Can You Send Your Resume in 5 Minutes?

Imagine that a recruiter has just called you to tell you about an absolutely fantastic opportunity that sounds like everything you ever wanted in a job. It could be your dream job!

You are thrilled to hear about it, and then you hear the dreaded words:  “Can you send me your résumé in 5 minutes?”


Most people have something on paper that is akin to a résumé, but most aren’t all that confident that it is all that it should be.

For example, does it accurately portray what you do or can do, or is it just a list of job responsibilities?

Does it include hard transferrable skills or is it overly dependent upon soft skills…things anyone can do

Does it present you as a problem solver? Someone who has a proven record of success?

If you are required to send it through an electronic system, is it “readable?” In other words, will it make it through the Applicant Tracking System or is it possible that a fancy font or a shaded box with something embedded inside it will get hung up…so that no one on the other side of the electronic system can even SEE your résumé?

If you consider yourself a mid-career professional, you may be stuck between the traditional résumé paradigm and the contemporary résumé paradigm. There are books galore with thousands of examples of different résumé formats and examples. How do you know which one is the “right” one for you and your individual situation?


Résumés are totally subjective. I believe you would have a hard time finding 10 different hiring managers or human resource professionals who would agree on which of any 10 different résumés were the “best.”

The bottom line is that your résumé is a tool that will either get you invited to an interview or it won’t.

That means that the job of your résumé is to make the case for why you are a good fit for a particular job.

Need help? That is what my Resume Workshop is intended to provide. Until Tuesday night at midnight only.

Check it out.

It is packed full of value and I believe it is worth every penny of the $197 value that is attached to it…but for this weekend and through Halloween and into the first of November, I am offering it for only $67…a 66% savings.

  • It includes a 40-minute video tutorial
  • Two (2) résumé templates plus an example
  • And a comprehensive list of resume do’s and don’ts.

Even if you don’t need it for yourself, you may have someone in your family who needs to learn how to write an effective resume…and here is a good way for them to learn

Paying someone else to write a résumé for you is expensive. Trust me. I know because I did it. I paid an “expert” $395 to write a résumé  for me that I never used. I might as well have flushed that money down the toilet. I felt “had.”

The career coach I ultimately hired to help me in my career transition maintains that we should learn how to write our own résumé and I agree with her 100%.

For one thing, you need to be able to talk about your résumé when you go in for that all-important interview. If someone else has written your résumé for you, how can you know that you won’t get tripped up? You don’t.

You also need to be able to tweak your résumé for every job application,  so doesn’t it makes sense that you would want to be able to do that yourself instead of paying someone every time you need to change it?

This is a deal you won’t see anywhere else, and you certainly won’t see it at this price.

So, what are you waiting for? I know Tuesday night is the deadline, but if you buy it now, you can go ahead and get started!

Click here for more information on the program and click through to the sales page to get it for only $67. Don’t delay…this will go away in just a couple of days.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. 


Teachers at Career Crossroads

Teachers at Career Crossroads–Do I Stay or Do I Go?

The statistics are pretty grim. Teachers who enter the teaching profession often don’t make it past their fifth year, and those who do often consider leaving at some point between year 8 and 15. The reasons are as varied as the individuals, but generally speaking, young people who leave teaching for other careers do so reluctantly. Those who felt the “call” to become a teacher and love it down to their bones struggle. But realities are realities, and sometimes, one has to consider what it in their long term best interest.

I have heard many younger teachers express true regret over their decision to leave. I remember vividly one young woman with whom I had to privilege to work for a year. She was a natural born teacher. She had only been teaching for a few years, but she was amazing. She was enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgeable, professional in every way, and she loved her kids. Needless to say, they loved her in return.

She came to me one day truly torn over an opportunity that she had been given out of the blue. She had been offered a job to become a pharmaceutical rep, and she was seriously thinking of taking the job. It was obvious that it was not an easy decision for her to make. She really loved teaching, but salaries were flat (and that was long before the budget cuts that started a few years ago), opportunities for advancement were few if one wanted to stay in the classroom, and even then, she was feeling the erosion of respect for the career that she had dreamed of having since she was a child. She had always wanted to be a teacher, and she was a good one. In the end, she took the pharmaceutical job and I have no doubt that she was fabulously successful at it. I have never forgotten her. She was a true loss for the teaching profession as a whole.

