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SardineQueen Sun 02-Oct-11 18:17:48

Hi there

I am updating my CV to show my most recent work. i don't really know how to describe it though, as it's not like anything I've ever done before.

It is working for a very small company at home, they wanted to to be self-employed and so that is what I am! I have learnt new skills doing it which is why I want to add it to my CV and also so it doesn't look like I am currently unemployed.

How to word it though? Do I put eg "XXXXXX - self employed position"? Or is there a fancy term for saying self employed which sounds a bit better? Am I working on an hourly project basis or something? (I get paid hourly and do the work when it suits me).

I'm a bit foxed by it - how to make it sound really good and professional? And not as if I'm ripping off the taxman (given that I only work for one company - I have checked and it is fine).

TIA employment types smile

SardineQueen Sun 02-Oct-11 19:45:10

bumping for anyone who has just finished bedtime!

DH and I have come up with "Working on a freelance basis for a xxx company". Any good? Could it be better?

Grevling Sun 02-Oct-11 22:48:19

Just Put.

Widget Maker - XXXX Company

No need to mention your self employed. Just tell people the hours were flexible. Putting self employed is guaranteed to confuse people.

SardineQueen Mon 03-Oct-11 09:59:43

Thanks grevling. What if it comes to reference though? And would I mention I was self employed in the interview? I think you are right but thinking what happens if it "comes out" and they think I have not been entirely honest?

Grevling Mon 03-Oct-11 22:40:02

Nah. Your customer would give you a reference. Lots of people work for one person on a self employed basis (field engineers, salesmen) so its not that uncommon.

SardineQueen Tue 04-Oct-11 08:35:49

That's really helpful. I've never done this before. I have to say it didn't occur to me to think of them as "customer" rather than "boss"!

It's a hard mindset to shake after all those years working for big organisations...

Thank you smile

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