Posted By Amanda Collins on February 17, 2009
Unfortunately, this economy is wreaking havoc on many entrepreneurial endeavors. Many of the clients I see have had to close their doors due to poor business, and they face an uphill challenge in marketing themselves as valuable employees following 10+ years on their own.
As you’re gathering information for your résumé, there are two ways to look at accomplishments:
1. What you did to grow your business.
2. The ways you improved processes or systems for clients.
By taking these two approaches into account, you will likely come up with some really valuable accomplishments that will appeal to a future employer. Consider business development, sales, marketing, or whatever the widget is that you sold. Too many entrepreneurs think they’re locked into a certain position because that’s what they sold. I recently met a gentleman who owned a flower shop with previous experience in education and insurance sales. He is overlooking his most recent business venture because he doesn’t want to work in flowers. However, if he looks into some of the aspects of running a business, he may well stumble upon an area that will work for a future career.
Another recent client is in the IT field. For some of his accomplishments, we discussed how he had boosted clients’ business due to systems architecture and upgrade implementations. Remember that your clients’ accomplishments are YOUR accomplishments! If your efforts results in increased sales or decreased cost, own it – because you were instrumental in making that happen.
Sometimes just taking a bird’s-eye view of your experiences can help you see them in a whole new light. You will likely discover that your entrepreneurial past will be a unique value proposition to a future employer.