How To Hunt For Jobs In Silicon Valley In 2018

Silicon Valley Job Trends

There are a lot of dynamics involved when looking for a job, especially in Silicon Valley.  This article looks at job positions in demand, salaries for popular jobs and which companies are big players.  As we stress, it is always important to prepare yourself for any type of career transition.

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Silicon Valley is the dream for thousands of tech professionals. Big companies, high salaries, great perks, and California weather make it an attractive place to imagine living and building a career.

That said, it’s not easy, either. High cost of living, fierce competition for work, and often penchants for workaholism are the usual trade-offs.

For those who decide the pros of Silicon Valley outweigh the cons, job-seekers in certain careers will have better luck than others. These key findings from an Indeed study on the state of hiring in the Bay Area in 2018 illuminate which careers are most in-demand and which companies are looking for applicants.

1. Overall job postings are down in the Bay Area.

Job growth in Silicon Valley has been on a steady decline since 2015, meaning that there are less overall open roles available there than in the past.

 Based on their data, Indeed postulates that the tech jobs could be going to other cities. Seattle in particular has experienced growth, and D.C. and Baltimore listings have increased as well. “There are now more tech job opportunities in other locations such as Austin or Seattle where there weren’t as many before,” says Raj Mukherjee, SVP of Product at Indeed. “Or it could be due to the high cost of living, as the San Francisco Bay Area is noted to have some of the highest housing rental costs in the US.”

So as far as locations go, Silicon Valley is still the tech king–but the competition is rising.

2. The high cost of living requires a career with a high salary.

The housing market in the Bay Area is notoriously brutal–which means that while a $120,000 salary may be impressive elsewhere in the country, it’s downright average in the Valley.

That’s why it’s typically only worth it to make the move if you’re in a high-salaried line of work. According to Indeed’s survey, these are the top ten roles with the highest annual pay in Silicon Valley:

  1. Product development engineer ($173,570)
  2. Director of product management ($173,556)
  3. Data warehouse architect ($169,836)
  4. DevOps manager ($166,448)
  5. Senior architect ($161,124)
  6. Principal software engineer ($160,326)
  7. Senior solutions architect ($158,329)
  8. Principal Java developer ($156,402)
  9. Senior software architect ($154,944)
  10. Platform engineer ($154,739)

Perhaps interestingly, it’s not the straight technical roles that take the top spots. Rather, it’s those who combine specialties: product know-how with programming or management, technical knowledge with big-picture vision and leadership.

3. These are the titles with the most job openings available.

If you’re pursuing one of the following careers, you’ll have a much greater chance of landing a role in Silicon Valley. These are the top ten jobs with the highest amount of openings:

  1. Software engineer
  2. Front-end developer
  3. Full-stack developer
  4. Product manager
  5. Development operations engineer
  6. Software architect
  7. Java developer
  8. Software test engineer
  9. Senior product manager
  10. Engineering program manager

Sadly, none of these overlap with the highest-paid roles–but you can always pursue promotions and work your way up. In this case, having those hard technical engineering and development skills will pay off.

4. Big companies dominate in job openings.

It’s up to every individual whether they feel more drawn to small, exciting startups or big, established companies. But the numbers don’t lie: the big companies are where the bulk of open jobs are.

These are the top ten companies with the most job openings in the Valley:

  1. Apple
  2. Amazon
  3. Cisco
  4. Oracle
  5. Google
  6. Facebook
  7. Salesforce
  8. Intel
  9. GE Corporate
  10. Intuit

Of course, there are new startups every day in the area as well, so you’re not limited to the behemoths. That said, five of these companies are also on Indeed’s list of best places to work in the Bay Area, so weigh that as you will.

If you’re ready to make the move to Silicon Valley, it can certainly be rewarding for your career, finances, and life. But make sure to go in with your eyes open and your skills polished.


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7 Tips to Get Shortlisted for a C-Level Position

C-level interview

We write for a lot of professionals who are entering a C-level role for the first time as well as seasoned executives looking to explore new opportunities.  In either case this is a great article which offers useful tips to get noticed during your job search.  

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Landing a C-Suite role can be the ultimate challenge for many seasoned executives, with the number of potential roles narrowing the further one climbs to the top. While many leadership styles, experience levels, and personal traits vary from one C-Level executive to the next, there are several key characteristics and activities that the majority of successful C-Suite share which their success can be attributed to. If you have C-Suite aspirations, here are our top tips to better position yourself for when your next C-Level opportunity arises.

