“I have been a PM for 12+ years. Prior to that I did tech support and prior to that I was strictly on the business side. Because of my soft skills, I moved up each ladder quickly, but always felt that I was more of a ‘jack of all trades’ master of nothing!
About a year and half ago I was laid off. I have had lots of time to reflect, and really take the time to see what work would be fulfilling. Of course over the years I have had to gather requirements, test, etc. But not as a straight BA. Again, jack of all trades…I am now 52 . I lost pretty much everything in the recession, so in essence starting from scratch!
What are your thoughts? How do I transfer what I have without over-selling myself and setting myself up for failure? I have an MBA with a technology specialty.
Any and ALL feedback is welcome!”
Can I relate to your question! I am sad that you had to go through this, but you are at exactly the same spot I was a few months ago. I had been laid off and then the recession kept hitting and hitting all areas. Our city was one of the hardest hit in Canada. My company let 1500 of us go in one bunch, and then so did other companies – flooding the market with PMs and BAs. I worked so hard at trying to get a job – for every one I applied for, so did 75 other people.
The new resume has made all the difference. I targeted the jobs I really wanted rather than applying for anything and everything. I started to value myself and what I had to offer and feel that I did not have to settle. All your skills are transferable and you can translate your resume into the career that you are passionate about – just find out what that is!
It is well worth the time and energy.
I have just started my first contract job and I see that makes a huge difference both in how I perceive myself but also how perspective employers see me. I am being called back more and I love it! You just have to get yourself to that space – take the time to learn about yourself and own your resume.
I didn’t own mine before – I let other people own it. It matters – you must own your future!
Editor’s Note: Michelle was a wonderful client to work with. Her passion and excitement was obvious to me in each call we had and each step we took through the resume evaluation. And her success as a result of going through this process has been fun to watch! Thanks you for being part of what we do here and for such a thoughtful testimonial of our services!
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