Do you call yourself the CEO?
The resume of an entrepreneur isn’t fundamentally different from the resume of any of the employees in a large organization. But the nature of the entrepreneur’s role in a company and the tasks he performs creates unique hurdles when crafting a resume for the business owner.
For the most part, it all comes down to words, said Steve Burdan, a certified professional resume writer based in Chicago who works with Ladders. A hiring manager will not necessarily read between the lines to understand what you did in your own employment and why you want to work for their company.
Roles and responsibilities
The trouble starts with the business owner’s title, Burdan said. Does “consultant” or “freelancer” fit the bill? Does “president” fully explain the work you’ve been doing? “It’s not necessary to have your resume mirror the title you are applying for,” Burdan said.