The 2020 Job Market is… Different

It’s Not You; It’s Them

If you’ve been looking for a job recently, you have probably felt frustrated, depressed and lackluster at more than one point.

You want nothing more than to find a job so that you can hone your skills, but even the jobs that you are over-qualified to take on are not getting back to you. Soon, you find yourself working a job that hardly pays the bills that you could do in your sleep.

We get it. You deserve better. You are qualified for so much more, but you just can’t quite get ahead. Sure, there are things that you can do to maximize your chances of finding work. Heck, we’ve written dozens of articles about that in just this last month. The issue is that the job market is different, and nobody is teaching job seekers how to navigate it.

We’ll offer you what help we can so that you can make your way through the job market, and into your next dream job.job search is different in 2020

Online Applications Are Awful, But Necessary

How many times have you clicked a link to fill out an application, and posting requires you to create a profile, upload all of your work history, talk about your educational history and include tons of personal information. Yeah, it gets annoying really fast. If you have filled out an online job application in the past few months, there’s no way you haven’t been asked to answer questions that the job recruiter can easily find in your resume.  Unfortunately, all that applications have become are just reiterations of our resumes.

Here’s where things get more frustrating. If you are applying for jobs online, there is nothing that says that your will even be called in for an interview. This is for two reasons. The first is that since jobs are posted online, people around the world are seeing them. This isn’t the ‘90s where you would drop off a copy of your resume at a local business that is hiring. You are basically throwing your resume into the lottery and praying that yours happens to be one of the ones that gets seen by a hiring manager.

Secondly, companies now use applicant-tracking systems. These systems filter through applications while weeding out applications that lack the keywords or key phrases that the businesses want to see in their applicants.  This doesn’t sound bad, but this is also why a lot of companies miss out on hiring people who are more than qualified for the job. For example, let’s say you want to work at an analytics firm. You have plenty of experience, and have worked for several other analytics firms. Some of which might even be bigger than this one. Unfortunately, the applicant tracking system threw your resume in the recycling bin because you didn’t use the term “fixed asset management” in your resume. You may very well know exactly what that is, but because you didn’t have it in your resume, you aren’t even getting a call back.

This is why hiring a professional resume writer is necessary. Look, money might be tight. Hiring a professional resume writer might even seem like a bit of a gamble, but you need to highly consider doing so. Hiring a professional resume writer is the best way you can maximize your chances of getting your resume in the hands of a hiring manager. Professional resume writers are trained to add the necessary keywords and key phrases to resumes depending on the jobs that the applicants want to land. Click here to schedule a free consultation with a professional resume writer.

Being Off the Grid is Not an Option

If you want to find a job in this market, you need to have some sort of social media presence. If you don’t, you are seen as someone who doesn’t know how to network, and as someone who isn’t savvy with the latest news.

You need a presence on social media, especially LinkedIn. Create some profiles, keep them updated and add them to your resume and portfolio.

Interviews Have Gone Virtual

When your mom and dad went on job interviews, they wore newly dry-cleaned suits, got fresh haircuts and commuted to job interviews with a briefcase and resumes in tow.

Times have changed. Pandemics have come into play.  Zoom calls have become the new norm.

You need to learn how to have virtual interviews, and how to have interviews over the phone. When you’re on the phone, stay calm. The only thing this company has to go off you is your voice, so make sure you don’t sound like you’re about to have a stroke from stress. If you have an interview via Zoom or Skype, make sure that you look nice, and make sure that you are doing the call in a place with no distractions. You don’t want the interviewer to be distracted by your 2005 Dave Matthews Band poster that’s in the background.

Be Patient

They say that the first person to quit, is alway thFinding a job is a full-time job in and of itself. Don’t go into it thinking that you’re going to find your next dream job at a Fortune 500 company within the next week or so. It is going to take time, but it will be worth it. Get back on the horse, and don’t quit.

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Remote Jobs That Pay $60K+

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High-Paying Jobs That Bring Home the Bacon From Your Couch

If you are working remotely due to the pandemic or because it is your personal preference, you’re probably worried about finding a job that pays what you need.

Fortunately, CNBC recently published an article giving five common remote jobs that pay more than $60,000

$60K Salary Remote Jobs

Technical Writer: $68,640 salary

  • Financial Analyst: $67,900 salary
  • Proposal Writer: $67,047 salary
  • Web Designer: $60,202 salary
  • Translator: $60,118 salary

Transitioning to Working From Home

Chances are that you are new to working from home. If you have never done it before, you might have been struggling with communication, staying focused, time management and organization among other issues.

