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Asked by Thalira on October 2, 2017

When I graduated high school I went off to pursue a degree in fashion design. A professor I had lacked enthusiasm in teaching a class that was directly related to my major. I was discouraged. I came home and attended a community college for a semester but eventually dropped out for the same issue. It has been about three years and I am jumping back on the saddle taking classes once again and it seems to be going very well this time around. In this three year span I had a job that I would rather not put on a resume/application. Other than that I do not have any other type of work experience. I want to work in the fashion industry and retail, I believe, is a great start. I was wondering if you could recommend what else I can put on my resume when it comes to work experience. I was in theater, band, and a cheerleader in high school. Should I include this on my resume? What else could I include as I don't have much work experience?

Answered by Merron, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on October 17, 2017

I would say in your case, you'll want to list your work experience on your resume even though the work isn't directly related to the industry you want to get into. You'll still want to list it to show that you have career longevity (you mentioned that you worked a job for three years), and because some skills can be transferrable (think customer service abilities, interpersonal skills, organizational abilities, etc.). What I would also suggest is to list your current enrollment in school at the very top of your resume so potential employers see that first. Also, don't be afraid to include a cover letter explaining why you're interested in the role and what skills/experience you possess that would make you the perfect fit for the role. Be sure to tailor your cover letter each time you apply for a new job, instead of writing a generic cover letter. Hope this helps!

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Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on January 5, 2018

For your resume, I would include all your work experience, but tailor your position descriptions to the job you are seeking. Make those connections for employers. An employer does not just look at education, but also requires consistent work experience; therefore, I would include all jobs. Keep in mind if you get an offer, an employer will do a background check and you may have to explain why you eliminated a job from your short work history. To enhance your resume, I would recommend including a professional summary, employment history, education, certifications, and then interests. Your professional summary is a brief description of your career goals (ambition), background, and talent. Let a potential employer know how you can help them or what you bring to the table that may not be evident. I would also like to address your with drawl from two schools due to a lack of enthusiasm by teachers. In the business world, you have to create your own enthusiasm and excitement about what you do. You cannot rely on others to keep you motivated or make work fun. I would recommend finding something you are passionate about and sticking with it. People become passionate about their work if they truly enjoy it. I find those are the folks who are most successful and happy in life. Good luck.

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