How to Include Part-Time and Temporary Work on a Resume
Should you include part-time or temporary work on your resume? There's no one answer to that question since it depends on the work itself and the role you want now.
How to Decide What to List on Your Resume
Here are a few things to consider before adding part-time or temporary work to your resume:
Are You Applying for a Part-Time Role?
If so, it makes sense to include prior part-time roles — they count as relevant experience.
Is It the Only Job You've Had?
Particularly if you are fresh out of school or applying for entry-level jobs, part-time jobs may be your primary form of experience. And even if a part-time job as a cashier isn't super-relevant to your desired career in marketing, there are likely on-the-jobs skills that you can highlight in the job description on your resume.
Does It Relate to Your Career Goals and Help Show Continuity?
If the part-time work is related to your career goals, include it on your resume and describe the position fully. Even though it might not be as significant as your previous full-time employment, it still shows continuity with your career. It can sometimes be difficult to know how to handle part-time or temp roles that you took during a period of unemployment, but if they're relevant to your industry and overall career, it makes sense to include them.
Was the Job Purely for Spending Money?
If so, while you may want to still include it on your resume, there's no need to list it prominently.
For instance, if you worked several shifts as a bartender for extra money while working full-time as an editorial assistant, you can leave off the bartending work from your resume. An exception might be if you are applying for a role as a food and drink editor — in that case, your bartending experience might be something worth including and mentioning during interviews.
How Long Were You in the Role?
If you were in a part-time role for a long time — years or decades — then it's certainly worth including. Being in a role for a long period can point to your loyalty and dependability, which are characteristics that are often prized in candidates. Similarly, if a part-time or temp role eliminates a significant gap in your resume, it may make sense to include it.
If you want to include temporary, part-time, consulting, volunteer, or other non-full-time experience on your resume, there are several ways you can include the roles on your resume.
Use Two Categories to Add Part-Time Work to Your Resume
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 or Additional Experience
List the related experience category toward the top of your resume and place other employment further down on the document. You can also name your "Related Experience" header after the field you're in. For instance, you could call it "Sales Experience," "Programming Experience," or "Editorial Experience."
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.
If It Doesn't Help Your Resume, Don’t Include It
Another possibility is to leave irrelevant part-time or temporary employment off your resume. There is no obligation to include all your work experience on it. Think of your resume as being more like a "greatest hits" album than a "complete retrospective."
How to Describe Part-Time or Temporary Jobs on Your Resume
If you are including part-time roles on your resume, you can choose how much to write about them. Base this decision on a position's relevancy to your work history or the job at hand. If it's related to your career goals or industry, describe it just as you would a full-time role. If it's not related, simply list your title, the company name, and the dates you worked.
For example, if you're applying for a mid-career position as a marketer, no need to share a lot of details about a sales associate job at a retailer. However, if it's your first full-time role as a marketer, part-time experience may be an important part of your resume. In the description of the job, highlight any skills that relate to marketing, such as arranging signage and promotions, signing up customers for store credit cards, etc.
As with any job listed on your resume, keep the description focused on accomplishments and skills.