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7 Ways the Workforce is Changing

robotics at workThe workforce is changing and some of the questions to ask are – Am I keeping up?  How am I preparing to stay competitive?  What do I know about employment trends?

If you work with college students as much as I do, you too might find yourself thinking hard about whether or not colleges and training programs are preparing the workforce in a manner consistent with how the workforce is changing.  I read an article today in Forbes.com, that made me think that some of us still have a ways to go, to help our students wrap their heads and intellect around what is coming and how their program choices and interests now could impact their need for lifelong learning.

As the author confirmed, “the workforce’s future is increasingly uncertain” (Valet, 2016).  Pew Research confirms that Americans are increasingly thinking about how the workforce is changing and how it will impact them.  In a report this year, Pew data suggests that two thirds of Americans expect that robots and computers will do much of the work currently done by humans within 50 years (PewResearch, 2016).  However, in the same report, 80% of workers say the jobs/professions they work in now will still exist in 50 years.

That strikes me as a contradiction.  If you are entering college, in college or graduating soon, will any of these workforce changes impact your future careers?  What are you doing to expand your career and industry awareness?

How the workforce is changing.

Forget the Pew research about 50 years.  Here is how the workforce has changed in 10 years.

Workforce automation – 47% of jobs currently at risk of being phased out by robotics

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Devices are now absorbing information and executing responsibilities being executed by professionals.

Sharing economy – UBER and AirBnB are making the meaning of “workforce” more fluid. (Valet, 2016).

Freelancers – 15 million Americans are self employed doing remote work and using online job platforms.

3D Printing – Widespread adoption of 3D printing will change the need for on-demand production.

Globalization – Technology is making geographical borders disappear.

Urbanization – 1.5 million people moving to metros each week, putting pressures on infrastructure and labor markets.

Read the full article from Vicky Valet – 7 Workforce Threat that Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

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3 Tips for Successful Phone Interviews

phone interviewUpdate: Originally published 12/3/2010

How important are phone interviews?

Very. When I owned BullsEyeResumes, I wrote a lot about doing phone interviews especially during the technology boom.  In fact, I updated one of my articles last year – 10 Ways to ACE the phone interview (originally posted 10/1/2008) because I find many job seekers are still struggling with phone interviews.

Why are phone interviews used?

First, you have to understand why these phone meetings with recruiters are used. Like SKYPE interviews, the phone interview lowers the costs of recruiting. They help recruiters figure out if the person they see on paper (resume) is the person they will hear on the phone.  As a HR Manager, I can guarantee you that I don’t want to waste time with a candidate in a face-to-face meeting, if I don’t get a positive response from the phone interview. A successful phone interview will get you to the next step in the hiring process.   Bottom line is that they save recruiters time and money and they are not going away!

During the phone interview

During the telephone interview, where you cannot see the interviewer, you have to be aware of three things —tone, clarity and energy. Understanding the following three things, can really improve your chances of doing a successful phone interview.

1. Energy – Stay high energy from beginning to end of the telephone interview. If you are not a morning person schedule your interview in the afternoon if you can. If you sound tired and low energy, the recruiter might think that is how you really are.

2. Tone – Try and limit sarcasm or negativity since you cannot “read” the interviewer. Maintain a positive perspective and speak in a professional manner.  Make sure you are in a quiet location so you can focus on leaving a professional impression with the recruiter.

3. Clarity – Listen carefully to the questions. It is really easy for job seekers to go off on a tangent answering the wrong question. If the interview were face to face, a quick gesture could abort the wrong answer, but because you are on the phone, you can’t look for any of these visual cues. You don’t want to waste time going down the wrong road so make sure you have a clear understanding of what is being asked.

Job seekers who are looking for internships or trying to land that first big job after graduation should know that completing a successful phone interview is an important step in the job search process.

More tips for doing successful phone interviews:

Why phone interviews are so hard and how to ace them anyway.

4 Ways to Rock the Intro Call with the Recruiter.

For more tips on how to ace the phone interview, read 10 Ways to Ace the Phone Interview

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Class of 2016 Average Starting Salary

average salary for class of 2016 graduates

Don’t panic if your starting salary is less than the average.  By the time you graduate you should know that the average starting salary will vary depending on several factors.  Some of the factors impacting starting salary include:

Career path.

