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Get Back on the Career Ladder after the Coronavirus

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice and tagged , , , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

The sudden onset of the coronavirus global pandemic not only badly affected the lives of people but also dramatically transformed their employment status. These dramatic changes are still in the air, and people are struggling daily on both personal and professional levels, hoping for things to go back to normal.

The Office for National Statistics shows that as many as 615,000 people lost their jobs due to the global pandemic. Although the government is providing relief to the unemployed, they are still deprived of the life they enjoyed before the pandemic.

In fact, 1 in 5 people claims that their economic condition has taken a bad hit after Covid. 68% of them say that their earnings have declined, while 8% say they have no source of income.

What is a person to do in such bleak circumstances? First of all, don’t lose hope! Like all things, this too shall pass. Secondly, read on to learn doable tips to get back on the career ladder:

1. Make an Impressive Resume

Your resume must be good enough to stand out among others in the market. Why? Because after Covid-19, now you are not the only one who is struggling to get a job again. For a single vacant position, there are hundreds of applicants. Hence, organizations only chose the best candidate. A standout resume helps you get picked.

Restructure your resume; Build a master CV. A master CV shows all your educational backgrounds and your previous work experiences. Moreover, make sure that you proofread it twice before applying for any job. Your CV should be free of any grammatical and spelling errors.

If you are not an expert in making a good CV, you can always take the help of a CV expert. Because remember, the first impression is the last impression, and your first impression is the CV that you would send to the employers.

2. Be Active on LinkedIn

Although LinkedIn is not an exciting social media platform like Facebook or Instagram, this is the place where you have to be more active to find employment opportunities.  It is an employment-oriented platform that connects employers with employees.

This is where the organizations and businesses post their open job vacancies and reach potential candidates. This time, it is more important to make your LinkedIn account up to date and it should look professional.  Expand your connections. With expanding connections, the American-based platform helps you find out about the job openings and know about the employers in advance.

3. Be Active on Social Media

During the lockdown of the global pandemic, most businesses have transformed their major activities on social media platforms.  There are chances that you might end up meeting with your future boss through any of the social media platforms.

Most fashion and FMCG brands use social media accounts not only to reach their target clients but also the talented employers they are looking for.

4. Work On Your Skills

While in lockdown and limited to your homes, you have plenty of time to invest in your skills.  With polished skills, there are high chances that you will get a good job soon. If not, at least, it opens multiple doors of opportunities and lets you excel in your career.

A Skills Toolkit with free online courses to help improve digital and numeracy skills has been launched by the government. You should give it a try.  There are many online courses that you can choose to up your skills in your field.

5. Put in Effort Every Day

Being unemployed is also a full-time job because you have to look for a job every day.  You have to visit the job website every single day, to stay updated.  Prepare your CV and cover letter to instantly apply whenever a job clicks you.

Each day, try to apply for as many jobs as you can. This increases the chances of being called for an interview and getting hired.  Even if you do not receive a response according to your expectations, do not lose hope.  There is a time for everything, and your time will come soon.

6. Be Flexible

If you have lost your job in the pandemic, you cannot afford to be rigid. It is the time to think if you have any skills that can let you apply in different industries, and if you can shift your career into any other growing industry – at least for the time till you get your desired job in your field.

Remember there are many skills that can be easily transformed from one industry to another. Just focus on how you would represent these in your resume so that the employer picks you up.

7. Look For a More Secure Job

This is a time of crisis all across the globe. Many businesses and organizations are badly impacted by the virus. Many people working in the industries of hospitality, fun, and entertainment have lost jobs.

Even the freelancers faced a great decline in work.  Make sure that the next time, you apply for a job in a relatively stable industry.

For example, hospitality is a big no at the moment, but the digital marketing and software development sector is booming.  Therefore, they are a safe bet in the current situation.

Final Thoughts: Jobs After the Coronavirus Crisis

Covid-19 has been tough for all of us; businesses and people across the world are badly impacted.  Many small businesses are permanently or temporarily closed down, while most of the people lost their jobs.

If you have also lost your job, and are running out of options, do not panic. Finding a new job is not easy, but try the above tips to help you land a good job, even during the pandemic.

