2 Ways to Boost Your Chances of Landing a New Job During COVID-19

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2020

COVID-19 came and turned everyone's world upside down. It's shown no mercy and has negatively impacted many people via illness, job loss, business closures, and even death. With the amount of layoffs, furloughs, and business closures, unemployment claims have now hit over 25 million. Even though it may seem like this is not the best time to enter the job market, many have been forced to. Entering the job market is tough even with the absence of a global pandemic. Therefore, landing a new job during COVID-19 may seem impossible, but here's how you can increase your chances of making it to the top of a recruiters "request to interview " list.

"98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening and only the “top 2%” of candidates make it to the interview." - Robert Meier, Job Market Experts

Becoming one of those top 2% candidates takes having a killer resume and cover letter, the ability to articulate how you can solve the company's problem, and a few other...

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LinkedIn's Easy Apply is Not What You Think

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2020

Tom Hillhouse, an ex-LinkedIn employee, shared that LinkedIn's "Easy Apply" might as well be "Easy Rejection". Yikes. While the easy apply option may seem like a good idea when in job market (one click and you're done), there's a few things you need to know about it before using it to aid in your job search.

What is Easy Apply?

Easy Apply is an option for some jobs listed on LinkedIn's job board that allows you to apply for jobs with the push of a button, once you have a resume uploaded to your profile. It simply shares your profile with the recruiter and send them your resume. It is not a formal job application.
 
 

Easy Apply Only Shares your Profile with the Recruiter

Your easy application falls into a sea of other easy apply applicants that the recruiter has to shift or filter through. But, in order to access the resume you submitted, they have to first select your profile from the sea of applicants. See where I'm going with this? If you don't already have a profile...
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3 Resume Tips for Education When You Didn't Graduate

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2020

Attending college and not graduating doesn't make you any less worthy of gainful employment. There's a story behind why you didn't finish and I understand it can be tricky when trying to tell that story on your resume. Even if you didn't graduate, it's still important that you add your education to your resume.

Here are 3 simple ways you can include your education when you didn't graduate.
1. Simply list the college location:

Howard University, Washington, D.C

2. Include years attended + major:

Howard University, Washington, D.C |Major:Accounting | 2010-2012

3. Add completed coursework with your major learning:

Howard University, Washington, D.C |Major:Accounting | 2010-2012

Completed Coursework:Intermediate Accounting, Tax Principles & Procedures, Auditing

Learning:Strong understanding of financial statements, tax law and preparation, and accounting information systems.

Need help identifying which way will work best on your resume? Grab a Resume Audit and I'll tell you!

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2 New LinkedIn Features Job Seekers Should Be Using

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2020

 

In response to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and companies continuing to layoff employee, Linkedin launched the Open to Work photo frame and the Name Pronunciation feature to their platform to further help job seekers.

1. The Open to Work Photo Frame

The Open to Work photo frame allows you to tell all of LinkedIn that you're "seeking New opportunities" without having to put that in your introductory headline; the section of your profile that holds a lot weight on the LinkedIn algorithm. With the click of a button, you can tell recruiters you're on the job market. Watch how:

2. Name Pronunciation Recording

Studies have been done on hiring biases and one that is consistent across the board is name pronunciation, which found that some recruiters wouldn't reach out to a candidate if they didn't know how to pronounce their name. Not anymore! Linkedin's name pronunciation feature allows you to record and display how to say your name via your phone. This feature is...
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3 Career Myths That Keep Us From Getting Hired

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2020

1. Job Search Engines Don't Work

Job Search Engines are platforms created to help you save time searching for open positions so that, you don't have to search every company's career page one by one. Their intention is not to get you hired. Getting hired is the by product of the problem they're trying to solve, which is time spent searching for jobs. Google Jobs is not stopping you from getting hired. If you're applying to jobs and aren't hearing anything back, it's your resume that's stopping you.

2. LinkedIn Doesn't Have Real Opportunities

I've been offered opportunities to interview for over 20 real positions from recruiters at Google, Disney, Gartner, Kimberly-Clark, etc. on LinkedIn. There are over 20 million companies on LinkedIn posting real jobs with real recruiters looking for really great talent that know how to market and sell their talents in digital spaces. LinkedIn most definitely works for those who invest in optimizing their profile and spend time connecting with...
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