Do I list irrelevant job history in my application/resume?

So I have not worked in almost four years because I had a baby at a young age and decided to focus on college instead. Well now that my daughter will be starting preschool soon I am thinking of looking for a job in my related field. So I want to apply for a tutoring job and I only have one previous job that gave me that kind of experience. My question is do I still put down my other jobs which were retail (one for a company that doesn't exist anymore) or do I not even mention those in my application or resume as they are not relevant?

Asked By: 👩 - 11/5/2012
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If you read the advice that the recruiters usually give - they all say no, you don't need to put your irrelevant experience. Just don't consider every non-tutoring jobs to be irrelevant. For example, I work as a sales analyst right now, so when applying for jobs I didn't include my first job - McDonald's, my summer... More
Answered By: Happiest Girl - 11/5/2012
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There's no such thing as irrelevant job experience. Even if it's completely unrelated to the field that you're trying to get into, the fact that you took the initiative to work that job and your work skills in that job matter a lot. Put it down. It can't hurt, right?
Answered By: Christian - 11/5/2012
Yes, you can put down any experience you have had. Although it may not be relevant to the job your are applying for many of the skills associated with those jobs are. You do not have to put the exact dates contrary to what most people believe. You can simply state from such and such a time I did this but the company... More
Answered By: Tiffany - 11/5/2012
no resume needed. fill out an application. It will ask what you did and so you'd need to do that in chronological order. it doesn't matter if it doesn't exist anymore. All they want to know is that you weren't in a hospital (other than having children) and weren't in jail during spaces in tim.
Answered By: sophieb - 11/5/2012
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