Thursday, August 6, 2020

There’s A New Job Search Site You Need To Check Out

Robin Ryan

The tech world has gained a very savvy job search website that is practically unheard of by most Baby boomers, Xers, and even Millennials. It was my twenty-something son who was looking for a sales job who showed me the Built In job search site. I took a stroll around the site, played with it quite a bit, and I was impressed. This site features high paying jobs. So, it is well worth taking a good look to see if any opportunity is a fit for you or if you want to use this continually as a part of your job hunting activities. 

Of course, you’d expect to find highly technical jobs such as Dev, Engineers, Design + UX, Data, Analytics, Project Management, Content, and Product to be here. But have you considered that this site is a great way to find jobs in Sales, Marketing, HR, Finance, Legal, Operations, even Internships?  

Where are the Jobs

The main Built in site advertises it has 11,735 open positions today. You can search from this main site or drill down and get more specific by job area or search by location. Eight different “sub” site locations are featured. Also, there are the REMOTE option that employers are currently hiring for too. The eight “sub”sites are in tech hub locations that included:
·        Built in Austin
·        Built in Boston
·        Built in Chicago
·        Built in Colorado
·        Built in Los Angeles
·        Built in New York City
·        Built in Seattle
·        Built in San Francisco


Search By Job Level and Industry
You can easily search for jobs at your level of experience. This is a beneficial function. The site allows you to search for:
 Entry Level jobs which had 1468;
 Mid-level jobs noting 3359 openings
Senior Level jobs that offered 7,190 positions
REMOTE only jobs with 1903 jobs

Read the rest of the Forbes article to find out who is hiring, additional searches, and alerts

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Don’t make these 5 biggest resume mistakes, say Harvard career experts—and examples of what to do instead

Dustin McKissen
 
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 long 

Unless 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.
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4. Not well organized, concise or easy to skim

A black and white resume with clear headings and spacing will stand out more than a colorful resume with excessive use of boxes and line borders coming from all directions.
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.
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3. Missing or unnecessary contact information

At the very top of your resume should be: Your name (big and in bold), address (to let the hiring manager know where you’re based), personal email and phone number (so they can contact you).
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.

See mistakes #1 and 2 Plus the full CNBC article


Monday, August 3, 2020

8 Best Job Search Engines In 2020 For All Your Employment Needs


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.

However, work from home is not the only thing that has changed — a lot of companies have also laid off employees which created a hassle in the industry. Most of the laid-off people have already started looking for a job. The tool that works best during a job hunt is a feature-rich job-hunting site. Finding the best job search engine as per your requirement is also a complicated task as there are a number of job search engines available.

To simplify your task, we have curated a list of 8 best job search engines to connect you with the best opportunities.
 

8) Glassdoor





Best Job Search Engines
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. 


7) SimplyHired






simplyhired
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. 

6) Jobs.com






Best Job Search Engines
What if you get a top job site that is based on an AI and your efforts are reduced? Well, in that case, Job.com 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 Jobs.com 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 Job.com.


5) Monster Jobs






Best Job Search Engines
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






Best Job Search Engines
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
 


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

5 things that kill your chances of getting a job interview

By Judith Humphrey

Today’s job market is extra challenging, and it can seems next to impossible to even get an interview—video or otherwise. I spoke with someone recently who had applied for 400 jobs and only had one interview.

No question, it is tough out there, no matter how good you are. But there are ways you can avoid some of the pitfalls that take hold early in the job application process and prevent you from ever moving closer to a recruiter or hiring manager.

These five things can kill your chances of getting that longed-for conversation with a company:

2. You don’t optimize your résumé

Another miss can happen early on when you don’t embed key words into the résumé. Over 90% of companies use machines to screen résumés, and 75 % of résumés are rejected because they don’t have certain key words.

“Every résumé you submit should have specifics that trigger a positive response from the applicant testing system,” says Chris Rodgers, CEO of Colorado SEO Pros. “This system is looking for words that relate to specific skill sets in the jobs being advertised. For example, in a junior finance position, an employer might list a specific finance software that it wants a candidate to be well-versed in.”

