Susan Bamford is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and career counselor on the ERT team. She has helped countless job seekers craft high-quality resumes and cover letters, ace interviews, and land dream jobs. She graduated with a Master’s degree from Columbia University in the City of New York. Susan’s job-hunt advice has been published in numerous online outlets, including Yahoo, the Enterprisers Project, and Best Company.
How can you make it look like you don’t have a foot out the door?
Maybe you don’t want the boss to think you’re looking around, but you’d like to promote your skills for a next-level opportunity.
In 7 Must Know LinkedIn Tips for Executives, I cover ways you can put yourself “out there” at the start of your job search.
Keep these other things in mind when updating LinkedIn on the down low:
Your boss and teams are probably updating LinkedIn, too.
There’s now more than 10 million C-suite executives on LinkedIn, according to these LinkedIn demographics, with more joining every day.
In short, if you’re on LinkedIn, so is your boss – and they’re updating their Profile continually or considering it.
Your colleagues are also likely combing LinkedIn to see what co-workers are doing, and wondering how to properly adjust their own profiles while employed. (There’s nothing stopping you from joining them by looking at how they’ve described their own backgrounds.)
Your first step, described in 5 Steps to a Best-in-Class Executive LinkedIn Profile, is to add a LOT more content, which can benefit you by educating employers on your value proposition and making your profile findable on more keywords.
While you’re updating your own profile, keep an eye on whether your executive team and colleagues are doing the same – and you’ll probably spot some revisions on their end, too.
Your LinkedIn update can promote your employer as well as your own career.
If you fear the boss looking over your shoulder, relax. Your LinkedIn profile can tout your expertise AND the company’s reputation at the same time, to everyone’s benefit.
First, think about how to market your employer’s value proposition and your role in it. Start by answering these questions:
What product or service does your employer deliver, and what type of positive reputation do they have for doing it?
How has your work helped them stay competitive or innovative in the field?
If you met someone at an industry conference, what would you tell them about your employer?
How would you describe your impact or legacy in the industry? In your team?
Then, turn these answers into a synopsis (for your About or Experience sections) that benefits both YOU and YOUR EMPLOYER, such as this example:
As Chief Revenue Officer for XYZ Company, I work behind the scenes to ensure our sales teams completely understand the B2B market for sheet metal components.
By partnering with suppliers on steel and fabrication requirements, we’ve created trend-setting, innovative products. Our sales and revenue metrics reflect a #1 ranking among major residential and commercial customers.
My role as CRO demands an insider’s view of product strategy, growth opportunities, lead generation, and marketing, enabling me to collaborate with senior executives and build a data-driven organization.
We strive to create a positive customer experience with the right talent, sales enablement, and integrity that has positioned XYZ as the premier source for quality building and roofing products.
This About section for a Chief Revenue Officer describes a company-focused and driven leader with the right skills to take the company forward – and to satisfy the needs of prospective employers.
Note the KEYWORDS added throughout this section, which help strengthen this executive’s searchability by recruiters.
Your LinkedIn update should, however, go light on confidential metrics.
Your resume and LinkedIn Profile are used differently: you can distribute your resume confidentially, but you can’t take back company secretsafter they’re published on LinkedIn.
So, it’s best to tune your Profile to avoid disclosing confidential details on LinkedIn (even if you’re adding the same data to your resume).
Think about it: if you’re describing extensive turnarounds or transformation projects, this could imply that your employer is struggling. Showing how you’ve improved productivity might also show that your company doesn’t hire strong teams.
To decide how to update your LinkedIn Profile without giving away corporate secrets, consider the following:
Are there sensitive projects (such as a restructuring) you shouldn’t mention online?
Do your achievements contain metrics, such as revenue or new customer volume, that are only known to company insiders?
Would any of your accomplishments tip off competitors and give them an unfair advantage?
Have you participated in “undercover” growth initiatives or M&A strategies not yet announced?
If any of these are true, consider removing the details or referencing them in a more “general” manner.
Your LinkedIn account should ALWAYS use a personal email, NOT a company email address.
You may have provided your company email address when signing up for LinkedIn, but if you haven’t changed it, now’s the time.
Your employer can not only see any email coming into your account (including any messages related to your job search), but could also take ownership of your account, making it inaccessible to you!
So switch over to a different address while your job search is just getting underway. This guide will help you change your primary LinkedIn email address.
Your future self (who may soon be employed elsewhere) will thank you.
To summarize, updating your LinkedIn Profile while you’re still employed is a great idea – and a common step for many leaders in today’s job market.
Take a moment to ensure you’ve portrayed BOTH you and your employer in the best light, even while searching for a perfect-fit new job.
Concerned about showing an employment gap on your resume?
Life happens and work gaps happen, too.
Executives, just like other candidates, often experience lapses in employment due to job searches, board work, illness, downsizing, performance, and of course, COVID.
Your resume, however, is meant to be an impressive picture of your accomplishments, value proposition, and skills – NOT the place to bring up a potentially negative aspect of your work history.
So how DO you explain a gap in employment?
Here are 5 strategies for handling the gap – both on your resume AND in your interviews:
1 – Realize that gaps in employment aren’t rare.
You aren’t the only leader facing this issue.
Maybe you lost your passion for the industry – or realized the company was headed for troubled times. Some executives find themselves job hunting after realizing their employer had a much different cultural, financial, or leadership philosophy (see Regret Taking Your New Job? What to Do Next).
Business Insider even suggested applicants with resume gaps should be seen as more valuable, as they have often experienced a period of upskilling, self-reflection, or career exploration.
Of course, layoffs, mergers, or restructuring inevitably hit many industries. All of these situations are, unfortunately, very common!
You may also find attitudes toward gaps have softened (as a similar shift has occurred with hybrid work). Your gap is probably not the huge issue you might think it is.
No matter what the cause, most gaps are easier to explain in person during your interview – and some won’t even come up, especially if years have passed since you left.
2 – Add a brief note to your resume if your gap occurred during COVID.
If you were unemployed between 2020 and 2022, you have plenty of company.
The pandemic and its impact on business disrupted many operations and left businesses reeling – with little opportunity to recover.
Many executives and senior leaders worked hard to keep the company afloat during this unprecedented time. When revenue tanked, costs soared, or supply chain issues surfaced, you may have needed to shut the doors or scale back teams.
If this happened to you, a COVID gap can be easily noted on your resume, with an entry such as “Left operation after COVID-related shutdown” under the description of your job.
Depending on the pandemic’s effect (especially in retail or restaurant businesses), you might not even need to mention why the operation didn’t survive.
3 – Leave a long-ago gap for discussion during your interviews.
You may fear disclosing a gap in your work history, no matter when it occurred.
However, it’s likely that recruiters or employers aren’t as concerned about a long-ago gap as you are. Downsizing and industry changes have become so common that you might not find it necessary to mention a lull in employment.
Here are situations where a gap from 6+ years ago may not be relevant (and you don’t need a resume entry):
You transitioned from one leadership role to the next, but were unemployed for a few months while job hunting;
Your executive team experienced a reorganization, and while it took a while to find your next job, you’ve been employed steadily for the last several years;
Most of your industry or company took a substantial hit due to circumstances beyond your control (such as the fallout from a previous recession), and nearlyeveryone was unemployed at that time.
In these cases, try leaving your work gap to be discussed during the interview (and plan to be ready with a brief summary).
Resist the urge to over-explain on your resume or LinkedIn Profile, unless you are presented with evidence that these gaps are hurting your job search.
