Not From Scratch

Older job seekers may need a boost when preparing job search materials You’re over the age of 50 and you’re suddenly out of work. You haven’t looked for a job in years (if not decades.) You know you need help with your resume (and other tools) but you don’t know where to begin.

Sure, there are services that will help you with your resume — for a fee. But you’re out of work; you need to conserve cash. Can you afford to pay for a resume? Fortunately there is help. And it’s right at the end of your fingertips. In the year 2020, when you need to learn something about something, where do you turn? Why the internet of course. A simple Google search for “resume templates 2020" yielded more than 100 million hits, and “free resume templates 2020" produced nearly 50 million more than that. Before you feel too overwhelmed, a quick glance at the latest version of Microsoft Office uncovered multiple templates for resumes, cover letters, business letters and more. It’s all there for the taking. What’s more, if you feel like you need help in tracking and organizing your job search, many experts recommend keeping a Job Log to track your contacts, activities and meetings; where you’ve applied and when; reminders regarding follow-up dates, etc. Not familiar with a Job Log? If you ask our friends at Google about “job log templates,” if you’re like us, they’ll give you more than 700 million responses. Keep in mind that very few (if any) of these “templates” will be a perfect fit for you at step one. But they all can be modified to meet your specific situation and needs. They’re guides, idea starters and, as such, they can be very valuable. Even the free ones.

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