Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

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Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby girlmonster » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:21 pm

I have already applied to one school, and am about to apply to the rest. On the "personal" section of my resume, I have a line about how I enjoy rehabilitating animals. I am now starting a new fundraising campaign for a found kitten I'm caring for, who has a fractured pelvis that requires surgery. Do you think this is something I should include as an example? I can't concretely say, "I've raised [X amount]," at this point, and want to submit my applications very soon.

Thank you!

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:47 pm

You're asking your friends for some money to pay for your cat's vet bill? I probably wouldn't put that on your resume.

I think "rehabilitating animals" is fine as an item in your personal section, but isn't there a better word / descriptive phrase you can use than "rehabilitating?" Someone here must be able to think of something.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby iamgeorgebush » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:50 pm

AntipodeanPhil wrote:You're asking your friends for some money to pay for your cat's vet bill? I probably wouldn't put that on your resume.

lulz

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby koalacity » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:04 pm

AntipodeanPhil wrote:You're asking your friends for some money to pay for your cat's vet bill? I probably wouldn't put that on your resume.

I think "rehabilitating animals" is fine as an item in your personal section, but isn't there a better word / descriptive phrase you can use than "rehabilitating?" Someone here must be able to think of something.

Seriously? It's not her cat-it's a stray cat she found, and she's being a Good Samaritan by taking the kitten in and getting it the (likely very expensive) medical care it needs. RC/compassion fail.

That being said, OP, I personally would not put that as a specific example.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby mandyjay11 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:10 pm

koalacity wrote:
AntipodeanPhil wrote:You're asking your friends for some money to pay for your cat's vet bill? I probably wouldn't put that on your resume.

I think "rehabilitating animals" is fine as an item in your personal section, but isn't there a better word / descriptive phrase you can use than "rehabilitating?" Someone here must be able to think of something.

Seriously? It's not her cat-it's a stray cat she found, and she's being a Good Samaritan by taking the kitten in and getting it the (likely very expensive) medical care it needs. RC/compassion fail.

That being said, OP, I personally would not put that as a specific example.


I don't think Antipodean's response was a RC/compassion fail, that's pretty much what the OP is doing.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby koalacity » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:15 pm

mandyjay11 wrote:
koalacity wrote:
AntipodeanPhil wrote:You're asking your friends for some money to pay for your cat's vet bill? I probably wouldn't put that on your resume.

I think "rehabilitating animals" is fine as an item in your personal section, but isn't there a better word / descriptive phrase you can use than "rehabilitating?" Someone here must be able to think of something.

Seriously? It's not her cat-it's a stray cat she found, and she's being a Good Samaritan by taking the kitten in and getting it the (likely very expensive) medical care it needs. RC/compassion fail.

That being said, OP, I personally would not put that as a specific example.


I don't think Antipodean's response was a RC/compassion fail, that's pretty much what the OP is doing.

Fails to consider that OP is temporarily caring for the kitten to be a good person and will subsequently be finding the kitten a permanent adoptive home, not keeping the kitten herself.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby SamSeaborn2016 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:30 pm

I'm on an admissions committee and prior to law school I had jobs that required me to review candidates. As a general rule, I'd leave off the personal section unless you have a hobby that you excel at. If you've qualified for an olympic team or written a published novel go for it. Otherwise, sections about enjoying running, sailing, etc. don't honestly add much and in some cases you can work that information into your personal statement more organically anyway.

I understand resumes from people directly from undergrad might be a little light but things like that just smell like filler.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby girlmonster » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:39 pm

Thanks, everyone! I'm using crowdfunding; my friends can't afford a $1,500 surgery. I especially appreciate your support, koalacity. Regarding "rehabilitation," I don't know of a better word to use to describe the process of emotionally and physically healing animals that are sick, injured, abandoned, or abused. We call it "rehabilitation" in the rescue community, especially since I am NOT referring to my personal pets.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby drawstring » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:42 pm

Great stuff girlmonster!

I've done a lot of volunteering at a local shelter and I've taken in 3 stray cats, so I really appreciate what you're doing.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby girlmonster » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:10 pm

Thanks, drawstring! That's really kind of you to say.

FWIW (in response to some of the earlier, false assumptions): I work in a vet clinic, and this kitten was dropped off after it was hit by a car. I assumed ownership so that it wouldn't be euthanized. Once she's recovered, she'll be going to her forever home. Sooo... anyone want an adorable, fluffy, black kitten?

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:33 pm

koalacity wrote:
AntipodeanPhil wrote:You're asking your friends for some money to pay for your cat's vet bill? I probably wouldn't put that on your resume.
Seriously? It's not her cat-it's a stray cat she found, and she's being a Good Samaritan by taking the kitten in and getting it the (likely very expensive) medical care it needs. RC/compassion fail.

My point is implied: people usually assume items on resumes are inflated/exaggerated. The danger is that someone reading the description on her resume will interpret it as I did.

Even if "rehabilitating animals" is the term commonly used by people in the community, I think it might sound a little confusing or opaque to people outside the community. Not that I think it sounds bad - I just wonder if it could be better.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby girlmonster » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:42 pm

I actually understand where you're coming from, AntipodeanPhil. I'd rather be confronted with any cynical assumptions on a forum before submitting my apps than have them surface in the adcomms when I can't explain myself. That's why I asked before including it. I also am honestly open to alternatives to "rehabilitating," because I struggled to find an alternative myself.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby nutsforboalt » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:41 am

girlmonster, awesome work you are doing. I'm actively involved with rescue groups myself and have adopted two of my own! Maybe you could say that you "foster" animals prior to them being adopted. Where I volunteer that's what we say regarding those who take the animal in and care for it until it finds its' forever home.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby xylocarp » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Personally I think just "animal rescue" is a more universally recognizable term, but maybe that doesn't encompass all that you're trying to convey. Just my two cents.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby girlmonster » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:37 am

Thanks, y'all! "Fostering" and "rescue" are certainly legitimate terms, but the animals I take in are usually sick or injured, or have fairly severe behavioral issues, hence the "rehabilitation" aspect. Also, it's not solely adoptable animals, like cats and dogs. I do take in squirrels and have worked with birds, as they cross my path. I'm not dismissing your suggestions, because these are words I've considered before. I'm just explaining my thought process, which led to such awkward terminology. I may just stick with "rescue" and "foster."

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:52 am

Say you foster injured rescue animals. Covers all the bases without making you sound like a vet.

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Re: Resume Question -- "Personal" Section

Postby girlmonster » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:00 am

rinkrat19 wrote:Say you foster injured rescue animals. Covers all the bases without making you sound like a vet.


You're so awesome. Thanks!




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