Resume Styles

Chronological Resume – A chronological resume starts by listing your work history with your most recent position listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current, or most recent job, first, followed by your other jobs. Chronological Resume Example & More Info

Combination Resume – A combination resume lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next. With this type of resume you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide a chronological work history. Combination Resume Example & More Info

Functional Resume – A functional resume focuses on your skills and abilities, instead of on your chronological work history. It is typically used by job seekers who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history. Functional Resume Example & More Info

Resume With Profile – A resume wtih a profile statement includes a two or three sentence summary of your skills, experiences and goals as they relate to a specific job opening. Resume With Profile ExampleResume With Profile Statement & More Info

Targeted Resume – A targeted resume is a resume that is customized so that it specifically highlights the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Targeted Resume Example & More Info

Mini Resume – A mini resume contains a brief summary of your career highlights and qualifications. It can be used for networking purposes or shared upon request from a prospective employer or reference writer who may want an overview of your accomplishments, rather than a full length resume. Mini Resume Example & More Info

Nontraditional Resume – Nontraditional resumes include infographics, online portfolios, video resumes, personal career-focused websites and blogs, social resumes. Nontraditional Resume Examples & More Info


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Make a complete career change

Often when we leave (or get let go from) our current job, we ponder this question, “Should I start doing something different?’

This question can develop from not liking the last (or current) job or maybe a burning desire to do something new, challenging and/or enjoyable.

Regardless of the reason, we must ask our selves this question and we must be deliberate about the answer we give ourselves. Never shove the question aside and ignore it. You must answer this question honestly.

If you ask yourself this question and you answer, “Yes, I want to do something else!”, then  the next question is equally important, “I wonder what I should do?”

In mid 2010, selling IT services for a local IT company, I asked myself these same questions. “Should I do something different and if so, what should I do?” My answer was clearly that I wanted to do something different. In my case, I wanted to start my own business.

The second question, “what should I do?” was more difficult to answer. I kept leaning back to what I had been doing, technology consulting because it was an easy choice. Something in me kept saying, “Don’t go easy, go real.” So, I decided to ask this question out loud and to my friends and professional contacts.

Asking others to help me figure out what I kind of business to create was the best way to answer this question for me.

During my conversations with dozens of great people, they asked me, “What do you want to do Teddy?” Rather than say, I want to do this, or I want to do that, I decided to say, “I don’t know. My skills and interest are diverse. No matter what I end up doing, I do know that I want to help other individuals. This I know.” I wanted to be open to all kinds of ideas, so I strived not to burden the conversation with any other preconceived ideas.

When the idea of being a technology consultant came up, my coffee or sweet tea partner would just snicker at me. “That’s not who you are,” they would say. Then they would commence to tell me who they thought I was and what I would enjoy and be successful doing.

Having these conversations was how I ended up being who I am today, a Networking Strategist focused on teaching people to Network for Mutual Benefit and to Build Relationships through Social Media. I decided to go out on a limb and created a business of outplacement coaching, social media coaching, writing, public speaking, blogging, training and sharing ideas. It has been a fantastic journey so far and one that I look forward to every day.

In summary, regardless of your desire to be employed, or to start your own business, you could end up doing something totally different than what you have done, if you are willing to listen to yourself and others. What you learn from these conversations can shed a big bright light on a completely new career journey.

Career Reengineering Options

You can have it done quickly, done economically or done perfectly. What you can’t have is all three at once. This applies to career reengineering as well.

In our career we decide to reengineer when we:

Want to do something new and/or different
Discover that our skills are rusty and/or out dated
Want to reach to a higher level in our current career

Often making the decision to reengineer is the hardest thing for us to do.

However, it can also be overwhelming when we look at the different options for career reengineering.

There are at least four paths that can lead to a successfully reengineered career:

Option # 1 – Go back to full time college (University or Community College)

This option has lots of requirements (other income, daytime flexibility & lots of dedication. If possible, this can be a great way to reengineer for a completely different or higher level career step.

Option # 2 – Take evening classes at Community College or Online University programs

One of the key requirements of this option is, lots of energy. Working one shift while taking classes on another shift is the same (if not more work) as working two jobs. This option allows you to continue working and gives you the option of doing the reengineering at your own pace.

Option # 3 – On the Job Training – Take a lower level position and grow upward.

This option will take the most amount of time to achieve your reengineering goals. You’ll have to be careful that it does not turn into a trapped lower position and that real honest growth is possible. However, if you choose this option, you could switch to another company if the first one does not give you the opportunities you are looking for.

Option # 4 – Start your own business

I have seen many long term employees make the decision that they no longer want to be an employee. They decided that they don’t want to go back to college or be an intern. Many an eager person has decided that they want to be their own boss doing something totally different than  what they are or were last doing. One challenge here is to not believe you can do it on your own. Unless you have all of the skills for business, marketing, operations, finance, etc. seek help from others and success will be more likely. However, I can attest that reengineering by create my own business has been one of the most rewarding and successful things I have done in my life.

Reengineering – this is how we polish up our current skills and/or add new skills and become something different that we are now. Better & Different is better & different


Online Self-Assessment Sites (listing)

Who are you on your career transitionOnline Self Assessment Tools listing brought to you by Burriss Consulting, Inc.

I collected this information from various sites via the Internet including

What is Self-Assessment?

Self-assessment is a great activity to help you discover Who Am I? Once you know more about who you are, you will be better able to guide your career transition journey.

Types of Assessments

There are many varieties of assessment tools, easy measuring a particular facet of you, like your interests, skills, personality, and values. Self-assessment tools are also either Self-Directed or Requiring Interpretive Assistance.

  • Self-Directed means the tool is designed so you can use it and review your results without a licensed or trained professional interpreting the data for you. Even though they do not require intervention to read the results, you may still find you have questions. If that is the case, the service offering the tool may offer a way for you to follow-up or you can turn to counseling associations for help in finding a counselor.
  • Tools Requiring Interpretive Assistance mean your results will have to be discussed with a person licensed or trained in this particular tool so you can understand what the data is saying. The cost of the tool will include this interpretive assistance in some form.

One-Stop Sites

These sites offer a variety of assessments (skills inventories, interest inventories, etc.) from a single entry point. They are also all offered for free. Having all of the assessments in one location doesn’t make them any faster to complete, but it may make it easier for you to try them.


[self-directed / fee] The Career Direct Complete Guidance System analyzes four critical areas (personality, interests, skills, and values) “to help you maximize your God-given talents and abilities.” While this tool is based on research and has been validated, it clearly states that it approaches career guidance from a Biblical perspective. The developer is a Christian, but I did not see anything in the website nor the free Personality ID assessment that stressed this. In fact, if I had not noticed the wording in the information about the assessment and the developer, I really would not have known this. It just appeared to be helpful. The fee for the online assessment is comparable to tools like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (see above) but you can review some sample reports before buying to decide if this tool might be useful to you.

Career Development eManual, University of Waterloo Career Services

[self-directed / fee] The award-winning Career Development eManual is a collection of six modules complete with information about what each hopes to accomplish, forms and/or exercises which may be printed out and completed. It is designed to help you


  • Define your skills, values, and personal characteristics;
  • Target opportunities that match your talents and interests;
  • Set your career goals and create action plans;
  • Develop the tools to market yourself to potential employers;
  • Navigate and negotiate employment contracts; and
  • Evaluate your career aspirations on an ongoing basis.
Since it was originally developed for college students, some more experienced people may not find it as helpful, but persons considering a major career change could benefit from this resources. There is a fee for this service, but you can review an online demonstration before you decide to buy it, and your subscription permits access for 90 days.



…offers a variety of personality, intelligence, and health tests and quizzes. “We offer a full range of professional-quality, scientifically-validated psychological assessments that empower you to grow and reach your real potential through insightful feedback and detailed, custom-tailored analysis.” The site is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc., a high-tech psychometric company that develops a suite of products and services centered around its extensive battery of psychological assessments. You can review information on their development and validation under “About the Site”. All users can register for free and take a short form of most of their assessments and tests at no cost, but some tests as well as extended personalized result reports will cost some fee.

Career Assessment Tools & Tests,

…nice collection of tools for you to review and try. They also offer some articles talking about the role of assessments, Do’s and Don’ts for working with these, and a detailed review of several tools.

The Testing Room

…a collection of free assessments offered by Psychometrics Canada Ltd., a developer of assessments for career counselors. You must register to use the tools, but this only means providing your name, email address, and gender, and their privacy policy is good. You then have access to their Personality Index, the Career Values Scale, the Career Interests Inventory, and the Career Competency Explorer (skills inventory). Each of these also has an extended component and report, available for a nominal fee.

Personality and Type Indicators

Many people talk about their “type” or how they have taken personality tests, but I really think that few understand the information they have been given. What exactly is “type” and personality and what do they have to do with your job search? According to the Myers & Briggs Foundation,

“Psychological type describes the different ways people:

  • prefer to take in information,
  • prefer to make decisions,
  • are energized by the outside world or by the inner world, and
  • prefer to keep things open or to move towards closure.

These four preferences result in a person’s psychological type, sometimes called personality type. The theory of psychological type says that people with different preferences naturally have different interests, perspectives, behaviors, and motivations. Awareness of preferences helps people understand and value others who think and act quite differently.”

We have indicated if a tool is self-directed or requires assistance and if it is free or charges a fee for use. 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Myers & Briggs Foundation

[Requires Assistance / Fee]. This is a very popular tool used in many situations, but the results require the interpretive assistance of a certified MBTI practitioner. You can find a full list of these practitioners at Association for Psychological Type, or you can purchase this tool plus an interpretive session from various online providers, including Career-intelligence.comDiscoverYourPersonality.comMy Life Coach, and YourLife’ Costs for this tool vary greatly, depending on the version of the test you select (online vs. paper), the type and amount of counseling involved and whether the test is offered with another instrument.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter

[self-directed / free] This test, made available online by David Keirsey, is like a short MBTI exam. Answer all the questions, and you will get a 4-letter personality indicator as the result along with a short explanatory document. If nothing else, it might help you to understand how you react and interact with others. There is a fee for an optional 10-page personal analysis.

[self-directed / Fee] This an integrated inventory which measures your interests, strengths, support needs, and more. You can then take this and turn it into a career report with a few clicks. The fee covers the assessment itself and includes a detailed report. You have the option of purchasing personal phone sessions with a Career Coach billed at an hourly rate. This inventory is based on the Birkman Method, this rather detailed evaluation is designed to reduce the need for multiple assessments. gave it 3.5 stars out of a possible 4 and called it “easy” but they also noted it is time consuming, taking 30-40 minutes to complete. Yes, you can stop and go back to finish, but the assessment administrators recommend taking the time to do it in one sitting. There is a mini sample you can try.

Interest Inventories

Interest inventories help you to measure those things that most interest you, hopefully finding a match between your interests and possible career areas. Most interest inventories include skills surveys. We have indicated if a tool is self-directed or requires assistance and if it is free or charges a fee for use.

What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed Press)

[self-directed / free] Updated annually, this book was called “one of the 25 books that have shaped reader’s lives” by the Center for The Book at the Library of Congress. It is a guide to help you determine what you want to do and then how you want to go about accomplishing your desires. It is really one of the finest books written for job seekers as well as those just wanting to learn more about themselves. The recent editions have been completely revised, so if you last looked at Parachute a long time ago, it is time to look again. You can also visit Dick’s online, but he recommends using this in conjunction with the book.

O*Net Interest Profiler from MyNextMove

[self-directed / free] Created by the National Center for O*Net Development for the USDOL Employment and Training Administration, this is an interactive tool where job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The O*NET Interest Profiler consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience, producing a RIASEC score which they can then use to help find occupations that match their interests. The site is simple to use, easy to navigate, and friendly to the youngest or even the most fearful computer user. Absolutely wonderful!


[self-directed / fee] This tool is designed to help match your interests and skills with similar careers. Developed by Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., and based on John Holland’s RIASEC model, CareerKey is designed to “help you in choosing a career, a college major; changing a career; and career planning.” Enter the section titled Your Personality to take the online test (nominal fee is charged), learn more about the test and Holland’s theories, or to explore various careers. The inventory can be completed online very quickly. They have recently opened Career Key Canada which matches your preferences to specific resources and jobs for this country. They also offer the Career Key resources in some non-English languages, including Chinese, Spanish, and Korean (see links at the top of the front page). They’ve also announced an Arabic version, (“mentor”), along with a new Caribbean version. Contact the site for more information.

Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) via

Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) via NCS Pearson

[self-directed / fee] “If you are interested in a career that requires some post-secondary education, the CISS® (Campbell Interest and Skill Survey) assessment can help point you in the right direction!” The CISS uses targeted questions and analysis to help you understand how you fit into the world of work. It has been used by career counselors for over 10 years and it is available to you on the Internet. The test is provided by NCS Pearson, a leading publisher of career assessments for nearly 30 years, and author David Campbell, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in the field of career exploration. The same test can be accessed from either of two gateways noted above. There is a fee for this test, and both gateways charge the same.

