What are Bootstrap Credentials & Why are They Important to YOU?
by Sandy Penny . WritingMuse

Bootstrap credentials are earned in the workplace and in life, as contrasted with formal education. Although many people with bootstrap credentials are also educated, there is a distinct difference in their approach to solving a problem or meeting a challenge. They have an understanding of what is theory and what has been proved in the marketplace. Bootstrap credentials take into account the number of years spent in an industry and the knowledge gained from that ongoing learning process.

Bootstrap credentials are also earned through self-study, lifetime learning, online exploration, attending targeted seminars, and personal interviews with successful people.

The hallmarks of people with bootstrap credentials are practicality, personal initiative, out-of-the-box thinking, creativity, can-do attitude, cooperative ventures, concern for meeting the needs of companies and customers, willingness to change direction, and a desire to build community into every venture.

As an entrepreneur or innerpreneur (the new age term for heart-centered businesses born from spiritual guidance), don't sell yourself short if you don't have a degree in the field you have chosen. Use your experience in the marketplace to position yourself with your hard-earned Bootstrap Credentials. If an ad says, must have a degree, don't let that stop you from applying. Target your resume or contact letter to what the company wants that you know you have. However, you do have to be able to deliver what you promise.

[I have worked as a writer in top corporations like American General, Dresser Industries, Distribution International and Exxon, without a degree because I earned my Bootstrap Credentials by proving year after year that I could measure up to any level of education. I also developed a resume that converted those credentials into strengths those corporations wanted.]

As a hiring manager for a company, don't discount the real world strengths of hiring or contracting people with Bootstrap Credentials. Their creativity and "there is no box" approach, and their ability to learn on the fly may be huge assets in this supercharged, fast-changing business world.

New ideas don't usually come from the same old strategies.

And, just because the web business marketplace is highly populated by young people, don't discount the value of hiring more experienced members to round out your team. You'd be amazed what ideas for the future those who have been around for a while can generate.

Bootstrap Credentials

Bootstraps ...

A bootstrap is attached to the top of a boot so you can put your fingers into the loops to more easily pull your boots on. Without a bootstrap, it is more difficult to get your boots on and get moving.

People with bootstrap credentials know how to get you up and running faster and more economically.