  1. Be willing to take on new challenges…with enthusiasm: When it comes to C-Suite candidates, hard work definitely pays. Those who set themselves apart in the workplace as being willing to take on new responsibilities, particularly those that no one else is prepared to do, will help to establish themselves as having true leadership potential. It is important to appear energetic, proactive, enthusiastic and above all, punctilious.
  1. Be prepared to move laterally: In today’s business environment, C-Level executives are expected to demonstrate an increasingly broad range of business skills, from finance to strategy. It is now essential for hopeful C-Suite executives to have a deep understanding of metrics, margins and their company’s financial health. If your current role or career path has not allowed you to develop or demonstrate a wide variety of business skills in a multitude of environments, it might be worth considering a lateral career move before attempting to move up to a C-Level position. Smaller or similar size roles that add to your credentials can have the power to lead to bigger opportunities so it’s important to think about the big picture when taking your next step.
  1. Position Yourself for Good Timing: If you are hoping to stay at your current organization, it is vital to critically assess the likelihood of a C-Suite opening becoming available. If the C-Level position has recently been filled by a popular, successful and relatively young executive, you could be forced to wait for a long time for the position to become open. Be realistic about your potential future opportunities, and consider your options if the timing looks like it might not be in your favor.
  2. Be Able to Demonstrate Your Impact: Being able to measure your tangible impact on your current and previous organizations can be instrumental in securing your future C-Suite role. You must be able to provide facts and figures to show how your efforts have improved your company and how you have been able to achieve high calibre results in high pressure environments.
  1. Be Prepared to Make Tough DecisionsWhen entering a leadership position, you will be expected to make difficult decisions, under pressure, that are not always popular, while simultaneously maintaining the respect of the team. In order to reach a C-Level position, you need to showcase this level of decision making in order to demonstrate your ability to get things done and meet business goals. Top C-Suite executives are often characterized as being proactive, aggressive and efficient.
  1. Understand the Importance of Cultural Fit: Executives should be mindful to never underestimate the importance of cultural fit. C-Suite executives are supposed to set the tone for their teams and for the organization, so if you are not in sync with the company’s culture, it is unlikely that you will be selected for upcoming C-Level positions.
  1. Be Open and Vocal About Your Ambition: Transparency is key to getting on the C-Suite shortlist. Without the support of those at the top, it is difficult for executives to rise above their current position, so make your ambitions known in order to gain their trust and support. Voicing your C-Suite aspirations can be a sensitive topic, but it is possible to broach the subject in a way that expresses honesty and humility. Articulating your ambitions to those at the top also has the added benefit of allowing your superiors to let you know the present situation and the achievability of your C-Suite goal.


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Interview tips: 10 Tips to Improve Interview Performance

Can't get an interview without an awesome resume!

Power Writers USA will definitely help you get the interview you want by working with you to create a stand-out, professional resume written by a Certified Professional Resume Writer.  This is a good article from Monster with some advice for what to do once you do get that interview you are hoping for!  

Do you know how to make your case to an interviewer? Follow these 10 interview tips to boost your chances of landing the job.

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to improve your interview skills.

Practice good nonverbal communication

It’s about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with a firm handshake. That first nonverbal impression can be a great beginning — or quick ending — to your interview.

Dress for the job or company

Today’s casual dress codes do not give you permission to dress as “they” do when you interview. It is important to know what to wear to an interview and to be well-groomed. Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking. If possible, call to find out about the company dress code before the interview.


From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or indirectly. If you are not hearing it, you are missing a major opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what was said. Observe your interviewer, and match that style and pace.

Don’t talk too much

Telling the interviewer more than he needs to know could be a fatal mistake. When you have not prepared ahead of time, you may ramble when answering interview questions, sometimes talking yourself right out of the job. Prepare for the interview by reading through the job posting, matching your skills with the position’s requirements and relating only that information.

Don’t be too familiar

The interview is a professional meeting to talk business. This is not about making a new friend. Your level of familiarity should mimic the interviewer’s demeanor. It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview and to ask questions, but do not overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job.

Use appropriate language

It’s a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Be aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics or sexual orientation — these topics could send you out the door very quickly.

Don’t be cocky

Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There is a fine balance between confidence, professionalism and modesty. Even if you’re putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is as bad, if not worse, as being too reserved.

Take care to answer the questions

When interviewers ask for an example of a time when you did something, they are asking behavioral interview questions, which are designed to elicit a sample of your past behavior. If you fail to relate a specific example, you not only don’t answer the question, but you also miss an opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills.

Ask questions

When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, “No.” Wrong answer. Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask questions that demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what you’re asked during the interview and asking for additional information.

Don’t appear desperate

When you interview with the “please, please hire me” approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Reflect the three Cs during the interview: cool, calm and confidence. You know you can do the job; make sure the interviewer believes you can, too.

