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Blog posts of '2023' 'October'

Starting Over in Your Job Search
Life can sometimes take unexpected turns, leading us to reinvent ourselves professionally. Perhaps you're transitioning to a new career, returning to work after an extended break, or simply seeking a fresh start. Whatever your reason, completely rebooting your job search can be both a daunting and liberating experience. Here's a guide on how to hit the reset button and position yourself for success. Starting over in your job search can be challenging, but it's also an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. With a refreshed LinkedIn profile, a revamped resume, a strategic cover letter, and a solid job search plan, you're well on your way to securing that dream job. Embrace the journey, and remember, every "no" gets you one step closer to that all-important "yes."
Getting in the Door: Alternative Strategies to Reach Hiring Managers
I know from long experience how hard it is to get noticed by a hiring manager, especially in a labor market like the one certain sectors are experiencing. The traditional job search method of browsing job boards, sending out resumes, and patiently waiting for an interview call can feel pointless. It's not but it can feel that way. Often in today's competitive job market, one must seek out and make alternatives to getting noticed. If you're seeking new opportunities, it's essential to be proactive and think outside the box. Here are some alternative strategies to help you "get in the door" and in front of the hiring manager.
Leveraging Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) in Candidate Assessment
Navigating through the complex, often overwhelming world of job applications, candidates continuously seek efficient ways to ensure their resumes stand out. In a symbiotic paradigm, employers are also on the lookout for tools that will unearth the most relevant candidates seamlessly. JobPreScreen.com applies advanced generative artificial intelligence to thoroughly evaluate resumes against specific job descriptions. In this post, we explore how JobPreScreen.com implements a form of Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) to optimize its functionality and support both job seekers and recruiters alike.
Navigating Job In-Security: A Guide to Preventing, Preparing for, and Pivoting through Layoffs
After decades in the professional world of technology, I've gone through my share of layoffs. They are an unfortunately common event in the contemporary corporate world, and they appear to be coming more often in certain sectors. Whether due to economic downturns, mergers, restructurings, or the advent of new technologies, layoffs can impact anyone and any sector. Understanding how to adequately prepare for, prevent, and pivot in the event of a layoff is crucial in maintaining career momentum and personal financial stability. Here's a guide to navigating these complex scenarios.
Spotting Fake Job Postings: Your Key to Safe Job Hunting
In an era where technology paves the way for numerous conveniences, including job hunting, we are also met with the unfortunate reality of scams permeating through online job postings. Fake job advertisements lurk in the virtual space, waiting to prey on unsuspecting job seekers. These can lead to a variety of negative outcomes, such as identity theft, loss of money, and potential involvement in illegal activities. So, how can you protect yourself from such deceptive practices and spot fake job postings?
The Startup Journey: Weighing the Upsides, Navigating the Downsides
Embarking on a career journey with a startup can be thrilling, fulfilling, and at times, a rollercoaster ride embedded with diverse experiences. The allure of working with innovative, disruptive businesses is palpable, but it is essential to navigate through both the exciting upsides and potential downsides of such an environment. Let’s delve into the multifaceted world of startups and explore how one can mitigate the associated risks. Navigating through the startup world with mindfulness ensures that you reap the benefits while being resilient amidst the challenges, crafting a journey that is not only professionally rewarding but also personally enriching.
The Many Ways People Are Using JobPreScreen
I built JobPreScreen to help people in their personal journey finding a new job. Along the way, people have started using JobPreScreen for more than just that. Some are using it to help their friends looking for work. A few have sent those friends a gift card from the site. Some have enhanced their job coaching and resume consultancies with JobPreScreen. Recruiters are using the batch evaluation features of JobPreScreen to help with the time-consuming application review process. JobPreScreen is your ally in carving pathways through the modern job market.
Embracing the Side Hustle: Practical Challenges in Your Career Journey
I grew up on a farm. Most farmers I knew had a second job. Sometimes that was a day job. Sometimes it was a weekend job. Their passion was farming. That's what defined them. It was their identity. But it was not always enough to pay the bills. When we find ourselves out of work and struggling to land that next rung on the career ladder, we may need to consider a side hustle to pay the light bill. There is nothing wrong with that. It is not giving up. It is just a matter of being practical. In this post, I'll explore the value of alternative work and dealing with the challenges of being on parallel tracks. Just as farmers find themselves tending to their crops and concurrently embracing another job, many professionals also traverse a similar journey. Finding the right fit in your career might compel you to embrace alternative work roles that, on the surface, may seem divergent from your ultimate career goals. Accepting these roles, even temporarily, requires a mental and emotional adjustment.
Beyond the Basics: A Strategic Guide to In-depth Job and Company Research
In today’s competitive job market, securing your dream position goes far beyond merely submitting a well-crafted resume and cover letter. Conducting a thorough research on the job opening and the hiring company, beyond what the job description reveals, can provide you with a competitive edge. Let’s delve into how to strategize your research and utilize this knowledge to augment your chances of landing the job.
Navigating Unpleasant Waters: How to Positively Harness Job Search Feedback
Receiving job search feedback can be challenging, but invaluable to our career development journey. Despite our best efforts, sometimes the feedback we receive rubs us the wrong way. It creates an unpleasant emotion that may overshadow our perception and ability to positively harness that feedback. While negative feedback can feel like a blow to our self-esteem, transforming it into a tool for personal growth and enhancement of future job searches can foster professional development. In this post, let's delve into how to manage, understand, and effectively utilize job search feedback that you might disagree with or dislike.