Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m currently a full-time student in my senior year of my bachelor’s in communication. DH and I live in North Carolina because he is in the military, but all of our family (who we are very close with) is in Ohio. The only time we really get to see them is over Christmas when my husband has two weeks of leave.
I work a few hours per week for minimum wage at a gym (like, on a busy week we’re talking 18 hours). They wanted me to work over Christmas, during which point I would make about $200. Last year my husband paid someone $300 to take his Christmas Day duty so that we could go home. Clearly, the money would not be worth it to us, and my manager was not willing to give me the time off. I am working through the 20th and then I’m done. I’ve already trained my replacement and I’m leaving amicably.
I have only 4 credit hours for the first part of next semester (January- mid-April). Then, near the end of April I am going on a study abroad trip to England, Scotland, and Wales for three weeks, and when I get back I will be participating in commencement things that will probably take up about another week (the school I go to is in Ohio- I’m finishing up my senior year online but attended on campus before moving).
My question is this: Should I even try to get another job in January knowing that I’ll have to quit in April (unless they were absurdly generous and wanted to give the new girl a MONTH off?) When I’m applying for post-graduation jobs, would it look bad that I held a job at a gym for 6 months and then a job somewhere else for 4? Does it even matter since these are part-time jobs that have nothing to do with my major and I’m still in school? Advice would be awesome.
Post # 3
@Miss Fish: Well, you can choose what you want/don’t want to include on your resume. The real question is, do you need the money?
If you do, then I would suggest applying for a job. Perhaps you can arrange for some time off when you go abroad or arrange for a short leave of absence and continue working after you graduate. While it may not be a job in your desired field (that you can get now), you may not be able to find employment right after you graduate, so it could help you in the meantime.
If you don’t need the money, then it’s up to you. You could get a job for the extra cash and then quit. You may want to consider leaving it off your resume and just say you focused on your academics your last semester in college.
Post # 4
I am a registered nurse. I was an LPN, then I went back to school to get my RN.I didn’t work for a year while I went back to school, and no one batted an eye while I was applying for jobs. Most people understand if you don’t work while you’re in school. Now, if you want or need a job then I don’t think it would hurt you to have one either.
Post # 5
If you need the money then I would apply for a job in January. But if you don’t then I wouldn’t bother.
For me employment gaps are worse, because then I have no income whatsoever.
Post # 6
When you are a student, traveling etc it’s totally fine to have employment gaps IMO. In fact there is nothing wrong with them but employers want to know what you were doing with yourself during that time period. Laying around eating Bon bons? Or furthering yourself as a person? I wouldn’t bother to work a part time crap job just to keep my resume full. Traveling abroad and being a student are much more valuable.
Post # 7
As a student I don’t think employment gaps look poorly. It’s not like you were sitting on your bum unmotivated to get a job – you were working on school.
Post # 8
Thanks for your responses!
@bmo88: We don’t need the money in the sense that all the bills get paid without me working, but we do have about $5,000 in credit card debt and car loans combined and I am so incredibly sick of paying interest on them! Most of the money I make with my current job goes toward our debts, and I am really hoping to have them paid off completely by the end of next year. I would also like to build our savings up more so that we have a cushion when he gets out of the Marines and transitions back to civilian life.
I also think that I’m going to be incredibly bored with only 4 credit hours! I’m the type of person who needs to get out of the house once in a while, and since my classes are online I start to feel lazy because I rarely leave the house! Even though I’m doing a lot of work, it doesn’t feel the same as going out and making an active contribution to something.
I just worry that if I have to fill out a job application in addition to giving a resume, that my employment history might send out some red flags. Since I’ve been in college I’ve pretty much just worked summers (all at different places), and then had a work -study job while I was at school. Is that relatively normal?
Post # 9
No one cares about employment gaps or job-hopping while you’re in school. Get another job if you need or want one.
Post # 10
@Miss Fish: Honestly, from your post, it sounds like these jobs aren’t professional jobs. They don’t really matter to the sort of professional employer I assume you will be looking for after graduation. Job jumping looks bad, but only if they are professional. The jobs you have aren’t going to be that helpful to you in your job search, aside from being evidence that you can show up to work. Additionally, if you are in school, there is no gap in the resume.
Honestly, I would look for an internship (preferably paid) that interests you for your last semester. You’ll get a lot of experience, and they may hire you on graduation. If not, at least you have something that will help you in your job hunt. I just finished the job hunt (after graduating law school) and the thing that helped me most was having a ton of internships (some of which were unpaid) and professional work experience. The fact that I had been unemployed for 4 months didn’t hurt me at all. (I was working retail, but I didn’t list it on my resume.)
Get professional work experience, it will help.
ETA: It is perfectly normal to only work summers while your in school. If you’ve worked or gone to school during the summer, no employer will question your employment history.
Post # 11
It depends on if you are working jobs that will apply to your future career.
A resume isn’t just a list of all the jobs you’ve had. Anything listed on your resume should be tailored to your future job.
You may enjoy a blog called ask a manager which is very helpful for job hunting and resumes/cover letters.
Post # 12
I agree with a PP about the fact that it doesn’t matter because you can include or leave out whatever you want on your resume. I job hopped quite a bit while in university (most of mine also had nothing to do with my major) and I find there was no real disadvantage. It’s nice to be able to decide what to add to my resume and have a variety of work experience to choose from though!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Employement gaps as a student don’t matter. I have them and I have never ever had anyone question it in an interview. Employment gaps as a full-time employee out of school are a different story.