College major.

Industry or occupation.

Geography and cost of living in different areas.

Job search.

Prior experience and college experience.

College or university you attended.

Some data indicates that grads who used their campus career centers do better.

Your goal is to collect information of what is happening in the entry-level career marketplace so you can make informed decisions, seek opportunities and find ways to grow in the career path you have chosen.

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6 Ways You are Just Killing your Resume

killing your resumeMost students and new alumni don’t really know that the better the economy is the more competition there is to land really good interviews for their dream position. One reason is that Millennials are willing do a little bit of job hopping and therefore you might find yourself in great company as you apply for jobs and internships.  Good economy = busy recruiters who are quick to toss your resume.  Here are just six resume writing no-no’s that are just killing your resume.

Two manny erors. Those spelling errors turn you off right? So why do you think it would be any different with recruiters and hiring managers? Of course that should be “Too many errors” and recruiters really hate it when you don’t proof read and correct your own resume.

No outcomes anywhere. Stop filling your resume with a bunch of tasks.  Recruiters have to be able to see that you know why you did what you did and what happened as a result of your work.

Irrelevant stuff having nothing to do with the job. If you are bent on killing your resume, this is really one way to do it. Double check the content you include for relevance.

Lying won’t just kill your resume, it will kill your career. By the way, it is totally unnecessary. Work with a resume writer or the career center to turn the experience you do have into meaningful work that recruiters want to see.

You are rushing through it and it shows in the lack of thoughtful details. This is one sure way of killing your resume and forcing the recruiter to send it to “File 13” otherwise known as the trash.

Trying to use the same resume for everything and sticking to a boring template with either generic details or general information. I get it.  You are hoping the recruiter will sift through it and make the case for you.  That won’t work.  Recruiters are super busy people and the better the economy is, the busier they get.  Take the time to read the job postings carefully and customize your document to meet those specific needs.

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Resume Guide; How to Look Good on Paper

Resume GuideAfter 16 years in Human Resources and Career Development in Higher Education we recently published the Resume Guide; How to Look Good on Paper! Resume Writing Guide for Diverse College Students and New Alumni. it is available at AMAZON.COM.

If you have connected with us over the years, you know that we are small, but our purpose and mission to bring career development to students and emerging professionals of color is OVER-SIZED!!!

This Resume Guide represents our next step in education our diverse students, new alumni and emerging professionals about a key component in the employment and job search process.

The Resume Guide includes:

*Sample resumes that  received positive responses from employers and graduate schools.

*Answers to 60+ FAQs on resume writing such as “How do I spot weak areas on my resume?” “How do I address skill gaps?” and “How do I demonstrate my diversity on my resume?”

*Thousands of keywords and the only exercise you will need to learn how to use resume writing to prepare effectively for the job interview.

*Step-by-step guide to build a resume.

*Clarification on the key strategic value of your resume and how your entire college experience will impact your resume for life.

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Learning to code – The ultimate cheat sheet

Learning to codeThere are a ton of people exploring the idea of learning to code.

Where are people learning to code?

Coding boot camps, coding camps and coding dojos are popping up everywhere.

While the jury is still out on whether or not the government should offer financial aid to students signing up for coding boot camps, (See Slate.com article titled: Great! Now Washington Wants to Ruin Coding Boot Camps), a lot of people are getting excited about learning to code.

If you have set your next career goal as learning to code, Muse has put together an awesome infographic to help you make a decision about which computer language you might want to study.

Check out their Simple Guide to Figuring out Which Programming Language to Learn.

After perusing this infographic they call the “ultimate cheat sheet” you might be able to decide which software language you want to jump into first.

They go through program by program rating key criteria such as difficulty of the language, ease of use and where in industry you would find that type of software.  Best part? They tell you where the jobs are and what salaries to expect. They also give you a little bit of history of the language.  The languages include Python, Java, C, C++, Javascript, C#, Ruby, PHP and Objective C.

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