Unemployed? Expert tips on how to handle it on LinkedIn

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How do you handle your unemployment status on your Linkedin profile? Today, The National Resume Writers’ Association round-up of career experts tackle the issue.

From keywords in strategic areas (i.e. headline, summary and job titles) to utilizing volunteer work, board positions and project-based work to fill in the gap are just a couple ways to strategically position yourself for your next opportunity. Check out all the expert answers here.

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Invite People into your Ambition

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Declare your ambition. You don't have to know all the details.

This is Bob Goff's advice in his new podcast, The Dream Big Podcast when chatting with Jason Russell. And I concur!

Being open about your ambition is like throwing a party 🎉. Let people know what you want to do - invite people in! Share your ambition like you are sending out invitations - you don't keep party invitations to yourself! Yes, it may be scary. People may laugh at your proverbial invitation or toss it aside, but maybe, just maybe, they may open the door wider, inviting more people in, connecting you to people that will benefit your new ambition. Friends may even enter the trenches of the behind-the-scenes work and planning, cheering you on!

So let people know. Parties are more fun WITH people and so are ambitions (whatever they may be!) There is power and community in vulnerability.

Now, what kind of party are you throwing?

Motherhood at Work: The Long Game

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The decision to work for mothers isn't fixed. A recent New York Times article showcases the fluctuation of working and stay at home moms versus the "Mommy Wars" polarization.

Research shows that millions of moms since the 1970s left and returned to the workplace.

For too long, we have been talking about “stay-at-home parents” and “working parents” as if staying at home and working were fixed unchanging states.
— Jessica Grose, author of NYT article, Working Moms and Stay-at-Home Moms Are Not at War

According to the UpJohn Institute for Employment Research, a 2015 study of Mothers' Long-Term Employment Patterns revealed that research typically focuses on return to work upon maternity leave or the first few years after birth. Employment in the long game for mother's consists of much more (i.e. part-time work, etc.) and is an underdeveloped story.

This is true in my career journey.

Working parents, what has the return to work or career pivot looked like in your home? How was it evolved long-term?

Is there a New Way to Write Resumes in 2019? The NRWA Experts Answer!

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It is a privilege to be featured on The National Resume Writer’s Association’s Ask the Experts blog with other certified resume writers this week answering the question: I realize resumes have changed over time; is there a new way of writing resumes in 2019 and beyond?

You can check out the round-up of answers here. Most focus on the importance of:

▶︎ Concise Writing. Attention-spans are short and recruiters/hiring managers first scan a resume, so include only relevant career history focusing on achievements and results instead of job functions

▶︎ Your personal brand. Showcase what you can do for a company instead of describing what you want in a job in an old-school objective statement. Articulate your value clearly in your resume and LinkedIn profile.

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▶︎ Modern format and design elements. Consider color and modern design elements to drive how you will deliver results for a company.

Client Landed!

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I am squealing with delight over my client's job search success!

I landed a VP of Marketing role! Within one week of a referral sharing my LinkedIn profile and later my resume, I interviewed and returned home with a verbal offer followed 12 hours later by a written offer!

Thank you so much for helping me define what I was looking for and showcase my skills and achievements in a way that made this interview process feel like nothing more than a conversation!

Be like the Frog: Own your Unique Value Proposition

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Being unique is hard. Take it from the frog.

After spreading out our library book haul yesterday, my three-year-old son and I read book after book plastic-covered book. At the bottom of the pile was Dev Petty's, "I Don't Want To Be A Frog" which is about, you guessed it, a frog exclaiming he doesn't want to be a frog! Instead, he wants to be a whole host of other animals with their unique capabilities. The frog thinks he is too wet, too slimy and too full of bugs.

But you know what? His three unique features save his life from a big, hairy wolf looking for lunch.

Aren't we just like the frog? Looking left and right in our workplace, the job applicant pool and in our personal life comparing (and complaining) about our distinct qualities. We would rather be like the people around us rather than different.

It isn't sameness that makes you stand out, but your differences! Own what makes you unique.

What does this mean for job seekers? Sell your unique qualities, skill set, experiences - whatever makes you, YOU! Dare to stand out, not blend in! Showcase your unique value in your resume and on Linkedin as it relates to your work and job target. Speak it out loud as you network and in your interviews. It may be the very thing that lands you the role.

What are the frog-like qualities that you shy away from? How can you use them to your advantage?

Give + Receive: The Power of LinkedIn Recommendations

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Help a colleague grow. Add to their credibility and visibility by giving them a recommendation on linkedIn.

Profiles with recommendations rank higher in search results and you are three times more likely to be contacted than someone without a recommendation.

Unsure what to write? Tell a compelling story about a particular project, accomplishment or skill of your colleague.

Are you looking to add recommendations to your profile? Don’t be shy. Request them! Ask a potential recommender in person or over phone/email before sending the request on LinkedIn. I actually encourage my clients to write their own recommendations.

Yep, you heard me. This way you get to highlight the specific skill or achievement of your choosing (and it cuts the work out for the recommender!). From there, encourage the recommender to tweak, add or delete content from your original draft.

It’s a win, win for everyone!

Remember recommendations you write for others can be viewed on your profile as well so check your grammar and spelling and take pride in what you’ve written!

Need LinkedIn help? We can help you unlock opportunities with coaching!

Discover + Own your Personal Brand

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I had a lot of fun presenting about personal branding at the Career Development Professionals of Indiana annual conference yesterday! We chatted about how to help college students:

▶︎ Coalesce their co-curricular, academic, professional and personal experiences to articulate their value in the workplace.

▶︎ Showcase their value and express why they are uniquely positioned to do what it is they want to do in their career documents.

▶︎ Be FOUND and ENGAGE on LinkedIn.

Beyond professional development it was fun to connect and brainstorm with new people and reconnect with IUPUI colleagues.

I'm looking forward to becoming a newly minted CDPI board member next month!



Find Strength in your Job Search

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Take a note from The Terminator. If you are feeling discouraged or facing obstacles you are developing mental muscles.

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
— Arnold Schwarzenegger

How can you develop strength in your job search?

💪🏻 Lean on your people. You will face rejection and discouragement. Seek out personal cheerleaders that will speak the truth about who you are and give you a boost of encouragement.

💪🏻 Try something new. If you are facing walls in your job search - switch it up! Go for a quick win by talking to someone new, researching a new target company or complete a #linkedin learning course to enhance your #skills.

💪🏻 Flex your physical muscles. Take time to take care of yourself. Complete the workout or go for a walk. Do a physical activity that you enjoy!

Are You Facing Obstacles? Return to Work with Confidence!

Flexjobs surveyed over 900 Stay at Home (SAH) parents about their decision to return to work. 58% of SAH parents surveyed took more time away from work than they expected. What obstacles did they face to return?

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The study found their barriers were:

Don’t want or can’t be in an office full-time: 59%

Don’t know how to find a job that fits my life: 54%

Don’t know what I want to do for work: 36%

Don’t know where to begin: 34%

Don’t have networking contacts/stayed in contact with them: 33%

Not sure how to balance career and family: 31%

Need an updated or new resume: 30%

Don’t want to go back to the same career: 27%

Lack of confidence: 25%

The local job market isn’t great: 22%

Haven’t kept up my skills: 23%

Need guidance or coaching: 19%

Commuting to work is prohibitive: 17%

Are you stuck in your return to work strategy? Start by unlocking your career focus! Download our free DIY tip sheet to get started and gain confidence!