Feb 122018

Writing your resume is hard, right? Today, LinkedIn and Microsoft announced the launch of Resume Assistant in Word. The claim is that this tool will make it easier to update your profile and your resume. Let’s explore.

The Good: Technology that provides inspiration and reminders of content/skills you might include and connects you to job announcements that might be relevant.

The Bad: Differentiation is hard. Writing specific statements about what you did is important. You’ll still have to do that work to truly stand out on your resume or LinkedIn profile.

The Ugly: Did they seriously use a resume example in their video and article where the summary includes “detail-oriented” (on every list of over-used phrases) and experience that starts with “responsible for”? Almost every resume article you read will tell you not to use “responsible for” (for good reasons that we won’t go in to here – a quick search will bring up a dozen articles that explain why).

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  •  February 12, 2018
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Feb 052018

What do you think makes a scientist credible? The first thing you’re likely to think of is their technical skill base. You might say that a cell biologist projecting credibility must have a fair number of publications in their area of expertise, or a very special niche that they are known for, right? To some extent, you’d be correct—but that’s only when it comes to technical credibility. In reality, your overall credibility is composed of much more than that technical skill base.

This is particularly true early in the interview process, when you must get past nonscientific interviewers such as recruiters or human resources (HR) personnel. If you have an interesting CV, the first step of the interview process is likely to be a 20 to 30 minute phone call with a recruiter or HR professional to establish mutual interest. The crucial thing to remember about these screening interviews is that, to make it to the more detailed onsite interview with the scientific experts who will respond to your technical expertise, you first have to establish a general sense of credibility.

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  •  February 5, 2018
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Jan 292018
Perfecting the tone of your resume and LinkedIn profile will improve your job hunt prospects.

If LinkedIn had its way, there would be no such thing as a resume anymore. We may be heading in that direction, but we certainly aren’t there yet!

The reality is that you need both a well-constructed resume and an optimized LinkedIn profile for an effective current job search. They should share a certain amount of information and complement each other, but not be identical.

Your LinkedIn profile can draw recruiters and hiring authorities to you when you show up in their search results. It can be the pathway for them to reach out to you to request your resume. And, virtually every company of a certain size will require a resume from you for their applicant tracking system at some point in the hiring process.

Conversely, when you submit your resume to companies, you can assume that when it draws some interest, reviewers are also likely to search for you on LinkedIn for additional information.

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  •  January 29, 2018
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Jan 232018

You probably know this interview question all too well: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

It’s a difficult one to answer, and not just because you have to gaze into your future.

“It’s an infuriating question because honestly, who knows how the future will unfold?” bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch tells CNBC Make It. At the same time, “you know they expect you to answer by saying something like, ‘Right here, at this fabulous company!'”

Most candidates will end up giving a response about how they hope to still be with the company at that point. But the hiring manager has likely heard that dozens of times before, and won’t be impressed.

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  •  January 23, 2018
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Jan 162018

Hiring managers don’t just want to know if you’ve got the skills for a specific position. They also want to know if you’ll fit into the company’s culture, and an easy way to do that is trying to understand who you are outside of the office.

While some employers may inquire about your hobbies and side hustles, one common question candidates can expect to be asked in an interview is, “What is your favorite website?”

According to career strategist Mary Grace Gardner from The Young Professionista, this question allows interviewers to gain insight into how you utilize your down time.

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Jan 092018

Cultivating the right skills in your career will make the difference between getting a promotion and getting passed over for one, landing your dream job and settling for a role you don’t love, and being given that big new account or watching your not-so-favorite co-worker get the opportunity.

The question is, which soft skills are the right ones?

Whether you’re a career veteran or just entering the workforce, here are three highly-underrated soft skills that’ll help you no matter where you go in your career:

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  •  January 9, 2018
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Jan 032018
Recruiting and retaining tech talent remains IT’s biggest challenge today. Here’s how companies are coping — and what’s cooling off when it comes to IT staffing.

We’re seeing a number of shifts this year in hiring as technologies mature, new ones emerge and companies work to cut costs by blending full-time IT staff with contract work.

While some see the gig economy as a flexible new way to work, one that appeals to solo entrepreneurs, others see a general consequence of the Great Recession. Either way, the gig economy is experiencing growing pains. And growing it is: 40 percent of the workforce is expected to be part of it by 2020, according to a report by Intuit.

One thing hasn’t changed this year: Recruiting top talent is still difficult for most firms, and demand greatly outstrips supply. That’s influencing many of the areas we looked at, including compensation and retention.

Whether you’re looking to expand your team or job searching yourself, read on to see which IT hiring practices are trending and which ones are falling out of favor.

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Dec 182017

If you’ve been applying to opening after opening and not getting any bites (read: interviews or offers), it could be because referred candidates are snagging the roles first.

While you’ve no doubt heard that it’s all about who you know when you’re looking for a job, that’s more true than ever. A recent Jobvite article shared data showing that referred applicants are 15 times more likely to be hired than applicants who apply via a job board.

Crazy, right? Well here’s another fun fact from their 2015 Recruiter Nation survey : Nearly 80% of recruiters noted referrals as the best way to find quality hires, and this figure has remained consistent.

What does this mean for you? Well, for one thing, it cements the importance of networking , but it also makes it abundantly clear where you should be putting your efforts (hint: into meeting people who work at your dream companies). You can pull this off more easily than you think.

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Dec 122017
Developing your professional network will be far more valuable than uploading your resume to every listing site on the internet.

Headlines abound whenever Facebook or Google introduce a new feature or product. Recently, both rolled out similar services for job seekers, but don’t expect these tools to take all the work out of landing your dream job.

Here’s what the two Silicon Valley giants are offering. Google will aggregate listings from five major job sites to display in search results. On Facebook, companies can post jobs and contact and track applicants. The social media site will also push relevant jobs into users’ news feeds.

Related: To Succeed You Must Make Yourself Indispensable

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Dec 042017

You’ve often heard the words “work ethic” being bandied around. In fact, it has become one of the many phrases often included in many want ads and job descriptions, as a trait that you must possess so you can be considered for an open position. Something about how you must have a “strong work ethic”, or something along those lines.

And then, once you are already part of the company or organization, they’d go on and on about how all employees must have a good work ethic so they can contribute to the achievement of the organization’s goals.

But what is work ethic, really? Is it a personal trait that must be possessed by individuals? Or is it a standard of behavior that everyone should follow so they can actually be of use to the organization?

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  •  December 4, 2017
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