of employees or kids of their friends- especially in small towns. Make sure to ask your friends if their jobs are hiring, if so they can make a large impact.
Nina recommends the following next steps:
The purpose of business is to make money. Focus on that, and you will get it! What do I mean?
Employers want people who will show up for work. If they are short-staffed, customers will walk away. So find examples to prove you are dependable, even if it means things like showing up for sports practice. Your "experience" doesn't have to be just paid experience!
Safety - failure to put out the wet floor signs will cause a company to get sued. Careless practices causing employee injury cost the employer in workers comp claims, and leaves them one worker short! Show that you are concerned with safety. Again, sports, chemistry lab, or whatever. You OWN your resume. It's purpose is to sell you to that employer. Sell yourself!
Customer Service - I used a line something like, "I deliver the type of customer service I would expect my grandmother to receive, resulting in numerous letters of commendation."
Accuracy/attention to detail - very important in sales, cash handling, credit card transactions, etc, even if most transactions are now done by the customer. Ever work on any fundraisers in school, church, etc?
In short, show that you are personable, reliable, and are there to help them be successful. And, if you are attaching a resume to an on-line application, consider switching to a Functional resume format, which will better allow you to market your traits/skills (identified above) rather than your limited work history.