Here’s the situation: I have owned my own company since I was 19. I am a very hard working, dedicated young business owner. We’ve had a combination of successes and failures and after 8 years I feel that I have had many experiences that most professionals my age are unfamiliar with. In many ways I have condensed many years of organizational experience into just a few. Now at 27, I am looking for a change; I would like to transition into a steadier and more predictable pattern of work and pay and of course I would like to move into an organization where I can have room to grow.
While a transition like this seems straight forward, I have found that it is not. I cannot get a job! You may be wondering if this is because I am not academically qualified, well I have an AA, B.Sci. in Business and am finishing my Masters in Organizational Leadership, in many cases I feel that I may be overqualified yet I still get turned down or never receive a call for even an interview. What is going on? I have heard a rumor that hiring managers are reluctant to bring on folks who have solely worked for themselves.
Can anybody speak to the rumor I have been told? Is it completely bogus? Should I just disregard the last eight years of work and just take an entry-level position – I have actually been offered a few of these which start at 1/3 of my current pay but they don’t support my addiction to food, clothing, and shelter. I am a very personable, intelligent, and hard working individual; how can I overcome this impasse and present myself as an experienced professional and not just the owner of a small mobile detailing company?