10 Skills Employers Look for from New Graduates

Below you’ll find the top 10 most sought-after attributes that hiring managers want from the class of 2020. So if you’re on the hunt for an entry-level job.

1. Problem-solving skills

Nine in 10 employers (91.2%) want to see new college graduates tout excellent problem-solving skills. Many hiring managers use behavioral interview questions—phrases such as “tell me about a time when” or “give me an example of”—to assess a job candidate’s problem-solving ability. Thus, you’ll want to prepare anecdotes that paint you as a solution finder.

You don’t need job experience to provide proof that you’re a problem solver, says Los Angeles-based career coach Nancy Karas. “Think about times where you were proactive, innovative, or highly responsive to a challenge,” like that time you helped solve a customer complaint while working at the campus coffee shop, Karas says. Even better: Show that you took the initiative to identify a problem and then solved it.

2. Ability to work in a team

It goes without saying that nobody likes the employee who wants to hog the spotlight. But unlike your career as a student, where you’re really the only one who can make or break your success, the workplace depends on teams of people to get the job done. No surprise, then, that 86.3% of hiring managers want to know you can collaborate well with lots of different personalities.

You’ll need to learn how to delegate, take direction, value differences of opinion, and play to your and your co-workers’ strengths and weaknesses. “Being a team player is all about being reliable and trustworthy,” says career coach Denise Dudley, author of Work it! Get in, Get Noticed, Get Promoted.

3. Strong work ethic

You need to be committed to your job responsibilities and understand that performing your role is more than just means to a paycheck—after all, a company stands for something beyond business and so should you. That’s why 80.4% of hiring managers want to see new hires demonstrate a strong work ethic. Show up on time, be engaged in your work, and act with integrity.

4. Analytical skills

One in eight hiring managers (79.4%) want to hire entry-level workers who possess analytical skills, meaning they’re searching for critical thinkers—people who know how to gather and evaluate information and then make good decisions based on that intel.

5. Written communication skills

Good communication is always going to be among the top skills employers look for. The survey found that 77.5% of managers feel writing proficiency is the most desirable hard skill among recent college graduates. Therefore, submitting a well-crafted cover letter is crucial.

You’ll want to highlight experiences on your resume that demonstrate your writing skills. If you volunteered to be the scribe for a group project in college, for example, include that on your resume, advises Dawn Bugni, a professional resume writer in Atkinson, North Carolina. And depending on the nature of the industry—marketing, communications, or journalism to name a few—you might also submit writing samples with your application. “A writing portfolio speaks for itself,” Bugni says.

6. Leadership skills

It’s a tall order: 72.5% of hiring managers want potential hires with great leadership skills. Believe it or not, there are ways you can show possible employers that you have leadership potential before you even enter the workforce.

If you held a leadership role in college (e.g., president of the French club), highlight it on your resume. If you emerged as the informal leader on a group project, talk about the experience during the job interview.

Also, get letters of recommendation from former internship managers that speak to your leadership skills. “Glowing references can solidify a job offer,” says Stefanie Wichansky, CEO at Randolph, New Jersey, management consulting and staffing firm Professional Resource Partners.

7. Verbal communication skills

Seven in 10 hiring managers (69.6%) surveyed said good verbal communication skills are a must-have for new grads. Communication skills set the tone for how people perceive you and help you build relationships with co-workers.

Verbal communication prowess is best demonstrated during job interviews. Presenting answers to interview questions clearly goes a long way. You should also ask job interviewers open-ended questions to show that you’re engaged.

8. Initiative

Tied with verbal communication skills, 69.6% of hiring managers reported they want newly minted college graduates who know how to take initiative. This is where the maxim “Show them, don’t just tell them” applies. In the experience section of your resume, cite an example of a time when you deal with a difficult situation in a direct way or a time when being proactive enabled you to head off a problem.

9. Detail-oriented

According to the survey, 67.6% of managers are looking for new grads that have meticulous attention to detail. As a result, make sure your resume is impeccable, free of typos and grammatical errors, and organized with the use of clear, concise, and effective language. As Monster’s resume expert Kim Isaacs puts it: “You want your resume to be as perfect as humanly possible.”

