It’s A Candidate’s Job Market!

It’s true. We are in a full-blown candidate job market. This is great news! We have been building toward this for the last few years – and here we are. Still, I know several of you are skeptical that this is the case. For you skeptics out there, enjoy this great infographic from TalentLyft outlining the many ways in which hiring and recruitment trends are changing to meet this new jobs-space.

If you are one of those hopeful candidates that have been enthusiastically applying and submitting your resume for various roles, and are not hearing back – it’s time to change something. Create a new resume. Develop a new format, power up your content, research key words, etc. Get noticed.

If you are one of those candidates getting interviews, but not the job – it’s time to change something. Practice your interviewing skills, research interview questions and interview techniques. Remember, a big part of being prepared for your interview includes research on the company. Review the company website, reach out to people you know that work for the company and ask questions. Do the legwork and be prepared for the interview.

This is your time! Time to start benefiting from your years of hard work, specialty training and acquired skill set. Show them that YOU are the talented individual they are looking for.

Let’s get to work! Talk soon.

talent Lyft infographic

Changing Industries in 2019?

Are you looking to change industries in 2019? A recent college grad? If you are, you may want to take a look at this list from Career Builder of the 20 industries anticipating big growth! https://www.careerbuilder.com/advice/the-list-20-industries-expected-to-have-huge-job-growth-through-2019.

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Trying Something New…

Drum roll please… I am stepping out of my comfort zone.

Again.

Not so far out as the vlog, but intended in the same spirit. Here is where I thank all my wonderful friends, clients and family for the encouragement and great counsel.

Again.

Today I am growing my community and launching a group page, Resume Central. You can read the group description for yourself, but, in a nutshell, I am hoping it will be a supportive and uplifting group. In my heart of hearts it is a positive place for professionals to commiserate and share wise counsel based on their experiences. Zero judgement.

Of course, I will share what I know about the industry, answer your questions, share industry factoids, my blog / vlog – and anything else I can to support you in your professional endeavors.

Looking forward to having you join us!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/461959227636089/?source_id=482220901902592

Click on the link above and then on the “Visit Group” button in top, right of the page below the banner.

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DO YOU WRITE FOR MY INDUSTRY?

My answer to this question is, “Yes.” I can say this without knowing what industry you are targeting for your career search, because I am confident in my ability to conduct quality keyword research and my knowledge of the resume industry. And really, in the resume game, keyword research is everything! Remember just a few blog/vlogs ago when we talked about the power of ATS as a first line of defense for hiring managers. ATS eliminates over 50% of candidates without their resume ever being seen.

Keyword research and inclusion in a visually appealing, well-formatted (in other words, professionally written) resume enhance your chances of being seen, therefore considered, by 40% by hiring managers. Beyond keyword research, you want someone who is going to make a deep dive into your career history. Learning my clients’ story is an honor that translates, for me as a resume writer, into a customized format and highest quality content for each client.

So, while a resume writer specializing in an industry – as long as keyword research is current and in-depth – can certainly be a benefit to a candidate, the better question to ask is, “How good are you at research?”

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What Is Considered Continuing Education?

What do we mean, in the hiring / resume/ career – world when we talk about continuing education? I am sure the answers vary from individual to individual, but for the most part, and in most cases, you will find that continuing education doesn’t just refer to degrees held. Stop underselling yourself relative to your training and lose the humbleness. Consider your career, past and current, as well as all those courses your employer may have required of or offered you.

When I begin working with a client I want to know every training, course, certificate and workshop they have ever taken. Sure, some of these will not make it to the resume, but you would be surprised at what “golden nuggets” people leave off their resume. For the most part, each of these courses will not only enhance the hard achievements included in your resume, but it communicates (subliminally) your commitment to ongoing learning and professional development. The subliminal things your resume communicates can be pretty important when it comes down to you and the average 4 additional candidates being considered for a given position.

My advice regarding continuing education? Soak it up! You invest your time, your talent and work product in your company, let your company, current or future, invest in you and your professional development. Take advantage of any training programs they offer. It looks great on your resume!

For those of you transitioning industries and worried that you don’t have every one of the certifications listed in the pie-in-the-sky position description? Or for those of you whose current employer does not invest in their employee’s professional development, consider the many free online learning courses out there. To help you along, here is a list, provided by Mashable, of free online resources available to you https://mashable.com/2015/10/13/free-online-classes/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-pete-link#qreItOgL3sqJ . Don’t be afraid to do your own research if these don’t appeal to you.

Bottom line, investing the time, if not the money, in your professional development is worth the investment. Every time.

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Keeping It Clean!

These days hiring managers must be savvier than ever. The hundreds of submissions for consideration for each open position posted mandates that human resources professionals use any and every available tool to help them manage the barrage. We know applicant tracking systems (ATS) are a wonderful first line of defense – eliminating over 50% of online submissions.

One of the most overlooked tools hiring managers have at their disposal is social media. Candidates need to be aware of, clean up, and manage their personal brand. More than 73% of companies are using social media to recruit, screen and hire candidates. Conversely, over 70% of employers turn down candidates due to something negative found online.

Employers need any edge they can get in the current hiring game. Social media allows them to further sift through and eliminate candidates from that extensive pile. If you want a shot at being one of the average 5 out of hundreds of candidates earning an interview, you need to make sure your online presence / personal brand is a positive representation of who you are as a person and potential candidate.

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(Credit to TopResume for statistics included in this article).

KNOW THE NUMBERS!

We know numbers are great to use in resumes for a plethora of reasons. Numbers demonstrate measurable results, showcase achievements and quickly communicate your abilities in a quantitative way that, hopefully, catches the eye of the hiring manager in that initial 60 second review of your resume – after it makes it through those pesky applicant tracking systems.

The numbers I want to talk to you about are the percentages. Out of the 20% of jobs posted online (that’s right, according to TopResume, 80% of jobs are not posted online), 50% of candidates are eliminated from consideration by applicant tracking systems. It’s all about keywords and quality keyword research, my friends.

There is a silver lining, however, for the more than 50% of people currently employed and considering a new career. A professionally written resume gives you 40% greater chance of being seen. Imagine that percentage increasing as you focus your career search and allow your resume writer to refine that keyword research… Not only that, but resume services are tax deductible. Win and won.

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(Credit to Wendi Weiner at Forbes and TopResume for statistics included in this article).