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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 …

 

2011 Top 5 Resume Do’s & Don’ts

Welcome to my Blog.  As many of you know I write success stories and valuable tips on how to write the resume, prepare for the interview, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. 

 

FYI! Next Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10am Mtn, I will be one of the guests on Dream Job Radio, hosted by Daniel Lakskins.  The topic is "Resume Makeovers."  We will be discussing how to make your resume "Pop" to  land quality interviews for the jobs you really want.

 

After reading today's blog, I'd like to invite you to call Dream Job Radio next Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10am Mtn. I will be happy to answer further questions to help you with your resume. 

 

The call in phone number is 760-888-5718.  Today we will be discussing the resume do's and don'ts.  Interested? Read on …

 

Resume Do's 

1. Do choose a job and career that you love.

2. Do create a list of key words on your resume.

3. Do identify a specific objective for your resume.

4. Do write accomplishments that fit the needs of the employer.

5. Do begin each accomplishment with an action verb; end with a specific result.

 

Resume Don'ts

1. Don’t prepare your resume so general, it lacks focus.

2. Don’t replace a job description with a job title.

3. Don’t write accomplishments, unrelated to the jobs you are applying for.

4. Don’t forget to include the result for each accomplishment.

5. Don’t be afraid to show off your skills. 

 

Resume Do's

1. Do choose a job and career that you love.  This is an opportunity to reposition yourself.  Your resume is your marketing document.  You are the product you are marketing.  This is your opportunity to shine and show you’re the world your accomplishments focused on your future job.  If you need help, hire a professional resume writer.

 

2. Do create a list of key words on your resume.  Your key word list will be seen within a 15 second glance, allowing your resume through the initial screening process quickly.  Make the Human Resource Assistant’s job easy to put you in the “Yes pile," to be read by the hiring manager.

 

3. Do identify a specific objective for your resume.  The objective can be a specific job title or a list of 3 skills creating the job(s) you’re applying for now.  It gives the employer a focus.  You’re entire resume should be focused on this objective.

 

4. Do write accomplishments that fit the needs of the employer.  Remember, the purpose of the resume is to land the interview, not the job.  Your accomplishment is an opportunity to briefly tell the employer they need YOU.  You can tell your stories in the interview.

 

5. Do begin each accomplishment with an action verb and end with a specific quantifiable result.  The action verb is the most direct way of stating your role.  Begin each accomplishment with a different action verb.  For example, if your first bullet point is created, your second can begin with developed or established.  End each accomplishment with a result, quantify if possible.  For example, saved the company $50M in 5 years by ….

  

Resumes Don'ts

1. Don’t prepare your resume so general, it lacks focus.  Lack of focus is the #1 reason resumes fail to land the interview.  Focus is the key to landing the interview.

 

2. Don’t replace a job description with a job title.   Your job title does not tell the employer what you did on the job.

 

3. Don’t write accomplishments, unrelated to the jobs you are applying for.  Be selective with the accomplishments you choose for your resume.  Make sure they add value to the employer reading it.  And, if you’re changing industries, search for job descriptions to ensure you’re speaking the same language as the industry you’re applying.  Speaking the same language will tell the employer you are a good fit and ready to make this career change.

 

4. Don’t forget to include the result for each accomplishment.  The #1 mistake I see when I receive resumes, is the result is missing from the accomplishment statement.  The result is what makes you stand out.  The result is what tells the employer they NEED YOU.

 

5. Don’t be afraid to show off your skills.  This is not the time to be humble.  Sound familiar?  Health Care professionals are typically the most humble professionals I’ve coached.  Remember, the resume is where you get credit where credit is due.

  

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. 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 …

3 Social Networking Tips For LinkedIn Groups

Social Media gives you an opportunity to show your accomplishments to the world.  It is one of the most valuable tools to market yourself in today's job market. LinkedIn is one of the most popular Social Media networking websites on the internet today. Why? Here's six reasons: 

 

Over 140,000 executive level professionals worldwide have their Profiles posted on LinkedIn.  Employers post great jobs on LinkedIn, you may not find anywhere else. You can request your references write a recommendation for you on LinkedIn.  Recruiters search for candidates on LinkedIn.  And, having your Profile on LinkedIn let's the employer know you are network savvy and up-to-date with technology.  In fact, as a professional resume writer and career coach, I recommend adding your LinkedIn URL to the header of your resume.  These are just some of the basic reasons why you should have your Profile on LinkedIn. 

 

Here’s 3 great Social Networking Tips for all levels of professionals including Management and Executive professionals thinking about participating in LinkedIn Groups. 

 

This is a true story about an Executive client named Brittney.  I was Brittney's Career Coach.  She was in the Financial Services industry.  Here’s a brief overview of the Group Forum she attended. 

  

Tory Johnson, from "Good Morning America," has a great website on LinkedIn, under Groups, titled “Women for Hire.”  Guess what guys, you can join too!  This site is filled with Executive men and women with 3000 members, one of the highest Group memberships on the site.

 

Here’s Brittney’s story…

Brittney joined her first LinkedIn Group titled “Women for Hire.”   She met another Executive professional from one of the major financial institutions there.  She was so excited when she told me he connected her to over 50 Executive Management professionals in his network.  He also offered to coach her through the networking process as a courtesy.  He only asked that she write a comment on her LinkedIn profile that he was a great contact.  And he was.  Brittney was happy to help him out.

 

Brittney said, “Tory also sponsors Job Fairs. She has other round tables for a small fee.”  Brittney is planning to attend the next upcoming round table.

 

Tip #1.  Join a Group Forum on LinkedIn

 

Tip #2. Connect with others in the group.  How?  Participate by asking questions and offering other Group Forum professionals your ideas and expertise. 

 

Tip#3.  Ask other Group Forum professionals for networking contacts.  Offer to write a comment on LinkedIn about how they helped you and what a great contact they were to you.

 

Groups is the 1st item on the left side when you Join LinkedIn.  You can also Search key word “Groups” to locate others on the site. 

 

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For more career tips next week, stay tuned …

 

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