How to Use Your After-School Job to Boost Your Resume

From cashier to CEO – how will you make your after-school job work for you?

When looking for an after-school job, you’re probably not thinking too closely about how this part-time position is going to affect your future, so here are some quick tips on how you can leverage your after-school job to boost your resume:

Responsibility

Your first job will present so many new experiences and opportunities. This is a great way to learn how to tackle new challenges with enthusiasm. Don’t aim for the easy route in your part-time position. Instead, attempt to master each task and go the extra mile to show that you can handle adversities with positivity because the more your boss knows they can count on you, the more responsibility you will be entrusted with and the more experience you will gain.

Diversity in Your Experience

More likely than not, you’re going to have more than one after-school job before you graduate. As a financial advisor would tell you, make sure to diversify. Try a couple different industries so that you have a wide range of experience; however, do not quit your job every week just to gain more experience. Loyalty and longevity look good on your resume as a young candidate. Diversity within your experience will also give you a better idea of what career path you want to focus on in the future.

Train Like a Champion

Many companies are known for their outstanding training programs. Taco Bell, TD Bank and Vector Marketing are a few of them. If you’re trained by the best, you will be set up for success within that company and for your future career. Especially if this is your first job, don’t underestimate the value of a good training program to help you create healthy work habits.

Networking

Being a courteous and dedicated team member NOW is key to your success in the future. That’s right—your coworker in high school could very well be your coworker 10 years from now. Networking is so important. It can open doors that otherwise might be bolted shut. Always keep yourself open to meeting others and getting to know a little about them. Plus, you never know when someone you meet is looking to hire.

Skills Acquired

Your experience is the most valuable asset acquired from any position. This is why the top business schools in the country require students to have a few years of experience in the working world before they’re accepted. The same goes for your future employers. A high GPA and an exceptional education will help you, but your experience and skills are the assets that are going to set you apart and increase your value as a candidate.

Vector Marketing offers students part-time work for students that focus on perfecting their soft skills such as making a sale, interpersonal communication, goal setting, and time management. Visit VectorLovesDECA.com to find an office near you.

This article was written by Vector Marketing Campus Recruiting Manager, Vector East, Mallory O’Neil. Vector Marketing is a DECA National Advisory Board partner and Corporate Social Media Correspondent. You can follow Vector Marketing on Twitter @VectorMarketing.

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