Janna Slack, a 2003 college graduate, wants to be a copy editor or editorial assistant. That's not what her resume shows. "What it says . . . is that I can teach English to French high schoolers, make tamales, work on a farm, wait tables . . . and sing opera."
Cindy Morgan-Jaffe, director of the Career Studio in Bethesda, offered Slack several steps for transforming a list of part-time jobs into a professional resume.
For young people who have held widely varied part-time jobs, she suggests a resume that emphasizes skills rather than chronology. "You can pull out of all of your experiences those interests, skills and relevant experiences that tell the employer that you are qualified."
Then: "Make a list of what you love to do and break it down into activities." That means things such as writing, asking questions or solving problems. Next, talk to people who hold editorial assistant jobs to see what activities they perform. Compare the lists. You'll see if what you like to do matches up with what the job requires.
For the resume: "Write your objective around the job you are applying for, then list qualifications under that." Summarize qualifications in a bulleted list. "Imagine you are the one hiring you. What would you want in a viable candidate?"
Then identify and list major accomplishments from school and work, such as literary awards, management experience and foreign language proficiency. Finally, list education and job experience in simple bulleted form. Omit descriptions of classes -- and leave off the irrelevant farm job.
-- Maryann Haggerty