10. Technical skills

Many industries, not just jobs in the technology sector, call for professionals with technical abilities. Case in point: 65.7% of hiring managers said new grads should possess technical skills. Describe how you’re applied your technical skills in the past. For instance, if your resume lists that you have Java experience, it should also describe how utilized the program on a particular project in college.

Source: Monster.com

10 Ways to Improve Your Career in 10 Minutes or Less During the Quarantine

It can feel like life is on pause as we wait for states and shuttered storefronts to reopen. Still, there are things that you can do to proactively move your career forward whether you are at a job you enjoy or you are job searching. There are likely to be some days that you are feeling productive, motivated, and determined…and some days that you just want to binge-watch Netflix. Use pockets of productivity to focus on career advancement ⁠— these activities will take 10 minutes or less. That’s less time than it takes to make another loaf of bread or find something new to binge-watch on Netflix.

Plan your day

If you’re currently at home due to a shelter in place ordinance or because your employer has temporarily implemented work from home policies, you still need to have a structure to your day just like you did when you were going to work each day. When you’re working remotely, it’s important to overcommunicate—you could send an email to your manager each day or each week with updates on what you’re working on, your status on projects, and your accomplishments. Don’t just rely on email though, have a 10-minute phone call or video meeting to discuss your goals, make sure you’re are aligned on what success looks like for your role, and to ask for feedback. It is a good idea to set these meetings at least once a quarter so you can stay on track and improve year-round instead of waiting until your annual review. Many employers are being flexible about work from home policies during the pandemic and yours may be open to working with you on developing a clear schedule that you both can stick to.

In the current situation, you may not be commuting and gained some time in the morning and evening. You should take advantage of that by doing something you may have struggled to fit into your normal work day—a yoga class, catching up on social media or the news, reading a book. Fitting more personal time into your day will help create a stronger work/life balance and prevent burnout. When your workload seems overwhelming or if you’re faced with a block, don’t try to power through. Take a minute (or 10) to relax. “If you are getting frustrated, stopping for even a moment can help put the situation in perspective,” says Lori Scherwin founder of the New York-based career coaching company Strategize That. “You’ll feel better directed and will work more effectively as a result thereafter.” 

Set goals and key performance indicators

Have a check-in meeting once a month to come up with your goals for the month, success metrics, and ways you can exceed expectations and take on new responsibilities. Turn your goals into SMART goals to make them more concrete and measurable. Write down a few bullet points for steps you’ll take to achieve each goal. Break bigger goals into smaller, more manageable steps so you stay on track and have something to celebrate along the way.

Read industry news

“Too often, professionals do their jobs in a vacuum and fail to regularly see how they fit into the big picture,” says Scherwin.

“You’ll be better informed and geared up if you have an understanding of the factors driving your industry or what challenges may be on your bosses’ (or their bosses’) minds,” she says.

She recommends reading trade publications, industry-specific articles, and articles relevant to your role. To make it super-easy, set Google alerts for the ones you think are most useful, or create a Twitter list so you can quickly scan the most relevant headlines in a flash.

Email someone in your network

If you only reach out to people when you need something from them, the relationship could start to feel transactional and forced. Try to build better professional relationships by staying in regular contact with those contacts so you’re not just reaching out when you need a favor.

“It takes less than five minutes to send an email saying hello and ask how they are doing,” says Scherwin. “This way, you’ll be more connected and more comfortable reaching out again in the future if you do need something—it’ll feel more natural,” she says.

Share your accomplishments

Keep track of your wins by creating a brag sheet—and updating it often. The purpose of this is so you don’t forget all the good you’re doing at work, and can easily mention it to higher-ups. And don’t wait until your annual review to share your wins.

“It is very likely that your boss has little more than a vague idea as to how busy you really are and what you are either working on or have accomplished,” says Roy Cohen, a New York-based career coach.

“If you wait till your annual performance review, he or she may have already formed an impression that is reflected in both your salary increase and bonus. And the numbers may not match what you believe you deserve.”

Create your elevator pitch

“Your elevator pitch is what you will say to describe yourself and your background to networking contacts and employers,” says Cheryl Palmer, founder of the D.C.-based career-coaching firm Call to Career.

Your elevator pitch should be concise, persuasive and something that you can repeat with ease.

Once you’ve honed it, Palmer recommends recording yourself so you can hear how you come across, and make changes so you sound genuine and conversational instead of rehearsed and robotic.

