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Sunday Can Be Powerful If You Plan It Well.

Sunday Can Be Powerful If You Plan It Well.

We all dread Sundays, as they are reminders that our work week and all of its hustle will start over soon. So in an effort to try to extend the weekend, many of us lounge around as long as possible on Sunday to ensure that we obtain as much rest as possible before the madness restarts. But what if you spent that time planning instead?

But when the work week starts, we sometimes feel like the wind is knocked out of our wings, and we are pretty much dragging ourselves through the rest of the week. Many times, this is due to a lack of planning which results in us doing damage control rather than checking things off of our list. Instead of looking at Sundays as a depressing day where you lament the loss of the weekend, with these seven planning tips, you will start looking at Sundays as your prep day for the week. From here on out, on Sundays:

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1. You Will Do Your Laundry

Use that day to ensure that all of your clothes, especially the ones for work, school, and any other activities are all clean. This will help you avoid surprises on Wednesday night when you are planning for the big presentation for work.

2. You Will Plan Out Your Wardrobe

You do not need to be a fashionista to appreciate this convenience. Having all of your clothes clean, you are able to then prepare your outfits for the week. For the super organized personalities, you can even coordinate them ahead of time, and thus will save a good fifteen minutes in the morning hence, fifteen more minutes of sleep.

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3.You Will Prepare Your Meals

This is especially important if you are on any particular diet plans or are simply budgeting. Preparing a few meals for lunch and dinner ahead of time will remove that “what’s for lunch/dinner?” question. You can simply season your protein, cook some items in bulk such as the grains, or simply pre-package your snacks and have them readily available in the refrigerator or pantry.

4.You Will Take Care of Your Finances

There is nothing worse than late fees! To easily avoid these, make Sundays your financial planning day. Look at the week ahead and cross-reference your bills to ensure that you plan ahead for anything due during that week. This will avoid the last minute trips to the bank and thus save you some time.

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5.You Will Take Care of Your Car

Most of us make use of a personal vehicle on a daily basis and no one likes to turn on the key and see the low fuel indicator appear on the dashboard. Make Sundays the designated day to handle all of the small details for the car: fill up your tank, get a quick car wash and/ or vacuum. Ensuring that your car is ready for the week means one less stop during the week and thus one less stressor.

6.You Will Create a Checklist For The Week

As much as we would like to rely on our keen memory, sometimes we are so busy that something slips out. A checklist is a sure way to ensure that all important items for the week will be taken care of. Use your Sunday as your planning day and outline everything that will need to be taken care of during the week. Smart phone users can even make use of the calendar on the phone for quick access and easy reminders.

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7.You Will Get a Good Night Sleep

This might be the easiest part of the day,  but some of us fail to realize its importance. Making sure that you get a good night sleep and the average 7-9 hours suggested by the National Sleep Foundation is key in helping you get the rest that your body needs in order to take on the week’s challenges. More rest will also put you in a much better mood.

While Sundays still mark the end of your weekend and the beginning of the new work week, with these quick planning tips, you can make the most of the day and prepare as much as possible for the week ahead. This will also make each day a little less stressful and by the time the next weekend comes, you won’t feel as tired.

Featured photo credit: Lazy Sunday/ Rodolfo Parulan via flickr.com

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Last Updated on April 25, 2019

How to Write a Career Change Resume (With Examples)

How to Write a Career Change Resume (With Examples)

Shifting careers, tiny or big, can be paralyzing. Whether your desire for a career change is self-driven or involuntary, you can manage the panic and fear by understanding ‘why’ you are making the change.

Your ability to clearly and confidently articulate your transferable skills makes it easier for employers to understand how you are best suited for the job or industry.

A well written career change resume that shows you have read the job description and markets your transferable skills can increase your success for a career change.

3 Steps to Prepare Your Mind Before Working on the Resume

Step 1: Know Your ‘Why’

Career changes can be an unnerving experience. However, you can lessen the stress by making informed decisions through research.

One of the best ways to do this is by conducting informational interviews.[1] Invest time to gather information from diverse sources. Speaking to people in the career or industry that you’re pursuing will help you get clarity and check your assumptions.

Here are some questions to help you get clear on your career change:

  • What’s your ideal work environment?
  • What’s most important to you right now?
  • What type of people do you like to work with?
  • What are the work skills that you enjoy doing the most?
  • What do you like to do so much that you lose track of time?
  • Whose career inspires you? What is it about his/her career that you admire?
  • What do you dislike about your current role and work environment?

Step 2: Get Clear on What Your Transferable Skills Are[2]

The data gathered from your research and informational interviews will give you a clear picture of the career change that you want. There will likely be a gap between your current experience and the experience required for your desired job. This is your chance to tell your personal story and make it easy for recruiters to understand the logic behind your career change.

Make a list and describe your existing skills and experience. Ask yourself:

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What experience do you have that is relevant to the new job or industry?

