As you know, the economy is continuing to improve, which is very encouraging. If you and your current career are not part of the improvement, however, it’s easy to feel discouraged. Do you have valid work experience, but just can’t seem to move up or get the opportunity to move into a new position? Maybe the problem is not you. Maybe it’s the fact that what you want just isn’t available where you are. Maybe you need to set your sights elsewhere.

work rules laszlo bockI recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a new book titled Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock. One of the key elements of the review talks about the changes some companies are implementing in their hiring procedures. The resume and college transcripts are no longer the primary tools for hiring. Candidates are getting credit for their background and life experience when competing for jobs.

As I thought about the ideas Bock presented in his book, it occurred to me that much of what he is saying also pertains to franchising. Every time you’ve evaluated a situation, implemented a new idea, or even experienced failure, you’ve been learning and expanding your view of the business world. Those experiences are valuable to you as an entrepreneur and potential franchisee.

Becoming a successful franchisee requires education and experience, but it also requires the ability to handle a myriad of situations – implementing a business plan, financial planning, human resources, marketing and promotion, customer relations. These are not always the skills that come through on a resume.

statue of libertyAt the end of the article, the writer states, “One thinks about Emma Lazarus’ famous poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty:  Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Why didn’t America ask for the very best from other countries, those with the glowing resumes and three-piece suits? Because what matters is not your history, but what you’ll do when you land.”

Franchisors are looking for people who can focus on the goal while coping with the daily demands of the business. People who are comfortable calling the shots, yet can follow a game plan.

When you look back, has your past work experience been preparing you for another option? Maybe it’s time to trust in your confidence and let franchising open the opportunities you are looking for.

Let’s talk about your real life experience and if a franchise could prove to be a good landing for you!