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The Only Guide You Will Ever Need To Find THE BEST Job For YOU
Published By Joe Mayer
Copyright© 2011. Working People Over 50
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Table of Contents:
I Don't Want To Work That Hard!.....................................................5 On The Road To... Where???..........................................................7 Quiz: Should I Be A Boss Or An Employee......................................9 What's The Verdict?........................................................................10 Job vs. Career.................................................................................11 Defining the Terms..........................................................................13 Making A Living or Feathering My Nest Egg?.................................15 Where, And With Whom?................................................................16 Getting Your Ideal Job: Writing An Outstanding Resume................17 Tips for an Outstanding Resume......................................................19 The Whole Wide World: Navigating Online Opportunities................20 Coming Out On Top..........................................................................22 Step Into Your Future........................................................................24 Running The Show............................................................................25 7 Steps to a Successful Start-Up......................................................26 Avenues To Pursue..........................................................................28 Resources.........................................................................................30 And That's A Wrap!...........................................................................33
I Don't Want To Work That Hard!
I think my friend Chris said it best. We had both turned 50 and needed to transition to new jobs at the same time. My Health and Beauty business was taking up too much time and energy, keeping me from having the time to enjoy my family and friends; Chris worked for a large corporation and was down-sized out of a job after being a loyal (and very effective) employee for over 20 years. I sold the business and was casting about for a new direction, and Chris was trying to decide if he wanted to look for the same type of job that he had lost, or find something else entirely. Needless to say, we had plenty of time on our hands, and since we enjoyed each other's company and respected each other's opinions, we had more than a few brainstorming sessions. One afternoon we were kicking around options and I mentioned a few possibilities to Chris that seemed feasible. He didn't reject my suggestions out-of-hand, but his answer surprised me. His response... "I don't want to work that hard!" If you knew Chris, who works harder than anyone I know, no matter what he's doing, you would have been surprised too. But when he continued, I totally got it. He said he had no problem with working hard - he didn't know how to work any other way, but he didn't want to put in as much time and energy as it would take to start at the ground floor and build a career that had a shelf-life of 15 years, tops. He didn't want to constantly be on guard against managers who worried that he had more experience than they did, was too old to learn how to do things "their way", or resented him as an outsider that took a job away from a co-worker or friend. I said "Well... it looks like you won't be working for any more large corporations", and he said, "Finally... we've started to narrow it down!" Our talk that day was one of the most productive brainstorming sessions we had during that time. We knew Chris was an ideal employee - he just
needed to find the ideal employer. And he did! One of his acquaintances had a thriving online business that needed a hard working, disciplined, and inventive person to help him take his business in new directions, and Chris is having the time of his life doing it. Who knew...
On The Road To... Where???
It would be wonderful if we were all able to resolve our employment dilemmas as successfully as Chris did, but unfortunately, that doesn't happen very often. It's hard enough in ideal circumstances to make the transition from one job to another, and we don't live in an ideal universe. The economy is unstable, to say the least, we don't know if Social Security will come through for us (or even still be in existence) when we retire, and we keep hearing that we're the part of the workforce that is least likely to get hired. CBS News even has a video titled Baby Boomers: America's New Unemployables. That's not exactly reassuring! But Baby Boomers have a Secret Weapon that is more powerful than all of the gloom and doom and negative press. WE KNOW HOW TO USE OUR BRAINS! We are the largest and most successful generation in history, and we've had over 30 years experience in "making things happen". Collectively, we've taken charge of the situations we've been faced with, looked head-on at the problems in front of us, and come up with a solution. How powerful is that! So here we are again, looking at our situation, and trying to figure out "Where do I go from here?" We may not have the answer to that question yet, but, rest assured, we will get it! Luckily, there are road maps to help us get where we want to be. The steps are so simple that a child could follow them. As a matter of fact, they are the basic tenets of problem solving in child psychology. A good friend of mine, who is a child psychologist, calls them "your problem solving tools". She advises her young patients to put them in their "problem solving kit", and make sure they always carry it with them. The first tool is RECOGNITION. You must recognize that you have a problem before you can solve it.