Rodgers says “If you see this software required in the jobs you’re applying for, that’s a clue this is a key word you should work into your résumé.” And don’t mention it just once. Rodgers explains: “That key word should appear in the top of your résumé as part of your profile, as well as in the body of your résumé.”

The ATS is very literal in what it’s looking for, so don’t try to be creative or use acronyms. If you put down that you have an MBA, or are a CFA the machine won’t necessarily recognize these credentials unless you also spell out these abbreviations.

3. Your LinkedIn doesn’t align

LinkedIn can be a great asset in your job search, but only if it aligns with your ideal job description, your cover letter, and résumé. If your profile doesn’t align, Rodgers says, “You’ll be sending the message that ‘I’m just looking for a job and even though I customized my résumé for you, in reality it’s just one of a dozen things I’m out there looking for.'”

Another reason your LinkedIn profile should align with these documents is that recruiters are constantly using LinkedIn SEO, scanning for key words that uncover ideal candidates. If your LinkedIn description conveys key words that were in your ideal job description, cover letter, and résumé, chances are higher that you’ll be picked up by recruiters for a job you’re suited for.

So make sure your LinkedIn profile aligns, and for the best results, make sure it features a professional photo and strong posts. A prospective employer will take notice of all this.

See all 5 things and the complete Fast Company article

Thursday, July 23, 2020

6 Job Search Tips for the Coronavirus Era

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

12 Job Interview Tips from a Marketing Guru

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7.  Differentiate yourself. What can you do or say that’ll differentiate you from other applicants? What qualifications or experiences make you uniquely qualified for the position? Did you earn awards for superior performance or achieve great results in a similar position?

8.  Be yourself. Enjoy yourself during the interview. If you’re comfortable, you’ll make the interviewer feel at ease. It is important to note that preparing answers ahead of time does NOT mean being dishonest. It means that you took care to think through your responses before the interview took place. If you try to fake your way through the interview, believe me, it will show!

9.  Remain confident. Confidence comes with practice. Did you research the company? Have you identified possible interview questions and prepared responses? Did you determine how you’re going to differentiate yourself? What three points are you going to drive home? Most of all, remember: If you don’t know why you’d hire you, neither will they.

See all 12 tips and the complete article

Thursday, July 16, 2020

5 steps to get your resume ready for a job search

Lily Martis

You’ve decided to start your job search, but you’ve already reached a roadblock: how to make a resume that will get results.

On the job hunt, “your resume is your number one ammo,” says Monster career expert Vicki Salemi, who spent more than 15 years in corporate recruiting. When done right, your resume can open the door to an awesome job, she notes.

With stakes that high, it’s no wonder that a resume refresh also commonly fills people with existential angst. We get it—condensing your entire work history into a perfectly-worded typo-free single-page document that could potentially determine your entire career future is maybe just a little stressful.

But what if we told you it doesn’t have to be as daunting as you think? Monster has all kinds of resources to help make the whole process easier. Like you-don’t-have-to-even-lift-a-finger-if-you-don’t-want-to easier. Skip ahead to step six if this sounds like you. But if you’re more of the DIY type, follow the seven steps below to learn how to make a resume. You’ll be on the interview circuit in no time.


1. Start with the right parameters

Resumes are not “one-size-fits-all.” The format you should use and the information you should highlight depends upon your field, for starters. So you’ll want to structure your resume to fit the industry standard for the job you’re applying to. A quick way to start figuring this out? Check out Monster’s resume templates by industry.

Your experience also plays a part in structure. The answer to the age-old question of “how long should my resume be?” is that it depends upon how much time you’ve got under your belt. As a general rule of thumb, job seekers with under three years of experience should aim for one page, but those with more years in the field could go up to two. 
Keep in mind that a recruiter doesn’t have time to sift through the next great American novel. Back in her recruiting days, Salemi says she usually spent no more than three seconds on a resume. “Being succinct is key,” Salemi says. “Recruiters will lose focus and attention if you name every single responsibility you’ve ever had."

Lastly, there’s the question of chronological (jobs listed in order by date) or functional (jobs listed by relevance). We answer that question in the article “Should you use a chronological or functional resume?” but the gist is that functional typically makes sense unless you’re a job changer, are just starting out or have gaps in your work history. Otherwise, go chrono.

