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3 Reasons Why You Haven’t Heard Back From the Remote Job You Applied For

While it can be frustrating not hearing back from employers, it doesn’t have to be the case when you follow the tips in this guide.

 

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Did you know 98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening phase?

That means just the top 2% of job applicants actually land an interview.

So if you’ve been feeling like the odds of scoring a remote position aren’t in your favor, there may be something you can do to change your luck.

In fact, today we’ll be covering not one, but three of the most common reasons applications don’t move forward to the interview stage.

When you avoid or fix these issues, you’ll instantly increase your chances of employers reading your resume and touching base with you ASAP.

So let’s start with the first and arguably biggest mistake: giving a potential employer a negative first impression.

 

#1: You Never Bothered to Create a Unique Cover Letter (Or One At All)

Cover letters can be a pain to create. After all, it’s just another step in what can be an already lengthy application process with most of the same information.

But skipping one or putting in half the effort just because they’re not fun isn’t the answer.

Here’s why: a cover letter can be your golden ticket to getting your resume read.

Cover letters help potential employers see how you think and write — and they give a peek at your personality.

A solid cover letter also shows potential employers how much effort you’re willing to put in. It also indicates just how much you want the position and are invested in chasing it.

Just the opposite happens with a poor cover letter or none at all.

Do this and you’ll give employers a reason to weed you out and choose someone who went the extra mile.

 

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Since cover letters require serious thought, create a template you can adjust for each position to save yourself some time.

A cover letter template should:

  • • Start out with where you found the remote job.
  • • Discuss how your skills fit the job description and make the connection between your past experience and the job you’re applying for. It’s especially important to highlight previous remote work experience here.
  • • Close with a simple salutation and thank you.

Your cover letter should be just a few short paragraphs containing two or three sentences each, at most. Don’t create a robust cover letter that’s too long for employers to sift through.

Most importantly, generate a unique cover letter for each position you apply for.

This shows employers you’ve done your homework and you’re not taking a lazy approach by reusing a cover letter from another position.

You should only create cover letters for jobs that really interest you. This will give you plenty of time to invest in making yours stand out.

Do this and you’ll hear back from employers sooner rather than later, which also happens when you avoid this next mistake.

 

#2: Your Resume Is Too Generic

Just like your cover letter should be customized for the position you’re applying for, so should your resume.

This doesn’t mean you have to reinvent your resume each time from scratch, rather, we’re suggesting you create a resume template and tailor it to highlight what the employer is looking for in their specific job description.

So if you’re applying for a graphic design job requiring experience with digital ads, don’t put your billboard ad creation experience at the top.

 

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Think of your resume like real estate:

The primetime spots are at the top of the page so use this important space to show off the exact skills the job description is looking for.

This is also where you’ll want to point out your remote skills so employers know you can easily adapt without requiring much training.

It’s also a good idea to use the same keywords in your resume as in the job post, just in case your resume is being scanned through an applicant tracking system.

And no, that doesn’t mean you should stuff your resume unnaturally with keywords. Simply make sure they’re in there and relate to your experience.

Keep in mind, the number of keywords you use in your resume won’t matter if you’re guilty of this final mistake.

 

#3: You Don’t Have Enough Experience

You can create a solid cover letter and a standout resume to match, but you may not hear back from employers if you lack the experience they’re seeking.

All hope is not lost, but you should take a closer look at whether you were really qualified for the position before applying for others like it.

Far too often job candidates stretch their experience on their resume. Others don’t bother to read how many years of experience are required thinking employers don’t really mean X+ years are needed.

Don’t make this mistake.

Only apply for jobs you’re really qualified for and save everyone’s time.

If you sidestep these three mistakes, your resume should have a fighting chance of connecting with your potential employers.

 

Prove You’re Invested in the Position and Employers Will Invest in You

By spending time on your cover letter and resume, you’ll show potential employers you’re really willing to put in the work it takes to land the job.

