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50+ Employment Program Provides Jobs and Economic Growth

50+ Employment ProgramMany 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.  

 This is how the “Platform to Employment” program works …

The “Platform to Employment" program provides job assistance to people age 50+, who are highly accomplished professionals and unemployed due to the economy.

The program started with 100 highly skilled professionals who were 50+ and unemployed for 1 to 2 years due to the economy. The professional is placed in a qualified job where the Employer receives funding to pay for the first 3-months in a trial period. The Employer then has a choice to offer the individual a job. The individual has a choice to accept the offer.

Out of 100 people in the program, 70 professionals were hired permanently and happily accepted great jobs. They were able to get back into the workforce, humbled with self-esteem in tact, family focused and living life again!  And the economic growth increased with 70 Citizens in their city.

If you are 50+, live in the City of Fort Collins, you're a highly skilled professional and have been unemployed due to the economy for 1 to 2 years, I would love to hear from you. If you would like a similar program offered in Fort Collins, Colorado, please contact me at Kim@JustResumesUSA.com and/or meet me at City Hall on the Northwest corner of LaPorte and Howes Street on Wednesday morning. The meeting starts on time at 11am.  Let the Economic Board know you are here and this type of program can help you..

I hope you found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com. Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

 

Older Job Seeker? Here’s the #1 Resume Writing Tip For You

Age 50+ Job SeekerWhether 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 WritingTip 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.

The “Previous Employment” section is for the Older Job Seeker finding added value by including this information on his or her resume. If this does not apply to you, it is not necessary to include this section on your resume.

The link below is on iTunes from a radio show recorded earlier this month. If you'd like to hear more resume writing tips which includes information for the Older Job Seeker, click on the link below.

FORT COLLINS, CO – Author, Career Coach, Kim Marino of JustResumesUSA.com, is a guest on Dream Job Radio with hosts Daniel and Leah Lakstins on "The Top Resume Writing Myths Exposed," Sat., October 1, 2011.

 

LISTEN TO KIM'S INTERVIEW NOW

 

I hope you found this information helpful to you. If you're an Older Job Seeker with a success story to share, please email your story to kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others.  I will discuss another great resume tip next week. Stay tuned…

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me through my website at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Top 15 Motivational Quotes to Help the Job Seeker through Tough Times

job seekerAs a career book author, career coach and professional resume writer, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, the job seeker going through career transition and the business owner transitioning to the corporate world. You’ll find my blogs written for the job seeker 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.

This week I would like to share with you 15 of my favorite motivational quotes. These quotes were responses from a discussion on  “ExecuNet, Executive Suite,” one of the groups on LinkedIn. This discussion was presented by one of the members, Al Bagocious. Al had a tremendous response from the members and the responses are still coming in. With Al’s permission, I would like to present to you the question “What’s the one motivational quote you rely on when things get tough? This is a great question for the job seeker to think about when going through tough times.

There were literally hundreds of motivational quotes in the discussion that helped these job seekers through tough times to choose from. Honestly they were all great! Below are motivational quotes from 15 different members of this brilliant group of professionals. Some of these quotes may be familiar to you while others you may be reading or hearing for the first time. Thank you to all the contributors to Al's question. All the quotes written below are a great reminder of encouragement to us all.

Top 15 Quotes to Motivate the Job Seeker through Tough Times!

  1. “Tough times don't last… Tough people do!”

 

  2. “Never consider the possibility of success-consider only the impossibility of failure!”

 

  3. “With God all things are possible.”

 

  4. "The day your people stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them".

 

  5. For the job seeker. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”

 

  6. "If I want to reach wisdom, I have to learn to be humble, and after I get wiser I have to become more humble than before" (VM Samael Aun Weor, founder of international schools of gnostic-anthropology).

 

  7. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

 

  8. "Optimism is required. Nobody follows a pessimist." – Eisenhower

 

 job seeker 9. “God doesn't see your situation, He sees your potential and He's way ahead of you!”

 

10. "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…. It is about learning to dance in the rain."

 

11. "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

 

12. “Go where there is no path and leave a trail.”

 

13. “Men's best successes come after their disappointments." Henry Ward Beecher.

 

14. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Mark Twain

 

15. "If you can't give a clear pass, keep the ball and take the tackle" 1st rule of rugby.”

 

Here's one more motivational quote to help the job seeker through tough times. “I love the word “Impossible.”"

 

If you are a job seeker going through tough times, I hope you found this information helpful to you. If you're a job seeker with a motivational quote that has helped you through tough times, I'd love to hear from you. I'd like to encourage you to leave me a comment or send me an email to Kim@justresumesusa.com

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at  970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Job Seeker’s 3 “Must Have” Networking Tips! The 30 Second Commercial

NetworkingI 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 Twitter, 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!

Networking

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.

Networking3. Create a networking business card.

 

1. Let the potential networking contact know you’re not just looking for a job. It’s important when you’re preparing a 30 Second Commercial to include, “I’m not just looking for a job. I’m networking, looking for contact names." Why? There are a lot more people who may know someone working at the company or in the industry you are interested, then people that know of a job opening.

2. Make it clear to the potential networking contact you are interested in a contact name of someone they may know at a specific company or specific industry. It’s important you ask “Do you know anyone at the ABC Corporation or in the ABC industry. Why? This is an opportunity for you to tap into the unadvertised job market and set up your own informational meetings, before the potential jobs get posted. There is no competition which is one reason this process works so well.

3. Create a networking business card. It’s a good idea to have networking business cards with you ready to hand out to the people you meet at all times. This networking card is similar to a business card without the company name. Include your contact information, i.e., your name, phone number, email address social networking information for LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook along with a descriptive job title. For example, Health Care Executive Manager. Vistaprint.com will print networking business cards for free. You just pay for shipping.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're a job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …