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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 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-3

resume writing mythsMany of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career. 

In Part-1 we exposed the first four resume writing myths. These resume writing myths included 1-page versus 2-page resumes, chronological resumes, accomplishments and employment history.

In Part-2 we exposed resume writing myths five through eight. These resume writing myths included your education and GPA, community service and functional resumes.

Today we will expose the final four resume writing myths in this 3-part series. These 12 Resume Writing Myths are all from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-3

  9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.

10. Create a list of all your accomplishments under Selected Accomplishments on functional resumes.

11. Resumes can be more than 2-pages.

12. Paper doesn’t matter! Afterall, it is the electronic age.

 

resume writing myths 9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.  Absolute, not.  This is one of the resume writing myths to be exposed. Employers are looking to see what you accomplished going back 10 to 15 years. For this reason, it is necessary to put the dates on your resume going back up to 15 years in order to get through the Human Resources initial screening process.  It is not recommended to include dates for positions beyond the 15 years.

I cover details of this topic in Part-2 of the 12 Top Resume Writing Myths Exposed!

10. Create a list of all accomplishments under Selected Accomplishments on functional resumes. This is another one of the resume writing myths and one of the reasons your functional resume may not be working for you. A functional resume is a skills-based resume. For this reason, it is important to create two to four skills sub-headings under Selected Accomplishments. Then, rearrange or type your accomplishments under the appropriate skill sub-heading. This is the beauty of the functional resume for those of you making a career change or a lateral change in your career. The resume screener and/or employer can quickly see within the 15 second glance you may be a great candidate for the interview.

11. Resumes can be more than 2-pages.  This is one of the resume writing myths to be exposed. Unless the employer specifically asks for a 1-page resume, your resume should be only 1- or 2-pages. If you have 1-page or 1/2 page of related publications, patents or projects to add to your resume, I recommend creating an "Addendum to Resume" and add this information to the Addendum. This way you will get through the screening process and the employer can see what they want to read first and review the Addendum when they are read to do so.

12. Paper doesn’t matter! Afterall, it is the electronic age. Another one of the resume writing myths to be exposed, here and now. This is true, it certainly is the electronic age. I agree to go green by being environmentally conscientious. However, you will need to bring your resume to the interview. I recommend bringing at least 5 copies of your resume on resume paper to give to each interviewer. A good resume paper is "Linen."  The best color of Linen paper for your resume is brilliant white, ivory or light grey. It's important to make sure the paper you select compliment the words on your resume, not dominant it.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive or job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email me 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 at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com. You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-2

Resume Writing MythsIf you're new to my blog, I'd like to welcome you. Many of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition. 

Last week we exposed the first 4 Resume Writing Myths. This week in Part-2 we will expose Resume Writing Myths # 5 through #8 of this 3-part series.  Again, I am discussing 4 of the top 12 resume writing myths each week. These Resume Writing Myths are from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-2

5. Always include your GPA.

6. Without a degree, it’s best to leave your Education off the resume.

7. Community Service is not important on your resume.

8. The functional resume does not require an Employment History section

 

5. Always include your GPA. This is one of the Resume Writing Myths I would like exposed. The truth is “Only add your GPA to the resume if it is a 3.5 or higher. Why? Because some companies require a GPA of a 3.5 or above, most do not.

6. Without a degree, it’s best to leave your Education off the resume. This is another one of the Resume Writing Myths that needs to be exposed, here and now. If you have a degree, include your degree on your resume. If you do not have a degree, include the major, university name, city, state and one-line stating how many years or credits you’ve completed.

For example, (Earned 42 credits towards degree.)

Your resume is the place for you to give yourself full credit, where credit is due.

Resume Writing Myths7. Community Service is not important on your resume. Again, this is one of the Resume Writing Myths. Unless you are in Health Care or in the field of Education or Academia it is not necessary to add your community service or volunteer positions held. However, I find it valuable for most of my clients for two reasons. The first reason is this … If you’re an accountant and volunteer in the role of “Treasurer” this adds value by including additional experience to your resume. The second reason I like to include community service to the resume is it can add character to your resume, your good character.

8. The functional resume does not require an Employment History section. This is absolutely another one of the Resume Writing Myths. I still see functional resumes today without the Employment History.

 

This is one of the Resume Writing Myths that has given the functional resume a “bad rap”over the years.

It is very important to include all the same sections on the functional resume as necessary on the chronological resume, including the Employment History. Why? Because the Human Resources professionals look for this information on your resume and you will need this information in order to get through the screening process.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive or 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 at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Stay tuned next week for Part-3 of "Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth Be Told!"

 

Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-1

resumeAs a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition. 

This week is part-1 of a 3-part series.  Each week I will discuss 4 of the top 12 resume writing myths. Myths I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.  So here it is. May the truth be told, once and for all.

Top 4 Resume Writing Myths! Part-1

1. The resume should only be 1-page

2. Include all your accomplishments on your resume

3. The resume should always be written in the Chronological Format

4. Include all your jobs on your resume

 

1. The resume should only be 1-page. Some employers in the publishing or writing profession may request a 1-page resume. However, unless the employer requests a 1-page resume, this is the first of our resume writing myths exposed.

Here are the recommended formatting guidelines. Your resume should be easy for the employer to read. For example, Arial is a good font to use for the resume because the letters are clear and easy to read. The font size should be no smaller that 10.5 point. The margins should be 1-inch side-to-side and no less than ½-inch top and bottom of each page. The best resume for you will include at least one major accomplishment per year going back only 10 to 15 years based on your job or career focus. If your resume demonstrates everything you have to offer the employer, based on the jobs that interest you in 1-page using the above guidelines, a 1-page resume is best for you.

ResumeWhen writing your resume, do not eliminate information pertinent to your marketing brand or career focus. For example, do not make the font too small or the margins too wide in order to keep your resume 1-page. If you need 2-pages to demonstrate everything you have to offer the employer based on the jobs that interest you, then a 2-page resume is probably best for you.

2. Include all your accomplishments on your resume. This is … well … yes, you got it, another one of the resume writing myths. Let's expose it right here, right now. Only include accomplishments that add value in order to land the interview for the jobs that interest you. And, remember you only need to go back 10 to 15 years. Why? This is what the employer is looking for on your resume.

3. The resume should always be written in the Chronological Format. This is the third resume writing myth. The chronological resume is best if you're continuing in the same profession and you’re moving up in your career.

However, if you are changing careers or are interested in going back to a profession from many years ago, the chronological resume will not work well for you. In this case, the skills-based resume called the functional resume will work best. For more information on the functional resume, I recommend reading my blog written earlier ths month on functional resumes.

4. Include all your jobs on your resume. This is also one of the resume writing myths.

Let's expose this resume writing myth here and now, shall we? Do not include all your jobs on your resume.

Again, the employer wants to see what you’ve accomplished going back 10 to 15 years. For those of you over 50 years of age and have 30 years experience, I have "good news" for you. It is not necessary to include jobs going back beyond 15 years.

The exception to this is if you think a company or a job title you had more than 15 years ago will add value to your resume today. If this applies to you, I recommend adding a section to the bottom of your resume titled “Previous Employment.” In this section list on one line, your job title, company name, city state.  You do not need to include the dates in this section, since you already listed the dates in the Professional Accomplishment section going back the recommended 10 to 15 years.

 

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

 

Resume Writing Myths Exposed by JustResumesUSA.com Kim MarionIf 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. Stay tuned next week for Part-2 of "Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth Be Told!"