4 – Take action if a recent (non-COVID) gap could affect your brand.
Perhaps you left a former employer of your own accord in recent years, then went back to work. In this case, you SHOULD mention the gap on your resume.
It’s best to show this time between employers as a positive career step.For example, your work history can show an entry called Sabbatical or Master’s Degree Studies that covers the time you took to upskill, work on a special project, or attend an educational program.
You could also use Family Care to describe how you managed the needs of children, tended to an ailing relative, served as executor of an estate, or handled similar scenarios.
Don’t worry about the implications of these situations. Recruiters and employers have seen these circumstances before; you didn’t invent them!
Whatever you use, stick to the TRUTH and use a simple, concise description. (If your situation was more complex, such as incarceration or extended layoffs, consider working with a career coach to come up with an overall plan.)
The idea is to offer employers a glimpse of what may have happened, without dwelling too heavily on this aberration in your career.
5 – Bring the focus back to your personal brand.
Even if an employer comments on your break in employment, your best interview and job-search strategy is to emphasize what you OFFER.
If you’re prepared with a synopsis of your gap – coupled with reasons you can drive revenue, growth strategy, compliance, or technology modernization – this part of your employment will be less important.
As an example, consider these interview statements that place emphasis on the executive’s future contributions:
“It’s true that I left the manufacturing industry during a family situation that is no longer a factor in my life. I’m ready to continue delivering the same level of insight and change that took 6 of our regions to the top of the market.”
“Taking a sabbatical to re-center my career into non-profit was the best move I ever made. Combined with my development experience raising more than $7M in 2 different companies, I’m ready to lead the $25M in growth important to you today.”
The bottom line: no matter when and how your gap occurred, it may not be a deal breaker to employers.
Your executive resume and LinkedIn presence should alwaysemphasize capable leadership and a strong value proposition, rather than draw attention to unrelated periods in your career.
You’ve finally landed the job of your dreams, only to realize it isn’t meant for you.
The culture seems off, leadership is distant, and co-workers disengaged.
What should you do?
First of all, realize you’re hardly alone. Harvard Business Review says in So You Want to Quit Your Brand-New Job that 30% of 2022 hires are leaving their jobs in the first 90 days. The Guardian reports even more employees (70%) are shocked enough at the new workplace culture that they’re considering whether to stay.
No matter the situation, here’s how to strategically figure out your next steps:
Analyze what you could gain by staying in the new job.
Perhaps you negotiated desirable benefits or compensation that make you feel you should ride it out, such as:
A salary bump that makes other areas of your life easier (like the ability to afford quality child care or ease worry over rising inflation).
A new job title that means you’ll have more leverage as you rise up the career ladder in future roles.
New, in-demand skills you’ll earn in training, or additional responsibilities that will help make you even more valuable in your field.
Career prestige from working at a name-brand company.
These positives may outweigh any other part of the decision.
The corporate culture and team atmosphere may not be a fit, but if you can maintain your position long enough to reap long-term rewards, the discomfort may be a small price to pay. The point is to think strategically; will you be GLAD you stuck it out? Can you make an agreement with yourself that you’ll stay for a certain amount of time?
Decide if a quick exit will save your reputation or sanity.
Employ Inc.’s 2022 Job Seeker Nation Report reveals that 65% of all workers believe you can get a good idea of the company culture in less than a month.
In other words, pay attention to your intuition.
Maybe you can’t bear to deal with the new job for even another WEEK, due to:
Promises made to you that are now broken, despite your best effort to carefully negotiate aspects such as remote work, specific benefits, or compensation.
An atmosphere so toxic that you’re concerned for your mental health.
Signals from past or current colleagues, such as comments about how they can’t believe you took the job.
Practices that would land in the Ask A Manager column, where you’ll see questions on crazy workplaces.
Any of these situations would show your fears are warranted.
If you can’t decide what to do, lean on past mentors or colleagues to discuss what’s going on and whether it makes sense to throw in the towel.
If there’s still a strong market for your skills (meaning that recruiters and employers are seeking you out), it could make sense to leap now, rather than waiting for things to get worse.
Prepare for an eventual (or immediate) job search.
Even if you’re planning to stick it out for a while, always, always, ALWAYS be on the lookoutfor your next opportunity!
First, identify employers you admire using parameters such as industry, products, or company size. Then, assess their company culture (which you can look up on Glassdoor).
Reach out to insiders and make connections, follow them on social media, read company news, and check out their mission statement to get an idea of their values.
Next, brush up your resume and LinkedIn profile with data-driven achievements and branding statements, as described in What Should Your Resume Look Like in 2022? Give compelling details on how you add value as a strong leader in past positions, with examples directly tied to the position you’re pursuing.
If you’re leaving your new job immediately, you may be able to omit it from your resume or LinkedIn for a few months, but you’ll need to prepare a strategy for discussing this at the interview.
Develop and refine a short, powerful statement that outlines your value proposition to ideal employers. Use it as your elevator pitch and incorporate it into your cover letter.
Re-activate your network – and relaunch your search.
Maybe you didn’t reach out to others during your previous job search. However, it’s never too late to build a strong network.
Notify your personal and professional contacts that you’re on the move and show gratitude for leads or information they share with you.
Spend time getting to know THEIR job status and find out how you can repay them by staying in touch, writing a recommendation, or even assisting them in their own search efforts.
Consider contacting employers from your previous job hunt; they may have hired a candidate who didn’t work out. Respectfully let them know you’re back on the market and stay on their radar. Do the same with any recruiters you’ve worked with in the past.
If you’re looking at job postings, decide if the role and employer match your desired criteria and workplace fit (you don’t want to get burned twice; see Fast Company’s How to Identify a Toxic Culture Before Accepting a Job Offer). Job postings can sometimes signal unrealistic expectations, so read between the lines.
Your job search will be considerably faster if you use a variety of methods to find ideal positions, including discussions with recruiters, online job postings, and job leads from your network, coupled with interviewing skills that strike the right impression with employers.
To summarize, you must quickly review your options with a clear head if you’ve found yourself in a less-than-ideal position. Carefully consider what’s MOST important to you and how each option fits your long-term career plan.
It can make sense to stay for a while if the new role benefits you, or simply jump ship and restart a fresh, strategically planned job search.
I get asked every day about resume best practices and resume success factors.
People want to know where to start, what to believe, and how to write a strong resume if: “I don’t have anything awesome to share”.
Trust me; everyone has plenty of awesome things to share in their resume as addressed in this post: How to Add Achievements into Your Resume.
Other common resume questions I field:
One page, two pages, or three pages❓
Graphics or no graphics❓
Which keywords to include or avoid❓
How far back do I go with my work history❓
The answer to ALL of the above is ‘it depends’. You are unique; therefore, your resume will be unique as well.
Unfortunately, I don’t have one magic resume formula that works for every job seeker, but for me, all great resumes stem from the same 8 success factors. The following points summarize the key areas I feel should be carefully considered to create a successful resume:
1. Write your resume with your audience top of mind
Yes, the resume may be all about you but it isn’t meant FOR you. Have a clearly defined target picked out so content can be shaped more specifically and speak more directly to each reader’s needs. General resumes don’t work.
2. Keep content relevant; tailor details
Similar to the point above, the more specific the content in a resume = the better. One, single stagnant resume can not possibly address every job’s requirements and nuances. Customize your resume content in just a few simple steps for each application.
