By India Purnell, Career Specialist, Sr., ASU's Career and Professional Development Services
There has been a wave of business interest community individuals inquiring about the choice of including informal or non-paid experiences on resumes. Does it belong? Will employers count that as “real” work? Will it matter if I got paid or not?
If your role in the business is integral, allows you to learn and develop transferable competencies, and requires you to do more than typical house chores – then it is worth a serious consideration of including the experience you had to reflect what you are qualified and capable of.
So, to all of the questions above, Yes – as long as the same is true for the questions below:
Is it a legitimate business? – Has the company that you are doing work for been registered in the state of production?
Is it regular work? – Do you have a schedule? Have you been assigned projects with deadlines?
Would they hire someone to replace you? – If you’re working over break, will your duties be absorbed by others or will you someone be hired in your place?
Do you have actual responsibilities? If you know your role and responsibility well enough to articulate that to others versus not really knowing how to define what it is that you did.
If you want more information on this topic, take a look at the article “Should work for the family biz be on your resume?”
By CBS News that gives helpful tips and hints on if your family business belongs in your resume https://www.cbsnews.com/news/should-work-for-the-family-biz-be-on-your-resume/ .