The second tool is DEFINITION. You may know that you have a problem, but if you don't know what it is, you still can't solve it. The third tool is RESOLUTION. And yes - YOU DO HAVE THIS TOOL! It may take a little while to become adept at using it, but if you actually "read the directions" you will become a master at using the resolution tool. So... you've recognized that you have a problem and you've defined it; you need to find another job or career. Now, how do you go about resolving it? It doesn't matter if you're a right brain person (Random/Intuitive) or a left brain person (Logical/Sequential/Rational). It doesn't matter if you're male or female. It doesn't matter what problem you're trying to solve; THE STEPS ARE THE SAME. Lucky for you, you don't have to take the first step by yourself. As a matter of fact, you don't have to take any of the steps by yourself. We're here to walk you through them! And, don't get nervous; there are only 3 steps! How hard can that be? Hopefully, it will be as easy as 1,2,3 but... Let's find out! STEP #1 DO YOUR HOMEWORK
In order to solve any problem or answer any question, you need information. Specific Information. In order to resolve your job situation, you need to define what you're looking for. There are a number of questions you will need to answer in order to do that. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Will I be the boss or an employee? Will I be working at home or away? Will I be working with people or online? Am I looking for a job or a career? Do I need to make a living, or just feather my nest egg?
The short quiz on the next page will give you the answer to Question #1.
Should I Be A Boss Or An Employee?
Would you rather take direction or give it? Would you rather follow an established path or set a new course ? Do you prefer working with others or working alone ? Do you have trouble making decisions or are you decisive ? Do you need guidance or are you comfortable working alone? Are you easily discouraged or do you soldier on, no matter what? Do you procrastinate or do you forge ahead? Do you give up easily or do you stick to your guns? Are you intimidated by challenges or invigorated by them? Do you need validation or do you believe in yourself?
WHAT'S THE VERDICT?
Should You Be A Boss Or An Employee?
Look at the boxes you checked. Are they all over the page? If they are, you are most likely suited to an interactive work environment where you have some responsibility and the possibly of managing others, but you are not suited to "Running The Show". Do the boxes you checked line up on the left side of the page? If they do (or the majority of them do), you are definitely employee material. No ifs, ands or buts about it. And if the boxes you checked line up squarely on the right, you should seriously think about being an entrepreneur, or finding a position (like Chris did) where you can help someone else run their show.
Job vs. Career
Okay... so you know what end of the totem pole you want to end up on. That's a start. But you're still missing a lot of the information you need to begin your search. It's like a jigsaw puzzle - you can't see the finished picture until you have all the pieces. The next piece of the puzzle is extremely important. It will unlock the door to your future. I know that sounds a bit overblown, but the truth is, your work is a very large percentage, not only of your waking hours, but of your life in general, and of your interactions with others. How much time you actually spend at it, and how many more years you intend to do it, are essential pieces of information. The good news is that no matter how much research you do to get this information, the only valuable source of the information is you. You can get the opinions of the experts, you can ask your friends and family, you can hire a job or career counselor, but when push comes to shove, you need to know what you want. And remember, no matter how well meaning your friends and family are, or how well they know you, they have a stake in your decision. Whether they know it or not, their advice will be slanted to the "collective good". Ultimately, you are the one who will have to live with the day to day consequences of the choice you make.
Choose Your Path
You have a choice to make before you get to the next step. The choice is between a job and a career. What difference does it make? It makes a huge difference. If your quiz results showed that you were solidly in the "Employee Material" category, and you're just looking for a way to make some money, and possibly get a few benefits, then it's a no-brainer. You want a job (especially if you only plan on working for a few more years). But for everyone else, it's not as simple as that. What are the choices? You're probably saying to yourself 'you just told me the choices - a job or a career'. But you're looking for specific information. So you need to define the choices. Thinking you know something, or knowing something in a cursory way, is not the same thing as knowing something. You need to know what you're talking about here - This is your future.