Author: Carole Martin, Monster Contributing Writer

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Professional Affiliations & Community Relations

Resume Writer

We are active members of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches and the National Resume Writers’ Association, and have been since 2015. Not only does the annual membership help to validate our company and brand as trustworthy and legitimate, but it helps support the industry as a whole. We are always excited to read the monthly updates and columns sent by both organizations. Members and resume writers alike contribute to the stories, which helps drive industry success through continuing education, new trends and research, and open communication. The better we are as resume writers, the better our clients do, which is really, our sole purpose.


How does this relate to you? The Regional Territory Manager for a nationwide pharmaceutical sales brand? The nurse who travels every 3 months to a new hospital? The Network Admin who manages Fortune 500 enterprise IT systems? Everyone, regardless of the industry you are in, has an association of some sort. And guess what? They are fantastic to get involved with. You get so much out of it, professionally, and you are supporting those who support what you do. Some associations will include a listing of your business info on their website, some do annual conferences, free webinars, continuing education, email blasts, hiring help, networking, community initiatives, and more!


What am I saying here? Get involved. Pay whatever annual fee these guys charge (make sure it’s a legitimate organization first!) but they are typically $75-$250 per year, and come with a long list of benefits.


Where do I start? Google search your “profession” and “state” or “professional (nursing) association. You’ll get tons of results right away.


Plus, this is yet another credential to add to your resume! See? It all comes back to resumes in the end 

Blending your Job Search and the Holiday Season

Job Search

We wanted to share a personal blog today, contrary to the usual, and address some questions and concerns from recent clients about how to best handle the challenges of blending your job search and celebrating the holidays, guilt free. 

  1. If I have been out of the job market for a short while (6mo – 2 yrs) what is the best approach to re-enter? Does this lapse in work history make me less hireable? 

Lately, many of our mid to late career clients have at least a small gap in their employment, so this is not uncommon to see on a resume anymore. There are so many reasons as to why you stepped out… family illness, childbirth, adoption, health, or just wanting a break from it all. Regardless, with the extensive and frequent communication we keep with clients, we cannot report an increase in trouble landing interviews & jobs. This is good news! In fact, a good sign that employers are more open to understanding, circumstances, and life all together. Things happen, right?

However, if you’re an entry-level/recent grad who has 1 to 2 years of employment history on your resume (perhaps your only jobs) and then a big gap of 2-3 years again, this would be questionable to some. When you’re in your early to mid twenties, you are probably expected to work, or go to school, one or the other, so a large gap would need to be addressed. I would suggest using a chronological resume to clearly show that those 2 years without work were filled with degree-earning activities and education. If you were not in school, and have no other reason besides not wanting to work, then you may have to start at a very entry-level position and work your way back up. But hey, everyone has to start somewhere, and we have all been there. Be strong. Be committed. Be professional.

  1. If I am currently employed, but looking for a new company, when is the best time to start my job search?

We have found that companies tend to interview and hire less frequently than in the start of a year, or even mid-year. Our busiest times of the year are Jan and July, which tell you more people are actively looking for change during these times, and tend to land more interviews, faster, than at other times of the year. Plus, who wants to miss out on holiday bonuses?

  1. What is the most professional dress code during an interview?

What to wear for an interview? That really depends on where you are at in your career. Are you applying for a leadership position (manager/supervisor/director)? Then you’ll want to portray that image. I always say “dress as if you already got the job”. Act as if you are the one so that you become the one. Be confident. Professional dress is 100% necessary and can be a determining factor to hire someone, especially if you are majorly underdressed.

If you’re stepping into a more hands-on role, like Laboratory Technician, Mechanic, Laborer, etc, then jeans and a collared shirt may be acceptable, it really depends on the feel and tone of the interviewer. It is better to overprepare than to underprepare.

Remember, it is OK and ACCEPTABLE to ask. When that person calls you to schedule an interview, ask him/her! That way, there are no surprises.

Thanks again for all the questions!


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7 Ways Healthcare Will Change by 2017

A compelling article regarding expected healthcare changes to expect by 2017. It’s coming fast!

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With so many uncertainties in healthcare today, it’s difficult to predict what the future of healthcare will hold. However, there’s one aspect that is certain: pharmacy will play a tremendous role in shaping the ever-evolving landscape.


Express Scripts recently released a report about the 7 ways healthcare will change by 2017. The report outlines the following seven trends driving the healthcare landscape this year.


Shift from Volume to Value: Plans and PBMs will continue to place greater emphasis on driving value and patient outcomes. There are several ways pharmacy can influence a value-based model, both clinically and financially.

