/ Asked by Mia
I worked a menial job all through college to help pay my bills. Looking at my resume now that I'm about to graduate it isn't that impressive -- just the one fairly unglamourous job. Will companies take the fact that I had to make money during college into account when considering my resume? Should I include a note on there stating that?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Unglamorous work experience still has the opportunity to give you crucial skills that you need later on down the road, it's all a matter of identifying it. In fact, there are countless examples of successful people who held unflattering jobs. What most of them will tell you is they learned something new and gained experience in every role they ever held - from bottom to top - all while working toward their greater goals.

So how does that translate to you? That's where you have to fill in the blanks. How did this job help you achieve your goals? What goals did you achieve? Don't think just college goals. Maybe you did volunteer work at the same time that enhances your resume. What skills did you gain? Your "menial" job may have helped you master basic traits employers covet in new grads - prioritization, meeting objectives, proven time management, demonstrated work ethic, etc.

Certainly you learned something from the job, and don't forget that you managed to go to school and hold down a steady job the entire time - an achievement that takes dedication. So, give yourself some credit for what you've accomplished and just remember to think small while trying to paint a bigger picture of how well prepared you are for the workplace.
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Companies will absolutely take into consideration your dedication and commitment to your employer, and may find many other transferable skills.  By taking accountability to help pay for your tuition can also demonstrate the importance you have put on your education and this is noticed by employers as a serious accomplishment and an indication of your drive.   Remember to look at your job and what it has taught you about important skills like communication, time managemenet and accountability, and be sure to make those connections for the employer during the interview.  You can also include these important transferable skills in your cover letter or email when applying for the job. Best of luck in your job search. 
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
You could include a note stating that you funded a certain percentage of your college education on your resume. In addition, think of ways to highlight various experiences that you did have through this job and the responsibilities you held, as well as those from within college experience that relate to employment – group projects, leadership positions, and share additional details on your resume around those areas of strength. This may help you feel you are representing yourself more accurately on your resume. Best of luck. - Laura, Accenture campus recruiter
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