Author: Arslan Hassan
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Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Dynamologic Solutions

7 Ways How Social Media Can Influence Your Career Success

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Social media and tagged , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

At first glance, social media and career-building might not be related to each other. However, you might be pursuing a social networking career, or you simply might want to improve your social network skills – in both cases, you will need to learn how to use social media platforms. Moreover, social media can influence your career both positively and negatively. Hence, here are the seven ways of how social media can help your career or harm it.

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1. Keeping an Online Portfolio

First and foremost, social media platforms can be used to keep an online portfolio. Platforms like Pinterest and Instagram that mostly rely on visual content can be used by visual creators such as photographers, artists, and graphic designers. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter that mostly rely on text can be used by writers and journalists. There are even dedicated platforms like Medium (writing) and DeviantArt (art), but you can mostly use different platforms for all kinds of content.

By having an online portfolio on display on one of the social media platforms, you will be able to showcase your work and grow your online following. You will also get a unique opportunity: every time someone wants to hire you and requests your portfolio, you can simply send them a link to your profile where they can view your works and see the reaction to them that will serve as social proof.

2. Documenting Your Mistakes

The downside of having a social media account (or multiple accounts) is that each and every one of your mistakes gets documented. This can be especially damaging when you have a substantial follower base. Even if you upload something and then delete it a few minutes or moments later, someone may already save it and then reproduce it elsewhere online which will, in turn, damage your reputation and may cause a scandal.

If you have been using social media networks for a few years, you probably forgot some things you posted online. Your views may have changed, so whatever offensive statement you tweeted two years ago is probably not something you’d tweet now. But the Internet remembers which means anyone can dig up your past mistakes and use them against you – including your potential employers.

3. Connecting with Employers

Speaking of employers, social media platforms are widely used by individual clients and companies alike to find freelancers or regular employees to work for them. In fact, some platforms like LinkedIn are specifically designed to connect specialists from all over the world as well as those working together in the same office.

Someone may notice your art on your Instagram profile. Once they check out more of your works posted online, they decide to get in touch with you and ask you about a project they need help on. This is, undoubtedly, a great opportunity to get a client who comes to you rather than someone you are spending your time looking for. Besides, if they like what you produce for them, they might come back for more.

4. Getting A Bad Reputation

As mentioned above, social media platforms document your every move, you every mistake. In essence, this can lead to terrifying results, but going through a scandal is one thing while getting a bad reputation is another. Some employers may forgive your old tweets and hire you once the crowd has calmed down, but if you get into multiple scandals, your reputation may be permanently damaged.

As Monica Connor from the custom writing reviews site Online Writers Rating says, ‘Social media platforms, especially the popular ones like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, can be very dangerous for your career if you treat them irresponsibly. You need to be careful with what you say and avoid getting into arguments or insulting anyone.’

5. Finding Future Partners

Freelancers and specialists are not the only ones who can benefit career-wise from using social media platforms. Entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, start-up owners, and business owners can use social media to find and connect with future partners.

Indeed, there are special websites and directories with investors and the like, but many small businesses started with two people finding each other on regular social media platforms and working together to open the business they both dreamed about. Friends often become business partners, so why can’t these be online friends?

6. Learning Useful Information

Educating yourself may feel like something you had done at high school and then in college or university, but learning is actually something you need to do your whole life if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest events and achievements. Specialists aren’t just specialists because they have a degree – it’s also because they have experience and are constantly ‘leveling up’ their knowledge in their sphere.

Incidentally, social media platforms can help you learn a lot of useful information both in your sphere and on other topics. YouTube, for example, has millions of videos explaining complicated and simple concepts on topics ranging from history to engineering to graphic design. Facebook has groups dedicated to various subjects while Instagram has accounts that post tutorials, facts, tips, etc.

7. Building A Positive Brand on Social Media

Last but not least, while social media can easily get you into a scandal, it can also help you build a positive brand for yourself. This doesn’t just concern your business (if you have one) – it also means an image of who you are as a person.

You may be a professional investigative journalist or you could be a makeup artist working for an up-and-coming celebrity – in both cases, you can use social media platforms to find like-minded people and those interested in who you are and what you do. In other words, social media networks offer you opportunities that you wouldn’t have if you only interacted with your immediate, friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances.

