By Teena Rose, CPRW, CEIP, CCM, http://www.resumebycprw.com
You’re 40 something.
You’re underemployed, or worse unemployed, you’re tired of the daily
grind, you’re bored (or frightened) and you’re wondering where your
Join the club.
Massive layoffs across the US industrial sector mean you’re far from
alone. Millions of white- and blue-collar workers are rethinking their
career paths. Maybe you should, too.
Build on What
You have experience and that’s valuable. To walk away from 15 years in marketing
to become a goat herder is not a good career move. Build on what
An auto engineer
picks up a temporary teaching certificate after a three-month crash
course in principles of education and becomes a high school CAD
instructor. It doesn’t pay as much, but the intangible rewards more than
offset the smaller paycheck.
A real estate
agent, tired of the late-night phone calls and 60-hour work weeks,
starts flipping properties on the side. She knows the market, the
inspectors, the contractors, the lenders – she’s plugged into the local
real estate grid from the top down. So, she takes what she knows (of
immense value) and starts her own property management company buying,
selling and renting properties.
A CPA becomes
Director of Development for a local non-profit, a pediatric nurse takes
the helm at a drop-off kid care franchise – you get the idea. Build on
what you’ve got.
Make a Critical
Sit down with a
nice cup of cocoa and make a list of your professional skills and
personal attributes that could be leveraged in a new career. You’ll be
surprised at the extent of your skill set.
Your list should
include proficiency using computer software programs (these are
transportable skills required on almost every job), special training and
knowledge acquired on-the-job.
Now, here’s where
the cocoa comes in. Make a second list of your professional
shortcomings. If you think a hard drive is the evening commute, it’s
time to go back to school.
Go back to
the local community college, technical schools, four-year universities,
workshops and seminars are all great places to develop new skills and
update old ones. Get the certificate, license, the degree or the
credentials you need to start down your new career path.
Study the Job
What’s hot and
what’s not? Well, the IT sector seems to be hot again while
manufacturing is in free fall. There’s unprecedented demand for health
care providers and educators at all levels. Go through the classifieds
to see what’s hot in your region. Or, maybe you’re willing to relocate.
That’ll expand your options!
Worst Thing You Can Do
Don’t quit without
a plan of action. That’s walking the tightrope without a net. If at all
possible, give your notice, clean out your desk and move on to the rest
of your life starting first thing Monday morning.
Now, if you’re ‘in
between positions’ (read unemployed), you’re walking that tightrope
without a net anyway!
In this case, the
key is to find a job – any job to keep the creditors at bay. Build on
your skill set by designing a resume, cover letter and thank-you letter
that demonstrate how your skills translate to this new position,
business or industry.
And if you don’t
know how to best position those skills on your paper introduction to
potential employers, hire someone who does. Using a professional resume
prep service is one of the best investments in a brighter future you’ll
Teena Rose operates a prominent and
professional resume writing service, Resume to Referral.
She’s authored several
career books, including "20-Minute
Cover Letter Fixer"
to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book"
and "Cracking the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales."
Teena Rose, CPRW, CEIP, CCM
Resume to Referral
7211 Taylorsville Road, Office 208
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Phone: (937) 236-1360
Fax: (937) 236-1351