Today, you are expected to not just do the job – but to do the job incredibly well while improving existing processes, leading teams, and creating innovative solutions… all while fitting into the existing culture.
And to do that employers want you to possess certain skills – soft skills, specifically – that make you instantly employable. But what skills, exactly, are they looking for?
After 30 years in the workforce—in workplaces ranging from the federal government, to high-tech, to manufacturing, to scientific research, to college campuses—I’m fascinated by people. In particular, I’m intrigued by the stories they tell.
And all anyone needs do to get them telling their story… is ask.
“In this economy, what’s the one thing I need to do to stand out?”
As I speak on campuses around the country, that is the question I get more often than any other. And often, the answer expected is “finish your education” or “follow your passion.” But those well-worn cliches are never part of my answer…
Despite the frustration felt by many job seekers who feel social media isn’t helping their job search, I’m a big believer. I’ve seen first hand how technology helps us meet many more influencers, decision makers and potential mentors much faster. Despite all the promise and potential of social media, however, there is a trend developing: Through ineffective branding, many job seekers are just getting to “no” faster. Why? Because employers – who used to have to wait until the job interview to decide if you are a good fit or not – now remove you from consideration by judging what
Twice a year, a 70-year-old Italian immigrant-turned-millionaire CEO walks into Cortese’s restaurant in Binghamton with his 20-something Haitian mentee and orders the same exact dinner: baked salmon, pork chops, Caesar salad with Italian crumbly and a side of gnocchi. While this scene sounds straight out of the movie “Finding Forrester,” it’s just a typical dinner with my long-standing mentor, Angelo Mastrangelo.
Many job seekers understand they need to use targeted keywords in their resume to be chosen for consideration by an applicant tracking system (ATS). Fewer, though, are aware of the importance of their formatting choices.
Specifically, which formats work best so your resume sails past the ATS, and into the recruiter’s hands?