Everyone appears to have a side business to make extra money, follow a hobby or passion, or learn a new skill. However, just a tiny percentage of people consider including their side hustle on their CV. Having a side hustle does not make it any less important than any other job because they instil essential transferable abilities that might suit the job.
How to add a side business to your CV
Putting your side business on a CV is relatively similar to putting any other work experience.
If you have a side business for whatever reason, you can list it in your CV’s “Experience” section as long as it is relevant to the job.
Even if your side business hasn’t made you much money, include it because of the new skills and knowledge you have acquired!
Don’t be concerned about how much money you’ve made. Instead, concentrate on what you have accomplished in the business and tailor it to the job. These accomplishments include:
- Your customer acquisition strategy
- Customer testimonials
- Business sales
- Your values
- Relevant soft and technical skills
Review the job description and identify four to six areas where your startup’s skills and knowledge are relevant to the position. Add the appropriate skills to your CV and qualify your achievements. Furthermore, discuss with the recruiter during the interview and explain how these skills can also benefit the company.
What to consider when putting your side business on your CV
There are some points to put into consideration when adding your side business to your CV. These are:
Your CV is an advertisement document, and its ultimate goal is to sell you to a potential employer. If done right, it can unlock doors to multiple interviews, possibly securing you a job. Adding the proper structure to your CV is crucial for your success. Ensure that your CV is visually appealing. Also, don’t forget to use the same fonts and colours as throughout your CV.
Choose the appropriate terms.
Consider the phrasing and words you use to describe your side business on your CV. Concentrate on action verbs that accurately reflect your ability like, created, managed, developed, established, orchestrated and others.
Be ready to prove your claims.
If you can’t do something, don’t say you can because it will come back and hunt you. For example, don’t mention on your CV that you are good at social media; instead, add your best skills that will add value to your potential employer.
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