Final Thoughts

All in all, social media platforms are definitely an important part of our lives – but they are also crucial for our careers. Avoid making mistakes listed in this article and follow the tips that will help you use social media to its fullest and build your career with its help.

Author: Frank Hamilton
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Frank has been working as an editor at essay review service Best Writers Online. He is a professional writing expert in such topics as blogging, digital marketing, and self-education. He also loves traveling and speaks Spanish, French, German, and English.

5 Tips to Make your CV Stand Out

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, CV writing and tagged , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

While your CV used to be an extensive biography – listing your complete working history in full detail – that won’t do the job in the current market anymore. The digital age completely changed the recruitment industry.

Today, duplicating your CV is as simple as copy and paste, which is why everybody is doing that… recruiters are being flooded by digital CVs! Recruiters don’t read your CV in the first round anymore. They scan. In other words… your first impression is more important than ever. You have to stand out. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies that will do exactly that.

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Rule #1: Realise… the CV is not about you

I have seen so many people enthusiastically starting their CV with ‘I am a hardworking, motivated individual that is looking for a challenging position in […]’. The mistake? It says nothing and with that single sentence, you are exactly like everybody else and lost your authenticity.

Today, everyone is ‘hard-working’ and ‘motivated’ (and ‘flexible’). When I read that sentence, I literally think: ‘Oh, here we have another hard-worker.’ The terminology is way overused and you know what… what does that even mean!?

Remove these vague statements/opinions at all times and SHOW the recruiter that you are hardworking by listing all your achievements.

Your CV used to be your biography, but in today’s job market, you should change that CV perspective. Write your CV solely about what THEY are looking for. Stand out by thinking about THEM.

You see… the recruiters’ job is simple; finding the best possible candidate and making sure that that candidate is a SAFE CHOICE. He is looking for skills, achievements and relevant knowledge that proves that you will be able to do the job. Your job is simple. List everything the recruiter is looking for, making you that safe choice!

Don’t waste valuable CV space with writing what YOU want. Focus only on the key aspects that will make you an interesting candidate. And then, in the interview, you can talk all about yourself and figure out if you are a match.

Rule #2: Be the specialist, not the generalist

Would you hire a common doctor of a specialised (expensive) brain surgeon when you need brain surgery? I thought so… and so are recruiters.

Often, the company has an open position because of a specific problem. You need to figure out what that is and be the SPECIFIC solution to that problem. Meaning, if their job is all about email optimisation; they are not that interested in ‘just’ a marketer; stand out by being the ‘psychological email marketer’, and write all your relevant achievements/projects towards these key differentiating aspects.

One more example of being the specialist instead of the generalist is with the skills section. I have seen so many candidates, making endless lists of their skills or responsibilities, losing focus of what they are and thus becoming ‘no one’ in that massive CV pile. You should pick the 5 most important skills and stick with them; in fact, make them the red line throughout your CV and you will be instantly perceived as the expert in those areas!

Rule #3: Use a standout CV design

Imagine the recruiter looking at the 50th CV of the day, all looking the same, and then there is your CV that is designed for the first impression. My secret? Include a sidebar in your CV and use this space to highlight your greatest value to the company. This could be either skills, achievements or smart interests/motivation.

Including a sidebar has a psychological benefit as it will stand out in the first few critical seconds, setting the context of the rest of your CV. Meaning… if you highlight how you have the right skills, the recruiter will unconsciously look for confirmation of those highlighted skills in the rest of your CV. You can choose where the recruiter will focus on!

Furthermore, including eye-catching items like skill-indicators or a work-experience timeline will automatically draw the attention of the recruiter, making sure he can’t ignore you.

CV Builder tool

Tip: While these items might be hard to create in a text editor. The online cv builder cv-template.com is specialised in stand-out CV designs. Just follow the CV format and you will have a professional-looking CV in a matter of minutes (every CV format supports this clever sidebarstrategy).

Rule #4: Include Stories in your CV

Humans love stories. In fact, after hearing a resonating story, your body releases the hormone oxytocin, literally boosting emotions like trust and empty. Meaning… instead of being ‘just a candidate’, you can make an emotional connection with the recruiter. Simply by writing appealing stories in your CV.

