When and how should you list 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 Jobs 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 and temporary 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 valuable on-the-jobs skills you developed 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 within 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 full-time employment gap in your resume, it may make sense to include it.
How to List Part-Time Work on Your Resume
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.
Option 1: 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 (see sample resume below):
- Category 1: Related Experience
- Category 2: Other Employment, 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."
Option 2: Use a Resume Profile
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.
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, there’s 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.
Sample Resume Including Part-Time Jobs
Download the resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Sample Resume Including Part-Time Jobs (Text Version)
1234 James Street • Seattle, WA 98122 • 555-555-5555 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary of Qualifications
Creative and deadline-savvy food writer and editorial assistant leveraging superb digital publication talents to excel as a Food and Drink Editor.
- Writing / Editing: Proven ability to author and edit flawless, ready-to-publish content within challenging deadlines. Well-versed in Chicago and MLA style guides.
- Food and Drink: Solid “real life” food and drink industry experience developed as a Class 12 Mixologist, restaurant reviewer, and food blogger.
- Technical Proficiencies: Excellent command of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign), WordPress, HTML, and CSS.
- Key Strengths: Self-directed and energetic, working equally well in on-site and telecommunications work environments.
SEATTLE LIFE MAGAZINE ONLINE, Seattle, WA
Editorial Assistant, 2016-Present
Hone expertise in digital publishing as editorial assistant tasked with curating homepage for audience of 100,000 daily visitors. Locate and select photo and video content; author stories and headlines. Track web metrics.
- Demonstrated excellent command of basic video editing, social media, HTML, and CSS technologies.
WWW.PACIFIC NORTHWEST BITES.COM, Seattle, WA
Food Writer (part-time), 2015-Present
Contribute regularly to popular website and blog dedicated to exploring local Pacific Northwest cuisine. Develop, test, photograph, and publish recipes; author restaurant reviews.
- Instrumental in positioning website to achieve food blog awards in 2016 and 2017.
DECEPTIONS BAR AND GRILL, Seattle, WA
Bartender (part-time), 2016-Present
Serve beer, wine, and mixed drinks to patrons of upscale restaurant in Seattle’s historic district. Develop original menu items and themed drinks for restaurant events; order supplies, restock bar, and ensure compliance with all governing regulations and food service standards.
- Created popular new drinks including “The Redlight,” “The Underground,” and “The Skid Row.”
Education and Credentials
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2015
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, Bellingham, WA
Washington State Class 12 Mixologist (current MAST license)
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."