A Couple Resume Tips From a Small Business Owner

As a small business owner, I thought it might be valuable to offer some tips about what kinds of things I notice on people’s resumes who apply for work with my company. You would think that people would be way better at these kinds of things by now. I guess maybe the ones who are better at it aren’t seeking employment. Maybe that is why I get so many bad ones.

One of the things that I often notice that I hate when prospective employees do, is that I hate when they send a cookie cutter resume. I can tell the resume is cookie cutter when it hasn’t been tailored for the specific open position that my company has. People will apply for a customer service position when I advertised that I am looking for an office assistant to perform some customer service as well as assist a shift manager in performing certain tasks. The person should have said that their objective is to obtain the open position at my company for the customer service representative and shift manager assistant. When I read the objective is to obtain a customer service position, it makes me think that they don’t want to do the other part of the job.

Further down the resume I will check out their previous employment history. Often times I see resumes where people have had numerous jobs for short periods of time. This is a major red flag for an employer. As a small business owner, I would rather see a person who has had one job for several years in a totally unrelated field than someone who has had three closely related jobs that they couldn’t hold for over a year. If your resume might give that impression, I suggest you explain with good reason, why your employment was so short. Maybe they were seasonal jobs. Maybe they were internships that had a specific predetermined duration. If this is the case, you had better bring it to the reader’s attention.

People think that employers put more weight behind the person’s experience relevant to the job. Often times this is completely wrong. Business owners learn very quickly that it is more important to hire someone with the right attitude who is smart and dependable. Then you can train that person to do whatever it is you need them to do. This is better than hiring someone with direct experience who is not dependable.

I can’t say for sure if my suggestions would apply for large corporations as I do not run one. My experience is that of a small business owner. If you are applying for a position with a small business, I think you will find these few tips to be extremely useful.

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