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.
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 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.