Defining the Terms
Jobs and Careers
The simplest way to define something is to go to the dictionary. As in most things, though, there's not just one answer - or definition. But whichever definition you pick, the basic difference is this: A job, or occupation, is a regular activity - a piece of work or a specific assignment - that you do in exchange for payment. It quite often does not require any special training or education. It can be full time or part time, or on a contract basis (i.e. freelance writing assignments or personal shopping, etc.). A career, on the other hand, is an occupation or profession that is the pursuit of a lifelong ambition or goal which usually does require special training and education. It is very seldom part time, unless you are towards the end of your career and choose semi-retirement instead of retirement. Besides the obvious differences, they are dissimilar in other ways as well. A job involves little or no risk taking, and since your investment in education and/or special training is minimal, you've got little to lose if things don't work out. It's much easier to get a new job than to change your career. (Just ask any parent who's been told in their child's senior year of college that they want to change their major.) A career is much less stable because it encourages you to take risks, and in these economic times where wholesale downsizing is the order or the day, a large number of successful professionals and upper level managers are finding themselves with careers they cannot pursue. Jobs, as a rule, are lower paying than careers, and change, if not often, then certainly more often, than career paths. I think Chris Rock (not to be mixed up with my friend Chris - Chris Rock is DEFINITELY NOT a Baby Boomer!) said it best in one of the bits from his Kill The Messenger stand-up routine. He starts out by asking "Has anyone ever been at a job where everyone is trying to turn it into your career?" and goes on to say that he works at a restaurant and everyone
there keeps asking him about his aspirations in the restaurant business. I think it's an absolutely hysterical piece of stand-up comedy, but he's got a point; He's trying to make some money to cover his expenses while he's building his career. It's not his career, for heaven's sake, it's a job! He may have a point, but we are Baby Boomers, and it's a little late for us to take a job to cover our expenses while we're building a career. But we still need to decide what to do. If you had (or have) a career, do you want to continue on that path, or do you want to chuck it all and start over? Do you want to let go of the responsibility completely, and just get a job? And if you had (or have) a job, do you want to stay in the same field? Do you want to try something new? Or do you want to pick up a dream or ambition that you put down, for whatever reason, some years ago, and pursue that? The answer is up to you, and whatever help or guidance you get to help you make your decision, MAKE SURE THAT IT'S WHAT YOU WANT.
Making A Living or Feathering My Nest Egg?
The next piece of the puzzle is much less puzzling. And the great news is YOU ALREADY HAVE THE ANSWER! You know what your circumstances are. You've already decided whether you want to be an employer or an employee. You've decided whether you want to get a job or pursue (or continue in) a career. Now you have to decide how much of yourself you want to invest in your future. Which brings up the next 3 questions you have to answer... How much income do I need (or want)? How many years to I plan to work? How much of my day do I want to spend working?
Think about it. Then forget about it. (Sleep on it, as my dad used to say). And when you think about it again, you'll know what the answers are.
Where, And With Whom?
Okay. You've finally gotten to the last decision you have to make before you get moving and start the search for your ideal job! (That wasn't so hard, was it?) The last piece of the puzzle asks the questions:
Do you want to work with others, or do you want to work alone? Do you want to work at home, or in an office or a store? Do you want to interact with people, or interact with your computer?
And, again, YOU ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWERS.
So... compile the information, see what it tells you, and get ready to GET your ideal job (if you want to work for someone else), or get ready to MAKE your own job (if you want to work for yourself).