And they’ll assume you’ll do the same once hired.

These tips are especially important for remote positions where employers have hundreds of qualified applicants from all over the world competing for opportunities.

So make sure your cover letter and resume stand out and show you’re the most qualified candidate (because you’re bursting with all the necessary experience).

This simple recipe will help you secure more interviews and hopefully land the remote job of your dreams in less time.

Express Yourself in Your LinkedIn Photo, As Long as It Fits Industry Norms, That Is…

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By this point, most of us are familiar with LinkedIn. The social media site for professional networking has become a staple of the recruiting world. Job seekers use it to connect with opportunities, and recruiters and hiring managers use it to scope out leads. Every part of an applicant’s LinkedIn profile says something about them — even the profile photo.

Be certain that if you are looking for a job, someone is scrutinizing your photo and making judgments about you, according to recent research from marketing firm Digital Third Coast in collaboration with JDP. The research explored 2,000 LinkedIn profiles to discover the best and worst that job seekers have to offer.

“We measured the technical execution of LinkedIn profile photos — based on lighting, framing, and resolution — across 11 industries, so our primary findings amounted to which industries performed better or worse,” explains Andy Kerns, creative director for Digital Third Coast.

According to the research, real estate, HR, and marketing/advertising had the best profile photos, whereas education, government, and retail had the worst. The research also found that healthcare and government workers were least likely to upload profile photos, a fact that “indicates either a need for privacy or a lack of emphasis put on physical presentation in those fields,” in Kerns’ view.

While a study focusing on the art of LinkedIn profile photos might seem a little niche, your profile photo is ultimately an important tool in your arsenal during a job hunt.

“By reviewing our data alongside an open LinkedIn search window, people can quickly identify missteps to avoid and feel confident in other stylistic choices — perhaps a black and white photo with no smile — especially if it jives with their industry of interest,” Kerns says.

What Your Profile Photo Says About You

Rather than snapping a quick bathroom-mirror selfie to slap on your profile, take the time to do a little research. Find out what will impress recruiters, hiring managers, and coworkers in your target industry.

“When it comes to strategically styling a LinkedIn profile in pursuit of a new job and selecting a photo, we recommend that people look the part,” Kerns says. “That means take cues from other people in the same industry, in the same types of positions you’re pursuing, and particularly those in leadership positions. Like it or not, personal style can be a language of its own within certain industries, and it makes an impression.”

People who fail to post photos that reflect the norms of their industries risk implying that they, as employees, will also fail to fit in if hired.

“It’s not ideal — people should feel free to express themselves — but in a modern job hunt, you’ve got to be strategic,” Kerns adds.

Your Online Brand Is Bigger Than LinkedIn

You leave a digital footprint behind you everywhere you go. If you’re in the midst of a job search, make sure you limit public access to private social media pages. Similarly, make sure any publicly visible photos won’t give a negative impression to anyone who might be looking into your online presence.

“We recommend curating your online brand on social media, personal websites, company sites, and across the many other places your name and behavior or beliefs can be expressed,” Kerns says. “Whether you run a 5K, comment on a restaurant, or make a political donation, there are all kinds of ways you can be projected online outside normal channels. Seasoned professionals make sure they put forth a thoughtful public persona that aligns with their professional interests. At the very least, be ready to answer for anything distasteful.”

Even the gainfully employed should be at least marginally aware of how they project themselves online. If you think you’re safe just because you’ve already got a job, consider all of the viral video stars who have been fired by their employers for unethical behavior in recent years.

“In many industries, careful curation is not just suggested, it’s mandatory,” Kerns says.  “And even when it’s just suggested, we encourage people to think about the broad reach of their work and who might be tempted to judge something in a way that could impact your professional interests.”

The 6 Best Careers for Introverts

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The modern workplace holds many challenges for introverts. The noise and distractions of open-plan offices are not conducive to an introvert’s best work, and collaborative porjects are often prioritized above individual efforts.

