Transitions in Mid-Career
In the early stages of your career, employers and recruiters were more focused on your education, attitude, and avocational interests since you probably had limited or no practical work experience. Now that you are in mid-career with several years of work experience, the rules of making job changes are very different. Employers and recruiters are now more interested in your recent work experience and the amount of that experience in the employer’s industry. Learn more >
Resumes for Executives and Others in Mid-Career
When in mid-career, your resume will need to look much different from when you were in the earlier stages of your career. Then, because you did not have a lot of work experience to assess, potential employers made decisions about you based more on your education, attitude, and personality. Now, potential employers will be focusing more on your functional and industry experience. If you are at a more senior-level position, such as at executive or manager level, they will also be looking to determine whether your experience is primarily in their industry.
If you are the one that is initiating a job or career change, your resume will now need to focus on the position you want and your skills, experience and achievements that demonstrate you are qualified for the position you want. You will also need to communicate what you want to others whose help you will need to connect with others. The message to them must be clear, concise, and consistent with your resume. Since you are one person, your one resume must be a powerful reflection of what you bring to the table. Learn more >
Working with Recruiters
You may have found your last job through a recruiter or you may have been headhunted for your current or last job by a recruiter. But now that you are experienced and older, and looking for a job, recruiters will not be as helpful. Learn more >
Networking for Employment
Your success at finding a new job or career will rely very heavily on your success at building your network. The effectiveness of your network will depend on how well your contacts know what your are looking to find and what you are best at doing. You won’t be successful if you use an approach that is more suited to networking for business. Networking for employment is much different and you need to understand the differences. Learn more >
Self-Employment as a Career Option
Should you consider self-employment as a career option? If you should, what type of self-employment best meets your personal objectives and what skills and experience do you need to be successful? Can you effectively search for a job at the same time as you are pursuing self-employment? Learn more >
Career Strategist and Coach
Are you in mid-career and would like to take charge of your career or, at least, take better control of it? Carl Wellenstein works with executives, managers, and professionals who are faced with the following:
- You are contemplating making a job or career change and you are not clear as to what that might look like or how to go about it without compromising your current position.
- You need to make a change due to a potential reorganization, relocation, or other event that you think might not work for you.
- You are in transition and what you have been doing to find a new job hasn’t led to success yet. You are not sure why but you need to find out.
- You are in transition and have been exploring both employment by a company and self-employment, such as consulting, but haven’t been successful at either yet.
Request a Career Consultation
If you would like to request a Career Consultation session with Carl Wellenstein, here are three commonly requested areas that might relate to what you want:
Career Coaching Inquiry
You are in transition, you expect that your job might be in jeopardy, or you have been thinking about making a career transition and you want to understand how someone who specializes in working with people in mid-career can help you through that process. You might also want to know whether Carl Wellenstein is the right person to work with you. This a an opportunity at no cost to you to find some answers about what a career strategist and coach does, whether it is something you might want to consider, and whether Carl is the right person to help you. A Career Coaching Inquiry is a telephone or Skype session lasting about 20 minutes where you can find answers to these questions. It is not, however, an opportunity to obtain career advise. If you are seeking career advice, see Career Overview Assessment below.
Career Overview Assessment
If you want recommendations and advice that can enhance your job search or help you clarify and pursue your career options, this 90-minute telephone or Skype session with Carl Wellenstein might give you the information you need to get started on your own. As part of a Career Overview Assessment conversation with Carl, you would need to send him the following in advance of the session:
- A resume, CV, or bio – These can be informal or only a draft.
- A list of your questions that you would like answered with an indication of which three are the most important ones. The session may not get to all the questions but the most important ones will be covered first.
- A brief narrative describing any other issue that might affect your career transition, your career objectives, career or life goals, or limitations.
The fee for this 90-minute Career Overview Assessment session is $250, payable upon completion of the session.
Sponsored Career Coaching Sessions
Carl supports several associations or organizations under previously-agreed arrangements. If you have been instructed by an association or organization to contact Carl, this session will be similar in nature to the Career Overview Assessment session but will be limited to 50 minutes. The fee to you will be at a rate previously agreed with the association or organization. These sessions are typically limited to answering specific questions. To get the most from these session, we encourage participants to send their resume and questions to Carl in advance of scheduling the session.
Visit the Resource Library for Executives for additional career search information that specifically relates to those who are in mid-career and looking to transition to a new job or career. Learn more >