Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
If you’re facing a job search right now, you’re not alone. There are record numbers of people filing for unemployment benefits in the U.S. and half of the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods. Whether you were recently laid off, were unemployed before the global pandemic hit, or are choosing to make a change, looking for a job now — amidst hiring freezes and layoffs — will be different than it was a few months ago. But how different? How has the crisis affected how you approach a job search — from finding open positions to writing a cover letter and resume to (ideally) interviewing? Does the usual advice still apply?
To answer these questions, I spoke with Art Markman, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Bring Your Brain to Work: Using Cognitive Science to Get a Job, Do it Well, and Advance Your Career and Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, an executive fellow at Harvard Business School and the author of It’s Not the How or the What but the Who. Here’s their advice for facing what feels like a daunting challenge at this time.
3) Prepare for a remote interviewGiven that most people are working from home, there’s a good chance that if you’re lucky enough to get an interview, you’ll be doing it remotely. All of the standard advice about how to prepare for and perform during an interview still applies but you’ll also need to think about others aspects as well:
Technology. When the interview is scheduled, ask what video platform they’ll be using and then spend time familiarizing yourself with how it works, especially if you’ll need to use any features like screen sharing. Test out the link ahead of time. Be sure you have a way to reach the interviewer in case the technology fails. “The last thing you want is to be disfluent in a high-pressure situation,” advises Markman. “People are going to be as forgiving as possible, but if you can demonstrate that you’ve thought through the contingencies, it’ll convey competence.” And set up the best possible circumstances for the technology to work. For example, Markman suggests asking others in your household to not stream TV while you’re doing the interview.
Appearance. Your goal is to look professional. You don’t need to wear a suit jacket — that would look awkward under the circumstances — but you don’t want to wear a sweatshirt either. Choose a neutral background for your interview (it probably goes without saying to avoid one of those virtual beach backgrounds). Fernández-Aráoz says that if you have a professional-looking space you can show in the background, it can help to humanize you, and it’s better than being right up against a wall. However, a blank wall can be less risky when it comes to interruptions or accidentally displaying a messy room. You might also consider standing during the interview. “It’s more dynamic and your vocal chords warm up faster and it’s easier to project,” he says.
Company’s crisis response. In addition to the usual research you’d do on the company, Markman advises looking into what the firm is doing in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Try to get the latest information. “Things have changed so rapidly and you may have applied for the job a few months ago,” he says. “Make sure you’re as conversant as possible. Check their website, any newsletters, and social media feeds — up to and including the day of the interview.”
4) Rehearse ahead of timeExperiment with how you might answer common questions. “When we get nervous, we tend to start monitoring ourselves. Since you’ll be able to see your own image as you’re talking during the interview, you’re likely to get distracted. Staring at a face — especially your own — will make you lose your train of thought,” says Markman. Be sure to rehearse in the spot where you plan to do the interview so you can see how you look. If you can’t stop looking at yourself when you practice, you might want to close the window with your image in it. You don’t want to be self-conscious to the point of distraction. “But it can be useful to occasionally look at yourself during the interview,” says Markman, “to make sure you don’t have a tag sticking out or something.”
5) Go into the interview with a positive mindsetRemember that during the interview, you won’t be getting the same level of non-verbal information from the interviewer. And as Fernández-Aráoz points out, there’s lots of research that shows when we don’t have feedback, we tend toward a negativity bias. We think “this isn’t going well.” So experiment ahead of time with staying positive and assuming the best is happening. You might have a mantra you tell yourself when you start to doubt your performance. Or you might sit quietly for five minutes before the interview starts and mentally review all the reasons the interview is likely to go well.
Read all 8 Top Interview Tips and the complete Harvard Business Review article
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
- Each online job posting receives an average of 250 resumes (however large companies such as Google receive up to 3,000,000 per year).
- Referrals have been noted to have a 50% shot of getting an interview whereas for non-referrals, that rate drops to just 3%.
