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Do you need to renew or add more Skills to compete for Jobs?

The key to compete for jobs in today’s fast-paced environment is to upskill and reskill. It's important to understand the changing landscape and curate your upskilling efforts to your specific industry or the role you are interested in.

Consider these 6 things that can help you in upskilling:

Online courses:

Check out sites like Coursera, Udemy, edX. You can choose from a vast library of courses to learn new skills or deepen your existing knowledge.

Bootcamps:

These are short term programs for intensive skill development in fields like coding, data science, and digital marketing.

Professional Development Programs:

Offered by companies or industry associations, these programs can enhance your skill set and network with potential employers.

Volunteer Projects and Freelancing:

This is a great way to gain practical experience and showcase you and your skill set while contributing to a good cause or building your portfolio.

Shadowing and Mentorship:

Connect and learn from professionals in your chosen field, and gain valuable insights.

Network with professionals of your interest. Attend industry events, join online communities, and connect on LinkedIn #AWU #disability #skills

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1 day ago

"Interview Tip"

Company Research

6 places to conduct Company Research

Company Website: The official source for mission statements, history, products/services, news, and leadership profiles. Delve deep!

Social Media: Follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Learn about their company culture, recent events, and employee engagement.

Glassdoor: Employee reviews give valuable insights into company culture, work-life balance, and management styles. Check out both positive and negative reviews for a balanced perspective.

Forbes, TechCrunch, and Industry Publications: Stay updated on company news, industry trends, and potential challenges the company might face.

Competitors: Researching their competitors helps you understand the company's competitive landscape and its unique selling proposition.

Annual Reports and Financial Statements: Gain insights into the company's financial health, growth strategies, and future plans. #AWU #disability #interviewtips

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Mike Corso
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3 days ago

In 2024 Flexibility is Key!

Freelance & Gig Economy: The traditional 9-to-5 model isn't for everyone. Explore freelance, gig economy, or part-time opportunities to find work-life balance or test the waters in new fields.

Adapting to Change: Job descriptions may evolve faster than you can say "metaverse." Be open to exploring alternative roles that leverage your skills. Remember, transferable skills are your golden ticket!

Soft Skills Matter: In a world of automation, soft skills like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving are becoming increasingly valuable. Hone these skills and showcase them in interviews and work samples. #AWU #disability #jobs

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4 days ago

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Skills in High Demand

Technical Skills: Programming languages like Python and Java, Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing expertise, and data analysis skills remained highly sought-after.

Soft Skills: Communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking became increasingly important as workplaces adapted to new dynamics.

Adaptability and Learning Agility: With technology and trends evolving rapidly, the ability to learn new skills and adapt to change has become crucial. #AWU #disability #jobsearch

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Mike Corso
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5 days ago

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What is a Two-Column Resume?

A two-column resume splits the page into two vertical sections, allowing for more information and creative design elements. Think of it as a dynamic infographic, strategically placing key points to capture attention and highlight your strengths.

Pros of Two-Column Resumes:

Enhanced readability:

With the information divided into two columns, it becomes easier for hiring managers to skim through your resume quickly.

Increased space for content:

The additional column provides more space for you to showcase your skills, experiences, and accomplishments in detail. This is especially beneficial if you have an extensive work history or numerous achievements to highlight.

Improved organization:

Two-column resumes allow for better organization of information, making it easier for employers to locate specific details and compare your qualifications against job requirements.

Cons of Two-Column Resumes:

Potential compatibility issues:

Two-column resumes may not always be compatible with Applicant Tracking Systems, leading to formatting issues and potentially jeopardizing your chances of passing the initial screening process. Complexity in design: Designing a balanced and visually appealing two-column resume can be challenging. You need to ensure that the columns are well-aligned and that your content flows smoothly across the page.

Tips for Writing a Two-column Resume:

Choose a clean and professional template with easy-to-read fonts and a color palette.

Maintain consistent spacing and balance between columns.

Use headings and subheadings to guide the reader within each column.

Avoid over-designing or using distracting elements. #AWU #disability #resumetips Careerflow.ai

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6 days ago

"Resume Tip"

One-Column Resume

Pros and Cons of One-Column Resumes

One-column resumes have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their clean and streamlined appearance. The single-column layout allows for a straightforward presentation of information, making it easy for employers to read and navigate.

Pros of One-Column Resumes:

ATS-friendly: Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) used by many companies struggle with parsing two-column resumes. A one-column format ensures your information is easily scanned and understood, increasing your chances of getting noticed.

Professional and classic: This format remains the standard in many industries and exudes a sense of professionalism and seriousness.

Easier to read: The straightforward layout is easy on the eyes, especially for older hiring managers, and promotes reader focus on your content.

  • Cons of One-Column Resumes:

Space limitations: If you have extensive experience or a long list of skills, fitting everything onto one page can be challenging.

Less visually appealing: While professional, a one-column layout can sometimes feel plain or uninteresting compared to a well-designed two-column resume.

Tips for Writing a One-column Resume: Organize your information using clear headings and subheadings.

Employ bolding and italics to make key skills and achievements stand out.

Keep your font size consistent and readable. Utilize whitespace effectively to avoid a cluttered look. #AWU #disability #resumetips Careerflow.ai

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7 days ago

"Resume Tip"

Using Action Verbs In Bullet Points

Imagine your resume an 18 second commercial for your professional life. You want to grab the viewer's attention and show them the highlights of your accomplishments. This is where action verbs come in.

Instead of simply stating your job duties, use powerful action verbs to show your initiative and contributions. Here's the difference:

Examples:

Weak: "Responsible for managing social media accounts."

Strong: "Managed and optimized social media presence, resulting in a 50% increase in follower engagement and a 25% increase in coversion rate."

Here are some strong action verbs to consider when crafting your resume bullet points:

Developed Implemented Increased Decreased Managed Optimized Spearheaded Streamlined Negotiated Resolved

#AWU #disability #resumetip

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8 days ago

"Resume Tip"

Explaining Employment Gaps:

Explaining the gaps in your employment history can be both nerve-wracking and confusing for most people. But as with life, things happen. Unemployment happens, transitions happen, and in the end, honesty is always the best route.

Most recruiters are looking at your last two positions in less than 30 seconds to determine if you are a quick fit for the job. If this is where your gap in employment resides, it's time to make sure your resume is set up to answer questions in their minds with clear and concise information.

To make things clear and to minimize your employment gap some suggest and I would agree that putting your "Skills Section" at the top of your Resume shows what you bring to the table regardless of gaps in time. #AWU #disability #resumetips

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