Brother, can you spare the time (for an interview)?
February 26, 2009 2:45 PM Subscribe
Ex-tech-manager left it all for the creative life; now needs it back! How do I improve my job-search curb appeal?
posted by buzzv to work & money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Out of engineering grad school, I racked up 13 years of jobs as a systems consultant, programmer, technical architect, training developer, project manager—all related to software development. Then, just before the dot.com bubble burst, I cashed in and took the plunge into the creative life. I got up to speed in metal working and opened a business making artistic metal furnishings for architects, contractors, and the like, but never got a contractor’s license myself. That went okay for 5 years, and now demand has tanked, at least for me, if not for others in the trade, and I’ve gone Chap 11 on the business.
Now, I’m looking all over for a job back in the technology sector. But I’m facing what seems to be a set of negative factors lowering my curb appeal:
1. Age 47
2. 7+ years out of the software industry, thus no recent experience
3. Off-the-rails career change from tech industry to the trades, now back again, which looks a bit unfocused in the near term.
3. Failed business sent me into Chapter 11, but still need to make enough resolve non-dismissed debt.
4. Appearing overqualified because of the master’s degree and manager-level focus
5. Appearing not qualified without years of recent technical or professional management experience
I know I share a lot of these issues with many others. I know I made this bed and it might be very hard to get a new one. I think my prior tech industry experience and running a small business are actually compatible and valuable to the right company, but where to look? Advice seems to come in from completely different directions, one strongly encouraging one direction while others implore taking the complete opposite. So, AskMeFites, I turn to you, ready for more of the same of course, but also hoping for some new opinions that I haven’t heard yet.
Any suggestions on how I approach employers so that they will respond to a resume enough for at least a screening interview?
Any hiring managers out there in technology: what resume would appeal to you more, a chronological/dated one that shows the radical career change and 7 year hiatus, or an undated one that starts with the latest related stuff first, leaving out the “other life” I’ve had career-wise?
Are others having success addressing a job-hunt situation like this? Care to share?
Is this too many questions for one FPP?