/ Asked by Hannah
I gradated in 2012 with a double major in Historic Preservation and American Studies (Summa Cum Laude). I am currently working a number of temp jobs in unrelated fields in order to save enough money to do my masters degree at NYU in 2014. Do you think that taking these two years off will hurt my future job opportunities? Is there a way to include my various temporary positions on my resume without looking like I couldn't find a job in my field directly out of my undergraduate school?
Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on Friday, August 9, 2013
You can easily explain on a resume that you were working while saving funds to attend Grad School.  If you are concerned you may fall behind others who immediately went to Grad School, you could consider student loans to help you start taking classes perhaps part time.

Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, August 9, 2013
Great Question! Temp jobs still give you the opportuntiy to gain valuable skill sets that will be transferable in other roles and positions, regardles of the field you are working in.  Even in those temporary jobs, highlight what you were able to accomplish in short periods of time, and how you contributed to the bottom line and impacted the team. There are a number of different formats you can utilize to highlight the skills and experience you've gained, while listing each temp job. I would caution having too many temp jobs, so try to find some where you can gain the most experience.  Additionally, I'd recommend finding some time to volunteer at places where you are still doing things relevant to the field you are interested in.  Best of luck!
Answered by Nikki, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
This is a great question. My first piece of advice is to make sure that you label it appropriately on your resume. Many people will list the jobs and not say that it is a temp position. This can give the perception of not have job stability. Labeling it appropriately will assist the recruiter in understanding your career path. Since you will most likely wait until after you have your master's to start career searching, you will have an opportunity to explain. I would also recommend finding maybe volunteer experience in the areas you are interested in to add to your resume, also if you can find any organizations in your area that support your master's. This would also add to your future career aspirations. Good luck!!
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