Dramatic Cost Inflation: Drug prices have reached dangerously high levels. Best-in-class organizations are not taking the backseat on this issue; rather they are actively promoting advances that help to contain costs – particularly those that balance clinical innovation with sustainability.

High-Tech Healthcare: As the most widely used benefit, pharmacy can deliver a high-tech and high-touch experience that today’s patients demand. Savvy plan sponsors are offering remote and digital pharmacy solutions such as telehealth, remote monitoring, mobile applications, home delivery and more, as a way to continuously reach patients where they are and virtualize pharmacy.

Power of Consumerism: Consumers play an active role in pharmacy decision-making. Plans that leverage strategies such as educational programs, formulary management, cost-sharing and more can drive consumer engagement, maximize value and lower costs.

Effects of an Aging Population: Many seniors suffer from more than one complex condition, frequent several physicians and take a variety of pills, which can lead to dangerous drug interactions and other complications. Pharmacy plays a fundamental role when it comes to helping a growing population of aging patients manage and improve their conditions

Impact of Mega Health Systems: Due to the massive amount of corporatization across healthcare practices, competition will decrease and potentially inflate prices – making home healthcare more desirable for patients. Pharmacy is not immune to this trend.

Move from Population to Personalized Health: To produce the best possible outcomes, you need precise, real-time data and insights – and pharmacy data is often considered the best predictor of a patient’s health. Leveraging pharmacy data to make smarter healthcare decisions will be critical as the industry looks to improve clinical outcomes while lowering costs.

As we look at each trend uncovered in the report, we are reminded of the fact that plan sponsors cannot be complacent if they want to be competitive. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that plan sponsors have a partner to help anticipate what’s next, navigate change and solve the toughest healthcare challenges.


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Finance Industry Security Trends

Finance Industry

A fantastic article to follow-up on all the Wells Fargo “issues” to put lightly… Financial security must change. Cyber security will hit big. 

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Financial institutions are not new to the game when it comes to facing cyberattacks. In fact, the industry routinely appears near the top of the list of those most frequently targeted by cybercriminals. However, the way in which organizations are being attacked, and the way they’re fending off attacks, is ever changing.


Let’s take a look at some of the recent trends in financial services when it comes to cybersecurity. Main points to be discussed include:


Government Action

Education within Financial Services Institutions

Cybersecurity Technology

Threat Intelligence

Government Action

Attacks on the financial industry have become a prominent enough threat that state and federal governments are stepping up to the plate when it comes to defense.


In fact, we saw New York Governor Andrew Cuomo address cybersecurity in a big way in September as he issued new regulations for financial institutions across the state. The plan comes on the heels of several high-profile breaches, and calls for companies to set up specific programs dedicated to cybersecurity. It also requires organizations to hire chief information officers (CIOs) to help manage defense strategies. The regulations were said to be the first of their kind by any state or federal agency within the United States.


Even more recently, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the


Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced that they intend to propose rules to help large banks bounce back from attacks. Some of the categories they hope to improve as a result of the rules implementation include cyber risk management, governance, internal dependency management, external dependency management, and incident response.


On a global scale, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has advocated for cyberattacks on financial institutions to be a key agenda item at the G-20 summit.


These are just a few of the latest government actions being taken with regards to cybersecurity. Each of them shows us that not only are the threats presented by cybercriminals dangerous to individuals and organizations alike, but they now have the full attention of lawmakers.


Education within Financial Services Institutions

These recent government activities are just one of the factors that have started many within the financial industry to begin talking seriously about what they can do to better prepare themselves and customers to handle breaches. While the industry continues to expand and improve access to services, many organizations are taking a step back, recognizing and evaluating the threats, and building a plan to address the challenges that can come attached to advancements.


“Shadow IT” has been a term that’s grown in popularity as file sharing apps and other collaboration tools are now commonplace in today’s organizations. While IT may not be responsible for managing these applications, they do need to make sure they are secure. As a result, IT teams are proactively investigating what types of cloud technologies are in use so they can better develop and implement security solutions to protect their workforce and customers.


While most employees within financial organizations are regularly educated on security, those that are “newly banked” have recently become the center of security education efforts. Individuals with new bank accounts typically have very little knowledge of existing threats, making them likely candidates to be targeted victims of attacks. This has led to organizations establishing a variety of programs, including consumer training, to help individuals manage their accounts and steer clear of red flags when banking.


These types of educational efforts are designed to protect both the customer and the bank from being attacked and thereby putting sensitive data in the hands of criminals.


Cybersecurity Technology

Across industries, not just within financial services, bring your own device (BYOD) policies are being encouraged among the workforce, and a growing number of organizations are “digitizing” their business models. The digitization is being made possible by embracing the cloud in a number of different forms. While these initiatives improve employee morale and make it easier for them to access enterprise data and systems while on the go, it also creates a much larger attack surface that needs to be protected.


