Founder Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 30,155 Founder resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing A Founder Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Web Content, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A Founder Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Founder CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand founder skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a founder : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Founder
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Business Analysts

Example # 1

Project Manager

  • Developed strategic partnership with line managers that fostered greater acceptance of Six Sigma program enabling a deep understanding of program goals.
  • Introduced Citrix Provisioning Services to create non persistent images saving over 15TB of SAN space.
  • Ensured deliverables were complete, accurate, on time, and in compliance with SDLC and SOX policies.
  • Used SDLC, waterfall and agile scrum methodologies.
  • Developed and implemented a succession planning/potential process to understand talent and assist in workforce planning.

Example # 2


  • Converted drawings from Microcadam to AutoCAD.
  • Designed electrical details, wiring schematics & harnesses, Utilized Pro-E Wildfire & Catia V5 R13& AutoCAD 2006.
  • Full NASA documentation for PCB fabrication & assembly packages.
  • Relied on extensive experience, creativity and judgment to perform a variety of tasks.
  • Trained personal in procedures used in AutoCAD and FMSpace to maintain drawings for layouts, projects and libraries.

Example # 3

Production Internship

  • Enhanced social media presence of 1913: Seeds of Conflict (Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and Vimeo).
  • Wrapped payroll for transport and delivery.
  • Process orders via UPS, FedEx, and DHL.
  • Tracked Youtube, Google, and other social media sites for metadata and metrics.
  • Produce e-learning video content for on-demand viewing (YouTube, Brightcove).

Example # 4

Accountant Internship

  • Prepared expense analysis, prepared and posted month-end accruals.
  • Initiated use of portfolio assessment and prioritization planning to optimize business effectiveness and profitability.
  • Produced PowerPoint presentations; arranged conferences for meetings with clients and creative team.
  • Enter revenue adjustments at the end of projects in Deltek system.
  • Performed internal control testing to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley.

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Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your founder skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from founder resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a founder, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Founder roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of founder resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained