Molding Eclectic Background into Future Career


Will writes:
I have a whole lot of experience but not a tremendous amount of in any
one area. How could I narrow down my choices so I know what kind of job
to pursue? Also what would be the best way to lay out my resume?



The Career Doctor responds:
There’s good news and bad news here. As employers continue to downsize
and have employees multitask by combining job functions there is certainly
a need for job-seekers who have multiple talents and abilities. On the other
hand job-seekers without a specific focus will rarely ever get a second look
from employers.
So as you mention your task is to find a way to parlay your years of
varied job experiences into some cohesive strategy that plays itself out
on your resume. You don’t want to be seen as someone who does not
know what you want to do or one who gets easily bored.
What is it you want to do next? If you truly have no clue take the time to
conduct some self-assessment. First spend some time reviewing all your
experiences (work hobby etc.) and make two lists — one with activities you
enjoy and one with activities you never want to do again. You could also
consider taking one or more assessment tests many of which you can find online.
Once you have a better picture of your likes and interests the next step
is researching careers that closely match your profile. Take the time to
do this important career exploration. Many online and print
resources can help you in this process. My favorite is the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Once you’ve identified a career path (or paths) the next step is finding
employers in that field — and developing a strategy for breaking into it. In
any job market but especially in this job market your key to success is
building a new network for your new career. Find and join professional
organizations in your new career field use alumni networks to find
people in your new career field.
Use the Career
Exploration Resources
section of Quintessential Careers to help you.
And learn more about networking in the The
Art of Networking
section of Quintessential Careers.
And all sorts of great resume-writing tools can be found in the
Resume Resources section of Quintessential Careers.

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Will writes:
I have a whole lot of experience but not a tremendous amount of in any
one area. How could I narrow down my choices so I know what kind of job
to pursue? Also what would be the best way to lay out my resume?



The Career Doctor responds:
There’s good news and bad news here. As employers continue to downsize
and have employees multitask by combining job functions there is certainly
a need for job-seekers who have multiple talents and abilities. On the other
hand job-seekers without a specific focus will rarely ever get a second look
from employers.
So as you mention your task is to find a way to parlay your years of
varied job experiences into some cohesive strategy that plays itself out
on your resume. You don’t want to be seen as someone who does not
know what you want to do or one who gets easily bored.
What is it you want to do next? If you truly have no clue take the time to
conduct some self-assessment. First spend some time reviewing all your
experiences (work hobby etc.) and make two lists — one with activities you
enjoy and one with activities you never want to do again. You could also
consider taking one or more assessment tests many of which you can find online.
Once you have a better picture of your likes and interests the next step
is researching careers that closely match your profile. Take the time to
do this important career exploration. Many online and print
resources can help you in this process. My favorite is the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Once you’ve identified a career path (or paths) the next step is finding
employers in that field — and developing a strategy for breaking into it. In
any job market but especially in this job market your key to success is
building a new network for your new career. Find and join professional
organizations in your new career field use alumni networks to find
people in your new career field.
Use the Career
Exploration Resources
section of Quintessential Careers to help you.
And learn more about networking in the The
Art of Networking
section of Quintessential Careers.
And all sorts of great resume-writing tools can be found in the
Resume Resources section of Quintessential Careers.