A reader writes:
I graduated university back in August last year. Since then, I've mainly been filling my time job-hunting and working for my dad since I moved back home.
My question is, would a recruiter look unfavorably on this if I were to list this on my resume? Even moreso since his business's address and phone number is the same as our home address, and I am not getting paid for this. I am currently back in community college taking classes during the day, but if I don't list the work I've done with my dad, I have a pretty big gap of nothing from August to December, and I can't imagine that would be good at all.
I think you should list it. You're doing actual work for him, right? It's legitimate. If you want to be completely safe, you could add "family business" in parentheses so that no one is taken by surprise later. But you really shouldn't feel weird about this.
That said, you don't want to use your dad as a reference. But listing the work is fine.