3. Use keywords to help you break through

You can't learn how to make a resume without keywords. When recruiters post jobs, Salemi says, they typically don’t read every resume that comes in—they’ll often start by having their “applicant tracking system” (a fancy name for recruiting software) filter out resumes based on keywords. Those keywords are terms or phrases the hiring manager has deemed to be valuable to the job.

So you’ll want to pack your resume with keywords… but you also need to be careful not to go overboard, since a human will hopefully read your resume eventually.
Thus, sprinkle those keywords throughout and provide a little bit of context with each. For example, a social media savvy job seeker might include the names of key platforms with some explanation such as, “Leveraged Instagram to showcase happy customers, increasing followers by 10,000.”

Need help coming up with keywords? Take words and phrases directly from the job description—mirroring the ad in order of mention as the hiring manager will typically put the most coveted skill sets at the top, says Salemi. Watch the video below to learn more about using keywords on your resume.

See all 5 steps and the complete Monster article

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

9 Top Tips for Job Hunters

Barbara Arnold

Regardless of the unemployment rate, finding the right job can be a challenge. Volume One reached out to these experts and organizations to help compile this job hunters’ guide. Keep in mind these nine tips while seeking the job that’s right for you.

2. NETWORK

“Over 70% of today’s jobs are in the ‘hidden job market’ and are not advertised as posted positions.” –Staci Heidtke, associate director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire

“Build relations – family, friends, acquaintances, former employers, and many more are important people when looking for a job. Most jobs are not advertised. Hiring is done through connections. Enquire within your own network, or try our network. Contact businesses directly – many appreciate your initiative.” –Candi Geist, former Market Leader at Manpower

4. CUSTOMIZE WITH KEY WORDS

“Target your résumé and cover letter to specific companies. Make changes to these application materials based on the organization and the position you are applying for.” –Staci Heidtke, UW-Eau Claire

According to a recent article on Money.com, companies now use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to pore through numerous résumés they get for any open position. The ATS scans your résumé for keywords applicable to the job you’re applying for. Approximately 75% of candidates are taken out of consideration before a human even eyeballs your résumé.

ATS software is designed to scan vertically, so résumé that are centered are the best bet. Want to get through the “bot”? Make your résumé and application match what the job is asking for, and be able to back up with your skills and experience.

6. RESOURCES

Technology is helpful in a job search, but it’s no substitute for old-fashioned human connections, such as referrals from current employees and networking in your industry.

“Find a partner – like a staffing/recruiting agency. They make it easy for you to job search. … Applying with us is like applying with 50 area businesses.” –Nicole Kauphusman, former territory general manager at Express Employment Professionals

See all 9 tips and the complete article


Thursday, July 9, 2020

7-Step Guide to Writing a BULLETPROOF Resume

By Team Parle

Applying for a new job? You need a solid resume! This step-by-step guide will help you write a strong, professional resume for your job search.

A solid resume is the most important thing you can prepare when getting ready for your job search. It can make all the difference in how many interviews you land in the end.

It’s time you make your resume completely undeniable.


You want as many employers as possible to see what you bring to the table, but that won’t happen if they reject your resume for small mistakes. With these tips, you’re guaranteed to write a bulletproof job resume that can’t lose.


1) Keep the Format Simple

Make sure your resume is clean and easy to read.
Don’t clutter the page with unnecessary elements like pictures or graphics. They don’t have a place in a professional setting and will likely put your resume out of the running.

No matter how much content you’re trying to fit on the page, keep the font readable. Shrinking it down won’t do you any favors.

And make sure you use the same font throughout the entire resume.

In case you didn’t know, certain fonts read better on computer screens, while others read better on paper.
For paper resumes, use a serif font, like:

  • Times New Roman
  • Georgia
  • Bookman Old Style
For electronic resumes, use a sans serif font, such as

  • Arial
  • Helvetica
  • Calibri
You want your resume to be easy to look at and understand. Make it as readable as possible for your potential employers.

4) Focus on Your Accomplishments

Your accomplishments are the entire point of making a resume. You want to show off what you’ve done and why that makes you the best person to fill an open job.
Skip the generic responsibilities and get as specific as you can.

