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Are you feeling stuck in your current position, seeking a new one, or contemplating a career change? In this interview, author and career coach Valerie Sutton answers common questions about career development. For those thinking about a new career, she offers advice on assessing your passions and your personality, knowing when you need more education to get the job you want, and researching hiring trends in the industries that interest you. For those actively searching for jobs or getting back into the job market after an absence, she discusses how to write resumes and cover letters that speak to your talents, impress potential employers, and help you land an interview.
Jeff Layton: Let's say I have been out of the job market for a while. Maybe I'm a stay-at-home parent. Do you have any advice for me as I'm preparing to get back into the job market? Valerie Sutton: Absolutely! So, the major concern that a human resources person might have is sort of the gap, and are you up to date on all the new technology, the new knowledge, and can you make that transition easily? And so that's something that you probably want to start preparing with a little bit earlier than just saying, you know tomorrow I'm going to start sending out my resume.
So you may want to do some things that show that you have been gaining that knowledge. So for instance, I can give you an example of my sister, that went back into teaching after several years of staying at home as a mom. But she always stayed active, and so she was involved in creating a playground. She was definitely involved in creating some events around special needs kids, and she kept up her certification during that time so that when she was ready to go back, she had a great resume with all of her activity that kind of filled up that gap, as well as a current certification. So, she was ready to go and that's exactly what you want to think about is, how can I prepare myself to go back into the work environment and show my knowledge?
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