Your part-time job matters!

Your part time job matters to future employers!

Follow these four steps to showcase your skills.


1.)   Reflect

Change in ourselves often goes unnoticed unless we stop and take the time to reflect on how far we have really come.

As you are spending time working a part time job, take a moment to think about how much you have learned. Do you remember the first day of your job versus how much you know now?


Take a moment to brainstorm:

o  What skills have you learned from your job?

  • Take this assessment to help facilitate this process.
  • Ask your supervisor and colleagues what your strengths are.
  • Review your job description and pinpoint skills you have gained.

o  How do these skills relate to your goals?

o  What have you learned about yourself?

  • Make a list of what you like about your job and what you do not like.

2.)   Start or Update your Resume

A resume is a place to track your professional progress and your part time job is important! Don’t forget to add your job to your resume and infuse the skills you brainstormed from above. Follow the Job Search Handbook to create an outstanding resume. Once you have a rough draft, come to QuickStop or schedule an appointment to have it reviewed. Finally, upload your new resume on MavJobs for all employers to see.

3.)   Write your STARRS

STARRS are outlines of stories that demonstrate your skills.


Situation-What was the situation?

Task-What tasks were involved or needed to be accomplished?

Action-What action did YOU take?

Result-What were the results of your action?

Relate-Relate the story back to the job you’re applying to


When you’re in an interview, employers want to know how you obtained skills, not just that you have them. In your part time job, there were probably plenty of specific examples of when you utilized a skill. It’s important to compile these stories now so you don’t forget about the details in the future. Write down 10-15 STARRS following this technique from your part time job that you could use in an interview.

4.)   Explore New Possibilities

Review your skills, your values, and your likes and dislikes. What does this mean for you moving forward? Perhaps you can ask for more responsibilities in your job? Maybe you can look into taking on a managerial or leadership role in your organization. You could even use this as a tool to ask for a raise as you take on more responsibilities and showcase your skills. It also may be time for a different job or an internship. If you notice there are skills or experiences you want to gain, an internship may be the answer to help build on what you’ve already learned as it relates to your area of study.


– Kristin Underwood, Assistant Director

Kristin Underwood

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