Numbers are your best friend on this front. Show your growth in dollars and cents. Talk about how much revenue you generated for your last employer. Use percentages to show off how much business you can bring in.

When writing about your accomplishments, always begin with an action verb.

Getting straight to the action picks up the tone of the overall resume while keeping it short and readable. A few examples of verbs you can use are managed, lead, advanced, and engineered.


5) Customize It

Using one resume for every job application just isn’t going to work. If it’s generic enough to fit all those job listings, it’ll seem like you’re okay taking any old job.

That’s not what you want. Show them that you want this job.

Do your research into the company and the position you’re applying for. Be as thorough as possible so you have enough details to work with.

Customize your resume to match each of the job listings you apply to.

They don’t have to be totally different, but they should each highlight the skills and accomplishments relevant to the job. Make sure each recipient sees what you want them to see.

See all 7 steps and the complete article

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Job Search Tips When You’re Over 50

Caroline Ceniza-Levine

I have received several recent reader questions about job search tips when you’re over 50:
When you are an older unemployed professional in your late 50's how do you survive and what strategies should you use to navigate through these difficult times we are currently in? – Thea

What are the best career pivot options and tactics for workers over 60? — Ken
Is there a point in pursuing/reigniting a career at my age?... Not looking to start a business but I miss being part of something, getting out of the house and feeling productive and saving money for the future. – Wendy

I write about job search tips regularly and don’t normally break out tips by age group. The mechanics of the job search are similar across industries, functions, levels and ages. I recommend a six-step job search approach:
  1. Identify your targets
  2. Create compelling marketing (e.g., resume, LinkedIn, networking pitch, cover letter)
  3. Research companies and industries
  4. Network and interview
  5. Stay motivated and organized and troubleshoot regularly
  6. Negotiate and close the offer
I would still recommend these steps for job seekers over 50 (or right out of school). That said, life circumstances and your career path to date influence your job search, and these will be different when you have decades of life and work experience. Here are five ways I would modify a search plan for a job seeker over 50:

1 - Start reconnecting socially ASAP
Reaching out to people generally comes later in your job search when you are clearer about what you want and have prepared how to talk about yourself. However, you never want your first approach to be about your job search, when you have not been in touch for years (or decades). Furthermore, with more experience comes more connections (hopefully) and more reconnections to be made as you likely have fallen out of touch over the years. 

Therefore, while you’re gearing up for your search – identifying your targets, creating your marketing – start reconnecting with your network on a strictly social basis. Just say hello and ask about what people have been up to. Focus on having genuine interactions without talking about your job search at all. An additional practical benefit is that it cleans up your database so you can see how many people you already know and can readily contact when you are ready to kick off your search. Your network, especially with decades of contacts, will be much more critical to landing a job than unsolicited applications to job postings (one reason to stop reading job postings).

4 - Summarize your unique value proposition
Whatever you decide to go after, you will have to convince others. To find a job, you need to convince employers. If you go into business for yourself, you need to convince clients. Having decades of experience is one qualifier, but it doesn’t differentiate you from others who also have extensive experience. What is it about your experience, skills and expertise that sets you apart and solves a problem for your employer or client? For example, your decades of work mean that you have experienced both up and down economies. Have you also worked across industries, with big and small companies, in growth market and turnaround situations?

Don’t make hiring managers guess or plow through years’ worth of information to pinpoint what your superpower is. Design your story with the highlights readily available. Have clear examples and metrics to share. Be able to talk about yourself with enthusiasm and confidence. If you don’t feel competitive for a job, then do more work around your marketing, research or interview practice till you feel ready. In order to convince people to hire you, you must first convince yourself.

See all 5 Job Search tips and the complete Forbes article







Thursday, July 2, 2020

The 30-Day Job Search Plan: How to Land a New Job in 1 Month

Christian Eilers

Looking for a new job can seem like a daunting task, to say the very least.

On top of that, the coronavirus crisis has upended job markets all around the world. Unemployment numbers are higher than they’ve been for quite a while, and they’re likely not going to return to 2019 levels anytime soon. Because of this, job seekers today are going to face stiff competition from other candidates. 

To make sure you go about your job search in an effective manner and to give you the best chance at landing great interviews as soon as possible, follow our 30-day job search plan.