Connect with a mentor

 “Speaking with a mentor can help you identify your blind spots, get candid feedback on how you can accelerate your career progress, and give you an opportunity to get a fresh point of view on your career trajectory,” says Joseph Liu, a London-based career and personal-branding consultant.

And just like you want to keep this career-boosting task to 10 minutes or less, your mentor will appreciate you being as brief as possible too. Come prepared with detailed questions so you use the time as efficiently as possible.

Learn new skills

Look for ways to learn skills that are relevant to your industry. Listen to podcasts, read business books, watch YouTube tutorials, sign up for online classes — there are plenty of ways you can learn and improve your skills without leaving your couch.

Another way to learn new skills is to start something of your own like a blog, newsletter, or writing a business plan for a company. Think of ways you can get the skills you want on your own. A passion project can make you stand out during your job search and it could even become your full-time job.

Brainstorm your dream job

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re in a career slump, “What do you want to do with your life?” is a question that’s often asked and hard to answer.

If you’re looking for a job, you need to be looking at job ads, but even if you’re not in active job-search mode, job descriptions can serve as useful intel about the requirements and qualifications you’ll need to advance your career or change industries.

Check job posting boards for examples of jobs you envision for yourself and the key qualifications and experience you need. The information you gather will serve as a baseline for what companies are looking for and where you currently stand.

Brenda Hoehn, a Missouri-based life coach, recommends a 10-minute exercise for discovering your dream job: Write down the qualities of your ideal job, such as company culture, compensation, work-life balance and stress level. Don’t limit yourself to a particular title or company—think about what would make you happy. If it’s working with people, put that down. If it’s flexible hours, write that. Then, do some online searching for jobs that fit those descriptions.

“A position that you may not have originally thought was something that you wanted may appear and have everything that you would have ever asked for and more! Be open to possibilities,” says Hoehn.

Get feedback on your resume

Your resume is your first point of contact with a company. You want it to make a great first impression to help you land a job interview. Easier said than done. Could you use some help? Get a free resume evaluation today from the experts at Monster’s Resume Writing Service. You’ll get detailed feedback in two business days, including a review of your resume’s appearance and content, and a prediction of a recruiter’s first impression.

“It’s very difficult to be objective about yourself and your experience,” says Palmer. “You may not be presenting yourself in the best possible light on paper, but it’s hard to know that without objective feedback,” says Palmer. Take 10 (or fewer) minutes to send out your resume to Monster for a professional assessment.

Source: Monster.com

Best Companies for LGBTQ Workers

Workplace equality is improving, but some employees, unfortunately, still face discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Finding companies that include sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination policies is a way to identify companies that have made a public commitment to hiring more LGBTQ employees. But there’s still a ways to go. In fact, according to a recent Monster survey, 56% of respondents think companies should be doing more to recruit and hire from the LGBTQ community, and nearly 20% think their current employer has a negative attitude toward LGBTQ hiring.

To right that wrong, Monster consulted the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates companies based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality.

The CEI rating criteria have four key pillars:

  • Non-discrimination policies
  • Employment benefits
  • Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility including public commitment to LGBTQ equality
  • Responsible citizenship

This year, 571 businesses received a top rating of 100%. In addition, gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 85% of Fortune 500 companies, up from just 3% in 2002.

Best places to work for LGBTQ equality (organized by industry):

Advertising and marketing

DigitasLBi

Fleishman-Hillard

Interpublic Group of Companies

Leo Burnett Company

MSLGroup

Nielsen

Ogilvy Group

Omnicom Group

Publicis Inc

Publicis Media

Publicis Sapient

Quantcast

Re:Sources USA

Saatchi & Saatchi

WE Communications

Aerospace and defense

Airbus Americas

Harris Corp.

Lockheed Martin

Northrop Grumman

Rolls-Royce North America

Airlines

American Airlines

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

Apparel, fashion, textiles, department stores

Abercrombie & Fitch

Adidas

Levi Strauss

Nike

PVH Corp.

Under Armour

VF Corp.

