Virginia Franco, Career Change Expert
Virginia Franco is first and foremost a storyteller. She founded Virginia Franco Resumes after recognizing her years of corporate communications, journalism and healthcare social work offered her a unique understanding of how people read, communicate and share information.
As a multi-certified Executive Resume Writer, LinkedIn Writer and Interview Coach, she has helped clients all over the world to land new jobs, change industries and even roles.
In addition to writing their career marketing collateral or documents, Virginia offers guidance to those testing the job search waters or making a career change on navigating the world of online job search and social media networking.
She shares her insights with job seekers via her blog and as host of the Resume Storyteller podcast.
Virginia is proud to serve as a board member of The National Resume Writers Association – a nonprofit organization that supports the resume writing industry.
Connect with Virginia via her website VirginiaFrancoResumes.com, on LinkedIn, and on Twitter @VAFrancoResumes.
Articles by Virginia Franco
- 7 Smart Steps to Successful COVID-19 Pandemic Career Change
COVID-19 threw a curve ball into all of our lives. The livelihoods of millions are at risk -- prompting many to ponder the future and wonder whether NOW is the time for a career change, maybe a "second act." After years of interviewing those who made successful career 180s, or at least career pivots, as a result of crisis, I have learned that while an event triggered them to get started, most were methodical in their approach. That methodical approach which was so successful was comprised of these 7 phases.
- 7 Steps to Maintain Job Search Momentum During the Pandemic
COVID-19 has certainly thrown a sucker punch -- and a whole lot of anxiety -- into every single aspect of our everyday life. Whether laid off or furloughed, or miserable in your role but feel like you must gut it out a while more -- all is not lost. Below I have outlined seven steps to organize yourself, get the ball rolling, and maintain momentum during this challenging time.
- Busted: Job Search Myths Hurting Your Career Change
Job seekers looking to remain current with job search best practices have over two million resources at their disposal. Coupled with the advice given by friends, family and work colleagues who mean well -- it is not surprising that job seekers feel overwhelmed and probably more than a little bit confused – by all the conflicting advice available to them. When it comes to sifting through it all, it can be comforting to look to stats for clarity to determine if job search advice is myth or truth. This article focuses on the stats.
- Launch Your Career Change to Manager with the Right Resume
Want to take on a leadership role but have yet to hold a manager title? Eager to post for a role and the job description describes you to a T -- except for the management piece? When it comes to jumping into a management role, your resume is an important foundational document to position yourself as someone who is primed and ready to take this next step.
- 'Tis the Season for Career Change
While conventional wisdom states otherwise, in this article I lay out 3 reasons why the holiday season may prove to be the perfect time to job hunt. One of the reasons people choose to take a holiday job search breather is because of the myth that no one hires during the holiday. The truth, however, is that most companies don't shutter their doors for the entire month –- and are still faced with people quitting, retiring, and moving on. This means that openings DO EXIST, and people DO HIRE at the end of the year!
- Successful Cover Letters for Career Change
When it comes to cover letters, there’s good and bad news. The bad? In my experience, they only get read about a third of the time. The good? When read, a cover letter can make ALL the difference – especially for a career changer. When powerfully-written, a cover letter can serve as a tipping point that encourages a decision-maker to take a risk.
Guide to Career Change:
- 7 Signs It Is Time for a Career Change
While it would be great to wake up thrilled at the prospect of going to work every day – for the majority this is simply not a reality – and that’s OK. On the flip side, it’s NOT OK to wake up every day and dread going to work. For many, if the pros of the role outweigh the cons, then the role is likely a decent fit – for now. But, these cons might be signs that it's time for a new career.
- How to Make a Massive Career Change with No Relevant Experience
Under the best of circumstances, a career change can be tough. And, without any relevant or transferrable experience for your new job target, the situation poses an even greater challenge. However, for those who like a challenge, consider this process an important learning opportunity. A bit of strategy, along with some sacrifice, is likely necessary to achieve the goal.
- LinkedIn for Career Changers
Career change is more complex now with online visibility required, particularly on the most important social network for professionals -- LinkedIn. Your resume and job applications must agree with your LinkedIn Profile because most employers and recruiters compare the two. So when you are making that career change and applying for jobs that are a bit out of your current career path, your LinkedIn Profile needs to show that you didn't accidentally apply for the wrong job.
- 6 Key Criteria for Choosing Your Next Job
Consider: Every job you take is a step forward in your career. Or, a step back. If the thought of work makes you feel ill or if you’re sticking around strictly for the paycheck. If you find yourself daydreaming on the job more and more frequently, or if you find your confidence and motivation are rapidly on the decline... Then, you are experiencing one of many signs that your job may not be a great fit.
- Making Successful Career Change - Without Losing Ground
Thinking about making a career change, but worried that doing so might mean a slide down the corporate ladder and/or a huge pay cut? Making a successful change without taking several steps back requires a great deal of extra legwork in the form of research and networking. I recommend job seekers take the following four steps to make the leap without taking a huge hit.
- How to Use Your New Degree to Make a Career Change
It’s never too late to get a jump start on a new career. Many enter graduate programs after years in the workforce with the goal of using a master’s degree to close a skills or knowledge gap. Once the coursework is almost complete and graduation is on the horizon, many have a dream job in mind, but... Many new/pending graduates struggle with the next step –- how to position themselves, and their new degree, on a resume.
- Profiles of Career Change – How 3 Job Seekers Made Successful Career Pivots
As a career storyteller and executive resume writer, my favorite part of the job is hearing aboutthe fascinating journeys of others. In this article, I present three job seekers from three different industries, and yet all have one thing in common. Each of these 3 job seekers wanted to make significant changes to their careers. After working together to create career marketing collateral that included up-to-date resumes and LinkedIn profiles, I got the opportunity to interview each of them to discuss their path to success. They were in different phases of their careers and had very different goals for their changes. Read how each succeeded in achieving their goal.
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