3 Smart Ways to Play Up Part-Time Gigs on a Resume


side-gig-resumeThis post originally appeared on The Daily Muse.

Have you ever worked at a job that isn’t exactly what you want to be doing for the rest of your life? I’m not sure I know anyone who hasn’t. And as someone whose parents own a little fast food Chinese restaurant, I can tell you that I have many years of experience that aren’t exactly relevant to my current career counseling profession.

So, how do those jobs fit in on your resume? You definitely gain awesome professional skills working at coffee shops, summer camps, and, yes, takeout restaurants, and should consider listing them on your resume if you don’t have enough “relevant” experience to fill it with, but it can be pretty tricky to make a part-time position sound compelling on your application without overselling it (i.e., you don’t want to be that person that lists himself as “Founder and CEO” to describe a part-time babysitting gig for neighbors).

To find that balance, here are a few ways to focus on what’s really important—and impress any hiring manager.

Emphasize Your Results

The best way to write compelling resume bullets is to focus on your results rather than your responsibilities. This is especially true if your job duties aren’t clearly relevant to your target position. In this case, your best bet at impressing a hiring manager is showing that you’re a high performer by outlining your achievements and showing your impact.

When crafting your bullet points, consider not just what you did, but also the results, outcomes, or benefits of your actions.

Example: Local Country Club Youth Golf Instructor

Instructed six 14-year-old students and developed their golfing skills while caring for their wellbeing by providing sunscreen, water, supervision, and golf instruction; ultimately facilitated a successful summer with 100% student retention and no injuries or complaints.