Welcome to this week’s blog. As many of you know, there is a lot of discussion for the job seeker 50+ in 2020. And, I write success stories and valuable tips for the job seeker on how to write resumes, search for jobs, prepare for the interview, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. If you’re a job seeker 50+ and/or know someone who is, this week's blog is just for you. Read on…
Job seeker 50+ transitioned from Occupational Health Nurse from a manufacturing plant to a School Nurse position for a public school district
This is a true story. Frida worked for a manufacturing plant as an Occupational Health Nurse for 15 years. I met her when she attended a career transition workshop I was facilitating. When I asked if anyone had any questions or concerns, Frida was the first to raise her hand. The first thing she said was “I just lost my job. Now, I’m a job seeker 50+ years old and concerned my age will prevent me from getting another job.” Little did she know her concerns spoke for so many job seekers today.
First, we discussed her positive attributes she would bring to a new employer. Some of her personal traits were detail oriented, knowledgeable, great communicator and listener. She also remained up-to-date with her nurse training and certifications. I suggested she focus on her strengths and accomplishments instead of her age because sometimes attitude is everything. A positive attitude is necessary to reach your potential. Without a positive attitude you cannot.
I remember seeing her again a few months later at the company Alumni Holiday Party. I asked her how she was doing as a job seeker 50+, how the interviews were going, and if she remembered to send the proposal with her thank you letters. She said “I didn’t have a chance, I got hired right away.” She was excited as she told me about her new job. She said “I am now the School Nurse for an entire public school district. And, I have summers off.” She said she realized with her previous concerns she may have missed out on this opportunity. The school district was looking for someone with her experience, motivation and maturity.
As many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on networking, how to write resumes, prepare for the interview, salary negotiating, volunteering and public speaking. This is the success story of Cal and how one of his networking contacts led him to his ideal job.
Cal just sold his small trucking business and wasn’t quite sure how to apply networking to his job search.
He was looking for a Sales Manager position and found his opportunity through networking. This is what happened.
Cal’s daughter, Annie, was a dental hygienist. She cleaned patient’s teeth while networking for her dad. One day when she was networking with a patient in the dental chair, she discovered he was an acquaintance of one of her dad’s buddies. “Don’t you just love it when the dentist or dental hygienist asks you questions when your mouth is wide open, stuffed with dental tools?” Would you like to hear more? Read on …
Annie told the patient that her dad was networking looking for networking contacts. She asked if he knew anyone in the construction industry. And he did. Cal was very excited about this new networking opportunity. The following week his networking contact emailed him the contact information.
As a professional resume writer and Executive coach, I write blogs for job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition.
I have been hearing so many stories lately about the functional resume. Stories that are giving the functional resume a bad rap. I’ve been hearing these stories for years. And, I’ve been writing functional resumes that work great for my clients for 25+ years. So, I would like to educate you on which resume format is best for you and why. And how to write a functional resume that lands the interview for those that need this resume format.
The best resume format is determined by your future career.
Not necessarily where you’ve been. But where you are going now. Below is an explanation of the 3 resume formats.
1. The chronological resume highlights the progress in your jobs. This resume format works best for professionals staying in the same profession and moving up in their careers.
2. The functional resume works best for professionals changing careers or making a lateral change into a different industry or position. It also works well for professionals making a career transition from business owner to a corporate position.
I have had requests for quick tips on networking. Many of you know I am an Executive Career Coach and Professional Resume Writer. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, networking, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition. Today, I’ll share with you the importance of the 30 Second Commercial and the 3 “Must Have” tips to include in your 30 second commercial.
Why the 30 Second Commercial is important for job seeker's networking!
Your 30 second commercial is often referred to as the “elevator speech.” As a job seeker, you want to be ready, at a moment’s notice, with your “30 Second Commercial” as you run into people in your daily life. I call these people "angels along the way." Why? Because metaphorically speaking, when one door closes, new doors are opening up for you. And, I would like to help you recognize the doors as they open. For example, without being prepared with your 30 Second Commercial, you may never know the person who was standing behind you in line at the grocery store was the one with a contact for your next job. So, it is important to think “Networking minded” by being prepared at all times to let people know you are networking.
