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05/15/11
Mid-career professional. Most helpful advice
Filed under: Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 11:44 am

We’ve known each other casually for a few years. 
He came to me with concern in his eyes as he
received vibes a few months ago that he was
going to lose his job.  He is an accomplished
mechanical engineer, five years at his company
[name not important] and with more than 30
years of strong contributions in design, problem
solving, innovation and engineering analysis.

He did not seek a senior manager role, at this
point in his career, but rather a challenging
engineering position.  If he has the choice he
told me he preferred not having to travel a lot
and move from his current residence in eastern
MA.

We discussed several things and offered
suggestions to his public relations documents–
shortening his extensive resume, creating a
project list (with short summaries) and cover letter.

We had not brought up the subject the last few
times we had been together.  Last night, however,
he came to me and told me he had good news
to share.  He had been in a new position for
nearly a month and seemed to be quite pleased,
all things considered.  Sure, there are challenges. 
Aren’t there always [and he described them].

For our purposes here:  what were the two most
helpful things?  He pointed out that the position
was offered him via LinkedIn.com in which
he provided a nice profile.  This is how the
recruiter discovered his skill level and experience. 
He has a unique skill set in a particularly
important critical technology area– nuclear reactor
piping, valving and anti-corrosion design.  He
worked in this area more than 20 years ago
and there are very few people familiar with
the intricate details.  Most people will have
studied and worked in more recent designs and
materials.  He, on the other hand, is well
acquainted and perfectly suited.

The second suggestion after Linkedin.com
listing was decide what he wished to do that
will make him happy.  And, be able to articulate
it clearly and specifically.
Which he was able to do.

Nothing could make me prouder than his nice
story.

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