While basic IT security protection like firewalls and antivirus solutions used to be enough to keep things buttoned up, the risks now extend far beyond the network’s fundamental perimeter. As a result, organizations have invested in a diverse security solution ecosystem filled with individual platforms and tools. While these individual solutions are critical to protecting against the threats being posed, there is a chance that the big picture can be neglected in the process.


With all of this in mind, we are seeing many financial services organizations looking for, and investing in integrated security solutions that allow them to make all the information gathered from the one-off tools they have deployed actionable. Here at Fortinet, we’ve partnered with a number of technology providers, including Brocade, Carbon Black, Centrify, Pulse Secure, Tufin, WhiteHat Security, and more to give customers a more comprehensive view of the threat landscape.


Threat Intelligence

With whaling, spear-phishing, ransomware and other attacks making headlines in the financial services industry, timely threat intelligence has become more important than ever. Financial organizations that implement threat intelligence solutions are able to stay ahead of threats and mitigate any damage that may be done. The real challenge, though, is making sense of all the threat intelligence that firms are inundated with – both from their own systems and from third party vendors. Making threat intelligence actionable in a timely manner is critical.


It’s very common for today’s organizations to conduct tests and simulations of attacks to evaluate their security capabilities. Additionally, integrated security solutions can help with this process, as IT managers are able to view all data and analysis collected by their suite of tools through a single pane of glass.


Final Thoughts

Due to the sensitivity of financial data and its value to cybercriminals, financial organizations will likely remain in the crosshairs. Keeping up with the latest trends and implementing the most up-to-date technologies could make a difference when it comes to cybersecurity.


We hope this list of information better prepares your organization to defend.  What recent security trends have you seen in the financial services industry?


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9 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Job Search

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You work hard to have a successful career and sometimes that means changing jobs.  Doing your homework and preparing for your transition will inevitably include time searching for your new job.  Here’s what you need to know before you dive in.

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9 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Job Search

Landing your next job isn’t going to be easy. But if you learn what human resource professionals are really looking for, you can beat the odds. Human resource professionals have a set of rules, written and unwritten, and the better you learn these rules, the better you can compete and land your next role.

There’s a gap between a job seeker’s perception of the recruiting process and what human resource professionals look for. These gaps are clearly highlighted in the “Active Job Seeker Dilemma” survey, which polled 4,347 job seekers as well as 129 HR professionals. The survey was conducted by Future Workplace, a research firm and Beyond, The Career Network, a job portal for job seekers and employers.

Before you start polishing your resume, these are the things you need to know about how employers think and what they are looking for.

Find someone to refer you. You are missing out on job opportunities by not identifying someone inside the company to refer you for a job. While job boards are the primary source of hiring, 71 percent of HR professionals surveyed rated employee referrals as the best source for finding candidates, yet only 7 percent of job seekers surveyed viewed referrals as their top source for finding a job.

Invest in learning technical skills. Job seekers self-reported that their top weakness was technical, computer or specialized skills. If this is your weak spot too, do something about it, because a quarter of employers rank these as top skills they are looking for. Take an online course to develop the skills you lack or need. More than 40 percent of job seekers have never invested in online training, but it is one way to improve your confidence and candidacy.

Show internships, not GPA. If you are a recent graduate, you may agree with the job seekers in the survey who feel grades are the greatest indicator of your potential. But to employers, experience wins attention. So instead of focusing on your academic achievements, be sure to highlight your internships.

Get ready to take a test. At some point during the interview process, you’ll likely be asked to complete an exercise, assessment or test of some sort. It is just another way to evaluate you. The study found that 57 percent of employers administer some exercise or challenge to job candidates, so don’t let this surprise you.

Master the phone interview. Your first interview will be a phone interview. It was the top method listed for conducting first interviews. But sadly, job seekers don’t feel as comfortable with phone interviews as they do with in-person interviews.

Expect to meet several people during your interviews. It is unlikely you’ll be hired based on one interview. Almost 60 percent of HR professionals said the interview process involves meeting two to three people, and some employers will have you meet with as many as five people during the interview process.

The interview process takes time. One to three weeks: That’s how long it is going to take you to go through the interview process and get an offer, according to more than half the surveyed HR professionals. And, in some companies, it could take five to nine weeks.

Highlight these top three skill sets. Communication, adaptability and results-driven are the top skills HR is looking for in candidates. Unfortunately, job seekers miss the mark. While job seekers did list communication skills as a top skill set, they missed the mark in the other top skills they reported, which were leadership and teamwork.

