Should I put my current "unrelated" employment on my C.V.

Discussion in 'Employment & HR' started by Onlyme123, May 4, 2021.

  1. Onlyme123

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    Hi there,

    I am applying for a job in my career field which is web/graphic design. I have been doing this for around 20 years and have all my past work experience on my C.V.

    However, I have been freelancing as a designer with a part time job in a supermarket for the last 2 years. Should I put my supermarket job on my C.V.? I am worried employers will see it and wonder why I have been working in a supermarket instead of a full time job in design. Will it put employers off? Or should I just list my freelance as the past 2 years?

    Any advice would be great, thanks!
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: Onlyme123 Member since: Sep 21, 2010
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  2. Owen Parry

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    Just talk about your relevant experience. You have been freelancing for the past 2 years.

    If you say you've been working at a supermarket part time the only image that conjures is that you were not able to make it as a full time graphic designer. And that's just going to hurt you chances.

    If I were you I'd prepare answers to the following questions:
    - Why have you decided to abandon freelancing
    - Are you still going to be freelancing
    - Do you have any legacy work that is going to impact on your job should you get it
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: Owen Parry Member since: Apr 8, 2021
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  3. Brey White

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    You can add your supermarket experience as well, but as Owen Parry said that employers gonna ask this question that why were you not working as a full-time graphic designer, then you should be prepared to answer it. If you have valid reasons for that, then I'm sure, it's not gonna affect your chances of getting selected for the role of designer.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: Brey White Member since: May 3, 2021
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  4. Paul Norman

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    I struggle with this kind of question!

    The reason is, each interviewer will behave differently.

    However, sadly, a big percentage are not brilliant at recruiting, and deselect for quite trivial reasons. Personally, I would want to talk about it. If you have had the energy and get up and go to get a supermarket job to pay for stuff, I find that commendable. But some would not.

    I would include it in my list of employers. But make not real mention of it, because your CV should focus on the skills you have relevant to the job you are applying for.

    And the questions mentioned by @Owen Parry . Definitely get your answers ready for those questions.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
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  5. WaveJumper

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    Quite a lot of airline pilots are working as supermarket delivery drivers at the moment, its been a difficult two years (covid) you have not been sitting around you have been out there making ends meet in my book that's nothing to be worried about if they ask be prepared to talk about it
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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  6. Opinion87

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    I would put it on my CV and I'd look at it positively if I saw it on a CV. As @WaveJumper said, a lot of people have had to take jobs they wouldn't necessarily have taken due to Covid. Rightly or wrongly I have a lot more respect for those of my staff that took on other jobs (whilst furloughed) to pay off credit cards, save a deposit etc. than those who message me every Sunday night asking if they can be paid early because they're skint.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: Opinion87 Member since: Jul 1, 2015
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  7. IanSuth

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    I would leave it off (i am an ex recruitment consultant of 27 yrs experience) but maybe in the header email/letter mention "I am recently also been working as a supermarket delivery driver to supplement income but can leave this on short notice to be available for your role"

    I demonstrates you will do whatever is needed to earn a crust but also value their role
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: IanSuth Member since: Apr 1, 2021
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  8. AstEver

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    Because you cannot know what the interviewers are going to think, judge, and interpret what you communicate, and to what degree their subjectivity influences their decisions, I would play safe.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: AstEver Member since: Jan 10, 2019
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  9. Opinion87

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    Surely using that logic you could argue that he should put it down.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: Opinion87 Member since: Jul 1, 2015
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  10. AllUpHere

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    What do you mean by play it safe? I'd say the easiest way to play it 'safe' is not lying on your CV.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  11. WendyThompson

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    I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here. Has your supermarket role given you any additional experience that might be relevant to the job application? Have you learnt anything about yourself that might be helpful to the advertised role? If you say nothing, will it harm your application?
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: WendyThompson Member since: Mar 15, 2021
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  12. AstEver

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    Because you don't know what the weather is going to be like, you should take an umbrella with you. Using this logic you could argue that they shouldn't take an umbrella.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: AstEver Member since: Jan 10, 2019
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  13. Fagin2021

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    There is a right answer. If you don't reveal your previous employment and your new employer discovers it, it's grounds for dismissal. I'd be asking 'what else has this person concealed?'
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: Fagin2021 Member since: Jan 27, 2021
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  14. AstEver

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    I think this applies only to job applications and not to CVs, but please correct me if I am wrong.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: AstEver Member since: Jan 10, 2019
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  15. AstEver

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    This is a good point, however, leaving off jobs and other irrelevant to the job role information is a common practice, and I would not consider it lying but arguments can be made to call it as such.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: AstEver Member since: Jan 10, 2019
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  16. AllUpHere

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    It's been a while since I had employees, and I've never been an employee so this way be way off, but doesn't the OP give the P45 from the Supermarket to her new employer? If so, you might want to mention you work there.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  17. Opinion87

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    Lying to a potential employer isn't going to get you off to the best start. But yeah, umbrella something something weather, remind me not to hire an HR consultant that thinks like yourself.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: Opinion87 Member since: Jul 1, 2015
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  18. AstEver

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    I do not understand where this animosity is coming from.

    As I said, excluding from CV employment not relevant to the position one is applying for is a common practice, sometimes it is even recommended, and it is debatable whether we should call it lying or not.

    I am not an HR consultant.

    I used the sentence with umbrella to show that it can be ambiguous from logic perspective but it cannot be ambiguous from notional perspective. There is no need for this ridiculing of yours - I hope that you do not always react this way when someone presents you with a counterargument.
     
    Posted: May 4, 2021 By: AstEver Member since: Jan 10, 2019
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  19. Lucan Unlordly

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    Yes. The fact you’ve asked the question means you’d probably worry about it at interview and it would show.
     
    Posted: May 5, 2021 By: Lucan Unlordly Member since: Feb 24, 2009
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  20. paulears

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    As this CV for employment in the graphics industry, why not list,
    Your graphics career and describe the supermarket work as Covid-19 period, which is true. The world went mad and many specialists took these kind of jobs with head held high because it was the sensible thing to do. Turn it into a positive, which everyone will understand. My friend is an entertainment huge video screen programmer, he’s listed Tesco on his quite happily as a plus point, indicating his willingness to do work outside the traditional job role.
     
    Posted: May 5, 2021 By: paulears Member since: Jan 7, 2015
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