Getting Your Ideal Job
Step 1: Writing An Outstanding Resume
If you've decided that you want to work for someone else, you'll, of course, have to find that someone and convince them that you're the right person for the job. (You don't necesssarily want to convince them that you're the "perfect" person for the job - perfect is a pretty hard standard to meet.) The first step towards getting your ideal job is putting together an outstanding resume. Again, you're not necessarily looking for the "perfect" resume - coming off as "too good to be true" can be as limiting as "not good enough". You do, however, want to stand out from the crowd. And make no mistake about it; there will be a crowd, no matter what job you are applying for. I am constantly amazed, whenever I have the need to interview applicants, at how many people with Masters Degrees, and even PhD's, are applying for entry level positions these days. In our shifting economic times, prospective employers are beseiged with applicants from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. You must stand out. How do you do that? You need to have and OUTSTANDING resume. You have many options as far as available formats for resumes. Find one that suits you. There are free online programs and templates. There are programs you can buy. You can get coached, or you can pay someone to write your resume for you. Some of the employment agencies provide the service for you. But no matter how you choose to go about it, the most important thing to remember is this; not only do you know better than anyone what your strengths and weaknesses are, you also know by now what you do and don't want to do. You need to bring them together in a crisp,
concise, readable presentation. And keep it short. Here are a few pointers. It may sound like a no-brainer, but make sure that you: Stress your strengths. Refrain from mentioning your weaknesses. Lead with what you LIKE to do. And mention, but don't stress, the things you CAN do well, but don't really like to do. You'd be surprised at the number of people I've hired who have listed, at the very top of their resumes, skills that I've hired them for, yet when I've given them assignments in those areas, they've competently, but somewhat grudgingly done them. When I've asked them about it, they've unfailingly answered with some version of, "Oh, I'm very good at that, but I really don't like doing it". Needless to say, those employees haven't lasted long. Don't fall into that trap. So, what do you actually put on your resume? The answer is: What the employer wants to see It is VERY IMPORTANT that the all of the skills you possess that are pertinent to the job you are applying for are the very first thing the employer sees. But what if you are applying for a number of jobs, and the skill sets (all of which you possess, I would hope) are different? That means that you need a number of resumes. It will basically be the same resume, but the FOCUS will be shifted. Once you've written your basic resume and saved it to your computer, just click on the Save As tab and shift the order to fit the next job. Repeat as needed.
Tips for an OUTSTANDING Resume
Stress Your Achievements; list them, explain as needed, but don't go into detail. Remember, keep it short and simple.
Keep the time frame reasonable. Obviously, if you've been in the same position for 30 years, you have to go back 30 years. Otherwise, don't go back more than 10. (You can list, for example, Various sales positions, 1970-1999, but leave it at that. No one cares what part time job you had in high school.)
DO NOT write a resume in the third person. Every now and then I run into one of those, and it's always off-putting. This is not a biography of an award winning author - it's your resume. It should be you presenting information about yourself.
Be specific. About everything. Enough said.
DO NOT LIE. If the prospective employer has qualifications that you do not meet, do not pretend that you do. Most likely, you will be found out. And even if you do get the job, you are not likely to keep it. Don't do it.
And whatever you do, have someone, or a few someones, PROOFREAD your resume. We've actually had applicants we could not reach because of a typo in their phone number! And as any good writer knows, YOU CANNOT PROOFREAD YOUR OWN WORK, because you know what it is supposed to say, and that is what you will see. Don't even think about not doing this. It will be a mistake. Avoid making it.
The Whole Wide World
Navigating Online Opportunities
Every now and then, I'll be watching a current movie, and there's a scene (always set to music and very "down to business") where the hero or heroine sets out, always on foot, with the newspaper classified ads. There are usually a zillion ads circled, almost all of them crossed out, and the determined lead is on to the next opportunity. As I'm watching, I always wonder "What were the writers thinking"? Because the days of finding your ideal job, or any job (including cashier at 7-Eleven) in the Classifieds, is over. Take it from me - your ideal job will not be listed in the Classifieds. If you are one of the many Baby Boomers that has worked online, or maybe even had an online business, this is as natural to you as breathing in and out. It's simply the way things are. You're comfortable sending emails, with or without attachments, you are used to not having contact with a real person, and it doesn't seem odd to you not to be able to follow up the submission of a resume with a phone call. For a number of us, though, that is not the case. If you are comfortable navigating the world wide web, SKIP THIS SECTION. Take a break, pat yourself on the back, and go on to Getting The Interview. If you're not comfortable navigating the web, find a way to GET comfortable navigating the web. Bottom line is, if you're not planning on dying tomorrow, you simply have to do it. There are any number of ways to learn how. Community centers and libraries have regular classes on the Internet and how to use it. There are books. There are tutorials. There are computer programs. You have friends, and family (that certainly includes your children, or even grandchildren), that can tell you all you need to know, and more.
