Category Archives: Over 50 and Unemployed

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10 Steps to Change Your Life: A Step-By-Step Guide

This is an oldie but goodie.  Nina Zipkin wrote this articlein September 2014.  She is an Entrepreneur staff reporter, and she compiled a great list of steps that are useful for anybody to get motivated about changing their life.  As you know, I’m all about making changes one at a time, otherwise we can become easily overwhelmed.  Check out her list of steps, pick one a day or one a week or one a month, whatever it takes, to realize positive change in your life.

I understand fully change is not easy.  I like change, a lot, but I also find myself balking at change that takes me too far from my comfort zone; everyone has their limits.  Discovering and accepting my comfort zone is an important part of change for me.  I found if I negotiate and reward myself for small changes, it smooths the path and makes it easier to accept.  If I make a change and stick with it for at least a month, I reward myself with a great book or outing with a friend.

10 Steps to Change Your Life:  A Step-By-Step Guide

How do you reward yourself for positive change?

Daily Practicum for the Unemployed: Resume Keywords

Now that you have the first draft of your resume ready to go, have your friends and family critique it.  If you’ve surfed the Internet for resume help, you’ll find most of them advise to engage the recruiter and the tracking programs with keywords.

Does your resume include the keywords that quickly identify you as an expert?  Keywords will vary based on your industry and expertise, but all the online sites I researched agree, resumes that contain the most relevant keywords in the right places get the most hits.  This is why it is so important to customize your resume for each job.

Job hunters are encouraged to post more than one version of their resume to improve the odds of getting hits.  This is why it is so important to maintain and update your resume.

Here are a few links to online resources to resume keywords:

Resume Keywords and Tips for Using Them

SEO Your Resume

Optimize Your Resume to be Found by Recruiters

Daily Practicum for the Unemployed: Resume Reminders

A few reminders before you put together your resume:

  • Dates should only be used for your work history; don’t include dates anywhere else on your resume
  • Only list that last ten years for your work history
  • Keep a summary to two sentences – shorter is better
  • Think keywords – the automated tracking systems will look for keywords associated with the job posting

Here is a sample resume format:  Resume Sample 1

More to follow soon.

Daily Practicum for the Unemployed: Create Your Resume Worksheet

Just hearing the word resume sends even the seasoned professional into a tizzy!  Supposedly these represent all that you are in the workplace … wow, that is intimidating.  Further, we know that our resume is not even seen by a recruiter over 80% of the time, because most resumes end up in the ‘black hole’ of some application software.

You may ask why do we put together a resume since we have to enter the same information into a form online?  Well, we do this for a number of reasons, including it is ‘what we’ve always done’.  OK, not the best reason, but there are more.  There are hundreds even thousands of people who want and need to apply for a job.  The only way to manage the volume is to engage technology to help distill the many into the few.  It is impersonal, often ineffective, but necessary.  So, the next question is how do we make our resume stand out?   That is the purpose of these resume exercises.

We are building a resume that not only represents the best of who we are in the workplace, we are building our confidence in who we are!  We have a lot to offer, and our goal is to help recruiters see what we see.  It is not easy, but well worth the effort.

Therefore, the next step is to create a resume worksheet.  This worksheet will be used as our reference sheet and our ‘copy and paste’ source for online forms.

You can find the template Reference Worksheet.