3. Share real-life examples of success; not generalized details or superlative statements
Fluffy details like ‘excellent people-person’ or ‘strong team leader’ don’t provide enough context. Instill confidence in the reader with specific stories and concrete examples of achievement.
4. Provide proof. Back up claims with results
Context without results is like a story without an ending. Employers need a way to measure ability and impact. Quantitative details help support your level of success, so be sure to share ‘how many, how much, and how often’. Proof of ability often lies within results.
5. Strive for quality of content versus quantity
In a resume, more can be less. The file is not meant to act as a complete career chronology of everything you’ve ever done. A resume is a marketing tool that must summarize your top-selling points succinctly.
6. Stay authentic
Never feel pressured to write your resume like someone else. Your skill sets are unique, your experiences are unique, and your value is all your own. You can’t box every single person’s career story into one type of resume format. Ensure your resume embraces your true self and shares details both uniquely and authentically.
7. Make the resume as long as you need to convey the above and not one word more
Depending on your career length, experiences, and job target, your resume length will vary. Average resume length is 1-3 pages – pick what works best for YOU; no need to conform to page length myths.
8. Emphasize your value
All of the above points must center around the value you bring to the table. Identify the pain points of each application/organization/employer and position yourself as their problem solver. To accomplish this, you need to first know thyself. What do you have that your competitors do not? How can you positively impact the organization in question?
If you are struggling to write a resume on your own, incorporating these 8 resume success factors, reach out. My personal executive resume writing process is comprehensive and customized. It is caring and collaborative. It is also strategic and supportive.
Waiting until you’re in the midst of a job search could be too late.
If you’re like many busy executives, you may have only added your last job, a bit of your education, and no entries in Skills or the About sections. Your Headline may only contain your current job.
Unfortunately, these minimal details will NOT differentiate you from the competition – and could dampen your job prospects.
Read on for key reasons you shouldn’t wait to update your LinkedIn presence:
1 – You could be caught in an unexpected layoff.
If you’re reluctant to change your LinkedIn profile because the boss might find out, change your thinking. For starters, your boss is likely refreshing their profile at the same time – which is why they may be scanning LinkedIn to see what you’re doing.
In How to Secretly Update LinkedIn While You’re Still Employed, you’ll see ways to build a subtle personal brand message that promotes your value, but doesn’t give you away.
If you’re suddenly in need of a new position, you’ll be glad you devoted time to brushing up your profile and you’ll likely gain faster traction with prospective employers.
2 – Employers might already be recruiting your competition.
Even if you’ve provided a current job title that implies multiple promotions, employers can’t distinguish between you and a comparable prospect for an open role.
Your career can look lackluster against that of another candidate who has taken the time to understand, capture, and express their personal brand.
Consider this: you won’t even know if employers are finding new hires with skills nearly identical to yours. Updating your profile could be the key to discovering more opportunities for yourself.
3 – Your LinkedIn profile won’t match your resume.
Most people prepare a resume first before tackling LinkedIn, so when you launch a job search, employers and recruiters will be confused when they see you on social media. Some employers even take a pass if your LinkedIn profile doesn’t align with your resume.
Think about the volume of information on most resumes, such as multiple job titles and dates, in addition to courses, certifications, awards, revenue results, team management, keywords, and professional affiliations. That’s in addition to the accomplishments that distinguish you from others with a similar career.
Now, compare that to your bare-bones digital identity.Employers might even think your LinkedIn profile belongs to another person!
You could even look out-of-date for not having more than the bare minimum of details filled in.
4 – You might find a good opportunity… and then you’ll scramble to make changes.
Updating LinkedIn strategically and thoughtfully takes time. In Why the Worst Time to Update Your LinkedIn Profile is When You’re Looking for a Job or Business Opportunity, Hannah Martin points out that your timing is already late if you’re firing off resumes.
Expressing your personal brand takes more than a few job titles and lines of text. If you haven’t documented your accomplishments (and adjusted them for presentation on LinkedIn), your competition will… and they may do a better job of eliciting interest from recruiters.
Your best bet? Make a date with LinkedIn – NOW.
Make recruiters’ lives easier and do yourself a favor by documenting and leveraging your leadership skills, personal brand, and achievements.
Take notes from A Fast Formula for a Powerful LinkedIn Headline, 22 LinkedIn Tips You’ll Need in 2022, and 3 Reasons to Take Your Current Job Out of Your LinkedIn Headline to aid in your efforts.
Then, continue to update LinkedIn to keep yourself (and your personal brand) ahead of the game.
As a high school student, you might feel that interviews are an intimidating and awkward experience overall. This is especially true if you don’t have any idea about how a job search goes. But it does not have to be. There are several ways to prepare you for your journey to achieving your career goals. One way is to read on as we dive into helpful job interview tips for high school students like you.
Importance of Preparing High School Students for Job Interview
An interview is not just a simple conversation between an interviewee and the interviewer. Instead, it involves students listening, focusing, thinking, and reacting appropriately to what the other person says. Furthermore, it is a great way to enhance social and communication skills. These life skills will help prepare students for college and jobs, and interviewing is a great way to enhance them.
Interview is part of the real life outside school—with real consequences if students are unprepared and a real success if they do well. It teaches the students to be responsible, adaptable, and hardworking adults. Hence, it is important for teachers, parents or guardians to prepare high school students for interviews.
What Should High School Students Expect from a Job Interview?
There are several things to expect when it comes to the interview process. Interviews vary in the questions asked and even their duration. But in general, the interview process follows the same sequence. Here is a step-by-step description of a typical interview, with details on what to expect throughout the process.
Before the Interview
At this time, the hiring manager has contacted you and asked you to come for an interview. That’s good to hear! It means that the hiring manager was impressed with your resume.
Some hiring managers ask you to provide additional material for further evaluation. Supporting documents for a job application can include a cover letter, LinkedIn profile, educational transcripts, writing samples, portfolios, certifications, a reference list, and letters of recommendation. It’s better to prepare these documents so you can submit them right away.
During the Interview
When you are called for an in-person interview, you should come early because it might take time for you to commute or drive to the office. Once you arrive, you’ll likely be asked to wait for the interviewer. While waiting, get off your phone and put it in silent mode. Be mindful of the employees around. Besides, if you are busy with your phone, you might be unaware when the interviewer called you in.
On the other hand, when you are asked to come for a virtual interview, the same preparation goes. Just because your interview can be done virtually doesn’t mean that you can slack off. Join the meeting at least 10 minutes before. That way, you won’t have to worry about last-minute technical difficulties.
Interviews can be a one-on-one interview with the manager or supervisor with whom you would be working most closely at the company. It can also be a panel interview wherein the manager is accompanied by a department head and the human resources representative. Occasionally, you will be interviewed by a human resources representative or manager.
Whatever the case, anticipate several personal, work-related, or situational questions. Be prepared to answer questions regarding your experience, skills, and achievements. No interviewer will have the same questions, so it’s best to prepare for the most common interview questions you’re likely to encounter.
After the Interview
After you leave the interview, it is good to send your interviewer a thank-you email. A simple ‘thank you’ will go a long way, and it’s a great gesture should you work there in the future.
While you’re waiting to hear from the hiring manager, it’s also the time for you to determine whether or not the role is a good fit for you. After all, the interview provided you with an outlook on the day-to-day activities, the company’s culture, and the work environment. Consider these factors to personally decide if this is a role and workplace you could see yourself in.