Career Test from

[self-directed / fee] An online career test based on John Holland’s RIASEC model and is easy to use. The results will delivered to you in as little as one hour or as long as 5 days, depending how much you want to spend, but the rate is reasonable. In addition to the career test,, an online career testing / counseling / coaching service, offers numerous good career and job search articles and links to resources you will find useful.

FOCUS Career and Educational Planning

[self-directed / fee] This online assessment package actually includes an interest inventory, a skills survey, a personality assessment, and even a values inventory. It is useful for high school students, college students, and even adult workers, and the fee is quite reasonable. You do not need to complete the full assessment in one session.

MAPP – Motivational Assessment of Personal Potential

[self-directed / fee] MAPP is an interest survey, similar to the Strong Interest Inventory. They offer a Career Analysis designed to help you identify your preferences for people, things, and job content, and suggesting some jobs that match these preferences. This assessment is offered in five languages — English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swedish – and it takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. It is a collection of 71 options, each consisting of 3 statements. You must indicate which statement you most prefer and which you least prefer. There is a free sample analysis you can try before purchasing one of their packages.

Self-Directed Search

[self-directed / fee] The SDS, developed by John Holland, can help you find careers or educational programs that match your own skills and interests. This fee-based assessment tool is very well-known and very popular among career counselors. The test takes only 15-20 minutes to complete online. After your payment is verified, your personalized report (based on your responses to the SDS questions) will appear on your screen. A sample report is available online. SDS is a product of PAR, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.

Strong Interest Inventory

[self-directed / fee] According to publisher CPP, “The Strong measures your clients™ interests in a broad range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects.” It is a widely-used tool in college career centers and other counseling situations. While it does not require interpretive assistance, reviewing the results with a trained provider is highly recommended. You can purchase this tool from various online providers, including career-intelligence.comDiscoverYourPersonality.comMy Life Coach, and YourLife’ Costs for this tool vary greatly, depending on the version of the test you select (the Strong has many variations for different audiences and needs), the type and amount of counseling involved, and whether the test is offered with another instrument. This table designed by will introduce you to the many Strong Interest Inventory assessment tools available.

Skill Surveys

There are hundreds of skills surveys for specific job areas, but this list links to surveys designed to help you define your abilities and qualifications and then compare these lists to numerous job areas, including some you may not have previously considered.

Skills Center

[self-directed / free] Anyone can use the tools listed here, especially the Skills Profiler. The particular tool allows you to build a list of skills, then identify occupations that require your skills, and identify gaps in your skills and/or education for each occupation so you can get any necessary training to be most successful. Great for persons entering the workforce, students considering potential careers, or persons considering a jump from one occupational field or industry to another. One of the many helpful tools you can find at CareerOneStop.

What’s Your Skillset, from

[self-directed / free] A nice article and worksheet designed to help you list your skills. Scroll down the page to the section titled “skills”. Free registration is required to access this article and the accompanying worksheet.

iSeek Skills Assessment

Based on data from O*Net, the iSeeks Skills Assessment is a fairly simple tool that allows the user to rate him or herself on 35 different skills and then see what occupations match those skills identified as the being most important to the user. The entire tool takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete and the results are presented immediately upon completion, offering the user information on each career, how his or her skills match this profile, and the level of education or training usually required to perform this particular job. The user interface is relatively simple and should not pose a problem for persons with limited computer skills. You can print the results page, email it to someone or yourself, or (if you have a free iSeek account), you can save the results to your account.

Career Assessment Exercises,

[self-directed / free] This website is a companion to the book Life Work Chapter 2 is dedicated to skills assessment, and the site includes several different skill surveys for you to complete and review.

The Riley Group has a Career and Occupational Guide you can use to search for career fields that match your abilities and qualifications.

Values Inventories

Values inventories are personal examinations of what motivates you and is important to you. These are not as well-defined tools as the Interest Inventories since they are so personal to you.

Tip: One career coach suggests that since it’s hard for many people to say what they want make a list of what you didn’t like in the past.

Soul Survival: Career Values from

[self-directed / free] Nice article and accompanying exercise to help you decide what is important to you in looking for a career or a new employer. Free registration is required.

Value Questionnaire

[self-directed / free] This questionnaire from the University of Minnesota at Morris Career Center offers you an easy way to think about what is most important to you and what you might do to change things that you don’t like.

