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Should I Include Volunteering on My First Resume?

by Austin
(Des Moines, Iowa)

I am a culinary student. I have no paid work experience, but I am looking for a part time job in the food service industry. Should I include volunteering on my resume? I have prepared meals for my church many times.

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Feb 27, 2009
Transferable Skills Are Key
by: Kathi

Thanks for asking this question, Austin! And much success to you in your new culinary career. My daughter went to culinary school, so I know how challenging it is to get started. One thing that helped her is to have a photo portfolio of some of the dishes she made while in school. Hopefully, you're keeping one.

I've answered a similar question to this one here:
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Please read that and then think about what transferable skills you've gained through your volunteer experiences. And certainly list them on your resume.

Much success to you!

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