There is no doubt that 2021 was not shy of career news and trends. From The Great Resignation to mastering the virtual interview and to learning how to network again, here are some of the top blog posts from your UMGC Career Services team in 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered the unexpected to communities across the country and around the world, from lockdowns to toilet paper shortages. Now, we’re facing another phenomena unforeseen by most: The Great Resignation.
There are currently 4 million tech jobs opportunities, with 245,500 of those projected for the year 2021 in the United States alone. With such high demand for tech talent, it is important to brand your resume and stand out from the applicant pool. Having a clear, concise, and tailored resume is crucial because it can take only six seconds for an employer to decide whether you will get an interview! Continue below for tips to make your tech resume shine.
Tailor the Resume
When writing your resume, make sure to tailor it to the specific job you are applying for. Read through the job description in its entirety and highlight the important skills, education, and certifications mentioned throughout. Important: Do not copy and paste directly from the job posting! Take some time to focus on your relevant experiences and think about how you have used these skills in the past (even if those experiences are not tech related).
In addition to researching the role, take some time to learn more about the industry. Utilize websites like the Bureau of Labor Statistics, My Next Move, and Vault. Network with industry professionals to see if they have insights to share related to skills and qualifications that are not mentioned in the job description. Your goal is to position yourself as a candidate who understands the role and the struggles the industry is facing to show how you will be an asset to the organization.
- Professional Summary Vs. Objective: There has been much debate on titling this section. Does it matter if you use “Professional Summary” or “Objective”? The answer is that it all depends on your audience. A professional summary is a high-level overview of your experiences explaining why you are a good fit for the role. On the other hand, an objective must be specific and targeted to the role that you are applying for. Whether you prefer a summary or objective, make sure it is clear and direct. It is the first thing a recruiter will read and will determine whether they will keep reading.
- Skills and Certifications: Include relevant technical skills and certifications in this section.
- Education: The education section is listed in reverse chronological order. If you are new to the field, you may put relevant coursework, projects, and tools you used during your studies. If you are a recent college graduate, place your education section at the top. If you have been out of school for longer than a year, place your education at the bottom of your resume.
- Experience: When in doubt, refer to the job description. Your experiences must always align with the job description. Do not exaggerate on your resume. Anything you include will be fair game for the employer to ask about. If you have limited experience in the field, consider highlighting your transferable skills. The key rule in resume writing is to not list your duties and responsibilities. List your accomplishments! Ideally, you want to stick with 3-4 bullet points for each experience listed. However, you may add more due to the length of experience and if you have additional relevant skills you wish to highlight.
- Formatting: A resume’s length is typically between 1–2 pages. However, the length of your resume will depend on the relevant experience you have. A well-written resume utilizes actions words, is grammatically correct (be cautious of verb tenses), and has consistent formatting. Use a professional font (Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial, etc.) with a 10–12pt. font size. Finally, do not rely solely on the built-in spell and grammar check tool—always have someone else review your resume.
UMGC Tools and Resources:
If you require any assistance with your resume, you always have access to excellent resources via CareerQuest. The tools available to you are Resume Tutorial, Resume Builder, Vmock, and Resunate. You can also schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor.
Happy resume writing!
Shuruq Alfawair is part of UMGC’s Amazon Career Choice team as the Job Development and Placement Specialist. She is responsible for identifying employment opportunities for Career Choice participants. For the past two years, Shuruq has worked with job seekers to secure employment, which has included cultivating strong employer partnerships within the public and private sectors.
The cybersecurity field is experiencing tremendous growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a 31 percent growth in information security jobs from 2019 to 2029. On the other side, cyber crime is also on the rise, leading to a heightened demand for cybersecurity professionals. Making the leap to a career in cybersecurity requires a strategy that incorporates your transferrable skills, background and experience. Below are five steps to help make your transition a smooth one:
Are you looking for a new job? If so, now is a great time to make your next career move. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported an uptick in job openings, with a notable increase in positions within professional and business services, among other fields.
Your resume is a marketing tool that, like any effective marketing tactic, should draw your reader in. In this case, your audience will be recruiters, hiring managers, and human resource specialists. A well-crafted resume should convey the following:
Have you worked in an environment where harmony among team members, powerful thought leadership, and interpersonal conflict resolution are commonplace? Then you have been part of a high-performance team. A high-performance team is defined as a group of people with specific roles and complimentary talents and skills, who are aligned with and committed to a common purpose, who consistently show high levels of collaboration and innovation, produce superior results, and extinguish radical or extreme opinions. Managing a high-performing team can be challenging—continue below for strategies to help you succeed.
While the pandemic isn’t over yet, the world is opening up again in many places thanks to a growing number of vaccinated people and falling COVID-19 positivity rates. Tired of connecting by teleconference, phone or email, many are resuming the face-to-face coffee, lunch or happy hour dates we used to take for granted pre-pandemic.
While some are embracing these in-person gatherings, others are feeling a bit out of practice. Regardless of which camp you fall into, here are four ways to help boost your confidence and get back in the networking game.
Virtual interviews became a common practice over the past year, and it looks like this trend won’t be going away any time soon. To increase your chances of being successful in a virtual interview, follow these eight guidelines.
When Ali Alnaqeeb ’20 decided to pursue a new challenge, he turned to UMGC’s Career Services team for support.