A reader writes:
I just moved to a different state. My husband got a job, so I had to leave mine and move with him. I have had a heck of a time finding work here. I took a retail position to help with bills until I could find an accounting position. It's been three months, and I have yet to find an accounting job. I'm afraid that my three month lapse on my resume looks bad. Should I list my retail job, so that employers can at least see that I have been working? Should I keep it off my resume? I've been given advice both ways: put it on--it shows you're working and humble to take a position lower than your career tier, leave it off--it has nothing to do with your accounting profession and it shows you're desperate for a job. What do you suggest?
This is one of those questions where reasonable people will reach different conclusions. I don't know that there's one right answer, because it depends so much on the person reviewing your resume.
I'm one who thinks that you should leave it off, because it isn't part of bolstering your value in the industry you're seeking work in. A resume isn't meant to be an exhaustive accounting of every job you've ever held; it's a marketing document. If the interviewer asks what you did for that three-month period, by all means, explain -- but I don't think it adds value to your resume.
Also, three months out of work is nothing these days. Any sensible hiring manager won't blink an eye.
Anyone want to disagree?