Being productive while working from home can be difficult, but not impossible. Finding a remote position is what can be difficult.

If you want to start working from home, you need to start looking for a remote job. That journey starts with a great resume. If you really want to stand out above the competition, you should look into hiring a professional resume writer. Along with crafting you a professional resume, they will also give you tips on interviewing, and maintaining professionalism. Click here to schedule a free consultation. Remember, all services can be done virtually, so you do not have to come in and risk your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic!

 

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Why Some People Don’t Retire

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Why Retirement Isn’t for Everyone

There’s a chance that there is someone in your life that is well beyond the age of retirement, but they continue to work. You tell yourself things like, “they don’t need the money, so why are they still working?” You might also wonder why they don’t spend the rest of their life enjoying their friends and family rather than at an office.

The reality is that for one reason or another, retiring simply is not for everybody. Some people don’t ever leave the workforce as their idea of a happy life is one where they don’t stop working.

Retirement Can be Deadly

According to an article from MarketWatch, people that retire at or before 62 are at greater risk of mortality.

Many people believe that it is because when you retire, you lose purpose. For many people, the reason why they get up in the morning is their job. Jobs give them the reason for staying active and even staying healthy.

Many retirees stop caring about their personal appearance and even their health once they retire. As a result, they become less healthy and lose purpose.

My wife’s grandfather did not retire from his law practice until he was 90. He simply believed that there was still work that needed to be done, so he refused to retire. He passed away four years after retiring, with zero regrets about waiting to retire. Many of the people in my wife’s family have this same mindset as they don’t often talk about what they want to do after retirement.

There’s Always More Work To Be Done

When you get involved in your job, it can become one of the chief focuses of your life. As a result, this can lead to your job becoming your sole-focus.

If there is still more work left to do at your job, it can be hard to find a moment to retire. It may feel like you are abandoning your old coworkers and the business you just spent your life making into something great.

If you are retiring from a business that you started, it can be exceptionally hard to retire as your business feels like an extension of yourself. Retiring may feel more like a nail in your coffin rather than enjoying your golden years.

You Don’t Have to Retire

There is no rule that says that you have to retire. Furthermore, you aren’t hurting your family or those around you by not retiring.

If your job is where you find fulfillment, you have every right to work for as long as you can. Just make sure that you make time for your friends and family members if you continue to work so that all aspects of your life can be fulfilled.

By not retiring, you can do more to secure your family’s financial future as well as being able to continue to support your industry.

What You Can Still Do After Retiring

If the downfalls of retiring scare you, you might want to consider doing some things to keep you involved once you retire.

Many retirees move onto volunteer work once they retire. Volunteer work keeps people active without all of the stresses of full-time work. If you can’t find any volunteer opportunities, you can also do part-time work.

You can also consider speaking at local colleges about what you did for a living, and give people who want to enter your industry some advice for their careers. Whatever you do, make sure that when you retire you find a way to keep yourself active!

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How to Get a Good Job With Google

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How to Find/Land a Job With Google

There are currently more than 1,000 positions available now at Google!

If you want to get one of these jobs, you should follow some of this advice including advice from Google itself!

What Does Google Say?

A great thing about Google is that they make sure that applications are read by humans. They even say this on their website. Whether or not your application goes through the next steps depends on how you write that resume.

Google recommends that you tailor your resume based on the description of the job that interests you. This will stick out to the people that read your resume, and can help you maximize your chances of moving forward with the next steps.

If you really want to maximize your chances, you should consider hiring a professional resume writer. A professional resume writer will make sure that your resume contains everything that Google is looking for when they get the application.

Google also recommends that you be specific about your work experience. If you have been part of some impressive projects, go into detail about them. This includes talking about teams you’ve worked with, and college projects as well.

The jobs you are applying for probably have thousands of other applicants, so you need to try your best to stand out.

Find the Right Job

If you want to work for Google, you can follow this link to find jobs in your area and in your expertise.

For example, I entered that I was looking for a job in SEO somewhere in Chicago. I also said that I have my bachelor’s degree. Several jobs came up including a search analyst position. This was my first attempt at trying to find a job at Google, and I was able to find a solid job listing right away.

What If I Get An Interview?

If you are given the chance to interview for a position, you will probably do so via the phone or Google Hangouts. Google does do in-person interviews, just probably not during a global pandemic.

There is a good chance that you will be asked to demonstrate some of your abilities during the interview (especially if you want to be a software engineer), so make sure you can talk hands-free so you can type).

