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BlueHaro103 wrote:

What helps is how you word your volunteer experience (in an interview/resume/etc). Depending on the position, you can emphasize your volunteer experience to be "customer service" based. For example, I volunteer at the Lobby Desk at my local hospital. We serve patrons and their needs by providing information and services in a professional, timely, and efficient manner in order to give them the best hospital experience. We also address concerns and complaints they may have from their experiences. Not only do we provide services for visitors and patients, but also assist staff (within our scope of practice) with certain tasks to improve patient experience. blah blah

Anime convention staff member: served over 23,000 paid attendees blah blah....

Make yourself stand out. Think positive. What can you do to make your experience sound "awesome"?



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that may be a problem, you might want to ask the manager of the places you help out at to... I guess vouch for you. I'm not sure how to put it


Firstly, thanks so much to both of you for actually trying to help me. Don't run into that very often on forums.

longdanzi: I'm guessing you mean recommendations. I have listed my supervisors at the places I volunteer as recs. So, yeah, got that covered.

Blue: I am relatively new to resume writing and I'll admit, I'm still a bit rough around the edges. Everyone that I've talked to about it has said not to write too much about my community service experience, but I'm inclined not to follow that because it is the only experience I have. Right now, I only have two sentences or so explaining each of my volunteer positions, and they are not very emphasized. I shall work on changing that.

I do write my cover letters with a lot of emphasis on how my volunteer work relates to customer service, though, since that's pretty much the only type of job I can hope to have.

Again, thank you for the sound advice. I appreciate it.


It is true that most people I know would say to not write too much about your community service experience. However if it is your main experience (since you feel you have inadequate paid job experience), it may help you to expand on ones that you feel are important to whatever job you are applying (especially for that first job). Perhaps make a section saying something like: "Customer Service Experience"
When describing experience, make sure it is concise and to the point. Use "key words" that relate to the kind of work you will be doing to make it stand out. If the volunteer position has a title to it (that is kind of customer service related), you can try listing that to describe the position (eg. Lobby Desk Volunteer instead of just Volunteer). *cough* if you don't have to list "volunteer"...even better trolol (Convention Operations Staff Member) *cough*

What also helps is to have someone else look at your resume. I got some nice pointers from friends, family, etc.
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BlueHaro103 wrote:


Aokidanza wrote:


BlueHaro103 wrote:

What helps is how you word your volunteer experience (in an interview/resume/etc). Depending on the position, you can emphasize your volunteer experience to be "customer service" based. For example, I volunteer at the Lobby Desk at my local hospital. We serve patrons and their needs by providing information and services in a professional, timely, and efficient manner in order to give them the best hospital experience. We also address concerns and complaints they may have from their experiences. Not only do we provide services for visitors and patients, but also assist staff (within our scope of practice) with certain tasks to improve patient experience. blah blah

Anime convention staff member: served over 23,000 paid attendees blah blah....

Make yourself stand out. Think positive. What can you do to make your experience sound "awesome"?



longdanzi103 wrote:

that may be a problem, you might want to ask the manager of the places you help out at to... I guess vouch for you. I'm not sure how to put it


Firstly, thanks so much to both of you for actually trying to help me. Don't run into that very often on forums.

longdanzi: I'm guessing you mean recommendations. I have listed my supervisors at the places I volunteer as recs. So, yeah, got that covered.

Blue: I am relatively new to resume writing and I'll admit, I'm still a bit rough around the edges. Everyone that I've talked to about it has said not to write too much about my community service experience, but I'm inclined not to follow that because it is the only experience I have. Right now, I only have two sentences or so explaining each of my volunteer positions, and they are not very emphasized. I shall work on changing that.

I do write my cover letters with a lot of emphasis on how my volunteer work relates to customer service, though, since that's pretty much the only type of job I can hope to have.

Again, thank you for the sound advice. I appreciate it.


It is true that most people I know would say to not write too much about your community service experience. However if it is your main experience (since you feel you have inadequate paid job experience), it may help you to expand on ones that you feel are important to whatever job you are applying (especially for that first job). Perhaps make a section saying something like: "Customer Service Experience"
When describing experience, make sure it is concise and to the point. Use "key words" that relate to the kind of work you will be doing to make it stand out. If the volunteer position has a title to it (that is kind of customer service related), you can try listing that to describe the position (eg. Lobby Desk Volunteer instead of just Volunteer). *cough* if you don't have to list "volunteer"...even better trolol (Convention Operations Staff Member) *cough*

What also helps is to have someone else look at your resume. I got some nice pointers from friends, family, etc.


