I gained significant work experience through independent work with multiple businesses and non-businesses during my time at school and university. Through this work I built my skills which helped me fast track into corporate-level junior management with staff a few years after university. I hold a tenure of two years at my current employer and am starting to consider exploring new opportunities - only due to personal reasons (influenced by compensation and work/life balance).
I am aware of the difficulties one can encounter when coming across as a job hopper or freelancer while applying for roles in the corporate world - and I would like to somehow make it clear on my resume/CV that the reason for having freelanced/hopped in the past was simply because I had no other choice during full-time education (let me clarify this part: I had to be at school/university from around morning to afternoon; but after that I had plenty of free time to work on all these projects. Although there were no specific hours I spent ages and ages on it); and yet that my pre-corporate experience adds up to my career history.
Currently I have something similar to the following structure (with more details of course, but this is just to illustrate) on my resume:
- Nov 2011 - current: Current company
- Apr 2011 - Oct 2011: Freelance work
- Dec 2010 - Mar 2011: Contract with major company
- Oct 2000 - Nov 2010: Freelance work
- 2007-2010: BA University
- 2000-2007: Grammar/Magnet School