Other Tools and Resources

Career Decision-making Difficulties Questionnaire (CDDQ)

[self-directed / free] This site was designed to provide individuals help in the process of making a career decision. There are 5 different tools the user can go through, each designed to assist him or her with the decision making process by guiding and providing feedback. I started with the CDDQ, which served to help me figure out why I’m having problems making a decision regarding a career (and making decisions in general), and the results suggested a course of action to follow, including which of the remaining 4 tools to use and the reason for each. It will also note if you really need the assistance of a licensed career counselor to help you in your personal exploration process. “The CDDQ is based on research performed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Ohio State University by a team led by Profs. Itamar Gati and Samuel H. Osipow. The team specializes in studying career decision-making in general, including difficulties encountered when making career decisions, the strategies used and the compromises involved, and developing computer-assisted career guidance systems that facilitate the decision-making process.” Career counselors will appreciate the supporting documentation.

Casey Life Skills

[self-directed / free] “Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a free tool that assesses the behaviors and competencies youth need to achieve their long term goals. It aims to set youth on their way toward developing healthy, productive lives. […] CLS is designed to be used in a collaborative conversation between an educator, mentor, case worker, or other service provider and any youth between the ages of 14 and 21. It is appropriate for all youth regardless of whether they are in foster care, live with their biological parents, or reside in a group home.” I must be clear here, this is not “self-directed” in that the client using this tool will get a set of results that he or she will understand. The counselor or coach working with the client is expected to review the results with the youth, but special training is not needed. Free resources are provided to help you turn these results into a learning plan for the individual. Providers need to register for a free account, and they will then establish accounts for their clients. You can preview a sample of the tool prior to registering and review their privacy policy at the same time. Provided by Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation focused entirely on foster care and improving the child welfare system.

Manifest Your Potential

…a site filled with guidebooks, quizzes, and articles designed to help you find your potential and put it to good use doing work you love. The quizzes are designed to be fast, but you should always remember that these are not designed with “right” or “wrong” answers, just personal truths. However, you may find something here to help you define your feelings, which can be the first step to fixing problems.

…a collection of personality, IQ, and other online tests you can take. While many are free, you will need to register a name and email address to see your brief results, and if you want a more detailed report you will have to pay for full membership. I also cannot find anything that tells me who this company is nor who developed these assessments so use these with some caution and compare the results with other assessments that have been validated and are recognized by licensed or certified counseling professionals.

Disclaimer – This listing is shared as resources to consider. We strongly suggest you research and explore any assessment tool prior to purchasing any.

Top 20 things to expect during your Career Transition Journey

Career Transition Journey

Burriss Consulting presents Top 20 things to expect during your career transition journey

