I'm the technical co-founder of a small software business (two people). We built some very niche enterprise SaaS software and have a few big clients who pay us every year. The software is now so stable, and the niche so saturated, that my work obligations can be met by sending a few emails and putting in a few evenings and weekends every year. As a result, I would like to get a job somewhere – not for the money, but because I genuinely want to join other smart people to work on challenging problems. In other words, I consider myself very fortunate but I'm bored.
I started this business right out of college, and have spent five years on it. That makes it the main item on my resume, so I have to make it look like a big deal – mission-critical software for big, well-known clients, thousands of users, complex full-stack architecture developed entirely by myself, etc. – all of which are true.
Now if I were a hiring manager, I would (perhaps) be impressed but also very worried: if this guy maintains such big and important software, how is he going to have the time to come work here?
Indeed, I have now applied to a few jobs that, at least on paper, I am more than qualified for. I tried to explain the situation in my cover letter and have either received rejections outright or simply never heard back, but never got an interview. (Yes I know, this could have other reasons.)
I can't sell the company even if I wanted to; there is nobody to sell to in this space, and our support contracts still have a few years to go. Realistically, my partner can still do most of the client-facing work, and she would be happy to.
How do I credibly convey that I:
- Am sufficiently accomplished?
- Actually available for full-time work?