A 21-step Path to Discover and Do What You Love with Your Life’s Work

Written by Craig Nathanson

In mid-life, many of us are unfulfilled in our lives and careers. We have a deep longing for change. We often feel that we’ve waited too long to pursue our dreams, and believe that we have no choice but to settle for our current lot in life. Choosing how to fill such a deep void is no small task. There is no shortage of expert advice from professionals, family, and friends about what to do aboutrepparttar work dilemma. Sometimes,repparttar 137216 advice is good. But too much of it is based onrepparttar 137217 needs ofrepparttar 137218 person givingrepparttar 137219 advice, and not what is best for you. A Roadmap to Vocational Passion I developedrepparttar 137220 following 21-step path to discovering and doing what you love. Start with a few small steps and you will find thatrepparttar 137221 process will soon take hold. Then, you will never turn back! 1. Evaluate what you want 2. Envision your future 3. Tune out negative feedback 4. Shore up your support network 5. Assess your risk 6. Figure out what’srepparttar 137222 worst thing that can happen 7. Write down your abilities and interests

Job Tips For The Frustrated Job Seeker

Written by Tom Smith

There is nothing more frustrating and depressing when you are out of work and trying to find a job and your job search is going no where. Don't feel bad, you are not alone and there is a good reason why searching for a new job can be so difficult. There is no doubtrepparttar job market has changed. 30 years ago when I applied for my first job I remember answering an ad inrepparttar 137055 paper, calling and speaking to a real person, going in forrepparttar 137056 interview, filling out a application, hadrepparttar 137057 interview and was offeredrepparttar 137058 $3.75 and hour shipping job. Things are not that simple today. Back then there was no voice mail, no email, you mailed in a typed resume, who had a fax at home? You called and talked to a real person. You may of filled out a application but notrepparttar 137059 dozen forms you need to today. And you never had to prove you were legally allowed to work inrepparttar 137060 United States.

Today if you are looking for a job how to you stand out inrepparttar 137061 impersonal hiring environment that exists in most companies. If you apply online you are competing against dozens if not hundreds of others. Competition is stiff for a most jobs and a human may never even see your resume. Are there steps you can follow that will improve your chances? After being unemployed for several months after 3 years of self employment and becoming more depressed and frustrated in not finding a job, I took my job search to a new level which finally paid off in a new job.

I had been self employed for 3 years but after a divorce and starting life over, my self employment was no longer working. I had to biterepparttar 137062 bullet and start looking for a job. The first mistake I realized was my resume was not working. I had updated it to reflect my self employment which was not related to my previous career. I was trying to find a position similar to my previous career inrepparttar 137063 graphics and computer support industry. By starting my work history with my self employment it made it look like I had been out ofrepparttar 137064 industry even longer and my skills even more outdated. I was just shooting myself inrepparttar 137065 foot. I changed my self employment to reflect my computer skills so while I had been out ofrepparttar 137066 industry for awhile I wasn't out of touch. Some employers have doubts about people who have been self employed. They think they are going to go back to their own business or worse they only want a job so they can use company resources for their own gain. In my case I was able to explain that I had an opportunity to work at home and spend time with my preschool son, it had been for family reasons. Most employers respect that.

To begin with you really need to take a hard look at your resume. If you have always worked in one area and are applying for a position similar to those you have had inrepparttar 137067 past then your resume may just need some updating and polish. There are a number of good books and websites on resume writing. If you really need help then a resume service may be money well spent.

How many resumes do you have? There is no reason you can't have several. I was applying for a variety of unrelated positions. I would of looked "over qualified" or my experience would of been too unrelated forrepparttar 137068 position if I stuck with just one standard resume. I created a "general" resume that listed a variety of skills that could fit any number of non specific jobs. You can have one that is very specific forrepparttar 137069 industry you are applying for and there is no reason you can't change it to a specific company especially if it will be scanned in and checked for "keywords" Some companies scan for keywords or buzzwords related torepparttar 137070 position, their company or industry. Even if you arerepparttar 137071 most qualified person for that position, if your resume doesn't have those keywords, it will never get seen.

In addition to having a few different resumes you should have it in several different formats also. If you need to mail it in then a nice easy to read printed resume is in order. Same if you will be faxing it in. If you email your resume then your cover letter will berepparttar 137072 body of your email and your resume will be attached. Most employers request it be in a word .doc format or text but you can also use a pdf format. If you have your own website why not post it online with a link in your email. That way if your attachment can't be read they can print it offrepparttar 137073 internet. For examplerepparttar 137074 link could be http://www.yourwebsite.com/yourresume.html. You should also have a unformatted text only resume for uploading to online job sites.

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