Whether by choice, chance, or necessity, there are times each of us may find ourselves not working. Whether it’s 6 weeks, months, years or more, when it’s time to job hunt again, many people don’t know how to manage the gap(s) on their resumes. In our work-centric culture, having a significant gap on your resume may feel like it could be a deal-breaker in the already vulnerable process of re-entry and job seeking.
It’s time. You’ve made the decision to move forward with your career. You blow the dust off your resume and begin updating it for the next job search. But is it as professional and current (by today’s resume-writing best practices) as it needs to be? Before submitting your resume, inspect it well. Once you hit “send”, there’s no turning back.
If you’re looking to take the next step in your career but don’t know where to start, we have two words for you to consider: career coach. Much like a sports coach or fitness coach, a professional career coach can help you gain and maintain focus, direction and motivation.
How do you know if this is the right next step for you? Here are a few ways career coaching can make all the difference.
I love coaching people in their careers and job searches. Recently I spoke to a group of unemployed job seekers, mostly 50+, as I have done many times. The focus of the presentation involved outlining the actions needed to conduct a successful job search in 2015. I made no mention of age.
As a writer, cover letters intrigue me. I’m constantly amazed at the number of people I’ve met who hate writing them, don’t think employers read them, or don’t bother writing them at all. So if your head is nodding right now, let me ask this:
We often hear frustrated clients lament, “I’ve applied for hundreds of jobs, and not gotten one interview!” If you’re a job seeker nodding your head as you read this, it’s time for another tactic. Relying solely on job boards is like sending paper airplanes into the ethers where they quickly disappear.