When I was laid off three years ago I received some excellent career counseling. The most important thing I learned was that my twenty year old resume would never be taken seriously. After a lot of back and forth with my coach, and multiple edits later, I finally had a document worth sharing.
Going into this job search I assumed that my modern resume would be an instant asset, but I failed to consider that, if I am serious about a career change at this stage of my life, my resume needs to emphasize achievements and skills that demonstrate my competence in the necessary areas. Now I have two resumes – one focused on operations, the other focused on training and development. If I’d thought about this a week ago I could have supplied a much stronger resume for a couple of the jobs for which I’ve already applied.
Lesson learned, and I hope this helps a few other prospective job seekers too.