You should expect to hear back from the hiring manager within a week. In some cases, you might not hear back that soon. If that’s the case, it is acceptable to send a follow-up email. When you hear back, you’ll either be called to discuss the job offer, proceed with a final interview, or notified that they have chosen another candidate.
Remember that no interview is a waste of your time, even if you did not get the job or you decided not to take it. The interview process has provided you with valuable experience. Every interview gives you an opportunity to practice your communication skills.
Common Job Interview Questions for High School Students
Acing your job search depends on how well you have prepared for the interview questions. Check out these common questions to guide you.
1. Tell me about yourself.
This question might be a simple one, but it is hard to choose what is worth sharing. How you answer this question will likely steer the conversation; so be sure to share something interesting and meaningful.
As a high school student, you probably don’t have any work experience. Hence, you can tell them about your family, your hobbies and interests, or activities outside school. It shows that aside from your academics, you are engaging yourself in the community.
2. Why did you apply to our company?
Gain enough edge and learn more about the company. You can easily find details about them on their website or social media pages. These details can give you a glimpse of the company culture and how you fit in at work.
Aside from this question, they might also ask, “Why did you apply for this position?” Be sure to read the job description and align your skills that match the role.
3. Can you share a difficult experience you had and how you handled it?
Interviewers ask this question to gauge your determination and persistence when facing difficulties. It could be related to school, your home, or an extracurricular activity. Describe the scenario briefly but spend the majority of your response emphasizing what you did to overcome the obstacle.
4. What are your career goals?
Interviewers ask future-focused questions to make sure you have ambition and goals for your future. You can divide those goals into short-term goals and long-term goals. Be prepared to share some of your aspirations with the interviewer. However, not everyone has already decided what course and job to take. If you’re not clear about what you want to achieve, review these career planning tips for students like you.
After the series of questions, expect that the interviewer might ask if you have any questions about the position or the company. Asking questions shows genuine interest. It will also help you make an informed decision if the position fits your skills and career goals. Upon concluding the interview, do not expect the hiring manager to tell you definitively whether or not you have the job. However, you are free to ask when you will hear back from them. Also, don’t forget to thank your interviewer before you leave.
Job Interview Tips for High School Students
Now that you are familiar with the interview process and the common interview questions, let’s dive into foolproof job interview tips for high school students like you. Heed these advices to secure your target job post.
1. Do your research.
It is important research about the company and the position you’re applying for. It helps you understand the values, culture, and demands of the job. Not only that; doing your research shows the interviewer your interest and commitment to the job.
Browse through their company website or social media pages. You can also read about the industry they are into. That way, you’ll be able to align your answers and engage more with the hiring manager. Here are some guide questions to start with when doing your research:
What does the company do and what do they stand for?
Who does this company serve or who buys their products?
What types of skills and training do their employees have?
What type of environment do people in this job work in?
2. Practice makes perfect.
Anticipate the questions and prepare your answers ahead of time. You don’t want to scramble for words in the actual interview. Yet, remember not to be stiff and make it seem rehearsed. You can write your answers to potential questions the interviewer can ask you about; or you can use the START method when answering questions. This helps you to better assess how you respond to certain work situations.
Either way, practice your statements in front of the mirror or ask for the help of a friend. That way, you can observe distracting habits and filler words and prevent them in your actual interview. Doing a practice or mock interview with someone else will help you feel more confident and prepared going into the real one.
3. Dress the part.
Interviewees are recommended to dress one level above the position they’re applying for. This means that usual shirts, pants and skirts are not allowed. Gentlemen can wear nice button-down shirt or polo and slacks. You can’t go wrong with wearing a tie. Meanwhile, ladies should plan to wear slacks or a skirt and a blouse. Don’t forget to wear appropriate shoes for the outfit.
In addition, you should tone down your jewelry, make sure your hair is neatly groomed, and wear appropriate makeup for the girls. Be sure to prepare your attire and try it on ahead of time to see if your attire fits well.
4. Be confident and natural.
In your interview, be your best self! Work on your body language, posture, and hand gestures. While you did your research and prepared some answers, don’t make it seem like you rehearsed. Be natural, speak slowly and clearly.
Finally, don’t forget that a smile goes a long way. Be sure to greet them with a smile. It shows confidence and friendliness. Don’t forget to say your goodbye with a smile of gratitude. As noted previously, this also leaves a good impression on the interviewer.
Consult with Our Career Experts for More Job Interview Tips
For high school students with little to no experience, career planning is an integral part of your professional journey. Hence, preparation is key.
Now that you have read the job interview tips for high school students, you surely can secure that job post. You can also search for job search tips and resources from experts to prepare you for your journey to achieve your career goals. We also provide resume writing services that can help you land your target profession and realize your dreams. Connect with us today!
A successful career is within your reach when you’re ready to face the professional world. It starts with preparation, from college to internship, then to pursuing your career goals. Sounds easy? Yes, when you know what you’re doing. However, this isn’t always the case. Hence, if you’re a college student, we’ll give you some tips on how to prepare for an internship interview.
Preparing for what’s ahead is important in pursuing your chosen career. Your coursework and training programs are critical in preparing you for your future profession. Your experience is your stepping stone to achieving your goals. That’s why you need to make sure your experience in college and internship can give you the exposure you need.
What Should You Expect in an Internship Interview?
Internship programs prepare you for the real world. They immerse you in what it’s like to work in the corporate field or in the industry you wish to be part of. Plus, it’s an opportunity for you to enhance your skills, gain expertise in the field, and build connections. It also gives you an advantage when you apply for your first job, especially if it’s relevant work experience. Thus, you have to take your internship search seriously.
Before we dive into some steps on how to prepare for an internship interview, here’s a quick rundown of things you can expect from it.
While it’s customary to shake hands, since the pandemic, it has become more common to exchange pleasantries by simply nodding.
The interviewer could ask you how you found out about their company and why you chose them.
Sharing your interests and the reason you chose your degree is expected by the interviewer.
It’s normal to feel nervous, but try to focus on being professional by minding your body language.
If you made the cut, expect that the interviewer will ask you about when you can start. With that, it’s best to decide on the date beforehand.
Some companies offer callbacks, so don’t lose hope if you don’t get an answer right away.
Common Internship Interview Questions
“How to prepare for an internship interview?” Run through some common interview questions online and try answering them. This way, you can practice expressing yourself fluently and on point. To help you be confident in answering even the most difficult questions, here’s a list of common internship interview topics and questions.
1. Tell me about yourself.
This is the most common interview question because it’s usually asked to build rapport. Hence, highlight your education, your interests, career plans, and things you haven’t included on your internship resume.
2. Why do you want an internship at this company?
This question is an opportunity for you to impress the interviewer with how well you know the company. You can also share how confident you are about their processes and their stand in the industry.
3. What are your career goals?
Just like in job interviews, your career goals are important in internships as it gives you and the interviewer an idea of whether you’re on the right track or not. Remember, internships aim to prepare you for your future career. Thus, its relevance to your target profession is vital.
4. Why do you want to be in this industry?
Aside from your career goals, the reason you’re pursuing a specific industry says a lot about how you want to go about your career. It also validates if your career goals are aligned with the work you want to pursue. Plus, being an intern in a field that you want could be a good motivation for you to learn and excel in what you do.
5. What can you bring to the company?
An internship allows you to learn from the professionals in the field. However, companies don’t prefer to get interns just so they can teach students about the real world. They want people who are skilled, competent, and can be helpful to the department. In that case, make sure to highlight your strengths and knowledge of the industry.
