/ Asked by Stefanie
Do I list my past jobs as a bartender and waitress on a resume for a more formal corporate job? I have worked at several places bartending and don't want that to weigh my resume down listing each establishment.
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, October 9, 2014
This is a complicated question, for a couple of reasons. How long did you bartend or waitress? And how many places did you work? I think depending on the number of places you worked, and how long you were at each one, you could address this work history on your resume in one of three ways:

1) Individually itemizing each location/job: If you only had a couple of jobs doing this, and they were maybe 2+ years apiece, I might list them separately under a special heading in your Professional Experience section, e.g. “Service Professional.” This section would include each title, individual date ranges, locations, etc.

2) Lumping them together: If you had multiple jobs, and many were shorter than 2 years, I might create one “job” listed on your resume as “Service Professional” with aggregated dates, and a disclaimer, that says, “Held several bartending and waitressing positions during this time period, references and details are available.”

3) Leaving them off your resume completely: If you only had a couple of jobs doing this, and they were really quite short, and your work history will not appear to have a gaping hole without them there (i.e. your educational history and other activities cover this time period as well), then you may want to consider eliminating them entirely. But still be prepared to discuss these jobs with a potential interviewer, in case they ask what else you were involved with during that time frame. I would always strive to be honest, if probed for further information. Hope this helps!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 10, 2014
I would say the answer depends on the rest of your experience, education, etc.  If you possess significant experience that is relavant to the position for which you are applying, then the positions that you mention above are less relevant, other than to explain any gaps in employment.  If you do have these gaps, list these jobs, but do not take up much space on them.  If these jobs occured early in your career before you obtained the relevant experience, then I would not list them.

If, however, you do not possess significant, relevant experience, then you should still list these jobs, but deemphasize your work experience on your resume.  Instead, prominently feature your education, community involvement, leadership skills, etc. on your resume and in conversations with interviewers, try to focus the conversation on these aspects of your experience. 
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, October 20, 2014
It's important to list all positions you've had - regardless of relevance. You might list them separately as "Part-Time positions". You want to be sure to disclose all jobs as they may be verified. Examine if you can pull out skills you've gain in these roles (i.e., inventory management, customer service) and include in your skills summary section of your resume.
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