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January & February: Best Job Search Months

January and February are the best months to seek out a new job and make a career change. Hiring budgets for the year have been approved and employers are motivated to jumpstart the year by filling open positions. Hiring activity that was delayed in November and December can now move forward and the backlog of unfilled 2021 jobs are out there. Many companies pay annual bonuses in December, so a lot of people wait until January to change jobs. Companies expect this so they look to make lots of new hires in January.

Successful job candidates enter the New Year prepared with Applicant Tracking Software-proof, achievement-driven resumes, searchable LinkedIn Profiles, and targeted cover letters so that they stand out among competing candidates. They also practice job interview questions and answers and prepare for compensation negotiation, so they don’t waste a single new career  opportunity.

Looking at 2022 overall, it looks to be an incredibly unique, values-based career year. Although the employment space is clearly in a period of massive change due to Covid-19, exceptional talent is in the driver’s seat. Employers are more focused than ever on proving their claims that “people are our biggest asset” and unprecedented strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion are opening opportunities for a more diverse workforce. Companies are not only attracting as broad an array of employees as possible, but they are focused on retaining and engaging them which translates into improved benefits and job satisfaction.

Despite the pervasiveness of the pandemic in our lives and careers, career changers and job seekers are determined and more creative than ever in pursuing career opportunities and reimagining what their work lives can look like.

Here’s to 2022!

Garrison Leykam is a Certified Professional Career Coach, author, and speaker whose success as a career strategist comes from his senior leadership experience with major corporations, his knowledge of the job market as former director of a national staffing firm, and his expertise in career branding utilizing his PhD in Marketing. Garrison’s track record of client success reflects his results proven skills in resume and cover letter writing, job search effectiveness, compelling LinkedIn profile tune-ups, interview preparation, and compensation negotiation. His engaging client interactions are fueled by his creativity, enthusiasm, and job candidate support across all industries and levels of experience.

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Your Job Title Can Make Your Resume a Hit

Among the platinum-selling songs that Jimmy Webb has written are “Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “Worst That Could Happen”, “All I Know”, and “MacArthur Park”. Inherent to his songwriting genius is that he always starts with the song title before writing a single lyric. For Webb, lyrics are constructed to tell a clear story based upon the title. So, too, résumés. Continue reading Your Job Title Can Make Your Resume a Hit

Here’s Why You Should Update Your Resume Now

If the most recent version of your resume is on a floppy disc in that lower drawer of your desk that you only venture into when it’s the place of last resort for finding something you’ve lost, it’s definitely time to update it (as well as save it on the Cloud!).

If you’re like most professionals, you only update your resume when you choose to or have to begin a new job search. When you’re at one job for several years, you can become comfortable and forget what areas of professional growth were important to you as a job seeker. Updating your resume regularly can expose the gaps in your skills and experience and reinvigorate your desire for career self-improvement. There are compelling reasons to regularly review your resume to ensure it’s ready to use at a moment’s notice. Here’s why: Continue reading Here’s Why You Should Update Your Resume Now

IF JOB DESCRIPTIONS COULD TALK

Joel Schwartzberg, in his insightful article, What Job Description Jargon is Actually Saying, makes this important point: A job description (JD) is more than just a summary of a role. A JD may hold more clues than first meets the eye, including hints about corporate culture, the true prioritization of their needs, and what might be secretly negotiable. Knowing how to find these clues may give you a distinct advantage over other applicants. Knowing how to find these clues may give you a distinct advantage over other applicants.

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THE KEY TO RESUME KEYWORDS

Keyword Density: “On-page SEO” is the practice of optimizing individual web pages in order to rank higher and earn more relevant traffic in search engines.  When used correctly, it can help attract search engines and boost a page’s visibility on search engine results pages (SERPs). When ignored, it can keep a page from ranking or even result in a search penalty, removing it from SERPs altogether. Keyword density is an element of keyword optimization that refers to the number of times a target keyword is used on a webpage.  If you’re an aspiring marketer, learning how to calculate keyword density is fairly easy. You simply take the number of times the target keyword appears on a page and divide it by the total number of words on the page: Continue reading THE KEY TO RESUME KEYWORDS