6. How good are you at working with other people?
Collaboration is needed to thrive in internships. Since you’ll be working with the company’s employees, you need to learn how to work well with them. You can answer this question by sharing an experience where you’re able to demonstrate teamwork and get remarkable results.
7. How would you handle conflict with your school and internship schedules?
This is a tricky question because you can’t say that you’ll give up one. You have to emphasize that you can make sure to balance your time for school work and internships.
8. We have a long list of candidates; why should we choose you?
This could be the hardest question of the interview. With all the qualified students looking for an internship, you need to convince the interviewer that you’re the best fit for the job.
Highlight what you can bring to the table without sounding arrogant. You can focus on your understanding of the job, relevant experience, knowledge of the company’s culture and your compatibility with it, and how you can be an asset to the team.
Bonus Internship Questions
Walk me through your resume.
Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Have you experienced working with a difficult person? How did you deal with it?
What’s your proudest moment?
Tell me about a time you’ve faced a difficult situation that needed your decision. What did you do?
How do you manage a tight schedule?
How well do you accept criticism?
How to Prepare for an Internship Interview
Now that you know what to expect and some common questions your interviewer might ask you, let’s dig into some tips on how to prepare for an internship interview. Knowing this helps you impress the hiring managers, which leads to securing an internship. Here are 10 internship interview tips.
1. Research about the company.
First on our list of tips on how to prepare for an internship interview is to run a background check on your target company. Doing this gives you an idea of the company’s values, mission and vision, work culture, and ethics. It helps you answer the questions and leaves a mark that you’re very interested in the position.
2. Create an elevator pitch.
The interview is the best venue to market yourself and showcase how capable you are for the job. That’s why it’s important to prepare how you’ll present yourself during this big moment. Think of how you’ll introduce yourself: brief yet striking.
3. Get all the details.
Before the interview, make sure that you have the necessary information, such as the time, place (is it virtual or face-to-face?), and things you need to bring. If you have the chance, get to know your interviewer.
Search for the name of your interviewer on LinkedIn to see their professional background. Knowing this gives you an idea of what they’re like.
4. Search for interview questions.
Another important tip on how to prepare for an internship interview is to search for possible interview questions. As mentioned earlier, when you have an idea of what the interviewer will say, it eases your nerves.
5. Plan what to wear at least a day before the interview.
Prepare your interview outfit beforehand. This prevents you from rushing on the day of the interview. Plus, it gives you time to choose what’s best considering the type of interview, date, and where the interview will take place.
6. Get ready for the big day.
There’s no better way of preparing for the interview than a mock interview. You can ask someone to practice with you. You can use the interview questions above as the flow of conversation.
If your interview is online, you can practice by preparing your equipment by running a tech test. Record yourself while answering the questions so you can review it afterwards. While watching it, observe the way you talk and your gestures.
7. Highlight your qualifications.
During the interview, make sure to highlight your qualifications. You can prepare for this by listing your skills, strengths, credentials, accomplishments, and relevant experience. That way, you’ll be able to lay them down in the interview.
8. Bring the necessary documents.
Before going to the interview venue, check all the documents you need to bring. Take an extra copy of your resume and bring your portfolio, if you have one. It’s best to prepare these documents in case you’re asked.
9. Prepare questions for the end.
Aside from answering common interview questions, you also need to prepare for questions you can ask the interviewer. Asking the interviewer gives them an impression that you’re interested in taking the internship.
10. Send thank-you and follow-up letters.
After the interview, get ready to send a thank-you letter and express how much you value the time you spent and that you’re looking forward to their answer. If you haven’t heard from them, you can send a follow-up letter.
What’s Next After an Internship Interview
Knowing how to prepare for an internship interview is critical to landing a program. However, what you’ll do after is also crucial. This time is your opportunity to prepare for the next step—the internship itself and the requirements needed for it.
In addition, while waiting for the interview results, do things that will enhance your skills. You can attend seminars and equip yourself with the knowledge necessary for the career path you want to take. Don’t forget to work on the requirements that hiring managers might ask you to submit.
Preparation for an internship interview includes getting ready for face-to-face, phone, and virtual interviews.
Search for common interview questions and try answering them.
Do research about the company and the position you want to pursue.
Read through the job description and the requisites for the post.
Follow tips from career experts on how to prepare for an internship interview.
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Despite the economic recession and an unstable job market, healthcare is still considered one of the most in-demand sectors. In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment rate in the healthcare industry is expected to grow by 16% over the next 10 years, which translates to 2.6 million jobs.
The healthcare industry seems more promising, due to the aging population and the continuous fight against the COVID-19, as well as the presence of administration healthcare programs on the internet. Not only that; with the large number of retirees, expect a rapid increase in the demands on healthcare professionals to meet this need.
If you want to land one of the best healthcare careers and achieve financial stability and job security, now is the right time to pursue it. This is because, beyond patient care, the healthcare sector has also expanded into other career fields, including administration, marketing, and information technology, giving better opportunities to job seekers.
Want to know more about the industry? Let’s look at the best healthcare careers you can pursue, the industry’s job outlook, median salary, and how you can penetrate the medical field easily.
Overview of Healthcare Careers
The healthcare sector offers a wide range of career options involving both direct patient care and technology support. As mentioned earlier, BLS reports an expected growth that’s much faster than other occupations. This could be mainly due to the current aging population, resulting in a dramatic increase in healthcare services.
The healthcare sector is categorized into three primary career areas—allied healthcare, support, and hospital management. Allied healthcare services are directly related to patient care, as well as occupations that involve proper maintenance of healthcare equipment. Some examples of allied healthcare workers are nurse practitioners, physicians, dentists, medical technologists, MRI technicians, and home care aides.
Another healthcare field that you can explore is healthcare technology. This involves securing hospital records, patient history, and software maintenance. Some healthcare technology professionals are server technicians and information analysts.
If you have excellent leadership and communication skills, you can pursue a career in healthcare management. This field focuses on business-related aspects, policy creation, budgeting, and staff management. Career options may include medical clerks, administrators, front desk supervisors, and office managers.
Benefits of Working in the Healthcare Field
As long as you’re open to constant learning, working as a healthcare professional is beneficial and fulfilling, despite all the challenges it entails. Here are some of the perks of working in the healthcare industry.
Constant Patient/Staff Interaction
You are expected to communicate with doctors and fellow hospital employees when attending patients. You will work with patients about their symptoms and various concerns to determine the cause of sickness. Pursuing a career in healthcare is definitely rewarding for those who are passionate about helping others.
You can recoup your investment in education faster once you land your first job. As you gain experience over the years, you can create more flexible work schedules as you meet new patients. Once you have established a career in physical therapy or nursing home care, for example, you can set your own schedule, number of patients you can handle, and service fees you can charge.
The healthcare sector is dynamic in nature, allowing you to pursue the best healthcare careers possible. If you’re currently working as a nursing assistant, for instance, you can be promoted to advanced practice registered nurse with the help of additional education units and state licensure exams. You can even become a medical writer if you have adequate writing skills and a passion for sharing your own ideas.
Healthcare workers can earn as much as they want from overtime pay and freelancing services. If you’re a regular employee, you can receive a salary raise and incentives. You can even enjoy higher earning potential if you work as a medical consultant, a private doctor, or the owner of a medical facility. However, just like any other profession requiring higher academic standards, you also need to pursue further studies and pass government-regulated exams to increase your market value.
