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I completed my 4 years bachelor degree in engineering in 9 years. In this extended duration I was working freelance designing for different construction companies. In fact, I probably was making more money than my peers who got jobs after completing graduation in 4 years. Now I have acquired a degree and have a design and software experience from my freelance work.

How can I convince my potential recruiters that I at least have 3-4 years of countable experience through my freelance work?

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By listing each of your projects in your résumé with dates, client and your primary responsibilities. Except for the conditions in the work contract, a freelance job is just like a regular job.

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    @DonaldBlake No, I can not tell you this, because contrary to popular believe not all recruiters are perfect clones of each other. Each one has their own criteria by which they judge applicants. Also, not fully fulfilling every single requirement in the job posting does not necessarily mean that your application will go to the garbage bin right away. – Philipp Sep 11 '15 at 14:50
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    @Philipp I'm sure they're still part of some sort of Evil Empire though. – Lilienthal Sep 11 '15 at 15:04

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