That number increased to 91% if the referral came from a director-level employee or above.
Read all 6 statistics and the complete article.
Friday, August 14, 2020
By Abhijit Tamhane
Just one of these strategies used on a LinkedIn profile made them discovered up to 27 times more in searches by recruiters.
Here are a few new ways to update your LinkedIn profile to give you an edge as a job seeker.
1) Signal to your community that you’re lookingWith the Open To Work feature on your LinkedIn profile, you can quietly signal to recruiters that you’re open to new opportunities, and you can now engage your entire professional community in your search. To let the broader LinkedIn community know you are looking, just add an #OpenToWork photo frame on your profile photo. By doing so, when your profile comes up in a search or shows up in the feed because you comment on or “like” a post, professionals beyond your LinkedIn connections will see your #OpenToWork photo frame and can connect you to job openings they’re aware of or facilitate an introduction to a hiring manager. We know that candidates on LinkedIn are nearly four times more likely to land a job at a company where they have connections, so imagine the possibilities of reaching LinkedIn’s community of 700+ million professionals.
2) Spotlight your skillsRecruiters view skills as critical when looking at job candidates. In fact, we’ve found that members with five or more skills listed on their LinkedIn profile are discovered up to 27 times more in searches by recruiters. That’s why it’s important to list your skills—both hard and soft—on your profile. If you want to turn it up a notch, you can now validate your hard skills with 95 Skill Assessments that you can test against. Once you complete an assessment, a badge gets added to your profile which highlights your proficiency.
And if you don’t have all of the required skills for the job you want, online learning is a great way to build them and increase your chances of getting hired.
See all 4 updates and the complete Fast Company article
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Does LinkedIn keep pushing your posts down to the bottom? Are your posts constantly flagged as ‘low-quality?’ The Problem is that you don’t know how LinkedIn thinks. There are some simple ways to boost your visibility across the site, increasing your social media presence.
1. Add Followers
You can’t be seen on LinkedIn if you don’t have many connections. It’s very easy to add some; go to the “My Network” tab, then you have three options. There is the recommended section, people that LinkedIn thinks you might know. Then, the individual search, which isn’t the most effective way to add connections fast, but if you want some specific people in your feed, this is a great way to do it. Finally, there’s the import personal contacts tab, which is a fantastic way to add most people that you already have the contact information for. You can literally import your entire list from Gmail or Outlook and double your LinkedIn connections overnight.
** If too many people reject your connection requests you can have you account locked. Send out a smaller batch each day instead of sending out to your entire contact list...
4. Find Your Audience
It is better to have a group of 100 people who constantly comment, like, and share, than 10,000 people who never interact with you. Think of it as a web. The average user has 450 connections; if you have chosen these 450 connections very wisely and they all like to share and comment, each one of those 450 connections are sharing to their 450 connections. The numbers get very large, very quickly. You also have the potential for these article to spread beyond the first two degrees, this is what makes the viral nature of social media so intriguing. So, find an audience that likes your posts is willing to like and share them.
See all 5 tips and the complete Forbes article
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Kathleen contacted me because this baby boomer needed career assistance. Her husband had gotten an executive position in a new state, and they were moving halfway across the country for his opportunity. That meant that she was going to be leaving her program manager position behind as the job had was only part-time after the COVID-19 pandemic happened.
She found a Program Manager job that she was exceptionally well-qualified for at a Fortune 500 tech company. She said she wanted to apply, but marketing herself was not her strong suit. Kathleen stated she needed a professional resume writer and LinkedIn Creator to be able to demonstrate that she had the skills to do the job. We discussed the challenges and culture of trying to switch industries as she was coming from a nonprofit organization wanting to move to a tech company. One of the things I mentioned to her was it would be beneficial if Kathleen looked through her LinkedIn connections to see if she knew anybody at the targeted organization. To my surprise, she said, “Oh yes, I do know someone there. The two of us met at a conference I attended, and he was sitting next to me in one of the sessions.” My next question was, “Will he remember you?” And she said,” I don’t know, but I’ll reach out and see if he does.”