What is a 30-Day Job Plan?

Most of us don’t have the luxury of letting the job search drag on for 3–6 months as we find that one perfect fit. And, even if you have enough savings to last that long as you look for another job, the employment gap that’ll be seen on your resume will be a weak point when it comes to future career prospects. Not to mention the increasing cabin fever you’ll have to keep at bay the longer you take finding employment.
Our 30-day job plan aims to get you prepared for a new job in just a month, from start to interview. While ambitious, it’s also quite doable if you can stick with the plan with only minor deviations.

Things to Keep in Mind as You Search for Jobs

You can find yourself a job in as little as a day, sure, but it may also take months. In 2014, recruiting software company Jobvite conducted a survey in which they found that the average time it took for a person to get employed was 43 days (just over six weeks)

However, there are also differences in each industry, as you might imagine. In the same survey, hospitality jobs took just 36 days to fill on average, an entire week less than average, while healthcare jobs needed 65 days, or three weeks more than the average. 

According to 2020 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 35% of people were able to find a job in five weeks or less, meaning a 30-day job search plan is quite feasible.

One of the most important things to do is to treat your job search as you would an actual job. Spend 30–40 hours on your job search each week and work at it each day without interruptions or side chores to give your hunt for employment the best possible chance to be successful.

Also, remember that everyone’s job search is different, so this plan (or any job plan, for that matter) can’t be a one-size-fits-all deal. Below, for example, you’ll find interview-related tasks in the later weeks, but they’re just as relevant in Week 1 if that’s when your interview is.

One final thing to keep in mind is that the job search can be quite similar to starting a new exercise regime. You’ll have to give it some time before you start seeing results, and it’ll be a lot of hard work at first. But, if you stick with it, you’re sure to have interview opportunities coming through in no time.

The 30-Day Job Search Action Plan, Week by Week

Week 1 (Days 1–7)

The first week of your 30-day job search plan will be a lot more difficult and packed with activities than the subsequent weeks. If I may put two idioms together, as you start pounding the pavement, you need to hit the ground running. However, once you get through the recommended job search tasks for this week, you’ll have an easier time in the weeks ahead as these actions begin to bear fruit.

Fix Up Your LinkedIn Profile In the professional world, your LinkedIn profile is crucial to have. Be sure your LinkedIn profile is in good shape by updating your profile image, adding your latest work history, achievements, and skills, and redefining your summary statement.

Cleanse Your Online Presence Most employers will do a quick (if not more thorough) check of each candidate on Google to see what comes up. As a candidate, ensure nothing offensive or controversial appears by searching your name on Google now. Also, clear up any material on your social media accounts which may cause a hiring manager to dismiss your application (e.g., political Twitter rants, photos of drunkenness on Facebook). 

Create a “Master” Resume Update your resume to contain the most recent information. However, this master resume won’t be the one you send, as each resume should be tailored specifically for each and every job you apply for. Use the master resume you create now to make it simpler for you to create a customized resume in the coming days.

Create a “Master” Cover Letter Similarly, a cover letter can’t be generic if it’s to wow the hiring manager. Create a master cover letter now, and later you’ll tweak it for each individual job you apply for.

Build an Online Portfolio Resumes shouldn’t be more than one or two pages in length, but, sometimes, this may not be enough. If you have project-type work in your past, such as graphic design or marketing campaigns, consider creating a website to host an online portfolio of your past work. There, you can go in-depth on each project, and the only room it requires on your resume is a simple URL.

Decide on Job Titles Before you actually begin to apply for various jobs, it’s important to know which you are willing to accept. In the modern age, job titles can vary quite differently and all mean similar things. For example, a customer service representative may be termed a “client happiness officer” at one company or a “support ninja” at another. Also, even without the fancy naming conventions, make sure you include every role you’d accept. For instance, you may be a technical writer or legal writer by trade, but a content marketing specialist position could match your interests, as well.

Set Up Job Notifications Head to a few of your favorite job boards (e.g., LinkedIn, Indeed), and do a preliminary search for your job titles. As you do so, you’ll have the opportunity to save the search to come back to it at a later date as well as the option to receive email alerts when new jobs appear which match your parameters. Doing this will make you very competitive as you’ll become one of the first candidates to apply.

