|Jack Mulcahy , Pennsylvania CareerLink|
“A resume without accomplishment is like a report card without marks.”
That’s Jack Mulcahy’s mantra. Just a few years ago, the veteran professional living in Ambler, Pa., transitioned from a job as a training coordinator to an encore career as a resume coach.
After some 30 years, Mulcahy – who had worked as a journalist, among other jobs – abandoned the corporate sector. To help makes ends meet while looking for a more meaningful career, he applied for an administrative assistant position with CareerLink, an organization that helps local businesses find, hire, train and retain employees. That job led to his current work as a resume coach at the government-sponsored Pennsylvania CareerLink, which helps residents with their job searches.
Mulcahy taught himself the tricks of the trade, matching what he learned on the Internet with his lifelong avocation as a writer. He focuses a great deal of attention on the importance of the first few words of a resume, the importance of the personal sales pitch and the need to sell oneself in the most concise and eloquent way possible.
In his encore, Mulcahy regularly helps clients realize their strengths and effectively showcase what they have to offer potential employers. Recently he helped a man who started a hospital in Africa transition to a job as a professor of medicine.
“The best part,” Mulcahy says, “is helping people realize their full potential and connecting them with jobs that are suited to their interests and abilities.”