As Nike says, "Just Do It". If you don't, you can stop reading this book, or any other book, on the subject. Unless you can navigate the Job sites, and submit your resumes online, the only way you will find a job, especially your ideal job, is if it falls out of the sky into your lap, or you coincidently fall into it. And in this job market, the odds of that happening are slim to none. So give yourself a fighting chance. Get current, and get on with it.
Coming Out On Top
Congratulations! You got the interview! Not an easy feat. However, a whole lot of other people got the interview too. And, make no mistake about it, the competition is stiff. So how do you come out on top and actually get the job? There are no guarantees, but there are a number of things you can do to insure that you will come through the interview process with flying colors. The most important thing you must do is be prepared. They want to hire you. The sooner they can find the right person and get on with business, the better. But if you haven't prepared for the interview, researched the company, dressed appropriately and gotten there on time, you can pretty much forget it. First impressions do count. If you've taken the time and made the effort to get the interview, it's a sure bet that you want the job and think you're suited to it. So, be yourself. That doesn't mean be who you are in your living room or at a party with friends; you can certainly play up the aspects of your personality and experience that you think are most appropriate, but do not pretend to be something or someone you are not. It simply doesn't work. Do not lie. You might not be found out, but unless you're a natural con artist, the interviewer will sense that something isn't quite right. Don't make stuff up, either. If you're asked a question that you don't know the answer to, say that you're not certain, or tell the interviewer that you need a little to think about it. Stay as close to the truth as possible and you will be perceived as being genuine. This leads to the next point; show yourself as a person. You looked good on paper because you had an outstanding resume. They wanted to meet you, so they set up the interview to see what you were like in person. They already know your qualifications - now they want to see if they like you, if they wouldn't mind spending time with you, and if you're a good fit for the company.
Be calm and show them what you know. Take the time to collect yourself, and show that you are familiar with the company and its' goals. Don't list your accomplishments; have a few short stories that illustrate your skills and accomplishments, and gear them to what you think the company is looking for. It's just another version of changing the order of your resume. Tell the stories (remember to keep them short) that you feel will have the most impact. And no matter how nervous you might me, remember that they are looking to see how well you communicate and interact, and ask questions of your own. Prepare some questions about the job and the company. Be inventive. Don't ask about their goals and their history. You should already know the answers to those questions from your research. Surprise them, and they will look at you in a new light. This is a test, and you don't know what questions will be asked, but you do have a general idea. Do your homework. Anticipate what will be asked and have the answers at hand. Practice your responses, so you will feel confident and at ease. The end result will definitely be worth the effort.
Step Into Your Future
A Guide To Making The Right Impression
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Be Prepared Be Yourself Tell The Truth Show Them Who You Are Be Calm Show Them What You Know Ask Questions Do Your Homework Practice Your Responses GET THE JOB!
Running The Show
Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Have you always dreamed of having your own business someday? Or have you just been unable to find someone to hire you and you need more options? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes", you might consider starting your own business. There are many ways to go about this, and the vast numbers of businesses, and even types of businesses, to choose from are mind boggling. Some will require committees and detailed business plans and extensive funding. Some will require renting office space and hiring a staff. Some will require nothing more than you, your computer, and very minimal ($100 or less) start-up capital. There are a lot of valuable Resources available to get you started and help you on your way, both online and locally. Make the most of them. But no matter what type of business you choose, you need a plan. It doesn't need to be a detailed plan (unless, of course, you're looking for venture capital to start a major company), but you do need a plan. And there are some basic steps you need to follow. The order doesn't necessarily matter, but having all the major elements does.
