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Relaunching Your Career

Reinventing Your Career (VIDEO)


Reinventing yourself and your career as an older worker.

 

Summary

This is a video that is designed to talk about reinventing your career that is geared toward older workers. I will start by saying for you as individuals, a lot of you have opinions about how job search is supposed to work and, frankly, things are different now than the way that they were done years ago. I'm not going to review all the particulars; instinctively you know what I'm saying is true plus, you may be dealing with ages. Just accept the fact that things are different now. You don't want to come across as setting your ways, resistance, sluggish, oppositional, doing all the sorts of things that cause less experienced people to think that you are going to be a problem employee. You always want to appear upbeat, enthusiastic, without going to the other extreme.

What I always encourage people to do is to have a look and is appropriate for their age and to work on your weight, if that is an issue. Keep yourself fit and in shape as well as do things that will be helpful to you to keep a high energy level. I use myself as an example of someone who has taken off 30 pounds recently. I feel very different. I have much more energy; the same may become true for you AND it is hard work and something you need to do… And your clothes will fit better.

Update your look. Take off some weight.

Another thing is to inventory your skills. What are your professional skills? What have you done? What are you capable of doing? Look at what you have actually done that is the basis of the inventory. Create a few columns. Jot down the things that you are actually experienced with. Lay it out into columns. Go job by job and jot down what you did and how you went about doing it. Take note of how recently you did it.

Then, as you start to look at opportunities, start to match your skills with the outcomes that you achieved with each employer. For example, if what you did help your firm make $20,000, $200,000 or $2 million, have been jotted down, too. As you start to write your resume, have an eye toward outcomes. Focus on your skills and outcomes that you achieved for your previous employers so that they knew firm has an idea of what you might be able to do for them. So where you go to next is looking at jobs where they need the skills and results that you get.

People will often ask me whether they should use chronological or functional resumes. For those of you who have a consistent work history, stick with the chronological. For those of you making a career change or have a large gap in your employment history or are returning to the workforce, go to functional. I've explained this in the previous video, but this simplifies my thoughts.

You are going to get invitations for interviews and the time to practice is not when you get the invitation because that is going to come in the form of a phone interview. You need to be prepared for phone interviews and regular interviews while you're working on the resume.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

You also want to be out there networking, talking to people who you know about who they know about who might be able to help you find work. Got that? You want to be out there talking to people who you know about who they know, who you don't know who might be able to help you find work.

The reason for doing this is borne out in the statistics. 70% the positions are filled. As a result of networking. 70% of those 70% (49%) are filled as a result of introductions to people who you did not know at the beginning of your job search who helped you with an introduction to result in you being hired. Network.

If you are out of work, start managing your money. You can't spend more than you have. Otherwise you won't have financial staying power to write out a lengthier job-search. You need to get out and about talking to people.

Lastly, if you can find a support group to help you with your search, a networking group to support you with your search, a coach to help you with your search, get support. You don't know what you don't know. The result once a being that you will make tragic mistakes that will cost you opportunities unless you have input from people. Experienced people. People who know what they are doing around job-search.

I always discourage people from asking friends, family, or former managers for advice. Often, these people are well-meaning but as ignorant as you are. They speak with certainty because they got a job once... Or twice… Or 5 times... Or they hired some people in the past. From my experience, hiring managers are often the worst job hunters because they think that everyone does it, and looks for the same things that they do and learn the hard way that things are completely different elsewhere.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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