Freshen Up Your Resume and Take Your Career to the Next Level
Introduction: Depending on which statistics you go by, roughly 40% of men over the age of 65 and about 30% of women over the age of 65 are still engaged in the workforce, and some 40% of Baby Boomers are small business owners. With these kind of statistics in mind, Vanessa Holwell’s guest article from the Hiring Squad should be of interest to a lot of our readers.
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to working. Sometimes it can seem as though one day is a mirror image of another, and week after week of the same thing can become tiring and dull. If this sounds like your career, it may be time to consider a change. Older adults who wish to adjust career plans can benefit from the keen advice of Coach Win in his blog on a variety of topics related to retirement and work options. Regardless of age, you can have a career that rewards and satisfies you. It may require some changes, but you will find that the result is worth it. Start with planning out your career overhaul.
Your Career Makeover Plan
You may know exactly what you want to do regarding a career shift or you might require some guidance. If you are already aware of what you want to do, map it out on paper and determine each step to how you will get there. For those who aren’t sure, consider taking an aptitude test to determine what you may be able to do with your skills and interests. Often, the best careers are ones that spark a deep interest for you — if you are excited to talk about your work with colleagues, you are likely in the right field.
Career counselors are a great resource if you are considering a career overhaul. Trained professionals know what types of questions to ask to get you moving in the direction of a rewarding career. The National Career Development Association (NCDA) offers valuable guidance on careers and finding a counselor near you. They can also guide you toward training programs if your career aspirations require higher education.
Training for the Change
Perhaps your career makeover requires additional education. Whether you are looking to take your current role to the next level or change fields altogether, returning to college may feel daunting. People who have other responsibilities such as a family and bills may wonder if going to school is even feasible. Fortunately, many programs offer an option for online learning, which means greater flexibility for you to weave your higher education around the other obligations of your life.
Earning an online degree in accounting could help you build your business skills. You may also be interested in learning more about marketing, economics, or business ethics. These skills are highly desirable in a variety of settings and transferable to nearly any organization. If you are more interested in helping professions, you can even earn a teaching or nursing degree online. Whether you are boosting skills in an existing field or starting over, an important factor in the transition is sprucing up your resume.
Polishing Your Resume
Your resume offers you an opportunity to share your knowledge, experience, and aspirations with future employers. A resume should also be concise and visually appealing so that it is a pleasure to read rather than a chore. It is important to consider what to include on a resume, as well as what to avoid. There are a ton of resources online that can help you make your resume sparkle.
Most experts agree that a good resume is chronological, functional, and confident. Share experiences in a format to highlight relevant skills for the job you are seeking, and be sure to use action verbs and keywords that relate to your desired job. Sometimes hiring a professional resume writer can ensure you a dynamic resume that highlights your skills and gets you noticed quickly by job recruiters.
If you are feeling bored or disinterested in your current career and have been thinking about making a change, now may be a great time to take action. Through aptitude testing, talking with career counselors, and taking online courses, you can create a satisfying career. Starting with a plan of action can help you focus on each step of the process. A rewarding career is on the horizon!
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