Here’s how to stand out.
You’ve learned as much as you can about the company, but what else can you do to win over the employer? HR professionals say to bring a portfolio of your work. Yet only 19 percent of job seekers used this approach to stand out in their search.
Wishing you the best in strategic job searching 2016.


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2016 Resume Trends & Tips

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An interesting study was published by Microsoft in May of this year about how our attention spans have changed over the past several years. In 2000 we had a 12-second attention span, and in 2013 a mere eight-second attention span. We now, as a whole, have a one-second-shorter attention span than a goldfish. Isn’t that interesting? Ok, shocking is probably more like it—and also not very comforting to know when you’re job searching and trying your hardest to get a hiring manager/employer/recruiter…someone…to pay attention to your resume.

So what exactly does this shortened attention span mean for your job search—and more specifically, your resume? It means trends and times are changing and so should your resume. Here is my top-ten list of resume trends for 2016, which, as you’ll notice, will be largely impacted on this year’s findings.

2016 Resume Trend #1: Get In, Tell Your Story, And Get Out

Make every word count when you’re writing. In an article like this one I’ve chosen to use bold subtitles for those who like to scan or skim an article to get the main points but don’t want to dig in deeper for the details. I’ve also provided my opinion and the extra details for those who like context and an explanation to go with the points in bold. Consider doing the same with your resume. Use short, tweet-sized sentences to communicate key accomplishments, your branding statements, facts you don’t want the employer to miss. Ideally, you want critical information CALLED OUT on the resume.

2016 Resume Trend #2: Be A Ruthless Editor

Create a master resume and then go back and edit it until you have a leaner draft. Then go back and cut even more out. When you write your resume ask yourself, “Is this critical to my story or what I’m trying to convey to the employer?” If it isn’t, cut it out. Save the discarded content in a master file so you have it if you decide later you really do need it. However, consider yourself a ruthless editor, evaluate every word, every sentence for how you can make it shorter and more concise—then slash and trash what you don’t need.

2016 Resume Trend #3: Write For Scanners/Skimmers

Write for scanners and skimmers. You know the people who go through and only read the headlines of articles and newspapers or scroll through articles and only read the bolded bullet points to get the general gist of what it’s saying?

This reason is exactly why newspapers and news articles start with a great headline, give the most critical facts/details first, and then gradually fill in the not-so-critical details further down in the story. They know you want the important information first and don’t want to wait for it. Do the same in your resume. Start with your branding statement and make it answer the decision maker’s questions: “Why should I care?” or “What’s in it for me?” When time is of the essence, answering these questions first gives readers exactly what they need to know up front; then they can choose to keep on reading for any details.

I think the strategy of using a profile summary or career summary is now history. Instead, I think it should include a personal-brand snapshot. Give the reader newsworthy information in short, effective statements so they can get the facts and move on.

2016 Resume Trend #4: Use A Formula To Help Flesh Out Your Story

In resume writing we call them CAR or SAR statements. I’ve also seen the acronym PARI. Essentially, you’re sharing a challenge/situation/problem, the action you took to address it, and what the result was. Ideally you want to frame the result by sharing how it positively impacted your employer or client. These are the kinds of statements that make impact and tell a story but also give the reader context. Remember to keep it short; mercilessly edit it down to the least common denominator. In resume writing it’s also a wise practice to lead with the result/impact to the client or employer because this is usually quantifiable.

Here is a quick example of what I mean by a S.A.R. statement:

Situation/Challenge/Problem: Company operated at a loss of $960,000 in 2014.

Action: Personally vetted by CEO for company turnaround. Cut costs by 30%, revamped hiring practices to reduce turnover, overhauled budget and spending practices.

Result/Impact: Delivered $650,000 profit in 2015.

Now you can take the content from the answers to these three questions and put together a great bullet point for your resume. Fill in each with your own experiences and expertise.

2016 Resume Trend #5: Neuroscience Says Pictures Win

Ninety percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text. (Sources: 3M Corporation and Zabisco) and 40% of people will respond better to visual information than plain text. (Source: Zabisco). Use graphs, charts, and visual presentations whenever possible to share content with your audience. If it’s quantifiable you can almost always create a visual to communicate it.

On social media platforms, images or photos are shared or liked more than text. In this article they share research that states photos on Facebook are shared 75% more than articles, links or text. Although this isn’t research on resumes in particular, it does speak to how much our brains and eyes are drawn to visual stimuli. I wrote an article this autumn on what employers see when you apply on LinkedIn. The content was revelatory for many job seekers and received great praise for its insightfulness.