You might already know that including bullet points in your work experience descriptions improve readability. But you can take these bullets to the next level, converting them into complete ministories that arouses curiosity. (And give you amazing speak material during the job interview!).

The purpose of these story-bullets is not to explain the full story. You should create just enough curiosity to make you an interesting candidate, and thus getting you that ticket to the interview. It’s simple; explain in a 2-3 sentence what you did, what the result was, and a little about the context. Moreover, make the story specific (using exact numbers & percentages) to improve trustworthiness and memory retention.

An example of a bullet point could be; “Increased online conversion in 2 months with 26%, from 1200 to 1512 customers per month, by optimising headlines, bullet points and call to actions.”

Specific, interesting and to the point!

Rule #5: Let every word add value

You might have heard this one before. But still… on average 50-60% of the words on a CV doesn’t have to be there! They take up valuable space but even worse, they actually harm your chances; because either you don’t know how to write a CV or you don’t have anything better to show!

Make sure your sentences are as compact as possible. Remove useless details and focus solely on the most important aspects. And, at all times, avoid vague words like ‘many’, ‘considerably’ or ‘a lot’ – be specific!

As a final check, go through your CV one last time and ask yourself ‘does every word add value’? Are the main keywords there?

After that, look at the readability of the CV design. Have you broken up large text blocks to make it more inviting to start reading? Are you using the same styling consistently throughout your CV? (My CV builder does this for you). And… are all the asked requirements there?

Finally, use the free tool Grammarly to check the spelling and off you go – having increased your chances drastically! Take 2 hours to optimise your CV and your job search will be so much easier. You won’t regret it.

Author: Wouter Lenting
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Wouter is the founder of the free CV builder CV-Template, a tool that allows everyone to create a professionally designed CV with ease. With over 350,000 CVs created, the tool has become a leading CV maker online. 

An Insight into Digital Job Hunting: Video Interviews, Resumes and Reputation

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, CV writing, Job interviews, Social media and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , on by Ixone.

With 68% of employers searching applicants on Facebook, there’s no denying of the fact that we are heading towards a new dawn of digitization in the field of job search and recruitment. The journey from submitting physical copies of the resumes to sending the electronic version of the same has truly been awesome. Now that we have stepped into the digital era of job hunt, 2019 is expected to bring forth further digitization that will contribute to the new wave change. Job hunting in the digital age is incomplete without smarter resume formats, digitization, online interviews, video conferences and the likes. Here’s why.

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Online Reputation in the Digital Age

Reportedly, 73% of companies have leveraged the potential of social media in order to recruit candidates. And this is exactly why an individual requires an impressiveonline reputation. If you are a recruiter, then the chances are that you want to scan the details of your employee and know the person via social media platforms before calling him/her up for a face-to-face interview or prior to sending across an offer letter.

If we are to look at things from the perspective of an employee, then the role of maintaining a digital reputation is equally significant for him/her. For instance, LinkedIn has more than 500 million members and 63 million unique mobile users per month, there’s no doubt that the platform is one of the preferred hotspots for both employees and employers across the globe. This is exactly why the context of building an online reputation and staying professionally active via digital modes of communication have gained importance.

Apart from LinkedIn contributing to the career prospects of the job hunters, other new-age applications are backing up the prospective employees and employers. Twylah, VisualCV, AngelList; it is an extensive list. Now, if you haven’t made yourself visible online, here’s something for you. Take a look:

  • Employees and the employers stand a better chance to be trusted, both as a brand and as an individual.
  • Sharing and talking about corporate accolades and skills via digital platform will allow you to ensure better exposure. It will alsoenhance the opportunity of an individual and increase the chances of gettingspotted by reputedrecruiters across the globe.
  • It is said companies with good online reputation are likely to attract more business.
  • Online Reputation Management strategies highlight the strength of a company and combat all negative propaganda of the rivals.
  • Maintaining consistent online reputation helps the employers and employees to foster transparency and honesty.

Now that you have read through the section and understood thebenefits a positive online reputation can provide, you might like to harness its potential and start building career-oriented online reputation right away.

