Q: I wanna make myself look good to employers. But I’ve never held a job in my life. At least I’m known as the “computer guy” to my friends. They always come to me to help fix their slow virus filled computers (and I do fix them well). I don’t really ask for money from them cause they’re my friends after all. The thing is, it’s not really a job (in my opinion) and I don’t post up signs on the street advertising this service or anything. So would it be okay if I put under work experience:
Computer Technician Self-Employed May 2008 to today
or would I be pushing the “self-employed job” definition a little too much?
A: The “Skills and Abilities” portion of the resume is a great place to list the proficiency you have with regard to computer service and repair.
- installing, troubleshooting, and repairing computer hardware
- installing software and applications, including anti-virus and mal-ware programs
- proven ability to repair Windows-based and Apple platform computers
- demonstrated ability performing software upgrades and configuration enhancements
- highly skilled in providing end-user support
You may also choose to do a functional resume which speaks to your ability to perform the tasks mentioned and more, to take the emphasis off of the absence of formal training or work experience.
I would steer clear of pronouncing yourself an Entrepreneur if you are not. There is a skill set that is unique to Entrepreneurs that you should be able to display if you were truly self employed. These include: business and industry knowledge, sales and marketing, negotiation, planning, decision making, goal-setting, administration and management skills.