Work Seekers Guide
It is clear: what worked for -50 will not work +50 and for our 2nd Life. We will need to repurpose with a special Résumé.
There is a reason why you do not put the fact that you passed Grade 1 on a traditional CV; it is history which not useful for the purpose. In the same way, experiences and skills you gained 30 years ago, may no longer be useful for the purpose of today.
What may be more useful is to repurpose your skills and knowledge and depending on the opportunity, present them to a potential employer in a résumé.
A résumé is a different from a CV in that it is shorter and summarizes some experiences and skills or even leaves some out, where the position may not need them. Most employers do not have the time to sift through a long CV and all your skills and all your experience, to find what is relevant – so it is smart to do the work for them.
Even more important, this exercise will remind (or even educate) you, about what you have to offer. It will also allow you to mix-n-match according to the opportunity you want. It is the engine that will power the move into your 2nd Life.
Step 1 Start with the CV
The CV is still the backbone and employers may want one eventually, so update it and have it to hand.
Step 2 Work Experience
Identify your work experiences. It could be job and all that it entails, but it is important not to be too conventional in choosing them. Sometimes work you were not paid for can be useful. Name each experience: eg:
- Job A (you could use the Job Title or the name of the employer),
- Job B,
- Job C,
- Job D,
- The conference,
- Creating web site,
- An organised holiday,
- A sport team,
- Building a garden shed.
If you are artistically inclined, you could colour code each one, like in the illustration above.
Step 3 Mining
When we work we use skills.
- Skills are verbs – Planned a conference, Created a web site, Organized a holiday, Coached a sport team, Sold products at Fair, etc.,
- Skills are what people pay for.
- Skills can be transferred from job to job.
Start milking each experience for transferable skills, list each one involved – using verbs.
Here is a list of 100 Transferable skills
- Analyzing situations or data
- Assembling equipment or information
- Calculating mathematical computations or risk assessment
- Coaching or guiding or tutoring
- Communication oral and written
- Compiling data or facts
- Constructing objects or building
- Decision making
- Delegating tasks or responsibilities
- Designing products or systems
- Displaying ideals, products or systems
- Handling complaints
- Identifying problems
- Inspecting or examining
- Interpreting data, legal, medical, technical or other
- Managing people, time, data, projects
- Marketing/Selling ideas, products or policies
- Meeting the public/customer service
- Monitoring/Supervising progress, people, processes
- Motivating self or others
- Operating equipment, machines, vehicles
- Performing under stress
- Problem solving
- Public relations
- Setting goals
- Team building
- Tolerating ambiguity
- Using instruments
Step 4 Weed and Filter
- Select your best skills
- Select your most enjoyed
- Use them to tell employers what you can do
- Use them to guide your 2nd Life
Work Seekers Guide