Warby Parker

Automotive

General Motors

Hyundai Motor

Subaru

Tesla

Toyota

Banking and financial services

AllianceBernstein

Ally Financial

American Express

AQR Capital Management

Bank of New York Mellon

Bank of the West

Barclays

BlackRock

Blackstone Group

Bloomberg

BMO Bankcorp

BNP Paribas

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Capital Group

Capital One

Carlyle Group

Charles Schwab

Citigroup

CME Group

Comerica

Compass Bancshares

Credit Suisse USA

Depository Trust & Clearing Corp

Deutsche Bank

Discover Financial Services

E*Trade

Eastern Bank Corp.

Edward Jones

Federal Home Loan Mortgage (Freddie Mac)

Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Fidelity National Information Services

Fifth Third Bancorp

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

First American Financial Corp.

First Data Corp.

Franklin Templeton Investments

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Huntington Bancshares

Janus Henderson Investors

John Hancock Financial Services

JPMorgan Chase

KeyBank

KKR & Co. LP

Legg Mason

M&T Bank Corp

Macquarie Group

MasterCard

Mesirow Financial Holdings

Moody’s Corp.

Morgan Stanley

Morningstar

MUFG Union Bank

NASDAQ

Northern Trust

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

OppenheimerFunds

PIMCO

PNC Financial Services

Prudential Financial Services

RBC Capital Markets

RBC Wealth Management

Robert W. Baird & Co

Rockland Trust

S&P Global

Societe Generale Financial Corp

Standard Chartered

State Street Corp.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

SunTrust Banks

Synchrony Financial

T. Rowe Price Associates

TD Ameritrade

TD Bank

TD Securities

TIAA

TPG Global

Transunion

U.S. Bancorp

UBS AG

United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

Vanguard Group

Visa

Voya Financial

Wells Fargo

Chemicals and biotech

BASF Corp.

Celanese Corp

Dow Chemical

DuPont

Ecolab

Genentech

International Flavors & Fragrances

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Colleges and universities

University of Phoenix

Computer hardware and office equipment

Apple

CDW

Lexmark International

Seagate Technology

Xerox

Computer software

Adobe Systems

AthenaHealth

Autodesk

Box Inc

Electronic Arts

Intuit

Medallia

Medidata Solutions

Microsoft

Nuance Communications

Oracle

Pinterest

Salesforce

SAP

Symantec

Uber

VMware

Workday

Consulting and business services

A.T. Kearney

Accenture

ADP

AlixPartners LLP

Aon Corp.

Bain & Co. / Bridgespan Group

Booz Allen Hamilton

Boston Consulting Group

Capgemini America

The Capital Markets Company

Deloitte

Dun & Bradstreet

EAB

Ernst & Young (EY)

Gartner

Grant Thornton

Huron Consulting Group

IBM

IHS Markit LTD

Iron Mountain

Kelly Services

Korn/Ferry International

KPMG

Manpower Group

Marsh & McLennan

McKinsey & Co.

Navigant Consulting

PwC

Robert Half

RSM US

Science Applications International 

Slalom

Thomson Reuters

Willis Towers Watson

ZS Associates

Energy and utilities

Alliant Energy Corp.

Ameren

Dominion Energy

Duke Energy

Edison International

Exelon

PG&E

Portland General Electric

PPL

Sempra Energy

Southern Co.

Xcel Energy

Engineering and construction

Aecom

Black & Veatch Holding

Jacobs Engineering Group

Perkins + Will

Turner Construction

Entertainment and electronic media

Activision Blizzard 

AMC Entertainment

Anschutz Entertainment Group

Buzzfeed

CBS Corp.

Cox Enterprises

Fox Corporation

Lions Gate Entertainment

Live Nation

Netflix

Sirius XM Radio

Sony Corporation of America

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Tegna

Time Warner

Univision

Viacom

Vox Media

Walt Disney

Warner Media

Food, beverages, and groceries

Anheuser-Busch Companies

Aramark

Barilla

Brown-Forman

Burger King

Campbell Soup

Cargill

Chobani

Coca-Cola

ConAgra Brands

Danone North America

Dunkin Brands

E&J Gallo Winery

General Mills

Hannaford Supermarkets

The Hershey Company

Kellogg

Kraft Heinz

Kroger

McDonald’s

MillerCoors

Nestle

PepsiCo

Shake Shack

Sodexo

Health care

Aetna

AmerisourceBergen

Baxter International

Blue Shield of California

Boston Scientific Corp.

Cardinal Health

Cerner Corp.