How to Find the Right Healthcare Career Path
Since career options in the healthcare industry are broad, it might seem overwhelming for some people what career path to choose. You can narrow down your choices by considering these factors:
Required Length of Study
Each job in the healthcare sector has a corresponding length of education, experience, and skillset. This also depends on your financial capacity and how far you can go in supporting your studies. You need to devote ample time when taking the preferred healthcare course and the length of the apprenticeship program that you must complete.
There’s no doubt that all professionals want to make progress in their careers. Hence, consider where you intend to stay a few years from now. Determine which areas have increased demand for particular positions that may offer you a greater opportunity.
If you have plans to pursue a career in healthcare, you need to set a target salary range that will fit your lifestyle and family needs. Consider your current expenditures as well as plans like a career change or migration. Aside from meeting your basic needs, you might have plans to open a new business or acquire a car loan, so make sure they are included in your considerations.
List of the Best Healthcare Careers
Let’s delve a little deeper now that you’ve learned about the various fields in the industry and some factors to consider before pursuing this career path. Browse through this list of the best healthcare careers to discover what fits your preference.
1. Physician Assistant
Physician assistants perform various functions similar to what a traditional doctor does. They work in hospitals, medical schools, and federal healthcare institutions. This position is responsible for the following tasks:
Examining patients to come up with a diagnosis based on interviews and tests
Requesting tests to ascertain the nature of illnesses
Prescribing medications and administering immunizations
Securing patient records
Monitoring treatment plans
Providing proper documentation for benefits and claims
Educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree in healthcare fields, master’s degree is a plus, and Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
Average salary: $121,530
2. Physician and Surgeon
Physicians and surgeons perform several tasks, including examining patients, prescribing medications, ordering diagnostic tests, and interpreting laboratory results. They provide advice to patients regarding lifestyle changes and preventive health care to improve their quality of life. They also perform surgical operations to treat injuries and diseases. Relevant job responsibilities include:
Updating patient’s history
Giving direct orders to nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare workers
Educational requirements: Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree and Physician National Certifying Examination
Average salary: $208,000
3. Dental Hygienist
Dental hygienists diagnose and treat patients with tooth and gum infections. They provide professional advice about preventive oral care. They often manage their own team of workers, including dental technicians, dental assistants, and receptionists. Dental hygienists use a wide range of equipment like mouth mirrors, brushes, forceps, and digital tools like scanners and X-ray machines. Dentists typically perform the following tasks:
Getting rid of decay from filling cavities and teeth
Repairing tooth damage by using sealants
Administering dental procedures for sensitive cases
Creating models for dentures and jackets
Prescribing medications when needed
Educational requirements: Associate’s degree in dental hygiene
Average salary: $77,810
4. Registered Nurse (RN)
RNs directly provide patient care while closely working with physicians. They’re trained to provide public advice on overall preventive care. They also offer emotional support to patients and family members during treatment. Registered nurses can work with other healthcare specialists based on the hospital or patient needs. They also perform oversight functions, which carefully monitor practical nurses, home care aides, and nursing assistants. Here are some of their core tasks:
Assessing the health condition of a patient
Recording all patient history, symptoms, and observations
Assisting physicians in surgical operations as needed
Administering medications prescribed by physicians
Educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree in nursing and government-sanctioned exams (National Council Licensure Examination)
Average salary: $73,300
5. Radiation Therapist
They’re responsible for administering radiation treatments for cancer patients. In addition, radiation therapists determine the number of doses that should be given to the patient based on diagnostic results and treatment plan. They typically work in hospitals, particularly in the oncology department, but you can also encounter them in outpatient departments and medical offices.
Educational requirements: Associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in nuclear medicine technology, physics, and radioactive drugs or related professional degree
Average salary: $82,790
6. Occupational Therapist
They’re responsible for developing a physical rehabilitation program to help patients recover from an injury or disability. Occupational therapists help patients regain their ability to resume work or daily life routine. Aside from that, they also perform other tasks, such as:
Conducting psychological and physical assessments of patients based on the treatment plan
Making necessary adjustments to home or work environment
Assessing the patient’s overall mental health and physical condition
Choosing the appropriate equipment to help patients perform daily activities efficiently
Educational requirements: Master’s degree in occupational therapy and state licensure examination
Average salary: $85,570
7. Cardiovascular Technologist
Also known as medical stenographers, they work under the supervision of a cardiologist and other specialized doctors to diagnose or treat patients with heart-related ailments. They use advanced imaging equipment like electrocardiograms to conduct tests. This position is also involved in performing certain medical procedures, including defibrillators and cardiac pacemakers.
Educational requirements: Associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in cardiovascular and vascular technology or other related courses
Average salary: $60,570
8. Physical Therapist
Physical therapists treat patients with health conditions that affect their mobility. They formulate specific treatment plans to help patients recover from injuries while alleviating pain. As a physical therapist, you will work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and sports centers alongside other healthcare specialists. Here are some of the relevant responsibilities:
Developing rehabilitation plans based on patient history and diagnosis
Integrating therapeutic exercises and use of mobility equipment in patient’s daily life
Performing massage to expedite the healing process
Educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree in recreation and fitness or other related healthcare programs and physical therapist licensure (National Physical Therapy Examination)
Average salary: $95,620
9. Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory therapists are responsible for formulating treatment plans for patients dealing with pulmonary distress as a result of complications from lung cancer, bronchitis, asthma, and COPD. They ensure patients won’t have trouble breathing through appropriate medications, breathing apparatus, and therapeutic exercises. They usually conduct diagnostic tests to analyze a patient’s lung condition. Other valuable tasks include:
Administering inhalants and aerosol medications
Monitoring treatment plans for signs of progress and recurring issues
Assisting patients with how to use prescribed equipment at home
Education: Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from accredited universities
Average salary: $61,830
10. Speech Language Pathologist
Speech language pathologists offer assistance to patients and family members dealing with speech problems. As a speech therapist, it’s your responsibility to formulate a treatment plan for patients with traumatic experiences that have resulted in their inability to speak. Speech pathologists usually coordinate with physical therapists, nurses, and medical responders to provide assessment and rehabilitation plans.
Educational requirements: Master’s degree and some states require that speech-language pathologists be licensed
Average salary: $79,060
Tips for Landing the Best Healthcare Careers
Because of the extensive nature of the healthcare industry, each position requires certain educational units to qualify. Plus, there are other factors you need to ace your job search. Consider some practical tips below to further enhance your skills and job qualifications.
1. Sign up for internship programs.
Acquiring relevant experience from hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare institutions is important when searching for a prospective healthcare career. Although most internship programs are unpaid, you can gain quality hands-on experience, which you can use as a stepping stone to get into your dream job.
Since there aren’t enough healthcare professionals in many hospitals today, the services of volunteers and interns are hired to meet these demands. Consider reaching out and offering your services to community health centers, local hospitals, and non-profit organizations in your vicinity. This way, you can establish not only experience but also connections with seasoned professionals, social groups, and medical communities.
2. Gain more knowledge.
Improving your skill set is also an effective way to stand out in the industry. If you’re a nurse practitioner, you can take additional courses, including medical transcription, laboratory assistance, and hospital management. Consider taking additional workshops to help expand your job search capacity and move into a more lucrative healthcare field. If you have enough resources, enroll yourself in a master’s degree.
