It’s essential to update your resume after starting a business if you’re applying for a loan or seeking an investor. It's especially important if you’re going back into the workforce. Skills you’ve learned and applied while running your business can give you an edge in the workforce. Your resume should lead to an interview by focusing toward a specific objective the skills and accomplishments you gain, or have gained, while owning your business.
Write a concise resume title. Your resume title is a one line description of your expertise. As a business owner, you had to design a vision for the overall company and pay attention to every detail of each step taken to bring that vision to life. You’ve likely learned, through that experience, which areas are your best and worst. Let your resume title reflect what you do best in relation to the job you’re applying for. For example, if your biggest strength is marketing and you’re applying for a marketing position, your title might be: “Business Marketing and Social Media Specialist.”
Update your objective. Your objective is a description of the job you’re applying for and how you qualify. Your resume objective should reflect key qualifications you acquire as a business owner. An example of a marketing objective might be: “Business marketing professional seeking to apply 15-years of combined corporate and entrepreneurial expertise--with specialties in new product/service launches and social media marketing--to the position of Marketing Specialist with ABC Corporation.”
Add your transferable skills. Transferable skills are skills you acquire or strengthen while running your own business that you can also use in the new job you’re applying for. CareerPerfect.com suggests listing skills including but not limited to technology, equipment, sales, organization and management. Other skills might include consulting, bookkeeping, product development and media relations. Only add skills that align with your objective.
Add your measurable accomplishments. How many sales did you make in your first quarter or year of business? What partnerships have you negotiated? How many employees have you hired and managed? Be concise but specific with units, facts and dollar amounts when describing each accomplishment.
Highlight successful collaborations. Some interviewers see small business entrepreneurs as lone wolves who like to be in charge rather than be part of a team. Get around this perception by writing a couple examples of how you've successfully collaborated with non-employees. Mention how you and a distributor, supplier, investor or other non-employee worked together to create a result or solve a problem in a way that benefited everyone involved.
Update your formal education, if applicable. If you’ve attended a seminar series or become certified in something while running your company, add this to the education section of your resume.
Update your past employment history. List the company you started by name and address along with your start date and, if applicable, the date you sold, closed or otherwise left the company.
A writer since 1995, Christian Fisher is an author specializing in personal empowerment and professional success. From 2000 to 2005, he wrote true stories of human triumph for "Woman's World" magazine. Since 2004, he has also helped launch businesses including a music licensing company and a music school.