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Graduates, the Skills Gap is Real

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

We have been hearing about the skills gap for a long time and studies in the past address the lack of what employers want. Payscale released a skill gap study detailing the disconnect between managers and recent graduates regarding their preparedness for employment after entering the workforce, and which skills managers are most likely to consider absent or deficient. Please go to Payscale’s website to view and download their report!

I discussed this two months ago with Rich Thompson, Adecco North America Chief Human Resource Officer. He also said one of the biggest challenges employers have is the skills gap. It is evident according to the study and organizations; graduates are not ready to present themselves as proficient in business oral and written communication. Lydia Frank from Payscale is with me to discuss their skills gap study specifically as it relates to college grads. 

Have you been turned down for a position because you lacked skills? Talk to us. Here's how you can participate in the discussion: 

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your thoughts to the same number
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

 

 

For complete show notes go to: thevoiceofjobseekers.com/129-skills-gap

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers129.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:13pm CDT

Parents and their Job Ready College Student

 

Parents must participate in helping their son/daughter to be job-ready upon graduation. Millennials made up about 30 percent of the United States’ unemployment population.  Despite being college-educated, many recent graduates are ill-prepared for the workforce, leaving parents wondering how to get their kids from backpack to briefcase. Bill Holland is working with parents to have critical career conversations to help their son/daughter prepare to be job-ready.

Are you having career conversations with your college student?

As usual, your feedback is essential for this discussion.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail or text me at 708-365-9822
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

Bill Holland and I have talked a few times over the last five years, and the last time on the show was on episode 47 when we talked about his last book. He is a career consultant, an executive in the Talent Management space for many years, and now Principal and Founder of College to Career Catalyst, LLC. He has been featured on NPR and USA Today, and 60 other media outlets.

For complete show notes go to http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/prepare-to-be-job-ready/

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers130.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:31pm CDT

Why Your Interview Skills Suck

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

Older job seekers do many things well. One of the obstacles for many of them is presenting well in an interview. The lack of preparation. The lack of research. The application of relevant knowledge. All of those things can impede your chances. Jeff Altman has 40 years experience advising job seekers with interviews and helping them with their challenges.

What are your interview challenges? I would love to know your thoughts about today’s show in three ways:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail or text me at 708-365-9822
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

 

For complete show notes go to http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/127-interview-skills

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers127.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 1:27pm CDT

Editor's note: Scott Bennett is the author of The Elements of Resume Style. He is often asked about resume writing and the importance in its brevity and clarity as Monster discusses with him in this interview. Scott is a friend and was kind enough to share this with me to share with you. 

 

Recorded shortly after the July 2005 launch of the first edition of The Elements of Resume Style (AMACOM, New York, NY), the freshness and continuing relevance of this podcast today help demonstrate: the more things change, the more they stay the same. As discussed in the second edition of the book, launched September 2014, successful candidates will discern between the rapid, plentiful changes in content delivery systems and the surprisingly fixed and enduring rules for developing error-free, clear, focused, targeted and compelling content. All active career seekers are urged to read and apply the strategies contained in the second edition -- in paperback, e-book, or audio format, based on learning style. Enjoy the interview

Direct download: resumepodcast.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:14pm CDT

Transgendered Employees and Company Culture

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

Donn Levie (@DonnLevie) recently wrote a very helpful article for those who are transgenders and examples for employers in a similar situation he experienced. As we know, this is still new territory in many ways although it is more common now than 10 years ago. I think people who work with transgendered coworkers will benefit from this dialogue. We dive a little deeper than the article Donn offers in hopes this will offer addition value for those who need it.

Do you currently work with a transgendered coworker? How have you handled it? How has your company handle it? Share it with us. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

 

For complete show notes go to: http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/1215-Helping-Transgender-Workplace

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers1215.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 9:01pm CDT

Personal Branding for College Graduates

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

For college students, building, managing, and marketing his or her personal branding efforts can be quite complex. It’s possible that grads will  change jobs up to an average of 20 times during their career. But you know what, that is OK to experiment and try different things. My guest and fellow podcaster Ryan Rhoten as done it himself. Through the advice he shares, he tells his story of graduating from college with the intention of building and flying planes.