3. Establish connections.
Expanding your social network may significantly help in your career hunt. Join social groups, particularly medical specialists and community healthcare leaders, to establish a connection. You can also seek direct referrals from friends, acquaintances, and classmates involved in the healthcare sector. As you build connections, create a comprehensive professional resume, detailing your skill sets, work experience, and academic achievements
Browse through resume examples online to guide you in writing your healthcare resume.
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Business services are activities in the companies to operate using intangible aid and support. For example, companies can provide banking, insurance, warehousing, and communication services, among others. The service business is an enterprise of a team of experts tasked to deliver aid, support, and work to benefit the customers.
What are some of the open jobs in business services applicants can pursue? Before we dive into the list, let’s take a closer look into the job outlook for business services.
Job Outlook for Business Services
Previously, we discussed why a career in business services is a rewarding path. In it, we stated how business services offer an unmatched amount of work openings, career chances, and opportunities for growth and advancement. Hence, the job outlook for careers in business services points upward. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment in business services is projected to grow by 8% from 2020 to 2030. It’s a rate about as fast as the average for all occupations, which means there would be an additional 750,800 new jobs.
What do all this mean? Simply put, there are plenty of jobs in the market. More and more companies are willing to expand their horizon to shift from non-business service to business service. These service-based companies do not have products to sell to their target markets; instead, they provide effective and quality services. Finally, business services are expanding at a faster rate than ever before, and as a result, new employment roles are constantly being created.
Benefits of Working in Business Services
Working in business services remains beneficial. Job applicants can choose from various business services that suit them best. Right off the bat, below are some benefits of working in the business services sector.
Ever-growing demand and positive job outlook
Promising pay and benefits for a wide variety of fields and industries
Job security especially during difficult financial times
High growth potential even for entry-level job seekers
Flexible work hours to perform the jobs and tasks
These benefits depend largely on the types of services the companies offer. Again, companies can grow and improve their business operations if they offer accessibility, capability, and luxury.
List of Jobs in Business Services to Consider
As job applicants, you can search for various careers in service-based companies. You have to know by now that these companies can offer different types of services, which can aid other businesses and improve work satisfaction. Here are 10 examples of jobs in business services that you can consider pursuing.
1. Software Engineer
Many job applicants are looking for companies that offer opportunities for technical positions. You can be software engineers or specialists who take charge of an assortment of software services. Fortune companies such as Adobe, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft provide software services that enhance system features and upgrade company securities. These companies introduce software services for individuals to update their technological devices, such as computers and mobile phones.
Among the best-paying jobs in business services, software engineer posts average a yearly salary of $117,086 in the US.
Most businesses do not know exactly know what they are doing. So, they hire experts in the field to work for them. This is where consultants come in. In this case, you can be a consultant or an expert who can provide these businesses with your consulting services. This consulting service adds to your career profile and portfolio. Fortunately, plenty of businesses these days deal with consulting services for various projects, such as auditing, financial budgeting, interior designing, landscaping services, and more.
With an estimated total pay for an entry-level consultant pegged at $67,368 each year, this ranks among the most profitable jobs in business services.
3. Marketing Manager
The world revolves around the business market. The question now asks if jobs in business services—particularly marketing in today’s digital age—offer a good career path. If you’re a job seeker with creative and marketing skills, you can be a marketing specialist and eventually a marketing manager in various companies to help them widen their reach not only in person but also online.
More companies these days hire marketing experts who can increase user engagements and establish brand recognition. If you’re interested in pursuing marketing jobs in business services, the average annual salary for a marketing manager is $67,374 in the US.
4. Career Coach / Trainer
A career involving training others is a venture worth pursuing. Indeed, businesses benefit from hiring trainers to coach and teach their employees to perform tasks focusing on soft skills and technical skills. Most companies require trainers to conduct presentations, training sessions, and workshops to help employees advance their skills.
If you’re considering how to become a career coach, you could start with certifications, such as Professional Career Coach (PCC). As for the average pay, a career coach earns $46,811 each year on average.
5. Event Coordinator
Most people are quite busy with their jobs. They do not have time to prepare for their daily activities and events. Consequently, these people look for professionals to provide them with the event planning services. As an event coordinator, you’re in charge of organizing fundraising events, office parties, and other corporate functions. In addition, you can be event planners for these types of events to find additional staff members, catering and supplies, and venues.
As for the salary, an event coordinator earns $44,000 every year on average, according to PayScale.
6. Waste Management Technician
If you do not have a professional degree but looking for jobs in business, you can consider working in waste management services. It is possible to be in this line of work if you have a grasp of waste management. Companies hire people to perform the tasks to help businesses and individuals keep their workplaces clean. Aside from that, companies always produce a substantial volume of garbage daily in which they hire people to perform the hard jobs.
If you like to pursue a career as a waste management technician, the yearly pay in the US is worth $51,351, a rate that’s 12% above the national average.
7. Construction Project Manager
Landing construction jobs is easy especially if you have a grasp of construction services. You can surely get jobs here because more companies hire experts on the ground. Jobs in construction services grow and local and international companies hire people who learn the same skill set and trade. Forging a career in construction services is a rewarding endeavor, with the average salary for a construction project manager being estimated at $78,477 each year.
8. Law Clerk
Among the in-demand jobs in business services, legal positions can be a rewarding. You can land jobs that provide legal services, starting as a law clerk or paralegal. Needless to say, you would need a legal degree to pursue this profession. Regarding the average salary for a law clerk, it’s pegged at $70,531 yearly.
9. Health and Wellness Coordinator
Nowadays, more and more people pay a visit to various physical fitness centers to maintain their health and wellness. As a response, companies employ health and wellness experts and assistants who can provide the same services. As a health and wellness coordinator, your main role is to encourage others to take care of their health. You also educate and inspire them on health-related issues of all kinds that do and might impact them, ranging from mental to physical.
The average salary for a wellness coordinator is $64,142 each year, although the range typically falls between $55,318 and $72,855.
10. Insurance Agent
Finally, companies provide insurance services for people’s health. Endorsing health and life insurance for organizations and workers is a good practice to help people and their organizations decrease their financial obligations. Being an insurance agent can be a good career path in business. For sure, it is a good opportunity to land jobs if you have a grasp of the skill set. The average salary for this job is $56,199 every year in the US.
How to Get Jobs in Business Services and the Credentials Needed
An undergraduate degree is required by most businesses to be able to work in business services. Moreover, your credentials can be bolstered with related internships. Most companies host lectures, workshops, or job fairs on campuses when looking for potential interns. If you’re currently a college student deliberating what career path to choose, you can consider this. Additionally, a certification lends credence to your application for a career in business services.
Lastly, you need to build your portfolio, from your resume to your LinkedIn profile. Prepare your resume, which indicates your experiences and qualifications. You have to learn a few tricks to get some highest paying jobs because jobs in business services are plenty. Once you finish creating your portfolio and establish your presence, you’re set to go and apply for jobs in business services.
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In this digital age, technology continues to advance and innovations happen left and right. This results in a growing demand in the information and technology industry. Hence, it gives more IT professionals opportunities to job seekers who want to be in this field. This also means the job market is getting fiercer than before.
If you want to be part of the IT workforce, you need an effective job search tool to rise above other qualified candidates. However, not everyone is equipped to write resumes that can pass the applicant tracking system (ATS) and impress hiring managers. Good thing there are IT resume writing services companies that can help you revamp your job search documents.
Rundown of the 5 Best IT Resume Writing Services
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When Should You Use an IT Resume Writing Service?
