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Resume Writing for Entrepreneurs

Posted by inscribeexpress on March 30, 2010

Getting Back into the Corporate World

Are entrepreneurs the newest members of the corporate hierarchy? How do you convince a hiring manager that

  • You are ready to give up the powerful independent life
  • You’re ready to throw your lot in with the rest of the professional world
  • You’re ready to work with others on teams
  • You’re ready to take direction from someone who might not have the same perspective—or experience—as you.

You might never have written a resume before, because your company was flying high, and you loved the responsibility, pressure, and elation of success. But if you’re ready to take the plunge, your resume has to show some serious innovation and expertise.

Talk about Teamwork

First, emphasize any team projects you’ve participated in, whether inside your company with subordinates, with other industry players, or with clients. Ensure that your prospective hiring manager knows you’re a team player and you aren’t afraid to collaborate.

Show Increasing Levels of Responsibility

Even within your own organization, you probably started with smaller projects and worked your way to bigger ones. Great challenge-action-response CAR statements will show how you wrangled the most success from sticky situations that will resemble the kinds of problems hiring managers are desperate to solve. Check out How to Drive a CAR Through Your Resume.

Write for Your Audience

Demonstrate your growth with strong action words and as many quantitative and qualitative assessments as you can. Pick powerful language; don’t use boring text that doesn’t grab attention (see: 7 Words You Can’t Use In a Resume for what not to do, and some great examples of terrific language).

Don’t Forget a Great Cover Letter

Your cover letter is the introduction to your resume. It has to be polished and professional. Don’t know how to begin? Check out this series on cover letters:

A Good Cover Letter Is Hard to Find

Cover Letters Shouldn’t be Boring

Cover Letters Should Not Make Applicants Sound Like Supplicants

Cover Letters that Get You the Interview

Hire a Professional

When you were out pounding the pavement as the leader of your own company, you made sure that your clients knew they were hiring an expert. If you’re stuck about what to say in your resume, you, too, can hire an expert. Hire a certified resume writer; she’ll have expert-validated knowledge and skill, and she’ll get you the resume that will get you the interview you need to jump start your new career.

Contact Inscribe / Express for a no-obligation resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn assessment, or visit http://www.inscribeexpress.com for more information.

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3 Responses to “Resume Writing for Entrepreneurs”

  1. mkeeffer said

    Writing for your audience and responding to the unasked fears of employers interviewing an entrepreneur – yes!! A great post!

  2. Thanks for the kind remarks!

  3. Apexds said

    i like your posting

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