Job Seeker Question
I read your article about being laid off. I have been for quite a while. I started my own business in a very niche market. The business did not take off as planned due to a certain certification not obtained. Do I put my company on my current resume? I would look at that as a failure (as a hiring manager) but it took a huge chunk of time and effort.
Thanks for reaching out to me. I don’t think your business venture should be looked at as a failure! It wasn’t a failure, there were some obstacles and challenges that prevented you from moving forward.
Yes, I would definitely put it on your resume and I would suggest listing what you did to start up the business. There is a lot entailed in starting a business, a lot of leg work and research etc., those are all skills you have that could be used at another company.
When you are questioned about the business, I wouldn’t say anything about it failing and if you explain it right, a hiring manager won’t look at it as a failure either. It’s all in how you present it and how you come across.
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Good question from the responder. Cori, would you suggest including the entrepreneurial venture as the very last opportunity on the resume as in last job so it appears first on the resume or in some other area?
Thanks for the response. Yes I would list it first on your resume as your last position or even current if you are working the business still.