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I've owed my own business for 12 years now. The last three years have been very bad financially and I wanted to pick up some hours elsewhere to pay the bills. There are a few problems:
1. It has been 8 years since I held an official job. (did some independent tutoring when I lived overseas 4 years ago.)
2. Out of the five jobs I worked before going full time at my business 3 have gone out of business
3. I don't recall my supervisor's names.
4. I have no contact numbers as I did no socializing while at work.

So how do I explain this on a form?

Yes I am looking for part time work so I don't get swallowed by day care costs.

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Asked by elizabooks at 8:21 AM on May. 27, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • You put your business on your resume...they usually only want 10yrs. back at most anything else is usually irrelevant..


    Answer by happymama02 at 8:29 AM on May. 27, 2011

  • Definitely include your own business on any resume or application under work history.

    You don't have a supervisor fora reference with a personal business, but depending on your business, consider asking a client or colleague if they would provide a reference if asked. Ask people you use as references for your business if they would refer you for extra-business positions, also.

    Usually you can list a personal reference, too - not a merely social friend or family member, but if you have contacts from non-business work (through community service, church volunteer ministry, etc.) that you might do.

    Answer by KateDinVA at 9:45 AM on May. 27, 2011

  • Than you. I'll ask some of my steady customers for a reference. I just wasn't sure if I needed another job listing as being the owner/operator of a small business of one would give a good idea of what I can do.

    Comment by elizabooks (original poster) at 4:00 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • You should still have a professional network (customer, vendors), filled with people you can ask to be your references.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:54 PM on May. 28, 2011

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