So she sent him a message and didn’t hear back. She had his phone number and then called him. After some prompting about where they met, he vaguely recalled who she was. Kathleen did ask if he was willing to pass on her resume to his employer. He said, “Sure, send it along.” That led to the resume going to the appropriate people internally. A few days later, she got a call from the internal recruiter talking to her about the job. She described this as her dream job. It took four interviews, but she did indeed land the coveted position.
As the job market heats up and gets more crowded due to all the layoffs from the pandemic, internal employee referrals are going to make even more of a difference than before. Some companies also pay their employees a fee if they refer someone who is hired and remains at least a few months.
Michael worked in the finance office for a small manufacturer that had 600 employees and his company was looking for a new sales rep. Lief found the opening and then checked his LinkedIn connections to determine if anyone he knew worked their. He had Michael as a connection. He reached out and ask Michael if he’d send his resume on to the company’s recruiter. It worked. Leif got an interview. After two interviews and passing the company’s personality test, Leif started working there two days ago.
Referrals are powerful. And today, getting a referral is a secret weapon to get through the crowd and be seen by recruiters, HR, and hiring managers. Anytime an internal employee refers someone, that person receives a solid review. Jobvite, a talent acquisition system reported that employee referrals only make up about 7% of potential candidates, but the number of those referred candidates hired is 44%. That makes this well worth the effort to try and locate a connection to someone inside the company. LinkedIn is the ideal place to search for connections and get a referral.
Here are some Dos and Don’ts to follow when you utilize this strategy.
Read the Dos and Don'ts and the complete Forbes article
One of the most frustrating situations you can face when it comes to your career is feeling stuck, like you’re just spinning your wheels in the mud and getting nowhere. Even if you could free your car from the muck, you wouldn’t know which direction to drive.
Trust me, I get it. I’ve been there before—more than once. So have many of my clients. Some people say that your happiness shouldn’t be tied to the job you do, but I don’t buy it. When so much of our time awake is spent working, why should we settle for jobs that are unfulfilling or that leave us downright miserable? Finding your perfect-fit role takes some deep inner work, like identifying your Genius and Purpose and learning how to apply each to your career. But sometimes you need external inspiration too.
In light of this, I’ve put together this list of 15 fantastic career-focused podcasts. When you get a chance, give one (or more!) a listen. Hopefully they’ll help you see a little more clearly which step you should take next.
1. Abundantly Clear: The Growth Mindset Podcast
Being able to turn difficult situations into opportunities for growth is paramount to being successful and happy at work. By addressing topics such as burnout, business blindspots and effective communication, certified performance coach Malorie Nicole and her guests will help you achieve the growth mindset you need in order to achieve that.
There’s no doubt about it: Change is hard. Fortunately, podcast host Jenny Blake will show you how to embrace all the pros and cons of pivoting—from facing fear head-on, to overcoming insecurities, to identifying your individual superpowers and knowing how to leverage them. As Blake says, “If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it.”
6. Career Cloud Radio
Most of us dread putting together a résumé and going to interviews, but the job search is an inevitable part of breaking out of your rut. There’s good news, though: It doesn’t have to be as painful as you think. In “Career Cloud Radio,” you’ll hear practical and actionable job search tips from a slew of different experts, including resume writers, HR professionals and career coaches.
9. Side Hustle Pro
Starting something from scratch is no joke, and neither is turning it into something bigger. But the Black female entrepreneurs whom Nicaila Matthews Okome interviews have figured out how to do it, turning their side gigs into profitable businesses. In each story, learn how they accomplished this and hear about actionable strategies so you can follow in their footsteps.