Google suggests that you plan out what questions you think you might be asked. According to their site, you will probably guess 90% of the questions that they will ask you. They also recommend that you work as a storyteller and answer every question they give you with a story that dives into that you know what you are doing and that you are qualified for the job.

 

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Penn Grad Creates Job Site For Those Who Lost Their Job Due to Pandemic

Post-Pandemic Job Site May Get You Your Next Job

The pandemic caused many people to lose all sense of productivity, but it caused one Penn graduate to jump into action.

After several family members and friends lost their jobs due to COVID-19, Sigal Spitzer created a website for individuals who lost their jobs as a direct result of the coronavirus.

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The website currently has more than 100,000 job listings as well as active recruiters who are helping workers find their next job.

How Does it Work?

The site works a lot like your typical job-search site; begin by inputting what kind of job you want and where you live.

From there, you will create an online profile similar to how you do on sites like Indeed. After that, you will be shown available jobs in your area, which you will be able to apply for directly. You will also appear in talent searches so that companies looking for people in your field will stumble upon your profile and your resume, so make sure that you have a great resume.

How Does it Stand Out From Sites Like Indeed?

If you have ever applied for a job on a site like LinkedIn or Indeed, you probably have gotten a notification saying that your application has been viewed. However, on this platform, users will receive a notification when a hiring manager finds their profile/application, and allows the user to reach out to the hiring manger first.

Another thing to point out is that you can search for jobs based on a job’s description. If you’re like me, there are times that you have seen a job title that wasn’t familiar to you, but when you read the description it sounded much like jobs that you have done before.

Should I Use It Instead of Indeed or LinkedIn?

If you are back on the job hunt, you should highly consider using this website to find a job. However, you shouldn’t use this site rather than Indeed or LinkedIn.

Applying for jobs is ultimately a numbers game where people apply for anything and everything that fits their needs until something eventually sticks. If you eliminate your presence on Indeed or LinkedIn, you are hurting your chances to find a job later down the road. Instead, you should add more channels for looking for jobs rather than reducing them.

 

 

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Boost Your Career with Philanthropy

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The Importance of Philanthropy

If you are out of work, or if you have some extra time after work, you should highly consider philanthropy.

Not only does philanthropy look good on a resume, but also it is a tremendous way to network.

Before we get into how philanthropy can help your career, lets talk about finding philanthropy opportunities.

How to Find Philanthropy Opportunities

Two great places to find philanthropy opportunities are local colleges and local churches. Colleges often get involved with volunteer opportunities so that students can get involved in their communities.

Speak with the department heads from the schools in your field and ask if there are any volunteer opportunities that you can work with.

If colleges don’t pan out, reach out to some local churches. Churches often get involved with programs like soup kitchens, working with underprivileged youths and even building homes for the homeless.

Ask about how you can get involved, and find an opportunity that sounds appealing to you!

How Does it Look Good on a Resume?

Recently, we wrote an article about filling your resume with experience even if you don’t think you don’t have any. Volunteer work and philanthropy are all great things that can pad out your resume.

When a company sees volunteer work on your resume they know that you find this work important. This also means that they know that you are passionate about work even if you aren’t being paid for it. Basically, volunteer work shows that you are passionate and not lazy.

How Does it Help You Network?

If you’re like me, you absolutely hate it when you are filling out an online application and it asks you to fill in your employment history despite the fact that you already submitted your resume that contains all of your employment history.

What can be even more annoying is when you see a field to put in several references, and you are struggling to think of anyone.

This is where philanthropy and volunteering can come in handy. Through philanthropy and volunteering, you can meet with people and work with them. This includes project supervisors and project leaders that may be inclined to allow you to list them as a reference.

Along with listing people you meet as references, you can also make a name for yourself. This means that down the line if a paid opportunity arises, they may consider hiring you!

It’s Valuable Experience

A lot of people think that if you are volunteering, all that you are doing is getting your hands dirty. This isn’t necessarily true. There are a myriad of skills that you can use when you volunteer. This includes:

  • Marketing
  • Editing
  • Computer Skills
  • Design
  • Planning
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • And more!

 

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Four Reasons Why Businesses Fail

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When you start a company or when you first start to get your company off the ground, there are a few hurdles that can get in the way and make the process difficult.

However, there are solutions to each of these issues that are simple, and can result in your business growing. If your business has some of these problems, read the solutions thoroughly so you can bounce back!

