"I have x years of professional job experience."
April 24, 2012 1:16 PM Subscribe
I've been employed as a full-time web developer for a couple of years. However, I've been doing it as a student and a hobbyist for a lot longer. Which amount of time should I indicate on my resume as my official "length of experience"?
posted by theraflu to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For example, I worked part time throughout college doing nearly the same thing I do now, but I'm not sure if that constitutes professional experience. It feels incorrect to list a part-time student job alongside post-college salaried jobs.
I don't want to accidentally mislead potential employers on such a basic resume item, but I also don't want to downplay the fact that I learned the bulk of my skills through running personal sites during my teenage years! Obviously this is best discussed in an interview, but I'd like to boil down the length of my experience to one clear sentence I can put in the first section of my resume.