How To Include Part-Time and Temporary Work on a Resume

Tips for Listing Non-Related Experience on Your Resume

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If you have been unemployed and have taken a temporary or part-time job, including it on your resume can be an issue. If the part-time work is related to your career goals, then it certainly should be described fully and included with the related experience on the document. Even though it might not be as significant as your previous employment it will still show some continuity with your career.  

When you have taken these types of positions as a way to earn extra cash, and they aren’t related to your employment goals you won’t want to highlight them on your resume. There are several options for listing temporary, part-time, consulting, volunteer and other experience on your resume.

Here are options for including them on your resume.

Use Two Categories

One option is to separate your work experience into two categories – one specific to the jobs you’re applying for, and the other for non-related employment.

Related Experience
and
Other Employment or Other Experience

The related experience category can be listed towards the top of your resume and other employment can be placed further down on the document.

Use a Resume Profile

A resume profile is a brief summary of an applicant’s skills, experiences, and goals as they relate to a specific job opening.

It’s typically a list at the top of your resume, below your contact information. It’s a good way to present your most relevant skills to the employer.

Don’t Include It

Another possibility is to leave irrelevant part-time or temporary employment off your resume since there is no obligation to include all your work experience on it.