Experience Counts

Did you know that most people sell themselves short when it comes to listing experience on their resume. Rather than leverage what they have done they seem to dismiss it even though it counts as perfectly legitimate hands on experience.

Here is what you should be doing.Make a list of all the hours you have had your hands on live equipment. This includes your own home racks of servers or routers. It also includes non-commercial equipment such as Linksys or other such routers or wireless devices. If you have installed or fixed these for friends or neighbours, even for free then add that.

If, in the event you are questioned in more detail about them during an interview you can state what the work involved and that you were doing it to build up your experience. Everyone has to start somewhere.

In the training lessons I share with you some tips on how to gain commercial experience to add to your resume.

Paul Browning

17 Responses to “Experience Counts”

  1. What if I just can not remember those minor things I’ve done? Should I take notes?

  2. My resume sucks, looking forward to your tips~

  3. I regularly take down my experience, weekly, monthly and quarterly. Try it out, really works:)

  4. Pieces of experience sometimes works better, actually…. they add to the volume of resume and make it looks good 🙂

  5. How can I tell which experiences count and others don’t? I need more instruction….

  6. I sort all experiences into different categories and save them in respective files in PC. It’s like building my own experience data base…interesting and exciting 🙂

  7. If I really think about it, I have much more experience than I have written in my resume. I don’t include many things that I have done without a job title, so I think that it might make my resume look a little better if I do include them.

  8. I think it is all in the wording. You can transform experiences by phrasing them differently while still being truthful. How far back should I include? I’ve been trying to revamp my resume.

  9. I’m glad that I wound up volunteering to help my friend when he was starting out. He and I have known each other forever, so he is like a brother to me. I was able to learn a lot from the experience, and I now consider it to be part of my own resume.

  10. I have considered doing some volunteer work in order to build up my resume. Thanks for the advice! I am going to make a list of things I have done already for people casually in order to put more experience on my resume.

  11. I am just out of school and am looking to build up a resume. I have been thinking about getting in touch with some local companies to ask if they would like an intern. It could be a bit risky, but I am getting a little discouraged because all the jobs I would like to apply for require experience.

  12. I try to update my resume at the beginning and end of a big project. I find that if I update my resume when my experience is still fresh in my mind, I can include details that I would forget when I actually need an updated resume.

    • That’s a great piece of advice Jared. I tend to jot down a few notes about some major accomplishment as they occur, and toss the notes in a folder for future reference. But by being disciplined enough to keep your resume constantly updated, yours is always ready to use at any time. Nice!

  13. I never thought to include the experience I have from home. What a great idea! I couldn’t tell you how many times I have installed equipment for a friend or family member. Now all I have to do is remember how much time I put into it.

  14. We were always taught that we should keep our resumes short and concise. you do have a point thought, why sell yourself short when you can leverage you chance trying to get employed.

    • Clyde I agree that we’ve been told to keep resumes short and concise – and I believe that’s the best way to write a resume. Writing down all the things you’ve done helps you to recognize how much experience you actually do have. You don’t have to regurgitate ALL of it into a resdume. The thing to do then is to write down how the things you’ve done are valuable to a potential employer. Write up some “value statements” with a few examples from your long list. In that way the resume tays concise, and also demonstrates your experience.

      • It can be helpful to ask someone you know to read through your list and offer suggestions on how to summarize the things you’ve done into a few string “value statements”.

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