Becoming Debt Free in 2009

February 24, 2009

Help Job & Resume Questions

Filed under: Uncategorized — ambercouric @ 10:20 pm

I have been saying for the past two years that if XXX position came open I was going to apply.  I just found out that my dream job has an opening.    Here is the problem.  I haven’t worked in 15 years.  I have no “job experience” for the position.  I know the job and everything it requires.  I have been sort of doing this for free for about 3 years for individuals.  My past career has absolutely nothing to do with this new position.

What is the best way to state this on the resume?  Should I put my work experience that is more than 15 years old?  What should I do to sell myself to the interviewer?



  1. Start your resume with a list of about five bullet points headed demonstrated skills and experience. Then you list the skills that you have from the free work you are doing that they are looking for. Also have a section headed Community Service and list all your free work and experience that is relevant there..Sell the fact that you are passionate about this work, you do have experience, focus on the SKILLS listed in the selection criteria. I’ve linked to a post I wrote on writing resumes,( it’s been a big part of my job). If you would like some help with it just give me an email. Good luck!

    Comment by Louise — February 25, 2009 @ 5:32 am

  2. Wow. I reallly have nothing worthwhile to add more than what Louise said. But I did want to wish you good luck! If anything, your blog demonstrates you are capable of anything!

    Comment by shtinkykat — February 25, 2009 @ 6:53 am

  3. Use your networking! You need to have lunch with the right person, or at least make a call or two. In this economy, there will ALWAYS be a better resume in the pile. You need something else to show why they should hire you.

    Comment by dogatemyfinances — February 25, 2009 @ 10:41 am

  4. I would tout yourself as a freelance consultant. they don’t have know that you weren’t paid. if you did this work for individuals, it counts. just frame it in the right way. if you wanted to admit that it was unpaid, i would call yourself a freelance, pro-bono consultant. but i don’t think that it’s even necessary to admit that. the point is, you have the experience doing the work.

    if the work you did 15 years ago is relevant, i would put it in but keep it short. you may mentioned that you have been professionally trained in this area and worked in that area for x number of years, and then have been continuing as a consultant part-time for the last 15 years.

    it’s important to remember that if you think you are qualified, you need to twist the language of your resume and cover letter to prove it to the employer. if your qualifications are unorthodox that’s okay, just spell it out to the employer in a way that he or she will see how qualified you are. you don’t have to lie, you only have to use language that sounds impressive.

    Comment by Saver Queen — February 26, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

  5. I agree with Saver Queen and Louise. You have worked in the last fifteen years. List those contracts as freelance positions. Will those people respond if called for a reference? Good luck!

    Comment by SimplyForties — February 26, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

  6. I really don’t have any thing “real” to add. I just wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed reading your blog, it’s one of my favorites. I wish you the best of luck! I’m sure that you will knock their socks off!

    Comment by Obligation To Pay — February 26, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

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