Part-time jobs on a resume are just as credible and important as any other work status. If you hold concurrent jobs, employers need to see these positions properly listed on the document, spotlighting your hard-working ethic. Merely typing the names of all of the companies that employ or once employed you in a disordered list in the work experience section is a starting point, but a hiring manager might have difficulty deciphering that you are currently working multiple jobs. As you list your work history, you can follow a simple method for sequentially listing all of your work history.
Gather your last paycheck stubs, separation notices and any other documentation that can help you pinpoint your starting and ending dates, for all types of work. This includes part-time, full-time, and temporary work.
Organize your work history on a sheet of paper as a rough draft. Arrange the jobs by starting date, from the most recent starting date to earlier starting dates. This format is called "reverse chronological." It is preferred by most hiring managers and human resources departments because it clearly shows your work history.
Write the term "Present" as the ending date to indicate that you are currently employed by the companies that you list. It is not necessary to include the day; just the month and the year.
Rearrange your work history for two jobs that have the same or concurrent starting dates, by using the ending date as the final determining factor for the order. If one job ended earlier than the other job that you started concurrently, then list that job below the other job. For example, if a person started a babysitting and housekeeping job on the same starting date, but quit the babysitting job sooner, then the order would look similar to the following example: "January 2009 to November 2009 -- Housekeeper"; and "January 2009 to June 2009 -- Babysitter."
Type your complete working history, including concurrent part-time work, into your resume document in a word processor application. Your "Work Experience" section should like similar to following varied example: "January 2011 to Present -- Cashier"; "August 2010 to Present -- Receptionist"; "March 2009 to October 2010 -- Barista"; "January 2009 to November 2009 -- Housekeeper"; and "January 2009 to June 2009 -- Babysitter" (the semicolon indicates a new, separate line on the resume). Add your job duties and accomplishments under each job listing.
When describing job duties, use present tense if you are still employed and past tense if you are no longer with the company.
Use the "bulleted" style/design, to make your resume easier to read, instead of listing all information on a single line.
List your work status (full-time, part-time, temporary) next to each job listing. This gives the resume reviewer an idea of how booked your working schedule is for concurrent jobs. Set up your listings similar to the following example: "January 2009 to Present -- Cashier (Part-Time)" and "November 2008 to Present -- Bookkeeper (Full-Time)."
Resumes should always first attempt to cater to a specific job opening or industry. Therefore, it may not be necessary to list all of your part-time, unrelated jobs. However, the chronological format is good for displaying stable and extensive work history, so it might be advantageous to include all of your part-time jobs.
Verify, and research if necessary, the names of the companies with which you were employed part-time. Again this information is commonly found on paycheck stubs. However, you may have to visit the companies' public websites to verify that they have not been acquired or gone out of business. Employers need accurate and current information.
Employers are increasingly scrutinizing prolonged gaps in employment. For this reason, list the date first on the left side of the page, to make date calculations as easy as possible for the resume reviewer. However, some people prefer to list the dates on the right side of the page, listing the position title first.
Avoid using the "functional" resume format, in lieu of the chronological format. Some resume experts and hiring managers consider this format a deceitful technique that hides gaps in employment.
- ResumePower.com: One Employer, Multiple Jobs: How to Handle It on Your Resume; Kim Isaacs
- University of Louisville Career Development Center: Resume Writing; 2008
- Dummies.com: Reverse Chronological Resume Format; Joyce Lain Kennedy; February 2011
- CareerOneStop: Chronological Resume Template
- BNET: Resume Angst: Should I Include Short-Term, Unrelated Positions?; Suzanne Lucas; August 2010
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