Create a Spreadsheet The job search can get messy, especially the longer it takes and with the more jobs you apply for. Create a simple spreadsheet for yourself to stay organized. Have columns with the job title, company name, application status, date, and any other fields you find helpful. A job search spreadsheet will make certain that you don’t forget an important opportunity, or that you don’t double-apply to a particular job.

Take a Weekend Off As essayist Tim Kreider opined in The New York Times, “The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.” Since you’re treating your job hunt as full-time employment, it’s important to also have a work-life balance as you pound the pavement. Take a weekend off each week during your job hunt just as you would once you begin working again.

See weeks 2-4 and the complete 30 plan



 





Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Top 20 Websites for Finding Remote Jobs

Let’s face it—not everyone is cut out for a rigid, 9-5 work schedule. And you know what? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

But how do you find paid work that’s flexible enough to fit with all your other very real-life demands?

The answer is pretty simple: remote work.
Due to an increasingly digital workplace, the importance of being in the same physical office as your coworkers are becoming less critical by the year.

Things get a bit murkier though when it comes to asking how to find remote jobs online and how to start remote careers. While remote work IS the future, but not all employers are there yet.

According to Forbes, 68% of U.S. workers say that they expect to work remotely in the future. It’s rare to find a company that wouldn’t allow you to work from bed when you come down with the flu, but it can be trickier to find a spot that would want you to work remotely 100% of the time.

Still, even though (for now) it’s easier to get a job sitting behind a desk in someone else’s office, that doesn’t mean getting paid to do work from your own living room is impossible.

Remote job websites are platforms, where both people looking for work and employers post their offers.

Needless to say, using these websites will help you set a solid start for your remote career. They’ll assist you in finding first clients easily and earning employers’ trust along the way.
Also, you constantly sharpen your skills by taking different projects from various employers. In the end, your portfolio shall grow and there will be many more job offers.

We’ve handpicked the best websites available, for you. Bookmark this page and come back as often as you need to while you find your way into the remote workforce.
In this article, we will list the best remote job websites on the internet.

Upwork


Upwork offers tools to kickstart your remote journey – collaborative space, built-in invoice maker, and transparent recruitment process. You might also be able to work for many famous clients such as Microsoft, Airbnb, Dropbox, etc.

Toptal


Toptal is a global network of the top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on-demand. With $200+ million in annual revenue and over 40% year-over-year growth, Toptal is the largest fully distributed workforce in the world.

Surely, you can be one of them if you work hard enough in building your skills.
 

Simply Hired


One of the best things about Simply Hired is that you can browse freelance jobs in your nearby location. Additionally, there is a list of top salaries and a tool to estimate your fee. This is helpful to benchmark for a specific work you want to do.
You’ll also be able to create a resume from the website and learn many things from their blog.

FlexJobs



FlexJobs doesn’t only provide a platform for remote work, but it also encourages everyone to try this career path. Furthermore, the website handpicks jobs from around the world.

At $14.95 a month, you get full access to its wide network of employers, various skill tests, and a detailed description of every company.

See all 20 websites and the complete article.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

8 Questions You Should Absolutely Ask An Interviewer



While some interviews may feel more like interrogations, they shouldn’t. 
 
Close your eyes and think of a tennis match: The ball is hit back and forth, rather effortlessly (well, unless you’re opposite Serena Williams). An interview should be like a casual game of tennis, where questions are lobbed back and forth. They ask a question, you respond. Then you ask a question, and they respond. Back and forth.
 
The key is to ask the right kind of questions. The type of questions you chose to ask your interviewer should stem from what you need to know in order to fully evaluate the position. This means the questions you chose to prioritize should be well thought out.
 
Here are 8 prompts to get you in the right frame of mind:

QUESTION #1: What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?

Writer Annie Dillard said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Success and happiness in a job boils down to contentment with the nitty-gritty of the everyday.

QUESTION #3: What’s your favorite part about working at the company?

It’s important to get a sense of your interviewer’s opinions about working there. If enthusiasm flows easily, that’s a great sign. If it doesn’t, that is worth noting too. 

QUESTION #5: Are there opportunities for professional development?  If so, what do those look like?