Difficulty Recruiting Qualified Employees

Sometimes it can be extremely difficult trying to find decent employees to work for your company. Sure, you can find people that will work for you, but they might not be qualified for the position, or will require months of training.

Do not worry! There are plenty of ways that you can recruit incredible individuals that will hit the ground running! First, you should post jobs on the best job search sites. Sites like LinkedIn and Indeed will weed out unqualified applicants. Since they are so popular, you can also rest assured that you will get literally hundreds of applications within a few days.

With a surplus of applications, you are sure to find some decent employees to help take your business to the next level!

Difficulty Attracting Customers

If you are having trouble finding customers, you might want to consider doing some work to boost your SEO.

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Basically, SEO deals with the ability for someone to find your website via Google’s Search Results. For example, if I type in “online shopping,” Amazon is probably going to pop up first because of their phenomenal SEO performance. Their site is filled with keywords and terms related to online shopping as well, so Google knows that they are the answer to that search question.

In order to boost your SEO, you should really hire an SEO specialist to take a look at your website. However, if money is tight, there are some simple tricks that you can research for yourself and implement in your site. For example, think of the five words or phrases that when people search on Google, your site will pop up. Fill the pages of your site with those terms, and your site will climb Google’s search results.

Lack of Workspace

Once you get a few employees, you probably want a place for everyone to meet and work. Unfortunately, real estate can be hard to come by, and expensive to rent and maintain.

Well… why not forgo having a physical workspace entirely? Since the pandemic, many companies have decided to work entirely from home, and cancel their leases for their workspace.

Figure out if you and your employees can do everything you need to accomplish from home, and then make sure that everyone is working from home productively. Just like that, you just saved a ton of money by electing to not own/rent space.

Lack of Expertise

You may know a lot about what you want your business to do, and how you want to get it done, but there are other things that go with running a business that may prove to be gaps in your knowledge.

Marketing, advertising, human relations, logistics and even basic accounting are all intellectual barriers that keep many entrepreneurs from succeeding.

That’s why you should consider hiring a business coach. Business coaches are good at assessing your companies current problems, and foreseeing problems before they devastate your business.

If you need the help, try to meet with a business coach quarterly so that they can help you keep your business on the right path!

 

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Five Bachelor’s Degree Jobs that pay $100,000+

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Have a Bachelor’s Degree? These Jobs Will Pay You $100,000

If you’re a recent college grad, some of the salaries you see for jobs can be depressing. Nothing is quite as disheartening as seeing a job that pays a $29,000 salary and also requires a college degree.

Luckily, if you keep your eyes open, there are tons of jobs that out there that pay incredible salaries. You need the correct degree to make it happen, but if you do, make sure you keep your eye out for these jobs!

Architectural and Engineering Managers

As you will see, management positions pay very well.

If you went to school for architecture or engineering, look to see if any nearby engineering or architecture firms are looking for management positions.

Obviously, you will need to make sure that your resume stands out above the crowd so make sure that you hire a professional resume writer! Check out our online schedule, and get a free consultation to meet with a resume writing professional!

Aerospace Engineer

Okay, so not everyone is qualified to be an aerospace engineer. However, if you are, you can make some serious money. Aerospace engineers typically make more than $115,000 per year.

Again, this job is pretty difficult, and it requires a very knowledgeable person.  You will be engineering things like aircraft, spacecraft, satellites and even missiles. If you are have a degree in engineering, and this falls within your skillset, then it might be time to send out some applications!

Sales Manager

This might seem odd since it feels like there are so many sales jobs out there, but a solid sales manager can add some zeros to their bank account.

Sales managers don’t just sell themselves, but they also lead a team of sales personnel. The other thing that is great about the job is that sales managers tend to both make a salary and also a commission based on what they sell.

Human Resources Managers

One thing that every business has in common is that it needs a human resources department, and someone who oversees human resources.

A larger company will pay top dollar for a solid human resources manager. According to a recent article, the median income for human resource managers in 2019 was more than $115,000. If you get that job, you can watch your student debt melt away.

Advertising, Promotions, Marketing Managers

For the right company, you can make a great living in the world of marketing and advertising. If you have the right academic background and some experience, look into a management position in marketing and advertising.

 

 

 

 

 

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Skills to Hone During the Pandemic

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If you are struggling to find ways to stay productive during the pandemic, consider looking into some things that can help you grow in your professional career.

Unless you’re a chef, perfecting a bread recipe isn’t going to help much in your future, but learning how to land a job can!

