Why I like my job so much. Writing résumés for good people like Brian, (not his real name) a 64 year old talented and vastly experienced tradesman is the perfect example.
I sat down with Brian at a coffee house to hear his story. He was a guy devastated over a knee jerk reaction to a supervisor being a jerk to Brian one too many times. So..... Brian had up and walked out on a job he had held down for years. He had been an exemplary employee at every job he had ever held.
He sat there, over his coffee, down-dog face, and wondered how big a mistake he had made. Walking out on a job. Something he had never even contemplated before. How hard would it be to find another job at his age? (BTW, he looked not a day over 50: fit, articulate, passionate and as cogent as a college kid.) His biggest worry however, was he didn't have the technology that the new industry he had been in for 30 years was focusing in on. There you have it. Right? He was in trouble!
Far from it.
During the résumé writing process we discussed his strengths. MANY! I pointed out his loyalty over the years. He was reliable, dependable, got along with his teammates, he was known for mentoring the kids, and he was excellent at his trade with a distinguished performance record. He needed to focus on all those good things about him. His value.
But what about his issue with the tech? I reminded him he could read the technology (that the new industry wanted). He couldn't write it, but he could read it and perform well. Basic fundamental wisdom and experience counts for something.
Here's the best part.
Got a call from Brian 5 days after completing his résumé. He's a new man after 4 interviews. Not only is he sure of getting a new job, but he can choose from 4 highly rated companies who want him to join their teams. All opportunities better than the company that ran him off. What do we say about clouds? They all have a silver lining if you just look
It's stories like this that me feel good.
Happy job hunting.