7 Steps to a Successful Start-Up
The Major Elements
1. Write It Down. Simple, complicated, or in-between, you need to put your plan in writing, and get feedback on it. Build On Your Experience. You're over 50. You have a lot of experience in a number of areas. (More than you probably even realize) You know your strengths and weaknesses. Go with your strengths. Get Good Advice. There is so much information available to you that it will make your head spin. Make use of it. Do some basic research. Ask people that know. Two heads are definitely better than one, even if you want to run a "one-man" show. Put Together A Great Team. Even if you intend to end up with "Just you", you still need help putting it together. Connect with talented people that possess the skills that you lack. Nobody knows everything, but a great team will come closer to knowing everything you need to know than you will. Get Funding. Get more money than you think you'll need, if at all possible. Even if you're doing a $100 or less start-up, get additional funds at the outset. Start-ups rarely meet initial projections, and it's easier to get funds at start-up than after failing to reach your goals. Get The Word Out. Create marketing materials and distribute them. Get as much free media coverage as you can. Trade services to promote your business. Do fundraisers. And make the most of free social and business networks. And most of all, GET A WEBSITE! That's the first place people of all ages look for anything, these days.
Follow Through. You made a plan. You made it for a reason. Give it a chance to succeed. Stay focused. Be sure to treat your customers right. (Or they'll become someone else's customers) The only thing you should be trying to accomplish in the first year is to keep your head above water, and provide the goods or services that you set out to do.
Avenues To Pursue
The Top Jobs For People Over 50
Let's face it; the top job for you is not necessarily the top job for your next door neighbor, or your close friend, or your brother, even if you are all over 50. Yes, you're looking for a good job - a job that pays well and gives you the benefits, or freedom, or challenge or responsibility (or lack thereof), to make sense in your life. It has to be YOUR top job. It has to fill YOUR needs and fit YOUR lifestyle. The trick here is to compile that list. Of course, if you're continuing on a career path, pursuing a lost dream, or just trying something that sounds interesting, you already know what your top job is. If not, you need that list. I've researched Top Jobs for Baby Boomers till I'm blue in the face, and the most important thing I've learned is this: everybody has an opinion (it may be based on extensive research, but it's an opinion nonetheless), and nobody agrees. There are comprehensive listings of 200, 300, 500 top jobs, and they're all different; every last one of them! They are filled with professional careers that are completely useless if you are not continuing on a career path, and will leave you feeling helpless or hopeless, or both. Forget about them. Make your own list. The good news is that the list doesn't have to be long. It shouldn't be long. You could compile a list of your Top 10 jobs, but really, who wants to pursue 10 different job paths? If nothing else, the research and pursuit would be exhausting. Even 5 is overkill. If you're not absolutely certain about what you want to pursue, take some quizzes or aptitude tests and see where your talents really lie. Write down a list of things you're good at doing, and things you like or want to do, throw them into a search engine (I call it Making Google Soup), and see what comes up. Since we've already established that extensive training isn't feasible, either time wise or cost wise, the jobs on the list should:
Require knowledge or skills that you have access to Build on your accomplishments or interests Fit into your schedule Fit into your lifestyle Interest you Again, the internet will be your best tool for compiling your list, but it won't hurt to pick the brains of your friends and family and neighbors and acquaintances too. And don't forget to pick you own brain! You'll be surprised at how much useful information you've stored away in your more than 50 years; things that you've filed in your mental filing cabinet for future reference. Well... the future is now, and you have all the resources you need to make it the one you want. And just in case you'd like a little more help, here is a list of the online resources that I feel will be most helpful.
Finding Your Way Through The Maze
No matter what parts of the process you need help with, there are resources galore to help you find your way. This list is by no means complete - the book would be as big as the universe; but I've tried to cover as much general area as possible without getting crazy. Remember, once you get online and start researching, one site always leads to another. You can do as much or as little research as you deem necessary.
