Business Owner Resume Skills

Business owner resume skills are often more expansive than the typical employee resume. A business owner has worn a myriad of hats and most employers recognize this. In order to include additional skills and make your resume succinct you can use my “Resume Skills Tier Method.”

Your resume skills focus can be presented in primary, secondary, and sometimes even tertiary skills. A primary skill should be chosen based on the relevancy to the employer’s job posting. Choose the main transitional skills the employer is seeking such as communication skills. Then create a statement using a Resume Dictionary power word for the secondary and tertiary skill statements. The following Skill Tier Method examples lead to secondary and tertiary skills with accomplishment statements.

Phil Baker’s Resume Skills Tier Method for Business Owner Resume Skills

Example:

Primary Skill: Communication Skills
Primary Skill Statement: Formed business owners’ coalition and by listening to members wrote seven new municipality proposals that were adapted into law.

Secondary Skill: Selling Skills
Secondary Skill Statement: In the process, obtained 17 new clients that accounted for $722,000. In three years.

Tertiary Skill: Customer Skills
Tertiary Skill Statement: All 17 new clients were so happy with our business system they transferred their contracts with to the new owner.

How this would look on a resume:

Formed business owners’ coalition and by listening to members wrote nine new municipality proposals that were adapted into law:

  • In the process, obtained 17 new clients that accounted for $722,000. In three years.
  • All 17 new clients were so happy with our service and business system they transferred their contracts with to the new owner.

Example 2:

Primary Skill: Management Skills
Primary Skill Statement:
Set up QuickBooks for business assigning all accounts and programmed reporting features.

Secondary Skill: Attention to Detail
Secondary Skill Statement: Weekly review of financial reports revealed bank overcharges and recovered more than $7,212. in interest payments.

Tertiary Skill: Negotiating Skills
Tertiary Skill Statement: Subsequently renegotiated all bank loans resulting in a savings of over $122,000.

How this would look on a resume:

Set up QuickBooks for business assigning all accounts and programmed reporting features.

  • Weekly review of financial reports revealed bank overcharges and recovered more than $7,212. in interest payments.
  • Subsequently renegotiated all bank loans resulting in a savings of over $122,000.

See more about the Resume Skills Tier Method.

Choosing Business Owner Resume Skills

Because you have so many skills as a business owner you might be tempted to list many. Keep your resume simple and focus on the skills that pertain to the job and the ones listed in the employer’s job posting. You can review how to write a job resume for assistance. If the position requires job specific required by education or training such as a plumber, nurse, or computer programmer list the skills.

What is important is that you separate your transferable skills and abilities from the business so the employer can appreciate them. Stating that you have strong people skills from working in your family business might cause the employer to question how you get along in an environment without family.

If your business closed due to economic conditions writing about your strong financial management ability could be undermined. You will need to directly relate your skills to accomplishments in the business. For example, if your business did close due to financial reasons, to support your strong financial skills you could write:

Maintained bookkeeping records to the penny for seven years with financial organizational skills.

You must present yourself in the best light. In order to do that accurately you must see yourself in the best light.

See more information on how to write a business owner resume.

Phil Baker

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