  1. Worry
    • This is not an unexpected phase of Job Search. The needs of your family and fear of the unknown are big factors in creating worry. Focus on worry management techniques to overcome this reaction while in transition & beyond.
  2. Denial
    • Denying that this has happened will occur while in career transition. It’s a natural reaction that quickly needs to be overcome by focusing on the future.
  3. Stress
    • Stress can be created when you don’t have a good career transition plan or honest expectations of the work and time that will be required. Stress can be overcome similarly to the way you overcome Fear & Worry.
  4. Anger
    • Anger towards the past company, the process, the lack of response and lots of other stuff that just does not seem fair. Focus on the future & working the process are good ways to overcome anger. Spend time with friends and family can also “calm” the angers of this journey.
  5. Fear
    • There is nothing wrong with a little fear. Fear of the future & the unknowns of the process. Fear can be squashed by asking questions, have open conversations with other career transition folks and people in your life who trust, care & respect you.
  6. Relief
    • Relief occurs at different stages of this journey. Be careful of fauz relief caused by completing some of the simple and less effective steps of career transition such as emailing cover letters and resumes and applying for jobs that are not real for you. Relief created from beneficial steps of career transition, such as getting that rejection note (instead of not knowing) and being told that the job has already been filled, actually are good for you. The ultimate relief occurs when you hear, “Welcome to the team.”
  7. Depression
    • If you get depressed and don’t see it, hopefully a family member or loved one will see it and help you to find help. If you feel depression and realize it, this is manageable. You have to “stop” and seek help out of this pit.
  8. Acceptance
    • Acceptance is another emotion that occurs at different stages on the career transition journey. Acceptance of losing the job, acceptance of being unemployed, acceptance of the challenges, acceptance of possibly never getting another job, acceptance of lots of negative stuff (originating from worry). Be careful of what you accept during this journey. Accept all the positive and beneficial things. You don’t have to accept the negative.
  9. Involvement
    • Involvement is beneficial to your career transition journey. Get involved in your community is a great way to meet others who may be able to help you. Let those who are sincere and trusting get involved in your life during this journey. Get involved in networking, meet ups, social media and conversations. If you don’t get involved, you won’t find that next great job or business opportunity.
  10. Misunderstanding
    • There will be lots of misunderstandings during your career transition journey. Strive to resolve them where you can. Emailing your resume and cover letters to people who don’t know you is a great way to create misunderstandings. You’ll also discover some misunderstanding from people who wonder why you are unemployed. Knowing what you really want to do can create misunderstanding within yourself, as well as others. The best way to squelch misunderstandings is thru conversations and asking honest and sincere questions.
  11. Compassion
    • When you find a friend or family member that wants to be compassionate towards you during your career transition, accept it. Accept the compassion from perfect strangers who want to get involved in helping you on your journey. Compassion appropriately shared will be very beneficial to you.
  12. Fair weather Friends
    • Yeah – they exist. This is something else you should accept. We can’t predict how our friends will react. Again, strive to think the best of folks, even when they are fair weather friends. Sometimes even the best friends will withdraw only because they don’t know how to help you or what to say.
  13. Real Friends
    • You may discover that your best friends during this journey will be the ones that you previously did not consider your best friends. These will be the folks who step up and offer to help in real and meaningful ways. Maybe the ones who jump in and not only buy you a burger, but the first & second rounds as well. Be grateful for these friends.
  14. Patience
    • This may be hard for some, but you have to expect to be patient. Once you decide on what you want to be next, you must be patient. If you work to find that next great job or business opportunity, it will raise it’s hand at the right time for you. If you try to rush it, you’ll not pick the right job for you. Be patient
  15. Pushy
    • There will be people in your life who push you to accept the fist job that shows up, despite it being the right fit for you. Don’t let anyone push you to do anything you don’t want to do or to accept any job that is not the right fit.
  16. Helpers
    • You will find people who just want to help. Where relevant and beneficial, let others help. You can’t do this journey on your own. Good honest help will be good for you.
  17. OverHelper
    • There will be folks who want to do more for you than they really should do. Don’t let anyone take over your project. You must own it and manage it yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are doing it wrong, unless they can give you good useful input of how to do it better. There are lots of people out there who will tell you you’re doing it wrong – ignore negativity.
  18. New Connections
    • You will meet more people during this career transition journey than you ever thought you would ever meet. That is if you are doing it correctly. Meeting new people and building new relationships is how you will find that next great job or business opportunity. If you are not meeting new people every week (if not daily), you will deal with Fear, Worry, Stress, Depression and Anger much more often.
  19. New Ideas
    • If your career transition journey is towards the same title and industry, you won’t be as happy or successful. However, if you open your mind and consider new ideas, new industries, new industries and types of work, you’ll be far happier. New Ideas will help you to find places to use your skills, experiences, talents, education and passion.
  20. Volunteer
    • A well run career transition journey includes lots of “give back.” Volunteering is how you help to reduce the negative emotions and physical depletion. Volunteering is how you also meet new people and find new ideas. No matter how bad you think you have it, there are others who have it worse off and need your help. Seek to give and you will improve the opportunity of finding your next job or business opportunity. Don’t just volunteer in a cube, volunteer where you have a chance to get involved with others.
  21. Success
    • It may be hard to see from a distance. Focus on your journey and pay attention to your health (mind & body). Work a good career transition plan and success will occur, when it’s time.

You will have many emotions and things happen during your career transition journey. Paying attention to them is one way to make this phase of your life rewarding and successful.

You have no idea what job exists for you

This is part 6 of the 16 post series.

“For every job that goes away, another can be created, it will be different and unlike anything you ever imagined.” ~ @NCWiseman

I hear this all the time, “I have no idea what job I can do now.”

There are three reasons for this.

  1. You can’t think past your title and last job
  2. You don’t believe their skills, talents, passion, experience and/or education can be used anywhere else
  3. Biggest reason – you have never heard of your new job.

As the economy, technology, our culture and societal needs change, so do the jobs that are required to fulfill the needs.

We can teach you to think past your old title and job. We can help you believe in yourself.  We can even help you find jobs that you have never heard of.


Finding jobs that you can do, that you never heard of before happens when you do two things.

