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

 Resume for 50+ Older WorkersAs 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. 

Resumes Function or Chronological JustResumesUSA.comHere'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. 

3. The combination resume works well when only your most recent position is related to the jobs that interest you. 

If you’re 50+ include relevant accomplishments to your resume going back 10 to 15 years. 

This is recommended for all 3 resume formats listed above. If you held previous positions with a job title or company name that adds value, you can finalize your resume with a Previous Employment section and list one-liners with your job title, company name, city and state without the dates or actual accomplishments.

 

resumesLet me share with you the story of Bill. Bill contacted me last week and asked me to review his resume. He just paid a professional resume writing service $400 for his 2-page chronological resume.  This is a good fee for his level of position.  The accomplishments were results-oriented, at least most of them were, not all.  (I recommend all accomplishment be results-oriented.)

The BIG issue in Bill's resume was the format. He needed a functional resume. Why? Read on …

Bill’s resume was written in a chronological format and he was interested in a job where his experience was over 30 years ago.  So, his accomplishments went back to 1978. This resume is NOT going get him any interviews for the jobs that interest him.  And, it will age him. He clearly needed a functional resume.  He told me the professional resume service he hired only wrote chronological resumes.  

Bill didn’t know any better at the time. However, I really think all professional resume writers should know how to write all 3 resume formats. As you can see now, the reason why is because there is only one format that will work best for you to land the interview for the jobs that interest you. The only difference between the resume formats should be the focus and how the information is presented and highlighted. Human Resources is still looking for the same information, i.e., your job titles, who you worked for, what you accomplished and when, going back 10 to 15 years.

How to write a functional resume that will land the interview.

Next, I interviewed Bill as I wrote his functional resume. We included a Career Summary listing his job titles and company names, city, state and dates going back 10 to 15 years. Then, we highlighted 3 primary skills under Selected Accomplishments on the first page of his 2-page resume. For example, we added Program Management, Process Improvement and Team Development where we listed each accomplishment under the appropriate skill.  At the bottom of his 2-page resume we added a final section titled Previous Employment where we listed his job titles, company names, city, state without the dates of previous employment. Employers are interested in what he accomplished going back 10 to 15 years which we listed in the Career Summary on the first page of Bill’s resume.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive 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 …

Age 50+ Business Owner Transitions to Corporate Job through Networking

Networking results in a Great Job with Higher PayAs many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on networking, how to write resumes, prepare for the interviewsalary 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 …

JustResumesUSA.com a Networking Blog PostAnnie 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. 

He made a call for his first informational meeting, interviewed and received a job offer.  Not just any offer.

The salary was $10K higher than he originally was looking for with a $85K base pay, $5K quarterly bonuses and full benefits, including the perks of fishing and hunting trips with clients which fit right into his ideal lifestyle.  This position put Cal in the front runner group involved in acquisitions at the company. It was a very visible position with great potential for further advancement. He also was a candidate to network with another one of my clients, Dane as they both used the same vendors for different purposes.  Quite a success story. 

Are you a job seeker?  What are you waiting for?  Go out there and begin your own networking campaign.

This is a great opportunity to utilize Social Networking.

How? Go to LinkedIn. Select the companies you're interested in working for and set up your own informational meetings with the decision makers. You can also go to Twitter. Follow companies you're interested in on Twitter and join in the conversations.  Let the internal employees and decision makers get to know you.

Networking is not about finding a job.  It's about developing relationships with people

 

Hiring for Hope - Networking Blog Post from JustResumesUSA.comIf 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. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and 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 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 2011. 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 of 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.

I recently read more valuable tips for the Job Seeker 50+.  One of my favorites was from Don Akers, MBA.  He was a job seeker 50+ that landed a job mentoring the younger generation of employees for the company that hired him.  Did you know that surveys show many companies today recognize the generation gap and the value of hiring job seekers 50+ to eliminate the knowledge gap.  The companies who haven’t recognized this will soon find out they are missing the value that only the baby boomer generation can fulfill.  Don Akers wrote a lot of great tips for the job seeker 50+.  You’ll find his comment on LinkedIn Group, Hiring for Hope Job Angels.  Click on the link and it will take you to Don Akers comment in the Manager’s Choice section under Discussions.

 

If you are a job seeker 50+ or from any generation, 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. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and 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 …