Listing clients on consulting resume?
March 21, 2010 1:32 PM Subscribe
Can I include past consulting clients on a resume, even if I haven't actually been employed by them?
posted by Tehhund to Work & Money (6 answers total)
I've worked for an enterprise software vendor for the past few years. I'm an implementation consultant, so my assignments have usually been consulting with our customers to get the applications up and running.
While I've only been employed by my company for this time frame, I've spent most of my time working directly with our customers, understanding their organizations, and helping them plan internal processes. Each of these assignments was 6-18 months long, and averaged nearly 12 months, so I spent a significant amount of time working with specific customers.
I want to pursue a position at a company similar to our customers, so I want to specifically name the client companies I've worked with, the projects I consulted on, and the time periods that I worked with them.
Somehow, it seems weird to specifically list organizations that I haven't worked for directly. I'd hate to post a resume with "XYZ company" on it, and have that company see it and say "he never worked for us."
If I make it clear that these were consulting assignments, and I was not directly employed by these organizations, is it okay to name them on my resume? Do I need to check with them first, even if I'm not specifically using them as references?