Cigna

Express Scripts Holding Company

Hardvard Pilgrim Health Care

Henry Schein

Humana Inc

Kaiser Permanente

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

McKesson Corp.

Quest Diagnostics

UnitedHealth Group

UPMC

WellCare Health Plans

High-tech/photo/science equipment

Advanced Micro Devices

Applied Materials Inc.

Becton, Dickinson and Co.

Eastman Kodak

Emerson Electric

Intel

Nvidia

RingCentral

Texas Instruments

Home furnishing

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Hotels, resorts, and casinos

Caesars Entertainment

Choice Hotels

Hilton

Hyatt Hotels

InterContinental Hotels Group

Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group

Marriott

MGM Resorts

Quaintance-Weaver Management

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Wyndham Destinations

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Insurance

AIG

Allianz Life Insurance

American Family Insurance Group

Anthem

Assurant

Asurion LLC

AXA

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

Cambia Health Solutions

Chubb

CNA Insurance

CSAA Insurance

CUNA Mutual Group

Farmers Insurance Group

Genworth Financial

Guardian Life Insurance

Hanover Insurance Group

Hartford Financial Services Group

Health Care Service Corporation

Horizon Healthcare Services

Liberty Mutual Group

Lincoln National Corp.

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance

MetLife

Nationwide

New York Life Insurance

Principal Financial Group

Standard Insurance Co.

State Farm

Sun Life Financial

Transamerica

The Travelers Companies

Tufts Health Plan

Unum Group

WellMark Inc.

Internet

Akamai Technologies

Expedia

GoDaddy

Indeed

LinkedIn

Twitter

Yelp

Internet services and retailing

AirBnB

eBay

Facebook

IAC/InerActiveCorp.

PayPal

WeddingWire

Law firms

Akerman LLP

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Arent Fox LLP

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Blank Rome LLP

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP

Bryan Cave LLP

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

BuckleySandler LLC

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Chapman and Cutler LLP

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Covington & Burling

Crowell & Moring LLP

Day Pitney LLP

Dechert LLP

Dentons US LLP

Dickinson Wright PLLC

DLA Piper

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Duane Morris LLP

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Faegre Baker Daniels

Fenwick & West LLP

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Fish & Richardson PS

Foley & Lardner LLP

Foley Hoag LLP

Fox Rothschild LLP

Fredrikson & Byron

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith PLC

Goodwin Procter LLP

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP

Haynes and Boone LLP

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

Husch Blackwell LLP

Ice Miller LLP

Jenner & Block LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kutak Rock LLP

Lane Powell PC

Latham & Watkins LLP

Littler Mendelson PC

Locke Lord LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Philips LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, & Popeo PC

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Nixon Peabody LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Polsinelli

Quarles & Brady LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Robins Kaplan LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Schiff Hardin LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Snell & Wilmer

Squire Patton Boggs

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Stoel Rivers LLP

Thompson Coburn LLP

Thompson Hine LLP

Troutman Sanders LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

White & Case LLP

Wiley Rein LLP

Williams Mullen

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr

Winston & Strawn LLP

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

Mail and freight delivery

UPS

Manufacturing

3M

Arconic

Ball Corp.

Colgate-Palmolive

Cummins Inc.

Danaher Corp.

Eaton

Fortive

General Electric

Herman Miller

Nestle Purina PetCare

Owens Corning

Rockwell Automation

SC Johnson & Son

Stanley Black & Decker

Stryker

TE Connectivity

United Technologies

W.W. Grainger Inc.

Oil and gas

Air Products & Chemicals

BP America

Chevron

Shell Oil

Pharmaceuticals

AbbVie

Amgen

Astellas Pharma

Bayer

Biogen

Boehringer Ingelheim

Celgene Corp

Eli Lilly & Co.

Gilead Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Mallinckrodt

Merck

Pfizer

Sanofi

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Publishing

Gannett

Real estate, commercial

CBRE

Cushman & Wakefield Inc

JLL

Lendlease Americas

Retail and consumer products

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Best Buy

Caleres

CarMax

The Clorox Company

Constellation Brands

Diageo North America

Estee Lauder

Food Lion

GameStop

Gap

Giant Food Stores LLC

Giant of Maryland

Groupon

Hallmark

Ikea

J. Crew Group

L Brands

L’Oreal

Lowe’s Companies

Macy’s

Nordstrom

Office Depot

Pernod Ricard USA LLC

Procter & Gamble

Replacements Ltd.

