Think of the first page of your résumé as being like a billboard outside a shop. Does it catch your eye? Does it provide you with all the information you want to know? Does it have a statement that catches your eye?  Who is the employer looking for? You create your first page in direct response to the employer’s wish list. Then show them that you are that person through your achievements and

Be sure of one thing, if your resume does not target the job being advertised someone else’s will and you won’t get the job. Your resume has to be special and specific.  So let’s take this a step at a time. Let’s assume the job requirements mention the following items:

·         The duties

·         The experience and

·         The responsibilities

This means your resume must hit those targets clearly, succinctly and immediately. Not on page 3, not in verbose language and not in a layout that makes it hard to read.  Your targets must be hit from Page 1, with the rest of the resume acting as backup!

Your resume will consist of more than one page but work on a strategy that the first page will be sufficient in itself. Try and put enough information on the first page that will tell the reader all they need to know to offer you an interview. It’s an exercise in being concise. Look upon it as a work of art. Re-work it several times so that your first page is a business card, your entree into the interview room.

Another tip when you are unsure of relevant experience is to first tell them about all your achievements and competencies which are relevant to the job and then about your other experiences which could well help you perform the task anyway. These are called transferable skills, skills you have acquired over the years, which have value and which you can transfer to your new job when you land it.

One recent survey carried out by resume experts found that over 90% of resumes often use general terms and do not ‘fit’ the job in question. Let the applicant beware.

Always tailor your response to the job being advertised and review it many times before sending it to a prospective employer. 

 If you want to stand out in a crowd contact  for further advice on how to write your résumé.


As you grow older your responsibilities change. Switching from full time to part time work becomes an option for many people. You may make less money, but you may have more time to yourself. With that extra time you could take on leisure pursuits or start a home-based business. The possibilities are limitless.

Empowerment for Mature Aged Workers is often found through security, which is important to most of us. However, there comes a time when security is not as important as it once was. If that’s your situation, working fewer hours and having more time to do other things becomes a real option in your decision making.  

Achieving your goals might prove to be as simple as changing from full-time to part-time work.

To add more variety to your range of options you could have a “portfolio career”, that is full-time work consisting of different part-time work. For example you could work five days a week, spending Monday and Tuesday as an independent self-employed consultant and then work Wednesday to Friday for a firm which employs you. So your options can be summarized as:

·         Full-time at the one job

·         Part-time giving yourself more free time

·         Full-time combining two separate part-time jobs

For more information about empowering yourself as a Mature Aged Worker, refer to my book "New jobs for Older Workers" available on Amazon.  in that book we look at how you can prepare yourself to take the actions that are needed to empower you and make a successful career change.  We consider the choices that you have to make, the changes that are required, the challenges you face, and the need for confidence to make it all happen. By recognizing this it is clear that we, too, can become empowered and learn new ways of creating a new career that suits your current needs. 

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The Essentials for a Winning Résumé

When you write a winning résumé you must consider whether you are writing it for the job you’re already performing or for the one you’d like to perform. There’s a big difference there and that’s a trap. Write your résumé to fit the job you want, not just regurgitating the responsibilities of the old job.

Before you start writing anything you need to have a strong understanding of what will make your résumé stand out from the crowd.

When you write your résumé you must consider whether you are writing it for the job you’re already performing or for the one you’d like to perform. There’s a big difference between these two perspectives and that’s a trap. Write your résumé to fit the job you want, not just regurgitating the responsibilities of the old job.

What happens if you think you have the ability and skills to do a job, but what you do at your current job does not really tell that story? That’s a good question. This is where some clever writing can help your application. This just means that you tailor a winning résumé to suit the job you are applying for. 

There are three things to consider here.

·         Your qualifications

·         Your work experience

·         Your life experience

Obviously the first two are relevant and important to your chances of success. But let’s say they don’t give you a fantastic rating in terms of the fit for the new job? Well that’s where the third element comes into play.

If you have had experiences outside your employment or if you’ve had achievements which were not part of your previous work, these can be highlighted. They can be used to illustrate your versatility and your all-round capabilities. 

“This above all, to thine own self be true
.”  – William Shakespeare

Before you start considering what job to apply for, or start thinking about writing a résumé, Do you know what you have to offer? What do you bring to the table? You need to know very clearly what you have to offer as an individual.  The following activities in the “Your Guide on the Side” workbook are all important, and each contributes to a slightly different, richer, view of you as a whole person. This workbook, supporting "New jobs For Older Workers" (available on Amazon) helps you identify all your transferable skills. 

Your Transferable Skills, Knowledge and Attributes

The skills you have acquired throughout your life, at work, and in the rest of your life through family commitments or interests, are not isolated to that particular context.  They are transferable to your new working environment.  Take the time to recognize themes as it is often the skills or knowledge that you take for granted which give you a unique point of difference from other job applicants.

·         Your Personality and Values

Your personality traits are an integral part of you and will impact on how you deal with many different aspects of the new work, such as stress or change, and particularly on how you will interact with work colleagues.

Your core values are at the heart of who you are as a person, your integrity and your ethics.  They determine the decisions you make and the sort of work environment where you will be comfortable.

Your Passions and Interests

Your passions and interests are clues about what you would love to have incorporated into your work. What do you bring to the table?  your skills are unique, don’t take them for granted but think of them like cryptic clues!  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that those clues, those interests and passions, must be directly translated into an occupation. 

Go deeper…What it is that you really like about this?  For example you may love gardening.  It is the joy of being outdoors, or is it the plant biology?  Is it the peace and tranquility you get when gardening, or the challenge of having the best garden in your suburb?  Is it the appeal of being environmentally friendly in your garden and creating a sustainable ecosystem?  Could it be the money-saving or health-giving benefits of having fresh organic vegetables and herbs growing in your garden?  Is it simply your time away from everyone? 

Often what seems like an interest in your life, something unrelated to your worklife, is actually the reflection of a deeply held core value!



“Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” – David Frost

Before making any career change you should define the aspects of your working life which, when combined, will enable you to gain great satisfaction and fulfilment from your work.  Hopefully you’ll soon become one of those people who say “I love my work!” 

Do you know what you have to offer? Whatever sort of career change you want to make, there will be a three key elements that determine whether you should consider a particular job or career decision.

·         What the work can offer

·         What you can offer

·         What you really want. 

What the work can offer

People usually read a job advertisement fairly carefully, (and you’ll be ahead of the game if you have read the tips in "New Jobs For Older Workers" (available on Amazon)  about how to read between the lines of a job advertisement).  However surprisingly few people find out all they can about a company and about the people they’d be working with.  The combination of Google, LinkedIn and company websites is a great place to start this important research. Remember that you are checking them out just as they are checking you out.  Don’t take a job without knowing something about the company.

What you can offer

In the workbook supporting "New Jobs For Older Workers" you create a series of precious documents detailing your skills, experience, personal attributes, values etc.  In preparing to write your résumé you should have recognized your many work-related achievements.  You have much to offer, so think carefully about where you want to share your lifetime of accumulated value.

Your unique criteria

When you know what you have to offer and bring together all those important aspects of you there is no need to doubt your capabilities, as you have considered the response to the question do you know what you have to offer?  This important intersection is where you will find a unique combination that provides you with what you are really seeking in your worklife. Think of the intersection of these ideas as your  “sweet spot” where you will truly love your work. 


Of course no-one can guarantee that when you recognise this “sweet spot” you will be able to immediately find work which meets your needs completely.  However you have a far higher chance of finding or creating it if you have recognised what it is that you really want to do!

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