I'm in the process of updating my resume and I would like to know your recommendation for including non-paid/non-professional working experience.For example, I love travel planning & research and have planned several multi-week/multi-country trips as well as other event planning experience such as wedding & party planning. How & where do you suggest including this type of information that might be beneficial in showing experience?I purchased your book online and it has been very helpful but this is not something I remember being covered. I hope you can take some time to answer my question.
This is a great question. Too often, people feel that unpaid experience doesn't belong on a resume but this is completely wrong and also self-defeating. Why does it matter whether or not you were paid to do something? Do you learn more when you're being paid? Is the experience any less valuable when you work for free?
No, unpaid experience belongs on your resume as long as it relates to what you want to do next. There are different ways to do this. You can list these experiences as 'freelance event planner' or even 'volunteer event planner.' Then show the dates just as you would with a normal position, describe the work (you can say that it was unpaid if this makes you feel more comfortable) and highlight a couple of key accomplishments.
I do this all the time for my clients and it's very effective. Good luck!