Maximize Your Presence on Social Media

If you’re a new reader of ours, you should know that we often sing the praises of LinkedIn.

The best thing that you can do for yourself if you are looking for a job is to be a master of LinkedIn. This includes making positive connections with professionals in your industry, post a professionally crafted resume, find jobs that fit your requirements and build a network that will last throughout your professional career.

Write Articles

Nobody knows more about your career journey than you do. If you have a story to tell about your journey in your industry, or a fresh-subjective view of your industry in general, consider writing some articles!

Not only will you grow your writing skills, but you’ll also help grow your own network of industry professionals. Who knows! Articles online travel quick; your next employer might see your article!

Practice Your Job Interview Skills

If you’re back on the job hunt, you need to make sure you have some airtight interview skills.  You need to make sure you can keep your composure, stay focused and give the interviewer your best effort.

If you need help honing your job skills, this video can help!

Read

Your fifth-grade teacher was right; knowledge is power.

If you want to stay on track about what is going on in your industry, you need to do some reading. Find articles that deal with current events in your industry, and how you can be a part of them.

Follow some industry professionals on LinkedIn, and pay attention to the articles that they post. Remember, the things that your peers care about in your industry are things that you need to care about as well.

When the pandemic is over and you go back to work, you need to know what has happened to your industry so that you can be a leader who knows how to handle the situation.

 

 

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Things to Consider if You’re Going Back to Work

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What to Remember When Returning to Work

As the country begins to heal from the pandemic, many businesses are reopening as people return to work.

However, this does not mean that the pandemic is over and COVID-19 is dead. This just means that things are safer, but another outbreak can happen if the proper precautions are not taken.

If you are returning to work, follow these steps to keep you and your coworkers safe.

Just Because You Are Going Back to Work Doesn’t Mean That the Pandemic is Over

The title says it all: it ain’t over till it’s over.

Wearing facemasks, gloves, social distancing and constant sanitation are a must. Make sure that you and your coworkers are all following these rules to stay safe.

If you are still having trouble finding things like facemasks and gloves, talk to your supervisor about if they can supply the office with supplies to help keep everyone safe.

Always Check and See if Remote Work is Possible

If you worked remotely during the pandemic, you may think that you can work remotely with your job indefinitely.

If you think your job can be done remotely to some capacity, talk with your boss. If you can stay at home, you will lower the risk of COVID-19 being spread, and you catching it yourself.

Just make sure that you can remain productive when working from home!

If Something Feels Unsafe, Speak Up

The last thing you boss wants is for their entire workforce to fall ill.

If you return to work and you notice that your staff cannot effectively socially distance, or if things are unsanitary, let your boss know.

This does not make you a tattletale, and it will not make you look bad. On the contrary, your boss will appreciate your concern for the office, and will hopefully make some effective changes to help keep everyone safe.

Be Safe in Your Travels

Like many Americans, I rely on public transportation. Typically, I use the train to get to and from work, and use ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft if the train should fail me.

With that being said, both of those options are wildly unsafe right now.

Public transportation is heavily unsanitary and is a very easy way to spread the disease even if you wear gloves and a mask. If you lack the proper means to travel to work, then you shouldn’t go into the office until you have a better method of transportation or things are completely safe.

If someone you live with such as a family member, spouse or roommate can take you to and from work, ask if they would be willing. You might want to consider a carpool plan with your coworkers. Sure, you won’t be socially distanced, but if you can assure that both of you are remaining safe inside and outside of the office, then you should be okay. Just make sure you give them some gas money!

Monitor Your Own Symptoms

If you feel sick, or if you start showing symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home.

If there is a chance that you have COVID-19, you are risking another outbreak by going out into public. Also, if you start showing symptoms, ask your supervisor if anyone else at the office is showing symptoms, and encourage that anyone who is be tested.

If you test positive for COVID-19, your work area needs to be professionally sanitized so that nobody else comes into contact with the disease.

Also, should any of your coworkers show symptoms of COVID-19, encourage them to stay home and monitor their symptoms.

If Your Work Isn’t Safe, Don’t Stay There

Some people will refuse to change despite everything that has happened in the world. If your work isn’t allowing you and your coworkers to practice safety precautions, then don’t stay there.

Your health and well-being is worth more than any paycheck.

Speak with your boss and your company’s human resources department before making any decisions, but if nobody is advocating for your safety, get out.

Remember, you can always find a new job, and we can help! Click here to schedule a free consultation. Remember, all services can be done virtually, so you do not have to come in and risk your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic!

 

 

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