5 Business Owner Resume Examples That Worked In 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: July 5, 2021

Being a business owner can, no doubt, be a rewarding experience. After all, isn’t the New American Dream all about working for yourself and building your own business?

Alas, being a business owner is exhausting, and even fantastic businesses can fail. Whether you’re sick of not having a reliable income, need health insurance benefits from traditional employment, don’t want to deal with the stress of wondering what you need to be working on all the time, or you just want to take a step back from being a jack of all trades, traditional employment offers some perks that can’t be beat.

As a business owner, though, it can be hard to summarize what you’ve been doing since leaving your last employed position.

Fortunately, we’ve done the hard part for you.

We’ve interviewed and analyzed 500 business owners seeking traditional employment and determined what aspects of their resumes got them job interviews in 2021, and, more importantly, what didn’t get them interviews.

We took our learnings and distilled it down into 5 free resume samples, and accompanying tips and tricks, that will improve your resume and land you an interview for the job of your dreams.

Business Owner Resume

Business Owner resume example

Why this resume works

  • This business owner resume includes a career objective.
    • A career objective is a way for you to summarize key information, present your career goals, and highlight the skills that will make you successful in your career goals.
  • When should you include a career/resume objective on your resume?
    • We do not recommend including a career objective to everyone. However, when you’re early on in your career or are undergoing a career change, a resume objective can be a great place to describe why your unique background prepares you for the job you’re applying to.
      • As a business owner transitioning to a more traditional career, we recommend that you do include a career objective on every resume you submit.
  • Make you career objective specific.
    • A career objective will only hurt you if it’s vague and non-specific for every job you apply to. Ensure you are mentioning the job title you’re applying to, the name of the business you’re applying to work for, and specific skills you have that are especially important for the job (check out the job description if you need help determining what skills should be included on your objective).

Small Business Owner Resume

Small Business Owner resume example

Why this resume works

  • When you’re a business owner writing a resume to gain employment, you’ll want to make sure you’re providing plenty of quantifiable metrics. This small business owner resume does just that.
    • This resume provides metrics on net business revenue, the number of store locations, reduced employee turnover rates, below-market rental agreements, efficiency standards, performance reviews provided, customer and employee satisfaction, awards/recognitions, and the number of employees.
  • Why is it important to include quantitative metrics?
    • As a business owner, you understand that numbers speak louder than words. Numbers demonstrate why you’re an asset, whereas words cannot back up what you’re saying.
    • Furthermore, did you know that 85% of hiring managers we interviewed said they wouldn’t even consider hiring someone that didn’t include quantitative metrics on their resume?
      • Why is this?
        • As we already discussed, hiring managers understand that numbers state much more about employee qualifications than words alone can.
        • Plus, when 100-200 applicants submit applications to supervisor positions, on average, hiring managers need something to catch their eye. Numbers jump off the page and encourage hiring managers to take a longer look at your resume.
        • Finally, a cluttered resume is a sure way to ensure hiring managers don’t waste their time looking at your resume. Numbers reduce bulk and make sure everything you include on your resume is there for a reason. You have a limited amount of space, so make the most of it!

Online Business Owner Resume

Online Business Owner resume example

Why this resume works

  • Let’s break down this online business owner resume a bit. What are some things you notice?
    • You might notice that this resume is laid out in reverse-chronological order, with the most recent work experience listed.
      • This is important because hiring managers will pay the most attention to the top third of your resume. Make sure they see your most relevant, most recent, and likely most impressive job experience towards the top of the page.
    • You may also notice that the list of work experiences is not extensive. Though you may have 10+ previous jobs and internships, you don’t need to include them all. Pick out the top 2-4 work experiences that are the most relevant. Hint: if you graduated from college 15 years ago, it’s unlikely that your part-time student employment job at the rec center is still relevant.
      • You can save different versions of your resume, though! A work experience, such as a restaurant server, may be completely irrelevant if you’re a seasoned professional applying for a job working as a market analyst, but completely appropriate for a job in restaurant management.
  • Make sure to keep each work experience description to 3-6 relevant bullet points with 200 or less characters in each bullet point.
    • Hiring managers, on average, spend 6 seconds reviewing a resume. Make sure yours is easy to scan by only highlighting the most important information. If you have more information that just can’t fit on a single page, then you can consider including a link for an online supplement. However, you should only do this if you truly need to, or if you need to include samples/a portfolio of you work.

Restaurant Business Owner Resume

Restaurant Business Owner resume example

Why this resume works

  • Have you noticed that each of these resumes includes a skills section? Unlike a career objective, where we only recommend including one in certain situations, skills sections should be include on every resume you submit!
    • Skills sections are great for two main reasons.
      • First, they are the key to your resume getting read at all. When hiring managers use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to filter resumes, they select relevant keywords and skills. If your resume doesn’t match enough of the words selected by hiring managers, it may be automatically discarded! Skills sections ensure that key skills are listed at least once on your resume.
      • Second, skills sections reinforce the skills you’ve described throughout your resume. Use the rest of your resume as a way to demonstrate that you do, in fact, possess the skills you listed. For example, if you say you’re organized in your skills section, make sure your resume is well-organized. If you say you have great attention to detail skills, make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors in your resume.
  • It can be hard to analyze yourself, we get it. If you’re having trouble determining what skills you have and should include on your restaurant business owner resume, use this list of common attributes that most restaurant managers and business owners share: effective communication skills, organization, self-managed, self-started, team-oriented, creative, organized, leader, conflict management, attention to detail, creative problem solving, and possessing the ability to multitask.

Construction Business Owner Resume

Construction Business Owner resume example

Why this resume works

  • There’s a lot to think about when you’re writing your construction business owner resume.
    • If you’ve been a business owner for a while now, your resume may be years out of date. You’ll need to translate your valuable self-employed work experiences into bullet points.
      • That may sound daunting, until you realize that you gained a lot of valuable skillsets during your time of self-employment.
        • As a business owner, you should highlight your marketing capabilities, customer service skills, employee hiring and management capacity, fiscal responsibility and wise financial investments for your company, and the ability to deliver services that customers find value in. Being a business owner might be the best thing anyone could include on their resume!
  • When you begin writing or editing your resume, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.
    • First, make sure your grammar is flawless. Have your friends, family members, business coach, and our resume checker review your resume for errors. Make sure you’re using active voice throughout, avoiding personal pronouns in your work experiences, using consistent punctuation, and avoiding unnecessary filler words.
    • Next, you’ll want to make sure the length of your resume is spot on. Fill up one entire page for your resume, adjusting margins, fonts, header fonts, and font size as needed to get as close as possible to filling the page exactly.
    • For your bullet points, try to keep them down to 200 characters max, with 3-6 bullet points per work experience.
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