Include any experience e.g., work, community, volunteer, or helping a neighbour. The key here is ANY relevant experience. Don’t be afraid to list any tasks that may seem minor to you right now. Remember this is about showcasing the fact that you have experience in the new area of work.

What will the hiring manager care about and how can you demonstrate this?

Based on your research you’ll have an idea of what you’ll be doing in the new job or industry. Be specific and show how your existing experience and skills make you the best candidate for the job. Hiring managers will likely scan your resume in less than 7 seconds. Make it easy for them to see the connection between your skills and the skills that are needed.

Clearly identifying your transferable skills and explaining the rationale for your career change shows the employer that you are making a serious and informed decision about your transition.

Step 3: Read the Job Posting

Each job application will be different even if they are for similar roles. Companies use different language to describe how they conduct business. For example, some companies use words like ‘systems’ while other companies use ‘processes’.

When you review the job description, pay attention to the sections that describe WHAT you’ll be doing and the qualifications/skills. Take note of the type of language and words that the employer uses. You’ll want to use similar language in your resume to show that your experience meets their needs.

5 Key Sections on Your Career Change Resume (Example)

The content of the examples presented below are tailored for a high school educator who wants to change careers to become a client engagement manager, however, you can easily use the same structure for your career change resume.

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Don’t forget to write a well crafted cover letter for your career change to match your updated resume. Your career change cover letter will provide the context and personal story that you’re not able to show in a resume.

1. Contact Information and Header

Create your own letterhead that includes your contact information. Remember to hyperlink your email and LinkedIn profile. Again, make it easy for the recruiter to contact you and learn more about you.

Example:

Jill Young

Toronto, ON | [email protected] | 416.222.2222 | LinkedIn Profile

2. Qualification Highlights or Summary

This is the first section that recruiters will see to determine if you meet the qualifications for the job. Use the language from the job posting combined with your transferable skills to show that you are qualified for the role.

Keep this section concise and use 3 to 4 bullets. Be specific and focus on the qualifications needed for the specific job that you’re applying to. This section should be tailored for each job application. What makes you qualified for the role?

Example:

Qualifications Summary

  • Experienced managing multiple stakeholder interests by building a strong network of relationships to support a variety of programs
  • Experienced at resolving problems in a timely and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and ensure collaboration while meeting tight timelines

3. Work Experience

Only present experiences that are relevant to the job posting. Focus on your specific transferable skills and how they apply to the new role.

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How this section is structured will depend on your experience and the type of career change you are making.

For example, if you are changing industries you may want to list your roles before the company name. However, if you want to highlight some of the big companies you’ve worked with then you may want to list the company name first. Just make sure that you are consistent throughout your resume.

Be clear and concise. Use 1 to 4 bullets to highlight your relevant work experiences for each job you list on your resume. Ensure that the information demonstrates your qualifications for the new job. Remember to align all the dates on your resume to the right margin.

Example:

Work Experience

Theater Production Manager 2018 – present

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  • Collaborated with diverse groups of people to ensure a successful production while meeting tight timelines

4. Education

List your formal education in this section. For example, the name of the degrees you received and the school who issued it. To eliminate biases, I would recommend removing the year you graduated.

Example:

Education

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  • Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario
  • Bachelor of Theater Studies with Honors, University of British Columbia

5. Other Activities or Interests

When you took an inventory of your transferable skills, what experiences were relevant to your new career path (that may not fit in the other resume sections?).

Example:

Other Activities

  • Mentor, Pathways to Education
  • Volunteer lead for coordinating all community festival vendors

Bonus Tips

Remember these core resume tips to help you effectively showcase your transferable skills:

  • CAR (Context Action Result) method. Remember that each bullet on your resume needs to state the situation, the action you took and the result of your experience.
  • Font. Use modern Sans Serif fonts like Tahoma, Verdana, or Arial.
  • White space. Ensure that there is enough white space on your resume by adjusting your margins to a minimum of 1.5 cm. Your resume should be no more than two pages long.
  • Tailor your resume for each job posting. Pay attention to the language and key words used on the job posting and adjust your resume accordingly. Make the application process easy on yourself by creating your own resume template. Highlight sections that you need to tailor for each job application.
  • Get someone else to review your resume. Ideally you’d want to have someone with industry or hiring experience to provide you with insights to hone your resume. However, you also want to have someone proofread your resume for grammar and spelling errors.

The Bottom Line

It’s essential that you know why you want to change careers. Setting this foundation not only helps you with your resume, but can also help you to change your cover letter, adjust your LinkedIn profile, network during your job search, and during interviews.

Ensure that all the content on your resume is relevant for the specific job you’re applying to.

Remember to focus on the job posting and your transferable skills. You have a wealth of experience to draw from – don’t discount any of it! It’s time to showcase and brand yourself in the direction you’re moving towards!

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