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14 hours ago
When was the last time you reviewed your Privacy & Settings in LinkedIn?
When you are in active job search mode, you want your privacy settings to be as open as possible, to encourage more profile views and connections.
LinkedIn profiles are indexed by Google, so having an open profile can get you additional visibility through Google.
A public profile on LinkedIn ensures your professional skills are presented to everyone who wants to know more about you. ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
The most common thing I hear from prospective clients is: “I don’t feel comfortable talking about my accomplishments, it feels like I’m bragging.”
Um, yes, and that’s a good thing!
It is also the hardest part of writing your own résumé. Ok, there are many difficult parts to writing your own résumé, but this is probably the most challenging.
Your accomplishments are what help you stand apart from the competition! They should offer the proof behind those critical skills you listed.
Not all accomplishments can be quantified and that’s okay. Improvements don’t have to be $$ or %, they can highlight your team, project, and/or program leadership and be just as effective.
7 days ago
How I Landed A Job Being Authentic in an Interview:
When I was seeking positions outside of Healthcare and into Education, I landed an interview at a community college. I researched the school and department, I practiced, I bought a new outfit that I felt confident in and I did a dry run of the location to make sure I would not be late.
Towards the end of the interview I was asked the question: “What is something we don’t know from reading your résumé?” I paused, scrambled in my head for a few seconds and then said matter-of-factly: “I’m a big Yankees fan!”
The interview panel laughed and looked at the Director. Turns out he was a huge baseball fan! Whew! I lucked out with that one. 🤗
The final question to me before concluding the interview was: “Why should we choose you?”
Internally, my mind was spinning on what I wanted to say. Do I go with the professional yet sterile response? Do I lay it all out there?
I chose the latter and responded:
“I know I don’t have the experience for this, but this is exactly what I want to do. Working in Education has been my goal and I know I can do this job. I am excited about this position, and I will work hard for you if given the opportunity.”
They thanked me and I was on my way. And you know what? I felt great. I laid it all out there and now it was their decision.
1 week ago
Last week I had a truly terrible customer service experience. If it were not for my desperate need of the product, I would have ended all communications with the sales rep and took my hard-earned money to another company.
Honestly, I am still mad at myself for giving the sales rep any sort of commission because his service WAS THAT BAD!
I started thinking about how he got into that role and how he is maintaining employment.
For getting the role: He has an advanced degree so if that were a requirement of the job, he lucked out.
For maintaining the role: I have no idea!
I was thinking about my clients that have truly demonstrated customer service excellence and how, without advanced degrees, they are missing out on job opportunities that they SHOULD be top candidates for.
Customer facing, front-end positions deserve better screening. Relying on rigid requirements and an ATS system to scan for the rigidity, is taking the human factor out of recruitment.
Great post Shoni. I would rather hire somebody I can teach than somebody who already thinks they know it all.
2 weeks ago
The national unemployment rate for October 2020 is at 6.9% down from 10.2% in July.
The good news: people are finding and accepting work!
The not-so-great news for job seekers: 6.9% still reflects a highly competitive market.
In February 2020, the unemployment rate was at 3.5% and employers were struggling to find staff to fulfill their needs. The job market was favorable to job seekers.
With that 6.9%, job seekers are up against more applicants vying for the same position.
With the holidays approaching, it is easy to over analyze that now is a good time to take a break until the new year.