Another resume question

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Another resume question
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Sun, 05-11-2003 - 10:13pm
As most of you know I was laid off in December. I believe that all professionals should have an up to date resume available as you never know what might come up that would require one. Since I still consider myself a professional I am in the process of updating my resume.

Since November 2000 I have worked, for no pay, as a bookeeper for dh's law firm. I have worked between 1 and 2 days a week, consistently. I do general bookeeping and at the end of the year I prepare the information the CPA needs to prepare the taxes. This saves the firm quite a bit on tax preparation as I prepare a detailed trial balance, income statement, and balance sheet for the CPA. He just sends me the tax entries and the tax returns. Dh insists that even though the position is a non paying position I should put it on my resume. He says it is something they rely on and is relevant professional experience for me. He also says that a position does not need to be paid to be on a resume, just be relevant.

What do you think?

Jenna

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Sun, 05-11-2003 - 10:38pm
I would imagine this is quite non-controversial an addition... I'd certainly add it, as it is totally relevant. Sometimes voluntary work can help plug in the 'gaps' in a resume due to redundancy and parenting too, since they alleviate the misconception that if you are out of the paid workforce you are 'out of touch'.

pax

Jane

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Sun, 05-11-2003 - 11:47pm
I think it is more than appropriate to have that on your resume. It is relevant experience for any future jobs you may apply for, and it closes up any gaps in your resumes, and shows that you have kept a foot in the door for your career during the time that you were primarily concentrating on family obligations.

My dh was laid off last summer. He is in high tech, which is pretty bleak in our area. He was pretty limited in the jobs he could take due to my career. So he ended up taking a volunteer programming position that he could do from home. He put it on his resumes to eliminate the gap in his resume. The experience from the volunteer work landed him his current job. On the application he had to fill out his experience including number of hours worked per week and pay. So he put down 15 hours/week and pro bono.

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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 12:56am
Although you were not paid for this work, the company saved itself quite a bit of money by using you instead of an acountant/bookeeper so although you don't see it your work was of monetary value. Having said that, voluntary work can also be a valid addition on a resume when that work is relavent to the job you are seeking.

Goodluck

Julie
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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 11:44am
Who cares if you got paid? Put it on there, baby!
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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 1:27pm
I say yes, definately. In fact, I would point out during the interview that it was pro bono. Explain that you enjoy working, and wanted to keep your mind sharp during this "difficult period". It shows ambition and a strong work ethic. I'd definately add it.

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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 1:36pm
I doubt there will really be an interview. I am not actively seeking FT employment at this time. I have been approached by a local CPA (dh's CPA) about the possibility of PT employment when school starts next Sept. I am not really interested in working more than 1-2 days a week until my preschooler starts school (Sept 2004). The work at dh's office is enough so that I get to get dressed up once a week, go into the office and work and have lunch with dh. When ds goes to K I might expand my role there. If they need something extra that they don't want to pay someone to do they know I will pitch in, but I do not envision going back to work on a FT basis unless we really need the money.

Jenna

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 6:27pm
absolutely!! i agree with your dh. you have experience that is of value, aside from the fact that it contributes to your diversification. whether you were paid or not is irrelevant. they are not going to ask you that specifically anyway, and you do not need to devulge that information. i say, it can only help you.
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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:33pm
Absolutely put that on, IMO. -Deb