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Resume Advice for Working Class Vegans

Our choice to lead a vegan lifestyle in itself exemplifies some of our best characteristics and contributions to the society:
  • We prove we are well disciplined individuals by being able to control and limit our consumption only to goods not produced at the expense of innocent lives.
  • We show our compassion for and generosity towards other beings who are not as capable or powerful as ourselves.
  • We demonstrate our ability to be carefully discerning and thoughtful by examining issues of great importance and approaching those issues in a principled manner.
Give yourself a pat on the back! Surely if a potential employer were to know all of this about us, we would make great candidates for any job. Hopefully, the resume advice that follows may be of some help in getting you the chance to prove these qualities to your next potential employer:

1) Pick a font and size that is easy on the eyes.

While this tip may seem like common sense, it is important to underscore the value of it. Typically, there is no required/standard font or size. Thus, the easier your resume is to read, the more likely the employer will want to take the time to read through it entirely. The clarity of the font is important, and do not reduce the text size greatly just to fit more information on the page, as this sacrifices legibility.

2) List your experience/accomplishments in order of relevance.

Depending on the position for which you are applying, place the past experiences or accomplishments which best prepare you for that particular job first. Employers may have many applicants and may not even be able to read the entire resumes of all applicants. Therefore, let them know immediately of your experience relating to that job or field. For example, if I am applying for a job as an exotic dancer, I place my exotic dancing experience before my degree from Harvard on my resume, no matter which one is personally more important.

3) Separate and group your experience/accomplishments together in categories.

For the purposes of clarity and quick reference, separate the resume into categories and then list relevant experiences under each category. Examples may include education, work history, special abilities, volunteer work, student organizations, awards, etc.

4) If able to, highlight a particular detail under some/all of your experiences.

For example, if I was vice-president of a drama club, not only would I list drama club on my resume but I would put the words “vice president” beneath it. This tactic accomplishes two goals. It demonstrates a level of involvement and interest beyond just being a standard member of a body, and provides a personal detail about which an interviewer can easily ask.

5) Keep your resume to one page.

Unless otherwise expected, fit your resume evenly on to one page. Too much information would be overly burdensome to a potential employer in this stage of the hiring process. If your experiences are many, then remember not to sacrifice legibility by shrinking text size. Simply limit your experiences to those most relevant to the particular job to fit on one page. If your experiences are few, do not feel inadequate. Remember that experiences come in all sizes! Simply format and center the information so that it is presentable and appears to fill the page.

6) Be honest, and do not exaggerate.

While at first it may seem advantageous to over exaggerate abilities or qualifications, remember that the goal of a resume is to get an interview. Over exaggeration runs the risk of a damaging bluff call in the interview process. For example, I speak a few words of Russian but would never list ability to speak Russian on my resume for fear that the interviewer speaks fluently and wants to conduct the interview in Russian.

7) Provide contact information!

This tip likely seems ludicrous, but make sure it’s in there!

Here is a link to a sample resume template. While a resume is subject to tastes, I value this template on its’ clarity and brevity. I used this same resume to be hired as labor in warehouses and kitchens, to internships in federal and legal offices, and to be accepted to law school. If you like, feel free to take this resume and fill it in with your own information.

Interview Advice

Unless you have followed the above advice and created the world’s best resume, an interview typically follows a resume and precedes a job offer. Interviews are definitely nerve-racking enough without having to remember a bunch of pointers on top of it. I will keep these tips very brief so they are easy to read and digest.

- Try not to appear nervous

  • Try to speak slowly and pronounce words clearly
  • Listen to everything said by the interviewer before responding
  • Don’t chew gum or candy
  • Try not to fidget, play with hands, tap feet, or move incessantly
  • Be honest, lying makes most of us nervous
An interview is not a race, so taking it slowly is the best way to keep yourself focused and ward off anxiety.

- Exhibit interest

  • Make sure your hygiene and attire is presentable and appropriate
  • Give eye contact, especially when the interviewer is speaking
  • Ask the interviewer questions on occupation related topics
  • If possible, ask a question showing that you know something about that particular company or organization
  • Use expressive gestures to convey interest/enthusiasm
Be sure to explain how your personal interests and/or past experience coincide with the job for which you are applying.