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Should you list your experience as an entrepreneur on your resume?

A woman hands her resume to a recruiter
A woman hands her resume to a recruiter
AP photos/Charlie Riedel, File

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  • marleen 5 years ago

    Great article Vivian. It is of concern to me because I also own my own business. I started it while unemployed. I tell employers about it and let them know how my skills translate to their role.

  • Matthew 5 years ago

    This article was very informative. Makes you rethink the way in which you should present yourself to a potential employer. I can see where presenting yourself as the “sprocket” that can help improve their business instead of as the “machine” that’s going to take it over would help you get called up for an interview and aid in the interview itself.

  • Viv 5 years ago

    Matthew: Excellent point! It definitely makes a difference in whether or not you are viewed as a threat or an asset.

  • Viv 5 years ago

    Marleen: Excellent strategy. Often people make the mistake of assuming that employers can readily see the transferability of their skills. Making that connection in the interview is a great way to help them see your value.

  • Vic Napier 5 years ago

    Most entrepreneurs are employees of the business they own, so they have the choice of identifying themselves as either a business owner or employee. Pick the one that makes the most sense for the situation, (although I suspect it is usually best not to mention anything not specifically asked for in the job announcement).

  • Viv 5 years ago

    Vic: You are right on target!

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