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Old 01-23-2019, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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I'm trying to find a job as a Sale Representative or a Retail Sales Associate. I've had several years experience in both fields.

However, I lost my Retail Sales position in August. Since then, I've been cleaning offices and parking cars for a dealership.

I would like to include these jobs under the heading "Part Time Employment" on my resume, with the hope that potential employers will understand that, although I'm seeking a Sales position, that I've been doing something to generate income.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:27 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I would like to include these jobs under the heading "Part Time Employment" on my resume
Use the "willing and able to be flexible" heading.
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:55 PM
 
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I would list them on an application asking for all employment. I would not list them on a resume.
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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I'm trying to find a job as a Sale Representative or a Retail Sales Associate. I've had several years experience in both fields.

However, I lost my Retail Sales position in August. Since then, I've been cleaning offices and parking cars for a dealership.

I would like to include these jobs under the heading "Part Time Employment" on my resume, with the hope that potential employers will understand that, although I'm seeking a Sales position, that I've been doing something to generate income.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks!
If you leave your current unrelated position off your resume, prospective employers will assume you've been out of work since August. Some places won't even consider you with a large gap like that; not to mention, it's untruthful since you've been working all this time. I would list the current position on the resume and keep it simple -- one bullet point should suffice. "Present" always looks better on a resume than being unemployed, IMO.

Keep in mind that hiring managers will ask why you lost your retail sales job, so make sure you have a solid answer for that. Every interviewer is different; some will hound you about your current unrelated job, whereas others may be a bit more understanding. Be prepared for the worst and good luck!
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:29 PM
 
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If you have a gap, employers assume you're lazy and are sitting home all day watching Jerry Springer.

put the unrelated jobs on your resume.
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Old 01-27-2019, 12:15 AM
 
Location: KC, MO
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Exclamation Unrelated PT Positions on Resume

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I'm trying to find a job as a Sale Representative or a Retail Sales Associate. I've had several years experience in both fields.

However, I lost my Retail Sales position in August. Since then, I've been cleaning offices and parking cars for a dealership.

I would like to include these jobs under the heading "Part Time Employment" on my resume, with the hope that potential employers will understand that, although I'm seeking a Sales position, that I've been doing something to generate income.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks!



Whatever path you follow, per the suggestions in this thread, be very sure to show metrics from your sales jobs showing you were successful in Sales.


Hopefully, whomever is passing judgment on your resume will see that you were [highly] productive in Sales and that will seal the deal.




Paul........


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Old 01-27-2019, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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Whatever path you follow, per the suggestions in this thread, be very sure to show metrics from your sales jobs showing you were successful in Sales.


Hopefully, whomever is passing judgment on your resume will see that you were [highly] productive in Sales and that will seal the deal.




Paul........


..
Thank you!
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