Hers is not a unique story. Young teachers at some point have to consider their financial futures. I have talked to many young men who have shared with me that they started out teaching, but once they were married and had started families of their own, they needed to boost the family income and they couldn’t do it on a teacher’s salary. They have gone on to pursue other career endeavors so that they could buy homes, provide for their families, and plan for their own children’s education.

Regardless of where you are in your own particular journey, it is not unlikely that at some point along the way, you will start to consider if you made the right career choice. You may be tired of coming up short at the end of the month when there are a few more days and not enough dollars in the checking account to get you through. You may be tired of driving a beaten up jalopy because a new car payment would break the bank. You are thinking of how you are going to fund your own child’s college education. These are real concerns.

The first thing one who is at a career crossroads must do is some serious soul searching. For me, my career crisis hit between years 8 and 10, and I was seriously looking at other career alternatives. I even went to talk to a job placement counselor because it was long before the days of career coaches.

In the end, I came to peace with the fact that I loved what I was doing even though it was never going to pay a lot. I decided to go back to school and maximize my earning potential by getting a Master’s degree. I later decided to become National Board Certified because in my mind, that was (and is) the epitome of professional practice for teachers. And I successfully completed a 33-year career as a teacher and librarian before stepping into the role of state president of my teacher’s union (2008-2012). That was the path I chose, but it wasn’t an easy decision to come to and I would have benefited all those years ago from talking to a coach who had walked in my shoes and could offer me counsel and suggestions. That is the role I seek to provide today. I want to serve as your coach, your personal and professional counselor, and as your mentor–someone who has a deep understanding of the struggle you may be facing as you consider the crucial question that will affect the rest of your life regardless of the decision you make. Do you stay or do you go? Call me today so we can talk. My number is 804-404-5475, or email me at

Teachers in Transition

Teachers in Transition–Retiring and Re-Tooling

According to a report released by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, the nation stands to “lose half of its teachers to retirement over the next decade.” Indeed, 50% of the nation’s teachers and principals are members of the Baby Boomer generation, so they are rapidly approaching retirement age. According to the NCTAF report, “during the next four years, our nation’s schools could lose a third of their most accomplished educators to retirement.”

In spite of this rather alarming fact, it is no secret that incentives for those approaching retirement age to stay in their chosen career are missing. The teacher bashing rhetoric that comes out of a lot of state legislatures these days has done nothing but further erode an already rock bottom-level of teacher morale. Over the course of my 30 plus year career as a public school educator, I experienced the sense of decreasing public support and respect, I suffered from the flat salaries that went on year after year, and I finally left because I could. My colleagues who continue to work share stories of issues with classroom discipline, lack of parental support and mixed reviews regarding the level of administrative support they get. That varies wildly from school to school and school district to school district.

While many of my colleagues are looking to retire, then, like me, they are not going to be ready to leave the world of work altogether. Our retirement plans (assuming we still have one) don’t adequately cover all of the financial needs that we have, and we can reasonably assume that most of us are going to live long and relatively healthy lives for another 20, 30 or more years after retiring from a “lifetime of teaching”.

So the question is what to do after retirement? Many of us are extremely talented and have skills and abilities that may or may not have anything to do with what we have been doing on our day jobs for 30 plus years. This may be a chance to finally do what we have always dreamed of doing when we had enough time. The trick is to find a way to make a living–or at least to supplement our retirement savings–so that we can enjoy our post-teaching years.

The problem is that I find that many of my teacher colleagues think they can’t do anything but teach. They have become used to thinking of themselves as “just a teacher,” and they don’t recognize that a “lifetime” of teaching has given them many skills that easily translate to other careers and endeavors.

As one who just went through the retirement/re-tooling transition myself, I am in a position to help those coming along behind me. I have developed a practice that is based on my desire to help those of my colleagues who are struggling with the questions of “What next?” or “What now?”

If you need help sifting through the various ideas and options that you may have before you but you cannot see clearly, give me a call at 804-404-5475 or email me at I am here and ready to help you. Together, we can embark upon your next exciting chapter!

Going from “Stuck” to “Unstuck” with the Help of a Coach

I wrote an article for J.T. O’Donnell at Careerealism. It is about how I was “stuck” but a coach helped me in the same way I want to help others who may be feeling stuck in their jobs or their lives.

I can help you get unstuck. Call today.