When asking this question, you’re looking to key into whether there are opportunities for growth and whether the company has a Learning & Development program. Stagnation is a big red flag, so be alert! 


 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The 4 Best Ways To Land A Good Job

Naomi Cahn

I recently interviewed an applicant for a job. Her cover letter showed that she had spent time thinking about what the position would require, that she had relevant experience, and that she was excited about the work. When I asked about her work habits, she explained that she was an organizer, who asked lots of questions about the work. After we spoke, she wrote me a follow-up thank you email that arrived in my inbox less than an hour after the interview ended. 

I hired her.

With 21 million people unemployed, finding a new job has become a job. People looking for work receive conflicting advice: use LinkedIn, don’t post updates on LinkedIn, be yourself, or cater to what you think the employer wants.

Here’s what some of the latest research tells us about the best ways to find a new job. 

1. Authenticity. It turns out that being honest and true to yourself is a better strategy than turning yourself inside out to cater to what you think an employer wants. In a new study — To be or not to be your authentic self? Catering to others’ preferences hinders performance — researchers from Harvard Business School and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School asked participants to imagine that they were applying for a job and needed to prepare a two- to three-minute video about themselves and the job. Some participants were told to cater the videos to what they thought would meet the expectations of the interviewers, some were told to just be themselves, while a third group was not given specific instructions. 

The “caterers” not only experienced greater anxiety, but they were less likely to be hired than those who were told be authentic.  As Francesco Gino, one of the study authors explained recently,  the desire to present ourselves accurately leads us to communicate in a more fluid way about who we are – and so that means that others see us as more genuine.  Think about how much easier it is to be yourself than the person you think the interviewer wants to meet. And then be authentic: that will make you feel and do better

The “caterers” not only experienced greater anxiety, but they were less likely to be hired than those who were told be authentic.  As Francesco Gino, one of the study authors explained recently,  the desire to present ourselves accurately leads us to communicate in a more fluid way about who we are – and so that means that others see us as more genuine.  Think about how much easier it is to be yourself than the person you think the interviewer wants to meet. And then be authentic: that will make you feel and do better

4.      Making a decision.  Remember that not only is the interviewer examining you, but you are interviewing the position to see if it is the right one for you. Ask questions as they come up during the interview if you have them. Scary as they may be, interviewers are people too. Trust yourself, and, as organizational psychologist Adam Grant notes in Tim Herrera’s Smarter Living New York Times column: “Listen to the advice you give to others. It’s usually the advice you need to take yourself.”

Finding a new job at any point can be daunting, and trying to do so during a pandemic can be even more difficult. But there are jobs out there, and there are strategies to help you get one.

See all 4 ways and the complete Forbes article

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

12 Surprising Job Interview Tips

Jon Youshaei

You’re almost there. Your resume landed you an interview and now it’s time to seal the deal. So what’s the best way to prepare?

To find the answer, I looked back on my interviews, sifted through research, and most importantly, asked employees from today’s most coveted companies. I tried to find deep insights beyond the typical “sit up straight!” and “dress to impress!” tips we hear too much.

Below you’ll find the 12 best tips to help before, during and after your interview.

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW


 1.    Research Earnings Calls, Quarterly Reports & Blog Posts

In today’s world, content is king. Goldman Sachs publishes quarterly reports, Microsoft records its earning calls, and every startup has a blog.

With so much out there, I’m baffled that few of us look past the company’s homepage. It’s like we’re writing an essay on The Odyssey without quoting a single passage from the book.

Example: If you’re interviewing with Google, here’s two ways to answer: “What’s Google’s biggest opportunity in the next 5 years?”
  • Weak: “I think wearable technology will be big because Google Glass and Apple Watch represent a new trend that shows...”
  • Strong: “Call me geeky, but I was listening to Google’s quarterly earnings call and was blown away by the fact that display advertising hit over $5 billion in the past few years. Therefore, I think that…”
Neither answer is wrong, but the latter says much more. It shows you’ve done your homework and give answers rooted in data.

