Resume question- is this a big deal?
January 10, 2013 6:59 AM Subscribe
I started my own business and instead of the five month gap on my resume, I wrote it down as it it were only a three month gap. I told myself that in those two months prior to starting the business I was looking for business opportunities (as well as considering full time work opportunities and also considering not working at all), and that this was in fact how I found my current business model. Do you think there is something wrong with this?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (11 answers total)
I don't think this would ever matter, except that I sent my resume to previous supervisors/professors who know more concretely when I actually started my business because of the advice I sought from them along the way. I also had sent them an e-mail a month into the time period which is written down on my resume, letting them know that I probably wouldn't be working in the coming year due to various personal reasons. The business itself is real and legitimate, as I ended up finding an interesting business to run instead of doing nothing through my efforts during this period, and there are no other similar issues with my resume.
Also this business isn't something that requires me to clock in a certain amount of time or effort in a given day or even month- things take like, a year to materialize, so it can't really be understood from the results I present with any certainty when I was or was not working.
I have already submitted this resume in many important places, so giving me the advice of just changing the dates in future copies to be on the safe side isn't terribly helpful. Also, I can't easily approach the supervisor/professor about this because they are far away and plus I don't want to make something out of what I think should be nothing?
I would have never even given it a second thought but I noticed that next time I talked to the old supervisor that he seemed annoyed with me...and the other time I talked to him since then. Usually he is very warm but seems to have no interest in talking to me. This is the only thing I came up with for why.