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Two Ways 50+ Job Seekers Landed Great Jobs Volunteering!

I was thinking about what I would like to write to you this week – resume writing, interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating. Then, I read a comment on volunteering as a job seeker on LinkedIn Groups. The group is called JobAngels, a Hiring for Hope program.

 Volunteer to land a JOB

I have many success stories of real people going through career transition while volunteering.  I would like to share two of these stories of encouragement with you today. As a job seeker, whether you want to change careers or need help networking, I hope this blog will encourage you to volunteer, network and help others do the same. The following are true stories from professionals who were once in the position where many of you are today. Volunteering made a positive change to their lives forever. Are you interested in hearing more? Read on …

 

Success Story #1

Lucy reached out via email.  Her response back was a job offer.

Lucy was looking for a job due to a company buyout where she worked for 19 years.  She lived in a small town in the Midwest with a population of about 5000 people. Her position was in Human Resources.  I remember, for several weeks, every time I asked her how she was doing with her job search, she would start the conversation with “I live in a small town, I’m 55 years old and there are no jobs here for me.” We had already discussed how to network and contact people she knew to let them know she is available and looking for work. Lucy had only been seeking jobs posted in her local paper and online.  After several weeks, she was finally ready to step out-of-the-box and let others know she was looking for a job. She already had been volunteering 17 years for a local non profit organization.  When she emailed the Assistant Director to ask her to be a reference for her job search, the Assistant Director's response was “I just got promoted to Director. Would you like to have my job as Assistant Director?” Lucy was thrilled. She loved working for this woman and at this time of her life, she was ready to make a career change. She had been preparing for the latter part of her work life all along and didn’t even realize it. She gratefully accepted this paid position. Does this sound familiar to you?  If so, are you ready to take the challenge and start networking to let others you know you’re looking for work?

 

Success Story #2

Mary's volunteer work revealed her expertise.  She was quickly offered a full-time job with benefits.

Mary was suddenly in a position to look for work after her division was eliminated due to a company reorganization. She worked for a major high tech company as a computer analyst.  She told me this gave her an opportunity to spend more time with her husband.  He was home with health issues and she took care of him.  Mary lived in a small town in New Hampshire and was concerned about health insurance and finding a job in this small town. She said she was ready to make a career change at her age of 50.  We discussed volunteering at the local hospital.  When she interviewed for a volunteer position, they told her the only department that could use help is the executive management team.  So, she volunteered to assist the executive management team.  They never had a volunteer before and were excited to have her.  After her first day volunteering at the hospital, she told me she got an invite to join one of the executives through the LinkedIn Network.  She volunteered there 2 days a week for 5 weeks before they offered her a full time job. Mary always wanted to transition into the health care industry.  And, she really enjoyed working for the executives. She was ready to make this career change.  Mary happily accepted her new position with all the excellent benefits she needed for her and her husband.

 

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 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.

 

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