Should I include a failed business venture on my resume?
I voluntarily left a job I had worked in for seven years and tried to start my own business which didn't work out. After two years I had to give up on having my own business and took the job I currently have.
The business venture was totally unrelated to all my other work experience so I'm wondering whether I should include it my work history or leave it as a gap?ANSWER:
Well, I don't think there's one right answer to this question. On the one hand, employment gaps will always raise red flags and will have to be explained if you get an interview, especially one as long as 2 years.
On the other hand, employment gaps have become more common in today's job market and may not look as "bad" as they used to.
And on the other other hand, having the motivation and resources to even try your hand at your own business venture could be framed as a positive, depending on the type of work you are trying to get hired in now. If your reasons for failing at it were more to do with the economy than with your poor business acumen, then it might not harm you at all to say it failed.
You could also just say that you decided to end the business venture because you realized it wasn't a good fit for you after all.