See all 15 podcasts and the complete Forbes article
Monday, August 10, 2020
Friday, August 7, 2020
What happens to recent graduates if job supply decreases? – Gabriela, Class of 2020, Masters of International Marketing
If you’re a recent graduate and eyeing the dismal unemployment figures (worst since the Great Depression!), stop doing that. There are more important numbers to track than general job market statistics (I list 10 such numbers here, such as specific news about markets you are interested in). Similarly, Gabriela asks about the fate of recent graduates in general, but I recommend that she focuses on her prospects specifically.
I don’t mean to encourage everyone-for-themselves thinking, but when you’re starting out in your career, the first hire you should be worried about is your own. This ensures that you take on something doable (i.e., land one job) and not something too overwhelming (i.e., saving the world). When you are gainfully employed, you have more bandwidth to contribute — referring leads to others, volunteering with your alma mater to help younger classes, mentoring others, etc.
Whether you are graduating into a bad job market or the best market in years, there is always hiring happening somewhere, and there is a lot you can do to help yourself to get hired. Here are 10 job search tips for recent grads:
2 - Treat your job search like your first job
If you graduated without an offer in hand, your job search is your first job. Spend the 40 hours a week you would have reported to the office to work on your job search – reading up on your areas of interest, researching specific companies, applying to job opportunities, networking with people, updating your marketing material, etc. There is a lot to do for your job search (here are seven suggestions for items to prepare), so don’t wait too long to get started. You might get complacent and lose the enthusiasm and urgency to land a job. You also might let too much time go by, realize your savings are dwindling (or your parents’ patience is running thin) and then feel like you have to land in a hurry.
6 - Be prepared to answer the obvious
Why should I hire you? What do you want? Why do you want to work here? The vetting process will not be easier for you because it’s an entry-level role. Employers still want to know that you are qualified, that you will be enthusiastic about the work and that you will be enthusiastic about working with them specifically.
7 - Lean into your network (yes, you have one!)
Your classmates, your professors, your office of career services, your parents’ connections – you have a significant network. Word-of-mouth referral is significant, even for experienced professionals who have an established track record from previous jobs. As a recent graduate, you don’t have much of a track record (though internships, part-time jobs and volunteer work do make a difference). Therefore, you want to maximize introductions, referrals and references that you can get from people who already know, like and trust you. Remember to reciprocate as you hear of leads and especially when you land!
10 - Celebrate every win
Keep a journal that documents all the work you’re putting in, and every call and meeting you schedule. Your effort should be celebrated. Small wins along the way, like that networking invite accepted, also count. This is part of measuring progress, but it’s also about building confidence and keeping a positive outlook, both of which are critical in your job search. In a down market, your employer contacts are probably anxious about their own jobs. If you’re a joy to interact with, that’s a competitive advantage.
If job supply decreases, each opening becomes more competitive
Back to Gabriela’s original question, “What happens when job supply decreases?”, it stands to reason that each job opening becomes more competitive. However, your aim as a job seeker is always to be the best candidate in the room – however crowded it is. Too many job seekers let a difficult market deflate their confidence and impede their efforts even before they start. If you instead stay positive, put in the work, measure your progress and course-correct along the way, you will that competitive candidate.
Read all 10 Tips and the complete Forbes article
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Harvard career experts say don’t make these 5 biggest resume mistakes - and examples of what to do instead
In such an uncertain and competitive job market, there’s never been a more important time to polish your resume (even if you aren’t on the job hunt right now).
Before you get started, take some time to think about your strengths, weaknesses and goals. Also keep in mind who your competition is and what unique skills you have that might set you apart.
Here are the five biggest resume mistakes to avoid (along with examples of what to do instead), according to advisors at Harvard University’s Office of Career Services:
5. Too longUnless you’re applying for an executive position, your resume shouldn’t be longer than a page (at most two pages).
Note: This does not mean you should abbreviate. Whatever it is, spell it out, or your reader will have no idea what you are talking about.
Examples of what will make your resume longer:
- Using a narrative style. If you’ve written the great American novel, put that on your resume — but don’t turn your resume into a novel.