Also make a linkedin account
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I want to get a career making games. If I get 2 Bs in my exams then I'm off to the best university in the UK for it. If all goes to plan then I may end up making the next GTA game.
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Wanna go to college for computer science, afterwards i want to get a career in game design. If that doesnt go well.... uhh i always loved space
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Currently working on becoming a Registered Nurse but i still got a while to go.
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Going for Criminal Justice right now..to be an officer and hopefully I'll be done by 2015 or early 2016. It's gonna be tough but..hopefully I get to where I want to be at...!

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Currently working on becoming a Registered Nurse but i still got a while to go.


A comrade spirit!!!!! Good luck! I love it so far <3
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Currently a engineering technician at AMEC. "civil engineering" U.S highways and transportation. Working on a chemical engineering degree. Almost have a associate's degree in science at my community college. So you could say I have some broad experience in the engineering field^.^
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BlueHaro103 wrote:


The_Sadman wrote:

Currently working on becoming a Registered Nurse but i still got a while to go.


A comrade spirit!!!!! Good luck! I love it so far <3


Thank you for the kind words. I will do my best
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The_Sadman wrote:


BlueHaro103 wrote:


The_Sadman wrote:

Currently working on becoming a Registered Nurse but i still got a while to go.


A comrade spirit!!!!! Good luck! I love it so far <3


Thank you for the kind words. I will do my best


No problem! It can be tough getting through those first couple years. However, when you start taking care of patients, it makes the experience completely worth it
If you don't mind answering, how far are you in nursing?
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Also make a linkedin account


Yes! that can help too! Also, it may be beneficial if you can convince your references to write recommendation/reference letters for you. Every little bit counts.
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I'm a Professional Engineer licensed in the state of MD. I work as an environmental engineer, but my education (BS, MS) is in chemical engineering. My Mrs is a stay-at-home Mom
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Nice to meet you engineer bro. Highfive!
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BlueHaro103 wrote:


The_Sadman wrote:


BlueHaro103 wrote:


The_Sadman wrote:

Currently working on becoming a Registered Nurse but i still got a while to go.


A comrade spirit!!!!! Good luck! I love it so far <3


Thank you for the kind words. I will do my best


No problem! It can be tough getting through those first couple years. However, when you start taking care of patients, it makes the experience completely worth it
If you don't mind answering, how far are you in nursing?


Right now i am still working on my Pre-req classes. I have been looking into transferring to a University and going for my Bachelors rather than the Associates they offer here at my community college. I took all the harder classes like Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology etc. So i am doing classes that i have put off for a while like Writing (my worst subject -_-") an advance Chemistry class and 2 more Electives.
Still got a while to go but hey i made it this far so no point in looking back right. ^^ My only regret is not starting college earlier :/ oh well you live and you learn.
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The_Sadman wrote:

Right now i am still working on my Pre-req classes. I have been looking into transferring to a University and going for my Bachelors rather than the Associates they offer here at my community college. I took all the harder classes like Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology etc. So i am doing classes that i have put off for a while like Writing (my worst subject -_-") an advance Chemistry class and 2 more Electives.
Still got a while to go but hey i made it this far so no point in looking back right. ^^ My only regret is not starting college earlier :/ oh well you live and you learn.


It's never too late to start nursing. Many of my classmates are in their mid to late 20s. Some in their 30s. A good number of them switched majors to go into nursing. A number of them are also going into nursing as a second career.

Bachelors seems to be the way to go these days. Hospitals in my area are starting to not hire people with associates unfortunately. Do well in that writing and chemistry class! I'm not sure if your area is impacted~ but where I live, they sometimes look at your writing grade along with the sciences...(then again my area is super impacted for nursing programs). In the end, just need to think that all your hard work will be worth it

It's definitely fulfilling and rewarding career. I'm just about done (1 more week at the hospital). I look forward to working at the hospital each day. It just makes my day when someone tells me "thank you for taking care of my mom" or just hugging/being there for families and patients going through a hard time. I can't wait to start working~

Good luck! Do well!!
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