Outlining family business work experience at interviews?
I have just graduated from College/uni, most of the entry level/grad jobs are administrative in their nature (a lot more technical skills less strategy & relationship management). Although I do have a few months of formal admin experience from working in College administration, I also have broader admin experience at my family business. There’s a caveat to this, I was not a paid employee in a specific position, I helped out on a irregular basis (college breaks & sometimes on weekends).
Not sure I should bring it up, since I didn’t formally work there and family members aren’t meant to give references. However, I gained a lot of skills and first hand knowledge on certain process which are relevant to the positions I am applying for. Honestly don’t know what I should do.
- JudyLv 72 months ago
definitely bring it up.
- Elaine MLv 72 months ago
It's a side job. You gained experience from that. Being paid or not isn't necessary to tell them. You did the equivalent of a partial internship.
- hamel5Lv 72 months ago
Just give the name of the business and describe your duties and the skills that you acquired. Be up-front that it's a family business, but emphasize what you learned and how you made a difference.