Food service/retail/minimum wage jobs on resume?

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Food service/retail/minimum wage jobs on resume?

Postby milkandcheerios » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:22 pm

I just graduated this year and instead of looking for a "real job" I decided to just take the year off and spend summer and fall studying for the LSATs and working on my applications. I'm working part time in food service (ie. fast food) because money is money and I didn't want to do absolutely nothing.

Should I include this job on my resume? I suppose it looks better than doing nothing but it just doesn't feel very professional to me. Will this be a detriment to my application in any way?

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Re: Food service/retail/minimum wage jobs on resume?

Postby cinephile » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:50 pm

It won't hurt at all.

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Re: Food service/retail/minimum wage jobs on resume?

Postby SPerez » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:10 pm

Definitely include it. We're not concerned with only "professional" (however that may be defined) jobs. Knowing someone has worked fast food, retail, or service jobs tells us something about the person applying. For example, assuming you stuck with it for a while, that you're willing to work hard, you have experience dealing with people who may not always be happy with you, etc.

For your own benefit, though, I'd try to pick up some other part-time volunteer work, preferably law related. It's not because it will get you into law school, but because I think doing nothing but work 20 hrs a week and studying for the LSAT doesn't make for a very fulfilling, productive year, IMO. Unless you've got other obligations, 5-10 hours a week volunteering for the non-profit of your choice would seem to easily fit into your schedule. That's just my 2 cents, of course. Like I said, it will likely have zero impact on your cycle either way.

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