/ Asked by Florence
Are there some jobs that I should leave off my resume because they look bad? I did a lot random jobs my first two years after college including teaching belly dancing, helping delouse kids at an elementary school nursing office, waitressing, and working as an assistant on a couple small-budget films. I’m thinking I should be a bit selective about what I include, but then there are these gaps I need to explain.
Answered by Deanna, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Saturday, November 24, 2012
I would recommend placing focus on jobs that relate to the career path you are seeking.  At the same time, though, I wouldn't consider your other jobs bad - after all, every position can be something that you learn from and develop skills.  Of the positions you mention, I would imagine that you exercised a variety of skills - such as leadership in teaching and work with children, customer service skills while waitressing, and organization skills as an assistant. 

On your resume, you should devote majority of information on positions or skills that are relevant that what you are seeking now.  If you have recent positions that are directly related, that is great!  But consider a section of "Other positions" - to explain the two years after college and to highlight what you gained from those positions and how those skills can be translated to positions you are seeking now.
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Monday, November 26, 2012
It is important to brand yourself effectively for each job that you are applying to.  You will want to draw attention to the jobs that provide the most favorable light to your professional abilities.  Perhaps stating "Dance Instructor" is the best way to describe your previous employment.  It is important to acknowledge gaps in employment, while positively editing your previous experiences.
Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The thing to keep in mind here is that your application is technically a legal document in which you are verifying that everything you say is true and accurate, while a resume is not. While it might seem reasonable, even logical, to only list the positions pertinent to the job you are applying for on resume, you must list your most recent jobs in chronological order on an application. If there are major discrepancies between your application and your resume, then an employer is likely to question your honesty (and may not ask you about it to give you a chance to explain, especially if they have a high volume of applications). Therefore, it really is important that you list at least the most recent previous employment. If none of those jobs are relevant to the jobs you are applying for now, then you could consider lumping them together with the span of the dates and simply stating something to the effect of “various entry level jobs while looking for full-time work in my career field” but you should be prepared to speak to what some of those jobs were if asked and/or list some of them out on the application.
Additionally, you should consider what skills you learned from some of those jobs (i.e. project management, administrative work, etc) and see if it’s appropriate to list some of these in a skills section of your resume or under the various jobs heading. Many employers understand the possibility of applicants having more sporadic work during and just after college, especially with the job market being what it has been the past few years.
Good luck and just be prepared to speak to the work you did, as well as the skills and experience gained from it, which will benefit both you and the company you are applying to. Thanks!
Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I think all your jobs are respectable.  I would frame the jobs up in such a way that you described the value of each job. 

For example:  (waitressing)
I learned skills about customer service, and developed my Patience competency.

(assistant on small budget films)
I learned to tightly manage a defined budget, keeping our project "on time and on budget", which was our measurement for success

(teaching belly dancing)
I learned to how lead a diverse group in performing arts

Get the idea?
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