I was asked to create a resume for a Deb's Professional Services Business Associate. This brings up an interesting question, an excellent DISCUSSION TOPIC: If you are Self-Employed or an Independent Contractor, what do you do when someone asks you for a "resume"?
This is strictly a personal choice and there are many things to take into consideration. In past years I have read many people say it boils down to 2 questions and answers:
Being one to prefer to think outside the box,
my recommendations are to consider a different approach.
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Many times, especially in today's economy, an Independent Contractor while preferring to concentrate solely on their OWN business -- may find it necessary to also seek/accept employment, a "J-O-B" -- and/or projects via Staffing Agencies (which I whole-heartedly recommend). Also many websites for Freelancers, Independent Contractors, Self-Employed, etc. also request a resume and/or something to be part of your profile page.
While working your hardest to grow your business -- you may also choose to seek employment.
What if they ask for a resume?
Do NOT submit a "RESUME" per se
You hold the position as CEO, founder, whatever you proclaim your title to be of your OWN business.
My recommendation is to include the most important ingredients of a "resume" -- make the information available... but
Introductory/Cover Letter --
In my case I go so far as to explain that since I am self-employed I do not have a formal "Resume" however do have a SYNOPSIS of some of my experience and education.
By this I am introducing myself as a professional. Like them, I too am a business owner. I do not ask for THEIR RESUME.
-- requiring a resume of a business
is NOT a common, acceptable practice.
I also let them know I am focused on their needs, and aware of different procedures in various businesses; and for THEIR convenience
-- while preferring to work as an Independent Contractor,
** I will agree to work as an Employee.
If you are approaching someone who is advertising to hire an EMPLOYEE...
** Ask if they would instead consider an Independent Contractor; but if not -- you would like to be considered as an applicant for employment with their business.
I developed a "SYNOPSIS" for my Business Associate
This Synopsis focuses on experiences & skills that can be utilized by both the prospective client and employer.
If you choose, you can have information on secondary sheet for employer or as part of your Introductory or Welcome communications for clients/customers.
Whether you put this informational sheet on your website,
is again a purely personal choice.
Most professionals I have talked to have advised against this -- and suggest instead to include it as part of initial communication with potential client -- if at all.
Deb's Professional Services
includes a SYNOPSIS page as part of our website.
Please follow this LINK to our Synopsis Page...
** When arriving on that webpage -- Click on the pic of the worker in the hard hat toward the bottom of that page & follow the link.