Whether you’re applying for an internship or preparing for your future career, it is important to have a polished résumé that speaks to your character and skill set. As a Career Counselor at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver Campus and an online instructor, I frequently review student résumés.
Here are seven of the most common résumé mistakes I see:
1. Incorrectly listing information and dates.
Having been a faculty member within the Johnson & Wales University College of Hospitality Management in Providence for 25-plus years, I try to incorporate the ideals of hospitality—using the dictionary definition, “cordial and generous reception of guests”—as a guideline into nearly every daily experience (often without realizing it—it’s almost second nature)—with students, colleagues, friends, and family. However, imagine my surprise when I noticed that the new minister at my church was presenting a sermon on this very topic—hospitality.
Last year, Johnson & Wales University hosted a Food Service and Hospitality Career Fair at the Providence campus. JWU Online attended the event and asked prospective employers about the types of people they want working for their companies. Here’s what they said.
JWU Online: What makes a candidate stand out to you?
Sid Wainer & Son: “Someone with a passion for food and a creative mind. Someone who knows how to roll up their sleeves and is looking to grow. Overall, we’re looking for a person with a good attitude.”
The hospitality industry is expansive, and careers in the field are nearly endless. Hotels, restaurants, events, casinos, cruise ships and more are attractive—yet common—career paths.
What if there was an exciting option looking for career-focused candidates under the radar?
Do you ever wonder where popular wedding practices come from? If you’re planning a wedding or helping someone plan their big day, you might be interested to learn that most modern traditions are derived from ancient customs and superstitions—some of which are rather creepy and unromantic.
These days, couples are choosing to alter or skip some customs altogether. Here are five contemporary traditions, where they came from, and how they’ve changed over the years:
1. Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
There are two types of workplaces: Those where you can hear a pin drop when you walk the halls, and the only sound is the sound of typing, people sending messages back and forth between their next-door cubicles. In contrast, there are those offices that are loud and active. You will see people standing on their chairs and shouting over cubicle walls.
Which workplace do you think is more productive?
Which workplace is happier?
No matter where you work, it’s happened to all of us: You’re handed a responsibility that’s seemingly out of your “job description.” Most of us grin and bear it, all the while internally grumbling “I did not go to school for this” or “This is taking away from what I really need to be working on right now.”
We’ve all heard it before: First impressions are crucial. It’s true—the way you interact with someone the first time you meet them will lay the groundwork for the rest of your relationship. In a professional setting, first impressions can be scary. Everyone wants to make sure they don’t do or say the wrong thing, especially when their reputation is on the line.
If you’re going in for an interview, here are five ways to leave a lasting impression on the people who matter:
1. Be on time.