/ Asked by Joseph
When applying for your first job in your career right after graduating college with a B.S degree, should you include in the work experience section part time jobs you held while in college? Especially if they are irrelevant ?
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Hello,

Great question! I think it's always good to include work experience even if it was a part-time job during college. Some job experience is better than no experience in my opinion. My suggestion is to pull key items that you did at those part-time jobs that are relevant to career opportunities you are seeking. It could be simple projects you might have worked on that show leadership or events you planned that  displayed organizational skills. If you implemented any changes to processes or worked directly with customers can lead to skills in problem-solving, customer service, etc. 

Hope this helps!  
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Great question! If you held a steady part-time job through college, I would recommend including this in your resume. It is a great way to highlight you have basic work skills and were able to effectively manage your school and workload. You learn a lot of great skills through part-time jobs in college that can be applied to other future work experience.
Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
First jobs are exciting and I think you are asking a great question! Yes, I would include your previous and part time work. What many employers are looking for in first time graduates is the potential for great work ethic and the ability to learn and grow.

I would definitely include your previous work and when describing what you did highlight how you contributed while you were there, your attitude towards work and what you learned. Demonstrating that you are able to grow, adapt and contribute will set the right example. Make the content relevant to the company and role you are looking to obtain.

As you progress in your career you can cycle the old jobs off, but for a first run show what you are proud of and all the hard work you have done getting to where you are today.

All the best in your new career!
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, June 6, 2016
Great question! This is very much an, “it depends” kind of answer. My rule of thumb? If you have done something that has taken up your time and shows that you can balance academics and other types of responsibility, include it. Let the hiring manager, recruiter, etc. decide what is relevant. On a resume, highlighting your body of work in the most comprehensive way, without going over one page, means including what has taken up your time. Some candidates have spent all of their time on academic pursuits and internships, some candidates may have been busier with athletic commitments, and then some may have spent a nice chunk of their time working to support themselves. Not a single of these scenarios is better than the other - just different. Just because the person that has had to work a number of smaller part-time jobs hasn’t had the time to take part in as many school sponsored activities doesn’t mean they are any less qualified. As a recruiter, my main goal is to assess what you have done with the time you had during your undergrad years, and how you balanced and what made up all of that time. I can tell you, a lot of recruiters and hiring managers will like to see that a candidate was able to balance the demands of academics with the demands that come along with a part-time job. Don’t cut yourself short by removing them. With all of that said, still be smart about what you include. Do not include a part-time job if it’s going to take space on your resume away from academic pursuits or relevant internship experience. It’s all about balancing all of the things you have done when it comes to crafting that resume. This may mean only including a few part-time work experiences, or more, depending on how much room you have and what your experiences have been!
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