Would unlicensed work be legal enough to be listed on a job application?

@ulalume (714)
United States
January 20, 2009 4:49pm CST
I have somewhat of a predicament. I have been looking for a part-time job a lot lately, and feel my inexperience is kind of holding me back. Over the past spring-early winter I did some non-licensed "contracting" which I feel is in its own way gave me a good deal of experience in the realm of customer service and an entrepreneural spirit. In terms of money, throughout a few months I was also able to make about 2000 dollars (maybe a little more). I think this is good experience, but I am not sure if I can list it on a job application as a "past job" because it was all under the table. I just don't want to get screwed over with some legal problem, when all I want to do is show I have some sort of experience so I can get a job.
2 responses
@spalladino (17922)
• United States
20 Jan 09
There's no reason why you can't list any self employment experience you have on a job application. I doubt anyone will even ask if you were licensed but, if they do, be honest about it. Why would you go through the expense of being licensed if you were only going to be doing it for a short period of time? If you happen to have a few letters of reference from your past customers, that will help. Good luck!
@lynnemg (4536)
• United States
20 Jan 09
You should list it as self- employment or odd jobs. It is part of your work history and experience. I highly doubt it would harm you in any way when it comes to job hunting.