resume gap vs retail?
August 20, 2012 8:32 AM Subscribe
Which would look better: a four year post-grad gap on my resume, or having worked those four years in a supermarket? Also, ideas for picking up relevant experience?
Due to social phobia and depression, I spent the last four years working the same supermarket job I had through college. After therapy and treatment, I feel capable of taking on something more challenging and rewarding, but feel as if most employers will naturally choose someone with more recent experience or education.
- I have written my resume to play up my education and pre-college office experience
- My ideal job would be something in cultural resources as my degree is in Anthropology, but I have also been looking for administrative assistant, receptionist, college library, entry HR and leasing agent positions.
-I'm in Raleigh, NC.
I have been sending out resumes for months with 0 responses. I am starting to wonder if I should just leave the supermarket off my resume all together? In this economy perhaps a period of employment is more forgivable than 7yrs (including college years) retail? I spent one of those years consistently volunteering and volunteered on and off as mental health allowed throughout the others.
For the second part of my question: any ideas for ways I can demonstrate that I'm capable of more than menial labor? Specific suggestions especially appreciated. I have already looked into Americorps but they don't have any local projects right now.