No work experience/self employed
I'm curious how you would approach dealing with this gaping hole in your CV/Resume.
I graduated from a UK uni nearly 3 years ago. During uni and since graduation I have spent my time trading on sports (betting exchanges: Betfair etc.) for a living, as an individual. In addition to this I have had a real money FX account for a couple of years now which breaking even. Liquidity in the sports markets which I have been most profitable has been declining and the various betting exchange companies have been becoming increasingly greedy. Betfair for example wanted to tax 60% of my winnings with a "premium charge" for the top 300-ish users on the site or something. Basically I'm looking to pack it in due to this plus the unsocial hours (changing sleep pattern for tennis in Australia/USA, "working" thur, fri night and all weekend).
I'm interested in graduate sales & trading roles with banks (UK) in addition to physical commodity trading firms and I feel my sports trading and FX activities have given me lots of valid knowledge and experience (risk, hedging, arbitrage, fundamental and technical analysis etc.). Now here is where the problem lies. Due to my activities since graduation, in addition to a lack of internships while at uni (due to a combination of health issues and laziness), I haven't worked a day in my life for an employer.
Now my question is, how would you guys structure a CV/Resume and covering letter to communicate my solo activities which I think are very relevant to the roles I'm applying for, while negating the impact of having NO employment history? For example, could I list my sports trading/betting activities under employment history? Do I need to have a blank employment history section in my resume/CV and try to explain it in a covering letter? I certainly won't be putting employment history at the top of my CV that's for sure.
I'm hoping for some interesting takes on approaching this from my unique circumstance. I'm applying for roles in the UK so I guess we're talking about a CV rather than a Resume.