In addition to social networking on Facebook and LinkedIn, it is wise for you to be networking with your banker, doctor’s office personnel, veterinarian office, cleaning lady (you don’t know whose houses she's cleaning, now do you?) She could be cleaning a business or house of someone you’d like to work, or knows someone else.) Maybe it’s your neighbor. Remember, it's not who you know, it's who they know that may lead you to the next great job!
Here are the Top 3 “Must Have” Networking Tips for your 30 Second Commercial.
1. Let the potential networking contact know you’re not just looking for a job.
2. Make it clear to the potential networking contact you are interested in a contact name for a specific company or specific industry.
Whether you are the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, an Older Job Seeker whose a business owner with the desire to transition to the corporate world, or an Older Job Seeker going through career transition, I can help you. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career.
If you are an Older Job Seeker faced with the need to write a resume for the first time in many years, this week's blog is for you. I’ll discuss the #1 Resume Writing Tip for the Older Job Seeker. Read on …
#1 Resume Writing Tip for the Older Job Seeker
If you are an Older Job Seeker writing a chronological resume, it is recommended to include jobs with your accomplishments and dates going back only 10 to 15 years under the title “Professional Accomplishments.” The reason for this is employers are only interested in what you accomplished in the past 10 to 15 years.
For the Older Job Seeker who held an added value job or company prior to 15 years…
Are you asking yourself, “What if I held a job(s) or worked for a company prior to 15 years that adds value to my resume? Here’s the solution which will save you lots of resume writing time while including the added value you need to show the employer the titles you held and where you worked beyond 15 years.
At the end of your resume include a section titled “Previous Employment.” In this section you will list on one line your job title, company name, city, and state. Leave the dates out of the “Previous Employment” section, since it is not necessary. Yes, you are an Older Job Seeker, perhaps with 30 years experience, however, remember, the employer is only interested in what you accomplished over the past 10 to 15 years and you already gave this information with the dates in the “Professional Accomplishments” section of your resume.
Many of you know I am a business owner, career coach and resume writer at JustResumesUSA.com. I write blogs for the job seeker going through career transition. I saw a segment on “60 Minutes” last Saturday night about a program in Connecticut called “Platform to Employment.” It was so inspiring to hear about a successful 50+ employment program.
This program created jobs for the 50+ job seeker who was unemployed due to the economy.
The next morning, I attended my weekly Toastmasters group, Noonshiners. One of the members, Michael was speaking about employment programs for the low income population. We spoke after the Toastmasters meeting ended. He invited me to come to a meeting at City Hall as a Citizen of the City of Fort Collins to be a voice and present such a program to the Economic Board on behalf of our 50+ job seekers.” I have never attended a meeting at City Hall before. However, I met Michael there and spoke to the Economic Board this week. Michael’s speech inspired me to speak at City Hall and write this blog about this important issue.
People are talking about this program. This morning I was reading a new post on a LinkedIn Group for “Resume Writers and Career Coaches.” This post asked “Has anyone in the group seen "60 Minutes on Platform to Employment?” The writer’s take on the program was about the resume. Which makes sense, afterall, I was in the LinkedIn “Resume Writers and Career Coaches” Group.
Think about it. These people are professionals just like you and I. They have families to support, homes with mortgages to pay and now, low self-esteem. Some lost their homes. This is a very unexpected and difficult time that affects not only the job seeker but their spouse, children and loved ones and the economy where they lived.
Today, I would like to write to you about how this program works to inspire you to bring this type of program to the City of Fort Collins. And, perhaps, inspire you to bring this type of program to your City.
Here we are folks, entering the Holiday Job Search season in 2020. Can you believe how time flies by so fast. This week I’m writing about one of my favorite holiday myth busters, even through these crazy times of the Pandemic, Holiday Job Search success story and many job search tips . I will continue to write holiday tips and success stories throughout November and December. So, remember to sign up for FREE tips on my website and these blogs will be sent to your email box. Sign up at JustResumesUSA.com. Below are important questions and answers you need to consider for your Holiday Job Search.
1. True or False? “No one hires in December and why?”