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If you are a landlord, though you may be busy with accounting, repairs, tenants and other property management issues, you may also want to get a job and be a traditional employee for multiple reasons: You may use employment to help manage your tax situation, for the benefits, or to keep your foot in the door. But as someone who is self-employed, you do not have an official job description or evaluations you can use to help translate your skills onto paper. So to write an effective resume, you need to think through the work you do as landlord.
Make a list of the tasks you perform as a landlord. They may include book-keeping, account management, finance, advertising, sales, profitability analysis, maintenance and working with professionals such as a property manager and accountant.
Brainstorm numbers that you can include. For example, prospective employers will like to see that you built your business from ground zero by acquiring a certain number of properties within a certain space of time. You could also use figures from your profit and loss statement as percentages. For example, perhaps you took your business from the red to breaking even during the first year, then established profits of 10 percent during the second year.
Organize the lists of tasks and numbers into subsets. Business management might be one subset; property management might be another, for example.
Format the resume in a standard business-like fashion using a clear layout that allows the reader to quickly make an assessment. Use a clear, plain font. Your name and contact information, including your address, email address and home and cell phone numbers, should appear at the top.
Write the heading for the resume entry that includes your landlord experience. The heading should include the name of your business, your title (Owner Operator or President, if you are incorporated), and accurate dates. Dates should include months, as well as years, according to Bizcovering.com, to prevent prospective employers from thinking you are trying to cover up periods of unemployment.
Write a sub-heading and one short paragraph or bullet list describing each skill set, including relevant tasks and performance numbers, from the lists you composed. Think in terms of key words, as recommended by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab. Nowadays, resumes are often electronically scanned and possibly eliminated before a human being reads them.
Add headings and job descriptions for jobs that you held prior to or in tandem with being a landlord. You can work from most recent to last or arrange them according to relevancy in light of the job you are now seeking. Format everything consistently; if you use bullet lists to describe your job description in one part, do the same throughout.
Your accountant may be helpful when you are brainstorming honest numbers. She can not only point to break-outs that might be helpful, but also may suggest wording that will help you to represent yourself accurately.
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Cat Reynolds has written professionally since 1990. She has worked in academe (teaching and administration), real estate and has owned a private tutoring business. She is also a poet and recipient of the Discover/The Nation Award. Her work can be found in literary publications and on various blogs. Reynolds holds a Master of Arts in writing and literature from Purdue University.