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talljasperman's avatar

What is life experience?

Asked by talljasperman (21858points) September 18th, 2015

How can you quantify it to an employer?

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SmashTheState's avatar

Do a functional resume, which sections by skill rather than by job, and you can list the things you’ve done in each section which have contributed to and prove your mastery of the skill in question. I’ve seen a couple of studies which show that where you got a given skill is less important to employers than actually possessing it, so volunteer work and life experience are perfectly valid to list in your functional resume.

If you need tips on writing a functional resume, I recommend Yana Parker’s Damn Good Resume Guide.

rojo's avatar

I am going to go out on a limb here and say experience you gain from living??

rojo's avatar

Follow @SmashTheState ‘s advice but remember to tailor your resume to your prospective employer. If you are applying for a job at a restaurant, they don’t really care if you have all the necessary prerequisites and abilities to sky dive.

msh's avatar

What have you done outside of given experience-
like ‘school’ is a given,
ACT, SAT test experience- is a given (done by all as expected)

Volunteering for the Humaine Society- LE
Job at local library-LE

Keep it more toward the ‘you’ in just the last couple of years- only.
I climbed Kilimanjaro when I was two -nope
( although kudos if you did)

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Pretty much anything that you don’t do at home on the couch. Hobbies, adventures, travel etc… whatever builds and highlights your character.

zenvelo's avatar

Life Experience for an employer is things you have learned outside of the usual path. So a friend of mine who just spent a winter as a ski instructor for kids, has become interested in motor skill development for kids with disabilities.

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