Building The Resume

I’ve never been overly confident when it came to my experience in the work force. I was never the best student and even though I graduated from university, it seemed as though the work force simply passed me by and my studies meant next to nothing.  Everybody wanted experienced people but nobody was willing to hire new people in order to give them experience. Where I was one of those inexperienced people without much direction, I took whatever jobs I could find.

I always thought that I had abilities that were not able to appear on my resume; that there were a great many “intangibles” to me that a resume simply couldn’t exploit. All I wanted was a chance to show an employer what I could do and then I’d take the bull by the horns.

I was never content on any particular job. I was never happy. I always wanted to do better. Looking back, I felt that way because I was always trying to impress my dad…though no job I took was ever good enough.

I finally found a decent job with a good company just over five years ago. It was a company that was extremely large, profitable, and not going anywhere any time soon. The job I had with them wasn’t just a job, it was a chance to finally have a potential career. While the money wasn’t the greatest, it was a solid opportunity to work in a location that I could retire in years from now.

Then I decided to marry Sunshine and things changed just a bit.

I’ve made the decision to move to her city; a decision that does not come lightly and was made only after discussing it with my ex-wife and my son to ensure that we could work out a plan that doesn’t affect him very much. The plan is in motion now, as Sunshine has thankfully agreed to spend the rest of her life with me…but as such that means I need to move in order to be with her.

Because I’ve been out of the general work force for over five years, I didn’t have a resume any longer. I’m sure it was deleted during one of my two memory wipes on my old desktop, so starting a brand new resume from scratch seemed like a daunting task.

Thankfully, I was able to obtain my resume from five years ago through my HR department. As such, I began transferring the scanned information onto a new resume template. I had to alter some descriptions and cut down on the “wordiness” of it (I wasn’t as grammatically sound then as I am now), but overall I was pleased with what I ended up with.

Then I took a look at some online job resources and immediately became intimidated all over again.

I’m almost 40 years old and I’m starting life anew. This life is absolutely incredible and I regret NOTHING, but it’s scary to start all over again. I still feel like that 20-something kid who just wanted a chance but didn’t have much on his resume to show for it.

The jobs seem to all be minimum-wage positions or high-end management positions that require years of experience in specific fields. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed when looking at the sites.

But I need to realize that I’m a very smart man, I’m a hard worker, and I’m proficient in a lot of skills. And since nobody wants to pay me exorbitant amounts of money to blog professionally, I need to buck-up and find another job that’s as suitable to my talents as my current position is.

I won’t lie…I’m not only intimidated, but I’m scared. But I’m hoping it’s the fear that drives me to find the job I want so that I’m happy both professionally and financially.

Building a resume at 40…I never thought I’d be doing that. But you know what? It’s an extremely exciting time for me right now and I don’t think I’d have it any other way.

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8 thoughts on “Building The Resume

  1. Can I just say, “I hear you”?

    As a professional who left the workplace (in IT no less) to be a stay at home mom, I was in the same boat. What sucked even worse was that my IT skills were way outdated and the only jobs available required travel (difficult if not impossible when my ex-husband isn’t available to care for them due to his own business travel).

    I’m still searching for that perfect job. I’m still wondering what I want to be when I grow up. Thank you for offering a different perspective… that it’s something I could really be excited about.

    Sending you good luck, my friend!

    1. Thanks.

      I’m not gonna lie…I’m scared to death of not being able to find a great job, especially where the one I’ve got now is so good. But I guess I need to be patient and thorough and something will come along. Where I’m not unemployed and I’m not desperate, I have the luxury of searching around for something.

      Fingers crossed!

  2. This is EXCITING and new and fresh and sure, scary too, but it is a chance to perhaps do something different, something good and challenging, right? Starting from scratch on resume etc, is a pain, and time-consuming but it’s a great way to get it right! I am a good editor (do it all day long!) if you need a second set of eyes on anything, just thought I’d offer 🙂

    1. I’m quite fond of my grammatical and editing skills, too (lol).

      Seriously, thanks for the offer. I’ve got an HR friend of Sunshine’s who is going to look it over for me and help me cut down on some of the excess fat I’ve got going on there.

  3. I think this is going to turn into an exciting time not just for you and Sunshine but for YOU and your career change, change in locale, etc. Even though there are a TON of unknowns right now, this fresh start of yours will ineveitably breed new growth and whenever growth happens, awesome opportunities are usually right around the bend. I’m rooting for you on the job front!!

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