Are you clear and intention about your personal branding efforts? I would love to hear from you in one of three ways:

1) Leave a voice mail or text message at 708-365-9822. Let me know if I can share it on future shows
2) Email me: mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
3) Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com and press the “Send Voicemail” button to leave a message online

 

For full show notes: go to http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/125-personal-branding

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers125.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:43pm CDT

The View of Job Search from a Diversity Recruiter

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

More and more, people are considering culture and value above other reasons for the job and career he or she desires. You can control the career choices based on factors you find more desirable. Some are choose companies where everyone doesn’t think like them or look like them. If that is what you want, then consider a diversity recruiter like Torin Ellis who offers 100% of his efforts to clients who want to create such a workplace.

How important is Diversity and Inclusion to you in your workplace? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. You can do it in three ways:

1) Leave a voice mail or text message at 708-365-9822. Let me know if I can share it on future shows
2) Email me: mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
3) Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com and press the “Send Voicemail” button to leave a message online

Let me share a little more about Torin Ellis. He’s been a recruiter for more than 2o years. Torin  is the founder of The Torin Ellis Brand, a Human Capital Strategist, Diversity Ambassador, Interview Architect, and soon-to-be-author! He is the recent winner of Winner of Top Recruiter - Reign of the Bosses - toprecruiter.tv! He’s appeared in Black Enterprise and is featured on SiriusXM 126 on the “Karen Hunter Show” as a career guest expert.

 

For complete show notes, go to: 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers123.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 5:44pm CDT

The Go To Job Site for the Differently Abled

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

Among the people who have disengaged themselves from the job search, I have decided to talk about the differently-abled who wait very late in life to find jobs. Dylan Rafaty, founder of DylanListed, LLC (DylanListed.com) and I engaged in a lengthy conversation with so much value, I consider this a special episode and one of the most important.

I am also asking you share this with someone with physical or non-visible disabilities, or a family member. I would love to hear your stories about your experiences with companies that hire and promote differently-abled people. Here’s how:

1) Leave a voice mail or text message at 708-365-9822. Let me know if I can share it on future shows
2) Email me: mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
3) Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com and press the “Send Voicemail” button to leave a message online

You can do this on your phone, right now, if you want. All of this is set up so you’ll have the most convenient access possible.

Let me tell you more about Dylan Rafaty. Dylan was inspired by Angies List to create an on and offline site of resources to help job seekers become more employable and find jobs. He also trains companies from how to find differently-abled job seekers, how to provide training for them, and creating a culture for them to thrive. He is very active in the community and is an enthusiastic advocate in educating and promoting job seekers who are challenged with disabilities.

For complete show notes go to: http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/122-differently-abled

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers122.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 11:23am CDT

Personal Branding, Social Proof, and YouTern

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

I want to share another great conversation with Mark Babbitt, CEO of YouTern about job search trends and the changes to YouTern coming this month.

Mark’s insight is consistently part of the larger conversation in the career spectrum, if anything, he has his hands on the pulse of what makes employers tick. Social proof and personal branding is at the center of attracting the eyes of employers. This conversation is essential in providing clarity in where you need to start or pivot.

Let me know how your personal branding is being shaped? Here’s how:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail or text me at 708-365-9822
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

Mark is the CEO of YouTern, President of Switch and Shift, and co-author of A World Gone Social. This is our third recorded conversation and it’s always a template to further understand how to stand out to employers and recruiters.

 

For complete show notes go to: http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/121-social-proof

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers121.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:43pm CDT

Adecco’s CEO for a Month Internship

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

I am proud to help Adecco Group North America to promote their annual “CEO for a month” internship program in North America. This is the second year Rich Thompson (@rich18thompson), Chief Human Resources Officer, Adecco Group North America and I talk about this once in a lifetime program where one person will shadow and travel with Adecco’s senior leadership and executives. The winner will have a front seat global perspective of the world of work.

How would an internship like this help you? Let me know your thoughts:

1) Leave a voice mail or text message at 708-365-9822. Let me know if I can share it on future shows
2) Email me: mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
3) Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com and press the “Send Voicemail” button to leave a message online

 

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!

I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

For the first time in 1 1/2 years, I am opening to career professionals to write guest articles. If you’re interested, you can go here for further topics and directions to submit.

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers120.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 3:04pm CDT