As mentioned earlier, if you want to increase your chances of getting interview invites, you need a resume that can get past the ATS. Also, it needs to pass the razor sharp eyes of recruiters. Thus, your job search documents should have what it takes—ATS-friendly and keyword-optimized. Some job seekers hire resume writers to ensure that.
Still hesitant about whether hiring IT resume writing services is for you? Here’s a checklist to help you decide.
You find it challenging to market your qualifications.
Just like in other professions, having the necessary skills, expertise, and up-to-date knowledge of the industry should be present. Having these traits makes a good IT professional.
If you want to have a competitive edge, you need to make sure to highlight why you’re the best fit for the job. If you find it difficult to showcase your qualifications, it’s best to hire IT resume writing services. They know exactly how to effectively outline your strengths as a candidate.
You’re preoccupied with other tasks.
Resume writing requires time and may get in the way of your daily chores and responsibilities. With IT resume writing services, you can focus on your tasks while you wait for your well-written resume.
You haven’t received any interview invites.
Your resume is like your business card. Its purpose is to market your credentials in the hopes of landing an IT-related job post. However, your resume is nothing, if it doesn’t serve its purpose—getting you interview invites. Thus, if you still haven’t heard from a recruiter, think twice. Maybe your resume isn’t doing its job.
How to Choose the Best IT Resume Writing Service
Now that many companies are transitioning to online recruitment, you need an IT resume that’s suitable for this type of hiring process—a tool that can beat a job screening software. Because of this, it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of IT resume writing services you can hire with a click. Here are some factors to consider in choosing a resume writing service provider.
Check if the firm has reviews and testimonials on credible review sites such as Trustpilot, Google, Facebook, and Yelp.
Request for a consultation to know more about their offerings, turnaround time, rates, and how their service process works.
Browse through their resume examples and take a closer look at how their writers craft job search documents for different industries.
Check their service rates to see if it fits your budget.
The 5 Best IT Resume Writing Services
Check out our top 5 IT resume writing services that you can hire to write you a tailored resume and ace your job search.
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As one of the pillars of the resume writing industry, Resume Professional Writers (RPW) has gained reputable years of experience. Being in the business for over 20 years makes them an expert in providing quality job search tools. They have also maintained their 96% annual satisfaction rating, giving them more customer referrals and returning clients.
What You’ll Get: RPW is a one-stop shop that caters to your job search needs. Aside from resume, CV, and cover letter writing and LinkedIn makeover, we also have add-on services such as statements of purpose for college, biographies, image building with custom logo design, annotated portfolio, opening statements in job interviews, essays, KSAs, ECQs, and reference pages. Plus, we have free resume writing review and job posting services to get you started.
What They Lack: We don’t work during weekends and holidays. That’s why all projects and concerns are entertained as soon as business hours start. Despite not being able 24/7, we make sure that we attend to our clients’ needs with customer satisfaction in mind.
Turnaround Time: Their turnaround time varies depending on the package you’ll buy. You can get your IT resume within three (3) business days for the Deluxe; two (2) business days for the Premium; and one (1) business day for the Ultimate. If you’re in a hurry, you may avail of our 24-hour rush service with additional costs.
Cost: $125 to $485
Contact: 1 (800) 845-0586
Reviews: 4.3/5 on Facebook; 4.3/5 on Trustpilot; 4.13/5 on Sitejabber; 4.4 on Google Business Profile; 4.8/5 on Best 10 Resume Writers
2. Infotech Resume
A niche-based resume company founded by Margaret Davis in 2013, Infotech Resume aims to provide quality resumes for tech professionals seeking to land a job in the IT industry. The firm caters to job seekers who are vying for positions at private companies and government agencies.
They’re known for their focus on providing job search services to tech-related job seekers. Because of this, they’re considered one of the best as they only employ resume writers who are experts in the IT industry and are armed with resume writing skills.
What You’ll Get: As stated above, Infotech Resume offers IT civilian and federal resume writing services. Aside from that, they have add-on services such as cover letters, LinkedIn profile optimization, ECQs, KSAs, technical qualifications, electronic resumes, professional biographies, letters of intent, and reference pages.
What They Lack: If you’re in a rush, this firm might not be for you. Because their writers only work on weekdays, the completion of your project may take time.
Turnaround Time: You can expect your resume in 3 business days.
Contact: (626) 587-8571
Reviews: You can check their Customer Reviews page.
3. Quantum Tech Resumes
JM Auron, one of the global IT resume leaders with an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) certification, saw the need in the IT resume writing industry. Hence, with his years of experience in resume writing and recruitment, he became committed to helping job seekers succeed in their IT career. He came up with a straightforward and easy process for his clients, thus founding Quantum Tech Resumes.
What You’ll Get: Quantum Tech Resumes specializes in providing IT resumes for entry-level to C-level job seekers. They also offer other job search tools IT professionals need to grow their career, such as LinkedIn profile writing and career coaching.
What Do They Lack: Their delivery time is longer than that of their competitors; so if you’re in a hurry, you might want to consider other IT resume writing services firms.
Turnaround Time: You can expect your IT resume within 4 weeks.
Cost: $997 to $1797
Contact: You can reach them through their Contact page.
Reviews: 5 stars with 3 Google reviews
Another leading IT resume writing service company is iCareerSolutions. This firm focuses on providing IT and engineering resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. Their dedication to helping job seekers elevate their careers is reflected in distinct awards, such as the 2020 Award of Excellence Award for Best IT Resume and 2020 ROAR Award from the National Résumé Writing Association, among others.
What You’ll Get: They offer solutions to your job search needs, such as resume writing for IT professionals, executives, C-level, engineering, and government and federal jobs. Other than that, you can avail of their other services—career counseling, interview coaching, job search coaching, and job placement services, as well as LinkedIn profile writing.
What They Lack: They have rush service, but it will still take 2 days. Plus, they don’t allow refunds.
Turnaround Time: The delivery time varies depending on the package. However, the average turnaround time is 5 to 10 days.
Cost: $695 to $1495
Contact: 1 (914) 297-8807
Reviews: 4.2 stars with 5 Google reviews
5. Information Technology Resume Service
Last but not the least on our list of IT resume writing services companies is headed by Jennifer Hay. She is one of the first certified resume writers in information technology (CRS+IT) in the country. With her experience as an IT professional, a career guide, and a well-reputed resume writer, she ensures her clients that they will get the best resume and other job search documents that will help them land their target post.
What You’ll Get: This firm focuses on providing technical resume and LinkedIn profile writing for different industries, such as IT, engineering, architecture, and industrial, from entry-level to C-level.
What They Lack: Their service offerings are limited to resume writing and LinkedIn optimization.
Turnaround Time: This isn’t stated on their website.
Contact: (425) 442-3706
Reviews: You can visit their Testimonial page.
RPW IT Resume Example
Here’s an IT resume sample written by one of our expert professional writers. Take a closer look at how relevant work experience, skills, and qualifications are highlighted on the resume.
You can also check our curated page dedicated to resume examples for different industries.
Be Part of a Tech-Giant Company with IT Resume Writing Services
The demand in the IT industry is expected to skyrocket as years go by. This is because of the non-stop growth and advancement of technology. If you want to maintain your role in the field or you’re an aspiring candidate, it’s time to take advantage of the competitive job market.
With the increasing number of job applicants, you need to make an effort to beat other qualified professionals. This is where hiring resume writers come in handy. Their excellence and expertise in the field can lock in your chance of getting the job. You just have to lay down your specifications and let the expert IT resume writers do the job for you.