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Career Management Tip #2 for LinkedIn

May 15, 2015 1 comment

Hi Friends!

LinkedIn is one of the greatest online career management tools to date. Career management is the lifelong, self-monitored process of career planning that involves choosing and setting personal goals, and formulating strategies for achieving them.  Many times we’re so consumed with our current work – either for a current employer, freelance contract, or entrepreneurial venture – that we forget to manage our own career. Remember, you’re career is YOURS to take care of.  Keep a handle on it even when it seems like it does not need your attention.



Here’s three super quick career management tips for LinkedIn:

Record your accomplishments and projects as soon as they happen.  When you successfully complete a special project at work, go right to the PROJECTS section on your profile and tell us about it!

Keep your profile fresh and up-to-date – Make sure your professional profile photo is current and fresh, and that it looks like YOU.  Make sure the information on your profile is current. If you no longer work for a particular employer or if you’ve graduated from school, update your information.  When a recruiter looks you up on LinkedIn (as they do about 90% of the time before calling you for an interview) you want them to see accurate information from someone who cares about their professional reputation.

If you need a less revealing platform, check out www.poachable.co  (“.CO” not “.com”) – Do you want potential employers and recruiters to know that you’re passively open to new opportunities, but don’t want your current LinkedIn contacts to know? Poachable provides an anonymous platform you might find helpful.

As I always say: “It’s YOUR career – you take care of it!” Reach out if you need help!

Success to You,

Michelle Walker-Wade

 

 

 

 

What Did That Hiring Manager Say? Take an Inside Look

January 24, 2015 Leave a comment

recruiter-angry-620x350We’d all love to believe when our résumé and cover letter hits hiring manager’s hands rays of blissful light springs from it, and skittles candy rains down from the sky and fills the room. Right?  Well, I’m sorry. I’m here to help, so  cannot leave you living in fairyland. Hiring managers probably roll their eyes at more résumés than you can imagine. I’ve noted a few of their comments below. It’s up to you to take an honest look at yourself (meaning your résumé and cover letter approach) and take some corrective action. Here we go…


“Every time a job seeker uses a meaningless descriptive word on their #resume like energetic, another hiring manager becomes just a little more exhausted.”  (posted by B. S. on LinkedIn)

  • What to do: eliminate the fluff!

“If I have to spend more than 30 seconds finding out what you have accomplished, forget it … Likely, I will ignore the whole thing…”

“Of the probably close to 1,000 I’ve received, I’ve read less than a hundred submitted cover letters from start to finish. Why? Most people do not take the time to make the letter worth reading.” (poster: Jenny Yerrkin Martin of Careerealism)

“If you’ve been unemployed for a long stretch of time, it makes me wonder what’s wrong with you…” (poster unknown)

  • What to do: Stay enrolled in some type of job training/college course AND get busy volunteering at a reputable organization.  List both on your resume.

“Applying online is a losing game… We build our application process to weed out candidates…” (poster unknown)

  • What to do: Focus more on networking (both in-person and virtually) to get your foot in the door

THAT’S ALL FOR NOW; BUT THERE’S MORE TO COME. CHECK BACK SOON!

Michelle Walker-Wade Workplace Literacy Expert

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workforce, Training & Development
Professional

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5 Top Resume Suggestions Made to Job-Seekers

July 1, 2012 3 comments

On June 28th I participated in the Northern California Silicon Valley Career Strategies Forum event as a résumé reviewer; we had over 200 job-seekers in attendance.  After reviewing many résumés that day, I  want to share with you the top five résumé suggestions I made to various attendees.

You can  take a look at my youtube video to hear the details, and I will also list them briefly below.

FIVE Top Suggestions in a Nutshell

  1. Don’t try to make one résumé fit all jobs.
  2. Make sure you use the first page of your résumé most effectively.
  3. Let go of the objective statement, and use a career profile or a summary of qualifications instead.
  4. Be more compelling in describing work experience .
  5. Format your text so it is easy  for the reader to view; this pertains to font sizes, line spaces, margin size, etc.

I hope you take time to watch the video.  I believe you will find the information to be useful. Feel free to ask questions or leave feedback below.

~ Blessings!

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy &
Career Strategy
Expert

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Could using a target job title help your résumé get noticed?

May 29, 2012 4 comments

Could using a target job title on your résumé (instead of an objective statement) help your résumé get noticed? Should you use a target job title, or is it best to stick with using an objective statement?

