Updated: 3 days ago
This year has been a fairly unusual one in the North American job market. What started out as an uncertain year due to the Covid19 pandemic has turned into a fairly opportune moment in time for job seekers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10.7 million jobs were available at the end of June 2022, meaning that there were two job openings for every unemployed American.
In Canada, a low unemployment to job vacancy ratio means employers are having a difficult time finding and retaining staff while at the same time making it easier for professionals to land the jobs they want.
Despite all of this, many professionals continue to struggle with all stages of the job search process. In this article, I'm going to highlight resources for those that are finding it difficult to find and land the job they want. I'm going to cover four key areas:
1) Resume Writing
Let's face it, resume writing can be a pain on the best of days and it's something that many people struggle with.
The fact is, most people fall into one of four camps:
They're not comfortable selling themselves on paper
They haven't needed a resume in a long time and have no clue where to start
They're making a career switch and aren't sure which skills and experiences to emphasize and which to downplay
They've tried and tried but just can't seem to get employers to notice them
There's also the added complication of conflicting career advice. If you've been on the LinkedIn recently, you've probably noticed that every person and their dog has a different opinion of how your resume should be written, formatted, and structured. A few examples:
One page versus two page resumes
Summaries versus no summaries
Graphical versus plain resumes
The list goes on. For that reason, I don't blame anybody for throwing their hands up in the air in utter frustration.
Below are a few resume writing resources that I have personally developed or have reviewed and can vouch for.
In this head-to-toe resume writing guide, I cover everything you need to write a professional-looking resume. I cover things like:
Creating a high-impact yet concise professional brand statement
Building an effective work experience section
Writing powerful bullets that showcase your contributions
Formatting your resume in a way that's mindful of employer applicant tracking systems (aka ATS)
This is a great no-nonsense guide to creating a resume and cover letter. Inside you'll find:
Resume writing Do's and Don't's
Top 5 resume mistakes
Writing an effective cover letter
If you have a good idea of how you'd like to present yourself and just need the right template as a starting point, I've got you covered.
I personally use this template for my clients and developed it with three things in mind:
Ease of use
Simplicity and visual appeal
Reddit is one of the largest (if not the largest) collection of communities that centre around common interests.
The r/resumes subreddit is a community with over 600,000 members (as of the publication of this article) that focuses on providing free resume-related feedback to basically anyone that asks for it.
Amy Miller is a Senior Technical Recruiter that provides her viewers with a glimpse into the life of a recruiter as well as no-nonsense resume writing, LinkedIn, and job search advice.
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2) LinkedIn Profile Writing
You might hear some people say that a resume and a LinkedIn profile are the same, but if you ask me, I think they serve two different functions.
Your resume is a privileged and confidential document that you should only share with select individuals for the purposes of generating interviews and job offers. On the other hand, a LinkedIn profile is a public facing page that just about anybody can see.
If you were a restaurant, your LinkedIn profile would be sort of like the flyer that brings people through the door and your resume would be the menu you give them when they want to see what you have to offer.
As with any promotion, you'll need a polished profile to capture recruiter's interest and bring them in. The key components of a strong profile are (in order of importance):
LinkedIn Profile Headline
The language and tone used on LinkedIn are quite different than what you'd use on your resume, which is typically more business communications-like.
I personally prefer a conversational tone that gives my visitors the impression I'm speaking to them directly.
If writing content for your LinkedIn profile isn't your forte, you'll find this LinkedIn Headline and Summary Guide quite useful. For the price of three cups of coffee at your local Starbucks, you'll get detailed instructions on how to develop a headline and summary that serve one purpose: sell you to your target audience.
3) Job Search
Once your resume and LinkedIn profile are updated and ready to go, the next step is actually finding those coveted job opportunities.
Below are a collection of job search resources that I've personally vetted and found to be incredibly useful.
You won't find the traditional resources like Indeed and LinkedIn here, as I'm sure you're already familiar with those by now.
So with further ado.
Candor: As company that has created a handy tool that shows which companies have implemented hiring freezes and which are currently hiring.