I am working on my resume, and the position that I have held for the past few years has been part-time (and remote). Do I need to indicate that somehow? If so, how? The headings for my employment sections looks something like this:

Software Engineer                               September 2012 - December 2014
*Company Name, Location*

Followed by bullet points indicating job responsibilities / projects worked on.

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    If you worked a fixed number of hours per week it may be helpful to include that: Software Engineer (10 hours per week). – Patricia Shanahan Aug 22 '16 at 19:20
  • How were you occupying the remainder of your time? – HorusKol Aug 22 '16 at 23:26
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    For any type of creative job (anything that doesn't require repetitive, mind numbing tasks) I would not. Experience is about things you learned, technologies you have used not how many hours you sit on your ass in front of the computer. – user1199 Aug 29 '16 at 12:19

The first question you need to ask yourself is: would disclosing this help you? If your list of accomplishments in the position looks lean for the amount of time you were there, but that's because you only worked there half-time or less, then it's potentially worth indicating that it was a part-time job. If your resume wouldn't raise eyebrows if you didn't say this, then don't. Remember: the purpose of the resume is to get the interview; later on you will disclose your job history in much more detail (possibly including positions you omitted entirely from the resume), either verbally at the interview or via a written application. If the company doesn't seem to be the sort that has formal written applications, then I suggest bringing it up in the interview so they won't later feel you've misrepresented yourself.

If you do include it on your resume, readers will naturally wonder "part-time? what else was he doing?". So make sure your resume (or, if necessary, cover letter) has an explanation for that, or you might find people passing on your resume before they ever talk with you. Job dates that overlap education dates are a pretty clear signal.

As for how to indicate it, "(part-time)" after the job title is the usual way in my experience (US, high-tech sector).

  • @JoeStrazzere the candidate shouldn't get to the offer without having been clear about this, but I don't think it needs to necessarily be right there on the resume. If somebody had been working full-time except was out for several months due to a medical leave, resulting in the same number of hours worked as the part-timer, would you want that to be disclosed? Also, some people in a role spend nearly 100% of their time the primary task while others spend <50%. The resume should describe what the person did; the interview should drill into the details, because there's lots of variation. – Monica Cellio Aug 30 '16 at 1:09

I don't know that there is any reason to specifically indicate that the job was part time. If asked about your duties during a interview, it would be appropriate to state that the job was not full time, but be prepared to have a explanation for what you were doing with the rest of your time.

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    I completely disagree. It's very important to indicate that a particular job was part-time. – WorkerDrone Aug 22 '16 at 20:14
  • @WorkerDrone: Why is that important ? – user1199 Aug 26 '16 at 23:43
  • @Sorin - because people who would hire you don't think part-time experience has the same value as full-time – WorkerDrone Aug 29 '16 at 11:53
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    @Sorin - I work for 3 months at 20 hours per week. You work for the same 3 months at 40 hours+ per week. Which has more value? Isn't this obvious? – WorkerDrone Aug 29 '16 at 15:49
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    @WorkerDrone if I spent 40 hours a week for a year peeling potatoes, I don't know that I'd be that much more qualified than someone who did it for 20 hours a week for a year. Depends on the work and total length of time, not hours per week. – mcknz Aug 29 '16 at 19:20

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