Looking for a new job? Need some tips and tricks for updating your resume or preparing for an interview? Your Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin is dedicated to helping people achieve their highest level of independence through the power of work, and that starts with our online guide.
Digital Skills Can Provide a Career Path to Middle- And High-Skills Jobs
Mastery of digital skills can replace the educational requirements for many occupations, and advance individuals upwards in their careers. Higher level digital skills needed for specialized roles and advanced positions lower the risk of automation.
Baseline Digital Skills Serve as a Door Opener
More than 4 million annual job postings call for baseline productivity skills like using word processing programs.
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Digital Skills Pay More
Baseline digital skills like productivity software pay 17% higher wages than non-digital middle-skill jobs.
Advanced digital skills such as experience with Information Technology (IT) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software place individuals in the top quarter for all earners.
This digital skills information is credited to Urban Institutes.
Assuming that you know what you want to do and where you want to do it, you’ll find millions of jobs posted online. Start with 1 and go through the whole list. Some will work better for you than others, but don’t spend more than 20% of your valuable time completing online job applications:
Direct/Offline Can Work Well for Local Small Businesses
If you want to work at the local mall or in the local McDonald’s restaurant, go to that business and ask for an employment application to complete. Dress nicely, be polite, and complete the form neatly and legibly, and you’ll probably end up with at least an interview the next time there is a job opening.
Building a Résumé
Access Indeed’s free résumé builder and reference the information below to complete your résumé.Save this as your base and target to each job to include key words, skill, and experiences the employer is looking for.
Adapted from https://uptowork.com/blog/how-to-make-a-résumé
Whether you’re job hunting, gathering leads, or networking in your industry, having a professional, eye-catching LinkedIn profile is an excellent idea to make sure that the right people can find you at the right time. First and foremost: It’s not about you! Write your summary in the first person (as in “I accomplished XYZ,”) but remember who your audience is. With each statement you write, consider who you are hoping will read it, and what you’re hoping they will take away.
For example, when reading about your skills, past job duties, or anything else on your profile, a recruiter, hiring manager, or potential customer wants to be able to imagine how you can help them. So, instead of “I managed a team of 10 people,” you might say, “I was able to attract and hire top talent to round out my team, which then exceeded sales goals by 15 percent.”
Filling out a profile isn’t difficult, but there are some important best practices you should follow to make sure yours is as powerful as possible.
Completing Applications with Honesty About Your Records
By: Amy White; from https://www.snagajob.com/resources/felon-job-applications/
Finding a job is tough with barriers in place for so many. We know you’re frustrated about trying to get your life straight and facing so many obstacles. While we can’t tell you what job to apply for or who can hire you, we want to share the most important thing you can do as you begin your job search: tell the truth. Studies show that nearly 80 percent of employers will do some sort of background check (including criminal history). Some may do a background check before you’re hired, and some will run the check after you’ve been offered the job. No matter when they do it, if you lie on your application and the employer finds out, they can and will fire you immediately. So be honest, and keep these five things in mind.
The Interview Process
Leveraging Job Fairs
By: Martin Yate
Advice from the author of “Knock ’em Dead Social Networking”
If you’re looking for work, you may want to meet with prospective employers at a job fair, either in-person or online through a virtual job fair.
Make Local Contacts
Contact your state’s local Department of Employment, Workforce Development, and/ or Job Center. Most local agencies will have staff dedicated to working with people with barriers to employment.