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Old 07-09-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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I left my full time job 4 years ago to stay home with my children. I started my own business selling jewelry online and now want to go back to work part-time. How do I handle the 4 years of self-employment on my resume?
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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You have to tailor down your resume by including only those relevant skills that you acquired during the time of your being self-employed and make everything look or sound more professional. You can highlight your skills and existing experience to make yourself shine to potential employers.

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Old 07-09-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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I've been running my own small business for photography for about the last 2-1/2 years and I have it on my resume. Self-Employment is still employment. You sure don't want to show that you've been out of work for the last 4 years! What I did in my little photograhy office sure isn't exactly what I did before this "self-employment", but I rather show this business than have a blank of unemployed for that long. Did you have a company name? I do/did and I use it. How do I prove that this small business exsisted? Have a valid bank credit card with the name of the business on it and have some photos on Facebook w/the business name on the page.

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I left my full time job 4 years ago to stay home with my children. I started my own business selling jewelry online and now want to go back to work part-time. How do I handle the 4 years of self-employment on my resume?
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:11 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I ran my own successful business for 10 years and when I went back into the open job market I absolutely included my own business in my resume as it was a very good reflection of my capabilities in many different areas. After again working many years as an employee I went back into owning another business which I've now had for 15 years. If there comes a time when I'm looking to get back into the open job market again I'd include it without a second thought.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:23 AM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I ran my own successful business for 10 years and when I went back into the open job market I absolutely included my own business in my resume as it was a very good reflection of my capabilities in many different areas. After again working many years as an employee I went back into owning another business which I've now had for 15 years. If there comes a time when I'm looking to get back into the open job market again I'd include it without a second thought.
I thought your job market days was over?
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I thought your job market days was (sic) over?
Really? How peculiar.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:37 AM
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Really? How peculiar.
I was under the impression you were retired
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:38 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I was under the impression you were retired
Really? How peculiar.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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You don't really need to tailor anything. You write your self-employment just as you would any other job:

Jeweler
Self-employed 06/2007 - 07/2010
--Accomplishment #1
--Accomplishment #2
--Accomplishment #3
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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You don't really need to tailor anything. You write your self-employment just as you would any other job:

Jeweler
Self-employed 06/2007 - 07/2010
--Accomplishment #1
--Accomplishment #2
--Accomplishment #3
I was self employed for many years and thats what I do. If a person is going to be self employed you should have an list of various awards, shows. impressive organizations, and memberships to illustrate how active you are in your field. An employer needs to understand your commitment went well beyond that of a hobbyist. They will also need some assurance that if hired you will no longer have the time available to pursue your self employment on that level if at all. ( even if you intend to keep active)
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