FINDING Your Ideal Job
Whether you want to do your research online, or locally, or both, there are certain resources that yield the best results. For local searches, the best places to start are employment agencies. If you are receiving unemployment benefits, your local unemployment office will have seminars and training sessions (some of them are mandatory) to help you, and they will also have current job listings posted. They have counselors available to help steer you in the right direction, and the services are free. A more personalized version of this can be found in employment agencies, but they will charge for their services. Online help will be more specific - you won't find all the services you need on one site, but the amount of help you can get in different areas is virtually endless. For job listings, the best sites are: careerbuilder.com monster.com jobsearch.com craigslist.com
Virtually every employer that is currently looking for someone will have a listing on one or all of these sites. For determining what jobs to look for, the website at the top of my list is whatsnext.com. It deals exclusively with second careers and career changes, and I think you'll be doing yourself a disservice if you don't visit it.
GETTING your ideal job
For information on job searches, interview etiquette, appropriate attire, and anything else you can think of, about.com is an amazing source of information. Another site that I have found extremely helpful is impactfactory.com. They are out of the UK. They charge for some of their services, but what they have to say really does have an impact, and a lot of very pertinent information is free of charge. There are a number of sites that allow you to take aptitude tests, personality quizzes, etc., that will help you decide what is best for you. Among the best are: careerpath.com careerplanner.com careerkey.com librarysupportstaff.com/4personaltest.html mazemaster.com Don't pass up these valuable resources. The insights you can gain about yourself and your direction are invaluable. For help in writing an outstanding resume, you again have the choice of getting local help, or going online. If you feel you need a helping hand (one that is actually attached to a person), there should be a pretty good selection of services to choose from in your area. If you feel you can do it yourself, with the help of online templates, but you could use a little guidance, about.com has a website (http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/resumesamples/a/resumetemplate.htm)
that tells you how to use the templates, and gives you some helpful pointers. If you're ready to jump right in and get started, check out: http://www.resumetemplates.org/ office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates www.bestsampleresume.com/resume-templates For help with the interview process, about.com and impactfactory.com are, again, your best choices. And bnet.com, the CBS Interactive Business Network, is also a treasure trove of information.
MAKING your own job
If you have decided to be your own boss, or run your own show, the U.S. Small Business Administration (sba.gov) can be a big help to you. And BDC Entrepreneurs First (bdc.ca) out of Canada has a huge number of resources to get you going, including self-evaluation questionnaires to help insure that you are making the right decision. And then there's the World Wide Web. Get on it. Surf the Net. Ask it any question that pops into your head. And the odds are... you'll find the answer you're looking for. I don't know about you, but in my opinion (IMO for you texters out there) it sure beats having just the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Dictionary to get information from. We've certainly come a long way from the way things were when we were growing up. But we've been changing too, along with the times. As the old adage goes, "The only thing that stays the same is that everything changes." It's time for another change (a big one, that's true, but just another step in an ongoing process). You're ready to take the next step. The path is up to you. The resources are here, there, and everywhere. Use them wisely, and set the right course for your future.
And That's A Wrap!
So that about wraps it up. You have everything you will ever need to find THE BEST job for you. It's really a simple and straight forward process. Follow the steps, and you will be stepping into the right future for you. Determine what end of the Totem Pole you want to be on. Decide if you want a job or a career. Calculate the amount of income you will need. Estimate the number of years you intend to spend in the work force. Choose between part-time or full-time employment. Find the type of work environment that would suit you.
IF YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE AN EMPLOYEE: Write an Outstanding Resume. Find an employment opportunity that fits your skills and interests. Polish up your interview skills and Get your ideal job.
OR, IF YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE YOUR OWN BOSS OR RUN YOUR OWN SHOW: Do the research.
Make a plan. Get expert advice. Put together your team. Get funding. Advertise your product or service. Follow through and Make your ideal job. The resources are here. The world is at your disposal. And the World Wide Web is at your fingertips. Don't throw this opportunity away. Whether you have chosen to change jobs or pursue a second career, or whether you had no choice in the matter is irrelevant; this is still an opportunity. Make the most of it!
Wishing you the very best of luck in finding your ideal job, Joe
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