Skills Gap In Labor MarketAs a job seeker, it can be tough to determine what employers are lookingfor. While one opportunity might stress fit within the organization, anothermight emphasize technical skills or education. And unfortunately, whathiring managers want and what applicants have to offer are often verydifferent things. This is what has become known as the “skills gap”.In a recent survey by the Now the major question Another survey published by the CareerEwing Marion Kauffman Advisory Board September Job among both employers Preparedness Indicator of over 500 hiringFoundation, 40 percent of and job seekers is: What managers indicated a disconnectthe members of the Inc. 500 between attributes presented and(a group of the fastest- needs to be done in attributes valued. More than half (56growing companies in the order to bridge the gap percent) of job seekers are confidentUnited States) reported that between the skills they know what qualifications arethe biggest impediment to needed for the job, and required for employment, and 72 percent of job seekers are confident theygrowing their companies the skills that job know how to present their skills duringwas “finding qualified seekers actually have? an interview. Yet, only 14 percent ofpeople.” hiring managers reported that “most” or “nearly all” job candidates, over the past three years, have had the skills their company looks for in a potential employee. Heather Huhman US News.com
Job Seekers are confident in their abilities…But may not understand the hiring criteria most valued by Employers Hiring Managers: Based on your experience, over the 69% past three years, how many job seekers have the skills and traits your company is 17% looking for in a candidate 13% Nearly all Job Seekers Most Job Seekers Very few Job Seekers 1% Some Job Seekers
Top 5 factors most likely to help jobseekers find a desirable positionWillingness to Move to a Different City or 39 State 21Willingness to Develop Job Skills and Gain 46 Experience 56 Appropriate Education and Training 69 65 Strong Interview Skills 70 54 Prior Experience to Similar Position 83 72 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Employer Job Seeker
Is Your Story all Wrong?• It has often been said that “your resume can get you an interview,” but in reality it’s your interview that can get you the job. In today’s challenging and competitive job market, employer’s have many candidates to choose from and therefore have become more discerning then ever before, which is why developing your interviewing skills is so important
30 Second Resume Test1)Hold the 1st page of your Resume and fold the Header (name, address, etc.) back so it’s no Summary longer visible.2)Fold the employment Skills section of your resume back so it too is no longer visible. Experience3)What you have left is your 30 second resume review. Education
Resume GuideNo objective statementOnce you graduate moveeducation to last item onresumeSummary of QualificationsAccomplishmentsSkills SectionIt’s not about what you’vedone in the past it’s aboutwhat you bring to the tablefor that employer!Match your resume to thejob posting!
Cover Letter Guide1. Complete name/address including email2. Date3. Hiring Manager ~ HR/Personnel Manager ~ Internal Point of Contact ~ Complete Name4. Complete Company Address5. Greetings6. Name of Position and Position Number7. 3 Qualifications per Job Postings8. Employment Gap Explanation more than 6 months9. Highlighted skills tailored to position10. Recap 3 qualifications and one qualification that you feel is your strongest not required by position11. Sign in Blue
Gaps in Your Resume• This problem is a reality for countless jobseekers• Lack of work on a resume can be due to a variety of factors: – Layoffs – Time off for family – Firings – Etc.,
Tips• Don’t try and explain the gap on your Resume that’s what the cover letter is for!• Be Honest – Explain the gaps if questioned on them• Note the Good Stuff – Highlight the positive information to better reflect on you• Highlight What You Learned – Point out the responsibilities you undertook and how you can transfer such roles to a new job ResumeBear.com
Tips• Volunteer – Highlight what you did and how it could assist you in helping the potential employer• School – The time spent for education can definitely be viewed as a postive• Explain a Layoff and the Reasoning Behind It – Being laid off and being fired are two entirely different things, so don’t confuse the two. In the event you were fired, explain it the best of your ability. ResumeBear.com
Your Age is an Asset• “The Key for older job seekers is to embrace rather than hide from what they have to offer future employers” says Tamryn Hennessy, National Director of Career Development for Rasmussen College. “A lifetime of a variety of employments, household and family obligations and volunteer accomplishments can be assembled into a resume and interview that a younger job simply cannot offer.”
Put Your Experience to Good Use1. Concentrate on the Job o Highlight by looking at key action words from the job description. Use the exact same word and apply your experience, and off quantifiable results2. Have Confidence in your Past o Let your years of real-life experience shine by presenting evidence of qualities employers value3. Have Equal Confidence in your Future o Only go after jobs that are appropriate of your skill sets and experiences o Employers what to hire likeable people who fit into company culture and can do their job.
Additional Resume Tips• Formatting: Your resume should look clean and readable with plenty of white space to make it inviting. Keep the font size consistent and use bolding or italicization for effect. Stay away from cutesy fonts or graphics.• Contact information: Make sure your email address is professional. Sticking with your name is the best bet. Again, this is not the place to be creative by using addresses like “surferdude87” or “hotchick143.”• Use bullet points: I highly recommend using bullet points on your resume. Stick with the standard kind of bullets.