- Using personal pronouns. The hiring manager already knows the resume is about you. So instead of “I achieved [XYZ]...,” just start with “Achieved [XYZ]...” Dropping personal pronouns will also make for a stronger and cleaner read.
4. Not well organized, concise or easy to skim
Make your resume easy to read and follow by balancing white spaces and using underlining, italics, bold and capitalization for emphasis. When listing details under a section, use bullet points (instead of numbers or letters).
Examples of bad formatting:
- Sentences and sections cut off. This often happens when you’re converting your resume to a PDF, so make sure your formatting translated properly before hitting the send button.
- Confusing order of headings and information. List your “Experience” heading in order of reverse chronological order (most recent job first), and the details (i.e., tasks, accomplishments) of each job in order of importance.
3. Missing or unnecessary contact information
In some cases, it may be appropriate to include a link to your website or portfolio. Anything else is just a waste of space.
Examples of what not to include:
- Photo of yourself. Save that professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile, which the hiring manager will likely look up if they think you’re a strong candidate.
- List of references (or note saying “references available upon request”). It’s already assumed that you have co-workers and senior-level colleagues who will vouch for your skills. Most hiring managers will only ask for references if you make it to the final stages of the interview process.
Numerous countries across the world are suffering due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and millions of lives have been affected by it. The most significant change witnessed in the last few months in working households in urban areas is that a lot of companies have implemented work from home policy.
To simplify your task, we have curated a list of 8 best job search engines to connect you with the best opportunities.
If you are the sort of person who checks reviews before applying to a company, then Glassdoor is the best job search site for you. Glassdoor provides you a keen detail about the company you’re going to join, its work culture, and environment. It gives you multiple sign-in options, including Facebook and Gmail.
Glassdoor provides interview preparation questions and other topics that are important in the process. You can also discover salaries and add salary insights into the app. It can be said to be one of the most popular job sites among millennials.
You can rely on the above-mentioned best job search engines to find the most appropriate job for you. It hardly matters which profile you want as these job search engines have multiple options to choose from. Most of the job search engines are free but you can also use the paid services offered by them including resume building, interview preparation, and more.
As the name suggests, SimplyHired has a clutter-free and interactive interface along with a local job search feature. The job search engine has a salary estimator tool that shows the salary for a particular profile in a given region. You can browse jobs on the basis of different categories mentioned on the website. You can also click on the Browse All Jobs button to get all the job details.
To apply for the job, you just need to upload your resume on the platform and add your email ID to track the progress. It can be said to be one of the top job sites in the ongoing times.
What if you get a top job site that is based on an AI and your efforts are reduced? Well, in that case, is the best option for you. This portal just requires your resume to figure out the best options for you and matches you with the best employers.
This job-hunting site also provides you an opportunity to directly connect with the employers. This will boost your chances of selection by showcasing your skills.
A highlight feature of is that it provides a bonus to people who get hired through their site. For example, if you get hired via this service and stay there for more than 90 days in your company, then you will get a reward amount that will be equal to 5% of your salary from .
5) Monster Jobs
Monster Jobs is among the few job search engines that provide special work from the home section; it has been introduced in consideration of the ongoing pandemic. It also has a different registration page for the people who lost their jobs due to COVID 19 pandemic.
Monster Jobs can be said to be the most interactive job hunting site available on the list. It provides a lot of options to find the exact profile you want to work for.
You can also read the career advice blogs on the platform and can subscribe for a paid resume creation service to make the best out of your resume.
4) Google For Jobs
It’s an initiative by Google that directly connects you with the main page of a job. Google for Jobs can be said to be the most convenient job search engine ever created. You just need to type the keywords for your job and you will get a listing by Google regarding the job search in a particular region.
Once you open the Google for Jobs page, you can change the title, create alerts, and search as per your location as well. You can also create a job alert for a keyword related to your job or a job profile.
See engines 1-3 and the complete article