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Old 01-10-2014, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I worked at a family owned diner a few years ago, my job title would be a waiter like everyone else, except I wasn't paid. Should I indicate "Worked for Free" on my resume or just simply put down my job title? I'm concerned because the job obviously won't show up on my background check, but the experience is crucial to the job I'm applying to.

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Old 01-10-2014, 03:56 PM
 
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List it on your resume. They won't do a background check based off of that. Once you have an interview you can clarify that it was with a family business and reiterate the job skills that you learned.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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List it on your resume. They won't do a background check based off of that. Once you have an interview you can clarify that it was with a family business and reiterate the job skills that you learned.
Thank you! So list the phrase "worked for free" on resume? Or just the position and reiterate later in the interviews?
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill PA
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I would never put the words "Worked for free" on a resume. Do list the work experience.

Date to date Employed by XXXX in XXXX position. My duties included.....

I also don't generally disclose what my pay rate was at jobs listed on my resume. If they really need that information we can discuss it during the interview. How much I was paid by a previous employer has very little bearing on how much the prospective employer should offer me.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:25 PM
 
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Just the title and description, duties, skills, etc. Not the pay.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:30 PM
 
Location: here
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There is no reason to put a pay rate or lack of pay on a resume. Experience is experience. Whether you were paid is irrelevant.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:31 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Mention "worked for free" if you are also going to indicate on each of your other job titles how much you made in those roles. My guess is you won't for the paid jobs, so why mention about the "free" job?

The resume is supposed to highlight your skills and background, not how much you earn currently or in the past.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:32 PM
 
Location: South Tampa
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I have never mentioned pay on any resume submitted to a potential employer nor have I heard of anyone else doing so.

That is to be discussed later, if asked about it. It's quite irrelevant, honestly, in the resume stage.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I see. Thanks for the info everyone. Under description, should I indicate that I worked in a "family-owned" diner or should I just explain in the interview?
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:38 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I see. Thanks for the info everyone. Under description, should I indicate that I worked in a "family-owned" diner or should I just explain in the interview?
If you are going to write "not family owned" for the other jobs...

you get the point!
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