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.