Small Business Entrepreneur

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Small Business Entrepreneur

Jeff, Nico, Peter

Shawn asks: I have been a Small Business Entrepreneur, and am now looking to return to the corporate workforce. How do you deal with serial entrepreneurship when looking for a job, and writing a Professional CV?

In Answer:
When ever you think your have a job application “problem” on your CV, always think about the answer from the employers view point.

As the current/former owner of a number of businesses, how would you have expected such a job applicant to address the issue?

Entrepreneur Definition

Employers want three things:

  • People with the right combination of skills to do the job (functional fit)
  • People who fit in with their team and philosophy (social fit)
  • People who will stay around and deliver the results and their vision (magnetic fit)

Serial entrepreneurs always have the right skills, so no problem on functional fit! The problem with self motivated inspirational types is: will they annoy people (why take a lower titled job?); and how long will they stick around for before the next “Donald Trump-esque” idea makes them hand in the resignation?

Successful Entrepreneurs

Hence, look to show examples in your CV where you have worked for a period (ideally, longer than 2years), with a consistent team approach, where you ideally were not the leader. Secondly, show commitment in a project, or a significant life change you took to and stuck at; with the exposure in your CV being your open/logical choice and resultant commitment.

As the job applicant, it is never difficult to find the answer to any CV/resume problem if you take the employers view point.

Good Luck!


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