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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

 

 

 

 

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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

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Interesting Statistics About Resumes

September 29, 2014 2 comments

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  • Yahoo gets roughly 2,000 résumés a workday
  • Google once got 75,000 résumés in a single week!
  • 27,000 other resumes are posted on Monster alone each and every week
  • Online job postings often draw hundreds or thousands of responses within just 24 hours
  • One job posting on Monster can generate 200+ résumés in less than a day and most of those résumés will not be qualified for the job
  • Generally, companies receive 50 to 75 résumés for each skilled position and up to 300 for customer-service and entry-level positions.

 

  • A typical medium-large company gets around 100-200 job applicants per position.
  1. These 100-200 are quickly filtered down to a group of 25 with a 10-30 second glance
  2. The 25 are given a second look, and then filtered down to about 5-10
  3. These 5-10 candidates are given an assessment/test that filters the group down to 3-5
  4. 3-5 get interviews
  5. 1 gets hired

 

The Challenge of Getting Noticed

  • 75 percent of candidates are eliminated by their résumé alone
  • 53 percent of résumés contain falsifications, and the résumé reviewer can often sense it before even meeting you
  • A recruiter or hiring manager only gives most résumés an initial 10-30 second glance and then sorts it into 1 of 3 piles: Keeper, Maybe, Trash
  • The initial glance generally looks at 1) job titles, 2) companies you worked at, 3) start/end dates and 4) education.
  • Only 17 percent of recruiters bother to read cover letters unless you make the short list
  • 60 percent of resumes reviewed by a computerized scanning system are never seen by human eyes.

 

Your Online Footprint

  • More than 90 percent of employers are using some form of social media in their quest to find new talent.
  • Most recruiters find résumé reading to be their least preferred method for finding good talent; networking, word-of-mouth, and blog and social media postings are more preferred
  • For every 10 minutes you spend on your résumé , you should spend an hour on LinkedIn.
  • 73 percent of recruiters have hired someone who was introduced or discovered through a social media/networking site.

 

Your Résumés Format

  • Your résumé should be no longer than 2 pages
  • Your font should be 10 -12pt; no larger, no smaller
  • Your margin should be 1″. Definitely no less than .8″
  • Your career summary should be no more than 3-5 lines
  • 1 percent of recruiters will automatically dismiss a résumé because it contains a single typo
  • 43 percent of hiring managers will disqualify a candidate from consideration because of spelling errors
  • 76 percent will reject the résumé if you have an unprofessional email address
  • 60 percent of résumés are ignored because they’re not formatted correctly or are too cluttered

 

Miscellaneous Stats

  • Over 50 percent of applicants for a typical job fail to meet the basic qualifications for that job
  • 90% of the time your “passion” is not what the hirer wants or needs
  • 80 percent of those receiving an offer will accept it

 

The statistics above were taken from a variety of online sources. One article in particular deserves credit for several of the facts shown above. I encourage you to read the article in it’s entirety: “Why You Can’t Get A Job … Recruiting Explained By the Numbers” by Dr John Sullivan

Watch Out for Job Scams

October 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Desperate to create income, people are willing to try just about anything to find work.   Hence, the increasing rise of job scams.

I was recently on Craigslist where I saw a job advertisement that looked absolutely wonderful for me.  The job tasks, public exposure, and the mission and vision of the company all seemed to be something I’d love to be a part of.  I emailed the posting to myself so I could look at it more closely in  preparation for my targeted résumé and cover letter.  While closely reviewing the ad, my warning antenna began to pique. Long story short: The job posting stated the company and position’s location were somewhere in the Central Valley of California, when in fact it was in New York.

In this situation, job scammers had taken a real job ad from a reputable company and created a look-alike job advertisement as a scam.   What tipped me off ? First of all,  the job ad did not include a hyperlink to the organization’s website.  Second, the rate of pay was very inconsistent with the position level and demands of the job.  Finally, when I hovered my mouse over “Apply Here” the screentip displayed a suspicious looking web address. I flagged this position and got it removed from Craigslist.

