As professional resume writers, we've been lucky to stay busy during COVID-19, but this is not the case for millions of people. With more and more people filing unemployment each week, many wonder how they can stand out among a sea of job applicants. It's time to resurrect your resume. The Future of Resumes We all know that a resume has just 6 seconds to grab the attention of the employer. But in today's chaotic world, that could be even less due to shorter attention spans. One trend we're seeing is employers asking applicants to submit video resumes. HR professionals cannot currently interview people in person due to social distancing guidelines, but they still want to get a feel for someone's character and mannerisms to see if they would be a good fit for their team. A video can work as a personal cover letter to show an employer why you are a good fit. Be [...]
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Workplace stress has become something we all deal with daily. Some people handle better than others, but others don't. This chronic stress can fill our lives, despite our best efforts to keep it confined to our workspace. So how do we reduce stress at work? Change your mindset We all spend way too much time doing things that trigger stress than we do on something that relaxes us. Too much stress can expedite the aging process, weaken our immune systems, and leave us feeling tired and depressed. The key is to recognize the signs and respond with healthier habits. An excellent way to start this is by asking yourself, what can I control? Learn to say "No" This is not an easy thing to do. It's human to want to help and to take on more than we should, but learning to say no once in a while can relieve the stress you feel by [...]
In almost every interview, you are asked, “Are you a team player?” The obvious answer is “yes,” to this question, however, interviewers will ask to order to determine if you are able to support a team and work well with others. Thinking about this question and prepare yourself to have an example of when you demonstrated this behavior. You can use these questions to self-reflect and describe how you are a team player. Are you helpful? Do you enjoy collaborating with others and discussing new ideas with your co-workers? Are you able to communicate with people who have different personalities or even complex personalities effectively? Do you know how to reconcile conflicts and motivate people? Are you cautious in your communication method? After answering these five questions you will have a clear understanding of how best to address the question "Are you a team player" in your next interview. If you would like to discuss [...]
Many people are now working from home and enjoying a bit more flexibility within their day. However, in order to stay sharp and happy working from home, you'll need to establish some home office rules and routines. Don't start working the minute you wake up It's easy to roll out of bed and immediately log into work, but this could potentially be setting you up for a 10 hour day, causing you to burn out. Instead, go through a morning routine. Give yourself time to get ready for the day, workout, brew some coffee, or get some fresh air. Having a routine will allow you some much needed YOU time before starting work. Workspace is for work only One of the best things you can do when you are working from home is to give yourself a space where you do nothing but work. Being able to dedicate a work-only area will allow you to set boundaries [...]
While hiring has slowed, it hasn't stopped altogether. Many employers are still recruiting - they're just doing it remotely. Here are six steps to nailing that remote interviewing, and bagging the job. Your setup Sit down and turn your camera on, what can be seen? Arrange your face at the center of the screen. Check the position or height of your laptop to get the angle right, so you're not looking down at the camera. Take a look around the space. Clear away clutter and make the area tidy. Be aware of noise or distractions that might interrupt you, like housemates in the kitchen, or pets. Find a quiet space that allows you to focus. Try a test run With so many video conferencing platforms, it's easy to get confused. Whether it's Webex, Zoom, Skype, or Teams, practice with a friend to learn the platform being used. There is nothing worse than your connection freezing [...]
With businesses gearing up to reopen, employers are figuring out how to navigate through this uncertain time and create a new normal for all their employees. You might be feeling excited to be getting back to work or to apply for a new job in one of the high demand industries, it's essential to be prepared to experience some changes. Most employers are asking employees to do a temperature check before coming into the building to work. Employees are advised to stay home if they feel any hint of illness. Many businesses will have restrictions on the number of patrons allowed in the building at a time, requiring masks, and asking people to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from each other. Offices may install plexiglass shields between desks, especially if the workspace is traditionally open. There will possibly be fewer in-person meetings and limits to the number of employees allowed in a [...]
While you are on the phone with a recruiter, don't forget to ask these crucial questions. In today's busy world, it takes time for recruiters to reach out to potential applicants. You could have applied for a job weeks ago, or just yesterday, either way, you need to be prepared when they call. The call, even if it only lasts for 5 minutes, is essential and more important than the job interview. Why? First impressions are unforgettable, and this is your chance to show who you are. It's also a perfect time to ask any questions you have about the job so you can be prepared for the interview. Here are some quick questions to ask the job recruiter. 1. Do you work for the hiring company? There are two types of recruiters. It's essential to know the difference between each one. An internal recruiter works directly with the company that looking for [...]
Resume writing with limited or no work experience First-time job seekers applying for jobs are facing a similar challenge: no work experience to prove they’re qualified. Most hiring managers or recruiters are reviewing work history as one of the best ways to predict future job performance. So what can you do when you don’t have work experience? Maybe you’re fresh out of school, or you are trying to change careers – it might be a bit tricky, but with these tips, you can still create an impressive entry-level resume. 1. Short and Sweet Most resumes have two pages, but this could be silly when you don’t have the experience to fill the pages. Keep things short and easy to read on one page, so your best achievements and skills can stand out to hiring managers. 2. Transferable skills List anything work-related that comes to mind. Emphasizing your transferable skills will help in two ways: [...]
Why hiring an interview coach is worth it When you are thinking about your upcoming interview, do you start to sweat and stress out? Has this ever happened to you while you were sitting down in front of your potential employer? Good news; you are not alone. Job interviews are stressful, no matter how much experience you may have. Meeting new people, in general, is nerve-racking enough, not to mention the questions that go hand in hand with any interview, "Tell me about you," "Can you remember a time when," and everyone's favorite "What are your weaknesses"... plus, your dream job could slip through your fingers with one wrong response. No big deal, right? Without preparation, It's a pretty big deal. This is not the time to be recruiting your friends or family to role play with you; instead, hire an interview coach. Interview Coaches will help you reduce the sweat and stress that [...]
Have you been spending hours, days, months of job searching, and you keep coming up empty-handed? Have you been blaming the economy on the lack of job replies or feeling like everyone else is struggling too? Do you ask yourself why your job search is not working? We can help you improve your results with a few simple changes that will make a massive difference to your job search strategy. Mistakes to Avoid Job Applications Not all applications are created equal. Most online job boards send you down a rabbit hole, wasting your time and taking you away from your actual goal of finding a job. Did you know that 80% of vacant positions are filled without ever advertising? Some companies are even required to post jobs, even if they fill them internally. These jobs are filled by an employee or referral or from the company's existing database of potential candidates or by an internal [...]