An ever increasing number of older executives, and by older I am talking 35-50 years old, have a tremendous amount to offer but find it hard to get back in the game with a dedicated employer; and those over the age of 50 are finding it even harder.
So what I have been suggesting to many of these displaced executives is to explore the world of consulting, either for a company or on their own.
Now consulting is not a route for everyone to pursue. It takes a certain mindset and personality, and certain fields such as IT, accounting and healthcare among a select few are more fertile for consulting than others.
Moreover, going into business yourself may seem risky, but if done right can be a road to job security or a new job. So here are a few thoughts on how you may want to proceed.
- Determine what you have to offer and put it all down on paper and score yourself 1-10 on how strong you are. For me a 7 and above is an adequate score.
- Check online, in local papers and with people you know in the community and determine what the demand is for the experience and talent you have to offer.
- Do not get frightened off if you see there is a demand but also a lot of potential competitors.
- Put together a business plan if you can, or find someone who can help you with this task.
- Go to a company like Vistaprint and look into getting business cards made up and some starter brochures. If you are not creative or you’re not a good wordsmith get someone to help you with this as well.
- Explore CRM and lead generation sources and their costs.
- Find out what others are charging for what you intend to provide.
- Contact 100 people in your business, personal, family and social network, tell them what you want to do and ask for their help and/or feedback.
- Remember this above all else, consulting is all about value and building relationships and trust. Moreover success will not come overnight. Make a commitment of at least 6 months and $1000 and see where that takes you.
These are very basic tips so if you want more specific details feel free to call me and we can chat.
A special FYI and personal invitation:
Please join me and your hosts Chris Perry, founder of Career Rocketeer, and Dorothy Tannahill-Moran in their CAREER STUDIOS Free Career Seminar Series on Wednesday, May 25th at 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST when I will be the special guest.
Your resume is the most visible and active part of your job search, so you want it to be powerful and effective at getting the attention of hiring managers.
However many of you don’t always know if it does. Join us while we discuss what no longer works and what does work in writing a resume for today’s job market. I will cover topics where you will learn: How to identify your audience and determine useful information for your resume; How to determine your true value to a new employer; How to establish a “personal brand”; All about effective Bio Resumes, Leadership Resumes and Executive Resumes; Whether cover letters are obsolete and how/when to create an effective cover letter; Can you send a customized cover letter with a static resume?, and much more.
You can register for FREE at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1630943195/pn, All you need to participate is a phone. Register here and we will send the call-in number and access code to you via email prior to the call. Also, enrolled participants will receive a FREE MP3 downloadable recording of this session following the seminar. Plus, as a special gift you will receive a free resume critique and 15% discount from me on any resume or bio you hire me to write.
Perry Newman, CPC CSMS is a nationally recognized executive resume writer, career coach, AIPC certified recruiter and SMMU certified social media strategist known for his ability to help his clients get results. You can view his sample resumes at http://www.perrynewman.com, and email him your resume at firstname.lastname@example.org for FREE resume critique.