Additional Resume Tips• Quantify when possible. Numbers always make a point stronger.• Prioritize your bullets: When ordering your bullet points, always think, “If the recruiter only had time to read my first or perhaps second bullet, what would I want him or her to read?”• Target your resume: Create a “MASTER” resume from which you can create more specific, targeted resumes for the different industries
Social Media & Networking LinkedIn Twitter• It’s no surprise that LinkedIn Twitter has become the ultimate has been extremely profitable utility to connect directly with and successful as of late. recruiters and employees at Recruiters are starting to use companies you want to work for. LinkedIn as the main place for By conducting Twitter searches, sourcing candidates because following recruiters on your it’s free and the top account and using the “@” sign professionals are on there. to communicate with them on• New compete.com figures occasion, you will start to learn a published by daype.com have lot about them and their LinkedIn in the number two companies. spot on a list of US jobs Last 30 days: 1,800,000+ job websites. tweets
Facebook #1 Job Hunting Site• A margin approaching 2 to 1, job seekers credit Facebook with helping them get their current job• LinkedIn was second with 46%• Twitter was third with 36%• Since most job seekers use more than one social network, the numbers add up to more than 100 percent Jobvite Social Job Seeker Survey 2011
Results• Networking is still the #1 way to obtain employment• Socially savvy job seekers have an advantage over their fellow job hunters• Data indicates that job seekers who say they found their job through social networking make up 15.8% of the 48 million jobs filled last fiscal year (10-1-2010 / 9-30-2011)
Facebook Job Search• “Like” Your Dream Companies• Create a Business Page for Your Search• Use Facebook Job Search Apps – BeKnown – BranchOut – InCircle• Research Where Your “Friends” Work• Use the “New” Facebook Cover Photo• Use Privacy Settings
World Technology Report• 49% of Students and 47% of Employees – Consider the Internet to be ‘close’ in importance to water, food, air, and shelter in their lives • One Third of respondents considered the Internet to be as important as these critical needs• 55% of Students and 62% of Employees – Indicate they could not live without the Internet, it is an integral part of their daily life
Facebook• Most Students and Employees access their Facebook page at least once every day and 43% indicated they were distracted or interrupted by some type of social media while trying to focus on a project or homework.• 7 in 10 Employees indicate that they have ‘friended’ or follow their manager and/or co-workers on Facebook/Twitter
Interviews• Would Presidential Candidates Survive a “Job” Interview? The Savvy Intern
Weekly debates are a never-ending and very public job interview.• In many cases, the faux pas of the candidates demonstrates who you do NOT want to be when you sit down in front of a recruiter.• The Interview starts when you arrive on site• It’s not your house it’s the employers• The Job is Yours to Lose! The Savvy Intern
Interview Lessons• Transferable Skills – Everyone has them … Use them to your advantage• Intellectual Egotist – There are, however, positive (and not so positive) ways to demonstrate your intellect and knowledge.• Logical Thinking Skills? – Part of the interview process from the employer’s perspective is to gauge how you think. Are you a logical thinker? How are your reasoning skills?
Interview Process• Swagger Versus Substance – Apply only for those opportunities that match your experience level and skill set. Don’t send resumes to every posting you find, hoping the recruiters will “just give me a chance!” based on a boastful cover letter or what you want to be when you grow up.
Asking the Right Questions• Is there a work issue that keeps you up at night and, given what you know about my background, how do you think I could help?• What is the most gratifying aspect of the work you do for XYZ company? What’s your best advice to someone starting out at this company?• Could you describe your ideal candidate for this job? Why are these qualities important to you?• I’m sure you have a number of goals you’d like to achieve in the coming year. Do you have a particular one that is top priority?
Asking the Wrong Questions• What is the Salary for this position?• How many days off to I get a year?• How long do people typically stay in this position before they can move on to the next role?• What does this company do?• Did I get the job?
Following Up• Handwritten Note – Same Day if Possible• Email – Indentify the reason in subject• Telephone Contact – If you can get to the Hiring Manager directly --- Make sure to leave a message the right person!
On-Line Job Applications (ATS)1. Read and Follow all Directions2. If you have a problem refer to #1• Allow at least one hour per application• Complete a blank job application for reference• Be ready to complete online assessment questions• Refer to #1
Additional Tips• Avoid using the Back Button• Copy and Paste only if applicable• Use “Save as Draft”• Print each page when complete• Answer the questions the best you can• Add Key / Skill words based on the job description• Use the Apply with LinkedIn link
Organization• Create a Master Resume• Create a portfolio for each position applied for – Copy of Job Description – Copy of Resume Submitted – Copy of Cover Letter Submitted – Copy of ATS – Copy of follow-up – Any supporting documentation