In the right roles, however, introverts can really thrive. Here are six careers where introverts can use their gift for calm, focused effort to its fullest:

1. The Legal Profession

When you think of the legal field, you might immediately imagine an extraverted lawyer confidently declaiming aloud in front of a courtroom. In reality, as many as 60 percent of lawyers may be introverts.

It makes sense when you start to think about it. The nitty-gritty of legal work involves a lot of preparation and strategizing. Lawyers spend the majority of their time researching, writing, and preparing strong arguments for cases. Introverts are particularly well suited for such long stretches of solo work.

2. Creative Work

The digital age is fueled by content of all forms, from videos and photos to blogs and articles. There are a wealth of jobs and freelance assignments available for videographers, photographers, and writers, all of whom do the majority of work on their own.

Contrary to popular belief, introverts can also be social media influencers and vloggers — as long as they can control the amount of interaction they have with their audiences and recharge when needed.

3. Research Work

Extraverts might struggle with being shut in a room or lab for hours, poring over results and writing reports. Introverts, on the other hand, tend to enjoy their own company and concentrating on specialized tasks. Any research role in any field, from medical to academia to industry analysis, is perfect for introverted employees.

In some research roles, you may have to present your findings regularly to a group. Introverts can become good public speakers, but it may require some practice. If you decide to take a research role that involves public speaking, be sure to always give yourself time to prepare and rehearse ahead of your presentation.

4. The Tech Industry

The tech industry is often associated with the image of a programmer sitting alone at a task, typing away. Because they require long periods of working alone, many tech roles are good for introverts, from system administration and software engineering to data analysis, data science, and web development. As an added bonus, jobs in this field also tend to pay well.

5. Social Media Management

With the word “social” in its title, you’d be forgiven for thinking this isn’t a good field for introverts. However, the majority of social media management involves behind-the-scenes work creating content, responding to comments, and answering questions.

Introverts are good listeners, which makes them good at developing content that appeals to audiences. They also tend to think carefully before they speak, allowing them to keep a cool head during PR crises.

6. Running a Business

Running your own freelance business involves a lot of individual work. It also offers a lot of autonomy and flexibility, which can appeal to introverts in particular. Skills like coding, writing, carpentry, and plumbing all lend themselves to self-employment, if that is a road you are interested in taking.

Believe it or not, introverts can also be successful CEOs. In fact, one study found the highest-performing CEOs tend to be more introverted. Strong leaders are reliable, thoughtful, and consistent in their actions — which just so happen to be three of an introvert’s biggest strengths. Additionally, because introverts are good listeners, they are more likely to solicit and value ideas from their employees. This leads to both more innovation and more engaged workers, which are critical for business success today.

Ultimately, there’s no single “best” role for introverts, because a career involves a lot more than just a job. Your happiness hinges on your colleagues, your manager, the company culture, your work style, and even where you work.

So, if you’re an introvert looking for the right career, take the time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, plus the kind of work you enjoy and the environment you’re most comfortable working in. Even if you find a role you love, it isn’t going to be suitable if you have to collaborate with a lot of people or work in an open-plan office.

Izaak Crook is the content marketing manager at AppInstitute.

4 Reasons Your Resume Is Being Ignored

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Have you spent hours upon hours writing what you thought was the perfect resume, only for it to be consistently ignored by hiring managers?

The job market is highly competitive, and your resume is up against tens or hundreds of others every time you apply for a job. Before sending your resume out to another role, address these common weaknesses that may be holding you back:

1. Your Cover Letter Isn’t Strong Enough

Many people spend days crafting their resumes, only to ruin their chances with a thoughtless, tossed-off cover letter.

Your cover letter and your resume are a team. They need to be equally great if you are to land an interview. Spend some time crafting an original, inspiring, and tailored cover letter for each application. Your cover letter should detail why you’re interested in the role and sum up why you’re the right candidate for the job. It should also speak specifically to the company you’re applying to. Yes, that does mean you need to alter it for every role.

