How do you list this job on a resume?

The only real job I’ve had, aside from Mcdonald’s for a month, was as an “exotic dancer” for almost 6 years. How do I put that on a resume? And what is the best way of talking about this kind of job in interviews?
A lot of the girls I work with told me to put Entertainer, but I’m sure I’d be asked all sorts of questions in an interview about this title.
Look I’m trying to change my life around and get a professional office-type job so if theres anything you can do to help, I’d appreciate it.

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14 Responses to “How do you list this job on a resume?”

  1. skywalker says:

    You did nothing illegal, but the conservative element of our society frowns on exotic dancing, so you will need to limit your job search to open minded employers. Will you come up clean in a criminal background search? If you have no criminal past, that will mean a lot to a prospective employer. Most employers do background searches on the internet. Don’t worry your exotic dancing won’t show up.
    You may need to do something part time self employmentwise, sell cosmetics, whatever to start a work history and then embellish it. Mainstream employers are too conservative and would probably look askance at prior employment as an exotic dancer. Try to make contact with someone that will employ you at least part time, at whatever you can find, then you will have some history to phase in to a better traditional job/ If you’re attractive ( which you probably are ), you can explain away gaps in work history by making it appear that you were a trophy wife or trophy girlfriend. If you have no criminal record, charities will allow you to volunteer time. Do it one day a month, list it on your resume, it will make you appear wholesome. And when you interview, dress conservatively. If you’ve attended college classes, that will do a lot to undo the lack of work history.
    Just make it look like you were lucky to have rich parents, a rich husband or a rich boyfriend, and you had it easy, but now you;re serious about starting a career
    Congratulate yourself on trying to turn your life around. Remember one good thing about history. Its in the past where it belongs

  2. annziemarie says:

    I’d say hostess or waitress. If you’re looking for an office job, the skills you’d have there wouldn’t be relevent for the job you’re applying too anyway, so it wouldn’t really hurt. Putting “entertainer” makes it seem like you’re obviously trying to cover up “exotic dancer”.

  3. ssexibeast25 says:

    you could list it as ‘customer service’, i mean it is part of it, you attended to customers, answered any concerns or questions. so you might be fibbing, just a lil bit, but its not a total lie

  4. Ask M says:

    say you were a bartender

  5. fasteddie says:

    There are several ways to answer this. A hostess (like the Japanese girls are). A customer service representative. An aspiring actress/entertainer. Or just state the truth and look them straight in the eye and take no guff from the Interviewer.

  6. CrazyLAdy69 says:

    you need to get your resume done professionally. Because I’m sure you have skills from your exotic dancing days that can help with office work, such as multitasking, customer service, etc.. but you really need to get your resume done. If you can email me, I can suggest you to someone who did my resume for $30 bucks, and can honestly changing your life, she did with mine, I went from being a Living skills instructor for mentally disabled adults, to a Marketing Coordinator!

  7. kate says:

    I would just put down housewife .
    The dancer carries too much stigma .
    The guy that hires you will probably be looking for extra attention in his office .

    Or , get on with a temp agency so you have less background drama to deal with .
    They won’t care when they send you out .
    Then in a year , you’ll have better stuff for your resume .


  8. tkquestion says:

    No matter what you put in your resume, if it is a significant part of your working life, the prospective employer would want to know all about it. The interviewer will ask you many questions. They will know if you are hiding anything or not telling the truth. It is also likely that your employer will want to call and verify employment.

    Trying to hide it would likely result in disaster. Might as well come streight and disclose it. If you really don’t want them to know, you could just put nothing at all and leave it as a gap in employment.

    Either way, there really isn’t a good way to do this.

  9. anas says:

    Hookers shouldn’t have regular jobs!

  10. D ude says:

    hahahahaha, dang just lie, i mean your never going to get the job you want with it saying
    1. mcdonalds.
    2. exotic danser.

    i think its like….the end when they read mcdonalds.
    just lie

  11. rokes21 says:

    That’s a tough situation. My first thought was, Entertainer or Waitress, however, if you are going to be applying for office jobs, I don’t think that this would help you.

    How about “Contractor” or “Customer Service Rep?” It’s a bit of a stretch, but let’s face it, I’m sure you learned more about customers than most people who have that title. Also, can you put something else other than the name of the club? Was it owned by some kind of management company that you put on there?

    Focus on the positives skills that you took away from the job, your customer service and ability to perform in public. That might help you in the future.

    Best of Luck.

  12. kcpaull says:

    Tell them you were a public relations coordinator. When they ask you to elaborate say that you were in charge of making sure the customers were aware of all the services available from your department and the prices of each service. Do some research on what public relations people do in case they ask you any more detailed questions. Who knows, you might get a job in public relations. I have a neice who used to be an exotic dancer and now she’s a sales person for some trucking company and pulls down over 56k a year. Not nearly as much as she made dancing, but it’s a lot easier and she gets to wear nicer clothes.

  13. Gem says:

    Leave it off Amanda, unless it directly relates to the job you are applying for.

    This is one of the times that a short, well thought out lie is the way to go.

    The majority of hiring managers for office-type jobs are women. The majority of women think that exotic dancers are sluts and a drain on society. I don’t agree with that, but I also know that the majority of my girlfriends and family look way down on dancers.

    Do yourself a favor and creatively lie. The experience/job reference is not worth the number of jobs you will never interview for. And I would bet your resume if it contained the truth, would end up more often then not in the trash.

    Sorry to be so blunt, but that is the truth. To make up for a lack of real job experience, go and volunteer, go to school, go do anything else you can write down.

    Good luck

  14. flingebunt says:

    It depends on what sort of job you are applyng for and how you feel about your job.

    I had a friend who in her youth was an exotic dancer, then moved to a different state, settled down and got married. One day her husband and her were in a bar and met a former customer…so embarrassing.

    If you can say you were an exotic dancer, then say it. But I wouldn’t put it on a resume, because then it will be an object of much discussion and amusement amongst the people reading it.

    I would list it as dancer. Unless you are applying for work in dance or entertainment, then they are not really going to ask too many questions. You can just say that you danced in a bar or some like that. Give them straight forward answers without too much detail and there won’t be any problem.

    If you are embarrased by this work then you might try faking it, but you might as well be honest.