June 24th– The #NumberOfTheDay is 58
In a recent survey, 58% of voters are optimistic about the future of the United States. However, if you spent five minutes watching the news or following along online, you would think that 90% of Americans believe that the world was coming to an end within the next month.
This may be hard to fathom but just because it is on the internet doesn’t make it true. There is plenty of misinformation where it comes to how to prepare an effective résumé, the value of your LinkedIn profile, interviewing techniques, and more.
I suggest to my clients to scrutinize the source before blindly following their advice. What type of education and industry certifications does that person have? Do they have any online reviews? Does their message align with other industry influencers?
There are 4 major credentialing bodies in the careers industry – The National Résumé Writers’ Association, Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches, Career Thought Leaders, and Career Directors International.
On their websites, links provided into comments, you can search for qualified, certified professionals across the globe.
June 25th– The #NumberOfTheDay is 23.8
According to a recent article is Fortune magazine, 23.8% of all jobs are created positions. What does this mean for you?
Consider, the vast majority of jobs are not even posted anywhere online and for those that are, you have 2 ½ strikes against you before you even apply. The most successful job seekers don’t wait for a job to be posted, they tap into the hidden job market.
Target 10 – 20 companies you’re interested in and that you think you can add value to. Research those companies inside and out and work on building your network with stakeholders in that company to get in front of the decision makers with an accomplishment-rich résumé.
Once you have your foot in the door, anything can happen and often does. Smart companies look for ways to attract, hire, and retain the best employees regardless of whether there is an open position or not.
June 26th– The #NumberOfTheDay is 53.65
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, total compensation costs per hour worked for private industry workers in the San Francisco area cost employers $53.65 per hour, the highest in the country. Compare that number with New York, who ranked second on the list, who came in at $43.39 per hour, nearly 20% less.
When elevating salaries, make sure you compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. If you live in Miami, where total compensation costs are $28.48 per hour, almost half of San Francisco, you can’t expect the same type of salary.
When researching expected salaries, make sure you focus on regional trends and averages, not on national averages that can easily be skewed by outliers.
Here are a few resources for researching your true market worth:
June 27th– The #NumberOfTheDay is 748
As of June 24th, 748 candidates have filed to run for President of the United States including 259 Democratic candidates and 97 Republican candidates. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you are on, I think most people would agree that of the 748 candidates that have filed, 98% of them have zero chance of being elected.
Why would someone invest the time, money and effort into a campaign where they have zero chance of winning?
Ronald Reagan, who many would consider one of our greatest modern-day presidents, twice ran unsuccessful campaigns before finally being elected in 1980. People remember Reagan for his successes, not for his losing campaigns in 1968 and 1976.
In the job search, an interview that doesn’t produce a job offer, shouldn’t be considered a failure, it is a learning experience. It helps you become more comfortable in an interview setting, learn what works and what doesn’t, and build connections along the way. Stay positive and success will follow
“Every Accomplishment Begins with the Decision to Start”
June 28th– The #NumberOfTheDay is 38.2
In 2018, the median age of those living in the U.S. in 38.2 years, that is a full year older than it was in 2010.
These results confirm that our nations population is aging.Companies today face challenges when dealing with workers from several generations – Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and now Gen Z – and how to bridge the gap in mindset, succession planning, and compensation.
Older workers often feel at a competitive disadvantage because of generational stereotypes. Here are a few tips to help more mature workers even the playing field:
- Lose the outdated AOL email address
- Remove education dates from your résumé and LinkedIn profile
- Make sure your résumé only goes back 10-15 years
- Have a fully developed LinkedIn profile that shows you are up to date with current trends
- Modernize your skill set