2.   Use Google Alerts

Keeping up with company news is hard, especially if you’re interviewing with multiple places at once. That’s why Google Alerts is a savior; it’s a tool that emails you anytime a new story appears for a specific term. That way, you learn about current events without searching for them.
 Example: If you’re applying to Creative Artists Agency, follow these steps:
  1. Go to www.google.com/alerts
  2. Type in “Creative Artists Agency”
  3. Put in your email address if you’re not already logged in to Gmail
Soon enough, you’ll get updates on CAA and have more ammo for your interview.

*** #3 brings up a security issue on multiple browsers so skip it.

5. Craft Your “Story Statement”

 Though most interviews start with the same prompt (“tell me about yourself” or “walk me through your resume”), we blow it off with boring answers like:
I studied [major X] because I really care about making a difference in [industry Y] as you can see through my last job at [company Z]…
This answer is like tearing out the first 200 pages of your autobiography. You leave out everything that gives meaning to why you want this job in the first place. What was your moment of epiphany? How did your childhood influence you? Why does this job move you? Most people don’t answer these questions. They start and end with their professional experience, leaving little to inspire the interviewer.

Next time, use what I call a “Story Statement,” which is a Cliff Notes of your autobiography.

Example: Here’s an amazing Story Statement that Teach For America fellow Kareli Lizarraga used for her interviews.
I grew up in California and Arizona after immigrating to the United States when I was four years old. Since neither of my parents went to college, I relied on my high school teachers to help me apply to top universities. With their support, I was able to attend the University of Pennsylvania. Then I spent a summer at a Washington DC law firm, which represented low-income students and helped me realize that my passion lay within creating educational opportunities for all.
I decided to become a teacher because I see myself so deeply reflected in the stories of so many students in your schools – and that’s why I’m so excited about the opportunity to interview with you today. Like my teachers did for me, I want to impact the next generation of students by supporting them and understanding the experiences they’re facing.
A Story Statement shows that you’re a person, not just a professional.  It also makes it easy for your interviewer to predict the next chapter of your story. For Kareli, Teach For America is a logical next step. Of course, if she interviewed for Apple, she may change her Story Statement to include an early experience with her first computer and talk about how her passion for tech grew from there. For a Bain interview, she could mention how she started problem solving at a young age and now wants to do it on a big scale.

Chances are, we’ve all had experiences we can connect to where we’re trying to go. It’s just a matter of selecting the right ones to tell our story. That said, if you struggle to craft your Story Statement for a particular interview, you might be applying for the wrong job.

See all 12 tips and the complete Forbes article




Thursday, June 11, 2020

3 Major Changes To Job Interviews You Need To Prepare For

Dawn Graham

If you’re in a job search or plan to be soon, you know that the stakes are high in this competitive market. A major part of the process where many job seekers routinely underprepare is the interview. In fact, I often see candidates spend more time planning their outfit than their content.

While what you wear certainly has an impact, what you share earns an offer. And just when you thought the interview couldn’t get any more stressful, the current pandemic has changed up the game in new ways, so there are a few additional things you need to be ready for if you want to stand out and secure a great next step in your career.

Although you’ll no longer need to worry about the grip of your handshake (perhaps ever again), here are three new aspects that will be important to focus on in your next job interview:

1) You’ll need to set up the environment. While video teleconferencing has become more popular over the last several years, use of this medium for job interviews has dominated in the past few months due to social distancing, which means expectations for a near flawless execution have also skyrocketed. Fumbling through the process while experiencing distractions and technical difficulties isn’t an option, so it’s up to you to master the platforms being used and practice beforehand so you appear confident in troubleshooting any unexpected challenges. 

And now, instead of showing up to a building where you meet in a conference room or office, you are required to set the stage for the interview environment, which takes some additional preparation and can have a major impact on the outcome. As the host of at least one side of the interview space, you’ll need to consider lighting, connectivity, audio quality, ambient noise, background visuals and video angles just to name a few. 

Everything counts and will be a part of the evaluation since it’s likely you’ll be using video technology regularly to communicate in the new role, perhaps with customers, so the interview has become an audition of sorts. 

Interviews are inherently anxiety-provoking and there’s a lot you won’t be able to control, so it’s in your best interest to control as much as you can regarding the environment. The ball for much of this is now in the job seeker’s court.

2) You’ll be asked how you’re handling the pandemic --  Read how to address this, #3 of the changes and more interview tips at the complete Forbes article