Sephora

Sony Electronics

Starbucks

Tapestry Inc.

Target

Tiffany & Co.

Unilever

Walgreens

Wal-Mart

Whirlpool

Telecommunications

Altice USA

AT&T

CenturyLink Inc

Cisco Systems

Motorola Solutions

Nokia Inc.

T-Mobile

U.S. Cellular

Tobacco

Altria Group

Transportation and travel

American Express Global Business Travel

Cargo Transporters

Carnival Corp

Expedia Group

Hertz Global Holdings

Lyft Inc.

TripAdvisor

Source: Monster.com

20 Things Job Seekers Can Do During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt on businesses large and small. From hospitality groups to financial firms to tech companies, businesses paused to figure out what comes next.

What does this mean for job seekers? Can you still find a post-military job when unemployment claims are skyrocketing and furloughs are becoming commonplace?

Yes, many companies are hiring. While recruiting, interviewing and onboarding are mostly done remotely now, there are still people finding jobs, getting promoted and growing their careers.

Whether you’re getting ready to transition out of the military or you’re in the job market currently, here are 20 things you could be doing to secure your next position:

Strategy

  1. Clarify your personal brand. Who are you, what do you want, and what can you offer? You need to be an expert on you, so spend the time to understand your brand and goals.
  2. Consider your values. What is your moral compass, and what are your non-negotiables? What do YOU stand for, and how will you move through your values to create value for others? Write down your values.
  3. Decide what will be your career path. Are you looking for a job or a career? What path have you laid out, starting with the first position and including any education you may need to arrive at your desired career? Map this out.
  4. Understand your ideal employer. Who are they, what do they want, and what value do they seek? Write down what you believe this employer needs from ideal employees.

Networking

  1. Who do you need to knowAre you connected to people with the influence, information and ability to endorse you to your ideal employer? Make a list of people you need to connect with.
  2. What do you want them to know about you/feel about you? Make lists of your goals regarding perception: What should your networking contacts know about you to best empower them to serve you?
  3. What do you need from them — information, introductions, referrals? Each person in your network can provide a different value to you. Write down, next to their name, how you believe they can serve you.
  4. How can you help them? Are you returning value, gratitude and referrals? Offer to write a recommendation on their LinkedIn profile, send a personalized thank you note, or introduce them to someone of value to them.

LinkedIn

  1. Connect on LinkedIn with people you’ve identified you need to know. Personalize the connection request and indicate how or why you believe a connection would be mutually beneficial.
  2. Initiate the conversation on LinkedIn. Personalize the message and perhaps suggest a phone call to learn more about their business.
  3. Review your LinkedIn contacts. Remove those who might reflect negatively on you because of their posts, comments or reputation.
  4. Solicit endorsements and recommendations to your profile. Send a personalized note to the contact you’re requesting the recommendation from. Offer specific keywords and phrases you’d like them to use, to strengthen your positioning and reputation.

Resume and Cover Letter

  1. Update your resume. Reflect any new certifications, knowledge or credentials.
  2. Check your keywords. Ensure specific, targeted keywords are used throughout your resume and cover letter, and are consistently promoted on your social media as well.
  3. Customize your resume to every open position you apply to. It takes time, and it’s worth it. Show the employer specifically how you are the candidate they seek.
  4. Look at the formatting of your resume. Is it clean and professional or overly designed? Can a reader find the information they need quickly or is it packed with irrelevant information that you could delete to streamline it?

Career

  1. Learn new skills by taking online courses to expand your certifications and credentials. Consider LinkedIn Learning courses that support your skills and experience and give you insight about the civilian sector.
  2. Assess the goals you initially set when you started your transition. Do you still want a management position or has that changed? Are new opportunities — given the job market — interesting to you? Write those down.
  3. Deploy a feedback survey to evaluate your current reputation. With your growth goals in mind, how much work do you have to do on your reputation to achieve your ideal career?
  4. Find a mentor. Now might be an ideal time to find someone who can coach you, guide you and offer support as you search for your next career move.

The job market certainly looks different in May 2020 than it did in February. But that can also reveal tremendous opportunities for job seekers willing to do the work and get creative in how they position themselves to employers!

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