Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, October 9, 2014
This is a complicated question, for a couple of reasons. How long did you bartend or waitress? And how many places did you work? I think depending on the number of places you worked, and how long you were at each one, you could address this work history on your resume in one of three ways:
1) Individually itemizing each location/job: If you only had a couple of jobs doing this, and they were maybe 2+ years apiece, I might list them separately under a special heading in your Professional Experience section, e.g. “Service Professional.” This section would include each title, individual date ranges, locations, etc.
2) Lumping them together: If you had multiple jobs, and many were shorter than 2 years, I might create one “job” listed on your resume as “Service Professional” with aggregated dates, and a disclaimer, that says, “Held several bartending and waitressing positions during this time period, references and details are available.”
3) Leaving them off your resume completely: If you only had a couple of jobs doing this, and they were really quite short, and your work history will not appear to have a gaping hole without them there (i.e. your educational history and other activities cover this time period as well), then you may want to consider eliminating them entirely. But still be prepared to discuss these jobs with a potential interviewer, in case they ask what else you were involved with during that time frame. I would always strive to be honest, if probed for further information. Hope this helps!