Video Interviews are Here to Stay

According to a survey that included 506 companies, video interviewing not only cuts cost, but also saves the recruiter’s time. 47% of the surveyed companies admitted that video interviewing shortens the time it takes to hire an employee. In another amazing revelation, it has been found that a 5-minute live video interview is equivalent to a 200 question written assessment. So, we don’t have enough reason not to embrace such digital waves of changes, do we? It is also to be mentioned that the emergence of advanced video conferencing applications like Google Duo and Skype is adding up to the value further.

Now that the stats are clear and reports are out, let’s delve deeper and learn about the significance of video interviews. Here you go:

  • Video interviewing improves the quality of the hiring process, as the recruiters are able to scan more candidates and assess them, by overcoming the boundaries of time and distance.
  • Video interviewing significantly reduces conscious and subconscious bias.
  • Video interviews help candidates listen to other employees conversing and talking about the job role. This, as a result, allows him/her to monitor the company’s credibility, based on real-time data and revelations.

With significant advantages, it is likely that the trend shall continue to rule the realm of job hunting in the years to come.

Virtual Interviews are Here to Stay

It goes without saying that one cannot expect to land his/her dream job in a renowned organisation without having an impressive resume to send across. And when it comes to securing jobs and assessing prospective employers in today’s world of digital advancements, you can’t do without digital resumes. Posted in inc.com, every corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes. According to another source, Yahoo gets 2,000 resumes each workday on an average, while Google once received 75,000 resumes in a single week. Now, if we are to consider this data, it is pretty indicative that the demand and functionality of digital resumes are certainly on the rise.

Prof. Vivian Jones, program coordinator and chief assignment help expert associated with a leading e-learning portal says…

Ever since we have embraced the trend of online resumes, we are able to shortlist more suitable candidates for the post of bloggers and writers. No more stringent paperwork and taking the pain of meeting every candidate individually. Writers send across their CV online, and our recruiters handpick the most suitable ones after going through their career episodes virtually”.

Things are undeniably much easier for an individual when all they have to do isassess resumes online without being subjected to the hassles of physical paperwork. It also eliminates the risk of missing documents and the likes. In case you wish to know the reasons why you need a digital resume in the first place, here’s something for you.

Online resumes make it 10 times easier and accessible for prospective employers to go through the bio data and assess the credibility accordingly.

  • Online resumes help candidates to send across the document to multiple organizations, with a click of the mouse.
  • Maintaining digital CVs is a better way to ensure safety, as far as misplacement of an essential document is concerned.
  • In the era of global digitization, staying updated with digital resumes will help you to explore better job opportunities.

In today’s job market, digital resumes have a great significance, which is likely to increase. With each passing day, it is likely that more virtually developed resume management strategies will come up and redefine the recruitment process altogether.

Parting Words

Statistically, the number of people working in the United Kingdom rose by 23,000 to 32.41 million in the 3rd quarter of 2018. This is again a clear indication of the fact that the job market is booming, which will call forbetter and organized recruitment policies in order to manage a large group of candidates. On the other hand, potential employees need to keep their CVs updated, revamp their technical know-how and get tech-savvy in order to embrace new trends and bag jobs like a pro.


Author Bio

Jijo is a digital marketer associated with a leading digital agency in the United Kingdom. Apart from being a professional marketer, Jijo is an experienced resume writer associated with GoDissertationHelp. He is extremely passionate and diligent when it comes to meeting his professional responsibilities. He loves to travel on his bike and visits countryside destinations on the weekend.

Digital Footprint: What do You Leave Behind on the Internet?

This entry was posted in Careers advice, Social media and tagged , , on by Alfonso Pujalte.

Did you know that everything you do on the Internet stays on the Internet? That’s also called our digital footprint and has raised some issues about privacy. Let’s see the effects it can have on your job search.

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What does your digital footprint reveal about you?


Since its emergence, Internet has brought us democratization of communications.  Traditional media messages used to be completely controlled by companies. However, nowadays you have the opportunity to express your opinions about them. Play your cards right with Social Networking and the job will come to you. But, be aware of the digital footprint you leave behind.

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