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Asked by Thalira on October 2, 2017

When I graduated high school I went off to pursue a degree in fashion design. A professor I had lacked enthusiasm in teaching a class that was directly related to my major. I was discouraged. I came home and attended a community college for a semester but eventually dropped out for the same issue. It has been about three years and I am jumping back on the saddle taking classes once again and it seems to be going very well this time around. In this three year span I had a job that I would rather not put on a resume/application. Other than that I do not have any other type of work experience. I want to work in the fashion industry and retail, I believe, is a great start. I was wondering if you could recommend what else I can put on my resume when it comes to work experience. I was in theater, band, and a cheerleader in high school. Should I include this on my resume? What else could I include as I don't have much work experience?

Answered by Merron, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on October 17, 2017

I would say in your case, you'll want to list your work experience on your resume even though the work isn't directly related to the industry you want to get into. You'll still want to list it to show that you have career longevity (you mentioned that you worked a job for three years), and because some skills can be transferrable (think customer service abilities, interpersonal skills, organizational abilities, etc.). What I would also suggest is to list your current enrollment in school at the very top of your resume so potential employers see that first. Also, don't be afraid to include a cover letter explaining why you're interested in the role and what skills/experience you possess that would make you the perfect fit for the role. Be sure to tailor your cover letter each time you apply for a new job, instead of writing a generic cover letter. Hope this helps!

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