Advice on a Resume for People Out of a Job for a Long Period of Time

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If you've been out of a job for a long period of time, you're going to want to be very careful with how you formulate that particular piece of information on your resume. Get advice on a resume for people out of a job for a long period of time with help from an innovative empowerment speaker and human resources professional in this free video clip.

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Always remember that your resume is your life's story. I'm Charles Galbreath. I'm a workforce empowerment speaker and human resource professional. What I want to offer you today are some tips for those of you who have been out of the workforce for awhile and if you want to keep your resume relevant. Some of the things that you want to remember is that your resume is filled with things that you have done and so it's very important for you to remember that your job or the place where you work isn't necessarily what's important. It's what you did where you worked and so you can keep that experience going even outside of a job. So one of things that you want to remember, get involved with a professional organization that has something to do with the industry that you're in or that you're wanting to step into. When you're involved with a professional organization there are skills that you can acquire. You can understand the new terminology and the new technology within your industry and it can keep you relevant within the job you're going for. Something else that can be very beneficial is volunteer work. Volunteer work can be very valuable in acquiring transferrable skills. Those would be skills such as communication skills, that would be skills such as teamwork, problem solving. These are all things that can be acquired through volunteering. It's also a wonderful thing to have on your resume because it fills in the gaps for you. The last thing that you want to remember is network, network, network. It's very important to keep your name out there in the industry and out there in the community so that when you are off of work, you can still have valuable references that can speak on your behalf and speak of the life experiences that you've had while you were off, of the volunteer service that you've had while you were off, and of course the professional organizations that you've been in. So when you connect all of those, you can remain valuable and you can see acquire work experience even though you don't have a job. Make sure that your resume stays relevant. Good luck and have a wonderful day.

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