Be that as it may, when I created an infographic of the same content within the article and posted it on LinkedIn it was shared significantly more than the article itself. The article was published by LinkedIn on several of its channels, but was shared only four times and viewed 700. The infographic was never published on any of LinkedIn’s channels, yet it was shared 53+ times and has been viewed 2,000+ times. Evidence that visual content gets more attention.

2016 Resume Trend #6: Personal Branding IS Visual TOO

In resume writing (and the job search business in general) we tend to get hung up on the idea that our brand is all about the words we use—and it is. As career expert Deb Dib calls it, your personal brand is your “why buy ROI”. However, it’s also communicated visually—not just in words but with word pictures and with images.

Certain colors have specific meanings to your personal brand! Check out this video from to find out what your personal branding color is and consider that it may be time to include your color brand in your resume: As a side note that’s not resume related, your LinkedIn profile is also a good place to incorporate visual branding and your personal brand color.

2016 Resume Trend #7: Bite-Sized Sentences

Funny how twitter causes us to communicate our thoughts in 140 characters or fewer. Even Twitter knows our attention spans are waning in the digital age. Our brains have adapted to new ways of absorbing content and interacting with the Internet. Now you’re forced to keep your point short and sweet. For a superfluous person like me who loves the details, I used to get so mad at Twitter for making me convey my thoughts in such short, bite-sized portions, but it really has become the necessity of our society.

With ever-decreasing attention spans, writing tweet-sized resume sentences is a sound strategy. And it’s not a trend I see fading away in the coming years either. The next time you write a sentence for your resume, see how many characters are included. And then see if you can get it down to 140 characters or fewer without losing impact. Consider what is essential and what is critical. Ditch the essential and run with the critical.

2016 Resume Trend #8: Money, Money, Money

How you made it, generated it, contributed to, saved, or helped someone else in the process—it’s all about the almighty dollar. A great example for a direct contributor is how their actions impacted the bottom-line profitability of the company. For an executive assistant it may be how her initiative and foresight allowed her boss to save money or increase billable hours.

Whatever you do, find the connection to dollars and share it. If nothing you did in some way affected costs savings or revenue generation, find the bleeding need your target company/audience has and communicate how what you’ve done in the past has stopped the bleeding!

2016 Resume Trend #9: Infographic Resumes

Infographic resumes are growing in popularity! Don’t believe me? Just search them on Pinterest. Does an infographic resume replace a traditional resume? No. Does it work for everyone? No. In some situations—and for many job seekers—there is a time and place to use an infographic resume. I’ll let you in on a little secret too—you can make your own! There is a plethora of sites you can use to design your own infographic resume, including Visme, Visually, Venngage, Piktochart,, and I’m confident you could use these sites to create graphics to incorporate into your resume too.

There are some important points you need to consider when you’re evaluating whether an infographic resume is right for you. They’re not for every industry or position. However, they can work very well for industries like marketing, sales, technology, social media, graphic design or telecomm. You may find that innovative companies, smaller organizations, or start-ups are even drawn to infographic resumes. I can see infographic resumes being a great tool when tapping into the hidden job market as you’re bypassing traditional HR departments. A January 2015 survey stated 68% of people would look at an infographic resume, 32% said it depends. Interestingly enough, not one person said they wouldn’t look at one.

2016 Resume Trend #10: Say Goodbye To ATS

The demise of applicant tracking software is upon us. Employers are discovering that computer software systems may be great at scanning keywords on a resume, but they’re not so great at discerning talent, loyalty, dedication, hard work, and most importantly FIT. While I understand ATS has its usefulness (there’s no way an HR representative can feasibly read thousands of resumes that pour in every day) their practicality and validity are waning.

Resumes, which used to function as your “first impression” to an employer, are now quickly becoming the second or third thing an employer will see about you. With the rise of social media sites such as LinkedIn, website resumes, portfolios, video resumes, and job-search strategies allowing job seekers to tap into the hidden job market and bypass sending a resume as a first introduction, the human eye is quickly becoming the #1 gatekeeper.

Keep these trends in mind when you sit down to write your resume, and you’ll be ten steps ahead of your competition.

Having a hard time writing your own resume? Let’s chat! Visit my website, call us at 480-390-4711, or connect with us on LinkedIn to discuss how I help busy job seekers create interview-winning resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.


Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast


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10 Steps to Get a Promotion

10 steps to promotion

Don’t ask for a new job unless you are slaying it in your current role.

Don’t ask your manager. Find out what % of your clients are the companies biggest, most challenging, most critical. Are you getting more or less of those? Have you specifically asked for additional challenges within your current role as a chance to prove yourself?

