Refreshing Your Resume

Make an impression on paper


We’ve reached the point in the semester when students are frantically trying to find a summer internship or a full-time position. At the same time, it’s midterm season, and no one wants to spend hours working on their resume when that Nervous Systems exam is so soon. Here are some foolproof ways to give your resume a boost before you hit send on that next application:

  • Use bullet points! Large blocks of texts are confusing for employers who don’t have much time to sift through applications.
  • Get rid of articles (a, an, the). Resumes are supposed to be concise, so adding too many full sentences can detract from the point. Instead of saying “Implemented a marketing plan that included social media and a direct mail campaign,” be more direct and say “Implemented marketing plan including social media and direct mail.” The second version sounds more firm and direct, which employers like to see in candidates.
  • Don’t write in the third person. As a matter of fact, don’t write in the first person either. Remove the pronouns, since the employer can assume everything on the resume is your work. Your name is at the top! “I analyze incoming memos” doesn’t sound nearly as polished as “Analyze incoming memos.”
  • Remove the minute details. We’ve all had to spruce up our resumes with the little things we’ve done that don’t really matter. However, when you’re reaching out to employers, they will see right through the fluff and realize that your skills aren’t truly developed. Instead, highlight more of the responsibilities and accomplishments you’ve had within fewer roles, rather than listing all the different titles you’ve held.
  • Keep your font between 10-12 point and make sure your margins are within 0.5”-1”. Anything outside these parameters will stand out to employers, and not in a good way.

If you have time, be sure to visit the Career Center to find workshops and drop-in hours for resume review. Even if you’re not currently applying to jobs, it’s important to make sure your resume is always up-to-date, so don’t wait until the very last minute to update it!

Meet Isadora S. from Evergreen Museum and BIT Training

With two jobs, how does she manage her time?

Isadora S. is a junior majoring in International Studies and Sociology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Claudia G.: What is your job on campus? 

Isadora S.: I’m a BIT [Bystander Intervention Training] trainer which is mandatory gender violence training for incoming freshmen and other groups. I lead these sessions through CHEW which is the Center for Health Education and Wellness. They’re two to two-and-a-half hour sessions where we go over consent and other tools for being a bystander. I’m also a student docent at Evergreen Museum and Gallery which is a Hopkins-owned museum on Loyola University’s campus. It’s an old mansion that one of the founders of the B&O Railroad owned. Now it has all these really amazing art collections! There’s a Picasso, a Degas; it’s so cool!

C.G.: That’s awesome! How long have you worked there?

I.S.: I was actually just hired there this year, so I’m still learning. I’ll be giving tours soon which are an hour to an hour and a half. There are over 48 rooms in the house, it’s huge mansion!

C.G.: How have your jobs on campus helped you shape your college experience? 

I.S.: My jobs on campus aren’t very tailored around what I hope to do after college, but they have been a great way to express my personal interests. BIT training is very in line with by beliefs as a person, so it has made working a great extension of the things I’m passionate about.

C.G.: What’s your favorite part of being a student employee?

I.S.: Very materialistically: money! But I love being able to teach students really applicable information that is going to help them through college and campus life. I also love the museum and how it’s become a part of my weekly routine. Every Sunday I take the bus to Loyola and it’s so beautiful! I love being surrounded by beautiful artwork.

C.G.: Has working on campus helped you balance your school work, or does it make it more difficult since you’re so busy? 

I.S.: Having a busy schedule has really helped my time management skills. I do better with my classes because I’m more focused on making it work. For me, I work six hours on Sundays, so I know I won’t be able to do much else. I’ve learned to adapt to this, though, and generally have gotten really good at sticking to my schedule.

C.G.: What’s been the hardest part of working on campus? 

I.S.: Freshman year I had a really early morning shift at the Rec Center! I had to be there at 7:00AM, and I am not a morning person. Thankfully BIT training is later in the day, so I’ve shifted to a job that works better for me!

C.G.: How did you find your jobs?

I.S.: I got my jobs through a few different outlets. Firstly, I used the Student Employment Services job portal. I got my BIT training job through CHEW, and I got my Evergreen Museum job at the Student Employment Services Job Fair. I met with the woman who does hiring for the museum here on campus and I never thought I’d end up being a docent! But I love it and I’m so glad it worked out that way.

Why You Should Work While You’re in College

The four R’s of student employment.

Working while you’re in college can seem like a handful. In reality, it can help you with your time management skills and give you something to look forward to. There are so many different jobs on campus that you are bound to find one you will enjoy, like being a photographer, lab assistant, or student DJ.

Here are the four R’s on why you should have a job while you’re a college student:

  1. Responsibility: As a student employee, you could learn to complete important tasks, lead a class, handle sensitive information, and more. Student employees are treated as any other working member of the team. You’ll be trusted with tasks that really develop your skills and strengths. Additionally, you’ll learn to better manage your time and be more responsible with your schoolwork.
  2. Resume: Employers love seeing students who take on responsibility during their college years. Summer internships are great, but employers will respect a student who took on extra tasks while getting through a semester.
  3. Recommendations: Whether you’re applying to grad school or not, you may find yourself needing professional recommendations down the line. Your boss can do that! If you’re a great employee and a valued member of the team, they’ll surely help you out. And who knows – maybe your boss has a close friend who works at the company you are dying to work for. Connections never hurt!
  4. Reward: Aside from the satisfaction that comes with completing something for your job, you get paid! Wages vary depending on the job, but it’s always nice to have an extra source of income.

If you’re looking for a job, be sure to check out the Job Search portal. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Happy job hunting!

Meet Lily M. from Chemical Engineering Today

Has your TA ever made you ice cream?