Here’s another true story.  A lady was recently scammed by a “recruiter” who contacted her through LinkedIn.  The company offered a much better paying position than her current job and requested she resign immediately and start working for them the following week.  The lady took time to research the company, checking the Better Business Bureau, Glassdoor,  and examining their website. She did not find any negative or positive information on this company, which appeared to be about eight years old.   She accepted the position and began working as a 1099 employee on September 10th. She worked for 2 weeks and 2 days and without being paid, lost all communication with the company (this was also a telecommuting position). After 17 years working as a telecommuter, with her old position no longer available, this lady joined the nation-wide force of desperate job-seekers.

I don’t want you to think any less of Craigslist or LinkedIn as viable job search options. Job scams are everywhere and can come from any source.  It’s important that you, the job-seeker, carefully examine a position, a job ad and the company before engaging in potential employment.  Flexjobs.com suggest the following tips to safeguard you from being scammed.

Be cautious about unsolicited e-mails: E-mails from unknown sources that promise to find you work-from-home jobs should be ignored completely, and of course deleted.

If you think you’ve found a scam, ask yourself these questions to be sure:

  • Is the hiring company’s name listed in the job listing?
  • Do you need to pay to get the job?
  • Does the job listing sound too good to be true?
  • Does the company ask you to provide your social security number, driver’s license number, credit card number, or bank information?
  • Does the job sound like any of the following common work at home scams? Unsolicited contact, wire transfer, stuffing envelopes, data entry, assembly work, multi-level marketing or pyramid scheme, shipping manager, rebate processor

For additional information on how to avoid job scams, take a look at these articles from Flexjobs.

Also consider joining FlexJobs. The nominal subscription fee is worth it. If you join them, please tell them Michelle Walker-Wade referred you.

In the meantime, be careful, be safe, and look before you leap.

~ Blessings!

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy &
Career Strategy
Expert

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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What Can I Do With That Degree?

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We have built up the idea of getting a college degree as the complete key to success; yet, we clearly see that simply having a great education and an earned degree isn’t enough to keep you from being an unemployed (or under employed) job-seeker. Vocational colleges, on the other hand, have tooted their horn that students can quickly get in, get the skills needed for a particular career, and get to work.

I’m an advocate of education, and my particular area of interest is career education, having over 12 years of experience in this field. I talk to many adults trying to make decisions about their career, who are in transition, and who wonder should they go back to college for a 4-year degree, or go to a vocational institution and get a new job skill.  There is no one right answer.  Determining which way to go, and WHEN to take which move first requires a series conversations, soul searching, and personal research.  The money and time you are getting ready to invest in “re-tooling” yourself should not be a quick, brash decision. As an adult learner with adult life responsibilities you must  critically listen to college and career institution recruiters, and then do your own research.  You should take time to find the answers for yourself to questions like:

  • What can I REALLY do with that degree?
  • Will that degree be enough, or will I need an advanced or accompanying degree to land a good job?
  • How plenteous are the jobs in this field in my geographical area?
  • What companies in my area look for people with my degree and or skill?
  • Will my degree be enough, or will the employer want me to have other skills as well?
  • What is the future of my industry of choice?
  • Will the jobs I see now still be the same when I’ve finished my studies?

These questions can be daunting, time-consuming, and if not approached with the right attitude, could make a person less motivated to persist.  But, trust me, and the thousands of degreed job-seekers whose student loan payments are eating them alive, getting the strategy upfront is much better than dealing with the crisis afterwards.

My opening question was: What can I do with that degree?  Not looking at degrees such as Business, Marketing, Education, and other job-focused degrees, I want to give you a few resources to check out. The information here is just enough to give you some ideas, but it is in no way enough to say you’ve done your research. Take a look, and leave some feedback if you will.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

If you have any insight on the following degrees (undergraduate level preferred) please do share.

Agriculture Anthropology Art History Biology
Chemistry Communications Cultural Studies Creative Writing
Dance English Environmental Studies Fine Arts
Health Science History Human Development Humanities
Human Sexuality Industrial Design Kinesiology Life Science
Linguistics Marine Biology/Science Mass Media Microbiology
Music Natural Science Philosophy Physics
Political Science Public Relations Regenerative Studies Religious Studies
Statistics Telecommunication Systems TESOL Technical Studies
Urban Studies Wildlife Management Women’s Studies Zoology

~ Blessings to you!

Michelle Walker-Wade Workplace Literacy Expert

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy Expert

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