I was thinking about what I would like to write to you this week - resume writing, interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating. Then, I read a comment on volunteering as a job seeker on LinkedIn Groups. The group is called JobAngels, a Hiring for Hope program.
I have many success stories of real people going through career transition while volunteering. I would like to share two of these stories of encouragement with you today. As a job seeker, whether you want to change careers or need help networking, I hope this blog will encourage you to volunteer, network and help others do the same. If while you're volunteering and you need to earn some cash you could look into real work from home jobs some more and see if you can earn money from home. The following are true stories from professionals who were once in the position where many of you are today. Volunteering made a positive change to their lives forever. Are you interested in hearing more? Read on …
Success Story #1
Lucy reached out via email. Her response back was a job offer.
Lucy was looking for a job due to a company buyout where she worked for 19 years. She lived in a small town in the Midwest with a population of about 5000 people. Her position was in Human Resources. I remember, for several weeks, every time I asked her how she was doing with her job search, she would start the conversation with “I live in a small town, I’m 55 years old and there are no jobs here for me.” We had already discussed how to network and contact people she knew to let them know she is available and looking for work. Lucy had only been seeking jobs posted in her local paper and online. After several weeks, she was finally ready to step out-of-the-box and let others know she was looking for a job. She already had been volunteering 17 years for a local non profit organization. When she emailed the Assistant Director to ask her to be a reference for her job search, the Assistant Director's response was “I just got promoted to Director. Would you like to have my job as Assistant Director?” Lucy was thrilled. She loved working for this woman and at this time of her life, she was ready to make a career change. She had been preparing for the latter part of her work life all along and didn’t even realize it. She gratefully accepted this paid position. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, are you ready to take the challenge and start networking to let others you know you’re looking for work?
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?”