The 25th Annual Senior Career is Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 9 am until 1 pm. Located at The Ohio State University's Fawcett Center.

With us in the episode is our special guest Sharon Hamersley. Sharon is the Principle Coach for The Resume Coach and has over 20 years’ experience helping individuals of all ages make a satisfying career decision or change. She's also a longtime supporter and volunteer of Employment For Seniors as well as the facilitator of all of the workshops the career workshops that we do here at Employment For Seniors.

Contact information:

    • Name: as you are generally known to your professional community.
    • Address: City and State are usually adequate. Street addresses hold a risk of being used for purposes you did not intend.
    • E-mail address: is yours professional? Recommend getting Gmail account that you use exclusively for professional activities. Accounts such as @aol.com or @hotmail.com indicate that you may not be tech-savvy. Also, be aware of your username – do not include any numbers that could be interpreted as a date, such as a birthdate or year of graduation.
    • Cell phone: you have exclusive control over your cell phone. Check to make sure that your voicemail message conveys a professional image. Employers will move on to the next candidate if your message is not professional, or if you haven’t set up your voicemail, or your voice mailbox is full.
    • LinkedIn profile URL: increasingly employers are looking at LinkedIn profiles to gather additional information about a candidate. Make sure yours is complete, current, and attractive.

Summary statement:

This is your first (and often only) chance to impress the employer with your unique qualifications.

    • Be very clear about what skills and accomplishments you bring that will help the employer meet their needs and achieve their goals (but don’t write an essay – be brief!)
    • Mirror the wording of the job posting. This indicates to the reader that you have actually read the posting and are responding to the need stated there.
    • Use keywords – the words describing the required skills and experience that are included in the job posting. This increases the chance that when submitting an online application, the resume scanning software will pick up on your resume and forward for further review.

Work experience:

  • Generally, 15 years’ experience is all that should be presented in detail. If you worked for the same company for 20+ years, present the last 10-15 years in detail and add a section “Foundational Experience” listing previous roles without dates.
  • For the resume, only include years of employment, not month/year. 
  • Begin with the most recent experience. Include Company Name, Company Location, dates of employment, and job title.
  • Optional: a brief description of the company/industry if necessary to position role within the company.
  • Focus on major accomplishments, don’t just list job duties. Use numbers if available, or qualitative descriptions of results. (Stay tuned for a separate podcast on creating accomplishment statements.Managing dates:
  • Generally, 15 years’ experience is all that should be presented in detail. If you worked for the same company for 20+ years, present the last 10-15 years in detail and add a section “Foundational Experience” listing previous roles without dates.
  • For the resume, only include years of employment, not month/year. This makes the content flow more smoothly and also minimizes gaps in employment.

 

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Employment For Seniors is the premier resource linking mature adults with employment opportunities. EFS has provided career assistance and resources to nearly 30,000 clients, free of charge, over the past 45 years.  

Our trained volunteer job counselors work with clients, prepare them for their job search, and connect them to employers through our job referral process. Local employers have found a highly skilled workforce by posting their positions, free of charge, on the EFS JobMatch system. 

We look forward to working with you at Employment For Seniors! You can easily reach us at 614/863-1219 or by email at info@employseniors.org.

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