Older Job Seeker 50+ Starts New Career!

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.

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50+ Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! Which Resume Format Works Best for You and Why!

 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. 

Here's the 3 resume formats. Which resume format works best for you and why?

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. 

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