Resume Additions

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  1. Jeanne Palmer

    Jeanne Palmer New Member
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    Hi everyone. I just have a question: I've done computer work here at home - for myself - for a number of years. I've used a number of Microsoft programs, but how do I include that kind of activity in my resume? It wasn't paid work, just done either for myself, and I wrote, edited and designed my community newsletter for 7 years. Should I include it at all, and if so, how?

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    Jeanne
     
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  2. Holly Saunders

    Holly Saunders Veteran Member
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    Hi Jeanne,

    You could just simply add...''proficient in the use of (insert whatever Microsoft programming you can use)...No need to add anything more than that...
     
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    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
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    @Jeanne Palmer

    Preparing to submit that resume to some prospective (and lucky) employers?
    Frank
     
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  4. Cody Fousnaugh

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    Unfortunately, most, if not all companies, require any kind of computer experience to be with a company. If a person owned a company, listed that company and the computer experience used, that would work ok.
    Prospective companies know that pretty much anyone can use computer programs at home, but getting paid to use a computer, is a different thing.
     
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    I place those experience under the heading Other Skills. Or maybe you can qualify it as Computer Skills. There was a time that our department needed someone who is well versed with the spreadsheet. And since it was only for a temporary deployment, the person hired was an undergraduate (no degree) but was really good in using the spreadsheet. It is understandable that we learn software thru constant use and mostly on a self-study method or short tutorials.
     
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    Diane Lane Very Well-Known Member
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    I like what Holly said. You could list it that way, or create a header somewhat like Corie mentioned, whether labeled as Other Skills or Proficiencies, and that way you could also include other related or otherwise marketable skills that might be attractive to employers.
     
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    Most companies want to verify skills in some way. Skills done at home, unless done thru a home business, generally are not looked upon as valid skills. Just my opinion.
     
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