How To Squeeze Lemonade Out Of Seemingly Non-relevant Jobs On Your Resume

We all have had our “first job”, the get in the door types of positions, earn some additional cash, and support yourself while studying kinds of employment. Most of us didn’t think strategically when we were in our late teens/early twenties, so we accepted jobs based on the schedule that would work with school hours or based on pay range that would allow us to pay the rent. Not all of us were as fortunate enough to participate in multiple internships and payless training; some of us needed to work for living.  Some of us probably have had multiple short term seasonal jobs that paid good money at the time, but they may not seem that relevant right now.

So now you’re facing an issue – should we include those short-term, seasonal, often entry level jobs in our resume or is it better to omit them.

Would it be beneficial at all to list your receptionists/cashiers/warehouse jobs while you’re looking for corporate job?

The answer: Yes! It definitely is!

If your experience is limited and you had only one or two positions in the field of your interest, showing your previous occupations can help to highlight that you’re a hard worker, that you’re dedicated and capable of managing your time, that you’re not afraid to climb the ladder and that you’re not expecting to be a boss on the first day.

Although, as with everything in life, moderation is a key.

First of all it you have 10+ years of experience in 3+ positions in your relevant field, you should consider not to include non-relevant experience on your resume, as there’s no need (or space) for it.

Your resume is there to reflect both who you are and who you are aspiring to be.  For example, if you had five short-term seasonal jobs at the farm, gas station, or warehouse, and one job, fitting your aspirations, educational and experience background that lasted for few years, it would not be best to list them as equals on your resume.  Shown below:

Jan-March 2010 – farm laborer

Jun-Oct 2010 – warehouse worker

Jan-March 2011 – vegetable picker

Jun-Oct 2011 – bartender

Jan 2011 – Oct 2012 – cashier

Nov 2012 – present – marketing specialist

So, how do you re-arrange it to look appealing?

Make the most relevant experience the dominant part of your resume

Consolidate short-term jobs, make sure it’s visible that these were actual seasonal jobs (oppose to being seen as a job hopper)

List details about every job that helped you become great candidate for the position you’re currently seeking – for example marketing jobs require high level of communication skills, customer service experience, attention to details, self-sufficiency and analytical skills

Nov 2012 – present – Marketing Specialist

  • Creating marketing campaigns
  • Finding new ways and ideas to reach out to potential customers
  • Interacting with clients – understanding their expectations and delivering solutions
  • Finding new business and managing existing accounts
  • Cooperating with sub-contractors to assure successful delivery
  • Creating surveys to help assess the impact of the campaign
  • Conducting analytical market research to determine market preferences
  • Determining outside monetary value of products
  • Building strategies in accordance with clients preferences (including financial capabilities)

Jan 2011 – Oct 2012 – Cashier

  • Accepting payments, balancing cash drawer, recommending products
  • This job required from me to be highly organized and very meticulous with cash.
  • I interacted with customers on daily basis, I was main point of contact for any questions they might have.
  • I was responsible for building long term relationship and making them feel comfortable and taken care of, so they would become regular customers.

2010-2011 – Seasonal Jobs as Bartender, Vegetable Picker, Warehouse Worker and Farm Laborer

  • While I was a full time student I worked few seasonal jobs that taught how to interact with customers, how to plan my day work, how keep up with the schedule and how to be a worthy representative of my employer.



By |2018-08-24T13:05:49+00:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: Resume Tips|0 Comments

About the Author:

Aleksandra worked with Aon Hewitt RPO for 4 years before becoming part of PeopleScout team in Poland. She graduated with a degree in Social Policy studies from Jagiellonski University. Her main focus was on job market issues and fighting unemployment. She's a Junior Sourcing Specialist, currently supporting recruitment for a US-based financial institution.

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