Should She Mention Part-time, Moonlighting Job on Resume?


Stephanie writes:
I am currently employed full-time with a sales agency. I have been employed
with this company for five years. Recently I obtained a part-time position with
a reputable salon and day spa in the area while my husband finishes his
degree. I am putting my resume together to pursue other avenues and am
wondering if I should include my part-time position on my resume AND in
what order I should place my experience. I do not want to seem overworked;
however I know that the salon and day spa will give me an excellent referral.
If you could offer any advice I would certainly appreciate it. Thank you.


The Career Doctor responds:
You might be surprised to learn that there are a large number of folks
doing the same thing you are doing — working one job and moonlighting at another.
People have all sorts of reasons for taking a second job. Some do it as the
beginning of a career-change move gaining experience in a new career field
before making the full switch. Others work multiple jobs to simply meet living
expenses. Still others do it (usually on a temporary basis) to earn extra money.
Finally others do it because they simply enjoy the second job.
What’s your reason for moonlighting? Your answer will affect whether you should
bother putting the salon on your resume.
For example if you are attempting to move out of sales into customer service then
the salon job could showcase your customer-service skills.
But if you worked at the salon simply because you needed extra money or
something to fill your day/week then I would probably leave it off your resume.
Even though more and more job-seekers are moonlighting there are also more
employers who are implementing or considering implementing guidelines for
when (and where) employees can work second jobs — and as a job-seeker you
don’t want to hurt your chances of getting an interview based on a
unimportant job listed on your resume.