How to Find Your Dream Job Amid Layoffs: Interview Prep, Resume Tips

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Every day brings new headlines about layoffs. And new data from the Labor Department revealed that unemployed workers are taking longer to find jobs than they were a year ago.

But that doesn’t mean you still can’t find your dream job. It’s rocky terrain, but you’ve got this.

After a layoff, touch your network immediately

If you’ve recently lost your job, Fana Yohannes, communications lead at Instagram and founder of Here2Help, a job search and mentoring community, gives you some quick tips on how to bounce back from a layoff:

Find an online community. Connect with people who were recently or previously laid off. Understanding that you are not alone and sharing tips can go a long way at a time like this.Grid. Attend industry events, whether in person or virtual. The key to finding your next opportunity is to keep moving.Be honest about your employment status. For many of us, being laid off is not an easy thing to admit. But, once you take that Band-Aid off, it can be like dating: the more people you tell, the better your chances of someone helping you find a partner, or in this case, a job. Honestly, you won’t find any on your couch. (I’ve tried.) And social media isn’t just for bragging about your awesome new job or your new baby. (They’re pretty cool, by the way.) It’s about sharing your status and finding opportunities. And people really appreciate honesty.

And while it’s okay to feel sad or angry about a layoff, it’s also important, when you can find the spare space, to look on the bright side. That job wasn’t working. Now, everything is ready for you to find your dream job or a stepping stone to your dream career.

Ready to start your job search?

Let’s take a look at his resume.

How to make your resume stand out

You shouldn’t use a one-size-fits-all resume or cover letter and then just send them to 10 or 20 jobs. If you’re asking a company to hire you, that means they’re asking you for money (and perhaps benefits) on a regular basis. Therefore, take the extra time to tailor your resume and cover letter to the company and job for which you are applying.

“You want to make sure that what you show on your resume aligns exactly with what the employer is looking for,” Octavia Goredema, career coach and author of “Prep, Push, Pivot,” told CNBC Make It.

How to write a resume to get the job you want

Here are some quick resume tips:

Read the job description and reflect on some of the language. when describing his experience.Quantify your achievements with specific numbers where possible.Organize your experience starting with jobs where you performed tasks similar to those in the job description.Pick just six skills to highlight on your resume. And, some experts say limit yourself to the three or four that matter most to the employer.Avoid broad generic words and phrases in your skills section such as “sales,” “customer relations,” “marketing strategies,” and “public speaking.” A list of four to six of these can seem like “verbal vomit,” Julie Bauke, founder and director of career strategy at The Bauke Group, told CNBC Make It.Try to stick to a traditional resume template. Don’t get too creative with your resume unless you’re applying for a creative job. So it’s okay to show your creativity a bit.Do not exceed two pages and leave plenty of white space. Personally, I’d say try to keep it to one page, especially if you’re early in your career. Your resume is one of the first impressions a hiring manager has of you, and your ability to edit and market yourself is important.

How to stand out in the interview

The secret to standing out in a job interview involves two key things: 1) confidence and 2) preparation, Jeff Hyman, CEO of executive recruiting firm Recruit Rockstars, told CNBC Make It.

“You have to play detective and find out your flaws or the challenges you’ll face in the position you’ve applied for,” Hyman said. “The wrong time to think about this is during the interview, because then you’re exhausted.”

Even if you’re good at improvising, you need to prepare a few key talking points so you don’t fumble or ramble in the interview.

Here are Hyman’s tips for answering three frequently asked questions:

“So tell me about yourself.” Keep the answer short (less than a minute). Don’t ramble. Highlight your strengths and achievements. And try to communicate what motivates you and how you want to make a difference in your next role, Hyman said.“What is your greatest achievement?” Think of a key achievement in your career and briefly explain the steps you took to get there. Be sure to quantify that with numbers like “increase in sales by X%” or “increase in customer satisfaction by Y.”“Can you explain this gap in your resume?” You have to answer this one honestly, directly and without apology, Hyman said. Just explain it briefly. “End on a positive note and highlight what you learned from the experience,” he said.

Want to do more interview preparation? Jennie Rogerson, global head of people at graphic design platform Canva, shared with CNBC Make It four non-traditional job interview questions and how to answer them.

Don’t Make This Counterintuitive Career Planning Mistake

Have you ever punished yourself for not having a detailed, linear path to your ultimate career goal like your friend Jim (sorry DOCTOR Jim) did?

Well, here’s some advice you might appreciate: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says excessive planning is actually ineffective and can derail your chances of finding a fulfilling career.

This is saying things like “I want to be vice president at the age of X” or “I want to earn X amount of money.”

Khosrowshahi told LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky that it’s one of the biggest mistakes he sees young people make all the time.

“Have an idea of ​​where you want to go, [but] you have to be open to the opportunity, then you have to take it, you have to take it,” Khosrowshahi said in a recent interview. “I’ve never been in a rush in my career. , because if you’re open and really want to hone your craft, it’s much more satisfying [to take your time].”

“You look at Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, Jack Welch…greatness takes time,” he said.

Yes! Do you hear that? The next time your mom asks why you’re not on a successful career like your friend Dr. Jim, just say, Hey, greatness takes time!

— With reporting by Ashton Jackson, Gili Malinksy, Sophie Kiderlin, Morgan Smith, and Natasha Piñon

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