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Can Unrelated Jobs Really Hurt Your Resume?

Can Unrelated Jobs Really Hurt Your Resume?

Christina Macres

Do you have a lot of unrelated jobs on your resume? Many job seekers — mostly young professionals and career changers — worry that having dissimilar work experience can hurt potential job prospects. But is having several unrelated jobs on your resume really an issue? According to interviewers and hiring managers, the answer is not really — especially if leaving it off means having a gap in your employment history.

More importantly, employers aren’t just looking for evidence of relevant experience, they want transferable skills — skills that hold their value across a variety of careers, environments, and positions.

So what job history should you include on your resume and what’s better to leave off? Here’s our cheat sheet for quick reference!

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