  1. Meet new & different people
    • I teach a course in Networking for Mutual Benefit and one of the sections is called, “Different is Good”. Simply said, “If the only people you meet and talk to are the same people you see day after day, then you will only experience the same old thing. However, if you meet people who are different, unlike you in every unimaginable way, then you are likely to see new perspectives, experience new activities, eat different food, sing different songs and hear about different types of jobs. Variety is not just the spice of life, but the fuel for new ideas, perspectives, friends and even career ideas.”
  2. Read new books and blogs
    • Knowledge and ideas can be generated from reading a good book. Blogs (or websites with articles) are another great place to find new ideas and perspectives. You don’t have to only read business books or self help books. A good fiction or auto-biography can generate interesting ideas as well.
    • Reading is essential for growth. Why, because the people who have all the ideas are not at your beckoning call. Besides, when you read an interesting and informative book, it not only gives you ideas of something new to do, but also creates more questions for you to get answered, either thru a good conversation with someone or by reading another book.
  3. Think Big, Bold & Creative
    • Be all that you can be, at all times. Don’t settle for status quo or something simple because it’s easy. Push yourself to think unique, exciting, different and futuristic.
    • There are no longer any jobs that offer stability or long term employment. Think past these unrealistic qualifiers.
    • Let your imagination go wild. You never know what it can conjure up and what ideas it can create for you to ponder and possibly make into something real for you.

In summary, discover jobs that you have never heard of before by talking, reading and dreaming.

Who Am I

Who am I?Today at the Winston-Salem Job Search Network we discussed, “Who Am I.”

Here are the notes from this session:

  • You are not your last Job Title, Industry or Company. You are the activities that did that you enjoyed and were successful doing in life & career.
  • Write down these activities, be as granular as you can. Get down into the specific tasks & activities.
  • Prioritize these activities by how much you enjoyed doing them and how successful you were doing them.
  • Ponder them over & over again. When you are done – ponder even more
  • Ask people you trust & respect to talk with you about what they think you are or what they think are your best talents, skills, experiences, passion, etc. Be blunt, bold & positive about the good stuff. Write down the stuff you should never do in another list.
  • Never qualify what Who you are based on revenue or income. This comes later
  • As you think about your activities, consider PAR Statements. This philosophy helps you to ascertain what you were good doing as it relates to success for your employers, clients, etc.
  • Consider outlines documented in “What color is your parachute.”
  • Consider or other online & free Self Assessment tools
  • Set out on a journey of coffee, sweet tea or “soda-30” with people you trust & respect, and who also trust & respect you. Have your arms wide open and ask, “What do you see me doing? What ideas do you have?” Collect all ideas and explore them.
  • Listen to everyone, but be careful listening to nay-sayers or people who tell you, “You can’t do that.” They could be wrong, way wrong.
  • Believe in yourself. Until you believe that you are what you say you are, no one else will.
  • Once you feel good about your, “I AM…” statement, use it to guide your resume & LinkedIn modifications.

Employment Quiz

An interesting set of questions regarding interviewing. What do you think the answers are:

  1. T F – Most jobs are filled thru recruiters, personnel agencies, internet and newspapers
  2. T F – You don’t have to answer questions about race, sex, age, marital status, children or national origin during an interview
  3. T F – In today’s age of “specialty” it is very difficult to transfer from one industry to another
  4. T F – During an interview it’s important to keep your emotions to yourself if you have just been terminated so that you don’t appear negative
  5. T F – You should schedule your interviews with companies that you are the most interested in
  6. T F – A job interview is a time to share information between both the interviewee and the interviewer so that you can both decide if this is the right job
  7. T F – A good resume contains specific details about everything you have done in your career
  8. T F – When asked a question during an interview you should spend no more than 2 minutes answering the question, unless you are asked for more information.
  9. T F – Workers under 40 have the best opportunity to get hired
  10. T F – It is important not to apply for a newspaper or online job ad unless your skills and experiences are a close match to the job description
  11. T F – Don’t telephone prospective employers if you have already sent them an email or letter
  12. T F – It is a lot easier to find a job when you are currently employed
  13. T F – It is important to discuss salary early on so that you get past that difficult part of the discussion
  14. T F – It is important to connect with as many people as possible once you are terminated
  15. T F – When being interviewed try not to make eye contact since this can make the interviewer uncomfortable.
  16. T F – When changing jobs it is usually reasonable to try for a salary increase in the next job
  17. T F – You should use your former boss as a reference
  18. T F – It is not a good idea to inquire, “Why is this job currently open?” during a job interview
  19. T F – If an interviewer offers you coffee, water or a soda, it is best to be sociable and accept

My answers are here.

