Would working in retail during my year off look bad?

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Would working in retail during my year off look bad?

Postby Blahh_Blahh » Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:34 pm

After I take the Oct LSAT, I am gonna find some kind of job till I start law school. But actual, legit jobs are hard to come by in this economy, and I kind of want to have a year where I just enjoy my time off from school and make SOME money.

So would working as an employee at a clothing store at like... the mall look bad? I'd basically have all free time, so I'd be able to put in as many hours as possible. Depending on when I start the job I may or may not put it on my law school apps. It probably wouldn't be a good idea to put it on my resume once I start law school and am looking for summer employment, but would they ask about the hole on my resume?

So in short: Is working a shit job in retail okay for my gap year, and if so, should I or should I not mention it on my resume?

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Re: Would working in retail during my year off look bad?

Postby soj » Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:37 pm

It's nothing to be ashamed of. Definitely mention it on your resume. Since it's not your top choice work, keep looking for other jobs, but take what you can get for now.

in before MTal tells you to stick it out for five years till you make management and forget about going to law school oh wait, he's banned :lol:

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Re: Would working in retail during my year off look bad?

Postby NZA » Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:01 pm

soj wrote:It's nothing to be ashamed of. Definitely mention it on your resume. Since it's not your top choice work, keep looking for other jobs, but take what you can get for now.

in before MTal tells you to stick it out for five years till you make management and forget about going to law school oh wait, he's banned :lol:

lolwut he is?

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Re: Would working in retail during my year off look bad?

Postby soj » Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:07 pm

NZA wrote:
soj wrote:It's nothing to be ashamed of. Definitely mention it on your resume. Since it's not your top choice work, keep looking for other jobs, but take what you can get for now.

in before MTal tells you to stick it out for five years till you make management and forget about going to law school oh wait, he's banned :lol:

lolwut he is?

Yeah. That's why I made sure to post here to let OP know there's nothing wrong with working in retail.

Ok, that was a joke, but really, don't worry about it, OP. Any job is better than no job. Schools and employers will not be snobs about it.

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Re: Would working in retail during my year off look bad?

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Re: Would working in retail during my year off look bad?

Postby Geist13 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:15 pm

I worked retail before law school for two years. Last week I had a mass mail screening interview with the second largest law firm in a small state. When the recruiting director and I discussed my two years in retail and I talked about working two jobs at 60 hours a week, he said "that's great; really impressive," wrote something down on my resume and said it's always good to see people who have a history of working hard. Take that for what it's worth.

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Re: Would working in retail during my year off look bad?

Postby johnnyutah » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:44 pm

schooner wrote:
soj wrote:Ok, that was a joke, but really, don't worry about it, OP. Any job is better than no job. Schools and employers will not be snobs about it.


Some schools and employers are very snobby. A substantive job is better than a retail job, which is better than unemployment. Any paying job is a paying job that can show hard work and maturity, but try to have other things on your resume to show that you're more than that.

I'm pretty sure that if OP had a realistic chance of getting a "substantive job," he wouldn't be planning to work retail.

OP, there is no shame in working. Everyone needs a paycheck, and law schools get that.




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