2. Your Resume Profile Isn’t Tailored

If you are using the same resume profile for every application, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Busy recruiters and hiring managers have piles of resumes to get through each and every day. At best, yours will get a quick skim before they decide whether or not to toss it. Your resume profile is your best shot at catching someone’s attention and showing them the value you bring to the table.

Your profile should be a short, snappy, persuasive paragraph that summarizes your key skills, results, and experiences. The goal is to entice the recruiter or hiring manager to keep reading.

Like a cover letter, your resume profile should also be tailored to each role. Make a note of keywords and specific skills highlighted in the job description, and then deploy those keywords and skills in your resume profile. This makes it clear you’re a good candidate for the role.

3. Your Resume Is Difficult to Read

You could be the perfect candidate for the job, but if the layout of your resume is off, you’re unlikely to be called for interview. Simply put, the easier your resume is to navigate, the more likely a recruiter is to actually read it.

Spend some time thinking about how your resume actually looks. Use a clear, simple font, and break sections up with white space. Bullet-pointed lists make the text easy to digest, while bold text is a great way to highlight important skills and results relevant to the job.

Always remember to include a resume profile and core skills section. This ensures recruiters will see your value, even if they only scan your resume for 30 seconds.

One final tip: If you are submitting your resume digitally, save it as a PDF to avoid any inadvertent formatting blunders.

4. Your Resume Doesn’t Prove Your Impact

Recruiters aren’t all that interested in the day-to-day duties of your previous roles. They’re more impressed by the impact you made on your former employers.

When it comes to your work history, you have to do more than just state what each position involved. Include facts, figures, and metrics that prove your were an asset to your company. For example, don’t just say you were involved in client acquisition. Instead, state how many new clients you brought to the company during your tenure. Instead of mentioning you were involved in sales, detail how much revenue you earned for the company.

Whether it’s costs cut, time saved, problems solved, revenue generated, or awards received, your resume must include some hard evidence of your value. Quantifying your achievements helps back up everything you say about yourself. A recruiter or hiring manager won’t believe you unless you give them a good reason to.

Andrew Fennell is the founder of UK-based CV-writing advice website StandOut CV.

Connecticut’s Pay Equity Law Prohibits Salary History Inquiries

By Kelly M. Cardin © Ogletree DeakinsJanuary 7, 2019
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As of Jan. 1, Connecticut employers are prohibited from inquiring about prospective employees’ wage or salary histories. Connecticut’s new pay equity law is intended to promote equality in pay and close the wage gap.

Under the new law, employers—defined as entities having one or more employees—are also prohibited from using a third party to inquire about any applicant’s wage or salary history. Employers may still inquire about the components of an applicant’s compensation structure—for example, retirement benefits or stock option plans—but they may not inquire about the value of any individual component.

Nothing in the law prevents an employer from verifying salary information if a prospective employee voluntarily discloses such information. Additionally, the law does not apply where a federal or state law “specifically authorizes disclosure or verification of salary history” in the employment context.

A private right of action exists for violations of the law, and a prospective employee can potentially recover compensatory damages, attorney fees and costs, and punitive damages. A two-year statute of limitations applies.

Review Policies and Practices

In light of this new law, Connecticut employers should revise their employment applications to remove any requests for candidates’ salary histories. Employers that have hiring policies and/or hiring scripts should revise these documents to remove any questions about salary histories.

Further, employers may want to affirmatively state that it is the employer’s policy not to make such inquiries. Connecticut employers may also want to ensure that any employees involved in interviewing candidates are trained on the new law and understand that they should not be asking about salary history information.

Finally, employers may want to verify that any third parties they are using to help screen candidates are aware of and in compliance with the new law.

Kelly M. Cardin is an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Stamford, Conn. © 2019 Ogletree Deakins. All rights reserved. Reposted with permission. 

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