Watch the following video and get answers to these and other questions:

  1. What is a target job title?
  2. What are the three components of a target job title?
  3. Why should I consider using a target job title?
  4. What can I do with the other components of my résumé to make it more targeted to the open position?

– Résumé- Using A Targeted Job Title –

[See more videos at: www.youtube.com/user/WorkplaceLit4Adults]

If I can give you one primary take away message from this video it would be this: A résumé must be targeted to the job. Generic résumés are less likely to get noticed and could be prolonging your job search.

My advice: Think “customization” every time you submit your résumé and cover letter.

~ Blessings to you!

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy
Career & Business Strategy
Expert

California Employers Can No Longer Access Your Credit Report As A Condition of Employment

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

As the job market grew tighter and tighter, employers came up with more ways to weed-out job candidates.  One method employers used was to check your credit reports.  The rationale they used was, if a person’s credit was bad they probably were not “trustworthy” enough to be employed in their company.  Nearly 60% of employers began participating in this less-than-accurate practice, considering all of the factors in recent years that have caused many hard-working, trustworthy people to fall in their credit rating.

Well, CALIFORNIA (along with 6 other States) has banned this practice; and 19 more  States are in progress of banning it as well.  This is good news for millions of unemployed and under-employed individuals.

If any employer attempts to have you sign a release to run your credit report, make sure you tell them about the California credit check law, signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2011, and went into effect Jan. 1, 2012.  This law protects MOST, but not all.

CLICK HERE  to check out MarketWatch’s video clip entitled: States Start Banning Credit Checks

Here is a list of jobs that fall into the exception-to-the rule category:

Jobs that allow a credit check include:

  • A position in the state Department of Justice
  • A managerial position
  • A position as a sworn peace officer or other law enforcement job
  • A position for which the information is required by law
  • A position that involves access to specified personal information
  • A position in which the person is a named signatory on the employer’s bank or credit card account
  • A position that involves access to confidential or proprietary information
  • A position that involves regular access to $10,000 or more of cash

If interested, you can read the full bill,  AB 22,  at: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_22_bill_20110920_enrolled.html

Employment and Unemployment in the 209

January 20, 2012 1 comment

Did you know that in San Joaquin County…

  • The county unemployment rate is 15.9% while Alameda County is 9.3%?

And..

The top 3 fastest growing jobs are:

  • Personal and Home Care Aides ($9.86/hour),
  • Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architect – ($36.11/hour)
  • And other personal care and Service Workers such as beauticians, barbers, disability care workers, and food service workers – (pay rate varies)

Looking at the unemployment rates and taking into account the dramatic difference between the rate of pay for the 3 top fastest growing jobs, you must notice that unless you’re interested in spending the time and money needed to gain very technical skills, the quickest route into the workforce appears to be some sort of personal care.  Personal care jobs are often viewed as “low-skill” jobs; and as you can see from the rate of pay that these type jobs generally are low paying jobs as well.  While you many not want to make a life-long career in such low-skill/low-pay jobs, I encourage you to go ahead and enter (or re-enter) the workforce through the door that is open.

Getting in the workforce will help you:

  1. Develop even more skills (particularly soft-skills which employers say are 87.5% of almost every job).
  2. Build your confidence level and your general feelings of usefulness.
  3. Send a message to your family and friends that you are still workforce-minded, thereby minimizing the amount of time available to do random activities that really are  low priority time-busters.

I have found, particularly in the 209 area code, the conditions of the job market have many people so despondent they’ve found solace in doing “random activities“.  What I say to you is this:  make those activities count for something.  Use them to give you an edge into a new world or work. Unemployment benefits will not last forever. Just take a look at South Carolina’s new unemployment rules coming in 2012.  Under these  new rules, after a month of collecting benefits, the unemployed must now accept any offer for a job that pays at least 90 percent of what they used to earn. After 5 months, workers must accept a job that pays minimum wage, or $7.25 an hour. South Carolina’s unemployment rate has hovered around 9% for a few years (like California).

It won’t be long before other states plagued with high unemployment rates (like California) may look at similar alternatives.  I can take a hint; can you?

Fiverr Gig – I will critique your résumé for a specific job posting for $5

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment

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While you’re here, please take a moment to take my poll “What Components of a Résumé Make the Biggest Impact? “.

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Things That may Cause Your Résumé to Get Ignored  (Workplacelit4adults)