Lets say you ask for a raise or promotion while your manager is not thrilled with your current work, expect to be seen as someone out of touch and discontent. Don’t play your hand, instead ask your manager how you “stack up” across the organization. I remember once someone who was doing poorly in a marketing role asked me for the COO role at Seer, I knew that person was out of touch and discontent, so I started interviewing like mad, so I would be prepared for the 2 week notice…It came 2 months later.

Lay out 5-10 wins in your current role, and make sure those wins actually matter. For instance if the amount of revenue your team is responsible for grew 20%, that is a great stat, just make 100% sure that the growth came from intentional and purposeful acts you’ve done. Not from the work of your manager or others.

Build a robust plan

Nights and weekends, are key, don’t ask your manager to give you 5 hours back a month to study up on how to become a web designer. Instead show them that you are willing to fight for what you want and will put in the extra time to get it. Get that plan in a Google sheet (link to my google doc) where you can use notification rules or a shared trello. Never let it get out of date, update it every week (use to remind you), that consistency will be impressive over others who just wake up and say “I’d love to do X” when you have been sharing a doc and updating it weekly for 4 months! That is 16 updates to your manager, vs someone else’s 0.

Once you do this tell your manager that “they’ll see” your progress, while you continue to slay it in your current role. Don’t ask for anything, just let them know “they’ll see”.

Self evaluation

Managers love people who can evaluate themselves. So after telling your manager the role you want, put your cons on the table. If you are asking for a role in management this is especially important. This shows a manager you understand where you are weak, build your 5-6 month plan around how to improve in the areas you are weak so you can go toe to toe with external applicants. This is especially important when you do not have the majority of the skills required for the job you want.

Keep in mind external applicants will come with that experience already, its your job to convince your manager with actions (not words) that you are worth the risk and the wait for you to get up to speed. Starting by saying the job needs XYZ, and I only have Z, but here is what I’ve been doing to learn XY, that is how you gain confidence & patience.

Don’t make your promotion your managers problem

Realize you are leaving a hole to be filled when you get promoted or moved to a new department.

Are you saying “toodles” and leaving your manager to back fill the role? Or are you showing your manager a plan on how you are going to train others in the organization to help them prepare / level up into your role.

Are you going to help do some recruiting to help fill it? You are getting the opportunity you want, and that is great, so don’t make it your managers job to fix, train up others and fill the hole. They will be more likely to help you move into the role you want, if you help show a plan on how you are going to make filling the role your priority, not their problem.

Study the role

If you are seeking a role that you don’t have a whole ton of experience in, ask yourself how you will show your manager that you are learning? Want to become a manager, ask your manager what books they’d recommend, and actually read them.

Heck, ask them if they’d discuss it over drinks with you. Want to become a designer? Go build out something…take a class. The goal is to show your manager that you didn’t just wake up yesterday and have the idea, but that you’ve been putting in work before you said anything.

Solve a big problem for your manager

This happens less than you would think, so it will give you a big leg up. Ask your manager what is something they have wanted to get to and haven’t for the last 3-6 months and get it done, don’t try to get it done. Get. It. Done. Sheryl Sandberg has said that she has interviewed thousands of people in her career, what stopped her dead in her track and made her jaw hit the floor? When someone asked her what problem she needed solved, When time comes around for that promotion or job change, you are able to let that manager know…hey even if I don’t have the skills yet….I have a track record to asking you about the big issues we face and finding a way to fix them. Just make 100% sure that you agree on what success looks like at the outset, so you don’t find yourself taking credit for a success that your manager won’t see the same way.

Understand the business dynamics

If you want a new project in a different department or reduced workload to work on a special project, that is great. Getting an understanding of how that move impacts margins and revenue for the business. Are you asking to work in a position that is overhead? Are you asking to spend 80% of your time in a new division that is losing money? If so, that doesn’t mean NOT to do it. It means you need to make part of your plan to accommodate for that hit in margin..

Mitigate risk

So you want to manage but have never managed people before….mitigate risk, your manager is thinking what if they suck and the whole team quits or becomes less productive and we don’t hit goal, then you’ll quit under the pressure making more work for them? That is how a manager might look at it, they have to balance the upside with the risks of the downside. How can you protect their downside? Get innovative.

Become a temp

Get to know the workload of that other division you want to work with. Find a way to help them solve issues without switching teams. Wanna be a manager, have you ever asked the managers if you could sit in on their meeting for some time? Even if they say no, you are making an impression! Wanna be a designer or HR person someday, have you ever asked to sit in on one of their weeklies? Have you done that every week for 2 months? If you get a Yes, and I hope you do, allows you to get exposure to the work. Ask the head of that department, what you can do to help them at 5 hours a week. Ask, if I gave you 5 hours of my week (on top of your current workload) what problems would you like me to help you solve.

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