Employment Quiz Answers

These are my answers to the quiz found HERE
  1. F – Most jobs are filled thru recruiters, personnel agencies, internet and newspapers
    Most are filled thru networking and good conversations with people about ideas and businesses.
  2. T – You don’t have to answer questions about race, sex, age, marital status, children or national origin during an interview
    These are considered off limit questions
  3. F – In today’s age of “specialty” it is very difficult to transfer from one industry to another
    Your next job will be something related to what you can do, not what you did. Think your activities and accomplishments, not titles, jobs or industries.
  4. T – During an interview it’s important to keep your emotions to yourself if you have just been terminated so that you don’t appear negative
    Present yourself as someone with the skills, expertise, talents and positive attitude only.
  5. F – You should schedule your interviews with companies that you are the most interested in
    Interview with anyone and any company, regardless of your overall interests. You never know where an interview will lead you. Maybe to a different job
  6. T – A job interview is a time to share information between both the interviewee and the interviewer so that you can both decide if this is the right job
    You are interviewing the company & position for fit, just as much as they are interviewing you for your fit.
  7. F – A good resume contains specific details about everything you have done in your career
    Your resume should contain all of the activities you did your career that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Long past and irrelevant activities add no value.
  8. T – When asked a question during an interview you should spend no more than 2 minutes answering the question, unless you are asked for more information.
    True – be succinct and clear and do not drag on and on and on.
  9. F – Workers under 40 have the best opportunity to get hired
    The workers with the best skills, expertise, experience and desire will get a job regardless of age.
  10. T – It is important not to apply for a newspaper or online job ad unless your skills and experiences are a close match to the job description
    Don’t waste your time or anyone else’s time with irrelevant applications. Be focused.
  11. T – Don’t telephone prospective employers if you have already sent them an email or letter
    Follow up is important. Don’t be a pest though. And, don’t stress out if you get no reply.
  12. F – It is a lot easier to find a job when you are currently employed
    This is a tough one. It may be less stressful, but not necessarily easier.
  13. F – It is important to discuss salary early on so that you get past that difficult part of the discussion
    Get past the relevance and fit first. Money should be the last discussion, however some recruiters and hiring agents make this difficult. Get the job, then the offer.
  14. T – It is important to connect with as many people as possible once you are terminated
    You will want to connect with as many people as possible and relevant. Good conversations will be the key to finding that next job.
  15. T – When being interviewed try not to make eye contact since this can make the interviewer uncomfortable.
    Show that you are listening and care by talking with the recruiter or interviewer. Eye contact shows that you are paying attention.
  16. T – When changing jobs it is usually reasonable to try for a salary increase in the next job
    There is nothing wrong with the desire for a higher salary. Have reasonable expectations though – use salary guide tools to know the salary ranges.
  17. T – You should use your former boss as a reference
    If you can, what better reference than the guy/lady who you reported directly to.
  18. F – It is not a good idea to inquire, “Why is this job currently open?” during a job interview
    This is a good question to ask. It shows you want to know how the job could be done better or differently for a better result.
  19. T – If an interviewer offers you coffee, water or a soda, it is best to be sociable and accept
    Don’t accept something you don’t drink, but there is nothing wrong with a bottle of water or cup of coffee during an interview. Keep you focus on the interviewer though, hot the drink

Career Assessment tools

Career Assessment tools are used by people who say to themselves, “I may not want to keep doing what I have always been doing.”

Every good Career Transition Coach will encourage you to think this way.

There are lots of ways to overcome the questions like, “Who am I?”, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”, or “What is it that I really love to do?”

Often it’s as easy as good conversations with the people who know you and see the real you, that you can’t see.

Sometimes it requires a little more work. Here is where Self Assessment tools become worth using.

Most of these tools cost money, so think thru the one(s) you select before you plop down the cash or credit card.

Here are a few of my favorites:

StrengthsFinder – Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

DISC – DiSC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. DiSC is non-judgmental and helps people discuss their behavioral differences. If you participate in a DiSC program, you’ll be asked to complete a series of questions that produce a detailed report about your personality and behavior.
IF you want to arrange for a DISC assessment – call me @ 336-283-6121

Myers Briggs – Do you know your personality type? Do you prefer being organized and following a schedule, or playing it by ear? Are you energized by being around people or by spending time alone? Whatever your personality type is, it affects all aspects of your life. Find out your type and how knowing more about it can help you in communicating with people, planning your future, and even getting to know yourself better.

The Riley Guide lists a diverse set of Self Assessment tools worthy of a review.

I will add more to this list as I discover other assessments worth considering for Job Seekers