Lily M. is a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering junior who is currently in her second year of being the Teaching Assistant for Chemical Engineering Today. This course is a required course for all freshman Chem BE majors, as it explores career paths after Chem BE and invites guest lecturers to provide students with advice and guidance. Find out what Lily had to say about her job as a TA:

Claudia G.: What was the coolest thing you’ve done on the job? 

Lily M.: I make liquid nitrogen ice cream for the students on the first day. It’s always great once it works.

C.G.: Has it ever not worked? 

L.M.: The first year I did it it didn’t. It was really embarrassing, but I made up for it the next week! And this year it worked perfectly and everyone loves it.

C.G.: That sounds so fun! What flavor ice cream do you make?

L.M.: Just vanilla, but we give them a bunch of toppings to choose from!

C.G.: What’s the hardest part about being a TA? 

L.M.: The hardest part is working with and organizing all the professionals to come in. Sometimes they won’t respond to me because they know I’m a student, so they unfortunately think it’s okay to just ignore me.

C.G.: Are you responsible for scheduling every single speaker that comes in throughout the semester? 

L.M.: Yes! My job is very responsibility-heavy, and the professor actually relies on me to have all the classes planned.

C.G.: How are the classes structured? Are they led by the professor? 

L.M.: Since there’s a guest speaker every single week, the professor introduces them and then they share their insight on the field. The speaker does the whole class.

C.G.: What is the hardest part about balancing work and school? 

L.M.: Honestly it hasn’t been that hard once I finished scheduling all the speakers. The most difficult part of my job was really concentrated towards the end of the summer and beginning of the semester. It’s hard to make sure everyone that’s scheduled actually comes in and I’m constantly communicating with them during the year.

C.G.:  Would you recommend being a student employee to other students? 

L.M.: Yes! I think it’s wonderful because I’ve gotten really close with the professor that I work for. That has led me to having recommendations from her. It also helps me with my leadership skills because sometimes I have to run the classes. It also looks great on a resume, and I get paid!

Three Things to Bring to Your Next Job Interview

Go into the interview prepared and ready.

Guest post by Alexandra Bessette. 

Okay, you’ve made it. You landed an interview for that job you want so much! But feeling prepared to put your best foot forward in front of your potential new employer can be one of the hardest parts of the job search process. Keep the 3 things ready in your tool belt, and making a great first impression will feel that much easier!

  1. Your resume. Sure, this one can feel obvious, but it’s easy to overlook the details when you’re wrapped up in nerves and excitement. Double-check the spelling of your name and your contact information. Summarizing all of your applicable past experience makes this the most important thing you can bring because it gives your potential employer a holistic look at you as the great employee that you are!
  2. Examples of your past work. Were the findings of a research project you contributed to published? Congratulations! Print a copy of that paper out to give to your interviewer. Did you write for a school newspaper, magazine, or blog? That’s awesome. Bring a copy of the piece you’re most proud of to your interview. Having a first-hand look at your impressive work will make you stand out to a potential employer.
  3. A letter of recommendation. While not all employers require this, it’s great to back up your experience, work ethic, and expertise with the testimony of someone who has worked with you and can attest to your great qualities. It’s important to demonstrate how great you are to work with, too!

If you have any questions about what to bring to a job interview, don’t hesitate to reach out to your College on the Clock bloggers or contact the Office of Student Employment Services.

Meet Lifeguard Julia P.

Writing Seminars major with a passion for swimming.

Julia P. is a junior majoring in Writing Seminars and double minoring in Marketing & Communications and Museums & Society. She is currently a lifeguard at the recreation center. Here’s what she has to say about her job:

Claudia G.: What training did you have to go through to get this job? 

Julia P.: Prior to getting to campus, I was lifeguard, AED, and CPR certified through a Red Cross program by my house. On campus, lifeguards are required to attend 3 in-services where we practice skills and discuss protocol.

CG: What does a normal day on the job look like for you?

JP: I get to work 15 minutes early to set up the pool. I normally work morning shifts so I open the days I work. Every 30 minutes throughout my 2 hour shift the lifeguards switch. Whoever isn’t sitting on the chair can do homework. Then after the last patron leaves, I clean up and close up.

CG: Have you ever had to actually save someone?

JP: Nope. However, our manager Morgan always says it is not if but it’s when something will happen. That is why we have the 3 required in-services, in order to make sure we are ready whenever something happens.

CG: How do you balance work and school?

JP: Luckily, I have one hour each shift I work to do some homework. I think it is the only job on campus where you can get paid and do homework.

CG: What’s your favorite part about both working on campus and your job specifically?

JP: I like working on campus because it introduced me to a whole different side of the administration and campus. I like my job because I get to interact with patrons who love to swim just like me.

CG: What advice do you have for new student employees?

Getting a job on campus through Student Employment Services is a great opportunity to expand you resume and skill set. Make sure you don’t take the opportunity lightly. If you work hard, it will pay off.

Why the SES Job Search Portal is the Best Way to Find a Job at JHU

Straight forward, organized, and trustworthy.

Student Employment Services uses an online Job Search portal to help students find jobs both on and off campus. The portal includes jobs across all campuses making it an ideal resource for all Hopkins students. Here are the main reasons why you should use the portal to find your next job:

  1. It’s organized. You can find a job based on start date, location, category, and keywords. The job search portal also provides information on citizenship requirements, which makes it easier to hone in on jobs that do cater to international students.
  2. It’s trustworthy. With Student Employment Services, you know you’re finding a job that has been vetted. You won’t find a job that puts you in a harmful situation, such as having to walk to/from work at unreasonable hours. If you’re applying to an off-campus job, the portal will let you know.
  3. It’s allinclusive. Software engineer? Bio major? DJ? Everyone can find a job that caters to their hobbies and interests through the student employment portal.

If you have any questions about using the Job Search database, reach out to your College on the Clock bloggers or contact Student Employment Services at