Name of supervisor
Name of Company
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Name of supervisor,
Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from my position. My last day of employment will be (DATE).
I received an offer to serve as (title) of a Fortune 500 company, and after careful consideration, I realize that this opportunity is too exciting for me to decline.
It has been a pleasure working with you and your team over the last (x years). One of the highlights of my career was collaborating with you to (name of exciting project or two).
I would like to help with the transition of my duties so that (name of function) continues to function smoothly after my departure.
Thank you again for the opportunity to work for (Name of Company). I wish you and your staff all the best and I look forward to staying in touch with you. You can email me anytime at (email address) or call me at (telephone number).
When it comes to choosing an industry to work in, there are many variables.
Some people want to work in an industry that excites them. Others are focused on potential compensation, advancement opportunities, or job stability.
Job seekers interested in high compensation will want to consider industries with reputations for paying well (see https://www.careerinfonet.org/industry/ind_highest_paying.aspx?nodeid=49). However, if you’re currently earning a high salary and are not able to take a (short-term) pay cut, you might have to stay in your current industry or a related industry.
If you’re searching for job stability, you’ll probably want to look for an industry that has less competition, is less sensitive to the economy, and won’t be impacted by changing technology or demographics.
When making a job or career change, it might be wise to choose several industries to target so you can see where you get interviews, which ones feel exciting, and who makes job offers – so you can then make the best career decision for you.
To help you choose one or more industries to target, this article includes:
- Questions to ask yourself
- Important factors to consider when choosing an industry
- Recommended resources for information
Note: Be sure to see the training video below that shows a very easy and quick way to see if the job titles that appeal to you are in the industries that you want to target
Questions to consider when choosing an industry:
- What passions, hobbies, interests, and volunteer experience do you have and what industries do they relate to?
- What do you read about… and what industries does that relate to?
- Do you have well-placed friends in certain industries?
- Are there industries that would highly value your skills, interests and background?
- What industries does your current industry serve?
Factors to consider when you choose an industry:
- The more money you want to earn, the more likely you’ll have to stay in (or near) your current industry.
- What is the industry’s reputation for work culture and quality of life? (But keep in mind there are great employers in industries with bad reputations, just as there are terrible employers in appealing industries)
- Is the industry’s market size growing or shrinking?
- Are there few or many competitors in the industry… and what is the ease of entry for new competitors to enter the industry / market?
- Are companies in an industry competing on product/service quality and other ‘non-price’ value to the customer… or are there price wars and ‘cut-throat pricing’?
- How does current economy and economic cycles impact industry?
- Will demographic trends (i.e. age, income levels, population growth) be favorable or unfavorable
- How will technology impact the industry?
To get answers to these questions, I recommend using these resources:
- Internet searches
- Industry publications and articles, Forbes, The Economist, Fortune, Business Week
- Use this directory of industry portals (I’m providing it as a PDF file since the website no longer exists): Industry Portal Directory
- Informational interviews (see my book on Amazon titled “Informational Interview Handbook”
Watch this short training video to learn a very easy and quick way to see if the job titles that appeal to you are in the industries that you want to target:
Dealing with rejection may be the hardest part of a typical job search, even though rejection is a typical response. Nonetheless, dealing with job rejection can be equally tough, especially if you face a steady stream of rejection over time.
If you worked with me on creating your new resume, you can use this ‘Cheat Sheet’ that shows you how to easily and quickly use your new resume content to create a very effective LinkedIn profile.
Click on the link below to download the cheat sheet.
In this training video I want to talk about an important way to evaluate alternative job and career ideas.
I’ve adapted the concept from the work of Marshall Goldsmith who is an executive coach and best-selling author of books like “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” and “Mojo”.
It’s an innovative strategy to help you evaluate alternate job and career options so you don’t miss a good choice.
I believe the Personal Interests section on a resume is much more important than most people realize because Hiring Managers want to hire people they will enjoy working with.
When a Hiring Manager gets more resumes from qualified candidates than they want to interview, an appealing Personal Interest section can get your resume into the ‘short stack’ of people who will score an interview.
Here’s how you can have the most effective education section possible…
Many people don’t have a strategy to identify and evaluate alternate job & career ideas. They’ll read a job advertisement and think that it looks interesting – or it doesn’t – but that’s not really a strategy.
I the training video below, I explain the key factors I use to come up with job & career ideas.
I want you to understand my process so you can understand how I come up with job & career ideas. I also want you to understand my strategy so you can have a credible method for evaluating job & career ideas and so you can make a smart choice.
Click the video to watch it now…
Hi Clarity Coaching clients! I developed this 10-minute resume audit for my Resume Coaching clients and thought you might want to use it to make sure your resume is as strong and effective as possible.
Review Your Format
- If a reader scanned your resume for 10 to 15 seconds, would they only see information that helps position you for the job you applied to?
- Does your resume use a format that ‘hides’ the unhelpful / irrelevant information in your work experience and education sections?
- Is there too much or too little white-space on your resume to draw viewer eyes to the right content?
- Did you use a standard (not fancy) font (Arial, Verdana, Calibri) with a with a modest font size (9 or 10), and have clearly labeled sections? Don’t use italics on your resume.
- Hold it at arm’s length — does it look attractive or does it look confusing or plain?
- If your resume takes two pages, do you have your name and contact information on the second page (usually the header)?
- Are the page breaks in logical locations, minimizing confusion when the recruiter turns the page
- Is the resume written in an implied first-person voice with personal pronouns, such as I, me and my?
- Have you checked for typographical errors including spelling, punctuation, and word usage? Did you capitalize proper nouns and spell-out acronyms on first reference?
- Have you an independent person review your resume?
- Does your resume specify the position you are seeking?
- Is your contact information at the top of the page (name, address, phone #, and appropriate e-mail address)?
- If relevant, have you included helpful links to your personal Web page, professional portfolio, blog posts, articles and profiles on professional networking sites. Don’t link to external information that opposes your personal brand or doesn’t add relevant value.
- Does your summary tell the employer why you’re the best candidate for the job, include keywords, passion, value you will add and unique branding?
- Does your skills menu include all of the relevant hard skills in one and two-word phrases segmented into logically related columns?
- Does your ‘teaser copy’ highlight specific examples of relevant value for the types of positions you are targeting?
- Have you included 3rd party endorsement that personal bolster your bran?
- For each Work Experience listed:
- Have you strategically included which experiences to include?
- If possible, have you included an appropriate job title that the reader will understand and see as relevant?
- Have you included the company/organization name, dates of employment, and location (city/state)?
- Have you provided the 30,000 foot big picture, relevant value or challenge you faced in that position… as well as any additional information of value (such as how you got there or why you left)
- Did you organize each Work Experience using a format that emphasizes your relevant and transferable skills? Did you include specific and/or general benefits relevant to your target?
- Do bulleted responsibility / skills include past tense action verbs for past jobs and current tense for current job (unless you did something in the past in your current job and are no longer doing)
- Have you strategically ordered the bullets?
- Did you explain any professional awards and why they’re significant?
- Don’t put personal information on your resume, such as your age, marital status, number of children, politics, health status, nationality, etc.
- Does your Education & Training section highlight valuable information and hide irrelevant information? (Exclude degree dates, unless you’re a relatively recent grad)
- Did you include Personal Interests section that makes you ‘likable’? If relevant, have you included volunteer and/or community leadership roles?
- Don’t state that references and additional work history are available upon request.