Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Christopher Ward, Founder of Ward Resumes, located in San Diego, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are Professional Resume Writers. Our primary clientele and executives and C suite employees. However, we have helped college graduates, professionals, and pretty much any career level. Proudly we have assisted a client that was on Forbes's top 100 entrepreneurs, an active congressman, and a gold medal US olympian. We have helped clients land their dream jobs, promotions, relocations across the country, military personnel step into the civilian industry, and quite importantly - clients land some very big pay raises!
Tell us about yourself
I like to create opportunities and open doors for people who struggle to get them because of Applicant Tracking Software systems or because resume writing is not their strength. Nothing is more satisfying than helping a hard-working or deserving individual land their dream job or promotion. Or helping a family relocate nearer family is so rewarding in many ways that I never imagined when starting the business. Resume writing has something I have always been strong at. I've had a successful career, but had the experience in hiring & talent roles that enabled me to get hybrid experience - truly understanding the online systems that review applicants (Applicant Tracking Software Systems) - but understanding how to present a good, quick, powerful, succinct resume - that gets individuals strengths over to the reader quickly.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I think winning Resume Design of the year, as awarded by the National Resume Writers Association. Being up against so many well-esteemed peers in the industry - we were very proud of that.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Being tenacious enough to navigate through the tough times. Risk mitigation is crucial when planning for your future business. Brainstorming what if? Adapting and planning contingency plans for crucial elements of your business.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be passionate about what you do.
- Have a USP (Unique Selling Point).
- Treat customers how you wish to be treated - this includes providing professional expertise they may not want to hear or going against their opinions. If someone is paying you to help them achieve something - use your professional judgment to help them get there.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Being an entrepreneur is more than just making money or being successful at business. It is so so much more. It is about making an impact on other people's lives. Success is incredibly important, but even more important is having an impact. It is knowing you haven't walked the planet in vain. It is knowing that you have been here; you have blessed lives, developed people, and made the world a better place. The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. Everything you have gained in life will rot and fall apart. And all that will be left of you will be what was left in your heart. Life is a mirror; life gives us not what we want, it gives us who we are. When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice. Don't be afraid to make the jump - go out there and make an impact!
Where can people find you and your business?
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