lilbuddhaman wrote:random question: I've been a pc builder, hobbyist, tinkerer since I was 8 years old. I decided at a young age that I didn't want to do "IT", so I never went after any "formal" training in the field (have a BS in Biology). I have found that extremely well versed in a multitude of software/hardware scenarios, can "learn" a new software thrown at me very quickly, and just "get" computer related activities naturally.....BUT I am terrible with the "book" definition/vocabulary of these things, as well as not having X, Y or Z certification/piece of paper.
Anyways, how do you guys word/describe on a resume / during an interview that kind of experience, especially without it sounding like I'm just some yahoo that is trying to thicken his qualifications section?
Resume would be difficult without something to point to. A published article might suffice, as would listing a specific program OS under a skillset (if you can), but without something solid, I would not add anything.
At the interview, however, you might be able to sneak in the fact that computer stuff has been a hobby for some time. If you can point to your hobby helping you on a "real job," that would certainly get their attention (at least it would mine).
Being an adult doesn't mean you have to know what you're doing. It just means you have to look like you know what you're doing.